More than 250 alumni, faculty and friends returned to campus on October 12-13 for Alumni Weekend 2018. Alumni flew in from China, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom and 22 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, Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale presented a slide show of historical photographs of Webb’s early days. This was followed by a thoughtful chapel talk given by Eissa Villasenor ’98
, who was introduced by her sister Julia ’03. Villasenor lives in Washington, DC where she is a refugee officer for the at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Alumni visited classrooms during the day, learned a little about Webb’s use of our NextGen Learning Spaces and heard about opportunities at Webb from the admission, college guidance and summer programming offices.
During the 26th Annual Peccary Society Dinner guests celebrated the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Alf Museum. A surprise rain storm gave the festivities a detour with Museum Director Don Lofgren delivering his museum update in Ahmanson Lecture Hall. A big thanks to our guests for their understanding.
Classes of 1963 and 1968 enjoyed private dinners on campus. Class of 1963, celebrated their 55th reunion with dinner on the patio of the Webb House, while Class of 1968 celebrated their 50th reunion with dinner inside the Webb House.
Several off campus reunion gatherings also took place:
- Sandra Lee Rebish ’88 hosted a gathering at her home in Upland for classes of 1985 through 1990.
- Michael Wanderman ‘93s parents hosted a gathering at their home in Claremont to celebrate the 25th reunion.
- Class of 2003 met at the Whisper House in Claremont.
- Over 70 alumni, including reunion classes of 1983, 1998, 2008 and 2013, enjoyed an evening at Last Name Brewery in Upland.
Alumni and friends braved the rainy weather and returned to campus to visit the museum, enjoy lunch in the dining hall and library, and tour the dorms. Board games in the Dining Hall replaced water polo and Frisbee golf, which were canceled due to the rainy weather. Up in the gym, Jim Dahler and Rick Duque hosted pick-up volleyball and basketball games for alumni and students. It was also nice to see former faculty members Greg Lawson, Blair Maffris, Lucia Dick and Jacques Pauwels visiting with reunion classes.
Rev. Bill Ripley ’60 led the alumni chapel service in the afternoon. Jana Sima ’03 read an excerpt from her sister’s book Monday Never Comes, follosed by a chapel talk by Webb trustee Dr. Rahmi Mowjood ’90.
Saturday culminated with the Alumni Awards ceremony honoring Blake Brown ’68 and Sandra Lee Rebish ’88 with the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, Jack Sutro ’53 and Jim Drasdo ’63 with the Colborn Distinguished Service Award and Gabe Romero ’08 with the Young Alumni Rising Star Award. Read more about the Alumni Awards program by clicking here
Following the awards guests enjoyed each other’s company as everyone dined and danced on Price Dining Hall.
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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Save the Date for Alumni Weekend 2019 – October 18-19!