Class of 1966

Class of 1966 at the 2017 Reunion and Homecoming Weekend.

Celebrating your 56th Reunion!


Class of 1966 at the 2017 Reunion and Homecoming Weekend.

56th Reunion

Start planning now to connect with your class and the College.

  1. Register for Homecoming
  2. Book your lodging
  3. Update your contact information
  4.  Submit a class note
  5.  Join the Class of 1966 Facebook Group for reunion weekend updates
  6. Review the Class of 1966’s additional information like class letters, transportation and more!

Come back to campus on October 21-23, 2022 to celebrate Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

1966 Yearbook

Class of 1966 Boiling Pot Cover
Class of 1966 Yearbook Cover

Gathering & Photo Details

The following events are College sponsored.

  • CANCELLED Friday, Oct 21 at 7 a.m. – Class of 1966 Lillian Anderson Arboretum TourMeet at the parking lot!
  • Friday, Oct 21 at 8:30 a.m. – Class of 1966 Breakfast in Hicks
  • Friday, Oct 21 at 3 p.m. – Class of 1966 Memorial at Stetson Chapel. Watch the Livestream at 3 p.m.!
  • Saturday, Oct 22 at 11 a.m. – Reunion Photo at Stetson Chapel
  • Saturday, Oct 22 at 7 p.m. – Reunion Gathering at The Park Club

General Information

Need more details for attending Homecoming and Reunion Weekend? Review the following for more details.

Reunion Committee

Contact your class agent and members of your reunion committee

Amy Mantel Hale
Reunion Chair
AmyHale2@aol.com

John Honell
Class Agent/Pizza Party
honelspts@mac.com

Jim Tiefenthal
Treasurer
reunion@kazoo66.org

Martha Staples Beverly
Friendship Village Arrangements
marthabeverly@gmail.com

Joan Baker Deschamps
Transportation/Surveys
ljdeschamps@sbcglobal.net

Deanna Hultquist Tiefenthal
Program/Print Materials
chdeanna@tiefenthal.com

Dick and Beth Myers
Memorial Service Co-chairs
revrmyers@rochester.rr.com
bethmyers@rochester.rr.com

Dan Busdiecker
Memorial Service Co-chair
dbusdiecker@msn.com

Meribeth Matulis Freeman
Music/Singalong
meribethf@yahoo.com

Jenny Smith Sanderson
Centerpieces/Artwork
jmsanderson@att.com

Gene Losey
Wine Tasting
genel@elmhurst.edu

Linda Plein DaCosta
lindaverob@aol.com

Anne Blanford Teghtmeyer
anneedteg@gmail.com

Chung-Yu Wu
cyandhc@yahoo.com

Dave Renne
drenne@mac.com

Charlotte Hauch Hall
chall135@yahoo.com


an illustration of a Hornet by Jennifer (Smith) Sanderson '66
Artist: Jennifer (Smith) Sanderson ’66

Additional Information for the Class of 1966

Class of 1966 Letters

It’s happening in October! Save the Date!

Dear K66’er,

It’s happening in October! Join classmates in Kalamazoo for our 56th reunion year. On October 20, 2022, we’ll kick things off with our traditional Thursday evening pizza party. And that’s just the beginning of our wonderful long weekend in Kalamazoo.

We missed our reunion last year but we’re going all out in 2022. Here’s what the K66 planners have in mind:

  • Lots of time to hang out, catch up and shoot the bull
  • Pizza party Meet and Greet
  • Dinners on campus and around town
  • Wine and beer tasting sessions
  • Brunches, lunches and late night munchies
  • Tours of old campus haunts and new buildings
  • Air Zoo visit – “like no place else on Earth“
  • Class memorial service in Stetson Chapel
  • Topical seminars and discussions
  • Music, sing-alongs and games
  • Guided nature walks
  • Tennis, swimming and other activities

It all begins on October 20th and continues through to the Sunday, October 23 morning brunch. We will be together until we’ve said our goodbyes and the last waffle is gone.

We have discounted rates, exclusively for our class, at the Holiday Inn West from October 20-23: $159 and $169 for “suites.” Handicap accessible rooms are available. (Reservations can be canceled without penalty.) 

To book, simply call 269.888.4800.  Make sure that you mention that you are in the Kalamazoo College Class of 1966 to get the lowest rate. Book your room now.  

Space is always limited in Kalamazoo during Homecoming. It is vital that you reserve now to be sure that there are enough rooms for our class.  

SAVE THESE DATES: As you make your reservation, remember that the activities will begin the evening of Thursday, October 20, 2022 and continue through 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 23. You don’t want to miss anything.

I’m very excited about seeing all our Golden Hornets together again on that fair Arcadian hill next October.

Amy Mantel Hale

July 2022 Class Letter – Highlights

Dear Classmate,

Finally, it’s happening! Our 56th Class Reunion begins the evening of Thursday, October 20 and continues through our brunch on Sunday, October 23.

The Reunion Planning Committee has been working diligently – and creatively – to host an event where there will be plenty of time for K66’ers to hang around together – on campus and off.

Some of our activities this year are sponsored solely by the class; others are organized by the Alumni Office. That means you’ll be receiving two separate registration forms. Form #1 is included with this letter. Please complete this form (the Class of 1966 registration form*) prior to September 1, 2022. Send Form #1 by mail with a check made out to K66 Reunion to Jim Tiefenthal. His address is on the form.

In September, the College will email the online registration form (Form #2) along with details about Homecoming. It is important that you submit both Form #1 and Form #2 in order to participate fully in the K66 reunion activities.

Some of the highlights:

Thursday

  • Kick off our reunion with our traditional welcome pizza, salads and beer.

Friday

  • Don’t miss the chance to tour the world-class AirZoo museum, and the option to tour the museum, solve a murder mystery, build a rocket ship or test your skills in a flight simulator – sessions arranged exclusively for us.
  • Feast on delicious meals, thanks to Martha Staples Beverly, who has been doing food tastings all around town.
  • Pause to remember and honor our lost friends at the Friday memorial program in the Chapel with the guidance of Dan Busdiecker, Beth and Dick Myers. Linda Plein DaCosta is preparing a brief video tribute as well.
  • Gather at the fabulous Friendship Village Clubhouse. That will be our central meeting place and will serve as our Welles Hall for some meals – but the food will be better. (The Clubhouse is just two miles from the Holiday Inn West, where many of us will be staying.)
  • Raise your glass with Gene Losey who is once again organizing wine-tastings – or, at least, wine drinking. Plus, we’ll have beer from some of Kalamazoo’s renowned breweries.
  • Sing along with Gene Losey on the accordion and Kathy Shaw Kortge on the Dobro, with song sheets provided by Meribeth Matulis Freeman.

Saturday

  • Tour the campus, meet current students and talk to our old and new faculty friends.
  • Attend the Homecoming football game, K vs. Alma. Go Hornets!
  • Enjoy the class banquet at the prestigious Park Club in downtown Kalamazoo.

Sunday

  • Say goodbye with kisses and quiches at our Farewell Brunch.
  • And much more….

Stay abreast of plans as they develop by checking our Class of 1966 website.

Please book now to take advantage of our special discounted rates at the Holiday Inn West from October 20-23, exclusively for our class:  $159 and $169 for “suites.”  (Reservations can be canceled without penalty.)  As you know, accommodations during Homecoming can be very hard to find. Book directly by calling 269.888.4800.   Make sure that you mention that you are in the Kalamazoo College Class of 1966 to get the special rate.

If you prefer to stay downtown at the Radisson, book with the K College Homecoming Block. The rooms are $147 per night; parking is an additional $10 per night. Call the Radisson Hotel directly at 269.343.3333. (Please note that space is limited and rooms may no longer be available.)

Thanks to generous donations of several classmates, we plan to have shuttle service on Friday and Saturday to all class events leaving from both the Holiday Inn West and the Radisson Hotel. Additional donations are welcome to help defray the cost of the shuttles and other reunion expenses.

Even though the reunion is three months away, now is the time to act. Begin today by completing Registration Form #1 and mailing it to Jim Tiefenthal.

We will, of course, monitor public health concerns and follow Covid protocols. If reunion activities are cancelled, we will refund all fees.  We will also give refunds (less the $10 registration fee) for any personal cancellations made prior to October 1. For cancellations after October 1, we will refund 50% of the K66 registration fees.

I am really excited to see everyone. It’s time to get out and stretch our legs on that fair Arcadian hill.

Lux Esto!

Amy Mantel Hale
Reunion Chair
AmyHale2@aol.com
703.216.0340

*General registration for Homecoming 2022 opens in mid-September. If members of the Class of 1966 need a paper registration form for reunion events that are not sponsored by the College or if you need assistance registering online for College-sponsored events, please plan to email alumni@kzoo.edu in mid-September, once the general registration is available.

Hotels & Lodging

As you make your reservations, remember that the activities will begin the evening of Thursday, October 20, 2022 and continue through 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 23.

Holiday Inn West

We have discounted rates at the Holiday Inn West exclusively for our class from October 20-23.

  • Rate: $159 and $169 for “suites”
  • Reservations can be canceled without penalty.
  • To book directly: Call 269.888.4800 and mention you are in the Kalamazoo College Class of 1966 to get the special rate.
  • To reserve a handicap accessible room: Call 269.888.4800 and mention you are in the Kalamazoo College Class of 1966 to get the special rate.

Radisson Hotel

If you prefer to stay downtown at the Radisson, you may take advantage of the College Homecoming Block.

  • Rate: $147 per night; parking is an additional $10 per night
  • Space is limited
  • Book Dates: October 20-23
  • To book: Call the Radisson hotel directly: 269.343.3333 and identify yourself as part of the Kalamazoo College Homecoming Block
    • Reservation Code: KCH22

Transportation

The ’66 reunion committee is working to provide shuttles between the following locations:

  • Holiday Inn West
  • Radisson Plaza Hotel
  • The K campus
  • Friendship Village Club House
  • Any other class related activities.

Note: We will not be providing transportation to and from the airport.

See Who’s Coming from the Class of ’66!

Want to Help a K Student?

The Center for Career & Professional Development provides opportunities for students to participate in flash mentoring and more with K alumni! To engage in these efforts, please consider one or more of the following options:

  1. Update your information in the College’s Alumni Directory.
  2. Create/Update your LinkedIn profile.
  3. For quick career conversations with current K students, check out Hornet Huddles! Hosted on Zoom, Huddles give ultimate flexibility for flash mentoring to fit into your workday. If you’re interested, please contact the CCPD via email (career@kzoo.edu).
  4. For other alumni resources from the CCPD, check out the CCPD Alumni page.

Have other ideas? Contact the CCPD via email (career@kzoo.edu) or complete this CCPD webform to let us know of your continued interest.

Emeriti Club – The Golden Hornets

The Emeriti Club is an alumni organization for members of classes who graduated from Kalamazoo College 50 or more years ago.

Citation of Merit Award

You, as an Emeriti Club member are encouraged to nominate fellow members to receive a Citation of Merit Award. Please use the online nomination form, or print and send a form to the Office of Alumni Engagement anytime throughout the year. Please provide as much information as possible about the nominee.

Criteria for the selection of citation recipients are as follows:

  • Extent of alumni activity and involvement
  • Outstanding professional experience
  • Level of civic, church, school, and/or community service involvement
  • Continued support of the College
  • Length of time attended Kalamazoo College
  • All alumni of Kalamazoo College who matriculated in classes 50 or more years ago and attended six or more terms are eligible for nomination.

The Emeriti Club Leadership Council meets in the spring to consider the nominees and select the citation recipients. Nominees not selected are kept for future consideration.

Connect with other Emeriti Club Members

Want to connect with other Golden Hornets? Learn more about Emeriti Club gatherings during Homecoming!

Homecoming News

2022 Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees

2022 Award Recipients & Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Check out this year’s list of recipients for Alumni Association Awards, Citation of Merit Awards, and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees!


Alumni Association Awards Ceremony

Attend the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony to celebrate the Alumni Association Award Recipients and the Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Location: Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building