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Alumni Letter_Fall 2009

Alumni Letter_Fall 2009

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Greetings WC Class of ’90!Last week I had an opportunity to tag along on my son’s field trip to Mount Vernon,George Washington’s home in Northern Virginia. I hate to admit that although Ihave lived in the Washington D.C. area for almost 20 years now, this was my firstvisit to the site. I really enjoyed the trip not only because the estate, situated on ahill overlooking the Potomac River, was extraordinarily beautiful, but also because itreminded me of all the reasons Washington College, and its alumni, can be so proudto be associated with such a great leader. I also learned a few things about ourfirst President that I had not known previously – including that his formal educationended around the age of 15, he never attended college and much of what helearned was through reading and self-study. Pretty amazing when you thing of allhe contributed to our country. Undoubtedly this was why he valued a goodeducation so much that he contributed to the founding of a small college on theEastern Shore of Maryland.What I took away from my Mount Vernon visit was a better understanding of howour past shapes who we are today. And how important it is for us to maintain ourties to the people and places that influenced our lives for the better. For me, and Ihope you, Washington College was one of those places and the faculty and friends Iknew while there were some of those people. That is why I am so pleased to chairour 20
th
(yes 20
th
!) Reunion Committee. Next May we have an opportunity toreconnect with friends from the past, revisit our old campus haunts anddemonstrate our continuing commitment to our alma mater. If you haven’t alreadydone so, please reserve the weekend of May 14, 2010 for a trip back toChestertown. I’m going to need a few people to help with outreach leading up tothe big date – so if you can spare some time to make a few calls to fellowclassmates please let me know. Email me atedgeh2omd@verizon.netor find meon Facebook or Linked In. I hope to have a Facebook group page up soon so we canshare pictures and memories of our days at WC, get information on Reunionhappenings and see who else will be back for Reunion 2010.But before I get too far ahead of myself, let me fill you in on some of the currenthappenings on campus. As many of you have heard by now, President Tipson willbe leaving WC at the end of this academic year. A Search Committee including amix of faculty, alumni, members of the Board of Visitors & Governors and theAdministration has been engaged in an extensive outreach and recruitment processto find his successor. More than 80 nominations for the post have been receivedand 10 candidates were interviewed in late September. Hopefully we’ll hear soonwho will be taking over the reins of our historic institution.On campus, two major improvement projects recently came to a successfulconclusion. The Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts opened its doors to studentsand faculty on the first day of classes. It is a spectacular addition to campus andChestertown. The center was dedicated on October 2
nd
and already has hosted a
 
number of musical and dramatic performances in its theatre spaces and artexhibitions in the Kohl Gallery. More recently, the renovated Hodson Hall welcomedstudents with its new and improved dining facilities, a student center with an openperformance area, a game room and an office suite for student activities andstudent government. How envious I am of today’s students and the facilities theyhave available to enrich their college experience! But come and see all of this foryourself at Reunion 2010! (I know, I know, another shameless plug…)If you just can’t wait until May to see your fellow classmates, check the AlumniEvent calendar on the WC web site (http://alumni.washcoll.edu/) to find one of themany alumni holiday gatherings that will take place next month. I had the chanceto attend the Annapolis gathering last year and really enjoyed meeting and talkingto other alums from the area – especially some who graduated a decade or twobefore us. It was fascinating to find out how our experiences were so different andyet so the same.And finally, my last appeal to all of you in the Class of ’90 – let us know what youhave been up to lately and submit a class note to the WC Magazine. Did you justget a promotion? Have a baby? Kayak in the Galapagos? Let’s hear about it. Wedidn’t have a single note in the Summer issue for the Class of ’90 and
I can’t believe no one had anything worth sharing
. Just take a minute to send a messageabout what has been happening in your life toclassnotes@washcoll.edu. Digitalphotos also are welcome especially if they are good quality and at least 300 dpi. Technology is a wonderful thing - I’ve really enjoyed reconnecting with so many WCfriends over the past year on the many social media sites. It just amazes me all of the interesting and diverse things that everyone is doing nowadays. But I amlooking even more forward to seeing some of you in person next May at Reunion2010. They didn’t coin it the “Back by Popular Demand” reunion for nothing.Hope to see you all there!Sincerely,Wendy (Kloiber) Frederick, Class Representative 1990PS. Check out our class website at http://1990.washcoll.edu/Please send in photos of yourselves and a short bio to post. You can send them to Judie Barroll at jbarroll2@washcoll.edu

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