Communication and Advocacy
In this special "guest column," SCS alumnus and Associate Dean Philip Lehman offers a few thoughts on the importance of communication and advocacy. --Tina
In the last issue of The Link, Alumni Relations Director Tina Carr (HNZ'02) discussed the "Gift of Time"--the gift given by alumni and friends of SCS who participate and volunteer. You attend events, give talks, speak with prospective students, participate in advisory boards and volunteer for many other initiatives.
These contributions help us continue to build success, and at the heart of these activities are communication and advocacy.
SCS communicates with you, our alumni and friends, to keep you informed about various aspects of campus life, our progress and achievements and our outreach and involvement with the world beyond campus. We use The Link, email, the Web, letters, the news media and direct, personal interaction. You provide your thoughts, suggestions and advice, and you visit with us, either on campus or at Carnegie Mellon events around the country. All of these are important, and we're in the process right now of looking at the ways we communicate with you, and understanding where we can improve our communications strategies.
But there's another type of communication that's key to our mission and to getting our message out. Every day, you talk with colleagues, co-workers and friends in industry, academia, government and the community. If you're reading this column, it's likely that some of the conversation is about Carnegie Mellon and SCS.
When you talk about us--with pride, we hope--you help us communicate, and you are advocating for us. The greater Carnegie Mellon and SCS community--including our alumni and friends--are our best advocates. Thank you for your advocacy. We encourage you to continue to be our strongest voice.
How can we do a better job of communicating with you? And how can we help you do a better job of discussing the innovative education and research underway at the School of Computer Science and Carnegie Mellon?
Please let us know your thoughts and ideas. We look forward to continuing the conversation with you!
Philip L. Lehman (CS'78, '84)
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
School of Computer Science
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