Spartans of UD: Melissa Hemesath

Nov 20, 2018 | University Relations staff

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people who live, work, and study on campus. Melissa Hemesath is the associate vice president for the Office of Advancement. She enjoys listening to graduates share their stories and memories from their time at UD.

Spartans of UD - Melissa Hemesath
Melissa Hemesath
Associate Vice President for the Office of Advancement

1. Why were you interested in working at the University of Dubuque?

“Being new to the Dubuque community and having a background in fundraising and education, I took some time to research opportunities and I was initially drawn to the history of the institution. And, of course, the facilities are fantastic. Ultimately, it was the leadership and the Mission of the University of Dubuque that brought me here. And it is the magic of what takes place inside the facilities with students, faculty, and staff that makes UD such a special place.”

2. What do you enjoy most about your role as associate vice president for the Office of Advancement?

“There are so many things I love about serving in this role for the University. I work with a wonderful team of people that I am proud to call colleagues. In addition, being able to be the branch of UD that reaches alumni and friends is such a privilege. Getting to hear stories and memories from our graduates is so much fun. I enjoy being the conduit to share University of Dubuque stories, updates, and news from present day to those who live across the United States and around the world. It’s our little way of bringing a bit of UD to wherever they are.”

3. With Thanksgiving in mind, what are you thankful for most about the University of Dubuque?

“While there is much to be thankful for, I am most thankful for the generosity of our alumni and friends. Through investments in student scholarships, the endowment, capital projects, and planned giving, it is really a blessing to be a small part of an investors’ philanthropy. Being able to bring joy to someone through their giving and knowing that it will ultimately help current students and students yet to come is an honor.”

4. How can students stay connected to the University of Dubuque after graduation?

“There are many ways to stay connected after graduation – participate in career panels and alumni activities hosted by your program of study, attend alumni events in your area, return to campus for Homecoming, keep us updated on your adventures after graduation, and, of course, invest, as you are able, in student scholarships to pay it forward for those to come after you.”

5. What piece of advice would you like to share with students?

“Get involved and contribute to your campus home to make a positive impact. Be a student that UD staff, your professors, and your classmates will remember.”