George Williams College spirit remains strong

More than 50 GWC alumni enjoyed Coming Home Weekend in July on the Williams Bay campus, traveling from as far as California and Oregon. Echoing the longstanding GWC emphasis on social and humanitarian service, Saturday’s work sessions addressed the question “What would George Williams do today?” The group shared ideas for strengthening the mission and values with today’s undergraduate students, and enjoyed relaxing on the former site of college camp.

Strengthening the Legacy of Leadership
The morning and afternoon work sessions provided an opportunity for alumni to meet Amir St. Clair, who recently joined AU in the new position of director of servant leadership. St. Clair will play a central role in creating a leadership program that will embody those values George Williams espoused when establishing the YMCA in the later part of the 1880s.

United in Spirit and Song
One sure sign of the strength of GWC friendships was the concert performed by reunited members of the GWC Vocal Ensemble, which Diane Baker ’79 organized. The ensemble, formed in 1973, reprised several favorite hymns and songs. The 90-minute concert was a rousing success and renewed a deep sense of fellowship among alumni. (Be sure to click below to view a video of the concert.)

The Future of Lewis Hall
As part of strengthening the Williams Bay campus for undergraduate students, alumni also took a tour of Lewis Hall, which was built in 1898, and discussed possible uses for the space. The general consensus of the group was to rebuild upper Lewis into a large gymnasium and multi-use space for both the student population and summer conferences. As plans unfold and designs are drawn, information will be shared with GWC alumni.

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View photos and choir concert vidoes submitted by alumnus Paul Atkins ’78 >>