IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE
Recognizes with Deep Appreciation
the Extraordinary Achievements of
Kathleen Gold '98
2014 William H. Scherman '34 Award
Class Newsletter Editor of the Year
25 Years Out and Younger
In the past year, you and your co-editor Gabi Sarhos have elevated Beyond the Green, the Class of 1998 newsletter, to a new level. With enthusiasm and commitment, you revamped the layout and design, resulting in a beautiful full-color newsletter that is engaging, informative, and a delight to read--and the focal point of your class's communication strategy going forward.
For the first issue of the year, you introduced a variety of features that would become staples of future editions, including an introduction to your new class officers and a calendar of Dartmouth College and Alumni Club events. You also issued a call-to-action to increase class engagement by listing classmates with missing contact information, and brought to life your recent 15th reunion through words and photos. The January issue showcased updates and photos from classmates, a "name the class" competition, and a story on the Choates, with information on the history and architecture of the buildings as well as classmates' experiences. Finally, in the summer, you enclosed a survey insert to better understand the class's connection to Dartmouth and to seek feedback on selecting a class project.
You graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in anthropology and Native American studies, participating in student life as a DDS student area manager of Home Plate, a French language drill instructor and a TA of the LSA to Lyon, France in the fall of 1998. You also worked on a project with Professor Rassias during your junior year to promote participation in the LSA program. Later, you received your master of education in secondary education and teaching from the University of Phoenix in 2004. You taught at Evergreen Junior High and Sylvan Learning Centers in Salt Lake City before moving back to New England, becoming an adjunct faculty member in composition and later a student success specialist, both at Lyndon State College.
You live in Barton, Vermont, with your husband, Jason Shafer, daughter, Zoe and son, Henry. When not spending time with your family or editing Beyond the Green, you serve as director of advising resources at Lyndon State, providing resources and support for students and faculty advisors throughout the college.
Kate, your creativity, passion, and dedication to your class highlight the best of what a newsletter editor can be. It is with the greatest pride that the Class Newsletter Editors Association honors you with the 2014 Class Newsletter Editor of the Year Award.