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The holiday season honors many different traditions, but each one adds the same wonder and delight to our lives: We go through each day with a lighter step, laugh with more exuberance, fill our homes with the sweet aroma of time-honored recipes, carefully unpack our treasures for display, relish our friendships and delight in family gatherings. We wish you a warm holiday season filled with wonder and delight!
Volunteer Wins Prestigious Award
"Give the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you. I have received that," said Mary Lou Jennings '50 when she accepted Lansdowne’s prestigious Helms award as a lifetime volunteer, as reported in the Oct. 10 News of Delaware County (Boroughs Edition, Ardmore, Pa.). She was recognized along with current and past winners. continued.
career luncheon Snapshot
Deborah Derrickson Kossman '82 was the keynote speaker at the Career Networking Luncheon, Friday, Nov. 9, in Grey Towers Castle. A licensed psychologist as well as a published poet and essayist, Kossman spoke about her career path with members of the senior class, encouraging them to be open and flexible as they begin their own career journeys. Her essay "Why We Needed a Prenup with our Contractor" recently appeared in the New York Times. Read her story.
Vox Consortium – Vox Renaissance Consort fills the Castle with music on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Florida Reunion – Attention: Florida residents, snowbirds and winter travelers! All are invited to attend the 2008 gatherings in Naples, Sarasota and West Palm Beach.
Alum Reflects on Helmet Tradition
A campus visit inspired Cyndi Butz '87 to blog about her legacy as a three-time Orientation Leader, welcoming anxious first-years to the Beaver College community. Butz recounts the pep rally in which she presented Jan Walbert, Vice President of Student Affairs, with a gift for her tireless efforts organizing the program. And how that token of appreciation—a toy Redskins football helmet—would take on a life of its own. Read her story.
Annual fund awards Snapshot
Penelope Zack Riggs '57, Edie Hall Neal '57, Christy McGowan '02, Nancy Switzky Goodman '69 and Lauren Woehr '02 accepted the 2007 Annual Fund Awards on behalf of their classes at the Alumni Association Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Educator Reflects on Giving
Alumni contributions to the University are invaluable. Kevin Shollenberger '88 knows this by virtue of his experiences living and learning at Beaver College. As Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia University, he strives to provide students the kind of rich academic and social development opportunities that allowed him to thrive in Glenside. Read his story.
Jennings performed many services including a number of Ardmore Elementary School projects and parent education sessions in the various boroughs of the William Penn School district. She also served as president of Beaver College's Delaware Valley Alumni Association.
By Kevin Shollenberger ’88
Discussing world events over dinner at President Landman’s house ... Going on an excursion to the Philadelphia Zoo with Dr. Hearn ... Participating in an RA leadership seminar in Thomas Hall lounge with the Dean of Students ... Being mesmerized by J.M.W. Turner’s paintings in the National Gallery during my semester abroad ... These are just a few fond memories of my Beaver College experience.
What made my education at Beaver so exceptional was not just the academic discourse in the classroom, but the formal and informal interactions with my peers, administrators and faculty outside the classroom. The staff and faculty were dedicated to our overall development and were committed to not only teaching us the required curriculum but also to making sure that we were exposed to a wide range of experiences and opportunities. This level of dedication to student development is what I strive for as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia University in New York City.
In my day to day interactions with students at Columbia, I am reminded how meaningful the programs and services that we provide can be to their overall college experience and in preparing them for their future endeavors. However, I am also reminded that these programs and services would not be possible without the generous contributions of alumni, which is why I choose to contribute each year to my esteemed alma mater.
Naples: Tuesday, Feb. 5
Sarasota: Wednesday, Feb. 6
West Palm Beach: Friday, Feb. 8
Arcadia Chronicles is a monthly e-newsletter published by the Offices of Alumni Relations
Writing: Georgene Pilling, Eva Korolishin, Lori Bauer, Donna Whitlock, Purnell Cropper