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I have no news this time, as I was in Dubai and South Africa. I want to focus your attention on preparations for our 50th reunion, May 31 to June 2. The committee is preparing a memorable weekend, and I hope many of you will plan to attend. Classes started in the fall of 1911 for students of the Fredericksburg State Normal and Industrial School for Women, and a groundbreaking took place in September for one of the latest buildings under construction, the Information and Technology Convergence Center. It reflects Georgian architecture, blends with earlier structures, and, as was said at the ceremony, will stand as a symbol of “the University’s commitment to high quality, innovative teaching and student-centered learning.”
By the time we arrived on campus in 1959, buildings depicting Georgian architecture created a beautiful community. We sat in small classes taught by a caring, dedicated faculty as we began our liberal arts studies. We were bonded by the Honor Code and a culture that set high standards and helped prepare us for a changing world. These same values and experiences bond us to all who followed. Though the student body is now nearly 5,000, a liberal arts and sciences program is still at the University’s core. Classes are still small, and students still pledge to uphold the Honor Code.
The Fredericksburg Hospitality House on State Route 3 has been secured as the official reunion hotel for our class. Find updates to the schedule on Facebook or on the alumni page of the UMW website. An important part of the weekend is our class participation in the Race for the Eagle. By now, you should have received your Reunion Weekend letter outlining the campaign. Many of us give to our alma mater each year, but during our reunion year, we have the opportunity to make a significant impact. Every gift, no matter what size, counts. We were helped by alumni when we were students, and today the University’s endowment fund supports scholarships, construction, renovation, new programs, faculty awards, and more to enhance the UMW legacy.