Hundreds of HWS alumni and alumnae will return to campus this weekend for Reunion 2014, taking advantage of the chance to catch up with old friends, reminisce and participate in three-days packed with activities and celebrations.
“Having alumni and alumnae return to our campus — five, 20, even 50 years since graduating, can be an emotionally powerful moment for them,” says Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Jared Weeden ’91. “Designing a program and preparing a venue to facilitate this reconnection to HWS is an extremely gratifying part of the work we do in Alumni House.”
Spirits will be high as the weekend kicks off with the third annual HWS Classic on Friday morning, offering alums the chance to catch up over a round of golf. Plenty of other athletic activities, such as sunrise yoga, 5K runs and a scenic bike ride tour, are also on the agenda for this year’s Reunion.
With physical changes to the Colleges’ campus underway as the construction of the Performing Arts Center commences, walking and bus tours of campus will give alums a chance to see what has changed over years. Peter Diefendorf ’64, who’s attended almost all of his milestone reunions in the past 25 years, says that what he always notices when he returns “is the actual physical change in the campus.”
Like many, Diefendorf is also looking forward to spending time with friends, “It’s my 50th so I want to get back and see a lot of my friends from the class of ’64,” he says. The weekend will offer plenty of opportunities to do this, especially for those celebrating their 50th and 25th reunions. Special receptions and dinners for both the Classes of 1964 and 1989 are planned to commemorate their milestones and give former classmates a time to celebrate as a class.
There’s also several events where all classes will gather to share in the celebrations. The Reunion Barbeque Dinner, the All Classes Dinner, the Finger Lakes Beer and Wine Festival, and the Reunion Gala on Saturday night are just a few of the many events that are open to all alums.
Other annual favorites, such as excursions on the William Scandling research vessel, the reunion parade, fireworks on the Quad, and the always popular “mini college” courses, are scheduled for this year’s reunion. While alums enjoy themselves at these activities, there’s also events running for children of alums, like “Saturday Evening Just for Teens” and “Kids Camp.”
As Saturday night ends with the picturesque launching of class memory lanterns over Seneca Lake, alums will take a moment to remember classmates lost, and to reflect on their relationship with the Colleges and the unique bond they have with fellow alums and their alma maters.
For information about Reunion 2014 and for a complete schedule of events, visit: http://www.hws.edu/alumni/activities/reunion.aspx