Over the course of 2013, the alumni relations office will highlight thirteen alumni who have volunteered their time giving back and supporting Mercyhurst in some form. We are incredibly grateful for the many alumni volunteers we work with and want to share their good deeds with the Mercyhurst community.
To kick off our “13 in ’13″ series, we’re highlighting Mercyhurst University Alumni Association Board Directors member and outstanding volunteer Kristen Hudak ’05. Kristen is a senior publicist at ESPN communications in Connecticut. Since graduating, Kristen has regularly served Mercyhurst in a variety of ways, and is typically the first to respond to calls for volunteers for nearly anything Mercyhurst related. She joined the alumni board in 2011, and immediately became an integral part of the alumni networking and recruitment process. By her second year, she became chair of the networking committee and has implemented several new initiatives driven by her committee. She has actively pursued donations from various organizations for the Alumni Golf Outing which benefits the James R. McKeever Scholarship Fund.
Kristen also immediately jumped in to assist with event planning and regularly attends Mercyhurst sponsored events. She even coordinated two Mercyhurst alumni service projects in New York City and D.C. to coincide with Mercy Month in March of 2012.
As a volunteer, Kristen has served as a mentor for current students. Last year, Kristen participated in the inaugural eMentoring program, serving as a virtual mentor for a current Mercyhurst student interested in the field of communications. She has lent her insight on her experiences after graduation, life on campus, and what Mercyhurst means to her. Kristen continues to look for rewarding opportunities to mentor incoming freshman and political science majors including sophomore Zainab Javed, who she met the summer before Zainab’s freshman year.
Kristen is an outstanding member of the Mercyhurst community, and her volunteer experiences have clearly affected many members of our community. We are continuously grateful for her hard work and look forward to working with her in the future!