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Remember what it was like to choose that first step after nursing school? There are so many options open to today’s graduates and the questions are endless. Your expertise is a wonderful resource for nursing students.

In fall 2013, the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs collaborated with the Undergraduate Student Council (UGSC) to host the School’s first student-alumni mixer. The mixer gave alumni and students a chance to connect and communicate face to face, and served as a great connection to the UGSC’s “Get Hired” series, which focuses on transitioning students to professional careers. More than 75 students joined 17 alumni representing classes from 1972 through 2013 and BSN, MSN and PhD degrees.

The event gave students a better sense of their career options, and alumni left with the satisfaction of having helped the newest generation of nurses and was so well received, we’ve been hosting semi-annual mentoring and networking events ever since. Look for information about another mixer in the fall as well as more networking events.

If you’d like to get involved but don’t want to wait until the next mixer, the School is a part of UNC’s “Carolina Connection” which allows alumni to sign up online to communicate with a student who may have interests in your field of practice, geographic location, educational and work backgrounds etc. Simply enter your information at University Career Services, and an interested student may contact you in the future for advice and information.

Additionally, the SON Alumni Association sponsors career panels each year. If you’d like to participate in a career panel, mixer, or mentor a student, please contact us at (919) 966-4619 or sonalum@unc.edu.