Summary

  • We hope for each class to plan or sponsor approximately five programs. Available program time and campus program space may limit the addition of programs beyond these five. If your class wants to pursue more than five programs you will need to discuss this with your class liaison prior to the program submission deadline.
  • Program length cannot exceed 60 minutes.
  • Alumni and Parent Programs will schedule times and locations.
  • Class programs will be scheduled on both Friday and Saturday.
  • We try to not schedule class programs against each other.
  • March 1 is the deadline for submitting program information to Alumni and Parent Programs and for A/V requests. Rooms will be assigned in part related to the equipment requested.
  • Use our Program Form (print-friendly pdf or online) to help plan class programs.

Details

This committee is responsible for developing class-sponsored panels and lectures that foster intellectual engagement, community and connection. These Friday and Saturday programs are a key piece of the Reunion experience and include many different presentations and panels as well as activities such as book signings, wine tastings and concerts. Altogether there are usually more than 70 class programs, all well attended. Programs should run no more than 60 minutes, including time for questions and answers. There will be 15 to 30 minutes between each program to allow for generous travel times between buildings. We recommend that each class sponsor approximately five programs. Due to timing and space considerations, if more than five class programs are desired, you will need to discuss this with your class liaison prior to the program submission deadline. There are five available slots for public class programs on Friday (9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.) and five on Saturday (9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:15 p.m.) Classes are welcome to add additional private programs between 5:15 and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and other private or public programs like concerts and screenings after 8 p.m.

Choosing Topics and Participants

An extraordinary collection of individuals gathers for Reunion— alumni, their families and guests as well as a number of faculty, staff and current students. The mix of interests, abilities, professions, avocations and characters is amazing. The goal is to find those classmates who, alone or with other classmates or faculty, can create engaging, intellectually stimulating programs for your class. Some classes also feature spouses as speakers and panelists. Your class liaison will work with you to help provide suggestions and lists of classmates.

As you develop program topics, consider what will be meaningful for your class. Programs should bring out the best in participants and contribute positively to the community experience of Reunion. As you plan, note that public class programs are open to all Reunion participants, the student body and community members. Please keep this in mind as you consider inviting classmates who have a high profile or may have specific safety and security needs.

If you are considering involving a faculty member as part of a class program, please be sure to discuss this first with your class liaison. Our office also invites faculty members to give College-sponsored lectures and we must ensure that no one faculty member is approached with too many requests. Alumni and Parent Programs also may be able to suggest certain faculty with expertise in a particular area. Senior administrators at the College reserve time for College-sponsored programs and are not available for participation in class-sponsored programs.

College-Sponsored Programs

The College sponsors a variety of programs to meet general alumni interest across classes and to share important updates. These may include both faculty and staff speakers. In some instances, alumni give College-sponsored lectures in addition to being featured in a class-sponsored program. If we plan to ask one of your classmates to give a lecture, we will talk with you first.

Confirming Program Needs

In late January, Alumni and Parent Programs will email a form (print-friendly pdf or online) to program chairs requesting information on the programs your class has planned. You will also be asked to schedule a check-in call with your class liaison to discuss program progress. Program titles, speakers’ names and any audio-visual requirements must be confirmed by March 1. It is essential that A/V requests for class programs be accurate, as the College cannot ensure that last-minute requests will be met, and rooms are assigned with consideration for particular A/V needs.

Alumni and Parent Programs will assign times and locations for class programs based on the information submitted on program forms. We will assume that all speakers are available Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, unless it is noted that a speaker will be unavailable at a particular time. Please confirm availability and any setup requests with presenters prior to submitting your program forms.

By early April, a draft schedule will be sent to program chairs and participants. This provides them with an opportunity to review the information and make any necessary revisions. For a general outline of Reunion activities, please refer to the General Reunion Schedule.