More than 250 alumni, faculty and friends returned to campus, flying in from Austria, Canada, China, England, Germany, Hong Kong and 29 different states. It was good to have everyone back, and we enjoyed seeing the campus alive with visitors. Here are some highlights from the weekend:
During the Vivian Webb School chapel service, Tara Lazar ’94 gave an inspiring chapel talk about her time at Webb and the circuitous path she’s taken since graduating. She recalled being a troublemaker and going before the Honor Cabinet, but she quickly drew upon lessons learned while she was a student at UC Berkeley. Throughout her career, she’s grown to trust her intuition and see the value of a Webb education in establishing professional connections. As the founder of F10 Creative, a hospitality group in Palm Springs, Tara shared with students her surprise meeting in New York with fellow Webbie Amar Lalvani ’92, CEO of Standard Hotels. “Just by attending Webb, you have been handed a 1% opportunity in the world. You have an instant network of smart, kind, like-minded friends who will open the door for you wherever you are in the world.”
During the day, alumni visited classrooms and learned about Webb’s use of the NextGen Learning Spaces. They participated in hard hat tours of the Hooper Community Center renovation, an information session about Webb admission, college guidance and summer programming, and a State of the Schools Welcome from Taylor Stockdale.
During the 27th Annual Peccary Society Dinner, alumni, parents and guests joined together to celebrate the Alf Museum. Dr. Tsiory Andrianavalona, an expert on fossil sharks and rays from Madagascar, was recognized as the recipient of the 2019 Alf Award. Guests also heard about the museum’s current research and outreach along with updates on the museum’s upcoming 2020 Mongolia Peccary trip.
Several off-campus reunion gatherings also took place:
Class of 1974 enjoyed dinner at the Sycamore Inn and the Class of 1979 gathered at the home of Jacques and Mimi Pauwels. Class of 1989 organized a reunion mixer at Casa 425. Over 100 alumni, including reunion classes of 1984, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 enjoyed an evening at Last Name Brewing in Upland.
Alumni and friends returned to campus to enjoy breakfast in the dining hall, visit the museum, library, Webb archives, observatory and tour the dorms. Always a favorite, the alumni vs. students water polo match did not disappoint. A barbecue lunch was served at Faculty Field where spectators heard the national anthem sung by Anjali Singh, daughter of Anitha Reddy-Singh ’99. The stands were filled with cheering fans during the varsity football game. Up in the gym, Rick Duque hosted pick-up volleyball and basketball games for alumni and students.
Rev. Bill Ripley ’60 led the alumni chapel service in the afternoon. The program included a chapel talk given by Jordan Ryan ’69, an alumna scripture reading by Joyce Song ’94, a performance of ‘I Wish it So” sung by Sari Gruber ’89, and a remembrance of classmates who are no longer with us.
Saturday culminated with the Alumni Awards ceremony honoring John Rogers '59 and Guil Babcock '49 with the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, Christina Mercer McGinley '84 and Miles Rosedale '69 with the Colborn Distinguished Service Award and Pilar Mitchell-Campbell '04 with the Young Alumni Rising Star Award.
Read more about the Alumni Awards program by clicking here: 2019 Alumni Awards
Following the awards, guests enjoyed dinner and drinks under the big tent at Chandler field with music by Ben Davis ’11. As everyone dined, Alumni Council President Doug Gregg ’66 welcomed guests, thanked our reunion chairs for their many months of hard work, and led a toast to Webb.
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