(l. to r.) Randy Nelson '73, Doug Crosby '73,
Robert Lambeth '71, Cliff Culley '73
The R-MC Presidents
Society Reception was held Friday, April 13, 2012 at the home of President
Robert R. and Cheryl Lindgren. More than 200 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and
friends of the college attended the event.
Catherine Coughlin Abbate ’94, National Randolph-Macon Fund Chair,
welcomed guests and introduced President Robert R. Lindgren.
Lindgren thanked guests for their generosity and gave an update on the
projects recently completed and currently underway on campus.
“Your support at leadership levels has made so much of the progress you see on our
campus possible, and I can’t express my gratitude strongly enough,” said Lindgren.
“You set the bar for others to reach for; you are the role models that show the
depth of the loyalty this college engenders; and you are the driving force behind
new construction and renovation, student morale and improved retention, record enrollments
and record annual giving. Thank you for your unwavering and consistent generosity.”
English Professor Bryan A. Giemza, who was recently
named one of 12 recipients of the 2012 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's
“Rising Star"” Award, spoke
to the crowd about his experiences in the liberal arts, his interactions with students,
and the value of encouragement.
The evening was capped off with a performance by the Randolph-Macon College Chamber
Singers, led by Music Professor and Director of
Choral Activities Christopher O. Ryder.
Society was established in 1967 to recognize the value of leadership giving
at Randolph-Macon. Currently, 611 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and
friends are members of the Presidents Society; these members contributed 77% of
the private support given to the college last year by individuals.