As I write this column, I’m seated in the San Diego airport awaiting the first of two flight legs that will return me to Cleveland, just days before Homecoming. I wish I could share stories about the beaches and beautiful weather — which are abundant in San Diego. But this time, my trip focused on finding an assisted living facility for my mother and the various legal and financial issues that accompany supporting an aging parent. Just as we’re changing from summer season to autumn, I’m experiencing the changing season of my mother’s life along with my own.
I find myself thinking more and more about life seasons and how we prepare and react to those different phases. As an alumni association, we often think about the various programs we plan and how these programs are/are not reaching different demographic groups. We know that what one finds exciting at 25, for example, is often quite different from those at 75 years of age, and vice versa.
We recently launched a new series of programs called “Second Act” designed for alumni who are “boomers and beyond” – retired alumni or those nearing retirement. In our inaugural year, we will offer five different programs. The next, on Thursday, September 27th from 8-9:30 a.m. in Parker Hannifin Hall, features Professor Kathie Judge who will share insights about healthy and successful aging. All are welcome to attend. As we plan future session, we welcome your thoughts on the types of initiatives that would be of interest to you. Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our thoughts remain with our alumni and friends who were impacted by Hurricane Florence last week. Although the storm ended, the damage may take years to recover. If you’re interested in helping out, we’re continuing our fundraising drive in support of the American Red Cross’ efforts. Support can be made here. Every dollar helps.
Homecoming is next week and we encourage you to join us in some or all of the festivities. A full schedule can be found at www.csuhomecoming.com. Participating in an event is a great way to reacquaint yourself with CSU today and connect with friends and faculty from days past. The parade and VikeFest are among my favorite activities and all alumni are invited to participate. If you’ve never marched in a parade before (or it was many moons ago), consider joining us. Dress up in CSU gear (or sign up here and receive a free T-shirt) and march with other alumni and their families in the parade. Line-up begins at 6 p.m. at Krenzler Field to join in the fun. The parade ends at Mather Mansion where food and festivities await.
As I continue to think about life seasons and changes we experience over our lifetimes, I encourage you to consider how you can reengage with CSU at your life stage, with your specific interests. This is your association and your alma mater —engage with it. Happy Homecoming.