Greetings fellow alumni,
As the president of the Alumni Association, I had the recent pleasure of attending and participating in the Board of Trustee meetings, which were held in early March. The three days during which I was on campus were jam packed with presentations and updates by College officers and Board Committee Chairs. As I learned more about the latest developments with our favorite college, I was reminded of how diligently our board works to ensure that the College continues to grow and thrive as one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions. One highlight (one of many) was the opportunity to hear from Hilary Masell Oswald, the author of the most recent edition of the now famous book, Colleges That Change Lives. Ms. Oswald spoke passionately about the value of a liberal arts education and about the many virtues of Wooster. Of course, her talk was a big hit with all of us.
Here’s an update on some of what was covered during the weekend:
For the third straight year enrollment has surpassed their previous record, with more than 5,500 applications received for the 560 spots in next fall’s entering class. The applicant pool is strong in all respects, from ethnic and geographic diversity to academic strength. The good results the College is now experiencing are the result of the good efforts of the administration, faculty and staff at the College of Wooster – and of course the efforts of all of you, as you continue to carry the word about Wooster to your own communities.
Gault Family Center Donation
The board has accepted a generous gift from the trustees of the Gault Family Learning Center. This donation presents the College with some amazing opportunities. The property features a beautiful brick building suitable for use as much needed student housing, as well as many other potential uses that support the College’s educational mission, such as administrative, academic and student organization office space. The college will be exploring those possibilities in the coming months. For more information, you can read about the donation here: http://wooster.edu/news/releases/2013/march/gault-center
The men’s basketball team had great success again this season. Timken Gym was filled to the rafters with students, faculty, staff, and fans of all kinds displaying Wooster spirit. It was great fun for the Board of Trustees to root along with the crowd. All can be proud of their outstanding season marked by the fourth-straight year of reaching at least the “Sweet 16,” which very few Div. III teams can boast. Unfortunately, Wooster’s season came to an end with a 24-6 record and a North Coast Athletic Conference championship. Cabrini College advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Championship with a 70-63 decision over the Fighting Scots in Timken Gymnasium on March 16th.
Indoor Track Meet
The College of Wooster hosted the NCAC Track and Field Championships during the March 1st weekend at the Scot Center. The women placed fifth in the team standings with 54 points. Highlighting the Scots’ efforts was Abena Boamah-Acheampong winning the women’s high jump, while both the men and women had relay teams set new school records. The men nearly had themselves a championship in the distance medley event, as the team of Kevin DeGroot, John Lanz, Gus Fuguitt, and Luke Hutchings-Goetz came up one-hundredth of a second shy of Allegheny College when they crossed in 10:32.63. The Scots did break a school record in the event, though, as they bested last year’s time by almost five seconds (10:37.20) while picking up all-conference honors. You can read more about the track meet here: http://www.woosterathletics.com/sports/track/2012-13/releases/20130302tgsnnw
View results of the track meet: http://www.woosterathletics.com/sports/track/2012-13/ncac/index
Dining Services Study
You may have heard about the study of Wooster’s dining services that is currently underway, whether you saw it online or mentioned in The Wooster Voice. The purpose of this study is to assess what the College does well, and what can be improved. The assessment group includes faculty, staff and students. The goal of this group is to conduct a thorough study of the dining services operation, using a variety of methodologies and metrics beyond the purely financial, including quality and variety of food, accommodation of special diets and needs, quality of service, and the particular ethos and culture of this campus. When it is complete, the study group will report to Financial Advisory Committee, which will offer their recommendations on how to make dining services the best it can be.
My Goal as President
A theme of my term as president of the Alumni Association has been to strengthen the Wooster network. Wooster is blessed with not only a strong and talented student body, but an alumni body that is large, diverse, engaged, and committed to helping our newest Wooster graduates. I want to make that network even stronger and more vital as our newest alums enter the working world. Your Alumni Board will focus over the next year and more on what our alumni body can do to make this goal a reality. The College is doing its part to prepare its students for success. Through an innovative approach to student advising, called APEX, an integrated team of experienced advisors encourage students to become passionately engaged in their education and empowered to make informed, intentional choices about academic, personal, and professional opportunities. Wooster’s students are now participating more actively in their educational planning through the work of the offices within APEX. Read about this exciting reality here: http://www.wooster.edu/academics/apex
Please contact me with your ideas about how we can all more fully participate in the Wooster Network. Your Board will continue to keep you informed as we focus on this meaningful project.
Your Alumni Board will next convene in late April, when we will have the pleasure of participating in the Senior Research Symposium – a time when the College cancels classes to celebrate the accomplishments of the senior class. This is when Wooster takes off the bushel basket and lets its light shine for all to see. Read more about the Symposium here: http://www.wooster.edu/research/symposium
It is a pleasure to work for you as the president of the Alumni Association. Please remember to contact me with your ideas and comments.
Enjoy the spring!
David Gilliss (’80)