On Saturday, October 23rd, more than 50 Graduate School of Education alumni from the classes of ‘54 to 2010, attended a variety of events in honor of Stanford’s Reunion.
The alumni arrived from Maine, New York, Texas and our own backyard early Saturday morning in the Cubberley Lobby where they lined up to tour two faculty labs. The group started with Professor Paulo Blikstein’s lab, temporarily housed in Terman, where they were greeted by Paulo and first year PostDoc Daniel Green. Paulo outlined his work ranging from the fabrication of tools for use in schools to his work in low income areas in the U.S. and abroad.
Next, alumni met Stanford GSE graduate student Ximena Portilla for an overview of Professor Jelena Obradovic’s lab in the Cubberley basement. Jelena and Ximena are studying resiliency in children and adolescents and the ways various stressors influence mental health. Alumni were captivated by both tours and grateful for the opportunity to witness first-hand the work of the School and stellar research of our faculty.
After the tours, the alumni attended a Welcome Back Lunch in the Cubberley Arcade along with Stanford GSE emeriti and faculty and staff. Rebecca Smith and Dean Stipek led the guests through a brief overview of the state of the school, and all appeared refreshed by the good food and great conversation. By the end of the Homecoming game, Cubberley Lobby was filled again with Stanford GSE alumni and students eager to extend the day and hear John Willinsky’s band ‘Mayfield’ perform an electrifying mix of classic and contemporary rock, jazz and more. There was much toe-tapping as Dean Stipek, Gay Hoagland and Rebecca Smith took center stage with an impromptu dance.
For more information about reunion or other alumni events please contact Sharon Dauskardt.
By Rod Searcey