Greetings, Super-duper 1964 Jell-O Classmates!
Do you remember where you were April 25 and 26, 2014? That was the weekend that 109 of us gathered at our good old alma mater for our 50th reunion celebration! On that weekend, WE broke all records and walked away with ALL four trophies (except Young Alumnae … and that was a judgment call)! We had the largest gift to The Fund for Agnes Scott — the third-largest 50th reunion class gift in ASC history — the largest attendance at a 50th reunion on record and then the Spirit Award! Didn’t we surprise everyone but ourselves? So let’s do it again for our 55th reunion, which will be April 25–28, 2019, to prove to everyone that was not a fluke.
This year’s Alumnae Weekend begins on Thursday, April 25th, with the Outstanding Alumnae Award Luncheon in Evans Hall, campus tours and exhibits throughout the afternoon and The Hub Sing in the evening. Registration on Thursday will begin at 10 a.m.
All of you who gathered for our last reunion, plan now to do it again; as one of our classmates insists on reminding me, “We aren’t getting any younger.” And those of you who missed this wonderful weekend, do join us for the next one. If EVERYONE comes, we’ll be such a surprise in 2019 that again the college won’t have blocked off enough rows for our large class at the convocation in Gaines Chapel. And this time, I assure you that we will have a fantastic class photo, staged perfectly at our Saturday night party.
Our 50th reunion coincided with the 125th birthday celebration of Agnes Scott. This year, for our 55th reunion, the school has scheduled the inauguration of our new college president, Lee. Isn’t it super of them to have these extra-special events just for us? Not every class can convene at the same time as all these special events. The Presidential Inauguration Installation Ceremony will be on Friday afternoon, from 3-5:30 p.m. on the Science Quadrangle (in front of the Mary Brown Bullock Science Building). This may be a splendid opportunity to see pomp and ceremony with full academic regalia.
There will be inaugural activities all day Friday, April 26, starting at 9 a.m. to include campus tours and exhibits, a SUMMIT Showcase and Back to Class events, and will be concluded with an Inauguration Celebration and Dance Party beginning as the Anna Young Club Dinner is wrapping up. Registration for us will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will run through the evening until 7 p.m. The Anna Young Club Dinner, which is a sit-down plated dinner, will be that night at 6:30 p.m. in Evans Hall. The Anna Young Club Dinner will be open to spouses and guests to attend and will cost $20. You may remember that we ate in Evans (the “dining hall”) for the Friday night dinner at our last reunion. You may register online at alumnae.agnesscott.edu/events/2019-alumnae-weekend or use the registration page that is included in your Alumnae Weekend brochure you should receive in the mail. So do plan to be there at this dinner for “mature alums” on Friday evening if you can.
Saturday morning, April 27, will include the class meeting and the Alumnae Convocation with the address from our new president, followed by the Alumnae Luncheon, with classes and tours of campus buildings and the new president’s home to follow in the afternoon (more details are in the reunion brochure). Eve Anderson Earnest has been working on a private tour for just our class on Saturday at 2 p.m. Department receptions will take place from 3-5 p.m. Registration on Saturday will begin at 8 a.m.
Saturday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. we are planning a casual “heavy reception buffet” on campus in an accessible room with beautiful windows overlooking the quad. This time our “class party” will be less formal, with the opportunity to mingle. There are an elevator and a restroom nearby, so everyone should be comfortable, with plenty of time to enjoy each other’s company. Just a group of longtime friends getting together to appreciate the time we spent together while getting a top-notch education so many years ago.
Scheduling our class party earlier means that those who don’t like to drive in the dark can leave earlier, and the party people can move on to other destinations afterward. Your choice. We just want every one of you to feel comfortable attending our 55th reunion … no excuses. Also, you might consider reserving your lodging for that weekend early, remembering that the Decatur Holiday Inn ran out of room last time. This reunion weekend, the college is suggesting the Decatur Courtyard by Marriott and the Emory Conference Center.
When all is said and done, what I’m trying to say is that we hope EVERYONE will come. Let’s carry on the momentum we began at our 50th reunion. This is not the time to lose contact with each other, so seize this opportunity to have fun! On your behalf, I’ve invited our new president and her husband to drop in Saturday night to meet us all, and we have been assured by her executive assistant that this is on her schedule. I know you will want to see the renovated Rebekah dorm as well as the new president’s home … there are many changes on campus. So seize this opportunity to have a fun weekend!
See you at Agnes Scott April 25–28, 2019.
Sue Parkin TeStrake