There is something about Reunion Weekend and the Marietta College campus that never gets old or routine for Nancy Gross Blasé ’64.
She has returned for two Golden Anniversary celebrations in the past; in 2009 and 2011, and is signed up for the next one set for May 30-June 1 — now just a matter of weeks away. What’s remarkable is that this last one is actually her 50th and after having already visited twice before, she is once again re-energized and once again serving as a VERY active volunteer.
“It’s been fun catching up with classmates as well as reminiscing about students and professors we still remember quite well, especially any with whom we’ve stayed in touch,” she says. “I’m curious to find out how many attendees I’ll recognize immediately.”
Nancy is not alone on the volunteer committee and Judy Prager Wartluft ’64 is so dedicated to the weekend that she’s also contributing time and effort to gather her classmates. This is all the more noteworthy given that she’ll be unable to attend the actual reunion weekend.
“I will be out of the country during this special event,” she says. “But having been on the reunion committee I did reconnect with many classmates and what a treat that has been to me. Remember this event happens once in a lifetime, so be sure you take advantage of this Golden Reunion! I want to see your picture!”
Mimi Beadel Patterson ’64 agrees on the importance of becoming involved especially when the benefits are so obvious. “The most fun has been connecting to my Marietta College long lost classmates,” she says. “I couldn't believe how much hearing their voices and even email correspondence evoked campus memories of the ’60s — mostly the good ones. Now, I have a new Facebook Friend and hope to visit another this summer and even found a long lost sorority sister.”
Volunteers such as Nancy, Judy, and Mimi are instrumental in informing classmates of the dates and the schedule and important sources of motivation and excitement as well.
“Each year I look forward to working with all of the reunion volunteers. It is wonderful developing a connection and relationship with them, as well as, working with them to make their reunion experience memorable and special. Their time spent connecting with their classmates is priceless,” says Ann Foraker Nicely ’03, Associate Director of Alumni Events and Services.
Such is the measure of loyalty to alma mater and sense of anticipation for the Reunion Weekend; an award-winning combination of scheduled events and built-in opportunities to reconnect and visit. After a welcome luncheon on Friday, May 30, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the Ohio River Cruise on the Valley Gem, year in and year out one of the most popular events over the three-day celebration.
Saturday, May 31 features trolley tours around town, a chance to stroll the campus, a fun-filled picnic and picture session and opportunity to visit with President and Mrs. Bruno for the presentation of the Class of 1964 gift at the signature Reunion Weekend Dinner.
Members of the Class of ’64 have reason to be excited at the response of those able to join in the fun and those participating in the class gift program from afar. To date, a total of almost $63,000 has been contributed to The Marietta Fund representing gifts from slightly more than 30 percent of the class, with the ability to donate to the class gift right up until June 30.
“I am always impressed by the generosity of Marietta alumni, especially during their reunion year,” says Brandee Norris, Director of The Marietta Fund. “It’s great to see the class band together, knowing their gifts will add up and make a significant difference for Marietta College students today.”
Over the history of the spring event, evaluations of those who have participated praise the individual attention and relaxed atmosphere of the weekend. Noting the perfect mix of activities with opportunities to reminisce, returning Pioneers look forward to recalling the times of their lives and creating new memories with both old and new friends revisited at the reunion.
And, for members of the reunion volunteer committee, those opportunities have already presented themselves!
“While there has certainly been some disappointment in not reaching some folks that I would have loved to talk with, there were a few conversations that by far overshadowed those disappointments,” says Terry Pagliari ’64.
There is still time to register for what promises to be a most memorable weekend. If you would like to browse the schedule of events or look over the list of those attending.