This fall, the Alumni office hosted a series of gatherings around the country for the youngest group of recent alumni. Known as the "College Dinner" series, this program brought together groups of Middlesex alumni who, despite attending nearby same colleges and universities, rarely gather as a group.
In Hanover, NH, 10 of the 13 Middlesex alumni at Dartmouth College gathered for dinner with Alex Hanken (Development and Marketing) and Science teacher Dr. Kerry Magee, herself a Dartmouth alumna. Between two Boston-area gatherings, students from Tufts, Northeastern, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Emerson, and Wellesley reconnected over dinner. Director of Alumni Relations John Morrissey joined Alex Hanken on the road for a trip out to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, Colgate University and Hamilton College in upstate New York, and Amherst College in Massachusetts, seeing over 20 young alums along the way!
In addition to providing a platform for recent graduates to reconnect, these dinners are an important way for the Alumni Office to add value to the experience of being a Middlesex alumnus or alumna. Informing young alumni about the opportunities available to them through the Middlesex Evertrue app, the Alumni Association career panels, and encouraging them to attend Middlesex events and reunions are all priorities for the dinner series. Since the college dinner series began, the School has seen a considerable increase in young alumni participation in the Annual Fund and engagement with Middlesex communications. Alex Hanken, coordinator of the dinner series, says, "We are happy to have such a generous and active group of young alumni, and the College dinners are one way for us to show our gratitude and to encourage them to engage with Middlesex, not only through their participation in the Annual Fund and the February Faceoff competition, but also by continuing to have an active interest in what is going on around campus."
The Alumni Office hopes to visit colleges in Maine and Vermont at some point this year, and will also continue its annual care package program.