Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

Alumni Encounters: Fall 2013 — New Feature

It’s a small world, after all! You never know where you’ll run into a Blue Jay. Alumni Encounters, a new, recurring column launched in Fall 2013, shares stories of random alumni encounters.

Blue Jays on the Ball Field

CatieCornell13DonteMcCraryMcClain13BenEbersole51_051413As part of Senior Week, the Class of 2013 took a trip to Baltimore to spend the day at the Inner Harbor and take in an Oriole’s game. Prior to the evening game, Catie Cornell ’13 and Donté McCrary-McClain ’13, were sharing in some pre-game festivities at the ballpark.

Because the weather was cool, Donté happened to be wearing an Elizabethtown College sweatshirt. Another alumnus, Ben Ebersole ’51—brother to Dr. Luke E. Ebersole ’40 and former President Dr. Mark C. Ebersole ’43—happened to also be in their vicinity and approached them to ask if they, too, were E-town Blue Jays.  After a fun and lengthy conversation, the photo below was snapped and, since that night, they have remained in loose contact with each other.


Blue Jays on the Battle Field

young alumni with group of alumni from years past on Gettysburg fieldDuring a visit to Gettysburg, Pa., the Thursday before the 2013 Commencement, Noelle Babilya ’11 ran into a group with an E-town sign. She went over to meet them, asked for a photo, shown below, and discovered they were members of the class of 1963. The group gets together somewhere different each year, but this year was extra special. They selected a place close to Elizabethtown because they also were in town to celebrate their 50th reunion.

“[My fellow alumni] were super friendly … Every time we passed them again that day they made sure to say hi,” she said.



Where did you bump into another Blue Jay? Share your Alumni Encounter. Send your story, and any corresponding photos, to magazine@etown.edu.