Welcome to the 2010 St. Andrews Alumni and Friends Magazine.
Before you delve into the stories about our current students exploring the professional world through internships, the dedicated educator who was honored as the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for 2010, and the alumni who have returned to campus to share some of their recent professional and personal experiences, I would like to take a few moments to update you on new developments at the College so far this fall.
There are a variety of campus improvements currently underway. Repairs are being made to several residence halls (Wilmington, Mecklenburg, Albemarle) and to various sidewalks across the campus. Thanks to strong alumni council support, the Buy-a-Brick campaign has seen a good number of engraved bricks placed as part of completing Phase One of the new walkway between Belk and the PE Center. Chartwells, our food services provider, has changed the look and feel of the cafeteria. Gone are the high cafeteria tables with the uncomfortable chairs, replaced with small round tables with stylish chairs to make eating in the renamed Knights Dining Hall more comfortable. Kitchen equipment has also been upgraded with new serving stations providing more of a “food court” dining experience for our students.
As you know from our communications late last spring, we successfully negotiated an extension of our accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) through May 31, 2011. With the assistance of the U. S. Department of Education, we are working carefully and deliberately to resolve our remaining issues over accreditation through the establishment of a relationship with a partner institution and another accrediting agency for next year and beyond. We will keep you informed about our progress as soon as we have more details to report. In the meantime, we remain committed to providing our students with a high-quality liberal arts education while also remaining responsive to their career aspirations and changing demands in the employment market.
As many of you know, Alumni Director Susan Wentz retired at the end of May. We are grateful that she has agreed to help us through the period of transition and coordinating Alumni Weekend set for April 15-16, 2011. While we continue through this time of transition, should you need alumni related assistance, please feel free to contact Minnie Hales, Melissa Hopkins or me.
We are also pleased to welcome back Suzanne Madison Hogg ’78 on a consulting basis to assist us with the Annual Fund as Stevan Hernandez has transitioned back to coaching men’s soccer for St. Andrews. It has been through Stevan’s hard work that we revitalized Knights Fest.
Thank you for your support of St. Andrews. Our annual Honor Roll of Donors is included in the pages of this magazine. We are truly appreciative of all that you do to support the College with your gifts of time, resources, and advocacy.
Paul Baldasare Jr. ’77
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