Tiger Tales - September 2021 Issue | Wittenberg University

Tiger Tales - September 2021 Issue

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Published September 11, 2021

Remembering 9/11

Today, Wittenberg is joining the nation in observing the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 with a reading and a moment of silence followed by the tolling of the Myers Bell at 8:46 a.m. – the time when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The bell will toll for five minutes in sync with other bells from area churches around Springfield. Houses of worship around the nation have been encouraged to toll their bells at that time. Learn more here

Weaver Chapel Candles

Homecoming Countdown

We look forward to seeing you back on campus as we welcome alumni and families to celebrate Homecoming, Reunion, and Family Weekend 2021. Check out the schedule of events at wittenberg.edu/homecoming, and plan your weekend now.

Homecoming Video Screenshot

Alumni Achievement Award Winners

Celebrating alumni excellence is one of the many traditions during Wittenberg’s Homecoming, Reunion & Family Weekend set to take place October 8-10. This year, the University’s Alumni Board is excited to honor eight individuals during a special ceremony, Friday, October 8, at the 1929 Field House inside Wittenberg’s newly renovated and expanded Health, Wellness & Athletics Complex.

Alumni Award-Winners Graphic

Special CBS Alumni Society Events

Join the CBS Alumni Society on Saturday, October 9, during Homecoming, Reunion, and Family Weekend for several events.

CBS Alumni Society Business Meeting and Brunch
Learn more about the society, and share your thoughts on how you would like to engage.
Saturday, October 9
10 a.m. - noon
Shouvlin 105

CBS Alumni and Student Tailgate
Relax, mingle, and enjoy tailgate-style lunch at the McClain Center for Diversity.
Saturday, October 9
Noon - 2 p.m.
McClain Center

CBS Student and Alumni Dance
Bring your best masquerade attire to this festive event.
Saturday, October 9
9 p.m.
Gus Geil Lounge, Founders Bar, and Dopplegangers
Lower Level, Benham-Pence Student Center

Welcome to Class of 2025

At nearly 400 new students, Wittenberg’s incoming class is one of the most diverse with about 20 percent of the class hailing from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. More than a third qualify for federal Pell grants, and the University is planning for an increased number of commuter students. The fall semester will see the largest number of graduate students in Wittenberg’s history.

Calling Greater New York Area Alumni!

You are invited to a special campaign event on Tuesday, October 26, with President Mike Frandsen. Find out more information and register here.
NYC Regional Having Light Campaign Event
Tuesday, October 26, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Penn Club, Tarnopol Room, 10th floor
30 West 44th St.
New York, New York 10036

For Delta Tau Delta

Remembering his days as a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity inspired Kyle Barger ’07 to take on the project of remodeling a home at 926 N. Fountain Avenue to be used as the chapter’s new digs. Barger and a group of Wittenberg alumni have been helping to renovate the home, which is the original Delta Tau Delta fraternity house on campus.

Q&A with Erin Hill

Joining the faculty in 2018 as one of Wittenberg’s first professors of practice, Erin Hill teaches courses in adolescent development, English Language Arts (ELA) reading and writing methods, and arts integration. She recently took time to answer questions about the role of a professor of practice and share her thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 on education at all levels.

Investing in this Place, Creatively

It’s natural to attach emotions, events, special people, and meaning to locations. Wittenberg’s newest students congregated for the first time as a class two weeks ago in Pam Evans Smith Arena. Four years from now, many will walk across the stage in Commencement Hollow and gift a marble to the president, like so many graduates before them.

The Class of 2025 will celebrate their golden reunion 54 years from now, possibly in a place on campus that has yet to be constructed. One of Wittenberg’s oldest places has a story of its own: the 1929 Fieldhouse sits on land that David Hawley gave to Wittenberg in exchange for annuity payments, a very creative gift for its time. Maybe you are in a place in your life where planning your charitable gifts – and making gifts without opening your checkbook – makes financial sense for you.

As we enter the final quarter of 2021, if you have questions about making a gift from your IRA Required Minimum Distribution or through appreciated securities like stocks, let us help. Contact us at 937-327-7430 or planned-giving@wittenberg.edu if you or your advisor need more information before making your gift, or if you have a specific gift designation in mind. Your continued support strengthens Wittenberg University, a place that inspires and holds special meaning for so many current and former students.

Virtual Tiger Talk and Coffee Tasting

Experience a taste of Hawaii with Charles Hodson '12 and the Ulu Kona Coffee Team during this special Tiger Talk on October 8 at 2 p.m. EDT. Coffee samples are included with registration, and participants have the option to join online or in-person in 105 Shouvlin during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. Register for this event and more great Homecoming events here.


Gina SchaeferGina Schaefer ’93 and her husband Marc Friedman, owners of A Few Cool Hardware Stores, have found a way to thank their employees – by selling their company to them.

Gina SchaeferDennis Frost ’98 examines the impact that sporting events have had on the perceptions of disability, as well as the promotion of disability policy and rehabilitation techniques, in his latest book.

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