Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Beat the Winter Doldrums

It would be so easy to give into the urge to hibernate from the time the Christmas lights come down until the first robin sighting in the spring. I’m envisioning a warm spot next to the fire with a blanket and good book/movie or handicraft project. See you in April!

Fortunately or unfortunately – however you look at it – we humans are social beings. From the time we are born we crave interaction with others. Hibernating through the winter really isn’t an option for a healthy psyche. And while virtual relationships are good, there is just something about face-to-face interactions that cannot be duplicated.

Enter Bluffton’s alumni relations staff. Several mid-winter events are planned to pull you out of the winter doldrums.

Alumni basketball games are planned for the men’s and women’s teams. You must be a former player to play in the alumni game. But anybody can come, watch, cheer, visit. And if you are a former player, you don’t have to play. Feel free to just come and reconnect.
Athletics Hall of Fame induction banquet will honor Al Beitler ’76, Kimberly (Spiegel ’93) Mutchler, Emil Knorr ’57 and the 1967 baseball team on Saturday, Jan. 23. Inductees will be introduced at approximately 2 p.m. between the men’s and women’s basketball games vs. Transylvania. Come and visit there, or make plans to attend the induction banquet which begins at 6 p.m. (For tickets contact the box office at 419-358-3239 or boxoffice@bluffton.edu .)

An OMEA breakfast will be held at the Ohio Music Educators Association conference in Cincinnati on Friday, Jan. 29. If you’ll be there anyway, meet up with fellow alumni to start the day off right.

Alumnae R&R, a day to kick back and visit, is being organized by the Women’s Council for Saturday, March 6.

By then, dare we hope, that the first robin of spring will be outside our window with crocuses starting to peek through the snow?

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