AROUND THE QUADS
Rekindle Friendships at Reunion
By Lisa Palladino
Casino Royale and
the Alumni Dance Party at Hammerstein Ballroom get the weekend
going in a festive way.
PHOTO: EILEEN BARROSO
Get ready for Reunion Weekend 2005! Classes that end in 0 or 5
will gather Thursday, June 2 – Sunday, June 5, on campus and
at venues throughout New York City for receptions, theater, panel
discussions, dinners, tours and more. Reunion is a great opportunity
to rekindle friendships, make new friends and enjoy New York’s
culture and nightlife, as well as spend time on campus and in the
ever-changing Morningside Heights neighborhood.
The weekend kicks off on Thursday; check-in starts at 3 p.m. in
Alfred Lerner Hall, the student center, which is registration headquarters.
That evening, visit with classmates at cocktail parties and welcome
receptions, then enjoy one of several entertainment choices: the
New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center or Broadway shows (tickets
are first come, first served) Glengarry Glen Ross, Julius
Caesar or Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Buses
will be provided from campus to the shows.
A light rain didn’t
dampen the spirits at last year’s Starlight Reception
as alumni danced the night away, sheltered by one of the big
tents on Low Plaza.
PHOTO: ALEX SACHARE ’71
Friday features walking tours of campus, historic Harlem, the United
Nations and Manhattanville, the area north of campus where Columbia
plans to expand. Also available is the always-popular bus trip to
the Rockefeller family’s Kykuit Estate near Tarrytown, N.Y.
(tickets required, adults only).
Refuel and rest while lunching al fresco at Café Columbia
on Low Plaza. The afternoon continues with a talk, “The College
Admissions Process,” followed by the Annual ARC reception,
a chance to thank the Alumni Representative Committee for its hard
work helping to recruit and select the Class of 2009. New members
are welcome and will be registered on-site.
Ease into the evening with class-specific receptions and parties,
or join friends, family and classmates from the College, SEAS and
Barnard for Shabbat services and dinner.
Friday’s activities continue late into the night with one
of the weekend’s most popular events, Casino Royale at the
Hammerstein Ballroom, in the Manhattan Center on West 34th Street.
Winners can redeem “Columbia Cash” won at the gambling
tables for Columbia merchandise. The tables will remain in play
after 10 p.m., when College, Barnard and SEAS alumni from the Classes
of 1990–2005 gather in the ballroom for the fifth annual Alumni
Dance Party, featuring food, drinks and great music.
Relax and stretch your tired muscles on Saturday morning with
Morning(side) Yoga and Exercise in Lerner Hall, followed by a hearty
meal at the Dean’s Brunch and Convocation, when Dean Austin
Quigley will address alumni and present the President’s Cup
and other awards. On the afternoon’s roster is the Reunion
Weekend Lecture, when recent Nobel Prize winner Richard Axel ’67
will speak about his groundbreaking research on the olfactory system.
Saturday afternoon offers more chances for campus tours, as well
as a terrific campus barbecue — class-specific areas will
be designated so you can easily locate classmates — as well
as class luncheons, a special CU tunnel tour (reservations required)
and volleyball on South Lawn. Stop by Lerner Hall anytime in the
afternoon to relax and catch a few moments of the Columbia Film
Forum, which will show films made by and starring Columbians.
Start your evening activities along with friends from SEAS and
Barnard at a “Great Wines for Under $20” tasting, then
enjoy class dinners, when class photos will be taken, and the Starlight
Reception on Low Plaza, which features dancing, champagne and desserts
under the night sky. Reunion Weekend wraps up on Sunday morning
with another chance for yoga, followed by a bagel, cream cheese
and lox brunch and The New York Times, sponsored by Columbia
If you are bringing your little Lions, the College offers Camp
Columbia for Kids, where supervised activities will keep the youngsters
busy, happy and safe; meals will be provided. The camp is open on
Friday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.–10
p.m. Activities are suitable for children ages 3–12; youngsters
must be toilet trained to participate.
Online registration, a complete program of reunion events (including
class-specific activities), information on housing, parking, babysitting
and other frequently asked questions may be found on the Reunion
2005 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.