Lou Linden ’69 writes about the recent alumni meeting.
A dozen or so Shimer alumni spanning more than forty years of the College’s history met on June 4th in New York City. Mary Dohnalek ’66 organized the gathering held at the Manhattan apartment of Carol Overby ’72. Mary has been a prime mover in the alumni recruiting effort of the last two years. The event was a byproduct of her efforts to locate and communicate with those often peripatetic and elusive Shimer veterans in the New York area to assemble a team to attend college fairs. For various tactical reasons the college fair plan for the New York area was shelved in favor of alumni interactions focused on identified prospects. In any event, it was a great excuse to have a party, and enjoy being around people to whom you needn’t explain your jokes.
I (class of ’69) attended from Baltimore. While the original topic for discussion had been recruitment, the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between Shimer and North Central College had clearly superseded that. As a recently appointed member of the Board of Trustees’ Committee for Shimer at North Central College, I was able to update information on the fundraising campaign necessary for the College to move forward. He carried copies of the Board’s fundraising program for the next year and a letter from Bob Keohane describing his generous one-for-two match for all donations made by alumni in June up to $50,000. I also announced my own $10,000 gift to Shimer. The group coalesced around the need to “give until it hurts” and several attendees have subsequently carried the message out to other alums.
Another theme arising from the meeting was the need for Shimer Alumni to stay involved as we become part of North Central. North Central looks forward to welcoming Shimer Alumni and in the words of President Susan Henking, “That is the one thing that will assure Shimer’s future at N.C.C.”
Among those attending were: Candice Conn, ’69, John Backe ’68, Barry Adler ’68, Syndey Speisel ’61, Christina Speisel ’62, Andy Hugos ’75, Betsy Taleporos ’65. (Apologies for any omissions.) Since the meeting, we have collected generous contributions from several of the attendees.