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Upcoming Events

Northern California - NESCAC Spring Happy Hour
April 17, 2014 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

New York - Cabaret
April 17, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

Virtual Lecture - Prof. Austin Sarat
April 24, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Southern Connecticut - Reception with President Biddy Martin
April 24, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

New York - NESCAC Alumni Happy Hour
April 24, 2014 | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Philadelphia - RESCHEDULED Evening of music by the Chamber Music Society
April 24, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

Amherst Today
April 24 - 25, 2014

Reunion
May 28 - June 1, 2014

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alumni@amherst.edu
Main Phone: 413.542.2313

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Program Committee

SUMMARY

  • Each class should plan to sponsor five programs.
  • All programs should be no more than 50 minutes long.
  • Alumni and Parent Programs schedules times and locations.
  • Class programs will be scheduled on both Friday and Saturday.
  • We try not schedule class programs against each other, multi-class programs make this more challenging.
  • March 1 is the deadline for submitting program information to Alumni and Parent Programs
  • A/V requests for class programs must be submitted at this time and carefully reviewed, as there is limited equipment and high demand for it.
  • See our printable Program Form or online form to help plan class programs.

Details

This committee is responsible for developing class-sponsored panels and lectures. These Friday and Saturday programs have become a major attraction and include many different presentations and panels as well as book signings, wine tastings, concerts and debates. Altogether there are more than 70 class programs, all well attended. With more than 2,000 people on campus, there are never too many programs. Programs should run about 50 minutes, including time for questions and answers. We recommend that each class sponsor five programs.

An extraordinary collection of individuals gathers for reunion — alumni, their families and guests, and a number of faculty, staff and current students. The mix of interests, abilities, professions, avocations and characters is amazing. The trick is to find those classmates who, alone or with other classmates or faculty, can create blockbuster 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 ideas.

If you are considering involving a faculty member as part of your class programs, please be sure to discuss this with your class liaison first since our office also invites faculty members to give college-sponsored lectures. We want to be sure that no one faculty member is approached by too many classes. Alumni and Parent Programs also may be able to suggest certain faculty with expertise in a particular area. In some instances, alumni give college-sponsored lectures on the Thursday, or Friday morning, of reunion 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.

In late January, Alumni and Parent Programs will mail a form to program chairs (see printable Program Form or online form) requesting information on the programs your class has planned. Program titles, speakers’ names and any audio-visual requirements must be confirmed by March 1 of your reunion year. It is essential that A/V requests for class programs be accurate, as the college cannot ensure that last-minute requests will be met.

Once all the program information has been received, Alumni and Parent Programs will assign times and locations. Because this is a complicated process, we ask that you not request specific times for your programs, except when participants are unavailable on certain days or hours. We will assume your program speakers are available Friday from noon on and all day Saturday unless you specify otherwise

In mid-April, after the programs are assigned, a 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 sample Reunion Schedule.

 

Upcoming Events

Northern California - NESCAC Spring Happy Hour
April 17, 2014 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

New York - Cabaret
April 17, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

Virtual Lecture - Prof. Austin Sarat
April 24, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Southern Connecticut - Reception with President Biddy Martin
April 24, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

New York - NESCAC Alumni Happy Hour
April 24, 2014 | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Philadelphia - RESCHEDULED Evening of music by the Chamber Music Society
April 24, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

Amherst Today
April 24 - 25, 2014

Reunion
May 28 - June 1, 2014

MORE EVENTS »

Contact Us

alumni@amherst.edu
Main Phone: 413.542.2313

STAFF DIRECTORY »