Join us for Reunion 2016

Mark your calendar! Reunion 2016 will be March 4-6, 2016.

Join your Florida Presbyterian/Eckerd College classmates and friends for a reminiscent, fun-filled weekend in sunny St. Petersburg!

Featured events include:

  • Waterfront Program 45 Years of Service Anniversary Celebration*
  • Alumni In Shore Fishing Tournament
  • Professor James MacDougall Appreciation Lunch
  • Pitchers with Professors and Eckerd Students
  • Black Alumni Reunion Group Open House and Reception
  • Alumni Art Show & Gallery Reception
  • The Golden Triton Society Dinner honoring the Class of 1966
  • Alumni Awards Breakfast and Golden Triton Induction
  • PEL Alumni Reception
  • Reunion Celebration Dinner and Party
  • Memorial Worship Service
  • Farewell Brunch

*Separate registration required for Waterfront Program 45 Years of Service Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, March 3, 2016

*These events are part of the Waterfront Program’s 45 Years of Service Anniversary Celebration and require separate registration.

Founding Classes Dinner
6:30 p.m., Billy’s Stonecrab, 1 Collany Road, Tierra Verde, Florida 33715
Early-arriving members of the Classes of 1964-1968 will gather for a casual dinner.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Alumni Inshore Fishing Tournament
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Waterfront
Fish with professional guides. Boats, tackle, bait and lunch is provided. Three anglers per boat. The cost is $225 per angler or $675 per boat. Separate registration is required.

Emeritus Professor Jim MacDougall Appreciation Lunch
12 to 1 p.m., Triton Room
Join us to visit with Emeritus Professor MacDougall and meet the recipient of the Professor James MacDougall Endowed Scholarship created and awarded to a psychology major in his honor.

Reunion Registration/Check-In
2 to 8 p.m., Brown Hall 103
Check in, pay your registration fee, and pick up your nametag and a schedule. Your nametag is your ticket into the weekend’s events!

Golden Triton Hospitality Lounge
2 to 4:30 p.m., Bevan Faculty Lounge
Members of the founding classes (1964-1968) and their guests will have their own room to gather and reminisce throughout the weekend.

Black Alumni Reunion Group Open House
3 to 5 p.m., Office of Service-Learning
Join us for a casual meet and greet with current students and alumni.

Pitchers with Professors
4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Triton’s Pub
Alumni, faculty and students gather for this popular event kicking off Reunion Weekend.

Golden Triton Society Dinner Honoring the Class of 1966
5 to 8 p.m., Fox Hall
The founding classes (1964-1968) will reunite for a casual dinner to honor the 50th Anniversary Reunion of the Class of 1966, who will be inducted into the Golden Triton Society. Members of the Class of 1966 will receive their class memory books in celebration of their 50th Reunion.

Black Alumni Reunion Group Dinner
6 to 8 p.m., Chief’s Creole Cafe, 901 22nd Street South,St Petersburg, FL 33712

Class of 1991 Reunion Group Party
7 to 9 p.m., Guy Harvey Outpost, 6000 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
Come mingle with other members of the Class of 1991 in the private cabanas on the beach!

Alumni Art Show & Gallery Reception
7 to 8 p.m., Cobb Gallery
Experience this year’s two part art exhibit featuring the Art Department: A Timeline History and Tribute to Emeritus Professor Jim Crane.

Celebration of the Waterfront Program’s 45 Years of Service Anniversary Dinner and Awards*
6:30 to 11 p.m., Waterfront
Cocktail reception, dinner and party celebrating the Waterfront Program‘s 45 years of service to the boating community.

Night Out in St. Petersburg
7 p.m., Ruby’s Elixr, 15 3rd St N, St Petersburg, FL 33701
Meet up with friends at a favorite local spot on the First Friday block! Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Reunion Registration/Check-In
9:30 to 11 a.m., Brown Hall 103
Check in, pay your registration fee, and pick up your nametag and a schedule at the registration tables. Your nametag is your ticket into the weekend’s events!

Alumni Awards Breakfast and Golden Triton Induction Hosted by President Eastman
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Fox Hall
President Eastman will host the annual breakfast and a ceremony to induct the members of the Class of 1966 as our newest Golden Tritons and honor alumni achievements.

Women’s Resource Center Alumna Award Reception
11:30 a.m., Women’s Resource Center
Join alumni and friends of the Eckerd College Women’s Resource Center to honor recipients of the WRC Alumnae Awards.

Guided Campus Walking Tour
12 to 1 p.m., Departing from Fox Hall
Join our staff tour guide for an inside look at the latest developments on campus.

Bayboro Campus Tour—Downtown St. Petersburg
12 to 1:30 p.m., Shuttle Departing from Fox Hall
Learn a bit of Eckerd history and see what has become of Florida Presbyterian College’s original Bayboro Campus, now USF St. Petersburg.

Alumni Sailing Regatta
11:30 a.m., Doyle Sailing Center
Enjoy the annual alumni sailing regatta featuring Eckerd’s own FJs and 420s crewed by Eckerd alumni and friends. Boats will sail past the Picnic at South Beach! Please note that only Eckerd alumni who participated on the sailing team as students are eligible.

Picnic at South Beach
12 to 3 p.m., South Beach
Alumni and their families can enjoy sunshine, a cookout and games at Eckerd’s picturesque South Beach.

Campus Boat Tours
12 to 3 p.m., Departing from the Waterfront
Complimentary boat rides in the bay will be available for alumni and their families.

SAR Bowl Competition*
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Waterfront
Compete with other alumni and current students in search-and-rescue techniques. Be sure to practice your knots and show everyone that you’ve still got it!

PEL Alumni Reception
6 to 7:30 p.m., Lewis House
Program for Experienced Learners (PEL) alumni will reconnect and celebrate with classmates, friends, faculty and staff in this beautiful waterfront setting. Watch the sunset and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and music.

Black Alumni Reunion Group Reception
6 to 7 p.m., Franklin Templeton Lobby

A Tribute to Emeritus Professor Jim Crane
6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Cobb Gallery
A retrospective of painting, drawing and cartoons. Featuring also the Art Department: A Timeline History.

Reunion Celebration Dinner and Party
7:30 to 11 p.m., Wrenn Hall and Patio, James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences
Dinner and refreshments, dancing and a photo booth are among the activities available at the biggest event of the weekend!

Rainbow River Camping and Sampling
7 p.m. Saturday – 7 p.m. Sunday
Camping on the river overnight followed by snorkeling in the Rainbow River for freshwater turtles as part of a long-term research study. Space is limited and alumni with experience will be given priority. Contact Dr. Peter Meylan (meylanpa@eckerd.edu) for more details.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Memorial Worship Service
9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Wireman Chapel
The service will feature a memorial to those Eckerd community members we lost last year.

Farewell Brunch
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Fox Patio
This casual and relaxing brunch caps off the weekend with omelets, bagels and lox, mimosas, and Bloody Marys.

Rainbow River Snorkeling and Sampling
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
This option is for those not interested in camping Saturday night, but would like to drive up and join us for a day of snorkeling in Rainbow River to collect the turtles we will be sampling. Space is limited and alumni with experience will be given priority. Contact Dr. Peter Meylan (meylanpa@eckerd.edu) for more details.

Rainbow River Research Observation
2–4 p.m.
This option is ideal for families and people with children. Interact and learn about the turtles of Rainbow River. Several species of turtles will be available for a hands-on learning experience at the Rainbow River State Park Campground. As part of a long-term research project, alumni will be sampling the river’s turtle community in the morning followed by public participation at the Rainbow River State Park Campground. Contact Dr. Peter Meylan (meylanpa@eckerd.edu) for more details.

*These events are part of the Waterfront Program’s 45 Years of Service Anniversary Celebration and require separate registration.

Discounted Hotel Rates

South St. Petersburg (2 Mi. from Eckerd) 

Magnuson Hotel-Marina Cove
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
(727) 867-1151
(800) 227-8045
Ask for Eckerd College discount

St. Pete Beach (3-5 miles from Eckerd)

Don CeSar Beach Resort, A Loews Hotel
3400 Gulf Blvd
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 360-1881
1-888-825-2436
Ask for Eckerd College discount

Downtown (5 miles from Eckerd) 

Courtyard St. Petersburg Downtown
300 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 450-6200
Ask for Eckerd College corporate rate
Book your corporate rate for Eckerd College Alumni

Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg/Downtown
80 Beach Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 892-9900
Call and ask for Eckerd College rate.
No room block available so first come, first serve.
$164/night. Suites run $25-45 more.

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 1st Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 894-5000
Mention Eckerd College Reunion Weekend
*Room block available until January 3, 2016

Staybridge Suites St. Petersburg
940 Fifth Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 821-0777
Ask for the Eckerd College rate

The Renaissance Vinoy Resort
501 5th Ave. N.E.
1-888-789-3090
1-888-303-4430
Mention Eckerd College Reunion Weekend
*Room block available until February 3, 2016

Rental Car Information

Tampa International has five rental car companies which are located on the property: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, and Thrifty. Other companies (including Alamo and National) have rental offices off property and require a shuttle from the baggage claim area. A full listing can be found on the airport web site.

St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport offers service from the following rental car companies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Payless. Please contact the rental car companies to determine which are located on airport property.

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Questions?

Please contact us at 727-864-8875 or alumni@eckerd.edu for more information or assistance.