Christine Brady, CLA ’88, MBA ’96, can identify with the university’s Temple Made campaign. Currently the director of volunteers in the Office of Alumni Relations, Brady has worked at Temple for the last 24 years and feels as if her time at the university has shaped the person she is today.
“At Temple, I’ve been exposed to the best of the real world,” Brady said. “I do love the place.”
In a recent expansion of the Office of Alumni Relations, a number of new hires were made, allowing for the specialization of positions.
Brady’s new position as director of volunteers – a position she’s held for roughly a year – encompasses some of what she did for 16 years before the new title. That means supporting the Temple University Alumni Association (TUAA) Board of Directors and handling awards programs and alumni benefits. She is now also spending more time engaging lesser-involved alumni in short-term volunteer efforts across campus and the region.
One of her main focuses is reaching the large number of regionally based and unengaged alumni who have not felt a strong desire to participate. Engaging them to volunteer and moving them up a ladder of increased involvement is her goal.
Volunteers have helped new students with residence hall move-in, handled registration at Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, and partnered with international students to acclimate them to life in America. This year, the TUAA launched its first Global Day of Service (Saturday, Nov. 9), when alumni across unite to serve their communities in the name of Temple.
Brady attended the MBA program during the evenings at Temple’s Center City campus. She liked that her classmates were working professionals. The courses called for much teamwork, which she says reflects her real working experience. Juggling each person’s schedule was hectic, and she learned a lot from it.
“It taught us the power of negotiation, prioritizing and managing our worlds,” Brady said.