Unity College Pioneers BBQ reunites classes from 1965 to '79Unofficial kickoff for 50th anniversary celebration
They came from near and far to reminisce, reconnect, and learn about the many changes that have transformed the college they support into a borderless enterprise that sends graduates to all points of the globe.
The venue was a Unity College Pioneers BBQ July 26 at Unity House, the net zero campus home of college President Stephen Mulkey and his wife Michele Leavitt.
As the unofficial kickoff for the college's 50th anniversary celebration in 2015, the event drew alumni from the classes of 1965 to 1979, as well as board members, faculty and staff.
In his welcome, President Mulkey offered an overview of initiatives and key successes, including the ongoing development of online education and graduate programs slated to be launched in the fall of 2015.
He outlined the rapid pace of campus improvement and expansion, which includes the approximately 3,000-square-foot, $1 million expansion and renovation of Wyman Dining Commons, and the completion of an approximately 18,000-square-foot, 70-bed, $4.2 million suite-style residence hall.
The residence hall will meet LEED Silver standards. Both projects will be completed by the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year. These projects have been preceded by two years of upgrades, including comprehensive renovations of all labs and classrooms. Future plans call for a new sustainability science learning and conference center.
“We are on the right track as the first institution of higher learning in the United States to adopt sustainability science as our framework for teaching and learning,” Mulkey said. “Our hands-on approach is preparing students to flourish in the green economy and rise to positions of leadership.”