College of Wooster Spring 2011 : IFC

S P R I NG WOOST E R W hat ’s good about goodbye? Dear Wooster alumni, parents and friends, 11 When I graduated from The College of Wooster, I did not expect to return—at least, not sooner than my 25th reunion, by which time, in my fantasy, I would have acquired fame, wealth, and a perfect figure. When I did come back to campus in 1973, possessing none of the above attributes, it was, I thought, just for a summer before I would move on to something else. (I’d been promised a job in Boston for the fall.) When that job fell through at the last minute, I was able to secure several part-time jobs on campus, one of which was as a grants writer in the Department of Development. (Who says English majors aren’t employable?) The part-time job became full-time, and responsibilities increased. In 1979, thanks to a huge leap of faith by President Henry Copeland and members of The Board of Trustees, I was named vice president for development. There fol-lowed years of intense activity and engagement with Wooster’s Trustees, alum-ni and friends, three comprehensive campaigns, two changes of president, and countless trips to and from the airport. No two days were ever quite the same; nearly every day presented some new insight into the character of the College and the individuals who support it. To have work that is fully engaging, to do it with colleagues one respects and holds in great affection, to get to know thousands of the alumni and friends whose devotion to Wooster is the source of its abiding strength and vitality, and to witness daily the “miracles”—large and small—that occur for our students and Photo: Matt Dilyard the faculty mentors who inspire them, has been a rare privilege. The captivating beauty of our campus in any season is food for the soul. It’s easy to see why I’ve chosen to stay at Wooster. But now, I write to let you know that I will be stepping down as vice president for development on June 30, 2011. I will have a continuing association with the College, working on projects assigned by President Cornwell, throughout the 2011-12 academic year. In the days and weeks ahead, I look forward to expressing my personal appreciation to many of you who, individually and collectively, have made my years at Wooster such a pleasure. “What’s good about goodbye” is that it isn’t goodbye, not really, just a transition point inevitable in the life of every college. I know that my successor will quickly discover the stellar qualities of all things Wooster, but most especially that Wooster’s alumni and friends are beyond compare. With gratitude and warm regards, ISSN 0894-8798 | S P R I N G 2011 | V O LU M E 125, N O. 3 | CON T I N U I NG THE WOOSTER POST GRADUATE , FO U N D E D 1886 ED I TO R Karol Crosbie E D ITO R IAL AS S I STANTS P RE S ID EN T Grant H. Cornwell VI C E P R E S I D E NT FO R D EVE LO P M E N T Suzanne Capehart ’11, Beth Wardrop ’11, Emily Billingsley ’11 PHOTO G R A P H E R Matt Dilyard D E S I GNERS Sara L. Patton ASSOCI AT E V ICE PR ESI D E N T F OR C O LLE G E R E LAT I O N S AN D MAR K ETI N G (USPS 691-220) is published fall, winter, spring, and summer by The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio 44691. Periodical postage paid at Wooster, Ohio, and at additional mailing offices. Send address changes to Wooster Magazine, 1220 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691-2393, 330-263-2327, and editorial comments to 330-263-2187. Campus switchboard: 330-263-2000 Email: kcrosbie@wooster.edu, Class_Notes@wooster.edu Visit us on the web at www.woosteralumni.org John L. Hopkins DI R E CTOR OF A L U M N I R E L AT I ONS Christina Ullman and Alix Northrup, Ullman Design PRODUCT ION DI R E CTOR Cally King Heidi McCormick ’86 P R I NTE R Angstrom Graphics, Cleveland This publication is made with paper certified by SmartWood to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance. It is printed using healthy, environmentally friendly soy inks. Cert no. SW-COC-002235 A Q U ARTE R LY MA GAZ I N E FO R A L UMNI & F RIEND S O F T H E C O LLE G E O F WO OS TE R

What’s Good About Goodbye?

Dear Wooster alumni, parents and friends,

When I graduated from The College of Wooster, I did not expect to return—at least, not sooner than my 25th reunion, by which time, in my fantasy, I would have acquired fame, wealth, and a perfect figure.

When I did come back to campus in 1973, possessing none of the above attributes, it was, I thought, just for a summer before I would move on to something else. (I’d been promised a job in Boston for the fall.) When that job fell through at the last minute, I was able to secure several part-time jobs on campus, one of which was as a grants writer in the Department of Development. (Who says English majors aren’t employable?)

The part-time job became full-time, and responsibilities increased. In 1979, thanks to a huge leap of faith by President Henry Copeland and members of The Board of Trustees, I was named vice president for development. There followed years of intense activity and engagement with Wooster’s Trustees, alumni and friends, three comprehensive campaigns, two changes of president, and countless trips to and from the airport. No two days were ever quite the same; nearly every day presented some new insight into the character of the College and the individuals who support it.

To have work that is fully engaging, to do it with colleagues one respects and holds in great affection, to get to know thousands of the alumni and friends whose devotion to Wooster is the source of its abiding strength and vitality, and to witness daily the “miracles”—large and small—that occur for our students and the faculty mentors who inspire them, has been a rare privilege. The captivating beauty of our campus in any season is food for the soul. It’s easy to see why I’ve chosen to stay at Wooster.

But now, I write to let you know that I will be stepping down as vice president for development on June 30, 2011. I will have a continuing association with the College, working on projects assigned by President Cornwell, throughout the 2011-12 academic year. In the days and weeks ahead, I look forward to expressing my personal appreciation to many of you who, individually and collectively, have made my years at Wooster such a pleasure.

“What’s good about goodbye” is that it isn’t goodbye, not really, just a transition point inevitable in the life of every college. I know that my successor will quickly discover the stellar qualities of all things Wooster, but most especially that Wooster’s alumni and friends are beyond compare.

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