The Office of Alumni & Development delivers programs, events, benefits, services and volunteer opportunities to our ever-growing constituency of Bridgewater State University alumni, now more than 75,000 strong.
We want to help you:
- extend your Bridgewater State education throughout your life;
- mentor and strengthen future generations of students and alumni;
- connect with dynamic, fascinating and accomplished fellow alumni;
- support and cultivate your career and personal interests; and
- bring together groups and communities who seek to make a difference.
Alumni & Development
First started working at BSU in 1986-1989 and 2019-Present
I provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of Bridgewater State University's alumni and community engagement efforts, as well as fundraising opportunities. My job is to inspire and motivate members of the greater BSU family to find a place within our community where there can thrive and give back to their alma mater in support of our amazing students. To be able to serve the university that I love leading the Alumni & Development team is a dream come true and I look forward to welcoming my fellow Bears home! "Not to be ministered unto, but to Minister."
A key part of my job most people don't know about that I also serve as the Executive Director of the BSU Foundation board of directors.
Favorite song in college: "Mack the Knife" by Frank Sinatra
First started working at BSU in 2000
My responsibilities include taking care of the Alumni & Development, Foundation, and Bridgewater Alumni Association budgets, travel expense reports and credit card reconciliation for the department.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I work closely with Procurement Services and Accounts Payable to troubleshoot any issues with vendor quotes, requisitions, purchase orders and invoices.
First started working at BSU in 2008
My responsibilities as the Assistant Director are centered on connecting our fabulous Alumni back to the University in support of our amazing students. The key way that I do this is through the planning and execution of all of our in-person and virtual Alumni events. In addition, I provide the management and meeting facilitation for our numerous Affinity groups, plan and support our Alumni marketing initiatives through email and social media channels, oversee the Alumni website, help to create student/alumni programs such as Crimson Ambassadors and Bridgewater Next Generation, outreach and support for key Development initiatives such as Giving Day and Giving Tuesday, serve on university-wide committees, collaborate with university departments, and handle any general Alumni outreach that comes my way. Relating to our alumni isn't just a job to me, it is second nature because I'm a true Bear at heart! Remember, "Once A Bear, Always A Bear," and never hesitate to reach out if I can be of any help!
A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I am the lead planner for Alumni Homecoming Events. Also, I have been known to help decorate our beautiful Jones House for the holidays, especially foraging greens from campus to fill the front urns!
Favorite songs in college: "Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Band, "Round Here" by Counting Crows, and "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys
First started working at BSU in 1996-2001 and 2020-Present
My primary goal is developing initiatives that will connect our students with alumni. We will do this through a mentor program, our affinity groups, a legacy program, our Crimson Ambassadors, and coordinating various original events as well as attending and participating in established campus-wide programs.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is I will be managing the Crimson Ambassador program.
Favorite song in college: "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
First started working at BSU in 1985-1990 and 1999-Present
My responsibilities include working with staff on all aspects of event coordination. I also work with alumni and members of the university community in event planning, implementation and evaluation.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I value the cycle of support from alum to the current student experience. It makes my job different every day and I love it!
Favorite song in college: "Rosalita" by Bruce Springsteen
First started working at BSU in 2019
I provide social media content strategy, creation and distribution for all alumni channels. Everyone is beyond busy, so to be able to engage audiences via a positive social media experience, whether it uses humor or an activity, connecting is the key. I studied communications in college and have used my degree in every single day since graduating. I was a proud Bear in the '80s and I'm an even stronger Bear now.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is I'm responsible for designing and producing the alumni e-newsletter each month.
Favorite song in college: "You Can Do Magic" by America
First started working at BSU in 2021
My responsibilities include managing our social media accounts, updating the website, and creating digital and print media.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I manage the alumni email inbox. I love interacting with everyone who reaches out to the alumni department!
Favorite song in college: "Nice for What" by Drake
First started working at BSU in 2005
Betsy is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a BA in Communications. Betsy joined the Bridgewater community over 15 years ago as a member of the Alumni and Development team. During that time, she earned her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Civic and Nonprofit Leadership and Administration, graduating from Bridgewater State University in 2011, and she has been a proud Bear ever since!
Betsy provides leadership to the fundraising, development, stewardship and donor relations teams, administering all aspects of fundraising solicitations and donor relations in support of the BSU Foundation and the philanthropic priorities of the university. Leading the Advancement Operations team, Betsy also provides oversight of the database. In her role, she oversees direct marketing for the Bridgewater Fund and other development initiatives at the university, with the purpose of providing critical financial support to students and programs.
With nearly two decades of professional experience in the development field, Betsy continues to feel fortunate to have the opportunity to connect big-hearted people with meaningful ways they can make a real impact in the lives of others.
Betsy lives on the Cape with her husband, Cory, G'13 (MAT Biology) and their two children, Edwin and Winnie, where when the weather is good, she can be found teaching them the love of kayaking.
First started working at BSU in 2015
My responsibilities include overseeing Foundation and Alumni fund processes, ensuring all funds are spent in accordance with donor wishes, reporting to donors on status of their funds and donations, acknowledging gifts in a timely manner, and working closely with departments across campus to ensure proper stewardship of all donors takes place.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I ensure proper disbursement of all funds, not just scholarship funds.
Favorite song in college: "Crash and Burn" by Thomas Rhett
First started working at BSU in 2011
My responsibilities include executing annual giving campaigns to acquire, retain and reactivate donors. I strategize and manage direct mail appeals, online giving, and fundraising events such as crowdfunding and social media solicitations. I also work collaboratively with partners on and off campus to build and strengthen university fundraising efforts.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I work with several students and donors throughout the year to gather testimonials on their involvement with BSU to use for annual giving marketing content. The students and donors are always so appreciative for opportunities and experiences that Bridgewater has been able to offer for them. Hearing their stories are the best part of working in Development and for BSU!
Favorite song in college: "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyes Peas
Major Gifts/Planned Giving
First started working at BSU in 2017
I enjoy working with alumni and friends of Bridgewater State University who are interested in learning about creative ways to support the university's mission and meet its most pressing needs through charitable giving. I partner with planned giving donors and major gift donors who want to directly help students with their support.
A key part of my job most people do not know about, which is also one of my favorite parts of my job, is to introduce scholarship donors to the students who received their awards. It is incredibly rewarding and uplifting to be able to help show a donor how much their support means to an individual student.
Favorite song in college: "Blue in Green" by Miles Davis
Advancement Services and Prospect Research
First started working at BSU in 1998
My responsibilities include maintenance of the Raiser's Edge Alumni and donor database, integration with peripheral systems for online giving, event registration and prospect research tools, supervision of gift processors, prospect researchers and data entry assistant as well as serve as a liaison to IT.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is using TeamDynamix ticketing software to manage day-to-day Advancement Services workload.
Favorite song in college: "Black" by Pearl Jam
First started working at BSU in 2013
My responsibilities include maintaining the Alumni & Development division's constituent management database by organizing a system of identifying, collecting and interpreting data to be entered and accurately inputting new and updated constituent information, generating and exporting lists and reports from the database.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is that I help departments across campus maintain connections with Alumni.
Favorite song in college: "Out on a Limb" by Teena Marie
First started working at BSU in 2018
My responsibilities include carrying out research and database screening initiatives in order to identify sources of major gift opportunities that support the fundraising goals of BSU.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is that the BSU library is an invaluable resource for my work.
Favorite song in college: "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce
First started working at BSU in 2006
My responsibilities include processing gift transactions including pledges, planned giving, event registrations, and gifts in kind. I collaborate with fiscal on the accounting, process accounts payable functions for Foundation and Alumni, and also oversee data integrity, reporting, pledge reminders, creating funds, uploading fund agreements, pledge agreements, matching gift paperwork, and any other pertinent information to donor record. I collect mail and process as needed, utilize the Raiser's Edge, Financial Edge, MobileCause, Net Community, Cybersource, and TeamDynamix programs.
A key part of my job most people don't know about is that everything I do has multiple layers that effect different parts of the division as well as the university.
Favorite song in college: "I'm Only Joking" by Kongos and "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" by Cage the Elephant