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A “Revisited” blog post indicates that I reread the original and used AI-assisted tools (e.g., Grammarly) to improve grammar and word choice.

Methinks that I profess too much.

I used to profess that I had a fragile need for affiliation. But then, I used to believe that one should never use Wikipedia as a resource. Instead, one should rely solely upon scholarly articles like “Towards an integrated measure of need affiliation and agreeableness derived from the operant motive test” (Scheffer et al.) Psychology Science. Vol 49(4),2007, 308-324!” I now assert that there is room for both.

I’ve been thinking a lot about alumni lately and my affiliative need to connect with them. I feel this way because I contact so many of them regularly. I enjoy hearing from them, learning where they are in life, and going to my file cabinet to see if I can find a record of their Carroll past that I can playfully share with them- or their sons and daughters in my classes. Sometimes, they respond by sending me a photo of my appearance when they were students here!

I’ve been having “illuminating” discussions about alumni engagement with Steve Kuhn and Gina Ehler. Perhaps, if you are an alumnus, you have taken Carroll’s alumnus engagement survey. While exploring our institutional web page, I stumbled upon it, looking for a list of Carroll employees who have served Carroll for 25 years or more.

I just put on my “I Thanked PE” button. PE, a man for all seasons, was my father-in-law’s Carroll College classmate and fraternity brother.

I’ve been puzzled (troubled) the past few years about communication and information walls/barriers that I perceive exist between alumni and extant members (especially faculty) of the Carroll community. Though I do not yet bleed orange and blue, nor was I in attendance when Jack Schneider caught the first forward pass at Carroll in 1906, I have been here long enough to wonder if we need a new word to acknowledge other relatively permanent members of the Carroll Community— Aluminators? We need to capture the phrase fugitive!

I invite any members of the Carroll community (past, present, and future—especially alums) to help me decide the worthiness of creating a Ning-like portal to share and celebrate our Carroll experiences collectively.