Our 35th Reunion – May 23-25, 2014

By on 11-26-2013 in Featured

Our 35th Reunion  –  May 23-25, 2014

Save the date, and spend Memorial Day weekend in Northampton.

Registration packets are in the mail.  Meanwhile, you may register on-line at this link:


Here’s a preview of activities for our class:

Plans for the Class of ’79

The beauty of Reunion is that you can pack your weekend full of stimulating discussion, museum tours, and faculty presentations. At the same time, you have the choice to go at your own pace, have coffee with old friends, walk by Paradise Pond or just wander around Northampton. For some activities we’re asking for RSVPs, so we can plan for the right number of people. Here’s a preview of some of the events being planned specifically for our class. Some of the times may change slightly.



Friday, May 23

1:30 Mill River Tour
Drew Guswa, Director of the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability, will give us a short historic tour of the Mill River and related ecological projects in which Smith students are engaged.
RSVP now or by May 1 if you’d like to take the tour

3:30 Book Talk with classmate and author Susan Badeau
Susan and her husband adopted 22 children from diverse backgrounds and with various special needs. Join classmates to discuss her new book, Are We There Yet?: Adopting and Raising 22 Kids. If you want to read the book ahead of time, it’s available on Amazon. But no need to do any advance prep – and Susan will have books available if you wish.
RSVP now or by May 1 if you’d like to attend Susan’s Book Talk

5:30 Social Hour and 6:30 Class Dinner

8:30 Friday evening after dinner – Round Table Discussions
Share your stories and exchange ideas with other ’79ers, in small group discussions. Choose one of the following topics:

Peace: How do we find peace in ourselves, in our careers, families, and in our communities?

The challenge of resuming a career in mid-life

’79ers who have “leaned in” – seeking challenges, taking risks, achieving leadership roles
• Helping our aging parents

Reinventing ourselves- 2nd and 3rd lives. Have you made a transformation in your life, or are you thinking about it?

Music and Art, Drama and Writing – How does it give life meaning? Who influenced you and how have you developed it, in either yourself or your family? Can talent be experienced vicariously through kids or a talented spouse? How does the creative work?

* Pain-free aging: preventing and eliminating chronic pain – Rena Margulis, who does acupressure therapy, will lead a discussion on the causes, prevention and treatment of chronic pain.

RSVP now or by May 1 if you’d like to participate in a Friday evening Round Table Discussion — and please specify which topic.

Saturday, May 24

9:00 Alumnae Parade
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Keynote speaker – Jill Ker Conway!
5:30 Class social hour and 6:30 Class dinner
8:30 Illumination of campus with live band

Sunday, May 25

Zumba – many classmates wanted to know if we could get some exercise, so we’ve arranged for a Zumba session led by a certified instructor on the Smith staff. The session will begin at 8:30, so you can fit this into your morning and still attend the all-college brunch. Cost for this event is $10 at the door.
RSVP now or by May 1 if you plan to attend the Zumba session.

RSVP to tullm@optonline.net

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