Nearly 2,200 alumni and guests — a record-breaking number — returned to campus over the weekend of April 15-17 to celebrate Reunion 2011. Highlights included Columbia CaseWorks and executive education classes, industry-specific panel presentations, an update on the School’s planned Manhattanville campus, an all-class welcome reception at Cipriani 42nd Street, class dinners, and a family brunch at Gustavino’s.
Alumni celebrated the milestone anniversaries of the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2010. Members of the Platinum Classes — alumni who have previously celebrated their 50th reunion — also participated in the festivities.
Faculty members moderated seven industry-specific panels with 22 alumni speakers, including Sarah Green ’01, founder and executive director of Art for Refugees in Transition; Ben Grossman ’06, co-president of Grossman Marketing Group; Jerry Keiser ’61, president of Keyser Marston Associates; Yuzaboro Mogi ’61, chairman and CEO of the Kikkoman Corporation; and Fawzi Kyriakos-Saad ’86, CEO, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Credit Suisse. Lunch on Saturday was catered by Hill Country, a New York City barbeque restaurant owned by Marc Glosserman ’06 (EMBA).
“Reunion Weekend, along with the Annual Dinner, is one my favorite events of the year,” said Dean Glenn Hubbard. “It is invigorating to see so many alumni come back to renew their connection to their network and the School. And we again experienced a tremendous outpouring of support from reunion-year alumni, whose contributions to our fundraising efforts provide critical unrestricted funding to support financial aid and programming innovations.”