Nearly 600 alumni and friends are expected to enjoy class get-togethers, parties and other activities on campus July 14-17 during Alumni Reunion 2011.
“We are excited to offer new activities,” said Erin Boylan, associate director of alumni affairs. “Several alumni have stepped forward to offer classes on Saturday morning and the YMCA has graciously allowed us to participate in their 5K run. In addition, we have revamped the traditional Alumni Association Fundraiser Golf Tournament to include more prizes, team photos, side games and more sponsorship opportunities.”
Reunion opens Thursday, July 14, for the Class of 1956 with a pizza party at the Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House. The other reunion classes will begin gathering on Friday, July 16, starting with a golf tournament held at Walden Oaks Country Club Golf Course. The featured sorority, Alpha Kappa Phi/Agonian, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Sigma Rho Sigma, and the Classes of 1951, 1956 and 1961 can enjoy a boat cruise on one of the Finger Lakes.
Also on Friday afternoon, the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association, the Cortland College Foundation and President Erik J. Bitterbaum will host a special reception for the Reunion Committee members at Main Street SUNY Cortland. The Class of 1961 will celebrate their 50th reunion with a dinner held at the Alumni House. The featured fraternity, Lambda Phi Delta, and featured affinity, College Singers led by Dr. Guy Webb, will begin their weekend with welcome parties. Friday’s activities culminate with a reunion party at the Alumni House.
Saturday’s events include campus tours, a hike of Hoxie Gorge, classes offered by alumni for alumni, tours of the Alumni House and photographs. Participants include the Half Century Club, comprised of everyone who graduated more than 50 years ago; the Classes of 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981 and 1986; sisters of Alpha Kappa Phi/Agonian, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Sigma Rho Sigma sorority, Lambda Phi Delta fraternity and College Singers led by Guy Webb. Members of Nu Sigma Chi sorority will sponsor an alumnae tea from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at their house on 52 Prospect Terrace.
The SUNY Cortland Alumni Association will present its highest honor, the Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Award, to two graduates during the Alumni Reunion 2011 luncheon. Two alumni will be honored with an Outstanding Alumni Volunteer award and an emeritus will be lauded with as an Honorary Alumnus. The luncheon begins Saturday at noon in the Corey Union Function Room and honors reunion classes and award recipients.
Immediately following the luncheon, many events will happen downtown. For the second time, the Alumni Association is partnering with the Cortland Downtown Partnership to allow alumni to participate in the “Taste of Downtown.” Participants will enjoy food and beverage samples from more than 20 city eateries, be given a commemorative wine glass and enjoy musical performances. The Nu Sigma Chi Legacy Fund will again underwrite an All Greek Reception at the Alumni House. Sheila Kaplan Bernard ’61 will offer a photography exhibit at Main Street SUNY Cortland.
Individual class dinners will be held Saturday evening at various campus and downtown locations. Alpha Kappa Phi/Agonian, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Sigma Rho Sigma sorority and Lambda Phi Delta fraternity will celebrate their reunions with dinners planned by reunion committees at the Alumni House.
On Sunday, a farewell breakfast is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. at the Alumni House. Alpha Kappa Phi/Agonian, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Sigma Rho Sigma sorority will enjoy breakfast in Corey Union. Reunion attendees may also participate in the YMCA Cortland Chiro 5K run.
The campus community is encouraged to attend Alumni Reunion 2011. For more information or to register for the weekend, contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (607) 753-2516 or visit the website at www.cortland.edu/reunion.