Alumni reunion weekend is April 23-25
Calling all Columbia College alumni from upstate New York to southern Florida, Washington State to San Diego: come home to the main campus in Columbia, Mo., for reunion weekend Friday, April 23 to Sunday, April 25. This year's reunion has more events, people and locations than ever before.
The reunion will honor the Classes of '30, '40, '50, '60 and '70.
A St. Clair Society luncheon Friday at 11:30 a.m. and a lunch at noon with filmmaker David Wells ’06, the inaugural artist in Columbia College's Emerging Artist Series, kicks things off. A screening of Wells’ work will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Socials begin Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on campus or at 7 p.m. at the 'berg (Heidelberg, as if you could forget), just blocks from campus on Ninth Street.
Saturday is jam-packed with activities. You can begin the day with a continental breakfast, talk about your time at CC for the Oral History Project, listen to President Gerald Brouder speak on the state of the college at the alumni luncheon, take a new or old campus walking tour (CC has expanded onto South Tenth Street), attend the dedication of the Kittie Williams Robertson ’65 Memorial Box Office in Launer Auditorium, listen to the Heart of Mid-Missouri Sweet Adeline’s Barbershop Chorus featuring alumnae Nancy Gerard Russell’69, Patti Echternach Brown ’70 and the CC Close Harmony Ensembles -- or just reminisce and catch up with old friends.
Capping the weekend is a Saturday night alumni dinner and awards presentation in Dulany Hall and an Ivy Chain Ceremony in the Dorsey Gymnasium Sunday at 10 a.m.
The 2010 Alumni Award recipients are:
Distinguished Alumni Award
H. Jane Blackman, M.D. ’64, who worked 25 years in the Uveitis Clinic at the National Eye Institute, taught ophthalmology at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has made three trips to a cataract clinic in the Philippines
Professional Achievement Award
Ronald A. Potts ’05,’09, federal air marshal with nearly 30 years of law enforcement who won an Outstanding Service and Advanced SWAT Medal
Lieutenant Bill Leeper ’04, 33-year Florida state trooper veteran who won the International Association of Chiefs of Police J. Stannard Baker Award, the highest award for traffic safety
Community Service Award
Larry McDaniel ’03, co-founder of Coyote Hill in Missouri, a home for abused and neglected children
Ron Stallworth ’05,’07, nationally recognized gang expert and co-chair of the Salt Lake City Gang Reduction Steering Committee who enjoyed a 32-year law enforcement career
Columbia College Service Award
Joe Reardon ’93, Columbia, Mo., certified financial planner and past president of the CCAA
Honorary Alumnus Award
Stephen Bay, director of Food Services on the main campus and loyal contributor.
Here are some testimonials from last year's reunion:
Thanks to Susan Davis and her staff for an outstanding CC Reunion Weekend. It was truly a great time seeing old friends, making new friends and seeing all the changes on the campus grounds … we have so many memories of CC, and wish we could enjoy all the new buildings, commons, Larson Gallery, Dulany Hall and CC again! The softball game was great!
-- John Biazzo, '79
The whole weekend was beautifully arranged and carried out. The campus was beautiful, the staff was so warm and friendly and the activities were excellent. Most important, the award recipients were the most deserving and outstanding ever.
--Anonymous, ' 59
The weekend was wonderful. The only thing that would have made it better would have been more '59 classmates attending!
--Jeanne Truitt Coy, '59
There truly are not enough words in the English language to express how overcome I was during the Reunion Weekend at Columbia College. You and the staff at Columbia College really know how to put on an extraordinary event and make a person feel honored just to be a part of it. It is my desire to complete my MBA through Columbia College. You will be hearing from me again....guaranteed!
-- Debra Herring
All the events couldn't have been more perfect. The campus was so beautiful. The food was out of this world. You told me that the college would take care of us and you certainly did. I hope you will put my small donation where it needs to be. Thank you again for everything.
--Barbara Knaus, '49
If you can't drive, the Columbia, Mo., regional airport (airport code COU) offers Delta flights through Memphis. Both Kansas City (MCI) and St. Louis (STL) are major hubs and airport limousine service Mo-X provides door-to-door service from both airports to anywhere in Columbia (www.moexpress.com).
For information on hotels, motels, inns and bed and breakfasts in Columbia, near the Missouri River or in the beautiful surrounding area visit www.visitcolumbiamo.com/web/where_to_stay/index.php
For more details and to register for this unforgettable weekend, go to www.ccis.edu/offices/alumni/reunion2010