A November update from the President
Dear Fellow Albrightians,
Welcome to November! The autumn leaves are coming down faster than we can clean them up, the weather is getting chillier, and before you know it we will be entering finals week. I write today to share some updates and celebrations with you, including:
- Accomplishments of fall athletic teams
- Advancing Lives scholarship campaign
- Updates on alumni and donor engagement
- A vision for Albright College
Congratulations is also due to women’s soccer, who won a MAC Commonwealth Tournament game last Tuesday against Hood – a first in program history!
And, a big CONGRATULATIONS to those teams with all-conference selections:
- Women’s Soccer – Autumn Bieber (first team), Lauren Haley (second team)
- Men’s Soccer – Billy Mullen (honorable mention)
- Field Hockey – Jennifer Crumling, Mia Moshang, Brynne Schoppe (second team), and Bailey Lehman (honorable mention)
- $4,063,265.86 in endowment dollars ($3,905,065.86 of which we have already realized in bequests and $158,200 of which has been pledged)
- $503,450 in annual restricted dollars ($214,250 of which represents cash in and quasi endowment dollars and $289,200 of which has been pledged)
Because of the matching benefit, the impact is already being seen through an improved and more inclusive financial aid appeals process, which allows a team of faculty and staff to identify the highest impact use of such gifts. Our ultimate goal is a $10M endowment. Congratulations to the Advancement team for their good work in preparing the case statement and in engaging alumni and donors in this important campaign.
As with all first-time initiatives, we had a few missteps with the Ready-Set-Roar campaign and I appreciate those students and alumni who reached out to share their thoughts. In future campaigns, I believe that you will see that your comments have been taken seriously. Congratulations to our colleagues in Alumni and Donor Engagement for their great work to engage and re-engage folks to support Albright College.
There are several exciting events on campus this month that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to catch one of the productions of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” being performed by our own Domino Players and directed by Jeff Lentz. Show times are Thursday through Saturday, November 14-16, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., in Wachovia Theatre. And on November 20, a multi-media 40th anniversary Leo Camp presentation on “The Nightingale’s Sonata: The Musical Odyssey of Lea Luboshutz,” with performances by world-famous musicians Ray Ushikubo, violin, and Wei Luo, piano, will be offered by the Jewish Federation of Reading in partnership with Literatour Berks at 7:30 p.m. in Wachovia Theatre.
And on this Veterans Day, much respect, honor and gratitude to all those who have served our country.
Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D., ’82
President and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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