Boasting more than 200 volunteers in their database, the Pack Partners program run through NC State’s admissions office allows for members of the NC State alumni family to stay linked to their alma mater by reaching out to potential new Wolfpackers.
The program, which is run as a partnership between the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Alumni Association, engages alumni in a number of different activities to encourage and recruit undergraduate students. Based on the time alumni would like to contribute to the Pack Partners program, they can volunteer to work college fairs in their area, contact accepted students and urge them to choose NC State or make a scholarship presentation on behalf of the university.
Joyce Mai and Natalie McCook act as Pack Partners Program coordinators, reaching out to alumni through events such as the Alumni Volunteer Leadership Conference which took place in September, in order to encourage greater participation.
“I’ve had many alumni tell me how much they truly enjoy volunteering,” Mai says. “Alumni are critical to helping recruit undergraduate students because they allow the admissions office to greatly extend their reach to students in areas that the office cannot get to.”
Mai, who has been overseeing the Pack Partners program since 2006, says alumni initially only participated in college fairs throughout the country. In the years since then, Mai has expanded the program to allow alumni to participate and volunteer in more ways, and has also seen an increase in the number of alumni signing up to volunteer.
Last year’s Pack Partners program used the efforts of 115 alumni volunteers, and Mai says the program is hoping to grow even more in the coming years.
“Alumni add a personal touch because they have their own memories of NC State and can share those with prospective students in order to give them further insight into the University,” she says.
— Jamie Gnazzo