one. Isn’t it time
an alumni chapter opened near you?
Photo by Sean Pavone
launch of the College’s first regional alumni chapter was a welcoming moment
for the College and its growing community of alumni. This inaugural chapter,
located in Boston, Massachusetts, has set the tone for a great number of new
projects for the College community, including greater outreach and a new
variety of alumni events. But its launch also begs the question, isn’t it time
we created more regional chapters?
are volunteer-driven organizations that reflect the pride of Saint Joseph’s
alumni—no matter where they live. Through the activities of chapters, we are
able to engage and connect with a higher number of alumni than the office of
Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association Board could do through its
chapters serve alumni by providing opportunities to socialize and network
through organized socials, service events, and activities in their local
communities. They also help alumni stay connected with their alma mater by
keeping them informed about major events at the College or by providing the
opportunity for alumni to share memories of their years at Saint Joseph’s
College. They can also serve as a resource for recent grads as well as current
students by offering mentorships, internships, and even career opportunities
through the bond we all share as being part of the Saint Joseph’s College
are a lot of positives to the existence of a regional chapter, but how can we
actually create more? Here’s the history of the Boston Chapter.
Chapter’s success came directly from the volunteer work of our alumni in the
Boston area. RJ Turner ’98, who is a current member of the Alumni Association
Board, took on the role as chair of the Boston Chapter. Establishing a leader
alumni chapter in Boston allows us to extend the reach even farther from our
‘home base’ in Standish,” says Turner. “The success we’ve come to find these
last three years has allowed for this to happen, and it’s only going to get
better. I am just glad I can be a part of it.”
to Turner, the Boston Chapter is spearheaded by a group of dedicated alumni all
serving vital roles in its organization and continuing success. There’s Jen
Taylor ’03,’09, who is the acting vice chair; Jesse Beer ’01, who serves as the
events coordinator; Laura Conti ’04, communications coordinator; and Kelly
Bedard ’06, the chapter’s secretary. Of course, there are more volunteers who
are making this happen: Matt Cotreau ’10, Dan Giusti ’03, Patrick Murphy ’05,
and Erin Scanlon ’98.
Chapter is good for the area,” says Beer, “as it allows alumni to generate
friendships and create a closer bond to the College. As we grow the Boston
Chapter, I hope we can find ways to continually add to the number of involved
determining leadership positions and formalizing the chapter’s intention to
exist, thrive, and expand, there must be a kick-off event. After all, you have
to give your chapter’s members what they’re asking for. The Boston Chapter,
seeking to connect alumni with each other and the College, did not disappoint.
Chapter was launched at a December 2013 Christmas party at The Whiskey Priest
in Boston’s Seaport District. The event brought nearly 50 alumni together to
celebrate the holidays and raise money and canned food items for Catherine’s
Cupboard Food Pantry.
next event, on February 22, featured a “Home-Away-From-Home” social at the
Cherry Tree Bar and Grille in West Newton, prior to attending a Monks men’s
basketball match at Lasell College.
third event took place on March 15 at TD Garden, for a game between the Boston
Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes.
locations allowed alumni to connect with each other and to simply enjoy the
perks of having a group of people who all share a common bond: Saint Joseph’s
the “who” and the “how” of creating a regional alumni chapter. But there must
be some fine print to all of this, right?
Joseph’s College alumni are members of the Alumni Association, a
non-dues-paying organization. When alumni in a specific region initiate a
chapter, all alumni within that geographic area are considered members of the
chapter and are welcomed to attend all chapter events.
On the heels
of such a successful launch of the College’s first chapter, the Alumni Office
is looking to expand the network of regional chapters to serve all areas where
alumni live. And where, exactly, do they live? The Association’s reach includes
all 50 states. (Yes, Alaska and Hawaii, we’ve got you covered.) Whether you’re
one of the 902 alumni living in Florida or one of the 134 in Washington, there
are plenty of grads in your state to organize a regional chapter.
If you are interested in starting a chapter in
your area, contact Michael Bolanz ’00 in the Alumni Office at 207-893-7894
for more information.