The McKendrean: Official Magazine of McKendree University - Winter 2022

From the Alumni Director

Dear Alumni,

I hope that all of you are healthy and staying safe as we have entered this new year. As the newly-appointed Director of Alumni Relations, I want to highlight a few events that the Office of Alumni Relations has successfully sponsored this academic year and update you on future events that might be of interest to you.

The 2021 Homecoming Weekend was an overwhelming success, and we were gratified to see the number of alumni and their guests attend the on-campus events. The actionpacked weekend hosted several events such as the Golden Anniversary Reunion, Homecoming Parade, Bearcat Tailgate and the annual Alumni Awards, to name a few. Our office was inspired, as well as grateful, to see so many alumni “reunited” once again.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us in deeply personal ways; however, the Alumni office continues its mission to connect, engage and involve our alumni in activities that will strengthen their bond with McKendree University. We have resumed our Purple Friday engagement program. I visited a number of employers that employ many McKendree alumni. It has been a great opportunity to connect with various alumni in different career fields to bring them McKendree swag and other goodies.

In this new year, the Office of Alumni Relations will continue to bring new and exciting alumni events, including Hamilton at the Fabulous Fox Theater, Spring Training with the Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida and a host of other events. Please be sure to follow McKendree Alumni on social media, the McKendree University website and the Bearcat Buzz for more detailed information.

I look forward to seeing you on campus very soon.

Thank you,

Brandi Brown-Harris, M.A. ’10