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A Joint Message from the Alumni Association and Alumni Engagement

Kevin Collymore ’10 (President, Purchase College Alumni Association) and Nadège Boisson Pardo (Executive Director, Alumni Engagement)

The ties Purchase College alumni have with their alma mater, fellow graduates, faculty, and staff are powerful and lasting. In partnership with the Office of Alumni Engagement, the Purchase College Alumni Association (PCAA) strives to engage with our alumni and keep them connected with each other and the Purchase College community at large. We’re proud of what we accomplished in FY20:

  • 1,246 alumni attended 106 in-person and virtual events.
  • 419 alumni volunteered with the College via its programs, in-person and virtual events, and on the alumni board.
  • 228,618 emails were sent to 8,634 active alumni accounts sharing news, event invitations, newsletters, and information about the SUNY Match challenge.
  • Postings to four social media channels averaged three per day.
  • 28,000 alumni, board members, and donors received each issue of the biannual PURCHASE magazine.

The current global pandemic and restrictions caused by COVID-19 forced us to cancel spring in-person programming which included Alumni Weekend and Reunion. In the spirit of Think Wide Open, we developed and offered a series of virtual programs. Each virtual event featured alumni giving back as they shared their knowledge, industry expertise, and best practices with fellow alumni and students.

While the modality of programming has shifted due to COVID-19, the ongoing work of our PCAA Board of Directors has not slowed. For example, The Young Alumni Committee drafted and created virtual events on career, finance, and mental health designed specifically for young and future alumni. Reflecting on the diversity of Purchase College, the PCAA Board has moved forward on the creation of four special interest groups: Purchase Black Alumni Network, Purchase Women Leadership Network, Purchase LGBTQ+ Alumni Network, and Purchase Latinx Alumni Network. All four networks will provide a much needed, and overdue pipeline to connect with our diverse alumni community, while providing resources, mentorship, and fellowship.

In the midst of the current global pandemic, our alumni helped current Purchase College students in need. Alumni from all over the world matched a 50k continuation to the Make an Impact Fund by an anonymous donor. The Make an Impact Fund supports students in emergency financial need with expenses, including those caused by the impact COVID-19 has had on all households.

With your gifts of time and treasure, we will continue to support alumni programs and initiatives, and provide much needed financial assistance to current students.

Take care and stay healthy.