Natalie Hoffman, ’06, Stroke Unit Nurse and First Member of the X-Club Giving Society
Natalie Hoffman ’06 knows that if you start giving back to your alma mater shortly after graduation, it likely will become a lifelong habit. Filled with gratitude for all of the opportunities Saint Xavier afforded her, Hoffman became the first member of the newly formed X-Club Giving Society, a group of loyal alumni who earned their bachelor’s degrees within the past 10 years and who annually support the Saint Xavier Fund.
“I’m from the South Side of Chicago, right by Midway, still live in the area,” she said. “I knew from about 5 years old that I wanted to be a nurse. And just with the reputation of the school, it was an easy choice to come to Saint Xavier. I can’t tell you how many times when I was looking for a job, I knew I had the job in two seconds after saying where I went to school. It was really kind of nice to have that security, knowing that my education opened so many doors for me.”
Hoffman had her first job lined up before she graduated, and today she works as a nurse on the stroke unit of Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park.
“I like being more involved with the patient because you can see every day their progress from when they first came in the door. Sometimes they can’t talk, but by the time they leave me, we can have a full conversation.”
She said she loved her four years at Saint Xavier, where she made lifelong friends and participated in the Student Nurses’ Association. Giving back was an easy decision, she said, especially because she received financial assistance and now has a cousin attending SXU as an undergrad. “I feel like, not only am I helping the University, but in some way I’m helping my family member.”
All undergraduate alumni who graduated within the past 10 years and who make a gift of $30 or more each fiscal year are members of the X-Club. Members receive an exclusive listing in the annual report, an X-Club Giving Society decal, recognition from University Advancement staff and a profile of a student who benefited from gifts made to the Saint Xavier Fund.
Hoffman said that giving to Saint Xavier means a lot to her because “it means I am allowing someone to have the same and maybe even better experiences than I had. SXU has allowed me to do what I have wanted to do since I was a little girl – be a nurse. I get to help people every day and know that I am making a difference.”