Alumnae returned to the Stephens College campus this past weekend for Celebrate Stephens, the annual reunion weekend packed with events, friendships and memories.
“Everyone really enjoyed being back on campus and connecting with friends,” said Meichele Foster, vice president for institutional advancement and initiatives. “That’s what it’s all about. They come back here—back home, so to speak—to connect with their friends, and our role is to create opportunities for that to happen.”
The event attracted about 150 visitors from across the country, including a few from the Class of 1954 who were celebrating their 60th reunion. Marguerite “Peggy” Saville Leiter was the oldest alumna, having graduated from Stephens in 1949.
Celebrate Stephens events included an Alumnae Association Board’s Leadership Conference, held Thursday and Friday; a Welcome Party and Crossing the Bridge Ceremony, which allowed alumnae to welcome graduating seniors into the alumnae community; a Happy Hour at the President’s Home; and the President’s State of the College Address.
A Performing Arts Cabaret and Alumnae Bistro was a highlight of the weekend, Foster said.
“The bistro was a wonderful way to showcase all of our extremely talented alumnae and students,” Foster said. “We enjoyed singing, dancing and recognizing some of our special alumnae and friends.”
Virginia “Ginny” Hawley McSwain from the Class of 1973 was recognized with the Alumnae Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed on alumnae. McSwain is a successful voice director and actor.
Teresa Peacher Maledy from the Class of 1978, president and CEO of Commerce Bank in Columbia, received the Jean Clinton Roeschlaub ’44 Alumnae Service Award, in part, for her service to the Board of Trustees.
Alumnae also attended campus events throughout the weekend, including the Senior Capstone and Portfolio event showcasing graphic design and marketing students’ works; the New Works dance concert; and The Collections, the student-designer fashion show.
But without question, Foster said, Celebrate Stephens was about celebrating the Stephens spirit.
“The ties that bind Stephens alumnae are very unique,” she said. “They’re amazing women—absolutely amazing—and we loved hearing the stories they shared and about the accomplishments they’ve made since leaving Stephens. I’m so happy they choose to come back.”
View more photos from Celebrate Stephens here.
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