Generations of Regis alumni find camaraderie, adventure running the rapids

For Bert Liebmann, there was never any doubt he’d make the trip to Denver for Regis’ Alumni Weekend this summer. After all, your 50th college class reunion doesn’t roll around every day.

Liebmann, who graduated from Regis in 1964 and went on to Harvard Law and a successful legal career, said after five decades and living three states away in Wisconsin, he still feels a part of the Regis community.

That was apparent as he regaled his raft mates during a trip down the Arkansas River, tackling the “Pinball,” “The Raft Ripper” and “Zoom Flume” rapids and admiring the breathtaking scenery of Brown’s Canyon, just two hours southwest of campus.

Liebmann shared anecdotes from his Regis days, from helping start the short-lived ski team to creating a time capsule that is believed to have remained untouched inside a campus building’s cornerstone. Liebmann had many memories, all good ones. And the rafting trip was one more he could add to the list.

The whitewater rafting experience, sponsored by Regis’ Outdoor Adventure Program, was a new and popular addition to Alumni Weekend 2014. Hiking, a family picnic, community service, reunion class parties and receptions, and Mass in the St. John Francis Regis Chapel were among the many events rounding out the four-day celebration.

Shirley Dunivant of Evergreen, who graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and business administration, said she signed up for the rafting trip because it would be something new and being with Regis people offered an added sense of comfort.

“I think it was a true Regis experience,” she said following the trip. “We started out not knowing each other and we became a real team, and the Regis spirit really came through.”

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