Letter from the Alumni Association President

Kevin Collymore '10Dear Fellow Alumni,

As we turn the chapter on another academic year, I want to share with you some highlights and new initiates that strengthens our alma mater and global alumni network.

Following Commencement and celebration of the Class of 2019, the Purchase College Alumni Association hosted the #ForeverPurchase Welcome New Grads Mixer on July 18 at a rooftop bar in New York City. 2019 graduates are the latest members of our 27,000 strong alumni family.

The Office of Alumni Engagement and Career Development announced the launch of the Purchase College Alumni Mentoring Network, a new online mentoring program. The program establishes a mentor/mentee relationship between Purchase College alumni and fellow alumni, or with current students. Mentors can play a vital role with sharing experiences, offer advice, answer questions, and provide internship and job opportunities to graduates and students. The recruitment of mentors and mentees are underway. The Purchase College Alumni Mentoring Network will launch at the start of the 2019-20 academic year. Contact alumni@purchase.edu for more information or to get involved.

In collaboration with the Office of Admissions, the Alumni Admissions Ambassadors and Alumni Postcards programs provide opportunities for Purchase College alumni across the United States to engage with prospective students and parents during the college admissions process. Alumni can become involved in several ways. 

Alumni in the Classroom, a new pilot program, will launch during the 2019-20 academic year. Graduates of Arts Management, Liberal Studies, Urban Studies, Communications, Media Studies, Legal Studies in the tristate area will be invited to share their professional expertise with students in the classroom while developing their speaking engagement skills. Contact alumni@purchase.edu for more info.

Alumni Weekend 2019, held on May 3-4, proved that alumni of Purchase College are more engaged with their alma mater than ever before. We hosted alumni from 19 states, 1 foreign country, and representing 37 different class years! Thanks to the College leadership, and the faculty, staff, student volunteers, and the many departments who helped us put together Alumni Weekend.

After 17 years of service, President Schwarz stepped down from his post as President of Purchase College on July 31. He has been one the biggest defenders of public education in higher education and support of the arts. It was a great honor to present President Schwarz with the “Golden Brick Award” and Honorary Alum status during Alumni Weekend 2019.

Don’t forget to Save the Date for Alumni Weekend 2020 - May 1-2. We will be celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Class of 1975, the 40th Anniversary of the Class of 1980, and the Classes of 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015. Look out for the Save the Date postcards early fall. Volunteers are needed as Class Leaders for Class Reunions. Please email the Alumni Office if you’d like to get involved.

Lastly, please stay engaged and update your contact information with the College. Like our Purchase College Alumni Association social media pages. And don’t forget to send the Alumni Office your personal and professional news.

I look forward to another successful academic year as President of the Alumni Association.

Kevin Collymore