Hometown: Bliss, NY
Program: MPA, Health Care Management Emphasis
Undergraduate College and Major: Health Science and Communication, The College at Brockport
Expected Graduation Date: December 2014
Current Occupation: Associate Director of Annual Giving at The College at Brockport
How and why did you decide to apply for The College at Brockport MPA program?
I chose Brockport's MPA program because the MPA degree is incredibly marketable and it lends itself to so many different areas. I didn't want a degree that I could only do one thing with. Instead, I wanted a degree that would prepare me for professional and personal growth, with the flexibility to take on new opportunities as they arise, which is exactly what I've gotten thus far in Brockport's MPA program.
Additionally, I love Brockport. I loved Brockport before I started the MPA program, but institutionally the College continues to earn my respect and confidence with each semester I am enrolled. The dedication of Brockport's administrators and faculty is evident every day and it's so encouraging to know that as a Brockport student you have an infinite team of supporters ready and willing to help you succeed.
What have you enjoyed most about the program so far?
Getting to know the other MPA students has been my favorite part of the program. The MPA program attracts an incredibly diverse group of students, some of them are currently working in government, higher education, non-profits, health care, or the private sector, and others are going to school full-time. I've met and worked with people who have decades of work experience and others who are just beginning their careers. The variety of our backgrounds creates dynamic and interesting conversations in the classroom, and there's so much to learn from one another.
What does your job entail?
I manage the College's annual giving operation through a number of different fundraising campaigns and mediums. The campaigns include general alumni, reunion giving, faculty and staff, emeriti, student families, and student giving. Each of these campaigns include elements of direct mail, phone solicitation, electronic messaging, social media, and volunteer management. Sometimes it's a lot to keep track of, but educating people and gaining their support for a cause you care about is exciting work!
What are your future goals?
Equipped with the skills to successfully manage others and to lead a team, I hope to continue to advance within my current organization and to ultimately hold a leadership position.