Scott Watkins, seated, is working with
Corsicana Education Foundation executive director Rob Ludwig to put an
alumni association directory together. The two are hoping former
Corsicana High School students will provide information about
themselves and their classmates. Daily Sun photo/SCOTT HONEA
1/20/2004 Keeping In
Touch: CISD alumni directory in the works
By JOAN SHERROUSE/Daily Sun Staff
Do it for old times sake.
The Corsicana Education Foundation is looking for
district graduates who would like to keep up with current happenings at their
old alma mater.
"We want to generate and basically distribute resources
back to CISD," said alumni association chairman Scott Watkins. "As one of the
methods of doing that, we've decided to develop an alumni data base."
E-mail technology and the Internet have made networking
around the world a walk in the park, and Foundation officials are hoping
Corsicana High School grads will take the opportunity to get their names in the
Watkins said a Florida-based company will ultimately
produce a directory -- a hard-bound book and a Web site -- based on data he and
fellow committee members gather in the months to come. Foundation executive
director Rob Ludwig added that the company does not charge for this part of it's
service, rather it depends on other sources of revenue.
The Foundation is looking for names and current contact
data in order to compile class rosters which will ultimately be available on the
Web and in book form.
"I've gone back, and I have a list of all the class
officers back to 1957," Watkins said. "Hopefully, they have compiled reunion
lists and kept up with each individual class."
The fledgling alumni association is interested in
locating graduates of both CHS and Jackson High School, and as it develops more
fully, core members are hoping the directory will be a multi-purpose resource.
Not only will the association give alumni a chance to
find long-lost school buddies, organizers see it as an opportunity for grads to
find out what is going on in the district now.
In addition, Ludwig said it is likely there are many
ex-students who are not familiar with the Education Foundation's mission or its
work. He said some may want to help out, either financially or in other ways,
and the association will provide that opportunity.
"As we contact alumni ... I think they would be willing
to help (by giving) talent, they would be willing to help financially and any
way they can, but they just don't know about (the Foundation) yet," Watkins
The directory itself will include an introduction to
both high schools along with photos and some old stories that will be of
interest to ex-students.
Ludwig added that the alumni committee is hoping people
will not only respond on their own behalf, but will be able to fill in the
blanks where some of their classmates are concerned.
Anyone with information can contact Watkins at (903)
874-6587 or Ludwig at (903) 874-7441. Their e-mail addresses are:
[email protected] and