From the EAC President
Dear Fellow Alumni,
When I was at Duke, I always enjoyed the spring semester the most. Finally shaking off the dreary, cold of winter, the Gardens and the entire campus turned a lush green and burst with the vibrant color of millions of blooming flowers; Duke basketball would be in full swing culminating in March Madness; and, each year around Mother’s Day, a new batch of graduates would step forth into the “real” world beyond the walls of this Gothic Wonderland. It was an exciting time, full of growth, new life, and new opportunity.
This past spring semester has been no different, and has been an especially exciting time for the Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) and the Pratt School of Engineering. In January, the entire Pratt community welcomed our new dean, Ravi Bellamkonda, who will officially join Pratt on August 1st. In April, the EAA hosted its annual alumni banquet and honored three outstanding alumni who have contributed so much to Duke, Pratt, and their entire communities. And, in May, 263 newly minted Pratt Engineers officially joined the ranks of the EAA as the Class of 2016. (Including fall degrees and graduate students, the Pratt Class of 2016 totals 671 students.)
As I sit here writing this, the end of spring is fast approaching, but the newness and excitement will not end. The Engineering Alumni Committee has made great strides in better serving the Pratt community and will continue to do so:
- We have improved our communication to the entire EAA over the past several years with an enhanced presence on social media, and most recently, a newsletter. And since communication is a 2-way street, we will start sending out short surveys and provide feedback tools so that you can tell us what you want and how we can better serve you. We’d love to hear from you!
- We are exploring options on how to better engage Pratt alumni, whether it is through social events or volunteer opportunities, so keep an eye out for these in the near future.
- We are pursuing additional opportunities for funding the extracurricular student projects as they continue to grow in number and complexity. In the meantime, you can do your part by paying your EAA dues today!
- We remain committed to what have historically been our core areas of focus: extracurricular student projects, annual alumni awards, and alumni awareness/engagement… but are growing them and making them better.
There are lots of new and exciting things happening with the EAA, but just like the spring semester, some great things must also come to an end. In school, it was moving out of your dorm room and saying goodbye to friends for the summer. For the EAC, it is the tenure of Dixie Wells as President. Dixie will stay on the Council to help see through some of the exciting, new initiatives she helped to start. Thank you Dixie for your service and commitment to making the EAA better, and we are committed to continuing the good work you started.
Mike Wesley E’97, X’98, B’12
Engineering Alumni Council