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New Alumni Staff Chapter Kicks Off With Reception with Chancellor

By Ioana Patringenaru | April 3, 2006

Alumni Association
reception for alumni employees

What: Reception with
Chancellor Marye Anne Fox
When: 5 to 6 p.m. April 11
Where: Calit2
Contact: To attend the reception, contact Jocelyn Wyndham at the Alumni Association

Matt Xavier graduated from UCSD in 1984 as a psychology major. That same year, Bill Clabby graduated as a management science and French literature major. Two decades later, they’re both working on campus. Xavier is a facilities planner. Clabby is the coordinator of the university’s Opportunities Abroad Program.

The two are part of a new staff chapter of the UCSD Alumni Association. The group is trying to bring together more than 1000 UCSD employees who also are alumni. The staff chapter will host a reception with Chancellor Marye Anne Fox for potential members at 5 p.m. April 11 at Calit2.

“I identify closely with UCSD and I want to see a sense of community here, and I see all the elements for it,” said Clabby. “I think this a good rallying point.” 

The new chapter plans to send out surveys to all its potential members in the next few weeks to find out what kind of services they’re looking for, Clabby said.

The group will offer many opportunities for its members, said Xavier, who is president of the new chapter. Alumni employees could become a lobbying group for the university. They also could become student mentors. Of course, they would also take part in more traditional activities, such as get-togethers and networking events. Members also could go to leadership conferences.

In fact, a few alumni employees already have revived TGIF, an old UCSD tradition. The events, which included a concert and a beer garden, took place weekly in the 1980s, then monthly in the 1990s, said Emelyn Dela Peña, who graduated in 1995 and is now director of UCSD’s Women’s Center. In December, about 25 former students and current employees got together at the campus’ pub. When school started, a group also showed new students around the residence halls and helped them unload their cars.

“We want to show students that we appreciate this university so much that we came back to work here,” Dela Peña said.

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