If you would like to hear how the Watson has evolved from the time of aerograms to smart phones, join the 50th anniversary Watson Fellowship reunion. Davidson has had at least one Watson Fellow 48 of the 49 years since its inception. We will share photos, stories, life lessons, and get to know each other. Some of us have continued professionally what we did during our Watson year, while others have changed directions completely. Imagine a room full of former Watsons who are also Wildcats. You also can connect with current students who are curious about this unique fellowship.
We hope you will be able to join us to (re)connect with a very special group of alumni. Spouses and partners welcome.
8 p.m.: Alumni Gathering, Summit Outpost, 120 Patterson Court Circle
Meet and greet fellow Watson alumni at Davidson's newest on-campus gathering spot. Light food (artisan toasts with toppings) and beverages (including beer and wine) are available for purchase.
All morning sessions will take place in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room in the Alvarez College Union.
9 a.m.: Check-in
Get your nametag and chat informally with Reunion attendees. Light breakfast items will be available, including coffee, pastries and fruit.
9:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks and Icebreaker
We will be joined by Byron McCrae, the new dean of students. Watson Fellows Bill Anderson '69, Alec Rotunda '16 and Xzavier Killings '16--our oldest and most recent Watson Fellows attending--will reflect on the Watson experience then and now.
10:15 a.m.: Breakout Sessions
We'll split into small affinity groups for information sharing; groups will reshuffle at about 11 am. Bring photos and/or other mementos from your Watson year to share! Facilitated by Prof. Malcolm Campbell '84, former Watson fellow, Biology Professor and Martin Genomics Director.
Noon: Lunch on the Town
Have lunch on your own at one of Davidson's many establishments (list will be provided). Those interested can sign up in the morning for various lunch groups with fellow Reunion attendees.
We will transition after lunch to the E. Craig Wall Academic Center before returning to the Smith 900 Room for dinner.
2 p.m.: Davidson Students and International Travel, E. Craig Wall Academic Center
210 E. Craig Wall Academic Center
Hear from faculty, staff and students about contemporary Davidson experiences abroad. Jonathan Berkey, James B. Duke Professor of International Studies, professor of history and director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program, will speak about student education and travel abroad. Jamie Stamey, associate director of the Center for Career Development will speak about Davidson's current efforts to assist students pursuing post-graduate fellowships. David Ethridge '88 will then facilitate a discussion with two students, Mohammed (Jake) El-Sarhan '19 and Martha Gerdes '19, who have recently received the Davidson-Watson Alumni Scholarship to pursue summer international experiences.
3 p.m.: Keynote Presentations, E. Craig Wall Academic Center
320 E. Craig Wall Academic Center
Our keynote will feature presentations by Chris Clunie '06, director of International Basketball Operations, National Basketball Association and Beth Maczka '85, chief executive officer at YWCA of Asheville. Chris and Beth will discuss their Watson year, their career trajectory and their current roles. Q&A will follow.
4 p.m.: Socializing and Networking, E. Craig Wall Academic Center
3rd floor, E. Craig Wall Academic Center
Open time for mingling. Current Davidson students interested in post-graduate fellowships will join us for conversation. Light snacks and beverages provided.
4:45 p.m.: Break
Continue casual conversations, take a walk around campus, or take a break before dinner festivities.
6 p.m. 50th Anniversary Watson Fellowship Dinner
The C. Shaw Smith 900 Room
The dinner will include remarks by Hansford Epes ‘61, registrar emeritus and professor emeritus of humanities and German, and Sierra Ponthier '18, our new Watson Fellow! Cocktail hour starts at 6; dinner will be served at 6:30. Arrive by 6:10 p.m. for a group photo!