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Tufts Alumni kicks off Sesquicentennial Celebration on Medford campus

May 12, 2010

The Tufts Alumni Sesquicentennial celebration kicked off on Tuftonia’s Day, Friday, April 30, on the Medford campus and with 39 chapters around the world.

More than 200 alumni and university leaders gathered for a gala reception in the Hall of Flags, followed by a program in ASEAN Auditorium, officially opening the Tufts Alumni Sesquicentennial celebration period. The program included messages of congratulations from Tufts alumni and chapters around the world, and reflections on the four major pillars of the alumni association: leadership, recognition, outreach, and impact. Speakers included TUAA President Mark Alpert, A70; Sesquicentennial Committee Chair Dan Coleman, A73; Tufts Board of Trustees Vice Chair Bill O’Reilly, A77; Costa Nicolaou, A00; Executive Director of Alumni Relations Tim Brooks; trustee-elect Sunny Breed, J66, AG72; and Linda Dixon, J63, F99.

The reflections were followed by a premiere of the video, A Light from the Hill, specially produced by alumnus Steven Eliopoulos, A89, as a gift to Tufts Alumni on this anniversary. President Bacow concluded the program with a salute to the alumni association and its 150 year history of commitment and support for the university.

After the program, event attendees were treated to musical entertainment by Peking and the Mystics, former members of the Beelzebubs, with a tradition of all-male a cappella singing that started in 1963, right here at Tufts! Their eclectic repertoire featured student favorites from 1940 to 1980.

Guests received a commemorative gift and a copy of an illustrated history of the Tufts University Alumni Association, A Light from the Hill, researched and written by Sondra Szymczak, J59; and Maurene Golden, J59, AG61.

Leading up to Tuftonia’s Day, students celebrated "Traditions Week," April 26-29, created to revive traditions of Tufts' past and to add to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the alumni association. Students showed their school spirit on "Brown and Blue Day," but the highlight was bringing back the school-wide singing competition, "Tufts Sing."

On the last day of Traditions Week, students enjoyed a carnival and barbeque, and joined alumni for birthday cake and spectacular fireworks on Carmichael Quad.

In addition to the program on campus, Tuftonia's Day was celebrated throughout the world. A total of 39 happy hours and social events were held, 26 in the United States and 13 in international locations. Tuftonia's Day also served as the official kick-off for the 150 Acts of Active Citizenship. Several chapters used their event as an opportunity to contribute to the growing list of service projects by collecting nonperishable items for local food banks and books for public libraries.

The sesquicentennial celebration officially concludes on October 3 at the Alumni Council meeting on Homecoming Weekend.