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Student Alumni Association Wins Awards

UC Riverside Student Alumni Association Works Hard, Wins Award

Career Fair and Newsletter Draw Attention

(March 7, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (March 7, 2005) -- The Student Alumni Association at UC Riverside brought home two of the six awards available from their annual conference held Feb. 3-5 in Boise, ID.

Hosted by Boise State University, the conference brought people together from the Association of Student Advancement Programs (ASAP), an association of student organizations at higher education institutions all with the common goal of enriching student programming. It is affiliated with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, and development.

The awards for the UCR group recognized them as having the best newsletter and the best program in the western region, which includes California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Utah.

"It was our career conferences that won best program," said Kearv Seang, a senior marketing major at UCR who is the president of UCR's Student Alumni Association. "All the board members work together to make it happen. The judges saw that we put a lot of work into these conferences," she said.

The UCR Student Alumni Association developed the annual conference to fulfill a growing need: the education of students who are making career choices without knowledge of actual work environments, said David Chang, advisor for the Student Alumni Association. The conferences have now become an integral step from academia to career by bringing students together with seasoned professionals to network and prepare for the career world.

Seang said that she has heard complimentary comments from students who participated in the career conference programs. "They say it helps them figure out if a certain career was right for them."

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