Alumni Board Q&A

Suzanne Hewes

Suzanne Hewes '91, Chair

Why do you serve on the Alumni Board?
I serve on the Alumni Board because I love Washington College. My service to Washington College began freshman year, as class treasurer. Our graduation year I was asked to serve as class representative, which has never stopped. I helped to lay the ground work for the Alliance/Affinity organizations. I’ve always helped out the admissions office in one capacity or another, as tour guide, prospect host, College Fair representative, and now with the Watershed Program. With the multiple times I have served on the Alumni Board, it has enveloped those previous positions, plus the Nominations Committee and representative to the Board of Visitors and Governors. Now as I take the role of Alumni Board chair, I am extremely honored and humbled. I do not take this responsibility lightly, especially during the multiple challenges for our world and our alma mater. I will do my very best to lead by example. I ask our alumni to do what they can to share with Washington College of their time, talent, and treasures.   

What do you miss most from your College years?  
I miss being surrounded by my friends on a regular basis.

What advice would you give an incoming freshman at WC?
To make the most of your College years, to take advantage of all opportunities, because you never know where they may lead you in the future.

Rob Billings
Rob Billings '14

Why do you serve on the Alumni Board?
To ensure the next generation of WAC students has the same quality of education that we alumni enjoyed.

What can other alumni do to help WC?
Beyond giving back and volunteering, we should be mentoring recent graduates as they navigate life after college, especially in today’s uncertain job market.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
The boathouse.

What is your most memorable culinary experience in Chestertown?
The Lemon Leaf; it is a shame it is no longer downtown.

WAC or WC?
I do prefer WC because it reflects our heritage as the first institution of higher education to be granted the right to bear the name of George Washington.

Gus the Goose or classic Shoremen/Shorewomen?
Having grown up on the Eastern Shore, I have a natural affinity toward the classic Shoremen/Shorewomen.

Fire Lane or Cater Walk?
Cater Walk.

What do you miss most from your College years?
After rowing practice, we would “take over” a section of the dining hall and have dinner as a team. I miss the team dinners and camaraderie that accompanied it.

Rob Page and friends
Rob Page '01

Why do you serve on the Alumni Board?
Our time can often be just as valuable or even more valuable than our treasure to a cause or organization. Washington College played an important role in who I am today. I guess you could say this is just one way I say “thank you.”

What are you most proud of in your service on the Alumni Board?
Seeing the Alumni Affinity/Alliance program grow to include so many of the things that make Washington College a place to be you and get involved. Our recent work to become more involved in student life as well as admissions, like the Watershed Program, has the potential to really reconnect alumni with the College.

What can other alumni do to help WC?
Be brand ambassadors, use your networks (like social channels) to promote the College in your own way. Get involved with our affinity groups. Create a profile on GeorgeConnX and network with current students and alumni.

What is one thing you wish you could change at the College?
The pace at which the College reacts to emerging opportunities and challenges. The higher education landscape has changed dramatically in the past several years, and keeping up with technology, communication, and other aspects of how people learn and interact can be a daunting task.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
The Quad.

WAC or WC?
WAC.

Fire Lane or Cater Walk?
Fire Lane.

What do you miss most from your College years?
The people. Friends, professors, coaches, administrators, and staff, like Housekeeping and Public Safety. You really got to know people, sometimes too well, and I miss that community.

What advice would you give an incoming freshman at WC?
Get involved. There is so much more that Washington College and the surrounding community have to offer beyond academics. Find a club, join a Greek organization, learn to sail. If at the end of your four years(ish), all you have to show for it is a diploma, you’ve missed a big part of the journey.

What is the weirdest place you've run into a fellow WC grad or spotted a WC logo?
Charlotte Amelia Airport, St. Thomas, USVI.  Also, Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware … on May Day, no less.