Cindy del Rosario-Tapan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations
More than 2,400 alumni and guests enjoyed Alumni Reunion Weekend and Dean’s Day 2011, held June 2–5. Attendees renewed friendships at class-specific events, revisited their classroom days by attending mini-Core courses and thought-provoking panels, checked out campus changes via guided tours, and enjoyed good food and company on campus and at venues around New York City. Celebrating reunion this year were classes ending in 1 or 6, from 1946–2006.
Young alumni from the Classes of 2001–11 had a rousing celebration on the evening of June 3, setting a record at the Young Alumni Party with more than 1,200 attendees joining the fun aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid.
Alumni of all ages capped the weekend at Saturday night’s gala Starlight Reception on Low Plaza, enjoying music, champagne, sweets and a dance floor that was filled to capacity.
Dean’s Day, open to alumni of all classes as well as parents, was held on June 4, and for the first time, the deans from the College, Engineering, General Studies and the Arts and Sciences spoke on their fields of expertise. Other leading professors also shared their expertise through CC, Lit Hum, Frontiers of Science, Art Hum and Engineering lectures. An Alumni Representative Committee reception, a Center for Career Education presentation and affinity group receptions — for varsity athletics, Spectator, Columbia Alumni Singers and the Asian Columbia Alumni Association — as well as the chance to converse with others in Italian at Casa Italiana or enjoy string music composed by Columbians, sponsored by Columbia Engineering Young Alumni, rounded out the day’s offerings.
There were plenty of family activities during the weekend as well, including the Decades BBQs and Camp Columbia for Kids featuring playtime, plenty of fun food and snacks, and even milk and cookies to nosh on during a movie.
PHOTO: Eileen Barroso