Thankful for Friendship

A group of alumni celebrate 40 years of Thanksgiving gatherings.

A group of 18 people smile wearing green sweatshirts that say Cal Poly Thanksgiving

For decades, Doug (Business Administration ’86) and Lori Kramer (Business Administration ’86) have been gathering with their best friends and fellow alumni the weekend before Turkey Day for what they call “Cal Poly Thanksgiving.”

“Most travel from the Bay Area, but some [come] from out of state,” says Lori. “We take turns hosting. The dinners are always formal, complete with roasted turkey and gourmet salads, but eventually evolve into games and dancing.”

During the 40th annual gathering in November, Scott and Lori Emery hosted and even provided custom sweatshirts and glassware.

Back Row (L to R): Jon Burt (Computer Science ’86), Mike Davis (Engineering Technology ’87), Stewart Findlater (Electronic Engineering ’89), Doug Kramer (Business Administration ’86), Floyd Gerhardt (Engineering Technology ’87), Alan Liebthal (Industrial Engineering ’88), Sandeep Patel (Electronic Engineering ’87), JR Rivers (Electronic Engineering ’87), Scott Emery (Computer Science ’86)

Front Row (L to R): Stephanie Davis, Sherry Brallier, Lori Kramer (Business Administration ’86), Sabrina Gerhardt, Jennifer Liebthal, Suzanne Fiore (Industrial Engineering ’89), Amita Patel, Rebecca Mendenhall, Lori Emery, Linda Burt (Electronic Engineering ’90)