Dickinson Welcomes Back Alumni
More than 1,500 alumni from across the country reconnected on campus June 8-10 during Alumni Weekend 2012. The campus was teeming with delighted visitors ranging in age from 10 months to nearly 100 years.
This year’s event was steeped in history. Alumni celebrated the 50th anniversary of WDCV-FM; learned about the life of Esther Popel Shaw '19, a poet, activist and the college’s first-known female African American graduate; browsed yearbooks and photos from classes past; and toured an exhibition of artifacts relating to the 1912 sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic.
Some relaxed in Adirondack chairs and kicked back in favorite and newfound campus hotspots. Others toured the archives, the nearby U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, the president’s garden, downtown Carlisle businesses and Dickinson’s on-campus bike shop. Hot coffee, fresh from a student-created-and-operated coffee cart, helped power many alumni travels across campus and beyond, and Facebook postings and the Twitter hashtag #dsonalum kept everyone in the loop.
Health- and sustainability-minded alumni took in a luncheon, tour and cooking class at the Dickinson College Farm. They also took advantage of zumba and yoga sessions, a flag-football game, a fly-fishing class or the McAndrews Fund for Athletics’ 14th-annual Golf Tournament. Alumni with young children stayed active in the Family Fun Zone.
The weekend also was a foodie’s delight, featuring sizzling picnic fare, hot off the grill; elegant class dinners and receptions; and a young-alumni tasting from Carlisle’s international restaurants. Alumni screamed for ice cream at the new ice-cream social and sampled craft beer and wine on the campus greens. Dickinsonians likewise fed their minds during informational sessions, alumni book discussions and career and networking events.
The Men’s Glee Club and Octals entertained Saturday afternoon, and music was in the air again that evening during the all-college champagne toast, dessert and concert. On Sunday the Dickinson community paused during the annual memorial service to remember those who have passed. The weekend closed with the traditional champagne brunch on Britton Plaza.
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