Greetings from Alumni Relations
When I saw the job posting for Alumni Relations Manager, I clicked on it. At the top of the page the heading read: “Help us build a top Christian university.”
I was challenged by this phrase and it ended up being one of the main reasons I chose to apply. I want to be a part of building an amazing Christian academic institution that will serve students with excellence for years to come.
This task will take all of us working together.
This is the second time I’ve worked at King’s. I first came here as the residence director from 2002-05. It was a ton of fun. I loved hanging out with students, talking, playing Settlers of Catan, and opening my apartment doors on Tuesdays for Survivor nights. I loved working with students in leadership development. I witnessed young minds being stretched, new families finding their beginnings, and students growing into callings.
After I left King’s in 2005, I accepted a call to be an associate pastor at a Mennonite Brethren church in Victoria, BC. I spent the next 13 years of my life there and during that time I adopted two amazing kids. My oldest is attending King’s for the first time this year, which is part of what brought me back. It has been a natural step into the alumni relations manager position as I’ve felt God calling me once again to King’s.
Starting this September King’s is celebrating 40 years. I can’t think of a better time for our Alumni Relations office to recommit itself to intentionally connecting with alumni of all ages. We will be sponsoring several gatherings across Canada and hosting visiting faculty lectures. My goal is to create a place of welcome, connection, community, and home.
We plan on developing other events and new ways to help alumni connect with each other, with meaningful work, with faith communities, and volunteer opportunities. We plan to build on the great work already being done in the Alumni office—work we need to do a better job of communicating. We plan on being more intentional about helping our alumni with job resourcing and connecting alumni with other alumni.
I am so encouraged by King’s and our alumni who are doing amazingly well at living out our shared values all around the world through their careers, education, the arts, sports, sciences, medicine, research, music, parenting, and much more. Every alumni has a role in promoting King’s and advocating for the inspiring work of our university.
If you look through Scripture, you will often see a time of great blessing after a period of 40 years. I am confident that this next year will be filled with the Lord’s continued favour on us as a growing faith-based institution.
By Kathleen Busch