Vol. 18: Reunion Weekend Recap
REUNION WEEKEND 2022
Reunion Weekend 2022 was a resounding success! Hundreds of alumni visited the campus for the series of events, opening with the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 20, in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Dining and Wellness Center. Wendy Wilk ’82 Markarian and Jeffry Jaynes ’96 received Distinguished Alumni Awards, Andrew Collins ’06 was the recipient of the Young Alumni Award, and the school’s Service Award went to Doug Bromley ’66 and John Bennett ’70.
Friday, October 21, started with alumni visitors sharing coffee on the north side of the Upper School Commons before Morning Meeting commenced with the ringing of the bell at 8 a.m. After the meeting, Students Ambassadors led alumni on a tour of the Upper School, Walter Arts Center and the Tandy, before directing them to a gathering in the Stuart Alumni Center/Lawson Conference Room for retired faculty, current faculty and alumni. Afternoon events included the Alumni Field Hockey game, which was sponsored by Jan and Roger Adams in memory of their daughter Sarah ’99, and a tailgate gathering on the southern end of Hardesty Field, complete with tasty barbeque and an opportunity to watch the Dutch football team thrash the Inola Longhorns. At halftime, Tim O’Halloran Awards were presented to Richard Hart and Michael Berglund by the classes of 2011 and 2012, respectively. Late in the game, with the Dutch well in command, alumni shifted up to the Upper School Commons for a larger reunion party for all alumni.
The ’2 and ’7 classes continued their events on Saturday afternoon/evening (and the ’71 & ’72 class added a “Sunday afternoon in the Park” gathering on Sunday afternoon). Individual classes convened at homes as well as in restaurants and bars around the Tulsa area — many marveling at the many changes they encountered as they experienced new, exciting locations around town.
In the end, the alumni visitors who joined us on the Holland Hall campus or at events around town enjoyed seeing familiar faces (both faculty and classmates) and reminiscing about the “glory days.” We look forward to greeting ALL alumni next year — especially those from the Holland Hall ’3 and ’8 classes.
ALUMNI FIELD HOCKEY: Distribution of PEZ
Dutch Soccer Camp has been rolling along for twenty-nine summers. In the early years, when young futbollers performed well during the week of action in the heat and occasional rain showers of June, they were rewarded at the end of the week with something of great value — a PEZ dispenser (fruity candy included). It can be easily argued that PEZ candy has little nutritional value for a soccer player, but the young athletes were very excited about the prospect.
Dutch Soccer Camp coaches are often capable high school or college futbollers, and, as an accomplished field hockey, soccer and track athlete, Sarah Adams ’99 regularly assisted. As a result, after years of working at camp, Sarah was transformed into a PEZ fan with a sizable collection of her own. Sadly, Sarah was killed in a car accident while involved in mission work in East Africa in 2013 and her collection sat in a box in the back of her closet. Six years later, when in the midst of moving to a new home, Sarah’s father Roger and mother Jan discovered the box and, when Roger asked, “What should we do with this?” Jan immediately responded, “Hart!”
Sarah’s collection sat in my office for a few years until this summer when I moved to a new spot in the upper school. Looking through the collection, I considered the best way to share the treasure and settled on the alumni (and current) field hockey players. Therefore, when Reunion Weekend rolled around, I made sure to stop by the field hockey pitch to see the visitors, tell Sarah stories and distribute her collection (PHOTO!) In some cases, the PEZ candy was still in the dispenser!
Thanks to Roger and Jan for sharing your family’s time, energy and PEZ with the Holland Hall community! – by Coach Hart
Alumni Basketball & Soccer Games in December!
The Winter Alumni Games are regularly held on the Saturday before Christmas. However, this year, with Christmas falling on a Sunday, we will NOT be opening the campus and hosting the contests on Christmas Eve. The previous week — Saturday, December 17 — is also not a good option for the alumni coming into town for the holidays.
Therefore, the games will be held on the Holland Hall campus on Friday, December 23. The small-sided (to large goals) soccer games will commence at 10:00 a.m. on the grass fields south of the old concession stand. The Alumni Basketball game will take place in the Middle School gymnasium with play starting at 10:30 a.m. A flavorful lunch will follow both games at noon in the Tandy Dining Space.
Keep your eyes open for an opportunity to register for these alumni events.
Upcoming Events on Campus
It’s always enjoyable seeing alumni back on campus and, keep in mind, it need not occur on Reunion Weekend only! November and December are exciting months to visit and join the campus happenings. If your schedule permits, join us for some of the events listed below:
ARTworks in WAC Holliman Gallery until November 22
Middle School & Upper School Choir Concert (Tuesday, November 8 @ 7:00 p.m.)
Upper School Dance Concert (Thursday, November 17 @ 7:00 p.m.)
Grandparent & Special Friends Day (Tuesday, November 22 @ 8:00 a.m.)
Middle School & Upper School Orchestra Concert (Thursday, December 1 @ 7:00 p.m.)
Lessons & Carols @ Trinity Episcopal (Sunday, December 4 @ 5:00 p.m.)
Holland Hall Singers @ Trinity Episcopal (Tuesday, December 6 @ 12 noon)
Middle School & Upper School Band Concert (Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:00 p.m.)
3rd Grade Holiday Program (Thursday, December 8 @ 2:00 p.m.)
Alumni Basketball & Soccer Games (Friday, December 23 - times listed above)
Trivia Night (Saturday, February 4, 2023)