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50th Reunion: A Reunion Of A Lifetime!

Class of 1970 - Save the Date!
May 15-17, 2020

We're less than a year away to your celebration! Make plans now to return home to campus for a weekend of Stag Pride! We can't wait to see you back on campus soon! Click below to see pictures from the Class of 1969's celebration and scroll down to see a tentative schedule of events, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and more!

Interested in being a part of your 50th Reunion Committee? Email Mary McCullough, Associate Director, Annual Giving at mmccullough@fairfield.edu. For questions regarding 50th Reunion Weekend, please contact Colleen McGinn, Director of Alumni Engagement at (203) 254-4280 or cmcginn@fairfield.edu


It's never too early to start getting excited about your big weekend! 

 

Class of 1969 Welcome Luncheon

 

Tentative Schedule

May 15-17, 2020

Please note that all times, locations, and events are subject to change. Please check back for continuous updates on the weekend's festivities. Schedule as of June, 2019. 

Friday, May 15

Check in for Friday Arrivals
Location: TBD
Check in will close briefly at 4 p.m., it will reopen at 5 p.m. in the Lobby of Faber Hall.

Free Time: Exploring Fairfield
Locations: Campus-wide 
Visit the Campus Center and stock up on your Stag gear at the Spirit Shop; tour the Walsh Art Gallery at the Quick Center for the Arts or the Fairfield University Museum at Bellarmine Hall; visit the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola; or enjoy some quiet time catching up with your classmates. If you would like to change for the evening events a hospitality suite will be available.

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Class of 1970 Casual Welcome Dinner

Location: Dolan School of Business 
Get re-acquainted with your classmates at the welcome back buffet dinner. 

Saturday, May 16

8 a.m. 
Breakfast and Check-In for Saturday Arrivals

Location: Faber Hall
Join your classmates for an informal breakfast and reconnect with each other. A complimentary buffet breakfast will be available from 8 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
For those staying on campus coffee will be available at 7 a.m.

9 a.m.
Bus & Walking Tour of Campus (Rain or Shine)
Join us for a guided tour of Fairfield University. Our tour will make stops at some of the the newly constructed and renovated Fairfield University buildings. 
Location: Departs from Faber Hall

11:30 a.m. 
Golden Stags Induction Ceremony & Luncheon
Location: Conference Center at Fairfield University
Celebrate your official induction into the Golden Stags at this special ceremony with President Mark Nemec. Lunch will follow.

3 p.m. 
Baccalaureate Mass Preparation
Location: Conference Center at Fairfield University
Undergraduate academic regalia will be provided for your participation in Baccalaureate Mass. Alumni with graduate/advanced degrees are welcome to bring their own regalia.

4 p.m.
Baccalaureate Mass

Location: Leslie C. Quick Recreational Complex, Field House 
Join in congratulating the Class of 2020 in this long-time tradition by participating in the Mass procession. Reserved seating will be provided for you and your guest.

5:30 p.m.
Class of 1970 Cocktail Reception and Dinner 

Location: Conference Center at Fairfield University
Celebrate and toast to 50 years with your classmates. A DJ will play some of your favorite hits for your listening and dancing pleasure

Sunday, May 17

7:30 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast & Preparation for Commencement

Location: Conference Center at Fairfield University 
Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet and one more class photo as you don your caps and gowns and prepare for Commencement.

9:30 a.m.
70th Commencement Ceremonies

Location: Bellarmine Lawn*
March in the Academic Procession as Fairfield celebrates its 70th Commencement and the 50th anniversary of your graduation. Class of 1970 participants will receive special recognition. There will be reserved seating for your guest.

Farewell Lunch
Location: Conference Center at Fairfield University
Immediately following the Commencement Ceremonies, you and your guest will be transported back to the School of Business where you can grab a boxed lunch for the road or sit and enjoy your lunch with your classmates.

*Details regarding Commencement in the event of severe inclement weather will be discussed when you arrive on campus.

50th Reunion Fairfield Journeys

Please consider writing a short narrative of your “journey” since graduation. A collection of these reflections will be compiled and live on your Class's personal webpage after you become "Golden Stags." Even if you cannot attend your Reunion, we encourage you to submit an entry. Previous 50th Reunion classes have found these memories to be inspiring, and have appreciated the chance to reconnect with classmates and hear about their lives after graduation. We need as many entries as possible to make this project a success, and will continue to remind you to participate!

Your story can highlight a wide range of things – from your professional career to your family, hobbies and personal life. You may submit your entry in the following ways:

• Online by filling out our online form at www.fairfield.edu/50thmemory
• E-mail it to reunions@fairfield.edu (Be sure to include the following: Your "Post-Grad" Journey, Your Favorite Fairfield Memory, and any Legacy Family Ties you have to Fairfield)
• Mail your submission (with the above questions/answers) to Fairfield University,
Attn: Colleen McGinn, 1073 No. Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
• Call Colleen at (203) 254-4280 with any questions.

Below are examples of some of the journeys submitted by members of the Class of 1969.

Missing Classmates

Contact information for the following members of the Class of 1970 is missing from our database. If you know where your classmates are and/or how to get in touch, please e-mail alumni@fairfield.edu.

James Bertera
Kevin Cook
Geoffrey Jones
Donald McInerney
J. David O'Connor
John Ward

As of October, 2019.

Deceased Classmates

As we prepare to celebrate the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1970, we remember in a special way the members of our class who have gone before us...

Eternal rest grant to them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May these and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

William Allison
Robert Allison 
William Banyar
Gary Blow
Robert Carpenter
Russell Chapman
Derry Chuga
Raymond Connor
Charles Coviello
David DiLeo
Robert Dohn
Dennis Donovan
Thomas Dooney
Gerard DuBois
Myles Edwards
Robert Faley
Scott Fay
John Florio
William Fox
Charles Frystack
Mark Gombar
John Grillo
Louis Haddad
Philip Hogan
Paul Hogan

Philip Iacozza
John Ingress
Gregory Kelly
C. Michael Kenefick
Theodore Keyloun
Paul Lysaght
Robert MacDonald 
Thomas Mannion
George Marr
Andrew Mattison
John Moriarty
Thomas Mullaney
Kevin O'Connell
Matthew Parzych
Zenon Podubynskyj
Richard Primps
Thomas Ravener
Steven Ryan
Joseph Satriano
Richard Schonbeck
John Shuk
James Skonieczny
James Small
Joseph Umile
William Walsh

Last updated October, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date of 50th Reunion?

50th Reunion Weekend 2020 is scheduled for Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17, 2020.

How do I register for Reunion Weekend?

Formal invitations will be sent in early 2020 to your preferred address and via email! Registration will take place online or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations. To update your contact information so you don't miss your invitation, you can contact us directly at alumni@fairfield.edu or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280. 

Will I get a receipt and when will I receive my tickets?

No tickets will be distributed prior to Reunion Weekend. You will pick up all your event materials upon arrival on campus on Friday or Saturday. All alumni who submit an online registration or provide an e-mail address on their reply card will receive a confirmation of their registration. 

How do I find out who's coming?

The list of registered guests can be viewed on the online registration site when it goes live in 2020. 

What activities will be available for my classmates and me?

View the full schedule of events

What is the price of 50th Reunion?

Pricing for 50th Reunion will be made available when registration opens in early 2020. If you have questions in advance, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280. Please note, we strive to keep this weekend as affordable as possible!

What are the on-campus accommodations and what is the price to stay overnight?

We are able to accommodate guests on campus in suite style housing (one or two guests per room, extra-long twin bed(s), and a private bathroom). Guests traveling "Stag" are encouraged to indicate a preferred roommate on their registration form should space require double occupancy. Costs of our on-campus housing will be made available when registration opens. 

Are there special Reunion Weekend rates and/or rooms reserved at local hotels?

There are room blocks reserved at the following two hotels. Please note, space is extremely limited and both hotels require a minimum 2-night stay. Fairfield Circle Inn (417 Post Road, Fairfield): $235 per night. Rooms at this hotel are non-refundable/cancelable. To reserve call 203-255-0491 and reference “Fairfield University 50th Reunion.” Westport Inn: (1595 Post Road East, Westport): $199 (Classic), $249 (Deluxe) per night. To reserve, call 203-557-8124 and reference “”Fairfield University 50th Reunion.” Please note, the deadline to purchase rooms at both hotels at these discounted rates is April 15, 2020 pending availability.

As your Reunion coincides with Commencement weekend not only for Fairfield, but other local colleges/universities, hotel availability in the area is very limited. Be sure to book your room early!

A list of additional local hotels is available online

Will we be able to bring a spouse/guest to our activities?

You are certainly able and encouraged to bring a spouse/guest to Reunion. During Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, your guest will have special reserved seating near you. For those participating in Commencement, your guest will receive reserved seating at the ceremony. Please note: due to high security and limited space, we are able to accommodate one guest only per person at Commencement.

Is 50th Reunion Weekend accessible to those with special needs and/or dietary restrictions?

All activities during Reunion Weekend (including Commencement) can be modified to accommodate anyone with physical and/or dietary special needs with advanced notice. Please inform the Alumni Relations staff of any special needs prior to your arrival by indicating them on your registration form online or on your reply card in the designated area. To speak to someone directly regarding your needs, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 254-4280 or Colleen McGinn, Director of Alumni Engagement at (203) 254-4280 or cmcginn@fairfield.edu

Is there parking on campus?

For those staying on campus, convenient parking near the campus housing will be provided. For guests driving to campus, parking will be made available to you when you arrive on campus for Registration. From that point forward, you will be transported to all 50th Reunion activities via campus transportation. Handicap accessible parking is available. Please make a notation of your need for such parking in your Reunion reservation.

What is the dress code for Reunion?

Dress code for the day time activities and Friday evening reception is casual. In the past, attendees have preferred to wear a suit jacket to the Golden Stags Induction Ceremony and Luncheon on Saturday however this is not required. 

Dress code for Baccalaureate Mass and the Saturday evening Dinner Dance is as follows:
Men: slacks, shirt and jacket (no tie required)
Women: dress, skirt or dress pants and blouse

Dress code for Commencement: casual, you will be wearing a gown over your outfit so be sure to dress comfortable and for the weather

Throughout the entire weekend please be sure to dress in layers and/or for all weather, as all of our activities take place rain or shine.

There will be a secure room in the official 50th Reunion Dorm building if you are not staying on campus and wish to bring a change of clothes and private facilities for you to change in for evening activities.

Can I view photos from last year's Reunion?

Sure! Photo galleries from 50th Reunion: Class of 1969 are available by clicking here. You can also watch a video recap of last year's Reunion by clicking here. Take a look at all the fun you’ll be having in May. Want to revisit some of Fairfield's history before you return to campus? View our online University Archives & Special Collections through the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

What if I have additional questions?

Feel free to contact us at any time!

The Office of Alumni Relations: (203) 254-4280
Email: alumni@fairfield.edu
Fax: (203) 254-4104
Website: www.fairfield.edu/50threunion

Colleen McGinn 
Director, Alumni Engagement
Email: cmcginn@fairfield.edu
Phone: (203) 254-4000 ext. 2417

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