Wolff Scholars 20th Anniversary Celebration
Thank you to everyone for making this such a wonderful event!
Click here to view a gallery of photos from the event
Look at the Gift and what the Scholars contributed
We marked the 20th Anniversary of the Wolff Scholars Program on Saturday, March 29, 2008. It was very exciting and tons of funs to have Wolff Scholars, current and alumni, gather for the celebration weekend!
The celebration began officially with the luncheon on Saturday, but began unofficially with some Scholars having dinner with the Wolffs on the first night they arrived, which was Friday night. (A complete schedule of the events can be viewed here.)
The luncheon began with an informal refreshment period as everyone greeted and hugged one another. The Wolffs, Scholars and Guests traveled great distances to attend the celebration -- we had attendees from the West to East Coasts (California to Texas to New York and Massachusetts!), with the furthest west being Hong Kong!
The event began with remarks from President Tony Marx, who shared what was forthcoming with the Amherst in terms of academic and financial developments. There was a brief Q &A with President Marx, who could not stay for the luncheon.
As everyone was sitted for the start of lunch, the surprise 20th Anniversary Gift was presented to the Wolffs. The gift was an album, with a page from each Scholar containing photo(s) and a letter addressed to the Wolffs. (A look at the Gift and its content can viewed here.) I think the Wolffs were pleasantly surprised!
As the dessert was being served (warm apple crisp -- a winter favorite!), the Scholars were asked by Mr. Wolff to speak a little about themselves, covering the following four points (as he added, and you thought you were finished with exams!): background, journey to Amherst, time at Amherst, and journey post-Amherst. It was such a wonderful opportunity to hear everyone speak! So much so that we seriously ran behind schedule in terms of getting to the Natural History Museum Tour by over 90 minutes! It was truly generous of the Director of the Museum to wait that long to give us the tour himself.
Later that Saturday evening, the Wolffs, Scholars and their spouses gathered at the Amherst Chinese Restaurant (affectionately called "AmChi") for dinner. Great conversations and good company were had by all. Afterwards, some walked with the Wolffs in search of the necessary complement to good Chinese food -- ice cream!
The weekend concluded with a Sunday brunch at the Lord Jeffrey Inn, in the same room as where the luncheon had taken place the previous day. The group dispersed with promises to stay better in touch. I hope this creation of this website will help towards that goal!
Again, on behalf of the Scholars, I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Wolff for making this celebration possible, Bea Clark, the caretaker of our program at Amherst, and Elizabeth Rushing, Mr. Wolff's executive assistant, for managing the logistics for the event!