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50th Reunion

welcome alumnae

It was a grand reunion. Here's a list of our reunion events, with links to more information, more photos and even a few videos. If the name of an event is in purple, it's a link: click on it.

There are many pictures in the Photo Albums on the home page as well as in the various articles about reunion. In addition to the photos on our website, Janet Bogardus has provided a link to her delightful variety of reunion photos on Snapfish. And Charlie Kohn put together his photos, with sound, in a fun presentation on YouTube.

Who Came?
To see which classmates--over 200 of us!--signed up, click here to download the spreadsheet (which includes all classes). Jeanne Lindholm Palleiko, Parade Marshall and Participation Chair, reports that 203 signed up; a few had to cancel at the last minute, but one more signed up at the last minute, for a total attendance of 201 classmates.

Reunion Committee
For a list of the hard-working classmates who brought us our 50th reunion, click here.

Videos of events

A videographer recorded interviews with new arrivals on Friday and the Saturday night skit. She also made a DVD that contains both plus some additional reunion scenes.

Friday Photo Album

 


Friday Events


Dorm check-in

Our wonderful student workers checked us in at Tower Court, carried our bags,  and answered all sorts of questions--such as where to get decent cell phone reception (answer: outside!).

Video taping
Our videographer recorded brief comments from new arrivals, for playback on Saturday night. Subsequently, she expanded the video to include more interviews. For the final video, click here.

At these display tables, we could discover classmates' labors of love: their art, their books, the issues they're pouring their hearts into.

There were three fascinating discussions. Joan Norris Booth and Amy Bright Unfried (shown) told stories and gave tips on "The Joy of Traveling." In "Wellesley’s Early History," Catherine (Kit) Clarke Bermon, Judith Peller Hallett and Melinda Ponder described their research into three distinguished early alumnae. And in "Engaging across Generations," Jima Rice and Sherry Holland. described Wellesley's plans to build a world-class mentoring program for Wellesley students and alumnae and led a discussion on how the class of 1966 can be involved.

Social Hour

Friday's sumptuous social hour was hosted by the WCAA in a tent in the Tower Court courtyard

Dinner

Friday's dinner was in the Tower Court cafeteria/dining room--with no wait-on!

Step Singing

These days Step Singing is in the chapel, and for this reunion, it was packed.

Tapestry Talk

Members of the Tapestry Project team met with interested classmates to plan the next phase of the Tapestry Project.

For background information, click here.


Saturday Events


Walk around Lake Waban with PERA (formerly Phys. Ed.)

Some intrepid class members took advantage of a beautiful morning to enjoy the campus and environs at one of the loveliest times of the year.

To keep the meeting brief and give more time for the class conversation, the business meeting agenda, reports and other information were distributed on line. We elected new class officers: President, Jeanne Lindholm Palleiko; Vice President, Susan Forbes Martin; Treasurer, Anne Davis Kennedy; Secretary, Melissa Fox; Wellesley Fund Representatives, Linda Lohman Spence and Eva Youngstrom Knight; Durant Chair, Judith Margolis Katz. For more information, click here.

Eleanor Frey Counselman faciltated the discussion on

theme "What Gets Us Up in the Morning?"

Some of our associate professors joined us for lunch.

H. Kim Bottomly, Diana Chapman Walsh '66, Nannerl Overholser Keohane '61--and an unpublicized visit from incoming president Paula Johnson.

The panel  was recorded and the video posted on the college's YouTube channel: click here. For the text of Diana's remarks, click here.

A moving service that brought back happy memories of classmates who are no longer with us.

Social Hour

Saturday social hour was in Alum, in the portico and the hall behind the auditorium, where we had some amazing hors d'oevres and a signature cocktail that was supposed to be purple, but everyone was having too much fun to care that it was clear.

We moved into the auditorium to watch the video of comments from new arrivals, followed by the story of a time traveler from 1967 finding herself at our reunion.

Here they are: Arrival Video. Skit Video. Skit Script.

Dinner at Decade-Themed Tables

The memorabilia from five decades brought memories and laughs. And the food was delicious.

Check out our write-up with pictures Saturday night lively and the photo album Saturday Night Fun

Dancing with DJ

We surprised the DJ!
For pictures, click on the links in the previous event, Dinner at Decade-Themed Tables.


Sunday Events


Council on the Uncertain Human Future

Diana Chapman Walsh and Sarah Buie '71 led a discussion based on work of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future to address climate change.

For more pictures, go to the Reunion Parade photo album. And for videos by David Wilkins, who shot the parade from one side, then crossed the road and shot it again from the other, go to the Wellesley College Class of 1966 YouTube Channel.

Alumnae Association Meeting

One highiight of the meeting was a farewell video for President Bottomly, featuring students and alumnae from around the globe. And there were special highlights for us. Our class won three significant awards: the participation attendance award for the highest percentage of classmates to return for reunion, the largest ever class reunion gift to the college (with special thanks to Lulu Chow Wang for her generous donation to the new College to Careers initiative), and the Syrena Stackpole Award for an alumna's lifetime of dedicated service and exceptional commitment to our class president Barbara Bywater Creed. Eleanor Frey Counselman took a video of Barbara getting up to accept the award. To see the video--and hear our enthusiastic class cheer--click here.

Sunday Box Lunch

We got together one last time at the Lulu before dispersing to our many destinations.