Coming home. I love coming home to Whitefish Bay, Wis. I found my way to Wittenberg from this little suburb of Milwaukee in 1988. As much as I enjoyed and thrived in my independence at Witt, I relished the thought of coming home.
When at home, I would linger at the dining room table with my family. I would run to Klode Park and throw stones in Lake Michigan, and, of course, I would reunite with old friends.
It felt like coming home when I returned to work at Wittenberg. It is a wonderful, warm feeling when I drive by the “Wittenberg University” sign at the main entrance of campus on W. Ward Street on my way to the Alumni & Visitors Center (formerly the Phi Kappa Psi house).
Although my mother always warned me never to spend too much time in a fraternity house, I am so thankful for this beautiful building.
This idyllic campus was our home while we were students, and it remains our home today.
At Wittenberg we formed important and special friendships. We learned, grew, changed and started to see our futures develop.
My friends and other alumni all talk about these special moments, and they can always recall one “defining moment” at Witt that had a profound impact on their lives.
It might have been a conversation with a professor or a staff member, a romance that started and continues today or a realization of a professional calling.
I invite you to come back to Wittenberg to remember and relive those experiences. Just like returning to your hometown for holiday break, a trip home to Witt can be celebrated with good food, visits to familiar places (the Kissing Bridge perhaps) and most important, reuniting with friends.
I had the pleasure to welcome home more than 350 alumni during Alumni Weekend, June 18-20. The weekend was filled with smiling faces as classmates reacquainted with each another.
I watched as two 1970 alumnae laughed and recalled their years as roommates. I listened as alumni cheered as the Golden W classes and the class of 1949 walked proudly during the Parade of Classes.
I smiled as Bernard Hilbrink, ’ 49, accepted his Alumni Citation Award and reminded us that while at Wittenberg, we all were enrolled in Integrity 220, Faith 305 and Loyalty 401.
I enviously watched the Classes of 1958-1961 as they danced the night away to a blaring swing band after their reunion dinner.
I am fortunate to come home every day as I come to work. I invite you to come home sometime soon.
We miss you, and we will have dinner waiting. You can even put your elbows on our dining room table.