Show Your Dickinson Pride
Beyond the Limestone Walls
by Jenifer L. Blanck '92
April 11, 2013
Do you have Dickinson pride? There are a lot of reasons to have Dickinson pride—from your own experiences on campus to your achievements related to Dickinson to the accomplishments of the Dickinson community. And there’s pride because of the successes during the Durden years.
A majority of you may not have been around throughout Bill Durden’s entire presidency, so you might not be aware of all that’s happened during his term. Throughout these pages, you will get to know the Durden years better. By the time you finish reading this magazine, I hope your pride has swelled even more and you’re ready to share it. Heck, I hope you’re ready to shout it out!
Let’s assume you have Dickinson pride and you’re looking for ways to show it. There are many things you can do. In fact, you’re probably doing some of them already, but there are always more opportunities.
You show pride by staying connected. You probably keep in touch with friends you met at or through Dickinson. Maybe you stay in touch with others within the community. You might even follow a specific aspect of Dickinson, such as women’s lacrosse or the annual Public Affairs Symposium.
You also can stay connected by ensuring your information is up-to-date. If you’re an alumna/us, maintaining updated information allows other alumni to get in touch with you—to renew old friendships or connect for business/professional purposes. It also provides an opportunity for students to contact you with career or life questions.
You show pride by serving as an ambassador. Take opportunities to represent or spread the word about Dickinson. Talk with others about your experiences or what’s going on at the college. Wear your hat, sweatshirt or some of the latest gear found in the bookstore. Hang your diploma on the wall. Attend Dickinson events in your region or hometown.
You show pride by being an advocate. Try making connections between the Dickinson community and others. Volunteer in such areas as admissions or the Career Center to help ensure the best students come to Dickinson and that they have fantastic career opportunities during and after their college tenure. Recommend the college to others. Establish a recruiting connection between your employer and Dickinson or create an internship for a Dickinson student. Share internship or job announcements with the Career Center so students and other alumni find fulfilling opportunities.
You show pride by providing support. You all have expertise in something that others would benefit from hearing. Consider speaking to a class or another group at or affiliated with the college. You also can show support by donating money. Help someone who otherwise might not be able to afford it obtain an excellent education. Make programs or activities possible or help the college make critical infrastructure improvements, such as the Kline Center expansion or the new residence hall.
There are a lot of reasons for the Dickinson community to have pride. I know that Bill Durden helped so many of us develop a deeper level of Dickinson pride. And I hope you’re just as excited as I am to see what happens during Nancy Roseman’s leadership. In the meantime, show your Dickinson pride today!