Hundreds of Brunonians experienced a boost of fall energy and that contagious Brown enthusiasm as the University hosted Family Weekend this October 21-23, which, for the first time ever, also coincided with an All-Advisory Council Fall Weekend and an autumn day for alumni. College Hill was filled with good cheer and palpable Brown spirit as returning alumni, parents and students alike participated in a cornucopia of offerings.
Joy, camaraderie, and insight on College Hill
A perfect October weekend brought Brown parents, students, and alumni to Providence in celebration of the Brown community.
In between strolling along Thayer Street and soaking in the feeling of fall on campus, some weekend highlights included cheering on the Brown Bears at a thrilling Brown vs. Cornell football game, and enjoying the city’s beauty by firelight at a Brown-sponsored WaterFire lighting. A Providence tradition created by Barnaby Evans ’75, Saturday’s spectacular art experience featured more than 80 crackling bonfires, enchanting music from around the world, a diverse lineup of student performances, and a celebration of the tremendous accomplishments of 50 Years of Medicine at Brown.
“What a weekend! Brown’s first All-Advisory Council [Fall] Weekend, combined with Family Weekend, made for a campus brimming with energy, excitement, and camaraderie. Hundreds of alumni volunteers gathered together to engage in topics concerning the future of Brown alumni activity, and built around the pillars of belonging, engagement, and experiences.”
And while campus was abuzz with these and other Family Weekend-related festivities, more than 300 of Brown’s senior volunteer leaders participated in critical planning sessions at dozens of meetings and connected with other leaders during Brown’s first All-Advisory Council Fall Weekend.
“Volunteer leadership is a pillar of the Brown alumni community, and we are so fortunate to have 2,500+ brilliant and committed volunteers who give back to Brown regularly through their time and talent,” said Zack Langway ’09, vice president for alumni relations. “It’s through their extraordinary service that we are able to keep the spirit of Brown lively and bold in our community of 100,000+ alumni around the world. I have spent thirteen years as a volunteer leader myself, and I know how much time and commitment each individual puts forward.”
Participants also paused to recognize the incredible contributions that dedicated Brunonians have made to Brown and the world at a special event held during WaterFire.
“Blessed to have received the Joseph M. Fernandez ’85 Award this weekend but even more blessed to have had [friends], frat, and coaches around to celebrate with me. Grateful for the recognition @brownu #evertrue.”
— @eldridgegilbert3, 2022 Joseph M. Fernandez ’85 Award recipient