As the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Tracy Young Gagnier, '93, is a jack of all trades. She is not only responsible for countless intricate aspects of alumni programming, she is also the advisor of the Undergraduate Alumni Association(UAA), handles class notes submissions for the alumni magazine, The Scene, and is the office bookkeeper/accountant.
Tracy graduated from Geneseo in 1993 and now calls Geneseo her hometown. She worked in Rochester for a brief period before returning to Geneseo to take a position with the Geneseo Foundation in 1999. "A job at Geneseo, I thought, perfect no better place to work than the college I love." Tracy was promoted to Assistant Director of Alumni Relations in 2007.
It is not just Tracy that shares this passion for Geneseo, her husband, George Gagnier, '88 also works at the college in the Athletic Department as the Sports Information Director, and their two children Makenna, 13 and Jack, 9 both attend Geneseo Central School and aspire to one day attend SUNY Geneseo like their parents. The family loves to attend Geneseo sporting events, especially watching the Geneseo Ice Knights.
Tracy described her favorite thing about Geneseo is that: "As a college and a community we are an ideal location and an ideal size and we have learned to coexist together, I feel that having the college students here really adds value to our community."
While her duties in the office keep her pretty busy, Tracy especially enjoys travelling to regional alumni events. “Getting out of the office and having the opportunity to re-connect with old friends and make new alumni acquaintances is my favorite part of the job. You wouldn’t believe how often I hear “You came all the way from Geneseo for this?”, we know it’s important to bring our alumni together in their communities and I love being a part of that.”
Back on campus, Tracy’s responsibilities as advisor of the Under Graduate Alumni Association (UAA) have been especially rewarding. Tracy describes the UAA as: "A student organization which is not exclusive in any way, every student is member because every student will eventually be an alumni." The purpose of UAA is to bring together alumni and students to positively affect our college and community, today and for the future.
The UAA recently re-invented itself. We wanted to be a group about bringing all students together and to focus on something that every student could get involved with. Geneseo is rich with tradition and it was these traditions or experiences that led to UAA’s Traditions Challenge Project. The Traditions Challenge Project looks to identify the traditions or experiences that every Geneseo student shares, regardless of their residence hall, club or team affiliations. It is these shared memories that not only brings the students together today – but alumni together tomorrow! Learn more about UAA’s Traditions Challenge in a future blog post.
Tracy also is heavily involved with Reunion 2011 and is the staff liaison to the Reunion Leader/Volunteer committees from the following classes: 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006. "All of the classes are really stepping up, our goal is for each person in a reunion class to get a personal touch from a classmate, we hope to see a consistent increase in alumni involvement and attendance each year, and increased awareness and excitement about Summer Reunion."
Check back soon for the next Alumni Relations staff profile!