Mary Jo Hibbert Powell ’75
Mary Jo Hibbert Powell ’75 has been volunteering for Lawrence for decades. Having served as class secretary and on Reunion committees, Mary Jo has worked hard to keep her classmates connected with each other and Lawrence. When the new class leadership team model was rolled out last year, Mary Jo was one of the first in her class to jump on board. When she heard that the Class of 1976 had no class leadership team volunteers, she happily filled in.
“Being a part of my class leadership team has allowed me to become better acquainted with the university, my classmates, and current students, faculty and administration. I live in Texas, which is admittedly a long way from Appleton. I once felt somewhat disconnected, but that changed once I started helping plan reunions, raising money for our 40th reunion class gift, and becoming responsible for Legacy Circle solicitations for the Class of ’75. The Alumni and Constituency Engagement (ACE) staff, who works closely with class leadership team members, took the time to discover my special interests and found the perfect Lawrence opportunity for me to support financially. In the early 1970s, there was little opportunity for anything other than ‘academic’ writing at Lawrence. Because the ACE folks knew of my interest in journalism, fiction and non-fiction writing, they got me involved in the prose writing program, a wonderful opportunity for all sorts of writers within the university community under the leadership of David McGlynn of the English department. Being able to support this program financially has made me feel much more connected to Lawrence, and it’s an opportunity I don’t believe I would have had without being a member of the class leadership team.”