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Journeys: What’s Next?” is the theme for our 55th Reunion starting Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Our Reunion will once again be on Memorial Day Weekend and difficult for some. Come when and for as long as you can. Registration starts at 4:00 Thursday at Alumnae House, and programs early Friday morning. (See projected schedule.)

We will look back: We were lucky enough to see this provocative, engaging play, “Tea for Three,” written and acted by Elaine Bromka ‘72, when we shadowed the Class of ‘63’s 55th last spring and are eager that you see it too. We have engaged Elaine for Friday afternoon for her one-woman show about Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford reflecting on their husbands and their personal time in the White House.

We will look forward: President McCartney will update us on the State of the College Friday morning, followed by a talk by the Dean of the Libraries about the renovation of Neilson Library by architect Maya Lin.

These two talks will be followed by observations from current students, if the College follows the same format as this year.

We will discuss through a panel at lunch Saturday various possible living arrangements moving forward. At this age, as we focus on what’s next, it is a chance to hear from our peers how they are approaching this most important decision.

In lieu of a questionnaire, we hope to have a facilitated discussion after the panel on issues of pressing concern as we navigate our fourth quarter century.

These are our hopes and plans as we put together an engaging weekend that will include down time as well as stimulation and camaraderie.

The logistics will be easier than they have ever been before. We will probably be housed next door to Alumnae House in Chase-Duckett. It has an elevator and is handicapped accessible with many breakfast options easily available in the basement dining room. The College provides free van service to and from events. All we have to do is ask.

We will be assisted by three student ambassadors who will carry bags, help set up headquarters, and do whatever we need.

We are educated, experienced, wrinkled, and engaged. Let’s use the weekend next spring to reconnect and simply enjoy the gifts of this time of life, explore solutions to looming challenges,  and laugh.

Hope to see you next spring.

 

Susie & Lee