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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 I have lived in the Washington D.C. area for almost 20 years now, this was my first visit to the site. I really enjoyed the trip not only because the estate, situated on a hill overlooking the Potomac River, was extraordinarily beautiful, but also because it reminded me of all the reasons Washington College, and its alumni, can be so proud to be associated with such a great leader. I also learned a few things about our first President that I had not known previously – including that his formal education ended around the age of 15, he never attended college and much of what he learned was through reading and self-study. Pretty amazing when you thing of all he contributed to our country. Undoubtedly this was why he valued a good education so much that he contributed to the founding of a small college on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. What I took away from my Mount Vernon visit was a better understanding of how our past shapes who we are today. And how important it is for us to maintain our ties to the people and places that influenced our lives for the better. For me, and I hope you, Washington College was one of those places and the faculty and friends I knew while there were some of those people. That is why I am so pleased to chair our 20th (yes 20th!) Reunion Committee. Next May we have an opportunity to reconnect with friends from the past, revisit our old campus haunts and demonstrate our continuing commitment to our alma mater. If you haven’t already done so, please reserve the weekend of May 14, 2010 for a trip back to Chestertown. I’m going to need a few people to help with outreach leading up to the big date – so if you can spare some time to make a few calls to fellow classmates please let me know. Email me at edgeh2omd@verizon.net or find me on Facebook or Linked In. I hope to have a Facebook group page up soon so we can share pictures and memories of our days at WC, get information on Reunion happenings 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 current happenings on campus. As many of you have heard by now, President Tipson will be leaving WC at the end of this academic year. A Search Committee including a mix of faculty, alumni, members of the Board of Visitors & Governors and the Administration has been engaged in an extensive outreach and recruitment process to find his successor. More than 80 nominations for the post have been received and 10 candidates were interviewed in late September. Hopefully we’ll hear soon who will be taking over the reins of our historic institution. On campus, two major improvement projects recently came to a successful conclusion. The Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts opened its doors to students and faculty on the first day of classes. It is a spectacular addition to campus and Chestertown. The center was dedicated on October 2nd and already has hosted a

number of musical and dramatic performances in its theatre spaces and art exhibitions in the Kohl Gallery. More recently, the renovated Hodson Hall welcomed students with its new and improved dining facilities, a student center with an open performance area, a game room and an office suite for student activities and student government. How envious I am of today’s students and the facilities they have available to enrich their college experience! But come and see all of this for yourself 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 Alumni Event calendar on the WC web site (http://alumni.washcoll.edu/) to find one of the many alumni holiday gatherings that will take place next month. I had the chance to attend the Annapolis gathering last year and really enjoyed meeting and talking to other alums from the area – especially some who graduated a decade or two before us. It was fascinating to find out how our experiences were so different and yet so the same. And finally, my last appeal to all of you in the Class of ’90 – let us know what you have been up to lately and submit a class note to the WC Magazine. Did you just get a promotion? Have a baby? Kayak in the Galapagos? Let’s hear about it. We didn’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 message about what has been happening in your life to classnotes@washcoll.edu. Digital photos 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 WC friends 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 am looking even more forward to seeing some of you in person next May at Reunion 2010. 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 1990 PS. 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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