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Alumni Weekend 2022:
Was a huge success!

After a two-year hiatus, we welcomed back hundreds of alumni, friends, current and former faculty/staff on campus this past weekend for 2022 Alumni Weekend events and activities of all kinds. It was terrific to see so many smiling faces and it was also wonderful to celebrate our 2022 Distinguished Alumna, Lisa Black ’77.  Thanks to everyone who attended and made this one for the record books. As always, Go Knights!

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Lisa Black '77 honored as
2022 Distinguished Alumna

ULS alumna Lisa Black ‘77 was honored as University Liggett School’s 2022 Distinguished Alumna at Alumni Weekend. 

“I was a member of a terrific class and combined with the teachers, coaches, and staff, I had a wonderful six years at ULS,” Black said. “ULS laid the groundwork for my success both personally and professionally.”

A wonderfully supportive alumna for decades, Black joined the University Liggett School Board of Trustees in 2009, and continues to serve as a member of the Investment Committee, which she chaired from 2010-2015. Black also served as Board Treasurer from 2012-2015.

In 2015, Black led the fundraising initiative to name the field hockey and girls’ lacrosse field after legendary coach and former athletic director Muriel E. Brock, coach/faculty emerita.

“I credit the education I received on and off the field for shaping who I am today and giving me the foundation to be a leader in my professional field,” she said. “I admired the teachers and coaches I had in and outside the classroom. Their dedication, interest, and concern for their students was unwavering.”

Black retired from Nuveen, a TIAA company, in March 2019, after a 32-year career at the firm. She held a variety of positions on the taxable fixed-income team during her tenure including research analyst, portfolio manager, head of portfolio management, and head of fixed-income trading.

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Nena Dahling '50 CDS Memorial Flag Raising & Dedication 

Friday's morning's bright sunshine set the tone for Alumni Weekend, with the Nena Dahling '50 CDS Memorial Flagpole Dedication. This dedication was made possible through the generosity of $400,000 to support ULS in contributions to the Dahling Family Challenge, spearheaded by Nena's sons William ‘74, Richard ‘77 and Peter ‘85 and bolstered by the support of Nena's many friends. With moving remarks by all three of Nena's sons, Head of School Bart Bronk and Vice President of the ULS Board of Trustees Rebecca D'Arcy O'Reilly '96, the event was a true celebration of a life well-lived. Before a reception where attendees mingled in the sun on the Boll Campus Center patio, Ava Noecker '27 sang the Star Spangled Banner in honor of Nena's legendary patriotism.

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Alumni meet 5th grade Pen Pals

During the school year, the alumni from the 50th reunion class of 1972 became pen pals with the 5th graders. Students and alumni exchange old-fashioned letters via snail mail throughout the year. During Alumni Weekend the students met their pen pals at a classroom meet and greet, and took the alumni on tours throughout the school. Alumni could be overheard telling the students "Back in our day, we called that 'mystery meat,'" as students showed off the lunchroom.

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Alumni learn about Black Bottom neighborhood at Lunch and Learn

About 25 alumni attendees joined us Friday afternoon for a Lunch and Learn led by Emily Kutin, project organizer of the Black Bottom Street View historical exhibit. Black Bottom Street View is a “living archive” that allows viewers to walk through blocks of photographs that reconstruct Black Bottom, a once-vital Detroit neighborhood that was razed to make way for the construction of I-375. The event began with Kutin sharing fascinating historical details about the neighborhood, including its high concentration of resident doctors, lawyers and other professionals that made for an essentially self-sustaining community. Attendees were particularly engaged, asking many questions and wanting to re-review maps and data previously provided to gain a better understanding. After the presentation, the group headed over to the Boll Campus Center lobby where the exhibit on display for school groups until June 2. Brought to you by the ULS Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. 

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It was a Golden evening for our Golden Knights!

Alumni from the Classes of 1972 and earlier enjoyed a wonderful evening of cocktails and appetizers at the Golden Knights cocktail party during Alumni Weekend 2022. A group of about 50 alumni were able to enjoy each other's company and the beautiful spring weather out on the backyard patio at the Head of School's house. 

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Alumni and former faculty enjoy Proud Lake celebration

Alumni Weekend capped off the 50th Anniversary celebration of our Proud Lake trips. About 50 alumni, current and former faculty and staff attended our 50th Anniversary Bonfire Celebration. Highlights were appearances by Larry Griffin and Rich DelGrosso, who came from afar to celebrate 50 years of outdoor education at ULS. 

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Alumni visit Detroit on bus tour with David Backhurst, faculty emeritus

The fifth-annual Detroit bus tour was an eye-opening adventure for more than 25 alumni. The two-hour guided walking and bus tour a spin-off of the Urban Studies class taught by David Backhurst, faculty emeritus featured stops at Burns Avenue in Indian Village, an urban prairie, the riverfront, and Midtown. Throughout the tour, Backhurst gives history lessons about each area and how each has changed over time. “We see the good, the bad and the ugly,” Backhurst said. 

2022 Loyalty Award Recipients

Pictured: 2022 Loyalty Award Recipients at Alumni Weekend 2022

Click here to see the complete list of 2022 Loyalty Award Recipients. 

Remembering those we’ve lost in the past 5 years

PPL Thank You & Follow Up

2022 Alumni Weekend Reunion Year Class Photos