No doubt you’ve noticed Ernest Scheller Jr., IM 52, on the cover. His story is of a 60-year relationship with his alma mater that resulted in a transformative gift for Tech.
In this issue, Scheller recounts how he began contributing to the Roll Call annual fund as soon as he was able. Even while living out of state and busy building Silberline Manufacturing Co. into an international business, Scheller stayed close to Tech through his commitment to Roll Call, by participating in events, serving on boards and reading the Alumni Magazine.
That’s the kind of relationship that the Alumni Association is focused on, and relationships are the heart of what we do. We want to forge stronger ties between you and Georgia Tech and between you, fellow alumni and future alumni.
That relationship with Tech—and a dedication to supporting education—is what spurred Scheller to make a $50 million commitment that will allow the College of Management to become a world leader. We’ve subsequently renamed it the Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business at Georgia Tech. Ernie and his wife, Roberta, are good, good people, and we hope you enjoy the article.
As you flip through this issue, you’ll see many opportunities to continue your relationship with Georgia Tech. Click here to read about the Mentor Jackets program, which pairs students with alumni mentors. Even if you live far from Atlanta, you can be a mentor and make a lasting impression on a student’s life.
Click here to read about some leaders of our Alumni Networks and Affinity Groups. These organizations bring Georgia Tech alumni together around the world. Click here to read about the Alumni Travel program, now celebrating its 50th year. The program offers the opportunity to journey around the globe with fellow Ramblin’ Wrecks. Click here to read about the career benefits of volunteering with projects such as TEAM Buzz and student recruiting. And click here to read about all the fun activities we have planned for Homecoming weekend.
We’ve recently concluded the 65th Roll Call, and we’re so grateful for your generous support. As the 66th Roll Call begins, we wanted to take a moment to remind you that your gifts go to support the academic mission of the Institute.
To make a pledge, you can tear out the card included in the print edition of the magazine and mail it back to us, or make a gift online at gtalumni.org/giving. As thanks, you’ll receive all four annual issues of the Alumni Magazine.
We’re grateful that you care enough about Georgia Tech to keep “carrying the flag.” This institution did not get to where we are today without your robust, continuous and determined support. That, my friends, is a most powerful asset, and it has turned Georgia Tech into an economic powerhouse that benefits the state, our country and the world.Joseph P. Irwin, IM 80 President & CEO Georgia Tech Alumni Association