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124th Annual Alumni Reunion Weekend

May 5-6, 2006

Packer’s 124th reunion welcomed over 150 alumnae/i, faculty, and friends back to school over two days.

Friday evening's festivities featured a presentation entitled “New Horizons: Packer’s Foray into the Global Community” by Ann Diederich, Foreign Language Department Chair, Erland Zygmuntowicz, History Department Chair, and a panel of Upper School students. The evening concluded with a cocktail party in the Blackburne Library.

Saturday's activities included class receptions, tours of the school’s expanded campus, demonstrations of the laptop program by Middle School students, and viewing of the Identity of Interbeing project created by the Packer community with visiting artist Brett Cook.

Saturday’s Chapel featured several awards presentations, including three Alumni Awards of Honor to Lois Hammersberg Lowry ’56, Stephan Koplowitz, Dance Coordinator, and Jane Otto, Director of Alumni.

Ellin Rozenzweig ’52 was awarded the first Joan Buehler Eisenstein ’51 Award for Service to Packer, given on the occasion of the 55th reunion celebration of Mrs. Eisenstein’s class.

Rita Oussani ’75 presented the Alumni Plate, the award for most in attendance, to the Class of 1966 IV Ac, represented by Cynthia Gardstein.

Before presenting the Champagne Challenge Cup to the reunion class with the highest percentage of participation in Packer Annual Giving, Ms. Oussani thanked the entire alumni body for gifts in 2005-06 totaling $166,000. The 2006 participation award went to Class of 1996, celebrating its 10th reunion, with an outstanding 59% participation rate, accomplished under the leadership of Abigail Hooper ’96, class agent.

Officially instated as the new President of the Alumni Association, Ainka Shackleford ’92 thanked outgoing President Marc Youngblood ’85 for nearly a decade of service as an Alumni Board member. “We have accomplished a great deal under your leadership,” Ainka stated, “and I know that we will continue to benefit greatly from your ongoing participation in the life of Packer.”

A Luncheon in the new Packer Commons and the Belle Alenick Baier Atrium concluded the weekend’s festivities. Attendees gathered during the luncheon for their official class photos.

 


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