A Note from the CCI Alumni Network Board President:
As President of the new College of Computing & Informatics Alumni Network (CCIAN), I would like to formally welcome all of our newly incorporated alumni from the College of Information Science and Technology, the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Computing and Security Technology. With these newly united colleges and departments, CCI has over 12,000 alumni worldwide since the inception of each of the incorporated programs. Wow! We have a large and engaged Board this year, too, and are eager to forge strong alumni bonds, support the new diversity of alumni, and create opportunities for alumni and current students alike.
The CCIAN does important work, and even though we only just organized in fall 2014, we have already accomplished much. Our new bylaws are nearly complete and effective committees have been formed, such as the Recognition and Awards Committee, who selected three recipients for professional development awards last March. We held our first networking/holiday social last December, which was well attended and very successful. Thank you to all who participated! We have also started a Scholarship and Awards Campaign to help additional alumni develop their skills, professional opportunities and networks.
The value of being part of the CCIAN is threefold. First, we create opportunities to grow our professional networks through social events and networking. Second, we support each other and current students through development awards and mentorship. Third, we organize ourselves to have a voice in the College’s future; we believe there is no more influential time to exercise that voice than right now, at the genesis of our new College.
There are many ways for you to participate, too! We are always looking for input and committee participation in the CCIAN. We are looking forward to the 2016 Alumni Weekend in early May. There will be other social, educational and professional outings throughout the year too, and not only in Philadelphia. From time to time, you may receive an email survey from the Board to gather your input on additional programming.
Most importantly, though, we need funds to make all of this possible. In the past, the College of Information Science and Technology‘s alumni group, ISTA, had only a small number of the total alumni as dues-paying members. Now that we have expanded our Alumni Network we have the opportunity to change that. With funding, we can offer greater mentorship support to alumni, distribute professional development awards that have great impact on career trajectory and subsidize most of the cost of the events that the Alumni Network sponsors. Every Board member is a volunteer. Please help us fund all of these opportunities for alumni and we, as the Board, will help make it happen. We look forward to your membership in the CCIAN!
Michael Mangos, BSIS ’02, CCIAN President