Dean’s message

By Stephen Bowen

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Dean Stephen Bowen

Kay Hinton

Spring Alumni Reunions

Mark your calendar for Oxford College Alumni Reunion Weekend, April 27–29, 2012, on the Oxford campus. Reunion gatherings will be held for classes with years ending in 2 or 7.

Register by phone to Development and Alumni Relations at 770.784.8414. Online registration will be available in early 2012 on the website, along with more details on the schedule.

The Class of 1962 will hold its 50th reunion, and Golden Eagles (members of Oxford classes of 1961 or earlier) will also hold their reunion on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Watch your mail for more information.

Dear Friends of Oxford:

An Oxford graduate in her senior year at Emory once told me that while she was thriving on the Atlanta campus, she also missed Oxford. At Oxford, she said, she felt that the air was ”thick with a deep sense of history.”

You and I know what she means. At Oxford we walk paths trod by Emory’s founders, surrounded by the architecture of the nineteenth century. All about us are the names most associated with the University’s history: Haygood, Few, Pierce, Candler. The campus is imbued with a historic gravitas—one of the many qualities that make Oxford distinctive.

The sense of history we feel at Oxford is a blessing—and a challenge. Today we stand on the shoulders of an institution that for 175 years has acted with courage, integrity, and wisdom in bringing the benefits of higher education and scholarship to our country and the wider world. It is our challenge to similarly bring those benefits to a different and changing world. In our recent graduates there are signs that we are making important progress, and we will continue to do so with your help. Thank you for joining me in celebrating Oxford’s 175 years and anticipating its continued excellence as we move toward completing a second century.

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