Volunteer Profile of the Month

Colleen McGinn of Fairfield University

Director of Alumni Engagement
Fairfield University
Fairfield, Connecticut

Colleen McGinn is director of Alumni Engagement at Fairfield University. She focuses on young alumni programming, the university’s 50th reunion weekend and social media and is the main administrator for Fairfield’s online community. Colleen also serves as an advisor to the Student Alumni Association.

Colleen talks about advancement and her CASE experience.

Q: Describe your role at Fairfield.

A: I joined Fairfield University in 2005 as assistant director of Alumni Relations after graduating from the University of Connecticut. Since then, I’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to dabble in almost every aspect of our Alumni Relations programs. I was promoted to director of Alumni Engagement in 2013.

Q: What is most rewarding about your work?

A: I’m very fortunate in my job because I get to work both with current students and alumni. I love working with students to see the Fairfield experience through their eyes and to help them make a difference on campus through various programs. The work our team does helps them connect with alumni and helps strengthen ties to their alma mater. It’s great to see them network and share the importance of giving back. I also find it really rewarding to see students return to campus as young alumni.

Q: What have you done with CASE District I?

A: My main involvement with CASE District 1 is as an advisor for the CASE Association for Student Advancement Programs (ASAP), which I’ve done for close to 12 years. Over the past few years I’ve also been a member of the CASE District 1 Connecticut Programming Committee. As well, I have served as a District and Network Convention Awards judge, presented two webinars for CASE ASAP advisors and have registered to be a CASE e-mentor. From 2016 to 2018, I’m serving on the CASE ASAP executive board as the advisor to the ASAP District 1 representative, who is also from Fairfield University.