There are many ways to be involved with the South Mountain Community College Alumni Association (SMCCAA), including:
The South Mountain Community College Alumni Association (SMCCAA) will host an alumni mixer each semester (one in the fall and one in the spring). These mixers are a great opportunity to network with other alumni and a great way to provide input to the Alumni Association. Please complete the membership form located at Alumni Association page, under the Join Us, to receive emails about upcoming alumni mixers.
Mentoring a Student
You can make a positive impact on a student’s life by becoming a mentor. Mentoring students is an ideal method in making a difference with our college students. There are two flexible opportunities to become involved:
Career Mentor: Current SMCC students need your help. When you were in college, did you have someone to talk to about your chosen career field? If you did, think back to how that knowledge and advice helped you. However, for many students at South Mountain Community College, they may not know anyone who can serve in this capacity. By simply offering to talk to them over the phone, via e-mail, text, or in-person you are providing a much-valued gift to our current students. You can positively impact a student’s life with a short five-minute phone conversation. Alumni in this program sign up with the SMCCAA under their career description. Students considering a major or career are then able to contact College Connections ~ Office of Development and request to contact an alum in a particular career field. Alumni are able to designate how and when they would like to be contacted. To enroll in the Career Mentor program, please contact the alumni coordinator at email@example.com or 602.872.7783.
SMCCAA Cougar Scholar Mentor: The alumni association offers a scholarship to deserving students each year. As part of the Cougar Alumni Scholarship Program, each student is matched with an alumni mentor. This is a formal mentoring relationship, which continues until the student graduates from South Mountain Community College.
Reviewing Student Scholarships
Reading student scholarship applications is a rewarding way to be connected to current SMCC students – and can be done from the comfort of your own computer. Our online scholarship management tool allows alumni to easily review student scholarship applications using a provided grading rubric. Scholarship review occurs twice each year in the fall and spring. If you would like to learn more about reviewing student scholarships, please contact the alumni coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.872.7783
Supporting Student Success by Donating
More than 70% of SMCC students require financial aid to pursue their education, and students’ report that receiving a scholarship validates their hard work and reassures them of their goals. Your gift supporting student scholarships is tax-deductible and helps develop the next generation of community leaders. Donations may be made online or contacting the alumni coordinator at email@example.com or 602.872.7783.
Sharing Your Accomplishments
Did you get a new job? Have you build a fantastic career after graduating from South Mountain Community College? Were you recently recognized for outstanding achievement in your job field or as a volunteer for an organization? If you have great news to share, contact the alumni coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602.872.7783. Your story could be including in our alumni association newsletter!
Volunteering at Alumni Events
By volunteering at alumni events, you have the opportunity to meet and network with fellow SMCC graduates. It’s also a great way to meet new friends and reconnect with former classmates. If you are interested in volunteering or attending alumni events, visit the Alumni News & Events page, or contact College Connections: Stacey Wright, email@example.com, 602.872.7783.