SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A quick visit to the mailbox this week should remind Wittenberg married alumni across the country and abroad how they met for the first time after receiving a valentine from the university.
Wittenberg’s Office of Alumni Relations is doing their part to keep the postal service busy by mailing 2,298 valentines to all Wittenberg alumni couples in celebration of the day of love. Recipients will recall how they met or where they met because Wittenberg has had a lasting tradition of love.
For a college where one of its prized traditions involves a “kissing bridge,” it is little surprise that more than two thousand couples have found their special someone while attending Wittenberg University. The myth is that any two students who share a kiss on the magical bridge are sure to share another kiss at the altar of marriage.
Selected by Alumni Relations, the 2004 valentine features Recitation Hall, a campus landmark. The card includes the original story of a Wittenberg couple from Springfield, Ohio, who met while attending the private college. The second in a series of five cards, this year’s valentine features artwork by alumna, Amy Wenger, a 2002 graduate.
“We hope this greeting will allow our alumni to remember the special days surrounding their first encounters on campus,” said Pat Benne, director of alumni relations and 1968 graduate. “We encourage others to share their stories of finding their life partners while they were students at Wittenberg, and perhaps we can find another couple to profile in our next valentine or share the story on our online alumni page.”
Naples, Fla. residents David and Ruth Detrick, class of 1928 and 1929 respectively, and James and Louise Price, graduates of the class of 1929 of San Diego, Calif., share the distinction of being the alumni married the longest after graduating from Wittenberg. To read more stories about alumni couples, visit the alumni and friends section of this Web site.
“We simply want to share some sentiment with the members of our alumni association and remind them that we’re thinking of them,” Benne said. She hopes they are smiling when they receive a greeting from campus.
Wittenberg University has more than 25,000 alumni representing all 50 states and 60 foreign countries. The private, liberal arts and sciences school enjoys the enthusiastic support of alumni, their parents and friends.
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