When did you begin volunteering for Dickinson?
Within a year after I graduated in 1979.
What prompted you to want to get more involved with Dickinson?
I believe strongly in Dickinson and its approach to the liberal arts. Dickinson was my most rewarding educational experience, and I want others to consider the opportunities offered by a Dickinson education. In addition, having lived for most of the past two decades in San Francisco and Dallas, I want to help raise the profile of the college in the West.
List the volunteer opportunities you participate in:
I’ve been the 1979 class agent for many years. In addition, I have served with a number of my classmates on several class reunion committees. Finally, I have participated in alumni admissions activities, including interviewing or emailing potential enrollees from the Dallas and San Francisco areas, as well as attending college admissions nights.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
Keeping up with classmates and developments at the college.
A fun Dickinson fact about yourself:
Thanks to Professor Sharon O'Brien, I had the opportunity to spend a year as a cub reporter for the Harrisburg Patriot News for which I received both college credit (as an internship) and compensation—the best of both worlds!
What advice do you have for someone thinking about volunteering?
Learn all you can about the college and how its contemporary curriculum is relevant to high school students with diverse interests and a variety of geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
What have you learned about yourself through volunteering?
There's always more to learn from people I meet and books they recommend!
Why do you choose to give to Dickinson?
Perhaps the most important reason is that without the substantial assistance I received from the college and federal programs, I could not have afforded the fantastic education that I received. I hope in some small way to contribute indirectly so that others who are similarly situated may be so fortunate.
Published August 5, 2014