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Alumni Weekend 2018

Second annual weekend of celebrations on campus was a huge success!

What a Weekend!

The Purchase College Alumni Association hosted the second annual Alumni Weekend on May 4 and 5, 2018. More than 550 alumni, retired faculty and administrators, and current faculty, staff, and students traveled to campus from as far as Washington, Texas, Florida—even Ireland—to participate in class reunions and a full range of fun programs.

The weekend began on May 3 with a Faculty/Staff Alumni Luncheon held in the Library to honor all employees who are alumni of the college—fifty attended. David Grill ’86, Patti Bice ’85, and Jean Marie Garofolo ’08 were committee chairs.

Those who haven’t been back on campus since graduation were in awe of the changes on the mall including the new buildings or those under construction. Come and see for yourself.

Don’t miss next year’s Alumni Weekend, scheduled for May 3 and 4, 2019. We hope to see even more of you on campus as we celebrate alumni from all years, and especially those from the milestone years: classes of 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009, and 2014.

A Night of Reunions

All alumni were invited to the Neuberger Museum of Art for a Night of Reunions celebrating the classes of 1978, 1988, 1998, 2008, and 2013. The Purchase College Alumni Association presented Suzanne Kessler, Dean of LAS, and Patrick Callahan, Director of the Library, with Golden Brick Awards on the occasion of their retirement. The party featured food, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails, dancing, entertainment by student musicians and singers, and DJ Eric Burgos ’10.

Saturday Programs

Saturday programs for alumni and their guests included the Natural and Social Sciences Symposium; a reunion for Dance Class of 1978, led by Doug Varone ’78; a presentation on the new tax plan by alumnus David Settanni ’09; an alumni panel on book publishing led by Paul Feldstein ’77 (who traveled all the way from Ireland); a career workshop by career counselor Masako Hashimoto; and programs presented by faculty and students from Film, History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, Humanities, Music and Design/Tech, and Continuing Education. The campus tours were especially enjoyable for those alumni who had not been on campus since graduation—40 years for some.

Retired Faculty/Staff Dinner

A highlight of the weekend was the Retired Faculty/Staff Dinner on Friday, held before A Night of Reunions. The event was co-chaired by Dee Molinari and Suzanne Kessler.