St. Andrew's celebrated its annual Reunion Weekend June 9 through June 11, and welcomed more than 300 alumni back to campus for the three-day celebration. This year's reunion honored class years ending in 2s and 7s, from the Class of 1952 to the Class of 2012, but alumni from all years of the School's history were in attendance. The Class of 1967 celebrated its 50th Reunion, while the class of 1992 celebrated its 25th Reunion.
Weekend events offered activities for every age and interest, including presentations by Head of School Tad Roach and Dean of Teaching & Learning Elizabeth Roach on their twenty years of leadership at St. Andrew's, and a "listening circle" led by Matt Russell '07 and Andrew Forsthoefel '07 that featured guided meditation and listening exercises. Earlier this year, Andrew published his first book, Walking to Listen, a nonfiction account of a cross-country walk he undertook in 2011, during which he recorded interviews with the people he met along the way. You can read more about Andrew and Walking to Listen on our website.
"The Class of 1954 attended Reunion, drank a toast to departed members, and prayed for those still with us," said Churchill Hutton '54. "Had a smoke for old times in what used to be the location of the "Smoking Area" at the eastern side of the Clock Tower, and wondered if the soul of Bill Brumbach '54 was in the vicinity... and laughing."
"It was great weather, and had fun playing golf at Frog Hollow Friday" commented Mike Quillin '57. "Plus it is always fun to come back to such a beautiful campus. We had eight of our classmates return, out of a graduation class of 30, which I thought was really quite good. But I still haven't gotten used to seeing girls in bikinis lounging on the grass and T-dock. In my day that would surely have caused a riot!"
At the all-alumni Reunion Banquet on Saturday night, the Class of 1977 was awarded with the Giving Bowl, which recognizes the reunion class that has contributed the largest total amount of gifts to the Saints Fund (as of Reunion Weekend) in the current fiscal year. Our 1977 alums have given more than $43,000 to the Saints Fund this year. Chuck Walton '77, Tami Maull '77, and Steve Salter '77 (at left) accepted the award on behalf of their classmates.
The Fishers of Men and Women Plate, another annually given Reunion award that recognizes the two reunion classes (pre-1973 and post-1973) with the greatest percentage of alumni making gifts to the Saints Fund (as of Reunion Weekend) in the current fiscal year. The pre-1973 Fishers of Men plate went to the Class of 1957, with 57% of its members making gifts to the Saints Fund by Reunion Weekend. George Brakeley '57 (right)accepted the award from Head of School Tad Roach. The post-1973 plate was also given to the Class of 1977, with 62% of alumni in that class making gifts to the Saints Fund by Reunion Weekend.
Alumni giving is also honored with a third award: the Founders Cup. Instituted in recognition of the School's 75th anniversary in 2004, the Founders Cup recognizes the importance of alumni support of every kind, and is given to the reunion class that has given the greatest total support to the School (Saints Fund, capital, and endowment gifts) during the current fiscal year. The 2016 Founder's Cup was awarded to the Class of 1947; its 16 living members had given more than $81,000 to St. Andrew's has of Reunion Weekend.
Finally, this year's Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Cristy Colón '87. Cristy has more than 15 years' experience working at the United Nations at various agencies and in different capacities on environmental, governance, women's empowerment and child rights programming. Over the last eight years she has focused on climate change and since 2013 has been at UNICEF, where she is a Policy Specialist on the Climate, Energy and Environment team. Her work revolves around advising governments and development partners on how climate, energy and environmental issues affect children, and how entities can ensure the rights, health and well-being of children are not undermined. Part of this work entails finding opportunities for leveraging climate finance to achieve improved results for children. Cristy received her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her JD from Brooklyn Law School. She currently lives in Ardsley, NY with her 9 year old son, Gabriel, her dog, Mikey and two goldfish.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to the alumnus/a who has distinguished him or herself professionally, personally, and in service to the community and country, with strength, commitment, and perseverance, in the opinion of the Headmaster. The Distinguished Alumni Award Fund, created by the Class of 1959 on the occasion of its 50th Reunion, brings the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award to campus during the following School year to engage with students.
Thank you to all of our alumni who made the trek back to campus for Reunion Weekend 2017! If you weren't able to make it, please know that you were sorely missed by your fellow Saints.
To make a 2017 gift to the Saints Fund, visit standrews-de.org/give by June 30.
To view photos from Reunion Weekend 2017, visit our Flickr page.