Western ... e-Round the World

Volume I, No. 5

December 2001

Alumnae Hall Memorial -- The Next Step
As you now know, the Alumnae Hall cornerstone has been taken out of storage, plans for the memorial drawn up, fund raising undertaken, and ground broken with fun and flourish at Reunion 2001. The next step was accomplished on Saturday, November 10, when local alumnae joined Western Program students and staff in planting 7,000 grape hyacinth bulbs to outline the footprint of the building. Weather permitting, they'll bloom for the dedication ceremony April 28, 2002.

Clubs in Action
Itís a Zoo out there! And so it was, at Detroit's October 27 meeting. Western alumnae and friends from the Detroit area gathered for a box lunch and tour of the zoo. Dayton and Indianapolis are on the club calendar with their traditional holiday luncheons December 5 and December 8, respectively.

Charity Gala a Success
This first-ever charity event co-sponsored by alumni/ae of the Western Program and the Western College, held on October 20, was pronounced a grand success! An evening of dining and dancing, plus a silent auction that included art and artifacts from both old and new Western, raised money for the Western Program Endowment Fund, "Friends of Western."

WCP's Science Program for Kids -- On the Air
Beginning in January, PBS will broadcast a unique series for children, Dragonfly TV. The only children's science program currently in production, it is one more spinoff of Project Dragonfly, which began as a bi-monthly journal on the Internet. Dragonfly is the brainchild of WCP faculty, including spokesman Chris Myers, who is also a WCP alumnus, class of 1983. For more information, see Miami's web page has the story.

Reunion 2002 -- A Cruise to Western
All aboard June 21-23 for a grand weekend on the Western campus!. (OK, so it's a land cruise, but you'll be just as pampered as if you were strolling the deck of a Carnival Fun Ship. And the lively sounds of steel drums will carry you to the Caribbean.)

Our special Reunion 2002 Gift Project is the Phyllis Hoyt Peabody Scholarship Fund. As you may know, Dean Hoyt wanted proceeds from the sale of her memoir, Where the Peonies Bloomed, to go toward scholarships in the Western tradition. Since the Peabody Scholarships are among our most popular, it seemed fitting that we create this fund in her name and give alumnae and friends an opportunity to help it grow. To make your Reunion 2002 gift now, go to Miamiís secure giving page , select WCAA, and type "Phyllis Hoyt Peabody Scholarship Fund" in the "Additional Information" box.

Annual Giving -- Easy as Click, Click, Click
Time's running out, at least so far as 2001 is concerned. If you havenít made your annual gift to the WCAA yet, Miami is making it easy for us. Through their secure web site, you can contribute directly to the Association. Just click here, then select "Western College Alumnae Association," and indicate a particular designation if you so desire.

Speaking of Gifts ...
Holiday shopping not done yet? Not started yet, you say! No problem ... Western's online Gift Shop to the rescue! There's a Western item for everyone on your list, reasonably priced and available for immediate shipping.

You Could Look It Up
True or false

(A) Against what seemed like insurmountable odds, the newborn Alumnae Association raised $5,000 in the first year of its existence.

(B) One Western College President, believing that "many small gifts rather than a few large ones" would be a more effective fund-raising tactic, instituted a letter-writing campaign to solicit $3.00 gifts.

(C) This year (fiscal 2000-2001, ending June 30, 2001) there were fewer WCAA annual fund gifts that last year (1999-2000).

Click here for answers.

Upcoming WCAA Events in Oxford

April 12,13 "Room," sponsored by WCAA and the Department of Theatre a one woman tour-de-force based on the writings of Virginia Woolf

April 28 Dedication of Alumnae Hall Memorial, Heath Chime concert

June 21-23 Annual Reunion on campus

Happy, happy holidays from the office!


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