Class of 1964 - June 2013
As hard as it is to imagine, our 50th Reunion Weekend at Springfield College is only a year away. For those of you who have not been back to campus in a while, you will be shocked and amazed. I have been fortunate to be able to return to campus at least three times a year as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees (along with fellow classmates John Odierna, Howie Pulsifer and Jim Walsh, which the College informs us is a record for the number of trustees from the same graduating class).
In fact I am on campus for our May Board meeting as I write this letter. Walking around campus and reflecting on our time here, I notice that some things are missing—Wood’s Hall is not here, McCurdy natatorium is not here, the Beveridge Center is not here, Memorial Field House is not here and many of the grand old trees on campus and at the campgrounds are not here (the latter due to Mother Nature when a tornado ripped a six-mile path through Springfield two years ago). Please, when your classmates gather on the weekend of June 5th-8th, 2014 for our 50th reunion, don’t let it be said, that you are not here.
What is here? Well, that is all a part of what will impress and amaze you when you return. Smiling students who look you in the eye and say hello, the Humanics Philosophy and a top notch faculty are all still here. Sadly, one additional thing that will be here is the list of our classmates who are not present because death has taken them from us too soon. But the amazing thing is, they will be here too. They will be here in the hearts, the minds, and stories of those who knew and loved them.
Earlier in the week I was on a conference call with our reunion planning committee comprising Liz Bebo, Bob and Donna Hamill, Clark Masters, Howie Pulsifer, Paul Rosenbaum, and Mary Stam. With Alumni Director Tamie Kidess Lucey ’81 G’82 as our facilitator, we discussed a number of ideas as to how to make our reunion weekend really special, but rapidly came to the conclusion we could use some help. Here is what you can do. Please fill out and return the enclosed “pre-response” form and return it in the enclosed reply envelope. Let us know your plans for attending and any ideas that you would like to share. If you would like to join our motley crew and become more involved in the planning, please let us know that as well.
For those of you who know now that you will not be able to attend, here is what you can do. Use our 50th Reunion year as an excuse to re-connect with the College and us. We want to keep you in the loop as we celebrate this special year. Speaking of connecting and re-connecting the planning committee unanimously agreed on the need to communicate, communicate, communicate. This letter is the first salvo. We plan to have email blasts, save-the-date postcard reminders and other forms of communication including a web-page on the College’s website as well as a presence on Facebook. If you are out there, we will find you!
In closing I wanted to let you know that I violated Tamie’s advice concerning the form of this letter. She counseled only one page with bullet points. I fear she may have confused our generation with those who require their information to be pre-digested and fit “above the fold” of a computer screen. She informs me her confusion was natural because we all look so vibrant and energetic. But, I feel confident that you will take the time to read a page or two when it is of interest to you and respond cogently. Ed Sims would be proud. More to follow.