By Brittney Pescatore, Fox ’19
On July 15th, 2016 TUSPM hosted an Alumni Reunion Reception for all classes at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, which took place during the APMA 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting at the Convention Center. With nearly 320 attendees plus student volunteers and staff, it was definitely a full house!
Without the support from nine altruistic sponsors, this event would not have been possible. The sponsors included Bako Integrated Physician Solutions, ATI Physical Therapy, Burmans Medical Supplies, Gordon Laboratories, GraMedica, Osiris, PediFix, PICA, and Podiatry Content Connection. “The event went extremely well, and the location and turnout were great”, noted SuEllen Dercher from Gordon Laboratories. “As a sponsor, I feel as if we received the recognition that we deserved.”
As the guests began to arrive, they picked up their name tags and proceeded into the Independence Ballroom, where many ordered their first glass of wine while reminiscing with old classmates. The largest class present was the class of 1980 with nearly 30% of the class in attendance. Dr. Rhonda Cohen ‘80 was a huge catalyst when it came to recruiting alumni from her class to attend the reunion. She stated that, “The night was terrific and enjoyed by all. My classmates were especially enthusiastic when it came to rounding up other alumni and attending the event.” Congratulations to the class of 1980 for having such a large representation!
After mingling during cocktail hour and taking fun selfies with two iconic Temple University characters, Stella, the live owl and Hooter, the mascot, it was time for the guests to head into Liberty Ballroom for dinner and dancing. The attendees entered into the grand ballroom and were welcomed into the beautifully decorated room with a DJ, and of course a dance floor just waiting to be pranced on. Dr. John Mattiacci, the Dean of TUSPM, Dr. David Novicki, Chair, Board of Visitors, and Dr. Harris Klear, the immediate former president of the Alumni Association, all expressed their gratitude and excitement about the current state of the school and upcoming improvements.
After the speeches, the dance floor was opened up and the food was served. The DJ played hit tunes from mostly the ‘80’s and even some more modern hits. This was a great opportunity for the attendees to get on their feet and socialize.
The alumni also had a chance to socialize with current TUSPM students. “It was great,” said student body president, Julie Lin,”because I was able to meet and easily connect with the alumni and they were all very friendly and willing to help the students out.” TUSPM worked to build relationships between current students and alumni by seating a student at each table. This gave them a chance to get acquainted, which will hopefully lead to a stronger bond in the future.
“The night was a huge success,” said Ginna Saffo, class of 1986. “I especially loved looking through the old yearbooks and meeting students.” When the night came to an end, the guests began to say their goodbyes and headed out. “You could see the momentum building throughout the course of the evening,” said Joe Leso, TUSPM Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations. “At the end of the event numerous alumni were asking and excited about getting together again and having a TUSPM reunion reception next July at the National APMA meeting in Nashville.”