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Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 12, Number 3 (Dec. 1910)

Pease, Lynn S.
What can the alumni do?,   pp. [112]-116


Page 114


           WHAT CAN THE ALUMNI DO?
                      By LYNN S. PEASE, '86
Address at the Annual Banquet of the Alumni Teachers' Club, November 24,
1910
work. of reorganiz-
  the Alumni Asso-
tion  is progressing
rapidly as can rea-
iably  be  expected.
e enthusiasm of the
           alumni  is  increasing
every day and the belief is rapidly
growing that the alumni can ren-
der most valuable assistance to the
university, that there should be no
delay, and the alumni must do
their full duty and undertake and
accomplish the great work which
we are now beginning to see lies
in front of them.
  The membership in our associa-
tion has now passed the 2,000 mark
and it is growing every day. The
visiting and other committees are
rapidly  organizing  their  work.
Plans are being formulated for re-
unions next June of all the classes
whose years end in 1 or 6. TuE
ALuMNI 1MAGAZINE is winning com-
mendation   from  every  quarter.
You will soon hear from the com-
mittee  on  permanent   secretary.
The executive committee of the as-
sociation has held two sessions at
Madison and the third session will
be held there on December 6th, and
plans are now being formulated
for a grand reunion of all alumni
for  Commencement    Week    next
June. According to present indi-
cations, the attendance will exceed
2,000 alumni.
  Work is progressing along num-
erous other lines which I must not
take time to enumerate.
  But, alumni reunions, dances,
dinners and other such enjoyable
events, the maintenance of TiHE
ALUMNI MAGAZINE, and the work
of the visiting committees are in
the final analysis simply parts of
the necessary machinery in the
great work to be undertaken and
accomplished by the Alumni As-
sociation. The machinery will be
worthless as an aid to the univer-
sity unless it helps to secure indi-
vidual work by each and every
alumnus.
  The University of Wisconsin is
a wonderful institution. I doubt
if any of us really comprehend the
magnitude of its work. It was
casually stated at a late meeting of
alumni that the college of agricul-
ture had added ten million dollars
a year to the income of the state
from its corn fields.
  Now, let us add a few million
dollars more per year increased -in-.
come to the state from the Bab-
cock tester. Then drop in a few
million dollars more to the account
of oats and barley. Just to make
good measure throw in a million or
two more on account of blooded
stock. And even then we have
touched only a small portion of
the results of the work of only one


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