On April 24-26, more than 350 alumni and their families and friends joined faculty, staff and current students for a wonderful weekend in Chapel Hill. Be sure to check out our Alumni Weekend photo collection on Flickr.
Here are a few comments from attendees:
“The Reunion was outstanding – from the logistics and details, to the food, to TED Talks. We all felt very warmly welcomed and I can tell you that the class of 1995 had a blast being together. I felt so strongly about it I posted a blog about reunions.”
“I thought the events were fantastic – you have a winning model/template for Reunion.”
“The ‘Then and Now’ session by Jack Evans and other faculty was quite special. Well done!”
A highlight of the weekend was a series of TED Talks. Faculty from UNC Kenan-Flagler and the UNC-Chapel Hill campus presented a variety of topics, providing alumni with the opportunity to learn about everything from the importance of a liberal arts education, to how improvisation can be an effective tool in business, to how a 19-year-old UNC Kenan-Flagler student has crafted an impressive entrepreneurial career.
All TED Talks are now available for online viewing. On Friday Apr. 24, our faculty presenters and topics featured
- Jim Johnson – “Bracing for the silver tsunami”
- Tim Flood – “The real power of words, across history and in your business dealings today”
- Dave Roberts – “Why won’t people do as they are told? – Executing strategy”
- Greg Hohn – “Business is improv. Huh?”
On Saturday Apr. 25, faculty presenters and topics included
- Lloyd Kramer – “Why does a liberal arts education shape successful leaders?”
- Daniel Wallace – “Notes to my mother or how I became a writer”
- Christian Lundblad – “What’s going on in China? Their structural transformation and our business risk”
- Brent Comstock (BSBA 2017) – “One town. Two stoplights. Unlimited possibilities.”
Other Reunion Weekend activities included Friday golf at Chapel Hill Country Club, a kickoff luncheon with alumni connecting with current students, faculty seminars and a welcome reception attended by many current and legendary emeritus faculty.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a special session at Carroll Hall entitled “UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School – Then and Now.” Emeritus professor and former dean Jack Evans led a presentation and discussion on how our Business School has evolved and grown over the years.
Alumni also enjoyed a Carolina barbecue luncheon and heard Dean Doug Shackelford deliver his “State of the School” address.
Our Saturday evening activities began in grand style with a reception in the McColl building, followed by our Reunion Weekend Celebration Dinner. Dean Doug Shackelford announced the classes that distinguished themselves with their attendance and support of the Reunion Giving Campaign:
- Highest Reunion Attendance: MBA Class of 1975
- Highest Giving Participation: MBA Class of 1975
- Most Money Raised: MBA Class of 1990
Thanks to the generous support of our alumni, we raised a total of $566,157 for the Reunion Giving Campaign – a new record!
The weekend ended with a casual Sunday morning brunch at the Carolina Inn.
It was a great weekend of networking, fun and reconnecting with classmates and the School. Thanks to all who attended!
Mark your calendars! Reunion Weekend 2016 will be held April 29- May 1, 2016.