Alumni involvement key to engaging new Presidents

On a cold Friday night in February, Nico’Lee Biddle ’12, John Frazier ’12, Rachel Mastromarino ’10, and Matthew Rudzki ’08 returned to their alma mater to share their journeys of discovery, scholarship, and success with prospective students. While what drew them to the College differed, the group was united in their appreciation for the experiences they had at W&J that allowed them to create their own paths after college.

The lessons they learned on campus led them to create meaningful connections with professors, discover new interests, travel around the world, and find their voices. While their stories are not unique among recent classes of Presidents, they exemplify the value of a liberal arts education and advantages of a small college environment. Their combinations of in-class pursuits, educational opportunities outside the classroom, and extracurricular activities built a foundation that allowed them to thrive in their chosen fields.

The group also spoke to prospective students about how the supportive community you find at the College doesn’t disappear once you leave campus. There is a lifelong bond that connects professors, teammates, classmates, and fellow Presidents across the world. This robust network of W&J alumni embodies the spirit of our motto “Juncta Juvant,” Together We Thrive.

In an increasingly competitive higher education market, our alumni can amplify our voice by sharing good news about the College and talking to future students about why W&J may be right for them.