Reunion 2009

More than 1,800 alumni, family, and friends came back to Carleton in June to reconnect with the College and celebrate with former classmates and faculty members. Fun events provided plenty of photo opps!

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Greatest Seniority: 75th-reunion attendee Helen Thorpe Smith '34

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Carls Helping Carls: Once again, Career Center staff promoted volunteer opportunities during Reunion weekend with the goal of creating a vibrant support network for students and alumni. During Reunion 2008 and 2009, more than 800 alumni volunteered to host externships and internships, provide support and advice, and more. Sign up to help Carls at http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/career/initiatives/.

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Out on the Town: Hundreds of alumni, including these ’04 alums, joined locals at Taste of Northfield, held downtown on the first day of Reunion. Activities included local food, silent and live auctions, tours of the Northfield Historical Society, musical entertainment, and a reenactment of the 1876 Jesse James Gang bank raid.

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Love That Libe: Gould Library is the heart of the College, and Carleton librarians treated returning alumni to tours of the library and its art showcase, a reception for former student workers, and a demonstration of the major digitizing projects that are under way. Did you know that all past Carletonians, Zoobooks, and issues of the Voice are available to alumni online, and key-word searchable? See http://apps.carleton.edu/digitalcollections/.

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Somewhat Fierce: Something Fierce, the popular ’80s Carleton band, returned to campus for a concert on Saturday night of Reunion weekend. Jerry Lefkowitz ’86 and Eric Tretbar ’86 wowed a packed house in Sayles-Hill, and former band member Jeff Carpenter ’84 was in attendance. A Something Fierce retrospective CD is available for purchase at http://www.redpets.com/somethingfierce/.

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Tea and Tunes: The Class of '74 hosted an Appreciation Tea for senior alumni; an intergenerational cadre of Knights serenaded the group.

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Cup Holders: The Class of '59 won the 2009 Loving Cup for the highest overall percent of class members at Reunion—50 percent for their 50th reunion.

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Kids Count: More than 200 children of all ages attended Reunion with their parents this year. Many of them participated in Camp Carleton’s student-led activities or in the Reunion Teen Program’s kayaking, teen-hosted KRLX shows, art projects, and more.


Reunion 2009 Stewardship

Carleton celebrated its extraordinary tradition of alumni generosity during Reunion Convocation, where new records for participation in giving and size of gift were announced. Reunion classes gave a combined $1.65 million to the Alumni Annual Fund (AAF), contributing significantly to the strong $7.44 million AAF fiscal year 2009 year-end total.

Reunion giving highlights:

  • The Class of 2004 set a new 5th-reunion gift record of $43,673.
  • The Class of 1964 set an astonishing new 45th-reunion participation record of 93 percent.
  • The Class of 1954 tied the existing 55th-reunion participation record of 70 percent.
  • The Class of 1949 set a new 60th-reunion participation record of 68 percent.

Golden Gifts
Members of the Class of 1959 celebrated their class’s remarkable camaraderie during Reunion weekend. “Over these past 50 years, I and my classmates have come to value more at each reunion our ongoing association with the College,” says Reunion co-chair Ejner Jensen. “Among all the gifts the College has given us, the most precious is the gift of our friendships.” In commemoration of their 50th, class members established a permanently endowed Class of 1959 Scholarship to provide need-based financial aid for Carleton students.

Perfect Fit
Members of Carleton’s Joseph Lee Heywood Society gathered during Reunion 2009. Heywood member Shannon Clark ’94 spoke about her grandmother’s influence in her decision both to attend Carleton and ultimately to include Carleton in her will. Seated at the kitchen table, Clark and her grandmother began to plan for the future, and “somewhere in these conversations, leaving a legacy for Carleton was introduced,” says Clark. “It fit perfectly.” Their thoughtful planning will eventually provide scholarships to students with financial need. The Heywood Society, now with more than 1,500 members, is made up of those who have provided for Carleton in their estate plans or through deferred gifts.

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50th-Reunion Gift: Reunion volunteers Steve Sandels, Carol Jo Johnson Kent, Harriet (Tat) Field, and Ejner Jensen presented the Class of 1959 50th-reunion gift at Reunion Convocation. As of June 30, 75 percent of the class (173 members) gave a total of $10.1 million in outright gifts and future commitments.

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25th-Reunion Gift: Gift committee chair Diane Harrison Ogawa and committee members (including Nancy Pellowe Dennis, Kristine Cecil, Susan Roberti Buckley, Jim Southwick, and Tom Ascher) led the Class of 1984 to a generous 25th-reunion gift. 52 percent of the class (238 members) gave a total of $310,091, the largest AAF class gift given by a Reunion class in fiscal year 2009. 


Web Extra: View photo gallery, check out attendance lists, and order class photos at http://go.carleton.edu/reunion.

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