Old school chums asked, “Is that you?” and greeted each other with “You look great!” Knowing grins and warm hugs bridged the years gone by as a large crowd gathered at Franklin & Marshall College June 1-4 for Alumni Weekend.
More than 1,000 alumni, family and friends arrived on campus to find a new football and lacrosse facility, Shadek Stadium, rising from the fields behind the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center, as well as other changes, large and small, since their days at the College.
Alumni who graduated in years that ended in 2 or 7 held special celebrations during the weekend, including the members of the Class of 1967, which marked their 50th reunion milestone. They also helped F&M honor two distinguished alumni with the Nevonian Medal – Drs. Robert Sharrar ’62 and William Sharrar ’62.
As alumni strolled the College’s tree-shaded grounds, they noted what was new, such as Harwood Commons on Hartman Green, where the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development and the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement is now housed.
They also glimpsed what’s to come at the Phillips Museum of Art, where an architectural exhibit displayed renderings and a model of the proposed Benjamin & Susan Winter Visual Arts Center that will eventually replace the Herman Arts Center, one of several Alumni College presentations during the weekend.
At the Alumni Celebration, Jason Cone ’99, executive director of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in the U.S., and Jennifer Stuart ’09, a postdoctoral epidemiology research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, were honored for their work.
“A great college regenerates itself,” President Daniel R. Porterfield told the Alumni Celebration audience, citing F&M’s academic standing and leadership in recruiting need-based students. “Our mission is more important today than it has ever been … Franklin & Marshall makes a difference.”
Christine Corkran Kretkowski ’05, president of the Alumni Association’s board of directors, presented the President’s Cup to the Class of 1967, which raised more than $2.3 million in contributions to the College with 44 percent of the class participating in the giving. The Class of 1972 gave the second highest total on the day, more than $1.4 million.
Alumni topped off the rest of their weekend feasting on chicken, corn on the cob and barbecue at the picnic under the tent on Hartman Green, attending class parties and receptions, and enjoying live music and dancing at the Blue & White Bash.
"A great college regenerates itself."