Ninety Years of Alumni Council

Jennifer L. Blanck ’92

What’s the big idea? Ninety years ago, it was the creation of the Alumni Council at Dickinson. That’s right—the council turns 90 this year. 

That’s 90 years of representing the alumni community, advising the college leadership and serving the college community. It’s also hundreds of thousands of volunteer and staff hours dedicated to making Dickinson the best it can be.

To commemorate the anniversary, we hosted three events during last month’s All-College Alumni Weekend. At each opportunity, current and past council members connected, celebrated and reminisced. We talked about where we were and how far we’ve come. The energy was infectious; I can only imagine what it would have been like to have all of the 400-plus alumni who have ever served on the council together in one room!

Throughout the years, the Alumni Council and Dickinson have undergone quite the transformations. We’re now beginning a new phase. This issue marks the first with our new president, Nancy Roseman, and she’s got big ideas of her own. The Alumni Council is excited to welcome her to Dickinson and will be there to support her and the college.

It’s also a time of change for the council. This is my last column, as my term ended on June 30. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve as the Alumni Council president for the last two years and to be a member since 2006. I’ve worked with amazing alumni, students, staff, faculty, parents and friends of the college and would like to take this opportunity to show my appreciation.

Thank you, Bill ’71 and Elke Durden, for all that you have given to Dickinson and the college community. Thanks to my executive committees and all the council members with whom I served. Thanks also to everyone who supported Dickinson, the Alumni Council and me.

I especially want to thank Kathy Marcello ’80 P’13, executive director of alumni & parent engagement. Since taking over the management of the council soon after my term began, she has continued to do double and sometimes triple duty on the job. I am indebted to her talents, dedication, stamina and positive attitude.

I also want to thank Cindy Stites ’77, who was the president before me. I’m so grateful for the big ideas she brought to the council; I hope I’ve been able to build upon them. I’m excited to share that Ty Saini ’93 will be the next president. Ty will continue the Alumni Council’s upward trajectory and offer his own big ideas.

If you have big ideas for Dickinson, don’t hesitate to contact any member of the council. In the meantime, thank you for reading, and thank you for supporting Dickinson!

Published Jul. 24, 2013