Some find home in other countries, states or cities but Karen Grove '95/M.A.E. '01 found home at Seton Hall and in the connections she made during her time in the Pirate community. Those connections have played such an important role in Grove's life after graduation that she emphasizes to current students and alumni alike, the importance of cultivating a network of Pirates, "Your relationship with your alma mater is more than just four years of your life, it’s a lifelong relationship that can benefit you and your family." Grove's story is evidence of that truth.
After completing her bachelor's degree in elementary and special education, Grove's affinity for Seton Hall grew stronger as she pursued her master's degree in human resources training and development. Today, Grove gives back to the Seton Hall community everyday as the director of the office of clinical experiences and applied research for the College of Education and Human Services. This opportunity, however, to return home to The Hall as a professional was only made possible by her involvement in the alumni community.
Six years ago, Grove and her children attended a Seton Hall Alumni Relations event where she was able to reconnect with Grace May, her former professor and dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the time. May guided her to available employment opportunities at the University, and through this relationship along with her education and her skillset, Grove has combined her experience in business, higher education, and training and development to run the department successfully.
Grove is also the owner of Karen I. Grove, LLC, an independent business that provides consultation focused on performance improvement and cultural change through the areas of project management, talent management, instructional design and educational services. Through her consulting work, Grove helped Seton Hall University School of Law expand their online learning opportunities.
As an alumna and parent of two, Grove understands that niche group of alumni with growing families: "I wanted to be engaged as an alumna, but there was a gap in engaging with alumni who have young children." This point of interest led Grove to team up with the office of Alumni Relations by becoming a North Jersey Alumni Chapter Ambassador and host a National Game Watch event in her home. As an ambassador, she has worked with Seton Hall to engage alumni with children through events such as Family Day at the New York Red Bulls game, featuring a meet and greet with former Seton Hall student and soccer team legend, Sacha Kljestan. Her involvement as a professional and as an alumna mom with Seton Hall has been fulfilling, so for fellow alumni, Grove has two simple words of advice: be involved.
Karen Grove is one of more than of 100,000 living alumni; she exemplifies what great minds can do with a Seton Hall education. To learn more about becoming involved in Seton Hall's alumni programming and offerings, visit here.