Travel Program Brings Learning, Adventure Together

Washington University’s Travel Program offers an array of exciting travel experiences for alumni and friends each year. Selected by the Alumni Association Travel Committee, these trips provide unique learning opportunities in some of the most fascinating and culturally rich locations around the globe. Washington University faculty lead several of the tours, lending their expertise.

Alumni, parents, and University friends are welcome to participate, and invite their friends as well. For more information or to request a brochure on the 2008 Travel Program, contact the Alumni Association Travel Program Office at 314-935-5212 or 866-WUTRIPS, or send an e-mail to Visit the Alumni Association Web site at for the latest information. Don’t miss the opportunity to broaden your horizons by learning through the Travel Program.

2008 Travel Program Schedule

January 31-February 7
Peru, featuring Machu Picchu
February 1-16
Expedition to Antarctica
February 3-11
Island Life in Tahiti and French Polynesia
February 22-March 6
Treasures of Southern Africa
Travel Study Leader: John Hoal
Sold out!
March 28-April 6
April 15-26
Spain: Barcelona and San Sebastian
May 5-16
France: Normandy and Brittany
May 23-June 6
Highlights of China, Tibet, and the Yangzi River
Travel Study Leader: Beata Grant
June 8-10
Italy’s Magnificent
Lake District
Travel Study Leader: Rebecca Messbarger

June 20-July 3

The Romance of the
Blue Danube
July 2-15

Ukraine on the Dnieper River
July 5-16
The Baltic’s Amber Coast
Travel Study Leader:
Peter MacKeith
July 6-14
Chianti in a Tuscan Villa
July 13-23
The Great Journey
Through Europe
August 12-22
The Black Sea Aboard the All-Suite Corinthian II
August 15-26
Celtic Lands
August 19-29
Kenya Migration
September 19-30
Italy: Sorrento and Orvieto
September 29-October 9
October 10-20
Egypt: Gift of the Nile

Travel Study Leaders 2008

Beata Grant,
Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
Grant teaches Chinese literature, religion, and culture and is the author of numerous books and articles. She leads “Highlights of China, Tibet, and the Yangzi River.”

Peter MacKeith,
Associate Dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Associate Professor of Architecture
MacKeith is an expert on Finnish and Nordic architecture in the United States and Europe. He leads the “Baltic’s Amber Coast.”

John Hoal,
Associate Professor of Architecture & Urban Design
Hoal has practiced architecture, urban design, and community-based planning in the United States and South Africa. He leads “Treasures of Southern Africa.”

Rebecca Messbarger,
Associate Professor of Romance Languages
Messbarger’s major research interests center on Italian Enlightenment literature and culture. She leads “Italy’s Magnificent Lake District.”


Alumni, Friends Celebrate Founders Day 2007
On November 3, 2007, alumni and University supporters observed the founding of Washington University. The annual Founders Day dinner, held at America’s Center, celebrated the University’s tradition of academic excellence and research since 1853. The guest speakers were Mary Matalin, celebrated conservative voice and presidential advisor, and James Carville, media personality and political icon. The Alumni Association recognized several alumni, faculty, and friends for their accomplishments.

Robert S. Brookings Award
Mrs. Seymour Brown, B.S. ’36
John, M.B.A. ’62, and
Ellen Wallace

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Nathan O. Hatch, M.A. ’72, Ph.D. ’74
President, Wake Forest University
Charlotte D. Jacobs, M.D. ’72 Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
Steven F. Leer, M.B.A. ’77 Chairman and CEO, Arch Coal, Inc.
William B. Pollard III, A.B. ’70
Partner, Kornstein Veisz Wexler & Pollard, LLP
Philip D. Shelton, J.D. ’72 President (retired), Law School Admission Council
J.J. Stupp, M.B.A. ’83
Chief Financial Officer, Exegy, Inc.

Distinguished Faculty Awards
Lewis R. Chase
Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Steven Fazzari
Professor of Economics, Arts & Sciences
Jackson Nickerson
Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy, Olin Business School
James V. Wertsch
Marshall S. Snow Professor in Arts & Sciences and Director, McDonnell International Scholars Academy

Mark your calendars to attend Reunion 2008

April 11-13, 2008
Thurtene Weekend Reunion
The undergraduate Classes of 1998, 2003, and 2007 will mark their 10th, 5th, and 1st reunions during Thurtene weekend and get reacquainted with classmates during this event-packed weekend.

May 15-18, 2008
Reunion Weekend

Classes of 1943, ’48, ’53, ’58, ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, and ’88 will renew old friendships during their Reunions for undergraduate alumni of Architecture, Art, Arts & Sciences, Business, and Engineering.