I had the honor of welcoming our new graduates to the Alumni Association at Commencement in May. It was a moving ceremony, and the accomplishments of our current students are really remarkable. The ceremony was moved inside this year to Sid Richardson due to inclement weather. Of course, my graduation 30 years ago also was in Sid Richardson; it was an odd experience to remember that event 30 years ago and to realize that in only 20 more years, I hopefully will be back celebrating my 50th reunion as a Golden ’Roo!
We just had our summer Alumni Board meeting and spent much of it working on a great schedule for Homecoming 2015. Building on the success of ’Roos Who Write, we will focus on ’Roos Who Serve this year. The 20th anniversary of the ACtivators, led by our alumnus and college chaplain John Williams ’84, will be highlighted along with other ’Roos in ministry. We also will highlight some ’Roos in public service in a variety of sectors, including environmental and political arenas. Look for your Homecoming brochure in the fall and make plans now to attend November 12-15, 2015.
I hope you read your #impactThursday emails from Austin College last month—including wonderful stories about current students and how your support plays a critical role in student life. One committee of the Alumni Board focuses on Alumni Giving. You may not know it but the percentage of alumni who give to a school is taken into consideration by numerous foundations considering gifts, as well as the college-ranking publications. And, more importantly, your annual giving provides operating dollars to give students access to real-world experiences and to develop critical-thinking skills needed regardless of specific life path.
Join fellow alumni and friends in perpetuating the Austin College education as the unique, impactful experience we all had. Make a gift—of any size—before the end of the calendar year. I hope to see many of you at AlumNights or other events, and please do make plans now to attend Homecoming 2015. You won’t want to miss it.
Kirsten Brandt James ’85
Alumni Board President