Back to Where You Once Belonged
Alums return to campus for a Reunion & Alumni Weekend of fun, friends, and hockeySlide Show by Nathaniel Boyle and Robin Berghaus, Text by Katie Koch (CAS'09, COM'09), Photographs by Kalman Zabarsky, Frank Curran, and Jessica Sharp (COM'08)
Evan Kazan hasn’t strayed far from his alma mater since he graduated in May — he lives in Cambridge. That makes things easy when he wants to see the Terriers play.
Kazan (SMG’08) was among the alumni returning to campus for Boston University’s Reunion & Alumni Weekend, October 24–26, open for the first time to alums of all class years. On Saturday night, he was looking for tickets to the BU men’s hockey game against Michigan. “I live and breathe hockey,” he said.
More than 1,500 alums, young and old, from around the country were expected for three days of lectures, luncheons, tours, and activities.
Highlights included a University-wide leadership luncheon honoring Alumni Award recipients, a young alumni community service project at a Dorchester elementary school, and an Oktoberfest dinner, featuring a lederhosen-clad polka band. And although the Terriers’ 7-2 win against the higher-ranked Wolverines provided a perfect ending to the weekend for most alums, a brave few held off on celebrating the victory long enough to take part in a 5K Fun Run/Walk along the Charles River early Sunday morning.
With an attendance nearly twice that of past years, Reunion & Alumni Weekend 2008 has set the bar for future alumni gatherings, said Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore.
“I love the turnout, and I’m impressed with the turnout of our young alums especially,” said Elmore (SED’87) as he noshed on a traditional German dinner of sausages and kraut at Oktoberfest. “Now we just have to capture this spirit and energy throughout the year.”