Reunion Announcements

Schedule of Events for Reunion 2013

Schedule, programs, and events are subject to change – please check your specific class schedule upon arrival.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

3pm 50th Landmark Class of 1963 Arrives
                               

Friday, June 7, 2013

9am–10pm Reunion Welcome Center Open
Aula, Ely Hall
11am Arboretum Walking Tour
Led by Jeff Horst, Director of Faculty Housing and Special Projects, tour leaves from Main Circle
11am-4pm For Better and For Worse: Sixteen Decades of Wedding Wear at Vassar
Explore changing views of marriage over the last 160 years, including current views on marriage equality through this exhibit of wedding wear and photographs collected over the years. Our exhibit also features a collection of five dresses representing four generations from the same Vassar-family tree.
Palmer Gallery, Main Building
11am-2pm Lunch at The Vassar Alumnae House Pub by Twisted Soul
Reservations strongly recommended (845) 454-2770
Alumnae House Pub
12pm Bus to Vassar from NYC
Reservations: $35 each way, made via printed or online registration form
Departs from Bryant Park on 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Manhattan, NY (see map)
1:30pm–2:30pm Alumnae/i College Programs

Gypsy: An Aristotelian Heroine in the Mother of All Musicals
This talk will examine the main character, Mama Rose, in the Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents musical Gypsy. Using songs and clips from movies and stage productions of the musical, the talk will use Aristotle's theories of character, which he describes in The Poetics, to analyze the complex nature of Mama Rose. This complicated figure has appealed to a succession of great stage actresses who have challenged themselves through her dramatic construction in noted revivals.
Denise Walen, Associate Professor of Drama
Vogelstein Center for Drama & Film, Rosenwald Theater

Politics and Economics: The Struggle for American Democracy
One citizen's attempt to understand the deepening divide between the democracy we have and the democracy we need. We'll take the long view of our democratic discontents.
Michael Mc Carthy, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Rockefeller 200

Pipedreams: An Introduction to the Vassar Organs
Sit with Vassar organist Gail Archer on stage as she explains the history and working of the Chapel pipe organ and demonstrates its intricacies with a variety of musical selections.
Gail Archer, Adjunct Artist in Music
Vassar Chapel

Treasures of a Vassar Education
Explore the "sources" of our teaching craft, from fossils to gems, from microscopes to telescopes, from intricate glass organisms to wax models of development. Vassar faculty bring disciplines to life for our students, taking them to field sites or bring the field into the classroom and laboratory.
Kathleen M. Susman, Professor of Biology on the Jacob P. Giraud Jr. Chair of Natural History and Director, Program in Neuroscience and Behavior
Rockefeller 203
1:30pm–4:30pm Warthin Museum of Geology & Natural History Open, Department of Earth Science & Geography
First commissioned in 1862 at the request of Matthew Vassar, see the many exciting additions to the original collection of rocks, minerals and fossils.
Ely Hall
2pm–3pm Bus Tour: Poughkeepsie Farm Project
Poughkeepsie Farm Project: Tour of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project farm on the grounds of the VC Ecological Preserve.
Farm tours bus leaves Main Circle at 2pm (first come basis)
2pm–3:30pm Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park Bus Trip
Walk the 1.38 mile renovated Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, now the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.
Bus leaves Main Circle at 2pm (first come basis)
2pm–4pm Springside Tour
Join Professor Harvey Flad for a guided walking tour of restored gardens on the property of the former residence of Matthew Vassar; returning to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center to view the Gritten Paintings of Springside.
Bus leaves Main Circle at 2pm (first come basis)

Bus Tour: Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve
Ecological Preserve: Please join us for a guided tour of the Collin's Field Station and Ecological Preserve, an invaluable resource where Vassar faculty and students conduct research and study natural history, ecology, botany, environmental education, and earth science. Our tour will focus on recent research projects, changes on the preserve, and an upcoming restoration project.
Farm tours bus leaves Main Circle at 2pm (first come basis)
3pm–4pm Alumnae/i College Programs

Art 105 Forever
Art 105 remains in place, still the road to the times, places and greatness of the world’s past. Where are we now? How does Art 105 look to the past and at the same time to the future? Current faculty will present snapshot sections of their Art 105 material so that you, too, can see. There will be ample time for discussion.
Molly Nesbit ’74, Professor and Chair of the Art Department; Susan Kuretsky ’63, Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Art; Yvonne Elet, Assistant Professor of Art, and Karen Hwang, Assistant Professor of Art
Taylor 102

Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy
Robert Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Studies
Rockefeller 200

A Chemist & Glassblower’s Tour of the Stained Glass Windows in the Vassar College Chapel
Christopher Smart, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Vassar Chapel
3pm–4pm Adopt a Book – Conserving Treasures in the Vassar Library
Presentation by Ron Patkus, Head of Special Collections and Adjunct Associate Professor of History
Main Library, Special Collections Seminar Room, Ground Floor
4pm–5pm FLLAC Members-Only “Curator's Choice” with Mary-Kay Lombino, the Emily Hargroves Fisher ’57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator and Assistant Director for Strategic Planning, and Patricia Phagan, the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings
Open to members of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, curators will reveal a favorite piece or a new acquisition to members and give them an opportunity to get up and close with the piece.
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
4pm–5:30pm Foraging Walk led by Russ Cohen '78, author of the book “Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten”
Learn the comestible virtues of over a dozen wild plant species growing along the nature trails running to and from Shakespeare Garden and Sunset Lake. Russ will also offer samples of foraged treats made from many of these and/or other wild edibles.
Meet at Shakespeare Garden. Due to construction, please follow the path between Mudd Chemistry and New England Building, continue on tunnel path through Olmsted Hall, continue down stairs and first left brick path.
5:30pm–7pm Department of Athletics and Physical Education Reunion & Networking Reception
For alums who played varsity athletics at Vassar
Athletics and Fitness Center Atrium
5:45pm–7pm Shabbat Services, led by Rabbi Rena Blumenthal
The Bayit, 51 Collegeview Ave. (outside North Gate)
6pm–8pm Bouncy Castle
Recommended for ages 3-14. No children under the age of 3 will be permitted.
Bay 3 & 4, Walker Field House
7pm–9pm All-Class Dinner
Tickets required
Walker Tents, Ballintine Field
9:15pm/Twilight Fireworks over Sunset Lake
10pm Reunion Welcome Center Closes
Aula, Ely Hall
10pm–2am Mug Open
With cash bar
                               

Saturday, June 8, 2013 < back to top >

7am–9am Breakfast Buffet
Tickets required
Students’ Building ACDC
9am–7pm Reunion Welcome Center Open
Aula, Ely Hall
10:00am Annual Alumnae/i Parade and Reunion Celebration
Over 70 years of Vassar classes, the embodiment of Vassar’s heritage, parade from Main Building to the Athletics & Fitness Center to celebrate reunion volunteers & gifts.
Look for your class banner on the parade route - a map is included in your welcome packet, or click to view/download the parade route map and the celebration seating chart to find your class locations.
11am-4:30pm For Better and For Worse: Sixteen Decades of Wedding Wear at Vassar
Explore changing views of marriage over the last 160 years, including current views on marriage equality through this exhibit of wedding wear and photographs collected over the years. Our exhibit also features a collection of five dresses representing four generations from the same Vassar-family tree. Meet and Greet with the Curators from 2:30-4:30pm.
Palmer Gallery, Main Building
12:30pm Lunch
Tickets required - check your specific class schedule upon arrival
1pm–5pm Vassar Devil & Angel Ice Cream Cafe on the Quad
“Are you a Devil, or an Angel?”  Traditional and new variations of Devils and Angels created by Main Course Caterers. Cash only please.
Tent on the Quad near Rockefeller Hall
1:30pm–2:15pm Admissions Tour Lite
Led by current Vassar students, and offered to families attending with high school aged students, but appropriate for all.
Meet on the front porch of the Kautz Admission House. Limited to the first 24 attendees; priority is given to families attending with high school aged children.
1:30pm–2:30pm Hour with the President
Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
1:30pm–4:30pm Warthin Museum of Geology & Natural History Open, Department of Earth Science & Geography
First commissioned in 1862 at the request of Matthew Vassar, see the many exciting additions to the original collection of rocks, minerals and fossils.
Ely Hall
2pm–3pm The Bayit Open House
Home for Jewish campus life at Vassar, The Bayit hosts weekly Shabbat services and dinners, board meetings of the Vassar Jewish Union, as well as a wide range of social, cultural, and educational programs throughout the year.
51 Collegeview Avenue (outside North Gate)
2pm–4pm Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Refreshments and Tours
Curators will lead tours of the permanent collection and Polaroid exhibition; both tours at 2pm and 3pm.
Sculpture Gardens
2pm–5pm Bouncy Castle
Bay 3 & 4, Walker Field House
2:30pm–4pm Urban Studies/Sociology Department Reception
Gold Parlor, Main Building, 2nd Floor
2:30pm–4pm Education Department Reception
Judith Loeb Chiara ’49 Center at the Maria Mitchell Observatory
2:30pm–4:30pm Alumnae/i Author Meet and Greet
College Bookstore
2:30pm–4:30pm Meet and Greet with the Curators of "For Better and For Worse: Sixteen Decades of Wedding Wear at Vassar"
Explore changing views of marriage over the last 160 years, including current views on marriage equality through this exhibit of wedding wear and photographs collected over the years. Our exhibit also features a collection of five dresses representing four generations from the same Vassar-family tree.
Palmer Gallery, Main Building
2:30pm–5:30pm WVKR Reception
Vassar’s Independent Radio Station
Station Studio, College Center, 3rd Floor, Accessible via elevator behind the Retreat
3pm–4pm Alumnae/i College Programs

Lucy Maynard Salmon and Adelaide Underhill: Lives out of the Archive
A presentation featuring selected materials that focus on the partnership between Lucy Maynard Salmon and Adelaide Underhill, two important women in the early years of Vassar College, and the way that their relationship informed, shaped and sustained their work and their lives.
Gretchen Lieb, Reference Librarian
Rockefeller 203

Affirmative Action: Why We Still Need It
Suggested reading as follows (.pdf files):
Notes from a Child of Apartheid
Going the Distance
Affirmative Action as Equalizing Opportunity
Luke Harris, Associate Professor of Political Science
Rockefeller 300

21st Century Science at Vassar
Panel presentation with: Marianne Begemann '79, Dean of Strategic Planning and Academic Resources and Associate Professor of Chemistry; Abigail Baird '91, Associate Professor of Psychology; Christopher Smart '83, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Joseph Tanski '95, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Rockefeller 200
3pm–4pm “Vassar for Them?”- Members of the CLASS of 1978 and their children discuss Vassar then and now and how they've shared the experience - ALL CLASSES WELCOME
We had the Mug, “White Angels”, ACDC and parents who were blissfully unaware of what we were doing. They've got Facebook, Twitter, the Deece and parents who want to know everything that's going on. How has the experience of being a Vassar student changed since we were at school? And how has the experience of being the parent of a Vassar student changed? Join a panel discussion moderated by Miriam Cohen, Evalyn Clark Professor of History, and members of the Class of ’78 and their children who are current Vassar students or recent graduates. Panelists: Marian Passannante ’78 and Daniela Rose Passannante Weiner ’12; Chukwudi Eze ’78 and Chidinma Eze ’11; Gar Winkeller ’78 , Peter Winkeller ‘16 and Richard Winkeller ’14; Roberta Schuman Kline ’78 and Neila Kline ’16
Rockefeller 210
3pm–4pm Ferry House Reunion
Ferry House Patio
3pm–4:30pm History Department Homecoming Reception
Swift Hall
3pm–4:30pm LGBTQ Reception
LGBTQ Center, 2nd Floor College Center, Room 213
3pm–4:30pm G-Stringers Jam Session
Susan Stein Shiva Theatre
3pm–5pm Economics Department Reception
Blodgett Hall
4pm–5pm AAAVC Reception
ALANA Center
4pm–5pm Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Meetings
President’s Conference Room, Main Building, 2nd Floor
4pm–6pm Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Reception
Art Center Lobby and Sculpture Gardens
6pm–10pm Class Receptions/Dinners
Check your class specific schedule in your welcome packet upon arrival.
Tickets required–no walk-ins can be accommodated.
7pm Reunion Welcome Center Closes
Aula, Ely Hall
10pm–1am All-Class After Party
DJ and dancing, cash bar
Tent on Noyes Circle
10pm–2am Mug Open
Music and dancing, cash bar
College Center
                               

Sunday, June 9, 2013 < back to top >

7am–9:30am Breakfast Buffet
Tickets required.
Students’ Building (ACDC)
8am Catholic Mass
Chapel Tower Foyer
8am–2pm Lost and Found
Aula, Ely Hall
9am Alumnae/i Choir Rehearsal for Service of Remembrance
All are welcome to participate
Chapel
9am Fun Run with Cross-Country Coaches James McCowan ’99 and Ron Stonitsch
Meet in front of Athletics and Fitness Center
10am A Service of Remembrance
An all-class, interfaith memorial service drawing upon both religious and humanist traditions.  The service pays tribute to members of reunion classes, faculty, administration, and staff who have died.  Barbara Page, Emeritus Professor in English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, will speak on “Life and the Memory of It: Reflections on Elizabeth Bishop.” Gail Archer, College Organist, will play and direct the choir.
Chapel
10am–1pm Brunch Buffet
Tickets Required.
Students' Building (ACDC)
11am-2pm For Better and For Worse: Sixteen Decades of Wedding Wear at Vassar
Explore changing views of marriage over the last 160 years, including current views on marriage equality through this exhibit of wedding wear and photographs collected over the years. Our exhibit also features a collection of five dresses representing four generations from the same Vassar-family tree.
Palmer Gallery, Main Building
1pm Bus to NYC leaves from Main Circle
1pm Residence Halls CLOSE

Reunion Ends: Have a safe trip home with all your memories!
                               

Questions? Email us at reunion@vassar.edu.

Posted Sunday, March 31, 2013