Forever F&M

This magazine article is part of Summer 2015 / Issue 82

Smiles, hugs and laughs were the order of the day during Reunion Weekend 2015, a three-day trip down memory lane for more than 1,000 F&M alumni. Graduates from class years ending in “0” and “5” returned to campus in June to reconnect with friends and professors and learn about modern-day life at their alma mater. Attendees included 102-year-old Eli Zebooker ’35, who last visited campus 30 years ago. “Eighty years ago, I graduated. I thought I would come back one more time,” he said. “It’s a refresher course.” Also in attendance was former College President Richard Kneedler ’65, who joined the Nevonian Society with other members  of his 50th Reunion class.


  • Seasoned alumni from the Classes of '35 and '50 lead the Class Parade. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Hungry alumni show up early for breakfast at the Flapjack Fest, the new Reunion Weekend tradition. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Alumni marchers head with their class gift to Alumni Celebration in the Ann & Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts in Hensel Hall. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their graduation the Class of '65 pose as newly inducted Nevonians with F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield. Image Credit: Melissa Hess
  • Joel Eigen, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology and co-house don of Ware College House, takes questions from alumni about his research into the complex role that neuroscience plays in the legal system. Image Credit: Melissa Hess
  • At President Porterfield's invitation, former F&M President Richard Kneedler '65 takes the podium at the Alumni Celebration to extol the enduring virtues of a liberal arts education. Image Credit: Melissa Hess
  • College Chaplain Susan Minasian enjoys a laugh with Senior Associate Dean for Planning and Analysis of Student Outcomes Donnell Butler '95 and other alumni at the Reunion Barbecue. Image Credit: Melissa Hess
  • Ice cream from the Good Humor man makes Joaquim Hamilton '06 and his wife, Intisar '06, smile at the Reunion Barbecue. Image Credit: Melissa Hess
  • Porterfield and Alumni Association President Ricardo Rivers with the Class of '65 and their generous gift. The class, with a 40 percent participation rate, was this year's recipient of the President's Cup, presented to the Reunion class with the highest percentage of members giving to F&M. Image Credit: Melissa Hess
  • Alumni try their hand at beanbag toss at the Little Dippers Carnival. Image Credit: Melissa Hess
  • At 102, Eli Zebooker '35, the oldest alumni to attend Reunion Weekend, proudly carries his class flag in the Class Parade. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • At the Reunion Alumni Forums Michael Wood, M.D. '65, retired president and CEO of the Mayo Foundation Inc., William Smulyan, M.D. '65, and Gerald Kumin, M.D. '65 discuss the challenges that face healthcare in America. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Alumni gather in front of Old Main, where Reunion Weekend volunteers provide tours of the campus. Image Credit: Melissa Hess
  • The Saturday afternoon soiree at the President's Home drew alumni and family to mingle before setting out in the evening for the class dinners. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Ken Duberstein, former chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan and now chairman and CEO of The Duberstein Group Inc., takes questions about politics. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Mugging for a photo memento at the Party on the Green. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Friends re-connecting at one of Reunion Weekend's class socials. Image Credit: Melissa Hess
  • Ben and John share a moment with an alumnus and his dog. Image Credit: Melissa Hess
F&M Reunion Weekend 2015
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