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Celebration 2008

Celebration 2008
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will give a free concert on the Green on Friday night.

Connecticut College will take a bold leap into its second century during a gala weekend Oct. 24-26.

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by Barbara Nagy

Celebration 2008 will launch the public phase of an ambitious $200 million Campaign for Connecticut College. Chair of the Board of Trustees Barbara Shattuck Kohn ´72 and Chair of the Campaign James S. Berrien ´74 will join with President Leo I. Higdon, Jr. to present the College´s vision and plans. The festivities start Friday and conclude with a brunch on Sunday morning.

The weekend, with the theme “Your legacy. Our future,” will highlight the connection between a Connecticut College education and the extraordinary achievements of students, alumni and faculty. Investing in the College´s future through the Campaign will support these outcomes that are changing lives and changing the world.

The schedule features a nationally known keynote speaker, engaging presentations about current issues, concerts, sports events — including a celebration of athletics — and plenty of opportunities to socialize.

On Friday night, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, a popular indie band formed by five alumni from the Classes of 2000 and 2001 when they were students, will give a free concert on the Green.

Have your photo taken with a real camel on Saturday, check out the newly transformed common rooms, and go back to class with favorite professors. Saturday night features a performance by the acclaimed David Dorfman Dance Co. (dancer and choreographer Dorfman is an ´81 alumnus of the College) and a “half-year” reunion for the Class of 2008.

The celebration of athletics on Saturday evening will highlight the accomplishments of the College´s sports teams and programs. Earlier in the day, athletic contests feature some traditional rivalries. Women´s volleyball will take on the Coast Guard Academy. Field hockey, women´s soccer and men´s soccer play Middlebury.

Celebration 2008 gives parents an opportunity to see their students and gives alumni an opportunity to return to the College at a time when the campus is arguably at its most beautiful.

It´s also a chance to admire this summer´s campus improvements, an investment of $11 million by the College and leadership donors. The work included a complete rebuilding of Cro Boulevard with a welcoming plaza in front of Shain Library, renovation of 26 common rooms, and the transformation of three additional classrooms — including Silfen Auditorium (Bill 106) — into interactive learning spaces.

The schedule includes all the Fall Weekend traditions: Harvestfest, an all-campus picnic on Saturday, an all-group a cappella concert, campus tours and the annual banquets of the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts and the Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies.

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