There’s no place like home. Those memorable words have been echoed millions of times since Glinda, the good witch, taught Dorothy Gale to say them in order to return to her beloved Kansas. Who among us hasn’t said them after returning home after a long absence? And it seems that each year in the run up to Homecoming I use the same sentiment in some form to encourage our alumni to return home to the George Fox campus. I’ll probably do the same for Homecoming 2011 happening next fall. But for now, I’ll leave the words for Dorothy because we are hitting the road.
In the last issue of eBruin I introduced a number of new alumni initiatives for 2010-11. One of the most exciting is our new regional focus. At it’s core, this program seeks to increase opportunities for our alumni living outside the Portland metropolitan area to connect with the university and with other George Fox alumni, parents, and friends in their area. For years, our alumni population, like our student body, has become more geographically diverse. And while we still want all of our alumni to return to their campus from time to time, we recognize that isn’t always easy to do. So, we made the decision, and secured the budget, to go to our alumni.
This year we have identified three specific regions of focus: Boise, Puget Sound, and Central Oregon. Our hope is to expand into additional geographic areas in the future. In each of these three areas, Alumni Relations will hosts a series of events over the coming year as a way to reconnect and strengthen ties with our alumni.
In October we hosted our first event in Boise, a performance by the University Players traveling ministry theater group. The event was attended by more than 25 people and provided a great opportunity for alumni in the area to meet one another and to connect with current George Fox students. In several weeks, we return to the Treasure Valley for a pregame reception when the women’s basketball team plays in a tournament at the College of Idaho. A week later, Alumni Relations is hosting a free reception in Tacoma, Wash. Prior to both Bruin basketball teams taking on Pacific Lutheran University. More details about each of these events can be found in the “Events” section of eBruin.
More events are planned for the spring and summer of 2011. If you live in any of these areas, watch your mailbox for details about events in your area. If you don’t live in these areas, don’t worry. We’ve got some other things in the works for other areas too.
Lastly, if you still feel like there is no place like home, you are always welcome back to George Fox, whichever campus you feel most at home on. In fact, if you want to return to the Newberg campus, you should do it for our annual Christmas on the Quad event taking place Dec. 3 (more details for this event can be found in eBruin as well).
Director of Alumni Relations