Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Welcome to the 2012 Reunion Special Edition of eMuse!

Sweet Reunion!

William Tucker, Director

As teachers, spouses and children swarmed into the Corner Brewery on Friday, November 2, 2012 it was clear that the demise of the Eastern Michigan Writing Project was only a director’s anxiety. They came from Ann Arbor, Adrian, Allen Park, Hamtramck, Livonia, Plymouth, Monroe, South Lyon, and Ypsilanti. They came from 1992, 2002, and 2012. They came from retirement, from new jobs, from well-earned jobs and yearned-for jobs.
Jason Elstone, Jessica Winter, Dawn Richberg and Jim Schaefer at the silent auction
Zachary, Lauren and Dylan Nizol
They filled the Corner with high spirits, reminiscences, and the enjoyment of teaching and learning. They saw slides of Summer Institutes past, anthologies of sacred writing, and children born after the memorable summer. They grazed the buffet, remembering the legendary breakfast buffets of SI’s past. They bid gleefully and anxiously against each other on books with treasured authors’ autographs. They celebrated twenty years of teachers teaching teachers. What a night! 

Silent auction
Institute Anthologies

Display of Institutes and Participant Names
Bill Tucker and Rachel Toon
Pam McCombs, Cindy Guillean, Barbara Martin
Jessica Winter
Sarah Lorenz and Debbie Young
Bill Tucker and Dawn Richberg
Pam McCombs, Barbara Martin, Cindy Guillean
Lisa Eddy, Dave Kangas, Cathy Fleischer
Katie Glupker, John Staunton at the silent auction
Barbara and Barry Webster
Fran and Arthur Marroquin
Kim Pavlock, Barry Webster, Barbara Webster
Left: Angela Knight, Rachel Toon and her son; Right: Barbara Martin, Heather, Nolan and Hannah Shively
Jenny, Brady, Carson and Jeff Taylor
Zachary, Lauren and Dylan Nizol, Carol Sliwka
Pam McCombs, Cindy Guillean, Jude, Jessica and Jacob Kander
Jeff, Carson, Jenny and Brady Taylor
Jason Elstone and Kerry Berry
Kim Pavlock (Reunion Coordinator)
Cathy Flesicher (Reunion Coordinator)
Mitra Dunbar and Rosanne Stark

Post reunion quotes: 

Cathy Flesicher:
It was indeed awesome! Thanks so much to everyone who came and supported EMWP!!! All you teachers are my superheroes!

Angela Knight:
I knew it was a great party because I didn't get to talk to everyone I wanted to. :) Thanks, everyone!

Lisa Eddy:
I told my son on the way home, "That was the best reunion I've ever attended! I didn't have to make small talk, and everyone was HAPPY to talk about work!!" I love EMWP!

Heather Shively:
What a wonderful event. Nolan is now in love with Kim Pavlock, too!! :) Thanks to all who made this possible.

Photos by James and Karen Schaefer

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