Message from the Alumni Society President

Joseph P. Dillon ’62
May 2014

I completed my three year term as your Alumni Society president with the election of Meg Walsh as my successor at the May 3rd annual meeting of the Alumni Society Board. For the past three years, we have focused on the following areas of interest:  

  1. To develop alumni affinity and interest groups. This has been a relatively successful effort with several new alumni groups having been established or re-activated. There are more than 30,000 “reachable” alumni, i.e. those for whom we have correct addresses and who have responded in one way or another to the college’s outreach to them.  We must continue to offer this audience a variety of programs and activities that are of interest to the multiple constituencies within this audience. Tom McCarthy, director of alumni relations, and his staff will continue to lead this effort.
  2. To develop activities and programs specifically supporting young alumni (graduates of 2000 and later). There has been modest success in this effort with many events targeted toward young alumni. The Alumni Society will work on furthering this effort and expand activities beyond social events.
  3. To position the Alumni Society as a support organization for the various alumni activities and groups already in place. Unfortunately, little or no progress was made in this area. Many alumni groups continue to function independently from the Alumni Society.  I continue to believe that the strength and influence of our alumni within the college community will increase with a coordinated approach for all alumni activities.

On a personal level, one of the few reservations I had in accepting this position was that it was time for younger alumni to be the officers of the Alumni Society. With the election of new officers – Meg Walsh as president, Lou Lamatina as first vice president, Nick Benedetto as second vice president and Damien Germino as recording secretary – this concern no longer exists. As a bonus, an alumna assumes the presidency as we complete the celebration of 40 years of co-education at Manhattan College. I am confident that the leadership of the Alumni Society is in good hands!

In closing, having been an active alumnus for over 30 years, both as an employee at the College and as a volunteer, I can honestly say that the satisfaction and enjoyment I have experienced, along with my wife Judy, far exceeds the hours and hard work which we put in. Manhattan College is a great institution in so many ways, often underappreciated and insufficiently recognized, but great nevertheless! I am confident that it will continue to improve under the leadership of our College administration and our Alumni Society.

Sincerely,

Joe Dillon

Joseph P. Dillon ’62
Alumni Society President

 

We welcome and encourage all of our alumni is to get involved! I promise you it will be a fun and rewarding experience. To find out more or to have any questions answered, contact Tom McCarthy, director of alumni relations, at thomas.mccarthy@manhattan.edu. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing much more of you at our events!