Thursday, March 10, 2011

Meet the Alumni Team: Michelle Worden

Associate Director of Alumni Relations

What does that really mean? "She who does a little bit of everything!" says Michelle Worden, Geneseo Class of '92. Michelle graduated with a History degree, and went on to work at the Genesee Country Museum in Mumford for sixteen years before coming back to Geneseo to be part of the Alumni Relations Team. "I wanted to come back to the place I went to school, and so loved" Michelle says. 

As Associate Director of Alumni Relations Michelle has many opportunities to do what she loves - plan. Whether it is planning regional events, or group trips, Michelle enjoys working with the Alumni Relations Team to bring students and Alumni together. Michelle is staff lead in working with the 50th anniversary class to plan their reunion, as well collaborating with the Alumni Team for the many and varied regional events taking place on a daily basis. Additionally Michelle coordinates Knightline, the electronic Alumni newsletter, and coordinates the Awards Program for Geneseo. This program is an opportunity for alumni to nominate notable classmates for achievements they have made. If you are interested in viewing past recipients of the awards, or making a nomination please go to the award webpage to see more information. 

A major part of Michelle's job is organizing the Externship Program. This is a program for undergraduate students to have an opportunity to meet, network and learn about career possibilities from Alumni in major cities. The program location is on a three year rotation between Boston, New York City, and Washington DC.  This year 16 students are headed to New York City for a week!

Michelle is also in charge of launching the newest program for alumni - a travel program to Siena, Italy! The trip will take place in August and is open to all alumni, as well as parents of current Geneseo students. For more information check out the trip's webpage or email 

Michelle's favorite part of her job is meeting alumni from all over, who are doing all sorts of different things. She says it is so inspirational to meet these people, and know that they all share a common bond over their alma mater. She says "We all have this in common, our love for this place."

When not facilitating alumni events and travel, Michelle enjoys traveling with family and friends, reading, working out, and occasionally golfing. 

We hope you enjoyed getting to know a member of the Alumni Team! Look for our next staff profile soon. 

The Alumni Team

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