sitemap ARCHIVE: JUSTIN MORRILL COLLEGE 2002 REUNION
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ARCHIVE: JMC REUNION 2002


WHAT WAS PLANNED?
 
  To review the original 2002 JMC Reunion webpage with details of the advance plans, go to:

http://www.enolagaia.com/Reunion02.html
 












The reunion was good. I went to the first one too. The attendees seemed to agree that JMC was still a very positive influence in their lives. One good example of this was that there was virtually no small talk. All of the conversations and reminiscing were serious discussions of life, learning, and what we got from JMC.

- Bob Walter




REUNION DINNER
October 18
(Friday)

 
 
The Reunion Dinner was held at the MSU University Club. Not surprisingly, we JMC veterans immediately launched into enthusiastic conversations lasting throughout the evening. In and among our discussions we enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner and music provided by a very good jazz ensemble.
 



Re-Connecting with Old Friends
 
 
PHOTOS from the 2002 JMC Reunion Dinner




Sharing Thoughts and Memories
 
 
Later in the evening an open microphone allowed JMC veterans to comment on their Justin Morrill experiences, their views of JMC's value, and a wide range of other topics.
 









Listening to everyone's reminiscences and careers only served to reinforce our convictions about what a distinctive and fulfilling process JMC was for each of us. Our common educational experiences and diversity of lives and occupations that followed makes our community truly unique. Now that the reunion is past, let's keep the dialog rolling here in our virtual residential college.

- Paul Buehrle
- Suzette DeGrandchamp Buehrle

 

Click on photo to see larger image PHOTO: Randy Whitaker at the open mike



Sharing Images of the Old Days
 
Doug Elbinger presented a selection of photographs he'd taken during the early JMC era. The subjects included politicians, entertainers (including the Beatles), other celebrities, and some group shots of people who participated in JMC and the JMC environment 'back when'.

Check out Doug's website
 




TENT PARTY
October 19
(Saturday)

 
 
This year's MSU College of Arts & Letters / JMC pre-game tent party was held at a new location north of the Red Cedar River. The new CAL/JMC site was next to the School of Music building on Adams Field (the MSU Marching Band practice field).
 


At the 2002 CAL/JMC Tent Party
Plenty of good people...

...And lots of good food!
Click on photo to see larger image PHOTO: Left to Right: Linda Corson, Bob Walter, Sparty, T 'Sam' Parrish, Ken Wilson


John White and Suzette Buehrle  
MORE PHOTOS from the 2002 CAL / JMC Tent Party:

Click on photo to see larger image PHOTO: John White and Suzette (DeGrandchamp) Buehrle brave the cold at the tent party



SATURDAY AFTERNOON
October 19

 
 
After the Tent Party, there were two planned events in which JMC veterans could participate. One was the MSU Homecoming Game against the Minnesota Gophers. The other was an information table / rendezvous point in the Phillips Hall lobby.
 


 
HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME
MSU vs. Minnesota

 
 
INFO / RENDEZVOUS POINT
Phillips Lobby

 
 
The football game did not turn out to be the triumph Spartan fans had hoped for. As the resulting news story put it...

SPORTS UPDATE: Gridders Losing Ways Continue

By Chris Mackinder
The State News

The Spartans' gridiron woes continued Saturday. MSU (3-4 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) was plagued by crucial penalties and allowed Minnesota (7-1, 3-1) 543 yards of total offense and 390 rushing yards in the 28-7 loss.

It was the Spartans' third defeat in their last four games and second straight in conference play.
 

 
By the time the Homecoming Game was underway, your erstwhile Editor had set up an information table in the Phillips lobby. A variety of JMC documents and memorabilia were available for inspection.

On the one hand, this allowed bemused and incredulous students to learn more about the College that had once inhabited their Snyder-Phillips environs.

On the other hand, it allowed JMC veterans the chance to look over some artifacts from the old days. The most requested documents were the rare Course Descriptions for our topical JMC classes.

The table also served as a rendezvous and discussion place for JMC veterans throughout the afternoon. By the time the game ended, we'd had a substantial number of returning Morrillites hanging out in the lobby at one or another time.
 

       



POST-GAME CASUAL GET-TOGETHER
(Saturday Afternoon / Evening)
Fireside Room, Phillips Basement

 
 
Once the Homecoming Game was over, we all convened downstairs in Phillips' Fireside Room (the enclosed room next to the old Grill) for refreshments and casual conversation.
 





























We were particularly pleased with the Saturday afternoon get together in Snyder-Phillips Hall. You have to understand the strong emotional attachment we have to that building. When JMC people think of the MSU Campus, we think of Snyder-Phillips, not Spartan Stadium or Beaumont Tower. That building was our home and our sanctuary and it still means a lot to us.

- Bob Walter

I was flooded with thoughts and memories that only that particular environment could have provided.

- Kestutis 'Tony' Nakas



Fireside Room Saturday p.m.
A chance for JMC veterans to mix and chat...

PHOTO LEFT:
The Fireside gathering

PHOTO RIGHT:
Kestutis Nakas, John White, Nancy Snyder

Gathering in the Fireside Room
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All of the conversations and reminiscing were serious discussions of life, learning, and what we got from JMC. What we got was an outlook, a set of values that gives priority to ethics, community, and service to the community, and a level of intellectual curiosity that never died. We are still learning.

- Bob Walter



Fireside Room Saturday p.m.
A chance for old friends and acquaintances to re-connect...

PHOTO LEFT:
Judy (Beilfuss) Settle and John White

PHOTO RIGHT:
Paul & Suzette (DeGrandchamp) Buehrle, Ken Wilson, Bob Walter, and Maggie (Roberts) VanHaften

Gathering in the Fireside Room
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It was good to have so much time and a place set aside to talk with people.

- Ken Wilson



Fireside Room Saturday p.m.
A chance to meet new people in our fellow Morrillites' lives...

PHOTO LEFT:
Kestutis ('Tony') Nakas and Wife

PHOTO RIGHT:
Cleo Parker and Husband

Gathering in the Fireside Room
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SUNDAY BRUNCH WITH PEOPLE FROM ROIAL
October 20
(Sunday)

 
 
On Sunday morning a number of us JMC veterans convened in Mason Abbot's Oak Room for a brunch with students and staff from the Residential Option in Arts & Letters (ROIAL) program.

The ROIAL program is something of a descendant of the Justin Morrill concept. It is a two-year program emphasizing a broad liberal arts perspective, emphasis on writing and creativity, and opportunities for self-directed learning activities associated with focal themes and subjects (not unlike our Inquiry and Expression).
 



Sunday Brunch with ROIAL folks
A chance for JMC veterans and ROIAL participants to compare notes on their respective programs...
Sunday Brunch with ROIAL folks
Click on photo to see larger image PHOTOS: JMC and ROIAL people chat Click on photo to see larger image



At the Brunch...
 
 
Over brunch, we got to discuss JMC, ROIAL, and the interrelationships between them. We learned that the ROIAL students are highly motivated and enthusiastic about the creative options open to them. We also learned that although ROIAL is an Arts & Letters program, its students have gone on to pursue MSU degree programs in a variety of fields (e.g., business and psychology). Does this sound familiar?
 











I really got a kick out of the breakfast with the ROIALs... what a neat bunch of people!

- Maggie (Roberts) VanHaften



Sunday Brunch with ROIAL folks A chance for the ROIAL people to show us an exhibit of students' work deriving from their current term's theme on Ritual and Ceremony Sunday Brunch with ROIAL folks
Click on photo to see larger image PHOTOS: ROIAL students' masks (L) and shields (R) Click on photo to see larger image



At the Exhibition...
 
 
In the context of their fall term focus on Ritual and Ceremony, ROIAL students were asked to create two types of ceremonial artifacts - masks (left) and shields (right).

For each mask and shield, the creator provided an explanation for the significance of the design elements employed. An impressive variety of themes and motifs were used in accomplishing the assignment.
 



 
 
Hey, the kids are all right!











The meeting with the ROIAL students was wonderful. It looks like a good program and the students were great. I hope they got as much from it as we did.

- Bob Walter



WHO ATTENDED?   THANKS! to everyone who took the time to come to the Reunion!
   
You can view a list of 2002 JMC Reunion advance registrants by following these steps:

  • Go to http://www.cal.msu.edu/alumni/alumni.asp
     
  • Click on "Justin Morrill Reunion"
     
  • You will be shown the current list of available data.
     
  • Click on 'Attendee List' to see who's officially registered

NOTE: To be included on the Web listing, registrants must have given permission to be listed on their registration forms.

DIRECT LINK:

http://www.cal.msu.edu/alumni/reunionattendees.asp

 




ALUMNI / ATTENDEE DIRECTORY

(OPTIONAL)
 

 
We will be compiling a directory of JMC alumni / attendees in conjunction with the 2002 Reunion. This directory will be published and distributed to the Reunion attendees.

Listing in this Directory is optional.




 
SUBMISSION
DEADLINE:

November 20, 2002

 
An Alumni / Attendee Directory Form was included in the announcement / registration packets mailed out in mid-August 2002.

To submit data for inclusion in the Directory, you need to do one of two things:

  • Fill Out a Hardcopy Directory Form and mail it in to the College of Arts & Letters by November 20, 2002.
     
  • Fill Out the Directory Form Online by going to http://www.cal.msu.edu/alumni/alumni.asp, clicking on "Justin Morrill Reunion", and following the link(s) / instructions there.

NOTE:

  • This Directory is not the same thing as the JMC Veterans Directory here at the JMC Webspace.
     
  • Entries submitted for the 2002 Alumni / Attendee Directory will not be automatically accreted to the online Veterans Directory.
     
  • Conversely, entries submitted for the online Veterans Directory will not be automatically included in the 2002 Alumni / Attendee Directory.
     
  • If you want to be included in the 2002 Alumni / Attendee Directory, please contact the MSU College of Arts & Letters, not this Editor.
     
  • If you want to be included in the online Veterans Directory, please Cont@act the Editor.

 



ALUMNI QUESTIONNAIRE

(OPTIONAL)
 

 
There is little information of record on the outcomes from Justin Morrill College. Moreover, Michigan State University is considering the establishment of a new residential college. Given these two factors, there is a desire to collect information from JMC veterans about their JMC experiences, their attitudes toward the College and its programs, and their evaluation of JMC's value in their individual lives.
 









If anyone would like to interview us about our JMC experience, I would be happy to participate. I believe it's important that people know that it was more than sex, drugs and rock and roll...

- Judy (Beilfuss) Settle




 
SUBMISSION
DEADLINE:

November 20, 2002

 
Participation in this information gathering effort is optional.

Information obtained through this Questionnaire will NOT be included in the Alumni / Attendee Directory (see above).

The Questionnaire is designed for anonymous submissions -- i.e., there will be no way to correlate the information you submit with you personally.

A Questionnaire Form was included in the announcement / registration packets mailed out in mid-August 2002.

To submit data for inclusion in the Directory, you need to do one of two things:

  • Fill Out a Hardcopy Questionnaire Form and mail it in to the College of Arts & Letters by November 20, 2002.
     
  • Fill Out the Questionnaire Form Online by going to http://www.cal.msu.edu/alumni/alumni.asp, clicking on "Justin Morrill Reunion", and following the link(s) / instructions there.

 



PLANNING COMMITTEE

 



 
  Your 2002 Reunion Planning Committee included:


 







































A heartfelt thank you to Maggie VanHaften, Dennis Hall, Jim Fairweather, Cathy Galloway and ... Randy Whitaker for organizing, promoting, and and hosting the JMC weekend. Your efforts are much appreciated.

- John F. White

I second the thanks. We sincerely appreciate the time and effort you spent organizing the events. It was a lovely weekend and thought provoking.

- Judy (Beilfuss) Settle

Suzette and I would like to echo John White's thanks to Maggie VanHaften, Dennis Hall, Jim Fairweather, Randy Whitaker, Cathy Galloway and the College of Arts and Letters for a terrific job in arranging and hosting the second JMC reunion this weekend.

- Paul Buehrle
- Suzette DeGrandchamp Buehrle

Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to this important legacy.

- Kestutis 'Tony' Nakas




PHOTO CREDITS:

 
 
Our thanks to Paul Buehrle, Cynthia Freeland, and Randy Whitaker for taking and sharing the photos (that we've received to date).
 



 
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