Anne F Frissora


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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“Community” is the buzzword at the University of Dayton (UD) and many undergraduate students feel connected to the UD community for the four-to-five years that they are on campus. However, what happens to that sense of “community” after walking across the stage and receiving a diploma? As tuition costs rise across the nation, donations from alumni are becoming increasingly necessary to keep higher education institutions in good financial health. However, the literature indicates that young alumni donate less money to their alma mater than older alumni (Drezner, 2011; Gaier, 2005; McDearmon & Shirley, 2009; Stephenson & Bell, 2014). This qualitative, phenomenological study investigates the responses of eight UD young alumni who are involved in Day10, UD’s Young Alumni Group, regarding topics such as undergraduate experience, donations, and involvement – all of which define young alumni engagement. The findings of this study shed light on what UD Alumni Relations and Day10 could focus on in order to achieve engagement from their young alumni constituents.

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Project Designation

Course Project - Graduate

Primary Advisor

Savio D. Franco

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Committing to Community after Graduation: A Qualitative, Phenomenological Study of Young Alumni Engagement at the University of Dayton