Summary

  • We hope for each class to plan or sponsor up to three programs (five for the 25th and 50th Reunion classes). Available program time and campus program space may limit the addition of programs beyond these three. If your class wants to pursue more than three programs you will need to discuss this with your class liaison prior to the program submission deadline.
  • 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 AV 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. 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 up to three programs, with five program spaces offered for the 25th and 50th Reunion classes. Due to timing and space considerations, if more than three 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. and 4 p.m.) and four on Saturday (9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.) Classes are welcome to add additional private programs between 5:15 and 8 p.m. on Friday and 4:15 and 8 p.m. on 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 or family members 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 is just one of many departments within the College to invite faculty members to give College-sponsored lectures, and we must coordinate these requests to ensure that no one faculty member is approached with too many. 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 very rarely available for participation in class-sponsored programs. Students are also not available to participate in class-sponsored programs during Reunion.

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 share this with the program committee.

Confirming Program Needs

In late January, class liaisons 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 AV 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 AV 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.