More alumni than ever before joined last month’s global #ThankYouCEU alumni meetups.
Alumni in a dozen cities, from Istanbul to New York, joined together to reconnect with friends and classmates and to reminisce and express gratitude for their CEU experience. (Photos below.)
Held in tandem with the end-of-year fundraising challenge of the same name, the events drew approximately 100 alumni. This was an increase from the previous year’s ten events, which drew approximately 70 alumni.
CEU alumnus Dr. Florin Faje (SOCL ’08, PhD ’14) passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 15. He was 35 years old.
A professor at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work at Babes-Bolyai University, Florin suffered a stroke prior to a scheduled lecture last week. Despite emergency surgery to save his life, on the night of the 15th he suffered heart failure and died.
CEU alumni raised more than $107,000 - $7,000 beyond the original target – in support of student scholarships as part of the #ThankYouCEU 2019 Alumni Challenge.
In less than a month, from December 4 to 31, nearly 300 alumni donors gave to the end-of-year funding drive, including 67 to who gave to the university for the first time.
The number of donors, the amount raised, and the short duration makes this the most successful end-of-year alumni campaign in recent CEU history. (Last year’s challenge included 250 donors who raised $87,000.)
More than a dozen CEU alumni got together for a small but lively reunion in the Czech capital on Tuesday, November 5. The meetup was hosted by Serge Sych (IRES ’97, LEGS ’99) CEU Vice President for Enrollment, Careers and Alumni Relations, at Prague’s Podlarka Karlin pub. (See pics below.)
The meetup drew many generations of alumni, from early alumni from the Class of 1993 to recent graduates from the Class of 2017. Among attendees were professionals from the Czech and local governments, civil society, business and higher education.