Thanks to Caitlin Costello (CHES Class of 2011), The Fashion Archive will be adding some special designer fashions to its collection. Caitlin runs a personal wardrobe styling business in NYC. Through the generosity of clients of her company Affiner, Caitlin has secured the donation of a number of exquisite garments for her alma mater. This contribution will add to the growing contemporary designer section of our collection. How wonderful – a red Valentino dress – seems fitting & appropriate, don’t you think!
HES held its 5th Annual Scholarship Donor Dinner on February 7th at the Child Development Research Center. Each year this event has grown and we were thrilled to welcome over 110 guests this time to celebrate our HES scholarship donors and their recipients. We recognized some scholarships for the very first time along with others that have been in place for many years, and which continue to grow and prosper. President and Mrs. Bell joined us for this special evening that brought together some of our longstanding HES supporters and our students. After a brief introduction from Dean Boschung, President Bell spoke a word of welcome and thanked donors for their investment in the future of our students. Ms. Vicki Peeples, our Assistant Dean, offered the invocation which was followed by a delicious meal.
After dinner, Dean Boschung continued the program by recognizing our leadership team, the HES Leadership Board, and our retired faculty. She spoke about the significance of our donors' philanthropy in the lives of our students and the importance of "paying it forward". Kaitlyn Jacoby, a current child life major, then gave an emotional address on behalf of all the recipients about the impact scholarships have on young lives. Amy Baker-Parton, our development officer, gave a brief overview of each scholarship and a heartfelt thanks to all those who make them possible.
Dean Boschung then closed out the program with the words of Dr. George Denny, former President of the University of Alabama, "This university is your university. Its single ambition is to serve. Give it your loyalty, your support, and your benediction. Give it a chance to serve with ever-increasing energy and power. Alabama will inevitably be judged in the eyes of mankind by its University rather than its factories and furnaces. From this historic spot will radiate, ever more and more, the impulse and inspiration that will distinguish us as a people who live not by bread alone—as a people who reckon the things of the mind and the things of the spirit as of importance in the balance sheet of a nation."