Getting to know Geneva alumni
Ben Becze is a people person. And as Geneva’s associate director of alumni relations, his job is to work with and for the people who have made Geneva a part of their lives.
“My job is all about bringing alumni together, and reconnecting them with the college, with old friends and other Geneva grads in their area,” Becze says.
Teaming with Geneva’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement Kevin J. Jean, Becze is reaching out to alumni of all ages all across the country. Through campus updates, casual alumni gatherings and the forming of alumni chapters, he wants to let alumni know that Geneva cares about them.
“We want to know what we can do to serve you,” he says, “whether that’s reconnecting with a classmate, forming an alumni chapter in your area, or planning fun opportunities to get together.”
Casual Alumni Gatherings are informal, informative events that give alumni the chance to reconnect with Geneva and other alumni in their area. Geneva is currently hosting alumni gatherings near the Pittsburgh area, but Becze soon hopes to visit more far-flung locations.
“With your help and participation, we would like to bring Geneva to your town,” he says.
As fellow alumni meet and connect, they may choose to form an alumni chapter in their area. These regional groups are open to alumni of all ages who want to get together on a semi-regular basis. This gives generations of grads the chance to share experiences, perspectives and the common bond of Geneva College.
“Geneva has a system that lets you know that even if you're 3,000 miles away, your college hasn't forgotten about you,” Becze says. “I also want to tell our students today what our alumni are doing now. It’s unbelievable — there’s a huge range of things our grads do. It’s great to share those stories and be able to tell students, ‘Look — the door is there and you have the key.’”
If you are interested in hosting or having an alumni event held in your area, please contact Ben Becze at 724-847-6880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ben Becze graduated from Geneva in 2000. He and his wife Elisa (Pellegriti ’01) live in Beaver, Pennsylvania with their two whippets, Ella and Porter.