NYC Reunion ‘warm up’ a networking opportunity By Adrienne Murrill
2/28/2007 - Alumni of Kellogg School of Management are getting excited for their upcoming reunions. More than two dozen of the school’s MBA graduates attended a Feb. 22 Reunion “warm-up” event at Candela Restaurant in New York City.
The initiative, which began two years ago, provides an opportunity for alumni to reconnect and to increase awareness of the school’s annual Reunion Weekend, which will be May 4-6. This year Kellogg welcomes back the classes of 2006, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1967, 1957 and Executive MBA Program students.
Lindsay Marciniak, in the Kellogg School’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations, said this year’s event in New York was well attended. “These events are a great opportunity for classmates to reconnect with each other, and New York is one of our largest alumni markets.”
Marciniak said the classes of 2006 and 2002 were best represented, with several graduates from 1997 attending the cocktail reception as well. Similar parties were held in San Francisco on Feb. 1 and Chicago on Feb. 8, other locales where Kellogg alumni reside in significant numbers.
Laura Smith ’02 attended the reception and helped with the planning. “The New York City Reunion warm-up party was a great way to reconnect with those Kellogg classmates I don’t see as often as I would like,” she said. “Not only was I able to catch up with my NYC-based classmates, but it was also great to meet alumni from other classes and also see Dean [Edmund] Wilson.”
Said Wilson, ambassador at large and associate dean emeritus: “For me, the Reunion warm-up is a treat. You can see a real connection going on between alumni. It’s electric.”
Reunions at Kellogg have grown tremendously in recent years, according to the Alumni Relations Office. At the 2007 Reunion, the school intends to top its current record attendance of more than 1,300 alumni and guests. For more information on Reunion Weekend 2007, visit the Kellogg Alumni Network.