More than 700 alumni returned to Saint Mary’s for reunion last weekend, and Gael love was in the air.
In addition to the family picnic, class dinners and the big Saturday night dance, the event featured a champagne toast to Gael love in front of the Chapel, with a blessing by Father Thomas McElligott.
There was even a marriage proposal during this year’s reunion. Zach Farmer popped the question to his girlfriend, Linda Hua, in Dante 117, the classroom where they first met in Prof. Chris Jones’ calculus class. Both are 2008 graduates and, as Farmer said, they “did everything together” throughout their years at Saint Mary’s, including working on the Collegian, where Hua was the editor and Farmer the managing editor.
The concert in the Redwood Grove featured Liz Seagrave Nunan '03 and her band "Talk Tonight." Nunan was an English major and music minor at Saint Mary’s, but music was clearly her passion. She says she sang her way through SMC as a member of the Nightingaels, at Mass every Sunday and in numerous theatrical productions, including Cinderella and Into the Woods. Now she has her own Cinderella story. At a recent show in San Francisco, the band was approached by a producer who has worked with Rihanna, Sting and Lady Antebellum, and now they have a hit single, “Unresolved.”
Many staff members who are alumni took part in the reunion, including Alumni Engagement Director Chris Carter '97, MA '02 and Special Gifts Officer Ron Turner '79, who conducted a historical tour of Saint Mary’s.
A “Saint Mary’s Storytelling” session drew on the long memories of former President Brother Mel Anderson, FSC ’51; SMC Hall of Famer and longtime coach Bob Hagler ’50 and Professor Emeritus Lawrence Cory ’39. And members of the class of '63 presented a session on Collegiate Seminar billed as “a couple hours of nostalgia, creative history and just plain lies about how Seminar may or may not have influenced our lives and careers.”
Alumni from class years going back 60 years came home for the reunion. Bob Crespi ’53 brought the receipt for his tuition, room and board for one semester at Saint Mary’s to show his classmates at dinner. It read $460.
At the picnic in the Redwood Grove, Michael Moran ’58 chatted with a classmate and said he was amazed to be back at Saint Mary’s. “We thought the 50th reunion would be enough,” he said, “but we enjoyed it so much that we’re back again.”
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