Robert '39 and Ruth Kunkel Bayley '42, left and center, took part in the classroom
Wittenberg welcomed more than 120 Benjamin Prince Society members to campus, April 16, to participate in the university’s fifth annual BPS Day.
Guests had the opportunity to visit with Wittenberg’s newly named 13th president, Mark Erickson, at the event, which was originally created by former BPS co-chairs Bob ’58 and Barbara Hein VanKleunen ’62.
Current BPS Chair Mark Shaffer ’72 was also on hand during the day’s festivities, which offered members and other volunteer leaders the chance to take classes taught by Wittenberg faculty in Hollenbeck Hall. Robert Davis, professor of English, Tim Lewis, professor of biology, and Alan McEvoy, professor of sociology, examined the Cultural Revolution: Past, Present and Future in each of their classes.
Members also received a university update and heard remarks from President Erickson. In addition, those in attendance toured campus, enjoyed a concert by the Wittenberg Faculty Rock Entourage and Ensemble (WittFREE) and concluded the evening with a theater performance of Picnic.
Collectively, BPS members contribute every year more than 50 percent of The Wittenberg Fund. Their gifts significantly help to bridge the gap between
tuition, endowment income, church apportionment and the actual cost of a Wittenberg education. Gifts from BPS members also accounted for 90 percent of the successful Defining Moments Campaign (1996-2001), which raised more than $75 million.