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Students, alumni, and even the President of Santa Monica College gathered in New York city for an alumni reception April 16th, 2013.

SMC Empire State Presidential Reception


On Tuesday April 16th the SMC Alumni Association hosted its first ever Presidential reception in New York City! Over 65 alumni, new students, and parents of current students gathered together to learn, network and reconnect with SMC. “It felt as if 60+ long lost friends had been reunited after years apart” said Deirdre Weaver, Assistant Director of Campus and Alumni Relations, “but then I had to remember that most of these people had never even met before. What they all shared in common was a love for Santa Monica College, and you could feel it everywhere at the event!”

Two members of our Young Alumni Council, Miriam Alvizures (Chair) and past President’s Ambassador DJ Davids, greeted everyone as they arrived, along with two of our current students and Presidential Ambassadors, Sierra McDonald and Scott Pine. No one was left standing without someone to talk to. The conversations poured out of every corner of the Manhattan penthouse that was so generously donated to us for this event. SMC Alums that are currently at NYU, Columbia, Fordham, Brown, Yeshiva, and Pace University were in attendance along with alums from as far as Sweden that are living in NYC. “Everybody was related to SMC” said Mike Tuitasi, Vice President of Student Affairs, “ and they were eager to talk to each other about what they were doing now.”

“We were so thrilled that we could meet so many alumni and new students from the greater New York area” said Jeff Gordon, Outreach Counselor. “As an alum myself, and past A.S. President, I was particularly excited to reunite with SMC Alum Wunmi Onile (past A.S. Vice President when I was in student government)! But one of my favorite highlights was when our college president Dr. Tsang announced that Scott Pine had won the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Scholarship.” The JKC Undergraduate Transfer scholarship for $30,000 is only awarded to 76 students nationwide.

Alumni, prospective students, parents, and a vibrant team of Santa Monica College representatives gathered a few thousand miles away from home and activated the SMC Alumni Network in New York.

Deirdre Weaver, Assistant Director of Campus and Alumni Relations addresses a crowd at the New York City Alumni reception.

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