Academic journal article Human Ecology

Young Alumni Council Turns Five

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Young Alumni Council Turns Five

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This year, the Human Ecology Young Alumni Council (HEYA) celebrates its fifth anniversary as a voice for young alumni from the College of Human Ecology. HEYA, which was formed by the Human Ecology Alumni Affairs and Development Office, keeps the college's most recent graduates connected, engaged and involved during their first 10 years after graduation.

"The College of Human Ecology was a big part of the reason I initially decided to attend Cornell and my academic experience there was even more than I could have expected," said Nate Houghton '11, who currently serves as HEYA president. "Basically, I had a lot to thank Human Ecology for and wanted to find a way to stay connected."

Financially backed by Dean Alan Mathios, HEYA advocates for young alumni and has four main functions: it communicates the ideas and agendas of this group; it facilitates the implementation of relevant and meaningful programs that fulfill this mission; it fosters and sustains the active involvement of young alumni in the lifelong support of the alumni association and the college; and it develops the talents and resources of the college's most recent graduates.

"I'm very pleased with the quality, frequency and geographic spread of events that we've hosted," Houghton said. "We've welcomed hundreds of alums at dozens of events in Ithaca, New York, Boston, D.C., San Francisco, L.A., Chicago and other locations. It's amazing to be able to provide a way to keep alums in touch with what's happening on campus."

As a founding member of the council and now serving as its secretary, Samantha Berg '09, originally joined to help other alumni like herself find their place in the workforce after graduation and to give back all that Human Ecology had given to her. …

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