Alumni gather in Due West
Alumni and friends, along with their families, enjoyed perfect spring weather April 28 for Erskine’s annual alumni celebration. Among them were members of the Erskine College Class of 1968, marking their 50th reunion this year. The day’s events and activities included a meeting of the Alumni Association as well as individual class meetings, an outdoor lunch, a concert by Prettier Than Matt, a robotics demonstration, and inflatable games and other fun for children.
“You are our ambassadors for Erskine,” Erskine President Dr. Robert Gustafson told the assembled alumni at their meeting in Lesesne Auditorium. “You are the ones who can tell the Erskine story.”
Alumni Association President Angie Grooms ’77 recognized the Class of 1968, reminding the audience of significant historical events that year and recalling some of the most popular songs of the time. She also introduced Director of Advancement Mike Ervin, who spoke about “a passion for Erskine” as a thread running through the history of the institution.
Herb Jordan ’68, president-elect of the Alumni Association, introduced Andy Anderson ’95, who serves as coordinator of alumni affairs and communications. Anderson said his mother shared memories of her college years at Erskine as he was growing up. “I believe that Erskine is a special place,” he said.
As alumni and friends gathered on the Erskine Mall for lunch, the award-winning Due West Robotics Club offered a demonstration and Prettier Than Matt, featuring Jessica Skinner ’09, presented a concert. A silent auction sponsored by FTK (For The Kids) raised approximately $450 for the NICU at Greenville Children’s Hospital.
An opening reception for an exhibit of works by local artist Brian Hibbard was the setting for an afternoon meet-and-greet in the Bowie Arts Center with some Erskine faculty and staff members, and a number of class meetings and dinners rounded out the day.
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