See you at CU!

Hundreds of alumni will say “see you at CU!” to their friends this spring, as they make plans to attend the first annual Carleton University Alumni Reunion Weekend, May 4 to 6, 2007.

This is the first of what is hoped will become a “proud annual tradition for Carleton,” explains Nancy Lewis, Director, Alumni Services. “As a younger university, we don’t have a lot of established traditions yet. Reunion Weekend gives us something to celebrate and something to look forward to with all our graduates.” Thousands of graduates celebrating their 10th, 25th, 40th, 45th and 50th anniversaries— grads from the classes of 1997, 1982, 1967, 1962 and 1957, as well as those from the Carleton College years—have been invited back to campus for a full weekend of networking and nostalgia. Many different activities have been planned, including a pub night in the new Oliver’s, a guided historical campus tour, fun “Back to School” lectures with faculty volunteers, and a special reunion dinner in the Residence Dining Hall.

“There’s something planned for all ages,” says Lewis. “But the activities are geared to bring all the different generations together as much as possible, so they can appreciate that they’re part of a larger community.” Many of the invitees are from Ottawa—including a number of faculty and staff who also happen to be graduates—but invitations are also being sent to alumni all over the world.

For that reason, Reunion Weekend has been planned to coincide with the Canadian Tulip Festival. The extra appeal of this major tourist activity might help convince graduates from outside the city to plan a spring trip to Ottawa.

“Reunion Weekend 2007 is essentially a pilot project—a chance to gauge interest in this type of alumni programming,” explains Lewis. “We’re confident that the mix of social and celebration activities we have planned, along with the city’s extracurricular opportunities, should convince alumni to come back to Carleton now and in years to come.” More information about Reunion Weekend has been posted at

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