Reunion weekend features parties, classes, awards

Alumni whose class year ended in 3 or 8 invited to celebrate with classmates

Calling all 3s and 8s!

Undergraduate alumni whose class year ends in a 3 or an 8 are invited back to campus June 7 to 9 to celebrate their Reunion with family and friends.

The celebration kicks off with Friday night’s all-class Fire and ’Deis Welcome Back Party, featuring a tapas-style dinner and dancing to live music under a tent on the Great Lawn. Saturday’s lineup includes a conversation with President Fred Lawrence, the presentation of the 2013 Alumni Achievement Awards, the popular Ralph Norman Barbecue, class photos, an ice cream social at the Castle, campus tours and class dinners. A champagne brunch wraps up the festivities on Sunday morning.

In addition, Reunion committees for each class have been working since the fall to plan class-specific programs, including faculty presentations and talks, tours of the Rose Art Museum, family-friendly activities, a kickball game and more.

“This year’s Reunion promises to be the best ever,” says Leigh Creveling, director of alumni and university relations. “This will be our third Fire and ’Deis Welcome Back Party, and, if the past two are any indication, it will mark the start of another fun Reunion weekend.”

Alumni and friends eager to relive the Brandeis classroom experience are invited to begin their weekend Friday morning at Alumni College, a one-day series of classes and presentations by some of Brandeis’ most beloved faculty. Reunion attendees are entitled to a discounted registration fee.

Chris Bedford, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum, will kick off this year’s program with a presentation entitled “Art Inside Out.” He will also lead museum tours on Saturday afternoon. According to Sharon Rosenberg ‘00, director of alumni and university relations, “Chris will share his vision for the Rose, highlight current exhibitions and discuss the significant role the museum has played in shaping the academic, cultural and social life of Brandeis.”  

There are six additional classes throughout the day: Voice for Life: Refresh, Renew, Rejuvenate; Who’s Afraid of Assimilation?; The Making of “An Accident of Hope”: The Therapy Tapes of Anne Sexton; Influences of Age and Culture on Memory; Private Media, Public Obligation: Profit and the Fourth Estate; and What Makes Us Like The Foods That We Like? 

Additional Reunion programs include an Alumni of Color reception, an open house at the Hiatt Career Center, Ollie’s Family Fun in Chapels Field and a student-led panel discussion entitled “Brandeis Today.”

Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented during a conversation with President Lawrence on Saturday morning. Bonnie Berger ’83, professor of applied mathematics and the first woman to earn tenure in the math department of MIT; Jon Landau ’68, renowned music manager, record producer and manager of rock legend Bruce Springsteen; and Robert Zimmer ’68, president of the University of Chicago, will each receive the highest recognition bestowed exclusively on alumni for their distinguished contributions to their chosen fields of endeavor.

Register online for Reunion and Alumni College.

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