The 95th annual Stevens Alumni Weekend was held in June as hundreds of alumni and guests journeyed to Castle Point to reminisce with old friends, renew ties with their alma mater and see all the exciting happenings on campus.
A highlight of the weekend was the presentation of a check from the Class of 1965. Through an active fundraising effort, the class presented President Nariman Farvardin with a check for $10.7 million, the largest gift in the history of Stevens from a class celebrating a reunion. Forty percent of the class contributed to the gift.
Farvardin was overjoyed to receive the check from Class of ‘65 reunion committee members Frank Semcer and Sig Stockinger. “I am pleased with the generosity of all the members of the Class of ’65 who have made this gift possible,’’ said Farvardin.
During the weekend, alumni who graduated in a year ending in a “0’’ or a “5’’ marked special milestone anniversaries.
Mary Doddy ’80 was presented with the 2015 Stevens Alumni Award for her devotion to the Stevens alumni community, serving the Alumni Association and Stevens for more than two decades. Among her accomplishments, Doddy is a former SAA president and Board of Trustee member and an avid supporter of the Stevens athletics community.
“I’m really humbled to be receiving an award for something that I love to do,” Doddy said. Stevens “is a community from my perspective. It’s a family, and I will continue to love this family. My heart is here.”
She urged the alumni present at Alumni Weekend to encourage their classmates to get more involved with Stevens. “You belong here; we all belong here,” she said. “This is your Stevens community.”
Six members of other milestone anniversary classes received the Harold R. Fee ’20 Alumni Achievement Award for their tremendous loyalty and unwavering participation in alumni events. The 2015 recipients are Laura Paglione ’90; Angie Hankins ’95; Marybeth Lynch ’00; Joshua Levine ’05, Natalia Bilchuk ’10 and George Blazeski ’10.
Returning favorites such as the Beer Tasting and the Lollipop Run were crowd-pleasers, but some new events, such as the Tour of the SURE HOUSE, Stevens’ entry in the 2015 Solar Decathlon Event, and the Ruesterholz Admissions Center, were popular as well. Joe Chevalier ’71 came from California to see the SURE HOUSE and to reconnect with friends. Another new addition, a second Wine Tasting event on Friday night led by Bruce Boylan ’63, was filled with budding wine connoisseurs sampling glasses of “NBC3: Nothing But Chardonnay, Cabernet and California.’’
The Class of 1960, celebrating their 55th anniversary, held a special reunion reception at the Hoboken Historical Museum where “Tales From Castle Stevens,’’ an 18-minute video showcasing the iconic structure was displayed. To celebrate their reunion, the Class of ’60 presented a check to Farvardin for more than $776,000.
Photo caption: Alumni return to campus to reconnect with friends and their alma mater.