Dear Knowlton School Graduate,

I wish I could have met you face-to-face at the Spring 2017 Commencement celebration in Knowlton Hall last month. I know Alumni Society Board Member Tim Schmalenberger (BSLA '80) was pleased to be there to welcome you all on our behalf, as you moved your tassel from right to left and joined the ranks of proud Knowlton Alumni.

As the current President of the Knowlton School Alumni Society—one of 45 Ohio State University alumni societies—I'm writing to underscore the fact that, as a school alumnus, you are already a member of the Society. Membership is free for all alumni, and being an active member of the society is a terrific way to leverage the Society's extensive national and international network of alumni as you pursue your career—whether it be in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, other related professions, or as you continue your education.

The Knowlton School Alumni Society, the OSU Alumni Association, and the Knowlton School all host events and activities both here in Central Ohio and across the nation, which you are invited to take part in. The following are a few examples of the kinds of events and initiatives that have taken place in recent years:

  • The annual Knowlton School Alumni Society Summer Picnic, for alumni and their families: This year, the 4th Annual Summer Picnic will take place on Saturday, July 15 from 6-9 p.m. at the Goodale Park Shelter House in Columbus, Ohio;
  • Alumni receptions every year at each of the three professional association conventions. In the past few years, the Knowlton School has hosted these events in Orlando, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Phoenix and Atlanta, and we're already planning for next year's events in Los Angeles (ASLA), New Orleans (APA), and New York City (AIA);
  • Coast-to-Coast Happy Hours scheduled in a rotating selection of cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, Columbus, Chicago and Washington, DC;
  • Joint Association Happy Hours in Columbus: Co-sponsored by OCASLA, AIA Columbus, APA Ohio Chapter, ULI Columbus, the Knowlton School Alumni Society and several other professional organizations. Joint Association Happy Hours are held at various venues in the Columbus metro area, and are invaluable opportunities to extend your professional network;
  • Knowlton School Alumni Homecoming Reunion: Each year, the Knowlton School hosts a reunion breakfast preceding the OSU Homecoming game. The event is held on the Knowlton Hall Ruscilli Terrace, directly across the street from Ohio Stadium; there isn't a better spot on campus to take in the pre-game spectacle of an Ohio State football game;
  • Some of you may have taken advantage of the Knowlton School Mentor Program: The program is a collaborative effort of the School and the Alumni Society, each year involving roughly 100 student mentees and 100 alumni mentors. If you are an alumnus working as a professional architect, landscape architect or planner, you can now be involved in the program as a mentor, helping current Knowlton School students prepare for their future careers.

I could on, but I hope the above listing gives you some sense of the rich set of opportunities that exist for Knowlton School alumni to remain connected with the on-going life of the school, and to become connected to a community of 8,000+ Knowlton School alumni through the Alumni Society.

I do want to take another moment, however, to invite you to register for this summer's Knowlton School Alumni Society Summer Picnic! Enjoy BBQ from City Barbeque, cupcakes from Lulu's Cupcake Bar, a raffle and special appearances by TBDBITL Alumni Band and Brutus! Register today by clicking the button below and spread the word to fellow Knowlton Alumni!

You will also receive the Knowlton School Alumni e-newsletter, which includes alumni news, highlights from Knowlton Hall, and a complete listing of upcoming alumni events. Please make sure to update your contact information with the Knowlton School via their online form; it's the only way to ensure that you'll stay abreast of what's happening in the School and with the Alumni Society.

Congratulations on your recent graduation from Ohio State and the Knowlton School! I look forward to seeing you at future alumni events.

Best regards,

Bhakti Bania, MArch '01
President, Knowlton School Alumni Society