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Golden Reunion planned for alumni from the early 1960s

October 7, 2013

Fifty years ago, in the early 1960s, UW-Stout was a much different place.

It still was called Stout State College. William "Bud" Micheels was the school president. Johnson Fieldhouse, Jarvis Hall and many other buildings didn't exist. Enrollment was less than 2,000.

Stout State College students dance the night away in the early 1960s.Alumni from those years — the classes of 1962-64 — will return to campus for the Golden Reunion Thursday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Oct. 19. Each fall the UW-Stout Alumni Association has a reunion for three classes that graduated roughly 50 years ago.

"It's extremely rewarding to be part of this event," said Juliet Fox, alumni director and a 1992 UW-Stout graduate. "The 50th reunion alumni are excited to reunite with their classmates, enjoy the reunion activities and be able to see how much their alma mater has changed since they were students."

Attendees will have many opportunities to reconnect with their former school. Activities planned by the Alumni Association include:

- Breakfast on Friday with Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen

- Campus tours

- A program on the history of Harvey Hall and upcoming renovations at one of the school's oldest buildings.

- Several receptions and a banquet, the latter where four people will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

- Breakfast on Saturday at the historic Louis Smith Tainter House, formerly a residence hall but now home to the Alumni Association and Stout University Foundation. The morning will include a tour of the downtown Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.

The reunion coincides with UW-Stout's homecoming week. The homecoming football game is at 1 p.m. Saturday against UW-La Crosse at Williams Stadium. Reunion attendees are invited to watch the game and have lunch with Chancellor Sorensen in his stadium box.

For more information on the reunion, click here.

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