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Successful Centennial Reunion

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Centennial College Alumni Re-connect, Remember


Sixty alumni gathered for a reunion of UNL's Centennial Education Program to reconnect with one another.  They spent Friday evening and Saturday afternoon together at the Nebraska Union and James Arthur Vineyard, respectively.  Those who were able to arrive early also toured the newly-renovated Abel Hall, and heard about UNL's modern learning communities.  

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The Centennial group was comprised mostly of self-proclaimed non-conformists who were selected to participate in this experimental education program between the years of 1969 and 1981.  These alumni had a great time sharing stories and remembering when.  Following the cocktail reception and dinner at the union, "Centennialites" participated in an open-mic session.  Some talked about what they are doing now; others shared favorite memories.  All who spoke agreed that the Centennial College experience had a profound impact on their lives.  

The Centennial (College) Education Program was an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that provided an alternative to departmentalized education.  Students in the co-ed program lived in a close, scholastic community, which was housed in Love and Heppner halls in the Women's Residence Hall Complex.  Men and women students participated in seminar-style classes with an emphasis on self-directed study. 

Faculty came from a cross-section of academic disciplines across the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Dr. Robert Knoll, Dr. Ted Beck and Dr. Gene Harding led the program at various times during its 13-year run.  One of Nebraska's famous citizens, Sally Gordon, served as the program's executive assistant.  Centennial College was one of a number of experimental programs undertaken by institutions of higher education throughout the country in the late 60s and early 70s.   

The group is already discussing its next reunion!  If you participated in Centennial College and did not hear from the NAA about this one, please contact Pam Penner to update your alumni record accordingly.