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The Bow Tie Tour recently rolled into Washington, D.C., and President William G. Durden '71 and Dr. Elke F. Durden mingled with alumni of all ages and parents of past and current students at the Woodrow Wilson House. Celebrating Dickinson's momentum and President Durden's 14 years of leadership, the Feb. 27 event drew more than 80 Dickinsonians who gathered to wish the departing president well, listen to his thoughts on the future of the college and tour the historic venue.
Speaking to the importance of an engaged alumni community, Durden told attendees that he has always been an engaged alumnus and hopes others will follow. He then segued into what he calls "a public announcement for alums to help other Dickinsonians—especially current students," singling out Matt Hillsberg '13, a political-science major on hand for the event. "I asked alums to help the guy get a job. He was swamped with supporters."
"The shout-out by President Durden is the best I have ever received," Hillsberg says. "Not only is it from one of the most respected and loved college presidents, but it was to a room filled with well-connected alumni. I was surprised and truly honored that he thought of me."
The evening turned out to be gratifying for Hillsberg as well. "Immediately after President Durden ended his speech, I received six business cards," he says. "I've followed up with all of the alumni I met during the reception, and my next move is to develop my relationship with them as much I can. I truly thank President Durden for the thought. We'll all miss him here at Dickinson for all he's done for students, faculty, administrators, alumni and the college itself."
Published March 4, 2013