Once again the Texas Wesleyan alumni gather to return, remember, and reconnect with all the good times they had at Wesleyan.
On April 18-20, 2013, the Texas Wesleyan alumni had an eventful weekend full of memories, dinners, and old friends.
Gina Phillips ’97 MSP ’07, director of development and alumni relations, said it’s just a really fun time for people to come back.
Phillips said the weekend consists of several events including a baseball game, an alumni dinner, a group photo, an annual musical, and an all-alumni gathering.
Phillips said the musical always sells out, and the theater can seat 200. Phillips said there is usually 150 people at the alumni dinner and the lunch.
Phillips said they try to involve the alumni in the events as much as they can. Phillips said they ask some alumni to chair events.
“What we try to do is get these people to call their friends and say come to the reunion because we want to build participation and get people back to campus,” Phillips said. “But also a piece of this is to raise money for the university.”
Phillips said they want to increase the alumni giving percentage, and hope to by targeting a smaller audience.
DeAwna Wood ’05, assistant director of alumni relations, said there have been a few changes this year from the previous reunions.
“We’ve added the Gold event for graduates of the last decade and the baseball game,” Wood said.
Wood said alumni who have reached a milestone anniversary are honored at the reunion.
“We invite all alumni, but we honor eight classes,” Wood said. “And the eight classes that we honor are those who celebrate their 5, 10, 20 year, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 60 year.”
Wood said the object of the 2013 reunion is for the alumni to return, remember and reconnect with Wesleyan and their fellow alumni.
“At the dinner is where we have the silent auction,” Wood said. “That is the alumni board who hosts that. The proceeds go to the alumni association account which funds student scholarships for legacy students.”
Wood said the students who received the scholarship award this year and were recognized at the all-alumni gathering are Spencer Baker, Emily Burch and Samantha Max.
Glen Tuggle ’85, incoming vice president of the alumni board of directors, said the scholarship process is very thorough, and all the favoritism is taken out of the application process.
“One of the efforts we’ve really tried to make is to increase the endowment for scholarships so we can increase the awards,” Tuggle said.
Tuggle said the board hopes to add a third endowment by the end of December with the help of the Texas Wesleyan Alumni.