This year’s Alumni Reunion Weekend took place on April 13th and 14th, and was headlined by two new programming events for this year — a retirement send off for veteran staff member, Karen Kirchof, and a Saturday night party in the Duke Forest.
Saturday’s annual Reunion Picnic included the retirement send-off for Kirchof, founder and former Assistant Dean of the Nicholas School’s Career & Professional Development Office. Kirchof was presented with a commemorative book consisting of stories, quotes, and photos submitted by Nicholas School alumni, staff, and friends. She was then presented with a check for the money recently raised for the Nicholas School Internship Fund, made possible by a campaign that was put forth in recognition of her retirement and 28 years of service.
“Alumni Reunion Weekend made my heart sing! To be honored with an Environmental Internship Fund made possible by so many alumni donations and the wonderful notes compiled in a commemorative book – I am eternally grateful and thankful for the Nic School life I have lived. “My alums” are the best and together We Are forever Duke Environment!” – Karen Kirchof
To cap off the weekend, a party was held in the Duke Forest Saturday night, hosted by Duke Forest Director, Sara DiBacco Childs, MEM’08. The new reunion event was a highlight for many attendees, with several alums telling Childs the forest meet-up was the primary reason they made the trek to Durham. “We had a greater than expected turnout, probably almost 50 people. I think an opportunity for a little bit of forest revelry resonates with NSOE alums because it’s an experience almost all of us have shared, and it reminds us of our common roots and the camaraderie we developed while pursuing our common passion for environmental stewardship”, said DiBacco Childs of the night’s festivities.
Also new this year was a special Friday night presentation from faculty member Doug Nowacek on his recent Antarctic research, which was met with an outstanding turnout in the Environment Hall board room.
This year’s reunion also featured several familiar events from years past, including tours of Environment Hall (Friday evening and Saturday afternoon), a welcome and update from the Dean (Friday evening), and an alumni cocktail hour (Friday evening).
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