83rd Annual Seminar Day

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020
9 AM – 3 PM PT


Events are exclusive to Half Century Club members.

Thursday, May 16

8:00 am – 5:00 pm   Check-In


Your first stop for a great weekend. Check-in at the Caltech Alumni House and pick up your program and access badge for all events. Stop by throughout the day if you need a quick rest, refreshments, a place to meet friends, or have questions.

9:00 – 10:30 am   Campus Tour, Then and Now (Option 1)


Revisit your lecture halls, tour dramatically renovated buildings, and see the award-winning new campus buildings, thoughtfully designed to promote innovative scientific inquiry and noted for their architectural statements.

12:30 – 3:30 pm   JPL Tour (Wait List Only)


Limited to 80 guests, first-come, first-served. The tour is at capacity. Add your name to the wait list on the event registration form should space become available.

Do you remember, a half-century ago, when JPL wanted to hire two undergraduates to catalog the thousands of Mars photos sent back by the Mariner 9 orbiter? Find out how JPL has pushed back the frontiers of space exploration. Enjoy a three-hour tour, including Mission Control, the Mars Yard, and the auditorium with its full-scale replicas of some of America’s most famous spacecraft.

Tours involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing. The tour lasts two to three hours. The walking distance for the tour is approximately 0.8 miles with multiple flights of stairs. Wheelchair access can be accommodated with advance notice; however, wheelchairs cannot be provided.

JPL requires that all U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, present official, government-issued photo identification (driver's license or passport) before being allowed entry. All non-U.S. Citizens 18 years of age or older must present a passport or resident visa (green card) before being allowed entry. Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the Laboratory.  

1:30 – 3:00 pm   Campus Tour, Then and Now (Option 2)


Revisit your lecture halls, tour dramatically renovated buildings, and see the award-winning new campus buildings, thoughtfully designed to promote innovative scientific inquiry and noted for their architectural statements.

4:00 – 5:30 pm   Half Century Club Reception with President Rosenbaum and Professor Faber


Join President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Professor Katherine T. Faber at their residence for a welcome reception honoring the Class of 1974. The reception is open exclusively to members of the Half Century Club.

5:30 – 8:30 pm   No Host Football Alumni Athenaeum Dinner

Athenaeum Rath Al Fresco

Huddle up with fellow football alumni for dinner at the Athenaeum’s outdoor pavilion. Contact Lonnie Martin, MBA (BS '69, MS '70) at lonnie.martin8@gmail.com for information, to sign up, and arrange payment for dinner.

6:00 – 8:00 pm   House Alumni Dinners


Join classmates from your House and current House residents for dinner. Share stories and see how House traditions have evolved.

6:00 – 9:00 pm   No Host Ricketts House Alumni Athenaeum Dinner


Share stories and dine with Ricketts House Alumni, along with some current students, in the stunning Athenaeum Library. Contact Rhonda MacDonald (BS '74) at RLMSLL@roadrunner.com for information, to sign up, and arrange payment for dinner. Register now, as this is expected to sell out. First-come, first-served, participation limited based on space capacity.

Friday, May 17

8:00 am – 12:00 pm   Check-In


Check-in continues at the Caltech Alumni House. Pick up your program and access badge. Stop by throughout the day if you need a quick rest, refreshments, a place to meet friends, or have questions.

8:30 – 9:45 am   Breakfast


Start the day with an informal breakfast and discuss current student life and share stories of student pranks over the years.

9:00 – 10:00 am Torchbearers Legacy Society Social

KeCk Center Courtyard

Members of the Torchbearers Legacy Society who have provided for Caltech in their estate plans or who have completed life income gifts can stop by for a casual breakfast among friends.

10:00 – 11:00 am   Financial Planning/Charitable Giving: A Win-Win for You and the Non-Profit Sector

Keck Center Conference Room

In this presentation, Erica White (Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank) and Jim Ehlers (Executive Director, Caltech Office of Gift Planning) will discuss trends shaping the financial and philanthropic sector, and best practices on how to support yourself, your loved ones, and your favorite charities.

10:00 – 11:45 am   Class of 1974 Nostalgia Session


Reminisce about pranks and other notable events for the Class of 1974. Professors Harry Gray, PhD and George Rossman, PhD (PhD '71) will lead the storytelling. Harry also promises an incredible chemistry demonstration. Contact Dave Peisner, MD (BS '74) peisnerd@alumni.caltech.edu to arrange to tell your story.

12:00 – 1:30 pm   Half Century Club Induction Ceremony and Luncheon


All Half Century Club members are invited to honor the newest inductees from the Class of 1974 over lunch at the beautiful Athenaeum. Provost David Tirrell, PhD, will share remarks on the groundbreaking work being done at Caltech, and the Institute’s impressive leadership toward the future.

2:00 – 3:45 pm   Armchair Chats

Chen 100 Lecture Hall

Hear from some of Caltech’s favorite professors about their perspectives on life at Caltech in the '70s and before, and the many changes that have happened since. Professors Harry Gray, PhD; George Rossman, PhD (PhD '71); Henry Lester, PhD; Morgan Kousser, PhD; Andy Ingersoll, PhD, and possibly others will join. This is a chance for informal conversation, not planned presentations. Enjoy the spontaneous chat with audience participation.

2:30 – 4:00 pm   Football Team Gathering and Rose Bowl Tour


An event exclusively open to members of the legendary Caltech football team. Join a special VIP tour of the Rose Bowl stadium (famous and infamous in more ways than one). Visit the original 1922 Locker Room, take the field for an up-close look, delight in this opportunity to walk through this National Historic Landmark, and recall your own days competing in this iconic stadium.

4:00 – 5:00 pm   Football Team Visit with Caltech Athletics

Braun athletic center

Immediately following the Rose Bowl tour, the team will visit with Betsy Mitchell, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, as she welcomes you back to Caltech. See all the facility improvements, hear about our team momentum, and how we assist campus with wellness and balance.

4:00 – 5:30 pm   Class of 1974 Mix and Mingle with Optional Speed Trolling


Is it ever possible to connect with everyone you want to at an alumni reunion? Now it is. Mix and mingle on your own or join the Speed Trolling. What’s Speed Trolling, you ask? Patterned after speed dating, tables of four classmates will catch up with each other. Every few minutes, you will change tables following an algorithm to ensure every person sees everyone participating at least once.  Whether you decide to Mix and Mingle or Speed Troll, you’ll have great company and conversations. 

5:45 pm   Class of 1974 Pictures on the Athenaeum Steps


Class of 1974 members will gather on the Athenaeum steps to cement memories of the weekend with photos.

6:00 – 9:00 pm   Milestone Reunion Dinners


Congratulations to milestone class members. Half Century Club members who graduated in 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954, 1949, and 1944, you are in the spotlight. Enjoy a dinner hosted just for you and hear from David D. Ho, MD (BS '74), a member of Caltech Board of Trustees and a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

Sunday, May 19

10:00 am – 12:00 pm   Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens Visit


Alumni will meet on the Huntington patio, just past the ticketing area, and divide into groups for independent exploration of the Huntington grounds and museums. Advance reservations for your entry time are required and must be made directly with the Huntington. Senior Admission is $24. Reservations for Sunday, May 19 are now open. Visit The Huntington to make your reservation for 10 am and purchase your ticket.  Make your reservation as soon as possible, because Huntington reservations often sell out quickly.

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch at The Huntington’s 1919 Café


Join your alumni friends for an independent lunch at the Huntington’s 1919 Café. The café is located in the public area; admission is not required to dine at the 1919 Café.

Add-on Events:

Friday, May 17

Grant D. Venerable Portrait Unveiling 

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Athenaeum Lawn

Join the Venerable family and Venerable House to celebrate the unveiling of Grant D. Venerable's portrait, painted by Los Angeles artist 
June Edmonds. The portrait will be on display in the lobby of Venerable House. Enjoy a brief program featuring Edmonds, and Venerable House President, Elin Stenmark, on the lawn between the Athenaeum and Venerable House. Learn more

Saturday, May 18

87th Annual Seminar Day

8:00 am – 5:00 pm  


Separate registration required

Enjoy an even better weekend. Register yourself and your guests for the 2024 Seminar Day. Separate registration is required for all guests. Seminar Day is not included in your Half Century Club & Class of 1974 50th Reunion registration.

Join the Caltech community for the 87th Seminar Day on Saturday, May 18. This hybrid event will bring together Caltech alumni, faculty, students, staff, and the community from around the world to learn about the latest research and discoveries from Caltech faculty and alumni across various fields of science, technology, and engineering. Visit the Seminar Day webpage for information.

Connect 2024

5:00 – 7:00 pm  


Exclusive to invited donors and all members of the Half Century Club. Separate registration required

Celebrate our talented scholarship and fellowship recipients and the donors who support students like them. Join us for an evening with the philanthropists of today and the leaders of tomorrow at Connect 2024. The event features a dinner reception and brief, student-focused program. Direct invites will be sent in April.  

Please contact advancementevents@caltech.edu with any questions.