More than 20 alumni and friends of
Western renewed their ties with the university at a get-together
held on May 9 at the Cornell Club Library in New York City.
Attendees at the gathering included graduates of the university’s
Ancell School of Business (ASB) who share the bond of membership in
Sigma Chi fraternity and who currently work in New York in finance
and other professions.
President James W. Schmotter and ASB Dean Allen
Morton were on hand to greet guests at the evening gathering and
share recent developments at the university.
Schmotter offered welcoming
remarks and presented a video about the new School of Visual and
Performing Arts building under construction on the Westside campus.
He then introduced Morton, who lauded the success of the graduates
in the room and described how they could help as mentors for today’s
students. The presentation concluded with showing of a video
featuring WCSU’s pioneering efforts to improve high school student
preparedness for college studies through the “Building a Bridge to
Improve Student Success” program.
The rest of the evening was devoted to
networking and conversation about the old days at Western. Alumna
and WCSU Foundation Board member Terry Eberhard Asch ’64
shared college memories with Elaine Salem ’64 and
Helen Curtin ’07 (Edward Jones), who earned an MBA
from Ancell. Jack and Gail Armitage Heath ’59, of
Philadelphia, made special plans to attend the gathering during
their vacation in New York.
Reactions to the event were very positive, and
a recommendation was made to hold similar events several times each
year. A suggestion was offered to hold the next gathering in late
September at a different location such as Stamford or Ridgefield to
broaden the base of alumni participation. Other suggestions included
inviting WCSU graduates who are members of the Alpha Delta Pi
sorority, with which Sigma Chi maintains a traditional relationship.
Above photo: Sigma Chi brothers were
well represented at the NYC gathering.