Quoted in last week’s article on the Reunion was Karen’s expression of “thanks and appreciation” to the Alumni Relations Office “and all the CNU staff and students who made the class of 1964's 50th Reunion such a memorable experience. I cannot think of a thing that could have been better planned and executed. It was not just ‘things’ that were so well done, but everyone's attitude and air of wanting to be helpful.” Noting that “this attitude filters down from the top,” Karen also gave “special thanks to President Trible for allowing us to be CNU's guests.” Regarding her classmates, Karen wrote, “Everyone I had an interaction with expressed the opinion that they were glad that we had come back to celebrate our 50th with the current graduating class.”
Below are additional email comments from Class of 1964 members who attended their Golden Reunion at CNU.
From Mary Carle Warren:
What a delightful event from start to finish. I only managed to get two photos from the Reunion. I was having too much fun to think about taking photos. Thank you for your dedication to "the cause."
From Jay Dunn:
I could not let the night pass [May 10th] without thanking you and all those who worked to pull together the 50th anniversary celebration of the CNC class of 1964. For me personally, the highlight was to be named an honorary alumnus; to don the cap and gown today [Saturday] was an act of grace on the part of my alma mater. From the social and candle-lighting events of Friday evening to today’s graduation march and parting bell ringing, I am left with “sighs too deep for words.”
From Guy Futrell:
Thanks for helping pull all of this together. We had a great time visiting with old friends and seeing what great progress CNU has made.
From Michèle Miller Meadors:
Thank you for all you have done to locate the First Decaders. The 50th Reunion this past weekend was fantastic! I had a great time. It was wonderful to see class members whom I hadn't seen in years. The activities that were planned for us were super. I enjoyed everything. The graduation was impressive. The speaker was inspiring and the student achievements were amazing. Thanks again for all of your hard work!
From Sam McIntyre:
Thanks for a wonderful 50th Anniversary party. It had Jane Chambers written all over it. I even came home and looked for your picture in the '64 Trident. You photograph well.
The Class of 1964’s Golden Reunion:
Friday’s Celebration at CNU
Compiled and Captioned by
A. Jane Chambers
ROW 1 (L-R): Cecy Cunningham (widow of CNC’s first President, Scotty Cunningham), Shirley Fields Cooper, Karen Graeb Stanley, Mary Carle Warren, Michele Miller Meadors, & D. Jean Elliott. ROW 2 (L-R): Jim Windsor (Professor Emeritus & CNC’s 2nd President), Guy Futrell, Sonny Short, Liv Whiting, & Marianne Skelley Coates. ROW 3 (L-R): Barry Wood (Professor Emeritus), Sam McIntyre, Ray Bunn, Jane Chambers (Professor Emerita), Ken Smith, Bob Pierce, Chuck Burcher, & Jay Dunn. Photo courtesy of CNU Photos.
Impressive, memorable, first class, outstanding, fantastic, delightful, wonderful—these are just some of the words members of our Class of 1964 used to describe their Golden Reunion at CNU last Friday and Saturday, May 9 & 10, 2014.
In an email to Lacey Grey Hunter, CNU’s Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Karen Graeb Stanley expressed “thanks and appreciation to you and all the CNU staff and students who made the class of 1964's 50th Reunion such a memorable experience. I cannot think of a thing that could have been better planned and executed. It was not just ‘things’ that were so well done, but everyone's attitude and air of wanting to be helpful,” adding that “this attitude filters down from the top and so I give special thanks to President Trible for allowing us to be CNU's guests.” Regarding her classmates, Karen wrote, “Everyone I had an interaction with expressed the opinion that they were glad that we had come back to celebrate our 50th with the current graduating class.”
The pictures and comments below show the class, their guests, and CNU representatives enjoying Friday evening’s events. The photos from Saturday (Commencement) will be posted next Friday, May 23rd .
COCKTAIL HOUR: 2nd Floor, David Student Union (DSU)
This large area at the top of the Grand Stairs in DSU is called the Pre-Function Area, because it is where people gather before attending various events that take place in the rooms adjacent to this area, including the Board Room, where our Class of 1964 enjoyed its Dinner Celebration.
L-R: Ken Smith, Jane Chambers, & Liv Whiting. Photo courtesy of Alumni Relations Officer Lauren Muzzy (Alum Rel).
L-R: Director of CNU’S Alumni Society Board, Bill Bowen, with Lenore & Sam McIntyre and Mary & Jay Dunn. Photo by Lauren Muzzy, Alum Rel.
L-R: Classmates Jean Elliott, Michele Miller Meadors, & Marianne Skelley Coates. Photo by Lauren Muzzy, Alum Rel.
2014 Senior Class Council member Ashley Kremmel & James Warren. Ashley was one of several Class of 2014 students who mingled with our group. Alum Rel photo.
L-R: Buck Coates & Brent Meadors. Alum Rel photo.
Ron Lowder entertained us with numerous excellent jazz saxophone versions of timeless popular songs. Photo courtesy of Kay Rinfrette.
CNU Librarian Amy Boykin with the Memorabilia Display she set up in the Madison Room, adjacent to the cocktail area. Photo by Kay Rinfrette.
Jane Chambers and Amy Boykin with an enlarged photo of the front page of Vol. 1, Issue 2 of The Captain’s Log. Rinfrette photo.
Members of CNU Voices entertained us with acappella renditions of several favorite songs. Alum Rel photo.
L-R: Ann Wood, Lenore McIntyre, Jane Chambers, Barry Wood, & Sam McIntyre. Rinfrette photo.
DINNER and PROGRAM: Board Room, 2nd Floor, DSU
Following the cocktail period, our group of class members, professors, guests and special guest Mrs. H. Westcott Cunningham next enjoyed two festive hours in the Board Room. We dined on Filet Mignon and were entertained by musical selections.
This is the entire group for the 50th celebration. Fifteen are Class of 1964 members, 3 are emeriti faculty, and one is Mrs. Cecil Cary (Cecy) Cunningham. The others are guests of these 19 & CNU officials helping with the Golden Reunion. Photo courtesy of CNU Photos.
The Board Room with tables set, awaiting our group. View from the front. Rinfrette photo.
Reunion attendees enjoyed their Filet Mignon meals. View from the back of the Board Room. Alum Rel photo.
Michele Miller Meadors’ husband, Brent, helped her during the CNU Alumni Pinning Ceremony. Alum Rel photo.
CNU alumna Anna Feucht, soprano, strolled among the diners as she sang an aria from the first act of Verdi’s opera La Traviata. Alum Rel photo.
Jane Chambers giving her 3-minute speech. Alum Rel photo.
Champagne toast to the Class of 1964. In the foreground is member Sonny Short. In the middle is CNC’s second President, Jim Windsor. Notice also, on the wall, beneath the painting, the Golden 50 displayed on the side table. Alum Rel photo.
CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY: The Great Lawn
The stage for this ceremony was the same stage that had been erected in front of McMurran Hall, to be used for Commencement on Saturday. Our Class of 1964 was honored in two ways. First, our 15 members (now official CNU alumni) sat at the front of the stage, on one side of the podium, facing the over 1200 members of the Class of 2014, gathered below and holding their unlit candles. Second, Chuck Burcher, President of the 1964 class, began the lighting of the candles. First he lit the candle of Senior Class Council President Samantha Gough; then he lit the candle of our Ray Bunn, seated nearest to the podium on the first row. Then Ray lit the candle of Marianne, next to him, while Samantha lit the candle of another classmate on the stage. And so the process continued, until a sea of burning candles was formed from the stage onto the lawn. So ended a perfect pre-Commencement day for the Class of 2014 and a perfect Golden Reunion for our Class of 1964.
A view from the back of the students facing the stage with lighted candles. The female students wore white dresses or outfits and the males wore white shirts with dark pants. Rinfrette photo.
Chuck Burcher lights Ray Bunn's Candle while Senior Class Council President Samantha Gough watches. CNU Photo.
The sea of candlelights— a moving sight. CNU Photo
Published May 16, 2014
The Class of 1964’s Golden Reunion:
Saturday’s Commencement at CNU
Compiled and Captioned by
A. Jane Chambers
From the social and candle-lighting events of Friday evening to Saturday’s graduation march and parting bell ringing, I am left with “sighs too deep for words.” Jay Dunn (’64)
FRONT (L – R): Jean Elliott, Mary Carle Warren, Bob Pierce, Ray Bunn, Karen Graeb Stanley, Michele Miller Meadors, Guy Futrell, Marianne Skelley Coates, Jim Windsor (Professor Emeritus & 2nd CNC President) & Jane Chambers (Professor Emerita). BACK (L – R): Ken Smith, Sonny Short, Jay Dunn & Barry Wood (Professor Emeritus). Absent: Chuck Burcher, Shirley Fields Cooper, Sam McIntyre & Liv Whiting. Photo courtesy of CNU PHOTOS.
Saturday morning’s program for our Class of 1964 began at 9:00 with a very nice Continental breakfast provided by Alumni Relations Office staff in a lecture room on the first floor of CNU’s McMurran Hall. Class members, three of their former faculty, and guests enjoyed a variety of fresh fruits and Danish pastries, plus orange juice, coffee, hot tea, and water before donning their regalia. Afterwards, shortly before the opening of the May 10, 2014 program, the group was photographed in front of the stage erected for Commencement at the entrance to McMurran Hall.
Foreground: Ray Bunn (standing) and classmates Karen and Claude Stanley chatting after eating. Photo courtesy of Mary Carle Warren.
Friends for fifty years: Ken Smith and Mary Carle Warren pose in their regalia. Warren photo.
Members of the Class of 1964 were given special 50th Reunion academic stoles to wear and keep. Photo courtesy of Claude Stanley.
Another keepsake for class members was this alumni pin with “50th Reunion” on it. Claude Stanley photo.
Our Golden Reunion group was seated under a white canopy tent near the stage. The morning was overcast with occasional light breezes and pleasant temperatures, so we were comfortable even with our black robes. Also, members of the Alumni Relations Office provided bottled water and pastries and fruits at a table within our tent. In his opening Welcome speech, President Trible recognized the class and its attending professors and had us all stand. Giant screens left and right of the stage and in other locations gave the audience close-up views of the entire Commencement, which began at 10:00 a.m. and ended about 12:20 p.m.
Great Lawn view of audience & stage in front of McMurran Hall. White triangle to the left (near tree) is the canopy tent where the Class of 1964 was seated, near the stage. Two white tents to the right were for the student musicians. CNU photo.
Commencement Speaker Frank Wolf, Congressman representing the 10th District of Virginia, stuck to his allotted time, and although some 1,200 students were personally handed their diplomas by President Trible, the process moved smoothly and efficiently. Candidates moved quickly up one ramp, received their diplomas, and then moved quickly down the opposite ramp, where, after a hug from Mrs. Trible, professionally photographed, they returned to their seats. After all was over, there was universal jubilation.
Ray Bunn & Karen Graeb Stanley are aware of being photographed. Photo courtesy of Kay Rinfrette.
Emeriti professors Windsor, Chambers, & Wood. Kay Rinfrette photo.
President Trible presenting the Klich Academic Achievement Award to Gretchen Jewell, the CNU graduate with the highest GPA (4.0). CNU photo.
View from the stage of President Trible presenting diplomas to the Class of 2014. The white canopy tent for our Class of 1964 is on the left. CNU photo.
Former CNC President Jim Windsor chats with current CNU Executive Vice President Bill Brauer. CNU photo.
L-R: Claude Stanley (‘63), Karen Graeb Stanley (’64)), and Jay Dunn (’64) show the CNU photographer their CNC First Decader T-shirts. CNU photo.
A new tradition began following Commencement 2014 with the “Inaugural Ringing of the Bell” by Samantha Gough (’14), Senior Class Council President. Located in the recently completed Bell Tower between McMurran Hall and Forbes Hall, this bell from the famous ocean liner SS United States was a gift to CNU from the late Dr. Sarah Forbes, M.D. Well known to most who live in this area, The United States, built by Newport News Shipbuilding in 1952, for years held the record as the fastest ocean liner in the world.
Following the initial ringing, graduates of both the Class of 2014 and the Class of 1964 were allowed to ring the bell until 2:00 p.m. What an appropriate reminder this ship’s bell is of the school’s namesake, Captain Christopher Newport, and the other English mariners who with him founded Jamestown in 1607.
Forbes Hall, named after the mother of Dr. Sarah Forbes, is in the background. A CNU photographer is positioned (lower left) to take the photo of the first ringing of the bell.
Teamwork: Class of 1964 members Ray Bunn (L) and Jay Dunn (R) appear ready to pull together on the bell rope. Alumni Relations Office photo.
Jay Dunn was one of hundreds in the 2014 and 1964classes who joyfully rang the bell from the SS United States. Alumni Relations photo.
Published May 23, 2014
This is the only known photo of CNC’s 1964 Commencement, held in the auditorium of the Daniel school building. Judge Forrest B. Wall is giving the commencement address. Some of the graduates are visible in the front, the young ladies in white dresses and the young men in suits. Are YOU in this photograph? Photo from Christopher Newport University, Sean M. Heuvel (Arcadia, 2009), p. 22.
SOME ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Friday Evening’s Celebration
1. RON LOWDER, our website's webmaster, will provide background music for us during the cocktail hour.
2. There will be a MEMORABILIA display arranged by a CNU librarian in a room adjacent to the Board Room.
3. The MEAL and PROGRAM (6:00- 8:00) will be fantastic (details provided on our website next Friday).
4. A MEMBER of the REUNION CLASS will initiate the lighting of the candles at the Candlelight Ceremony (8:30).
View of the 2013 Commencement in front of McMurran Hall. Stage is where the 4 columns are. Notice the huge screens at each side, on which the entire program is shown live.
Saturday Morning’s Commencement
1. ALL MEMBERS of the Class of 1964 (degree and non-degree) will wear the academic regalia, which includes a special 50th Reunion academic stole, theirs to keep.
2. REUNION ATTENDEES--class members, faculty, and guests--will be seated beneath a CANOPY TENT positioned to one side of the stage, close to McMurran Hall. Water will be provided in the tent as well as any food left on the breakfast Danish tray.
3. NAMES of our Reunion Class members will appear on the giant screens left and right of the stage, visible to all at Commencement, and the class will be asked early in the program to stand and be recognized.
4. CNU’s Class of 2014 numbers over one thousand.
RECENT PHOTOS: THOSE PLANNING
THE 50th REUNION of the CLASS OF 1964
(A "BY INVITATION ONLY" EVENT)
Chuck Burcher and Molly
Shirley Fields Cooper with friend Van Spiker
Guy Futrell and wife Dana (Dani) Dix Futrell.
Karen Graeb Stanley (left) with friend Patty Lottinville Kipps.
Sam McIntyre with his dog.
Marianne Skelley Coates with husband Buck Coates.
Mary Carle Warren with her dog.
Raymond Bunn in his pastoral robe.
Michele Miller Meadors and husband Brent Meadors
Recent photos unavailable for
Ken Smith and Liv Whiting.
Alumni faculty who plan to attend are shown below, along with special guest “Cecy” Cunningham, widow of CNC’s first president, H. Westcott Cunningham. Former professor Georgia Hunter is unable to attend for health reasons.
Cecy Cunningham (L) and Jane Chambers (R) at CNU with the 2012 recipient of the Cunningham Scholarship, student Tammara Sutton.
Jim Windsor (L) and Barry Wood (R) at the 2013 CNC First Decaders Picnic with Ellen Babb Melvin (Class of 1966).
Barry Wood, Jane Chambers, and Jim Windsor at the 2012 Dedication of the Dr. James C. Windsor Center for Health and Counseling Services at CNU.
Cecy Cunningham, January 2013, in the living room of her retirement apartment in Northern Virginia.
Updated May 9, 2014
Kenneth (Ken) Smith
James (Jay) Dunn, Jr.
Karen Graeb Stanley
Michele Miller Meadors
D. Jean Elliott
Shirley Fields Cooper
L. B. (Barry) Wood, Jr.
A. Jane Chambers
Mary Carle Warren
Marianne Skelley Coates
Mrs. H. Westcott Cunningham
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