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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 2:15pm

How do you keep more than 59,000 people engaged and active in the community? That’s the challenge Mercy College’s Alumni Relations department faces trying to keep up with the College’s thousands of alums. Recently, Alumni Relations has developed a new system of measuring alumni engagement in order to figure out exactly who our most engaged alums are and how they’re interacting with the College community.


The new system is an engagement spectrum that measures many different ways alums can engage with the College. It ranges from things like sharing social media posts and attending events to sponsoring internships and making donations to the College. Alums are given points based on their level of engagement and in turn, the Alumni Relations department can use those points to evaluate alumni programming and outreach efforts.


“With the new system, young alums who can’t always make a large donation are still recognized for their engagement which helps to build a relationship between alums and the College and create a strong alumni network and culture,” said Associate Director of Alumni Relations Katie McKenna ’17.


Having an active and engaged alumni network is an important part of any college or university. “As an alum, it builds value in my degree. I know how strong we are, and seeing that network grow and spreading the word about Mercy and what we’re doing, it increases pride,” said Director of Development Operations Requel Russell-George ’96.


But, the College can’t go at it alone.  Russell-George said: “We need the help of the whole College community!  If you know of an alum who is engaged or wants to be engaged or is doing something remarkable – please let me know.”  Reaching out to Alumni Relations to let them know about notable alums, reunions with past students or any other news from one of our past students is one way the entire College community can come together to help build and maintain our alumni base.


“We’re always looking for ways to celebrate our alums and recognize the important things they are doing,” said McKenna.


The Mercy College alumni are our best ambassadors—they’re the ones who made our campuses buzz with excitement, thrived in our classes and have gone on to successful futures taking with them all that they’ve learned here.


To get in touch with the office of Alumni Relations, please email