They have diverse backgrounds. Some are working in high-tech startups, while others are at well-known established corporations, and a few are educators or researchers. Some attended the School of Computer Science as an undergraduate, while others worked on graduate degrees. But no matter how they became connected to SCS or where their career paths have taken them, all of the members of the SCS Alumni Advisory Board share a passion for the School of Computer Science.
The board was established in 2001. With 20 current members, it provides feedback and guidance to the dean and the director of alumni relations, and serves as a direct connection between the school and the SCS alumni network. The AAB keeps SCS alumni informed and involved, building awareness of the school's research and academic initiatives. Together it works to create an engaged, active alumni community.
Tina Carr, director of alumni relations for SCS, works closely with the board throughout the year, and assists in guiding their activities and involvement. Members of the board meet twice a year to discuss ongoing initiatives designed to build SCS alumni involvement. And throughout the year, they participate in a variety of alumni activities, from hosting events to meeting with students.
Members of the AAB also personally provide annual support to the School of Computer Science in the form of gifts of time and money. In fact, during the construction of the Gates and Hillman Centers, the AAB decided together to support naming a space in one of the buildings. Their combined gifts were so generous that they actually supported three offices on the fourth floor of the Gates Center. Together these spaces are known as the Alumni Advisory Board Offices, and they were dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the spring of 2010. In addition, during the fundraising drive to complete the Gates and Hillman Centers, several members of the AAB made additional individual gifts to support programs with which they were involved as students, or to name seats in the Rashid Auditorium or other spaces in the Gates Center.
The AAB provides critical annual support and gives generously of its time and talent, helping advance the mission of the school as well as CMU. Each of its members are outstanding examples of ways that alumni can give back to the School of Computer Science. (For more information about the board and to view a list of the current members, visit www.cs.cmu.edu/alumni.)
The AAB's gifts were made as a part of Carnegie Mellon's "Inspire Innovation" campaign. As of May, that campaign had raised $709 million. To find out how you can help the School of Computer Science through scholarships, fellowships, faculty support, or gifts to the Gates and Hillman Centers, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 412-268-8576. You can also learn more about the Inspire Innovation campaign by visiting www.cmu.edu/campaign.
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