Reunion 2014 Schedule of Events

Friday, May 30 – June 1, 2014 

This schedule is current as of April 9, 2014.

Names of alumni and faculty speakers, event locations and other details will be added over the next several months. Please check the website periodically for updates.

Friday, May 30

11 a.m.–8 p.m. Mapping Your Weekend
Check in at the registration desk to get important information for the weekend’s festivities.
First floor of the College Center at Crozier-Williams

Noon. Sykes Society Luncheon
President Bergeron welcomes alumnae who have celebrated their 50th Reunion.

  • A special toast for the Class of 1964
  • Remarks by trustee Laurie Norton Moffatt ’78 on "Reflections on Norman Rockwell and American Art." Moffatt currently serves as the museum director of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. 

College Center at Crozier-Williams, 1962 Room

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Class of 1969 Lunch at Mr. G’s
Join classmates for this informal gathering at the restaurant on Williams Street that everyone remembers!
Transportation to and from Mr. G’s Restaurant will be the responsibility of the alumnae.
452 Williams Street, New London, Conn. 

Revisit & Rediscover: Life in the Common Rooms
2–2:45 p.m. Conversations with Residential Education Fellow Professors 
Learn about the classes, programs and renovations in the common rooms that have shaped the lives of students. Professors will speak about bringing faculty into the common rooms, and teach a brief master class.
Choose your session:

  • An Experience in Learning: Leading Student Research on Beginning Farmers
    Join Jeff Cole, professor of anthropology and department chair, for a conversation on his advanced seminar, Cultivating Change, in which students join his ongoing research on beginning farmers in New London County. Through images and words, Cole reflects on the practical and pedagogical lessons offered by this adventure in experiential learning.  
    Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 203
  • Native Identity and the Role of the State: The Conflict over Federal Recognition of Tribal Nations in Connecticut
    Recently, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has opened discussion on the current criteria for federal acknowledgement of tribal nations. Meet with Ronald J. O. Flores, associate professor of sociology, for a discussion on the process of federal acknowledgement and how it is disrupted and damaged by the politics and economics of casinos causing severe consequences for both the state and the tribal nations.  
    Ruane’s Den, Harkness House 

2 p.m. Historic New London: A Guided Bus Tour for the Class of 1969
Guides will lead this class on a bus tour of New London with stops at the Hempstead House and Eugene O’Neill’s Monte Cristo Cottage.
The bus leaves from the front of Johnson House promptly at 2 p.m.

2:30 p.m. Class of 1964 Conversation with Classmates
Members of the Class of 1964 are invited to this Reunion favorite – a time to gather and reconnect.
Tansill Blackbox Theater

Revisit & Rediscover: The Student Experience
3–4 p.m. Conversations with Current Students 
Join four current students for an in depth, firsthand account of what it’s like to be a current student at Connecticut College. Topics include residential life, extracurricular activities and academics.
Sponsored by the class of 1959; open to all. 
College Center at Crozier-Williams, Cro’s Nest

4 p.m. Class of 1959 Book Discussion
Join Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Bridget Baird and classmates in a riveting discussion of Gail Collins’s book “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to Present.”
College Center at Crozier-Williams, Cro’s Nest 

5–6 p.m. President’s Champagne Reception for the Class of 1964
Tansill Blackbox Theater

5–6 p.m. Perennial Garden Reception for the Class of 1969
Informal wine and cheese reception to welcome classmates back to campus.
1969 Perennial Garden between Shain Library and the College Center at Crozier-Williams

5-7 p.m. Recess: Family Fun on the Green
A moonwalk, arts and crafts and more.
Tempel Green, south section of Knowlton Tent
(Inclement Weather Plan: Moved to Harris Lobby, 1st Floor)

5:30–7:45 p.m. Summer on the Sound: Downeast Lobsterbake
Enjoy an al fresco lobster dinner straight from Maine in a setting that can’t be beat.
Barbeque and vegetarian options are available.
Tempel Green, Knowlton Tent 

6:30 p.m. Class of 1989 Dinner at Abbott’s Lobster
The Class of 1989 will kick off their 25th Reunion celebration with a casual off-campus dinner.
Transportation not provided.
117 Pearl St., Groton, Conn.  

7:00 p.m. Class of 2004 Taste of New London
Harkness Hospitality Suite

7:00 p.m. Class of 2009 Taste of New London
Jane Addams Dining Room

8 p.m. Keynote Presentation by President Katherine Bergeron
Come meet Katherine Bergeron who will deliver a special keynote. The presentation will be followed by a reception in the lobby. 
Evans Hall, Cummings Art Center

9 p.m. Class of 1969 Fireside Chat and Dessert Reception
Members of the Class of 1969 are invited to gather in their hospitality suite for this fireside chat with dessert.
Johnson House

9:30 p.m. Cheers to the Class of 1989
After President Bergeron’s keynote, join classmates at Coffee Grounds to relax and unwind with cocktails and treats.
Katharine Blunt House, Coffee Grounds Café

10 p.m. Time to Reunite!
Drop by your class hospitality headquarters and catch up with friends.

10 p.m. DJ E@zy Spins Your Favorites
James D. Jackson ’11 provides the music for a festive all-campus party.
Tent on Chapel Green

 

Saturday, May 31

 

8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Just arriving? Be sure to check in at the registration desk to get important information for the weekend’s festivities.
 First floor of the College Center at Crozier-Williams

Revisit & Rediscover: Athletics

  • 7 a.m. Game, Set, Match
    Challenge your classmates to a game of tennis. Renovated in 2008, the six courts feature the same surfaces and windscreens used at the U.S. National Tennis Center.
    Tennis courts located in South Campus just past the Office of Admission on the right
    (Inclement Weather Plan: Event Cancelled)
  •  7 a.m. Good Morning, Yoga!
    Marya Ursin, visiting instructor of dance, will lead both a contemplative and energizing session appropriate for all levels of experience and ability. Please bring your mat.
    College Center at Crozier-Williams, 2nd Floor Dance Studio
  • 7–9 a.m. Row with the Coach
    Get a workout in the tanks. Learn with Coach Ric Ricci using Concept2 machines. No experience necessary. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes for a tutorial and workout.
    Christoffers Rowing Training Room (enter only through the ground-level double doors at the back of the Athletic Center facing Silfen Field). Shuttles to the Athletic Center depart every 30 minutes from the front of the College Center at Crozier-Williams.
  • 7–10 a.m. Work Out in Style
    Test out the free-weights and Cybex equipment, treadmills, ellipticals and upright and incumbent bikes while enjoying the sweeping views of the Thames River.
    Fitness Center at the Athletic Center

Revisit & Rediscover: The Dining Hall
7–9:30 a.m. Breakfast with a Camel 
Bring the family and your camera for a visit with the College mascot. Renovated in 2011, the Harris Refectory features a new architectural design offering a user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing layout. 
Harris Refectory, Dining Hall

7–10 a.m. Class of 1964 Breakfast
Harris Refectory, 1973 Room

8 a.m. Classes of 1939, 1944 and 1949 Light Breakfast
Enjoy a light breakfast before heading to the parade.
Park 5th Floor Common Room

Revisit & Rediscover: The Arbo
8–9 a.m. The Ecology of Our Campus
Bring your kids and tour the Arbo with Glenn Dreyer MA’83, the Charles and Sarah P. Becker ’27 Director of the Arboretum and Professor of Botany. Connecticut College is now home to a new national champion — a large Bebb Willow tree. 
Sponsored by 1999; open to all.
Meet at the Arboretum entrance on Williams Street
(Inclement Weather Plan: Event Cancelled)

8:30–9:45 a.m. Bright’n Early 25th Reunion Breakfast for the Class of 1989
Enjoy breakfast together before heading to the parade.
Katharine Blunt House, Coffee Grounds Café

9 a.m. Class of 1959 Survey Review
Remember the anonymous class questionnaire that you submitted in the spring? Julia Kushigian, Hanna Hafkesbrink Professor of Hispanic Studies, has analyzed the results of this survey and will discuss trends she has found in her research and provide an overview of the results.
Hood Dining Hall, Blaustein Humanities Center

9 a.m. Class of 1969 – What’s New on Campus Tour
Join your classmates for a walking tour of what’s new on the campus.
Meet in front of Johnson House

Revisit & Rediscover: The Classroom (with your kids!)
9:30–10:15 a.m. 
Sculpture Workshop: Mold Making & Casting 
Join Greg Bailey, associate professor of art and acting department chair, for a brief introduction to the sculpture studio. Bring the kids, both young and not so young, to create plaster cast reliefs. They won’t want to miss out on the fun! 
First come, first serve; Limited seats and supplies available
Cummings Art Center, Room 134

9:45 a.m. Rise ‘n Shine Class of 1994: Bloody Marys and Mimosas
Get the morning started with Bloody Marys and Mimosas! Join the Class of 1994 for a few cheers and laughs, and a surprise or two, before joining the parade. You don’t want to miss out on this - presence is required to be eligible to win a special prize.
Windham House

10 a.m. Morning Mimosas
Enjoy a glass of crisp orange juice with bubbly champagne before the parade with the Alumni Association Board of Directors!
Tempel Green near the Ad Astra Garden (sundial)
(Inclement Weather Plan: Moved to Cro. Connection in the College Center at Crozier-Williams)

Our History, Our Future
10:30 a.m. Parading Down Cro Boulevard 
Who doesn’t love a parade? Show your pride and join your class for this Reunion tradition. 
The parade forms in front of Blaustein Humanities Center
(Inclement Weather Plan: Event Cancelled)

10:45 a.m. – Noon. Alumni Convocation

  • Recognition of class gifts and participation achievements.
  • Honor alumni award recipients: Helen Dewey ’89; Mark Howes ’89; Judy Bamberg Mariggio ’69; Martha Clampitt Merrill ’84; Amy Moore Paterson ’94; and Yoko Shimada '99. 
  • Celebrate faculty members marking milestone anniversaries with the College: 25 years: Dorothy James and Lawrence Vogel; 15 years: Ruth Grahn, Margaret Thomas and Abigail Van Slyck; 5 years: Nathalie Etoke-Ilda. 

College Center at Crozier-Williams, 1962 Room

Noon–1:30 p.m. Summer on the Sound: All-Campus Picnic on the Green with Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Bar!
Tempel Green, Knowlton Tent

Noon–1:30 p.m. 1964 & 2009: Wow! How Things Have Changed, or Not?
The Classes of 1964 and 2009 (the 5th and 50th Reunion) will sit together at lunch and exchange stories about their College experiences. Learn what it was like to be a student in the sixties as compared to a student in the mid 2000s. 
Tempel Green, Knowlton Tent 

Noon–1:30 p.m. Luncheon for the Classes of 1939, 1944 & 1949
Blaustein Humanities Center, Faculty Lounge

Noon–3 p.m. Recess: Family Fun on the Green
Face painting, moonwalk, Slip’n Slide, arts and crafts table and animal visitors. Something for children of all ages.
Tempel Green, south section of Knowlton Tent
(Inclement Weather Plan: Moved to Tent on Tempel Green)

1:30–2 p.m. Service of Remembrance
Harkness Chapel

Revisit & Rediscover: The Classroom
2–2:45 p.m. Go Back to Class With a Professor!
Hear outstanding lectures from faculty who help shape the College’s intellectual community through their scholarship, research and mentoring.
Choose your session: 

  • Introduction to Contact Improvisation
    Join Heidi Henderson, associate professor of dance, for a brief introduction to a dance form that touches on principles of community, attention, weight and levity. All levels are welcome.  
    Sponsored by 2009; open to all.
    3rd Floor Myers Dance Studio 

  • Evolution and the Meaning of Being: Jonas, Heidegger and Nihilism
    Join Larry Vogel, professor of philosophy, for a discussion on evolution and the meaning of being.  
    Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 203
  • Lighting-Up Disease
    Join Marc Zimmer, Jean C. Tempel ’65 Professor of Physical Sciences, for a conversation on how bioluminescence can be used to further illuminate important facets of common diseases.
    New London Hall, Room 101

2 p.m. Class of 1969 Panel Discussion
Johnson House

2 p.m. Class of 1989 Class Panel
Location TBA

2–4 p.m. Class of 1974:  What’s Changed in 40 Years? Campus Tour & Discussion
Join Steve George, the College’s manager of planning, design and construction, for a tour of campus to see what has changed in the last 40 years, accompanied by Janet Gezari, Lucretia L. Allyn Professor of English. Gezari will lead a discussion on these changes after the tour.  
Meet at the Outdoor Classroom on Tempel Green
Discussion to be held in Bill Hall, Silfen Auditorium

2 p.m. Impacts of a Holleran Center Education & How I Continue to Make an Impact
Join panelists Alexandria Gomes Cooley ’04, Kendra Dickinson ’03, Tiana Davis Hercules ’04, Emily McDonald ’02 and Christof Putzel ’01 for a conversation on how their Holleran Center education impacted them throughout their college experiences and beyond.
College Center at Crozier-Williams,Cro’s Nest 

3 p.m. Dodgeball on the Green for Classes of 2004 & 2009
Tempel Green, in front of Freeman House
(Inclement Weather Plan: Event Cancelled)

3 p.m. Class of 1999 Relax & Unwind with Family & Friends
Join classmates, family and friends for cocktails and some family-friendly games.
Wooden Playground behind the College Center at Crozier-Williams

3 p.m. Fun on Chapel Green with the Class of 1994
Fun for the whole family! Toss the Frisbee, try your hand at ladder golf or just relax and reconnect with classmates on Chapel Green. We’ll have beverages, snacks and music too!
Chapel Green, across from Harkness Chapel 
(Inclement Weather Plan: Moved to Hospitality Suite)

3–4 p.m. Meet Alumni Authors
Authors from Reunion classes will read from their works and sign their books. Meet Daniella Defilippo Garran ’94, Janet Lawler ’74 and Hannah McKinnon ’94.  
College Center at Crozier-Williams, Bookshop

Revisit & Rediscover: Sustainability
3:15–4 p.m. Sprout Garden — Where Student Initiatives Meet Agriculture
Join Chad Jones, George and Carol Milne Associate Professor of Life Science and Suzi Oppenheimer '56 Faculty Director for the Office of Sustainability, with Azul Tellez ’15 for a tour and conversation about the history of the Sprout Garden, the student-run organic garden. The garden offers an opportunity for students to get involved in gardening and sustainable agriculture as well as provide local, organically grown produce to the campus dining halls.
Sprout Garden (behind College Center at Crozier-Williams)
(Inclement Weather Plan: Moved to Steel House)

Revisit & Rediscover: The Sciences
3:30–4:30 p.m. Tour the Newly Renovated Science Center at New London Hall
The state-of-the-art Science Center opened in fall 2012 after a $25 million renovation. Hear from Steve George, manager of planning, design and construction, about features like the new geothermal system that provides energy to the building.
Meet at the Outdoor Classroom on Tempel Green
(Inclement Weather Plan: Meet in the First Floor Lobby)

4–4:45 p.m. Retirement Age: What I Really Want to Do
Hear from members of the class of 1974 as they discuss what they would like to do in retirement. Join the conversation or just listen!
Bill Hall, Silfen Auditorium 

Revisit & Rediscover: Community Resources
4–5 p.m. Open Houses at the Hillel House, LGBTQ Center, Unity House & Women’s Center

  • Zachs Hillel House
    Learn about the College’s new center for Jewish student life and intercultural programming, which focuses on promoting interfaith dialogue and intellectual and social growth for the College and surrounding community. 
    Zachs Hillel House
  • LGBTQ Center
    Jen Manion, assistant professor of history and director of the LGBTQ Resource Center welcomes LGBTQ alums, family, friends and allies to come together in the Center for a light reception. 
    LGBTQ Center, located to the left of Burdick House. Look for the rainbow flag!
  • Unity House
    Meet Antonio Jefferson, director of Unity House, to learn about what they do and how they support students through programming, mentoring and open dialogue. 
    Unity House, Pepsico Room
  • Women’s Center
    Learn about how the center has served as a place for dialogue, discussion and debate around gender issues on campus and in the world for the past 40 years. 
    Women’s Center, Basement of Smith-Burdick

4–5:30 p.m. Microbrewery Beer Tasting with the 1989 Musical Act BFD.
Open to all! Featuring a special one-show only reunion of the 1989 musical act BFD. Cheers!
Castle Court

4 – 5:30 p.m. CISLA Gathering
CISLA staff and former directors welcome CISLA alumni and partners for a wine and cheese reception.
Fanning Hall, Room 111

Revisit & Rediscover: Athletics
4:30–5:30 p.m. Athletic Center Reception
Catch up with teammates and coaches. While there, join the Athletic Center staff in celebrating the new additions to the Athletic Complex with a reception. Don’t miss out on the new turf lights, completely renovated locker rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center.
Athletic Center, 2nd Floor of Fitness Center

4:30–5:30 p.m. Catholic Mass
Harkness Chapel

5–6:30 p.m. Class of 1994 Wine Tasting
Join classmates, family and friends in the hospitality suite for a private wine tasting hosted by a local winery­. 
Preregistration required; limited tickets available at the door.
Windham House Hospitality Suite

6–7:30 p.m. 12-Step Gathering
Harkness Chapel Library, lower level

6 p.m. Dinner with Friends for Classes of 1939, 1944 & 1949
Unwind and enjoy a casual dinner with classmates. 
College Center at Crozier-Williams, 3rd Floor Myers Dance Studio Foyer

6 p.m.–Midnight. Childcare for Children 3 and Up
Advance registration required. Walk-ins cannot be accepted.
Lambdin Game Room, Lambdin House

6 p.m. Receptions and Dinners for Classes of 1954, 1959, 1964 & 1969
1954: Office of Admission, Living Room
1959: Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Glassenberg Gallery, reception; Hendel Library, dinner
1964: Shain Library, reception; Blaustein Humanities Center, Ernst Common Room, dinner
1969: Blaustein Humanities Center, Hood Terrace, reception; Hood Dining Room, dinner

7 p.m. Receptions and Dinners for Classes of 1974–2009 & PICA
1974: Blaustein Humanities Center, Faculty Lounge
1979: Cummings Arts Center. Outdoor patio, reception; main gallery, dinner
1984: Buck Lodge, reception; College Center at Crozier-Williams, 1941 Room, dinner
1989: College Center at Crozier-Williams, 1962 Room
1994: College Center at Crozier-Williams, Cro’s Nest
1999: Unity House, Pepsico Room
2004: Tent on Chapel Green
2009: Tent on Tempel Green  
PICA: Harris Atrium

9:30 p.m. Music and Dancing with The Rhythm Method
This band got its start on campus in 1985 and is an alumni favorite. From “Conn. Cave” in ’85 to Cro’s Nest tonight, members Ross Dackow ’87, Andy Karp ’89, Mike Stryker ’86 and Dave Warner ’86 are back again for a performance you won’t want to miss!
College Center at Crozier-Williams, Cro’s Nest

10:30 p.m. The Jane Doze
Dance the night away with The Jane Doze, an electronic dance music DJ duo. They've shared stages with Calvin Harris and Diplo, playing from NYC to the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
Sponsored by the class of 2009; open to all.
Tent on Chapel Green

10:30 p.m. Late Night Snack Time
Hungry? Stop by the Rolling Tomato food truck for a slice or two of pizza. Known for using their authentic wood-fired brick oven with hand-tossed dough, homemade sauce and the freshest ingredients, The Rolling Tomato is a local favorite based out of Groton, Conn.
Cash only.
Tent on Chapel Green 

 

Sunday, June 1

 7–10:45 a.m. One Last Hurrah! Breakfast with Your Class
Harris Refectory

7–10 a.m. Class of 1964 Breakfast
Harris Refectory, 1973 Room

8 a.m. Classes of 1939, 1944 & 1949 Breakfast
Enjoy coffee and a light breakfast with classmates.
Park 5th Floor Common Room

8:30 a.m. Class of 1969 Continental Breakfast & Arboretum Tour
Join the class for a continental breakfast at Buck Lodge, followed by a tour of the arboretum, led by Glenn Dreyer MA’83, the Charles and Sarah P. Becker ’27 Director of the Arboretum and Professor of Botany.
Meet at the Arboretum entrance on Williams Street
(Inclement Weather Plan: Tour Cancelled, Breakfast to be held in Cro’s Nest)

11 a.m. Deadline for Residence Hall Checkout
Please return keys and swipe cards to the student hosts in your class hospitality suite. There is a $25 fee for each lost or unreturned access card and key.