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Program Committee

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  • Each class should plan to sponsor approximately five programs.
  • All programs should be no more than 60 minutes long.
  • Alumni and Parent Programs schedules times and locations.
  • Class programs will be scheduled on both Friday and Saturday.
  • We try not to schedule class programs against each other.
  • 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. Rooms will be assigned in part related to the equipment requested.
  • See our printable Program Form or online form to help plan class programs.
  • Check out our new video on planning for Reunion programs

Details

This committee is responsible for developing class-sponsored panels and lectures. These Friday and Saturday programs are 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. 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. 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 (8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 4 p.m.) Classes are welcome to add additional private programs between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and other private or public programs like concerts and screenings after 8 p.m.

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 lists of classmates.

If you are considering involving a faculty member as part of a class program, 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 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 email a form to program chairs 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 and rooms are assigned, in part, based on these requests.

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 afternoon 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.

 

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