St. Olaf College

Reunion Weekend Sneak Peek

Register for Reunion WeekendMake your plans now to attend Reunion Weekend 2017. We’ve designed an entire weekend of learning opportunities, events, and activities dedicated to reconnecting you with your classmates and the college.

Watch your email – online registration opens the week of March 20.

This preview highlights the preliminary schedule for Reunion Weekend 2017. (To see the booklet version that was sent to you in March, view the Sneak Peek as a pdf.) Since some event times and locations may change between now and June, a booklet with the final schedule will be distributed at the registration check-in tables and throughout the weekend.

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Thursday, June 1

3–9 p.m.

Registration and Check-In

3–7 p.m.

Class of 1967 Hospitality Room

6–8 p.m.

Dinner for Volunteers Who Served on Reunion Committees

7–10 p.m.

Class of 1967 Reunion Social

Informal conversations and mingling with former classmates; light refreshments provided

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Friday, June 2

8 a.m.–8 p.m.

Registration and Check-In

7–9:45 a.m.

Breakfast in Stav Hall

8 a.m.–10 p.m.

Class of 1967 Hospitality Room

8–9 a.m.

Walking Tour of the Natural Lands

Professor Kathy Shea, curator of the St. Olaf Natural Lands, will show the abundant variety of plants and wildlife that live and grow in the college’s protected areas.

9–9:45 a.m.

Guided Tour of Rølvaag Memorial Library

Rediscover all that made Rølvaag Library your favorite study spot and learn what makes it a favorite place for current students to study and meet friends. Library staff will also introduce DiSCO — not a 1970s version, but the high-tech Digital Scholarship Center at St. Olaf.

9–10 a.m.

Class of 1967 Gathering

Gather in the Ytterboe Hall Lounge for informal conversations and to mingle with former classmates.

10 a.m.–noon

Rølvaag Memorial Library Special Collections Open House

See gems from our collection of books reaching back to the 15th century, including Norwegian-American publications, artists’ books, samples of early English printing, Chinese language materials from the Bodman-Lang East Asian Collection, and much more.

10:30 a.m.

Chapel Service

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Stained Glass Window Tour

Join Rev. Matt Marohl and Rev. Katherine Fick for an illuminating tour of the stained glass windows of Boe Memorial Chapel.

10:30 a.m.

St. Olaf History in Two Videos

Watch documentary videos about St. Olaf’s most famous dog, Ytterboe, and the rivalry between St. Olaf and Carleton colleges.

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Campus Tours

Current students will lead small groups on a walking tour of campus to show new and recently remodeled buildings. Sign up at the registration table in Buntrock Commons.

10:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Manitou Heights Society Brunch

The Manitou Heights Society is the St. Olaf legacy giving society. We invite current members, along with those who are interested in becoming members through planned gifts to the college, to join us for a brunch and program that will focus on themes of philanthropy.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Lunch in Stav Hall

12:30 p.m.

Kid’s Camp Activities

Official activities begin at 1 p.m. for Kid’s Camp. Pre-registration is required and meals are included. See the Kid’s Camp program page for details

12:45–2:15 p.m.

Class of 1967 Lunch

1–5 p.m.

Memory Café

Take five minutes to record a memory of your time on the Hill. A student will help you capture your recollections on one of four microphones in the KSTO Radio studio.

2–4 p.m.

Norwegian-American Historical Association Open House

Stop by for a treat and meet the staff, board, and volunteers of the Norwegian-American Historical Association — now in its 92nd year at St. Olaf. Learn about online resources available for exploring the NAHA archival collection and your own Norwegian heritage, and hear how NAHA fulfills its missions “to locate, collect, preserve, and interpret the Norwegian-American experience.”

2:30–5:30 p.m.

The Alumni College

Take classes from faculty members and alumni who will present on a wide variety of topics (list of presenters to be published in full schedule of events).

2:30–3:30 p.m.

St. Olaf Archives Open House

Do you have a St. Olaf item you’d like to donate to the College Archives? An archivist will be on hand to consider your collectibles, including audio recordings, diaries/journals/memoirs, home movies, photographs/slides, programs, scrapbooks, and student correspondence. The archives will also accept old yearbooks and sell extra copies of old yearbooks (if available) for $15 each.

3–4 p.m.

Kierkegaard Library Talk and Tour

Professor Gordon Marino, curator of the Howard V. and Edna H. Hong Kierkegaard Library, will talk about the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard and lead a tour of the library, which began as the private collection of its founders, who used it to support their work translating the writings of Kierkegaard from Danish into English. Today this special collection includes 20,000 volumes and serves students, scholars, and anyone interested in the writings and ideas of Kierkegaard.

3–7 p.m.

Golden Ole Hospitality Rooms for the Classes of 1952, 1957, and 1962

5:30–7 p.m.

Dinner in Stav Hall

6–8:30 p.m.

Friday Night Class Reunion Dinners and Happy Hours

Catch up with your classmates at your class evening dinner. Each class will gather in its own area. Some classes will have a sit-down dinner and some may choose to have a more casual social time with heavy hors d’oeuvres.

8:30–9:30 p.m.

Sing–Along with Garrison Keillor

The Class of 1967 will sponsor an a cappella sing–along with humorist and radio personality Garrison Keillor.

9 p.m.

Midnight Entertainment

Join the Class of 1992 as they host entertainment in the Pause.

Mellby Lawn Tent
Dance the night away with the Class of 2012 at a DJed dance party, just like the old days in the Pause.

FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS
The Cage is open each evening from 4 p.m. to midnight with beer, wine, soft drinks, juice, snacks, and food available for purchase. The Pause concession will have beer, wine, and soft drinks available for purchase during the evening entertainment between 8 p.m. and midnight.

The Mellby Lawn Tent is available throughout the weekend for quiet conversation. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will also be available for purchase from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

No unaccompanied minors in the Pause or the Mellby Lawn Tent during this time. ID required to purchase alcohol.

10 p.m.

Bonfire

All reunion guests are invited to join us for a bonfire.

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Saturday, June 3

8 a.m.–7 p.m.

Registration and Check-In

7–9 a.m.

Breakfast in Stav Hall

7–7:45 a.m.

5K Ole Run/Walk, Registration and Check-in

All alumni are invited to participate in the Reunion 5K Run/Walk, which takes place rain or shine and is sponsored by Campus Recreation. The $25 participation fee includes a t-shirt.

8 a.m.

5K Run/Walk

Lace up your running shoes alongside other Oles for this invigorating start to your day.

8–9 a.m.

Class of 1967 Nursing Reunion

8 a.m.–10 p.m.

Class of 1967 Hospitality Room

8:45–10:30 a.m.

Oaklawn Cemetery Tour

Take a shuttle to visit the Northfield gravesites of six St. Olaf presidents, four deans, 25 professors, and others. Take a leisurely morning walk with Jon Rondestvedt ’61, enjoy
the stories attached to many of these St. Olaf legends, and share your favorite stories. Maps with marker locations will be provided.

9–10 a.m.

Campus Tours

Current students will lead small groups on a walking tour of campus to show new and recently remodeled buildings. Sign up at the registration table in Buntrock Commons.

9–10 a.m.

Sustainability at St. Olaf

Pete Sandberg, recently retired assistant vice president for facilities, will share the college’s framework plan as well as future plans for environmental responsibility and sustainability.

9–10 a.m.

Stained Glass Window Tour

Join Rev. Matt Marohl and Rev. Katherine Fick for an illuminating tour of the stained glass windows of Boe Memorial Chapel.

9–10:30 a.m.

Memory Café

Take five minutes to record a memory of your time on the Hill. A student will help you capture your recollections on one of four microphones in the KSTO Radio studio.

9–10:30 a.m.

Alumni Author Signing

Selected alumni authors will be available to share and sign their books.

9–10:30 a.m.

Flaten Art Barn Open House

Visit the reconstructed Flaten Art Barn, originally built in 1932 as the first home of the St. Olaf Art Department.

9–10:45 a.m.

Rølvaag Memorial Library Special Collections Open House

See gems from our book collection that reaches back to the 15th century, including Norwegian-American publications, artists’ books, samples of early English printing, Chinese language materials from the Bodman-Lang East Asian Collection, and much more.

9 a.m.–1 p.m.

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Golden Ole Hospitality Rooms for Classes of 1952, 1957, and 1962

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Class of 1967 Service of Remembrance

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Old Main Tour

Assistant College Archivist Jeff Sauve will lead a tour of the first building on Manitou Heights which since its construction in 1877 has housed a library, a dining room, laboratories, and various academic departments.

11–11:30 a.m.

All-Class Parade

Wear your class identity item and line up near your class sign at 10:45 a.m. on the Campus Green (on the sidewalk looping from Boe Memorial Chapel to Tomson Hall). Family and friends are encouraged to participate as we cheer eight decades of alumni.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

All-Alumni Celebration

Join President David R. Anderson ’74 in celebrating the accomplishments of our alumni and the hard work of our volunteers. Representatives from each reunion class will present their class gift to the college, which also includes President Anderson’s State of the College address.

12–8 p.m.

12–2:30 p.m.

Lunch

All reunion classes and guests are welcome to enjoy an outdoor buffet-style lunch.

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Classes of 1942 and 1947 Class Program

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Class of 1952 Class Program

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Class of 1957 Class Program

2:30–3:30 p.m.

Class of 1962 Class Program

2:30–4 p.m.

TISEP Reception

Learn about a St. Olaf contribution to the civil rights movement during this Class of 1967-sponsored discussion of the Tuskegee Institute Summer Education Program (TISEP).

2:30–4:30 p.m.

Alumni Academic Department Receptions with Faculty

Reconnect with current and past faculty.

2:30–4 p.m.

Department of Romance Languages (French, Spanish) 100th Anniversary Celebration

The Department of Romance Languages is celebrating the completion of its first century. We invite all French, Spanish, Hispanic studies, and Latin American studies students and all who have participated in study abroad programs in French- or Spanish-speaking countries to stop by to mingle with current and emeriti faculty. Bring your photos!

2:30–4:30 p.m.

Alumni and Family Bazaar

Play a yard game, take your picture at the photo booth, and enjoy a cool snack while your kids have fun with face-painting, inflatable bouncy houses, sidewalk chalk, and more.

2:30–4 p.m.

AfterGLOW Gathering and Reception

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender alumni and their allies are invited to share their stories, meet alumni, and learn about the current climate on the Hill. Informal, low-key, and comfortable, this gathering is open and welcoming to all. Organized by GLOW! in coordination with the alumni group AfterGLOW.

2:30–6 p.m.

Memory Café

Take five minutes to record a memory of your time on the Hill. A student will help you capture your recollections on one of four microphones in the KSTO Radio studio.

3–5 p.m.

Athletics Reunion and Hall of Fame Reception

St. Olaf will induct four members into its Hall of Fame: longtime Volleyball Coach Cindy Book, Kelly Underkofler ’05 (Nordic skiing), Manuel Spreigl ’02 (football), and Dan LaManna ’02 (baseball). The college will also honor six championship teams: 1966 football, 1986 women’s cross country, 1992 men’s swimming and diving, 1992 softball, 1996 volleyball, and 2002 baseball. There is no cost and light refreshments will be served.

4–5:30 p.m.

Reunion Weekend Concert

Enjoy this concert before heading to your class dinner.

6–8 p.m.

Saturday Evening Class Reunion Dinners

This is the main program time for most classes. Your class reunion program committee members have planned an evening of entertainment and time to reconnect. An on-campus dining option for guests not attending a reunion dinner will be available 5:30–7 p.m.

8:30 p.m.

Movie Night

Guests of all ages are invited to join us for a movie night — complete with popcorn!

9 p.m.–midnight

Entertainment

Featuring the Johnny Holm Band, whose music spans eras and genres in a show that moves at the speed of lightning.

Mellby Lawn Tent
Join the party in the Mellby Lawn Tent for music and conversation with your classmates and other Oles.

FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS
The Cage is open each evening from 4 p.m. to midnight with beer, wine, soft drinks, juice, snacks, and food available for purchase. The Pause concession will have beer, wine, and soft drinks available for purchase during the evening entertainment between 8 p.m. and midnight.

The Mellby Lawn Tent is available throughout the weekend for quiet conversation. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will also be available for purchase from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

No unaccompanied minors in the Pause or the Mellby Lawn Tent during this time. ID required to purchase alcohol.

9–10 p.m.

Holden Evening Prayer

Service of reflection.

9 p.m.–1 a.m.

Class of 1992 Bonfire and Class Gathering

Spend quality time with classmates, cocoa, and pizza.

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Sunday, June 4

7–9 a.m.

Breakfast in Stav Hall

8 a.m.–noon

Class of 1967 Hospitality Room

8:45–10:15 a.m.

Walking Tour of the Natural Lands

Professor Kathy Shea, curator of the St. Olaf Natural Lands, will show the abundant variety of plants and wildlife that live and grow in the college’s protected areas.

9 a.m.

All-Singers Worship Choir Rehearsal

All singers are welcome to prepare for the all-alumni worship service.

10:30 a.m.

All-Alumni Worship Service

Worship and give thanks for the blessings of the St. Olaf community. The service will feature music by the Worship Choir.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Lunch in Stav Hall

1 p.m.

Residence Halls close

Guests are asked to check out by 1 p.m.

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Class Highlights and Details

 


 

Questions?

888-865-6537
reunion@stolaf.edu

Space cannot be guaranteed after May 12, 2017. Register today!