Blue and white fight, fight, fight! Do Blue signs and the color swept through Cabrini’s Dixon center last Wednesday, January 15. Students, faculty, and parents filled the stands in support of our men and women’s basketball team.
“I really loved the atmosphere at the game,” Brittany Kerr, junior, accounting major, said. “It’s a change in how more students can get involved not just with athletics but with alumni as well.”
“The event went really well,” Nick Taylor, coordinator for alumni engagement and annual giving programs, said. The event “Do Blue” was the first event of Cabrini’s newly founded group, Cavalier traditions. “I was in charge of creating a group called Cavalier traditions,” Taylor said. “It’s a student run alumni association, with 12 student members so far.”
The group is in charge of advising the alumni office on programing events that engage current students. They partnered with assistant director of athletics, Brian Beacham. “He was the brain child of the partnership,” Taylor said.
“The purpose of the alumni office is knowing that were here,” Taylor said. “We want to build relationships from day one with everyone. In the past it’s been known to wait until the students senior year to get to know the alumni office and what their about.”
“When you choose Cabrini, it’s more than just your four years,” Taylor said. “It’s about building relationships from your first year along with fellow alumni that is 14,000 people deep.”
The alumni office hopes to build these relationships from the beginning of a student’s time here at Cabrini, so that they in turn receive the benefits of becoming an alumnus. “98 percent of students receive financial aide through scholarships,” Taylor said.
On February 27th Cavalier traditions will be holding the second event “National Student Philanthropy Day.” Students will receive a free t-shirt when they sign five thank you notes to alumni who donate money to students for financial aide. “Were hoping this day becomes a connection between students and alumni,” Taylor said. “So in turn when current students become alumni they will give back.”
Since Cabrini is not known for many traditions. “Cavalier traditions is the first stepping stone onto that path,” Taylor said. “The Do Blue event started the tradition, and Dave Watson was one of the ring leaders in making that night happen.”
“As a senior who is involved in a variety of things at Cabrini, Cav Traditions is a great gateway for me as an undergrad to a Cabrini alumni,” senior David Watson said.
“I think the event and turnout was amazing and it was a total team effort with athletics, Cav Traditions, and myself through social media,” Watson said. Free t-shirts, pizza and Frank Nitty were a part of “Do Blue” as well. “I got a call from Jackie Marciano, the alumni Coordinator in Alumni Engagement and Dance Team coach, at 5:20 pm while I was at dinner,” Watson said. “She told me that there was already a line outside of the dance studio for #DoBlue t-shirts 40 minutes before doors open.” Distributing t-shirts, Watson said lasted about 5 minutes with people still coming through the dance studio door to get one.
“I think the Do Blue event was a great opportunity,” junior, exercise science major, Amanda Vogel said, “especially for the students to get out, support and cheer on the basketball teams.”
Cavalier Traditions is a student run group and is still looking for more students to come out and join. “It’s truly unique, so don’t be shy come and find out what’s going on,” Taylor said.