I am flattered and honored to serve as your new Alumni Council President. I have been part of the Alumni Council for the past six years, most recently as Vice President.
The Alumni Council consists of 15 to 26 alumni who span the decades and who diversely represent our alumni body. Along with my fellow council members, we want to do everything we can to further engage as many alumni as possible in what is going on at Kent, especially now with the pandemic in our rear window and exciting new School leadership in place. There is a lot that is new on campus and if you can come back to visit you will also see a lot that has stayed the same.
Throughout the year, Alumni Council members have produced fascinating programs, both online and in-person, that have showcased our impressive alumni body. Working in partnership with Kent's Alumni & Development Office, one of our goals is to make Kent stronger for tomorrow's students. Please look out for news of exciting initiatives in the months ahead. A few highlights include:
- LoveKent: What originated as a digital initiative to engage the Kent community to make a gift of any kind to the Kent Annual Fund has become a special annual tradition. And what is Kent without traditions! This year, LoveKent returns on February 14, 2023 and our goal is to engage 750 donors in one day. We would be so grateful if you are able to make a gift in any amount. Look out for more details in the coming month.
- Our second annual Day of OutREACH will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Servant Leadership is one of five Kent Competencies, and the Day of OutREACH is a day of service to one's community. Last year, during our inaugural event, Alumni Council members joined Kent students for service projects at Kent School and in the town of Kent. This year, that effort is expanding to at least six regional events in the areas of Dallas, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Paris. For more information, or to host an event in your location, please contact Alumni Council member David Andrews '76 at email@example.com.
- Lastly, I am delighted to share that Kent is back on the road! Head of School Mike Hirschfeld was able to travel to Boston, New York City, and Greenwich at the end of last year. Next stop on his tour will be Florida in February and March (cities and dates in newsletter below).
I am excited to come back to campus for Reunion Weekend, June 23-25, to celebrate with my class and classes ending in 3's and 8's. Registration details will be coming out soon with early bird pricing in place until May 12. Kent has made every effort to keep pricing consistent with past years despite rising costs in hopes of making this event more accessible. Last year's Reunion Weekend was quite special so I am looking forward to our weekend surpassing all expectations!
I am grateful to serve as your President with Peter Lewine '65 as Vice President, Amanda Ward '08 as Secretary, David Andrews '76 as Assistant Vice President, and such dynamic members of the Alumni Council.
Robin Insley '83
Alumni Council President