Dear Fellow Alumni,
If you haven’t heard yet, Marian University is celebrating a special milestone this year: 75 years in Indianapolis. Yes, it was 75 years ago that Mother Mary Clarissa Dillhoff and the Sisters of St. Francis decided to move their fledgling college from the sleepy town of Oldenburg, Indiana to the largest metropolitan area in the state.
It is impossible to overstate what a bold move this was, particularly because the decision was made in the midst of the Great Depression. Seventy-five years later, our alma mater is still making bold moves, including becoming a university, starting a football program, and preparing to open a medical school.
It’s impossible to deny how far we’ve come, and yet, each time I step on campus or meet with a student to help them prepare for a future job interview, I’m reminded that caring continues to be at the heart our alma mater.
This is a historic moment, and I’d like to encourage you to be a part of it. Here are some ways to participate:
- Join us at the 75th anniversary homecoming, September 21-23. This year’s theme is “Cheers to 75 Years” and is a great opportunity to return to campus and see all the wonderful progress, including a brand new residence hall nearing completion.
- Invest in a commemorative 75th anniversary brick. For only $20.83 per month (based on a 36-month pledge), you can leave a permanent legacy on campus while investing in the next generation of Marian University students. In addition to the commemorative brick, you will receive two complimentary invitations for you and a guest to attend Marian University’s 75th Anniversary Gala in downtown Indianapolis on October 19, 2012. Secure your commemorative brick and your invitations to the gala at www.marian.edu/75thbrick.
- Become a fan of Marian University’s Facebook page and share your Marian University stories online. What a great way to connect with fellow classmates. If you married another Marian University graduate, like I did, then we especially want to hear from you, as Marian University will be highlighting all those “Marian matches” this fall.
Join in the celebration. Share your stories, consider making a gift in honor of the 75th anniversary, and be part of the special events surrounding this milestone. There is no better time than now to show the world how proud you are to be a KNIGHT!
Matthew Browning ‘00
Marian University Alumni Association