Alumni Founders Weekend 2014


It’s time for University of Redlands alumni to come home once again.

Alumni Founders Weekend 2014 is set for May 16, 17, and 18, with activities and events happening all across campus. From a picnic party at the Alumni House to Salzburg, K-DAWG, Greek and Outdoor Program socials, there’s something for every Bulldog.

“It’s a welcome home weekend,” Dena Gilbert, associate director for Alumni Relations, said. “We want people to enjoy their Redlands family. It’s going to be fun and there will be great people attending.”

This year, reunions will be held for the Classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979/1980, 1989, 1994, and 1999. Alton Robertson ’54 is organizing the reunion for his class, and hopes to see a minimum of 60 of his fellow classmates attend.

“With minimal effort, I recruited 20 volunteer callers and gave them each a list of class members to be in touch with,” he said. “We have been in touch with virtually all 181 members on the class roster. We found six or seven who are deceased, but we have also found five or six persons who were not on the roster.”

Right now, 36 members of the Class of 2014 are registered to attend the reunion. Robertson hopes to see a minimum of 60 classmates at the event, and 60 percent participate in the class gift.

“We exceeded 50 percent for our 50th reunion in 2004,” he said. “Even though we are a class of ‘teachers, preachers, and social workers,’ to date 68 members of the class, over 40 percent, have already contributed over $75,000.”

Alumni Founders Weekend kicks off on May 16, when reunion class warm-ups will be held in the evening at locations around Redlands. On May 17, the fun starts bright and early at 11:30 a.m. with the Och Tamale! Toast to the Classes. All class reunions and Redlands’ newest graduates are invited to the Alumni House for a special toast. Reunion lunches will start at noon, and so will the Gazolly Gazump Garden Party Picnic on the Green. Held at the Alumni House Lawn, all alumni and their families are invited to an al fresco picnic with music provided by Hobo Jazz.

“We want as many people as possible, from all walks of life to attend this gathering,” Gilbert said.

Two more picnics will take place from noon to 2 p.m. – the School of Business Picnic at the Alumni House Lawn and the Warrior Luncheon at the Alumni House. For those who miss the invigorating classes at Redlands, the Our House Faculty Showcase is a must; from 2 to 4 p.m. in Hall of Letters, professors will share their latest works and accomplishments. From 4 to 6 p.m., the Wang Tang Watering Hole will be open on the Alumni House Lawn, and several community socials – including Greeks, K-DAWG, Outdoor Programs, and Salzburg – will take place.

The fun doesn’t stop once the sun goes down. Starting at 8 p.m. the Alumni House will transform into the Joozy Woozy Late Night Lounge, featuring craft cocktails created by storytelling bartenders and music from Renee Rojanaro ’00 and her band After Dark. On May 18, several reunion brunches will occur at various locations in town, and everyone is invited to finish the weekend off with breakfast at the Commons.

“It’s all about creating memories,” Amber De Massimo, assistant director for Alumni Relations, said. “Planning everything is really rewarding, and the enthusiasm we see from the people who truly love the University is amazing.”

For more information, including pricing, or to register, please click here.

Posted: April 9, 2014
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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