First May weekend welcomes home returning alumni

May 12, 2008

More than 550 alumni and guests returned to the Hill May 2-4 to celebrate class anniversaries, attend classes with current students, tour new campus facilities and learn firsthand about College initiatives from President Joan Develin Coley.

Alumni from the Class of 1958 were the VIP guests of the College and 39 classmates from 12 states returned for weekend activities including the traditional Friday luncheon at the President’s Home. Celebrating her 45th reunion was Marianthy Pappadopoulou Koucos ’63 who returned to campus from her home in Greece.

The following is a list of awards presented to 2008 reunion classes based on their corresponding achievements. Alumni Association President Corynne Courpas ’76 announced the awards in McDaniel Lounge following President Coley’s State of the College Address. Fine crystal trophies and bowls are engraved with the winners’ class years and on permanent display in Harrison House.

Green and Gold Award - Presented to the Class of 1963 with the most active reunion volunteers. This class had 18 members working on its planning committee.

Top of the Hill Award - Presented to the Class of 1948 who raised the largest reunion gift at $1,305,873 for the Annual Fund, Carpe Diem Campaign for McDaniel including capital and special projects, and the endowment.

Green Terror Award - Presented to the Classes of 1963,1973 and 1983 who tied with having 66 classmates each making a commitment to the 2008 Annual Fund.

Whimsy (WMC) Award - Presented to the Class of 1968 with highest number of alumni and guests (a total of 70) returning for reunion.

Carpe Diem Award - Presented to the Class of 1958 who achieved the largest increase in number of donors to the Annual Fund over the previous year. An additional 15 classmates made gifts this year in honor of their reunion bringing the total to 45.

Old Main Award - Presented to the Class of 1948 who raised nearly $50,000 achieving the largest total dollar commitment to the Annual Fund.

Alumnus James S. Gray, Class of 1963, was awarded the Alumni Community Service Award recognizing his outstanding voluntary service to his community beyond normal business or professional obligations. An active member with the Manalapan (New Jersey) Township, Jim has served as its Mayor, Police Commissioner and Emergency Management Coordinator as well as organized its youth soccer club, advocated historic preservation of the Monmouth Battlefield and acted in the areas’s summer musical productions. He has received numerous community service and citizens including the State of New Jersey Commendation by Senator John Bennett for Community Service.

Click here to view the class photos from Reunion Weekend 2008.