Class of 1971
By Jiminy, fall is here and the holidays are on the way. We live in challenging times as the effects of the pandemic are continuing. Holiday and family gatherings may still be different this year. Nevertheless, let’s agree to make a personal choice to focus on the positive!
There is a lot of positive news regarding our Alma Mater. Again this year, Agnes Scott excelled in ratings by US News and World Report. We can all be proud.
Students are back on campus and in-person learning has resumed. The Rebekah Scott Hall renovation is completed and the Main Hall renovation is in progress.
Our class spirit is an essential part of the “I am Agnes” community culture described by President Lee Zak in her presentation of the four pillars of strategic planning for Agnes Scott. And we DID win the Spirit Trophy on Reunion weekend this year!
Classmate Bernie Todd Smith, Chair, Agnes Scott Athletics Advisory Board, was instrumental in establishing the Department of Athletics Hall of Fame for which the inaugural induction ceremony was held at a special dinner November 5.
Classmate Edna Lowe Swift was honored with a bench in her name dedicated on Wednesday, November 17, recognizing her as the first Black graduate from Agnes Scott College 50 years ago and leading the way to Agnes Scott being recognized as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation today!
We celebrated our 50th reunion in 2021 with a virtual gathering on Zoom. Graduating classes ending in 2s and 7s will celebrate reunions in 2022 on campus June 3-5, and our Class of 1971 has been invited to an on-campus, in-person reunion as well, to celebrate our 50th (really 51st). Your class officers are beginning to plan for the 2022 event.
Recently you received an email from me asking if you think you will attend and 44 classmates responded YES, and 24 of those are interested in staying on campus in the dorms. I appreciate everyone’s fantastic response and hope that even more of you will decide to come.
For more immediate communication, consider joining our Facebook page, by finding Carol Durrance Dunbar on Facebook and sending her a friend request. Then ask her to be part of the Agnes Scott Class of 1971 Facebook page.
For those of you who are not on Facebook, Carol Durrance Dunbar will start an email group. For those who opt in and give permission to share, she will send Facebook news by email and you can submit news through email that Carol will send out by email and post on our private Facebook page. Look for more on this from Carol by early 2022.
Our Zoom meetings are ongoing for the second year and we hope you will join us. It continues to be a lot of fun and has been beneficial in reconnecting with classmates while having many interesting book club meetings planned by Margaret O’Neal and informative happy hour programs. Watch for emails from Carlene with Zoom sign-on links. If you are new to Zoom and want a training session before joining in, contact Carlene Dockery, our Zoom administrator. Carlene sends out YouTube videos of each Zoom session if you happen to miss one. Our most recent event was on November 16; classmate Christine Adams, MD discussed her “Psychology Today” magazine columns.
Upcoming programs include:
I hope that you will continue giving to The Fund for Agnes Scott on an annual basis. Even a small amount is important to the college to show a good percentage of class members donating. Our class will not be participating in the giving competition for reunion classes in 2022, since we did that in 2021, and we did exceptionally well. However, annual donations are critical for the college, so please consider your gift for the current giving year which goes through May of 2022.
Watch for an updated ScottieNet directory to be coming out soon, as well as a re-designed Alumnae web page.
I look forward to seeing you on Zoom and in person on campus June 3-5, 2022!
Paula Hendricks Culbreth