Search the Bulletin

A Busy Weekend for Alumni Council


On the clear, blue Sunday morning of Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend, about 20 stalwart souls participated in a Fun Run. Starting and finishing at Parrish portal, runners navigated a winding three-mile course through the campus, designed by cross-country team member Zachary Gershenson ’12.

Members of the Alumni Council worked nonstop at their recent fall meeting. As always, much of the weekend was focused on engagement with students. The Council sponsored receptions with students and faculty members in three academic areas: biology and medicine; classics, English literature, and modern languages and literature; and economics. Students also met with alumni composers both in a master class and at a networking reception after the Alumni and Student Composers Concert on Saturday evening (see Alumni Events). Council members recorded video answers to career questions, in a project co-sponsored by the Career Services office, which will be launched later this winter online. And, according to longtime members, Saturday’s career networking dinner with students was the most successful in recent memory.

The other important focus of the weekend was the College’s strategic plan. Members arrived on campus, having read the draft and other supporting materials. Over the weekend, several guest speakers—President Rebecca Chopp, Provost Tom Stephenson, Professor of Economics Stephen O’Connell, and Vice President for College and Community Relations and Executive Assistant to the President Maurice Eldridge—provided perspectives on the plan. By the end of the weekend, the Council had formed several ad hoc task forces, in addition to their standing working groups, to support implementation of aspects of the plan. These task forces will focus on the Institute for Liberal Arts, the Center for Leadership and Innovation, admissions, career services, and communications.

—Lisa Lee ’81
Director of Alumni Relations

Comments are closed.