For the 50th PLUS classes, Reunion weekend is beginning a little early. The 50th PLUS “cluster” group includes all alumni and alumnae who have already celebrated a 50th Reunion, and on Thursday they arrived on campus in droves: nearly 100 alums and guests flocked to the summer-swept HWS campus in search of old friends and good times.
“We’re very excited about this year’s 50th PLUS crowd,” said Jared Weeden ’91 director of Alumni Relations and Kathy Regan ’82, director of Alumnae Relations. “We’d like to extend a special welcome to those classes.”
The 50th PLUS Reunion was established in 2006 by Alumni/ae Relations. The idea was conceived following numerous requests from senior alumni and alumnae to hold cluster-type Reunions for post-50th classes and to hold them more frequently. Returning every year seemed to be an unrealistic expectation, so a special gathering every three years was established.
“I think the 50th PLUS Reunions are a great idea,” said Barbara Lynch Springstead ’57, L.H.D.’90. “Fifty years ago there was a lot of cross over among the classes–lots of students married students in other classes. If the reunions were confined to once every five years, you’d miss out on seeing friends.”
“The first 50th PLUS experience must’ve been a positive one,” said Springstead, “because I’ve heard from lots of people who are coming back. I’m looking forward to seeing them.”
“I loved it here and am thrilled to be back,” said Archibald J. Kingsley ’50, P’94, P’03 while registering in the Warren Hunting Smith Library Atrium. “Lots of memories here. I remember this building well,” he joked, looking around at the recently renovated library.
Welcomed by President Mark D. Gearan, his family, HWS staff members and students, the 50th PLUS-ers later met at the president’s home on South Main St. to reconnect and reminisce over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. They talked and ate, drank and strolled around the lawn at sunset.
“It’s a little different from ’59,” Seymour Margolin ’59 said, smiling fondly as he looked out over the lake and down South Main St., toward the site of his old fraternity house. “There were a lot of rules,” he said, laughing, “but we didn’t mind. We had a great time. It was a wonderful experience we had here.”