through time and space
go the distance to make new memories and support Kellogg at
flights, tasteless airline food and lost luggage - all were
minor inconveniences borne readily by globe-trotting Kellogg
School graduates for a chance to commune with former classmates
at Reunion 2005.
more than 1,200 people converged on the Evanston campus for
Reunion, held April 29-May 1. Traveling from near and far,
all arrived ready to "reunite, reconnect and rekindle" the
Kellogg spirit, the theme for the weekend. Participants in
this year's event included members of the Classes of 1955,
1965, 1975, 1980, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2004 and the Executive
2005 treated Kellogg alumni to an assortment of social
and educational opportunities, including a keynote address
from Diageo's North American President and CEO Ivan Menezes
'85 (below), and a performance by Special K, the school's
annual music and sketch comedy revue.
offered many highlights. Participants benefited intellectually
by choosing among seven MBA Update sessions, featuring popular
Kellogg School professors, and two career management workshops
where Kellogg career coaches lent attendees insight on professional
opportunities. In addition, attendees heard guest speaker
Ivan Menezes '85, CEO of Diageo's North American operations,
share his views on the regulatory and social challenges facing
his company and industry. And, as is tradition, alums also
enjoyed a memorable Friday TG and Saturday afternoon barbecue.
important priority for the weekend, though, was simply catching
up with former classmates and their families.
missing his 15th reunion, Sanjay Shroff '85 vowed he would
go to great lengths to mark the 20th anniversary of his graduation.
So he boarded a plane to brave the 18-hour journey from Bangalore,
India, to Evanston - a trip he said was "well worth it."
to relive my happy days at Kellogg," said Shroff, who remains
active in Kellogg alumni events in India. "I also wanted to
see what was happening at Kellogg and how much the school
had changed. I will almost certainly be back for the silver
jubilee as well."
others, Shroff said his most enjoyable Kellogg School experiences
revolved around friendships and camaraderie with others who
worked on group projects. The teachings from on- and off-campus
scholastic pursuits have proven invaluable to his career as
managing director of Bangalore Paints Ltd., he said.
was one of more than 60 members of the Class of 1985 who attended,
raising $320,229 for its Class Gift campaign in the process.
The Class of 1980, attending its 25th reunion, also produced
a notable campaign, raising a record $333,458 with a 29 percent
participation rate. In all, Reunion classes raised $2,029,474
for the Kellogg Annual Fund, an increase of more than 400
percent from the amount raised last year. These funds will
help support current initiatives at the school.
this year's attendees was Teresa Concepcion-Guerrero '55,
one of the first female students to earn her MBA at the university.
Concepcion-Guerrero, who traveled from California to attend
Reunion, recalls applying to the school after observing that
Northwestern University professors had written most of her
undergraduate college textbooks. At the time, Concepcion-Guerrero
was the lone woman in a group of only 40 or so students, compared
with the 650 students and hundreds of women who compose one
of today's full-time MBA classes.
had to be prepared for class because you could not escape
being called upon by the professor as there were only about
20 or fewer in a class," she remembered.
also recalled that her male classmates were housed on the
third floor of Abbott Hall (which was a dormitory at the time).
Her room was on the 17th floor with graduate students from
several other disciplines.
an impressive - and expansive - career, Concepcion-Guerrero
has worked as an accounting professor and CFO and vice president
of Franklin Bank, and she helped establish EDPTS, an early
computer school. Today she and her husband, Miguel L. Guerrero
'55, manage a bus charter and shuttle company called San Francisco
Reunion, scheduled for May 5 to 7, welcomes back to campus
the Class of 2005 and those classes whose years end in '01
and '06. Mark your calendars now to reconnect with Kellogg
and your peers to create even more great memories.