Alumni Office Welcomes New Director
The existence of a solid and supportive alumni base is crucial to the success of any university. In order to strengthen Neumann’s alumni connection, the University Advancement team has appointed a new alumni director and tapped a veteran staffer to focus on young alumni engagement.
In October, Jacqueline (Jackie) Marciano joined the UA staff as director of alumni and parent engagement. She comes to Neumann from Cabrini University, where she was the director of alumni engagement and development. In addition to working with alumni, Marciano also created engagement programs for parents. She will report to Judi Stanaitis ’07 ’13, assistant vice president for alumni and community outreach.
Marciano plans on increasing parental engagement and involvement at Neumann. She is reviewing the programs and events that are currently in place with plans to ramp up activity. In addition, she looks forward to collaborating with other departments, such as athletics, admissions, and career development, to build engagement opportunities.
“I’m excited to make a program with various events on campus to increase parent engagement and to work with different offices to really see how we can service the community and build upon the great framework already in place at Neumann,” Marciano said.
Other changes in the alumni office include the promotion of Colleen Graf ’15 ’20 to associate director of student and young alumni programs. Graf, who joined the advancement office in 2018, will report to Marciano.
Graf will develop programs and engagement strategies in this new position, beginning with first-year students through their first ten years as alumni. The goal is to increase participation, foster a lifelong connection with NU, and develop a causeway to philanthropic investment.
“I am now going to be the synergy between students and the advancement office. I will be the first line of engagement that students have with advancement,” Graf explained.
Graf will now run the Presidential Ambassador program. She plans on getting students more involved in alumni networking events and mentorship programs with alums.