Message from the Alumni Society President
Assuming the presidency of the Alumni Society after admirably being led for the past three years by Joe Dillon '62 puts me in the position, as they say, of having to fill some really big shoes. On behalf of all our alumni, I'd like to thank Joe and his wife Judy for their many years of dedication and service to the Society and Manhattan College. On a personal level, I'd like to thank Joe for his support during the transition.
This has already been a particularly exciting year with the College having marked the 40th anniversary of co-education during the 2013-14 academic year. 2014 will also be remembered as the year the Raymond W. Kelly '63 Student Commons was dedicated - a modern facility that demonstrates the commitment of the Manhattan College community to a sustainable future for our students.
During the next three years, together with the Alumni Relations office, under the direction of Tom McCarthy '06, and along with other Alumni Society officers, Lou Lamatina '79, Nick Benedetto '08, and Damien Germino '09, I'd like to continue to grow the active alumni base by focusing on outreach and collaboration. There are nearly 40,000 of us alumni and we need to do our best to reconnect with the College and with one another.
To achieve this goal, I have started to frame out a strategy which includes the following tenets:
Community: Proactively share the benefits of participating in the Manhattan College community, and invite all alumni to re-engage and experience this sense of community first hand;
Unity: Align the many alumni organizations operating autonomously, under the guidance of the Alumni office, by demonstrating the strength of unity;
Service: Take a lesson from our student body and introduce service into our alumni mission. Our students are to be lauded for their commitment to Lasallian traditions. Let's engage with them and broaden our thinking and experiences;
Brand: Build a brand for the alumni. I am always surprised how much we have in common. No matter where we live, work or travel - shake the hand of a Jasper and you know exactly what you are getting - that's a brand!
The Alumni Society is here to represent each of you and we want to know what you are thinking, how we can enrich each other's lives, and how best to strengthen our Manhattan College Community. We are looking for feedback from you and welcome your messages at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit the alumni webpage for news and events. You can also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or, better yet, join us at one of our upcoming events.
Best wishes to each of you as the summer draws to a close. There will be much more to come in the fall!
Manhattan College Alumni Society