Created 2010-10-15

Thursday, May 20, 2010 welcomed alumni from all classes back to the Grand Salon of the Bosquet Building for a welcome reception to kick off the 2010 Global Alumni Weekend.  A photo presentation played on a large screen with photos from the early days when classes were held at the American Church, images of the first American Express Café, and recent photos of events organized by the Student Government Association.  Returning alumni mingled with students of the 2010 graduating class, staff members, faculty, the Board of Trustees, and President Celeste Schenck.


Friday’s events began with an early morning Professional Networking Breakfast where alumni working in Business, Finance, and International Affairs discussed their career interests and goals.  Afterwards, some alumni stayed to hear presentations by current AUP professors, while others went to the American Church for the memorial service of AUP’s founder Dr. Lloyd DeLamater (read more below).  During the afternoon “Alumni Hour”, alumni gave presentations on their current work projects, including Sean Casey (’04) and Seana McGee (’74). Trustee Malinda Mitchell (’64) also explained the prospective launch of an AUP Global Alumni Association.  The Eighth Annual President’s Conference was held at Cercle de l’Union Interalliée and focused on the topic of Sustainable Development of the Global Commons.  Evening events included class reunions throughout Paris.  Alumni from the classes of 1962 to 1968 met for dinner at Le Sancerre in the 7th arrondissement.  The classes of 1979-1981 celebrated their 30-year reunion at the Amex Café.  The classes of 2000 to 2009 enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at Chef Daniel Rose’s (’00) Spring Boutique, generously co-hosted by Trustee Joseph Dickerson (’00).

Saturday morning, graduates from the Class of 2010 walked across the stage of the Théâtre du Châtelet for the spring Commencement Ceremony.  They received their diplomas, as well as a rose from alumni Sukran Toprak (‘96) and Aleksandar Medjedovic (‘95) to welcome them to the alumni community.  In the evening, alumni gathered at the restaurant “Tout le Monde en Parle” near the Montparnasse Tower for cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and a night of dancing.  Special guests in attendance included His Excellency the US Ambassador to France, Charles Rivkin, philanthropist and businessman Eugene Lang, and renowned actress Olivia de Havilland.



Sunday afternoon, AUP Professor Jula Wildberger took alumni on a tour of Roman Paris, while Professor Kathleen Wilson-Chevalier organized a tour called Medieval Paris.

Monday, a group of alumni and their family members joined Alumni Affairs Coordinators Kristina Keenan (’08) and Amber Cooper-Jorez (’09) for a day trip to the Champagne region of France.  The group visited two champagne houses, enjoyed a four-course meal at the restaurant Le Cheval Blanc, and ended the day with a visit of the Reims Cathedral.

With over 140 returning alumni from 20 different countries, this year’s Global Alumni Weekend was truly unforgettable!  Click here to see more photos.




Dr. Lloyd DeLamater Memorial

Created 2010-10-15

On May 21, 2010, over 100 family, friends, colleagues, and community members congregated together to celebrate the life and work of AUP's Founder and First President, Dr. Lloyd DeLamater, where ACP/AUP began, in The American Church of Paris on the Quai d’Orsay.  

Reverend Dr. R. Scott Herr welcomed the audience, and Reverend Carol Simpson read the Opening Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi. 

A video presentation of Dr. DeLamater’s life, created by AUP multimedia staff member and filmmaker, Mathieu Motta, was shown at the opening of the ceremony. 

Memorial tributes were given by the Reverend Dr. R. Scott Herr; AUP Chair of the Board Judith Hermanson Ogilvie (’65) and President Celeste Schenck; Dr. DeLamater’s daughters Clara and Ariane; Pamela Spurdon (’64); and former AUP staff member Russell Lee. 

Read memorial tributes here.