AROUND THE QUADS
Come Home to Columbia for Reunion Weekend 2004
By Lisa Palladino
Reunion Weekend 2004, for classes that end in 4 or 9, is scheduled
for Thursday, June 3–Sunday, June 6. 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, including
Hamilton Hall’s renovated classrooms and recently installed
The weekend kicks off on Thursday, when early check-in starts at
3 p.m. From 6 p.m.–8 p.m., visit with classmates at cocktail
parties and welcome receptions. The night continues further south
on Broadway — alumni can purchase discount tickets (first
come, first served) to Wicked, Movin’ Out
or Hairspray. Buses will be provided from campus.
Friday morning and afternoon feature walking tours of campus, historic
Harlem, Times Square and the United Nations. Also available is a
popular bus trip to the Rockefeller family’s Kykuit Estate
near Tarrytown, N.Y. (tickets required, adults only).
For lunch, join classmates at Café Columbia and enjoy your
meal al fresco on Low Plaza. The afternoon continues with a talk,
“The College Admissions Process,” and class panels and
discussions. At 3 p.m., Barnard professor Robert A. McCaughey will
read from Stand, Columbia, his definitive history of the
University. Copies will be available for purchase, followed by a
book signing. At 4 p.m., the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
will thank the Alumni Representative Committee for its hard work
in helping to recruit and select the Class of 2008. New members
are welcome and will be registered on-site, but all alumni are welcome
at this event.
Friday night activities include class cocktail receptions and dinners
followed by one of the weekend’s most popular events, Casino
Royale at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center on West
34th Street, starting at 9 p.m. Winners can redeem “Columbia
Cash” for Columbia merchandise. The tables will remain in
play after 10 p.m., when College, Barnard and SEAS alumni from the
Classes of 1989–2004 gather in the ballroom for the fourth
annual Alumni Dance Party, hosted by the Columbia College Alumni
Relax on Saturday morning with Morning(side) Yoga and Exercise,
followed by the Dean’s Brunch and Convocation, when Dean Austin
Quigley will address alumni and present the President’s Cup
and Dean’s pins. At 11 a.m., Roger Bagnall, professor of classics
and history and winner of the 2003 Mellon Foundation Distinguished
Achievement Award, will deliver this year’s Reunion Weekend
Lecture. Bagnall, an internationally respected and prolific historian
of the Graeco-Roman world, will discuss the use of technology in
humanist inquiry. Also on the afternoon’s roster are barbeques
on Low Plaza and South Lawn, class luncheons and discussions and
a University tunnel tour. The day ends on an up note with a “Great
Wines for Under $20” tasting.
The evening festivities are class dinners, including class photos,
followed by the Starlight Reception on Low Plaza, which features
dancing, champagne and desserts, starting at 10 p.m.
Reunion wraps up on Sunday morning in Lerner Hall with another
chance for yoga, followed by bagels, cream cheese, lox and The
New York Times.
Throughout the weekend, some classes will have class-specific
programming. Please consult class mailings and e-mails.
For children, the College provides a full day of programming on
Friday, June 4, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and on Saturday, June
5, from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Supervised activities and meals will
be provided. Activities are suitable for children ages 3–12.
Youngsters must be toilet trained to participate.
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 Reunion
2004 website: http://reunion.college.columbia.edu.
For answers to any other questions, please contact Sharen Medrano
in the Alumni Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
or (212) 870-2288 (toll-free: 866-CCALUMNI).