More than 1,100 faculty, staff, students and their families attended the “George Washington Birthday Party” Feb. 22 at the Athletic Complex. The party celebrated the 150th anniversary of the charter of the University, noted the birthday of its namesake and was the start of recognizing the University’s 150th-anniversary year. . . .
. . . After popping out of a birthday cake in a sea of falling balloons (top) and singing “Happy Birthday,” Marilyn Monroe gives George Washington a kiss (above), much to the surprise of Martha Washington and Betsy Ross. Melissa Milbrandt, 9, plays with a balloon (below) while local band LP Outsiders performs. . . .
“The informal celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University on Feb. 22 was a fun community event, drawing many of our families to join in marking a milestone in our history. I am pleased so many could join us for the festivities and grateful to those who made the event so rewarding. It was especially nice to see so many children joining us to learn about George Washington.”— Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton
. . . Terzic Adis, 5, gets an American flag painted on his face (above). The day before, members of Lock & Chain, the sophomore honorary, planted and dedicated a cherry tree in the Duncker Courtyard near Lopata Hall (below) to commemorate Washington’s birthday.