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“…I know of no other college that literally and figuratively puts out the “red carpet” to welcome its alums home. This is what makes CHC so special to so many of us. We grew up here, and it is so much a part of us. It is a “coming home” experience. A thousand thanks!”
    Kathleen Wagner ’60

“The whole weekend couldn’t have been better… Could we stay a week?”
    Sally Quinney Ryan ’50

“What one thing would I keep about the weekend? The nostalgia that I felt in coming back and the realization that although CHC has changed in appearance a great deal, the College still has the same spirit.”
    Karen Reddington-Hughes ’85


 


Dateline:

September 2009.

Inquiring minds ask:
Would the nation's economic woes stop our alums from coming home to CHC for their reunion, even though it's nine months away?

Between the troubling economy and the recent reunion history for these classes ending in “0” and “5”— 20 percent registration five years ago—the prospects looked a bit dim.

On top of that, what about the Golden Griffins … the classes up to and including the Class of 1959 and inducting the Class of 1960. Would they turn out?

Worries on the Hill.


So:
When in doubt, shout.

And shout, the College did, through …

  • three promotional mailings spaced throughout the year, including a colorful 20-page registration/invitation booklet arriving in alumni homes on April 7-- opening the seven-week registration period -- partnered with an online registration option going live on April 14.

  • graduated discounting offered to Early Bird (May 5) and Right-On-Time (May 6-20) registrants, with the Class of 2005 benefiting the most through additional price breaks. Full price kicked in for Late Registrants, those signing on between May 21 and the final deadline of May 25, one week prior to the event.

  • online promotions coordinated and integrated with the print mailings:
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    • Griffins Online alumni community, which posted up-to-date information, FAQs that included what to pack, what to expect, and names to contact, plus a daily list of ‘Who’s Coming,’ and more

    • “ReunionNews” e-newsletter introduced for the first time this year for reunion alums with registered e-mail addresses. The first issue transmitted on March 31, with four more arriving in alumni In boxes on a biweekly basis, complete with links to both essential and nice-to-know reunion news.


The Envelope, Please
Reunion of the Stars 2010 defied a difficult national economy in attracting more than 260 alums from traditional undergraduate classes ending in 0 and 5, accounting for 23 percent of those eligible to attend, and representing a 15 percent increase in total registrations of these classes over their 20 percent response five years ago.

The entering class of Golden Griffins? Well, 59 percent of the 50th class (Class of 1960) registered for their milestone reunion, making this the largest class in attendance throughout Reunion Weekend, doubling the number attending from this class five years ago, and exceeding the 50th reunion class attendance goal of 45% to 50%.

Bravo to all!


Friday, June 4


Alums arriving at Friday's red-carpet "Welcome and Check-In” tent were additionally greeted by student paparazzi who captured their priceless expressions in reconnecting with one another.

A departure from the past—and new to many photos—was the number of male registrants, as this year's reunion was the first to welcome and accommodate spouses, significant others, traveling companions, and guests in the SugarLoaf Hill residence hall (The Lodge), and with special Saturday programming.

Hugs, waves, and hellos all around . . . from the 3:00 arrival/check-in through the Hi! Tea Welcome-Back Reception co-hosted by the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Alumni Association Board of Directors, to the five faculty-led “Nourish Your Mind, Body, Spirit” educational sessions, the Spanning-the-Globe Buffet Dinner, and the loud—raucous, even—“CHC Idol Night on the Hill” (karaoke), Friday’s arrivals infused an infectious enthusiasm into the opening day and evening that only intensified as additional classmates arrived on Saturday.

“I wish I could have done more than one [educational] session.”
    Mary Lee Rothwell Corr ’60

“The buffet and karaoke on Friday were a blast!”
    Rosemarie Fean ‘05

“Loved the Friday ‘school’ choices. I attended ‘Catholicism and Hollywood.’ It was very good, and wish it had been longer. Father [Malloy] was a riveting speaker.”
    Suzie Linton Kirchner ’60

“Professor del Gizzo is an incredible asset to CHC. I could have listened to her [‘Hemingway on the Big Screen’] for another hour.”
    Carol Lowe Ambacher ’65

“Thoroughly enjoyed the historical perspective on the Wissahickon [Professor Contosta]. I never appreciated it when I was a student!”
    Isabelle Walsh Gundaker ’65

“Concurrent educational sessions were the best part. I’d have gone to more than one if there had been time.”
    Mary Margaret Hamill ’70

“[Red registration] Goody bag was AWESOME! I love CHC swag! … Application fee waiver a great idea! Check-in and valet service was such a breeze—I was nervous about that whole process but so easy and everyone so friendly!”
    Julie Dressler ’05



Be sure to view the complete photo gallery and read all of the quotes posted throughout these reunion pages. Then, why not keep the conversation going? Offer your perspective on these quotes at the Reunion 2010 Comment Board.


SATURDAY, JUNE 5


Saturday’s tradition of Annual Memorial Mass, Cocktail Reception, Class Pictures, Annual Reunion Luncheon, and Class Meetings remained intact, but with some variation and tweaking.

Following the Invocation by Alumni Association vice-president Kathy O’Boyle ’84, ’97 SGS, Association president Patricia Cholewinski Nicholson ’70, celebrating her own 40th reunion, introduced the Annual Reunion Luncheon with the Roll Call of Classes. As always, this tradition kicks off the weekend's keystone and oldest continuous event with loud cheers, red or gold napkins waving in the air, and congratulatory applause as each class stands to be counted.

The 50th class, the Class of 1960, numbered 60 attendees, followed by the Class of 1970 with 41, and the Class of 1965 with 30. The most recent reunion-year class, the Class of 2005, registered 12 alums, including one sole male who transferred to CHC in his junior year, the first year the College admitted men. If their Roll Call confetti and sparkling poppers were any indication of their reunion spirit, the Class of 2005 looks to be one that will surely be heard and seen for many reunions.

Most inspiring? The loyalty and commitment shown by four members of the Class of 1940, who celebrated their 70th reunion. Two additional classmates attended Sunday's Golden Griffins Mass and Brunch.

Eileen Crimmins, Ph.D. ’68, AARP Chair in Gerontology at the University of Southern California, was awarded the 2010 Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award for her pioneering work in the field of biodemography, which focuses on the connections between socioeconomic factors and life expectancy. Professor Crimmins was traveling in Europe at the time and accepted her award through a Skype message recorded earlier in the week and played during the luncheon. Click here for award citation/honoree’s profile.

A particular highlight of the luncheon was the “remarks from the College president” segment, in the past referred to as the “state of the College” speech, the “College update” speech, and the “President’s Report” speech.

Luncheon attendees heard a new and different message, and presented differently this year. Rather than repeat information concerning academic programs, enrollment, student life activity, and other campus news available to all alums through Chestnut Hill magazine and CHC online sources, Sister Carol Jean Vale posed and addressed a series of questions “heard through the grapevine,” she said, by College staff during visits and meetings with various alums.

With associated audio and video as well as animated slides of CHC statistics, competitor data, and projected campus plans, Sister Carol spoke to “past realities, the current situation, and hopes for the future.” She clarified a good deal of financial misinformation “in order to align perceptions with reality,” focusing on one comment in particular that had reached her desk: “Very frankly, it looks like someone at the College decided it needed to grow. Why? If so, why can’t the Sisters pay for it? Everybody knows they have tons of money. Anyway, I’m long out of there, so it has nothing to do with me.”

Sister Carol shared substantial information on the financial value of the ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph at the College over the past 85 years—the living endowment—and the projected financial impact of the Sisters’ increasing age and decreasing vocations on their continued contributed services to the College. She partnered this data with the “historical and cultural context in which the College is situated today,” information on what students want as their four-year educational adventure, and where the College wants to be in reaching “new heights of excellence in the academic world.”


"President Vale's address at Luncheon was informative and superbly presented..."
    Elizabeth Newmiller King '65

“Luncheon food was excellent. Very elegant!!”
    Rosemarie Fean ’05

“President’s speech at the luncheon was great. I felt clearer and more positive about CHC.”
    Claire Cifaloglio ’70

“Very informative presentation after lunch by the College president.”
    Carol Lowe Ambacher ’65

“I am delighted to see the direction that CHC is taking. Kudos to Sr. Carol Jean Vale and her staff.”
    Kathleen Wagner ’60

“Sister Carol Jean Vale’s talk at the Saturday luncheon was thought-provoking, moving, and very appropriate…”
    Barbara Wenthe McCarthy ’60

“Slide show [of Friday’s arrivals] was great. Sister Carol was wonderful—informative, interesting.”
    Mary (Rae) Hurley Birch ’60

“Sr. Carol's charts of how soon there will be almost no SSJs at the college was a real wake-up call, I think, for some who still think that the Sisters can be pulled out of the air, or that there is some unlimited SSJ budget. Sr. Carol provided a good reality check, I think, based on some conversations I had after the luncheon.”
Regina Maxwell Schwille ’65


Class meetings, class elections with a new twist, and some welcomed down time followed, leading into the Milestones Reception hosted by the College president for the 5th, 25th, and 50th reunion classes. This event actually christened the newly refurbished Mansion at SugarLoaf Hill, as Sister Carol welcomed and guided guests through the various rooms for the first time. The special touch of Carol Cheleden Alcorn '60 on harp and Dolores Dezii Kreal '60 in song greeted everyone in the foyer.

Back to the main campus for the evening's two events, the family-welcoming Luau on the Hill and a new activity, Starring You! Reception, which featured the cool, smooth sounds of the Minas Brazilian jazz ensemble as background to displays of reunion-alumnae art, artistry, and creativity—books, paintings, illustrations, and even signature perfumes—and on-the-spot complimentary caricatures sketched by visiting artists.


“… Being included in the Milestones Reception—it meant a lot to us.”
    Anonymous ’05

“I only came for a short while [Saturday night’s ‘Starring You!’ social], but the atmosphere was very relaxed, the music lovely, and the caricaturist fun.”
    Isabelle Walsh Gundaker ’65



Be sure to view the complete photo gallery and read all of the quotes posted throughout these reunion pages. Then, why not keep the conversation going? Offer your perspective on these quotes at the Reunion 2010 Comment Board.



SUNDAY, JUNE 6


Sunday's Golden Griffins Mass and Brunch, inviting classes up to and including the Class of 1959, returned alumnae and guests to The Mansion at SugarLoaf Hill for a festive induction of the Class of 1960 into the Golden Griffins. For the third consecutive year, the Golden Griffins Medallion was presented to each member of the 50th reunion class in attendance.

For the second consecutive year, the College president departed from past practice by not presenting prepared remarks but, rather, by answering questions from the floor. Several alumnae followed up Sister Carol’s Saturday luncheon remarks with additional questions on College finances, fundraising opportunities and needs, the value of remaining a college rather than pursuing university status, and more.


“Sunday’s 50th Brunch was superb.”
    Eileen Long Hessman ’60

“Golden Griffins Brunch excellent.”
    Carol Cheleden Alcorn ’60

“The Brunch at SugarLoaf—spectacular! The décor was perfect and food more than delicious. What a wonderful setting! An enchanting experience.”
    Mary Liz Gallagher Wattis ’60

Reunion of the Stars 2010 closed on Sunday afternoon, just as it opened on Friday --- with characteristic joy, spirit, and enthusiasm in being a Chestnut Hill College alum.

 



Be sure to view the complete photo gallery and read all of the quotes posted throughout these reunion pages. Then, why not keep the conversation going? Offer your perspective on these quotes at the Reunion 2010 Comment Board.



AND THE SURVEY SAYS . . .
Two versions of reunion evaluation forms—one, a four-page survey mailed to last names beginning A-I; the other, a two-page survey sent to last names beginning J-Z—were mailed to registrants within 14 days of the event, with the additional option to respond through last-name-linked online versions of each.

Reunion attendees commented on a variety of issues, including the following:


MOST MEANINGFUL OR MEMORABLE FEATURE, ACTIVITY, EVENT


"Sister Carol Jean Vale's speech about the College and its finances. Sister could be the CEO of a major corporation. Hopefully, we can keep her! I will try to be more generous to CHC. She really hit the mark with her speech."
    Bonnie Vasey McDonald '65

“The Golden Griffins Mass and Brunch. It marked a very memorable milestone in my life journey.”
    Dolores Dezii Kreal ’60

“Saturday Mass. I love that chapel.”
    Claudette Rupp Bayer ’60

“Saturday Reunion Luncheon—we shared our table with 1995 graduates and appreciated the opportunity to talk to young graduates, hear their goals and how they are managing their lives and families.”
    Catherine McDonnell ’45

“The class with [Fr.] Rick Malloy; sharing a dorm room with my former roommates; President Vale’s talk.”
    Mary Margaret Hamill ’70

“Mass in the Main Chapel."
         Sally Quinney Ryan ’50

“The [College president’s] PowerPoint presentation shown following the Luncheon. Very informative!”
    Pamela Grimmé Johnson ’80

“Sister Carol’s talk at Reunion Luncheon. It was so informative and on target.”
    Blanche Haviland Moore ’50

“Golden Griffins Mass and Lunch and Saturday’s Mass for deceased alumnae. It was a beautiful way to bring the Class of 1960 together…”
    Kathleen Wagner ’60

“The [Saturday] Mass was beautiful—hot but so lovely. It was nice to see classmates there and enjoy the company of many Sisters of St. Joseph who taught me.”
    Karen Reddington-Hughes ’85

“The most memorable events weren’t planned … it was starting conversations with other alums … running into former teachers/SSJs … exploring the campus ourselves to see what’s changed … talking to current students.”
    Julie Dressler ’05

“Attending first Mass and luncheon at SugarLoaf. Shows the future of the College and helped to excite the alumnae.”
    Barbara D’Iorio Martino ’60

“…The discussion after the class meeting was inspirational to get on board with the struggles of real life situations that we all have experienced.”
    Patricia Loscalzo Griffin ’60

“The conversations among old friends, really not any reunion feature/activity or event, disappointedly so.”
    Anita Magovern ‘60

“Then-and-Now Campus Tour.”
    Isabelle Walsh Gundaker ’65

“Just hanging out with my friends, just like we used to….”
    Anonymous ’05

“Besides reconnecting with former classmates and friends, which probably occurred best at the Friday Tea for me, I enjoyed the Saturday a.m. tour of the College with its history and antiques in the Motherhouse basement.”
    Susan Forster Lowery ’70

“The Reunion Luncheon and Sister Carol Jean Vale’s speech. It is amazing to see how far the college has come since I was a student and to imagine it 30 years from now.”
    Susan Brand ’65

 





WHAT'S A KEEPER?


“Wouldn’t change a thing. It was all super.”
    Blanche Haviland Moore ’50

“Don’t know what you could have done to make the weekend better. Only complaint—I gained at least 3 pounds on the delicious food.”
    Mary Liz Gallagher Wattis ’60

“Friday’s social—a really great ‘meet and greet’ situation. As classmates arrived, there was really 1-on1 time to become involved in that person’s life.”
    Bonnie Vasey McDonald ‘65

“The sessions on Friday—‘Nourish Your Mind, Body, Spirit’ are wonderful and informative.”
    Susan Brand ‘65

“Loved that you could bring family members.”
    Anonymous

“The Saturday Mass/Luncheon—it really brought me ‘back’ to CHC.”
    Barbara Sliker Weikert ‘00

“I really enjoyed the gathering we had with the drinks and appetizers [Friday’s Hi! Tea Welcome-Back Reception].”
    Helen Bernhardt McMonagle ’70

“The Luncheon is the highlight. To see all the ladies (and gents) celebrating our community.”
    Nancie Ann Kenny Moebius ’75
 
“Renewing old acquaintances, reliving our college days. Best opportunities in group activities: CHC Idol Night [karaoke], Reunion Luncheon, Luau.
    Barbara D’Iorio Martino ’60

“Saturday Mass is for me a deeply spiritual experience.”
    Mary Levin Englebert ’50

“The Alumnae Memorial Mass and the College Hymn. They are very emotional to me, much more than I would have ever thought they would be. Also, of course, the Luncheon. We all become kids competing for the loudest class cheers and visiting with alums we know from other classes. I wonder how this will change when there are men at Luncheon?”
    Regina Maxwell Schwille ’65

“We planned a ‘sharing circle” of wisdom and insights gained over the years for all in the Class of ’60 to attend (outside the main activities, since anything like this was completely missing from the schedule) and it was a most meaningful time, more than another other event…”
    Anita Magovern ’60

“The chance to see and interact with my old classmates—that is the most essential part of the weekend.”
    Mary K. Reeber ’60

“Memories of what wonderful people CHC has produced – thank you! It was heart-warming to see what fine, concerned, thoughtful people my classmates have become!
    Barbara Wenthe McCarthy ’60

“Class Luncheon. It is a great way to get reacquainted and to see the number of older alums that are still active in society.”
    Anonymous

“The kindness & friendliness of former classmates. That’s what life/love is all about. That is what is most important, in my opinion.”
    Susan Forster Lowery ’70

“The small group class meeting, listening to what is on classmates’ minds and how they are dealing with life as we know it now and how we are now.”
    Elaine Bunn ’60

“The luncheon and the information about the school as it is today.”
    Donna Plamondon Scully ’70

“Luncheon. Chance to be with classmates and to meet together after lunch. It seems that the luncheon is the one event that most people try to make.”
    (Mary) Mimi Simmons Limbach ’75

“The Mass in the Convent Chapel; the Golden Griffins Mass & Luncheon.”
    (Mary) Mickey Magee Onofrietto ’60

“Mass in the Convent Chapel. It has always been the anchor of CHC.”
    Denise Duckworth Tumelty ’65

“Definitely the Golden Griffins Mass and Brunch. It was a beautiful presentation and a wonderful tribute to the “golden” Class of 1960.”
    Kathleen Wagner ’60

“I came to spend time with my classmates. This was a success and valuable to me.”
    Maureen McBride Whitehurst ’75

“The reunion luncheon is essential. Beyond hearing an update on the activities of today’s Chestnut Hill College, it was inspiring to see the dedication of the older alumnae.”
    Kate McGinley ’00

 




WHAT KEYWORD(S) DESCRIBE REUNION OF THE STARS 2010 FOR YOU?


“Anticipation, fun, reconnection… A real pleasure. We definitely felt the love!”
    Patricia Leonard Marcoux ’60

"Star studded. The weekend was great!”
    Mary Crecca Kenny '50

“Social event of the half decade!”
    Rosemarie Fean ’05

“Nostalgic, fun.”
    Claudette Rupp Bayer ‘60

"Well organized, thoughtful, fun"
    Elizabeth Newmiller King '65

“Blessedly nostalgic.”
    Sally Quinney Ryan ’50

“A reminder of our common roots.”
    Kate McGinley ‘00

“Celebrate friendships, Nostalgic, Our Loved Chestnut Hill.”
    Regina Maxwell Schwille ‘65

“Informative, mostly fun, reminder of mostly good time and good people.”
    Claire Cifaloglio ’70

“Quite the experience … girl-time … getaway … enjoyable … relaxing … entertaining … not-to-be-missed … reminiscent … comfortable.”
    Julie Dressler ’05

“Welcoming, well planned and executed.”
    Isabelle Walsh Gundaker ’65

“The events were ‘disappointing’; the personal connections were ‘rich.’”
    Anita Magovern ’60

“Special, exceeded expectations, warm, wonderful, happy.”
    (Mary) Mickey Magee Onofrietto ’60

"Pride—of the school and my classmates."
    Margaret Bennett McGreal '60

“Rejuvenating.”
    Dolores Dezii Kreal ’60

“Reflective and enjoyable.”
    Nancie Ann Kenny Moebius ’75

“I was AWED by all the planning, variety, people, choices involved. I was almost overwhelmed into silence…”
    Mary Margaret Hamill ’70

“Relationships. Member of the CHC family.”
    Barbara D’Iorio Martino ’60

“Warm memories.”
    Pamela Grimmé Johnson ’80

“Return to doorway to life!”
    Carol Cheleden Alcorn ’60

“A renewing of friendships.”
    Karen Reddington-Hughes ’85

“Exciting, joyful, just plain fun.”
    Jayne Epifanio O’Connor ’60

“Excellent.”
    Eileen Long Hessman ’60

“I am deeply grateful to all at CHC who planned this wonderful weekend…”
    Kathleen Wagner ’60

“Enjoyable, good friends, memories.”
    Jennifer Donnelly ’85

“The variety of social events, opportunity for visiting with classmates, and friendliness of all staff were all excellent.”
    Barbara Wenthe McCarthy ’60

“Fun, renewal, energizing, camaraderie, fattening, busy, nostalgic.”
    Mary Liz Gallagher Wattis ’60

“A reminder of our common roots.”
    Kate McGinley ’00

 




GENERAL COMMENTS ... REMARKS ON PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS, REGISTRATION PROCESS, REUNION PROGRAMMING, VENUES, OVERALL WEEKEND, VARIOUS COLLEGE MATTERS


“The growth of the campus was astounding.”
    Margaret (Rose) Michel Johnson ’60

“All [print promotionals] were excellent.”
    Mary Lee Rothwell Corr ’60

“[print promotionals] clearly prepared with much thought and care. Great ideas and very impressive efforts to please everyone.”
    Isabelle Walsh Gundaker ’65

“[print promotionals] were eye catching & intriguing, maybe too nice/expensive, but all questions clearly answered. They led me to the [online] FAQ, and that was really helpful… Nice to offer discounts to early registrations… Really good-to-excellent reunion. People I know who haven’t been back for 30 years had a great time… Thanks to all who did all the work before and during the weekend!! I would come again for sure.”
    Mary Margaret Hamill ’70

“It’s a great idea to use a professional [graphic design] company [for the print promotionals] and theme.”
    Carol Lowe Ambacher ’60

“Materials were confusing—too much design on brochures and hard to find out when and where to be…”
    Elaine Bunn ’60

“They were beautifully done. Great job.”
    Anonymous

“I thought the information you sent out was very attractive and it kept reminding you to register.”
    Donna Plamondon Scully ’70

“The first ‘ReunionNews’ [biweekly e-newsletter] I received was a bit bland in terms of visuals, but it had great content, and every other mailer was beautifully done.”
    Anonymous

“Several of my classmates were confused about when events were, how much everything cost, etc. … even after receiving the print material. And they didn’t know they could go online for all of the info, too (like what to wear, what to bring, etc.) … I liked the constant updates and thought the level of communication was great … but apparently overwhelming for some people… the [online] ‘Who’s Coming’ was fun … FAQs were definitely helpful!”
    Julie Dressler ’05

“I found the main publication about the schedule of events very well produced, but confusing. It was hard to figure out what events were nice extras and what were the expected big events to attend…”
    Anonymous ’00

“Love the online registration.”
    Anonymous ’90

“[online registration] was a great process and I really enjoyed how intuitive it was. Great job by your web guys.”
    Anonymous

“The 20-pg. booklet was confusing at times; [online] promotional was helpful to see who was coming.”
    Karen Reddington-Hughes ’85

“The [print promotionals] were excellent. Well designed, colorful, easy to follow. The [Griffins Online] website was not easy to navigate. My name created some problems since I had changed it earlier and apparently it wasn’t accurate online. Getting help was very easy though, and once I did, the process online was easier. Always a quick email response… Plenty of information was available online. Just took some time to get familiar with the [Griffins Online] website.”
    Janice Conlon Fett ’80

“Seemed harsh to shut down Luncheon availability one week prior… make it possible for last-minute attendees, don’t shut down attendance so early. Please accommodate busy working mothers who aren’t always sure they can get away, at least for the LUNCHEON…”
    Anonymous

“Today’s CHC: great vision, great need, amazing plans.”
    Carol Cheleden Alcorn ’60

“It was wonderful…I loved the reunion.”
    Anonymous ’60

“The mini-bus to pick up/drop off at Fournier and parking lots was a good idea!... It was great to see the campus after 5 years. While many things have changed, there is still quite a bit that is the same.”
    Susan Polarine Ciabattoni ‘90

“I liked the President’s presentation—she’s a sharp personable leader. What I did not come away with was any sense of the intellectual life at the school. I couldn’t attend the Friday prof lectures (and those I talked to who did were disappointed). I’d like to hear your star professors talk about their research, their class offerings, their perceptions of current aspirations. I got no feeling at all of what it’s like to be a student there today and what your academic achievements and goals are.”
    Mary K. Reeber ’60

“Sunday’s Class of 1960 Mass and Brunch ended up being the highlight, even more so than Saturday Luncheon. So many nice touches, especially the Reunion gift [Golden Griffins Medallion] and to see how ‘top drawer’ the setting—what a memorable experience… The setting, service, meal for the Brunch at the Mansion—outstanding!!!”
    (Mary) Rae Hurley Birch ’60

“[We were] made to feel very welcome and cared for…”
    Blanche Haviland Moore ’50

“Sister Carol Jean Vale’s speech at Saturday luncheon was very good! It clarified current conditions and future needs… All in all, it was a great weekend... The student helpers were wonderful.”
    Suzie Linton Kirchner ’60

“I am very proud and impressed about all the wonderful changes that have occurred in the past few years. Way to go!”
    Anonymous

“Good presentation by the College president… Good caterer for Reunion Luncheon.”
    Joann Bowes-Taylor ’80

“The Saturday] evening [‘Starring You!’] with the band from Brazil: fantastic band, but atmosphere need to be more nightclub-like—dark or dim lighting… Keep up the many activities and parties, also the dining experiences.”
    Jayne Epifanio O’Connor ’60

“I found the lecture offerings [Friday sessions] superficial and unrelated to my interests at this stage of my life. Something (at least one offering) could have been offered on women’s contemporary spirituality. Why not have asked someone in our class to offer this?
    Anita Magovern ’60

“Saturday lunch much too much to eat. The Sunday Golden Griffins Brunch was perfect… The Saturday night event in the Social Room [‘Starring You!’] a fizzle and overpriced…”
    Regina Voelker Tauke ’60

“A masterful job with the logistics, the options and choices offered to the many generations attending. Well done!!”
    Catherine McDonnell ’45

“Would have liked to hear anything on the arts… what’s going on with drama and music, art and dance programs. Any money being used to keep the arts alive at CHC? Doesn’t sound it! Many in my class are not interested in the sports initiatives… that’s not what we were involved with! Roll Call [of Classes] was fun… might be neat to mix up the tables, though… it would be nice to meet other ladies from other classes and hear some stories!”
    Julia Dressler ’05

“Liked that husbands were invited to several events.”
    Anonymous

“It would be fun to see ‘old’ pictures of classmates throughout the College….The College looked absolutely gorgeous! Extremely impressed with all the changes, except College colors. Red and white??! Why??”
    Pamela Grimmé Johnson ’80

“The souvenirs were nice and creative.”
    Janice Conlon Fett ’80

 
“Fun”
    Helen Bernhardt McMonagle ’70

“I liked the presentations on Friday afternoon.”
    Claudette Rupp Bayer ’60

“Many of my classmates mentioned that the deadline to sign up for the weekend was too short. Many people were not allowed to attend since they did not know what plans they were going to have until the week of the reunion…’
    Anonymous ’80

“Good mix of offerings…worth the trip.”
    Anonymous

“[Registration gift bags] a nice addition but not really needed…added expense for the school. Better idea might be a bag with snacks for the room.”
    Barbara D’Iorio Martino ’60

“[Need] more entertainment such as a fashion show, or CHC’s Jazz Band or drama club performances would be a welcome change and would get me to donate because of students involvement and witnessing their talents.”
    Anonymous

“I loved the use of various rooms and buildings for parties, luncheons, and dinners. It was a nice variety of venues.”
    Jayne Epifanio O’Connor ‘60

“The volunteers were kind and courteous—a great reflection on the College… It was great to see all of the improvements and additions that have been made since I graduated… It gave me the opportunity to reunite with classmates and spend some quality time with them in the dorms.”
    Karen Reddington-Hughes ’85

“I will definitely stay over Friday night again. It was such fun to sit and talk and swap pictures and memories and then just go across the hall and get some sleep.”
    Regina Maxwell Schwille ’65

“The number of classmates who attended CHC for only pat of their four years, yet returned to their 50th makes a strong statement of how important the college was/is to them.”
    Barbara Wenthe McCarthy ’60

“[On today’s CHC]: I see how the addition of men is a plus, not the negative I was afraid it would be… The struggles of a small college to compete with much larger institutions.”
    Mary Liz Gallagher Wattis ’60

“Please thank the Public Safety officers. They gave me train information between the airport and Chestnut Hill and picked me up at the station. Thank You.”
    Maureen McBride Whitehurst ’75

“The reunion has been over for a while now, but I am still enjoying my memories of it! It was great seeing friends I have not seen for 40 years and still feeling like friends! I am so glad I went!
    Susan Forster Lowery ’70


MITCH --- THE FOLLOWING WITH STUDENT AND VOLUNTEERS PHOTOS: I need to add the names of the volunteers, not in the photo, but all volunteers. I’m still verifying who the volunteers were. I’ll add more names to those noted here.

“The student team was spectacular! … Alumni volunteers and staff were awesome, as well!
    Julia Dressler ’05

The student helpers were wonderful.”
    Suzie Linton Kirchner ’60

“The volunteers were kind and courteous—a great reflection on the College…”
    Karen Reddington-Hughes ’85


The Alumni Relations office and other members of the Office of Institutional Advancement could not agree more. Thank you to the following volunteers, who made the weekend rock!

Kathleen Quigley Grimm ’88 and Kathleen Shea Pié ’87, co-captains
Bridget Rochford Atzinger ’89
Erin Beirne ’04
Ellen (Sperky) Whiteside Byrne ’56

 

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