Forty years ago, “cross-campus collaboration” was a concept new to Carnegie Mellon University. What was then known as the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA) began offering opportunities for students to pursue two Masters Degrees simultaneously from GSIA and the College of Engineering.
“It was an exciting time, and the school was a magical place for me,” explained Peter Rapp, MSIA/E ’76, E ’73. “I have been volunteering at the Tepper School Alumni Reunion ever since… it has been my way of saying, ‘Thank you.’ ” Rapp joins 77 fellow Class Ambassadors from across the decades who form the Tepper School reunion planning committee.
In the years since, the Tepper School has collaborated with the rest of the university in a number of ways, adding multiple dual-degree programs and focusing on campus-wide initiatives such as entrepreneurship.
On the heels of the groundbreaking of the Tepper Quadrangle, which will serve as an epicenter for interconnectedness across campus and the proposed Innovation Corridor, this year’s Alumni Reunion comes at an exciting time.
“We enjoy helping alumni reconnect with the school, helping students connect with the alumni, and ultimately, being involved with the Tepper School family’s connection with the rest of the university,” said Rapp.
Included in this year's Reunion schedule are opportunities for networking and connecting with other alumni, class parties, academic and informational sessions with faculty leaders, and the flagship reunion celebration at Heinz Field. A variety of weekend packages are available for purchase, which allows each alumnus to customize his or her Reunion Weekend experience. Guests and children are invited to join alumni.
New to Reunion Weekend this year is the addition of the Tepper School of Business Alumni Awards Ceremony. These awards, which were previously presented each fall, recognize the excellence in the alumni community for outstanding career achievements and for impressive service to the school and alumni community.
“The All-Class Reunion Celebration on Saturday evening is always a highlight for our alumni. This year at Heinz Field, we are adding to the celebratory experience by presenting the Tepper School Alumni Awards, making it a very special night for the Tepper community,” said John Sengenberger, executive director of alumni relations. “A number of the awardees are from reunion classes this year, so their classmates will be able to cheer on their friends who are being honored.”
And back by popular demand is a Tepper Quadrangle update from Bryan Routledge, associate professor of finance and co-chair of the Tepper Quad Working Group. Routledge will share an update on construction, as well as any news related to the plans for the new home of the Tepper School of Business, due to open in late 2018.
Reunion Weekend 2016 also coincides with Spring Carnival, providing additional family fun and educational activities for campus visitors. Registration closes April 8.