At Central we value our Alumni/ae. You are our best ambassadors. We want to stay connected with you – to know what you are doing and to be a resource for your ministry.
Along with an annual program/reception, there are other opportunities for connecting with old friends and to make new ones:
- Midrash and a Meal – an event held 3-4 times a year that is a variation on the book club idea. Faculty, staff, or other alums choose a book and alums gather to discuss it around a meal. Sometimes these happen on the Shawnee campus, sometimes at other locations.
- Invite-a-Friend Activities – one week each semester you are invited to bring someone you want to introduce to the seminary – prospective students, a new pastor in the area, another colleague or friend. Visitors may attend a class, participate in chapel, share a community meal, or simply tour the campus. Alums help to provide hospitality for this week as well.
- Mealtime opportunities – sometimes spontaneous, sometimes planned – these are simply times for various alumni/ae groups to gather to fellowship around the table
Here is the current Executive Committee of the Alumni/ae Association:
President – Sharon Cantrell
Vice President – Seth Vopat
Secretary/Treasurer – Derek Varney
Midrash and a Meal Coordinator – Tabatha Johnson
CENTRAL Tennessee Representative – Jim Whitaker
CENTRAL Wisconsin Representative – Jackie Colbert
Seminary Alumni/ae Liaison – Robin Sandbothe
Contact Sharon Cantrell @913-909-2126 or Robin Sandbothe @913-667-5708, if you are interested in more information.