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Lafayette invites alumni and their families to visit and share the festivities of Reunion 2005 Friday-Sunday, June 3-5.

Designated by the Alumni Association as a time to celebrate the College’s transformation during the past 12 years with Arthur J. Rothkopf ’55 as president, the event will be Rothkopf’s 50th reunion.

Classes graduating in 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000 are returning for class receptions, the traditional alumni parade, tours of Easton, social activities, and presentations on topics that range from Francis A. March and financial planning to chocolate and mathematical magic tricks.

In celebration of its 50th Reunion, the class of 1955 is invited to participate in a private tour of Lafayette’s Chateau Chavaniac followed by a class social and dinner there 4 p.m. Thursday.

Reunion College and Reunion Forums will begin 10 a.m. Friday at the Williams Center for the Arts. Provost June Schlueter and husband Paul Schlueter will discuss their new book, Francis A. March: Selected Writings of the First Professor of English,focusing on March’s innovative founding of an English program at Lafayette and his notoriety as the first person in the world to have the title professor of English. Other sessions include “The Keys to Financial Success,” featuring Sheila Handy, assistant professor of economics and business, and Donald Chambers, Walter E. Hanson Professor of Economics and Business; “The Frontiers of Physics,” featuring Michael Stark, assistant professor of physics; “The Magic of Mathematics,” featuring Derek Smith, assistant professor of mathematics; “Biomechanics of Sport Motion,” featuring Steven Nesbit, associate professor and head of mechanical engineering; and “What Eve Never KnewChocolate: The Real Forbidden Fruit,” featuring Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci, assistant professor of Spanish, and training in the art of chocolate tasting.

A golf outing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday at The Club at Morgan Hill, and the All-College Dinner and Dance will be held 6-9 p.m. on the Quad.

Reunion Forums will take place 8:30-10:45 a.m. Saturday in Farinon College Center and will be followed by the alumni parade at 11:30 a.m. The traditional parade will include alumni and their families, classic cars, antique trolleys, and marching bands. Immediately after the parade, the Family Picnic on the Quad will provide entertainment with face painting, pony rides for children, a live bagpipe band, a clown, and a magician.

The afternoon schedule provides several activities. Tours of The Crayola Factory and National Canal Museum at Two Rivers Landing and Weyerbacher Brewing Company will be available from 1-4 p.m. High school-aged children of alumni are invited to attend the Office of Admissions’ college search workshop at 1:30 p.m. in Pardee Hall. Kirby Sports Center will be open for recreation 2-5 p.m., and The Graduates will perform at 2:30 p.m. in the Williams Center.

After individual class dinners that night, Katie Todd ’00 will perform with The Katie Todd Band 8-9 p.m. on the Quad and will be followed by a dance band until midnight.

For a full schedule of events, see the alumni web page or call alumni affairs at (610) 330-5041.

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