Winter 2003
Volume 7 Number 2
 

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Alumni/ae Update


The Alumni/ae Association Executive Council began years ago as an advisory board that planned events related to visits throughout the country by our Seminary president. The scope and representation of the council broadened under Dan Thomas, who instituted the election of council members by regional ballots. Now the council represents 12 regions of the country and includes several at-large and non-Presbyterian members.
 

The Reverend Jon Black (Class of 1972) is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and serves as secretary of the Alumni/ae Association Executive Council. He represents Region 5 on the council, which includes western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. If you would like to continue the conversation, please email the Alumni/ae Office at alumni@ptsem.edu.

Today it continues to plan and lead the annual reunion event, but it’s service has also broadened. Members of the council continually serve as “ears,” listening to other alumni/ae speak their hopes and fears, joys and concerns about their seminary. The council listens to students share their experiences on campus and their hopes for ministry. Professors, administrative staff, department leaders, and the president often speak to us concerning their perspectives on the life and work, mission and ministry, of Princeton Seminary.

Listening has often moved us to prayer and to action. For example, the council has helped establish PTS’s childcare program, which is now expanding. Counseling services for seminary students, once a need and concern, are now being offered on campus. Housing for continuing education families, a strengthened spiritual life for students, and enhanced use of online Seminary resources are other areas we have been able to address and strengthen. All of these programs have grown from comments heard from our alums.

The council, then, also serves as a voice. Together, members lend support to the Seminary community with words of appreciation and encouragement. They voice the inquiries raised by other alums. They share words of concern and verbalize hopes for the Seminary’s life. Members of the council invite continued conversation with alums in order to give expression to shared hopes, needs, concerns, and joys. Let there be continued listening and speaking and praying together as we move toward Princeton Seminary’s 200th anniversary celebration.


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