One of the newest members of our team, Jenny Rapien Kaeppner ’94, still has a mug from her days as a student at the Mount that says “Co-op Works Out.” Through the journey that has taken her from her senior Cooperative Education job in the College’s Public Information Office to her new position as our Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Lead Annual Giving, she feels this very much to be true.
A history of development
Jenny has worked in development most of her adult life, but says that the thought of returning to the College has remained a dream of hers.
“I still credit the personal touch, liberal arts education, and many opportunities I received at the Mount for my success as a professional and a volunteer, and am excited about the chance to serve the College and my fellow alumni in this capacity.”
Jenny oversaw development for St. Elizabeth School in Manhattan for nine years, establishing a comprehensive communications program, working with alumni, and organizing a very successful all-class reunion. She was also in charge of campaigns that equipped a new science center, completed an outdoor garden space, and funded many other projects. Prior to that she worked for the Archdiocese of New York in development, event planning, and student programming.
She received her bachelor’s degree in communication arts with a minor in business from the Mount in 1994 and then a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College in New York. Jenny now lives in Anderson and has three children.
Jenny's new role
In her new role, Jenny will be responsible for working with the rest of the staff and Alumni Board to coordinate the Reunion Weekend and other alumni events, publish “Alumni Connections,” and promote stewardship, among other things.
She will be a familiar face at activities such as the upcoming Mount alumni night at the Reds game on Friday, April 5 and the Celebrating Milestones Scholarship Benefit on Wednesday, April 24.
“The Mount has a very unique culture that we as alumni carry with us long after graduation, and builds the kind of friendships with classmates and even former professors that last a lifetime,” she says. “I look forward to sharing with other alumni some of the wonderful opportunities that we have to network, reminisce, get involved, and give back to the College community.”