Reflect on the Past, Embrace the Future
2008 Reunion: Classes ending in 3s and 8s
Reflected on the Past and Embraced the Future
Saturday, September 6, 2008.
Over 110 guests descended upon the Merage campus for the First Annual Merage Multi-Class Reunion (Reunion 2008)!!
Reflect on the Past, Embrace the Future was the sentiment conveyed to Alumni and faculty that converged on the Merage campus on Saturday, September 6, 2008. Reunion 2008 welcomed members of all classes ending in “3s” and “8s” which included the classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008.
Dean Andy Policano was the keynote speaker updating the alumni on the exciting changes continuing to take place on the Merage campus as many of them had not visited the campus since their graduation. Dean Policano shared the significance in Paul Merage stepping forward to “name” the business school, while emphasizing the importance of the school’s past and how vital alumni involvement is to the school’s future success.
Reunion Co-Chairs Pam Adams, EMBA 1998 and Dave Jones, EMBA 1993 also welcomed their fellow alumni back to campus while sharing their own personal stories about why they continue to be so involved in their alma mater. Pam and Dave were crucial to the success of this reunion and have helped the alumni program set the bar for the future. Joining Pam and Dave on the reunion planning committee were Joe Bruketta (MBA ’93), Marc Crudgington (EMBA ’08), Tony Hansford (MBA ’98), William Millard (FEMBA ’98), Bill Ryan (FEMBA ’08), Scott Theodorson (FEMBA ’03), and Josephine Tran (FEMBA ’03).
Mack Levias (MS ’73) received special recognition for being the only alum present from his class of 1973, while Elvert Howard (MBA ’93) was acknowledged for traveling the greatest distance and making the trek to Irvine from Chicago.
Alumni enjoyed a tour of the new state-of-the-art campus facilities and were treated to a delicious barbecue dinner. Keeping in line with other Alumni Network events, a number of Merage themed prizes were given away during the business card drawings. It was clear that an enjoyable time was had by all!