Here in the Office of Alumni Relations, we spend a lot of time telling stories about and talking with our wonderfully supportive alums. However, we’ve decided to turn the tables and take time to get to know the people behind the scenes – the advancement and alumni relations staff members who are hard at work on behalf of our alumni. Today we’re talking with Bernadette Darby, who’s been a part of the Office of Alumni Relations for well over a decade.
NAME: Bernadette Darby
JOB TITLE: Program Management Specialist
FOCUS AREA: Administrative support and event management for the Office of Alumni Relations
YEARS AT UMBC: 12. I started in 2004.
Where are you from originally? I was born and raised in [Somerset County in] Western Pennsylvania.
What do you love most about UMBC? The people. Definitely the people. The students are amazing, [and as a staff] we’re a team, no matter which department you work in.
What is your favorite thing about your job? My coworkers. They’re awesome. I love my coworkers. The entire team…they’re amazing people to work with, they’re smart, they’re fun to be around, but I also love the alumni. […] I work with the board a lot. Our Alumni Board is made up of a lot of smart, talented people that bring the best of me out….I work with students, you know, I have my student workers. And watching them come in as freshmen, and watching their transition from freshman to sophomore […], and then they become this senior, and they’re a completely different person. If I had to choose one of the best things about my job, it would be watching the students come in as caterpillars and leave as butterflies…I love watching that.
Who do you admire and why? I would have to say my mother. She was an amazing person. Always wanted to do for everybody else, never put herself before anybody else. It was always about everybody else. And to strive to be like her, just a portion of her, would be an accomplishment.
If you could be any staff member for a day, who would you be and why? I think I would be [our Assistant Director of Special Events,] Erin Johnson, because I love to do events, I love running events, and she’s so involved in that. I think just being able to see it from her eyes for just a day would be amazing.
Check out our other staff profiles here, and look for more in the coming months!