Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
Eric works to cultivate and maintain relationships between alumni and friends of Benedictine University, as well as relationships with foundations and corporations. He concentrates on outreach through specific programs, one-on-one engagement and campaign initiatives.
Engages alumni in a variety of ways with monthly alumni events, virtual networking sessions, alumni online community and Alumni Association benefits
Works with several campus departments to offer alumni volunteer opportunities and the chance to give back to the University, including partnering with Enrollment for the Postcard Project and Career Development for the Benedictine University Mentorship Program
Trente Arens is responsible for the oversight of the vision and goals for Alumni Relations and Engagement. She works to increase alumni engagement by forging and maintaining relationships with alumni, cultivating volunteers and creating opportunities for alumni to connect with students and with one another.
Acquires support for the University through a variety of ways such as direct mail appeals, the graduating class gift project, employee giving and our Vacation Donation medical leave sharing program
Phonathon is another key component to Annual Fund which employs 16 trained student workers each year, serving as University ambassadors
Provides informational services that support University Development as well as the greater University, manages our alumni and donor database, online directory and event registration platforms, records gifts, acknowledges our donors and tracks donations/pledges
Develops reports to provide an array of biographical, accounting, mailing and research information as well as administers the scholarship award process and platform
office of Research and Development, including
management of the Millennium database, prospect research, gift processing and
the development of reports for the entire university.