CHICAGO (March 14, 2019) — Dennis Koch, De La Salle Collegiate’s director of alumni relations, met with Chicago area alumni last month.
The purpose of the trip to Hotel Chicago was multifold.
“We are doing a lot of great things with alumni in a lot of different areas,” said Koch, a De La Salle graduate from 1994. “We have the Pilot Bar Association, the Pilot Business Association, and soon the Pilot Medical Association. We also know we have a great group of alumni living in the Chicago area. We need to strengthen our relationship with those alums.
“Furthermore, another alum from ‘94, John Superson, approached me about the idea of creating some sort of business-exchange program. Simply put, what Mr. Superson and I are trying to create is an alumni chapter for De La Salle that is similar to what you might see at major colleges. They want to connect our alums to other alums and develop relationships that help everyone.”
This seemed to come across as a very popular idea.
“I believe the alumni exchange is an excellent idea,” said Matt Rohr, ‘75. “As a retired human resources executive and a current job ministry leader I know how critical networking is for career management and success. This is especially true early in one’s career. More importantly, it would be a natural extension of the mission of De La Salle as Makers of Men. It would provide a Catholic value based career support system in an increasingly secular world.”
Matthew Fitzhenry ‘06, added, “I think the idea of an alumni exchange is a great idea. When I first moved to Chicago, although I had a job, I didn’t know anyone. Having the network established for someone in a new city, just to meet up with someone with a common background, to watch a Detroit sports team game, or catch up regarding the old neighborhood would have been nice those first few months. Connecting with someone prior to moving would also have helped as far as knowing where to live, church communities, sporting leagues, and what are some things to do within such a large city.
“I also see the huge benefit of a network for current students/recent graduates to be able to reach out to professionals for either a career they are looking to pursue or what degrees produce more benefits after graduating. Even though some of the people that are part of the group may have had different experiences at De La Salle, or were part of different social circles, the one common element we would all share the same core principles, education, and integrity that De La Salle engraved in all of us.”
This trip was very successful and the alumni association will continue to work with these great alumni on carrying out the mission of De La Salle Collegiate. If you live in the Chicago area and would like to hear more about the latest developments around De La Salle and the alumni association, please email Koch for more information.