Mixer Reception Honors PVM Reunion Classes and College’s 60th Anniversary
The Purdue Veterinary Conference provided the setting for the conclusion of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s 60th Anniversary celebrations at an event that also recognized reunion classes. Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gathered in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms Thursday evening, September 19, for the Meet Me @ the Mixer reception.
While sampling hors d’oeuvres, attendees enjoyed catching up with their classmates from years before. But this year’s event was extra special. With a theme of “PVM through the Decades,” the reception featured displays of photos and memorabilia for each of the College’s six decades of history. Attendees also tested their historical knowledge with a quiz showing familiar faces from years gone by. A time capsule that will be integrated into the planned new Veterinary Teaching Hospital also was on display with its contents, including current photos, letters from current students, modern journals, and an iPhone containing pictures. Attendees also were able to write messages to future generations on a poster that will be inserted into the time capsule.
The program continued with class reunion recognition aided by the Purdue Musical Organizations performing group called the Flashbacks. As Dean Willie Reed announced the class anniversary years, the Flashbacks performed songs from corresponding decades. Special tribute was given to the 25th and 50th reunion classes. Dr. Jeff Harker, of the DVM Class of 1994, spoke on behalf of his classmates. Then, members of the 50th Anniversary Class, the Class of 1969, were introduced by Director of Alumni Relations Susan Xioufaridou and received special 50th Anniversary Class medallions from the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association. As the Golden Anniversary class stood on stage, class member Allan Baker shared reflections on behalf of his classmates.
Thank you to everyone in attendance who helped to make this year’s Mixer reception fun and memorable for all!
Writer(s): Susan Xioufaridou | firstname.lastname@example.org