University makes it easier for students and alumni to connect

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he Quinnipiac community is growing stronger with the launch of Bobcat Connect, a tool that helps alumni and students to network and build a foundation of lifelong professional success.

Bobcat Connect is a private online network that facilitates connections for networking, career support and mentorship opportunities designed for Quinnipiac students and alumni around the world.

With the expanded roll out this month, current students are now able to connect with members of Quinnipiac community and find career development support. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences and schools of business, communications, health sciences and nursing may join the network.

“We’re ecstatic to open the Bobcat Connect network to students this spring,” said John Arcangelo ‘02, senior director of alumni & parent relations and annual giving. “While Bobcat Connect was first launched to alumni, the long-term goal was to design a space in which alumni can easily support students’ career development, make their volunteer preferences known and easily connect with QU engagement opportunities. Quinnipiac alumni love to help current students and the Bobcat Connect network will make connection easier and more effective than ever.”

Bobcat Connect is different from other professional social networks because it is a small, dedicated community of Quinnipiac volunteers who join for the sole reason of supporting fellow Bobcats. Members are eager for outreach and administrators monitor the receipt of messages to help ensure a timely response. Also, students are already connected to members in the network, so you don’t have to worry about someone accepting a connection.

The platform is more user centric. Alumni may adjust preferences for helping other by adding help topics and a setting specific availability and contact settings. With this, students will be able to quickly filter through and find alumni that match their career needs. 

“Alumni are one of our most valuable resources in career development!” said Lila Carney, director of career development in the School of Communications. “The ability to use Bobcat Connect as a vehicle to connect students with alumni volunteering to support them will boost our students’ career readiness and it’s a great way for busy alumni to make a big impact on students’ lives with only a small time commitment.”

Members of the university community may learn more at bobcatconnect.qu.edu.