Shannon Smyth (SS): I am here today with Bailey Bundy, Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your role and how you got here?
Bailey Bundy (BB): I’d love to. Well thanks for having me. So yeah, so, I have been in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region for about four years. I long story short grew up in Maryland; I went to Gettysburg
SS: Wow that’s really cool, leap of faith is a good way to go.
SS: What’s your favorite part of this area since you said you’ve never been to this area before December?
BB:One of the big things I saw was that the culture is much more…it’s just a little bit slower. People are much more friendly. I loved growing up on the east coast but there’s something to this area, there’s something about the Midwest, and I definitely felt that when we first moved. Even on our plane ride moving to Cincinnati, the flight attendants were bubbly and chipper and wonderful. And that was kind of our first experience in Cincinnati. So, some of the things I love again just the culture, I really like the food, I like the up and coming trends, the trendy food. I’m a big foody so I love downtown Cincinnati and I love all the good hot spots.
SS: Do you spend a lot of time in Over the Rhine, with the good food they have down there?
BB: I do, I do. I’m a big fan of Bakersfield and Nada and all those good ones. And again, just learning all the wonderful things we have. We have bourbon right down the road. That is something I’ve gotten into and learned more about. Craft breweries, I didn’t really grow up with those or knew what those were and so that was something I’m excited about and love trying new things. And again, the food scene really reminds me a lot of D.C. in the sense that it’s trendy and
SS: Yeah definitely that’s excellent. Well were glad you’re here.
BB: Thanks! Happy to be here.
SS: So, in terms of alumni things, the next upcoming event will be the homecoming football game at Thomas more here on October 19. What can students and alumni expect to see leading up to that day and that day?
BB: Yeah, we have a fun week. Student Activities Board is planning U-fest. That is Thursday October 17 from 5-8 in front of the Saints Center. That is a really
SS: Yeah, that’s really cool. Tent party sounds like a lot of fun in this heat we’ve been having.
SS: Yeah, sounds awesome. Will you guys have anything set up in the parking lot like we did for the first game or more down on the field encouraging people to come into the stadium?
BB: Definitely encouraging people to come onto the field. We have tickets are $20 for alumni, and for family and friends they are $2,5 and kids under the age of 12 are free. So that’s a really great opportunity for people to come and connect with alums and of
SS:That’s really cool. I like that. Giving people options of the option of outside tailgating and coming in and having a pretty good view of the football game as its going on.
BB: That’s right and the perk of this year is that we can have alcohol on the track when traditionally you can’t. So yeah so were excited that we can offer that and kind of continue the party in the stadium.
BB: I think so too.
SS: Cool, so you mentioned you had a wine tasting recently and have a bourbon tasting coming up. Are there any other events that are after that after homecoming that are coming up for alumni here in the future?
BB: Yes, we have our alumni awards that will be Sunday, November 10 from 4 – 6:30. The alumni awards have traditionally been immediately following the homecoming football game. But we wanted to take that off of that weekend. Just because we wanted to have more people come and we felt like it might have been a little rushed for alums. So, we wanted to kind of bring that back into an area where they could actually have a day of an event. So, were excited to have it on
BB: So, more information will come, more details will come but that’s kind of the next big event we have coming up so
SS: That’s awesome. So, what’s kind of the goal of the president’s tour? Just meet and greet or is there more a reaction purpose or getting people engaged?
BB: Absolutely I think it’s
SS: That’s awesome that’s a really cool idea, I like that.
BB: Thanks, we’re excited.
SS: So, what would you say is the ultimate goal of alumni relations and alumni engagement?
BB: I think the ultimate goal of alumni engagement is kind of just that. Engaging. And what I really like to do and what I love about my job is story telling right so its I get to meet hundreds of alums and to just hear their story and to figure out ways they can get involved with their alma mater. There is a variety of ways people can stay connected, whether it’s through volunteerism, whether it’s through their experience or expertise, whether that’s through a gift, whether that’s through support, there are many ways to stay connected. My job is to really
SS: That’s really cool I like that.
BB: Thanks so much, thanks for having me!