As we head across the halfway point of the 2013 Alumni Relations World Tour, it seems worthwhile to take a look back at what we’ve seen the last few weeks. Our staff has logged thousands of miles on our cars, stayed in many hotels, and have eaten more fast food than we’d like to admit to. Just this week alone we’ve logged over 700 miles to host three events (Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland) in three nights.
But all that time and effort is most certainly worth it when you examine the results. As a Mercyhurst grad and current assistant vice president for advancement, I thought I was already pretty darn passionate about Mercyhurst. I’m happy to report that talking with a couple hundred alumni, prospective students, families and friends over the last month have only bolstered my affection for our school.
It is incredibly rewarding to talk with alumni who are quick to admit that they may not use their specific major on a daily basis, but feel that the Mercyhurst experience has certainly shaped them as a human being, both professionally and personally. We have heard so many great stories of alums who have continued to climb the ladder in their fields, whether as post-doc fellows, new managers in the corporate world, or some similar advancement. It is also rewarding to hear that so many are staying in close contact with the school and happy to see just what’s happening on the campus with university status, new doctoral program, athletic successes, and much more.
The last couple weeks have very much affirmed what I have believed for a long time – Mercyhurst University is a vibrant and welcoming campus that allows bright young minds to succeed in the classroom all while being well-prepared for life after graduation. Mercyhurst is a place where faith and reason flourish together – where you meet your lifelong best friends, some meet their future spouses (me included there), and where you are shaped for the rest of your life. Mercyhurst plays such a strong role for so many of our alumni that I can’t help but believe that at the end of four years we can look to our friends from other schools and say, with confidence, “You wish you were a Mercyhurst Laker!”
So, with nine events down and 11 to go, we just can wait to see what comes next.
— Ryan J. Palm ’07, assistant vice president for advancement