Alumni Weekend 2015 - Having a great time!

More than 1,100 come home to Wooster for Alumni Weekend 2015

Class of 1965 sets new record for 50th reunion gift

09 June, 2015 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – More than 1,100 Wooster alumni and their guests returned to campus to celebrate the ties that bind Fighting Scots during Alumni Weekend 2015. The Class of 1965 announced a five-year giving total of $20 million, the largest 50th reunion gift in the college’s history. That total includes $15 million in commitments by William A. Longbrake ’65, announced last month, as well as $1.26 million in new endowment for scholarships, faculty support, APEX, and initiatives in the life sciences. 

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On Saturday, six alumni were honored for their achievements and service to the college.

Barry S. Eisenberg and James D. Haskins, both members of the Class of 1985, received the John D. McKee Alumni Volunteer Award, in recognition of their outstanding service to their alma mater. Sara M. Pierce ’10 received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for her stellar volunteer service.

Richard J. Bell ’63 was this year’s recipient of the Sara L. Patton Stewardship Award, for his outstanding and sustained record of giving to Wooster while encouraging others to give as well. Bell urged his fellow alums to figure out what they can do to make a difference in the world. “Everyone has gifts,” he said. “You just have to know what they are. Look at what you have, look at what you can share, find the thing that moves your heart, and do it.”

David R. Hopkins ’70 and Dr. Barbara Frajola Atkinson ’64 received Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor bestowed by The College of Wooster Alumni Association.

Atkinson, a pathologist, researcher and scholar, was the first woman to lead the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the first woman in the United States to serve simultaneously as an executive vice chancellor and medical school dean. Today, she leads the team that is creating a new school of medicine at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Hopkins is president of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a strong believer in, and advocate for, the role of public universities in the nation’s future. At Wright State, his priorities include making service learning and travel abroad opportunities available to lower income students, embedding career advising from a student’s first day on campus, and creating research and teaching partnerships with local employers.

Looking back on his Wooster experience, Hopkins declared, “Wooster gave me purpose, it gave me meaning, and it enabled me to build a career in education.”

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.