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Boylston Street Becomes Memory Lane During Alumni Weekend

Dancing and mingling at Alumni Weekend 2017. File photo/Frank Monkiewicz

Generations of Emerson graduates will reunite in Boston June 2–4 to mingle, reminisce, and be reminded of why they chose to come to the College in the first place.

This year’s Alumni Weekend will feature special celebrations for alumni who graduated in years ending in 2 or 7; former members of the Student Government Association, and orientation leaders and core staff; and for the 70th anniversary of Emerson Athletics and the 115th anniversaries of Phi Alpha Tau and Kappa Gamma Chi.

As always, the Saturday night soiree will honor this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

For a complete schedule of events, or to register, visit the Alumni Weekend webpage.

Here are some of the highlights of Alumni Weekend 2017:


Friday, June 2

Dr. Ken Crannell ’55, MA, ‘57 Memorial, 2:00 pm, in the Semel Theater, Tufte Performance and Production Center, 10 Boylston Place. Honor and remember our friend, teacher, colleague, and mentor. Light refreshments will be served.

President’s Purple and Gold Toast, 5:00 pm, in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, Emerson/Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street. An Alumni Weekend tradition—kick off the festivities at a reception hosted by President Lee Pelton and raise a glass to Emerson! Light appetizers will be served.

Back in Boston: Emerson Takes Over Jillian’s, 7:00 pm, at Jillian’s/Lucky Strike, 145 Ipswich Street. Alumni take over Jillian’s Polo Room for a night of great music, pool, foosball, and great company. Appetizers and two drink tickets are included (21 and older event).

The President's Purple and Gold Toast, 2016. File photo/Frank Monkiewicz


Saturday, June 3

Engaging Emersonians: An Alumni College Experience, 10:30 am, in the Walker Building, 120 Boylston Street. Go back to school at one of two mini college courses: Emerson’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Doers Not Dreamers or Data, Design, and Play: Creating Media for Civic Engagement.

Emerson Athletics 70th Anniversary Reception, 11:00 am, in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym Skybox, 150 Boylston Street. Celebrate seven decades of Emerson athletes, coaches, and Athletics staff members.

All Class Alumni Lunch, 12:00 pm, in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, 150 Boylston Street. Great food and friends, plus face painting, crafts, photo magnets, and more at this family-friendly event.

50th Reunion Lunch, 12:00 pm, in the Semel Theater, Tufte Performance and Production Center, 10 Boylston Place. Celebrate your Golden (and Purple?) Anniversary at this special lunch for the Class of 1967.

Student Government Association Reunion, 1:30 pm, in the Emerson Visitor Center, 104 Boylston Street. Catch up with SGA alumni and learn about current initiatives.

Departmental Spotlights, 2:00 pm, various locations.

Back to Class: Your Career – A comprehensive workshop designed to help you use the tools Emerson Career Services can offer. Learn to make the most of LinkedIn and Emerson Connections and networking strategies for your job search. Q&A on topics such as career counseling and professional branding.

An Afternoon at the Robbins Center – Communication Sciences and Disorders invites you to an open house to explore the Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center, and CSD facilities. Meet the faculty, students, and staff behind this nationally ranked program. Guided tours and light refreshments available.

Preserving Your History: Tools and Practices – Join Emerson College Archives and Special Collections to learn how to properly label, story, and preserve your personal archives so they last forever. Understand the ways to protect mementos from deterioration, computer malfunctions, weather, and more. Participants can bring samples for discussion.

9th Annual WERS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 3:00 pm, in the Semel Theater, Tufte Performance and Production Center, 10 Boylston Place. This year, WERS 88.9 FM honors indie record promoter Roger Lifeset ’67, DJ Dave Thomson ’69, news radio manager Linda Coombs ’77, and longtime public radio reporter Debra Daigle, MA ’83.

Orientation Leader and Core Staff Reunion, 3:00 pm, in the Vistor Center, 104 Boylston Street. Reminisce and celebrate Emerson Orientation. Memories and memorabilia will be on display.

Kappa Gamma Chi 115th Anniversary Celebration, 3:00 pm, in the Bright Family Screening Room Lobby, Emerson/Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street. Mingle with Kappa sisters over light appetizers and a cash bar.

Phi Alpha Tau 115th Anniversary Reception, 3:00 pm, at Legal Crossing, 558 Washington Street. Reconnect with your Tau brothers at this special reception.

Best of Emerson Bash, 7:00 pm, at the Emerson/Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street. Celebrate Emerson’s spectacular talent and honor this year’s Alumni Award recipients: film producer Dorothy Aufiero ’80; speech-language pathologist and educational consultant Emily Rubin, MS ’97; novelist Olen Steinhauer, MFA ’99; virtual reality media executive Barry Pousman ’06; and filmmaker and arts advocate Jae Williams ’08, MA ’16. The evening will feature performances by students, faculty, and alumni, followed by dinner, drinks, and dancing.


Sunday, June 4

Emeriti, Faculty, and Alumni Brunch, 10:00 am, in the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, 150 Boylston Street. Catch up with your favorite professors and honor retiring faculty at this breakfast buffet.


Reunited. File photo/Frank Monkiewicz
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