Virtual Reunion 2021
March 4-12

Each year, Eckerd alumni come from near and far to celebrate with classmates, catch up with former professors and see the campus they once called home.

Last year, more than 600 alumni and friends attended Reunion Weekend, and we have no doubt that 2021 will be another great year! While we would love to see you in person on our sunny waterfront campus, this year Reunion Weekend will take place virtually! We know Zoom fatigue is real, so we have limited our offerings to concentrate on key events and spread them out over a period of nine days. We hope you will be able to join us on campus in 2022 when we will celebrate in a grander way.

All alumni are welcome to attend, and we will celebrate the milestone reunion of classes whose years end with 1 or 6.

Contact us at 727.864.8222 or alumni@eckerd.edu for more information or assistance.

Registration

All events below are listed in Eastern Time. Please register for all events you plan to attend during Reunion 2021. There is no cost to take part in this special week. We hope to see you there!

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Eckerd Tritons Happy Hour
5 p.m.
Former Eckerd athletes gather with coaches and the Athletics Staff
for a happy hour via Zoom. Breakout rooms will be created for alumni to meet with fellow athletes from their sport.

Fireside Chat with President Fernández
6:15 p.m.
Tune in for an engaging conversation with Eckerd’s fifth president, Damián J.
Fernández. Get to know him better and ask any fun questions you have!

Waterfront Dockside Drinks by Decade—2000s
7:30–9:30 p.m.
Join Waterfront alumni from 2000–2009 to share memories and
catch up while sipping your favorite beverage from your days as a
student. Drop in for a few minutes or hang out for two hours to visit
longer. If your decades overlap, you are welcome to join both!

Class of 1986 Trivia Night
8 p.m.
Enjoy trivia with topics relating to the 1980s and Eckerd. Set up
your teams ahead of time or be randomly placed on a team with
your classmates!

Friday, March 5, 2021

Office Hours with Denise Flaherty, Ph.D.
3 p.m. 
Join Associate Professor of Biology Denise Flaherty as she discusses the current state of the biology major at Eckerd and answers questions alumni may have.

Class of 2016 Trivia Night
7 p.m. 
Enjoy trivia with topics relating to the 2010s and Eckerd. Set up your teams ahead of time or be randomly placed on a team with your classmates!

Japan Affinity Group Social Hour
8 p.m.
Join the Japan Affinity Alumni Group for an hour of socializing and sharing Japan-connected Eckerd experiences! We’re an active and growing group of alumni who love, live in, or have some connection to Japan. Current students are especially invited to join us to network and learn more about how to engage with Japan after graduation.

Seattle Alumni Virtual Gathering
9 p.m. 
Join to meet your fellow Eckerd alumni in the Seattle area and learn how you can stay connected with the group going forward!

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Alumni Awards Announcement
12 p.m. 
This year’s alumni award recipients will be announced via email and social media. Check your email at this time to receive the announcement!

Waterfront Dockside Drinks by Decade—1970s
7–9 p.m. 
Join Waterfront alumni from 1970–1979 to share memories and catch up while sipping your favorite beverage from your days as a student. Drop in for a few minutes or hang out for two hours to visit longer. If your decades overlap, you are welcome to join both!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Waterfront Dockside Drinks by Decade—2010s
7–9 p.m.
Join Waterfront alumni from 2010–2020 to share memories and catch up while sipping your favorite beverage from your days as a student. Drop in for a few minutes or hang out for two hours to visit longer. If your decades overlap, you are welcome to join both!

Monday, March 8, 2021

Rediscovering Our Historic Campus: The Story Behind Eckerd’s Midcentury Modern Architecture with Stephanie Kadel Taras ’89
12 p.m.
In 1958, the founders of Eckerd College hired the Chicago architectural firm of Perkins & Will to design the College’s campus and first buildings. The result we see today is one of the world’s largest intact collections of midcentury modern educational buildings, designed by some of the 20th century’s most important school architects. Eckerd’s unofficial institutional historian, Stephanie Kadel Taras ’89, Ph.D., delved into Eckerd’s and Perkins & Will’s historical archives to document this incredible, and forgotten, story. Using dozens of images and her engaging storytelling style, Stephanie will reintroduce you to the campus you remember but may not realize is a historic treasure.

Golden Tritons Happy Hour
4 p.m.
Join your fellow Golden Tritons for an informal gathering to share memories and ask questions about Florida Presbyterian College during the 1960s facilitated by Tom Bacon ’66 and Al Robbert ’66. Eckerd’s unofficial historian, Stephanie Kadel Taras ’89, and Eckerd’s archivist, Cathy McCoy ’71, will be available to answer any questions about the College’s early years.

Yoga for All with Dr. Ronald Porter ’05
6 p.m.
Join Ron Porter ’05, Ph.D., director of service-learning, for a relaxing evening yoga session via Zoom.

Waterfront Dockside Drinks by Decade—1990s
7–9 p.m.
Join Waterfront alumni from 1990–1999 to share memories and catch up while sipping your favorite beverage from your days as a student. Drop in for a few minutes or hang out for two hours to visit longer. If your decades overlap, you are welcome to join both!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Office Hours with the Athletic Director
12 p.m.
Join Tom Ryan ’87 as he discusses the current state of Athletics at Eckerd and answers questions alumni may have.

Waterfront Dockside Drinks by Decade—1980s
7–9 p.m.
Join Waterfront alumni from 1980–1989 to share memories and catch up while sipping your favorite beverage from your days as a student. Drop in for a few minutes or hang out for two hours to visit longer. If your decades overlap, you are welcome to join both!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Office Hours with James Goetsch, Ph.D.
12 p.m.
Join Assistant Professor of Philosophy Jim Goetsch as he discusses the current state of the philosophy major at Eckerd and answers questions alumni may have.

College Update with President Fernández
1 p.m.
Tune in to hear from Eckerd’s fifth president, Damián J. Fernández, about College plans and priorities.

Admission’s Virtual Campus Tour
4 p.m. 
Return to campus virtually, along with prospective members of the Class of 2025, by tuning in for an Instagram Live campus tour and following @eckerd2025.

Class of 1971 50th Anniversary Reunion Gathering
4 p.m.
Take a stroll down memory lane with your classmates as we review class photos and present your class gift to President Damián J. Fernández.

Research Bites 
4:30 p.m.
This segment will feature a variety of alumni who will share how getting involved in undergraduate research influenced and created opportunities for them post-Eckerd. Join us for this informal discussion and bring your questions about research.

Virtual Networking Hour with Eckerd Students
6 p.m.
Connect with and help prepare students for life after Eckerd during this virtual networking hour hosted by Career Services.

Class of 1991 “Wednesdays at Shadrack’s” Cocktail Hour
7:30 p.m.
Reconnect with your classmates and reflect on your Eckerd memories over Heinekens or your favorite cocktail!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Office Hours with William Felice, Ph.D.
12 p.m. 
Join Professor of Political Science Bill Felice as he discusses the current state of the International Relations and Global Affairs major at Eckerd and answers questions alumni may have.

Class of 1981 “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” Happy Hour
5 p.m.
Members of the Class of 1981 meet via Zoom to catch up and learn where classmates are today. If interested in participating, by March 5, please consider submitting a photo of yourself now and during your time at Eckerd, in addition to a fun fact about yourself now and during your time at Eckerd. Graduates from surrounding class years are welcome to join!

Class of 2011 Cocktail Hour
7 p.m.
Catch up with your classmates for an hour over Zoom while sipping your class’s signature cocktail! Table napkin with cocktail recipe to follow.

Class of 2006 Social
8:30 p.m.
Find out where in the world your peers are today via Zoom. Breakout rooms will be created to allow for more intimate conversations.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Alumni Vespers Service
5 p.m.
The service will feature a memorial to those Eckerd community members lost over the past year and interactive candle lighting. Please prepare a candle from your home in advance.

Banner photo (top) by Hunter Blencowe ’19