At the conclusion of the fifth annual Careers Connecting Cobbers event hosted by Students and Alumni Linked Together (SALT) in January, Barry Auditorium remained full with conversations of Concordia memories and new connections.
The alumni networking lunch may have ended, but countless alumni and students continued conversing, sharing personal experiences and networking. The genuine and intentional interactions throughout Careers Connecting Cobbers exemplified the strong sense of the Cobber community. This is just one of many Concordia events that enable students to prepare for their future while facilitating connections with other Cobbers.
“We had a fantastic turnout by both alumni and students! It was great to see everyone connecting with fellow Cobbers,” said Kirsten Grafstrom ’20, professional development chair of SALT. “We are so fortunate as students to have such a great Cobber alumni network, who enjoy getting to know the students.”
SALT is a student-led group that provides leadership opportunities for current students to plan and execute events that connect with alumni and strengthen the Cobber community. In collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations, students like Grafstrom are able to gain invaluable experience while enjoying the fun and excitement that comes with being part of a student organization.
This year’s Careers Connecting Cobbers included more than 150 students and alumni, ranging from a wide spectrum of majors including mathematics, biology, education, communication
“This year’s SALT event was phenomenal. It was incredible to see countless students willing to prepare for their future endeavors on a Saturday by learning from and connecting with Cobber alums,” said Matt Dymoke, assistant director of Alumni Relations and acting SALT advisor.
The opportunities for students included a variety of sessions geared toward professional development such as the Young Alumni Panel and discipline-specific breakout sessions, as well as the chance to have a headshot
The importance of community and connection is a part of the strong tradition at Concordia. Careers Connecting Cobbers is an incredible event that combines student leadership and career development opportunities to provide a day solely for the betterment of students.