Greetings from Anne Simms Haskins, ’31

The following note was submitted to the Office of Alumnae Relations by the daughter of Anne Egerton Simms Haskins, Class of 1931.  She would have celebrated her 80th Class Reunion this past weekend at Alumnae Reunion Weekend.  Because she was unable to make the trip back to campus she sent this note in her place.  Enjoy!

To My Younger Meredith Sisters on Our Reunion Day,

 I am Anne Egerton Simms Haskins, Class of 1931.  I regret that I cannot be with you today as you celebrate your graduation from Meredith College.  I was a history major during my college days, a Phi member, active in many college activities.  Our class doll was originally dressed in material from my white Class Day dress.

 Meredith was more than my education source, it truly was woven into my life’s fabric.  My mother was a 1904 graduate; my father was on the Board of Trustees; two of my daughters were Meredith graduates; two sisters-in-law along with several nieces graduated from Meredith; and my husband’s architectural firm designed and renovated many of the college buildings. And then of course there are the many wonderful lifetime friendships that all stemmed from my college days.

 For many years, I was my class agent and enjoyed alumnae meetings, but after 80 years now, there is not much news to share.  I may be the only living member of my class.  Fortunately, I am living comfortably at Springmoor in the health center and will celebrate my 100th birthday November 1, if the Lord wills.  I could write my own history textbook.

Enjoy your day today with all of your dear friends. Take good care of your families and remember to seek the Lord’s will at the beginning of every day.

With love,

Anne Haskins, Class of 1931

Photo of the Week!

The Class of 1926 celebrated its Golden Anniversary in 1976 with props and laughter. These students were the first to graduate at “New Meredith,” having started college in 1922 at the original downtown campus. The January 1926 move gave them just a few months on this campus before graduation.

Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2011 is quickly approaching!  On Friday May 13th, we’re expecting to welcome more than 450 angels back to campus for their big weekend.  For more information on Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2011, please click here

All alumnae are invited to attend Reunion Weekend, but those classes ending in a 1 or 6 will be celebrating a special class reunion.  The last day to register over the phone or online is Wednesday May 11th.

Festivities will begin on Friday afternoon at the Class of 1961 and Golden Oaks Society Tea. Members of the Golden Oaks Society are invited to honor the Class of 1961 as they are inducted into the Golden Oaks Society.  Friday evening, alumnae and friends are invited to dance the night away at the cocktail reception located at the Massey House. Saturday will be a full day on campus and include: the Annual Meeting and Alumnae Awards, class luncheon, the alumnae market, afternoon sessions, class meetings and class photos.  Saturday evening was open for individual class activities. On Sunday, alumnae are invited to participate in the worship service followed by a brunch.

Summer Break Memories

As irises bloom up all over campus, the class of 2011 is anxiously awaiting the events of their Commencement Weekend –  Baccalaureate, Class Day, and Commencement are literally just around the corner.  The underclassmen are packing up dorm rooms, signing up for summer school sessions and getting ready for study abroad experiences which will take them all over the world.  The Office of Alumnae Relations is preparing to welcome our alumnae back to campus for Alumnae Reunion Weekend in one short week!  Spring is always one of the most exciting times to be at Meredith College.

Now that final exams are over and summer break is upon us, we would love for you all to tell us about your best summer break experience!  Did you spend six weeks retaking an English 101 class? Have an adventure that shaped who you are today? Travel abroad with Meredith College? Find a new career path through an internship? Share your memories with us here by leaving a comment; we would love to hear all about them!  We will then randomly pick two winners to receive one of our new items from the Alumnae Collection.  Good luck!

Photo of the Week!

On Saturday May 7th, the current Meredith College seniors will celebrate Class Day with their lil sis class.  The tradition will continue as the class of 2013 builds two daisy chains in honor of the class of 2011.  At 4pm the sophomores will march down the steps of McIver amphitheater dressed in white and carrying the two massive daisy chains which will later form the number eleven on the island of the amphitheater.

In this shot from 1960s, the sophomore class (class of 1968) is seen assembling the daisy chain for their big sis class.

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