Marianne Hagen embodies the word, “celebration”. As the Alumni & Student Engagement Manager for the Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Marianne recognizes the strength of a vibrant alumni to forge links around the globe. Focused on showcasing Dalhousie’s many milestones, Marianne believes “alumni stories” give courage to new generations of students to explore educational opportunities. Dalhousie University has over 130,000 alumni worldwide. “We are proud of our traditions, our history,” Marianne said in a recent telephone interview with CFAME Connection. “Our graduates exemplify the values of innovation, diversity and academic excellence within the reality of an ever-moving and ever-changing global community.”
Marianne’s ties with the Centre for Advanced Management Education date back to 1999, when she assumed the position of Program Manager for the then, MBA (IT) program. Serendipity brought the MBA (IT) and newly formed OEGP program together in shared offices. Marianne noted, “I was truly blessed to work with Michelle and Morven; they are both fantastic people. All the distance programs were housed in the same area. Later, when the MBA (IT) program closed, I was asked to lead the team with the on-campus MBA program and have stayed connected to the MBA (FS) program ever since.”
Marianne shared her vision of creating engagement, sharing narratives and acknowledging contributions of graduates.
Engagement starts with students. Time devoted to meeting students and affirming their involvement in community events encourages active participation during their years as a student and in the years that follow their “walk across the stage” to receive their diploma. A connected student will turn into a connected alumnus.
Over the past few years, I have been privileged to facilitate a mentorship program linking business students with our alumni. The outcomes of this initiative have been truly gratifying. While we appreciate and value monetary contributions, it is my strong belief that our graduates have many ways in which to give back to Dalhousie University. A commitment to support, encourage and mentor a student fosters the human spirit and provides the seed for future benefits to society.
I am celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the MBA (FS) and have been following the events that are happening across Canada. There is more coming in 2018 when Dalhousie celebrates it 200th anniversary. This is an exciting time to be involved with Dalhousie. Please join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. I enjoy hearing from our graduates.