The familiar combined with the new to create an unforgettable Reunions ’15. More than 1,100 alumni and their guests enjoyed a memorable weekend of perfect 10 weather, June 4-7. Members of the Class of 1965 were feted and the 50th anniversary of the signing of Kirkland College’s charter was celebrated.
Traditional class dinners, Alumni Colleges and the annual meeting of the Alumni Association shared a full schedule with new offerings such as “Alex” (Ted-like) talks, performances by the innovative artist residency and development program “The Orchard” and dedication of the Delaney Team Center which featured a host of outdoor family games.
Steve Rounds ’65 regaled a full Chapel with his delivery of the Half-Century Annalist Letter at the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association. In addition, President Joan Stewart presented the Bell Ringer Award to Carlyle “Connie” Ring ’53.
Alumni Colleges throughout the weekend covered topics ranging from retirement planning to medical marijuana, non-profits and documentary filmmaking. A "Coming Together" reception and dinner celebrated 15 years of the Posse Scholars program, 45 years of Hamilton Scholars and 46 years of HEOP at Hamilton. Eleven society gatherings took place took place on Friday afternoon and evening including annual meetings, receptions and dinners. See Facebook photos submitted by Reunion-goers.
The following links lead to brief summaries of Alumni College sessions.
- Kirkland Reflections: Kirkland Alumnae in Conversation (Facilitators: Martha Freymann Miser K’78 and Professor Emeritus Doug Raybeck)
- How College Works (Chris Takacs ’05 and Dan Chambliss, the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology)
- Medical Marijuana (Bob Rockwell ’60)
- "The Lady Who Swings the Band" (Carol Bash ’85 and Greg Thomas ’85)
- Planning for Retirement (Harold Bogle ’75, Frank Tietje ’80, Paul Freyer ’83 and Ben Madonia ’74; Moderator: Bruce Gaylord ’70, P’06, ’09)
- The 1960’s (Steve Rabe '70)
- Education in a Diverse World: A Panel Discussion (Kevin Alexander ’13, Laura Lee Smith ’11, and Stephanie Tafur ’10; Moderator: Andres Henriquez ’83, P’15)
- The Discovery Process of Documentary Filmmaking (David Grubin ’65)
- Non-Profits (Mike Evans '05)
- “ALEX” Talks (Dave Hoffman ’90, Sue Devine ’90, Steve Musselman ’90, Tracey Strook McFarland ’90, Herb Hand ’90 and Edvige Jean-Francois ’90)
- “Permission Granted”: A motivational talk by Elliott Eddie '91
- “Why I Teach” (Professors Michael McCormick (biology), Ann Owen (economics) and John O'Neal (French); Moderator: Mark Fish ’70)