Oh, what a reunion we had! The first weekend of June brought more than 75 of our fellow classmates and their families back to Mayflower Hill for a wonderful weekend of reconnecting. In fact the Class of 1997 set a new Colby record for attendance at a 15th year reunion! Many thanks to Brent Ryan for once again providing our dorm (Chaplin) with the best drinks on campus. Our class also featured an entrepreneurship panel discussion, moderated by Linwood Downs ’83, professor of administrative science. Panelists were Jennifer Mason Drolet of iModerate, Tom Moffitt of Commonwealth Dairy, Brent Ryan of Newport Storm Beer and Thomas Tew Rum, Dave and Alicia Nemiccolo MacLeay of Trailspace.com, and Lucas Penney of LEAP Organics. They all spoke of the joys and challenges of pursuing one’s passion and taking the road less traveled in starting one’s own business. They addressed a full room, drawing from members of several alumni classes. Also that afternoon, Amalie Gosine Howard presented a lecture titled “Beyond the Paranormal: Teen Issues in Young Adult Fiction,” drawing from her experience as a young adult author. She followed up with a book signing at the bookstore. Saturday evening we headed to Roberts for our class dinner. Janice Kassman greeted us during the reception (she is retiring this year), and Bro Adams spoke during dinner. We listened to After Eight perform and were then treated to a wonderful talk by Professor Nikky-Guninder Singh. Following the dinner, we returned to Chaplin, where beer die was the party game of choice. It was a bit of a wet weekend, but hopefully we’ll have better weather for the 20th! Jessica Miller Pachler, Tom DeCoff, Wendy Morris Levine, and I look forward to help with the planning in five years. If you have any feedback (good, bad, or otherwise) you’d like to give us on the most recent reunion, we’d love to hear it! * I did hear from a few classmates who weren’t able to join us for reunion. Jami Fisher works at UPenn as the American Sign Language program coordinator/lecturer in the department of linguistics. She reported that the college just voted to approve the first Ivy League ASL/deaf studies minor, a course of study that she designed and developed. She also just finished her coursework toward her doctorate in higher education at Penn GSE. * Arran Stier Franklin works full time as a physical therapist and is pursuing her Ph.D. in orthopedics and manual therapy. She is also a mother to three girls, 2, 4, and 5, who already love to hike and ski. * Alexandra and Chad Higgins welcomed baby girl Molly Grace Jan. 2. * Deirdre Brochu Sweeney and her husband are taking a yearlong break from work (“and life”) to live in Rome! Their year began July 1, so feel free to say hello if you happen to visit Rome this year. * That’s tough to beat, but I’m sure there are lots of interesting stories out there just waiting to be shared. Send me your news today!