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More Affinity-Based Gatherings Slated for Alumni Reunion Weekend
Building on the popularity of last year’s gatherings of former WKCR and Spectator staffers during Alumni Reunion Weekend, the program is being expanded this year to include the Glee Club, other singing groups and the Marching Band. Alumni Reunion Weekend is scheduled for Thursday, June 3–Sunday, June 6.
“We enjoyed such success last year with our launch of affinity-based receptions, the College and our partners at SEAS and Barnard thought it made sense to expand the program,” said Ken Catandella, executive director of Alumni Affairs. “More important than the increase in the number of receptions is the interactive nature of this year’s program. Whether it is oral histories at WKCR, rehearsal for the Glee Club and singing groups, a tour of the Spectator offices or the Marching Band stomping through the Reunion and Dean’s Day barbecue on Saturday, the entire program feels more robust.”
WKCR and Spectator held successful alumni gatherings last year, giving alumni a chance to reconnect and also visit with some of today’s staffers, as well as tour the current offices. Similar events are planned for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2010.
Columbia will celebrate its vocal past with the first Glee Club reunion, a chance for alumni to see old friends and “lift voices” once again. Plans, which are still being finalized, call for a little rehearsing, some post-rehearsal socializing and a performance in Lerner Hall, followed by a reception for singers and audience. The reunion will even include news of today’s Glee Club and a discussion on how Glee Club alumni might stay in touch.
Band alumni, meanwhile, are expected to gather on Hamilton lawn on Saturday morning to rehearse before making their grand entrance to the lunchtime barbecue tents on South Field, where they will play Columbia classics and other tunes for reunion attendees.
Alumni interested in attending any of these affinity-based reunions should log on to these special Web sites for more information:
• Marching band: http://reunion.college.columbia.edu/band
• Singing groups: http://reunion.college.columbia.edu/singing
• Spectator: http://reunion.college.columbia.edu/spectator
• WKCR: http://reunion.college.columbia.edu/wkcr