Western ... e-Round the World
Volume VIII, No. 3
May 2009


Thirty-five Years and Counting ...

Calling all Westerners from '29 to '09: Come to be counted and help us count the years, as we kick off our year-long anniversary celebration the weekend of June 19-21. We'll honor former faculty and founding trustees. AND, we'll hear a concert on the newly restored organ in Kumler!  Get more information, see who's coming or register online, here!


Aiming High

But they deserve it! The 35th Anniversary Reunion Gift will endow a Western College Professorship in tribute to our wonderful Western faculty. It will be established in Miami's Department of History and awarded to outstanding professors working in women's history and/or public history and/or the history of social justice. EVERY alumna is encouraged to be part of this, at ANY level. Go here to read more and/or make your gift!

Miami Invites Us

Coming to the Western reunion?  If so, Miami has created two days of Classes without Quizzes to which all Westerners are invited ... no fees, no pre-registration!  Bringing your spouse?  If so, you can join Miamians and be in the Guinness World Record for most couples simultaneously renewing their wedding vows. Learning and fun make for a great reunion bonus ... hope you'll come!


Newsworthy and Noteworthy

Whether our alums are making headlines or making art, their achievements are turning heads and winning awards. Read about Sylvia Swartz '66 and Leslie Bowman '78 in the news; view the paintings of Lusandre Chaudruc '66 and photographs of Jimi Allen '96 in the galleries.


Architectural Facelifts

Presser Hall has undergone a complete transformation; Kumler Chapel has a new roof, but is still the site of the Western Programís traditional graduation ceremony. The Patterson Place porch is three years old and looking good! All our Western campus buildings are busy during the school year and will figure in the All-Western Reunion activities this June.


Western Recall

Several Western alums returned to campus this semester to present programs sponsored by the WCAA, the Archives, the Miami libraries, and various MU departments. Their stories and comments on their Western experience have been carefully "caught on tape" and will be preserved in Archives.


Trustees at Work and Play

At the three board meetings each year, every attempt is made to mix business with pleasure. To that end, we make sure to invite students to join trustees between meetings and urge trustees to attend special campus events when possible.

Try It ... You'll Like It

Don't want to wait for snail mail? Beginning with the current Spring '09 issue, you can now choose to read the entire Bulletin on our website.

NEH Grant for Freedom Summer

Miami's wide-reaching project commemorating Freedom Summer '64, which was centered in Oxford on the Western College campus, has won a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH).  

Upcoming Events, 2009
June 19-21:       Reunion '09, kicking off WCAA 35th-year celebration, Western campus; ALL Westerners welcome.
Oct 1-10:           Down in Mississippi, a new play to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Freedom Summer; Gates-Abegglen Theatre, Center for Performing Arts, Miami University.

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