1971's 50th Reunion Year ... Continued
Combined 50th/51st Reunion, May 19-22, 2022
Registration Deadline April 29, 2022
After a long wait, it’s Reunions time again, and our 50th/51st combined Reunion is just around the corner. In keeping with our theme of “our 50th Reunion….Continued,” we have an array of Class of 1971 sponsored events to make this more special than a typical “non-major” Reunion year. While we are a satellite of 1972’s 50th Combine headquartered in the Blair-Joline-Campbell Courtyard, we’ve added our own distinctive touch to our delayed 50th celebration. Based on our preliminary survey last month, we expect three to four times the number of classmates that would usually attend an off-year Reunion.
Princeton Reunions are a unique experience, and we hope you make it back to campus to enjoy and participate in as many of the activities as you can. Instructions for registering are below, but first here is what you can look forward to:
Thursday, May 19
University events begin with the first set of Alumni-Faculty Forums (AFF). The schedule will be posted here.
From 6:00-8:00 pm we will officially kick things off with a BBQ dinner under a tent at the “Alexander Beach” (lawn between Alexander and Witherspoon halls). Dig into burgers, hot dogs and chicken while you reconnect with old friends or connect with new friends you never knew you had, and tell tall tales. The cost is $35 per person.
Friday, May 20
In addition to the University-sponsored AFF’s today, we will host our own “forums,” (similar to what we did at the May 2021 virtual 50th Reunion), featuring the work and insights of some of own talented classmates. In the morning at 11:30 am, we’ll have Jay Paris '71 screen one of his award-winning short documentary films and lead a discussion. His film, Invisible Imprints: A Film about Belonging and Exclusion, follows 12 Black, Brown and White poets and dancers from Boston as they travel from Jackson, MS to Chicago, performing a piece about the challenges of racism. As the tour unfolds, the artists come to grips with little known parts of America's racial history that is also their own, reshaping their identities and purpose.
In the afternoon starting at 1:30 pm, Jim Hitch '71, Mark Mazo '71, Kathy Molony '71 and Terry Pflaumer '71 will lend their expertise and experience in foreign affairs and international finance. In “The Jungle Grows Back: America’s Role in Dangerous Times” they’ll discuss whether World War III has already started.
Our first of two class dinners will be held at the Boathouse on Friday night starting with a reception at 5:30 pm where our own Peter Robinson '71 and Paul Mickey '71 will entertain. Following that we’ll celebrate the Lunar Year of the Tiger with an Asian-themed dinner. The cost is $65 per person. The dinner will wrap up with a performance by the Tigerlilies (who were founded the year we graduated) reminding us of just another aspect that makes Princeton special. Entertainment hosted by 1972 at the 50th Combine will be by Mighty Spectrum.
Saturday, May 21
The morning will feature our third alumni forum at 10:00 am, as Linda Carroll '71 will draw on her career as an art historian and detective to discuss “From Discovery to Forgery: The Art of Evaluating Art.”
Prior to the P-rade, we’ll have lunch under the tent at Alexander Beach from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. A variety of subs and salads will be catered by D’Angelo Italian. The lunch is free to all classmates and their guests.
We’ll then gather for the One and Only P-rade, which launches at 2:00 pm. 1971 will gather alongside Nassau Hall where we will join the P-rade with alums from other years following the 25th and the Old Guard. Wear your 50th Reunion Flower Shirt (and blazer if you like) or whatever past ’71 Reunion garb you wish and join in this celebration of all things Princeton!
Our traditional post P-rade reception will again be held at Prospect House starting at 5:00 pm with a full bar and a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres. Following the reception at Prospect there will be a 2nd class dinner at Prospect beginning at 6:00 pm. While the reception is free to all classmates, the cost of the dinner is $95 per person.
Following the Saturday dinner, the University will field its fireworks display from Lake Carnegie, which can be viewed from the lower campus. Then we can attend the festivities at the 50th Combine, with entertainment arranged by the Class of 1972 featuring the Sensational Soul Cruisers.
Here are other important details about the Reunion:
Housing. We have a limited number (approximately 35) of beds on-campus and at Rider allocated to us and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Full information is on the Reunion registration form. The University has posted a hotel listing here for those establishments being served by the shuttle buses.
50th Reunion Flower Shirts. Don't have your 1971 Custom 50th Reunion Flower Shirt yet? You'll be able to purchase then when you register as long as supplies last. Get yours before they sell out!
Renting Golf Carts. For classmates with mobility issues golf cart rentals are available. These need to be ordered separately from registration using the form here. For classmates without access to a computer, orders can be placed over the phone with Courtney Massari, Venue Manager, Venue Services, University Services at (609) 258-0286. If you have any questions about alumni golf cart orders, please be in touch with Courtney directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also the Reunions Rover – the popular student driven transport services for alumni and guests. Preference is given to those with mobility impairments. The Rovers make continuous intra-campus loops with stops at headquarters sites, parking lots and program locations throughout Reunions weekend.
Greening Reunions. The Greening Reunions Alumni Working Group has been working for two years on sustainable Reunion ideas. One initiative, supported by the University and several major Reunions classes, is to make a contribution to support carbon offset. Since 90% of the carbon emissions from a typical event comes from travel, the Greening Reunions group is asking alumni to include an optional $8 fee at registration. This is voluntary. The collective contributions will be used to purchase carbon offsets from Climate Vault. More information can be found at here.
Cancelation Policy. Unfortunately as a result of the uncertainly of the pandemic and the adoption of a new registration system, registration was delayed this year for satellite classes. Since we need to give final numbers to our vendors by Friday, April 29, we encourage you to register now if you know your plans. Most importantly, once we give our final head count to food services, there are no refunds.
Registration Procedure. While there is no registration fee for Reunions, per a University rule everyone must register this year. You must have a TigerNet account to register. Instructions to obtain a TigerNet account or update one you already have can be found here. Please note, the University is strictly limiting registrants to one guest this year. If you are coming as a single and can “donate” your guest slot to another classmate we can pass that information along but the class cannot act as a broker. The Thursday BBQ and the Friday and Saturday dinners will have a fee. The Saturday lunch and post P-rade cocktail reception are free. Remember, Reunions will take place May 19-22 which is a little earlier than in the past, so make housing reservations if you have not already done so (we’ll have a limited number of on-campus beds available on a first come, first serve basis).
Our Class Honorary Members and Class Associates (widows and widowers) will need to register differently using a PDF form. Please email the Registration Chair, Alan Usas, at email@example.com and he will guide you through the process.
For classmates, please read through the registration instructions here first.
You may wish to print the pages or have them open in a separate window on you computer while you complete the form.
Then click here to begin the registration process including logging in to TigerNet.
University Reunions Schedule and Information. The full schedule and information about entertainment and campus resources can be found here.
Registration Deadline. We need your response by Friday, April 29 in order to make meal commitments to the caterers. No additional requests are possible after that date.
Questions. For general inquiries about the '71 Reunion, please contact Jeff Hammond, Reunion Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you encounter any difficulty with registration, please contact Alan Usas, Technology Chair, at email@example.com.
So browse through our magnificent 50th Yearbook, practice up on your Locomotive, and get ready to return to “the best damn place of all.”
Jeff Hammond '71