We invited you to share your ideas, stories, and feedback, and you did! We heard from many of you. You told us what you liked and what you didn’t. You reminisced. You gave us ideas for stories. You sent Class Notes. You entered the photo caption contest. You told us about your newly published books. And, much to our delight, you shared surfing stories and photos! You can see them all here.
Shortly after the last issue of the magazine went out, I received a phone call from an alumnus who is the assistant principal of a middle school in the Bronx. After reading the stories on hip-hop and Masta Ace, he was inspired to reach out and ask Ace to come and speak to the kids at his school. An alumni magazine has many roles to play. A couple of its most important roles are to inspire readers and to connect them with their alumni community. This exchange exemplifies both in the best possible way.
Both of these alumni make me proud to be part of this community: a middle school educator who sees and pursues a novel way to inspire his students, and a legendary hip-hop artist who sees the value in that pursuit and is willing to share his time and talent to make it happen.
—Barbara Caron, Editor-in-Chief
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