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    Photography by Beth Rooney, Anne Ryan, and Thomas Vangel
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    Celebrating Booth pride at the Harper Center
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    In the classroom with professor Luigi Zingales
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    Reconnecting with classmates at Harper Center
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    Catching up with Boothies at Reconnect Weekend
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    Chatting over breakfast at Gleacher Center
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    Speakers included former dean Robert Hamada and professors Eugene F. Fama and Harry L. Davis
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    Catching up with the alumni community at Gleacher Center
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    Reconnecting at class reunions
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    Reconnect Weekend includes family-friendly activities
    • RECONNECT REVISITED

      Reconnect encapsulates the Booth experience: heart-warming, laughter-filled moments with old friends, classmates, professors, and staff. A recharge of the rigorous Chicago Approach in Back to the Classroom sessions with brilliant faculty—and no exams to worry about! Cutting-edge business insights at Management Conference. It’s an enriching weekend that strengthens the bonds across Booth generations.

      Click the arrows in the photo gallery above to see highlights from this year's event, and save the date for Reconnect 2019, May 3–4 in Chicago.

      —By Rebecca Rolfes

    • FEATURES

      This year’s reunion welcomed more than 2,000 attendees from across the country and around the world, facilitated by enthusiastic alumni volunteers. Boothies reconnected over Chicago’s world-class cuisine at Friday night class dinners sprinkled all around the Windy City. Saturday’s homecoming, a family-friendly BBQ, brought together Booth graduates at Harper Center and on the quad.

    • FEATURES

      Alumni clamored to get back in touch with the Booth spirit of inquiry at Back to the Classroom sessions on topics ranging from blockchain technology with Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow Luigi Zingales, to innovation and entrepreneurship with adjunct professor of entrepreneurship Ellen A. Rudnick, ’73, and Polsky Center executive director Starr Marcello, MA ’04, MBA ’17. At Management Conference, Chicago Cubs executive chairman Tom Ricketts, AB ’88, MBA ’93, not only celebrated his 25-year Booth reunion; he also gave the conference’s keynote address—and may well have been the only Reconnect attendee with a World Series ring.

    • FEATURE

      “Reconnect was a wonderful time for seeing old friends—catching up, reacquainting ourselves with each other, and reaffirming the shared bonds that were formed so many years ago at Booth,” said Ian Lue, ’93. “Though two and a half decades have passed since we were in school together, there is a familiarity and comfort that made it seem as if very little time and space had separated us.”

    • FEATURES

      "The Booth experience is a pivotal point in life where everyone comes out a different and better person because of the people they meet." —Erik Steffenson, ’03

    • "I used to travel to New York frequently. I would run into someone from Booth everywhere I went—walking down the street or in Central Park. It’s a great feeling knowing how strong and widespread our network is." —Amy Hamilton, ’98

    • 2,143: Number of total attendees  (alumni, students, and guests)

      1,346: Number of reunion alumni attendees

      1963 to 2017: Range of classes represented

    • "I have great pride in my Booth affiliation and treasure the impact it has had on my career. The reunion was a great event, and also served to deepen as well as renew those lifelong relationships with classmates that continue to make Booth a special part of my life." —Brian Van Elslander, ’93

    • "Walking into Booth, I don’t think I had any idea how much I would grow in those two years. I learned to think differently." —Betsy Biern, ’93

    • 200: Number of balloons at Reconnect

      1,000: Number of bags of Garrett  Popcorn eaten

      1,946: Total reunion donors

      $9,185,110: Total dollars given