Come on Home
New director of alumni relations invites alumni to reconnect with the campus

ALUMNI DIRECTOR MARTIN KAPLAN relaxes in the living room of the Degheri Alumni Center, where alums are welcome to hang out any time.

To call Martin Kaplan welcoming is an understatement. USD’s new director of alumni relations wants to throw open the doors of the school to its entire alumni base.

“I’d like the campus and the Degheri Alumni Center to be a home away from home,” he says. “Of course we’d like you to come back for Homecoming, but we’d really like to see you throughout the year.”

Kaplan, who most recently served as manager of chapter and constituent relations at the University of California, San Diego, says there are plenty of ways for alumni to get involved with the campus: “I want to encourage alumni to act as role models to current USD students through speaking, mentoring and a host of student/alumni programs.”

And if those options don’t appeal, the enthusiastic Kaplan has plenty of other ways for alumni to reconnect. “Alumni can volunteer to read scholarship applications, act on scholarship selection committees and get involved with recruiting the best and brightest students to USD. They can also think about becoming a reunion chair or getting involved with their local alumni chapter.”

Kaplan, who earned a B.S. in business administration from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in comparative religion, is excited about all the great opportunities at the University of San Diego.

“I’d like to encourage alumni to participate in our new scholarship funds, the USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Alcalá Alumni Fund,” he says. “But most of all, I just want our alumni to reconnect with the university in the way that’s most meaningful for them.”

To contact Martin Kaplan, e-mail or call (619) 260-4819.