6/23/2011 Staff

Reunion Weekend 2011



Photos by Nick Gould

Several popular events highlighted the Reunion schedule, including the alumni toast to F&M faculty members, Reunion class parade and class dinners. A party under the tent on Hartman Green capped the festivities on Saturday evening.

This year marked the 50th Reunion for the Class of 1961. Members of the class were inducted into the Nevonian Society, which honors alumni and the surviving spouses of departed classmates who have reached the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

One new member of the Nevonian Society is Bill Curtis ’61, who chaired his Reunion committee and encouraged many of his classmates to return for the weekend. Curtis is an active alumnus, having served on the Alumni Board for two years and volunteering to help the Offices of Admission and Career Services.

“Some classmates came back who had never been back before,” Curtis says. “It was great to see some of these guys after 50 years. People came from California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Germany. I’ve seen stronger and renewed friendships develop since the Reunion. It was a great success, and something to build on.”

Curtis says many of his classmates had never seen the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center, or other more recently constructed buildings on campus. The same was true for members of the Class of 1986, who celebrated their 25th anniversary.

“The physical campus has changed, but they’ve done a nice job preserving the heart of campus,” says Beth Shillingford Carey ’86, a member of the 1986 Reunion committee. Carey notes that many of her classmates remember the two massive water towers behind Old Main—affectionately known as “George” and “Martha”—which are now history.

The best part of Reunion, Carey says, was reconnecting with friends and even making new ones. A field hockey and lacrosse player at F&M, Carey also caught up with one of her former professors and a staunch sports fan: David Schuyler, the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and American Studies, who spoke at the 1986 class dinner. “David Schuyler was always a great supporter of me as a student-athlete. I’d never leave class early for a game without him wishing me luck,” Carey says.

The College honored several alumni with awards during Reunion Weekend:

Sydney Bridgett ’51 received the Nevonian Medal, presented annually to a member of the Nevonian Society who has demonstrated extraordinary and sustained dedication to the College.

Trustees Robert J. Brooks, Sr. ’66, P’98 and Anthony I. Kreisel ’66 received the Alumni Medal, presented annually to an alumna or alumnus in recognition of sustained, distinguished and outstanding service to the College.

Mike Dee ’85, Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills ’72 and Leroy Pernell ’71 received 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.

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