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Patrick Henry College
Jensen Near ('10) and Katie Teubl ('07) check runners in for the Alumni Association's Spring 5k
“We believe that the purpose of our organization is tri-fold,” said Pride. “Our mission to impact the world for Christ and for liberty only begins at the end of our college careers. To actually have influence, we have to stay connected with each other and with students. That’s networking. We have to stay up-to-date with College developments. That’s news. And last, we have to recall the best times that bound us together as students. That’s nostalgia.”
Runners await the winning times and awards after the 5k
Alumni also arranged an ice cream social the weekend before, in late April. Meredith Schultz (’09) beautifully decorated tables in the Grand Lobby of the Hodel Center, and over 50 students gathered to enjoy ice cream and each other while talking with a dozen alumni about life after college. Association Vice President John Vinci (’06) collected information from students interested in further mentoring, via the growing “Step Up” initiative.
Further programs the Alumni Association has initiated include a yearly scholarship and an alumni chapel once each semester, when an alum volunteer presents a special message to the student body. The Association Board received over a dozen essay entries for the scholarship this year, on the topic of how a PHC professor has affected a student’s life. Junior Anna Accomazzo won the $2000 scholarship with her account of how multiple professors trained her to be a “witness for” something, as Whittaker Chambers advocated in his book, Witness.
Winner, freshman Joe Pisacreta, as he nears the finish line
The PHC Alumni Association is eager to involve this year’s graduating seniors in this volunteer-run organization. The Association’s governing body, the Alumni Board, runs elections at the end of each year, after official nominations for empty spots at the Association-wide meeting during Homecoming, in the fall.
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