Alumni Founders Weekend 2013

Alumni Founders Weekend Festivities

May 17, 2013

On May 17, 18 and 19, University of Redlands alums returned to campus to celebrate Alumni Founders Weekend. Events included various reunions, a picnic, volunteering opportunities, a biergarten, storytelling around the Orton fire pit, and much more.

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It has been 50 years since the Class of 1963 graduated from the University of Redlands, and to celebrate there was a special reunion held on the first day of Alumni Founders Weekend, May 17, at the Ayres Hotel in Redlands.

Tony Taylor ’63, chairman of the reunion and a Board of Trustees member, organized the event in order to bring his fellow graduates together to reminisce and enjoy cocktails and appetizers. Taylor met his wife, Sherryl Morrison Taylor ’64, at the University of Redlands while she was serving food at the Commons. Not only did they graduate from the University, but so did two of their three children.

“This is an amazing, great group of people,” Taylor said. “I can spend eight hours talking to these old friends.”

Times were different back then, perhaps calmer.  There were more orange trees and the students were under a different set of rules. The University was Baptist and drinking alcohol on campus was not allowed. A curfew was set for female students, and weekly convocations were mandatory to attend.

Some things haven’t changed, though. Students attended the study abroad semesters just as they do today. Ed Matsuishi ’63 recalls traveling abroad to study at Salzburg.

“It was a wonderful experience,” he said. “I have gone back to Salzburg a couple of times.”

His favorite memory is of the Pajamarino, where everyone ran downtown in their pajamas.

Norm Naylor ’63, a member of the Alumni Board of Directors and class reporter, said he attends reunions every five years. The best part of the University for him was “the camaraderie, friendships and great education."

Susan Shikles Styn ’65 graduated a few years later but came with friends to the reunion. She is proud that the University continues to attract outstanding students.

“The alums here are unique, interesting, fun and still hold the same values that I admire,” Styn said.

There is no arguing that Bulldog pride has continued throughout the years, as each member of the Class of 1963 was able to chant the Och Tamale without missing a beat.

Posted: May 22, 2013
Written By: Laura Pedraza

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