April 14, 2017
Alumna Merle Phillips SL'30 from Carol Stream, Ill. turned 110 on April 2! The Alumni Association Student Board coordinated a card writing campaign so BVU students could wish her a happy birthday. Merle received a big box of birthday wishes from campus and her many other friends across the country. The cards she received now cover her apartment walls. She celebrated her milestone with parties and outings and was featured in several articles.
Merle also received a birthday greeting on a morning broadcast of The Today Show, pictured on the traditional jar of Smucker's jam.