If one asks what alumni has brought to the university in 2014, We can certainly say without hesitation, it is the feeling the university saw during the Gallaudet Reunion when we celebrated Gallaudet University’s and Gallaudet University Alumni Association’s 150th and 125th anniversaries respectively this past July.
It was great having campus overrun by alumni for four days. Warm feelings and happy faces were everywhere. The dormitories and Kellogg Conference Hotel were full. The student cafeteria was constantly buzzing with excitement Field House was the epic center of Gallaudet’s past, present and future. We had thirteen golf carts running constantly transporting alumni from one place to another (it was a hit!).
It was also inspiring seeing the university (through numerous divisions, departments, employees, students, and volunteers) and the Gallaudet University Alumni Association going an extra mile to make alumni feel welcome throughout the Reunion. We also witnessed people helping each other out.
This is the feeling we want to carry over into the New Year.
In 2014, the Board of Trustees announced the retirement of President Hurwitz at the end of 2015. The search for next president is underway. We witnessed the departure of Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Lynne Murray, PhD ’04, to become the president of Baker University in Kansas. Mr. Paul Julin came aboard to take Dr. Murray’s place. Recently, Dr. Hurwitz announced the restructure of Mr. Julin’s division which welcomed the University Communications (formerly known as the Office of Communications and Public Relations, Enrollment Marketing and Video Services) back into the fold. Mr. Julin now oversees development, alumni relations, and university communications. The division has been renamed to Institution Advancement.
With all of those changes happening, it is normal for one to wonder what 2015 will bring to the university. When one goes back to the Gallaudet Reunion and remembers those wonderful things and how the community came together, one will be filled with good feelings, warmth, and memories and know that the university has the potential to be as great as ever!
Happy Holidays from the alumni relations staff!
Posted: 9 Dec 2014