The Alumni Difference
ACES 2-13 Award of Merit Winners
By Claire Benjamin
April 15, 2013

Today Tami Craig Schilling, a 1990 agricultural communications graduate, will be honored with the ACES Alumni Association Award of Merit at the College of ACES and Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards Banquet. This morning I had the chance to sit down and chat with her and a few of my fellow students about our program. Why? Because she genuinely wanted to know our perspective.

Our alumni care. They are engaged. They don’t want to just meet us in passing and shake our hands. They want to know what internships we scored for the summer, how our classes are going, where we want to be in five years, and most importantly, how they can help us succeed.

When choosing a college, its academic reputation and your financial commitment play a key role in the decision-making process. But what students might not consider is the college’s alumni support. The strength of the alumni foundation often correlates with scholarship, internship, job placement and networking opportunities. I feel fortunate to have met so many phenomenal alumni here, including Tami.

Someday, I hope to be that alum who will take time out of a busy day to check in with students and show them just how much I care.