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    Class of 1979, 40th Reunion

    Reunion Events

    Your 1979 Reunion Committee encourages everyone to bring along their "king or queen" this year ... there will be a variety of fun activities for EVERYONE, including these additional suggestions:

    Reminisce, share memories, and discover what's new during our fun scavenger hunt/ campus tour. Gather ALL the sorority sisters together for a cocktail party. Take a hike in the Garden of Gods or jump on a zipline at Seven Falls. Watch a hockey, volleyball, or rugby game.

    Let's get the fun going and this party started!

    Thursday, Oct. 10

    5:30 p.m., Welcome Back Gathering, Jose Muldoon’s
    On your own.

    Friday, Oct. 11

    10-11:30 a.m.
    Class of 1979, The New CC: Campus Re-imagined Tour Lead by George Eckhardt, Campus Planner and Historic Preservationist, Meet at Worner Campus Center
    Scavenger hunt photos and trivia clues will be posted early here and on the Class of 1979 Facebook page.
    2:30-4 p.m.
    Mini-blocks Tiger Talks with the Class of 1979
    , Screening Room 131, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
    In true liberal arts style, alumni from the Class of 1979 will revisit the Block Plan with a Tiger Talks series of presentations delivered in a TED Talk format covering a variety of interdisciplinary subjects. Ed Goldstein ’79 will moderate.
    Among our speakers and topics are:
    Susan Brister ’79 – “Medical Landscapes, What to Expect Before our 50th Reunion”
    Ellen Burton ’79 – “My Next Steps, Diving into Dynamic Local Politics”
    Mike Ibarra ’79 – “Community Reinvestment to a Sustainable Future - How my Science Degree Led to Curing Broken Communities”
    Suzanne Lyon ’79, P'10 – “Mining Literary Gold from Western History”
    Annie Petsonk ’79 – “Taking on the Climate Change Crisis" 
    Terry Swenson ’79, P'01 – "Upon Further Review: A Letter From the Admission Committee"
    Tim Tymkovich ’79, P'10 – “How a Liberal Arts Education Impacts Decision making: A View from the 10th Circuit”
    4-7 p.m.
    , Main Space, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
    Immediately following the Tiger Talks, we will have a 1979 Class Reception from 4 -7 p.m. just down the hall from the Screening Room, in the main space of the new Cornerstone Arts Center. Hors d'oeuvres and happy hour refreshments will complement this lovely occasion for catching up with old friends.
    Menu: $35/person
    Host bar: Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages
    House-made chips with smoked onion dip
    Asian potstickers with soy dipping sauce
    Cannellini bean dip on endive
    Coconut shrimp with mango dipping sauce
    Crostini with roma tomato, basil, and mozzarella
    7-9 p.m.
    , Panino’s, 604 N. Tejon St.
    Mike Frasca ’78, owner of Panino's restaurant (our old Pizza Plus), will offer us a delicious dinner buffet with our Italian favorites. A complimentary adult beverage of your choice is included... a terrific value!
    Menu: $25/person
    Refillable soft drinks
    One of the following: house wine, tap beer, or well drink
    2 types of Paninos including a vegetarian version
    Mandarin harvest salad


    7:30 p.m.
    Tiger Hockey Game, Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. (Shuttle provided. The pick up location is on the south side of the Worner Center at 6:50 p.m. sharp.)  General Admission ticket is $12/person.  

    Saturday, Oct. 12

    10-11 a.m.
    Alumni Awards Ceremony
    , Shove Memorial Chapel
    President Jill M. Tiefenthaler P’21, P’24 and the Alumni Association Council will present the Benezet, Worner, Riley, and Spirit of Adventure Awards. Everyone is invited to attend this special ceremony that honors our distinguished award recipients and will feature remarks by President Tiefenthaler. The Louis T. Benezet Award for career achievement will be presented to John Lamson Kessel ’74. The recipient of the Lloyd E. Worner Award for remarkable efforts on behalf of the college is William S. Smith ’74. The Gresham Riley Award recognizing faculty, administrators, and staff who have made a significant difference to the college will be presented to Professor John Simons P’05 and Brenda Soto P’19. Winnie Barron ’79 will receive the Spirit of Adventure Award, given to the alumnus/a who exemplifies the unique CC experience through a life of intellectual, social, or physical adventure. The Reunion Cup, awarded to the reunion class with the best Homecoming Weekend attendance, will be presented during the ceremony.
    11:30-12:30 p.m.
    Alumni Awards Recipient Discussion
    , Screening Room 131, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
    Students and alumni are invited to participate in a panel discussion with this year’s Alumni Association Award recipients. The following individual award recipients have been invited to join the panel, but attendance may vary:
    • Louis T. Benezet Award winner and art major John Kessel ’74
    • Lloyd E. Worner Award winner and anthropology major William S. Smith ’74
    • Gresham Riley Award winner Professor John Simons P’05
    • Gresham Riley Award winner Brenda Soto P’19
    • Spirit of Adventure Award winner and art major Winnie Barron ’79
    12:45 p.m.
    Class Photo
    , Palmer Hall (prior to the Homecoming Picnic)
    1 p.m.
    Homecoming Picnic
    , Worner Quad
    2-4 p.m.
    Freedom and Authority
    , Bemis Hall
    6-11 p.m.
    Reception, Dinner, and Dancing with the "Beta House Band," 
    Grand Ballroom, Mining Exchange Hotel, 8 S. Nevada Ave.
    The highlight of the reunion weekend, our Class of '79 Celebration, will be held in the magnificent Grand Ballroom of the Miner's Hotel downtown. A variety of hors d'oeuvres will be passed from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a hearty buffet including a prime rib carving station. In keeping with our class themes, Saturday Night Live skits will be performed by the CC theater troupe, and a disco ball (Saturday Night Fever) will enhance our ambiance for dancing. SNL skits and ’70's song suggestions would be most welcome! Our beloved Beta House rock band led by Jeff Houlton ’78, and featuring Mike Boylston ’79 on drums, will play our favorite dance tunes until 11 p.m.

    Menu: $60/person
    Hors d'oeuvres:
    Wild mushroom and boursin mousse on crostini
    Prosciutto wrapped mango pieces
    Vegetable rolls with sweet chili sauce
    Gorgonzola with caramelized apple on crostini

    Mixed greens with mango, avacado, cucumber and chipotle grilled shrimp with fire roasted poblano dressing
    Asian style salmon with bourbon soy ginger glaze and warm balsamic fennel slaw
    Prime rib carved and served with bistro dinner rolls
    Chocolate mousse in dark chocolate cups
    Cash bar

    Sunday, Oct. 13

    10-11 a.m.
    Homecoming Memorial Gathering
    , Shove Memorial Chapel
    We invite all alumni and guests to join us for a reflective gathering to remember and honor the lives of CC classmates, faculty, and staff who have passed away. The services will remember alumni from the 2019 reunion classes as well as faculty and staff who have passed away in the last year.
    11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    , Rocks Room, Garden of the Gods Club and Resort, 332 Mesa Road
    The perfect ending to our incredible reunion will be a farewell brunch in the private "Rocks" dining room of this spectacular resort.  Take in the best views of the Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak in all of Colorado Springs and enjoy bountiful menu choices of delicious cuisine in an exquisite setting. 
    On your own, but please let us know if you can join us.

    In Memoriam

    Please share memories of your Colorado College classmates who have passed away. Tributes submitted by Aug. 30 will be included in the 50th Reunion Keepsake Directory.

    Classmates Who Have Passed Away

    Deceased 1979 Classmates
    Full Name Deceased Date
    Baby Bull Amundson 3/11/2016
    Timothy Anderson
    Barbara Arnest (Maurin) 2/15/2017

    Bryan Bracken

    Awesome husband 31 years. Three sons. Great field geologist, teacher, mentor. Worked for Chevron. Learned to love geology at CC.

    Connie Chamberlain 3/7/2019
    Janet Dreifus (Tucker) 6/15/2006
    Christopher Fiore 11/29/2014
    Susan Forsberg 27-Feb-2011
    Eric Freeman
    Bill Hammel 10/10/2017
    Dale Hartigan 11/12/2001
    George Johnston 5/06/1986
    Stoddard King 6/21/2012
    Therese Nicholson 10/14/2007
    Garrick Olson  12/30/2011
    Carol Peterson 3/17/2016
    Rick Pracht  8/09/2005
    Dee Strand 19-Jan-2019
    Cathy Welch (Schwartz) 7/03/2007

    Reunion Committee

    Jeanie Cobb Bunker
    Jim Collins
    Ed Goldstein
    Mike Ibarra
    Deborah Adelson Johns
    Jill Jemison Margolin


    Reunion and Homecoming Weekend Events
    Kristie Damgaard, Assistant Director for On-Campus Programs

    Lily Lauer, Alumni Relations Coordinator, On-Campus Programs

    Reunion Giving
    Matt Kelly, Associate Director of Annual Giving

    EverTrue: CC Network

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    Class Giving Goals & Progress

    1979 Class Gift
    Class Gift Goal: $140,000
    Class Gift Progress: $139,306
    Participation Goal: 40% or 156 donors
    Participation Progress: 26% or 102 donors