Parsons Reunion Weekend


Parsons Reunion Weekend 2009: April 17-19, 2009

The Parsons Reunion is for all alumni (all class years, all programs) and is an annual opportunity to gather your classmates, reconnect with Parsons, and network with fellow alumni. We encourage you to take the weekend to reconnect with Parsons and your fellow alumni. See below for information about the various events, ticketing, and more.

This year, 2009, is also a special reunion for the classes of 1959, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, and 2004!

Friday, April 17

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. View Spanning the Decades: 100 Years of Student Work from the Kellen Archives in the Gimbel Library. On display will be examples of student work from 1906 through 2007, including sketches, travel diaries, presentation drawings, and more. Departments and disciplines represented in the exhibit include Advertising Design, Communication Design, Costume Design, Environmental Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Architecture & Design, Product Design, Printmaking and Photography.

4:00-5:00 p.m. Tour Parsons’ Kellen Archives. The Kellen Archives documents the history of Parsons, with materials including archival records, manuscripts, posters, art and design works on paper, oral histories, photographs, films, videotapes, serials and ephemera. Wendy Scheir, Director of the Kellen Archives, will lead the tour and answer alumni questions about the materials. An RSVP to or 212-229-5662 x3784 is required for this event. Please indicate your class year or any questions you have about Parsons history when you RSVP, as the information on display will be specially geared towards alumni attendees. For more on the Archives, click here.

5:00 -8:00 p.m. Visit Parsons’ Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at 66 5th Avenue. In the Aronson Gallery you’ll find a student project called “Oyster Gardens” led by faculty member Mara Haseltine. In the Kellen Gallery you can view “Into the Open: Positioning Practice,” which is coming from the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

6:00-8:00 p.m. Join Felicitas Oefelein ’95 and Christine Leitner ’95 for a reception celebrating the launch of their new website, DESIGNintermix, a networking resource for designers.

Saturday, April 18

12:00-6:00 p.m. View Spanning the Decades: 100 Years of Student Work from the Kellen Archives in the Gimbel Library. (See above for full description.)

12:30-3:30 p.m. Members of the class of 1959 and all earlier classes are invited to a special luncheon at North Square in the Washington Square Hotel. This event is free but you must RSVP.

12:30 p.m. Luncheon for the Environmental Design Class of 1989.

3:00 p.m. Alumni are invited to participate in a focus group for the new Parsons Diversity Initiative. If you are interested in participating, contact Jesse Villalobos.

4:00 p.m. Tim Marshall, the current dean of Parsons, will host a special Q&A for alumni. This is your chance to ask any question you may have about the current state of Parsons.

6:00 p.m. The reunion cocktail party will be held at the Puck Building. This event requires a ticket purchase. To purchase tickets, see the ticket information page.

Sunday, April 19

10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tour the Museum of Modern Art on your own. You can pick up a free pass for MoMA at the luncheon or cocktail party on Saturday.

12:00 p.m. Take a guided tour of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Meet alum representative, Nora Melendez, MA ’03/ AAS ’84 and museum tour guide at the information desk at the Cooper-Hewitt (2 East 91st Street at 5th Avenue). Parsons offers an MA program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design jointly with Cooper-Hewitt. This tour is an opportunity for all Parsons alumni to get to know this unique museum. For more information on the museum visit A brunch at Cooper-Hewitt’s Cafe will follow the tour (alumni will cover the cost of their own food and drink at brunch). RSVP to or 212-229-5662 x3784 to attend this event.

12:00-8:00 p.m. View Spanning the Decades: 100 Years of Student Work from the Kellen Archives in the Gimbel Library. (See the schedule above under Friday for full description.)

Sunday is also an opportunity to gather members of your class or department for brunch or visit some NYC museums.

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