Payin' it forward every day

Alumni who find their way back to campus as faculty or staff members have the unique ability to infuse in their work the perspectives they gained as a student at Mount Mercy. This enriched point of view provides an opportunity for insight and appreciation — traits that Patrick Collins ’88 aspires to bring back to campus with him.

Collins, who majored in public relations, recently joined the campus community as director of annual support. It is a role that will allow him to draw on his experiences as a Mount Mercy student as well as his passion for continuing the mission of the College.

“When I was a student I wasn’t aware of all the advantages the Annual Fund provided for me and my classmates,” he says. “As an alumnus, I realize now that achieving a degree wouldn’t have been possible without the support of alumni who have gone before me.” Collins hopes to instill this same awareness and appreciation in current students to foster in them a deeper understanding of the vital work the Annual Fund plays in their education. “I’m a big proponent of educating students on the sacrifices alumni have made for them,” he says.

Alumni commitment to the Annual Fund is a daily reminder of the Mercy mission many feel is worth supporting. “Paying it forward isn’t just a catchy phrase,” says Collins. “It’s part of the culture here — part of our founding to go back to the Sisters of Mercy and see their sacrifice.”