Reunion Class of 1997 – 20th Reunion
Dear Fellow Class of 1997 Bruins,
It is an honor to welcome you back to campus for the Bruin Engineers’ Reunion Weekend 2017 on Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th, 2017. So much has changed on campus in the 20 years, since we graduated! Do you remember those very first tours of UCLA when the seemingly endless construction on campus offered us a glimpse of the meaning of lifelong learning, or those ubiquitous green fences around campus designed for our safety but called out to our propensity to discover the possibilities that lie beyond. My personal favorite, during our time as students, was that temporary architectural and engineering curiosity while Powell was being retrofitted; don’t tell me that you’ve forgotten about Towell Library!
With all the changes throughout the years, we should take pride in a few things that have continued to remain the same, like the Bruin spirit that endures in things like the UCLA 8-clap, UCLA’s top-notch Engineering academics, and the Engineering School’s cutting-edge faculty and student research. One item, however, which has not changed but requires our attention is the continuing shift from state support to our School’s need for support from donors and its alumni to help cover the critical needs of each student and fund the resources to sustain our School’s outstanding academic programs and ensure a bright future for generations of Bruin Engineers to come. Since we graduated, that decrease in state funding is hardly nominal, and the financial burden on our School and its students has only grown.
As we reflect on the support we received while we were students, from UCLA and its facility and staff, and look toward the future of our School’s continued success, our School needs our support now more than ever. That is why the UCLA School of Engineering and I invite you to show your reunion spirit by making a gift to commemorate our graduation milestone and give back to the school that helped us create our Engineering path. Consider giving today above your regular amount to help the UCLA Engineering Class of 1997 reach its class giving goal of $19,000 over 27 reunion class gifts in advance of the Bruin Engineers’ Reunion Weekend 2017.
For the latest information about the Bruin Engineers’ Reunion Weekend 2017 and the progress of our reunion giving goal, be sure to check back often. Also, connect to your Class of 1997 Facebook Group for more ways to interact with your fellow class alumni such as viewing photo memories, who will be attending, and much more! Remember to invite all your friends for Bruin Engineers’ Reunion 2017 this upcoming June. I look forward to seeing you there.
Abraham Chuang ’97 BS
20th Reunion Class Representative
Class of 1997 Staff Liaison
Therese Franklin | | 310-825-6933