Alumni Letter

Dear Southwestern University Alumni,

Southwestern alumni live full and productive lives. I suspect that if I asked what you have scheduled this week, most of you would have calendars crowded with commitments.

Between work, civic engagement and family life, you frequently have to make tough choices about how you spend your time. The Association of Southwestern University Alumni is aware of the demands of daily life and we want to deliver programs and provide opportunities that allow you to stay in touch with Southwestern and one another in ways that really matter and enrich your life.

Take Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Nov. 7–9, for instance. Homecoming and Reunion Chair Margaret Blair Fitzgerald ’01 and the Alumni Council have focused on creating a weekend brimming with events where you can socialize, exercise, learn, network, relax and celebrate. We’ve broken attendance records at Homecoming and Reunion Weekend the last two years and we expect this year will be the biggest yet. The popular Alumni Hospitality House will be set up in the Howry Center on campus this year to make it even more convenient for alumni to stop by and relax between events. If you haven’t already, mark your calendar and make plans to attend. If you are not sure if there’s something for you, visit sugrads.org and take a peek at the schedule, which features a wide variety of more than 80 events.

Another way we are trying to help you stay connected is through an enhanced online community. This fall, we will be launching a robust online community with new features and tools that will make it easier for alumni to find one another and stay connected. You will be able to create content for your own profile as well as post photos. And, for those of you who are actively engaged in social and professional networking sites like MySpace©, Facebook© and LinkedIn©, our community allows for you to provide links to those communities.

Our aim, with all of our programs, is to support the lifelong Southwestern Experience. Let us know if you have ideas or if you would like to volunteer.

Ann Tyrrell Cochran ’72
President, The Association of Southwestern University Alumni