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Volume 14 • Number 1 • Winter 1998


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Vicki Beaupre, President of the Alumni Board

Greetings Alumni:

We have moved all too quickly through the colors of autumn and have settled in for the long snow-covered winter here in the Northland. It is a time of transition, not only for native Duluthians but for the UMD Alumni Association as well.

As we look back on summer, we can celebrate the wonderful and successful all-class reunion of this past July. All of the alumni I spoke to had a marvelous time and enjoyed meeting old friends and reconnecting with the campus.

It is sometimes difficult to move from something as exciting as a reunion to something that sounds as boring as bylaws. However, our major goal this year for the Alumni Association is to update our bylaws. They have not been changed since 1982. The times have obviously changed and I felt strongly that we needed to review our purpose. Just as all businesses and organizations need to be proactive to prosper, the Alumni Association needs to prepare to move into the next century, to improve and to grow.

Some of the questions that run through my mind are: What do we as alumni want to accomplish? What should be our purpose and direction? How should we, as an organization, be involved on the UMD campus and in our communities?

I am sure you have many ideas and I invite all alumni to write to me with your suggestions. A committee will be addressing these and other questions and bringing recommendations to the Board of Directors.

While this discussion goes on, we will continue to move forward with our UMD Alumni Association credit card, updating our home page on the World Wide Web, continuing our support for a new library and many other activities.

I am very pleased to serve you and hope that I'll have the opportunity to hear from many of you in the near future.


Vicki Beaupre
President, UMD Alumni Association

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