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Save the date for our 30th Reunion, May 19–22, 2011

Throughout the year you will be able to check this page for updated information regarding the weekend’s events and logistical details—including who’s planning to be there, progress with our 30th Reunion Gift, class specific events and more.

30th Reunion Committee

Joanne G. Audretsch
David M. Bartholomew
Steven G. Blum
Bartlet A. Brebner
Joanna Buffington
Kathy Prager Conrad
Paul C. DiSanto
Sharon S. Fierstein
Delcy Ziac Fox
Lisa Katherine Greim
Howard W. Hawkins
Livia McCarthy
Matthew K. McCreight
Liza Page Nelson
David L. Resnick
Allan C. Spera
Nancy Parker Wilson

‘Hope to Attend’ List

Click here to see who else is planning to attend and add your name to the list!

Class of 1981 30th Reunion Gift

Our fundraising goal is $300,000 through the Wesleyan Fund and our participation goal is 60%. Click here to make your gift today!

A great way to create a comprehensive Reunion contribution is to include a planned gift along with your annual gift. There are many options available including bequests, life insurance or retirement plan designations, and life income gifts which will benefit you or a loved through retirement years. For further information, please contact Cheryl Brodowski in the Office of Gift Planning at (860) 685-5775 or visit the website at www.wesleyan.edu/plannedgiving.

Class of 1981 Reunion Challenge

Let’s celebrate our 30th reunion by setting a new standard in leadership giving.

For every contribution of $1,831 or more made to Wesleyan by June 30, 2011, an anonymous classmate will match the gift 1:1 with an equal contribution to the endowment—up to $1 million.

The Class of 1981 holds the all-time record for leadership gifts in one year with 95 for the 25th Reunion. We would like to continue our legacy of support by meeting the goal of 100 leadership gifts for our 30th Reunion. Please join us.

Reunion Accommodations

The following hotels still have rooms available, but they are no longer holding blocks of rooms for Wesleyan. You may contact the hotels directly and inquire as to their availability.

Hilton Garden Inn Glastonbury 860-659-1025
Comfort Inn Cromwell 860-635-4100
Crowne Plaza Cromwell 860-635-2000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Meriden 203-443-5700
Homewood Suites by Hilton Glastonbury 860-652-8111
Hampton Inn Meriden 203-235-5154
Fairfield Inn Wallingford 203-284-0001
Comfort Inn Wethersfield 860-563-2311
Super 8 Motel Cromwell 860-632-8888

*Due to the high volume of dorm reservations this year, registration for on-campus housing is now closed. If you wish to be put on the waiting list, please e-mail Emma Mohney '12 at emohney@wesleyan.edu with your name, class year, requested number of beds, and preferred roommate/hallmates. Emma will get back to you if space becomes available.

Class Photo

Group photos of the class of ’81 will be taken at the base of Denison Terrace (behind Olin Library) on Saturday, May 21. Alumni who pre-register for a photo in advance of the weekend will receive free shipping ($4 for unframed prints and $15 for framed prints). Please follow the 1981 link for this special savings. All are encouraged to browse through the Panfoto website where you can view earlier reunion photos along with special Wesleyan images—all for purchase.

2011 Reunion Weekend Schedule

A preliminary schedule will be released online in March, when formal registration begins. To see what the weekend may offer, take a look at last year’s schedule. The Class of 1981 is planning the following activities during Reunion & Commencement Weekend:

Preliminary Schedule
Friday, May 20 Arrivals
  WESeminars all day
  Sci-Fi Panel and reunion for members of the Wesleyan Science Fiction Club, organized by Dave Miller
All-college dinner with tables reserved for the Class of 1981
  Wine & cheese reception, featuring the wines of Ariel Rubissow Okamotoís Rubissow Vineyards and Nancy Parker Wilsonís Greenvale Vineyards
Late-night Eclectic party with music by different generations of Wesleyan bands
Saturday, May 21 Morning 5K Run, followed by an early-bird breakfast
  WESeminars continue all day
Traditional Alumni Parade and Annual Assembly
All-college picnic lunch and Festival on Foss Hill
  Panel featuring alumni in philanthropy, organized by Liza Page Nelson
  Talk by Dr. Ellen J. Prager ’84 (Kathy Prager Conrad’s sister) based on her latest book, Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans' Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter
30th Reunion reception and dinner with special guests
All-college sing followed by the tent party on Andrus Field
Sunday, May 22 Brunch
  179th Commencement
Good-byes!

Staff Class Contact

Theresa Kidd
Associate Director, The Wesleyan Fund
110 Mt. Vernon Street
Middletown, CT 06459
(860) 685-4878
tkidd@wesleyan.edu