For the second consecutive year, Upper Arlington High School graduates, former teachers and administrators are invited to reconnect and take a "trip through history" for UA Alumni Day.
Last year, the Upper Arlington Alumni Association changed up its annual reunion festivities, centered around the community's July 4 celebration, by replacing a block party with UA Alumni Day at the high school.
This year, UA Alumni Day again will be held at UAHS from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Organizers hope the event attracts a multitude of former students, teachers and administrators as they celebrate memories and the common bond of being Golden Bears.
"We found that when people come back for reunions, they want to go back inside the (high school) building and reminisce," said Ellen Clark, a UA Alumni Association board member and past president. "It's like a little trip through history."
UA Alumni Day will feature current UAHS students who will lead tours through the high school, as well as opportunities to purchase the latest in Golden Bear apparel at the school store, Bear Essentials.
There also will be food trucks and a performance by the school pep band.
Additionally, there will be displays of historic memorabilia and ceremonies to recognize former teachers and administrators for their contributions to local education.
At 2:15 p.m., former UAHS Principal Kip Greenhill and former teachers Virginia Ballinger, Randy Pfeiffer, Margrett Schultz, Peggy Sheets and Helen Tanner will be inducted into the UAHS Educator Hall of Fame.
At 2:45 p.m., Brad Sharp, class of 1972, will receive the 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Award for dedication of time to the service of the UAAA and its mission.
Catherine McMichael, class of 1972, also will be honored with the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award for personal, educational or career achievement.
According to the UAAA, Sharp has been active on the group's board of directors since 2002, and regularly travels from his home near Dayton to attend board meetings.
"During his tenure, Brad has assisted in the recruitment of new board members, developing and executing plans to educate and inform alumni about the purpose and benefits of the UAAA and the conceptualization, planning and execution of the Golden Bear Rock Fest fundraiser," the UAAA's website states.
Sharp also has been a member of his class of 1972 reunion planning committee since 1987, and is chairman of the Class of 1972 Legacy Fund, which seeks to raise a $150,000 endowment fund for the Upper Arlington Education Foundation by the time the class marks its 50-year reunion in 2022.
McMichael is a pianist, composer, performer, arranger and teacher in Saginaw, Michigan.
She is a former accompanist for the UAHS 200-voice choir, all of the school's musicals and the chamber singing ensemble, Strollers.
"Teaching, performing and writing comprise her professional musical life," the UAAA website states. "As a teaching specialist, she has taught clinics in improvisation, composition, piano and enrichment in Great Britain, Australia and across the US, from Alaska to Hawaii, Connecticut to California and many places in between."
McMichael plays piano with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Flint Symphony, as well as the River Raisin Ragtime Revue. She co-directs the Bijou Theatre Orchestra, based in Bay City, Michigan, and accompanies the Saginaw Choral Society.
She also has composed and arranged music for The Canadian Brass, the universities of Michigan and Massachusetts, Ithaca (New York) College, Central Michigan University, New England Conservatory Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, Naples (Florida) Orchestra and Chorus and Marshall M. Fredericks Gallery, among others.
"We want to get as many former students, teachers, superintendents and principals to come back as we can," Clark said. "It's a lot of fun.
"At Alumni Day, they can come back and see their friends from other classes, too, not just their own classes. It really is fun to watch people seeing each other after years and years."
Additional information about the UAAA's Alumni Day is available at bearalums.com.