New alumni network debuts, with aim of improving connections

More than 1,000 people have joined new USC Rossier initiative

By Ross Brenneman

Photo by Brian Morri for USC Rossier

USC Rossier has revamped its online alumni network, in a move to allow alumni and students to better reach each other.

The new system, powered by the PeopleGrove platform, will allow USC Rossier students and alumni to forge meaningful networking connections and create new opportunities for mentorship.

Matt DeGrushe, the director of alumni relations for USC Rossier, said that the main motivation for implementing the system was to better facilitate connections within the Rossier network.

“The platform makes the Trojan Network more accessible both in terms of identifying potential contacts and providing different options to communicate directly with other members of the network,” he said.

The main features of the platform include:

  • Searchable member directory, including a geo-mapping feature
  • Built-in messaging capability, including online video chat
  • Opportunity to participate in formal mentorship and volunteer programs (coming this fall)

Since its soft launch at the beginning of April, 1,020 members of the USC Rossier community have registered, including students, alumni, faculty and staff. Current network members are located in 37 states and 21 countries.

“I’m hoping to use the platform as a springboard to enhance alumni volunteer opportunities in terms of mentorship while providing students with easier access to alumni,” DeGrushe said.

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