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Alumni Fall Weekend 2015: Learn, connect, explore!

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The Brown Alumni Association invites alumni leaders to return to campus this October 16-17. Experience the energy that fills the Brown campus, enjoy the company of fellow alumni, and take in learning opportunities that fit your role at Brown.

Schedule times, locations, and details are subject to change.

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Friday, October 16
11:00 am – 9:00 pm

photoBrown’s beautifully restored Maddock Alumni Center serves as the hospitality center for the weekend. Pick up your name tag, tickets, and schedule here when you arrive on campus.

While you're here, take in our newly renovated outdoor space featuring fresh new gardens, an expanded front brick walkway, and a modernized glass-enclosed vestibule.  

Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street
11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Inside Brown Admission: A Session for Interviewing Leaders

photo Join the Dean of Admission and the Alumni Interviewing Program director for an in-depth presentation and discussion of current admission issues. You’ll have the opportunity to speak with area admission officers and other University personnel connected to the admission process, gain insight on conducting productive conversations with applicants, better understand how your interview is used, and discuss how to best utilize alumni in the recruitment and admission cycle.

This workshop is limited to current registered Alumni Interviewing Program leaders only.

Questions? Contact
6:00 – 7:00 pm
President's Keynote: “Open Curriculum/Open Doors”

photo President Christina Paxson P’19 will share remarks about a new phase of initiatives for realizing a bold vision for the experience we offer students at Brown.

Building upon the unique relationships that connect an innovative approach to teaching with scholars doing leading research, Brown will ensure that all students feel prepared to take on complex issues at Brown and beyond.

The President will share initiatives that support students and faculty in reaching across areas of study to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Kickoff Reception

photo Get your Brown weekend off to a great start by reconnecting with friends and making new connections across alumni generations, geography, professions, and more! The reception includes complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Maddock Alumni Center Garden Tent, 38 Brown Street
All evening
Campus Exploration (optional)

photo It’s Family Weekend!

Brown’s campus calendar will soon fill up with music, theatre and other activities from which to choose.

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Saturday, October 17
7:30 am – 9:30 pm
Registration continues

photo Pick up your name tag and schedule at Brown’s beautifully restored alumni headquarters when you arrive on campus.

Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street
9:00 – 10:00 am
Building on Distinction: An Overview of Brown’s Next Campaign

As the University prepares to embark on a new campaign that will support the 10-year strategic plan, Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown, we look forward to providing you and other volunteer leaders with an overview of the planning and preparation that has led to this momentous milestone in our history. The roles you serve as Brown volunteers will have a substantial impact on this important undertaking, so please join us to share in the growing excitement.

A continental breakfast will be provided.
10:15 – 11:15 am
Volunteer Leader Sessions

photo Ever wish you could sit down with other Brown volunteers to exchange ideas? Discuss what works, what doesn't work, and how we can all work better together? Now's your chance! The Office of Alumni Relations has organized the following training sessions aimed at better preparing you to face challenges and become an even better, more efficient volunteer. Each session is tailored to specific topic areas—diversity, clubs, classes, and interviewing—so please choose whichever suits your role best and come prepared to participate!

Best Practices in Alumni Interviewing Leadership
Join fellow interviewing program leaders to debrief Friday’s training with the Dean of Admission and discuss how the topics relate to your local areas. Program leaders and staff will also lead breakout discussions on best practices, including: recruitment and social media, managing assignments and deadlines, navigating challenging situations, and utilizing “Roving Region” volunteers to cover local needs.

Class Leaders and Fundraisers Summit
Learn about class engagement opportunities, best practices for class communications and class gatherings, class fundraising plans, and more! Join fellow class leaders for valuable discussions and insights to help you in your class leadership role. We’ll also focus on themes from President Paxson’s Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown and discuss how you can incorporate the plan’s themes into your 2015-2016 programming and how class gifts to the Annual Fund support the plan. There will be a special breakout for class volunteers from the “1s and 6s” so you can find out what’s in store for your upcoming Reunion. 

Club Summit

Superb event planning, smooth club board succession, and more! Join fellow club leaders for valuable discussions and insights to help you in your club leadership role. We’ll also focus on themes from President Paxson’s Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown and discuss how clubs can incorporate the plan’s themes into their 2015-2016 programming.

Diversity Caucus
Learn about Brown’s goals for diversity! Together with other alumni volunteers, we’ll explore ways for the alumni community to support Brown in achieving greater inclusion. This session has been extended to include lunch at 11:30 and give Caucus participants a chance to connect.
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Continuous Shuttle

Complimentary transportation between Brown Stadium and Faunce Arch.

11:30 am
Brown vs. Princeton Football: Tailgate at the Tent

photoJoin your friends for traditional football tailgating fare under the Brown University Sports Foundation tent on the grounds of the Brown Stadium. Cost: $10 per person; sign up on the Alumni Fall Weekend registration form.
Brown vs. Princeton Football Game

photoThe entire University community comes together as Brown’s players test their strength against one of their biggest rivals. Cost: $15 per person for fans ages 3 and older.
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Alumni Recognition Reception and Ceremony

photoJoin President Christina Paxson to recognize the difference outstanding alumni have made for Brown and for the world.

This inspiring ceremony will remind you why Brown is such a special place – and why your volunteer commitment to Brown is so important.
9:00 pm
Renew Connections

Catch up with fellow alumni from your generation at a local hot spot!
  • Classes of 1990s – 2005: Café Paragon, 234 Thayer Street
  • Classes of the ’80s: Café Paragon, 234 Thayer Street
  • Classes of the ’70s: Kartabar, 284 Thayer Street
  • Classes of the ’50s & ’60s: Kartabar, 284 Thayer Street
9:00 – 11:00 pm
GOLDFest 2015

photo Celebrate Alumni Fall Weekend with your fellow Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD), the classes of 2006 – 2015. Enjoy great food and choose from a selection of local beer with your complimentary drink ticket. Brown Annual Fund donors receive a second drink ticket! Not an Annual Fund donor? Give online today or at the event. Sponsored by the Brown Annual Fund. RSVP: online.

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