Babson + Beyond
Reaching Out to Lost Alumni
Over the years, the College has lost touch with some alumni. The mission for the students who become Presidential Fellows is to find them and bring them back.
A new initiative rolled out this school year, the Fellows program asks students to help find alumni and reconnect them with a place that was once an important part of their lives. “After a Fellow visit, we are hopeful that old connections are reignited and new ones are formed,” says Gerri Randlett, director of alumni network and service programs. “Who better to speak of the Babson of today than our students? They have such incredible stories to tell.”
To become a Fellow, applicants had to write three essays and obtain a recommendation. Eighty-three students applied for the program, and just 27 ultimately were picked, one of whom was Mallory McQueen, MBA’14. A Boca Raton, Fla., resident, she contacted and met with two long-lost MBA alumni from the Sunshine State. The alumni told McQueen about their time at Babson and how the College had shaped their lives. She told them how the school has changed since they graduated. “They were so excited,” McQueen says. “Both were really proud of their Babson experience.”
McQueen enjoys hearing stories about Babson from years ago. Alumni provide the school a sense of history, she says.
Cheska Mauban ’15 of New York City met with an alumnus from her home state during the recent winter break. She and the alumnus sat in a coffee shop and talked of work, Babson, and their lives. “At first he said he only had a few minutes. We ended up chatting for an hour,” she says. “He wants to keep in contact with me.”
Mauban says that Babson has done so much for her, so she’s pleased to give her time to the Fellows program. “We are representing Babson,” Mauban says. “I am proud.” —JC