In August, Longwood embarked upon a new academic year with our largest enrollment ever 4000 students and with designs underway for growing, rebuilding and unifying the campus.
That optimism continues but has been tempered by events on September 11. Each of us has been touched by the terrorist attacks in some way. Many of our students have friends and family who work at the Pentagon; some friends worked at the World Trade Center. One of our students, Laura Henry, is spending an honors semester in New York City. She was in the subway close by when the first tower was hit. Laura was stranded in Manhattan for hours but was unharmed. September 11 was her twentieth birthday. Alumna Kaddy Feast '91 saw the towers burning from 5th Avenue and 48th Street and then was evacuated from Rockefeller Center as Manhattan shut down. Kaddy also was unharmed. And finally, we sympathize with the family, friends and colleagues of Longwood alumnus Joe Anchundia '97, who was killed in the World Trade Center.
Each of us now has an altered perception of our nation's future. The country's economy was, and will continue to be, altered by the counterattack on terrorism. But our goals for Longwood have not been altered. We are proceeding with designs for rebuilding Grainger Hall and the Ruffner complex as well as for converting Pine Street to Brock Commons. I anticipate that, within two years, the Longwood campus will be transformed.
In addition to providing gathering spaces and improved facilities, we want to give our students scholarships and expanded programs and more of the most talented faculty we can find.
Thanks to support from alumni and friends, Longwood is advancing toward these goals. Fiscal year 2001, which ended on June 30, was the most successful fundraising year in the history of the college, with over $6 million in gifts from 7,490 donors. I am proud to say that, at Longwood, 29 percent of our alumni are annual donors compared to 19 percent at similar institutions. The Rotunda Fund, at the beginning of November 2001, had reached $388,221. As I have said before, our students become donors because we are a "name-brand" institution and our alumni support our goals and aspirations we give them a reason to give.
Longwood magazine gives you a closer look at some of our programs, students, faculty and alumni. Features in this issue on alumnae Helen Cody Wright '38, Patricia Stewart '41 and Kathleen Ranson '36 reveal lives of character and leadership. Our School of Education and Human Services and Dr. David Smith as dean are recognized as national players in issues of education and teacher preparation. Our students in internships and practica make Longwood proud. I take heart from what I see exemplified here dedication and excellence. I hope the magazine conveys some of this encouragement to you.
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Patricia P. Cormier