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Class of '69 45 Year Reunion

October 17-19, 2014
College Station, TX

Schedule Of Events

Thursday, October 16
6:00 p.m. Informal get-together for those who come in early at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Pavilion, 1000 Krenek Tap Road, College Station (*parking available at Pavilion) - Click here to see a map.
 
Friday, October 17
*Please note that transportation to and from athletic facilities tours will be ON YOUR OWN. For a list of available parking options, visit transport.tamu.edu. Campus maps will be available at the Reunion check-in desk. You can also find a campus map at aggiemap.tamu.edu.
6:30 a.m.  Breakfast at Denny's - 607 Texas Avenue S., College Station (pay as you go) 
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reunion Registration & Check In - Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center
9:30 a.m. Meet at Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center for Athletic Facilities Tours (parking available in the Alumni Center lot while on the tours).
10:00 a.m. Tour of Kyle Field & Bright Complex
Noon  Lunch at Slocum Nutrition Center (lunch will be immediately after the tours - pay as you go) 
1:00 p.m.  Golf Outing - Texas A&M University Campus Course 
1:30 p.m. Tour of Health Science Center (HSC), Texas Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) and National Center for Therapeutic Manufacturing (NCTM) - Visitor parking available at the HSC, 8447 Texas HWY 47, Bryan, Texas. Click here for a map on where to park and building layout. Please note: we will meet inside of the Health Professions Education Building at 1:30 to begin the tour. A bus will be provided from the HSC to visit the other buildings and will return everyone to the HSC at the conclusion of all tours.
6:30 p.m. Class Dinner & Cash Bar - Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center (parking available in the alumni center lot)
   
Saturday, October 18
*Times on Saturday are subject to change. Please continue to check our Reunion Page for up-to-date details on the Reunion. Parking is available in the University Center Garage attached to Koldus for a small fee.)
9:00 a.m. Light breakfast refreshments outside of the Sanders Corps Center
9:30 a.m.
Muster at Class of '69 Vietnam Memorial
Speaker: Jim Willbanks
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Sanders Corps Center open for visiting
11:00 a.m. Reunion Registration & Check-in Continues - Duncan Dining Hall
11:30 a.m. Class Lunch, Business Meeting & Silent Auction - Duncan Dining Hall (parking available in the University Center Garage attached to Koldus)
2:30 p.m. Aggies vs. Alabama Game Watching Party - Duncan Dining Hall 
7:00 p.m. Class Dinner with cash bar - Duncan Dining Hall 
Post Dinner Ghost Coach entertainment & Dancing - Duncan Dining Hall
   
Sunday, October 19  

Outift gatherings on your own or depart at your leisure



Howdy, Class of '69!

The time has finally arrived for our 45 Year Reunion. If things happen as planned, it should be a great weekend.

It starts on Thursday evening with an informal gathering at Stephen C. Beachy Park Pavilion in College Station, named after our own Steve Beachy. On Friday morning, we will have breakfast with our Ags ‘N’ Bacon group at Denny’s at 6:30 a.m. and then a tour of the “newly” completed Bright Football Complex and the “new” Kyle Field starting at 10:00 a.m. We will lunch at the “new” R.C. Slocum nutrition center cafeteria with the cost being $10.69 per person.

Golf will be available Friday afternoon at the “new” A&M campus course; just contact Johnnie Maroul about playing.  It seems that the only “old” thing at all these “new” facilities will be the Class of ’69.

Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. we will muster at the ’69 Vietnam Memorial and the speaker will be our own Jim Willbanks. The Corps Center, with coffee and assorted munchies, will be open for viewing before our luncheon  and business meeting at Duncan Dining Hall at 11:30 a.m. (talk about a place for memories!)

We anticipate the game against Alabama will be an afternoon game with us being able to view it at Duncan. I have sent a letter to Coach Sumlin which is on page 3. I wanted him to know the Class of ’69 is doing its part. Saturday night will be a dinner and dance back at Duncan with Ghost Coach once again playing for our Class dance. Moon Mullins says they are adding to their playlist in hopes of being picked up by a record label. I guess it’s never too late to hope for stardom.

Sunday everyone is on their own but you are encouraged to connect as groups, outfits, dorms, majors, clubs, etc. before heading home. It should be a great time together.

Your ’69 Class Agents,
Bill, Larry, Harvey & Frank 


Note to Coach Sumlin
Coach Sumlin,

I am writing on behalf of the Class of ’69 which will be holding its 45 Year Reunion on October 17 and 18, 2014, the weekend of the Alabama game.  I visited with Justin Moore ’03 about the scheduling of our Reunion on this date but, I don’t know if he explained to you the history behind our Class of ’69 Reunion. The scheduling of our Reunion is important to you and the football team and this is why. 

The Class of ’69 has held eight Reunions now and the Aggies have won the football game each time. On the occasion of our 40 Year Reunion we asked Coach Sherman which away game he wanted to win the most; we were the first Class to hold a Reunion on an away game weekend.  He picked Texas Tech.  We had not won at Tech since Moses was a baby. Despite being a two touchdown underdog, we won by two touchdowns.  

We have decided to hold our ninth Reunion (45th) on an away game weekend also. We contacted your office and Justin Moore ’03 said you would like our Reunion to be held on the Alabama game weekend.  I wanted you to know this so it might help you with the preparation for your Alabama post game victory interview.  If you would like to give some credit to the Class of ’69 for the victory during that interview, that will be fine with us. 

I also want you to know that the Class of ’69 has never lost a Class of ’69 Road trip game either.  To do our part for you and the team, we have scheduled a Class of ’69 Road trip this year for the South Carolina game. 

I wanted you to have this information so you could rest a little easier heading into this season knowing that you will be victorious in your two of your toughest road games. 

Just doing our part for the team.
 
Bill Youngkin
Co-Class Agent
Class of ’69


Reunion Accommodations
We have recently discovered that there are several other events going on in town during the same weekend as our Reunion - College Station is becoming quite popular on home and away game weekends. Hopefully, you booked a hotel room when the save the date information was sent out and if not, we definitely recommend finding a room as soon as possible.

There are a few hotels in town that are currently being built that will hopefully be open for business before our 
Reunion weekend. We will post information to this page about those hotels as soon as we know if they are taking reservations.

In the meantime, you can call the Accommodations Hotline at (979) 260-9898 to check hotel availability in the area. You may also go to visitaggieland.com to search a list of available rooms. 


Health Science Tour
The Health Science Center tour will include visits to the Clinical Learning Resource Center, The Institute of Preclinical Studies, the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing Workforce Development, and the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development & Manufacturing.  Registration is limited to the first 55 registrants.


Campus Parking Information
Transportation to all events is on your own. There will NOT be shuttle service. For parking and/or campus maps visit the Transportation Services website. http://transport.tamu.edu.

On Friday night, parking is available at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center lot. For Saturday, you can park in the University Center Garage attached to Koldus for a small fee.


Reunion Registration & Check-in
After securing your room reservation, you can register online or print out and return the Reunion Registration Form by mail to The Association of Former Students, 505 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840, ATTN: Class of '69 Reunion or by FAX 979-845-9263.

If you have questions, contact the Class Programs department at The Association of Former Students at (800) 633-7514 or e-mail at Class@AggieNetwork.com.

Your nametags, schedule of events and a list of Classmates that pre-registered will be waiting for you at the Reunion Check-In desk, which will begin at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center, and will continue all weekend with a table set up at each event. A “Who’s Attending” link at the top of this page will be updated daily during the registration period.

Walk-up registrations will be accommodated based on availability. Registering before the due date will ensure there is food and fun awaiting you at each event. All registrations received after October 3, 2014 will incur a $10 late fee. 


Golf Outing
Make plans to kick off (or tee off!) our 45 Year Reunion on Friday with a ’69 Golf Outing! The fun-and-games tourney will be held at the recently renovated Texas A&M University Campus Golf Course located on campus at 1 Bizzell Street, College Station. 

If you are interested in playing golf, please contact Johnnie Maroul at jmaroul@suddenlink.net. Johnnie will be coordinating the golf outing and he will give you more information about the event. 

Note: All players must have their own bag and set of clubs. Dress code policy: appropriate golf attire and shirts with sleeves much be worn at all times, along with soft spikes (no metal spikes are allowed).


Pictures Needed
Family Pics! Kids Pics! Grandkids Pics! Travel Pics! Campus Pics! License Plates Pics!  Aggie Muster Pics!  Tailgate Party Pics!  Corps Pics!

Class Agents and The Association staff are working on a new picture slide show to be shown during the ’69 Reunion. We need YOUR pictures from our time at A&M, your Aggie-related experiences and events since graduation and previous Class Reunions. If you have any photos that you’re willing to share, please send them via email to Class@AggieNetwork.com.  These photos are a great addition to the Reunion and always give us a fun & smile-filled walk down ’69 memory lane.  

Please submit any and all pictures no later than October 1!


Class Agent Elections
Class Agents serve as a liaison between their Class and The Association. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved as a former student, stay connected to the university and help lead your Class in supporting A&M. Elections are held in conjunction with your Reunions, so now is your chance! As for your current Class Agents, Larry Lippke, Bill Youngkin, Harvey Schulz & Frank Farias hope to represent the Class of ’69 for another five years, if elected.

Teams consist of two to five members of your Class and serve a five-year term. As a Class Agent you will serve on The Association of Former Students’ Leadership Council, which meets twice a year. The Association of Former Students provides orientation and resources to aid you in this role. Class Agents are responsible for keeping the Class informed through Newsletters, web sites and emails, planning Class events and providing annual fund information to former students.

Class Agent elections will be held at your Reunion. If you wish to serve as a Class Agent for our Class, you must contact the Class Programs staff at The Association of Former Students at Class@AggieNetwork.com or 979-845-7514 before the Reunion to get your name on the ballot. All nominations must be received by the Reunion Registration Deadline. For more information go to http://tx.ag/ClassAgent or email Class@AggieNetwork.com.

Silent Auction
The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’69 silent auction returns for the 45 Year Reunion! The Reunion is close upon us and it is time to start gathering items large and small for the silent auction fundraiser. This popular activity generated over $9,700 for the Class Fund at the 40 Year Reunion. Please help us top that this year. Gift baskets, crafts, trips, golf outings, time shares, jewelry, Aggie memorabilia and other items are all welcome.  Your time, support and participation are appreciated in this fun and worthwhile activity.

If you are able to donate something, we ask that you visit tx.ag/69auctiondonation to provide advanced information about what you intend to donate. Or, send information about your donation to Steve Beachy at 
sbeachy@suddenlink.net.


Legacy Fund
At our 40 Year Reunion, the Class approved the launch of the Legacy Fund with the overall goal of impacting future Aggies in significant ways that perpetuate the Aggie spirit. To maximize that impact, a broad-brush approach would be taken to help guide Aggie students’ college experiences. The impacts will be felt by fellow Classmates; by individual students, by student groups, by family and friends, and by Aggieland visitors. Further, this impact could be achieved through financial support, or it could be done by creating a greater sense of what being a lifelong Aggie means-instilling in them the pride of being a Texas Aggie and a spirit of belonging to the Aggie Network.  This starts with Fish Camp, progresses through academic study and life on campus, and commences with the awarding of an Aggie Ring followed by graduation.

You will hear more details about how we propose to fulfill this goal both at the Reunion and in a separate email before the Reunion. The plans are quite aggressive, but we are fully confident that, in spite of the challenge, we Class of ’69ers can make this happen. Our Class is well recognized as the “can do” Class, and we need to continue this approach as we build our Texas A&M legacy. 


Attire
Your Reunion is going to be a fun, casual affair. All Classmates are encouraged to wear their Aggie maroon on Saturday. As far as the weather, it could be hot or cold, dry or rainy—remember, it’s mid October in Aggieland!  So check the Weather Channel before you leave home, pack accordingly, and then still consider bringing the opposite of what they predicted!


Century Club supports Reunions
Your participation in the annual fund has a significant impact on the education experience of our students and provides the resources needed to support programs and activities for students and former students.  We appreciate that you choose to participate and support Aggies and Texas A&M.  Make a difference by donating now.
Levels of annual giving include:
Active - $1-$99
Bronze - $100-$249
Silver - $250-$499
Gold - $500-$999
Diamond - $1000-$1999
Double Diamond - $2000-$4999
Platinum - $5000-$9999
Double Platinum - $10,000 plus

Cancellation Policy
The Association of Former Students has a fairly flexible cancellation policy. If you cannot attend your Reunion, or an event for which you have registered, please contact the Former Student Programs office (800-633-7514) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014. Your payment will be refunded with the exception of a small handling fee. Registration changes after the October 10 deadline cannot be refunded as food orders will have been guaranteed.

Please make sure your Aggie Network profile is up-to-date with your current email and mailing address to ensure that you receive all upcoming communications regarding the weekend's activities.
Address

505 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840

Phone Number

(979) 845-7514

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