The Oxholms Meet New England Alumni

By Purnell T. Cropper | November 17, 2011

President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III continued connecting with alumni this past week, quickly following his trip to Texas, Colorado and California with stops in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Despite the challenges that resulted from the freak snow storm that left hundreds of thousands without power in Connecticut, several Beaver College alumni joined Tobey and Kim Oxholm for a wonderful dinner in Hartford. Among them was Fannie Rockefeller Gabriel ’43, graduate of the Class of 1943 who, that very same day, was being re-elected to another four-year term on the local Town, Plan and Zoning Commission. Stories of the College spanned the decades, from 1943 to 1974 to 2000—different, but in many respects the same.

In Newton, Mass., the alumnae who turned out spanned 56 years, from the Class of 2011 through the Class of 1965. In a dinner that lasted late into the night because of the great conversation, the alumni discussed with the President his reflections on the campus today and the challenges higher education is facing, and his plans for the future. They felt his excitement about alumni engagement, praised his energy, and raised their glasses to toast his presidency.

President Oxholm also had lunch with Diane Gackenbach ’61 and George Kidd in Hancock, N.H., and coffee the next morning in Boston with June Mamana Guertin ’69.

Before the Thanksgiving break, there will be a special “Conversation with the President” in the Castle just for Arcadia employees who are also alumni. After spending Thanksgiving with his brothers and their families in North Carolina, Tobey and Kim will head overseas to meet with students, alumni, The College of Global Studies staff and University leaders in Rome and Paris.