Greetings Members of HUAA,
August, smoldering hot and humid August, holds a special place in my heart. It is not only my birthday month, but also the first time I stepped onto Howard University’s campus. I still remember being greeted by warm and welcoming upperclassmen who swiftly helped my family unpack our overstuffed family van and unload my belongings into my 5th floor Annex room. This was my first taste of the strong sense of community that is Howard.
After Freshmen week ended, I knew that I had to start navigating the Mecca and defining my career aspirations. With the support of the University resources and an invaluable alumni network, I was able to successfully make the transition to the corporate world. HUAA is proud to partner with the Office of Career Services’ Bison Career Mentor Program to connect alumni with current students as mentors. We currently have just 90 Alumni applicants to serve 265 student applicants. As we welcome one Howard’s largest Freshmen classes, the need to support our students will continue to grow. Please submit your mentor application before August 14th and commit to mentoring one of our future global leaders.
HUAA sees the value of connecting alumni in our professional careers as well as creating a platform to reconnect with our classmates. We are working to build a more dynamic alumni database and need your support! Please log onto the Alumni Online Communitytoday to update your profile. Did you know you can currently search all alumni who have made this information public within our community? I like to use the advance search option! After updating your profile please email me any other data points you suggest we collect from alumni.
As Summer nears its end, I would like to send prayers of academic and overall success for the future Bison many of you are raising. To those Alumni who have students in the Class of 2021, the Department of Alumni Relations looks forward to welcoming you back to campus for our Legacy Reception on August 12th. Lastly, to all Alumni who are able to volunteer at the Freshmen Pinning Ceremony on August 20th, I look forward to celebrating a class of 2K + students with you.
In Truth & Service,
Nadia Pinto, BBA ‘08
President, Howard University Alumni Association