About Around the Square April 16, 2009

See You at Reunion Weekend!

By Elizabeth Weinstein ’02

Commencement and reunion weekend is a great time to catch up with old friends, reminisce about student days, and perhaps even learn something new by attending any of the scheduled lectures. It’s also a time to take part in the many entertaining and thought-provoking events on campus. For example, the 50th reunion is sponsoring a recital, featuring performances from the Class of 1959 in Kulas Concert Hall on Sunday, May 24. So mark your reunion calendars for Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25, and keep checking back, as more events will be added.

Highlights from Class Reunions
This year classes celebrating their 15th, 25th, 35th, 50th, and 65th reunions will receive special recognition. If you are celebrating one of these milestone reunions, you won’t want to miss these and other exciting events:

15th Reunion

Saturday, May 23
Wine Seminar & Tasting: Organics, Bio-Dynamics, and the Resurgence of Natural Wines
Stevenson Hall, Griswold at 2 p.m.
Oenophiles can delight in a presentation and wine tasting led by David Bear ’94, a professional wine educator and the marketing director for Seattle-based wine importer Triage Wines. Learn how wine is farmed and produced, what natural approaches some producers take and why it is important to them. Taste several examples of wines from sustainable, natural and biodynamic producers.

Sunday, May 24
Documentary: PolyCultures: Food Where We Live
Azariah’s Café, Mudd Library at 5 p.m.
If you missed PolyCultures: Food Where We Live at the 2009 Cleveland International Film Festival, here’s your chance to catch the buzz-generating documentary about farm systems and the social movement that has formed around local food systems across Northeast Ohio. Executive Producer Brad Masi ’93 will be on hand to answer questions.

25th Reunion

Saturday, May 23
Class of 1984 Luncheon
noon at 154 Forest Street.
Celebrate your 25th reunion with the President Marvin Krislov, at his home.
Saturday, May 23
Midnight Breakfast
Talcott Hall
Following a Talent Extravaganza at the Cat, and dancing to 80s music at the 'Sco, join fellow classmates from the Class of 1984 for a midnight breakfast in Talcott.

35th Reunion

Saturday, May 23
Film Screening and Director’s Chat: The U.S. vs. John Lennon
West Lecture Hall, Science Center at 2 p.m.
Beatles fans will not want to miss The U.S. vs. John Lennon, which tells the true story of the U.S. government’s attempts to silence iconic, peace-loving singer-songwriter John Lennon. In his review of the film, Rolling Stone magazine’s Peter Travers writes, “Lennon's spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon. Powerful stuff.” Writer-director John Scheinfeld ’74 will be available to chat with audience members after the screening.

50th Reunion

Lunch Discussion
Saturday, May 23

Science Center, Perlik Commons at noon
Rockefeller University Professor Dr. Bruce McEwen '59 will give a talk titled "Stress, Aging and the Brain: The Good and the Not-So-Good," followed by a break-out session for further discussion.  
Sunday, May 24
Half-Century Club Dinner
Carnegie Building, Root Room at 5 p.m.
The Class of 1959 will be inducted into the Half-Century Club, which recognizes all alumni who have celebrated their 50th reunions. A song and dance performance by John Ross '59 and Pepper Salzman '60 will take place during dinner, as well as a Folk-Singing Party with Joe Hickerson ’57.

65th Reunion

Reunion Reception and Dinner
Sunday, May 24
Kendal at Oberlin at 5 p.m.
This special luncheon features guest speaker Paul Arnold ’40, emeritus professor of art and local artists, who is known for his work in Japanese woodcut printing.

For more information about reunion weekend, contact the Alumni Association office at (440) 775-8692. To see pictures from last year's reuionion, visit www.flickr.com/photos/oberlin/.

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