Hello, St. Stephen’s Alumni–

Another school year is underway on The Hill, and Reunion 2018 was a huge success. It was so wonderful to see so many familiar faces, former classmates, faculty/staff, and your friends back on campus. Whether or not you were able to attend Reunion, I encourage you to attend one of our numerous alumni regional events. Social media is great for keeping up with news, but nothing beats in-person, face-to-face visits to really connect and catch up. To learn more about alumni regional events, click here.

I want to share with you some provocative questions from one of our fellow Spartans. She asked: “What does St. Stephen’s want its alumni to do? What does the school expect of me? What is my ‘highest calling’ as a Spartan?”
Well, the most common answer that I have heard from alumni is, “the school wants me to give money.”

While, financial support is an important and crucial aspect of being a graduate of any institution, supporting a school financially is a small part of a larger picture:
I think the best thing that we can do for St. Stephen’s — and honestly, for those in our families, communities and work places — is to live our lives reflecting the values and ideals we learned at St. Stephen’s. The school’s mission statement is to foster a lasting love of learning and spirit of service so that each of our students lives a life of meaning and enriches the world.

I believe we serve St. Stephen’s best when we take that mission out into the world and keep learning and serving. I believe we serve St. Stephen’s best when we exemplify the core values that embrace spiritual fulfillment, diversity and inclusion, equity, dignity, community, ethics, and stewardship. Live every day as if those values we learned at St. Stephen’s are the driving force behind how we relate, work, volunteer and engage with our community.
There are also numerous ways to get involved in the Spartan community: rally your classmates and bring people together; help facilitate on or off-campus events; or volunteer to be a guest speaker in a classroom. W­­­­­­­­hatever you choose to do, let your Spartan values shine bright.
We are all incredibly fortunate to be part of this community that values the worth, dignity, input and intellect of each member. We learned that while on The Hill, and we should share it with the world after we leave.
Do you want to give back to the school that has given us so much? I hope so. Please support St. Stephen’s financially; it is important to the health of the institution and helps the school remain true to its values. Show the world what it truly means to be a Spartan.

Jennifer Stayton ‘85

Spartan Society Board President
Address: 6500 St. Stephen's Dr., Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 327-1213