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Olin’s 19th Annual Holiday Brunch for Eliot Society Members, hosted by Dean Mark P. Taylor, will be held on Sunday, December 3rd. The event is full of fun for the entire family.

Brian (MBA 2000) and Lindsey (BSBA 2000) Glass have attended this event with their family for almost a decade! We asked them to share their experience below.

What is your connection to Olin?

Lindsey and I first met in the computer lab in the basement of Simon Hall.  It was fall of 1999, my second year of the full-time MBA program and Lindsey’s senior year of undergrad.  It didn’t appear that we had ever crossed paths in the hallways before (I would have remembered).  After I found the courage to introduce myself before she left (I remember saying a few requisite quirky things most guys say when they fumble through an introduction), we began dating and the rest is history. We were married in 2002, and we just celebrated our 15-year wedding anniversary and we have two adorable kids, Charlie (10) and Sadie (3).

What does it mean to be an Eliot Society Member?

We both feel a strong connection to WashU and Olin, having met there and graduating together in 2000. We feel fortunate to live in St. Louis, where we can continue to participate in the WashU community.

The Eliot Society is a fun and easy way to stay connected. There are several family-friendly events that we look forward to attending each year, including the Olin Holiday Brunch. It’s great to see friends and faculty, enjoy good food and activities, and be surrounded by WashU’s beautiful campus—and to know that even our modest donation is helping other students have the same enriching and rewarding experience that we had many years ago.

For our family, the Olin Holiday Brunch seems to be the unofficial start to the holiday season, which we look forward to every year. If you ask our son, the all-you-can-eat bacon and sugar cookies aren’t bad, either.

What do you enjoy most about Olin’s Holiday Brunch?

We’ve attended the Olin Holiday Brunch for about 8 or 9 years—ever since we became Eliot Society members.  I remember being introduced to Eliot Society in a lunch meeting with Jill Lustberg, who worked in Olin’s Alumni and Development office at the time. Jill was one of the most vivacious, engaging and fun-loving people I’ve ever met.  You couldn’t help but want to be a part of the Eliot Society after having met her.  Jill passed away a few years ago. She is missed, but will never be forgotten.

We love coming to the brunch and being surrounded by friends, fellow alums, and faculty who all enjoy ushering in the holiday season. Our kids love the balloon animals and face painting, arts and crafts projects, the holiday music and choir, and of course, the decorated sugar cookies. We always get a kick seeing the older alums dressed in their holiday plaid pants and Christmas-inspired sport coats!

View photos from last year’s Holiday Brunch below. Click to expand the image. 

If you are interested in joining the Eliot Society or RSVPing for the Holiday Brunch, contact Kent Dunson at dunsonk@wustl.edu or make your gift online today!

Photos by Emily Rose Photography

Thank you to all who accepted the HBM Holdings $150,000 Eliot Society Challenge, established by Olin friend and supporter Mike DeCola. DeCola is president and CEO of HBM Holdings, an investment and management company that acquires, supports and operates middle-market businesses in industrial products and services.

Thanks to each of you and to Mr. DeCola, we were able to surpass our calendar year-end Eliot Society membership goal!

The challenge, which gave donors the opportunity to double, or even triple, the impact of a gift in support of Olin’s Annual Fund, ran throughout December. Gifts from both renewing and new Eliot Society members were matched one-to-one and multi-year pledges and increased gifts were matched two-to-one. Our friends and alumni were inspired by this generous challenge grant, and a total of 330 Eliot Society members made their gift during the three week challenge – an amazing outcome!

Mike DeCola engages regularly with Olin students and also sponsors annual and endowed scholarships for Olin MBA students. When asked why he has been an avid supporter, he says, “Washington University and the Olin Business School attract some of the brightest young minds in the world to St. Louis and play a vital role in the overall quality of life of our region. The students who attend Olin benefit from some of the best faculty in the world, shaping them into the kind of business leaders we need to run our organizations. We are committed to remaining an important partner for the Olin Business School.”

Everyone at Olin remains grateful for the continued support of Mike DeCola and HBM Holdings. We are proud to call him a loyal friend and ambassador.