Notes from Under the Oaks

Earlier this week I had the joy of giving a campus tour for one of my best friends from college.

He spent much of our walk alternating between a big goofy grin when he encountered something he remembered and a look of pure bewilderment about things that have changed. There’s an enormous library where Old College Hall should be!

The opportunity to help all alumni reconnect with this place they used to call home is one of my favorite parts about my job.

Sometimes I get to do this with a campus tour.

Other times I have to rely on verbal descriptions.

Other times, like last weekend at our tailgate party at Occidental College, I can watch alumni intently examine the “then and now” photos in a book I bring on trips specifically for this purpose.

Alumni often ask if particular professors are still with the University or if specific businesses are still open in town. I think we’re all torn between wanting the University to excel beyond our wildest dreams as students and wanting it to remain exactly the same.

I invite each of you to return home in a few weeks for Homecoming 2012. You can see for yourself what is new and what looks exactly the same as it did 50 or more years ago.

If Homecoming isn’t in the cards this year, please make plans to come visit us another time. The Abbott Center is available for alumni to stay overnight for up to three nights and we’re happy to arrange campus tours and visits with faculty.

The spirit of all alumni echoes in the rooms of the Eugene campus, the halls of Hillsboro, and under the towering trees in Forest Grove.  We miss you. Come home!

As always, please keep it touch! Send us your stories and don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance.

Best wishes,

Martha Calus-McLain ‘03
Director of Alumni Relations

Posted by Martha Calus-Mclain ( on Sep 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

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