Reunion Weekend 2010 has begun.
This weekend, June 4, 5 and 6, alums and families are returning to the Hobart and William Smith campus to revisit memories and make new ones.
“Reunion is great because not only do you get to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and relive some of the greatest years of your life, but there are also events and activities for everyone,” says Jared Weeden ’91, director of Alumni Relations.
With live music including jazz from Bob Masteller ’60, Al Scheeren ’60 and Steve Venuti ’71, the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and Brass Taxi playing hot licks and cool hits, there’s a little something for all musical preferences. The Alumni House staff has planned a variety of engaging activities, such as excursions on Seneca Lake, a Family Festival, a live taping of NPR’s “Says You,” the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, a golf outing, the Reunion Parade, mini-college classes, panel discussions on everything from health care featuring renowned healthcare expert, Dr. Judy Feder of the Center for American Progress to HWS athletics, William Smith High Tea, fireworks and a Quad Party.
Alums are also invited to gather with classmates, faculty and staff to celebrate revered HWS faculty at the Distinguished Faculty Award ceremony, honoring Professor Emeritus of Geoscience Donald L. Woodrow P’83 and the late Professor of Physical Education Joseph N. Abraham L.H.D. ’81.
Whether it’s to see new buildings or old friends, all alums are encouraged to come back to campus. Reunion provides excellent programs for families, including childcare and plenty of kid-friendly activities. Kids Camp and the Family Festival are just two venues offering children the opportunity to play sports with HWS athletes or partake in arts and crafts.
“We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back to campus, especially the milestone Reunioners,” says Kathy Regan ’82, director of Alumnae Relations. “When alums come back, they are sure to feel a renewed sense of pride in the Colleges — from the accomplishments of their fellow alumni and alumnae, the achievements of current students and faculty, and the beauty of our campus.”
Weeden agrees: “Time and time again, we hear our guests saying, ‘I’m so glad I came back.'”
“And so are we,” says Regan.
For more detailed information, a complete schedule of activities, registration forms and photos and articles from last year’s Reunion, please check out the Reunion 2010 homepage.