Going the Distance: GCU in Puerto Rico

Graduates living in Puerto Rico shared memories of their college years (and more) with Alumni Engagement Director Alicia Plaag and S. Diane Szubrowski ’68 during GCU’s Dec. 4-8 visit to San Juan.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and to find out what where alumnae are in their lives,” said Alicia, who visited with Claudimary Rivera ’10, Ana P. Cruz ’10, Lisamary Figueroa-Collazo ’11, Jaslene M. Lopez ’14, and Francheska Cedres ’14 (now an MBA student at GCU).

“They are very proud of being part of the Georgian Court family and the education they received,” Alicia said. “For some, our visit rekindled their connection to the university, especially because we hadn’t hosted an official gathering there since 2002. Just as we do in Washington, D.C., Florida, New England. and other places, we want to regularly engage with alumni in Puerto Rico.”

The gathering was arranged with the help of higher education advocate and former Lions volleyball coach Francisco Casado, who recruited most of the former GCU student-athletes living in Puerto Rico. “He actually reached out to about 35 alumni living on the island…I mean, he called every one of them, including at least one alum who graduated more than 50 years ago,” Alicia said.

While in San Juan, she and S. Diane participated in workshops at an annual legislative conference hosted by the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey and attended by several state officials. In addition, Alicia and S. Diane represented GCU at an event where a new partnership with Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (still in the planning stages) was announced.

Graduates living in Puerto Rico shared memories of their college years (and more) with Alumni Engagement Director Alicia Plaag and S. Diane Szubrowski ’68 during GCU’s Dec. 4-8 visit to San Juan.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and to find out what where alumnae are in their lives,” said Alicia, who visited with Claudimary Rivera ’10, Ana P. Cruz ’10, Lisamary Figueroa-Collazo ’11, Jaslene M. Lopez ’14, and Francheska Cedres ’14 (now an MBA student at GCU).

“They are very proud of being part of the Georgian Court family and the education they received,” Alicia said. “For some, our visit rekindled their connection to the university, especially because we hadn’t hosted an official gathering there since 2002. Just as we do in Washington, D.C., Florida, New England. and other places, we want to regularly engage with alumni in Puerto Rico.”

The gathering was arranged with the help of higher education advocate and former Lions volleyball coach Francisco Casado, who recruited most of the former GCU student-athletes living in Puerto Rico. “He actually reached out to about 35 alumni living on the island…I mean, he called every one of them, including at least one alum who graduated more than 50 years ago,” Alicia said.

While in San Juan, she and S. Diane participated in workshops at an annual legislative conference hosted by the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey and attended by several state officials. In addition, Alicia and S. Diane represented GCU at an event where a new partnership with Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (still in the planning stages) was announced.

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