This committee is responsible for the setup at headquarters. A classmate who lives within easy driving distance of Amherst is ideal to chair this committee. This committee will coordinate Class Assistants, tents, distribution of souvenirs, decorations and other logistical needs at headquarters. View photos of the lounges and kitchens in headquarters (log-in required).

Class Assistants

Alumni and Parent Programs hires and provides housing for Class Assistants, but the class pays them directly. A good guideline is to plan on hiring one class assistant for every 75 adult guests; you can see a list of how many Class Assistants each Reunion class has hired in previous years to help you determine how many Class Assistants your class will need.

All Class Assistants have attended the alcohol safety training course (TIPS) provided by the College. Class assistants are responsible for setting up your tables and chairs at headquarters on Thursday (or earlier if your class festivities require) and taking them down and stacking them on Sunday. They are also expected to be on duty throughout the weekend, helping with errands and miscellaneous jobs around headquarters as well as tending bar. Most students work Thursday through Sunday. Students are paid hourly: as of this printing the rate is $11.00 per hour; tips are optional, though most classes have traditionally given each assistant at least $100 as a tip. Your budget should include approximately $250 to $500 per class assistant depending on the number of hours you plan to have your bar open. In February, your class liaison will help you determine how many assistants you need, and the Reunion Chair is asked to complete a form listing the names of sons, daughters or other relatives of classmates you would like us to hire, if any. If eligible, they will be given priority when students are hired. Requests for specific Class Assistants made after April 1 cannot be honored, since we have limited housing for student workers and all positions will be filled by this time.

By the end of April, we will let the Reunion Chair and the headquarters chair know which students have been hired for your class and will provide you with their phone numbers and email addresses. Please contact them as soon as possible and certainly before you arrive.

The students’ last job will be to make sure all chairs and tables are stacked neatly outside the tent for pickup on Sunday. The tent rental companies dismantle the tents before Facilities collects chairs and tables. We suggest you pay your Class Assistants on Sunday after all the tables and chairs have been stacked and final duties are accomplished.

Tents

While it is not absolutely necessary to have a tent for Reunion, it is good insurance against rainy weather, particularly since most headquarters do not have large indoor spaces. Some classes also rent a separate smaller tent for their caterer. Due to safety and liability concerns regarding setup and take down of tents, and coordinating vendor access to sites, each Headquarters has been matched with a tent supplier with experience at Amherst and with Reunion. Please be in touch with your class liaison regarding the tent company assigned to your Headquarters.

Due to underground utilities and other considerations, there are limited places where tents can be erected on campus. Tent set-up times will be coordinated with the availability of Facilities personnel and based on the Class schedule of events. Facilities staff will meet the tent supplier on site to ensure that stakes are driven into safe areas and will coordinate tent permits and insurance paperwork.

The College supplies safety lighting for tents at no charge, and there will be electricity available in most tents. However, the power available at each outdoor location is limited. Please check with your class liaison before planning any outdoor activities—such as bands or special catering needs—that may require extra power.

Tent Size Guidelines:

Tent Size Capacity*
20’ x 20’ Caterer or 30 people
20’ x 40’ 60 people
30’ x 50’ 110 people
30’ x 60’ 130 people
30’ x 70’ 155 people
40’ x 60’ 175 people
30’ x 90’ 200 people
40’ x 80’ 250 people
60’ x 60’ 275 people

*Accommodates: cocktail reception with bar set-up and buffet dinner with seating.

Chairs and Tables

The College supplies chairs and 8-foot rectangular tables at no charge. Each table seats 8 people. Please remember that tablecloths are not provided (see the Food & Beverage and Banquet sections below). A form will be sent to the Reunion Chair in February asking for tent details and your estimated attendance. Facilities will provide enough tables for your estimated attendance, as well as an additional 16 tables for other needs (catering, food, DJ, etc.). Your Class Assistants are responsible for setting up/taking down tables and chairs.

Trash Barrels and Bulletin Boards

These are provided by the College at no charge. Each headquarters will be supplied with two bulletin boards and four trash cans. Extension cords are available by request.

Decorating

This is a great job for an individual on the Headquarters Committee. Don’t forget that when you arrive, you will be walking into sparsely-furnished rooms. Classes can create a more festive place for people to gather by decorating. Some classes rent round tables, tablecloths and chairs to set up inside headquarters. Alumni and Parent Programs staff will be happy to meet someone from your class at your headquarters in the spring and suggest some inexpensive ways to decorate.

Audio/Visual Equipment

If you would like a basic PA system with a microphone at your tent, please request this through your class liaison. They are assigned on a first come, first served basis. If you are hiring a DJ or band, most will offer you use of a microphone rather than reserving one through the College. If you require a projector and screen, speakers, stereo system, DVD player, extra refrigerator, etc. for headquarters, a member of the class should provide those items or rent them locally (view a list of potential suppliers). There is usually a television in each headquarters.

Other Supplies

Reunion Chairs can pick up the following materials in their “class bucket” when they check-in at Alumni House, or they can arrange to have Class Assistants do so.

This bucket of supplies includes:

    • Class attendees list
    • Safe storage room keys
    • Push pins, purple pens, markers and paper
    • Campus maps
    • Name tags and time sheets for class assistants
    • Final programs and class schedules
    • Headquarters floor plan
    • Copy of keg license
    • Tape
    • Instructions/rules for Attendance Trophy