Foundation Updates Board of Education on Alumni Network and Hall of Fame

Education Foundation board chair Courtney Ward-Reichard and executive director Perry Hibner updated the Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 28 on the recently formed Cardinal Alumni Network and a proposal to develop a Hall of Fame to honor distinguished alumni.

Ward-Reichard said a Facebook page and website have been established for the Cardinal Alumni Network. She reported the social media page had received nearly 200 likes in the first couple of weeks.

The Foundation plans to use the network as a way to keep alumni informed about what is happening in the District and also to connect alumni with one another. The website is set up so alumni can post reunion information and class notes and also as a way to individuals to provide contact information to the Foundation.

The Foundation hopes to send out 1-4 newsletters annually to members of the Cardinal Alumni Network, she said.

She noted the Cardinal Alumni Network will hold a Homecoming Celebration on Friday night before the MHS-Madison West football game at Breitenbach Stadium. The 1-hour event begins at 5:45 p.m. and includes photo opportunities with the Cardinal mascot and a performance by the Kromrey band. Temporary Cardinal tattoos will also be available along with free refreshments.

Anyone who signs up for the Cardinal Alumni Network will also receive a free lanyard.

Ward-Reichard also shared information about the makeup of a Hall of Fame. She covered possible members of the selection committee, along with operating guidelines and selection criteria.

Inductees must have demonstrated high levels of achievement in post-high school endeavors, outstanding citizenship or leadership or meritorious contributions to society. Inductees must be at least 28 years old and need not have graduated from a high school in the District but must have attended a District school for at least four semesters.

Hibner has already met with MHS athletic director Bob Joers, who had done some research on a Hall of Fame for athletics. The Foundation’s Hall of Fame would be open to all, including athletes.

“We believe the inductees of the Cardinal Hall of Fame will inspire the current students of the District to pursue excellence in their lives and careers,” she said.

Hibner also reported the Foundation received a $1,000 grant from Madison 4 Kids for the Pheasant Branch Environmental Education Center, which is housed at Kromrey and open to all District students. He expects an official announcement for another grant for $1,000 from a local organization early next week.

The Foundation also had multiple grant applications out with other local, regional and national organizations worth approximately $23,000, he said. All of the funds are earmarked for the Environmental Education Center, he said.