Message from the Alumni Association President

November 2020

Dear Purple Knights,

As I write, they are predicting the first snow of the year and it inevitably brings with it fond memories of campus. Mt. Mansfield’s peak is frosted; winter is on its way. I can remember getting excited for skiing, all the while lamenting the end of the fall, arguably the prettiest time to be on campus. I hope this imagery brings you back to your time at SMC and makes you smile.   

In my role on the Alumni Board I get to visit campus several times a year, and each time it feels as if I’m home. This year, with Covid-19 restrictions and protocols in place, all our meetings are on Zoom. To say it has been hard is an understatement.  I miss that visceral and connection to campus, the chance to walk through the quad, maybe catch a rugby game on the 300’s field, or make an obligatory visit to the campus store.  

We’ve all had to find new ways to connect. Luckily, the Alumni Engagement Center has been hosting virtual events that not only bring us together, but are fun to be a part of! Since September 1st, I’ve been to a virtual Happy Hour, Trivia Knight, Travel & Tourism Panel, Sutherland Lecture, and an amazing First Women of SMC Panel – the BEST Zoom of the year! Good news if you’ve missed them – most events are recorded and are available on the website. So if you are looking to escape for an hour, why not re-connect with St. Mikes? You’ll be glad you did. I promise.  

If you have been looking for a way to engage with St. Mike’s now is a great time. Whether it’s serving on a virtual panel, connecting your class during your reunion year, offering career advice to students and reconnecting with classmates on SMC Connect, there are a multitude of ways to be a part of our cherished community. Email to find out more.


George Bowen ’92
President, SMC Alumni Association