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Alumni events reach out to graduates

As U-M prepares for its universitywide reunion weekends, organizers are hoping the increased cost of travel won't keep recent grads and other alumni from taking part in the celebrations.

More than 500 alumni and guests attended the inaugural Recent Grad Reunion last year. Organizers hope more will show up for the second annual gathering Sept. 26-28. Last year nearly 150 alumni and guests attended their 50th reunion; this year the classes of 1958 and prior will celebrate this milestone Oct. 3-5.

At the Recent Grad Reunion undergraduate classes of 2003-08 will have the opportunity to celebrate with fellow alumni and relive their college days. Activities include a Meet & Greet at the Alumni Association, an evening of fun with friends at Wolverine Club, the Go Blue Pep rally and the Go Maize Tailgate before the Michigan vs. Wisconsin football game.

Engaging students as recent graduates is extremely important, says Nic Katona, director of reunions & reunion giving.

"Here at Michigan we're bucking the trend; we're one of few schools to specifically target new grads, especially at large public institutions, through reunions," Katona says.

The Office of Reunions and Reunion Giving, a partnership between the Alumni Association and the Office of Development, will honor and recognize the Class of 1958 during Homecoming weekend, Oct. 3-5. The activities include joint lecture series, a class photo, the Go Blue Tailgate, the Michigan vs. Illinois football game and the prestigious Reunion Gala.

"This is an opportunity for us as an institution to give back to the alumni community, and provide an opportunity to re-engage, reminisce and see what has changed at Michigan," Katona says. "We are building a new tradition to help celebrate all the wonderful traditions and alumni that make Michigan what it is today."

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