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50th SSP Reunion Celebration
The 50th SSP Reunion Celebration in Ojai, July 18-19, will be the chance of a lifetime for alumni and former faculty to remember "the educational experience of a lifetime", meet classmates and other SSPers from 16 to 65, and enjoy again that unique combination of intellectual and social stimulation that is the Summer Science Program. Join us!

Friday will feature two events in parallel: a Benefit Fundraising Reception & Dinner at the Ojai Valley Inn, and a Kickoff Reception & Hangout at Thacher School. Saturday will be a special Reunion Day at Thacher, with a full day of activities. Families are welcome, and of course, the students and faculty of SSP 2008 will be there too.

In order to plan the biggest and best SSP Reunion ever (and feed everyone), we need to know how many people will attend. Advance registration is required for all three events. On Reunion Day, lunch and dinner in the Thacher dining hall are included in the ticket price, with discounts for young adults, teenagers, and children. In the registration process for Reunion Day you will be asked whether you also plan to attend either the Benefit Dinner or the Kickoff Reception.

Click here to register and pay online no later than Wed., July 16.

Benefit Fundraising Reception & Dinner
Friday evening, July 18, Ojai Valley Inn
One of the most important ways to celebrate our 50th summer will be to assure SSP's financial security for the next half-century. Alumni and friends who are in a position to invest in SSP's future are invited to attend a Benefit Fundraising Reception & Dinner. We will honor key individuals who taught or otherwise worked at SSP for many years, those who founded the independent non-profit in 1999, and those whose generous financial support has underwritten SSP's post-Thacher years. Child care can be arranged.

  • 6:00 - 6:30 Registration (Anacapa Room)
  • 6:00 - 7:00 Cocktail Reception with Hosted Bar
  • 7:00 - 8:30 Dinner
  • 7:40 - 10:00 Program: Video Premier / Honorees / News from the Board / Report on SSP '08 / Endowment
  • 9:00 - 9:30 Griffith Observatory Director Ed Krupp '61 (Head TA '68-'72) presents "Thrilling Wonder Stories of Space and Time"
  • 9:30 - 10:00 Dessert & Closing Remarks

    Dress for this event is "black tie optional". Tickets start at $175 per person; email RSVPs and questions to benefit [at] ssp.org.

    Kickoff Reception & Hangout
    Friday evening, July 18, Thacher School
    An informal reception, "hangout", and buffet dinner will kick off the Reunion for those arriving on Friday but not attending the Benefit Dinner. This event is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted onsite to cover the cost of dinner.

  • 6:30 - 7:00 Registration and Soft Drinks (follow signs to Dining Hall)
  • 7:00 - 8:00 Buffet Dinner
  • 8:00 - 9:00 Explore Thacher Campus

    Reunion Day
    Saturday, July 19, Thacher School
    A full day of events is planned, with something for all ages!

  • 9:30 - 1:00 Registration (follow the signs to Dining Hall)
  • 10:00 - 10:20 Student Orientation: "Welcome to SSP" by Executive Director Richard Bowdon '74 (Room 14, SSP's old classroom)
  • 10:20 - 11:00 Lecture: "LSPR - the Last Black Box" by Ojai Academic Director Dr. Tracy Furutani '79
  • 11:00 - 11:45 Board of Trustees Meeting, all welcome (Room 14)
  • 12:00 - 1:30 Lunch (Dining Hall)
  • 1:30 - 5:30 Pool Open
  • 1:30 - 4:00 My Life in One Square Meter, Class Gatherings (Gym)
  • 1:30 - 3:30 Silent Auction of historic memorabilia from the archives (Gym)
  • 4:00 - 5:00 James Randi presentation: "Nonsense in the Name of Science" (Performing Arts Center)
  • 5:00 - 6:00 Explore Thacher campus
  • 5:30 Kid's meals available
  • 6:00 - 7:15 Buffet Dinner (Dining Hall)
  • 7:30 - 8:15 After Dinner Program: Videos / News from the Board of Trustees (Performing Arts Center)
  • 8:15 - 9:30 Panel Discussion: "How SSP Changed My Life"

    SSP will not be reserving lodging - everyone must make their own plans - but we have these suggestions:

    in Ojai

  • Hummingbird Inn (805) 646-4365 - $105 to $130 (SSP discounted rate), includes continental breakfast
  • Casa Ojai (805) 646-8175 - $110 to $135 (SSP discounted rate), includes continental breakfast
  • Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (888) 697-8780 - $335 to $350 (SSP discounted rate)
  • Lake Casitas Recreation Area with 400 campsites (no camping is permitted on the Thacher or Besant Hill campuses, sorry)

    in Ventura
  • Ventura Motel 6 Beach - $57
  • Holiday Inn Express, highly rated by Trip Advisor - $139
  • Ventura Beach Marriott, #2 at Trip Advisor - $192
  • Bella Maggiore Inn 805-652-0277, no website

    Click here for driving directions to Thacher School and here for a campus map.

    Questions? Email sspalum [at] ssp.org.