The MKA Alumni Relations office hosted several events during Weekend, bringing over 200 friends, Trustees, faculty, staff and alumni of classes from the '02s and '07s, back to campus as they gathered to enjoy their Reunion Luncheon and to honor Karestan Chase Koenen, PhD '86, the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is bestowed in recognition and appreciation of an outstanding achievement by an alumna or alumnus who has achieved distinction in some field of endeavor, or through outstanding character or dedication has been of special service to humanity. Karestan is currently a professor at Harvard where she does research and teaches about trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The broad goal of her work is three-fold. First, she studies why, when exposed to a similar traumatic event, some persons develop PTSD while others are resilient. Second, she investigates how trauma and PTSD influence weight gain and alter long-term physical health including chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type-2-diabetes. Third, she documents global burden of trauma and PTSD through her work with the World Mental Health Surveys. Dr. Koenen also advocates for victims of sexual violence.
With the fall season in full swing, families from all three campuses showed their cougar pride, cheering on the MKA volleyball, soccer and football teams throughout the day. Attendees enjoyed the many festivities lining Lloyd Road including student-run tables selling food and lots of MKA swag.
Saturday evening cocktail parties brought alumni from across the country returning to Montclair. Classmates reconnected with each other and reminisced about their times at MKA. The reunion celebrations were at venues all around the town, which perfectly capped off the days' festivities with great food, friends and fare!
On Sunday, the third annual alumni soccer game took place on Muenster Field with 16 alumni players in attendance and many of their family and friends cheering them on. This event has become a signature program as alumni spanning the decades love to come together and play with other former cougars on the field. This year a face painter was on-site to entertain the children present at the game.
Click here to browse the Homecoming 2017 gallery. Check back soon to see photos from the alumni and reunion events!
*Photos courtesy of Doug Allen, Steve Clayton and Derek Morf