Colby is gearing up for a new and improved version of reunion this year, complete with sound bytes.
One addition will be oral history booths, where alumni can record their Colby memories. Meg Bernier Boyd ’81, director of alumni and donor relations, said that gathering personal histories is important to giving texture to the facts and figures that make up existing accounts of Colby’s history. Especially when it comes to historically tumultuous periods such as World War II, she said, “We don’t have the flavor and feel of what it was like to be living here.” While everyone is encouraged to share stories, the College would especially like to hear from those who lived on Colby’s old campus and alumni who were among the first to graduate on the Mayflower Hill campus.
Reunion 2008 (June 5-8) will incorporate the second annual Presidential Golf Tournament and will include a family-oriented reunion carnival, a mini Alumni College with lectures by faculty members, and a documentary film festival showing student-made films from Professor Phyllis Mannocchi’s annual documentary film class.
Changes will continue in coming years as the College seeks to give alumni reasons to attend that go beyond reconnecting with classmates and friends. Colby’s goal is to transform reunion into an engaging and exciting “destination weekend” and an opportunity for alumni to learn about Colby now and how it has changed since they left Mayflower Hill. “We’re hoping to build [reunion] up,” Boyd said. “This is our start.”