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Hobbs, M. K. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 27, Number 10 (Aug. 1926)

President Byron's first message to alumni,   p. 319

Page 319

August, 1926                                                            
President Byron's First Message to Alumni
  IN this age
  of rapid
  d e v elop-
  ment, an ex-
  ec u ti ve
  pushes a
  button, a
  problem is
  presented, a
minds are
directed to
the Solution
of the vari-
ous phases
thereof, a
wheels are
set in mo.
tion, mass
and success result. Such is accomplished because
of proper organization.
  Our Alumni Association aims to promote the
welfare of our University by encouraging -the in-
terest of each Alumnus in the University as well as
in each other. To accomplish this, there must be
proper organization.
  A vital matter may need a quick response from
you. On short notice the officers of the Univer-
sity or of our Association may wish to address the
twenty-five to two thousand alumni in your com-
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may be passing through your town and would be
pleased to address an alumni group on present
college activities and achievements. Such can be
done successfully only if your community or city
has an active-Alumni Club. The working strength
of the entire Association is to be found in the local
  Each alumnus, therefore, is urged to assist in
organizing a local alumni club if there is none in
his town and to strengthen those in existence.
  It is the intention of the present administration
to work to that- end particularly in the State of
Wisconsin where the clubs, should be in a splendid
position to be of real assistance to the University.
  As alumni of the University of Wisconsin, we
have a splendid opportunity to show our loyalty
in return for the benefits we have derived. We
cannot measure life's values which have come
through the University of Wisconsin. Naturally,
most of-us think first of the education we have re-
ceived as a result of direct study at the University,
which equipped some not only in the direct service
of earning a livelihood, but also in the broadened
understanding of life's relationships and respon-
sibilities in the world about us. Every man, and
sity, knowing of its accomplishments, its prob-
lems, and helping in the solution of those prob-
lems when called upon to do so.
  We are particularly fortunate in securing Mr.
B. E. McCormick as the new General Secretary
of the Alumni Association, a Wisconsin graduate
of experience and especially well qualified to fill
the position with credit to himself, the Association,
and the University. With Mr. McCormick as the
leader in our central organization at Madison, we
may well anticipate ideal cooperation between our
Alumni Association and all persons and groups on
and off the Campus having connection with the
  In brief, let us organize as many new local
alumni clubs as possible, let us increase their
membership and strength, let us regularize that
strength, let us learn the facts concerning our
University, let us emblazon in' high relief through-
out the State and Nation such facts which will be
helpful to the University, let us assist financially
when called upon, and let us be in a position to
lend our combined effort in a manner which will
result to the ultimate benefit of our University.
If we will do these things, the glory of our Alma
Mater will ever grow and never wane.
especially the educated man, who has accepted
the bounty of the state in a university training,
must want to give something of himself back to
his community, state and nation. Among the
benefits of our college course we treasure the
friendships made there. Some of you will recall
the special convocation at which the then Presi-
dent Taft spoke. In his fatherly way, among
other things, he said: "Remember, my boys and
girls, that-all o' the goo things at college are not
*to be.found between the covers of a book." The
friendships which we formed in college and which
we form at reunions grow more real and valued
with time. Probably it is only as an alumnus that
one can truly value the advantages gained and
friendships made at the University. Isn't there a
real thrill when you meet with an alumni group
and hear from the man next to you of some new
achievement of the faculty or student body, recent
changes or news of an old friend? It is natural,
therefore, that an alumnus should be loyal to the
University and be delighted to be of service to -it.
I do not refer only to that loyalty expressed in
singing the Varsity Toast and yelling the Wiscon-
sin Locomotive to help our football team push
over the winning touchdown, or a courageous two-
miler to sprint and nose out a worthy opponent
(I steadfastly believe in such a demonstration),
but I refer also to other matters such as joining
the Alumni Association, giving time and energy
to it, assisting in making its meetings a success,
giving financial aid to the Memorial Union Build-
ing Fund, and to other proper funds when the
,4ugust, 1926

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