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Friday

June 10
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Breakfast available in the Marketplace, Johnson Student Center  
Pay on site. Cash only. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Oxy in the Movies
Enjoy a wide variety of drinks and snacks at the Green Bean, a favorite student-run hangout, while viewing Oxy in the Movies, a video celebrating the campus’ starring role in many movies and television productions.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Building Occidental: The Road to Eagle Rock and Celebrating Cervantes
Building Occidental: The Road to Eagle Rock tracks Oxy’s progression from a one-building campus in Boyle Heights in 1887 to its current home in Eagle Rock. The exhibit illustrates Oxy’s commitment to liberal arts education and its deep roots in the city of Los Angeles.

Celebrating Cervantes commemorates the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’ death. The 2016 Spanish senior comps were inspired by his seminal work, Don Quixote, and were all hand-bound in a volume made in the historic style of the original 1605 edition. Designed by art history and visual arts adjunct assistant professor Jocelyn Pedersen, a limited edition of 30 copies were produced in the letterpress shop on the Oxy campus. This exhibit presents the process by which the volume was made and the collaboration between the Spanish and French departments, library Special Collections and the Center for Digital Liberal Arts.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In Gilman's Time
The McKinnon Center for Global Affairs in Johnson Hall will showcase two original multimedia projects on the life and times of Dr. Richard C. Gilman, who served as president of Occidental College for 23 years. Presented on the dramatic 10-screen media display Global Crossroads, the series Richard C. Gilman and In Gilman’s Time, will focus, respectively, on the second-longest-serving president’s life, achievements and contributions to Occidental College; and the historical context and campus events that shaped students’ experiences at Oxy during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The presentations will play in continuous loop and can be viewed at any time during open hours.

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
EXPLORING L.A.: The Getty Center, Los Angeles
Explore one of the world’s most renowned cultural institutions, the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center. The Getty Center houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, manuscripts, decorative arts and European and American photographs. After an introductory welcome, 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 a wonderful way to begin your Alumni Reunion Weekend.

Chartered bus transportation provided from campus. Check-in at Mullin entrance. This is a ticketed event. Advance reservation required.

9:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

EXPLORING L.A.: Huntington Library & Gardens
The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities and real estate holdings in Southern California. Huntington was also a man of vision with a special interest in books, art and gardens. Our tour will feature the 100-year-old landmark Japanese Garden, recently reopened after a year of painstaking renovation and expansion. We will begin the tour in the Huntington’s Chinese Garden, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, to compare and contrast Chinese and Japanese garden design. Docents will help us explore lush green canyons, whispering bamboo, bonsai, a karasansui rock garden and the new ceremonial teahouse and tea garden. There will also be time after the tour to explore the Huntington on your own, or enjoy a cup of tea before returning to campus.

Ninety-minute walking tour, moderate walking and slight elevations (no stairs).

Chartered bus transportation provided from campus.
Check-in at Mullin entrance. This is a ticketed event.
Advance reservation required.

 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Drop-In Office Hours
Offices from around campus will open their doors to welcome you and answer any questions about the resources and programs available to Oxy students. Participating departments include:
Emmons Wellness Center
International Programs Office (IPO)
Office of National and International Fellowships (more commonly known as National Awards)
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL)
Office of Residential Education and Housing Services (ResEd) (10 a.m.–noon, 1 p.m.–2 p.m.)
Office of Student Life (OSL)
Special Collections and College Archives

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Campus Walking Tour
Tour departs from check-in canopy. Mullin Entrance.

Visit familiar spots and see the many new and exciting spaces on campus. Tour led by Office of Admission student tour guide. 

10:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Exploring L.A.: The Broad Museum
Join us for priority entry to one of L.A.’s newest cultural treasures. Founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, this museum is home to the 2,000 works of postwar and contemporary art in the Broad collection. The building itself is an artistic landmark, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. Following the museum visit, we will enjoy a no-host lunch at Clifton’s Cafeteria, another historical Los Angeles landmark that has been under renovation for the last five years at a cost of $10 million.

Chartered bus transportation provided from campus.
Check-in at Mullin entrance.
EVENT FULL. This is a ticketed event.
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch available in the Marketplace
Johnson Student Center
 

Pay on site. Cash only.

Noon - 8 p.m.
Vance Mueller Golf Tournament and Dinner
The Vance Mueller Golf Tournament is back for its 27th year! The annual Oxy football fundraising tournament will take place at the Scholl Canyon Golf & Tennis Club in Glendale. Proceeds support the Oxy football program. A dinner and banquet will 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, was a starting defensive back for the Tigers.
 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

API Alumni Gathering
By invitation only
Asian Pacific Islander (API) alumni can gather to enjoy each other’s company and discuss the affinity group’s plans for the coming year. With a giant outdoor shuffleboard, snow cones and gourmet hot dogs, an afternoon at Block Party is a great way to kick off summer. The first round is on Oxy.

4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Third Los Angeles: Exploring the "Third Era" of L.A. with Christopher Hawthorne
Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times and adjunct professor in Oxy's urban and environmental policy department, will discuss the highlights of his Third Los Angeles series, which combines a seminar with a group of public conversations examining a quickly changing city. Now wrapping up its second year, Third L.A. forged new collaborations in 2016 with the Hammer Museum and other institutions and attracted a wide range of press coverage. The well-attended public events included panels on the history and possible future of the Olympics in L.A.; the meanings of the L.A. lawn in an age of drought and climate change; and how new digital services like Lyft and Airbnb are changing how we live and move in Los Angeles.
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Dinner Available in the Marketplace, Johnson Student Center
Pay on site. Cash only. 

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
2016 Alumni Seal Award Presentations and Honored Guest Reception
This year’s Alumni Seal recipients will be honored at this intimate gathering. Friends of recipients, along with current and past Board of Governors, Alumni Council members, and Alumni Seal Award recipients will be in attendance. 

7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Throwback Bash Under the Tiger Tent
Kickoff your first night back on campus by connecting with your classmates and other reuniting alumni. Reminisce with all of your Oxy friends at the Throwback Bash, an event that will be filled with fabulous fare and 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 music from across the decades! 

Saturday

June 11
7:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

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

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Oxy in the Movies
Enjoy a wide variety of drinks and snacks at the Green Bean, a favorite student-run hangout, while viewing Oxy in the Movies, a video celebrating the campus’ starring role in many movies and television productions.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Building Occidental: The Road to Eagle Rock and Celebrating Cervantes
Building Occidental: The Road to Eagle Rock tracks Oxy’s progression from a one-building campus in Boyle Heights in 1887 to its current home in Eagle Rock. The exhibit illustrates Oxy’s commitment to liberal arts education and its deep roots in the city of Los Angeles.

Celebrating Cervantes commemorates the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’ death. The 2016 Spanish senior comps were inspired by his seminal work, Don Quixote, and were all hand-bound in a volume made in the historic style of the original 1605 edition. Designed by art history and visual arts adjunct assistant professor Jocelyn Pedersen, a limited edition of 30 copies were produced in the letterpress shop on the Oxy campus. This exhibit presents the process by which the volume was made and the collaboration between the Spanish and French departments, library Special Collections and the Center for Digital Liberal Arts.

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Tiger Fit Circuit Class
Release your inner Tiger and join us for a total-body workout. 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 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 moderated by James Tranquada, director of communications. 

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Oxy’s Special Collections: Inside the Moore Lab of Zoology (MLZ)
The MLZ was founded at Occidental in 1950 by Robert T. Moore. Moore was the quintessential adventurer, naturalist, poet and businessman, in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt. Moore moved to California from the East Coast, where he had obtained his master’s in comparative literature from Harvard. Following his lifelong interest in ornithology, Moore embarked on a mission to put together a physical record of Mexico’s bird diversity. Making several trips himself, but mostly through a professional collector under his employ, Moore amassed over 50,000 bird specimens from throughout Mexico. All specimens were originally housed in Moore’s Pasadena home before being moved to Oxy, along with Moore’s personal library. 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. EVENT FULL.

 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Alumni Board of Governors Annual Meeting
By invitation only

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Public Art at Oxy Campus Walking Tour
Part of Oxy’s distinctive beauty is the world-class art that adorns the campus. Learn more about these works on a stroll through campus led by OxyArts postbaccalaureate fellow Maddy Farkas ’16

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Oxy's Digital Environments
Digital technologies are transforming research in the sciences by providing new modes for data collection and community engagement. The BioBlitz@Oxy was a recent event to document the plant and animal species present on Oxy’s campus. Come hear from Jessica Blickley, Center for Digital Liberal Arts science specialist, about how we harnessed the power of mobile apps and citizen science to conduct research and community outreach about local biodiversity.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Meet Rhonda Brown, Oxy's Chief Diversity Officer
Meet Rhonda Brown, Oxy’s first vice president for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. As college and university campuses across the nation struggle to maintain a balance between freedom of speech and inclusion, Oxy conducted an extensive national search to find someone to help lead
our community in these critical conversations. A leader in her field, Rhonda has spent the last decade as Temple University’s associate vice president for institutional diversity, equity advocacy and leadership. She joined us in February. Hosted by James Tranquada, director of communications, this session will allow Rhonda to share insights from her first months on campus, as well as her vision for ensuring that the concept of diversity continues to be an essential element of life at Occidental.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Oxypreneurship Showcase
Join Oxypreneurship for a fun, interactive and thought-provoking activity in which alumni will pitch a product to a panel of student entrepreneurs. Participating alums will be divided into small groups and given a random object to create a product. In order to woo the student judges, alumni must use their sales skills and ingenuity. The winning group will receive a grand prize of an Oxypreneurship collector item, and all participants will receive a memorable parting gift.

Before the activity, there will be a brief summary of the Oxypreneurship program and alumni will have a chance to meet and mingle with current student members at the conclusion.

10:30 a.m. – Noon
Hameetman Career Center Open House
Opened in 2015, the Hameetman Career Center (HCC) exemplifies Occidental’s commitment to life during and after Oxy. With a strong belief that a broad-based liberal arts education remains the single most versatile preparation for an astonishing variety of careers and professional graduate programs, HCC advisers provide individual attention to students and alumni, helping to connect classroom learning to life out in the world. From first-years to alumni, our advisers help clarify academic and professional goals and develop strategies to achieve them. The Hameetman Career Center is a beautiful, modern space where students and alumni can access advising in three key areas as well as countless tools and resources, all in one central location. These advising offices are Career Services, National and International Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising. 

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.



How Oxy Works 2016
Select members of the senior administration will share their perspectives on the interesting and dynamic work for the College, circa 2016. Marsha Schnirring, chief of administrative affairs, will facilitate the conversation. Participants include Tamara Himmelstein (assistant dean of students), Elizabeth Kennedy (interim vice president, institutional advancement), Michelle McMichael (director of campaign communications) and Eileen Spain (associate dean, academic affairs).

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. All-Class Clancy's Lunch, Gresham Hall Marketplace
A throwback celebration awaits you in tribute to longtime Oxy food director Clancy Morrison. Enjoy a selection of tasty salad and entree options, including modern takes on some of Clancy’s famed dishes in a no-host, all-you-care-to-eat style with a festive setting. Pay on site. Cash only. 

11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In Gilman's Time
The McKinnon Center for Global Affairs in Johnson Hall will showcase two original multimedia projects on the life and times of Dr. Richard C. Gilman, who served as president of Occidental College for 23 years. Presented on the dramatic 10-screen media display Global Crossroads, the series Richard C. Gilman and In Gilman’s Time, will focus, respectively, on the second-longest-serving president’s life, achievements and contributions to Occidental College; and the historical context and campus events that shaped students’ experiences at Oxy during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The presentations will play in continuous loop and can be viewed at any time during open hours.

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The 2016 Presidential Campaign: Train Wreck or an Energized Democracy?
Featuring 2016 Alumnus of the Year Fred DuVal ’76
The class of 1976 entered Occidental during Nixon’s re-election campaign and in the four years to come was energized by both Vietnam and Watergate as political topics. As a result, the class produced an unusually large number of politically engaged graduates. Four members of the class of ’76 arrived from Arizona and were drawn together by politics and the student newspaper for which they all wrote. They developed significantly different political ideologies and intensified their friendship in the decades since, even as they have often been political opponents. They will discuss the importance and meaning of the 2016 presidential campaign and make predictions about its outcome and the future of the country.

Panelists:

Fred DuVal ’76, former Clinton White House staff, Democratic nominee for Arizona governor in 2014.

Grant Woods ’76, former chief of staff to John McCain and Arizona attorney general.

Robert Robb ’76, editorial columnist for the Arizona Republic and former chairman of the U.S. Senate campaign of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl.

Chris Hamel ’76, managing director and head of the municipal finance group at RBC Capital Markets. 

EVENT FULL. This is a ticketed event.

 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Undergraduate Research Center Open House
Independent research is one of the College’s top objectives for students and is considered a “high-impact activity” in the strategic plan. Come and meet current students engaged in undergraduate research and see displays of ongoing and completed projects. Talk with students and meet with the an administrator of the Undergraduate Research Center (URC), Janet Morris ’87, in order to learn more about the research support Oxy students enjoy. Unlike many colleges, Oxy takes a broad view of what constitutes research, so even students in the arts and humanities can receive support for their endeavors through our nationally recognized summer research program. This will be an informal open house, so please plan to drop by during the allotted time frame as your schedule allows.

 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Oxy Special Collections: Inside the Moore Lab of Zoology (MLZ) Bird Collection (Session 2) 
See description for Session 1 of this event above. EVENT FULL.

 2 p.m. - 3 p.m  

Sustaining Our Campus for the Future
Join Tom Polansky, director of facilities, for an overview of campus facilities and infrastructure initiatives. Tom will discuss how Oxy is leading the way with its sustainability program and highlight some of the exciting facilities projects that are currently in development (including the new pool project, Moore Lab of Zoology and the Academic Commons). He will also discuss the challenges and opportunities in retrofitting and making improvements to our historic campus buildings, and the challenges that Oxy faces in the context of 21st-century education styles and technology.

 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. SAE 85th Anniversary Celebration
By invitation only
On March 7, 2016 the California Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon celebrated the 85th anniversary of its chartering at Occidental. For the last 85 years California Epsilon has been an integral part of the Oxy community, producing college leaders from ASOC presidents to Board of Trustee members. As the oldest fraternity on campus, and one of the longest-running chapters in the state of California, Cal Epsilon has much for which to be proud. Join fellow SAE alumni and celebrate the impressive legacy and promising future of SAE at this anniversary celebration.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Future of the Middle East 
Join retired diplomat George T. Novinger ’78 M’79 P’12, former deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in Damascus, and Anthony Chase, professor of diplomacy and world affairs, for a panel discussion about the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria. As our panelists use this issue to frame the current climate in the Middle East, they will lead the audience in a discussion about the future of this ever-changing region and its impact on the United States in a globalized world. 

 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Leadership Giving Reception
By Invitation Only
In recognition of their loyal support, members of Oxy’s premier leadership gift societies who are celebrating their class reunions, along with members of the Ben Culley Society, are invited to a special reception. 

5:30 p.m. - Midnight
The Saturday Night Experience:

All-Class Social & Class Photos (5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.)
Reunion classes will begin their celebration around the Gilman Fountain with a cocktail and time to mingle. Individual class photos will be taken.

Please note: The Class of 1966 will begin its celebration and take the class photo at Keck Theater. 

Reunion Dinners (6:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)
Catch up with classmates and enjoy great food and special programs that highlight your class stories and achievements, all planned by your class reunion committee. Advance reservation required. 

Winning Hand Casino Celebration & Dance (9p.m. - Midnight)
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.

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June 12: Celebrating the Fifty Year Club



7:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

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

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
All-Class Memorial Service
Reflect on and celebrate the lives of fellow alumni through an interfaith service led by the Rev. Susan Young, director of religious and spiritual life. The service will include a reading of the names of alumni who have died since the last Alumni Weekend. 

10:30 a.m. - Noon
Fifty Year Club Meeting and Class of 1966 New Member Induction
Honor the Class of 1966 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, we celebrate beloved Tigers as we present Fred Hameetman ’61 with the Auld Lang Syne Award, and we thank outgoing Dean of the College Jorge Gonzalez for his service to Oxy with the Io Triumphe Award.

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. Tour led by an Office of Admission student tour guide.

Please keep in mind that there are no Reunion activities specifically planned for children or childcare provided, and children under 18 must be escorted or supervised at all times by a parent or other authorized adult. It is the responsibility of the parents, legal guardians or other authorized adult to make appropriate off-campus arrangements if these children cannot be accompanied at all times while on campus. We strongly encourage parents to consider making this your adult weekend away and bringing back the kids for Oxy's Family Weekend (October 21-22).