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Columbia College Today May 2003
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Reunite With Friends, Enjoy New York At Reunion Weekend 2003


Reunion Weekend
Good friends, fine food and a festive campus make Reunion Weekend a don't-miss event

Reunion Weekend 2003, for classes that end in 3 or 8, is set for Thursday, May 29-Sunday, June 1. The weekend is a great opportunity to rekindle friendships, make new friends and enjoy New York's culture and nightlife. It's also a chance to visit the campus and see its many changes and improvements.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday night, when alumni can purchase discount tickets (first come, first served) to a selection of Broadway shows. After the show, there will be a “Post-Theater Champagne Party" at the New 42nd Street Studios. Some classes also will host cocktail parties, receptions and gatherings that evening.

Reunion Web site

Reunion Weekend
May 29 ~ June 1, 2003

Friday morning and afternoon feature walking tours of campus, Central Park, Harlem, the Cloisters and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Also available is a bus trip (tickets required, adults only) to the Rockefeller family's Kykuit Estate near Tarrytown, N.Y. Children ages 3-12 have their own event: The "Fun in the Sun Kids Program" ensures that children enjoy supervised activities from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and (10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday.

On Friday afternoon, alumni can attend a discussion, "The College Admissions Process," in Lerner Hall. James Minter '73, a member of the Admissions staff, will answer questions. Those who feel the urge to get back in the school mode may participate in "An Intellectual Sampling of Columbia College." Or, alumni and their guests can simply relax on Low Plaza and enjoy live music and lunch at Café Columbia.

Evening events on Friday include cocktails, receptions and dinners for the Classes of '43, '48, '53, '58 and '63. The Class of 1988 is invited to a Welcome Back Party at Metrazur, at Grand Central Terminal, and Dean Austin Quigley will host a reception at The America's Society on Park Avenue. At 9 p.m., a light Sabbath Dinner is offered at the Kraft Family Center for Jewish Student Life, on West 115th Street.

Casino Royale
Gamble with Columbia Cash and mingle with friends at Casino Royale on Friday night at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

After dinner, alumni won't want to miss one of the weekend's most popular events: Casino Royale, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center on West 34th Street. Winners can redeem "Columbia Cash" can be redeemed for Columbia merchandise. The tables will remain in play after 10 p.m., when College, Barnard and SEAS alumni from the Classes of 1988-2003 gather in the ballroom for the third annual alumni dance party, hosted by the Columbia College Alumni Association.

Saturday begins with Morning(side) Yoga and Exercise, followed by the Dean's Brunch and Convocation, when Dean Quigley will address alumni and present dean's pins. The day's activities include "Film and Discussion With Ric Burns '78," a chance to join a discussion with this distinguished filmmaker and historian. Also on the afternoon's roster are barbeques on Low Plaza and South Lawn, class luncheons and discussions on the Core and the admissions process.

On Saturday evening, alumni are invited to "Wine Tasting: Great Wines for Under $20," in the South Field tent, followed by class receptions, dinners and photos, with all invited to attend the Starlight Reception on Low Plaza beginning at 10 p.m.

Sunday morning wraps things up in Lerner Hall with more yoga, followed by bagels, cream cheese, lox and The New York Times.

Register Now!

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Find Out Who's Coming!

Alumni from reunion classes should have received reunion information and a registration packet in the mail in March. Online registration, a complete program of events (including class-specific activities), information on housing, child care, parking and other frequently asked questions may be found on the College's reunion website:

For answers to any other questions, please contact Sharen Medrano in the Alumni Office at (212) 870-2288 (toll-free: 866-CCALUMNI) or




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