The weekend of October 7, 2016, was a red-letter day for Marlboro College, marking the first-ever combined Open House/Family Day/Alumni Days event engaging more than 300 guests on campus. Prospective students and their families, current students and their families, and tried and true alumni enjoyed information sessions, faculty-led seminars, a soccer game and ice cream social, and more. A highlight for President Kevin Quigley was the eager sense of commitment he found among the 143 family members of current students who attended, some of them very new to the college.
“I was so pleased with the turnout at the parent reception after my closing comments at Family Day,” said President Kevin. “It was wonderful to see so many parents eager to engage, and to lend their suggestions of how they can become more involved as ambassadors of the college.”
All of the parents were grateful for the opportunity to learn more about Marlboro, and happy to spread the word to other family friends. Two parents were eager enough to offer their contact information for the college to use as a referral for how much Marlboro has positively impacted their family. One parent even boasted, “I am absolutely in love with Marlboro.”
“It is all too easy to think of ‘giving’ in merely monetary terms, but this kind of family engagement is just as valuable to the college,” said Pete Smith, director of annual giving. “It is a credit to Marlboro, and our students, that it attracts families with these kinds of innovative, community-minded ideas.”
Sponsors Make Weekend Happen
The combined weekend for Marlboro family past, present, and future could not have been possible without the generous support of our corporate sponsors, namely Michael J. DeLaurentis, Esq., Metz Culinary Management, Ingram Construction, the Richards Group, and Howard Printing. For example, Metz was not only there providing delicious food and beverages at every turn (including one lunch for more than 500), they also provided financial support for this crucial event.
“The relationship between the college and dining services represents a pillar of support in all of our efforts, as a community, to ensure the college remains happy, healthy, and vibrant,” said Ben Newcomb, food services manager. “I’m very proud of the culinary team at Marlboro, and also incredibly thankful that the relationship between the college and Metz continues to foster such wonderful programming.”
“Metz is a collaborative company,” said Bill Allman, district manager and director of sustainability for Marlboro’s food service partner. “Our goal has always been to truly integrate Metz into the culture of Marlboro College, and under Ben’s leadership we have been exceedingly successful together.”