Young alumni have a new outlet for getting involved at Trinity. Alumni that graduated between 2004 and 2019 are invited to join an influential group of young, vibrant leaders who are helping to provide the Trinity experience to future generations of Shamrocks.
This group is called the Young Alumni Shamrock Society (YASS). Alumni that make an annual gift of $250 prior to or during their 15-year reunion will be included in this important giving society.
The society was initiated by Brad Savko ’05, Graham Switzer ’06 and Eric Payne ’07 as a way to engage young alumni.
“It’s incredible to see the YASS come to fruition,” Switzer said. “Our vision is to provide an opportunity for young alumni to stay connected to our alma mater, learn from other notable alumni and work together to help make the Trinity experience a reality for others. We were fortunate enough to attend Trinity and have benefited greatly from our experience, so it is important that we do what we can to ensure others have the same opportunity.”
On January 15, the YASS kicked off 2020 with an event featuring Trinity alumnus and University of Louisville Athletic Director Vince Tyra ’84. More than 40 young alumni gathered at Merle’s (Tony Palombino ’86) downtown on Main Street to socialize and hear Tyra speak about leadership, career development, success and mentoring.
“Trinity means a lot in different ways to different people, and this truly shows how much Trinity means to Vince (Tyra),” Savko said. “We are extremely grateful to Vince for taking time out of his schedule to talk to his fellow alumni as a role model and leader in our community.”
Tyra was asked to speak for 30 minutes. He talked for over an hour and answered questions from the attendees. Following his address, Savko, Switzer and Payne explained the YASS and how it helps young alumni and Trinity. The presentation when all attendees received a text message from Trinity containing a link to where they could make their $250 gift.
“The event could not have been better,” said Director of Alumni Relations Travis Wagoner ’90. “We had great attendance, our young alumni enjoyed themselves and Vince Tyra was outstanding. Young alumni learned how they can benefit themselves and Trinity.”
The YASS will coordinate an annual event similar to the one on January 15. It will feature a prominent Trinity alumnus who will speak to the group. Quarterly social events are also being planned. Additional information will soon be released.
“After months of kicking around ideas for younger Trinity alumni to stay involved and give back to the school, Graham, Brad and I are looking forward getting the Young Alumni Shamrock Society off the ground,” Payne said. “After graduating, many young alumni find themselves wanting to reconnect with Trinity but curious how. The YASS will not only provide a way to support the efforts of the school but also keep classmates connected and provide a platform for the younger Trinity generation to learn from distinguished alumni.”
Members of the Young Alumni Shamrock Society will receive the following benefits:
- A Young Alumni Shamrock Society lapel pin
- Invitations to young-alumni related events
- Recognition in The Leader magazine and annual report
- Invitation to Opening Mass
- Two complimentary tickets to the 1953 Society Dinner held during Pride Week.
“The YASS is just the start of the impact our young alumni can and will make,” Savko said. “Not only for Trinity, but also our community. We have so many alumni that had great experiences at Trinity and made lifelong friends but don’t know where to start getting involved. The YASS is a way for our emerging and future leaders to stay connected, start to give back and stay involved with Trinity while helping current and future have the same experience and lifelong impact Trinity made on them.”
For additional information about the YASS or to join, please contact Travis Wagoner at 502-736-2122 or email@example.com.