Schedule

Caltech Alumni! 

We are excited to welcome you back to campus to reconnect with your classmates, fellow Techers and the Institute through class events, seminars, division receptions and tours, House reunions and so much more!

We invite you to take time to visit with fellow classmates and friends at our central gathering spots throughout the weekend: relax in the living room or the garden of Alumni House or find a table on Beckman Mall to play board games, reminisce over yearbooks, or just to catch up on years past.

Alumni House
345 S. Hill Ave.
Thursday, May 17    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18          8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Alumni Central
Tent, Beckman Mall
Saturday, May 19    8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.



While many activities are free, those marked with a $ carry a fee. Unless otherwise indicated, activities are open to all.

Thursday, May 17

Class Reunions for 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968

 

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Class of 1953 Lunch
Join your classmates for a reunion lunch at Tom Mannion’s home.
Tom Mannion’s House, 400 S. Hill Ave. / $30

 

5:00 - 6:00
PM William & Myrtle Harris Distinguished Lectureship in Science and Civilization
Science vs. Intuition: Why Scientific Ideas Elude the Human Mind
Andrew Shtulman, Associate Professor, Cognitive Science; Psychology, Occidental College
Scientific ideas are difficult to teach, difficult to learn, and difficult to accept as true because they contradict our intuitive theories of how the world works -- theories constructed in childhood but retained across the lifespan, influencing our thinking even as adults. In this talk, I will discuss what intuitive theories are, where they come from, and why they blind us to more accurate theories of the world.
Baxter Lecture Hall

 

6:00 - 7:15 PM
President’s Reception for Classes of ’48, ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68
President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Professor Katherine T. Faber welcome members of the 50th – 70th reunion classes back to Caltech at this special reception to kick off your reunion weekend.
Tent, President’s House Lawn


7:30 - 10:00 PM
Reunion Dinners for Classes of ’48, ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68
Class reunion photos
will be taken during the party. Please report to the west steps of the Athenaeum by your appointed time, listed below: 
Class of 1948 7:15 p.m. 
Class of 1953 7:20 p.m. 
Class of 1958 7:20 p.m. 
Class of 1963 7:25 p.m. 
Class of 1968 7:25 p.m. 
Athenaeum, 551 S. Hill Ave. / $75


Friday, May 18

8:00 - 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
Enjoy the company of your classmates and fellow alumni over an al fresco breakfast in the garden.
Alumni House, 345 S. Hill Ave. / $10

 

9:30 - 11:45 AM
Campus Architectural Tour
Discover how architects developed a campus of great beauty to house academic buildings and high-tech laboratories so that scientists and engineers would become more aware of the aesthetic values of life.
Learn about the history of Caltech’s architecture from Romy Wyllie, author of Caltech’s Architectural Heritage: From Spanish Tile to Modern Stone and director of Caltech Architectural Tour Service (CATS).  Then gain a new perspective (and discover some hidden treasures) through a campus walking tour led by members of CATS.
9:30 a.m.            Tour departs from Alumni House
10:00 a.m.          Illustrated Lecture (45 minutes)
10:45 a.m.          Walking Tour (1 hour)
11:45 a.m.           Tour ends at the Athenaeum
Departs from Alumni House, 345 S. Hill Ave.

 

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Mind’s Eye: Richard Feynman in Word and Image
In work and play, Richard Feynman was a distinctively visual thinker. The Caltech Archives is telling the story of Feynman’s life and physics by exhibiting the notes and artwork through which he shared his vision. Highlights include the early Feynman diagrams with which Feynman developed his Nobel Prize-winning contributions to quantum electrodynamics, illustrated lecture notes for the famous Feynman lectures on physics, sketches of colleagues and campus sites, and photographs of Feynman as a teacher, drummer, and amateur actor.
Beckman Museum, room 131, Beckman Institute

 

12:00 - 2:00 PM
Half Century Club Luncheon
The Half Century Club is a special group of Caltech undergraduate and graduate alumni who received their degrees 50 or more years ago. Join us to honor the Class of 1968 as its members join the Half Century Club on the occasion of their 50th Reunion.
Noon                  Check in and refreshments
12:15 p.m.           Program and induction of the Class of 1968
12:30 p.m.          Lunch
Tent, Athenaeum Lawn, 551 S. Hill Ave.
$30 alumni and guests, free for the members of the classes of ’48, ’53, ’58, '63, ’68

 

2:00 - 4:00 PM
Discussion Forum: Engineering Democracy 4.0
Applied Political Technology: Review how networked Alums can advance regular web-based e-Voting on policy and budget priorities to surmount gridlock, dysfunction and factionalism. Transforming informed electoral mandates into actual governance outcomes. This drop-in discussion is sponsored by the Class of ’68 and open to all.
Alumni House, 345 S. Hill Ave. / Open to all
Questions or more information: Les Fettig ’68, 



2:00 - 5:00 PM
Computing and Mathematical Sciences 'Meeting of the Minds'

Join faculty, students, and researchers for a discussion and poster session of ongoing research from undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty that explores the concept of “CS + X”: disrupting science and engineering with computational thinking. Research presented will be wide-ranging, featuring the intersection of fields such as quantum computing, molecular programming, machine learning, big data, robotics, and autonomous systems. 
2:00 p.m.              Keynote Talk, 105 Annenberg
3:00 p.m.              Poster Reception, outdoor vicinity, north of building
Annenberg Building (auditorium and outdoor vicinity)



2:30 - 4:30 PM
Undergraduate Admissions Office Campus Tour and Information Session
The best way to learn about Caltech today is to experience it firsthand. This campus tour offers an insider’s perspective on what makes Caltech unique—from its innovative curriculum and student traditions to its world-class faculty and legacy of pioneering research.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Tour
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Information and Q&A Session
Undergraduate Admissions Office, 383 S. Hill Ave.
Questions: (626) 395-6341; please specify Reunion Weekend



2:30 - 4:30 PM
Huntington Estate Tour
An easy outdoor one-hour walking tour that covers the central area of the estate including the world renowned galleries and gardens. Hear about current special exhibitions and learn how Henry and Arabella Huntington turned their San Marino Ranch into a world-famous cultural landmark.  Guests are welcome to stay and explore the gardens until closing.
 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino / $34

 

2:30 - 4:00 PM
Torchbearer Social
Join us for appetizers and beer tasting while reminiscing with friends and colleagues. Open to members of the Torchbearers Legacy Society. 
Athenaeum Rathskeller, 551 S. Hill Ave.

 

3:00 - 5: 00 PM
Applied Physics/Materials Science Laboratories Reception and Tours
Please join us for a reception with faculty and graduate students from Applied Physics and Materials Science. Tours will be available of our labs and facilities.
Lobby, Watson Laboratories

 

3:00 - 5: 00 PM
Associate Dean Barbara Green Retirement Celebration & Reception
Alumni are invited to join us as we celebrate the retirement of Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students, Barbara Green, after nearly 30 years of dedication and service at Caltech. Enjoy an inviting ambiance with delicious appetizers while reminiscing with students and alumni.
Lobby, Center for Student Services
Questions Michelle Rodriguez, mrodriguez@caltech.edu or (626)395-8896

 

5:30 - 7:30 PM
Caltech Fund Cocktail Party
Reconnect with your fellow alumni and meet the Class of 2018.  Enjoy delicious cocktails and appetizers, snap a photo in our fun photo booth and don’t miss out on your reunion class photo! Celebrating Caltech’s community of supporters, this reception is open to all.  
Class reunion photos will be taken during the party. Please report to the west steps of the Athenaeum by your appointed time, listed below: 
Class of 1973 6:45 p.m. 
Class of 1978 6:50 p.m. 
Class of 1983 6:55 p.m. 
Class of 1988 7:00 p.m. 
Class of 1993 7:05 p.m. 
Class of 1998 7:10 p.m. 
Class of 2003 7:15 p.m. 
Class of 2008 7:20 p.m. 
Class of 2013 7:25 p.m.
Athenaeum Lawn, 551 S. Hill Ave. / Open to all



7:30 - 10:00 PM
Reunion Dinners

Class of 1968 Buffet Dinner
Alumni House, 345 S. Hill Ave. /$60

Classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003
Athenaeum, 551 S. Hill Ave. / $75

Class of 2008
Athenaeum, 551 S. Hill Ave. / Free for the members of the Class of ’08 and $75 for guests

 Class of 2013
Athenaeum, 551 S. Hill Ave. / Free for the members of the Class of ’13 and one guest

 

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Caltech Glee Club and The Caltech Orchestra Spring Concert
The Caltech Glee Club and The Caltech Orchestra come together for their Spring performance.
Ramo Auditorium/Free
Questions: Cindy De Mesa (626) 395-3295

 

10:00 PM - 1:00 AM
After Party @ Tom Mannion's
Join Tom Mannion and your fellow recent alumni (Classes of '93 - '17) and current seniors from the Class of 2018 for a late-night hangout with tasty bites and beverages.  Memorialize the evening in our photo booth!
Tom Mannion's House, 400 S. Hill Ave.            

 


Saturday, May 19

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
81st Annual Seminar Day
Caltech is at the forefront of pushing frontiers and venturing into uncharted territory – resulting in revolutionary contributions to science and society.  Hear from some of these radically inventive minds at this year’s Seminar Day when faculty from across all six divisions and JPL share their latest discoveries. With over 18 different seminars to choose from – Seminar Day offers our alumni and friends the opportunity to immerse themselves in a full day of life-long learning. 
See our Seminar Day page for more information.
Caltech Campus

 

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Caltech Seismological Laboratory Exhibit Center
Caltech, along with the U. S. Geological Survey, UC Berkeley, and the California Geological Survey, is coordinating earthquake monitoring efforts under the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN).  We will display the project's exciting capabilities, including an internet-based, real-time ground-shaking map called ShakeMap used by critical users of earthquake information and demonstrate the earthquake early warning system currently under development, as well as, other ongoing research.
South Mudd, Seismo Lab Exhibit, First-Floor
The Media Center, Room 269



10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Science and SWEets: Family Activity
Join the Caltech Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in introducing your kids to the wonderful world of science.  From interactive demos to liquid-nitrogen ice cream, there are plenty of activities for all Techer families.  After all, does ice cream have an age limit?
Beckman Mall, Registration Tent

 

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Mind’s Eye: Richard Feynman in Word and Image
In work and play, Richard Feynman was a distinctively visual thinker. The Caltech Archives is telling the story of Feynman’s life and physics by exhibiting the notes and artwork through which he shared his vision. Highlights include the early Feynman diagrams with which Feynman developed his Nobel Prize-winning contributions to quantum electrodynamics, illustrated lecture notes for the famous Feynman lectures on physics, sketches of colleagues and campus sites, and photographs of Feynman as a teacher, drummer, and amateur actor.
Beckman Museum, room 131, Beckman Institute

 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
              and
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Linde + Robinson Laboratory for Global Environmental Science Tour
Renamed in honor of alumnus Ronald K. Linde (MS ’62, PhD ’64) and his wife, Maxine, the Linde + Robinson Laboratory for Global Environmental Science sets new standards in green design, with innovations from heating, cooling, and air-conditioning to a visionary repurposing of the historic solar telescope. Learn about the building’s unique features and the groundbreaking research taking place here.
60-minute tours depart from the Linde + Robinson East Patio, wheelchair access is via the north door

 

12:00 - 2:00 PM
Sherman Fairchild Library Open House
Librarians will be discussing trends in scientific communication, digital publishing, and the changing role of the 21st-century research library.  Please stop by with your questions.
Sherman Fairchild Library



12:30 - 2:00 PM
All Alumni Lunch
Join fellow alumni under the big tent for a boxed lunch or feel free to bring your own picnic and spread out a blanket on the lawn.
Beckman Mall, Tent / $15



12:30 - 2:00 PM
Graduate Student Poster Session
Graduate students from across divisions and option will present research posters on their cutting-edge science.  Sponsored by the Graduate Student Council.
Beckman Institute, Outside Courtyard



12:30 - 2:00 PM
Caltech Archives Open House   
Come explore Caltech’s history! We’ll be displaying letters, laboratory notebooks, and other papers of Caltech scientists and engineers like Millikan, Noyes, Hale, Morgan, Feynman, Richter, von Kármán, and Mead, as well as rare books dating back to the Scientific Revolution. We’ll also offer behind-the-scenes tours of our collection storage, and the opportunity to record an oral history for our collection about your own experience at Caltech.
Beckman Institute, Suite B215

 

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SPECTRE Open House & Sci-Fi Film Screening 
This year marks the 30th anniversary of SPECTRE, Caltech’s student-run science fiction library! Chat with Science Fiction and Fantasy Club members or browse the library’s 10,000+ volumes, serials, autographed copies, and action figurines. Drop in and recommend your favorite book to the next generation of sci-fi fans!
Two sci-fi films will also be screened in the cozy couch-filled room next door: The Last Starfighter (1984) and Interstellar (2014).
SAC B145 & B143 (below the South Houses)

Interstellar (2014)
12:30 PM in SAC B143

Plot: Earth’s hostile environment threatens everyone’s survival, so a team of astronauts is sent through a wormhole in space in an attempt to find a new home for humanity.

Caltech connection: The film Interstellar (2014) grew out of a treatment co-authored in 2005 by Kip Thorne (BS ’62), Caltech’s Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus. Dr. Thorne was a science advisor and executive producer on the film and wrote a book explaining the physics portrayed in the movie, called The Science of Interstellar (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014). More recently, Dr. Thorne was jointly awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the development and ultimate success of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), the first instrument to detect the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity.

The Last Starfighter (1984)
3:30 PM in SAC B143

Plot: Alex Rogan finally beats The Last Starfighter video game only to discover that it was a recruitment test. He’s transported to another planet to join a team of starfighters who defend the world from attack.

Caltech connection: Gary Demos (BS '71) pioneered the use of computer graphics in the film industry, creating computer-generated visual effects for movies including Futureworld (1976), Tron (1982), and The Last Starfighter (1984). This year, the Caltech Alumni Association awarded Mr. Demos the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his pioneering achievement in the development of computer-generated images (CGI) for use in motion pictures, and in digital film scanning and recording.

 


1:00 PM & 1:30 PM
The Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)
The Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) is the nation’s largest science-and-technology research program dedicated to the advancement of solar fuels. Established in 2010 as a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Innovation Hub and led by Caltech, JCAP aims to find new and effective ways to produce fuels using only sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide. The center brings together world-class scientists and engineers under the roof of a newly renovated Jorgensen Laboratory building, outfitted with state-of-the-art facilities and instruments.
30-minute tours depart from the Jorgensen Lab lobby.  Participation is limited to 30 per tour, please sign up in advance.



4:45 - 5:30 PM
SURF Reunion
Since 1979, more than 4,000 Caltech students have participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. If you were a SURFer, or are a friend of the program, please join us to reconnect with former classmates, chat with current SURF students, and learn about what’s new in undergraduate research at Caltech.
Parsons-Gates Lawn / Open to all



5:00 - 8:00 PM
Page House Reunion
We’ll kick off with a wine and beer reception, followed by a 3-course meal (prepared and served by students) and the evening will culminate with stories from alumni and current students.
Page Courtyard / $25 dinner



6:00 - 9:00 PM
Fleming House Reunion
ALRIGHT! Fellow Flems, come thunder with the herd once more and enjoy a good old-fashioned Fleming dinner. Throw napkins, hear the bell rung, and of course float some frosh! FBT.
6:00 p.m.              Reception
6:30 p.m.              Dinner
Fleming House / $50



7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Caltech LGBTQ+ Social
Join the Caltech Center for Diversity and the campus LGBTQ+ student organizations PRISM and oSTEM for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and intimate conversation. We will hold a short program highlighting this year’s achievements and the work of LGBTQ+ student organizations. Alumni, students, faculty, and friends are welcome to attend!
Alumni House, 345 S. Hill Ave.

 

8:00 - 10:00 PM
Avery House Reunion
Averites are invited to our annual Avery House Reunion!  Enjoy food, music and the company of your fellow Averites–both current students and alumni.
Avery Library



8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Lloyd House Reunion
Lloyd dresses up for a snazzy night of casino games with alumni and students, and a fun auction at the end of the night. Additionally, there will be an open bar, live band, snacks and refreshments, and room to dance!
Lloyd House Lounge  

 

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Caltech Glee Club and The Caltech Orchestra Spring Concert
The Caltech Glee Club and The Caltech Orchestra come together for their Spring preformance.
Ramo Auditorium/Free
Questions: Cindy De Mesa (626) 395-3295

      


Sunday, May 20

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Class of 1953 Farewell Breakfast
Join your 1953 classmates for a breakfast and farewell hosted by Dale (BS ’53) and Suzanne Burger
Home of Dale and Suzanne Burger

 

12:00 - 2:00 PM
Caltech Athletics Celebration
Celebrate and commemorate the rich history of intercollegiate athletics at Caltech as we celebrate the achievements of our 2017-2018 scholar-athletes and induct the fifth class into our Hall of Honor. Learn more at: gocaltech.com
Eagle Jones '01
Alexis Johnson '98
Michael Keating '88
Randolph 'Randy' Lewis '72
John Walsh '60
1949 SCIAC Champion Men's Tennis Team
Coach William "Fox" Stanton - Track & Field, Cross Country, Football
Ramo Auditorium / Free, no registration required



12:00 - 2:00 PM
Caltech Y Lunch
Open to all alumni who have fond memories of the Y and want to get updated on current activities. Stop by to enjoy good food, chat with friends, and share your favorite Y memory.
Caltech Y Offices, 505 Wilson Ave., directly north of the Caltech Credit Union
Questions: (626) 395-6163; caltechy@caltech.edu

 

12:00 - 2:00 PM
Caltech Alumni of Color Luncheon
The Black Ladies Association of Caltech and the Caltech Center for Diversity would like to invite all alumni of color to join us for a luncheon.  Sponsored by BLAC (Black Ladies Association of Caltech).
Alumni House, 345 S. Hill Ave.

 

1:00 - 4:00 PM
Dabney House Reunion
Join your fellow Darbs for light snacks, refreshments and games.
Dabney House Courtyard



1:00 - 5:00 PM
Ricketts House Reunion
Beer and Brats will be returning again this year! The name says it all; come enjoy a House barbeque, complete with a kiddie pool (vegetarian food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available).
Ricketts Courtyard
 

2:00 - 5:00 PM
Blacker House Reunion
An afternoon to enjoy tea, hors d’ oeuvres, and conversation with alumni and current students.
Blacker House

 

2:00 - 5:00 PM
Ruddock House Reunion
Ruddock House Reunion is always a great time! Rudds and their families come together to reminisce with their classmates, contemporaries, and current students about their time in Ruddock and at Caltech. Join us for food, stories, and fun.
Tom Mannion’s House, 400 S. Hill Ave.