May 08, 2019
Alumni Reunion Weekend 2019
This year’s Reunion Weekend on April 12-13, 2019 marked a new tradition for the Tepper School the first to take place in the new Tepper Quad building. A total of 599 alumni and guests attended, representing the second-highest total attendance to date. With 416 alumni attending, the classes of 1974, 1984, 1989, and 1999 set records for attendance for their respective milestone years.
“Reunion was a perfect combination of reacquainting with classmates, being updated on current facilities and research, and seeing the vision for the future of Tepper,” David Strehlow (MSIA 1989) said.
Reunion classes have contributed more than $1.4 million in overall cash and pledges for the Tepper School in honor of Reunion Weekend, nearly doubling the total raised last year. The classes of 1969, 1984, 1989, and 1994 all exceeded their goals for Reunion giving, with 30% of alumni in Reunion classes contributing gifts.
“It is inspiring to see so many of our alumni coming back to campus to celebrate their Class Reunions, reconnect with one another and support the mission of their school,” John Sengenberger, Executive Director of Alumni Relations, said.
Reunion attendees were invited to panels featuring prominent alumni representing a variety of career paths: technology and innovation, finance, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Tepper School faculty shared presentations, from Sridhar Tayur on “How Analytics and Technology Are Transforming Health Care,” Robert Monroe on “The Future of Autonomous Vehicles Is Running Through Pittsburgh,” and Bryan Routledge on “Blockchain for Business — the Hope and the Hype.”
“This is more than just a reunion,” Anthony Lim (MSIA 1989) said. “It is a celebration of the Tepper community and a look at the bright, bold future of our business school.”
Alumni enjoyed tours of the new business school building led by current MBA students, and a new highlight this year were tours of the CMU campus for families with children interested in attending the university. A record 55 children were in attendance at Reunion this year, ranging in ages from infant to 17.
As always, the most anticipated event at Reunion was the All-Class Reunion Celebration at the UPMC Club at Heinz Field. The event featured the annual Tepper School Alumni Awards ceremony, which this year honored Justin Krauss (MBA 2009), Ryan Baum (MSIA 1992), Brian Olsavsky (MSIA 1989), and Ann Marie Petach (MSIA 1984).