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President’s Letter - University of Richmond Alumni Magazine Summer 2010

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The spider is a great mascot, truly unique and memorable. Especially inspiring is the spider’s way of making its place in the world: building intricate, strong, and beautiful webs. No other creature …

The spider is a great mascot, truly unique and memorable. Especially inspiring is the spider’s way of making its place in the world: building intricate, strong, and beautiful webs. No other creature makes such things—marvels of engineering, ingenuity, and determination.

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  • 1. President’s Letter - University of RichmondAlumni Magazine Summer 2010The spider is a great mascot, truly unique and memorable. Especially inspiring is the spider’s way ofmaking its place in the world: building intricate, strong, and beautiful webs. No other creature makessuch things—marvels of engineering, ingenuity, and determination.Richmond Spiders have long been spinning webs ofsupport, connecting our students with alumni, connectingthe past with the future. Alumni volunteers and the webs Points of Pride  Five excellent schools working together inthey spin have a profound impact on Richmond. This is unique collaborationsparticularly important when the job market is so tight.  Eight-to-one student-faculty ratioVolunteers help students and graduates find internships  Students involved in cutting-edge researchand jobs, and there is no greater gift one Spider can offer and engaged in the Richmond community  Perennially ranked among the best values inanother. American higher education  Ranked 30th among best national liberal artsTo continue to expand and strengthen our career colleges by U.S. News & World Reportnetworking web, the University has aligned our Career  Record-breaking number of applicationsDevelopment Center with our Office of Alumni Relations. (8,616) for the Class of 2014  One in five of our first-year students is theThis newly reorganized Office of Alumni and Career first in their families to attend collegeServices will help us leverage the deep commitment of our  58 percent of the Class of 2009 studiedalumni. In collaboration with the University of Richmond abroad  Students from 68 different countries amongAlumni Association, we can engage students early in our 3,000 undergraduateslifelong relationships with fellow Spiders.  Combined grade point average of 3.0 for all Richmond student-athletesWe are grateful to the many alumni who already assist ourstudents and young graduates. David Ong, R’87, directorof corporate recruiting at Maximus, has hired many of our alumni over the years. Another greatexample is Brandt Portugal, ’02, a Citigroup executive who has assisted dozens of Spiders as theyexplore careers in finance. If you would like to follow their lead, visit the UR Career Networkatcdc.richmond.edu/resources/career-network.html.Of course, we need alumni volunteers in many other areas, too—everything from serving on reunioncommittees and planning regional alumni events to interviewing prospective students. Beginning inthe next issue of the alumni magazine, we will highlight alumni volunteers on the “Alumni News”pages. When you spot an opportunity that interests you, visit UROnline.net or call the alumni officeat (800) 480-4774, option 8, or send an e-mail message to alumnioffice@richmond.edu.Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers and let them know thatreinforcements are on the way. In my last column, I asked you to “wear your Spider Pride loudly andproudly”—seizing every opportunity to tell the Richmond story. Now take it another step: Become aSpider volunteer and help spin our web.Sincerely,Edward L. Ayers

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