Looking forward and back: Reunion Weekend 2017

Looking forward and back: Reunion Weekend 2017

This year, 249 graduates returned to WRA to reminisce and learn more about the exciting future of their beloved alma mater.

At this year's Reunion Weekend, we celebrated our 2s and 7s — meaning, we welcomed back graduates from the class years that end in these numbers, from 1947 all the way up to 2012. And what an incredible turnout from this crowd! It was a truly enjoyable weekend spent with nearly 250 graduates and their families as they caught up on each other's lives and learned more about the exciting future of their alma mater.

On Friday, June 9, the 15th annual Scholarship Golf Classic kicked off the alumni weekend. Congratulations to our winners Phil Kuri '86, Steve Kuri '86, Brian Banas and WRA's varsity tennis coach Sebastian Glinzler.

Friday evening's Welcome Back Reception and All-Class Dinner in Ellsworth Hall were loud with laughter and chatter as friends reunited and caught up, and the die-hard sports fans watched the Cleveland Cavaliers in the McCuskey Common Room.

On Saturday, June 10, the day began with the Annual Señor Fun Run & Memorial 5K and our second annual Quad Talk. While some alumni ran around the track and through campus, others stopped by the white tent behind Brick Row to hear from Bob Russ, the lead architect from MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni, and Matt Gerber, WRA Director of Information & Education Technology. It was a welcome opportunity to learn more about the Seymour Hall renovation and restoration project, the completed renovation of President's House and how Reserve is making great use of The Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity. Many alumni have supported The Campaign for Excellence & Access, which makes these campus projects possible and also supports the school's faculty and academic program, and a diverse student body.

The WRA Today Chapel Program shined a spotlight on this year's alumni award winners and also featured special student presentations. Zanna Leciejewski '17 delivered her "This I Believe" speech and Nick Hulsey '17 shared his Compass experience, discussing his project, which prototyped technology that detects and alerts bicyclists to oncoming traffic while on the roads.

We congratulate all of our alumni members for their well-deserved recognition.

  • Dr. Damon A. Williams '90 — Waring Prize recipient
  • Dr. Anthony J. Wynshaw-Boris '73 — Morley Science Medal recipient
  • Robert S. McCulloch '69 & David "Oxy" Golden '51 — Alumni Association Award recipients
  • Robert T. Michael '60 — Ellsworth Award recipient

The weekend continued with the Celebrate Reserve Family Picnic, which brought alumni members together for a beautiful afternoon of food, fun and dancing to the Rubber City Retreads beneath sunshine, blue skies and the iconic, big white reunion tent.

The afternoon included the time-honored Alumni Soccer Game, where athletes of all ages took to the field for a fun, spirited game.

The evening's Reunion Gala was a delight — live music from The Bottom Line was the perfect backdrop for an evening of delicious food, cocktails, dancing and laughter. A spectacular fireworks display capped off a truly terrific weekend.

Reunion Weekend concluded on Sunday with a farewell breakfast in Ellsworth Hall.

We thank all alumni, families and friends who attended Reunion Weekend 2017, and express our appreciation to all faculty and staff for their support and contributions in making this, once again, a wonderful weekend.