Bonnie Olinger
Bonnie Olinger
Communications Director
Department: alumni association


Graduation Year: 2004 

Major: Public Relations 

Occupation, Company: Communications Specialist, Archdiocese of Philadelphia 

Describe your current occupation and if applicable, how was Temple the launchpad for your current position?

My time at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia began in 2004 through an internship I received in the Communications Office, where I currently serve. It all started through a networking connection I’d made with the professor of my History of Philadelphia class at Temple, senior year.  I would say there was no better launchpad for me than the networking opportunities and the confidence and skill set my professors, courses, and my extracurricular clubs including membership in TU PRSSA gave me during my college years at Temple.

Over the last 15 years, I’ve held several positions in the Archdiocesan Office for Communications and had the opportunity to have a front row seat for both the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015/ also affectionately known as “Pope in Philly” as well as traveling with the local Philadelphia young adult contingent to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day in July/August  2016.

I currently serve as the Communications Specialist for education and in that position I report to the Chief Communications Officer and serve the 119 elementary, 17 high schools, and 4 schools of Special Education throughout the 5 counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia) encompassing the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Providing support of day to day promotion and assistance with any crisis communications needs that arise within Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools. Additionally, I assist with coordination of social media, on behalf of the Chief Communications Officer, assisting with needs of the official social media presence for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Out of an abundance of caution the Alumni and Constituent Engagement (ACE) team is currently working on a modified remote basis. I can still be reached during standard business hours via my standard contact information.

Why do you support Temple University and serve on the Klein Alumni Association Board?

When the opportunity arose to give back to Temple and reconnect with fellow alumni through this opportunity to serve on the Klein Alumni Association Board, I felt it was a no brainer.  Temple University, has such a rich history as a University that doesn’t just serve the average student, its history and legacy is built on those go-getters, “night owls,” gritty hard-workers who wanted an education no matter how non-traditional they were.  I’m not the first in my family to choose Temple and honestly as the only school wanted to go to/applied to at age 18, it felt like it chose me.  he last few years life, as it often does, got in the way and caused me to drift a bit from my really connecting with my Temple roots, but the foundation and school pride has always been there for me.  My hope is that through assisting the work of the alumni board I can take what was a wonderful, positive, and fulfilling four year college experience for me, and support current and future students who decide to join the Temple and Klein College family

What excites you about the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication?

The large network and name recognition it has throughout the many layers of the Communications industry.  Klein College Alumni are everywhere and there is a strength in numbers.  Additionally, I’m excited for the leaps and bounds that the school is growing and expanding on campus, and how it has through the years remained on the cutting edge. 

What advice could you give someone looking to become more engaged with Klein College?

My advice would be to keep your contact information up to date, reach out, and even if it’s out of the blue, reply to an email because you never know, after however many years, where one email can find you.  This opportunity to serve really fell into my lap,  and I didn’t know it at the time I received my out of the blue email from the Klein College Development Office, but it was exactly what I was looking for – the opportunity to give back and reconnect through service.    

What was your favorite memory while a student at Temple?

Is it cliché to say it’s really hard to choose – so many good ones?  If I have to choose, I have two.  

First, my senior year, while serving as President of the TU PRSSA, and working the booth during the spring campus festival getting to meet/recruit fellow students, interested in Public Relations, to join PRSSA, all while tie-dyeing t-shirts (to raises money for a non-profit organization),– it was a really fun way to expand our reach beyond the weekly meetings and classroom setting we usually found ourselves in.  

My second was having the opportunity to travel to NYC with the Temple University Diamond Marching Band (I was a 4-year color guard member) and perform on the weekend edition of the Today Show. 

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