Lucy Mackilligin Guffey
罗文G. P. 泰勒
I am honored to be serving as the chair of the 世界十大电子游戏平台 校董会. Having come full circle at this venerable institution – as student (Class of 1976) and parent – I know firsthand the significance of an 世界十大电子游戏平台 education. 现在作为董事会主席, I take great pride in witnessing how our school community continues to persevere and find strength through an enduring mission.
My memories of 世界十大电子游戏平台 go back almost as far as those of my family; and I have both to thank for the lessons of ethics, hard work and service that have guided me throughout my life.
就像我们美丽校园里那棵雄伟的橡树, the principles exemplified by 世界十大电子游戏平台’s 老师 and administrators have been a towering source of strength for me at every stage of my career as a lawyer, 一位母亲和一位志愿者.
早在一年级时，Mrs. Drayton taught us to be prompt, organized and kind – valuable guidance I still take to heart. My sister Hope Bleecker Stucker ’80 followed me four years later. All of us at 世界十大电子游戏平台 were privileged to be surrounded by extraordinary role models – women of integrity who were accomplished, 慷慨的, 并致力于我们的未来.
那就不足为奇了, 作为校友，我们有信心说出来, 那时候经常这样, 作为房间里唯一的女人.
I did a test-run of that experience as an 世界十大电子游戏平台 Senior when I was part of the first class of Leadership Charleston. 我们社区的杰出成员, 比如传奇律师格德尼·豪二世, would meet with the Leadership Charleston class to discuss issues of the day. I would prepare questions for the speakers the night before so that when I stood up to ask a question, 那里的人会记得我说的话.
这次训练对我很有帮助, from the time I interned for the Secretary of the Interior in Washington, 整个法学院, 在查尔斯顿开了自己的诊所, and today in working alongside my female colleagues to get fair resolutions for families.
但这只是世界十大电子游戏平台遗产的一部分. What made the academic and professional rigor meaningful was the sense of purpose that our 老师 and mentors brought to everything we learned and did.
They taught us that service to others is both a responsibility and a privilege.
I look around today and see these values exemplified by so many fellow alumnae and friends – Dr. Doe Jenkins ’76, MUSC neonatologist; Dr. 肯德拉·汉密尔顿，76届, 世界十大电子游戏平台 校董会 and Associate Professor at Presbyterian College; and, 当然, Dr. Anne Weston ’73, eminent education leader and now 世界十大电子游戏平台 校长.
And our alumnae networks are vibrantly alive – evidenced by the tremendous success of our 女校友 Weekend, 在全国各城市举行非正式集会, and the knowledge that an 世界十大电子游戏平台 alumna will always pick up the phone or open her door to you.
训练的传统, values and friendship is why I moved back to Charleston when my daughter Annie Vangilder ’09 turned two – so that she could attend 世界十大电子游戏平台. 这也是我为儿子乔报名参加欧共体的原因.
It’s why I have been humbled over the years to support our civic leaders and nonprofits on behalf of Charleston’s vulnerable seniors and families. 为什么, 和其他癌症幸存者一起, I speak to nursing and medical students to share stories of advocacy and empathy.
为什么, when I had the opportunity to chair the 世界十大电子游戏平台 校董会, I embraced the chance to thank the school that has given me so much and help guide it to a remarkable future.
Our young women graduates are well prepared to lead and will enjoy the same path of meaningful roles that generations of alumnae have experienced.
What does it mean to be an 世界十大电子游戏平台 alumna and lock arms with sisters, 老师, 以及跨越时间的导师? 答案是终身快乐.