Alumni News, Autumn 2012

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller

 On October 4–7, Catlin Gabel welcomed alumni of all graduation years back to the Honey Hollow campus for Alumni & Homecoming Weekend. Alumni and their families enjoyed a full slate of activities, including alumni awards presentations, Homecoming soccer games, and class reunion parties. With students and faculty on campus, the weekend provided alumni an opportunity to see the school in action, but most importantly, a time to visit with classmates, former teachers, and friends. 

The weekend kicked off early on Thursday, October 4, with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Creative Arts Center for the Middle and Upper School, followed by the Celebration of Leadership and Service event honoring our annual alumni awards recipients.
On Friday, the Cabell Center foyer was adorned with memorabilia from our school archive collection, providing an appropriate backdrop for our Reunion Lunch honoring the classes of 1932–1957. With 30 alumni from Catlin, Catlin- Hillside, and Gabel Country Day Schools in attendance, it was a celebratory bunch with much to reminisce about!
By early evening, students, alumni, faculty, and their families gathered on campus for Homecoming as the girls and boys varsity soccer teams took on friendly rival OES. After hard-played, highly spirited games, the entire community gathered in and around the Barn for a reception full of school spirit. An inspiring video highlighting athletics led to an announcement of the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. The inaugural Hall of Fame induction will take place next fall. Contact the office of alumni relations for complete information on the nomination and selection process.
On Saturday morning, the annual alumni soccer game was the big attraction. Alumni turned out in record numbers to play on the perfect pitch, Davis-Gant Field. Each person showed up poised for a great matchup with former teammates. Following the game, the campus was open for Alumni Day, campus tours, and alumni picnic hosted by the alumni association board. For many alumni, this day is the highlight of their weekend. Seeing their children make friends with their former classmates’ children on the beautiful campus, they said, was a special moment.
By Saturday evening the weekend was in high gear, with alumni from the classes ending in 2 and 7 reunited at their class reunion parties. Five parties took place on campus and the remainder were at homes in Portland and in Dundee at Sokol Blosser Winery.  
Lauren Dully ’91, Associate Director of Development
Susie Greenebaum ’05, Alumni Relations Officer
Owen Gabbert ’02, Alumni Board President