Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

Notes From Waller

Part of the Willamette club

The Alumni Association Board of Directors met recently during Alumni Weekend, and this was my first occasion to meet these volunteers as a group.

As should be expected, this is a wonderful crowd of people -- all dedicated to creating value for their fellow alumni, wishing to see their alma mater thrive, and wanting to make a difference. The board members come from a wide variety of class years (from '53 to our class of '17 student rep) and from the undergraduate and graduate schools. And this says nothing of geography -- David Jory '75, JD'78 gets the distance award for traveling from Washington, DC to be with us.

I've been in alumni relations for a while, and I have to say that it is wonderful to have a truly loyal a group of volunteers who represent the history of Willamette and bring so many talents to the table. These are serious advocates. But I feel even better about what this group means to our alumni body at large. They are your representatives and voice here on campus, and around the world.

They are the foundation of the Willamette network, really, and you are a part of that network as well. And let me tell you: It's a powerful thing.

James Lippincott
Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Parent Relations