LETTER FROM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD PRESIDENT ELAINE BAUER ZABRISKIE ’73
Dear Fellow Alumni,
One of my favorite days comes after the first of the year when I look out the window and see some daylight around 5 p.m. Usually, beginning the first Thursday or Friday in January, things steadily improve until before long we are seeing green buds, sunshine and finally flowers. Renewal brings the best kind of joy.
Caldwell University has experienced renewal this past year in several forms. Not only were students welcomed back to the campus last fall for in-person classes after a long absence due to the pandemic, but the Alumni Association welcomed incoming freshmen with souvenir cups and candies, and all without Zoom interference. We inaugurated Dr. Matthew Whelan as our ninth president, with a series of events celebrating Caldwell traditions and campus life, culminating in the inaugural Mass and installation ceremony on October 22. It wasa great day which brought together many different members of the Caldwell University family!
October was also a time of alumni reunions. On October 8, 2021, alumni from the 1980s got together for a fun ’80s themed night! On October 23, 2021, a combined reunion was held to celebrate anniversary classes that were not able to gather in 2020 as well as anniversary classes from 2021. It was great to welcome back the classes of ’60, ’61, ’65, ’66, ’70 and ’71!
We held a virtual fundraiser on April 22, 2021, Wine and Paint, the first fundraising we were able to schedule in over a year. On November15, 2021, the Alumni Association held another successful Singing Florist event. We were treated to a floral arranging show, accompanied by our favorite singing florist, John Newman, who entertained us with show tunes and Christmas songs, setting us up for the holiday season.
We encourage our alumni to keep in touch with our Alumni Office and to keep us updated on life’s milestones.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and hoping to continue our renewal as we move forward as a University, as a Christian community and as friends, leaving the uncertainty of the pandemic days behind us.
Be well and stay safe,
Elaine Bauer Zabriskie ’73
President, Alumni Association