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Reunion Schedule Of Events

GPGC 55th Anniversary Reunion

Schedule of Events

July 25 -- 28, 2013

Revised June 30, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

3:00 p.m. Drama, Wait Until Dark (first performance), Shearman Fine Arts Theater, McNeese (on the corner of Ryan Street and Sale Road)

This is a big new theater constructed since our last reunion, in the general area of the old Auditorium.

7:00-9:30 p.m. Margarita Party, Casa Manana, 2510 Ryan Street

Buy your own dinner and drinks at Lake Charles's favorite Mexican restaurant since 1976, complete with Mariachi band! Walk-in reunion sign-ups will be available at the restaurant.

7:00 p.m. Musical, The Frogs (local-area performance), Shearman Fine Arts Theater, McNeese

If you're not up for Mexican food, you can always catch the musical on Thursday night. This performance might be a bit less crowded than the Friday performance. This rarely-seen musical by Stephen Sondheim is based on Aristophanes' comedy of the same name.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Breakfast on your own

10:00-11:30 a.m. Game Time, Old Ranch LaJeunesse Room (formerly Cowboy Room), McNeese

Bring your cards, Risk game, chess board, or whatever you liked to play "back then" and relive the glory in a pick-up game with other gifties.

Nostalgic lunch at the McNeese Cafeteria (buy your own)

1:00-2:30 p.m. Speaker-Cal Domingue, MFT, GPGC Class of 1970, "Raising Gifted Children," Baker Auditorium, Farrar Hall, McNeese

This presentation focuses on Giftedness in the pre-school through early adult years, and may be of interest to anyone working with or raising children in that age range. It discusses the impact of Giftedness in childhood and adolescence, how it may manifest in school or socially, and how parents, educators, and others can assist the gifted child in coping with the unique challenges (s)he will face.

The first section talks about psychology and research in Giftedness, outlining a few psychological theories that may be helpful in understanding the impact of Giftedness on an individual. The second section focuses on challenges during the early years, with the final section devoted to young adults (high school and college). Throughout, the presentation interweaves research findings on Giftedness with established psychological theories by Erikson, Linehan, and Debrowski, exploring both the advantages and challenges of being Gifted. It explores how Giftedness can have negative social repercussions in elementary and middle school years, and therefore negatively impact, or have mixed effect upon, one's internal sense of self. Through exploring these possibilities it normalizes any confusion or social ostracism that may occur, and discusses how that can be repaired. Some attention is given to helping the Gifted multi-potentialed student make choices for future academic and career planning. See Cal's bio at the bottom of this schedule.
Before or after Cal's talk, be sure to visit the Middleton Tree right outside Farrar Hall. It is marked with a plaque.

3:00 p.m. Drama, Wait Until Dark (final performance), Shearman Fine Arts Theater, McNeese

5:30 p.m. Dinner on your own

Get your friends together and explore some of the fine dining possibilities of Lake Charles. Or try the cafeteria if you missed out on lunch there....

7:00 p.m. Musical, The Frogs (final performance), Shearman Fine Arts Theater, McNeese

8:00 p.m.-midnight Party at the Lake Charles Country Club hosted by Mike Fuljenz, GPGC Class of 1968

A cash bar will be available.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Breakfast on your own

9:00 a.m. Graduation for current GPGC students, Ralph Squires Auditorium

9:30 a.m. Graduation Reception, Ralph Squires Auditorium Lobby

Get-together for current gifties, parents, and all alumni to meet, greet, socialize, network, and get to know one another.

10:00 a.m. Speaker-Cal Domingue, MFT, GPGC Class of 1970, "On Being a Gifted Adult," Ralph Squires Auditorium, McNeese

This presentation focuses on Giftedness throughout the adult lifespan, from the early adult years, through late life until death. It reviews some research on happiness, and how Gifted individuals can strive to achieve that given their unique challenges and advantages.

In each age range (early adulthood, middle age, later life), the unique advantages and challenges of being Gifted are reviewed in the context of established psychological understanding (Erikson, Debrowski, & Linehan). Coping strategies for life and within the workplace (which can include school/college) are given special attention, as is brain evolution through the lifespan.

11:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch, pizza and po-boys, Black Box Theater (behind Ralph Squires), McNeese

We will be accepting on-the-spot donations to pay for lunch.

1:30 p.m. One-Man Show by Ron Ehmke, GPGC Class of 1974, "The Dark Times, Part 1: Not for Profit: A Personal History of Peripheral Art, 1972-92," Ralph Squires Auditorium

Note: This performance includes occasional strong language and frank discussion of sexuality and death, so it may not be suitable for younger children.

3:00 p.m. Large Ensemble & Choral Concerts, Shearman Fine Arts Theater, McNeese

Large Ensemble Concert Program
Presentation of gift from Friends of the GPGC to the Governor's Program
Choral Concert Program
Alumni join the Chorus on stage to sing "The Impossible Dream"

6:00 p.m. Dinner, Old Ranch (Buffet opens at 6:30; cash bar for those 21 and up through 11:30)

7:30 p.m. Official Speakers--Master of Ceremonies Mike LeJeune, GPGC Class of 1971, Fearless Leader of Alumni Zart Dombourian-Eby, GPGC Class of 1967 and GPGC Director Josh Brown, GPGC Class of 1986, Old Ranch, McNeese

9:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m. Alumni Dance, Old Ranch, McNeese

Sunday, July 28, 2013

10:00-11:00 a.m.Alumni Association Quintennial Meeting, Old Ranch

Please join us and help to make the alumni association more effective and the next reunion even more awesome!

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Brunch and Final Presentations, Old Ranch, McNeese

The beloved Ryan Street Piccadilly is no more, so we are having our own private brunch buffet before we all have to go back to our usual lives....

NOTE:There will be several performances of both the Drama and the Musical during the Reunion. Alumni are welcome to attend any or all performances as they wish. If space is limited at any time, we ask that alumni defer to the families of current students. There is also a dress rehearsal performance of the Musical for the general public on Wednesday night (July 24) before the reunion, if folks nearby would prefer to attend that evening. Also, the Art Show will be on display Friday and Saturday in the Grand Gallery of the Shearman Fine Arts Center, and there is an Instrumental Recital at noon on Friday in Ralph Squires.

Cal Domingue, LMFT, is a Louisiana native & a graduate with honors of both ULL and the LA GPGC who now works as a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco, CA. One of his specializations is working with Gifted / talented children and adults; this includes individuals with high IQ and those who excel creatively. He is also trained and certified as a SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) facilitator, and has spoken on aspects of Giftedness at the SENG national conference. Cal has also been a speaker at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA), a residential high school for gifted youth, in Natchitoches, LA; and previously for the LA GPGC. In addition to his work in the field of psychotherapy, Cal is also employed by an international software firm, has sung professionally, and is both a licensed minister and a certified massage therapist. In his role as a software support engineer, Cal has also spoken at national and international technology conferences. Cal is a member of Mensa and the Triple Nine Society, as well as AAMFT. As you may guess, Cal identifies with the multi-potentialed aspects of Giftedness.