From the President
Dear friends,

One of the great things about living and working on a college campus is that we escape, to some extent, our modern, linear concept of time. At the college we seem to live in cycles that all bend toward the fresh start, the next chance. A class that goes badly is followed by a good one. An athletic team that struggles gets better and starts winning. The seniors graduate, but three months later the freshmen arrive. Constant renewal becomes the norm. We can be young, at least vicariously, forever.

During these cycles, though, it is essential to have a bedrock of stability that brings us back to the college's mission, that reminds us why we're here. Beginning in the mid-1960s, Southwestern's bedrock largely has been made up of three remarkable members of the college's faculty: Judith Charlton, Max Thompson, and Larry Wilgers. Every encounter with these folks is a trip to the unknown. They challenge, they question, they have opinions (do they ever!). In their presence, under their influence, students ignite. It is amazing to watch it happen.

Rationally, intellectually, I know that Southwestern will find very good faculty members to fill the vacancies being created by the retirement of Judith, Max, and Larry. There is a cycle of faculty renewal, just as there is for students. But it's a long cycle. We'll celebrate their service to Southwestern and wish them well with lumps in our throats.

Best regards,

Dick Merriman

From Alumni Programs

One of the most refreshing aspects of my job is to see the recurring joy that bursts forth each time old acquaintances meet. Regardless the age of the individuals, the lapse of time since last they met, or even the depth of friendship that defined their bond in earlier years, the reunion greetings are warm and the smiles are genuine. Time and again, I hear alumni and friends of the college say, "I can't believe I waited so long to come to a Southwestern alumni event. If I had known how much I would enjoy it, I would have attended years ago!"

Since last June, the SC alumni staff (Nan Hinson and I) has set in place a new concept for alumni and friends of Southwestern College. Our goal is to re-energize alumni experiences for Moundbuilders everywhere. In checking the calendar in The Southwesterner, you probably have noticed a large increase in number of alumni activities scheduled around the country. We want to provide opportunities for alumni and friends to gather, reminisce, and network. We've asked you to tell us what you want and we have tried to respond accordingly. These events range from fun activities, to family experiences, to lifetime learning dinner seminars, to outstanding travel opportunities.

We are delighted to tell people that we are in the business of "friend-raising." So regardless of when you graduated (or if you did not graduate), your bond to Southwestern College, and to the friendships made through it, can be an asset throughout your life. Whenever possible, please make an effort to stay stay connected with SC. You don't want to be one who says years later, "I can't believe I waited so long to come to a Southwestern alumni event. If someone had told me how much I would enjoy it, I would have attended years ago!" Consider yourself told.

For more information about alumni events and programs, please contact me by phone at 1-800-846-1543 ext. 6334, or by e-mail at

Susan Lowe '95
Director of Alumni Programs