Message from Alumni Board
President Jan Gollins '72
Connected for Life"
Lennon wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re
busy making other plans.”
I graduated from Moravian, I always felt in my heart that someday
I’d be back. In truth,
I never left. A part of me always remained right here at Moravian.
What I didn’t know,
however, was that it would take 25 years for me to actually make
my return journey. The journey started when I said yes to serving
as the chairman for my 25th reunion and has continued over the
past seven years during my tenure as an Alumni Board member.
My years of service have provided a great opportunity to re-connect
with my classmates, faculty members, and administrators. As president
of the Alumni Board, I have also enjoyed establishing new friendships
with the students and trustees that I am certain will last a
to build on the work of my most recent predecessors, Connie Stirling
Hodson ’68, Jeanne Taccarino Guaraldo ’69,
and Candy Barr Heimbach ’79, I have worked with the Alumni
Board to launch a new five-year strategic plan. Pointing toward
a new direction and a new look for the future, our plan is
all about building a lifelong relationship with Moravian College
and staying connected.
mission is simply to continuously build and strengthen
the Moravian College alumni community based on values that
rooted in Moravian’s heritage and tradition and to
perpetuate the spirit of Moravian for future generations.
of our primary goals is to support the College’s
vision of being recognized among the top 100 liberal arts
institutions in the nation. Highlighting alumni achievement
is an important tool to help strengthen the image, perception,
value of a Moravian College education. Both an increase in College
magazine profiles and our new Alumni Association Awards
Ceremony have provided excellent tools for recognizing
our alumni. We invite you to attend our awards ceremony
on October 24 to help us pay tribute to our 2003 Comenius,
Benigna Education, Haupert Humanitarian, and Young Alumni
Alumni Board will also emphasize to the campus community the
value of involving alumni in
all areas of campus life, especially in career
mentoring and in student development. Regional programs continue
to be important for social, educational, and networking opportunities,
and we invite you to help us reorganize both the Lehigh Valley Home
Club and the New York Area Alumni Club. Lehigh Valley alumni, please
mark your calendars for an exclusive inaugural alumni event at the
Moravian Book Shop on November 19!
programs provide another way to be involved. We extend our thanks
to all of you who participate
in our MBNA credit-card affinity
program. In this past year it produced approximately $16,000, which
we use to support our student-related programming. Earlier this
spring, the Alumni Association sponsored a new program that provides
affordable short-term medical insurance and one free year of life
our 2003 graduates. We will also be sponsoring a low cost life
insurance program that will generate additional income for the
(Visit Member Programs on the Alumni website, www.moravian.edu/
Under the leadership
of President Rokke, Moravian has truly become a “small national treasure.” During his six-year tenure,
his exceptional expertise in strategic planning has moved us forward
in so many areas. Just a stroll around our campus gives evidence
to the amazing changes that have taken place. So if you haven’t
been back in a while, don’t wait 25 years the way I did.
Come back and get connected for life!