Alumni Board member creates two new alumni events
When Yvette Reyna recalls memories of UIW, she remembers how she was educated to be an innovative leader.
Currently she serves as Executive Director of the Judson Education Foundation and fundraises to provide innovative grants for teachers and student scholarships. In a time of cutting costs in education, she sees how the money she fundraises makes a big difference in the lives of Judson ISD students. As a UIW alumni board member, she has approached her work as a volunteer with the same enthusiasm and fresh thinking that has made her successful professionally.
This year, she has seen the fruits of her labor with two brand new alumni events, Cardinals and Cocktails as well as the UIW Community Easter Egg Hunt. Cardinals and Cocktails is an alumni mixer event scheduled for April 20 at Paloma Blanca and the UIW Community Easter Egg Hunt held on April 16th with over 140 children from the UIW Community and the Brainpower Connection. Yvette's leadership on these events has led to increased alumni involvement and more interest in reconnecting with UIW. Her joy is building great memories for the kids at the Easter Egg Hunt on the beautiful UIW campus. Every time Yvette gets the chance, she urges her friends and colleagues to visit the UIW campus. During Light the Way she tells her friends to drive through campus, because "It doesn't feel like Christmas if you don't stop by UIW."
Yvette entered UIW as a junior transfer student and recalls being nervous on her first day. Dr. Greenberg from the Communications program welcomed her into her first class and reassured her that UIW was indeed the right place for her. Yvette suggests it wasn't just the great professors that helped her achieve but also the great classmates in her program. Yvette made some great friends, including classmate Kinya Cano, currently a Producer for Great Day SA on KENS-TV.
Yvette's advice to current students and fellow young alumni is to "Take the time to go to the UIW Career Services office to find out about internships and networking opportunities. If you are currently in a job, try to come up with creative ways to use what you are learning to help you succeed in your desired career field."
She shared an example of how one of her friends worked in a kids club area at a local gym and developed a newsletter for parents. "Taking the initiative to be creative helps build your resume and that makes a great impression on an employer." One of the ways Yvette gives back to UIW is through the creation of new and exciting alumni events and increasing alumni involvement. She challenges others to get involved and do the same.