From the Arbor | News for July & August from Jerry Weakley


Greetings from Baldwin City, Kansas.

I am pleased to report that the 33 members of the Wandering Wildcats who traveled recently to Alaska all returned home safe and sound. The group enjoyed a practically flawless adventure with planes that for the most part flew according to their schedule, trains that ran on schedule, great hotel accommodations, fabulous Princess service by talented young employees, amazing shore excursions and, of course, the incredible beauty of the flora and fauna of our 49th state. The weather, unlike what we are experiencing here now, was fabulous. The temperature in Fairbanks when we arrived was 80 degrees with sunny blue skies. We experienced only two days of cool misty weather (what we had been led to believe we would experience), and one of those days occurred while we were on the train and the other while on the ship.

The day that we spent at the Hubbard Glacier was nothing less than a one-in-a-million day with flat seas, blue skies and calm winds. All in all, everyone agreed it was a fabulous trip and many new friendships among the group were formulated. The group picture was taken during the last formal night on the ship and proves that Baker folk can clean up pretty well.

As we await the arrival of students in the following few days here on the Baldwin City campus, I am continuing to think of the loss of our Phi Mu chapter. As you undoubtedly know, the national Phi Mu sorority chose to close Baker’s Zeta Alpha chapter as of May 22. It will be sad not to have the members of Phi Mu this year (and perhaps not for three or four more years at minimum) involved in activities on this campus. It is the administration’s most fervent desire that over the course of these next few years the national Phi Mu sorority will choose to recolonize here at Baker somewhere down the road. There is an open letter from the Zeta Alpha chapter of Phi Mu alumnae inside this month’s issue that I hope you will take time to read.

Access the current issue of the Arbor. I hope you will find something in it that will inform, entertain or further engage you with our University. There are lots of opportunities to respond . . . and I hope you will.

Jerry Weakley, 1970/MBA 1992

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