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Grand Reunion Weekend Recap

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

“So much fun!”  “The best ever.”  “Top tier.”  “Big time.”  “Enjoyable and special.”  “Not only grand, it was great.”

While the above words describing Grand Reunion could certainly have been uttered by Alumni Office staff (as previously stated in this blog, we are a bit biased), we are extremely proud and grateful to have received this feedback via phone, email, and in-person comments from alumni, faculty, and staff. The Grand Reunion was truly an extraordinary weekend; from the moment the first attendee entered the Donohoe Alumni House to pick up his name tag, there was a palpable energy on campus that was invigorating. And that energy was necessary – with 60+ events going on, there was so much to see and do that being tired was simply not in anyone’s best interest.  

Our alumni eagerly pinned buttons to their shirts and name tags that proclaimed, “I met my spouse at SCU”, “I met my best friend at SCU”, and “My child is a Bronco too”, displaying the Bronco pride which has managed to infuse some of their most important relationships. They walked around campus, soaking up the sun and marveling at Santa Clara’s enduring beauty. They filled a classroom to capacity to listen to Fred Parella’s “So You Think You’re Spiritual, but Not Religious” talk. They enthusiastically sampled the quality wines offered by 10 Santa Clara affiliated vintners at the Wine Tasting Reception, comparing notes and directing classmates to their choice picks. They jammed along with the Bent Peter Band at the Homecoming Picnic, enjoying the wonderful sounds produced by members of the Classes of 1986 and 1987 who comprise the musical ensemble. They held their children on their laps and watched in silent awe as the newest and yet to be released Pixar short played on screens in the Benson Memorial Center and de Saisset Museum during its Family Day celebration. They came together across all reunion classes to worship in the Mission Church during Saturday evening Mass. And they cemented the bonds shared with their classmates and friends with tasty food, hearty laughter, warm embraces, and killer moves on the dance floor during their class parties on Saturday night. 

What is written above is just a glimpse into the experiences of our alumni during Grand Reunion weekend; we can only imagine the number of memories that were created as classmates and old friends reconnected on campus, remembered the good times, and renewed their commitment to each other and the University. To see the thousands of photos taken by our dedicated photographers during the weekend, visit us on Flickr. And for those of you who stopped by the photo booth during the Friday night Wine Tasting Reception, you can view those shots here

We consider ourselves quite fortunate to be able to serve an alumni population as proud and dedicated as Santa Clara’s Broncos. We not only look forward to welcoming back the 2011 reunion classes in five years, but we hope to see everyone who attended the reunion weekend again next year, as the Grand Reunion is truly open to all. 

Please help us to fully understand the impact of this year’s Grand Reunion and arm us with the tools to continue providing a fulfilling reunion experience for our alumni by filling out the attendee survey. If you were unable to join us (but are now wishing you did), there is a survey for you, too. All respondents will be entered into a drawing for a $75 Visa gift card and a limited edition Grand Reunion baseball cap. We appreciate your feedback, as it only helps us to serve you better.  

Thanks for the energy; thanks for the love; thanks for being Broncos! 

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