Alumni Weekend 2018

By Daniel Brumbach | July 25, 2018

The Arcadia campus came alive with the return of more than 300 Beaver College and Arcadia alumni, family, and friends for Alumni Weekend, May 4 and 5. Guests came from near and far to remember, relive, and reunite with the University community during events and reunions.

The celebratory weekend kicked off with “Our Streets: Demonstrations and Democracy in Global 1968,” an engaging discussion led by faculty panelists Dr. Amy Cox ’01M, former director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program and assistant professor of Political Science; Dr. Geoff Haywood, associate professor of Historical and Political Studies; and Dr. Peter Siskind, assistant professor and chair of Historical and Political Studies.

Later that morning, alumni strolled through the enchanting landscape of Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture garden and arboretum in Hamilton, N.J. “Those of us who joined the tour to the sculpture garden loved seeing something so creative and new to us,” said Sue Johnson Whitelaw ’63.

President Ajay Nair hosted attendees at Friday evening’s Welcome Reception with his wife, Paayal Nair, and their daughter, Rani. At Saturday morning’s Champagne Brunch, the University Commons Great Room was filled with smiles as classmates shared memories while being treated to a performance by students from Arcadia’s Theater Department.

President Nair, who had met with the Alumni Association Leadership Council earlier in the morning, delivered a keynote address at the Alumni Association Annual Meeting, which was streamed live for alumni around the world.

“President Nair was clear on his commitment to bringing all constituents closer to the institution, and he invited alumni to become more involved and to give back in ways that align with their capabilities,” said Trustee Emerita Beverly Rappaport Goldberg ’53. “He gave me hope and promise for the future.”

At the meeting, Alumni Association President-elect Kerry Ann Costello Leraris ’92, ’94MEd thanked Ellen August Templeton ’78, ’85M for her dedicated leadership over the last four years. Templeton, whose term as president of the Alumni Association ended on May 31, celebrated her 40th reunion this year. The Alumni Association Leadership Council elected Leraris as president-elect at its meeting earlier that day. Also elected to officer positions were Karen Rossi Brager ’91 and Celina Gonzalez Alexander ’04, who will both serve as Alumni Association representatives-at-large. Leraris, Brager, and Alexander began their terms on June 1.

Throughout the afternoon, alumni marveled at the changes to Arcadia’s campus, shared stories, and reminisced at the spots they frequented during their time as students. Other midday activities included a “Grey Towers 120th Anniversary Talk” by David Rowland, president of the Old York Road Historical Society and author of The Philadelphia Area Architecture of Horace Trumbauer, and an ice cream social, where more than 100 alumni and guests enjoyed frozen treats with members of the Class of 2018.

As the evening commenced, alumni gathered for the Alumni Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of their fellow Knights and to honor their generosity and support
of their alma mater. Honorees included:

  • Dr. James P. Capolupo ’76M, the Golden Disc for Distinguished Achievement
  • Heather Mazzanti McKiernan ’07M, the Young Alumni Golden Disc for Distinguished Achievement
  • Merle Arbogast Chorba ’63, the Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf Award
  • Linda Helbig Coceano ’93 and Robert Migliaccio ’13, Class Officer Awards
  • Octavius Blount ’15, the Sankofa Award for Distinguished Achievement presented by the Black Alumni Association
  • Aliyah Abraham ’18, the Student Impact Award

Trustee Allison Rossett ’68 and Trustee Emerita Madeline Johnson Stein ’68 were each named recipients of the Golden Disc for Meritorious Service. Rossett’s award was presented during the Champagne Brunch earlier in the day, and Stein, who was unable to attend the weekend, will accept her award later this summer.

Among the awards presented for reunion giving, the Class of 1958 received the Ethlyn Selner Mack Bowl for their five-year participation rate of 55.7 percent, and the Class of 1968 received the Bette E. Landman Plate for their five-year reunion giving of $631,115.

The festivities continued at several events and ceremonies around campus. At Grey Towers Castle, more than 70 alumni attended the Golden Reunion Dinner, during which the Class of 1968 joined prior classes to celebrate their 50th reunion. The MBA Alumni Association and the Black Alumni Association hosted special receptions on campus, and an “all classes” reception took place in the Rose Room for alumni from all class years and programs.

The weekend concluded with the return of Knight Market on Saturday evening, with alumni, families, and friends gathering on Haber Green to enjoy cuisine from local food trucks, DJ entertainment, lawn games, and fellowship as the sun set behind campus.

Overall, Alumni Weekend offered a wide variety of opportunities for alumni to reconnect with their fellow Knights, revisit their alma mater, and much more. When Stacey Downey ’88 reflected on the event, she explained that “the weekend’s activities provided a lovely balance of visiting time with classmates, getting to meet the new president, touring the campus, and interacting with current students.”

Alumni Weekend 2018

Merle Arbogast Chorba ’63 accepts the Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf Award.

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Alumni from the MBA program gather for an afternoon reception.

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Co-chair of The Fund for Arcadia Dave Paone ’04, ’09M, President Emerita Bette Landman ’04H, and President Ajay Nair present the Bette E. Landman Plate to Class Fund Agents Judy McColl Barrow ’68 and Linda Zelson Marple ’68 in recognition of the 50-year reunion class’ five-year reunion class giving total.

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Members of the Class of ’18 join alumni for sundaes, games, and networking during Saturday’s ice cream social.

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Awards and Honors Committee Chair Caitlin Rooney Meeker ’08, ’10MPH, Alumni Association President Ellen August Templeton ’78, ’85M, and President Nair congratulate Heather Mazzanti McKiernan ’07M (center) on her Young Alumni Golden Disc for Distinguished Achievement award.

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Members of the Class of ’93 celebrate their 25th reunion at events throughout the weekend.

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Members of the Class of ’58 pose at a tree dedicated to the memory of classmate Clementine “Clemmy” Klein Brodsky ’58. The Class of ’58 also received the Ethlyn Selner Mack Bowl during the weekend for its five-year reunion class giving participation.

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Alumni, family members, and friends gather on Haber Green to enjoy fare from local food trucks and vendors, margaritas, lawn games, fun, and fellowship as they cap off an exciting weekend of memories at the Knight Market.

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Heather Fleming Tucker ’68, Trustee Lynne Petrolle Cannon ’68, and Anne Pilert ’68 share 50 years of memories with their classmates at the Champagne Brunch.

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Katherine Burton ’98, Craig McIntyre, Kevin Shollenberger ’88, and Stacey Downey ’88 enjoy catching up during the President’s Welcome Reception.

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Class Officer Award recipient Rob Migliaccio ’13 (center) and friends David Fokas, Kim Lane ’11, Cara Heusel, Billy Peitz ’13, and Christa Greagori ’10, ’11MEd at the All Classes Reunion Reception.

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Black Alumni Association (BAA) Secretary Sharron Cooks ’15 (left) and President Nair congratulate Octavius Blount ’15, the inaugural recipient of the BAA’s Sankofa Award for Distinguished Achievement, and Aliyah Abraham ’18, recipient of the Alumni Association’s Student Impact Award and BAA president. Later, the BAA hosted an alumni reception at the Easton Hall water feature.

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Fellow Trustee and classmate Babs Senker Krug ’68, ’81M (right) present Trustee Allison Rossett ’68 (center) with the Golden Disc for Meritorious Service. Alumni Association President Ellen August Templeton ’78, ’85M and President Nair congratulate Rossett on the honor during the Champagne Brunch.

Alumni Weekend 2018

The “Great Class of ’68” returns to Arcadia to celebrate its golden reunion.