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Lafayette will welcome back more than 1,000 alumni and their families for the 2001 Alumni Reunion June 1-3. A building dedication, alumni parade, Reunion College, update on Lafayette, social events, and many other happenings are scheduled. Classes graduating in 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, and 1997-2000 are returning for class receptions.

One major highlight will be the dedication of the 90,000-square-foot Hugel Science Center, which houses programs in chemistry, physics, and biochemistry. During the dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, lead donors Charles E. ’51 and Cornelia F. Hugel will be recognized, along with others whose support of the Lafayette Leadership Campaign made construction of the academic facility possible. Tours will be given after the ceremony.

The traditional alumni parade will bring together alumni and their families, marching bands, classic cars, and antique trolleys downtown around Center Square on Saturday morning. It will be followed by a family picnic on the Quad, with games and pony rides for children, a jazz band, bagpipe band, clown, and magician. There also will be tours of Easton’s most popular tourist attractions, The Crayola Factory and Two Rivers Landing (; The Weller Health Education Center (; and Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Inc. (

“The Call of the Wild” is a new young alumni mini-reunion that will begin Saturday with the parade downtown and include a day back on campus with a picnic on the Quad, volleyball and pong on March Field with the classes of 1991 and 1996, and a buffet dinner and open bar on the Quad with dancing, a DJ, and a live band until midnight. Optional housing for Saturday night is available for reservation.

Friday’s events will begin with a golf outing at Southmoore Golf Course in Bath, Pa. Complimentary shuttle service will be offered. A shotgun start begins following breakfast at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $65 and includes breakfast, hot dogs and beverages at the turn, cart and balls, and one round of golf followed by a luncheon that includes beverages and beer.

Reunion College 2001 starts at 10 a.m., featuring a morning and afternoon panel of students and faculty to offer their perspective of the Lafayette Experience. A complimentary breakfast and lunch at the Williams Center are included.

President Arthur Rothkopf ’55 and Barbara Rothkopf will host a reception for the members of the 50-Plus Club — those returning alumni who graduated before 1951 — from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday in Hugel Science Center. A children’s program for ages 4-13 will run from 6-11 p.m. Friday in Kirby Sports Center, and a reception and dinner will take place 6:30-9 p.m. on the Quad, followed by a reunion social with live music. from the Frank Michael Orchestra. Refreshments will include European-style ales from Weyerbacher Brewing Company.

A Reunion Challenge Run and breakfast both start at 8 p.m. Saturday at Alumni Gym and Marquis Hall, respectively. President Rothkopf will provide an update on Lafayette at 9:30 a.m. in the Limburg Theater of the Farinon Center. A question-and-answer period will follow.

William Streeter ’74, founder of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center in Milford, Pa., will bring an eagle and other live birds from the center for his talk Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Marlo Room of the Farinon Center. He will discuss the birds and the work of the center, which rehabilitates injured birds of prey.

A Saturday afternoon program by the admissions office for high school students will include such topics as the college search process, preparing for a college interview, and how colleges select applicants. To be placed on a mailing list for more detailed information, contact Carol A. Rowlands ’81, director of admissions, at

A concert by the choral ensemble The Graduates will be held 2:30 p.m. in the Williams Center. A Catholic Mass, 50-Plus reception and dinner, and children’s programs also are scheduled. Class cocktail parties and dinners will start at 6 p.m.

Sunday’s events include brunch from 8 a.m.-noon in Marquis hall and a memorial service from 9-10 a.m. in Colton Chapel.

For a full schedule and description of events, see

For more information, call Alumni Affairs, (610) 330-5041.

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