Alumni Reunion Weekend 2006
Photos by Eileen Barroso,
Elaine Chan, Michael Dames, Heather Hunte,
Andréa Nichols and Chris Taggart
Morningside Heights was bustling as more than 1,000 alumni from the Classes of 1936–2005 returned on June 8–11 to celebrate Alumni Reunion Weekend on campus and throughout the city.
Traditional events, such as class cocktail parties, lunches and dinners, Broadway shows, gambling with Columbia cash and dancing at the Hammerstein Ballroom and Starlight Reception, continued to be favorite activities. New this year were a clambake, mini-Core courses (registered alumni were given reading assignments in advance to discuss with the class and professor) and class-specific tours of the Met, MoMA and New York Botanical Garden.
A young alumni component, for Classes 2002–05, also was new this year, and included the Hammerstein festivities as well as a cocktail party and dinner. The successful weekend ended on Sunday with a Service of Remembrance at St. Paul’s Chapel and a Reunion Brunch, hosted by Columbia Athletics.
The Class of 1956, celebrating its 50th anniversary of graduation, had the highest attendance of any class, with 121 members plus 103 guests attending at least one weekend event, while the Class of 1971 led the way in reunion giving. Jerry Sherwin ’55 was presented with the President’s Cup for his efforts at last year’s reunion, becoming the first two-time winner of the award.