Volunteer Profile: Gage Dungy '03: Students, Mentors, and Mixers
As President of the Law Students Association in 2002-2003, Gage Dungy '03 worked with the King Hall Alumni Board to promote alumni-student relations. Now, he's doing the same as a member of the Alumni Board, volunteering as chair of the Student-Alumni Relations Committee.
"When I was a student, the King Hall community was always there to assist me with my law school needs," he said. "Now, as an alumnus, I think it's important for me to do my part to continue that legacy. Volunteering with the Alumni Association and interacting with students gives me the opportunity to do that, and I'd like other alumni to know that the opportunity is available for them, too."
Dungy, an associate at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore in Fresno where he practices labor and employment law, has been a member of the Alumni Board since 2006. As part of his work with the Student-Alumni Relations Committee, he has met with the LSA and other student groups to discuss ways in which the Alumni Association could promote mutually beneficial alumni-student interactions. One result of those meetings has been a new series of student-alumni mixers.
"Over the past year, we put together a string of rather successful mixers that were focused on different disciplines of the law," said Dungy. "We've had a labor and employment law mixer where we brought together alumni who practice in that area and students interested in meeting them, and we've had mixers based on environmental law, criminal law, and other areas. These have been very enjoyable events, and provide a great way for alumni to meet with students and share their knowledge and experience with students who are eager to learn from them."
He emphasizes that these events can help students to build networking relationships they need in order to successfully enter an extremely challenging employment market, while also providing a framework for the development of mentoring relationships. "We want to provide students with access to alumni who can be a resource of information and potential career opportunities, and also provide alumni with an opportunity to interact with students and share their wealth of knowledge and skills," Dungy said.
Dungy said that as the program moves forward, the online Alumni Directory will play a crucial role in helping students and alumni to connect. Alumni can log in, update their contact information, add their practice areas, and allow student access as a way to indicate their willingness to get involved.
"We have a strong feeling that there are alumni out there who are willing to get involved and interact with students, but they aren't necessarily aware of the best way to get started," said Dungy. "We're going to do our best to reach out to alumni and to increase awareness of the Alumni Directory and the other opportunities we offer. If you're interested, we'd love to hear from you."
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