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Spring Reunions Weekend: Schedule of Events

Any updates to this schedule will be provided at check-in. Dress for all events is casual unless alternate recommendations are provided. To register, use this link.

Thursday, May 9

5 – 9 p.m. | Class of 1954 – 65th Reunion Dinner
The Carolina Inn

 The class of ’54 will gather at The Carolina Inn for a 65th reunion dinner. A reunion photograph will be taken during the evening. Dress is coat and tie for men and dresses or evening pantsuits for women. Cash bar available. Price $65; GAA member price $45 (with option to add $10/person to include wine before and during dinner).

5 – 9 p.m. | Class of 1959 – 60th Reunion Dinner
The Carolina Inn

 The class of ’59 will gather at The Carolina Inn for a 60th reunion dinner. A reunion photograph will be taken during the evening. Dress is coat and tie for men and dresses or evening pantsuits for women. Cash bar available. Price $65; GAA member price $45 (with option to add $10/person to include wine before and during dinner).

5 – 9 p.m. | Class of 1964 – 55th Reunion Dinner
The Carolina Inn

 The class of ’55 will gather at The Carolina Inn for a 55th reunion dinner. A reunion photograph will be taken during the evening. Dress is coat and tie for men and dresses or evening pantsuits for women. Cash bar available. Price $30; GAA member price $15 (with option to add $10/person to include wine before and during dinner). This reduced event price was made possible thanks to patron funds remaining from the class of ’64 50th anniversary celebration.

 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Class of 1969 Opening Reception
Graham Memorial

Begin Reunion Weekend at a private reception at Graham Memorial. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres along with beverages including beer and wine. Casual attire. Reunion check-in packets will be available for pick up. Price $25; GAA member price $15. This event is sponsored by Galloway Ridge at Fearrington and Reunion Patrons.

Friday, May 10

Parking for all Friday events will be available at Rams Head Parking Deck next door to the Alumni Center. Parking fees set by the UNC Department of Public Safety will apply. Detailed instructions will be sent to all registrants.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Reunion Check-In and Information Desk Open
Lobby, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

9 – 10 a.m. | Featured Enrichment Session
Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

Not Your Grandmother’s Library: UNC Libraries in the Digital Age
Featuring Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost of University Libraries and University librarian. Although Libraries are fully committed to preserving knowledge and the rich and complex history of the state, we are in the midst of a transformation. University Libraries is increasingly poised to provide new kinds of services (we will always have books) so that students, faculty and staff have inspirational spaces that are quiet, communal but also energizing and engaging with new kinds of technologies. Hear about how UNC Libraries provides virtual reality tools, Makerspaces for design and prototyping and data visualization classes, while also providing collections of books, digital health devices and data sets for our campus community.

 10:10 – 11:10 a.m. | Featured Enrichment Session
Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

Morphing Skin Into Stem Cells That Kill Cancer
Featuring Dr. Shawn Hingtgen, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and assistant professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Join Dr. Hingtgen, a translational scientist who specializes in gene and cell therapy, as he discusses the exciting breakthrough he and his team are working on at UNC; morphing your skin into stem cells that seek out and kill cancer. With a little bit of skin and a little bit of time, this will become a remarkable therapy. Using a strong interdisciplinary team of basic scientists and clinicians, they are testing this novel treatment against many of the most aggressive types of cancer. The ultimate goal is to translate this therapy into the clinical setting, where they can provide clinicians with a powerful new therapy capable of fighting these diseases and bringing hope to patients.

 10:10 – 11: 10 a.m. | Walking Tour of Campus
Departs from the George Watts Hill Alumni Center

 11:30 a.m. | Old Students Club Luncheon
The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

James Lee Love (class of 1884) donated an endowment to the General Alumni Association to fund an annual gathering of the “Old Students Club” for all who have reached or passed the 50th anniversary of their graduation year. Dr. William “Bill” Leuchtenburg, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of history and a renowned scholar of American political history, will be our featured speaker. He is the author of more than a dozen books and the recipient of numerous honors, including the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for historical writing of enduring public significance. Leuchtenburg has recently served as a consultant for the major renovation of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Hyde Park. He has worked with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns on his films for more than thirty years, including “The Roosevelts,” in which he appears several times on camera. He wrote the presidential election analysis for NBC on election nights and covered presidential inaugurations for three other networks. For Bill Clinton’s first inaugural address in 1993, he was at the CBS anchor desk with Dan Rather and Charles Kuralt. Leuchtenburg has most recently published “The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.” Casual attire. Each graduate from 1969 and earlier, along with one guest, are welcome to attend at no cost. Space is limited, registration required.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Reunion Tours – Guided Walking or Bus Tours of Campus
Both tours depart from the George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The walking tour is a pleasant way to revisit the older sections of main campus, although there are plenty of new sites to see along the way. The bus tour is the best way to see the new and familiar of main campus while also learning about the ever-expanding southern edges of UNC. All tours are complimentary. Tickets for bus tours will be given on a first-come, first-served basis as limited seats are available.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Featured Enrichment Session
Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

Historical Reflections: America’s First Public University
Featuring James Leloudis ’77 (’89 PhD), associate professor of history, Peter T. Grauer associate dean for Honors Carolina and director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence. Carolina is America’s first public University. Make note of where the emphasis falls. For more than two centuries, that word ‘public’ has been the University’s guide star. But its meaning has never been static. The word has been defined and redefined, sometimes radically, as successive generations have rethought the relationship between the University and the larger society that gives it life. In this session, Jim takes a historical look at UNC and its role as American’s first public University.

 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. | GAA Vintage Slideshow narrated by Andy Griffith ’49 and by Charles Kuralt ’55 (Continuous Showings)
The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Andy Griffith ’49 narrated an award-winning slideshow used by the GAA during the 1970s. Charles Kuralt ’55 narrated another award-winning slideshow used by the GAA during the 1980s. Both shows feature beautiful and historic photographs and entertaining narrations that make them fun to view even decades later. Drop in and out at any time throughout the day to view as much of these vintage shows as you wish.

3 – 4 p.m. | Guided Campus Bus Tour
See 1:30 p.m. tour description.

3 – 5:30 p.m. | Bell Tower Open
Climb the Bell Tower and take in the views from this stunning campus landmark.

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. | Guided Campus Bus Tour
See 1:30 p.m. tour description.

5:30 p.m. | Class of ’69 Reunion Photograph
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

6 – 7:30 p.m. | Reunion Check-In Reopens
Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium (site of Friday on the Hill)

6 – 8 p.m. | Friday on the Hill
Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

This festive, casual social will take place at The Blue Zone. All Spring Reunions Weekend participants and alumni are invited to join for spectacular stadium views and good conversation. Price $40; GAA member price $25. Casual attire.

Saturday, May 11

9 – 10 a.m. | Featured Enrichment Session
Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library

Saturday Morning in Chapel Hill: Carolina Across the Generations
Featuring Dick Baddour ’66, retired after 45 years of service as a University administrator in student affairs, undergraduate admissions, the School of Law and athletics. This session has been a favorite one for reunion participants going back over a decade. What’s it like to be a student today compared to undergraduates in the 1960s? Dick Baddour leads a lively discussion on this topic. He will pose questions to a panel of four current students and four graduates from the class of 1969. Audience participation is encouraged.

9 a.m. – 1 pm. | Wilson Special Collections Library Open House
Wilson Library

Visit Wilson Library for music, memories and special exhibitions. The library evokes memories of 1969 with a photo slideshow highlighting the class of ’69 and a soundtrack of hits from that year provided by the Southern Folklife Collection. Visit the exhibition “Service, Not Servitude: The 1969 Food Workers’ Strikes at UNC” in the N.C. Collection Gallery and the exhibition “Wonders Great and Small: Superlatives from the Special Collections” in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room.

10 – 11:10 a.m. | Featured Enrichment Session
Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library

The History of Argyle and Carolina Style
Featuring internationally acclaimed, five-time Coty award-winning fashion and furniture designer Alexander Julian ’69. Alex will commentate and illustrate with archival photos the rich visual history of Chapel Hill’s incredible legacy that transcends from Franklin Street to the playing fields.

11:30 a.m. | UNC School of Nursing class of ’69 50th Reunion Luncheon
UNC School of Nursing

Members of the UNC nursing class of ’69 are invited to celebrate their 50th anniversary during a luncheon at the Nursing School. Tours of the school will be offered at 10 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. Contact Lauren Hipp, UNC School of Nursing assistant director of advancement, at lauren_hipp@unc.edu or (919) 966-1412 for more information.

12 p.m. | Pharmacy 50+ Club Reunion
Beard Hall

Alumni of the School of Pharmacy class of ’69 and preceding classes are invited to Beard Hall for the annual 50+ Club Reunion. Registration will open at ­­­11:30 a.m. The program will start at noon. Contact Heather Lewis at hlewis22@email.unc.edu or (919) 966-1929 for details.

12:15 p.m. | Annual Alumni Luncheon
The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Join us for this annual luncheon, during which the GAA’s 2019 Distinguished Service Medals will be presented to Winston B. Crisp ’92 (JD), Carol L. Folt and Dr. William L. Roper. Entertainment from the UNC Clef Hangers. Price $30. Dress is business casual.

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Campus Y Open House
Campus Y

Enjoy engaging conversations with current student leaders and tour the YMCA building, which was renovated in 2007 and now includes historical exhibits from Y history as well as a student-run coffee shop in the lobby. We also will welcome back alumni leaders from the class of 1969 — come with your own stories to share.

6 – 11 p.m. Class of 1969 50th Reunion Dinner and Dancing With The Fantasy Band
The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Gather with your classmates at the Carolina Club for drinks followed by an elegant, seated dinner. After dinner, enjoy dessert and the live music of The Fantasy Band. Dancing is encouraged. Dress is coat and tie for men and dresses or evening pantsuits for women. Cash bar available. Price $75; GAA member price $55. The price per person was reduced thanks to donations from class of ’69 Reunion Patrons.

Sunday, May 12

8–9:30 a.m. Class of ’69 Commencement Processional
Kenan Football Center, fifth floor

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a wonderful Carolina tradition in which you join the processional into Kenan Stadium for the 2019 Commencement. This event is consistently rated by past 50th reunion participants as a favorite event of the weekend. Parking instructions and all necessary details will be provided in reunion packets for those who RSVP. Spouses and guests are welcome to join the fun for coffee and socializing in our gathering spot and will have a perfect vantage point to watch the procession. Following the processional, which should end before 9:30 a.m., you may depart or enjoy the rest of the Commencement program.

9 a.m. Commencement
Kenan Stadium

Additional information coming soon.

REGISTER TO ATTEND ALL REUNION EVENTS
Point of Contact

Jennifer Guy '09
Coordinator of Alumni Reunions & Special Events
919-962-3576
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Jennifer joined the GAA in January 2017. She is thrilled to be back at Carolina and loves bumping into fellow Tar Heels on her (almost) daily walks around campus. In her spare time, Jennifer can be found chasing her daughters with her college sweetheart Shawn ’08, dining with friends at their favorite restaurants, playing the piano or getting lost in a good book.