Alumni with class years ending in “2” and “7” participated in a range of activities including a Renaissance Fair showcasing new Institute initiatives, and walking tours of campus, the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, and the under-construction Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.
Annual events such as the Hawaiian luau, nighttime fireworks, Parade of Classes, and a picnic on the Hassan Quad were extremely popular and well attended by alumni. This year’s festivities had an added focus on families, with fun events for younger children, including an athletics day camp and a pool party, and an admissions session for college-bound children. Alumnus James J. Ferris ’70 gave a lecture on “Risks and Vulnerabilities in Global Infrastructure Markets.” Other events including President Jackson’s “State of the Institute” address, a golf outing, seminars, and individual class dinners and gatherings completed the weekend.
Izzy Warshaw ’23, celebrating his 84th Reunion, leading the Parade of Classes. Participants offered various bribes to the judges, but no one could outshine the 50th Reunion Class of 1957, who took home “Top Gun” honors.
“What a CLASS act! With 140 alumni and a total of 258 in attendance, we beat our own record,” said Rex Krueger ’57, class president and reunion co-chair. “There were lots of smiles and many compliments saying this was the best reunion yet.”
“The venue for the dinner and the picnic in the middle of campus are just two examples of what made it so memorable, not to mention a turnout of nearly 150 classmates and a super parade,” said Bob Jones ’57, class gift committee co-chair. “I could go on, but clearly I am basking in the glow of a great weekend.”
“Dozens of alumni volunteers and staff worked hard to bring Reunion back to campus this year,” says Jeff Schanz, director of alumni relations. “As a result, there were so many opportunities for alumni to see new facilities like the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and EMPAC, to interact with deans and professors, and to really get a feel for what it’s like at Rensselaer today.”
To see more pictures from this event, go to: http://www.alumni.rpi.edu/involved/reunion/2007wrap/index.html
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