Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

PRIDE Profiles: A Closer Look at the Five Branches of PRIDE

The PRIDE Program provides opportunities for alumni, parents and friends to help Elizabethtown College in many meaningful ways. Here, we introduce you to several Blue Jays who actively support E-town, based upon their own interests and available time, while having fun showing their E-town pride. You will see how their efforts, within the five individual branches, contribute to fulfilling PRIDE’s mission: Promote, Recruit, Involve, Donate, Employ.

Promote & Recruit: Admissions Service Network Branch

Angeline Alessandri ’09

College Fair Representative

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“Helping with college fairs allows me to share my excitement and love for Elizabethtown College with prospective students. I love answering questions that they may have and explaining what life could look like for them on E-town’s campus. My four years spent at Elizabethtown College were so very meaningful, and being a member of PRIDE provides me with the chance to encourage others to find out what E-town can mean to them!”

Involve : Alumni Association Volunteer Network Branch

Alicia Dolan ’92

Vice President, Lehigh Valley Alumni Chapter; Member, Class of 1992 Reunion Planning Committee

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“Becoming involved in the local alumni chapter and my class’s reunion committee have been great ways to give back to the College and reconnect with fellow Blue Jays. There are so many ways to stay involved with E-town, and the PRIDE Program makes it easy!”

Donate: Development Volunteer Branch

Craig Waltman ’98

Member, Class of 1998 Reunion Fundraising Committee

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“It has been a great experience serving on the gift committee for my Reunion. Not only has it been fun to reconnect with classmates, it’s given me an opportunity to help make a tangible impact on the E-town experience for current students.”

Philip and Kimberly Wenger P’15

CoChairs, Parents Cabinet

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“When our son, Phil, chose to attend E-town we didn’t know, then, how important the Annual Fund was. In a way, it’s the lifeline of the College because it provides support for many needs such as scholarships, financial aid, building enhancements, athletics, scholarly programs and more. This is one reason we cochair the Parents Cabinet for The Fund for Parents. We’re proud to volunteer and support the College in this way and appreciate all of those who contribute along with us.”

Employ: Career Services Volunteer Branch

Carl Marrara ’09

Intern resource

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“[Real-world] learning outside of the classroom can be just as insightful and enlightening as inside. Shaking hands, attending meetings and simply living the job establishes connections that can jumpstart a career. It’s imperative that current students and alumni unite in their field to open doors to professional opportunities. As director of government affairs at the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA), having Nick [Clemens] as an intern has been an absolute pleasure, and I am thankful that the PRIDE Program provides opportunities for alumni to pay it forward.”

Nick Clemens ’13

Intern

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“The PMA provided me with an unforgettable internship opportunity, where I experienced Pennsylvania politics and advocacy firsthand. I was able to apply what I learned from the classroom while also gaining the experience and familiarity that would help me after graduation. I met with important political, business and social leaders on a daily basis and made connections that will help guide me to a successful career in public advocacy and business. Needless to say, I am thankful for Carl [Marrara] and the PRIDE Program for enabling this opportunity to happen for me.”

Join us, and show your PRIDE! For more information, contact the branch coordinators at 800-877-2604 or pride@etown.edu, or visit etownalumni.com.