AROUND THE QUADS
New Features at Reunion 2006
By Lisa Palladino
Make your plane reservation, get your car tuned up or make sure your MetroCard is full — Alumni
Reunion Weekend 2006 is set for June 8–11. This year the Alumni Office welcomes back to campus
graduates from classes ending in 1 or 6 as well as the College’s young alumni (see box). The weekend
will offer Lions the chance to participate in campus activities, cultural outings, discussions and panels,
and share great meals, cocktail parties and memories.
The weekend kicks off on Thursday, June 8, with check-in starting at 3 p.m. in Alfred Lerner Hall,
registration headquarters and the place to find the most up-to-date information. On Thursday evening,
visit with classmates at cocktail parties and receptions, then enjoy the night on your own or attend
the American Ballet Theatre or a Broadway show: Sweeney Todd, The Color Purple or Tarzan.
Friday morning features “Back on Campus” activities, such as mini-Core courses and walking
tours of Morningside Heights, Butler Library and Manhattanville. While free, these events require
registration. Also planned are class-specific activities; check the class schedule you receive at Lerner
Hall. After lunch, attend the annual Alumni Representative Committee reception (for ARC members and
those who wish to join) or participate in another Back on Campus event, then enjoy class-specific events
such as barbecues and wine and cheese receptions before settling in at your class’ cocktail party,
reception or dinner. Those who observe the Sabbath are invited to join friends, family and classmates
from the College, SEAS and Barnard for evening services and Shabbat Kiddush.
Friday activities continue late into the night with one of reunion’s most popular events, Casino
Royale at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The tables will remain in play after 10 p.m., when College, Barnard
and SEAS alumni from the Classes of 1996–2006 are invited to gather for the sixth annual Alumni
Regroup on Saturday morning with Morning(side) Yoga and Exercise in Lerner Hall, then enjoy breakfast
in Roone Arledge Auditorium at the Dean’s Brunch and Convocation, when Dean Austin Quigley, celebrating
his 10th year as dean, will address alumni and present the President’s Cup and other awards. Immediately
following, join Professor Michael Rosenthal for the Alumni Reunion Weekend Lecture as he discusses his
book, Nicholas Miraculous: The Amazing Career of the Redoubtable Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler [Class
Lion cubs will be well taken care of on Saturday at the Children’s Program; supervised activities
and meals will keep them busy from 9:30 a.m.–10 p.m. with activities suitable for children ages
3–12. Other childcare services are available; check your reunion materials for more information.
At lunchtime on Saturday, join other alumni for the Alumni Reunion Weekend Clambake on campus, which
will offer tasty lunch options, including vegetarian and kosher, for alumni from the Classes of 1971–2001
and their families. Other classes have arranged class-specific meals at various campus venues.
After you’ve eaten, get ready to learn and share your knowledge and experiences at class-specific
class panels and discussions, amp up your career by attending a Career Education presentation or find
out just how competitive the College is today at “The College Admissions Process.” Later
in the afternoon, enjoy “Great Wines for Under $20,” then join classmates for the formal
Saturday night dinners, which feature class photos. Don’t leave before the Starlight Reception,
which allows you to dance the night away on Low Plaza with plenty of champagne and desserts to keep
Reunion Weekend wraps up on Sunday morning with a service of remembrance for deceased alumni; and
a bagel, cream cheese and lox brunch, hosted by Columbia Athletics.
Online registration, a complete program of reunion events, and information on housing, parking, childcare
and other frequently asked questions may be found on the Alumni Reunion Weekend website: http://reunion.college.columbia.edu.
For answers to any other questions, please contact the Alumni Office: 212-870-2288 or toll-free, 1-866-CCALUMNI.
Young Alumni Reunion for ’02–’05
New to Reunion Weekend this year is a young alumni component,
open to the Classes of 2002-05. On Thursday night, June 8, join
fellow Columbians at a cocktail party at the Frying Pan. On Friday
night, June 9, dance, eat, drink and gamble with “Columbia
Cash” at a pre-casino party with open bar and food at the
Hammerstein Ballroom, which leads into Casino Royale and a dance
party that includes SEAS and Barnard alumni. On Saturday, June 10,
join fellow young alumni attendees at a wine tasting and dinner on
Furnald Lawn followed by dancing and dessert at the Starlight
Reception on Low Plaza. Register at