Democracy is not only the theme for this issue of The Scene, it is one of the underlying tenets of a strong alumni relations program. As I begin my tenure as senior director, first and foremost on my mind is providing a forum for you to share your insights, opinions and experiences.
Over the years, your letters, calls, emails and other communication have acted as votes — you wanted a trip to Ireland and another to Greece, you wanted to expand your professional network with other alumni, you wanted more events for recent graduates and a family friendly event at reunion weekend. We were able to respond to meet those requests, and your feedback will continue to shape the direction of our programming. We trust these developments will provide an avenue for Bearcats of every generation to get involved and stay connected with Willamette.
As we move ahead, I look for even more opportunities to build relationships and create dialogue within our community. A review and update of the online community is just one of the communications initiatives we’ll be undertaking soon. As always, we welcome your news, stories and ideas. I’m happy to be on board as we chart this course together.
Denise M. Crawford ’95, MBA’00