Back at the drive-in
The UD Alumni Association was back to its regularly scheduled programming with its first in-person event since March 2020. Alumni Kristin Scheidt Dailey ’98 and Matt Dailey ’98 and the Cleveland Alumni Community hosted the Cleveland Community Drive-in June 25, a family movie night shared with local alumni, parents, students, friends and special guest President Eric F. Spina.
“It was a wonderful event, UD- focused, family-oriented and great because it was outside,” said Anita Brothers, director of alumni relations and engagement.
More than 80 attendees loaded up their cars with pillows and snacks, eager to watch Despicable Me. Spina addressed the crowd to talk about campus news, including the opening of The Hub at the Dayton Arcade.
“We’re moving forward in our planning and excited about getting back to celebrating milestone reunions on campus.”
This event was the first of many the alumni association will have this fall, both in Dayton and around the country within the UD alumni communities. Alumni communities had ceased hosting in-person events during the pandemic, but Brothers said she is hopeful that will shift this fall.
“It’s still a little complicated, and we are being cautious and consulting with health officials to stay up to date on the current environment. We’ll continue to plan outdoor events and some indoor ones where possible, as well as opportunities for alumni to gather via Zoom,” Brothers said.
But one thing, she said, they are making plans to host in-person is Reunion Weekend in June 2022 after hosting it virtually for two years.
“We’re moving forward in our planning and excited about getting back to celebrating milestone reunions on campus,” she said.