A Weekend to Remember
They say you can never go back in time, but on the weekend of April 2-4, 175 alumnae came pretty close, during a Girls’ Weekend Celebration of 20 Years of Sororities at Muhlenberg.
They came with photos of their children, their spouses and their dogs. They came with cameras, memorabilia and worn out Greek-lettered sweatshirts. They came with friends they’ve kept in touch with, and some they hadn’t seen in years. Above all, they came with open hearts to revisit the memories of their days at Muhlenberg.
The weekend kicked off with a “Welcome Back” dinner and dessert reception, during which the women enjoyed performances by Muhlenberg’s three a cappella groups – The Girls Next Door, The Dynamics and The AcaFellas. It was a perfect way to get caught up, peruse old yearbooks and photo albums and gear up for a weekend of fun with the girls. The night wrapped up with a late-night campus tour led by current sorority sisters.
On Saturday morning, the women arrived to find an “Oprah-like” setting for “A Woman’s Prerogative: To Balance or Juggle?” Debbie Scurnick Block ’86 was the host of this heartfelt discussion about the choices and challenges that women face in their attempt to have and do it all. Panelists included Dawn Sienicki ’97, Janet LeRuo Beausoleil ’86, Erica Carlstrand Coverley ’94 and Suzanne Seplow ’87 — but the conversation wasn’t exclusively for the panelists; within minutes the entire group was involved in a conversation that lasted close to two hours.
In the afternoon during a barbecue lunch in Memorial Hall, music from the ’80s and ’90s played…and so did the women who participated in an array of “just for fun” Greek week games. As the day progressed, more and more women arrived, and the shouts of welcoming and hugs exchanged between old friends were reminiscent of move-in day at the ’Berg.
It was at the cocktail party in the Haas College Center (affectionately remembered by some of the alumnae as the old Library) that the impact of the Girls’ Weekend was truly felt. With more than 150 women gathered in the Rotunda (representing every year from 1985-2003), the women raised their glasses for a toast to each Greek organization and to Muhlenberg. Following the individual sorority dinners, where each sorority organized its own celebration for its sisters, the women reconvened in the Garden Room for a dessert and dance party that lasted into the morning. The party ended like the founding sisters remembered most good dance parties at Muhlenberg ending – with friends swaying to the music of Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
Thank you to all of the women who made the weekend such an incredible success! And a very special thank you to the Sorority Reunion Planning Committee.
Debbie Scurnick Block ’86 * Lynn Coffey Brigham ’86 * Leslie Arndt Cavaliere ’86 * Renee Trabert ’85 * Tina Turi-Shelley ’93
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