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Camels network and give career advice at numerous panels, dinners

On Feb. 15, three attorneys spoke with students on campus. Pictured from left are Krystle Guillory <br>Tadesse '05; James Rogers '04; his father, William Rogers; and the panel organizer, Margaret Rogers '11.
On Feb. 15, three attorneys spoke with students on campus. Pictured from left are Krystle Guillory
Tadesse '05; James Rogers '04; his father, William Rogers; and the panel organizer, Margaret Rogers '11.

Graduates had plenty of opportunities over the last month to meet each other and give advice to students sitting where they once did.

Dozens of alumni – including David Barber ’88, a restaurateur and sustainable food advocate – were on campus to speak or spend time with other Camels.

Visit the Alumni Calendar for more information on upcoming networking opportunities and other events:

CAMEL networking in San Francisco, Calif., March 18
Dinner with 12 Strangers in Boston, Mass., March 18
CAMEL networking in New York City, March 22
Author David Grann ’89 at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass., March 25
Tour and lunch at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., March 28
Faculty reception and presentation with Roger Brooks in London, England, April 8
Camel men’s lacrosse alumni game in New London, Conn., April 10

Alumni give students career advice at Sundays with Alumni programs

Graduates recently gave job advice, inspirational stories and in some cases, business cards, to career-minded students at two “Sundays with Alumni” panels.

Panelists included:
• Claire Cook ’09, marketing coordinator at Columbia Records;
• Andy Karp ’89, who worked for Atlantic Records for 20 years;
• Erin Tubridy Gates ’01, principal of Element Interiors and author of one of the Washington Post’s “Top Ten Design Blogs of 2008;”
• James Hardy ’83, senior vice president/head of stores of Rugby Ralph Lauren; and
• Michael Mombello ’83, executive vice president of men’s design and merchandising at Tommy Hilfiger.

Read more.

Investment club hears from two of their own

Peter Cyran ’08 and Menzi Lukhele ’08, who began to climb the finance ropes in the College’s Peggoty Investment Club, returned to their roots March 7 and 8 when they spoke with current members in Shain Library.

The alumni offered advice about equity analysis and credit metrics to about 40 students. Both Lukhele and Cyran served on the executive board of the investment club during their years at Connecticut College and answered many questions ranging from credit-default swaps to job-search and interview tips.

How to Make It in the World of Law

On Feb. 15 three attorneys came to campus to speak about their careers in a panel discussion organized by Margaret Rogers ’11 in connection with the Office of Career Enhancing Life Skills.

William Rogers, who practices corporate law, told students, “There’s no one background for going into law. The law brings together a lot of different disciplines.”

Panelists included Krystle Guillory Tadesse ’05 of Brown, Sherry & Geller; James Rogers ’04, who is completing a year of service in AmeriCorps; James’s father, William Rogers P’04; and Margaret Rogers. The panel was moderated by Simon Feldman, assistant professor of philosophy.

Dinner with 12 Strangers gives alumni opportunities to meet students, faculty, staff
Over 100 members of the campus community registered for the annual Dinner with 12 Strangers this year – a number so large that it warranted a waitlist.

Freshman Meredith Boyle ’13, one of the many students taking part, took advantage of the opportunity to meet alumni over dinner. Read more about her experience or view photos.

Have an idea for an event in your area? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 860-439-2306 or

-Rachel Harrington

March 12, 2010