Some young women of the senior class were invited to join alumni and other school faculty at the Ruby Luncheon on Saturday, March 8th. The event was open to female students only. Its purpose was to not only recognize and honor selected students, but also to provide and create opportunities for these students by introducing them to influential alumni.
Teachers were responsible for nominating female students from their major and the clubs they advise. Some teachers were able to nominate multiple students. It is the prerogative of the teacher to choose whom they nominate but generally, they look for students who show outstanding achievement in school.
Although being selected is an honor in itself, there is an additional practical advantage of being nominated. This luncheon provides students with the opportunity to establish networks and connections with the alumni.
“By networking with the alumni,” said Kay Sirianni, a Forensics teacher responsible for nominating several students, “students can create opportunities for themselves in the form of internships and mentorships.”
This event makes connecting with Tech’s vast web of alumni easier.
“When I mentioned [to an alum] what I wanted to do,” said Paola Cruz ’14, “she introduced me to the alumni she had been talking to, who happens to work for NY1.”
Larry Cary, an alumnus and lawyer, invited several students from the luncheon to a dinner for lawyers and law firm representatives later on in April. This dinner is another opportunity for the students that were chosen to network and create connections with prominent members of society.
Although the luncheon was advantageous, many students said that the luncheon limited the students’ ability to form relationships with many different alumni by assigning seats.
“We were limited to our assigned seats and a packed schedule of guest speakers,” said Mary Cao ’14, “so it was hard to secure opportunities, like internships.”
Students were assigned a seat at a specific table and there was little opportunity to move around. This limited the exposure of students to alumni of different professions.
“In a way this [assigned seating] interfered with my ability to create opportunities with alumni,” agreed Paola Cruz ’14.