Catchin’ Up With … Christina Howard
Have I told you lately that I love my job? If you are a colleague, friend or follow me on social media you have undoubtedly seen #haveitoldyoulatelythatilovemyjob punctuating my posts about Salisbury University. When I walked onto campus in 1999 as a freshman, I never would have imagined that I would someday work at OUR Alma Mater. As the assistant director of development for the Perdue School of Business, I have the good fortune of meeting alumni and members of our business community and connecting them with our programs and initiatives.
Following graduation in 2003, I did not know what I wanted to be “when I grew up.” I had majored in communication arts with an interpersonal and organizational track and minored in marketing management. My degree was a bit of a double-edged sword; I could do so many things with it, but I did not know where to start! Soon after college, I accepted a position as the events coordinator for the Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Foundation here in Salisbury. After seven wonderful years of galas, golf tournaments, fashion shows and ribbon cuttings, I realized that I was ready for the next step in philanthropy. I was ready to step out from behind my clipboard and headset and take a more active role in nonprofit fundraising.
During my last golf tournament at PRMC, I rode around from foursome to foursome checking on players. I struck up a conversation with the members of the Salisbury University golf team who always supported the local medical center. They told me that they were creating assistant director of development positions and suggested that I consider applying. It is amazing how the stars align sometimes. That was four years ago and I could not be happier! A typical week for me may include cross-country trips to visit SU alumni, meeting with professors or attending classes to learn more about our ever-evolving programs, helping donors establish scholarships, working with our boards to better prepare our students following graduation, working with the Alumni Association to host an alumni event, and so much more!
My primary job as the assistant director of development for the Perdue School is to establish and strengthen relationships with alumni and members of the business community, as well as, educate them on the amazing programs and initiatives at our school. We are so grateful for the “Time, Talent AND Treasure” that our Perdue School friends give! There are so many ways to give back to OUR Alma Mater: speak to a class, club or our Community Leadership Panel; participate in the Marketing Excellence Speed Branding event (think elevator pitches with a speed dating timeframe); hire an intern; play in the Beta Alpha Psi Golf Tournament; be a judge in our Entrepreneurship Competition; support our professional development initiative and review resumes; consider becoming a partner of our accredited Mid-Atlantic Sales and Marketing Institute; consider a naming opportunity for our Downtown Center for Entrepreneurship; learn about our TERP 10 Certification through our Information and Decision Sciences Department; create an endowed scholarship that will assist students in perpetuity; hire our graduates; or contact me with any other ideas you may have!
I am always interested in meeting Perdue School alumni; feel free to contact me if you are interested (firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-548-2311)! We can grab coffee or lunch and talk about your path since graduation. I can update you on the Perdue School and Salisbury University, and we can talk about ways you can get involved. I look forward to meeting you and asking #haveitoldyoulatelythatilovemyjob!