Part of my job is to attend funerals of alumni and friends of the college. While many would see this part of being alumni director as mostly a negative experience, it has in fact begun to serve as an inspiration to me.
The family always thanks me for the support. Erskine is often favorably mentioned during the service by family members or ministers.
Questions about the direction of Erskine and relationships with her constituents are often phrased in a negative light, and I hear these questions often. While I certainly understand the concerns of both alumni and friends, it is refreshing to hear, even in the context of a funeral service, the stories of many who gave unselfishly and served without question.
Unfortunately, there have been too many of these occasions recently.
Erskine College and Seminary continues to lose her greatest generation and we look to others to step up, not only as givers, but also as volunteers.
Erskine has given me more than I can ever repay and I see that same gift being given to students today. I choose to give and to serve; and many of you are joining me.
There is still plenty of room for you to come on board and support this institution that has meant so much to many of you. Ask questions and really listen to the answers. Better yet, come see for yourself.
Thanks for all you have done and are doing.
Erskine students are still among your very best investments.