Alumni Reunion 2013 Brings Together Generations of Grads
Proving that you can go home again, Monterey Institute alumni from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and all the way up to 2012 gathered on campus July 25 through 28 for a reunion full of smiles and opportunities to reconnect. With events ranging from a welcome reception at the President’s Residence to a faculty briefing, fun run, pancake breakfast, and of course Saturday night’s gala reunion dinner, there was something for everyone.
True to the global nature of the MIIS alumni network, attendees made their way back to Monterey from the four corners of the earth, arriving from countries including Haiti, Japan, Norway, Panama, and Serbia, not to mention Tajikistan, Thailand, and Tunisia!
Attendees like Michelle Schmidtke (MPA ’07) raved about “a wonderful and well planned reunion! I feel so grateful I had a chance to finally come back to Monterey and appreciate my amazing alma mater. I can’t wait to come back soon!” Martin Koran (MACD ’01) was equally effusive: “Laurie and I had a lot of fun reconnecting with old friends and sharing new ideas. This was the best reunion I have ever attended! Also, thank you for reminding us of all the wonderful resources we have available to us as alumni.
“The reunion was a wonderful, joyous experience for me,” said President Sunder Ramaswamy. “Our alumni lead such rich and varied lives that it’s truly fascinating to meet a large cross-section of them all at once and really get a sense of the scope of the intellectual footprint that the Monterey Institute continues to leave in our world.”
Speakers at Saturday night’s gala dinner saluted alumni winners in a variety of interesting categories, including Earliest Graduate (Sigrid Pate, BALC ’66, MAGS ’68), Most Recent Graduate (Ross Belliveau, MAIPS ’12, MBA ’13), and Most Miles Traveled to Attend (Shekaar Subramanian, MBA ’05, traveled 8,532 miles or 13,732 kilometers from Mumbai, India). Recognition was also offered to the classes with the most attendees, with 1975 earning honorable mention with 10, 2003 coming in third with 11, 2006 and 2007 tying with 12 each, and the class of 2008 winning with 18 class members in attendance.
The survey responses from attendees were filled with expressions of excitement and gratitude: “Going back to MIIS and reconnecting with so many wonderful people reminded me how special MIIS is and was for me.” “A joyful weekend to reconnect and grow!” “Loved hearing about MIIS efforts to remain relevant and the changes that the school has made in the past few years.” “MIIStical from start to finish.” “Glad I came, it brought back a lot of memories from way back when.”
“This was so much fun,” declared Alumni Relations Director Leah Gowron (MPA ’97), “that we’re going to do it again very soon!” Indeed, planning is already underway for the next alumni reunion, penciled in for summer 2015, the year the Institute will officially turn 60. Watch for updates in future issues of Communiqué as dates and details emerge.