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Alumni organizing these events want to hear from their classmates

Connecticut College has gone Hollywood — and New York.

Alumni in those cities organized networking events earlier this summer and are interested in hearing from other Connecticut College graduates who want to be part of the fun.

The Hollywood group is a network of young professionals, all of them graduates of NESCAC schools, living and working in the Los Angeles area. Their second event was Aug. 14, a happy hour with hors d'oeuvres at an Irish pub in Santa Monica. The Connecticut College contact is Russ Chase '07, who can be reached at

The group in the metro New York region is coordinated by several 1990s alumni. They had a series of "Dinners with Twelve Strangers" in July, inviting 12 strangers with Connecticut College ties to have dinner together at New York restaurants during the city's Restaurant Week.

Alumni in New York, along with graduates in Washington, D.C. and Boston, also recently hosted Young Alumni Summer Networking Parties for 2005-2009 graduates on Aug. 13. View photos.

The College increased opportunities for networking, and saw attendance at alumni events jump 50 percent during the past year. "It's clear that alumni value their relationship with the College community," Higdon said.

As part of these networking efforts, alumni have been urging their Connecticut College classmates to update their address and employment information in the Alumni Online Community. The updates allow other alumni to reach them more easily and help the College develop targeted networking events. Log in and update your information — and see what your classmates have been up to.

For more information about the Manhattan efforts, contact Jennifer Claire Scott '94 at

If you are interested in coordinating similar events in your area, e-mail the Office of Alumni Relations at or call 800-888-7549.

To view a list of upcoming events, including a C.A.M.E.L. networking reception in New York City Sept. 16, visit the Alumni Calendar.

August 18, 2009