Reunion Reunites Past Student Leaders

Cat McConnell ’07 ’09MBA and Lara Bueso ’07

We recently caught up with former SGA president Cat McConnell ’07 ’09MBA and former SGA vice president Lara Bueso ’07 to chat about their roles as co-chair of the 5th Reunion Class Gift Campaign.

Cat: Back in August 2010, I was asked if would be interested in planning the 5th year reunion for the Class of 2007. Knowing I had some time on my side, I took some time to reflect on my undergraduate experience, all the lifelong friendships that were forged, the hands-on learning experiences, and, of course, the time spent with the Student Government Association (SGA). After that, I couldn’t imagine the committee without Lara’s involvement. We had such a memorable senior year as president and vice president, and I know we’ll bring that same enthusiasm to Rollins, our classmates and the 5th Reunion Class Gift Campaign.

Lara: Thankfully, Cat and I have kept in touch since graduation. So when she contacted me about serving on a committee for our 5th Reunion, I didn’t hesitate to say “yes” – after four years, the duo was back together. I’m enjoying planning with Cat and having the opportunity to reach out to fellow classmates (whom we’ve lost touch with) to reconnect and share memories from our alma mater.

Message to the Class of 2007: All our lives have changed since we attended Rollins, and we can’t wait to hear how our classmates’ lives have changed since graduation. As young professionals, graduate students, parents and service men and women, our daily lives are so busy we don’t often take the time to stop, reflect and catch up with the people who shaped our college experience. If there is one thing we hope our classmates will take away from the Class Gift Campaign it’s that giving back is about paying tribute to the memories, experiences, faculty, staff and friends we hold dear from Rollins. A class gift is what you want it to be – any amount, big or small, general or initiative specific – it’s about what Rollins means to you. We hope you’ll join us for Reunion in March, but even if you can’t, take a minute and think about your favorite times at Rollins, and then take another minute and visit and let us know how much those memories mean to you.

An Update from Cat

Since graduation, Cat completed her MBA at the Crummer Graduate School of Business while working for Rollins. During her time as the project and communication coordinator for the Office of the Provost she oversaw the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, developed partnerships within the Central Florida community, and served on several institutional and community task forces on behalf of Rollins. In December 2009, Cat joined her father’s executive compensation consulting firm, McConnell & Company, as an associate, focusing her work on higher education and non-profit organizations. Most recently, Cat helped establish the Cornell Contemporaries, a young professional group at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

An Update from Lara

After graduating summa cum laude from Rollins, Lara spent three months in Costa Rica, guiding American students through the country and working alongside indigenous communities to build local libraries. She then headed to the University of Michigan Law School where she earned her J.D. degree and served as managing editor of the Journal of Race & Law and president of the Latino Law Students Association. Post law school, Lara returned to her hometown of Miami, Florida to begin her law career as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP where she is currently working on a products liability multidistrict litigation.