Hello, fellow Crusaders! Now just over four months into my term, it has already been a busy year for the HCAA! Programming this fall featured a record-breaking Welcome to Your City Day and an awesome slate of Fall Homecoming programs, including another successful HCAA Awards dinner and our first HCAA Tailgate Tent. In addition, we’ve had alumni retreats, career services webinars and affinity group gatherings, as well as a plethora of regional club events.
I hope that you were able to participate in at least one of these HCAA programs to get your HC community fill and continue to maintain and build your HC network. As I noted in my previous letter, the HCAA’s goal is to engage alumni for life, in order to maintain our incredible Holy Cross community and provide a connection to alma mater for all.
Also this fall, I was fortunate to attend the Sanctae Crucis Awards dinner, where our five Sanctae Crucis recipients, featured in this issue, were honored. I want to again congratulate this year’s recipients, who are true role models for all to follow. You may recall from my prior communication how importantly I view the theme of “giving back,” and these recipients are prime examples. By giving so much to their respective communities, they make all of us proud and help spread the Jesuit mission of men and women for and with others.
Another group who gives back and leads by example is our HCAA board of directors, and I was privileged to spend time with them this fall. I’m always so impressed with the level of dedication and time given to the HCAA by our board. At our recent fall meeting, we had directors present from all over the country and took big steps toward another successful year.
One of the main topics of discussion was our five year strategic plan. Now two and a half years into the plan, I’m happy to report that over 75 percent of the plan is either completed or in development. We also heard from current students and faculty regarding the value of ongoing programs sponsored by the HCAA, and had the opportunity to work on our transition plan for next year, when the HCAA presidency term will move to two years and the HCAA will receive a seat on the Board of Trustees.
We were thrilled to hear from many of our HCAA committee chairs about upcoming programs, highlighted by our “Seniors in the City” event in Boston in January, Winter Homecoming in February and National Holy Cross Cares Day and Continuing Education Day in the spring. I hope that you will have the opportunity to attend these events, as well as upcoming events and programs sponsored by your local regional clubs. I also hope that you will help us out by obtaining an HCAA-branded Bank of America credit card, if you do not have one already!
I’ll close by saying again that every single one of us can have a hand in maintaining and enhancing our incredible Crusader alumni network across the globe. I encourage you all to get involved by volunteering or attending an HCAA program, and if you have any ideas for new programs to engage alumni, do not hesitate to reach out! ■