Student Life

Alumni Relations Track

Track Chairs: Penny St. John, Executive Director of Alumni & Parent Relations, Regis University; Gerry Zaboski, VP for Alumni and Public Relations, The University of Scranton



Building Bridges: Young Alumni and Current Students

Presenters: Colleen McGinn, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Fairfield University; Julie Bialkowski, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, The University of Scranton; Nicole Cook, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for Regional Events and Special Programming, Creighton University; Monique Gardner, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, Loyola New Orleans; and Erin Mooney, Assistant Director of the Holy Cross Fund, College of the Holy Cross.

It is easier to graduate engaged alumni than to try and develop them once they leave. In a related way, building connections with recent graduates can lead to a lifetime of engagement. This panel discussion will explore issues and provide ideas for programming that targets current students and recent graduates.




Revitalizing Your Regional Programming
Presenters: Jessica Viner, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Fairfield University; Victoria Leeman, Senior Associate Director, Chapters, Boston College; Dianne Harrison, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations.

Regional clubs/chapters are often the foundation of an alumni relations program and can play an important role in engaging alumni. Our panelists represent regional club programs at various stages - from newly organized to highly structured - and will share their successes and challenges in providing programs and services. This session will also touch on trends in regional club programming and will provide participants with some new ideas to bring back to their institutions.





Alumni Programming Beyond the Cocktail Party: Spiritual and Social Justice Programming
Clara Dina Hinojosa, Assistant Director, Alumni Association, Loyola University Chicago; Brooke A. Rufo Hill (in absentia), Assistant Director for Magis: Alumni Committed for Mission - Seattle University; Mike Bayard, S.J., (in absentia), Director of Campus Ministry & Co-founder of Magis - Seattle University; Kathy Kale, Executive Director, Alumni Association - Santa Clara University

As Jesuit, Catholic institutions of higher education, AJCU alumni associations have a special role to play in engaging graduates in spirituality and service events. With this critical need to provide life-long formation opportunities for Jesuit-educated alumni, this workshop will offer best practices from across several institutions. We will discuss the successes and challenges of collaborating with collegiate partners, developing local and domestic outreach opportunities, and creating marketing strategies which target wide audiences.








Parent Associations
Presenters: Michael Sgro, Asst. Director for Marketing & Family Programs, Director, LeMoyne College; Katie Reifenberg, Director of Development for Parents Fund, Parent Programming, Loyola University Chicago

From fundraising to admissions, parents have great potential to help colleges and universities achieve important goals. This session will provide practical information about creating and maintaining effective parent relations from the perspectives of both development and alumni relations.





Connecting Alumni by Occupation
Presenters: Meg Connolly, Executive Director for Alumni Relations, St. Louis University; Stacy Mitz, Senior Director for Engagement & Affinity-based Giving, Marquette University; Lynn Andres,
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, The University of Scranton

In addition to regional events and reunions, alumni relations professionals are finding new ways to foster connections through programming that is built around professions and industry-specific networking. This panel discussion will offer a range of examples and models to help alumni, parents and friends, many times with untapped potential, to connect with each other and with the college or university.