Monday, January 14, 2013
Honorary Alumna award winner returns to Assumption.
Assumption College’s Office of Institutional Advancement welcomed back Melanie Demarais to its staff in November 2012 as senior advancement officer. She left the College in 2011 after 18 years of service in Institutional Advancement, to become senior vice president for resource development at the United Way of Central Massachusetts. Her ideas and creativity changed the quality of student life at Assumption for the better, and her leadership, creativity, and friendship has meant a great deal to the students.
Demarais received the College’s Honorary Alumna award in 1992 for her dedication and service as the director of student activities, from 1979 to 1988. She was director of alumni relations from 1993 to 2001, before her promotion to associate director of major gifts. In 2005, Demarais was named an honorary alumna of Assumption Prep School, in recognition of her years of service to the alumni of Assumption Prep, organizing its annual reunion at the College. In 2003, she was one of 11 Assumption community members to receive a President’s Medal as an exemplar of civility and colleagueship.