Staying Connected for Life: Thanks for Sharing our Vision

A Message from Bertie Francis Knisely '69
Director of Alumni Relations

In the summer magazine, Alumni Association president Jan Gollins ’72 wrote to you about the Alumni Board’s vision of “staying connected for life.” We envision each of you staying connected to each other and to Moravian from your freshman experience through your membership in the 50+ Club. I would like to thank so many of you for helping us reach toward this vision of staying connected since Jan’s letter.

You have indeed made a difference. As admissions representatives, freshmen welcome picnic volunteers, and orientation hosts, you helped recruit and welcome our new students. You shared your wisdom and knowledge, serving as career panelists for Family Day and freshman classes, leading mock interviews, and networking with students at our second annual Career Networking Reception. As alumni athletes you mentored our student athletes, while others were featured speakers on campus. You have continued to bring together alumni in regions such as Chicago, Florida, New York, Lancaster, and D.C., even as Joe Guman ’58 and his volunteers have invigorated the Home Club. You have served on the Young Alumni Board, the M.B.A. Advisory Board, the 50+ Club Executive Committee and Founder’s Day committee to reach out to your respective constituent groups, while choir alumni honored emeritus choral director Dick Schantz’s 75th birthday. As you planned and carried out Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, class reunion committees worked to bring their classmates to these two events. Meanwhile, our class correspondents have continued to help you stay in touch through class notes.

The Alumni Board invites those of you who have not already done so to become an active part of making our vision come true. No time to volunteer? Attend an event or program. Go to our home page on the Web, where you can become a member of our on-line community, to contact your friends, upload your photo, and update your information. Click on alumni services for information on short-term medical insurance, our trip to Alaska, and our MBNA affinity-card program. Most important, make a gift to Moravian. Your financial support will not only help our students but also help our standing in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Thanks to so many of you for sharing our vision. Remember, it will only become a reality when each one of you is connected for life.

Bertie Knisely '69 at the Fall 2003 Moravian Academic Women Tea with Jackie Collette '05, Debra Leibensperger '04, and Heather Post '04.

Photo: Courtesy of the Alumni Relations Office