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Calling all ‘86ers! It’s time to meet up for our 30th (!) reunion.

Please join us on campus June 10-12 for a weekend of reminiscing and catching up with old friends and new. As those of you who came to the 25th know, it’s a great chance to see what’s happening on campus and what your classmates are up to these days. And if you couldn’t come back for the 25th, that’s even more reason to come this time…

On Friday there will be a dinner for all reunion classes in the Cage, followed by a party out on the lawn in front of GW. Saturday features the big alumni parade, and for the first time we are adding some classmate panels that promise to add a dimension to Reunion we’ve not experienced before.

Here is what our class has planned:

Saturday 9am Fun run through the Sanctuary – open to all classes
Bring your shorts and sneakers and join your fellow alumni and families for a morning fun run around the campus! We’ll meet by the Chapel Avenue entrance to the Sanctuary (near the Pine Knoll dorms) and start with a loop of the Sanctuary trail, and then head down through Abbot, around the Quads, up to the athletic fields and finish up through Flagstaff and back to the start. It will be a 3-4 mile loop, and we’ll be sure to keep a comfortable pace for all – Hosted by Class of 86

Saturday 10am Remembrance ceremony
We will gather to remember our classmates who died much too young by our class Memorial Tree near the Bell Tower.

Saturday 12:30pm Class photo – Steps of Sam Phil

Saturday 12:45pm – “Media metamorphosis: a generation of transformation, Andover-style” open to all classes The class of ’86 hosts a panel of PA alum filmmakers and video journalists discussing how Andover has influenced their work and the dramatic changes underway on the media frontier. Video featuring panelists’ work starts at 12:45pm, informal discussion to follow.

Alex Wise (’86), moderator and host of Sea Change Radio
Emily Bernstein (’86), moderator, Emmy-award winning TV producer
Randall Batinkoff (’86), film and TV actor
Kelly Amis (’86), filmmaker, “Teached” and “Think of Calvin”
David Simons (’86), animation expert and Senior Principal Scientist at Adobe Systems
Ed Nef (’51), filmmaker, “Mongolia Mining Challenges a Civilization,” “Senegalese Women: A Challenge to Strife” and upcoming documentary of PA Class of ’51, and founder of the Ed Nef Foundation
Prof. Tom McGraw

Saturday 2:00pm Family friendly ultimate frisbee/frisbee golf match open to all classes

Saturday 4:30pm – “Why am I learning this?” -A Conversation about the Value of Hands-on Education When Taught by Educators in Collaboration with other Professionals open to all classes
How can adults from diverse professions collaborate with educators to answer the age-old student question, “Why am I learning this?” Please join us for a conversation about the place of vocational-liberal arts hybrid education in the United States and as a vision for Andover.  A discussion about the advantages of all students using academics and arts as tools to build, make and create under the guidance of professional educators working WITH professionals from every area of human endeavor.

Discussion led by: Nicole Butterfield, Writer, English Teacher & Community Service Coordinator at Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY Kim Guzowski, Co-Executive Director of Technical Artisans Collective, Teacher Trainer, Curriculum Writer Theater Professional, and  new faculty at The Dwight School. Hella Winston, Sociologist, Investigative Journalist and recent Co-Author of Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the 21st Century.

The big event will be on Saturday night, when the class of ’86 gathers at the Log Cabin at 6:30 for cocktails, a delicious dinner and a live band starting around 9pm.

Hope to see you all very soon!

Dave Eckman (30th Reunion Chair), Emily Bernstein, Kathleen DiPaolo, Kimberly Formisano, Malcolm Galvin, Ellen Lemaitre, Debby Murphy, John Nesbett, Matt Pechinski, Alex Pozzy, Jenny Rider, Dave Sullivan, Lee Westerfield, Lydia Wise

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