It seems as if summer always passes too quickly. As I think back on my summer, it began celebrating Reunion 2019 with the 4s and 9s – and honoring the class of 1994 on their 25th Reunion and the class of 1969 on their 50th reunion. Edna Wells ’39 was able to join us as well in celebration of her 80th reunion! Throughout the weekend, we witnessed not only connections between classmates, but also the connections across the class years as alumnae of all ages talked about what the College was like when they were students and the many changes that have occurred throughout the years. As summer progressed, in addition to visits from my college roommates and trips to the beach, I also had an opportunity to meet with the officers of the RSCAA to begin planning for our year and how we can engage with you and serve you, the alumnae of Russell Sage College.
Having spent my career in higher education, for me Fall represents new beginnings. This Fall in particular, is a new beginning for me as I begin my term as your Russell Sage College Alumnae Association President. In this role I have the privilege of serving with a wonderful group of women and I look forward to welcoming three new members, Margaret Decker ’95, Karen Kinsman ’88, and Erica Warner ’10 to the Board this year as well as new aluma trustee Tammy Parsons ’97, and first year representative Allison Bardwell ’19. The work of the RSCAA Board of Directors this year will focus on connecting with students and alumnae through outreach events, advocating on behalf of and communicating with RSC alumnae as we work with the College on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, including the development of the Women’s Institute, and refreshing the RSCAA Strategic Plan to reflect our priorities in light of the recent changes to the institution. As the RSCAA Board of Directors meets throughout the year, you will see updates on the RSC Alumnae FB page related to the work of the Association and we welcome your feedback on this. You can visit the RSCAA Board page here.
While there are a wide array of thoughts, feelings, and opinions related to the College’s Strategic Plan, the one thing that we all have in common is that we graduated from an institution that taught us how to think critically and to use our voices. As alumnae we have a unique opportunity to contribute to the discussion of the re-envisioned College and the emerging Women’s Institute, I encourage you to participate in the conversation in ways that move our work forward.
I wish you all the best as you return to your Fall routine and all that brings. I look forward to serving as your President, to working with and for you, and to meeting many of you at upcoming events and reunions.
Carrie L. Cokely ‘97