Message from the Director of Alumni Relations to Alumni and Friends
Published: Saturday, November 26, 2011 10:47:36 PM

It is well known that geese fly in a V formation. As each bird flaps its wings, it gives a lift to the bird immediately following. By flying in this manner, the whole flock adds at least 71 % greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. If a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly returns to the formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates to the wing and another goose takes over the lead. The invisible tie that keeps the skein of geese together teaches wisdom in unity. Similarly, the shared experience of the Exodus transformed the twelve tribes into one indomitable nation of Israel. We too are connected by our similar NCU experiences that strengthen our ties and ultimately free us to join hands, hearts and minds together in the cause for our beloved institution. Our shared experience is the underpinning factor that forges us from a diverse group of disconnected individuals into one united body of alumni.

As we reflect on those experiences that have bound us to our beloved alma mater, let us allow the spirit of service to have free reign in our hearts. Let us band together in building synergies for the advancement of the plans and projections of our university, and not allow space and time to weaken our resolve to bestow the gift of service upon our alma mater. It is therefore incumbent upon every alumnus to determine how he or she desires to be involved in the furtherance and the advancement of NCU.

Homecoming celebrations evoke thoughts of reflection as we reminisce on shared experiences. They also evoke thoughts of projection as we plot the trajectory for future experiences that we will share. Homecoming is about the preservation of rich legacies enjoyed; about giving account on the stewardship of the treasures of knowledge one has been entrusted with. It is about future generations and the legacies that we will pass on to them. 

Northern Caribbean University’s Homecoming 2011 is celebrated this year under the theme, “The Tie That Binds, & Frees for Service.” This tie that irrevocably unites us together is not established by blood, but by hearts and minds joined together: it is not of human making but comes directly from God. As children of our bounteous mother, we are welded and knitted together; sealed in service for the common good of our alma mater. The tie involves love that is uniquely Christian; patterned after Christ’s love that was extended to us by Him who loved us first – a love that does not behave with complacency, indifference and “lukewarmness”. ‘Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.’ (Col 3:14, NASB)

This year we rejoice with all alumni who have come to share the rich blessings we expect to receive, but we celebrate more specifically with the members of the class of 1961 who commemorate their golden anniversary this year, and the class of 1986 their silver anniversary. Additionally we rejoice with members of the class of 1941, 1951, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, and 2011 our newest set of alumni. We salute Miss Roselyn Ward (Rosie Ward) Mesdames Zenobia Davis and Olive Fletcher (Aunt Zen and Aunt Olive), three of the musical giants who served this noble institution unreservedly. Their penchant for heavenly music on earth have them inextricably bound to NCU.

Welcome to the celebrations, welcome to memories, welcome to the meeting of friends and family, welcome home to the place that gave wings to our dreams.

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Susan Long Gordon, MSc

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