Members of the West Virginia University Class of 1957 will be returning home to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their graduation and join the WVU Alumni Associations Emeritus Club May 4-5. The theme of the 2007 reunion weekend isGood Times Roll Again.
The weekend will begin with a Friday, May 4, reception at One Waterfront Place and culminate with the induction of the57 Class as new Emeritus Club members during a banquet at Waterfront Place Hotel at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5. New club members will be joined at the banquet by 2007 Emeritus Club President Gordon Thorn, WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. and WVU Alumni Association President Steve Douglas.
The weekend will incorporate many activities and events for graduates and their families.On Friday evening (May 4), the Irvin Stewart Society of the WVU Foundation will host a special dessert reception at One Waterfront Place for weekend participants.On Saturday morning and afternoon (May 5), alumni will go to the Erickson Alumni Center fora brunch, special presentations and bus tours designed to help welcome them back to campus. WVU President-elect Michael Garrison will attend the brunch and greet the 50-year class.
Brunch speakers include: Dr. Sharon Ryan, professor of philosophy at WVU , as well as WVU Student Government Association leaders Beth Belch and Jason Gross.
Ryan will introduce attendees toThe Question,a project that encourages an exploration of questions that really matter.The Questionhas been featured as part of a University blog and has been chronicled in Sports Illustrated and numerous other media outlets. Belch and Gross will discuss the current campus experience.
Graduates will also have an opportunity to catch up on some of the Universitys recent achievements and milestones through several video presentations.A portion of the WVU LibrariesDon Knotts collection also will be on display.
During Saturday bus tours, visitors will view campus while being led by student and Emeritus Club guides. A reception and the induction ceremony for the Class of 1957 will follow later that evening.
The Emeritus Weekend planning committee, made up of 1950s-era graduates, have put a considerable amount of time into developing a reunion weekend that will provide graduates with the opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater and each other,said Steve Douglas, president of the WVU Alumni Association.
This is the 57th Annual Emeritus Club Weekend.The weekend began with 20 charter members in 1951. Since that time, more than 2,500 members have been inducted. Approximately 800 alumni are eligible to be inducted this year.
Contact Kevin Berry, 304-293-4731 or visithttp://alumni.wvu.edufor more information.
The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 170,000 University graduates residing in every county in West Virginia, every state in the union and approximately 60 foreign nations. With nearly 100 registered chapters and constituent groups, the Associations 26,000 dues-paying members support Homecoming Weekend, the Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund, the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and dozens of other social and philanthropic programs. For more information about the WVU Alumni Association, visithttp://alumni.wvu.edu.