In the Jan. 11 Lawrentian, we printed a letter to the Development Office which we received as a carbon copy. We failed to check with the Development Office or Alumni Relations to see whether they had already taken action on Mr. Duncan’s letter, an oversight on our part. Jan Quinlan of Alumni Relations has granted us permission to print her reply to Mr. Duncan and his to her. The two exchanges, dated Jan. 3 and Jan. 4 are as follows:
Jan. 3, 2002
Your letter dated 12/27/01 just crossed my desk. I wanted you to know that we are taking action to meet your requests:
1. We have now taken you off of Lawrence’s solicitation lists. We are sorry to learn that you do not want to contribute money to Lawrence at this time. Please let us know if you want to be reinstated at any time in the future.
2. I have forwarded a copy of your letter to the Career Center and to the Art Department. Contrary to what you indicate in your letter, Lawrence alumni contribute actively to the college in many ways other than financial. We do appreciate your offer to help with career counseling & will add your name to the database of willing alumni.
For your knowledge, the alumni relations office is responsible for keeping alumni connected with Lawrence—with no strings attached to their financial donations. We hope that you will find a useful niche in the greater Lawrence community—a way to stay connected to your alma mater. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.
Director of Alumni Relations
And Mr. Duncan’s reply:
Jan 4, 2002
Thanks so very much for your warm response to my harsh, wintry letter. I have sent a response with a few questions along to Erin Stahowiak ’94, whose name and email I found as a member of the Alumni Programs Committee on LU’s website. I thought I might correspond with a member of my own class and figure out what’s going on via her. If this is not appropriate, please let me know. The letter to her follows my note to you. I appreciate your warm, quick response to my concerns, and I look forward to further correspondence with you or Erin, as you see fit.