Why I Give: Doug Stuart '04


Douglas P. Stuart ’04Name: Douglas P. Stuart '04
Major: Biology
Home: Philadelphia, Pa.

Profession: Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Haverford College

 

 

When I think about Gettysburg, I think of...
...the campus, the valuable experiences, the traditions, and especially the people who truly made my four years memorable.

Most memorable Gettysburg moment? The first experience that defined many future Gettysburg moments for me was Get-Acquainted Day 1999. I had just eaten food from Servo - better than any other college dining hall's I had visited - and listened in the CUB to the most exciting lecture on fungi I could imagine with Prof. Ralph Cavaliere. I decided then to make my deposit to accept the offer of admission.

When I turned around to get my orange sticker from Gail Sweezey, my tour guide from the previous summer who had amazed my family with her ability to walk backwards and talk quickly, Pia Silverlieb '02, saw my orange sticker and screamed with excitement. She had recognized me and was genuinely excited for me. At that moment I knew that I had made the right decision to attend Gettysburg.

What you do for Gettysburg? Gettysburg Fund donor, class agent, BOLD Council member, and Cupola Society Development Committee member.

Why you do what you do for Gettysburg? Gettysburg is a special place that has never stopped giving me great experiences and friendships, even after graduation. When I meet another Gettysburg grad, I know the type of experiences they had were similar and we invariably have a lot to talk about. I value the opportunities I'm given to share my Gettysburg pride with others, especially in asking others to join me in supporting the Gettysburg Fund each year with a gift that reflects your own pride in the Gettysburg experience.

What is your hope for BOLD? I hope that BOLD can serve as a reminder to all young alumni that Gettysburg College is a life-long connection that we share. Burgians of the Last Decade have more to offer the school and its current students than we often give ourselves credit for, and it's important to recognize that you have a role to play in the life of the College today.

Last time on campus? I was on campus this past February for some BOLD Council meetings, where we accurately predicted Gettysburg's win in the March Mania Challenge. It was a bright, sunny day and Snowball was later that night.

Favorite place on campus as a student? The Science Center opened just in time for me to take advantage of the space as a biology major. I have so many great memories of studying at all hours of the day in the labs, lecture halls, and especially the "fishbowl" rooms on the ground floor.

Your hope for Gettysburg College? My hope for Gettysburg College is simply that more people become familiar with our reputation for "doing great work." I firmly believe that we all have a role to play in making that a reality.

What inspires you to be Gettysburg great? The level of confidence I developed by being constantly reminded by faculty, staff, and other students that I could do anything. That inspires me still today.