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On April 20 the College hosted the first annual Declaration Dinner. Sophomores dined with faculty and alumni of their recently declared major. The event was organized by Evan Tooker ’14, sophomore class president, and Beth Throne ’95, F&M’s associate vice president for student and post-graduate development.

“I feel the event was a great success based on the students and faculty who attended the event as well as the alumni who asked to be invited back next year,” Tooker said.

Tooker and Throne began organizing the event at the end of the fall semester.

“Beth used her background in Career services to reach out to the alumni and I reached out to the faculty and spoke at the faculty meeting to introduce my event,” Tooker said. “We also worked with the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Leadership Council. Johanna Kobularik, Office Administrator for Career services also was incredible helpful in planning this event.”

Tooker emphasized how the event would help students form new connections within the F&M community.

“I wanted the students to walk away with a sense of accomplishment in declaring their major, new relationships with alumni,and better relationships with their professors,” Tooker said.

He also believes that events like the Declaration Dinner are important because they are unique to small schools such as F&M.

“These kinds of events would not be possible at large state schools or other liberal arts college that do not have the resources like Beth Throne,” Tooker said.

“I would just like to thank the students for coming,” Tooker added. “I know how busy students are and how hard it is to commit to an event.”

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