record number of alumni came home for the
first-ever Emory Weekend, a campuswide celebration combining
Alumni Weekend and Commencement, May 6-10. More than
six thousand alumni and their families registered in
advance for the dozens of events offered by the Association
of Emory Alumni (AEA) and affiliated programs. Attendance
in the past has typically been about three thousand.
day offered special events for the entire University
community, as well as for specific groups such as reunion
classes and graduates of the professional schools. The
weekend culminated with Commencement, giving many alumni
a chance to reconnect with the pinnacle of Emory tradition.
events open to all and hosted by the AEA included the
Alumni Golf Scramble, the Senior Candlelight Crossover,
a celebratory concert in the Schwartz Center, an afternoon
block party and concert by the renowned Indigo Girls,
and a late-night Last Call Soiree on Saturday evening.
couldnt be more pleased with the attendance and
the success of our inaugural Emory Weekend, says
Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Special Development
Programs Robert G. Pennington 74Ox-76C-81L-81MBA.
It was truly a delight to see so many familiar
faces on campus, as well as those alumni who came back
for the first time since their graduation. Whatever
it was that drew them back to campus, well continue
to work as hard as we did this year to offer events
and programs that will encourage them to return in the
Weekend began on a bright note Thursday morning, May
6, a cloudless spring day that might have been special-ordered
by Bob Pennington himself.
was perfect golf weather, says Sandy Tillman,
program development specialist for the Association of
Emory Alumni, the hosts of many of the weekends
hundred twenty golfers of all descriptions and skill
levels teed off around 9 a.m. at the Stone Mountain
Park Golf Course. The winners in each of the five divisions
1: Paul Jackson 82Ox-84B, Stewart Roberts
51Ox-53C-59M, Keith Davoll and
Derrick Lett; Division 2: Joyce Jaleel, Mary Romestant,
Myra Sims, Sandy Tillman; Division 3: Ron Flowers
72T-74T, Jay Hodges 72T-91T,
Bob Nicholson, Ken Graap; Division 4: Chuck Lusted,
Scott Fletcher, Ethan Solomon 02C, Will Carr
05C; Division 5: John Lichtenwalter, Tim Collins,
Gary Swidorski, John Yancey
of the putting contest was James Alston, Emory ITD.
winners of other contests were:
Drive for Women: Mary Romestant
to the Pin for Women: Alice Cunningham 66G
Putt for Women: Tina Peavy
Drive for Men: Gary Swidorski
to the Pin for Men: Jay Hodges 72T-91T
Putt for Men: Michael Leff 70L
of the synergy of Emory Weekend came of the interaction
among graduating seniors, their families, and alumni
of all ages. The celebration began Thursday evening,
May 6, when, after the traditional senior dinner and
Coke toast at the Emory Conference Center, graduating
seniors were invited to process by candlelight across
the footbridge over Houston Mill Road to the Miller-Ward
Alumni House. Their walk together was the second annual
Candlelight Crossover, created by the Association of
Emory Alumni to symbolize the seniors journey
from students to alumni.
were alumni waiting on the other side to welcome us,"
says Emily Hunter 04C, who will study linguistics
in Scotland as a Bobby Jones Scholar next year. "The
candles were to symbolize our time as undergraduates,
and then when we got inside the alumni house we blew
them out, and symbolically became alumni. It was really
nice, a nice ceremony and tradition."
then had a chance to mingle with alumni at a dessert
reception. Hunter says getting to know fellow graduates
in a social setting encouraged her to identify with
alumni and to stay connected to the University.
definitely had an impact on how people view alumnihood,"
she says. "Now we understood, this is just a new
role we have in the community. Were still part
of Emory, just in a different way."
Out, Getting In
as Emory seniors were packing up their rooms Friday
morning in preparation for leaving college behind, a
group of nervous parents and high-school students were
receiving advice on how to get in to the right university.
In: The Emory Alumni Guide to Selective College Admissions
Programs proved to be one of the more popular
offerings of the weekend, with a crowd of more than
a hundred. Hosted by Emory and Oxford admissions staff,
the program was a practical how-to for high school students
and parents facing the college admissions process.
Arogeti 82L and his daughter Michelle, a sophomore
at Atlantas Riverwood High School, found the program
was impressed by all the practical information,
evening, a Celebratory Concert at the Schwartz Center
for Performing Arts provided an opportunity for alumni
to enjoy the new arts center and the considerable talents
of some of their fellow alumni.
donors were invited to gather at a reception preceding
the Celebratory Concert. Some had never visited the
Reilly 81C-00T and her husband Wendell
Reilly 80C, an Emory trustee, were among those
mingling before the concert began. Its a
beautiful weekend to have these events, Mary Reilly
is a very special weekend, and a very special evening,
alumni leader Bob Pennington said as he kicked off the
Celebratory Concert. It doesnt take very
long to realize what a magnificent facility we have
here in the Schwartz Center. We are immensely proud
of what we have accomplished here already.
the concert program showcased ten Emory alumni musicians
as well as staff and faculty. Alumni performers included
Daniel Cole 93C, bass singer; Yi-Ching
Lin 99C, pianist; Kimberly Lorch 03C,
oboe; Jane Potter Baumer 87C, mezzo-soprano;
Wanda Yang Temko 92C, soprano (above, right);
Laura Ziegler 95C, pianist (above, left);
Todd Qualls 94C, pianist; Elizabeth
Davis Racheva 97C, soprano; Katherine Blumenthal
01C, soprano; and Leo Saguiguit 87C.
The program also included piano compositions by Ken
Metz 76C, played by faculty member Laura Gordy.
William Ransom and Eric Nelson of the music department
performed as well.
the concert, all alumni guests were invited to the new
Math and Science Center, where the observatory and planetarium
were open until midnight. Titled Beauty and the
Beast, the open house offered a live feed of Jupiter
from Emorys state-of-the-art twenty-four-inch
reflector telescope, as well as an unobstructed view
of the sparkling night sky. Science faculty were on
hand as guides.
Booth 78C and Bridgette Palmer Booth 80C
brought their son, Palmer, eleven, to enjoy the late-night
came for my twenty-fifth reunion last year, but the
program for this weekend looked so good we decided to
come again, said Ed, now living in Jacksonville.
We didnt realize any of this existed. I
remember the old physics building, which had no air
conditioning. We just saw the planetariumwhat
a fascinating course [astronomy] would be. It makes
me want to come back.
Sendelbach 88T had come mainly for the Candler
Schools Theology of Hope Conference that took
place on Thursday and Friday, and couldnt resist
the chance to visit the observatory. This is so
cool, she said. This is what I want to do
in my next lifestudy space.
Emily Saliers 85C and Amy Ray 86Ctogether
the world famous Indigo Girlsstruck up the first
chords of their new song, One Perfect World,
on Saturday afternoon at McDonough Field, it seemed
like the perfect choice for the occasion.
alumni weekend, happy graduation, said Saliers;
Ray added, Its great to see everybody. It
feels like were at home . . . because we are.
The pair played new music and old favorites for more
than an hour, performing in their original stylejust
the two of them, in jeans, with their guitars.
day, though hot (temperatures rose above eighty), was
lovely and clear. More than 2,500 alumni, children,
faculty, staff, students and their families gathered
on the expanse of lawn for the AEAs block party
and Indigo Girls show, spreading out blankets, unfolding
chairs, or just lounging on the grass. Volunteers circulated
through the crowd with sunscreen for those who werent
prepared for the blazing sun; Vice President for Alumni
Affairs and Special Development Programs Robert G. Pennington
handed out Emory visors.
AEA offered a low country boil lunch, as well as games,
entertainment, and a giant inflated slide and obstacle
coursebig hits with the dozens of children present.
Potter Baumer 87C, one of the featured performers
in the Celebratory Concert, brought her daughter Haley,
three, out to join the festival.
loved it here, Baumer said. I cant
believe how much its changed. The Schwartz Center
Hamara 99BBA, Tim Knowles, Jennifer Pritzer
Sender 99C-02L-02PH, and Eric
Sender 02C (left) relaxed on a blanket as
they ate boiled crawfish, shrimp, corn, and salad.
campus looks great, Hamara said. Some of
the new buildings are really gorgeous, it makes me proud
to show it off to my boyfriend [Knowles]. I thought
it would be too crowded this weekend with everything
going on, but its been very manageable. And we
live in New York, so the sun feels good.
Foerschler Horn 97C and Jon Horn 97C
met as students in the old Cox Hall computer lab. They
were astonished by the new one, which was completely
renovated and updated in 2002. Were having
a great time, Nicole said. Were huge
Indigo Girls fans, which is pretty much why we came
back. But I think well definitely come again next
who missed the low country boil didnt have to
go hungry; dozens bought hot dogs from Signature Hot
Dogs, a business started by a Goizueta Business School
Walters 00Ox-03B was kept busy grilling
and serving up beef and veggie dogs to the crowd. Its
fun, every event is still different, said Walters.
early part of Saturday evening found more than a dozen
class reunions and school-specific gatherings taking
place around Emory. But as the night wore on, the crowd
began to converge in the ballroom of the Emory Conference
Center Hotel, where the first annual Last Call Soiree
drew guests from 9 p.m. until well after midnight.
was invited to this late-night dessert reception and
dance, and it seemed everyone came: graduating seniors,
their families, alumni, and community members from all
corners of campus. Most were formally dressed, lending
a festive air to the evening.
midway through the dance, President Jim Wagner, who
was there with his wife, Debbie, took the stage to formally
toast the outgoing seniors, raising his glass to a packed
dance band King Sized lured couple after couple onto
the floor. One of the first was graduating senior Ann
Stonebraker and her father. We just had to warm
Dad up, said Stonebraker, who graduated Phi Beta
Kappa with a degree in psychology.
Suber 94C and Alisa Porter 94C
said they had come to their five-year reunion, but attendance
by their classmates then was low compared to this year,
their tenth. They were glad to be celebrating their
reunion during Commencement weekend.
good for the outgoing seniors to be exposed to alumni,
Suber said. And we really enjoyed the Indigo Girls.
That was very exciting. Its great to see the campus
and how its changed.
Doan 98C also noted the remarkable changes
on campus since his graduation and praised Emory Weekends
is a great event, he said. To have alumni
and graduates all coming together is a really good feeling.
Its like the beginning of the end for the seniors.
Sunday morning, Judson C. Jake Ward Jr.
33C-36G, dean of alumni, welcomed more
than a hundred guests to the Miller-Ward Alumni House
for breakfast and the first formal induction ceremony
of Corpus Cordis Aureum, the Golden Corps of the
Heart, an elite group of alumni who graduated
fifty years ago or more.
alumni were recognized with specially-commissioned gold
medallions and for the first time were invited to lead
the Commencement procession of graduates on Monday morning.
Clad in gold robes, with their medallions hanging from
blue ribbons, the charter members of Corpus Cordis Aureum
vividly symbolized Emorys history and heritage.
know that what you represent today is very significant,
Pennington said during the induction ceremony. You
are really the cornerstone of Emorys future, and
for that we are immensely proud.
Marie Stewart 52N, who was the first woman
president of the Association of Emory Alumni, was among
more than one hundred alumni inducted into the new organization.
She said she was proud to be the first woman president,
but even more so to be the first president from the
School of Nursing.
was hard work, she said of her time as AEA president
in the 1980s. We traveled a lot. We were trying,
in spite of growing, to maintain our Southern roots.
But it was a special time, just after the Woodruff gift.
I was blessed to hold the position.
Cumbaa 43C, also a newly christened member
of Corpus Cordis Aureum, was particularly pleased to
have the opportunity to process in the Commencement
exercises on May 10.
a member of the Marine Corps when he was a student at
Emory, he missed his own graduation.
sixty-one years later, he said, I get to
march in a procession.P.P.P.