Over 30 alumni came to share memories with 200+ students at Western Spring RoKs in San Jose
By Edith Gong, SJ '86
This March, AIESEC alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area had a wonderful opportunity to relive their AIESEC days by attending a dinner during the West Coast's RoKs (Regional Orientation Kickoff Seminar), a bi-yearly conference focused on teaching new members about AIESEC and kickstarting their team training. This RoKs was hosted by AIESEC San Jose at the beautiful San Jose Airport Garden Hotel and had a whopping 200+ attendees and over 30 alumni! And almost half of the alumni were new faces to a hub event, so welcome newbies!!
This was a meaningful opportunity for alumni to share their experiences, fond memories, and what they got out of AIESEC with college students who just joined and are still trying to make sense of the many opportunities AIESEC has to offer.
Each alum shared a table with a handful of members during dinner, shared their inspiring stories, and got to introduce themselves and their AIESEC career with the whole congregation.
Our guest alumni speaker for the night, Dariusz Paczuski, regaled us with tales from his time in AIESEC, and the many places it led him, from his childhood in Europe, all the way to Telenav where he now heads development of an innovative new product called Scout. In the true AIESEC spirit, Dariusz convinced Telenav the importance of the AIESEC program - they are taking an AIESEC trainee! Dariusz's speech also stressed the theme of Inspiration and Action - not only for students, but for alumni and trainees alike.
Alumni were from all over the globe! In attendance were Michael Alvarado (SJ), Andrew Arrendondo (SJ), Vinnie Bandla (India), Sid Batra (SJ), Sophie Bousset (SJ), Amanda Bullington (George Washington), George Chien (Taiwan), Teresa Debbage (SJ), Theirry Doyen (Belgium), Michael Hansen (Denmark), Stephan Kropf (Austria), Justin Lau (SJ), David Lo (SJ), Jeff McCartney (Emory), Deno Naicker (South Africa), Susan Obuchowski (SJ), Matthew Ojeda (SJ), Klarence OuYang (SJ), Dariusz Paczuski (Long Beach), Thomas Peters (SJ), Katie Sassaman (Georgia Tech), Allen Shen (SJ), Adriana Trevino (Minnesota), Drew Weeks (SJ), Marina Rayman (USF), and Nicholas Xue Yan Zhou (SJ).
In addition, David Lo, Drew Weeks, and Jeff McCartney helped facilitate a half day ICX Summit for the new members. (San Jose currently leads the nation in traineeships raised.)
That's not all we have in store for you though! Keep an eye on our events calendar, Linkedin group and Facebook page for details on our next events!