Reunion Weekend 2017 Recap

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Thanks for the memories – and the support.

More than 400 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School traveled from all over the globe to reconnect with classmates and celebrate milestone years during Reunion Weekend in April.

Reuniting alumni raised more than $1 million for the School in support of the Reunion Class Campaigns. The total was announced during the Saturday evening celebratory event on the floor of the Dean E. Smith Center.

Many classes distinguished themselves as MVPs through their attendance and support:

  • Highest reunion attendance: MBA Class of 2016
  • Highest giving participation: MBA Class of 2016
  • Most money raised: MBA Class of 1987

The MBA Class of 1987 earned the opportunity to cut down the nets in the Smith Center, which they said they would never forget.

Reunion activities included talks by alumni and faculty, including “Finding Truth in Wine” led by Elizabeth Schneider (MBA ’05) and “The Business of Beer” with local brewers and beer industry professionals. Read more about the Reunion Weekend program.

Thank you to all alumni who traveled to Chapel Hill to celebrate this year – and especially to the more than 50 alumni who volunteered as Class Connectors to encourage your classmates to come back and give back to UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Class Connector John Bartelme (MBA ’72) wrote this about Reunion Weekend:

“It was a real pleasure for me to walk down memory lane preparing for our 45th MBA class reunion. As I wrote the letter to my classmates encouraging them to attend the reunion, I could not help but think back on all the wonderful times we had – from meeting and getting to know so many new classmates, to working on case studies and other projects together, to experiencing and learning from our excellent faculty and staff, to having fun at Quickie Take Out’s “happy hour” to golfing together on Finley on Friday mornings.

The Reunion Weekend was very memorable. Not only to relive past memories, but also to make new ones such as the private tour of the UNC Basketball Museum with Phil Ford, coffee with the dean, and dinner on the floor of the Smith Center, the home of the 2017 NCAA National Basketball Champions.

My only regret is that we can’t be the designated class each year. So, here’s to being honored again in 2022 for our 50th!”

Class Connector Kathy Shaw (MBA ’97) shared this:

“I loved being a Class Connector for my MBA Class of 1997. In the months leading up to Reunion Weekend, I enjoyed reconnecting with members of my class via e-mail, phone and social media. It was great to have a reason to call and reconnect – to hear stories about growing families, new jobs, life changes, etc. These interactions helped to build excitement among our classmates for the weekend when we all came back together to celebrate and remember our years at UNC. Sharing this time with classmates – whom I love like family – was wonderful! These bonds of friends were tightly woven 20 years ago, and have certainly stood the test of time. We know we never have to say ‘goodbye after we are together… it’s only, ‘until we meet again.’”

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Alumni Weekend, April 13-15, 2018. We will welcome back all alumni for all degree programs to celebrate milestone reunion years.

Sign up now to serve a Class Connector. We are recruiting Class Connectors from the Undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA and MBA@UNC classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2017.

E-mail Carrie Dobbins, assistant director of development for reunions, today if you’re interested.