Stories of Their Lives: Class of '67 Produces a Groundbreaking Yearbook
“By adding a video and yearbook this year, it almost tripled the participation in our 50th,” said Gerry Kurth, who retired from IBM and then the Gartner Group in 2004. “It is hoped that our learning experiences can benefit future classes.” To assist future classes with their own yearbook production, Kurth compiled a detailed manual of best practices and observations.
In addition to Kurth, committee members included Kathy Martell-Ciociola, George Kelly, Tom Juliano, Charlie Pritzlaff, Steve Rohde and Bob Rossi. Their objectives were to: 1) add to the reunion experience by sharing their stories and broadening their horizons; 2) reward those who contributed their bios with a quality book and video; 3) expand the reunion spirit beyond those who attended the reunion; 4) produce a product which serves as a model for those who succeed them; and 5) use this communications channel to broaden support for their alma mater.
“It was a lot of fun,” Rohde said of his involvement in the project. “But it was more work than we thought.”
Charlie Pritzlaff, who is retired from the Air Force and still works part time for Georgetown University, coordinated the review and editing of the bios in the yearbook.
“The yearbook project took a tremendous amount of work on the part of Gerry, Steve and myself, but the final product made it well worth the effort,” Pritzlaff noted. “When the committee started planning for the reunion and making contacts, a yearbook of this quality wasn’t being conceived of. That evolved with Gerry’s vision and Steve’s skill. Any future class wishing to do a reunion yearbook will have a head start based on our ‘lessons learned,’ but should not underestimate the time that will still be required.”
“It was quite an exciting project,” Kurth added. “It evolved from just putting a yearbook together to a broader goal of having a template for our successors and creating a model to institutionalize the concept for the benefit of the school. I enjoyed working with the committee and am very pleased with the positive reception of the final product. I feel that the committee moved the needle a bit in helping reconnect more classmates with their alma mater.”