Alumni Say Goodbye

Alumni in Philadelphia, Sarasota, Washington, D.C., and Boston bade a fond farewell to President and Mrs. Rokke this winter and spring.

On January 12, 50 alumni attended a reception honoring Erv and Pam Rokke at the Union League in Philadelphia. Thomas More Holland ’82 and his wife, Edith Gambacorta, hosted the event, which provided Philadelphiaarea alumni an opportunity to network with each other and enjoy a video presentation showing the transformations of the College during the Rokke years. A clarinet quartet, consisting of students Jennifer Kahl ’06, Jacquelyn Olimpo ’08, Valerie Pearson ’06, and Jude Sandt ’07, provided music for the guests.

In early March, Peter French ’60 organized another successful “Weekend in Sarasota” that included visits to local attractions and a farewell luncheon with the Rokkes.

The following week in Washington, D.C. more than 80 alumni and friends enjoyed a reception at the embassy of the Czech Republic. President Rokke and David Berg ’66, president of the Washington, D.C., Area Alumni Club, addressed the gathering. Members of the Moravian Choir and the Women’s Chorus performed short sacred and secular works and selections from Purcell’s Fairy Queen , and stayed to mingle with the attendees before continuing their tour to Winston- Salem, N.C. Deborah Oplinger McKinnon ’73, on behalf of the D.C. alumni, presented a $2,000 gift for the Leadership Center in honor of President Rokke.

Trustee Linda Evans Shotkus ’69 and her husband Stanley hosted a similar event for Boston alumni on April 5.

President Rokke chats with Tom Holland '82 and trustee Marty Trichon '70 at the Union League reception in Philadelphia.

Photo:Michael P. Wilson

The Women's Chorus perfoms at the Czech Embassy under the direction of Eduardo Azzati.
Photo:Joshua Kovar