Jill (Dierberg ’06) Clark recently began her work at Valparaiso University as associate director of alumni relations. She graduated from Valpo with a degree in theology and has since achieved a master’s degree in theological studies and a PhD in religion and social change.
“When I graduated from Valparaiso in 2006,” Clark said, “I always had a feeling I would be back here serving in some capacity. It is an honor to be in this position.”
In her new role, Clark’s primary goal will be engaging young alumni, working locally with Valpo Clubs to do so. She would like to start several new Valpo Clubs, or local alumni chapters, and see young alumni involved in them, even serving as chairs or co-chairs. Clark also hopes to expand the young alumni reach through social media.
“The Office of Alumni Relations hopes to launch a Valparaiso University alumni Facebook page in the near future,” Clark said, “which would allow alumni who prefer to communicate through social media to stay abreast of alumni news, local and national events, and things that are happening on campus.”
During her undergraduate studies, Clark was involved in Gamma Phi Beta and was a member of SALT. Additionally, she was a member of the Crusaders women’s tennis team, making her ideally suited as the chief Office of Alumni Relations contact for athletics. She also worked as an orientation assistant for FOCUS, the new-student orientation. Clark will be working with the Office of Student Affairs on FOCUS by representing Alumni Relations.
“I could never have accomplished all of these things at a larger school,” Clark said of her vast undergraduate involvement. “I was able to serve as an OA and the president of my sorority, as well as study abroad, while still competing at the collegiate level. Altogether, I would say that Valpo was invaluable to my subsequent work and accomplishments, and for that, I am very grateful.”