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Back Together Again!

It was great to see a good turnout of PPT/PSE graduates, spouses, staff, and students for the 2016 Inaugural Reunion.  Everyone seems to be doing well.

The first activity of the weekend was touring the pilot plant and labs, now called Pulp & Paper Labs, the “old-times” remember it as Robertson.  As part of the departmental tour, some of the summer mill experience reports were set out for us to view.  I think I have photos of the professor’s critiques for the papers in case anyone wants to see them!  In all seriousness, it was great to see the “old” Robertson Labs that we spent so many hours in, as well as the new facilities used by students today.  It is nice to know that current students are getting the same, valuable, hands on education that we all received.

After the lab tour on Friday, we had lunch with five of the current students.  We seemed to all agree that while Dr. Jameel might have been correct when he said none of us would have been accepted today, he probably could have presented that fact a little differently if Jennifer Piercy (Class of 1994 and Director of the Pulp and Paper Foundation) wants to solicit donations from us!!

Bell Tower, Reynolds, Talley and Hunt, OH MY!PSE PPT Alumni Reunion

Most of the group went to the Bell Tower to learn about the carillon bells.  Did you realize that a PPT student had played the bells during our era at State?!  Scott Bradshaw, Class of 1977 was able to go inside the carillon room and see where he entered his information into the hand written logs on the date he played the carillon.

Afterwards was a tour of the remodeled Reynolds Coliseum.  There’s quite a display of Wolfpack memorabilia and outstanding athletes.  Who remembers Dennis Bird and the White Shoe Defense?  ROTC is still housed in Reynolds as well as several women’s sports.  The capacity is now about 6,000 fans instead of over 12,000 when many of us were there.  Of course, the nets from the 1974 and 1983 NCAA National Championship basketball teams are there.

Howling Cow Ice Cream

Talley Student Center  was next and those of us that attended had some Howling Cow Ice Cream.  Wolf Tracks seemed to be the preferred flavor.  Then off to tour the James B. Hunt Library – that is quite a remarkable facility.

Class Dinners

After a day filled with a variety of activities, Friday night was “class night”. The Classes of 1966 and 1968 shared a room at Amedeo’s.  The food has not changed much nor the decorations (photos of athletes and athletic teams, primarily).  We had the room all to ourselves which included a photo of Biedenbach, the Pittsburgh Pirate/Pickpocket.  The Class of 1967 visited Howard and Annette Harrell for dinner of chicken cooked by Howard himself, plus appetizers of venison wrapped in bacon.  Jennifer Piercy joined 66 & 68, but we never could find the Class of 1986 – maybe they stayed all night at Mitch’s Bar!?

Football Tailgate

The Saturday tailgate party was great.  Our group occupied a patio space beside the PNC (new coliseum) along with tables, chairs, and BBQ lunch.  With a couple of tents and corn hole games set up, it was hard to beat.  Speaking of being beat, State finally came back in the 4th quarter to beat Wake Forest.  Not a pretty game, but the weather was sunny and the crowd was large.

The weekend was busy, but enjoyable.  Most suggested… we needed to do it again.  Maybe not a reunion every year, but on occasion.  We know the class of 1977 is already planning to get together next fall.  So keep your ears open for further news!  Our alumni are the best anywhere and it was such a joy to have them back “home” with us for a weekend!

Enjoy our complete photo gallery here.

by Mack Bailey, Class of 1968