What a Weekend
Campus tours. An update from President Adam Weinberg on the future of the home we love so well. Food trucks and family and fun. Not a bad way to spend a fall weekend. For photos from Big Red Weekend 2017, visit flickr.com/photos/denisonuniversity.
Some exciting changes are taking place in the Denison alumni office. First, we’ve changed our name to the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement, and we’ve moved to the fourth floor of the Burton D. Morgan Center. Come visit us next time you’re on campus. In addition to a new name and a new location, we’re expanding to better partner with alumni and families.
The primary goals of these partnerships are to increase the engagement of alumni and parents with Denison; strengthen the connections of alumni and parents among their Denison peers and counterparts; inspire philanthropy for Denison; expand experiential learning opportunities for current students by linking them with successful alumni and parents in the professions; and heighten the visibility of our College, especially among prospective students and their families.
In short, this newly conceived office has become better equipped to give members of the greater Denison family a voice by capitalizing on established and emerging relationships among alumni, students, faculty, families, and friends of Denison. Our entire staff, including our treasured student workers, look forward to serving Denisonians everywhere and establishing connections that will be of benefit to all.
Go Big Red,
Mary Frazell ’79
Director of Alumni & Family Engagement
Six Degrees of Denison
Remember that person? The one who made it possible for you to land that interview, internship, or job that opened the door? Well, one of the major perks of graduating from Denison is that you get a chance to be that person, that connector, for someone else. Whether it’s a cup of coffee, a shadowing experience, or an introduction, the Knowlton Center for Career Exploration is looking for ways to connect students to our alumni. Contact Director of Networks and Communities Liz Morrison ’06 at email@example.com for more details, or visit alumni.denison.edu. For more information on what’s happening in the Knowlton Center, see our interview with Hank Malin, assistant vice president and executive director of the Center. —Rose Schrott ’14
Class of 2010 friends Stewart Guderian, Kristy Barngrover Clear, Natalie Commins, and Kate Summers took a trip to Vancouver in August to celebrate Kate’s birthday. Turns out, Granville has a way of following Denisonians around. “Same Denisonians, different Granville,” wrote Clear on Instagram. “#DenisonProud #faircollegeonthehill #DSO #DU2010 #wheresthewhits.”
Denison needs you.
We know our graduates are the best around, and that’s why we’re reaching out to alumni and parents who are willing to volunteer for the next generation of Denisonians. Maybe you have an internship or career advice to offer a current student. Maybe you could chat with prospective students about the ways in which Denison helped you unlock your potential. Or maybe you’re willing to serve on Alumni Council—creating a bridge that spans Denison today with our ever-growing alumni body. For more information, contact Mary Frazell ’79, director of Alumni & Family Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-587-5717.
Denison Pride is #DenisonProud
Denison’s LGBTQ alumni network has a new name, too—Denison Pride. Denison Pride works to connect alums with the College and to cultivate a diverse Denison where all students thrive.
Look for our page on Facebook. We welcome alumni, parents, allies, and friends to join us. Visit our website and click “get involved.”
Give a Little Bit of Your Love to Them
Okay, so you know in your head that it’s a good thing to donate to the Annual Fund — giving back and all that. But what does it actually mean? Why should you go get your wallet when you’re so comfortable on your couch right now?
The answer requires a stroll down memory lane. Remember that red game-day jersey you loved? Or the scholarship that made it possible for you to attend Denison?
That’s why giving is important—because the Annual Fund makes these things and much more (lab equipment, costumes for theatre, shoes for the basketball team, and the little things, you know, like light and heat on campus) possible. And what would Denison be without those things? Certainly not the school you know and love. And probably a little cold and dark, too. To donate, visit unlock.denison.edu/vision/annual-fund. —Rose Schrott ’14
There’s something special about watching the Denison deer tromp through the snow on campus or watching the flakes flutter around Swasey Chapel. It all feels so familiar when you’re home on the Hill, where you’re surrounded by friends and mentors. Walking around in the professional world, though, can feel a tad different. It seems you’re suddenly surrounded by fewer people who appreciate the nostalgia of walking to class as the Swasey bells chime. So, let’s get together, reminisce, and talk about life beyond campus. Join us at an upcoming Denison Connecting event to reunite with and meet new members of the Denison community in your industry and beyond. The Big Red family is 40,000 strong, after all, with diverse talents and networks. Denison Connecting offers an informal venue to make the most of these connections.
Check out alumni.denison.edu to find cities that will be hosting Denison Connecting events over the next several months. Follow along on Facebook or alumni.denison.edu for details on location and time, and keep an eye out for our new website with virtual options for networking and career development. —Rose Schrott ’14
Have questions? Are you wondering about a Denison Connecting event in your city? Reach out to Associate Director of Alumni & Family Engagement Allie Defries ’10 at email@example.com.