Keeping in Touch

Keeping in Touch

During my graduate work at the University of Southern California during the last quarter of the 20th century, I spent considerable time in the School of Public Administration’s student lounge.  A recurring theme of conversations between students, faculty, and recent graduates was speculation on ways to “keep in touch” after graduation. Circulating a sheet of paper during the last day of class, inviting people to jot down name and contact information, was popular but such data sources were often misplaced.

Fast forward to the University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies (CDS) during first quarter of the 21st century.  Again, students, faculty, and recent graduates expressed interest in finding ways to “keep in touch” after celebrating graduation and the conclusion of formal collaboration.  In October 2017, Dr. Mansureh Kebritchi launched the CDS Alumni Special Interest Group to create a community for scholarship engagement, networking, career development, and entrepreneurship opportunities for CDS students and alumni.  

This venue facilitates the exchange of knowledge, skills, and abilities among fellow University of Phoenix students, alumni, faculty, and researchers in both professional and social settings. The CDS Alumni Special Interest Group promotes fellowship and professionalism through:

The CDS Alumni Special Interest Group is led by Dr. Kebritchi.  In 2018 and 2019, Dr. Sandy Nunn co-led the group; in 2020, 2021, and 2022, I have been privileged to co-lead this dynamic and constantly evolving community of Scholar/Practitioner/Leaders.  Thank you, Dr. Kebritchi, for this innovative way to “keep in touch”!


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Louise Underdahl



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