By Kathleen J. Sullivan
Stanford expects to host about 10,000 alumni and guests during Reunion Homecoming, including George Jedenoff, a 100-year-old member of the Class of 1940.
Jedenoff, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, followed by a master’s of business administration in 1942, was featured in Stanford 125, the celebration of the university’s 125th anniversary. Jedenoff, who was awarded the Stanford Medal in 2009 for decades of distinguished and significant volunteer service to Stanford, posed for a portrait in the Main Quad for Stanford 125 wearing a Cardinal red sports jacket and Stanford tie.
The Oct. 12-15 Reunion Homecoming features more than 167 events, including tours, mini reunions, open houses, “micro lectures,” class panels, “classes without quizzes” and Dinner on the Quad. Alumni will participate in more than 310 mini-reunions during the four-day event, which also includes games and activities – and child care – for kids.
Tents are now popping up around campus. Banners with “2s and 7s” – for the twelve classes, 1957 through 2012, reuniting this year – now adorn the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center. Each year, Stanford also warmly welcomes members of the Cardinal Society, which honors alumni who graduated more than 65 years ago.
“We have thousands of alumni traveling from across the globe to get here to see their classmates,” said Leslie Winick, director of alumni and student class outreach for the Stanford Alumni Association. “The young classes – 5th and 10th reunions – will have crazy huge crowds. We expect 1,000 enthusiastic alumni who graduated one to four years ago. The classes from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s are rallying in a big way.”
Winick said each class has a core group of leaders who have made their reunion unique through…