Although Alumni Weekend 2014 has come and gone, the memories shared, friendships rekindled and traditions relives will last for years to come.
About 100 members of the golden class, the Class of 1964, convened on campus to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Heidelberg. Additional reunion classes whose graduation years ended in 5 or 9 also celebrated with a variety of fun events on campus.
The weekend began with the annual Heritage Society Dinner to honor alumni and friends who have designated Heidelberg as a beneficiary in their estate plans. The following day, alumni dodged raindrops to participate in the first large-scale event, a picnic BBQ on the lawn of the Campus Center.
Also on Friday, the university community and members of the Board of Trustees, on campus for their summer meetings, came together for the dedication of the Alan C. Bryenton Terrace, a new addition to the Bryenton Honors Center. Trustee and alumnus Gary Bryenton, ’61, provided funding for the terrace in honor of his brother, Alan, ’62.
Saturday, the honored class led the traditional Parade of Classes on Greenfield Street to the Alumni Weekend luncheon. Highlighting the luncheon was presentation of the alumni awards to the following:
• The Service Award – Bob & Shirley Oleson
• The Career Excellence Award – Lewis Miller, ‘60
• The Legacy Family Awards – the Keller-Shumaker, Brand-Zverina and the Ruf-Longaker-Brand-Syler-Zaugg legacy families
• The Outstanding Alumni Award – George Bang, ‘55
Additionally, the 50-year class and its Reunion Gift Committee announced record-breaking participation in its reunion gift to Heidelberg. More than 50 percent of the living alumni from the class contributed more than $2.1 million in cash, pledges and estate gifts toward the university’s Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence.
The class truly lived out its motto, “Many hands, but one heart for Heidelberg.” President Rob Huntington called their effort “a major milestone.”
“That is phenomenal,” he told the class and Reunion Gift Committee chairs Jim Reese and Bill Minor. “Heidelberg is rising, and we’ve just taken another step even higher.”
The day concluded with a series of class reunion dinners on campus.
Other highlights included Classes without Quizzes presentations by alumni about topics such as their careers or hobbies, a Q&A with President Rob Huntington and members of the Senior Leadership Team, a tree planting ceremony in memory of alumni who passed away in the past year, a reception for Greek alumni and an open house featuring the newly renovated Beeghly Library.