5/31/2012 Chris Karlesky

F&M Prepares to Welcome Familiar Faces at Reunion Weekend

Three weeks after members of Franklin & Marshall’s Class of 2012 joined the ranks of the College’s alumni, scores of familiar faces are preparing to return to campus to relive their own memories as F&M students—and reconnect with the place they once called home.

The College expects to welcome more than 1,000 alumni and guests at its 2012 Reunion Weekend, slated for June 1-3. This year’s festivities, designed for class years ending in “2” and “7,” include dinners, campus tours, and numerous programs and special events that will give alumni a chance to connect with the College and one another.

“Reunion is about reconnecting generations of alumni with each other and with F&M. That's the really great thing, and it's always fun,” said Cathy Cross Roman ’77, F&M’s director of alumni relations, who is celebrating her 35th Reunion this year. “It's also an opportunity for alumni to visit their alma mater and see all the exciting changes that have taken place on campus over the past few years.”

Complete information about Reunion Weekend, including a schedule of events and answers to frequently asked questions, is available on F&M’s Reunion website.

  • Members of Franklin & Marshall’s Class of 1898 gather for a group photo in 1948.
  • An excerpt from the September 1938 edition of “Franklin and Marshall Alumnus” magazine describes the College’s creation of an alumni headquarters in what was once Stahr Hall.
  • From left, retired F&M history Professor H.M.J Klein (Class of 1893), retired Athletic Director Charles Mayser, Edward “Hooks” Mylin (Class of 1916), retired German professor Victor Dippell and an unidentified member of the Class of 1916 reminisce in 1961.
  • This August 1938 edition of “Franklin and Marshall Alumnus” magazine includes stories about some of the early Reunions of F&M classes. Most of these were informal and were held off campus. For example, in June 1938, five of the remaining eight surviving members of the Class of 1881 met at the home of classmate John C. Hager Jr.
  • Members of F&M’s Classes of 1928 through 1937 march through campus during the June 1961 Reunion Class Parade.
  • This is one of the earliest known advertisements for an F&M Reunion. It was published in the December 1958 edition of “Franklin and Marshall Alumnus” magazine.
  • In this May 1925 article in “Franklin and Marshall Alumnus” magazine, A.L. Lightner, Class of 1904, describes his class’ gift to the College, the original alumni torch, which was lost in the 1990s (but has since been replaced with a replica). It had a shaft carved from American Walnut, with bronze trimmings.
  • Members of F&M’s Class of 1968 march past Hensel Hall in celebration of their 25th Reunion.

In advance of this year's Reunion taking place Friday through Sunday, June 1-3, the staff of F&M's Archives & Special Collections uncovered a series of images from past F&M Reunions, which are presented in this slideshow. (Images courtesy of F&M Archives & Special Collections)

This year marks the 50th reunion for F&M’s Class of 1962. At a luncheon on June 1 in the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center, members of the class will be inducted into the Nevonian Society, which honors alumni and surviving spouses of departed classmates who have reached the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

Many other events are spotlighted in the Reunion schedule, including Reunion Alumni College, in which F&M faculty members share their current work with alumni; the annual alumni toast to professors and coaches; the Saturday evening party on Hartman Green; and class dinners. Times and locations for all events are available online.

A central part of the weekend is the Reunion Class Parade, which marches through the center of campus to the Alumni Celebration in the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts on June 2. The Alumni Celebration includes class reflections and remarks from F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield.

The College will honor several alumni with awards during the Alumni Celebration:

  • Sidney Dickstein, Esq., ’47 will receive the Nevonian Medal, presented annually to a member of the Nevonian Society who has demonstrated extraordinary and sustained dedication to the College.
  • Catherine Jasons, Esq., ’76 and Charles “Chiz” Patterson ’54, P’79 will receive the Alumni Medal, presented annually to an alumna or alumnus in recognition of sustained, distinguished and outstanding service to the College.
  • Trustee John F. Burness ’67, Paula T. Dow, Esq., ’77, James R. Stengel ’77 and Allan Tasman, M.D., ’69 will receive the Alumni Citation, presented annually to an alumna or alumnus who is distinguished in a particular profession, has provided dedicated leadership and service to the community and has established an exemplary record of accomplishment in a specific field of endeavor.
  • Neil B. Davidowitz, Esq., ’78, P’14, Jody Haller Drake, Esq., ’77 and Morris “Maury” L. Garten, Esq., ’89 will receive the Alumni Development Volunteer Award, which recognizes alumni who have excelled in raising funds and obtaining pledges for the College.

More coverage of F&M’s 2012 Reunion Weekend, including a gallery of photos, will appear on the F&M News website after Reunion.

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