Class of 1970 50-Year Reunion

April 15–16, 2021


Your health is our top priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA) has rescheduled the Class of 1970 50-Year Reunion to April 15–16, 2021, and it will take place entirely online.

A lot happened in 1970: Jim Lovell x’50 returned safely on the Apollo 13 mission; the Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight; about 600,000 people attended the Isle of Wight Festival — and you graduated from the University of Wisconsin!

Now join together (virtually) with your classmates for your 50-year class reunion. This reunion is a golden opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new memories when WAA honors your class.

The Class of 1970’s 50-year virtual reunion is presented in an à la carte style, so you can select the events you would like to attend. All reunion events will take place online in central daylight time and are subject to change.

Want to see memories from your graduation year? Visit the 1970 Digital Yearbook. >

And join the Class of 1970 50-Year Reunion Facebook group to reconnect with former classmates prior to the event! This group is available exclusively to your class.

Questions? Contact the Wisconsin Alumni Association at or call 888-947-2586.


Thursday, April 15

All events will be online and central daylight time (CDT).

Activity Description Time Platform
Reunion Orientation Kick off the event with an orientation to the upcoming virtual activities and learn about your class gift. 1–1:10 p.m. CDT YouTube
Presentation: Campus Then and Now Learn about campus today — and how it’s changed since 1970 — in a virtual presentation by Gary Brown ’84, director of campus planning and landscape architecture. 1:10–1:40 p.m. CDT YouTube
Break 1:40–1:50 p.m. CDT
Presentation: Student Enrollment and Student Life Derek Kindle, the UW’s vice provost for enrollment management, and Lori Reesor, the UW’s vice chancellor for student affairs, will present online. 1:50–2:20 p.m. CDT YouTube
Break 2:20–2:30 p.m. CDT
Presentation: Chancellor’s Scholarship Program Cheryl Gittens, interim deputy vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and the Elzie Higginbottom Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at UW–Madison; Camille Robert ’20, an assistant director of annual giving at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association; and current scholarship recipients will present online. 2:30–2:55 p.m. CDT YouTube
Breakout Sessions Attendees will separate into virtual Q & A groups featuring speakers from each of the three previous presentations. 3–3:30 p.m. CDT Zoom
Virtual Campus and Archival Tour Take a journey through campus photos over the years from the comfort of your home! 4–5 p.m. CDT At your leisure
Reception with the Chancellor Hear from UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank during this virtual reception. She will give a campus update and answer questions from the class. 6–6:30 p.m. CDT YouTube

Friday, April 16

All events will be online and central daylight time (CDT).

Activity Description Time Platform
UW Student for a Day: Welcome Become a Badger student once again! UW Student for a Day is an exclusive opportunity for your class and will offer three insightful virtual programs presented by renowned UW faculty members and a fellow classmate. Join a brief welcome address with Jeff Wendorf ’82, vice president of advancement at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association. 10 a.m. CDT YouTube
The UW’s Global Impact This live, UW Student for a Day virtual panel discussion will feature Guido Podestá, vice provost and dean of the UW’s International Division (ID); Anthony Carroll [MA’80], ID external advisory board member and former assistant general counsel for the Peace Corps; David McDonald, Alice D. Mortenson/Petrovich Distinguished Chair in Russian History; and Elise Ahn, director of the International Projects Office. Maj Fischer, director of external relations for the International Division, will moderate. 10–11 a.m. CDT YouTube
The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be This live, UW Student for a Day virtual presentation about climate change will feature Steve Vavrus MS’92, PhD’97, research scientist at the UW’s Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research. Founded in 1970, the UW’s Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies celebrated 50 years in 2020. 1–2 p.m. CDT YouTube
The Career of a Badger Journalist This live, UW Student for a Day virtual presentation will feature Kathleen Bartzen Culver ’88, MA’92, PhD’99, UW associate professor, James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics, and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics; and Rita Braver ’70, national correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. 3–4 p.m. CDT YouTube
Class of 1970 Virtual Celebration Reception This is sure to be a celebration unlike any other! Following the conclusion of UW Student for a Day presentations, don’t miss this live, virtual send-off with Mike Leckrone, former director of the UW Marching Band and director of bands, as he presents “Music of Your Era.” 6–7:30 p.m. CDT Zoom