There are many ways for Columbia University School of Nursing alumni to remain active in the Columbia Nursing community. Opportunities to volunteer include participating in Alumni Association committees, becoming a nurse preceptor, hosting an event, and much more.
The Student-Alumni Connection Program matches alumni with students during summer breaks, enabling students to get an insider’s view into a broad range of careers. You will have the opportunity to meet students informally (in person, phone, Skype, email) or invite them to shadow you at your place of work.
The Alumni Admissions Ambassador Program enables accepted students to speak with alumni about their experiences at Columbia Nursing. This opportunity allows alumni to share their stories, offer advice, congratulate accepted students, and connect back to Columbia Nursing.
Members of the Recent Alumni Engagement Committee develop and deepen recent graduates’ involvement with Columbia Nursing, including events and initiatives that drive engagement and increase recent graduates’ participation in the Annual Fund.
Identify opportunities for community involvement for alumni, students, faculty, and staff to actively strengthen and support volunteer initiatives within New York City and regionally. Participants work together to benefit local organizations and causes to engage in the community.
Take the lead on specific areas of Reunion with a core group of volunteers for each class/program. Participants serve as liaisons for their class or program during the Reunion planning process.
Annual Fund Committee members assist the Annual Fund chair with fundraising as an important part of Columbia Nursing’s philanthropic efforts. Committee members encourage classmates to support the Annual Fund and communicate with donors.
The Alumni Awards Committee reviews all nominations and determines each year’s award recipients. The Alumni Awards are presented at Alumni Reunion and honored at the Alumni Awards Dinner each spring.
Preceptorship bridges the gap between the classroom and the clinical area for nursing students. Columbia Nursing graduate students learn invaluable lessons from nurse preceptors. If you are an experienced registered nurse who is enthusiastic about nursing, please consider becoming a nurse preceptor. Learn more about precepting at Columbia Nursing.
If you enjoy personal contact with your classmates or are already in touch with them on a regular basis, you are an ideal person for this role. Class Representatives and Program Representatives serve as a liaison between classmates and the school by maintaining open lines of communication, encouraging classmates to attend reunion, and keeping the school informed of alumni news.
The Office of Alumni Relations hosts periodic panel discussions for students. Graduates are invited to come back to speak to students about their job–the emphasis is on career advice and what’s important to know in the workplace.
Several times a year, the Alumni Association hosts student/alumni events. The goal is to bring successful and prominent alumni to campus to share their experience and wisdom with students and fellow alumni and to provide networking opportunities. Alumni speakers inspire and influence by sharing their experiences and expertise in their field.
If you are interested in hosting an alumni gathering in your area we are happy to help—you can host a brunch at local restaurants, invite alumni to your home, plan an alumni outing, and more. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations will assist in the coordination of any regional alumni event you may be interested in hosting.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of these roles please email firstname.lastname@example.org.