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Golden Reunion 2000

The energy level was high, excitement buzzed through the air, and the sound of laughter and cordial greetings reverberated throughout the Student Union. A concert, perhaps? A student group meeting after summer break? Not quite!

The Office of Alumni Relations offered the first annual Golden Reunion June 16-18. Nearly 100 members of the Classes of 1934-1950 came to RIT's "new campus," many for the first time.

Carl Dentler, Class of 1934, was so excited to attend his 66th reunion that he made a week of it, staying on in the Kate Gleason Residence Hall after the reunion. He visited the Alumni Relations staff, rode his bicycle throughout campus and talked to the current RIT students.

"I enjoyed this Reunion more than my 50th," he says.

The Class of 1950 Retailers banded together to coordinate a reunion for their group during the weekend. Ed Vidler and Mary Lou Hawkins O'Connor spearheaded the effort, which included a reunion dinner on Friday night.

Saturday workshops included a seminar on navigating the Internet offered by NTID's Jonathan Millis and another on wine appreciation taught by CAST's Debra Meiburg.

Saturday evening's Gala Dinner drew the biggest crowd. Information Technology Professor Al Biles provided dinner music using his GenJam virtual quintet, and RIT Provost Stan McKenzie highlighted some of the major events at RIT since the graduation of this fine group of alumni.

Reunion 2001 will take place during Brick City Festival Weekend (see p.26) for those who graduated 1930'49, 1950'52, 1975'77 and 1990'92. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (716) 475-2586.