This past weekend’s alumni reunion ended with great success at the University of Dallas.
Alumni from all over the nation travelled for this reunion weekend. Special events for the classes of 1961, 1986, 1991 and 2001 – celebrating their 50th, 25th, 20th and 10th graduation anniversaries – took place all of Friday at different country clubs and hotels in the area.
The class of 1961 reunited at Brook Hollow Golf Club, the class of 1986 at Club Schmitz, the class of 1991 at The Cellar and the class of 2001 at Aloft Hotel. The weekend events provided a very memorable way for the alumni to reconnect with their past classmates.
“It is difficult for me to believe that it’s been 25 years since I left UD,” Laura Quinn, class of 1986 coordinator, said. “And although I was excited about our class reunion, I confess I did not expect the weekend to be as fantastic as it was.”
Although Friday was a very memorable event for the four special classes, Saturday seemed to have been the biggest event for everyone.
“Friday was a great success,” Leah Looten, Alumni Relations Officer, said. “The biggest day for everyone, however, was Saturday. It was very well attended.”
Saturday began with an Alumni Vow Renewal Ceremony for those who met and fell in love at UD.
“This event was a very beautiful experience,” said James Baird, history major, class of 1986, who met his wife during his Rome semester. “It was wonderful to see all of the couples that met at UD and later married.”
Following with a sweetheart’s brunch and a Bell Tower Barbecue, the alumni had the chance to meet with different professors and classmates of different years. “It was great to see all of the professors walking around campus. It brought back many memories,” Baird said.
The student-alumni rugby game was one of the biggest events. This extremely well-attended game provided a way for alumni to connect and relive some of the memories during their time at UD. The alumni and their families even had a halftime show where they allowed all of the children to have a relay race down the field. Continuing the traditional record, the alumni won the game.
“The faculty, staff, clergy and students went out of their way to ensure that Reunion 2011 was an event everyone could enjoy,” said Quinn.
One of the most interesting events of the weekend was also a special Archives Open House given by Sybil Novinski. “A lot of people liked the archives,” said Looten. “It was magnificently organized and a wonderful way to see the history of the university.”
After a long day filled with events, Saturday ended with a carnival on the Mall where families could unite and enjoy music, food and games.
“A lot of alumni were found enjoying themselves until the wee hours of the night Saturday,” Looten said.
Ending with an alumni weekend Mass in the Church of the Incarnation, the alumni seemed to have enjoyed an eventful weekend.
“UD has always been about community,” Quinn said. “Revisiting good times with dear friends, in the faith-filled environment of the campus, was an absolute joy for me. And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.”