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Your 2014 Alumni Reunion


Campus was alive with activity as alumni and friends celebrated their milestone Reunion years and the University’s 125th anniversary, June 20-22. Classes in milestone years didn’t just come back, they gave back too! 

Reunion weekend brought together alumni to reconnect with each other, reminisce about their time as students and support the University through the Class Giving Challenge. Here’s a snapshot of the weekend’s events and a sampling of what alumni thought of their visit back to campus.

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O’Hara Award winners pose with University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. From left to right: Fr. Quinn, Dr. Conway, Dr. O’Malley, Gallagher, Dr. Blake and Martina Martin ’80, president of the Alumni Society. Missing from picture: Michael Fairbanks.

The O’Hara Award is the highest award bestowed jointly by the University and the Alumni Society for outstanding achievement. This year, five alumni were presented with the 2014 Frank O’Hara Award during Reunion Weekend. This year’s honorees were:

David C. Blake, Ph.D., J.D. ’69, Hermosa Beach, California

Jane A. Conway, Ph.D. ’79, New York

Michael C. Fairbanks ’79, H’06, Boxford, Massachusetts 

John J. Gallagher, Esq. ’69, Annapolis, Maryland

John J. O’Malley, Jr., Ph.D. ’64, Scranton

The highlight of the weekend was the 125th Anniversary & Reunion Celebration. Guests spent the evening dancing to the live music of amRadio in the Byron Center, which had been transformed into a spectacular garden-like setting. It was an opportunity for alumni of all ages to celebrate together.

Frank Cimini ’39, a professor of foreign languages at the University for more than 30 years, marked the 75th anniversary of his graduation from The University of Scranton. University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., recognized Cimini during the 50th & Golden Grad Class Dinner.

 
Representatives of Reunion Milestone Classes gather to present a check to University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., on behalf of classes ending in 4 and 9. Left to right: Erin O’Malley Stewart ’94, Frank Homer, Ph.D. ’64, Rachele Mackin Browning ’84, Robin Raju ’04, Fr. Quinn and Gary Olsen, vice president for University Advancement.

In the year leading up to Reunion, classes in Reunion years raised more than $608,000 from more than 950 donors. This represents a 50 percent increase in Reunion-year giving over last year. The Class of 2009 was presented with the Pride Award for the highest attendance. The Class of 1989 had the highest participation and giving, and was presented with both the Passion and Promise Awards. Both of these classes marked their achievements with a champagne toast during their class dinners.

 

Some feedback from this year's Reunion...


“Loved the photo booth at the picnic and the band at the after-party celebration.”

"The Saturday picnic and evening event in the Byron were wonderful.”

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“I expected to have a great time, but this exceeded all my expectations! It was well-organized and so much fun! I always love coming back to Scranton, but this was truly a special experience.”

“The accommodations were top-class.”

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