ALUMNAE PHOTO COLLECTION

January 16, 2008
By Jane Ellen Ashley

We had a first ever Weekend Reunion of 16 of the "wonderful women of Stephens" who worked in Student Life in the late 70's and early 80's. It is going to be such fun! Some of us have been in touch, some have not done so for years. We all have a strong bond to each other, the fine work that we did together and our dedication to Stephens as she was then and is becoming again. See our group photo below, which will be included in the Spring Edition of “Ideal Connection.”

Row 1: Margie Wade, ‘65-‘82; Cathy Scroggs, ‘76-‘84; Marta Halter, ‘79-‘81; Kathy Davis ‘81-‘85

Row 2: Marilyn White, ‘79-‘94; Connie Beachler, ‘82-‘85; Dianne Reed ‘81-‘99; Susan Komives, ‘78-‘85; Jane Ellen Ashley, ‘70-‘91; Margaret Campbell, ‘74-present; Debbie Kendig Heida, ‘79-‘81

Row 3: Cheryl Boots, ‘77-‘80; Cherie Dupuis, ‘90-‘00; Betty Kuenzel Fuller, ‘79-‘80 and ‘83-‘85

The Reunion began with the idea of Connie Beachler for Susan Komives and Jane Ellen Ashley to spend a "girls' weekend" together in Columbia in the Fall and grew into what was the first ever "Wonderful Women of Stephens Reunion," January 11-13.

The group included women who worked in Student Life at Stephens from 1965 - 1999, some of whom had never met each other previously. Between small group gatherings on Friday evening, a tour of the renovated buildings on campus led by Margaret Campbell, with her usual "splash of panache," lunch at Addisons and our traditional potluck dinner at the home of Cathy Scroggs, we became re/acquainted, shared much love, admiration, joy and humor, some professional networking for those employed in higher ed. today — and fond memories of and admiration for Stephens as she is undergoing her Renaissance. Susan provided a delightful presentation of photos, covering the years that we shared, on her laptop, aided by the work of Ralph Komives. He burned CD copies for each of us. We shared a closing brunch at TK Brothers, where we were joined by Dell Keepers, ‘75-‘83; Mary and Gene Schmidtlein, ‘59-‘93; Irene Alexander, ‘80-‘08; Sue Luger ‘76-‘08; and Bennie Ruth Gilbert as well as some colleagues from Student Life at UMC. We are committed to continuing these reunions in years to come. Quite a testament to each woman, the team of which we were a part and our love of Stephens.

 



Bottom Row (left to right):
Margie Wade, ‘65-‘82; Cathy Scroggs, ‘76-‘84; Marta Halter, ‘79-‘81; Kathy Davis ‘81-‘85

Middle Row (left to right):
Marilyn White, ‘79-‘94; Connie Beachler, ‘82-‘85; Dianne Reed ‘81-‘99; Susan Komives, ‘78-‘85;
Jane Ellen Ashley, ‘70-‘91; Margaret Campbell, ‘74-present; Debbie Kendig Heida, ‘79-‘81

Top Row (left to right):
Cheryl Boots, ‘77-‘80; Cherie Dupuis, ‘90-‘00; Betty Kuenzel Fuller, ‘79-‘80 and ‘83-‘85
Photo ©2008 Jane Ellen Ashley



Kristen Swanson '79 sends word that she has started taking riding lessons, something she has wanted to do for years. Her first exposure to the equestrian world was through Stephens. Below, Kris shares a photo of her first riding lesson ...

Kris Swanson with Cody ... The First Lesson
Photo ©2008 Kristen Swanson

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Photos of Stephens from Vicki Vlach '79 (Page 29)
Reunion 2005 (Page 62) from Stephens Alumnae Office
Reunion 2005 (Page 51) from Frank Sawyer '80
Reunion 2005 (Page 55) from Widdi Henning Turner '84
Reunion 2005 (Page 60) from Linda Podas Chapman '65
Reunion 2005 (Page 61) from Yvonne Chamberlain, '01
Reunion 2006 (Page 87) from Margaret Hitzmann Horn '81

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