Friday September 13, 2013
On the eve before the first annual Alumni Weekend, 50 alumni, individuals and couples representing all generations in TWU’s history, some coming in from as far as Seattle and Toronto, came back to TWU. Associate Provost Sheldon Loeppky proudly led a campus tour that highlighted the completion of the 6 & 7 Lower Dorm renovations, which these alumni, as a group, had funded.
This group represented over $2 million in giving to TWU–one third of all alumni giving in the University’s lifetime, and it was President Bob Kuhn’s delight to thank and honour them for their faithful generosity.
We, as the most invested stakeholders of our University, are uniquely placed to make a difference in the future of our University. We are excited to see continued growth in the number of alumni donors investing in valuable campus projects.
Some feedback on the night:
The President’s Dinner allowed me to meet like-minded friends of the University, some for the first time. I was especially encouraged with some of the younger business people making their support of Trinity a priority.”
“What a perfect blend of friends, TWU alumni and candlelight.” ’94 alumnus
“…A great way to connect with other alumni and feel inspired about the direction of TWU.”
Just as the sun was setting, Bob’s guests sat down together for dinner at a long table that stretched the entire length of the Alumni Hall patio. The three-piece Senior Jazz Combo provided pleasant ambience, while the group enjoyed a dinner of cedar-planked salmon. (A handy tip for those of you who entertain outside: bowls of freshly-crushed cloves on the table will deter any nosey wasps.)
Bob shared his vision and passion for the University and then invited everyone to join him for the late show of 11:07. It’s hard not to laugh as two experienced groups of actors, student players and alumni veterans, one-up each other in comedy improv.
“The evening was the highlight of Alumni Weekend for both of us. As ’72 alumni, it is something special to host a group of alumni donors who represent every decade of this institution’s history. We are excited to see the connection of alumni, who together share the passionate pursuit of the University’s mission. We love this place.”
It was a great evening of celebrating what God is doing at TWU, and the perfect kick-off to a successful Alumni Weekend. We look forward to hosting the President’s Dinner again next year, among many other events connecting alumni donors to students, each other and the University. Thank you.