May 16, 2017
Alumni Reunion Weekend 2017
This year’s Reunion Weekend welcomed 308 alumni — the second-largest Reunion attendance ever. Guests traveled from eight different countries including India, China and Japan, as well as 25 states and one U.S. territory, to attend class parties, visits with student organizations and faculty presentations.
“Participating in Reunion recharges my battery by reigniting the limitless possibilities seen as a student,” Ryan Baum, MSIA ’92, said. “Whether hearing new research from the faculty or networking with more recent graduates, I always come away impressed with the caliber of people I am privileged to be a part of.”
One of the highlights of the 2017 Tepper School Reunion Weekend, held April 21–22, were hard-hat tours of the construction site on the David A. Tepper Quadrangle. Alumni were able to see the bare bones of the new home of the Tepper School up close. Additionally, the class of 1992 opened their 25th Reunion time capsule shortly before the annual Alumni B**rs event.
Reunion organizers — comprising more than 80 Class Ambassadors representing eight classes — invited alumni to speak on one of several alumni panels, including a Leadership Alumni Panel hosted by Senior Associate Dean Laurie Weingart and an Entrepreneurship Alumni Panel hosted by David Mawhinney, MSIA ’90, Executive Director of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and associate teaching professor of entrepreneurship. “I especially enjoyed the quasi-classroom experiences with alums as panelists and a faculty member to facilitate,” said James Harvey, MSIA ’97.
Saturday, April 22 featured the annual all-class celebration, bringing all 424 attendees — including alumni and their families — to Heinz Field. “I attended with my husband who is also an alum,” said Alicia Bowman, MSIA ’92. “It was great reconnecting with the classmates, learning about where they have been the last 25 years. It was so great that we are trying to do another reunion soon to connect with people who were not able to attend this week.” Bowman and her husband were one of 15 Carnegie Mellon alumni couples to attend this year’s Reunion.
The all-class celebration included the Tepper School Alumni Awards ceremony, the second time it has taken place during Reunion Weekend. Award-winners Mawhinney; Tod Johnson, MSIA ’67, BSIM ’66; James Ostry, MSIA ’94; and Swetha Arbuckle, MBA/HNZ ’09, were recognized for their professional successes and service to the Tepper School.
At Heinz Field, Dean Robert Dammon highlighted the successes of this year’s Reunion classes in increasing their giving participation. Alumni gave at least 430 gifts in honor of their reunion year — an increase of 23 percent over last year’s Reunion giving. The classes of 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012 all met or exceeded their participation goals before the end of the weekend, with the class of 2002 achieving 123 percent of their giving goal.
Ari Rabban, MSIA ’97, said, “All jokes aside about how 20 years have passed so quickly, this milestone is truly a perfect time to relive our amazing two years at GSIA. From life experience and professional development to the lifelong friendships so many of us have developed, we are truly an extended family.”
Save the dates for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2018: April 20–21