Tiger Tales Archives 2019

Each month since August 2016, Wittenberg's Office of Alumni Engagement has prepared an alumni newsletter known as Tiger Tales. This archival page includes newsletters distributed in 2019 calendar year.

Published December 28, 2019

Student Success, Faculty Excellence, and #LifeAfterWitt

As we look ahead to 2020, we do so with anticipation as the year will mark the 175th anniversary of our founding of the place Ezra Keller called "a lovely spot for the location of a literary institution." Keller went on to state that the vision "requires some faith to believe that in after years it will be an academic grove, to which hundreds will resort to drink at the pure fountains of knowledge, and then go forth into the world to do good, to bless mankind." Little did Reverend Keller know that 25,000 alumni would call Wittenberg their alma mater and that more continue to find their light in this "grove" each year.

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Published November 14, 2019

In the News: Global Leader, Hall of Honor, Exercise Science, Student Success, Advent and Christmas, and #LifeAfterWitt

With the 2019 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend now officially in the books, Sharon and I want to offer our deepest thanks to everyone who made it back to campus for this celebration of our alumni and their lifelong connection with Wittenberg. From the Grand Opening of our new Health, Wellness, and Athletics Complex, to the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the CBS Walkout, to milestone reunions, the Alumni Achievement Awards, tailgating and every event in between, you reminded all of us that Wittenberg holds a special place in your heart.

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Published October 19, 2019

In the News: Global Leader, Hall of Honor, Exercise Science, Student Success, Advent and Christmas, and #LifeAfterWitt

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend is almost here, and the campus community cannot wait to welcome you back, October 24-27. The full schedule is included below, but a few highlights of the weekend include commemorating the 50th anniversary of the CBS Walkout and officially dedicating our new 265,000-square-foot Health, Wellness & Athletics Complex. As the finishing touches fall into place, I am even more excited for you to see the complex up close and personal as it will set the new standard of excellence and enhance the student experience for generations.

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Published September 24, 2019

In The News: NSF Grant, Cape Town Program, Global Missions, Wittenberg Series Speaker, NCAA Leadership, and ESPN's Top 50

We celebrated Family Weekend last weekend at Wittenberg. One of the highlights was the Senior Wine & Cheese Reception, one of many celebrations we will have with and for the Class of 2020 throughout the year as the class transitions from students to alumni. Senior class President Leul Bulcha reminded those in attendance of the ways in which current students have been helped by past generations and called on his classmates to think now about how they will begin to do that through their class gift. Thank you for the support you have provided to Wittenberg as you have passed your light on to others in your careers and communities, and back to us in Springfield.

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Published August 21, 2019

In The News: U.S. Virgin Islands Governor, Witt Series, Bailey Bug, Coffee Expressions, JET, and Promotion

On Monday, we officially kicked off our new academic year with the start of classes and concluded our Welcome Week for the incoming students in the Class of 2023. Thanks go to everyone who had a hand, including you, our alumni, in helping us bring in this class. Your referrals, engagement, positive energy, and passion for this place made a real difference, and I am confident that your investments of time will improve our retention and allow us to celebrate with more students at graduation years from now.

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Published July 25, 2019

In The News: Madison Fellow, Art Exhibit, CABLE, Fulbright Winner, and New Board Member

The last few weeks have been busy as we welcomed hundreds of incoming students and their families to campus for various orientation sessions. The excitement they have for Wittenberg is incredible, and I cannot wait to have all our students back on campus in August; it’s coming fast.

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Published June 18, 2019


Wittenberg has not one, but three students joining the ranks of university scholars who have received prestigious Fulbright awards. Madison Krstich ’19 from Johnstown, Ohio, Katherine Winner ’19 from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Thomas Zabonik ’19 from Westerville, Ohio, have all been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Published May 17, 2019


Nearly 400 members of the Class of 2019 crossed the stage in picturesque Commencement Hollow during Wittenberg's 169th Commencement exercises on May 11. Highlights included: educational leader P. Kay Carl '59, Ph.D., being recognized with an honorary degree and sharing some words of wisdom; twins Ashley and Emma Byrd being able to graduate together at Wittenberg despite Ashley graduating from a different school, and tons of applause for Irene Bilal-Engle, the oldest graduate on record at age 78.

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Published April 16, 2019


Twenty-four hours, one celebration, and a long-lasting impact – that’s the opportunity waiting for you on Commit to Witt day. Show your Tiger pride and pass your light on to future students with a gift on Wednesday, April 24.

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Published March 15, 2019

Building Champions

Springfield-area leaders and local media visited Wittenberg’s campus for a special preview tour of the new Health, Wellness and Athletics (HWA) facilities. Scheduled to be fully operational by Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Oct. 24-27, the HWA facilities will elevate Wittenberg’s commitment to student success and community building, and set the standard for excellence in Division III.

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Published February 16, 2019

Provost Named

President Michael L. Frandsen has announced that Michelle Mattson, associate vice president of academic affairs for institutional effectiveness at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, will serve as the institution’s new Provost. Mattson is expected to begin her new role on or before July 1.

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Published January 19, 2019

Vision For Justice

Adam Foss, advocate for criminal justice reform and founder of Prosecutor Impact, will deliver the keynote address “A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System” during the annual Wittenberg Series-sponsored Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Convocation on Monday, Jan. 21.

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