“I think it’s important that Spiders look after and help out fellow Spiders, so this was a great opportunity to create a strong student-alumni connection,” said David DuBois, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, political science, economics and law.

DuBois, along with 50 other University of Richmond sophomores, attended the Sophomore/Alumni Networking Reception Oct. 22 for the opportunity to meet and network with University of Richmond Alumni Association (URAA) board members.

The event provided sophomores with a relaxed atmosphere in which to practice their networking skills and begin to develop connections with alumni.

URAA President Tracey Holgren Ivey, B’82, director of consultant relations for Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley, an investment advisor located in Richmond, Va., said alumni know first-hand about the quality of a Richmond education and can share their experiences and advice.

“We want students to be aware of the vast network of over 40,000 Spiders worldwide that is available to them - not only once they become Spider alumni themselves, but also while they are still in school,” she said.

Oldham Scholar Robert Lee, a sophomore majoring in physics and computer science, attended the event to plan ahead and begin exploring post graduate options. He valued the chance to meet alumni while sharpening his communication skills.

“Knowledge is not the only factor of success in the workplace,” said Lee. “The ability to
communicate and network effectively is a strong indicator of success. With such a large alumni network, it would be a waste not to utilize the resources available from the University to assist in your life after Richmond.”

Taylor Durland, a sophomore majoring in business administration with dual concentrations in marketing and accounting, said the most beneficial part of the evening was being able to listen to the perspectives of alumni and learn their thoughts on the job market and industry trends.

“I heard over and over again that students should take advantage of the wonderful community we are a part of here at Richmond,” said Durland. “The best piece of advice I got was to take charge and get involved as much as possible. The worst thing that can happen is to think back, 20 years from now, and wish you had done something.”