This fall, the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving has employed 27 student callers to participate in our annual phonathon. This year, our callers have the opportunity to take advantage of the brand new Center for Academic Engagement! The Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics has a beautiful room filled with 30 calling stations which allows our student callers to complete several calling shifts per week.
Our students call Sunday through Thursday evenings and have had many great conversations with our alumni. Senior Alison Palmeri, a history and Spanish double major, has been a student caller for a few years now and is excited to be calling from the new center. She says, “Phonathon is really good because it connects our alumni back to the school even after they’ve left.” The callers speak with a wide variety of alumni, from those who graduated decades ago to just a few years ago, and they love hearing their stories. Senior caller Amanda Wetick says, “it’s interesting hearing from the alumni and what they think about Mercyhrst now, in many cases, so much has changed since they left!”
Our alumni really enjoy hearing from our student callers and have a lot of questions about what campus is like now. The students enjoy telling alumni all about campus life today, living in Warde Hall, our newest residence hall, having classes in the brand new Center for Academic Engagement and the exciting change to Mercyhurst University!
Phonathon is such a great way for our alumni to reconnect to Mercyhurst. Not only is it a chance for them to speak to a student and swap stories about fun things happening at the ‘Hurst, it is a great opportunity for our alumni to give back. The great successes of Mercyhurst today would not be possible without the support of our loyal alumni and for their support and dedication, we are truly thankful! Senior caller Caitlin O’Neill said “it’s really important for alumni to stay involved and give back to the school, their support really does go a long way and we as students appreciate it so much!”