Today we “Take 5” with Mollie Radzinski, AHS Alumni Foundation Board Member.
The Albion Alumni Foundation Board of Directors is happy to welcome Mollie Radzinski (Class of 2006) as a new board member. Mollie currently works for the Albion Central School District as their public information officer and workplace internship coordinator. Mollie’s communication skills, work experiences and community connections make her a wonderful liaison between the District and the Foundation as we work together to provide scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors.
To get to know Mollie a little better, please read her responses to our “Take 5” questions.
Thank you for joining the board of directors. What do you hope your roll will be in the Foundation?
I think a big part of my role in the alumni foundation will be linking the foundation with the school district since I am in the schools on a daily basis. I also hope to use my skills to enhance the foundation’s communications and publicity.
What sparked your interest in being a part of this board, and what do you like most about what the Foundation does and your involvement in it?
It has always been important to me to support and get involved in the community I live in, no matter where that may be. When I moved back to Albion, that was even more true. My family has always been active in public service, so it’s something that I grew up with. The foundation is a perfect fit for me since generations of my family went through the Albion school system and since I have worked with students in some capacity for more than a decade. There is nothing more exciting than seeing a student achieve, and being able to help with that in some way is very rewarding.
Tell us about your experience at Albion High School and how your experiences influenced you either in school or in your life after school.
Growing up in a small school and small community like Albion showed me the importance of getting involved and being active in improving the area you live in. It wasn’t until I graduated and moved away that I realized how close-knit Albion alumni are and how quickly we help when someone is in need – whether we know them personally or not. When I was in school, I couldn’t wait for something bigger, but I now appreciate graduating from a small district.
What motivated you to go into the career you chose?
I originally wanted to be a sports sideline reporter, hence my degree in broadcast journalism. Once I started working in sports as a student, I realized I wanted to be internal and not external. It was an easy switch from journalism to communications. Working in athletics, whether professional or collegiate, was amazing. However, it is a grind and I missed so many life events because of games and travel. I love storytelling and working with students, so public relations in a school district is a great fit for me.
What advice/words of wisdom do you have for our current students and recent graduates?
Education is the most important thing in our lives. And by that I do not mean a college degree. Reading, watching a documentary, listening to a podcast – there are many ways to learn. We need to branch out and learn about the world outside of Albion, N.Y., in order to have compassion and care for others and our community. Moving away and living in different parts of the country and working alongside people from all over the world has taught me so much. Knowledge grows into understanding and compassion. And more of that makes a community and society better as a whole.