On behalf of the Catlin Gabel alumni association and board, we invite alumni families to join us for Alumni and Homecoming Weekend.
Alumni come from far and wide to be a part of the celebrations and reunions that take place during this exciting weekend. Let's gather as a community to create new memories and celebrate the milestones of classes ending in 2 and 7. Stay tuned for event-specific details. To stay abreast of all event details, be sure to read the alumni e-newsletter, check the website, and join us on Facebook "Catlin Gabel Alums." Thank you to the alumni weekend planning committee!
To register for the Pine Cone Guild Luncheon or the Celebration of Leadership & Service please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events*
The following schedule is tentative and will be updated as details are confirmed. Invitation featuring the full schedule of events for Alumni & Homecoming Weekend will be mailed at the start of summer.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Pine Cone Guild Luncheon
Catlin Gabel Varsity Boys and Girls vs. OES
Times to be determined
Murphy Athletic Complex
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Alumni Soccer Game
9:30 a.m. Murphy Athletic Complex
Celebration of Leadership & Service
11:30 to 3 p.m.
- Alumni Picnic in the Fir Grove
- Distinguished Alumni Awards
About ALUMNItalks: This event is a series of five-minute mini-lectures on various topics of interest by professionally diverse alumni. Stay tuned as we announce our alumni speakers in the months leading up to Alumni Weekend.
6 p.m. locations vary, see below for more details.
Catlin Gabel will recognize the reunions of class years ending in 2 and 7. Individual class celebrations take place because reunion year alumni volunteer to coordinate class parties, with the support of the alumni relations office you can help your class have a fun and memorable reunion.
All reunions will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 6 p.m. unless otherwise specified.
Check back for specific reunion information.
Help make your reunion a success! Plan early and communicate often.
Reunions: a two-way street
It’s great for you to keep up with friends and bring your class together to celebrate and remember your time at Catlin Gabel, and great for the school to share the campus, have your help in updating records, and invite class awareness and support of the school. We can hardly wait!
March and April: Build a committee
Pull together a core group of people who will share the responsibilities. Include various social groups and both men and women if you can- but the key thing is having people who want to help make reunion happen.
What will committee members do, anyway?
- Connect with classmates by email and telephone to update files, find classmates, send invitations, etc.
- Develop plans for the kind of Saturday party you want
- Consider making a class gift or memorial tribute
- Create a follow-up class mailing and/or notes for the Caller
March through September: COMMUNICATE!
Talk up coming to reunion, confirm information, find lost classmates! The alumni relations office will provide you with data for your class, mailing labels if you need them, and post class-specific reunion information on the Catlin Gabel website. Some classes use Google Doc spreadsheet to corral information as it changes, and it is easy to return the final version to the alumni relations office.
- Use calls, e-mails, and text to class members to gather news, find lost classmates
- June or early July—use a mailing or social media to spread word of the party you are planning
- Late August – send class party invitations by mail or social media.
April-May-June: plan your Saturday event
- Do you want a dressy or casual event?
- How many do you think will come? Will you include spouses? Children? Faculty?
- Will you serve a meal? Hors d’oeuvres only? Buffet? Potluck? Picnic style? Sit-down?
- What location fits your expectations? Who will arrange it?
- Do you expect to offer beer, or wine, or mixed drinks? Provided, no-host, or BYO?
- Will there be decorations, activities, a slide show or movies, etc.? Classmates and school archives may lend things for display—photos, yearbooks, memorabilia such as quilts or time capsules
- Do you need to plan for childcare or children’s activities, or for handicapped access?
- What will you charge per person?
- Who will create the invitation? How will you send it? When?
- Who will receive RSVP’s and collect money?
August: finalize details
- Complete the head count for your party
- Confirm your choice of venue and any associated needs (tables/ chairs; AV equipment, heaters)
- Complete menu planning with caterer, if used, or participants
- Follow up with classmates working on displays, presentations, décor, etc.
September: have a great time!
Consider a reunion gift to the school
Some reunion classes choose to make a gift to support a campus project, perhaps in honor of a deceased classmate or admired faculty member. The office can provide a list of needs and opportunities such as underwriting an educational program or financial aid, or even t-shirts for the chess team. Naming opportunities are reserved for major donors, and gifts of art must be planned with the school.
How do we pay for this?
Communications—The alumni relations office sends general reunion announcements at no cost to alumni, if you choose to send a class party invitation you may request a portion be reimbursed by the alumni relations office if you document your mailing expenditures.
Class party budget—Dinner expenses are the responsibility of the participants. Costs will depend on the style of party you choose, and might range from very moderate (an on-campus potluck) to very pricey (a dinner cruise on the Columbia). The school does not charge to use campus space for class events during reunion weekend, and there are numerous suitable sites (see back cover). Meeting at a classmate’s home is also a great option. A potluck dinner is a low-cost approach, and gives people a sense of ownership about the event; a catered meal is more expensive. In addition, many local restaurants and pubs have private rooms and provide food and bar services for parties. Occasionally a class has held its party at a private club, but this is the exception rather than the rule.
How the alumni relations office will help you
- We will provide you with class lists and mailing labels and supplies if needed, as well as use of copy machines on campus.
- We will send reunion information through a save-the-date notice, the school website, and social media. We will send a formal Alumni Weekend invitation in the summer, and reunion e-invitations specific to each class.
- We will reserve campus space on your behalf, and arrange set-up help from school staff based on a needs list from the committee (tables, chairs, television/VCR/DVD player, slide projector, screens, garbage and recycling containers, tents and/or heaters etc.).
On campus reunion sites to consider
ADA-accessible restrooms are available in all locations
- Jubitz conference room (capacity to 25): ample serving counter, large table, view of Schauff Circle
- Dant House faculty lounge (capacity to 30): bay windows, fireplace, access to paved courtyard
- Vollum 3 (capacity to 40): large classroom, partially covered deck, Paddock view
- MS Commons (capacity to 80): casual space with courtyard, Paddock view*
- Beehive courtyard (capacity to 100): completely covered outdoor area *
- Creative Arts Center (capacity to 100): student art gallery, sliding doors to courtyard *
- Fir Grove (capacity to 300): rough terrain, Fire pit and gazebos, Barn plaza for heated tent *
*The school has a limited number of party tents and space heaters, so reserve spaces and equipment as soon as possible.
Sites listed are regularly used for school and outside events. Other campus locations may be available for a reunion party; make a request through the alumni relations office.
The Pine Cone Guild’s 50th Reunion Luncheon
11:30 a.m., Cabell Center
Catlin Gabel School is proud to welcome back alumni celebrating the 50-year mark of your graduation. In honor of your 50th anniversary, we invite you to join fellow graduates from the last 50 years for an opportunity to reconnect, and reminisce during our annual luncheon, as we officially welcome you into the newly named Pine Cone Guild.
Catlin Gabel Varsity Girls and Boys vs. OES. Murphy Athletic Complex, times to be announced.
Happening throughout the day: student-led campus tours and kids’ activities
Alumni Soccer Game
9:30 a.m., Murphy Athletic Complex
Celebration of Leadership & Service
11 a.m., Miller Library
Join us as we recognize the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees, to be announced.
A Toast to Reunions
Noon, The Barn
Join us for a festive and family friendly reunion celebration! All CGS alumni, staff, faculty, and guests are invited to this celebration
Lunch sponsored by CGS
1:45 p.m., Gerlinger Hall
Alumni will present TEDtalk style mini-lectures on various areas of expertise.
Reunion Class Parties
Individual reunion class parties for reunion years ending in 1 and 6. If you are interested in coordinating your reunion class party please email the alumni relations office, email@example.com.
Regional associations are composed of alumni, former faculty, and other friends of Catlin Gabel in a given geographical area. Programs include social, cultural, and educational events, community service projects, and networking opportunities. New energy and ideas are always welcome! If you would like to host, plan or be a guest speaker at a regional event please contact Sprinavasa Brown '02, alumni program director.
San Francisco Chapter
Los Angeles Chapter
New York Chapter