Ithaca College Alumni to Gather June 1 - 3

ITHACA, NY—Alumni Weekend 2007 will provide opportunities for Ithaca College graduates to catch up with old friends and get acquainted with the changing face of the campus. Scheduled for Friday to Sunday, June 1–3, the weekend will feature a variety of entertaining and educational activities for alumni and their families. A complete schedule of events can be found at
Among the weekend highlights:
Distinguished Alumni Honored
The capstone event of the weekend––the Alumni Awards Dinner and Celebration—will take place on Saturday evening. The recipients of the 2007 Ithaca College Alumni Association Awards are:
  • Edgar “Dusty” Bredbenner Jr. ’50 Distinguished Alumni Award—Jay L. Linden ’72 and Susan A. DiPace ’74 (posthumous)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award—Robert W. Christina ’62 and Laverne L. Light ’42
  • Professional Achievement Award—Richard H. Jadick ’87
  • James J. Whalen Meritorious Service Award—James J. Byrnes and Terry R. Byrnes
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award—Russell J. Tucker ’97
Keynote Address: “Reawakening the Idealism of the 1960s and 1970s”
Retired professor of sociology Jules Burgevin, affectionately known as “Dr. Jules” by the students he taught over nearly four decades, will deliver the keynote address. Burgevin will energize and engage his audience in this discussion of the components of genuine idealism, showing how we can become re-enthused about working for the common good.
Literal and Virtual Tours of the Campus
A walking/driving tour of the original downtown campus will give insights into the college’s beginnings, while a guided driving tour of the South Hill campus will show how the college has changed in recent years and will change even more with the completion of new facilities now under construction. Meanwhile, the Handwerker Gallery exhibit “The Changing Faces of Ithaca College” will bring to life in an interactive display the new buildings, scholarships and initiatives of the Campaign for Ithaca College. A sampling of C. Hadley Smith’s photos of the college, taken from 1950 to the 1980s, will also be exhibited.
Sports and Recreation
Among the scheduled recreational activities will be the 14th Annual Butterfield Golf Tournament, honoring the late Jim Butterfield, who won 206 games and three national championships in his 27 years as head football coach.The outdoor swimming pool, outdoor track, tennis courts, fitness center and fields for softball and soccer will also be available for use. 
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
An international dinner showcasing cuisine from around the globe, the Finger Lakes Wine Expo, a tour of local wineries and a Cayuga Lake brunch cruise will satisfy a range of palates. The traditional Saturday afternoon picnic on the quad will be an opportunity to relax in the sun, play Frisbee with old friends and join in the family-friendly activities, including a magician and a moon bounce.
A Little Night Music
The Hockett Family Recital Hall is the place to be on Friday evening, as Due Colori excites the senses with music ranging from baroque to romantic. The celebrated duo of soprano Megan Monaghan ’97 and Daniel Boring ’98 on guitar, lute and theorbo will perform at 8:15 p.m.
Holding get-togethers during the weekend will also be several special groups of alumni, including the 1962 baseball team that competed in the all-division College World Series, alumni who rowed on the crew teams, School of Business alumni from 1960 to 1964 and members of the 50th anniversary class of 1952 and 25th anniversary class of 1982.
For more information on Alumni Weekend 2007, contact Erica Toyama, events coordinator for alumni relations, at (607) 274-3584 or

Originally published in News Releases: Ithaca College Alumni to Gather June 1 - 3.

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