Alumni Return to Manhattanville

KATHERINE MATUSZEK

During the weekend of June 10-12, 2016, the quad was not filled with current students, but instead with alumni celebrating their reunion.

Over 500 alumni and family members attended Reunion 2016, but not all who joined were celebrating their Reunion class year. This year, all alumni from the graduating classes ending in either a one or six were encouraged to come celebrate with their graduating class, however, any former Manhattanville student is always invited back to celebrate.

The festivities began on Friday, June 10, with many of the attendees taking campus tours to view the new changes around campus. Former President of Manhattanville College and current Trustee, Elizabeth J. McCormack, ’44, also held a tea, where she discussed her years at the College. The evening celebrations began with a Kick-off Cocktail Party where alumni reunited with friends. After dinner was nished, the night was not over. In fact, the night ended with a bar crawl for the young alumni, inviting them to take on White Plains once again, and for older alumni, they enjoyed amble time and reminiscing in Reid Castle.

Saturday, June 11, welcomed even more alumni to enjoy a fun filled day. That morning, former Manhattanville President, Jon Strauss, and for- mer First Lady, Jean Strauss, delivered their final “State of the College” address, reviewing accomplishments of the College and then expressing their appreciation of the entire Manhattanville community throughout their tenure. Programs like Manhattanville 101 allowed for alumni to return to Brownson Hall to meet faculty and current students.

The Reunion luncheon, held in the East Room, welcomed a variety of alumni of all ages. Later in the event, a few alumni were awarded with 2016 Alumni Association Awards.

Although there was a chance of showers on Saturday afternoon, the Quad Jam Barbeque went on. The weather held, and the quad was filled with alumni and their friends and family enjoyed the day. With the sun out, shining bright, a live band and lawn games insisted alumni had a great time, as if they were back at Quad Jam.

In the late afternoon, alumni had the chance to chat with faculty at a reception outside of the Library or had the option to move inside to hear archivist Lauren Ziarko share articles from the Manhattanville archives. The library was a popular spot for younger alumni to meet up with some of their past professors.

On Saturday evening, reunion attendees joined an all-class cocktail reception followed by class dinners in the Castle and the Berman Center. After dinner, everyone was invited for “Dancing under the Stars,” on the Berman quad. The green was filled with dancing alumni, all with smiles on their faces as the last night of Reunion came to an end.

Sunday morning allowed for participants to join Father Wil Tyrrell on a discussion on the evolution of the Catholic Church under Pope Francis. Father Wil then welcomed alumni to the Chapel for a Catholic Mass and the Rose of Remembrance Ceremony which honors deceased members of the reunion classes. The Class of 1966 then continued the longstanding Reunion tradition of planting a memorial tree, where they celebrated their fifty years after Manhattanville.

A luncheon in the West Room gave alumni one more chance to engage with their classmates from far and near. As the weekend came to a close, a few alumni could be seen taking one last walk around campus, or posing in front of the Castle.

No matter how many years had passed since their Manhattanville days, fifteen years or fifty, alumni agreed that the magic of reunion worked once again to remind them of the joy and signifcance of their experience at the College.