Back Together Again!
It was great to see the class of 1977 PPT/PSE graduates, spouses and families. Everyone seems to be doing well. As excited as we were to come back together, seeing each other far exceeded our expectations.
The first activity of the weekend was touring the pilot plant and labs, now called Pulp & Paper Labs. The “old-timers” remember it as Robertson. Dr. Med Byrd gave us a very detailed tour. As part of the departmental tour, some of the summer mill experience reports were set out for us to view.
After the lab tour, we boarded a bus and headed out for a tour of campus beginning with Holladay Hall.
Holladay Hall, Bell Tower, Reynolds and Talley !
Dr. Stafford’s tour provided historical facts that most of us had ever heard. What an honor to be a part of such rich history, as we stood in front of Holladay Hall, on the same ground that the first class stood back in 1889. We then went to the Bell Tower to learn about the carillon bells. Did you realize that our very own Scott Bradshaw, Class of ’77, played the bells during our era at State….to many of us, that came as a complete surprise. We all were able to go inside the carillon room and see where he entered his information into the hand written logs on the date he played.
We then moved on to Reynolds Coliseum. There’s quite a display of Wolfpack memorabilia and information about our outstanding athletes. The capacity is now about 6,000 fans instead of over 12,000 when many of us were there.
After a day filled with a variety of activities, Friday night was “class night”. The Classes of 1977 shared a room at Amedeo’s. The food has not changed much nor the decorations (photos of athletes and athletic teams, primarily). We hated for the evening to come to an end but the festivities were far from over.
To cap off the weekend, the Saturday tailgate party was amazing and the NC weather did not disappoint us either. Our group occupied a patio space beside the PNC (new basketball coliseum) along with tables, chairs, and a BBQ lunch. As a treat for our group NCSU defeated Marshall handily.
The weekend was busy and enjoyable. Most suggested that we needed get together again. The class could not have pulled this reunion together if were not for the assistance from Jennifer Piercy and Paula Harrod.