Student Alumni Association Membership Continues Ascent
Just three years after its founding, the Student Alumni Association (SAA) has nearly quadrupled to become one of Providence College’s largest student organizations. It started in 2010 with 36 members and has grown to more than 160 members this academic year.
The SAA assists the offices of Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement in reaching their goals by facilitating an active relationship between students and alumni with a sense of pride, loyalty, and tradition, said Paul Calle ’12, coordinator of alumni relations.
Members increase students’ awareness of PC’s National Alumni Association on campus. The SAA also prepares its members to serve as future alumni leaders and volunteers after they graduate.
SAA members facilitate many annual College and alumni events, including the Friar 5K, St. Dominic Weekend, Spirit Week, Alumni & Family Weekend, and Reunion Weekend, as well as numerous networking nights, alumni panels, and community service opportunities.
This year, Mary Matthews ’13 (Jenkintown, Pa.) serves as the group’s president. The other officers are Shannon Droge ’13 (Merrick, N.Y.), vice president, and Kaley Benson ’13 (Duxbury, Mass.), secretary.
The officers see the SAA as “a great opportunity to become even more engaged with the PC community, specifically with the alumni network,” Matthews said. “We thought it was important that current students not only recognize the great achievements and commitments of PC alumni, but also have the opportunity to interact with these alumni and thank them for their dedication to PC.”
Matthews said SAA’s main goal this year is to work with the Office of Alumni Relations to increase awareness of the organization on campus.
Calle explained that members may be as involved as their schedules and priorities allow. Members have the opportunity at the end of every semester to join committees, which include marketing, events, and legacy.
This year, the marketing committee ran a “number awareness” campaign via social media to educate the campus about the National Alumni Association. The legacy committee interacts with current students who are children of alumni, such as leaving orientation gift baskets when students move in to school for the first time.
“By getting students involved and connected now, we are better able to continue to foster those relationships and keep them engaged in the future as alumni,” Calle said.
Matthews explained that with the help of the Office of Institutional Advancement, the SAA will further its mission by exploring different options for expanding its services.
“The motto of SAA is ‘Building Truth in Tradition,’ and we hope that our efforts as an association help foster the high level of dedication that makes PC’s tradition strong and lasting,” Matthews said.
— Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14