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Greetings from Jonathan Mathis

Fellow Eagles,
It is hard to believe that this month marks a full year since we adapted our lives and the operations of our university to meet a rapidly changing world suddenly grappling to understand and live with a major pandemic. I am humbled by what we have experienced since March 2020 and grateful for what I see in our future.
President Burwell and the leadership of our great alma mater have led us through dark days to emerge ready for a new beginning. As you'll hear in the coming weeks and months, AU has weathered this storm and remains strong. We will continue to bring together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and global leaders to ensure that our university not only survives but thrives.
As a testament to the strength of our community, AU’s annual Founders Day Challenge met with great success this year. In just 48 hours, more than 1,200 donors came together to provide $567,520 in support to AU students. Thank you for your incredible support and contributions. Like you, I am excited to see how AU continues to thrive as we navigate the realities of today. As a community, the Founders Day Challenge demonstrated the power seen with unity in purpose, philanthropy, equity, and leadership. Your gifts make a profound difference. I cannot express just how grateful I am.
As we look forward to the time when we can gather together again in person, I hope you will enjoy the news in this month's Alumni Update, including nods to AU's most notable alumni, Women's History Month, and a former Alumni Association president’s reflections on Joe Biden's 1988 visit to AU.
- Jonathan Mathis, PhD, Kogod/BSBA ’04