Inside Track: Jeanne Marano

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Jeanne Marano

I am delighted to take on the role of Executive Director of Alumni Relations at Montclair State University. This is truly an exciting time to be at Montclair State! The University is enjoying national recognition and continues to grow in advancing its commitment to provide quality education to a diverse student body.

As we move forward on our upward trajectory, President Cole has positioned Alumni Relations as a strategic imperative of the University. The University’s ability to achieve its vision for the future will be derived from the accomplishments of, and with the support of, all the constituents who share the University’s commitment to excellence. As alumni of Montclair State, you play an important role in that future.

Moving toward that future, Alumni Relations will partner with our volunteer leadership, alumni, and students to build and strengthen our community. We will look to develop programming that builds upon our strengths and resources, and that is responsive to your needs and interests. As we expand on- and off-campus activities, programs, benefits, and services, we will work to provide you with opportunities for meaningful engagement in the life of the University that build a lasting sense of connection and belonging.

There are many ways to stay connected: Continue your intellectual and professional growth through lifelong learning opportunities, continuing education, or career resources. Invest in yourself and Montclair State by getting involved and connecting with former classmates, fellow alumni, and current students, or volunteering your time and talents to be a mentor or serve on a committee. Visit the alumni Web site at montclair.edu/alumni to learn about upcoming events, to get the latest information on benefits and services, and to keep your contact information up to date.

Having complete and accurate information is critical to this effort. By keeping your contact information up to date, you will receive important information and updates from our office, as well as invitations to the many programs to be planned.

Remember, your connection to Montclair State University lasts a lifetime. You are a member of a successful alumni community that is over 100,000 strong and growing. Whether you graduated this May, more than 50 years ago, or somewhere in between, you remain part of the Montclair State community—a vibrant, thriving community that welcomes and rewards your active participation.

I look forward to meeting you during the coming months.

Jeanne Marano

 

Moving Forward: a Q & A about Alumni Relations

In the fall of 2008, Phoenix Philanthropy Group was tasked with evaluating the state of the Alumni Relations program and developing a strategic plan for moving forward. Surveys, discussions, and analysis of everything from communications to programs to benefits and services were assessed, and plans are underway to implement the road map drawn up to take our program to the next level. Executive Director of Alumni Relations Jeanne Marano took time out to answer questions and discuss some of the latest developments.

What is the new membership program?
All graduates of Montclair State University are now automatically members of our alumni community. Alumni from all classes, through all decades, are part of one, non-dues-paying network, and will be able to take advantage of all the benefits offered. Our goal is to provide opportunities for meaningful participation in the life of the University that builds a lasting sense of connection and belonging. Be sure to keep your contact information up to date so that you receive important updates and invitations.

Toward what end did membership dollars previously go and how will those initiatives be funded in the future?
Membership monies went to various alumni programs and services, such as annual scholarships, beautification projects, and events. The University is committed to providing for these services and will actively seek additional revenue sources through gifts, affinity programs, and corporate sponsorships.

Can alumni still contribute financially to the University?
Yes. The University continues to rely on the support and generosity of alumni. Contributions can be made through the Montclair State University Foundation Annual Fund. A gift of any size is an important way of investing in the University’s ability to provide the best education possible to current and future students. To make a gift, contact Barbara Krusko, Director of Annual Giving, at 973-655-7492 or kruskob@mail.montclair.edu.

Will there be a formal group of alumni assisting with the alumni initiative?
The Alumni Association is in the process of being revamped into an Alumni Advisory Council, whose members will be appointed by President Cole. This council will serve to advise the University on alumni initiatives and opportunities. It also will assist in student recruitment, graduate placement, advocacy, student mentoring, and reputation building.

Will alumni still need an alumni card?
The Office of Alumni Relations issues alumni cards upon request. Alumni cards are required for your discount at the University Bookstore and athletic activities, and for access to Sprague Library and computer labs on campus. A card is not required to participate in alumni programs, events, and activities.

How can alumni make sure they stay connected and receive an alumni card?
Visit the alumni Web site at montclair.edu/alumni to learn about upcoming events and get the latest information on benefits and services. Fill out the Update Your Information form and provide your e-mail address to ensure that you receive regular communications from the Office of Alumni Relations. You may select the option to receive an alumni card on the Update Your Information form.

In addition to campus perks, what other benefits and services are offered to alumni?
Alumni receive the free monthly electronic newsletter, Connections, and the Montclair State Alumni Magazine. In addition, alumni have access to affinity partnerships that provide discounts and rewards on everything from retailers to entertainment and travel, and life, auto, home, and renters insurance.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@mail.montclair.edu or 973-655-4141.