Stevens Alumni Weekend Breaks Attendance Record

6/6/2013

Hundreds of people returned to campus recently for Alumni Weekend ’13, as beautiful weather helped to make this year’s event the biggest turnout in alumni history.

With more than 800 people attending at least one event for Alumni Weekend, from Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2, the Stevens Alumni Association broke their attendance record for the second year in a row. This year marked the 93rd year that Alumni Weekend has occurred.

The theme of this year’s weekend was “Return, Reunite, Rediscover’’ and many alumni chose to do just that. Steve Bryk ’73 returned to campus to celebrate his 40th anniversary, his first time back on Castle Point since his graduation. As he stood outside the Hanlon Financial Systems Lab in the Babbio Center, he marveled at some of the changes to the school and the curriculum in the last 40 years.

“I’m glad to see that Stevens is not just standing still, that the school has kept up with the times,’’ he said, as he looked at the dozens of computers linked to the New York Stock Exchange.

“Alumni Weekend 2013 was a great success,’’ said Mike Smullen, associate executive director of the Stevens Alumni Association. “We added a number of new events, like the Hoboken Sampler (with several local eateries offering tasty samples), Alumni Block Party and Greek Open Houses, that were very well received.  And, based on feedback we received last year from the post-event survey, the decision to return the Saturday night Alumni Dinner Dance to campus was met with acclaim from nearly all that attended.’’

George Tompkins ’57 was never inside Davidson Lab until Saturday, June 1, when he took a campus tour with a small group led by a current student. He said he was most excited to see the two wave tanks inside of Davidson. The high-speed towing tank has a length of 320 feet, width of 16 feet and a variable water depth of up to 8 feet. It contains a programmable wave maker capable of generating monochromatic and random wave fields. Nearshore beach conditions are studied by placing 40 tons of quartz sand on a 65-foot-long sloping false bottom. He called the tank amazing.

The weekend promised to have something for everyone, from parents of young children (Lollipop Run, for ages 1-12) to more recent alumni (Beer Tasting) to older alumni who wanted to visit their old fraternities and reminisce.

Sunday, June 2, offered an Alumni Farewell Breakfast and the Stevens Ducks 5K Run. The run, 3.1 miles along the Stevens campus, will benefit the University’s cross-country and track and field programs.    

The golden anniversary class, the Class of 1963, enjoyed a 50th Reunion dinner cruise along the Hudson River on Friday, May 31. Several dozen classmates and their guests took in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline at night. Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) members also cruised the Hudson and enjoyed the photo-taking opportunity as the boat sailed near the Statue of Liberty. The Classes of 2003 and 2008 were highlighted during this new G.O.L.D. Boat Cruise.

Stevens President Nariman Farvardin gave his “State of Stevens’’ Address on Saturday morning, and The Harold R. Fee ’20 Alumni Achievement Awards, given to the most recent reunion classes, were given out at this event. And, returning to campus this year was the Alumni Cocktails and Dinner Dance, a mainstay of the weekend. Cocktails, a three-course dinner and dancing to live music were held in the Bissinger Room of the Howe Center.  The Stevens Alumni Award, given to longtime Stevens supporter John J. Dalton ’60, was presented at the dinner dance.

“Thanks to all the alumni volunteers, class leaders and staff members who worked tirelessly to support the event, ‘’ Smullen said.