A half-century of Franklin & Marshall College graduating classes, those whose years end in "4" and "9," will converge on campus June 6-8 for Reunion Weekend 2014.
Scores of alumni, together with families, will reconnect and reminisce during an event-filled weekend that will feature induction of members of the Class of 1964, F&M's 50th Reunion class, into the College's Nevonian Society. Among other popular activities are the Class Parade and Party on the Green.
"To return to what was their home for four years is always a special occasion for alumni," said Mary Mazzuca, F&M's executive director of alumni relations and annual giving. "The College looks forward to welcoming them once again."
At least 1,200 alumni are expected to attend this year's reunion, said Donna Pflum, associate director of alumni and parent relations, adding, "That's just those who have told us they're attending. Year after year we have more walk-ins."
Mazzuca praised alumni volunteers for helping to make Reunion Weekend a success this year. "They are wonderfully engaged this year, giving their time and their philanthropy," she said.
Also applauded is the College's professional staff for doing the many preparations needed for an exciting weekend. "The F&M community always comes out when we need them," Pflum said. "Every department is actively engaged."
Classmates will have the chance at Reunion Weekend to share happy memories with one another at socials, luncheons, dinners and other programs planned over the three-day affair. Visit the complete schedule of events to get all the details.
Friday highlights include the Nevonian induction and luncheon to honor the life achievements of the members of the Class of '64. All 50-year alumni, along with their spouses or partners, become members of the society.
Saturday morning is Alumni Celebration, when F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield and F&M Alumni President Anthony Della Pelle '84 will present five alumni with the Alumni Citation. The citation is given to individuals who are distinguished in their profession, demonstrated leadership and have a record of outstanding accomplishment.
The five alumni are: Joan Fallon '79, founder and CEO of Curemark, a biopharmaceutical company; Marc Hochberg '69, professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Paul Brown '72 P '17, president of Monmouth University; Judith White '73, professor of cell biology and microbiology at the University of Virginia; and (posthumously) Victoria Ball '71, a career counselor at Brown University. Ball's brother, Hiram Ball, will accept the citation for her.
The Alumni Medal also will be awarded at the event. This year's recipients are Nicole Teillon Riegl '90, chair of the Council on Women; Stanley Levin '74, co-chair of the Class of 1974 Reunion Committee; and Clark McSparren, M.D. '55, who served on the F&M Alumni Board for eight years. The medal is given to alumni in recognition of their sustained and distinguished service to the College.
In addition, this year's Gold Award, given to an alumni member who has shown significant service and support to the College, will be presented to Shadoe Tarver '10, who was an aide to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Porterfield also will present the President's Cup to the Reunion class with the highest percentage of alumni giving participation.
Later, on Saturday afternoon, the annual Reunion Barbecue on Hartmann Green will be followed by Alumni Forums, which offer the College community an opportunity to listen to some of F&M's alumni who are the best and brightest in their fields.
The list of speakers include Michael Mark '74, associate chief counsel at NASA Langley Research Center, discussing the landing of the probe Curiosity on Mars; University of Central Florida Professor Emeritus Llewellyn "Doc" Ehrhart '64, talking about his effort to preserve several species of endangered turtles; and QVC Host Kerstin Lindquist '99, who will share her dynamic career from broadcast journalist to a role on the television drama, "The West Wing," to program host at the TV shopping network based in West Chester, Pa.
The Class of 1959 also is presenting "Sharing Stories," during which several alumni will speak on topics of F&M interest such as "F&M 1955 to 2014: What's different; What’s good; What I worry about," with Kenneth Rainey '59, and "My lifetime involvement with F&M," presented by Joseph Nolt '59, G '16.
That evening, alumni and families will gather under the tent of Hartman to Party on the Green, featuring dancing, beverages and special desserts. It's the penultimate event before friends bid farewell on Sunday until their next Reunion Weekend.