As they made their way to Seton Hall's South Orange campus, explored their new residence halls, strolled around the Green and reviewed their class schedules, more than 1,800 new Pirates - incoming freshmen, transfer and international students - were welcomed to the Seton Hall family with a personal, handwritten postcard from an alumnus. The notes have become a tradition among the Seton Hall alumni community and it is one of the opportunities offered through Seton Hall's alumni volunteer program. The writing campaign is held every summer to ensure the newest members of the community are made to feel at home as they move in and gear up for their first fall semester at The Hall.
"We enjoy telling incoming students about our favorite experiences at The Hall and wishing them great times of their own. Hopefully, our notes create a sense of welcome and personal recognition," said Jim '70 and Anita Whitehead '72, yearly campaign participants.
This annual volunteer opportunity is a way for Seton Hall to nurture its lifelong relationship with both the alumni, by providing them a way to stay involved no matter how near or far they are, and students, by showing them the robust network of Pirates they have supporting them during their Seton Hall journey.
"As a Seton Hall alumna living in Ohio, I don't get back to New Jersey often—so I don't get to participate in many of the alumni volunteer opportunities. This is a way for me to stay involved with Seton Hall from miles away and be a welcoming voice for the newest members of the Pirate family, regardless of where I live. I loved my time in South Orange, and this tradition allows me to help create an equally wonderful experience for incoming students," said Katie Brandt '10.
Over 70 alumni from 13 different states participated.
Be a part of this Seton Hall experience by participating in this tradition next year. For more information contact Erika Klinger, director of campus partnerships, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about alumni volunteer opportunities with Seton Hall visit, www.shu.edu/volunteer.