Viewpoint with Katy Muller

 Katy Muller
 Katy Muller, Class of 2013

Alumni have been crucial to my success and to the success of my classmates. Through their invaluable time, monetary gifts, and willingness to share their knowledge and talents, alumni are the greatest assets that business students have. Alumni establish endowed scholarships, tell us about careers and the real world of business, sponsor events, and provide internship and job opportunities. A crucial reason UAlbany is as strong as it is today is its alumni network.

Strong alumni relations and support have benefitted me. Though I work every summer, endowed scholarships have allowed me to focus on my schoolwork and critical internships during the school year. Marketing internships are usually not paid, so I depend on my summer income and financial aid to get me through the year. My scholarships have allowed me to take out less in student loans.

It’s incredible to see the physical presence of alumni on campus. Students notice. As a brother in Delta Sigma Pi I see this first hand. It’s amazing to see alumni returning to campus to give presentations to students, since they were once the students at those talks.

Events like the DLC All-Nighter, Accounting Orientation and programs like the Financial Analyst Honors Program Boot Camp wouldn’t be possible without continued support from UAlbany alumni and their employers. A group of alumni whose graduation dates cover a 40 year range – from 1972 to 2011 – funded the Bloomberg Terminal.

Off campus events benefit us too. I attended alumni-funded Network NYC in January. The room was filled with alumni eager to meet current students. Events like that are perfect for students to be exposed to the massive UAlbany network. At a past networking event I met an alumnus who knew someone at a company I wanted to work for. He gave me his business card and ultimately wound up forwarding my resume to his contact. Events like this provide crucial contact points in a young student’s career, and we have our alumni to thank for keeping those channels of communication open.

In terms of financially-based awards for School of Business students, I can speak personally on how much alumni funded scholarships help students. In freshman year I received the Mark B. Taylor Award funded by accounting alumnus Mark Taylor ’84 and last spring I received the Milton & Mary M. Danko Golden Rule Award funded by alumnus and marketing Professor Emeritus William Danko ’74, ’76. These awards helped me so much as I personally pay for my schooling through student loans and financial aid.

What I’d really like to say is “thank you” for your continued support of the school through your time, talent and treasure. The School of Business could not have accomplished all that it has today and given its students the opportunities they have without your help, and that’s something to be proud of. You’re shaping lives.

With the new building opening this fall, I hope that alumni will play an even greater role in the School of Business.