The Long Blue Line came home in April, and the weekend brought back many happy memories for me.
Azaleas, irises and flowering trees turned the grounds into a garden Monet would have loved. The sound of voices lifted in song rolled across green lawns. And the warmth of dear friends – the kind you don't see for years but pick right up with the minute the hugs are done – filled our campus with joy and laughter.
At Convocation, the Golden Girls Class of 1963 presented Dr. Jim Borsig with a check for more than $72,000. Their total class giving since graduation exceeds an astonishing $800,000! This generous amount seems to have sparked some friendly competition with other classes. The week after Homecoming, five non-reunion class agents called to move forward with their own fundraising efforts.
This year, faculty and staff giving topped $34,000, and I'm very grateful for their support. In fact, overall giving to The W Fund is up 18 percent for Fiscal Year 2013. The number of donors giving to The W Fund increased 20 percent.
In Foundation Board news, we said goodbye to outgoing directors Mike Waters and John Correnti. Their fiscal leadership these past years has been an incredible boon to the Board. Nancy Yates, Betty Thisted and Martha Jo Mims became emeriti board members. I appreciate their commitment to the Foundation and willingness to remain a part of it. New members Mitzi Green, Betty Clyde Jones, Peggy Cantelou and Ralph McLain join us, along with Cheryl Cooper who represents the MUW Alumni Association. I look forward to working with them as we continue to grow the Foundation and our ability to support The W.
Mark your calendars now for the Welty Gala, Oct. 25, when Po Bronson, a best-selling author and social commentator, will be our featured speaker. He is the author of six books, including the #1 New York Times best-seller "What Should I Do With My Life?" It should be a wonderful evening as usual!
This is all great news. You can make it better. The Foundation provides scholarships, faculty support and general support to our University. I hope you'll choose to support the Long Blue Line with your own generosity.
Ruth Pettey Jones, Class of 1976
MUW Foundation Board