School of Engineering Day Division Class of 1964 Celebrates 45-year Reunion
Posted September 15, 2009
The School of Engineering Day Division Class of 1964 recaptured the Blue and Gold spirit on September 19 with a reunion on campus organized by class president Alex Scott ’64. Celebrating their 45-year reunion were nine members of the class, who enjoyed lunch and dinner, and toured the campus, along with School of Engineering classrooms and laboratories. The group is pictured at the Outdoor Green Energy Laboratory, with one of the lab’s four solar panels on the right. View the photo album/slide show of the reunion.
The alumni exchanged stories and laughs throughout the day, recalling when there was just one building on campus: the East Building, which was renamed Emerson Hall. “We were impressed with the growth of the College,” said Scott. “But we were happy to see that the way the College relates to students really hasn’t changed. It still has the same intimate relationship with students that we enjoyed 45 years ago. Often, as institutions grow, they tend to lose track of their basic principles, but not Western New England College.”
Returning alumni “were also taken with the athletic fields and facilities,” says Scott, who recalled as a student having to go to the old YMCA building on Broad Street in downtwon Springfield for a workout. The alumni who came back to campus were Scott, Hayden Bradley ’64, Stephen Couzelis ’64, Robert Gosselin ’64, Michael Midura ’64/G’70, Socrates Mitrokostas ’64, Jim Panos ’64, John Sergentanis ’64, and Dennis Wiley ’64.
The group met with President Anthony S. Caprio, School of Engineering Dean S. Hossein Cheraghi, School of Engineering Assistant Dean Richard Grabiec, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Professor Eric Haffner, Mechanical Engineering Professor Said Dini, former class advisor and Dean Andrew Mulcahy, and Director of Alumni Relations Kathy Pappas G’98.
“It was wonderful having them back to campus,” says Pappas. “This was a delightful group of graduates, and we look forward to these alumni returning again.” In fact, Scott is interested in locating more members of his class for future get-togethers, including their 50th reunion. Those interested should email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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