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Friends Reunion 2020 and 2021!
May 14-15, 2021

Welcome to your 2021 Reunion Weekend hub!

 
We are so excited to welcome you to our virtual Meetinghouse. Please enjoy your weekend by attending our Reunion 2021 sessions, connecting with friends, former teachers, and fellow alumni/ae and enjoying all the things our virtual hub has to offer, including Zoom backgrounds, Reunion playlist, games and more! 
 
Alumni of all classes are invited to attend Friends Seminary’s virtual reunion.  Special events for the 50th, 40th, and 10th reunion classes will be held on Friday of reunion weekend on Zoom. The celebration includes an emeritus ceremony honoring members of our Faculty and Staff. Click here to see the Minutes of Appreciation from ceremonies in the past.


Schedule for Reunion 2020 & 2021

All events will take place on Zoom! All Zoom details will be sent on the 13th of May. Please note that all dates and times listed below are in EST.

Friday, May 14

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • All Alumni

    3:30 PM | Latin Colloquium
    Scholarly presentations by Latin IV students
  • 50th Reunion - Classes of 1970 and 1971

    12-12:30 PM | “Lunch” with Bo 

    12:40-1:25 PM | Tea with Grade 4 Pen Pals
    This event is ONLY for the Class of 1971

    3-4 PM | Senior Roundtable Discussion 
  • 40th Reunion - Classes of 1980 and 1981

    6-7:30 PM | 40th and 41st Reunion and Friends Reception 
    Classes honoring their 40th reunion will hold Zoom cocktail hours. Classes from the surrounding years are welcome to attend.
  • 10th Reunion - Classes of 2010 and 2011

    6-7:30 PM | 10th and 11th Reunion and Friends Reception  
    Classes honoring their 10th reunion will hold Zoom cocktail hours. Classes from the surrounding years are welcome to attend.

Saturday, May 15 | All Alumni

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • 11-11:45 AM | All Community Presentation

    Join Rev. Mark Koyama ‘84 and students from the Fiber Arts and Religion and Social Justice classes at Friends Seminary for a conversation about the Sacred Ally Quilts initiative. Mark will share his experiences in leading a group of nine United Church of Christ congregations in this art advocacy project which uses quilting to memorialize the final words of George Floyd. This ministry shares the pain felt by the black community through the beauty of community art. Friends Seminary is pleased to play host during the month of May to this traveling exhibit; sharing the intentions of the artists—that when viewers bear witness to this pain, they may be moved to become allies. Students will interview Mark surrounded by the quilts on Saturday live from the Meetinghouse. Members from our community, including those alumni attending Reunion 2021, are welcome to join through Zoom.
  • 12-1 PM | Breakout Sessions

    Yoga Class with Barry Blumenfeld 
    Start your weekend out right with a Yoga session hosted by Friends Seminary’s own Barry Blumenfeld. All you need is a mat, some space and Barry will guide you through. All levels welcome. 

    Alumni Council Listening Session 
    Curious about the Alumni Council? The Alumni Council is a diverse, multigenerational volunteer body that seeks to strengthen alumni relations. Come meet with current Council Co-Clerks, Fred Isquith ‘00 and Jocelyn Anker ‘87 to learn more about the work they do, to offer feedback and suggestions for the alumni programming you would like to see, and to learn how to apply for the 2021-2024 term. 

    Honoring the Lives of People of Color: Pursuing Anti-Racism at Friends
    The dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice have exposed an ugly underbelly of discrimination, inequity, and violence that undermines our democracy. Over the last year, Black and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities have been targeted by intensifying violence rooted in a much longer history of racism and weaponized stereotypes. As the Black @Instagram movement has made clear, subtler, but no less damaging, forms of racism and xenophobia have seeped into our nation's schools. Stirred by its Quaker values and community feedback, Friends has worked hard to deepen its commitment to anti-racism and to being a school worthy of students, families, and colleagues from communities of color. The school continues to actively examine its own complicity in racism to uncover places where hurt may still be hidden and to create pathways for community members to pursue antiracism in all spheres of our lives––homes, classrooms, city streets, and the halls of congressional power. Join this session with Leitzel Schoen, Jason Craige Harris and Kimby Heil from the Center for Peace, Equity, and Justice to learn more about the school's efforts.
  • 1-2 PM | Meeting for Worship and Emeritus Ceremony

    Honoring Linda Chu, Jack Phelan, Phyllis Trout, Robin Hoffmann, Gloria Foti, Rochelle Itzen and Thomas Radigan
  • 3-4 PM | Breakout Sessions

    Learning in a Pandemic with Benjie Messinger-Barnes '05 and Will Hopkins
    How has Friends Seminary maintained its academic strength in the age of Covid? Join our Director of Distance Learning, Benjie Messinger Barnes '05, and Academic Dean, Will Hopkins, to hear how the classroom has gone virtual this year. 

    ZINE WORKSHOP with Morgan Acheson
    Whether you have been making art your entire life or you just picked it up since grade school, artists of all ages are welcome to come wonder, discover, and relish in the act of making art together even though we are apart. In this workshop, you will be given step-by-step instructions to constructing, designing, and producing an original zine.  

    Materials: At the very least you will need a sheet of printer paper and a pen or pencil, but you are encouraged and welcome to think creatively and to not limit yourself to traditional means of making art especially if your materials at home are limited!

    Required materials: 
    1 sheet of printer paper
    pen or pencil
    access to camera and/or scanner

    Additional materials/inspiration:
    mixed media paper or bristol board
    paint and brushes
    scissors and 2D and/or 3D found objects to create rubbings or assemblage collage
    printer

    About the teacher:
    Morgan Acheson has been a member of the visual arts department at Friends for six years.  She teaches 5th, 7th, and 8th grade art as well as Drawing, Illustration, Fiber Art, and Painting in the Upper School. She holds a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design and an MAT in Art Education from the School of Visual Arts.

    Musical Storytime with Judy Anderson ’66
    Join alumna and kindergarten teacher Judy Anderson ’66 in her virtual classroom for song and story. This is a family-friendly session, well-suited to those with young children. 
  • 5-6 PM | Cocktail Class

    Join alumnus Jordan Grant '06 for an evening of cocktail making as he walks us through making three signature cocktails. **Orders for cocktail kits are now closed.

Contact Info

For questions, suggestions or comments related to the alumni community, contact Michael Mudho, Associate Director of Advancement for Alumni Relations, at 646-979-5053.

TUNES TO PUT YOU IN A REUNION MOOD

Check out our Owl Together playlist! Complete with all the top songs from each Class Year that will take you right back to Rutherford Place.



We invite you to share photos of your time at Friends Seminary with aheckman@friendsseminary.org for an opportunity to have your memories shared throughout Reunion Weekend.


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