As I write this, it is a glorious spring morning in Memphis, Tennessee. As you read it, we will be deep in summer. The topic about which I write concerns a program in the fall of 2006.
As the season changes to spring, the thoughts and attention of staff in the Alumni Relations Office turn to developing plans for the Homecoming/Reunion Weekend. We have already held two meetings involving alumni/ae in which the topic of Homecoming has been at the forefront of our agenda. In early March, the Development Office hosted a reunion planning retreat with class reunion leaders for classes ending with 1 and 6. Carmen Anderson ’71 provided leadership for the meeting, and considerable progress was made in building the foundation upon which programming for the weekend will rest. In early April, the Alumni Association Executive Board, under the leadership of president Jim Eikner ’57, continued the work of developing a meaningful program for alumni and their families or dear friends.
Most of you receive the monthly electronic newsletters in which we provide routine reports about Homecoming/ Reunion activities as we near the October weekend. Slightly less than one-third of you do not receive Inside Rhodes; thus, this column serves as a means of posting you on activity in the Alumni Office.
Homecoming/Reunion Weekend is slated for Oct. 20 and 21, 2006. The schedule is gelling and will have been mailed by the time you receive this. While we certainly want to see alumni celebrating class reunions, our hope is that the “ones and sixes” will be joined by many others who find it possible to return to the college for what promises to be a fine weekend.
As an aside, I urge you to do a couple of things. Go to the Rhodes College homepage (rhodes.edu) and click on the tab “Alumni, Families & Friends” to learn more about the work of the Alumni Office, the Alumni Association Executive Board and our chapters which now exist in 10 cities. While there, join the password-protected online community, Lasting Lynx, and use the features of this program to search for classmates in the electronic directory, post information about yourself in the class notes, post pictures in the photo gallery or provide information about business services in the yellow pages. Should you be one of the 31% of our alumni for whom we have no e-mail address, please provide it in order that we may maintain closer contact.
Now back to the central issue—nothing would please us more than seeing you at Homecoming Oct. 20 and 21. Please join us. As always, know that our office stands ready to serve you if there is anything we can do.
Director of Alumni Relations