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From the Alumni Relations Office

Tracy Vezina
Patterson ′84

Dear Friend

This issue features some recent Rhodes “academic milestones.” Many of us recall one of our own major milestones—graduating from Rhodes surrounded by family, friends, classmates and revered faculty members. On May 12, 393 members of the class of 2012 walked across the stage in Fisher Garden to receive their diplomas, as generations of Rhodes students have done before them.

As the newest members of the Alumni Association, these young men and women have joined an extraordinary community of individuals with shared values, memories and experiences.

I am confident they will follow the remarkable example of their predecessors who serve our alma mater in so many ways: working tirelessly to recruit the finest students to Rhodes; hosting events in their homes; serving as leaders of Rhodes Chapters; providing meaningful learning opportunities to our students; offering career advice to undergrads at networking events; hiring young alumni and recent graduates and encouraging others do so; and generously supporting the college financially.

In March, the Alumni Association Executive Board spent a day considering how to improve and strengthen our programs to better serve alumni. Several themes emerged: Alumni want a stronger relationship with the college; they want a greater connection to other alumni; they need user-friendly technology to enable them to do both. The results:

The next issue of Rhodes magazine will include photos of alumni and parents at Rhodes events around the country. Also, when you log on to Lasting Lynx, our online community, you can upload pictures and videos of your own special events, such as weddings, new babies, vacations with classmates. You’ll find the site is more user friendly in updating your personal information, locating friends and utilizing the Alumni Relations Office career networking services. Lasting Lynx is a great way to stay connected. I hope you will visit alumni.rhodes.edu and join today!

Warm regards,

Tracy Vezina Patterson ’84