By Ceillie Keane
Last Thursday through Sunday, Union invited alumni back to campus for a series of events, ceremonies and other programs for the annual ReUnion weekend.
A special event from this year’s schedule was the 150th anniversary of “Taps,” composed by Union alumnus General Daniel Butterfield, class of 1849. A 15-piece brass band played a concert commemorating the event in Memorial Chapel on Saturday evening.
In addition to the normal festivities, there were also dedications to two new spaces. The Valeria J. Hoffman Women and Gender Studies Suite, located in Reamer Campus Center, was made possible by the donations from Valeria Hoffman ‘75.
The new Center for Neuroscience, funded with grants from the National Science Foundation and the Frank Bailey Fund, is on the third floor of Butterfield Hall. Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Rhonda Engvold noted that these ReUnion weekend dedication ceremonies were the ideal way to highlight the “great contributions our alumni are making to campus.”
Along with these special ceremonies, the weekend also offered events for alumni to reconnect.
Engvold explained how both separate class receptions and larger events to bring the different graduating classes together were planned.
Based on the feedback from the alumni, Engvold said the returning alumni “had a great time reconnecting.”
Throughout ReUnion weekend, the alumni were not only reconnecting with each other, but also with current students. Engvold shared that even the smallest interactions, such as the short rides across campus on golf carts, provide an opportunity for exchange and connection.
Engvold said that Student Alumni Association (SAA), in particular, work the weekend and interact with alumni.
SAA Co-Chair Dan Nault ‘12, who has been involved with the association for the past two years said, “I think that the greatest benefit of helping out during ReUnion weekend as a member of SAA is that we get to partake in all of the great events that the Alumni Relations Office arranges for alumni visitors, as well as get a true sense of how much Union honors its alumni and how much the alumni appreciate it.”