Ole Adventure in D.C. and NYC

Hosted by Barry Carlson '79, Senior Development Officer and 50th Class Reunion Liaison
October 19–26, 2014

Oles are doing amazing things. We’ve gathered together some of the most interesting in the Washington, D.C. and New York City areas and asked them to share their time and stories with us. Among others, we’ll meet with:

  • Mark Dimunation ’74, Chief of Rare Book & Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. Mark will connect us to – as his title suggests – some of the unique and special books in America’s history, such as the bible that has been used at presidential inaugurations.
  • Brenda Berkman ’73, Captain FDNY, Retired. Brenda is a distinguished alumna and one of the pioneering women firefighters in America. She was at Ground Zero shortly after the Twin Towers were struck on 9/11. In that attack Brenda lost 5 members of her firehouse (3 from the ladder company she was assigned to) and had worked with about 250 of the 343 firefighters who died that day.
  • Tony Aldwell ’72, Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Tony has been involved with U.S. Defense since completing a 30-year Air Force career in 2002. Prior to his current position, he was the Deputy Director of the Defense Technology Security Administration. Tony will share U.S. policies related to defense … at least those that aren’t classified!
  • Gretchen Morgenson ’76, Assistant Business and Financial Editor and Columnist at the New York Times. Gretchen has “covered the world financial markets for the Times since May 1998 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for her ‘trenchant and incisive’ coverage of Wall Street.”

See the enclosed itinerary for a full list of Ole meetings and activities. Besides connecting with Oles doing cool things, we’ll also connect with one another and enjoy some of the unique offerings each city has to offer.

What to Expect
Accommodations will be in centrally-located three or four star hotels, with easy access to public transportation. The weather should be mild, with average highs in both cities around the mid-60s.

The itinerary requires some walking. We will move by private motor coach as much as possible, but both cities are set up to encourage use of public transportation. To fully participate in this program, you should be capable of walking a minimum of a half mile at a time and of traveling with a group for several hours each day. See the itinerary for planned activities and the amount of estimated free time.

Program Fee

The program fee is $2,750 per person. Based on double occupancy, it includes discussions led by alumni living and working in D.C. and New York, accommodations, breakfast daily and group meals as listed on the itinerary, admissions for group activities, ground transportation (except for airport transfers) and gratuities to group guides, drivers, and meal servers. For single occupancy, add $615. 

Transportation to D.C. and from New York is not included. Participants are solely responsible for all expenses not specifically included in the program fee. Examples of excluded expenses include: domestic airfare or mileage from your home town • airport transfers • accident / baggage / trip cancellation insurance • beverages, including at group meals • laundry • dry cleaning • phone charges • room service or other items of a personal nature • expenses incurred during free time or non-group activities • lunch and dinner, unless specifically included on program itinerary. 

If you plan to fly and would like assistance with flight arrangements, may we recommend Noreen Deiss of Travel Leaders/Suntime Travel. She can be reached at 651-429-0039 or noreen@suntimetravel.com. 

We recommend you not purchase non-refundable airfare until we can confirm the program has enough participants to go. The Go/No-Go decision date is June 1, 2014. A minimum of 17 participants are needed for this program to go.


To register, click on the "printable full program description, itinerary, and registration form" link at the top of this page, print the registration form and send it in, or call the Study Travel Director, Heidi Quiram, at 507-786-3629 or toll free 888-865-6537. A deposit of $500 per person guarantees your space.






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