Old Friends Together Again

April 1, 2009
Reunited: Maria Laura Valdes, left, and Sydney Paige Thomas, with multilingual T-shirts.

Reunited: Maria Laura Valdes, left, and Sydney Paige Thomas, with multilingual T-shirts. Les Todd

Reunions in January? For the Class of 2010, a lively "Back Together Again" party at the start of spring semester may not have had the historical resonance of the Duke Alumni Association's (DAA) annual spring Reunions Weekend, but it provided a perfect opportunity for juniors to reconnect. Last fall, more than 30 percent of the class took advantage of study-abroad opportunities around the world, making the celebration the first time many had seen each other since the spring of their sophomore year.

Now in its fourth year, the annual event is cosponsored by the DAA and the Annual Fund. This year's event was held in the Bryan Center, and featured a slide show of more than 200 pictures submitted by students from their travels, as well as photos from campus events that took place while they were away. Organizers handed out more than 400 internationally themed T-shirts—but quickly lost count of the number of exuberant great-to-see-you-again! hugs.