Williams created its annual fall Mini-Reunion primarily for classes approaching their 50th, but any alum can attend the excellent presentations scattered throughout this fall football weekend. (Williams 20, Middlebury 23. For classmates more familiar with golf than football…Williams lost. In overtime, though.)
After a Friday filled with campus-wide tours and talks, ’68 classmates felt young again as they mingled with senior citizens from the classes of ’65, ’66, and ’67 during a reception and dinner at The Williams Inn.
The ’68 Saturday morning began with Preparing for Life Beyond the Purple Valley, an eye-opening presentation by the director of the Williams Career Center. Next, the lively and productive Reunion Fund Committee focused on whether a portion of the Class of 1968’s 50th Reunion gift should be dedicated to enhancing the Career Center and its future initiatives.
The ’68 Saturday night continued our class’s DIVE tradition (Dinner In Venues Extraordinaire) begun by Paul Neely at the 2013 Mini-Reunion, when classmates dined at the striking Stone Hill Center, up the hill from, and part of, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. In 2014, ’68-ers gathered for traditional refreshments and elegant cuisine, catered in the Rotunda of the Williams College Museum of Art. WMCA Director Tina Olsen shared an informal and informative update about Museum issues and initiatives.
During dinner, Class President Ned Perry artfully revealed the names of nine additional people engraved on the ‘68 Class Spirit Award bowl, bringing the total to eleven classmates recognized for their leadership of class activities since our 45th Reunion.