Schedule of Events



All events are free unless otherwise noted. Further information on event locations will be sent via email on May 28.  For information on check-in procedures, visit connection.emerson.edu/awcheckin.


**In honor of their 50th reunion, the class of 1965 can attend all events for free. Please note, fees still apply to their guests.**


Friday, May 29

2:00–7:00pm
Registration and Hospitality Suite
Piano Row Building, 150 Boylston Street


5:00 pm
President’s Purple and Gold Toast
Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street
Kick off the weekend with a champagne toast from Emerson President M. Lee Pelton. Meet up with your friends and classmates and raise a glass to Emerson! Light appetizers will be served.

7:00 pm
Class of 1970 Film Screening of “Family Affair” by Marc Werboff '70

Bright Family Screening Room, Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street


7:00 pm (6:45 pm shuttle bus departures from the Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street)
Alumni Weekend Boat Cruise ($30)
Boat leaves from Rowes Wharf
Join us for a fun-filled cruise around the Boston Harbor featuring a DJ spinning, a photobooth, light appetizers, and a cash bar. The cruise is hosted by the Boston Alumni Chapter and Boston GOLD Council. 21+


Saturday, May 30

8:30–4:00 pm
Registration and Hospitality Suite
Piano Row Building, 150 Boylston Street


9:00 am
State of the College and Alumni Association Breakfast ($10)
Bill Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street, First Floor
Hear from President Pelton as he shares his plans for the College’s future in Boston, LA, and around the globe, and discusses the year ahead. The breakfast buffet, chaired by Alumni Association President Pat Peyton Martell ’84, will include an announcement of the new roster of board members for 2015–16.

9:30 am
Thayer Lindsley at the Robbins Center 50th Anniversary Lecture
Children’s Listening Challenges: Strategies and Skills

120 Boylston Street, Room TBD
In this talk, Lois Kam Heymann ‘71, speech and language pathologist, MA, CCC-SLP, author of The Sound of Hope: Recognizing, Coping with and Treating Your Child’s Auditory Processing Disorder, will outline how strong auditory–language skills are developed, how listening differences are diagnosed, and how parents, educators, and speech-language pathologists can improve and strengthen these skills. This ASHA session is for .2 ASHA CEUs.

10:30 am
Alumni College

Faculty Seminars (Choose One)

Go back to school for these one-hour mini-college sessions. Learn from our current faculty members through these classes that mix lecture, theory, and practical experience.

"Verrry Integrated": Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and the “Permissive” Makeover of Mainstream Taste
Ken Feil, senior scholar-in-residence, Department of Visual and Media Arts
120 Boylston Street, Room TBD
Drawing from his recent book on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (NBC, 1968-1973), Ken Feil discusses the cultural role this hugely successful comedy-variety show played: as an arbiter of taste for a newly “permissive” television audience in the U.S., amid the sexual revolution, and key political movements of the turbulent period. Laugh-in remained “tasteful” according to NBC’s interpretation of the new permissive society and rewarded audiences with hip distinction. Laugh-In triumphed amid the turbulent events and divisive politics of the late 1960s and early 1970s through the strategic deployment of camp sensibility and hip cultural capital.

Building an Online Media Marketing Network: One Entrepreneur's Journey
Lu Ann Reeb, executive-in-residence and program director of Business Studies and Entrepreneurship, Department of Marketing Communication
120 Boylston Street, Room TBD

Online audiences are crucial to any business success today. But how do you develop the content and distribution channels successfully in a business environment? Hear two-time Emmy Award winner, program director of Business Studies and Entrepreneurship, and Emerson faculty member, Lu Ann Reeb, M.B.A., discuss her journey from broadcast journalism to media marketing entrepreneur. She shares insights about target audiences, online media development, and iterative innovation.

Global Engagement: Leveraging Emerson's Arts & Communication Profile
Tony Pinder, assistant vice president of Internationalization and Global Engagement
120 Boylston Street, Room TBD
In the age of globalization, there is an increasing need for globally-competent graduates in order to respond to the huge and complex challenges of our time (most of which are global in nature). This session will review the strategic steps Emerson College is taking to become a world leader in the arts and communication in higher education. The presentation will also outline the College's comprehensive approach to valuing intercultural competence and preparing its students for success in a rapidly changing world. Session participants will gain insight into the key issues that shape and impact Emerson's global ambitions.

12:00 pm
All Class Alumni Lunch ($15)
Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, Piano Row Residence Hall, 150 Boylston Street
Reconnect with your classmates, friends, and professors during this family-friendly lunch for all alumni.

12:00 pm
Classes of 1965 and Earlier Reunion Luncheon
Semel Theater, 10 Boylston Place, 3rd Floor

Join classmates from the Class of 1965 and earlier at this luncheon, with special appearances from beloved faculty and President M. Lee Pelton.

12:00 pm
Thayer Lindsley Program at the Robbins Center 50th Anniversary Luncheon
Bill Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street, First Floor
Join Dr. David Luterman, founder of the Thayer Lindsley Program at the Robbins Center, as well as former staff, faculty, student interns, and CD alumni for a luncheon to celebrate the program's 50th anniversary. Learn how the program's family-centered approach continues to be a beacon of support, education, and treatment for the children and families who have and continue to participate in the program.

1:30 pm
Explore Emerson - Guided Campus Tours
Tour guides will depart from the Hospitality Suite, 150 Boylston Street
Learn more about today's Emerson on our Campus on the Common Tour, led by a current Emerson student.

2:00–3:30 pm
Estate Planning 101

120 Boylston Street, Room TBD
This class will offer a primer on estate planning: defining essential components of an estate plan, why everyone needs one, and the consequences of not having one in place. The session will also include a quick, user-friendly explanation of the transfer tax system and will highlight the basic components of an estate plan and key considerations when putting a plan in place to achieve your intended objectives.

2:00–4:00 pm
Campus Open Houses
Learn more about today's Emerson at our department open houses.

Admission: Visitor's Center, 10 Boylston Place
Career Services: 216 Tremont Street, 6th Floor


2:00–4:00 pm
Writing on the Wall
Iwasaki Library, 120 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor

Join the Archives staff in the Iwasaki Library’s new co-lab for a trip down memory lane. The event will feature a sneak preview of the Emerson College Online History (ECHO) website. You can write your memories on the dry erase walls, share a memory with the archivists, or submit events for consideration through our online form. Alumni are encouraged to bring their memories to the event including physical items to be donated to the archives. Photos, video, and other memorabilia documenting your time at Emerson College may be used as part of the online timeline.

2:00-4:00 pm
Helen Rose Reception
Location TBD


2:00-4:00 pm
30th Anniversary Celebration of the Kasteel Well Program
Location TBD


3:00 pm
7th Annual WERS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Semel Theater, 10 Boylston Place, 3rd Floor

Get in tune with the station, meet the current WERS students and staff, and celebrate the 2015 inductees to the WERS Hall of Fame who include Rob Rudnick ‘77, Sonia Rincon ‘01, Dean Cappello ‘83, and the late Richard “Dick” Woodies ‘50.

5:30 pm
Emerson Lions Athletics Reception
Skybox, Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, 150 Boylston Street

5:30 pm
All Greek Reception

Paramount Center, 555 Washington Street, Studio TBD

Start the evening right at this all-Greek mixer, where we celebrate each organization’s unique traditions and values while renewing our combined commitment to scholarship, friendship, philanthropy, community service, and involvement.

5:30 pm
Communication, Politics, and Law Association (CPLA) Reception

Paramount Center, 555 Washington Street, Studio TBD

5:30 pm
Swolen Monkey Showcase Reception

Paramount Center, 555 Washington Street, Studio TBD

7:00 pm
Alumni and Student Showcase and Celebration (General: $55 / 2005-2010: $40 / 2010-2015: $25)
Paramount Mainstage and Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street

Enjoy the spectacular talent of Emerson with performances by students, alumni, and faculty in our very own Paramount Theatre. The evening will also include the honoring of this year’s Alumni Award recipients and Dean of Students Ron Ludman, followed by dancing, drinks, and lots of delicious fare!

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients:
• Pamela Abdy '95
• Carole Charnow '79
• Mike Gonzalez '83
• Bethany Nelson '82, PhD

2015 Young Alumni Achievement Award Recipient:
• Flora Charner '04

Read more about this year's award winners »


Pamela Abdy '95

Carole Charnow '79

Mike Gonzalez '83

Bethany Nelson '82, PhD

Flora Charner '04




Sunday, May 31

9:00 am
Remembering Our Friends:
 Ecumenical Remembrance Service
Cabaret, 80 Boylston Street, Lower Level
Come and honor the memories of Emerson community members who have passed away during the last year.

10:00 am
Faculty and Alumni Brunch ($15)
Bill Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street, First Floor
Reconnect with your favorite professors and honor retiring faculty during this delicious breakfast buffet.

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