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Volunteer Impact Report

Flyers Create Connections

“Everyone has different UD experiences, but we all get the same, indescribable feeling about Dayton that you can’t find anywhere else,” said Bridie McInerney Maloney ’85.

Bridie, as an alumna and parent to one UD graduate and a current senior, doesn’t want that feeling to fade.

“Dayton has been part of my life for a long, long time,” she says. “I realized that I now have time in my life to give back and it just made sense for me to get involved.”

Bridie McInerney Maloney ’85

Although Bridie had not served in a formal volunteer role before, she did not hesitate to join the newly formed Chicago Strategic Initiatives Committee.

More students come to UD from Illinois than any state other than Ohio. Recognizing the chance to create more opportunities in the Chicago area for UD graduates, the University worked with local alumni to create the Chicago Strategic Initiatives Committee. The goal is to develop a larger professional network to foster more connections between local alumni and students.

“All you have to do is ask alumni if they can help and they say ‘absolutely,’” Bridie said. “And there was a big group of people in Chicago who wanted to help.”

Bridie worked with the committee and UD Career Services to tap into UD’s network of Chicago-based alumni and helped organize the first UD Chicago Career Fair. The event, held over students’ winter break, brought together 28 companies and over 150 students, and the committee expects it to grow each year.

Reconnecting people to UD and one another through events like this is the reason Bridie does what she does.

“The stories you hear from people just reignite your passion for the school,” she said. “Along the way you meet alumni of all different ages and they tell stories that just bring you back to why you love UD. That is my favorite thing.”

And the opportunities that come from these Flyer connections are endless.

“Contact your local alumni community and ask how you can help,” said Bridie. “It does not have to take a lot of effort, but it does allow you to stay connected to many wonderful people of all ages — from jobs to social friendships. Connecting with UD can help you on many different levels of life.”

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