Dear Fellow Alumnae,

The afterglow of a wildly successful Reunion is still with me. Since it was my first as president of the Alumnae Association, I am deeply grateful to the army of staff, committee members, and volunteers that made it happen. A special thanks to the 18 alumnae from the Class of 1944 who embraced me as the president, made me wear an orchid corsage so I would feel special this “first time around,” taught me how to sip sherry, made me laugh at their stories, and affirmed my pride in being a Barnard alumna.

By the time you read this, the new alumnae Web site will be up and running. Log in to the site and follow the step-by-step instructions to set up your account. Then, explore the site. You can follow links to read articles, add friends, and join or establish groups that connect you to other Barnard women with similar interests. We hope that the new social networking features of the site will enable more alumnae to keep in touch with classmates and friends, to make new intergenerational friends, to network with colleagues, and to keep abreast of activities at the College. The site is still evolving, so your feedback is important. Additional information about navigation and how to use certain features is being added to the Help and FAQ sections in order to make the site as user-friendly as possible.

A volunteer’s work is never done. Committee members have already begun to meet to plan the fall activities. In our effort to continuously improve the quality of events and activities, we are fine-tuning the format of Leadership Council, now being called the Leadership Assembly, scheduled for October 9, 2009. One of the changes we are making is that instead of inviting class leaders to attend in their reunion year and the year following, each class will send two representatives every year and each club will send one representative. This will provide the College’s most current data to leaders who are disseminating information. It will also enable a broader representation of the club or class to participate over the five-year cycle. In response to issues about the length of the program, we plan to hold all workshops in one day, ending by 5 p.m. Class officers and club leaders should have received preliminary information to save the date. We will keep you informed as the details of the program take shape.

We hope that everything that we are doing expands and enhances the Barnard community. In his memoir, Dreams from My Father, President Obama says, “Communities have to be created, fought for, tended like gardens.” We want to sow the seeds of a rich, vibrant community of Barnard women of all ages, all over the world; we want to feed each others’ hearts and nurture our intellects, inspiring us to make the world a better place for everyone.

Stay in touch.

As ever,

Frances L. Sadler ’72

President, Alumnae Association of Barnard College

-Photograph by Elena Seibert