Sunday, September 25, 2011

Alumni Celebrations

Alumni Faculty Dinner

Recently, President Dan Hanson and Elaine Hanson hosted a dinner at their house to honor some familiar faculty faces to those of us who have worked at the college the past couple decades, from Clyde Barrett, whom I replaced in the English Department nineteen years ago, to Bill Snyder, who just retired.

I posted a number of photographs from the dinner that included members of the Peru Foundation, so give them a look and see whom you might recognize.

This dinner coincided with a project Elaine Hanson asked
me to undertake, a special video for a dear friend of the Peru State College community, Dr. Leland (Shorty) Sherwood. A couple years ago, the Peru Foundation sponsored a special and successful dinner for Shorty and auction for some of Shorty's beautiful watercolors to raise scholarship funds.

Leland presently battles an illness that precludes his coming to campus to see the newly refurbished Fine Arts Building--that once housed the Art Department--so I recorded thoughts from a few faculty members and created a video for Leland that you can watch on You Tube.

In addition to short tributes from Dan Holtz, Spencer Davis, and others, the video
features pictures of the beautiful Fine Arts Building and some splendid piano by Tom Ediger.

I hope that you enjoy the video and that you will pay Leland a visit. We all wish that Shorty could join us on campus.

This Homecoming week saw a different group of alumni visit campus.

This Friday afternoon and evening, I had the pleasure to talk with and photograph at an elegant reception at the
Hansons' home and then at a special banquet sponsored by the Peru Foundation in the Burr Oak Room graduates from the Peru State College class of 1961:
Peru State College Class of 1961

These people all enjoyed interesting careers, and all credit their years at the college for their continued success after graduation. And as the collected photographs suggest, they enjoyed their return to the Campus of a Thousand Oaks.

The Peru Foundation awarded each of these special alumni a handsome medallion. As one of the alumni noted--a former track and field athlete in his years as an undergraduate--he never received as big a medal when he won races 50 years ago.

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