We share an amazing heritage. Defined by the people who surrounded us with selfless service and nurture and sometimes a healthy dose of tough love. Defined by Nebraska winds that bound us together through a form of shared suffering. And refined by a history of so many great moments and some severe disappointments along the way.
Since returning to campus in 2007, I have watched God work in unexpected ways. He has provided unexpected blessings for the college as a whole. More importantly, He has worked in powerful ways in the hearts of young people - through second and third and fourth chances. He is always faithful. For the fall of 2020, with the loss of a big Homecoming event, we decided to roll out the college photo albums and share a series of Throwback Thursdays. It all starts on September 3, and it will wrap up on October 15 with our launch of this year's Day of Giving.
More than memories, I hope the six-week-long collection of pictures reminds you of how valued you were while you were at York College. And how valued you were (and still are) by those who surrounded you. Even when the pictures are from another decade, for me they tell a shared story. Especially in this moment where we are so easily defined by external voices that would divide us, I hope you will be reminded about people who saw great worth in you regardless of the externals.
Last year at our 40th reunion, I think it was apparent to everyone present that there were no outsiders. Everyone was welcome. Everyone had a place. And everyone was valued. For me that collection of people will always include classmates and many more – Dale and Raylene Larsen, Madge and Mabrey Miller, Dottie and Tommy Schulz, the Repparts, Mama T, Jim Brock, the Humphreys, the Bakers, and so many (many) others. It is an amazing heritage.
Homecoming 2020 has morphed into a virtual event, spread out over several weeks. Be looking for announcements about hearing the Concert Choir, watching the fall theatrical production, tuning in to some Panther athletic competitions and more. The class of 1975 is still planning to travel to York and enjoy some time together. You can find out the plans for other reunion years by checking here.
We are here to serve you. Stay in touch, return to campus whenever you can, and please remember your alma mater. You will always be welcome when you return home.