Manhattanville’s campus was in full bloom this past weekend, and it was not only because of the beautiful weather. The College welcomed all class years back to enjoy Reunion 2014 with special tribute to our classes celebrating milestone anniversaries of their graduation from Manhattanville College.
The moment our alumni arrived at their alma mater, they were offered a wealth of activities. Campus tours led by student tour guides and current student panels explored today’s Manhattanville experience and new campus features and renovations, while events such as “The Journey of Heritage Hall: Honoring Manhattanville’s Legacy” presented by Jean Strauss, Director of Special Projects, and the Archives Open House with Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Lauren Ziarko, took a comprehensive look at the College’s history. In addition, many of those who arrived on Friday afternoon enjoyed a special afternoon tea with former President and current Trustee, Elizabeth McCormack ’44, for a discussion of her book, No Ordinary Life.
Also taking place on Friday were the School of Education Alumni Reception and the Reunion Kick-off Cocktail Party where classmates reconnected with one another over drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres. The fun continued into the night as alumni were entertained by a Comedy Night in the Pub featuring popular comedians including Chloe Hilliard, a contestant from this season of Last Comic Standing. The Manhattanville Young Alumni Society hosted a bar crawl for our more recent graduates, who began their night at the campus pub and then headed to White Plains on the Valiant Express to revisit some of their favorite college hang out spots.
Saturday’s schedule of events gave alumni a chance to relive their college experience. Many alumni returned to the classroom where they listened to lectures given by noted faculty such as Dr. Kwan-Ha Yim and Professor Peter Gardella. “Spotlight on Manhattanville Women in the Workplace” presented by Susan Luick Good ’69 proved to be incredibly popular among alumni as they engaged in poignant discussions about women’s professional experiences. The Faculty Reception in the afternoon was another opportunity for former students to catch up with their favorite professors. In addition, Jon and Jean Strauss welcomed the College’s most devoted donors and volunteers to their home for the Loyal Valiants Reception at the President’s Cottage to celebrate their dedication to Manhattanville.
Hundreds of alumni and family gathered in the East Room for Saturday’s traditional Reunion Luncheon where President Jon Strauss gave his State of the College Address and the annual Alumni Association Awards were presented. Diane Mulcahy Coffey ’64 and Ann McGlinchy Grady ’64 were co-recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Daphne Skouras Root ’44 received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award, and Frank Furbacher ’09 was presented with the Recent Graduate Service Award.
Meanwhile on Saturday afternoon, many alumni gathered on the Quad for a barbeque and Beer Garden with Professor Lawson Bowling as well as fun activities such as a campus scavenger hunt and Manhattanville trivia. After a full day of activities, the festivities continued into the evening with a cocktail party on the Castle terrace and Class Dinners held in several of Reid Hall’s beautiful rooms. Finally, alumni danced the night away at Saturday night’s Pub Party.
On Sunday morning, Father Wil Tyrrell led a special mass for alumni, and the Class of 1964 joined together for the traditional 50th Reunion Class Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony. Reunion concluded with a Farewell Brunch on Sunday in the West Room as alumni said their goodbyes to classmates and friends after a successful weekend back at Manhattanville.
We would like to extend our thanks to all of our Reunion Committee Members, the Alumni Association Board, our Student Ambassador volunteers and all those alumni who joined us to make it a great weekend for all!
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