Young Saint Michael's Alum Plans Ahead to Give Back
Saint Michael's College alumna, Christine McAuliffe '06, is a very forward-thinking woman! Because her time here at the College was so meaningful, she wanted to give something back. She says, "I don't necessarily have a lot of money to give right now, so I wondered how I could support Saint Michael's in a bigger, more significant way down the road." She recently chose to make a planned gift by designating a percentage of her retirement plan to Saint Michael's. These funds will compound over time, benefitting both Christine and the College.
When Christine was in high school and looking at colleges she knew she wanted to experience life outside her hometown of Belmont, MA but didn't want to be too far away. During that period, Christine happened to visit Vermont for her cousin's graduation. While here, her aunt who was working as a nurse at Saint Michael's, showed Christine and her family around. The moment she stepped onto campus she knew it was to be her "home away from home." She knew immediately that she wanted to apply and it became her first choice after interviewing with the folks in the Admissions Office and meeting the caring people on campus. This was a community in which she could learn, be nurtured and express her creativity in a supportive environment.
As an undergraduate at Saint Michael's, she made many life-long friends. Christine switched her major in her junior year to Journalism & Mass Communications and dedicated herself to the program in order to graduate on time. She has countless fond memories of her late nights in the "Berg," the Bergeron computer lab. It was there she made friendships with others in the program who shared her passion.
One of her favorite professors was Dr. Jon Hyde, a Journalism & Mass Communications professor who taught Visual Communications and her favorite, Global Communications. "Dr. Hyde had very creative ways of getting through to us and making learning fun," she says.
After graduation, Christine accepted a position with a benefits brokerage firm in the Boston area. She spent four wonderful years there but she started to seriously think about going back to school full-time to earn a graduate degree. During that period, a cousin asked if she had ever considered working for a college. This way, she could earn a living and take classes at little or no cost.
Following this advice, Christine became employed as an administrative assistant in the Office of Gift Planning at Boston College (BC), where she supports several gift officers and focuses on stewardship activities and events for alums. It was in this capacity that she discovered how easy it was to set her giving in motion. All Christine did was go online to where her retirement plan is being managed, filled out the necessary beneficiary designation form, and as easy as one, two, three, she was able to give back to Saint Michael's in a meaningful way. Christine has also designated Boston College as a partial beneficiary of a life insurance policy. This is another very easy way to leave a legacy.
Christine says, "I am grateful for the friends I made and the experiences I had, so when I learned that designating a percentage of my retirement plan was a giving option I knew immediately that I wanted to do that for St. Mike's. I want people to know that making a planned gift is easy, once you have the knowledge of what the many different options are."
She attends Saint Michael's alumni events in the Boston area whenever possible, including a recent Red Sox Game in August. She attended her 5th Class Reunion in 2011 and she'll be back for her 10th in 2016. Christine is very grateful for her Saint Michael's experience and will remember it fondly for the rest of her life.
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