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A Passion to Engage Alumni

Chrissy Falcha '09 M.A. - Human Resources Manager
Secretary, Alumni Board of Directors 

While pursuing a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology, Chrissy Falcha ’09 M.A. served as a graduate assistant in the Office of Alumni Relations. The experiences, she said, instilled in her the value of staying connected to her alma mater.

“I saw firsthand how alumni were giving back to the University and the impact that their engagement had on students and the future of the University,” she says. “Engaged alumni have always been a part of the University’s foundation and plans for the future.”

She has certainly done her part to stay involved, serving as a member of the Alumni Association’s board of directors. A human resources manager at MacDermid Enthone, she regularly returns to campus as a guest speaker and to recruit students at career fairs.

Each year, Falcha and a group of friends meet at Homecoming. She also helps to plan programs that help alumni reconnect with the University. “UNH offers a ton of great opportunities and events for alumni to attend to connect with fellow alums and to say engaged with the University,” she said.  

 

For Falcha, her passion to stay involved stems from her strong belief in UNH’s educational approach. “Experiential education is not just a tag line at UNH,” she said. Alumni, she said, are a big part of creating an environment built on learning by doing. In fact, one of her most memorable hands-on learning opportunities, a co-op at Pratt and Whitney, came about through networking with alumni.

“Not only did I learn things that prepared me for success in my career, I did things that prepared me for success,” she said. The faculty excel in making sure that everything translates to real-world situations.” 

Giving back to your alma mater, Falcha says, goes beyond financial support. Alumni can serve as guest speakers at classes or events, attend career fairs or help connect prospective students with the admissions staff.

“In order to continue the tradition and the momentum for current and future students, I believe that as alumni we owe it to the University to stay involved in whatever capacity possible,” she said.

Written by Dave Cranshaw