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Harlaxton Society E-Newsletter

May 2014

“To Make An Ending Is To Make A Beginning . . .”

I write this on Easter Sunday evening, 2014, a “soft” evening at beautiful Harlaxton Manor. Students are in the midst of their final examinations after a very busy, eventful, and successful semester. We celebrated with a Valedictory Dinner last Thursday evening, a formal dinner “In Hall” with faculty handsomely processing in robes, with awards to students, with appreciation to faculty, and with a marvellous video wrap-up of the term created by college intern Gloria Atanmo. Harlaxton students were at their enthusiastic, energetic best as they expressed appreciation to one another and to those who have guided them through their magical semester in this place.

Now, for them, three more days of writing exams, along with some last-minute packing. And then on Wednesday afternoon, the coaches drive up, the students board, tears and goodbyes overflow, and it is farewell to Harlaxton—some going to Italy (Rome-Florence-Venice) on the college trip, some home to America, some traveling on their own, all going their separate and several ways.

And it ends.

But we all feel it: “To make an end is to make a beginning.”

(The words are from T. S. Eliot, St. Louis-born, Harvard-educated, who spent his life in England—from his poem “Little Gidding,” named for a church and village not far from Harlaxton.)

Harlaxton students feel this in their hearts, and it is not just because of Easter, not just because of a beautiful English springtime, not just because “home” beckons. They feel, and they say, without any sense of exaggeration, “Harlaxton changed my life.” They go from Harlaxton better people, more mature, more knowledgeable, more sensitive, more caring, more—well, more ALIVE.

I know how they feel, for after 11 ½ years, Suzanne and I are taking our leave of this magnificent place, we ourselves returning to America. It is time, it is “right,” but we shall miss Harlaxton terribly.

For, you see, Harlaxton works her magic not only on our students, but on those who serve here as well. Harlaxton changed our lives, too, and we shall be forever grateful. Our hearts and our thanks go out to those who gave us the privilege of serving Harlaxton College, to those who have supported, to those who have cared, to those who have been part of the Harlaxton family in any and every way.

We join our students in saying, “Thank you. It has been good.”

Gordon Kingsley, Principal

Gordon Kingsley and his wife, Suzanne, have served Harlaxton College for 11 years. They retire effective June 30, 2014. The Harlaxton Society thanks them for all their hard work and dedication to the manor and the world-class study abroad program it houses. All the best to the Kingsleys for a happy retirement.

Harlaxton Wrap Up - Spring 2014 Video

Harlaxton Society Board of Directors Presents the Scholarships for Fall Semester 2014

On Friday, April 25, members of the Harlaxton Society Board of Directors met on campus for their spring meeting. The board is dedicated to increasing the amount of scholarships awarded to students each semester to enhance their Harlaxton experience. Following their business, the board members presented the Fall 2014 recipients with their scholarship certificates. Congratulations to the following students: Raquel Aamot, Christopher Brumley, Sarah Butler, Stephanie Comstock, Eunice De La Torre, Sharon Fry, Grace Guarniere, Brittany Kaleri, Brenna Kincaid, Samantha Knoy, Bryce Lee, and Jarod Sparks

If you would like to make a gift to the Harlaxton Society Endowed Scholarship fund, you can do so online at

Dates Announced for the 2015 Harlaxton Alumni Trip 

What are you doing July 27 – August 2, 2015?

Why not revisit Harlaxton and some of your favorite haunts? Details are still coming together, but you can find out more about the trip at If you have suggestions for day trips and special events, send them to Write to that same e-mail address to add your name to the trip interest list.

Upcoming Harlaxton Society Events

Mark your calendar for the following and be on the look out for more details. E-mail, if you are interested in helping with plans for any of the following.

  • Sunday, June 22 – Harlaxton Society Gathering in Chicago
  • Sunday, July 13 – Harlaxton Society Gathering in Louisville
  • Thursday, October 9 – Gregory Gregory Day celebrated in Evansville
  • Friday, October 10 – Harlaxton Society Board of Directors Meeting and Scholarship presentation
  • Saturday, October 11 – Gregory Gregory Day celebrated in Indianapolis

The Harlaxton Society Board Needs You 

The nominating committee of the Harlaxton Society Board of Directors is now taking nominations for three open positions on their board. You can find out more about the board at and its leadership at

If you would like to nominate someone or yourself, contact Nominations will be taken through August 1, 2014, for terms beginning January 1, 2015.

Keep in touch with your Harlaxton Friends

If you lost touch with one of your traveling buddies or roommates from your time at Harlaxton, you can look them up online on the Harlaxton Alumni Search. This is one of the features of UE Alumni Online at

To register for the alumni community and gain access to the Harlaxton directory, you’ll need your ID number – 0000074 and last name. Register now and begin reconnecting.


Harlaxton items available at UE Bookstore

Harlaxton prints, postcards, lapel pins, and other items are available for purchase through the UE bookstore - both online and at the store. Many items benefit the Harlaxton Society Endowed Scholarship fund.

Like Us on Facebook

The Harlaxton Society now has an open group on Facebook. Join our group to find out more about fun Harlaxton news.

Support the Harlaxton Society Endowed Scholarship

Each semester the Harlaxton Society awards scholarships to UE student studying at Harlaxton. Help support these efforts and keep the Harlaxton experience alive. 

Learn more and make a gift online.

In the Neighborhood? Visit Harlaxton.

Harlaxton alumni are always welcome to visit the manor. Individual tours or overnight accommodations can be arranged by contacting Anne Hollick, administrative secretary and marketing coordinator, at

Harlaxton Alumni Keep in Touch

If you have a Harlaxton classmate who doesn't hear from the Harlaxton Society, encourage them to send in their contact information or do it for them. Find our Keep in Touch form here.

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