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Stanford Report, October 25, 2000
Reunion Homecoming breaks attendance, fundraising records


Reunion Homecoming 2000 drew a record 6,200 participants to campus and thus far has raised $64.5 million through class campaigns.

"Every single class broke a record of attendance," said Leslie Gasner, reunion homecoming director, who added that the four-day event enlisted the help of 1,200 volunteers.

"By all measures, this year's reunion class-giving campaigns show the best breadth and depth of any set of classes in Stanford's history," President John Hennessy told volunteers at a recognition ceremony on Saturday.

Lois Dimock McDonald and Betty Merriman Smith of Los Gatos check in at the class of '50 booth at Ford Center
hoto: L.A. Cicero

In recent years, organizers have seen an average attendance of 30 percent from reunion classes, while in years past about 15 percent attended. The Class of 1990 enjoyed participation from 40 percent of its members. This year's reunion was for classes ending in zero or five from 1940 to 1995.

The reunion campaign, which raises money from alums in each class, at this point has broken six records. "We're on track for $67 million," said Julia Hartung, director of class giving for the Office of Development. The Reunion Homecoming 2000 campaign wraps up at the end of the year.


Too many people to see, things to do

The four-day gala that ended Sunday offered alumni scores of "Classes Without Quizzes," open houses, athletic pursuits and film showings. Panels drew sizable crowds at most venues, with participation peaking at the Friday morning inauguration of President John Hennessy, where about half of the 9,000 in attendance were alumni. About 1,500 alums attended Saturday morning's roundtable panel, "History Will Judge: Politicians, Public Policy and Leadership Today," at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.


Maya Lin sculpture dedicated at SEQ  

There was opportunity to welcome new landmarks on campus, such as the sculpture by Maya Lin at the Science and Engineering Quadrangle.

Sculptor Maya Lin and benefactor Helen Bing share the duties of ribbon cutting at Friday's dedication of the sculpture entitled "Timetable" in front of the David Packard Engineering Building northwest of the Oval.
photo: LA Cicero

In tandem with the 75th anniversary of the School of Engineering, a dedication was held for Timetable, an 8-ton piece of black granite, steel and stone that features a water element and rings, discs and rotating parts that mark time.

A gift to the university from Helen Bing, the artwork evolved from a concept Lin, also an architect, came up with after consulting with Stanford professors. "It coordinates back to universal time," she told the assembly of about 150 gathered in front of the David Packard Electrical Engineering Building, where Timetable is situated. Trustee Peter Bing, Helen's husband, who was participating in his 45th class reunion, was among those on hand at the dedication.

Jim Plummer, dean of the School of Engineering, welcomed the new monument to the plaza. "I am confident that our engineering students will appreciate its presence, not only for its beauty but also for its practicality," he said. "For it may, after all, help students to get to class on time!"