Student Alumni Association Expands Role, Influence
Providence, R.I.--The Providence College Student Alumni Association (SAA), which has increased its membership to 87 students this academic year, is capping off an active year of involvement with alumni, benefactors, and friends.
This year, more than 70 students joined the association for the first time, following an interview process that attracted highly qualified and eager students seeking to join the association.
The association’s primary goals are to spur undergraduate interest in the College’s National Alumni Association (NAA), establish relationships between current students and alumni, instill a sense of pride, loyalty, and tradition in its members, and educate students about post-graduate alumni involvement and its benefits.
“We are really focused on building awareness with current students and developing relationships between students and alumni through presentations and shared stories and experiences,” said Ashley Buglio ’10, coordinator for alumni relations in the Office of Institutional Advancement and moderator of the SAA.
The association is currently led by president Jenna Borkoski ’12 (Barrington, R.I.), vice president Jenna Raymond ’12 (Worcester, Mass.), secretary Lauren Hartigan ’12 (Hull, Mass.), and senior giving chair Dana Barry ’12 (Larchmont, N.Y.).
A growing presence
Though only in its second operational year, the SAA has been an increasingly visible and supportive influence around campus and at signature College events such as St. Dominic Weekend, Homecoming, and A Night in Black and White.
According to Buglio, SAA members were an integral part of the 2011 St. Dominic Weekend, where they assisted Office of Institutional Advancement staff members and facilitated several events. Members also aided the Friar 5K and “Things for Thursday,” and attended the fall networking event for the Greater Providence Chapter of the NAA, the Mal Brown Club.
Buglio noted that this academic year, senior-class members of the association are striving to expose PC students to regional events involving the NAA in order to highlight the benefits of maintaining an active alumni status after leaving the College. Members are currently organizing campus events for students from the California, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., regions.
At the same time, students are reaching out to alumni in an attempt to have them share their perspectives and career expertise through formal presentations at SAA meetings and campuswide events.
In addition, members have worked to expose prospective and new PC students to the SAA and NAA brand as well as through such initiatives as Move-In Day and the legacy program.
The association now is gearing up for a spring semester filled with key events, such as Spirit Week, Alumni & Family Weekend, and Reunion Weekend.
“The Student Alumni Association has provided me with the opportunity to interact and work with PC graduates, from young alumni to ‘Golden Friars,’” said Borkoski. “Through these relationships, I have been able to see the importance and rewarding nature of lifelong involvement at the College. While my four years here have flown by, I have seen that I can continue my PC legacy as an engaged and proud alumna.”
--Robbie Smith-MacDonald ’12