Centre in the City events bring alumni together
August 18, 2011 By Elizabeth Trollinger
23 cities across the world on August 26, allow Centre alumni to
meet each other and make connections.
Last year's Centre in the City event in Louisville (above) drew a
large crowd. “These events strengthen the alumni community,”
says Jillian Embrey, associate director of alumni affairs.
Centre students love to stay connected — to each other and to the College — even after they’ve graduated. On August 26, Centre alumni all over the world will have a perfect excuse to get together with one another: the second annual Centre in the City event.
“This is our second year holding this event, which is a worldwide happy hour with 23 events being held in different cities across the globe on the same night at the same hour (local time),” says Jillian Embrey, associate director of alumni affairs. “Each event is coordinated by one or more Centre alumni volunteers, who select the location for the event, and serve as hosts.”
This year’s Centre in the City event will take place in Austin, Texas; Birmingham, Ala.; Chicago; Cincinnati, Ohio; Danville, Ky.; Durham, N.C.; Houston; Huntsville, Ala.; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles; Louisville, Ky.; St. Paul, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York City; Owensboro, Ky.; San Antonio; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C.
Marina Dickens Leed ’05 is co-hosting Durham’s Centre in the City event with Lydia Manning ’00 at Six Plates.
“I went to the Centre in the City event last summer, held in Raleigh, and had a great time,” she says. “I know that there are many alums in the area — even ones from my own class — but sometimes it's hard to keep up, given that there are so many things to do in the area.”
Particularly in metropolitan areas, alumni are often unaware that there are other Centre grads living near them.
“In larger cities such as Washington D.C., Chicago and New York, we have many young alumni in those areas who don’t even know that there are other Centre alumni living close by,” Embrey says. “These events link Centre young alumni together, strengthening the alumni community, forging new friendships and creating career networks.”
The alumni events are extending across the globe this year, with one in London hosted by Chris Thompson ’06.
“I’m excited about establishing some Centre connections all the way across the Atlantic. Until I inquired with the alumni office, I had no idea that there were any other Centre grads living in the London area,” Thompson says.
Of the many places in London the Centre in the City event could have been held, Thompson had one particular establishment in mind.
“I chose a pub called The Lexington for obvious reasons,” he says.
Centre in the City events give Centre grads the chance to connect with each other — and hopefully stay connected.
“One of my goals is to revitalize the Centre network in the area. I loved my experience at Centre and I love living in Durham, and it's a great way to combine the two,” Leed says.
The event was hugely popular with alums last year, and Embrey is hoping that it will only continue to expand.
“Last year, we had 19 events and over 400 attendees,” she says. “This year, we’ve grown to 23 events and are hoping for an even larger turnout. By having the events hosted by alumni, it encourages young alumni to become more involved in volunteering with the alumni community — an involvement that will hopefully continue for years to come.”
To find more information or register for a Centre in the City event, visit http://www.centrelinkonline.com/CITC11.
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