15 Young Alums from the Piedmont, from ‘99 to ‘08, gathered on Friday, September 12th for a backyard picnic. Most are currently attending grad school at either Duke or UNC in the areas of law, business, public health, religion, genetics, and more. Festivities included Southern pulled pork barbeque, catching up, and a casual game of pong. Young alum events happen about every six months at this point, but greater club events are more often. Hope to see out at an event soon!
This past Sunday, September 7, we kicked off the interviewing season with a gathering of current and future interviewers as well as Phil Gover, our regional Dartmouth College admissions office representative. There we discussed general as well as regional aspects of the Dartmouth admissions process and alumni interviewing but also took time to socialize with our fellow alumni interviewers.
This activity drew 20 Alumni and their partners. Although it was a little chilly, two foursomes had a good round with Coach Bill Johnson. Others went to the Pinhurst Fair Barn’s Antique Show or otherwise shopped around the area. Dinner at the Thomas’ was enjoyed by all and highlighted by Bill & Izzy’s tales of coaching golf at dartmouth for many years.
Our reception on April 12 was terrific. We had twenty folks. Three admittees came. Fruzsina Molnar is sure that she will attend Dartmouth, Deja Kemp is on the fence with Bowdoin and Wellesley. The third Jordon Holliday is on the fence with UNC and Duke. Our fellow alums and families – Steve Bachman ‘64, Kelly Cavanaugh ‘00, Nancy ‘81 and Rick Sharpless ‘81, Bill ‘66 and Becky Gibson – were engaging, charming and hopefully persuasive. I was present also. On April 19, 2006, three of us met with two more candidates at the Zevely House Restaurant, at the cusp between the old and the future. The old, Hollin Calloway ‘00, Bob Conn ‘61 and I ‘67, sought to move Max Friedman and Mark Nazal into the future. Max, who came accompanied by his two excited parents, has already agreed to give Dartmouth a try. He bubbled over with pleasure as he listened attentively to Hollin’s enlivened and impressive description of life at Camp Dartmouth. Bob and I added smidgens of history to the presentation. Mark Nazal, who came with his mother and his brother, listened attentively and yet remained tentative about the Big Green. He has been accepted at Cornell and Dartmouth and has been wait-listed at all the other Ivies. Both admittees and their families were quite impressed with the shirt deliveries, which they perceived as an effective recruiting tool. They also noted that we were the only institution which bothered to put on a reception for admittees. They were pleased to be receiving so much attention.
Thirty three members of the Dartmouth Club of the Piedmont welcomed Football Coach Buddy Teevens ‘79 to North Carolina for our annual dinner. The dinner was held at the football stadium at Elon University, and after a sumptuous meal, those gathered handled Club business by amending the constitution and re-electing our current officers. Josh Bloom ‘95, a former recruit and player of Coach Teevens, introduced our speaker to the crowd. Coach Teevens then took the podium and talked passionately about Dartmouth football, past, present, and future. He fielded a wide range of questions, and the crowd gave him a hearty round of applause afterward. In addition to the dinner and speech, the Club held a silent auction of Dartmouth memorabilia with all proceeds benefiting our scholarship fund. In attendance for the evening were: Betsy ‘87 and Mark Scalco, George ‘56 and Kitty Robison, Kate Tallmadge ‘40, Margaret Kantlehner ‘81, John ‘58 and Derreth Kavanagh, Ken Lundstrom ‘55, Scott and Joy Rankin ’98s, Nicole ‘97 and Jon Chase, Chris Rhodes ‘97, Alison Pope ‘97, Josh Bloom ‘95, Todd ‘78 and Nancy Hemphill, Bob Conn ‘61, Jack ‘41 and Penny Waring, Tom Andrews ‘60, Dick Whitney ‘56, Ros Whedbee ‘62, Zach ‘ 89 and Apryl Chen, Tom Tiemann ‘70, David ‘67 and Jules Hough, Lucas Nikkel ‘05, Tom ‘56 and Sandy Harper, and Geoff Scott ‘70.