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The longstanding tradition of Blue Jay alumni returning to campus to supplement what Blue Jays learn in and outside the classroom has been valued and treasured for many decades. Alumni often respond to invitations from faculty and staff members to serve in different capacities. Some individuals return to campus as guest speakers, discussion panelists and small group presenters—each with the purpose of providing insights and perspectives to complement what students learn in and outside of their classes. Alumni have also provided educational and professional development sessions for faculty and staff on occasion.
In 2014, a program was launched with the purpose of celebrating those individuals who volunteer their time and talents in these ways. The Visiting Alumni Fellows (VAF) program, is supported by the Office of Alumni Relations and aims to ensure that the service of these individuals is acknowledged in special ways. For those who ultimately become involved with the program, invitations come directly from faculty or staff members and are usually for situations that are very specific in nature. In addition, the Office of Alumni Relations staff is aiming to learn more about individuals who may be interested and ultimately develop a knowledge bank from which faculty and staff members can draw when needs arise.
Executive Director of College Engagement Opportunities Mark Clapper ’96 believes strongly in the importance of Visiting Alumni Fellows. “When individuals share from their own personal and professional experiences, they bring topics and situations to life for students in truly special ways.”
Along with Clapper, Senior Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and current VAF program coordinator Kaitlyn Miller ’12 also solidly subscribes to an additional goal of the program—ensuring that VAF members are appreciated for their contributions.
“The importance and value of alumni being engaged in these ways is beyond estimation,” shared Miller. “Above all, we want to ensure that Fellows know just how grateful the campus community is for their time and involvement.”
For more information about the VAF program, contact Kaitlyn Miller ’12 at 717-361-1495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.