What unprecedented times we are navigating! When I began to draft my first President’s letter in February, the message was very different. I was excited for Homecoming, looking forward to celebrating 20 years with the Class of 2000, and ready to celebrate another record-breaking Long Blue Line Auction fundraising effort. And then our world changed drastically.
As a medical laboratory scientist, I know first-hand the importance of protecting the public during a pandemic event. Let me assure you that while we may be disappointed, our alma mater did an outstanding job making quick decisions to protect our students, the university faculty and staff, and all of us planning to gather in Columbus. The decision to close campus and cancel events was the right thing to do, and I applaud President Miller’s quick actions to ensure all these important changes were communicated to our alumni.
Our board adjusted and moved forward. All meetings were conducted virtually. While somewhat bittersweet, it brought me joy to “see” many of you there, supporting our efforts from afar, as we shared successes and began our transition into the next year. Ending Convocation with “Friends” fills my heart with an almost indescribable feeling of happiness, love and pride. But this year, having your voices fill my home was indeed one for the history books.
Speaking of history, it is extremely important for us to remember that we are witnessing history being written. Many have never seen times like these, and we all hope to never see them again. Disappointment is quick to sneak into every conversation. Take a second to grieve those lost family vacations, those once-in-a-lifetime milestones like graduations and proms and those canceled events like Homecoming. Then move forward knowing that these efforts are protecting the health of countless others. Take pride in the newfound skills you are developing, give yourself grace when you feel overwhelmed and celebrate each precious moment you have with your family. Know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your W Family is waiting patiently for the next time the Long Blue Line can return home. Those who care most about The W’s tomorrows most fondly recall her yesterdays. Look back with a smile and block your calendar now for April 15–18, 2021.
For those unable to join our virtual Annual Meeting I want to introduce the newest members of the MUWAA Board: Robbie E. Foxx of Columbus (1973); Jermarra Jones-Price of Southaven (2008); Kacey Keeton of Montgomery, Alabama (1997); LuAnne Farrar McGuirk of Potts Camp (2003); Lydia Coffey Pierce of Petal (2009); Cynthia Williams Kittrell of Conroe, Texas (1976); and President-elect, Katherine Shell Benson of Southaven (2003).
As always, I encourage you to visit our Alumni Association website at longblueline.muw.edu, create or update your online account, and keep up with the good work being done by your Alumni Board.
Together we will keep our memories as well as The W’s future as strong as our Long Blue Line.
With W spirit and pride,
Rebecca Rogers Class of 2000