BYU-Idaho helps connect students to alumni through the BYU-I/Ricks College Alumni Association by networking and making connections.

There are many ways that people are able to stay connected and share different opportunities for others, according to the BYU-I Alumni Web page.

“The Alumni Association is a group that connects our current students to an alumni network of over 200,000 alumni,” said Steve Davis, director of Alumni Relations.

He said there are multiple ways alumni are able to help students including being a mentor to the students or possibly helping students find internships or jobs.

“We have alumni ambassadors that represent the university from their hometown,” Davis said.

He said the ambassadors help to make the common ties of the students and alumni in different places from where they live and call home.

“The alumni mentors help with giving their career advice,” Davis said.

Davis said there is a new program called BYU-Idaho Professionals that helps students connect with alumni for networking and professional placement.

“BYU-Idaho Professionals is an exciting, new private group on LinkedIn,” according to the BYU-I Alumni Web page. “The primary aim of this special group is to leverage the strength of the BYU-Idaho Alumni Network to help connect students, alumni and professionals that are strictly committed to networking, mentoring and developing meaningful relationships.”

Through BYU-I Professionals, students will have opportunities to find more options to fill up their time after they graduate college, Davis said.

“The connections made in this group will bless the lives of our students and alumni,” according to the BYU-I Alumni Web page. “Entrance into this private group and continued membership is managed by the BYU-I Alumni Office. Students, alumni and professionals must complete a few requirements before membership is granted.”

To receive membership, students and professionals must watch the video “Networking 101: 5 Steps to Networking Effectively,” which can be found on the BYU-I Professionals Web page.

Students also must watch Christopher Galbraith’s Power to Become Conference presentation about informational interviews. Once the videos have been watched, students will need to obtain a LinkedIn profile with 100+ connections.

“We are trying to tie our alumni back to the university so that they feel connected still, even though they have gone on to do their jobs or their careers,” said Jason Reeder, the marketing communications coordinator of Alumni Relations.

He said there are opportunities and chances for alumni to feel connected to the university.

“We also want to connect students to alumni so that they can get jobs, and this helps students be able to get a jump-start for work, which is more effectively and gives more leverage to our students,” Reeder said.

The Alumni Association will be hosting an Alumni Ski Night, according to the Alumni Association Web page. It will be held Jan. 16 at Kelly Canyon at 5 p.m. There will be a $17 lift fee, and skis can be rented for $12 and snowboards for $18.

“Alumni, alumni family members and BYU-I students can come pick up a food coupon from the Alumni booth in the lodge to get chili or hot dog, drink, bread stick and a cookie bar for only $2,” according to the event’s Web page on the BYU-I Master Calendar.