by Norm Miller
"The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting." That's how humorist Dave Barry views web-based communiqués.
Barry's comical, lighthearted sentiments about email, for example, hardly reflect Truett-McConnell's commitment to keep alumni informed and encouraged about what God is doing at your alma mater. We have a much different take on that.
Communication, however, is a two-way street. Inasmuch as we are now communicating more regularly with you, we, too, would like to hear routinely from you. If you will tell us what's happening in your life and ministry and church and career, we will pass the good news on to those who care about you -- your fellow alums.
Consider, if you would, this quote by Sidney J. Harris: "The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through."
One of the ways we will know if we are "getting through" to you is when you "get through" to us. So, as your "Alumni Advance" e-newsletter matures, please feed us the information needed to help it grow. And when that information is sent to your peers, then effective communication takes root, grows and begins to blossom.
Let us hear from you.
by Dr. Stacy Hall
Annual giving is an important revenue source for any college. It's an opportunity for alumni and friends to show their support each and every year. It's an opportunity to give back to a college that once invested in them, or an opportunity to invest in another young person's life. Most colleges include this annual funding as part of their budget, relying on the revenue to fund various programs or initiatives on campus.
It's no different at Truett-McConnell College. TMC depends on its generous donors and their annual gifts to help fund student mission trips, student scholarships, academic and building programs, as well as other critical campus needs. A gift to Truett-McConnell is a statement that you support what God is doing on this campus and how the Holy Spirit is alive and well within our students. I have only been working for TMC since January of this year, but I have seen firsthand many examples of students displaying a passion and thirst for our Lord and Savior. It is truly inspirational.
I pray that you consider giving annually to Truett-McConnell. Every alum, any amount, every year, can make a big difference. To donate today, please go to http://www.truett.edu/giving-opportunities/annual-fund.html.
Dr. John YarbroughAs a 1969 graduate of Truett-McConnell College, I have seen many changes in the institution. However, at the heart of this school remains a commitment that always made Truett-McConnell a special place. For many of us, TMC is where we made major life decisions -- discovering who our MASTER is, what our MISSION is, and for many, we discovered our life's MATE. Many of us developed friendships that continue to impact our lives long after we graduated.
God continues to bless Truett-McConnell with an ever-growing number of students and thus, our alumni family is also growing. To enhance the overall alumni network, we are attempting to organize TMC alumni into networks based on generation, location, and profession as well as their relationship to their college. These networks will enable alumni to connect to their past at Truett-McConnell, what is happening on campus now, and be part of the college's future.
We are grateful for our outstanding array of alumni and friends, and for all who desire to reconnect with friends, faculty and their college. We are attempting to facilitate these connections with communication, information and events.
As an alumnus, would you consider assisting your alma mater in five specific ways as we move into the future?
Together, we can be part of connecting and assisting one another as well as our college to continue to be all that God intends us to become.
Feel free to contact our office when we can assist you in way. The next time you are in the North Georgia Mountains, stop by your alumni office for a campus visit. We would like to show you what God is doing at your alma mater.
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by Steve Patton
Please mark your calendar to attend Truett-McConnell College's Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, November 9-10. We have an exciting time planned for you, and I am hoping to meet every one of you.
Also, please click this link that leads to a schedule of upcoming events. Allow me to share some details about a few of them.
TMC's Jazz Ensemble kicks off the first event of our celebration on Friday night, 7-9 p.m. During this time we'll enjoy plenty of fellowship and a few remarks from select people. Afterward, we'll walk to the cross at the hilltop, where we'll sing a couple of songs, and TMC President Dr. Emir Caner will close the evening's festivities in prayer.
On Saturday morning we will offer a continental breakfast in Miller Hall and hold our Alumni Association meeting. From there we will connect alums with each other through group gatherings designated initially by decade of attendance to TMC, and then to the groups you were involved in during school or during your work career. We even plan to have former athletes connect with our coaches, and career ministers of all ages will have a room to gather.
In addition to reflecting on what God has done in the past, and is doing now in your life, we hope you also find some new friends as these group meetings should provide a fulfilling time of fellowship and fun for all.
On Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., we will meet on the front lawn. Dr. Caner will address the crowd, and TMC's Praise Team will rock the stage. Then we'll eat barbequed chicken for lunch followed by the recognition of Outstanding Alumni and Young Alumni.
Additionally, some of our TMC athletes will be on-hand to gives tips and pointers from their respective sports. Some of you golfers may be especially interested in this.
The Lady Bears -- our women's basketball team -- will face Reinhardt College at 2 p.m., followed by a men's game between both schools. At halftime of the men's game, TMC's homecoming king and queen will be announced. After the game, please feel free to have supper at your favorite Cleveland restaurant.
We hope to see you here, Nov. 9-10.