Schedule of Events

All events are free unless otherwise noted. Further information on event locations will be sent via email on May 27.
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**In honor of their 50th reunion, the class of 1964 can attend all events for free. Fees apply to their guests.**

Friday, May 30

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 apps will be served.

7:00 pm
(6:45 pm shuttle bus departures from the Paramount Center, 559 Washington Street)
Alumni Weekend Boat Cruise ($30)

Join us for a fun-filled cruise around the Boston Harbor featuring a DJ spinning, a photobooth, light apps, and a cash bar. The cruise is hosted by the Boston Alumni Chapter and Boston GOLD Council. 21+

Saturday, May 31

8:30-5:00 pm
Registration and Hospitality Suite
Piano Row Building, 150 Boylston Street

9:00 am
State of the College and Alumni Association Breakfast ($5)
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 2014–15.

10:30 am
EBONI Alumni Association Meeting

Get an update on the EBONI Alumni Association’s last year, including information on mentoring, student and alumni engagement, and EBONI Los Angeles. Learn more about EBONI’s partnerships with The Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and how they’re working together to advance their mission.

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 while also taking advantage of alumni experts on campus through classes that mix lecture, theory, and practical experience.

Gender, Branding, and the Modern Music Industry
Kristin Lieb, Associate Professor, Marketing Communciation
This mini-lecture about Gender, Branding, and The Modern Music Industry (Routledge, 2013) provides a rare lens on the rigid packaging process that transforms female artists of various genres into female pop stars. The focus on the female pop star’s body as her core asset has resigned many artists to being “short-term person brands,” positioned to earn as much money as possible before burning out or aging ungracefully. This presentation explores the sociological forces that drive female artists into patterned representations, the industry mechanisms that keep them there, and the ramifications on their career lifecycles. It also explores pop-star meanings and their impact on audiences and the greater social world. The careers of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, and numerous others will be discussed.

Estate Planning 101
Jennifer T. Fleming, partner, Steffensen, Fleming & Associates
This class will offer a primer on estate planning, covering off on what an estate plan is, 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.

Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable: From Avant-Garde Light Art to Pop Rock Light Show
Joseph Ketner, Lois and Henry Foster Chair in Contemporary Art Theory, Visual and Media Arts
This lecture is a trip back in time to an exciting moment in American art. At the height of his fame as a Pop Art star, Andy Warhol entered into the growing fashion for immersive, multimedia light and sound environments among the avant-garde artists of the Lower East Side of New York. He retained the Velvet Underground as his band developed the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, his multi-media extravaganza to accompany the VU with films, slides, lights, strobes, and projections. It is this creation of Warhol’s, one that lasted just over one year in 1966, which has often been credited with the launching the rock concert light shows that are so popular and prevalent still today. In this lecture, we will learn that the inspiration for Warhol and the rock concert light show is found in avant-garde artistic developments beginning in the 1950s.

Comedy Writing 101

Martie Cook '82, MFA '99, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Visual and Media Arts
Journey back to the golden days of the television sitcom, with an episode of I Love Lucy. This seminar will analyze and dissect classic sitcom structure and how it differs from contemporary sitcom structure. And will also includes a discussion of physical comedy and sight gags.

12:00 pm
All Class Alumni Lunch ($15)
Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, Piano Row Residence Hall, 150 Boylston Street
Bring your Emerson spirit and join alumni and faculty for this signature all-classes, family friendly lunch in the beautiful Bobbi Brown and Steven Pfloker Gym.

12:00 pm
45th Class Reunion Lunch ($15)

Celebrate your reunion with fellow members of the class of 1969.

12:00 pm
50th Class Reunion Lunch

Join classmates from the Class of 1964 to celebrate 50 years featuring special appearances from beloved faculty and President M. Lee Pelton.

1:30 pm
Explore Emerson - Guided Campus Tours

Get up close and personal with today’s Emerson on our Campus on the Common Tour, led by a current Emerson student.

Have some free time? Discounted tickets are available at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA.) For 20% off regular admission, mention you’re an Emerson College alum at the admissions kiosk. Saturday, May 31, is Play Date at the ICA, a monthly, family-friendly day at the museum.

2:00 pm
Multicultural Reception
Cultural Center, Piano Row Residence Hall and Max Mutchnick Campus Center, 150 Boylston Street, Lower Level
Celebrate Emerson's diversity and connect with alumni from A.A.S.I.A., Amigos and E.BO.N.I. and other cultural organizations. Join Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and GLBTQ Resources, Tikesha Morgan, and share your memories and find out how to stay connected with the alumni and student experience. This reception will kick off the open house in the Multicultural Center and light refreshments will be served.

2:00 pm
Sigma Pi Theta 35th Anniversary Gathering
Julia Owens Multipurpose Room, Piano Row Residence Hall, 150 Boylston Street, First Floor
Connect with sisters from near and far to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Sigma Pi Theta and share your Sigma memories and traditions on campus. Light refreshments will be served.

2:00-4:00 pm
Campus Open Houses
Various locations on campus
Check in to learn more about various departments at Emerson including Admissions, Career Services, and Estate Planning. Each office will be open between 2:00 and 4:00 pm so stop by anytime!

3:00 pm
6th Annual WERS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Get in tune with the station and meet the current WERS students and staff. Celebrate the 2014 inductees in the WERS Hall of Fame: Gary Krantz '81, president/CEO of Krantz Media Group; Florence Markoff '37, long-time radio personality on WEAN, WJAR, WICE and WLKW; Chet Tart '74, vice president/general manager, WSVU North Palm Beach Seaview Radio; Jacquie Gales Webb '77, host, Sunday Afternoon Gospel, 96.3 WHUR

3:30 pm
Emerson Lions Athletics Reception
Skybox, Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym, 150 Boylston Street
Meet the newly named Athletics director, along with a champion roster of alumni athletes, current student athletes, coaches, and the Emerson Athletics Department staff. The reception will also include the annual presentation of Athletic Trust Fund gifts.

5:30 pm
Greek Life Reception
Paramount Center, 555 Washington Street, Room TBA
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
EBONI 45th Anniversary Reception
Paramount Center, 555 Washington Street, Room TBA
Celebrate EBONI’s milestone year and mingle with group members spanning the last four decades.

5:30 pm
Musical Theatre Society (MTS) 45th Anniversary "Cast Party" Reception

Paramount Center, 555 Washington Street, Room TBA
Let’s give a standing ovation for the 45-year run of the Musical Theatre Society (MTS)! Join Society founding members for this special celebration, which will include a spotlight on Leo Nickole, professor emeritus, and his exclusive archives of MTS memories. Light refreshments will be served. (Or we can just make this a champagne toast since the big alumni weekend reception is right after this…)

6:30 pm
Emerson Everywhere: Pre-Showcase Reception
Paramount Center, 555 Washington Street
Celebrate the College’s global presence with this “Emerson Everywhere” themed event, featuring cuisine from around the world.

7:30 pm
Reunion Celebration and Showcase (General: $55 / GOLD: $40)
Paramount Mainstage, 559 Washington Street
Join us as Hand-Me-Down Night meets the Spring Musical and Southwick! Enjoy the spectacular talent of Emerson with performances by students, alumni, and faculty in our very own Paramount Theatre, as we also mark 45 years of the College’s Musical Theatre Society (MTS). The evening will include the honoring of this year’s Alumni Award recipients, followed by dessert, drinks, dancing, and more.

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients:
• Tisa Jackson '95
• David Klotz '94
• Tara Sandler '84
• Scott Wittman '76

2014 Young Alumni Achievement Award Recipients:

• Jason E. Grossman '02
• Shira Lazar '04

Read more about this year's award winners »

Tisa Jackson '95

David Klotz '94

Tara Sandler '84

Scott Wittman '76

Jason E. Grossman '02

Shira Lazar '04

 Sunday, June 1

9:00 am
Remembering Our Friends

Ecumenical Remembrance Service
Come and honor the memories of Emerson community members who have passed away during the last year.

10:00 am
Faculty & Alumni Brunch ($15)

Reconnect with your favorite professors and honor retiring faculty during this delicious breakfast buffet.

1:35 pm
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays ($32) SOLD OUT

Don your Sox apparel and end the weekend in a big way: by cheering on the 2013 World Series Champs with fellow Emersonians!

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