At this very special time of year, I urge you to take a moment or two, sit back, and count your blessings – because they are many. When I reflect upon this notion, I think of my three beautiful and healthy boys, and the joy they bring to my life each and every day. I think about the woman from my little hometown in Maine who married me just sixteen short years after I first developed a crush on her. I think much about how lucky I am for my family and friends, who have all supported me during my life. And I surely think about my good fortune to hold perhaps the greatest job on earth at the greatest institution in America. I am thankful for all of you, my Davidson brothers and sisters (and other extended family…), and it is an honor to serve you and to represent Davidson College. I often marvel at how lucky I am to be here, and to work with and for all of you each day I come to the office. I wish you all a happy, restful, and peaceful holiday season, and hope you’re able to share it with the ones you love.
Here at Davidson, pride-inducing and other good news continues to roll in.
In the spirit of giving, how about Andrew Lovedale ’09 and his extraordinary efforts to get shoes and athletic equipment to kids in his native Nigeria?
In the spirit of scholarship, how about Katy Finley ’09 winning a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to do research on gender dynamics in the Middle East?
In the spirit of service, how about the Bonner Grants awarded to Davidson students so that they can initiate meaningful projects in and around Davidson?
You just have to love this sort of stuff. These stories about Davidson students are mentioned in the eNews because they happen to have news releases written about them. But they’re just the beginning of the stories here; they’re simply indicative of the diverse interests and accomplishments of a truly amazing group of 1,700 students. Be sure to count that one blessing that we all have in common: Davidson College. Now, here’s the rest of the news from this high-powered little college of ours…
The Davidson College Annual Fund Needs YOU!
Calling all alumni—Davidson students need your support! Because Annual Fund gifts support the Davidson experience, they are critical to the college’s operating budget. These are these tough economic times, but alumni support of the Annual Fund is needed now more than ever. Support our students. Support the Annual Fund! Make your tax deductible gift online by December 31 or contact the Annual Fund office at 704-894-2113.
Alumni Travel Opportunities in 2009
Davidson’s alumni travel program is gearing up for another great year in 2009 – and we want you to come along! This year’s trips will be to:
· The Waterways of Holland and Belgium (April 10-18; hosted by Shaw Smith, Professor of Art History and Humanities)
· WWII: Normandy to the German Frontier (July 1-9, hosted by Peter Wagner ’92, Director of Alumni Relations)
· Israel (December 12-21, hosted by Jonathan Berkey, Professor of History)
· Presidential trip to Argentina (January, exact dates TBD, hosted by Susan and Tom Ross ’72, President of the College)
For more information about these great trips, please contact Eleanor Cross ’01 in the Alumni Office today! NOW is the time to register!
Stephen Curry ’10 Named College Athlete of the Year
The Sporting News, one of America’s leading sports publications, has named our very own Steph Curry its 2008 College Athlete of the Year.
2009 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
At a ceremony on January 24, Rusty Boyd ’73 (golf), Erin Lang Breunig ’94 (field hockey), Bill Jarman ’63 (men’s basketball), and Jon Pastel ’98 (men’s tennis) will be the 20th group induced into Davidson’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Go, Cats!
All-Access Davidson: The Next Best Thing to Being Here
Wish you could be at Belk Arena, Alumni Stadium, or Richardson Stadium all year long? With All-Access Davidson you can catch all home games streamed live on the internet. Subscribe here.
Your Alma Mater. Love It. Live It. Attend Events in Your Area!
Do the right thing for Davidson – don’t miss out on alumni chapter events in your hometown! Please bookmark the Web page for the alumni chapter near you, and check back regularly. We’ll keep it updated with events and other news that’s coming your way, including information about the locations you should meet up with other Davidson folks to watch basketball telecasts. Keep your eyes open, and bring your Davidson roommates or friends with you!
Changes to Alumni Relations Mailings
Partly in response to difficult economic times, and largely in response to Davidson’s Year of Sustainability, the Alumni Office will be changing the way it sends notices about chapter events around the country and around the world. Starting January 1, 2009, invitations to chapter events will be emailed (instead of paper mailed) to the 25 most recent graduating classes. Classes more than 26 years out, and all those who don’t have email addresses, will continue to receive paper mailings. Please let us know if this new plan could create troubles for you. Thank you for supporting our efforts to conserve!
The Careers Office – AND DAVIDSON STUDENTS – Need Your Help
Can you help with finding jobs for Davidson graduates and young alumni? In their password protected system, the Careers Office electronically posts opportunities ranging from entry-level up to five years experience. If you know of opportunities within your company and would like to collect resumes or can give Career Services the contact person with your company, please contact Brenda Harvey. Visit the for other ways your employer can be recruiting Davidson students and young graduates.
Get your 2008-2009 Alumni Calendar Today
They’re late, but they’re here! Order yours today as another way to keep up with what’s happening at Davidson (and enjoy some great photography while you’re at it).
Gifts for Your Favorite Wildcats
Don’t forget about the Gato Rojo wine, produced by George Little ’64 and Lee Martin ’64 at Round Peak Vinyards. Also browse other gifts great for any Wildcat in your life – ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION!
Check out the Latest Photos from Campus
Keep up with Davidson’s daily life with Davidson News Illustrated. The latest installment is from December 12; you can also see the archived versions.
Make Davidson Your Homepage!
What are you waiting for? Keep up to date with all the latest news and information from your dear alma mater. Make http://www.davidson.edu your homepage today!
Have photos of your last Davidson gathering or life milestone? Please send them to us for the online scrapbook.
Have information that your friends and classmates will want to know? Send a class note for publication in the Davidson Journal and the online class notes page.
Has your contact information changed recently? Please send us your address updates, now and in the future.
We’ll email you with Davidson news each month, unless there is something too exciting to wait. If you do NOT want to receive these emails, or if your email address changes, please contact Ginny Rucinski in the Alumni Office.
I invite your comments about this eNews or Davidson in general. We’d also love to hear your news for inclusion in the class notes of the Davidson Journal. Simply reply to this email and I’ll get back to you. I look forward to hearing from you!
With best wishes,
Peter Wagner ’92
Director of Alumni Relations