Yankton College to host all-class reunion

Yankton College Alumni from all corners of the United States will attend the 2010 All-Class Reunion to be held July 14-18 with events occurring at the Best Western Kelly Inn and other various locations in the Yankton area. Over 300 old friends and classmates will reunite to relive the college spirit and rekindle their Greyhound pride. Deserving Yankton College alumni will also be honored for their outstanding college and career achievements.   

The event begins with a pre-reunion gathering of Yankton College Theatre Alum, who will meet for a reception at the Kelly Inn, Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. then gather again Thursday evening at the Black Steer for a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Registration for the reunion begins Thursday, July 15, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Kelly Inn lobby and a No-Host get-together will be held at JoDean's restaurant that evening at 7 p.m.   

On Friday, July 16, registration hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kelly Inn lobby. Tours of the old campus are scheduled at 8:45 a.m. and again at 12:45 p.m. for those who have made advance arrangements with the YC office. The first rehearsal for the Reunion Choir will be held at the UCC Church at 4 p.m. The "Greyhound Greats" recognition ceremony will be held at Murdo's Aten Resort at 5 p.m. At that time outstanding men and women athletes in the sports of football, basketball, baseball, track and cross-country and wrestling will be recognized.  

On Saturday, July 17 at the Kelly Inn, registration will continue from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and two luncheons will be held. The Letterwinners' Luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. At this time, the Hall of Fame awards will be presented to YC coaches: Ron Blaylock, Jim Holwerda and Bill Whisler; and YC athletes: Jim Gentile, Ken Michaelsen, Robert Pattee and Richard Downs. Team awards will also be given to the 1970 Greyhound Football Team. At 12 p.m., the Hall of Honor Luncheon for the Fine Arts, Humanities and Theology will also be held. The Humanities Hall of Honor awards will be presented to Robert Fanslow (posthumously), David Hardy, Myrna K. Andersen and Henrietta Stithe Andrews.  

At 3 p.m. the YC Talent Show, featuring music and theatrics, will be held at the YC Alumni Hall at YHS, followed by a second Reunion Choir rehearsal at the same location. The evening banquet at the Kelly Inn begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to Perry Strombeck, Bruce Pirnie and Michael Jaffe; the Pro Causa Award to Cathy Rehfuss and the Alumni Service Award to Paul Rehfuss. The Reunion Choir will perform and the evening will end with the singing of "Hail, Yankton College!"

The Yankton College Gift & Bookstore, featuring YC merchandise, will be open each day at the Kelly Inn and will feature monogrammed t-shirts, polo-shirts, caps and golf balls, etched wine glass and books written on the history of the college or authored by alums. The Yankton College Office, located at 1801 N. Summit at the north end of the high school, will also be open each day to see college memorabilia. As a YC fundraiser, Buffalo Run Winery will sell its South Dakota wine featuring unique Yankton College labeling on Saturday before the banquet.  

On Sunday, July 18, an informal brunch will be held at Minerva's at 10 a.m. to wrap up the college reunion.  

Yankton College, whose rich history and standard for educational excellence spanning 103 years, hosts reunions biennially to reunite the men and women who attended the liberal arts college.

For further information, please contact the Yankton College office at 605-665-3661.

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