About The Alumni Network
The Gateway Community College Alumni Network's mission is to develop and reinforce lifelong professional and personal connections among its members. To advocate for equitable education. To leverage network resources to better serve the Gateway Community.
I hope this message finds you well. It’s been a while since we last connected, and I believe it is time to rejuvenate our Gateway alumni community. As we approach the upcoming year, I am excited to share some news about initiatives aimed at growing and engaging alumni. Roberta Hoskie, a distinguished alumna and valued member of the Gateway Community College Foundation board has graciously agreed to chair this initiative. With her expertise and passion for our alma mater, she will lead us towards building a more robust and connected alumni network.
We are planning a series of meetings to discuss and outline the strategic plan for growth and engagement for the network. To ensure that we find a time that suits the majority, we have created a Doodle poll with a selection of proposed meeting dates. Your input is valuable, and we kindly ask you to take a moment to indicate your availability by the following link below.
Your active involvement in these meetings will contribute significantly to the success of our efforts, and I am hoping that you can join us in shaping the future of our alumni community.
Thank you for considering this invitation and I look forward to hearing from you.
More than 50 enthusiastic alums already have joined Gateway Community College’s first-ever Alumni Network. Gateway Alumni Network Advisory Board members include current Gateway employees:
- Julie Austin, Class of 1994, Interim Allied Health Department Chair; Radiography Program Coordinator
- Sam Osei, Class of 2006, Professor of Nursing, and a 2009 Gateway Foundation Hall of Fame inductee
- Belinda Petrovic, Class of 2011, Academic Associate and Science Lab Coordinator
- Christina Scillia-Rivera, Class of 2000, Secretary to CT State Chief of Staff and Director of Communications & Strategic Marketing AnnMarie Harrison
- Angie Simon, Class of 2019, IT Department Technician
- Elizabeth “Liz” Vega, Class of 2000, Associate Director of Admissions
Other Advisory Board members are:
Rick Callahan, Class of 2004, CEO and Founder of Krative, a New Haven-based marketing firm, and a 2022 Gateway Community College Foundation Hall of Fame honoree
Joseph D. Thomas, Class of 1985, Owner, JT Consulting Services, LLC; 2012 Gateway Foundation Hall of Fame honoree, and newly elected Foundation Board member
“We don’t just take pride in graduating from Gateway,” said Alumni Network Advisory Board member Sam Osei. “We give back by supporting current students however we can. No one understands their journey better than someone who has been on that same journey.”
“Alumni associations build a sense of community,” noted fellow Advisory Board member Christina Scillia-Rivera. “They foster career growth advice between recent and experienced grads. And, as alumni, we play an important role in shaping our school’s identity and reputation.”
According to the American Alumni Association, there are more than 5,200 such groups in the United States. While most are at four-year institutions, the number is growing among community colleges.
Alumni associations typically are known for financially supporting their alma maters. They also play a vital role in mentoring and engaging current students. Membership provides opportunities to network with peers and experts, provides links to job markets, and cements connections with former classmates and old friends.