Robert '69 and Carol Scherb '70 Ray
Alumni Award: Service To Susquehanna
Although retired, Robert ’69 and Carol Scherb ’70 Ray certainly weren’t the retiring sort when Susquehanna asked them to pilot the Alumni Connect mentor program. Designed to create more intentional and robust connections between current students and alumni, Alumni Connect—since renamed the SU Bridge Career Network—now has a database of 567 alumni who are willing to mentor Susquehanna students. In 2010 and 2011, the Rays called and recruited more than 100 of them.
That number surprises even the Rays. “We never counted them up,” says Bob. “We just kept going and following up on the list.”
It was an easy sell, adds Carol. “The whole point was to get alumni to reach out and do something for the university that wasn’t a financial commitment. It was advice, it was time, it was a way of giving back and sharing with current students or alumni just your life or work experience. And the folks we connected with were very interested and the students responded well to them.”
Besides their work to connect Susquehanna students and alumni, the Rays have served on Susquehanna reunion committees, the North N.J. Regional Campaign Committee, the North N.J. Leadership Committee, the Alumni–Parent Admissions Network and as Career Day participants. Carol also served on the Alumni Association Executive Board from 2000 to 2003 and on the university’s Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2009. She was a member of the board’s Learning Committee and Diversity Task Force. The Rays also established a scholarship that so far has supported two Susquehanna students, one from Afghanistan and another from the Czech Republic.
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