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Reunion Weekend to offer wide range of events

Faculty, staff eat for free at reunion luncheon and BBQ

New Paltz will celebrate its annual Alumni Reunion Weekend this weekend with events ranging from a seminar on the history of the sauna to an '80s retro dinner party, where guests are encouraged to wear their Jordache jeans and punk hairdos, according to Rayna Wendell, director of Alumni Affairs.

The events will begin at 9 a.m. this Friday at the Hopfer Admissions and Alumni Center with a welcome reception and registration. Other events on Friday include: an alumni, faculty and staff luncheon; a series of alumni seminars, including "Saving the Peregrine Falcon" with Dr. Heinz Meng, lecturer and SUNY Distinguished Professor (Biology); "Oxyvita: A Transfusible Replacement for Whole Blood" with retired New Paltz professor Doug Baker; and "Sauna: The Naked Truth" with New Paltz's own resident master of the Finnish sauna, Dr. Mika Roinila (Geography).

Then, at 5:30 p.m., President Steven Poskanzer will induct members of the class of '54 into the Lantern Society, followed by an 8 p.m. theatre production of "Sunday in the Park with George."

Among the many activities planned for Saturday will be a number of departmental receptions. These events are an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and alumni to visit and network. Academic departments participating include Art Education, Asian Studies, Athletics, Communication and Media, English, Geography, History and Study Abroad.

Also on Saturday, there will be a walking tour of the New Paltz campus, led by Dennis O'Keefe, local historian and archivist of the New Paltz collection at Sojourner Truth Library; an all-class and campus barbeque at 11:45 a.m., on the Old Main Quad, with live music; individual class dinners for '54, '59, '64, '69 and '74; and an '80s retro dinner and party for which attendees are invited to wear their Members Only jackets and leg warmers.

On Sunday, there will be an Athletics Alumni Golf Outing at 9 a.m. at Apple Greens Golf Course in New Paltz. In addition, beginning at 11 a.m. there will be a First World Reunion Brunch and Business Meeting, where alumni from 1960 to the present join together. All alumni are also invited to join students and fellow alumni for brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday morning at the Hasbrouck Dining Commons.

The Office of Alumni Affairs is also establishing several displays across campus for Reunion Weekend to showcase memorabilia. To donate to this program, bring items to the Alumni Affairs office. For a full schedule of events and registration forms, visit

OCTOBER 11, 2004
Volume 2, Issue 18

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