|ALUMNI ACTIVITIES Winter 2002|
John Gianoulakis, A.B. '60, chair of the Alumni Board of Governors for 2002-2003, is looking forward to greater alumni participation this year than ever before.
"We want all alumni to continue to benefit from their connection with Washington University," says Gianoulakis. "Of course, many activities appeal to alumni in the St. Louis area, but you can participate regardless of where you live. Whether you meet visiting faculty and fellow alumni through your local Washington University Club, or volunteer for the Alumni and Parents Admission Program or the National Councils, you can stay in touch while making an important contribution. And, of course, Reunion is always a wonderful opportunity for graduates from all over the United States and abroad to reconnect with the University and each other."
Online services available at the University's Web site, alumni.wustl.edu, make it easy for alumni everywhere to stay in touch. Valuable resources include the online Alumni Directory and "Career Connections," a network linking knowledgeable alumni from all schools on the Hilltop Campus. You will find the most up-to-date information on Reunion, alumni events around the country, the Alumni Travel Program, and more. You can even make your Annual Fund gift on the secure Web site.
Gianoulakis remembers when alumni activities were strictly local. "When I was an undergraduate, Washington University was still a commuter school," he says. "About 80 percent of the students lived in St. Louis and commuted to campus. That began to change during my last two years with the opening of residential facilities on the South 40, and today, the reverse is truenearly 90 percent of undergraduates come from outside Missouri. A strong sense of community is one of the University's great strengths, and maintaining that connection after graduation is one of the most important roles of the Alumni Board of Governors."
Gianoulakis points out that strong alumni participation in the Annual Fund is one of the significant factors in Washington University's growing reputation among the nation's leading teaching and research institutions and is essential for attracting major support from corporations and foundations. "This year, we are making it a priority to increase alumni giving across the board," he says. "We held steady last year at 31 percent participation, but we must reach 35 percent by June 30, 2004, and maintain it for a year to meet the $1 million McDonnell Participation Challenge."
Gianoulakis doesn't just talk about giving something back. A former scholarship recipient, he has made an annual gift to Washington University ever since he graduated and today sponsors a student scholarship in Arts & Sciences. "When I entered the University in 1956, tuition was $650 per year, and I received a one-half scholarship," he says. "By the time I graduated, tuition was $900 a year, and my scholarship had increased to 80 percent. Without that support I could not have attended college here or at any other university. Today, scholarship funds are more necessary than ever to allow many students to meet the costs of a fine education and benefit from the kinds of opportunities we had."
A 1963 graduate of Harvard Law School, Gianoulakis is a founding partner in the St. Louis law firm of Kohn, Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum LLP and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has always had a strong commitment to education. He served on the University City School Board from 1970 to 1976, including three years as president, and from 1983 to 1999 he was negotiator and then a lead attorney for the St. Louis County school districts in the interdistrict desegregation case. He has been president and board member of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and is one of three general counsels for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri.
Gianoulakis has been an active volunteer for Washington University as well. In addition to his work with the Alumni Board of Governors, he just completed a two-year term as Annual Fund chair for Arts & Sciences. He also served on the Campaign, Scholarship, and Capital Resources committees for Arts & Sciences and chaired his 40th Reunion class. In 2000 he received the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.
"There have been a lot of changes at Washington University since I was a political science major," says Gianoulakis. "I was fortunate to have an exceptional group of professors, including Tom Eliot, who later became chancellor; my adviser, Merle Kling, who became dean of the college and provost; the late Bill Chambers, who became chair of the history department; and Bob Salisbury, who went on to chair the political science department for many years. All were wonderful teachers who went out of their way to help and guide their students."
He continues: "Every one of us received support to complete our education, whether we received scholarship aid or not. As alumni, we have an obligation to give time and resources back to the community where we live and to Washington University. I hope every alum will join me in supporting the University and making it a vital part of their lives."
Alumni Board of Governors Executive Committee 2002-2003
The Alumni Board of Governors oversees events executed by Washington University volunteers around the world. The board advises the University about activities and programs for all alumni.
John L. Gianoulakis, A.B. '60, Chair
150.wustl.edu Keep your eye on the Sesquicentennial Web site as plans get under way for the celebration that kicks off September 14-20, 2003. Meanwhile, share your special memories of Washington University with fellow alumni. Send your letters to: Alumni Relations, Washington University, Campus Box 1210, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130, or e-mail: 150thAlumni@wustl.edu.
Welcoming the Class of 2006
The Alumni Board of Governors presented two special events in honor of "Freshman Move-in Day" on August 22, 2002:
Freshman Welcome Tent: More than 60 alumni turned out to welcome the newest Bears to campus. The record number of volunteers served sno-cones, cookies, and bottled water to freshmen and their families, answered questions, and helped the new students feel right at home. The festivities were held under the "Welcome Tent" on the South 40.