GOLD Giving Volunteers
When Marco Meier ’12 (right) returned to California after graduation, he missed Stonehill, just as he had yearned for home when he first moved east. As a student, Megan Keane ’12 (below left) enjoyed being involved in campus life, but without that buzz of connection, she felt a loss. Seeking to stay connected, both became Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) Giving Volunteers.
As volunteers, they email, message and call classmates regularly to update them on events and encourage them to support the College. They also stay in touch with administrators, faculty and current students at special events.
One of those events is the annual GOLD Christmas Reception, which is where Meier, who flies from San Diego to attend, sees his impact. At this event, a GOLD Scholarship recipient speaks about his or her studies, internships, goals and challenges. Their words move him.
“Hearing the recipient’s story makes me reflect on my time as a student and appreciate the struggles of students today. So much of what Stonehill has to offer is made possible by our generosity throughout the year,” says Meier. Held at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, the GOLD reception also allows Meier to network with his professors and classmates—something that he looks forward to each year. “It’s a long way to fly for a couple of days, but I haven’t missed a GOLD reception since I graduated,” he notes.
Keane, who is the chair of the GOLD Giving Volunteers, supports the College because she took advantage of so many of Stonehill’s offerings—from H.O.P.E. trips to Nicaragua, interning at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she still works, to studying in Grenoble, France. “I want to make sure that all future students have the same opportunities.”
To this end, Keane advises volunteers to engage in Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving. Fueled by social media and collaboration, Keane says, “I’ll send classmates personal emails or share information on social media to let them know about major fundraising initiatives. As a GOLD Giving Volunteer, there’s also a lot of opportunity to network with fellow alums and other members of the Stonehill community.”
Meier echoes that sentiment, saying, “Stonehill is family to me, and the strength of this family is based on the foundation of the alumni network. I want Stonehill to continue to thrive, so I choose to pitch in and help the students who are there today.”
GOLD Giving Volunteers are members of the Classes of 2008-2017, who commit to making a personal gift annually and encourage their peers to also support Stonehill. For more about GOLD Giving or to become a volunteer, contact the Development Office at 508-565-1341 or email email@example.com.
Networking on the Go
SEEN ANY of the Alumni Office sponsored virtual events? Curious to give one a try? Below we break down how our online event platform, Brazen, brings these virtual events to life.
Network or give back. We now offer customized networking events to fit your busy schedule. We want to help our alumni grow and expand their Stonehill networks and provide opportunities to mentor current students. These events are designed to supplement, not replace, in-person events.
Connect anywhere, on any device. The Alumni Office is offering several kinds of online events based on topics, including location (Alumni on the West Coast), industry (The Art of Networking for Alumni in the Arts), general networking (for all alumni, everywhere) and mentoring events for current students and alumni.
It’s easy to use. Alums sign into the site and are matched with somebody for an approximately 10-minute conversation. Think AOL Instant Messenger but for professionals. After chatting, you’ll be matched with the next available graduate and so on. After the event time has elapsed or when you need to go, you can review your conversations, follow-up and add the graduates you connected with to your LinkedIn network or contacts.
Earlier this year, Kevin Hotter ’01, who lives in Santa Clarita, Calif., participated in the Alumni on the West Coast online Brazen event. “I enjoyed the experience. In a funny way, it was akin to speed dating—except you’re not there to impress but rather to forge relationships with fellow alums. It was cool connecting with other grads who live on the West Coast,” Hotter said. “The platform was intuitive, easy to use—and it gave me the opportunity to connect with people, whom, otherwise, I probably would have never met. I’d gladly participate again.”
To find out more or register for an event, visit stonehillalumni.org.
You’re missing out if you don’t follow Stonehill’s alumni social media accounts. Stay up to date on upcoming events, news and campus happenings by connecting with Stonehill on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter. Alumni can also connect with their graduating class on Facebook. Use #StonehillAlumni to get your social media posts in the mix, too!
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(Above) Checking In: Joan Sheehy ’72 [left] and Barbara (Sullivan) Janelli ’72 connect at Reunion.
9 Upcoming Events
16 Monthly Mass for Alumni Intentions
19 Mass of Thanksgiving
19 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
1 Gift Wrap Party
2 Children’s Christmas Concert
2 Century Club Celebration
5 Rhode Island Christmas Reception
7 Washington, D.C., Christmas Reception
14 New York City Christmas Reception
Alumni Day 2018
Save Saturday, February 3!
- Open science labs hosted by faculty for children of alumni
- A winter carnival, including a Barn Babies petting zoo
- A cook-off
- Craft beer tasting
- Basketball games
- And more! Details forthcoming at stonehill.edu.
View photos from Alumni Day 2017 here.
June 1–3, 2018
Classes of 1968, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, 2003, ’08, ’13 and the Pillar Society.
If you’d like to join the Reunion Committee for your class, please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-565-1343.
Have you recently moved, changed jobs or earned a degree? Have you recently married or celebrated a birth?
Please remember to share your news with the Alumni Affairs Office by visiting stonehill.edu/alumni/keep-in-touch.
Want to Submit a Wedding or Baby Photo?
Here’s how: Visit stonehill.edu/alumni/keep-in-touch and complete the form and photo upload.
To be considered for publication, upload digital photos in .jpeg format, at least 2 MB in size. The person submitting the photo must be part of the wedded couple or parent of the baby and a Stonehill graduate.
Because of space constraints, not all photos submitted will be included in the print version of the magazine, but those meeting the specified requirements will be included in SAM online.