A Message from Bryan

Hello, fellow Crusaders! Just over a month into my term, I am humbled and honored to take on the role of HCAA president for the upcoming year. When I attended Accepted Students Day in 2002, I fell in love with the HC campus community and knew that Mount St. James was the place for me. In large thanks to Holy Cross’ need-blind admissions policy, I was able to begin my four years on The Hill just a few months later. Throughout my time at Holy Cross, I was fortunate to take advantage of aspects of the HC community that we all know and love, from academics to spiritual programming, and, of course, the social side of Holy Cross.  

I was ecstatic to have my brother, Matt ’08, join me two years later; and my 5-day-old son, Jack, already has quite the HC wardrobe, much to the dismay of my wife, Katy (BC ’06). Overall, I am motivated to be HCAA president to give back to Holy Cross, for everything that HC has given me.

I truly believe that the most important job of the HCAA is to ensure the continued engagement of all alumni in order to maintain the incredible HC community on campus and across the world. Many of the goals that I have for the upcoming year will allow us to continue to engage alumni for life. The first is the continued implementation of the HCAA’s social, spiritual and service programs across the world. These include the regional Welcome To Your City events and the incredible Homecoming programming on campus, the expanded Alumni Retreat programs taking place at our new Contemplative Center and the HCAA Spirituality Committee’s book club, as well as our international Holy Cross Cares Day and our alumni Move-In Day team.

Another goal for the upcoming year is the re-engagement of our ALANA alumni community. With close to 25 percent of the current student body as ALANA students, it will be extremely important to expand programming, such as the recent ALANA alumni reception in New York City, which I was fortunate to attend just a few weeks back.  

Additionally, this year we will look to shore up the HCAA’s revenue streams, beginning with our newly negotiated Bank of America (BoA) Credit Card program. I would strongly encourage all alumni to use an HC-branded BoA credit card, which helps to provide funding for our HCAA scholarship program, among many other programs.  

Finally, given all of the amazing developments with our Holy Cross athletic programs of late, I will look to ensure that the HCAA maintains close ties with Holy Cross Athletics, as we look forward to the inaugural Ram-Crusader Cup in November and as our basketball team looks to repeat as Patriot League Champs, among the many other incredible accomplishments of our athletes.

If any of these goals sound attractive to you, I would encourage you to get involved and volunteer with the HCAA. Reach out to your local regional club, apply for service on the HCAA Board of Directors or simply take on a mentor role for our young alumni or current students!

Every single one of us can have a hand in maintaining and enhancing our incredible Crusader alumni network across the globe. I look forward to engaging with all of you this year!  ■

Bryan DiMare ’06
HCAA President