Doug Shackelford - Reunion Weekend 2016 - UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Reunion Weekend 2016 recap

Reunion Weekend 2016 by the numbers – UNC Kenan-Flagler Business SchoolReunion Weekend 2016 was a slam dunk, with more than 350 alumni and their families and friends joining faculty, staff and students in Chapel Hill.

Alumni raised $1,312,602 – an all-time record – in support of our Reunion Giving Campaign.

The following classes distinguished themselves as MVPs through their attendance and support of the Reunion Giving Campaign:

  • Highest reunion attendance:  MBA Class of 2011
  • Highest giving participation: – MBA Class of 2011
  • Most money raised – MBA Class of 1986

On Friday, alumni enjoyed golf at Chapel Hill Country Club, a welcome luncheon with current MBA students and faculty presentations by professors Jim Johnson, Al Segars, Chris Bingham, Shimul Melwani and Chip Snively.

After the Friday evening kickoff event at He’s Not Here, special receptions were held at The Crunkleton, Top of the Hill and Rizzo Conference Center to reconnect MBA, EMBA and MBA@UNC alumni with their classmates.

Saturday began with a service project for Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation. Co-founded by Justin Herman (MBA ’05), Super Cooper’s is one of three local nonprofit partners supported by Business Cares, UNC Kenan-Flagler’s signature community service initiative.

After a Carolina barbecue luncheon, former dean and emeritus professor Jack Evans led a discussion on the history of the Business School, with many alumni offering their remembrances and stories. Later, Dean Doug Shackelford presented his “State of the School” address and took questions from alumni.

Saturday evening activities began with special tours of the Carolina Basketball Museum – hosted by Phil Ford (BSBA ’78) – and the Smith Center and Carolina Basketball offices. The evening culminated in grand style on the floor of the Dean E. Smith Center, where alumni enjoyed a wonderful reception and celebration dinner, complete with a free throw contest. The MBA Class of 1986 was recognized as being the class that raised the most money during the Reunion Giving Campaign and had the honor of cutting down the nets.

The weekend concluded with brunch at The Dubose House at the Rizzo Conference Center on Sunday morning. It was a great event packed with networking, fun and reconnecting with classmates and our UNC Kenan-Flagler community.

Here’s what Reunion Weekend attendees are saying about the event:

Bravo to you and your team. I was thoroughly impressed with the Saturday evening Basketball Museum/Smith Center festivities and heard tremendously positive comments from classmates. You all far exceeded our expectations. More importantly, the weekend was rather memorable and one of the most fun times I have experienced since 2011 graduation. Chapel Hill is somewhat about the place, but mostly about the people and the friendships we forged at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Thank you for giving us a reason to gather en masse again.
– David Tate (MBA ’11)

Reunion Weekend exceeded my expectations by a long-shot. The organization, activities and food were fantastic throughout the weekend. The Saturday night dinner at the Smith Center brought the event to a whole new level. It was clear that a tremendous amount of thought and planning went into creating a memorable experience for me and my classmates. 
– Tara Flickinger (MBA ’11)

I loved the evening at the Smith Center – shooting hoops, Phil Ford, autographs, names on the big screens (a fab idea), fun prizes, delicious food. Kudos to all for a creative evening. 
– Julie Curd (MBA ’01)

As far as organization and quality of events go, this was by far the best reunion I have ever attended.
– Guilherme De Lima (MBA ’01)

Mark your calendars for our next Reunion Weekend, April 28–30, 2017!

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