Ten Alumni Classes
to Relive “Golden Days”
The Alumni Relations office and
individual reunion committees are putting the final touches on plans
for the 2004 Alumni Reunion Celebration, to be held on campus April
23-24. Alumni from 10 classes (1929, ‘34, ’39, ’44, ’49, ’54, ’59,
’64, ‘69 and ’74) will gather for an unforgettable weekend of events
and fun-filled reminiscing with former classmates.
Beginning Friday, April 23, alumni should arrive in time to register
at Tillman Hall, formerly known as Main Building. They’ll have an
opportunity to walk the campus or take a guided tour to see the many
positive changes that have taken place since their last visit. A
special exhibit of memorabilia (including the traditional blue
uniforms and rat caps) will be on display in the Alumni Relations
office, 304 Tillman.
Later that evening, reunion classes will hold celebratory gatherings
of which details will be made available in the schedule provided to
alumni at registration. The “Golden Girls” from the class of ’54 will
be treated to a gala reception and dinner in McBryde Hall. Mary Jean
Faris Martin, 50th reunion chair, hinted that special entertainment is
being planned for the evening including a sextet performance by a
group of alumnae. Following the dinner, classmate Margaret Craig Giles
will host a party for the class in her home.
On Saturday, April 24, the day will begin with morning coffee at the
home of Winthrop President Dr. Anthony DiGiorgio and wife Gale. There,
in the stately gardens of the president’s house, an awards
presentation will be held to recognize four alumni and present them
the Alumni Distinguished Service, Alumni Professional Achievement,
Outstanding Young Alumni, and Mary Mildred Sullivan awards. Lunch for
all alumni will follow in McBryde Hall with special greetings from
Jolene Stepp Setliff ’86, Alumni Association president, and from
Saturday afternoon of Alumni Reunion Celebration is traditionally a
time for individual classes to meet. Details will be included in the
schedule available at registration.
Alumni will be treated to a musical tribute to the former dean of the
music school, Dr. Jess Casey, late Saturday afternoon. This event will
include a montage of performers, including former students and faculty
who worked with Casey during his tenure at Winthrop. The free
performance will be held in Frances May Barnes Recital Hall, followed
by a reception in 101 Conservatory of Music.
Following the tribute will be Winthrop’s annual choreography showcase
in Johnson Theatre. The audience will enjoy a variety of dance styles,
individually choreographed and performed by Winthrop seniors. For
ticket price and information, contact the box office at 803/323-4014.
On Sunday, Winthrop will hold its first Ring Ceremony at 4 p.m. in
Frances May Barnes Recital Hall. Those who’ve purchased the new,
official university ring will be invited to participate in this new
tradition. Afterwards, a reception will take place in the gardens of
the Little Chapel.
Finally, Winthrop’s Glee Club will entertain an audience in Byrnes
Auditorium at 5 p.m. on Sunday. The hour-long concert will feature
students performing musical numbers from popular Broadway shows, “Les
Miserables” and “Phantom of the Opera.” The concert is free of charge.
Alumni from the 10 celebrating classes are strongly encouraged to
attend Alumni Reunion Celebration weekend and to register their intent
to participate. A brochure describing the event was mailed earlier
this year but can be obtained by calling the Alumni Relations office
at 800/578-6545 or 803/323-2145, or by emailing
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