Greetings Fellow Alumni,
I was lucky enough to get back to our favorite college campus during the weekend of June 6 -9 – Alumni Weekend. The College really showed off its stuff as more than 1,000 alums returned to their alma mater to spend time with good friends. Although this was not my reunion year (Class of ’80), as president, I enjoyed attending many different class events, and I especially enjoyed the chance to spend time with many alums from a wide array of class years. I attended several marvelous class dinners, and I even managed the time to attend a cocktail party or two. I was most pleased (and honored) to be able to attend a dinner at Grant and Peg Cornwell’s house, as they hosted this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients (more on that later). In short, if you have not been back to campus in a while, you need to see what Wooster has done. Call your old classmates and plan to attend next year’s reunion. You do not need to wait until your reunion year to come back. You are always welcome to come home to Wooster!
During the 129th Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association, Colonel Douglas R. Hole ’63 was recognized as the recipient of the The John D. McKee Outstanding Volunteer Award for his service to The College of Wooster. The award honors “John D.” and his belief that Wooster alumni are the best any College can ask for. John D. McKee was the first Secretary of Wooster’s Alumni Association, Editor of the Alumni Magazine, Business Manager of the College and Director of Alumni Relations.
Doug’s service to the College has included representing the College at countless college fairs, serving as Alumni Board member, actively participating as member of his reunion committee, and hosting alumni events with his wife Donna. They are also loyal donors to The Wooster Fund.
The presentation of the class cups is one of the great traditions of Alumni Weekend. This year, class cups were awarded to the class with the highest attendance, and the class with the highest number of donors. The cup for the highest number of alumni in attendance was awarded to the class of 1963, with 110 members present at Alumni Weekend. The cup for the largest number of donors to The Wooster Fund was awarded to the class of 1978, with 130 donors.
Each year, the 25th reunion class makes a special outreach effort with a gift to The Wooster Fund. On behalf of the class of 1988, Andy Heath presented the College with a gift of $66,418.50. The class quadrupled its annual gift to The Wooster Fund and more than doubled its donor count.
Clarence “Reggie” Williams and class president George Browne presented the class of 1963 50th Anniversary Fund gift to the College. Williams and George Browne announced that during the five years leading up to their reunion, they had raised more than $5 million for their alma mater. Of that total, $268,000 will be used to endow a Class of 1963 Scholarship Fund, and $104,000 will endow a new student summer research fund. There also were a number of major gifts for the Scot Center, several other scholarship funds, and significant individual increases in gifts to The Wooster Fund during that period. Read the news release for more information.
Later in the day, the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to three alumni whose service to their profession exemplifies the value of a Wooster education. Pictured below are this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients (from left to right):
- James T. Clarke ’59, Retired International Executive Partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers
- Dr. Diane Jorkasky ’73, Highly regarded clinician-scientist and researcher in the pharmaceutical industry
- Kenneth C. Fischer ’66, President of the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan.
The Wooster Network
One of my goals as the president of the Alumni Association is to build upon the foundation of my predecessors and strengthen the Wooster Network. Your Alumni Board has made it a priority to work closely with the College, and especially with the professionals in APEX, to make sure that our newest graduates, as well as those in transition or in search of new opportunities, know that they can reach out to the 25,000 alumni across the globe for support, for contacts, and for advice as they seek out the job that is best suited for them.
I give special thanks to all those who have volunteered to connect with APEX fellows during their internships. Two of our APEX fellows are already sharing the impact of the Wooster connection. Read the Spot the Scot blog to hear how our alumni have supported APEX fellows during their internships.
With your help, we will continue to develop the Wooster Network – to the benefit of all of us and to the benefit of the College we all love and support. In that regard, remember that the College’s fiscal year ends on June 30th. Please make sure that your name is counted among those who have made a gift to The Wooster Fund. You will find an easy and secure link to The Wooster Fund here: www.wooster.edu/givenow.
Thank you all for your support of the College. Please feel free to share your stories of the College with me. Please remember to send in your stories to the Wooster Magazine so your classmates can stay in touch with you, and please do make a gift to The Wooster Fund.
Best wishes for a safe and fulfilling summer,
David Gilliss (’80)
College of Wooster