The Office of Alumni Relations is seeking to re-energize its
regional alumni chapters, and Washington, DC – thanks in part to
its longstanding Alumni Insider’s View…U.S. Capital program (AIV) –
is leading the way.
“Our presence in DC is incredibly strong, and the annual AIV
program we host there has helped to keep those alumni close,” said
Mark Andrews, Director of Alumni Relations. “Moving forward, we are
committed to increasing our regional connections with all of our
existing chapter leaders throughout the country – they play such a
crucial role in keeping alumni connected – and I think Washington,
DC serves as a perfect blueprint.”
Alumni pride was on full display in DC during a Men’s Basketball
Pre-game Reception, held prior to the Red Storm’s road game against
the Georgetown Hoyas. Over 60 alumni and friends gathered together
to catch up and reminisce.
“We hope that this event is just the start of more to come,”
said Laura Cranston, R.Ph. ’84P, DC Chapter President. “We have a
lot of new, young alumni moving into the area, and they’re already
getting involved. There’s definitely a lot of St. John’s pride down
here in DC.”
Guests enjoyed meeting fellow alumni in the area, and many used
it as an opportunity to discuss future Chapter plans.
“It’s a lot
of fun to talk to alumni down here,” said Rahsaan J. Coefield, Esq.
’05CPS, who recently volunteered to become the DC Chapter
Coordinator for Young Alumni Programs. “We’ve been discussing ways
to become even more active in the coming months, like going to
Accepted Students Day to meet the next wave of young men and women
attending St. John’s, in addition to hosting more get-togethers
throughout the year like this reception.”
Coefield, like so many of his fellow alumni, participates as a
panelist in the AIV…U.S. Capital Program. This unique, three-day
trip – which St. John’s has been running for 32-straight years –
brings students to the nation’s capital to meet alumni
professionals working in some of the country’s most exciting
“We’re already talking about next year’s program and ways we can
make it better than it’s ever been,” Coefield said. “Our panels are
always top-notch and informative, so I can’t wait for the next one
to roll around.”
Meanwhile, Gregory Koch ’02L and Patrick McMurray ’02L –
Co-Presidents of the St. John’s School of Law DC Alumni Chapter –
chatted at the pre-game reception about the importance of engaging
their fellow alumni on a regular basis.
“When you realize just how many of our Law School graduates are
down here, it’s staggering,” said Koch, who works as Senior
Associate General Counsel for the Office of National Intelligence.
“There’s a great job market down here for lawyers, and the fact
that there’s such a strong St. John’s connection is like the icing
on the cake.”
McMurray, who works as a Senior Counsel at the United States
Senate, expressed his hope to host more networking events in the DC
“Too often, we’re pigeonholed as a New York school,” he noted.
“But, honestly, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We’ve got
a great number of alumni here – and just about everywhere
throughout the country – so I’m glad that we’re beginning to
re-energize our regional chapters. I think it’s really going to
Men’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Lavin made a surprise appearance
at the pre-game reception, fielding questions, discussing the
season and providing a scouting report on Georgetown. For alumni
like Andy Lambert ’85SVC, a former member of ROTC who recently
retired after a 29-year career with the military, the event left
him more excited than ever to become an active member in the St.
John’s DC Chapter.
“We’ve got strength in numbers,” he explained. “So, for me, it’s
a matter of giving back – it’s incumbent on us to keep the St.
John’s presence at the forefront. By staying connected, we’ll
remind the entire area what St. John’s has to offer. The University
gave so much to us, so it’s a connection I’ll always cherish.”