Alumni Affairs Update

By Meghan Cashman, Senior Associate Director for Alumni Relations, Americas
Published: October 24, 2008

Is It Time for Your Class Reunion?

Meghan Cashman

Are you ready for a GSB reunion? Your chance to catch up with your classmates may be right around the corner.

When alumni gather in Chicago in November for Alumni Celebration, the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development is excited to host a number of class reunions.

We're working with committees of alumni volunteers from the classes of 2007, 2003, 1998, 1993, and 1988, who have planned events for their classmates on Saturday, November 8. The reunion activities will begin at 10 am with tours of the Charles M. Harper Center followed by brunch. The afternoon will be open for activities sponsored by the various classes. All reunion classes are invited to panel discussions featuring faculty, among them an event that will include remarks from Joseph Pagliari, clinical professor of real estate. Others can join organized trips to cultural events in the city. Spending some time at Harper Center also will give participants a chance to connect with faculty and students while you are here. On Saturday night, alumni can meet again for class dinners at various locations around the city.

Several alumni volunteered to help organize events, including Stewart Foley, '03 (XP-72)."Our class had great camaraderie. And being on the reunion committee gave me a chance to reconnect with old friends and meet new people from the class of 2003," he said. "It's fantastic that the GSB has organized an event that brings all of us together."

Ready to Gather

At the alumni office, we've already seen signs that the reunions will become popular events. Last year, alumni from two classes-1992 and 1997-organized their own unofficial class reunions, one during the summer and one in conjunction with Alumni Celebration. The events drew about 40 alumni, which showed us that it was time to begin hosting class-specific events on a regular basis.

Over the summer, we hosted a regional reunion in New York for alumni who graduated in 1998 and 1988. The event drew more than 50 alumni from these two classes. We would be happy to host similar events in other locations if alumni let us know they're interested.

And according to the results of the 2007 Alumni Survey, nearly 75 percent of alumni would consider attending a reunion. The most recent graduates expressed the greatest interest in attending a reunion, but many alumni have been asking if plans were in the works for their own graduating class. The survey also told us that 31 percent of you have attended Alumni Celebration in Chicago, and 59 percent of that segment traveled to get here; we wanted to give you another reason to gather in smaller groups and reminisce over the course of the weekend.

From the first day of orientation to convocation, there are certain experiences at Chicago Booth that students share only with their classmates. The resulting memories form a bond that lasts a lifetime, and your class reunion is your chance to reconnect!

If you're ready to head to your reunion this year and want to find out what's been planned, visit Alumni Celebration 2008 or contact Meghan Cashman at 773.834.3587. We're 
here to help!

Last Updated 5/14/09