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Friday

June 12
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
VIP TOUR: The Getty Center, Los Angeles
Explore one of the world’s most renowned and memorable cultural institutions: the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center. After an introductory welcome from Center staff, attendees will be able to explore the collection and Center on their own. Whether enjoying the outstanding collection of art, or just basking in the beautiful Center grounds and gardens, this is the perfect way to begin your Alumni Reunion Weekend.
Chartered bus transportation provided from campus. Space is limited.

10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
VIP TOUR: The Autry Museum, Los Angeles – Empire and Liberty
Oxy has demonstrated a strategic effort to build collaborative partnerships with major institutions in the region and has developed a burgeoning partnership with the Autry National Center of the American West. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts is one of the largest and most significant in the United States. Learn more during this intimate, curator-led tour of its newest exhibition, Empire and Liberty, the first major exhibition to illuminate the causes and legacies of the Civil War through the lens of Western expansion. This exclusive, private tour will be led by Dr. Carolyn Brucken, curator of Western Women’s History, Autry National Center.
Van transportation provided from campus. Space is limited.

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Campus Walking Tour
Visit familiar spots and see the many new building projects on campus. Tour led by Office of Admission staff.

11:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch available in the Johnson Student Center/Marketplace. 
Pay on-site. Cash only.

12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Vance Mueller Golf Tournament and Dinner
The Vance Mueller Golf Tournament is back for its 26th year! The annual Oxy football fundraising tournament will take place at the Scholl Canyon Golf & Tennis Club in Glendale. Profits support the Oxy football program. Registration is at noon. A dinner and banquet follow at the clubhouse. The tournament honors Vance Mueller ’86 P’16, a football and track star at Oxy who later played for the Los Angeles Raiders. His son, Shay Mueller ’16, is a starting defensive back for the current Tigers football team. Call the Department of Athletics at (323) 259-2608 for more information and reservation details.

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Hard Hat View: Inside the new Hameetman Career Center
Meet staff members and tour the site of the new center that will house the Career Development Center (CDC) and offices of National Awards and Pre-Law and Pre-Health Advising. Join Brett Schraeder, vice president for strategic initiatives, marketing and communications, and Valerie Savior, director of the CDC and pre-law advisor, to hear how we intend to use our new space to support student success throughout Oxy and beyond. Learn about the CDC’s five-year plan to expand internships and employer prospects for students and young alumni.

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Oxy Now ... and Then: A Discussion about Food Justice
This past semester, retiring Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy Bob Gottlieb taught his last class on food justice. In addition to the on-site Oxy students, the class involved a grand experiment: Alumni were able to participate directly as a linked “virtual class.” Hear about Gottlieb’s research and long history with and participation in the food justice movement. The book he co-authored (Food Justice, MIT Press, 2013) will also be available for sale at the Oxy bookstore.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
VIP TOUR: Warner Bros. Studios
Join other Tigers on this special behind-the-scenes tour. Jeff Grosvenor ’04, producer and executive VP of development at Le Train Train Productions, will welcome you to the Warner Bros.’ lot and provide an insider’s look at a production office. You’ll get to see where and how some of the most memorable moments in film and television history are created.
Chartered bus transportation provided from campus.  Space is limited.

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Oxy Sustainability Walking Tour
Join us for this fun and informative tour led by members of the Oxy Green Tours Team. The tour will highlight sustainability efforts including the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) garden, the solar array, the bike share program and other exciting green efforts. Walking shoes recommended.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tiger Athletics: An Insider’s View
2015 marks the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). In 1915, Occidental College was one of five Southern California founding institutions that combined for the purpose of promoting and governing competition in intercollegiate sports, with the fundamental principle of encouraging the highest ideals of amateur sports in an environment of high academic standards. Join Oxy’s Jaime Hoffman, associate vice president and director of athletics, for this informative and important look at today’s athletics program, department and strategic plan for the future.

 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Third Los Angeles: Exploring the “Third Era” of L.A. with Christopher Hawthorne
Join us for this very special event featuring Christopher Hawthorne, professor of practice in Oxy’s Urban & Environmental Policy department and architecture critic at the Los Angeles Times since 2004. Fresh from his sold-out spring series, The Third Los Angeles Project, Hawthorne explores the history and future of Los Angeles and how it is slowly moving beyond its dependence on the car and establishing a denser, post suburban identity.

 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Throwback Bash
Reunite and reminisce with all of your Oxy friends at the Throwback Bash, an event that will be filled with fabulous fare, beer and wine. No matter what year you graduated, we’re sure to have something for you in our stellar lineup of activities and entertainment, featuring fun photo opportunities and a live concert with Journey Unauthorized. Rock on!

Saturday

 June 13
7:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Breakfast available in the Johnson Student Center/Marketplace
Pay on-site. Cash only.

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Tiger Fit Circuit Class
Release your inner Tiger and join us for a total body workout, including strength training and a campus run. Pre-registration required. Space is limited.

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Meet Ruth Jones, Oxy’s Title IX Coordinator
Meet the College’s full-time Title IX coordinator, Ruth Jones. She will provide a brief overview of the steps the College has taken over the past year to address sexual misconduct on campus as well as plans for the future. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. This session will be hosted by James Tranquada, director of communications.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Oxy’s Special Collections: Cosman Shell Collection
The Dieter Cosman Shell Collection is a large private collection of gastropod shells and bivalves generously and recently gifted to Occidental College by the Cosman family. Dieter Cosman P’72 assembled the collection, which includes more than 100,000 specimens, with the help of friends and family over many decades. Join Joseph Schulz, associate professor of biology, as he explores and explains this rare collection’s impact on the scientific community at Oxy and beyond.

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Campus Walking Tour
Visit familiar spots and see the many new building projects on campus. Tour led by Office of Admission staff.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
How Oxy Works in 2015
“How Oxy Works” was the theme of a series of campus community meetings held this past year. For Alumni Reunion Weekend, select members of the senior administration will share their perspectives on the interesting and challenging work of the College, circa 2015. Marsha Schnirring, chief of administrative affairs, will facilitate the conversation.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
All-Class Clancy’s Lunch
Revisit the Marketplace and Gresham Dining Hall with a throwback celebration in tribute to longtime Oxy food director Clancy Morrison. Enjoy a selection of tasty salad and entrée options, including modern-day takes on some of Clancy’s famed dishes in a no-host all-you-care-to-eat style with a festive setting. Reconnect with Affinity Groups such as API (Asian Pacific Islanders), ALOED (Alumni of Occidental in Education), BAO (Black Alumni of Occidental), GALA (Gay and Lesbian Alumni), GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade), Hillel, OCEAAN (Occidental College Entertainment & Arts Alumni Network), OCLAA (Occidental College Latino Alumni Association), OCWC (Occidental College Women’s Club), ORAA (Occidental Rugby Alumni Association), all Greek organizations and more!  
Pay on-site. Cash only.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
and 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Oxy Special Collections: Inside the Moore Lab of Zoology Bird Collection
The MLZ was founded at Occidental College in 1950 by Robert T. Moore. Moore was the quintessential adventurer, naturalist, poet, and businessman, in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt who amassed over 50,000 bird specimens from throughout Mexico. The Moore Lab collection of birds and mammals now boasts 62,382 bird and 2,158 mammal specimens, placing it among the world’s largest research natural history collections. Committed to open access of data and specimens to researchers, the lab is visited often by international researchers. Join the MLZ’s staff as they give you a rare insider view of this renowned collection and its scientific importance. SOLD OUT.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Liberal Arts Education and Journalism
Join Bill Davis ’80, president of Southern California Public Radio and 2015 Oxy Alumnus of the Year, and Jim Burns, adviser to the award-winning Occidental Weekly for a lively, fun, and interactive discussion. Among the questions to be discussed: How does a liberal arts education prepare students for the competitive world of journalism?

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM



The Library, The Network and The Networked Library
No librarian meets a non-librarian these days without being asked something like “Libraries are changing a lot, aren’t they?” Indeed they are, and they are not. In this presentation, College librarian Bob Kieft will discuss trends in academic libraries like Occidental’s and the work he has been doing to help create regional and national structures to ensure ongoing and improved access to materials for teaching, study and scholarship.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Build Your Own Spitz-Wrap Competition / Oxypreneurship Event
Oxypreneurship, a collaborative organization of students, faculty, administrators and alumni professionals working to create a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem at Oxy, invites you to join Young Alumni Seal Award winners Rob Wicklund ’05 and Bryce Rademan ’05 for a wrap-making competition. As founders of one of Los Angeles’ hottest eateries, Spitz, Rob and Bryce will judge the culinary creations of alumni who will compete in teams. Who knows, the winners’ vision may even show up on the Spitz menu someday! The fun will be followed by a chance to learn more about Oxypreneurship and ask questions of Wicklund and Rademan about their short entrepreneurial journey from Oxy students to acclaimed restaurateurs.
Space is limited.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Designing the Future of Liberal Arts
The traditional model of liberal arts education is challenged by rising costs, student and parent concerns about career preparedness, and digital means of sharing knowledge. How can we continue to develop the most important pedagogical, moral and social elements of the liberal arts while addressing access, relevance and new modes of learning? In this talk, Carey Sargent, associate director of instruction and research for Oxy’s Center for Digital Liberal Arts, will share ideas from her first-year students who designed “experimental colleges” as a class project and will ask you, the audience, to draft some ideas of your own. SOLD OUT!

 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

*JUST ADDED -- Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb
Alumnus Herschel Cobb, Jr. '65 will speak about his award winning book, Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb. Ty Cobb is a baseball immortal, considered by many the greatest player who ever lived. Herschel will recount his early life, memories of the baseball legend, and tell the story of how Ty Cobb's legacy as loving grandfather rivals his illustrious career and shaped his own life. Heart of a Tiger has won wide praise including the 2013 CASEY Award as Best Baseball Book of the Year.

**As a recently added activity, this event is not listed on the registration materials. Please RSVP to (323) 259-2601 or alumni@oxy.edu.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Role of Writers in Our Society: What Do We Really Value — Material Wealth or Knowledge?
Alumni Seal Award winner Randy Jurado Ertll ’95 will speak about the experiences, motivation and perseverance of being a writer in today’s society. Can we achieve social changes through the written word? What is the price that writers pay to exercise their freedom of speech? His books will be available for signings: Hope in Times of Darkness: A Salvadoran American Experience (Esperanza en Tiempos de Oscuridad: La Experiencia de un Salvadoreno Americano), The Life of an Activist: In the Frontlines 24/7, and The Lives and Times of El Cipitio. Come explore the evolution of a newspaper columnist to a published author.

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Leadership Giving High Tech Happy Hour
**By invitation only.
In recognition of their loyal support, members of Oxy’s premier leadership gift societies who are celebrating their class reunions and members of the Ben Culley Society are invited to a special reception featuring the digital liberal arts at Occidental.

5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
The Saturday Night Experience:

Class Photos & All-Class Social

Reunion classes will begin their celebration in the Academic Quad with a cocktail and time to mingle. Individual class photos will be taken.
Please note: The Class of 1965 will begin its celebration and take the class photo at Keck Theater.
Reunion Dinners
Catch up with classmates, enjoy great food and special programs that highlight your class stories and achievements, all planned by the class reunion committees. Advance reservations are required.
Winning Hand Casino Celebration & Dance
Keep the good times rolling under the Tiger Tent! Continue to catch up with friends and enjoy music, dancing, fun photo opportunities, gaming tables, throwback arcade games and prizes. Beer, wine, soft drinks and late-night snacks will be served. **Casino After-Party is included in the Saturday Night Experience ticket price, and admittance is only for ticket-holders.

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June 14: Celebrating the Fifty Year Club



7:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Breakfast available in the Johnson Student Center/Marketplace
Pay on-site. Cash only.

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
60th Reunion Breakfast
Members of the Class of 1955 are invited to a special 60th reunion breakfast prior to the Fifty Year Club festivities. Join your classmates for the start of a wonderful day of reconnecting and reminiscing.

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Motor Coach Tours of Campus
Take an opportunity to relax and enjoy a guided tour of the campus by motor coach.

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Fifty Year Club Meeting & Class of 1965 New Member Induction
Jack Shemer '62 Honorary Degree Ceremony
Honor the Class of 1965 at the Fifty Year Club annual induction event. Steeped in tradition and fun, this is an event you don’t want to miss. This year, the ceremony will be made all the more special as the Board of Trustees bestows an Occidental College honorary degree upon Jack Shemer '62.

12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fifty Year Club Luncheon
The celebration of our new and returning Fifty Year Club members continues at this lovely summer luncheon.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Town Hall with President Veitch
President Jonathan Veitch will discuss the current state and future of the College.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m Motor Coach Tours of Campus
Take a final opportunity to relax and receive a guided tour of the campus by motor coach.





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