Erika Klinger, M.A. '11 joined the Alumni Relations team at Seton Hall
in May, 2013. As Associate Director of Campus Partnerships, Klinger
oversees a variety of initiatives including the University's alumni
volunteer programs, school and college alumni engagement and the True
Blue alumni recognition program, among others.
1. What are your responsibilities in your position?
My position was created in Alumni Relations to focus on volunteers
and the many alumni who want to give back to their University in a
variety of ways such as community service, representing The Hall at a
local college fair, helping current students “practice their pitch” at a
Career Center event, or writing a welcome message to our incoming
freshmen class. I am responsible for developing volunteer opportunities for alumni as
well as working with our campus community to think of new opportunities
to offer alumni to remain connected to Seton Hall and ultimately, give
back with their time.
Additionally, I serve as the liaison with our many campus partners
including the Career Center, Undergraduate Admissions as well as the
schools and colleges that make up the University. I was also tasked with launching the new True Blue program at Seton Hall Weekend.
2. True Blue is Seton Hall's new alumni recognition program. What exactly does this program offer for alumni?
This program is all about recognition – recognizing alumni for the
time, talent, treasure, and pride for the University. Our hope is that
all alumni will want to stay connected to the University and give back.
This program allows us to recognize alumni for all of their efforts. In
short, alumni need to complete four things annually to be considered
True Blue. The first is to remain connected to the University – making
sure we have your most recent contact information. We want alumni to
keep in touch with Seton Hall so that Alumni Relations can keep you
up-to-date with events, volunteer opportunities, and all of the exciting
things that are happening at the University. The second is for alumni
to be active in the campus community, whether it is attending an event
for his/her school, volunteering at an Admissions event, or mentoring a
current student. The third is to give a donation in any amount to any
fund at the University. Lastly, alumni should show their Pirate pride
and let their blue shine through. Most alumni have a Seton Hall shirt or
perhaps have a car magnet to show off, or have their diplomas
displaying in their office – these are all examples of showing pride in
the University. You can find out more about the program here: www.shu.edu/go/trueblue.
3. What is one of your favorite experiences so far?
I would have to say that launching True Blue has been my favorite
experience so far. I’ve worked at the University for six years and I’ve
never felt so much pride and spirit for the University in one area like
that morning we launched True Blue. Aside from enjoying all of the
confetti and streamers, it was great to see all of the alumni return to
their college home and get to listen to their stories. It was also great
to meet all of the parents who attended because that of course adds to
the excitement of the day!
4. What are your short term/long term goals?
In my current position, my short term goal is to work hard developing
a volunteer program which allows alumni to give back to their
University. I’ve been in this position for 5 months and the amount of
interest I’ve seen with alumni wanting to give back has been
overwhelming, and so it is my job to make sure we are creating those
opportunities for alumni. Long term, I hope to increase the use of
alumni volunteers, develop new programming for alumni to attend as well
as different volunteer opportunities to connect with prospective
students, parents, fellow alumni, etc.
5. What is your favorite thing about working at Seton Hall?
My favorite thing about working for Seton Hall is the community. When
you arrive on campus you feel very welcome and that has carried through
during my time at the University. I’ve had the pleasure to work
alongside people who are not only easy to work with but are all working
to for the betterment of Seton Hall. I think it is so great to find an
institution and the people who work for it who are as devoted as this
campus is to its students, faculty, administrators, parents and alumni.
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