HAST1404MZp062

Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ ADVANCEMENT } “The students give back, yes, but they are also building a network of connections. And who knows what great opportunities these 62 SPRING 2014 Student Volunteers Forge Connections With Alumni Whether it’s writing thank-you notes or helping plant vegetables in the Tenderloin People’s Garden, UC Hastings’ newest alumni program gives students an opportunity to become further connected with the community and do good in the wider world. Participants in UC Hastings’ Student Alumni Ambassador Program are encouraged to volunteer in the community and take a proactive role in raising funds for the programs they care most about at the school. According to Annual Giving Manager Robin Drysdale, these alumni ambassadors “want to do good things.” One of their first efforts came on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 11, 2013. To help UC Hastings express its gratitude to its donors, students wrote personalized notes to donors to thank them for their support. Students also volunteered in the Tenderloin People’s Garden. So far, the program has enlisted about 100 volunteer ambassadors. “Our program’s goal is to create a strong community between students and alumni,” Drysdale says. “The students give back, yes, but they are also building a network of connections. And who knows what great opportunities these connections could turn into.” EASING BAR EXAM STRESS UC Hastings alumni prove that there is such a thing as a free lunch For many students, studying for and taking the bar exam are the most stressful parts of finishing law school. Thanks to a new program, at least those students have one less thing to worry about: their lunch. UC Hastings now provides free lunches to its students taking the bar exam. “The box lunch program clearly demonstrates how UC Hastings is taking care of its students, even after they have graduated,” says Felix Woo ’99, who has supported the program financially. “Of course your school wants you to do well, but providing lunch conveys that the school is looking out for you on one of the most stressful days of your professional career.” The first free meals were offered in 2013 to 130 former students at the test site in Oakland. Rupa Bhandari, director of student services, hopes to expand the program to more Bay Area locations. Expansion will depend on additional gifts from alumni, faculty, and staff. To learn how you can support this program, contact Laura Jackson at jacksonl@uchastings.edu. connections could turn into.” —Annual Giving Manager Robin Drysdale


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
To see the actual publication please follow the link above