Good friends, fond memories, beautiful foliage, new and renovated campus buildings. Nearly 60 alumnae/i returned for Alumnae/i Weekend 2016, spanning the Class of 1948 through the Class of 2009. Over the weekend, we celebrated the McLane renovations and the naming of the Lovejoy Chapel. We enjoyed Harvest Dinner with students and families, and participated in the first annual Alumnae/i Lip Sync Battle. Nearly all gathered together in the newly renovated McGoldrick Library & Research Center and the dining room for the annual Alumnae/i Dinner and Awards presentation. Regardless of the years passed or the activities attended, the overarching feeling of the weekend was one of coming home. Home to a place and home to each other.
During the Alumnae/i dinner, I referenced a quote by Unitarian minister, Peter Raible. Well-known for his social justice work, Raible’s interpretation describes the power of community.
‘We build on foundations we did not lay. We warm ourselves at fires we did not light. We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant. We drink from wells we did not dig. We profit from persons we did not know. We are ever bound in community.’
We are a community because of foundations built before us and trees planted for us. The White Mountain community is one that inspires you to become engaged, take risks and voraciously pursue curiosity, courage and compassion. It is an experience that sets you apart, yet still manages to bring you home. We are White Mountain, a large, extended family that spans generations and that will continue to grow with each graduating class, because of our alumnae/i.
Tempes fugit is Latin for ‘time flies’, and we are reminded of how quickly time passes everyday. Yet, reunions have a way of transporting us back to a time that can only be described as a memory. And there is something comforting about coming home to memories and a community that has stayed the same in a world marked by change.
‘To me there’s no gap. Each of you is an image frozen in time…We’re here because each and every one of us in your own way gained something from this unique community something that brings us back 40, 50, 60 years after graduation.’
—Scott Finlay ‘76
See Alumnae/i Weekend photos here.
Register for the Alumnae/i Ski Weekend 2017 here. (get this registration link from website)
By Julie Yates, Director of Development & Alumnae/i