In Pursuit of Excellence 

Dartmouth College Recognizes with Deep Appreciation the Extraordinary Achievements of 

Ellen Gomprecht Oppenheim ’79
2019 Treasurer of the Year –  26 Years Out and Older

Ellen, it is our great pleasure to recognize you and your accomplishments as the Class Treasurer of the Year.

Your relentless focus and dedication to the role have been extraordinary and have not gone unnoticed, both by your class Executive Committee and by all of us in the Treasurers’ Association. We are celebrating with you this year, as the Class of 1979 achieved more than 50 percent (51 percent, to be exact) dues participation level!

This did not happen overnight. Over the past few years, not only did you remain diligent with multiple paper-based and electronic outreach mailings, but you were also thoughtful about utilizing a variety of tactics to enhance classmate engagement. You ran multiple dues-related programs, including three-year advance pay discounts, prize drawings, tie-ins with DCF, and monthly thank-you notes to all dues payers. In 2019, you introduced the “Pay It Forward” program for classmates who accidentally paid dues twice, offering them the chance to apply the extra payment toward the class project, toward next year’s dues, or to another classmate who had not paid their dues—a decision that was particularly impactful and engaging.

“After co-chairing a successful 35th Reunion, Ellen answered the call of duty and agreed to become our Class Treasurer,” said Mark Winkler, president of the Class of 1979. “With her unique blend of humor, innovation, and simple stick-to-itiveness, she quietly expanded the total number of classmates paying their class dues. Her success is a direct result both of her deep caring for each one-on-one classmate relationship and of her undying advocacy for the College and the Class of 1979.”

In appreciation for all you have done for your class and for Dartmouth College, it is an honor to present you with the award for the 2019 Class Treasurer of the Year. We can’t wait to see what comes next!