Grand Reunion News
A way to find out the latest information about your reunion.
Thursday, May. 31, 2012
It is almost shocking how much of the year has already passed; at the start of 2012, October seemed so far away, and now we are halfway to Grand Reunion Weekend! The schedule is still being finalized, but we promise that it will include a robust and engaging slate of events that you will be excited to experience.
As you count down the months, weeks, and days to October 11, we figured we’d remind you that there are a couple of things you can do to get into the reunion spirit in the meantime. First, you can gather up your photos from your time at SCU onward and send them in to be a part of your class slide show, which will be played during your Saturday night class dinner. We would hate for you to get here and complain about seeing the same five people in all of the photos, so help us to really represent your class by sending your jpg pictures to SCUGrandReunion@gmail.com! If you have prints that you would to share, click here to get the mailing address.
The second way you can get into the reunion spirit is by submitting a class note online. The Alumni Association has partnered with Santa Clara Magazine to make it easier for you to let the university and your classmates know what you’ve been up to all these years; your class website not only features an easy online form you can fill out with your update, but it puts all of the notes that have already been submitted by your classmates right at your fingertips! Please take a moment to share your news; give your classmates a conversation starter when they see you in the fall.
And after you’ve submitted your class note, take a look around the Santa Clara Magazine website, which was recently redesigned to provide readers with a more vivid and interactive experience. View past issues, read Bronco profiles, and browse exclusive content that is only available online. Santa Clara Magazine’s website reflects a labor of love, and we know you’ll love it, too.
Friday, May. 18, 2012
The fervor over today’s IPO of Facebook stock is just the latest indication of the social media platform’s influence. While the company is currently valued at $104 billion, the ability to connect and network with family, friends, and colleagues via this medium is priceless to many. Facebook makes it easy to know what people are up to, whether they have expressly told you or not; you get to peek (and sometimes even stare) into your Facebook friends' lives in a way that you could not just a few years ago.
Being privy to the minutiae of your Facebook friends’ lives has led some to believe that reunions are no longer relevant. They ask, “Why spend the time travelling back to campus to talk to John when I know what he eats for dinner every night via his Instagram photos? What’s the point in going to my reunion party when I already know that Sally’s little boy potty trained himself, Sue dominates every Words with Friends game she plays, and Beth is obsessed with pinning cute pictures of dogs on Pinterest?”
While such skepticism is understandable, it misses a couple of important points: First, contrary to how it may seem, not everyone is on Facebook. Second, as great as it is to interact with people from the comfort of your home or using your smartphone, there truly is no substitute for seeing the smiles or hearing the laughter of your classmates in person. Finally, the best part about coming to a reunion is the fact that you get to reconnect with classmates and friends back where it all began, on the campus that was the site of four of the most memorable years of your life. You can spend time sharing the memories that bind you all together while making new ones to add to the collection. You can step outside of the safe space of your core group of friends and catch up with other classmates who have lived interesting lives in the years since graduation. You’ll be surprised to find out who remembers you.
So return to campus for Grand Reunion, which offers the chance to reunite not only with friends and classmates, but also your alma mater that has managed to change over the years while staying the same at its core. Come see what’s new and leave with some memories and photos you can share on Facebook.
It is important to note that many of the reunion classes do, in fact, have Facebook groups or pages; classmates have gathered there to share photos and memories, receive important information about the weekend, and most importantly, get excited about the reunion! If you are celebrating a milestone this year, check your class website to see if a group or page exists for your class, and if one doesn’t, perhaps you’ll be inspired to create one (Make sure to let the Alumni Office know if you do!).