The West Point football game weekend kicked off in midtown Manhattan Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Events of the day began with a luncheon introducing the Peay Endowment for Academic Excellence to members of the VMI family. That evening, the VMI Alumni Association hosted a night of engagement and fellowship with approximately 60 alumni from the New York City area and a group who came up for the weekend. It was a great mix of alumni from many classes. Some young alumni commented that they had a great time and looked forward to the next event.
The Alumni Agencies team traveled to West Point Friday to meet with counterparts of the West Point Association of Graduates and discuss trends and best practices in higher education advancement. They then turned their attention to preparing for one of the largest off-site gatherings of alumni in VMI’s history. More than 450 people registered for the early morning tailgate, with a bus leaving midtown Manhattan to enjoy the festivities. The bitter cold did not keep people away. Many alumni and their families caught up with old friends and made new friends before heading up to the big game. Steve Maconi, VMI Alumni Agencies CEO, spoke for many when he said that the weekend was “ … a great opportunity for members of the VMI family to reconnect, enjoy each other’s company, have some fun and support the team.”
The slide show below provides a glimpse of the weekend events.