Reunion 2023 brought Ephs from around the world to campus for a weekend of celebration and reconnection. A few classes broke record attendance for the percentage and/or number of classmates that returned for their reunion. Congrats on a successful weekend filled with over 65 events! Mother Nature cooperated, and the Annual Meeting was held outdoors under sunny skies on Sawyer Quad, now also the location of each year’s Commencement. Many thanks to the more than 1,700 Alumni and their friends and family who joined us in Williamstown this weekend!
201st Annual Meeting of The Society of Alumni
The following awards and announcements were presented at the 201st annual meeting of The Society of Alumni on Saturday, June 10, 2023.
Oldest alumni in attendance were Sam Humes and Swifty Swift from the class of 1952 celebrating their 71st Reunion! Also in attendance were 7 alumni members and 5 honorary members of the Class of 1953 celebrating their 70th reunion.
Williams proudly bestowed its highest recognition for alumni service to the recipients of the Rogerson Cup, Steve Harty and William “Bill” Simon, two beloved members of the Class of 1973.
Janet Brown ’73 received the Kellogg Award for Career Achievement.
Dan Farley ’73 won the Thurston Award for his excellent work as Class Secretary.
The Joseph’s Coat, in recognition of a highly esteemed member of a post-50th Reunion class, went to Bob Guyett ’58.
New Members of the Executive Committee of the Society of Alumni
- Bob Guyett, Class of 1958
- Selena Tan, Class of 1989
- Grant Eskelsen, Class of 2005
- Katherine Conaway, Class of 2009
- Pinsi Lei, Class of 2012
- Alejandra Moran Olivas, Class of 2017
- David Willmott, Class of 1992 and Nordia Savage, Class of 2010 Alumni Fund Co-Chairs, ex-officio
Class Attendance Awards
The Reunion Trophy, awarded to the class with the highest percentage of registered and present classmates, went to the Class of 1973 with 46% in attendance. The Reunion Bowl, for the class with the greatest number of members registered and present, went to the Class of 2018 with 216 members attending.
Milestone Philanthropy–Fiftieth Reunions
In June, Class President Steve Harty ’73, and Reunion Fund Committee Chair Tom Lee ’73 presented a total class gift of $10.1M to President Mandel at the annual meeting. That gift included $3.1M raised for their 50th class gift purpose, the Class of 1973 Career Exploration Internship Fund to provide a stipend to financial aid students doing unpaid or low-paid internships. Overall, class participation in the total gift was 81%.
Milestone Philanthropy–Twenty-fifth Reunions
In early June Class President Liz Taylor Arnaiz ’98 and leadership committee co-chair Rik Dugan ’98 presented the college with the 1998 25th Reunion gift of $2.7M through the support of 60.5% of the Class of 1998. Of this overall gift, $1.2M will support the Class of 98 Scholarship Fund for the all-grant financial aid program. The class also supported the Alumni Fund with $1M in gifts and pledges. Overall about 59% of the class contributed gifts towards these efforts.