Class of ’71 50th Reunion

Class of ’71 50th Reunion

Register here to attend the 2023 Commencement Processional.
A full Spring Reunions Weekend agenda can be found here.

Keep the conversation and memories of Chapel Hill going on Facebook in the official class of ’71 Facebook group.

Miss the spirit of this place? Watch these videos: Carolina Is and Tar Heel Voices. We think they will bring you right back to the Southern Part of Heaven, before you really come back for your 50th reunion.

View photos from the weekend

Letter From Danny Davis '71, Class President

Dear Classmates of ’71,

We hope you and all our classmates from the class of ’71 will join us and our 50th Reunion Steering Committee in returning to Chapel Hill, Oct. 20-23, for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate our years together at Carolina. This is a unique chance to reconnect with many old friends and to recall, share and relive great memories from our time together in the “Southern Part of Heaven.” See the full schedule at, and keep up with friends in the official class of ’71 Facebook group.

We are committed to creating meaningful, daily social activities, as well as several interesting, stimulating enrichment sessions. We’ll also reserve free time each day for close friends, teams, clubs and alumni from various residence colleges, fraternities, sororities, and other student organizations to make their own special plans during the reunion weekend.

We ask of each of you to do one thing for us: Please check with three to five of your favorite friends from our Chapel Hill days to confirm that they are aware of our reunion and have received this third class-wide email. If not, please forward it to them and ask that they email their current contact information to Allison Deem ’10, coordinator of alumni reunions, at Updated emails and mailing addresses will ensure that they receive future notices regarding our reunion and will allow the GAA to update its records.

The GAA maintains, for our benefit, an online Alumni Directory which is easy to access for Carolina Alumni members and can be invaluable in locating classmates. Find it at, or search online for UNC Alumni Directory and follow the simple steps to register on the site. You will then be able to locate Carolina friends from any class and in any location.

Lodging suggestions are listed on a button below. The hotels/motels are listed which are closest to campus and downtown Chapel Hill. We purposely chose an open date on the football schedule believing many more hotel/motel rooms would be available, at affordable prices. We suggest that you review and remain mindful of the relevant cancelation policies.

We are all excited at the prospect of seeing you in Chapel Hill in October for our 50th. We have so many treasured memories from our years at Carolina. Being together again will be great cause for celebration! Please call your friends, make your reservations and monitor our reunion website for details. Thank you!

With warm regards,

Danny Davis, President

Chris Bean, Vice President
Connie Giles Wattles, Secretary
Craig Benepe, Treasurer

Chapel Hill Hotels / Motels Closest to Campus/Downtown

Book early for best rates.

• The Carolina Inn (Hyatt), (800) 962-8519

• Graduate Chapel Hill, (919) 442-9000

• Hampton Inn & Suites (Hilton) Chapel Hill-Carrboro/Downtown, (919) 969-6988 or (800) Hampton

• AC Hotel (Marriott), (919) 969-2800 or (888) 236-2427

• Aloft (Marriott), (919) 932-7772 or (888) 236-2427

• Hyatt Place (CH/So/V.) (Hyatt), (919) 929-9511 or (888) 591-1234

• The Sienna Hotel (Marriott), (919) 929-4000 or (888) 236-2427

• Residence Inn (Marriott), (919) 933-4848 or (888) 236-2427

• Courtyard by Marriott (Marriott), (919) 883-0700 or (888) 236-2427

• Rizzo Center (Hyatt), (919) 913-2098 or (888) 591-1234

• Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill/Durham Area (Hilton), (919) 403-8700 or (800) Hampton

• Holiday Inn Express, (919) 489-7555 or (800) Holiday

• Sheraton Chapel Hill, (919) 968-4900 or (800) 325-3535

• Quality Inn Chapel Hill (Choice), (919) 701-5137 or (877) 424-6423

Weekend Parking

Class of 1971 Reunion Weekend
It’s Here – We Can’t Wait to See You This Week!
Below you’ll find important details for parking during the weekend. Parking availability varies by the day.
Parking details and instructions are below. You may also find this parking information sheet and map useful.
Welcome Gathering and Registration Check In at the Alumni Center
5-7 p.m.
Park in Rams Head Parking Deck located on Ridge Road, adjacent to The Carolina Club and the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Parking is $1.75/hr. Limited parking is available on Stadium Drive after 5 p.m. for $1. You may pay using the Park Mobile app on your phone, or pay at the kiosk on Stadium Drive near the Alumni Center.
FRIDAY, Oct. 21
Enrichment Session at Wilson Library
10-11:30 a.m.
Bus Tour leaving from Alumni Center
12 and 2 p.m.
Hourly parking option: Rams Head Parking Deck is available at a rate of $1.75/hr. This is a short walk down Stadium Drive to Wilson Library for the enrichment session from 10-11:30 a.m.
Hickory Tavern
3-5:30 p.m.
370-110 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510
There is a parking deck adjacent to The Hickory Tavern. The lower 3 floors are open to the public at no fee. The upper floors are reserved for the Hampton Inn.
Enrichment Session at Wilson Library
10-12:30 p.m.
You may find parking on Stadium Drive or other nearby University lots at no cost. Rams Head Deck Parking is also available.
The Main Event
The Blue Zone 6-10 p.m.
You may find parking on Stadium Drive at no cost. Rams Head Deck Parking is also available. Signage will direct you to the Blue Zone (end zone of Kenan Stadium).

50th Reunion Committee

Chris Bean (Vice President)

Craig Benepe (Treasurer)

Martha “Marcie” Bynum Brame

Kent Brown

Ashley Mawyer Byrd

Jim Crouch

Danny Davis (Class President)

Nancy Shore Ferguson

Ed Finley

Marcia Fleishman

Wortley Herring Forbes

Jane McGrigor Forde

Mike Godwin

Margaret Morrison Hamilton

George Hearn

Alan Hirsch

Christine “Chris” Vick

Connie Giles Wattles (Secretary)

Tom “T.C.” Whitworth

Tom Wood

Robert Zaytoun

Allison Deem '10
Coordinator of Alumni Reunions
read my bio

Allison joined the Carolina Alumni staff in May 2022. She is excited to be back home at Carolina planning events for Tar Heels to reunite in Chapel Hill. Allison enjoys live music, spending time at the beach, a good cup of tea and playing with her cat, Alice.