Reunion Announcements

2014 Schedule of Events

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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

9am 50th Landmark Class of 1964 Arrives
                           

Friday, June 13, 2014

9am–10pm Reunion Welcome Center Open
Aula, Ely Hall
9am–5pm Vassar Haiti Project Art & Handcraft Sale
Their threefold mission is to support the welfare of artists in Haiti, to foster sustainable development in the Haitian village of Chermaitre, and to mentor Vassar students in the principles and practice of global citizenship.
Aula, Ely Hall
11am Arboretum Walking Tour
Led by Jeff Horst, Director of Faculty Housing and Special Projects
Leaves from Main Circle
11am–4pm Selections from the Vassar College Costume Collection
Exhibition of historic garments donated to Vassar
Faculty Commons, College Center
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
Classroom Lectures
See full schedule of lectures
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–3:30pm Walkway Over the Hudson, Historic State Park - Bus Trip
Walk the 1.28 mile renovated Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, now the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world
Bus leaves Main Circle at 2pm; first come basis; WEATHER PERMITTING.
2pm–4pm Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve Tour - Bus Trip
Please join us for a guided tour of the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve, an invaluable resource where our community learns about food, sustainability, and the natural world. We will begin by touring the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, a non-profit that is committed to food justice, which operates a working farm on the property. Next, we will visit the ecological preserve and visit the site of a recent restoration project where over 1,200 trees were planted by volunteers. Please wear sensible shoes, long pants, and be prepared for a short nature walk.
Bus leaves Main Circle at 2pm; first come basis; WEATHER PERMITTING.
3pm–4pm Alumnae/i College Programs
Classroom Lectures
See full schedule of lectures
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 A Panel on the Israel/Palestine Issues on Campus from the Perspective of Fairness to Israel, with Q and A
Fairness to Israel (FTI), an independent group of Vassar alumnae/i, parents of current Vassar students and friends of Vassar, was formed in response to a concern for the lack of open, fair and balanced debate on campus regarding Israel both inside and outside of the classroom.
Panelists: Mark Banschick, MD ’78, Jane Cohen Bergner ’64, Ziva E. Dahl ’65, Laurie R. Josephs ’78 P ’12.
Rockefeller 200
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. In this behind-the-scenes opportunity, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center curators will speak to members about a favorite piece of artwork or new acquisition. Not a member? Not a problem – join or renew right before the event, or online at fllac.vassar.edu/joinus
Frances Lehman Loeb Art 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
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
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 Children’s Activity - Bouncy Castles, Ages 3-14, Rain or Shine
Recommended for ages 3-14. No children under the age of 3 will be permitted.
Walker Field House, Bays 3 & 4
7pm–9pm Class Dinners
See Class Schedule for location

Classes of 1969 - 2009
All-Class BBQ Dinner
Tickets required
Tents, Walker Field
9:15pm Twilight Fireworks over Sunset Lake
10pm Reunion Center Closes
Aula, Ely Hall
10pm–2am Mug Open
With cash bar
                           

Saturday, June 14, 2014

7am–9am All-Class Breakfast Buffet
Tickets required
Students’ Building (ACDC)
9am–7pm Welcome Center Open
Aula, Ely Hall
9am–4pm Vassar Haiti Project Art & Handcraft Sale
Their threefold mission is to support the welfare of artists in Haiti, to foster sustainable development in the Haitian village of Chermaitre, and to mentor Vassar students in the principles and practice of global citizenship.
Aula, Ely Hall
9:30am Classes Line Up for Annual Alumnae/i Parade
A map is included in your welcome packet. Carts are reserved for 65th Reunion Class and earlier. Transportation shuttles are available for other non-walkers & guests, leaving from in front of Main, dropping off passengers in front of the Athletic Center where riders can join the rest of the class.
Along the route starting from the front of Main Building. Look for your Class Banner!
10am Annual Alumnae/i Parade and Reunion Celebration
80 years of Vassar classes, the embodiment of 
Vassar’s heritage, parade from Main Building to the Athletics & Fitness Center to the Reunion Celebration of Volunteers & Gifts
From Main Circle to Athletics and Fitness Center
11am–4pm Selections from the Vassar College Costume Collection
Exhibition of historic garments donated to Vassar
Faculty Commons, College Center
12pm All-Class Boxed Lunch
Tickets required - check your specific class schedule included in your welcome packet upon arrival.
Tent at Walker Field
1pm–4pm 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
Q&A Session with President Hill
Rockefeller Hall, Room 300
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 Tours with refreshments in the Sculpture Garden
Curators will lead tours of the permanent collection and “Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial”; tours at 2pm and 3pm.
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
2pm–4pm Alumnae/i Author Meet & Greet
Bookstore, College Center
2pm–5pm Children’s Activities - Ages 3-14, Rain or Shine
2pm-4pm Face Painting;
2pm-5pm Bouncy Castles, Recommended for ages 3 to 14 - no children under the age of 3 will be permitted in the inflatables.
4pm-5pm Lynn Hickernell ’94 “Miss Lynn” will perform fun, smart songs for kids and adults who like to dance, think, and sing along.
Walker Field House, Bays 3 & 4
2:30pm–4pm Economics Department Reception
Blodgett Hall, Room 130
2:30pm–4pm Urban Studies/Sociology Department Reception
Jade Parlor, Main Building, 2nd Floor
2:30pm–4:15pm All-Reunion Ballet Class
Led by Bette Prinsen ’79, this adult beginner ballet class will begin at 2:30pm; at approximately 3:45pm there will also be a 30 minute session for more advanced students.
With an M.A. in Dance Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, Bette currently has an adult ballet class at Ripley-Grier Studios in NYC, and has taught at Alvin Ailey in the Extension Program, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps as a substitute. She has been on the faculty of Ballet Hispanico in NYC and USDAN Creative and Performing Arts Camp on Long Island, and was also the Director of Ballet and a teacher at the Great Neck Arts Center on Long Island, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Eglevsky Ballet. Bette has danced professionally with the Atlanta Ballet, Tangerin Dance Co., Ilya Gaft Dance Theatre, other ballet and modern dance companies, and was also co-founder/director of Ballet en Noir.
Kenyon Hall, 1st Floor Dance Studio 1
2:30pm–5pm WVKR Reception
Vassar's Independent Radio Station
Station Studio, College Center, 3rd Floor, accessible via elevator behind the Retreat
3pm–4pm Ferry House Reunion
Ferry House Patio
3pm–4pm Alumnae/i College Programs
Classroom Lectures
See full schedule of lectures
3pm–4:30pm History Department Reception
Swift Hall
3pm–4:30pm G-Stringers Jam Session
...with a special tribute to Pete Seeger
Susan Stein Shiva Theatre
3pm–4:30pm Springside Tour - Bus Trip
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 3pm; first come basis; WEATHER PERMITTING.
3pm–4:30pm LGBTQ Reception
LGBTQ Center, 2nd Floor College Center, Room 213
4pm–5pm AAAVC Reception
ALANA Center
4pm–5pm Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Meeting
President’s Conference Room, Main Building, 2nd Floor
4:15–4:45pm Breathing 101
Mary Ann Furda ’74 presents Breathing Session 101
Chapel
4:30pm–5:30pm Alumnae/i College Program
Classroom Lecture
See full schedule of lectures
4:30pm–5:30pm Pilates Class
Led by Teresa Troy, Pilates is a core strengthening/conditioning and stretching class that is appropriate for all levels of fitness.
Mats will be provided; all you need is loose, comfortable clothing in which to exercise.
Kenyon Hall, 2nd Floor Dance Studio 2
6pm–10pm Class Receptions and Dinners
Check your class specific schedule in your welcome packet upon arrival
Tickets required–no walk-ins can be accommodated.
6pm Children's Program
6pm-10pm Session I - Ages 3-6
6pm-12am Session II - Ages 6-12
Pre-registration required.
Wimpfheimer Nursery
7pm Reunion Welcome Center Closes
Aula, Ely Hall
10pm–1am All-Class After Party
DJ and dancing, cash bar
Tent, Noyes Circle
10pm–2am Mug Open (with cash bar)
                           

Sunday, June 15, 2014

7am–9:30am All-Class Breakfast Buffet
Tickets required.
Students’ Building (ACDC)
8am Catholic Mass
Chapel Tower Foyer
8am–1pm Lost and Found
Aula, Ely Hall
8:45am Alumnae/i Choir Rehearsal for "A 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, staff, and recent students who have died. Guest speaker is Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu ’94, Director of Rabbis Without Borders at CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Gail Archer, College Organist, will play and Richard Teller ’74 will conduct the choir.
Chapel
10am–1pm All-Class Brunch Buffet
Tickets required.
Students’ Building (ACDC)
11am–12pm Selections from the Vassar College Costume Collection
Exhibition of historic garments donated to Vassar
Faculty Commons, College Center
1pm Bus to NYC leaves from Main Circle
1pm Residence Halls CLOSE
                           

Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014