Embracing Milestones

More than 1,400 alumnae returned to campus for Reunion 2013, spending a very warm weekend, May 30-June 2, revisiting important years spent at Barnard with old friends, and making new connections. Among those who participated was 102-year-old Mae Nueske Miller ’33 who celebrated her 80th reunion at a special tea with President Debora Spar for classes marking their 60th-plus reunions.

Over the course of the weekend, alumnae heard the latest news about the College, and took part in discussions on such topics as the challenges of making a career in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and what it takes to become a leader. There was entertainment as well: dance performances, the Moth storytelling show, plus luncheons, receptions and class dinners, and the Saturday night gala.

Many classes marked their milestone reunions with special parties and lectures. The Class of 1983 luncheon on Saturday featured a lecture by Caroline Weber, associate professor of French and a specialist in 18th-century French literature and culture. The Class of 1963 kicked off its 50th-reunion festivities with a cocktail party hosted by Martha Kostyra Stewart ’63; the class also set an exceptional fundraising record, more than doubling its original goal.

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