With graduation season upon us, many of us become nostalgic about our college days – taking new classes, meeting friends from around the globe, and learning skills that will hopefully come in handy in the next chapter of our lives. Our alma maters typically hold a special place in our hearts and the connection doesn’t end when we leave campus.
At CCM, our employees continuously look to give back to their alma maters in more ways than one. Earlier this week, University of Michigan alum and CCM’s Chief Marketing Officer, Jamie Horwitz, attended a luncheon hosted by the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, Michigan Medicine.1 It’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals with food allergies by conducting comprehensive food allergy research that will significantly improve patient care and expand food allergy education, research and community services.
CCM’s CIO and Penn State alum, Andy Kaufman, recently joined the Penn State Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board.2 Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board members lend their experience and expertise to the Smeal Sustainability Council and serve as conduits to the latest corporate developments in sustainable business practices. The Board assists in guiding Smeal’s sustainability agenda by helping to match the college’s strengths with the sustainability issues that the board members encounter as they lead their corporations’ sustainability efforts.
Alyssa Greenspan, CCM’s president and COO and Tulane alum, participates in Tulane Takeover Miami. Tulane Takeover is a partnership between the Tulane Career Wave Initiative and the Academic Schools at the university. The purpose of these events is to provide meaningful, career networking experiences for current students in cities where there is significant student interest. The goal is to create as many positive connections for students so they make informed and well-thought out career decisions and plan for their future after they “Wave Goodbye” to their alma mater.3 She additionally donates her time and resources to support Tulane and its many initiatives locally in south Florida and in New Orleans.
CCM’s Chief Investment Strategist, Kristin Fafard, is also passionate about helping her alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kristin is a steering committee member for Women for UMASS Amherst, raising funds for student-led initiatives that not only develop students’ leadership skills, but also fulfill unique on-campus and local community needs.
Senior Client Portfolio Manager Andy Shafter recently served as co-chair of his 25th and 30th reunion at Hobart College, helping to increase attendance and fundraise for the school. He is also involved with his graduate alma mater where he participates in and supports events of the Northwestern University Leadership Circle Boston Regional Board. Volunteers help increase Leadership Circle membership and raise critical funds for the University.4
Our sales and marketing specialist, Barb Seaman, serves on the University of Pennsylvania Lacrosse Sports Board. The board meets four times a year to discuss the current state of the program and its members volunteer their resources by focusing on four key areas: student-athlete mentoring, development and alumni relations, events, and young alumni engagement.5 Barb represents the women’s team in facilitating all four categories. The women’s lacrosse team is a very successful Division 1 program and seeks to give female athletes better success both on and off the field.
While our college days may be over, the connection and bonds we hold with our schools is long-lasting. All of us at CCM look to continue our involvement and commitment to our alma maters in more ways than one – whether through alumni clubs, volunteering, hiring students for internships and full-time positions, and giving what we can. #goblue #greenwave #nittanylions #wildcats #pennpride #gostatesmen