Alumni Letter

1909: Southwestern’s First Homecoming Picnic

Dear Southwestern University Alumni,

The Association of Southwestern University Alumni now offers local associations in 13 cities, 16 alumni connection groups that connect alumni through shared interests and will soon launch an enhanced online community. As alumni move to new cities, seek employment, raise families, volunteer in their communities and pursue personal goals, we can help one another by building a strong, mobilized, connected community.

We hope that you will keep your contact information updated with the University so that you may receive news, information about upcoming events and opportunities to volunteer. Likewise, let us know what you are doing by submitting a Class Note. The Class Notes section continues to be the most-read feature of Southwestern, the University magazine. Whether you have an accomplishment to share, a business to promote or just fun news, Class Notes is a great way to connect with others.

Finally, we hope that you will mark your calendar for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Nov. 6–8, 2009. It has been 100 years since Southwestern alumni gathered for the first Homecoming. We’d like to share the opening lines of a letter Mrs. Early Price, Class of 1908, wrote to her soon-to-be husband Morris Fleming, Class of 1906, who wasn’t able to be present:

April 23, 1909

My Dear Morris,

You cannot imagine the revelry that has occurred in Georgetown with this magnificent Homecoming. It was an occasion that I will remember always. So many grads gathered for the reunion—you would have enjoyed seeing so many of your old friends. I wish it were so that you could have been here…

Read the rest of Early Price’s letter online at And, write your classmates and friends and ask them to meet you in Georgetown for this very special Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. We’ve had two consecutive Homecomings with record-breaking attendance. We’d love to see you come this year!

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