Linking Perspectives: MSDS Alumni Connect with Northern Virginia Online Students

February 20, 2024
Four people stand side by side at the Northern Virginia online student and MSDS alumni reception.

Northern Virginia online students and M.S. in data science alumni recently united for a networking event in Arlington, Virginia. Federico Cohen Freue, a senior vice president at Mastercard and member of the UVA School of Data Science advisory board, attended the collaborative event organized by the School's Office of Student Affairs and its director of development.

Three men are smiling and laughing in discussion with one another.
Many students stand together during a social event, facing the speaker.

“Hannah Pede, our assistant director of career development, and I often emphasize to current students the importance of networking,” said Reggie Leonard, associate director for career connections and community engagement. 

“It was amazing to be able to collaborate with Kristy Simpkins, assistant director of online student success and engagement, and Stephanie Fentress, director of development, to bring together our amazingly vibrant and continuously growing NoVA community,” he continued.

Fentress was happy to see students connect with one another during the event.

“Hosting alumni and student networking events is a source of pride for me,” she said. “These gatherings are the groundwork for future success, building a network that propels the School of Data Science forward.” 

Photography by Alyssa Brown.





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