NEW Goal for our 50th Reunion Class Gift: $7.2 Million!
Monthly Pre-reunion Events
The combined classes of ’70, ’71, and ’72 have organized a series of monthly Zoom events preceding the June reunion. In January there was a discussion by alums who have been involved in social justice activism for the last 50 years. In February, a panel of alums talked about their recently deceased colleague bell hooks, who taught at Oberlin from 1988–1994. Below are recordings of the events.
The Road to Social Justice Activism: Oberlin and Beyond
bell hooks: unlikely lotus flower
Mental Health in the Time of COVID
The State of Democracy in U.S. Politics
What to Do About Climate Change
June Pre-reunion Activities in Cleveland (coordinated by Nancy Kraus)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Thursday June 2, 10:30 AM: The Rock Hall offers discounted admission of $21, a significant reduction from the individual price of $35, to groups of 15 or more who enter at the same time. If 15 people have committed to this event by Weds. May 25, I will book the group admission. The whole fee needs to be paid in one lump sum when the group admission is scheduled so I will be collecting the money via Zelle or by check.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Friday, June 3, 11 AM: Admission to the museum is free, but a tour of the highlights of the collection can be booked with a docent for groups of 10 or more. A docent tip of $25 is suggested. I have booked one group tour for 11am, but if more than 15 people are interested, the museum will provide a 2nd docent.
If you are interested in either of the above events, please email me, Nancy Kraus, at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you know your plans so I can add your name to the attendance rosters.
Cleveland Guardians Baseball Game: Wednesday, June 1, 1:10 PM: Baseball fans! My husband and I are arriving in Cleveland in time to see the Cleveland Guardians play the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. We'll probably then have dinner in Ohio City or in the Flats. Let me know if you are interested in meeting us for these more informal events.
Welcome, Class of ’72!
The College has announced that we will have an in-person reunion this spring! The classes of 1970 and 1971 will be joining us, since their 50th reunions were impacted by the pandemic. Each class has its own reunion committee that is planning its own events, though some events will be open to all three classes.
Check out these two important websites:
50th Reunion: https://www.oberlin.edu/alumni-association/50th-reunion
Reunion Accommodations: https://www.oberlin.edu/alumni-association/reunion/2022-spring-reunion-accommodations
In addition, the website that you’re reading right now is our own Class of 1972 site where we can begin to get back in touch with each other, whether we think we will make it to the reunion or not.
Please create your profile—click “First Time Visitors” for instructions. Once you have a profile you will be able to read other classmates’ profiles and contact them through the site; your real-world contact information will not be visible.
The photos that people have posted to “Photos From Back Then” are amazing—please keep those coming!
Kathy Schlivek Diamond, Class of 1972 Website Administrator
Welcome from the 50th Reunion Committee
The Class of 1972 50th Reunion Committee welcomes you to this private, password-protected Class of 1972 website. Here is where you can find updates on potential reunion events, read news about and see photos of classmates, send private messages to classmates, follow discussion threads, and spend time to remember classmates who have passed on. In your profile you can post what you have done during the past years since we all left Oberlin, as well as information about your family if you wish.
The Committee is planning our 50th Reunion for June 3–5, 2022. We are planning for our reunion to be fully in-person. We will be closely watching the results of the national vaccination campaign on the health of the nation and on the safety of travel and large gatherings in Northeast Ohio, as we get closer to spring 2022. You can follow the ongoing status at Oberlin at www.Oberlin.edu/news/corona-virus-updates.
It has been terrific to see how thoughtfully and creatively Oberlin has responded to the challenges of resuming an on-campus educational experience for the 2020–2021 and 2021–22 academic years. Last academic year’s three-semester approach, utilizing the summer months of 2021 for a third semester, allowed de-densification of the campus. This, coupled with excellent adherence to safety requirements as well as extensive testing and contact tracing, has resulted in the campus remaining healthy overall. The 2021–22 academic year is off to a safe start with resumption of the more traditional two-semester schedule. Safety measures are in place and the campus has had a remarkably low caseload of infections.
Another responsibility of 50th Reunion Committee members is to reach out to each of you to encourage your contributions to our 50th Reunion Class Gift, which is the signature gift for us to “give back” for those students coming after us. Oberlin needs our support. We hope that you will welcome our outreach and that you will consider giving generously to ensure that current and future Oberlin students have the same high-quality level of education that we received.
Please do establish your profile on this website through the First Time Visitors page, and use the Contact Us button for suggestions for the website itself and suggestions for the 50th Reunion Committee. We greatly look forward to seeing you in person or virtually at our 50th Reunion in spring 2022.
Stay safe and well!
Bruce Breslauer, ’72 Class President
Dave Tempest, 50th Reunion Committee Chair
(We are grateful to Patricia (Domres) Kapur for serving as Committee Chair during the initial year of the planning process.)