By Kiera Reilly, C’93
September at Penn – the start of the new academic year, and time for alumni to return to campus to begin planning their upcoming reunions. The weekend of September 15 – 16, Alumni Relations and the Penn Fund invited reunion and gift committees to campus for the Penn Reunion Leadership Conference (#PRLC18) – a full day of planning, strategizing and energizing alumni classes for Alumni Weekend 2018 on May 11 – 13th.
The Class of 1993 was already engaged with a sizable list of alumni agreeing to be on our 25th reunion committee and gift committee (the list included over 100 classmates at the beginning of September, and we are now well over 200 volunteers). Our class Facebook group is active in keeping classmates connected with each other.
A small group of classmates convened on Friday afternoon in the Sweeten Alumni House to kick-start our efforts, and then more classmates joined us for the full day on Saturday. We were thrilled to see classmates representing different groups at Penn – we all didn’t know each other as students, but we all share a deep affection for the Red and the Blue.
Lisa Grabelle, Kiera Reilly and Jen Rizzi in the Sweeten Alumni House
Here are some of the photos from our fun weekend – we had a great time talking about the reunion, and we can not wait until May to see more of our class return to Penn and celebrate the 25th anniversary of our graduation from Penn.
Early in the morning on Saturday, we asked everyone attending #PRLC18 to record a cheer for classmate Chrissy Hofbeck on “Survivor.”
At the podium asking everyone to cheer for Team Chrissy on #SurvivorHHH
Can you spot our classmates in the crowd?
Jen Rizzi, Valerie Broadwin Mutterperl and Lisa Nass Grabelle get to work on reunion planning.
It was wonderful to see everyone and wave the 1993 banner!
Kiera Reilly, Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, Kysha Harris, Jon Treitler, Kristin Haskins Simms, Leila Graham-Willis, Lisa Nass Grabelle, Jennifer Rizzi, Jennifer Eisenberg Bernstein, Valerie Broadwin Mutterperl, Rachel Greenberg and Jason Pantzer
Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, Jennifer Rizzi, Rachel Greenberg, Jennifer Eisenberg Bernstein, Lisa Grabelle, Zach Conen, Alex Haidas, Kysha Harris and Kiera Reilly
We asked everyone to contribute to our new, “I Am” coming video.
Lisa waiting to start her video with Ben on the Bench
Kiera waiting for the cue to start
Kysha, Kristin and Leila get ready…
Have you seen it? Who’s in for our 25th Reunion?
We brainstormed, laughed, and discussed how best to entice as many classmates as possible to return in May for our 25th Reunion. We worked on the schedule for the weekend, pricing for the Alumni Weekend package, themes for our reunion, communications strategies for outreach and for giving participation. The most important thing we wanted to accomplish was to contact every classmate before our reunion and encourage them to return to campus in May. We thank everyone that joined us in September, and we thank everyone that has been working to encourage friends to attend Alumni Weekend.
We can’t wait to Meet you at the Button in May!
See below for what you should be doing NOW to plan for the reunion, and contact us if you’d like to help!
Kiera Reilly, Sharon Toback Slotkin, Jennifer Eisenberg Bernstein, Valerie Broadwin Mutterperl, Rachel Greenberg and Lisa Nass Grabelle – Meet Us at the Button!
Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown
The weekend of September 15 – 16, 2017, marked 34 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)!
Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:
- Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at email@example.com.
- Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
- Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.