For immediate release: Aug. 23, 2007
BLOOMSBURG — During his four years as a Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania student, Nate Conroy represented the institution on the local and state level. In early August, he returned to BU as assistant director of alumni affairs, this time representing BU to current students and 54,000 living alumni.
Conroy, 23, of Nescopeck, earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/history from BU in 2006 and taught social studies at Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School during 2006-07. As a BU student, he was president of the Community Government Association and one of three student representatives on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. He led campus tours for students and their parents as an Orientation Workshop Leader and represented BU in a very visible way when his image was used on a university billboard.
His recent experiences as a BU student leader and his training as an educator come together in his newly created position as assistant to alumni affairs director Lynda Michaels. “This job is very much a ‘people job,’ ” Conroy said. “I was hired specifically to work with younger alumni and current students.”
In his first several weeks on the job, Conroy met dozens of graduates at alumni events around the eastern part of Pennsylvania. He was impressed with the devotion older alumni hold for their alma mater and struck by the similarity of experiences all alumni convey.
“It is interesting to see the similarities of younger and older alumni…and to hear how much has changed. The older alumni were a more tight-knit group who fed off one another professionally and stayed close as friends. They have maintained that connection.”
Alumni who graduated in the last 10 to 15 years are different, he said, forming allegiances to interest groups and majors rather than the university or a class year. In his new role, Conroy will work with students and recent graduates to show them the benefits of staying connected to BU through the Alumni Association, from career development and networking to discounts on life insurance and car rentals. He will invite them to become involved and introduce them to ways they may give back to BU as a mentor, volunteer or donor.
Conroy and Michaels currently are developing various programs focused on bringing together current and former student leaders, sharing BU’s history and traditions with current students and helping young alumni transform from college students to young professionals. They also are investigating the possibility of hosting alumni events at companies where many graduates are employed.
“This is the coolest job in the world,” Conroy said. “I get to sit around and talk to people who are passionate about something we love. We have the same stories, just with a different twist.”
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.