Amid all the handshakes, hugs, smiles and laughter, UAMS alumni reminisced and caught up on their divergent paths, delighted to be together again – some who hadn’t seen each other since graduation, decades ago.
The 2017 Alumni Weekend held Aug. 18-20 welcomed back more than 200 graduates from all colleges with a chance to reconnect, not only with classmates and friends, but their university as well.
Weekend festivities began with a Friday night reception on the 12th floor of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, co-hosted by UAMS Interim Chancellor Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., and the Chancellor’s Circle, UAMS’ premier annual giving society. Gardner thanked alumni for their support of the institution, particularly through scholarships.
Sponsors for this year’s Alumni Weekend were the Arkansas Medical Society, Crothall Healthcare, ARORA, Arkansas Urology and Westrock Coffee Company.
Deans from four colleges were in attendance: Pope. L. Moseley, M.D., UAMS executive vice chancellor and dean of the College of Medicine; Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the College of Nursing; Keith M. Olsen, Pharm.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy; and Douglas L. Murphy, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health Professions.
Golden Graduates – those celebrating 50 years or more – were given commemorative medallions with red and blue ribbons, which many wore proudly. Alumni and their guests met and mingled, some needing a quick glance at buttons featuring their yearbook photos to reacquaint with old friends. A gaggle of Class of ’97 graduates spent the evening together, 20 years seeming barely any time at all.
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