Category Archives: Alumni events

January Virtual Team Challenge and Head of the Schuylkill Results

Hi All,
Thanksgiving is over and, while the stores are readying themselves for Christmas, we, amongst the alumni, look beyond this minor celebration and focus on the most important holiday season of all: the January Virtual Erg Challenge.  Every year we compete against the Spartan Alumni Rowing Association from Case Western Reserve and a team fielded by the University of Chicago Varsity with a little trash talk on the side to make things fun.  If you haven’t participated in the past, create your logbook at the Concept 2 website and start logging meters (its on the honor system, cheating would be kind of pathetic):
Don’t forget to add yourself to our team, U Chicago Alumni Crew.  If you’ve done the challenge in the past, don’t forget to activate your logbook for this years challenge.  Concept 2 is jumping the shark and trying to run challenges all year round, so feel free to get in practice during the “Holiday Challenge” which is a non-team event that runs now through 12/26.  January is all that really counts.  We’ve been growing in participation since it started in January of 2006.  It would be awesome if we could reach new records in numbers of rowers and meters rowed!
In other news, the men’s alumni team was fortunate enough to get into Philly  just ahead of Sandy and pull together for a swift race in the Open Men’s Club Eights at the Head of the Schuylkill.  The weather, at least for the time we were on the water, was terrific.  This was the sixth year that we’ve fielded an alumni boat, which seems like a pretty amazing thing.  Over the years that we’ve been doing this, there have been rowers in the boat who I wouldn’t have known, but for rowing with them at this race.  I think it reminds all involved that it’s a fantastic thing to row a boat together.  Anything that you might think of one another before the race, good or bad, goes out the door in the course of the event and at the end there’s little left except for the unity of having completed the race together, knowing that could not have been accomplished without every one in that boat.  Again, that’s pretty amazing.  But, we, being former U of C rowers, are not satisfied.  We’d very much like to get more people involved for next year.  John Bretscher AB ’83 put forward the idea of helping to subsidize a boat of younger rowers next year and a number of alumni have signed on.  So, if you’ve been thinking about it in the past, think on it a little more in the future and get in touch as the time for next years Schuylkill draws closer.
Albert A. Bowers AB ’01

Alumni Row & BBQ: June 4-5, 2011

Time to start making plans to attend the annual Alumni Row & BBQ, which will take place in Chicago June 4-5. The BBQ will be held in the afternoon on June 4, with the row the following Sunday morning. We’ve got some big news to announce and the launch of a major fundraising campaign. For the Class of 2001, this will be… our 10 year reunion. Are you coming? Hope to see you there!

Alumni Row & BBQ schedule

Don’t forget the Alumni Row and BBQ, Saturday June 5th!  If anyone else is planning on coming, and hasn’t contacted Chelsea yet, please see the previous post.
Here is the schedule for Saturday.  This schedule is pretty set, but if the pick up time/site arrival time changes, I’ll post an update ASAP:

Alumni Row
7:45am pick up at Henry Crown
8:10am arrive at the site
8:30am on the water
9:15-9:30am off the water
10am back on campus
There will be donuts, bagels and coffee provided.

Alumni BBQ
: 2pm at the point.  There will be burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, salad, and chips.
If you need transportation to the site, let Chelsea know so there are enough vehicles for pick up.  Otherwise, the team’s site is located near 2800 S. Eleanor Street, on the corner of S. Loomis and S. Eleanor.  If you need further direction, please email.

For the BBQ, if you park near the Shorleland, 5454 S. Shore Drive, and walk under the tunnel towards the point, we will be near one of the fire pits with food!

Events Update

Dear Alumni,

Hello everyone, here are a few updates/reminders/things to put in your calendars:

May 17th (Monday)-Boat Naming

This year, the UChicago Crew team bought two brand spanking new Pocock fours.  The varsity squads have had a great year rowing in them, with the women and men respectively, placing 3rd and 5th at the Head of the Charles, 2nd and 3rd at URAs, and 2nd and 3rd at MACRAs, among many other notable finishes.

These wonderful boats have yet to be named.  Thanks to two anonymous donors, one of our Pocock fours will be named in honor of former coach Amanda Carson.  We are planning on having the boat naming ceremony Monday, May 17th at 7:30pm.  Location is still TBD, but will most likely be on the main quad as we have done for past namings.   If you are interested in attending, or would like to donate money, please e-mail me so we can have a head count.  There will be cake!

June 5th (Saturday)-Alumni Row and BBQ

The Saturday of Alumni Weekend we will be having an alumni row in the morning followed by a BBQ at the Point in the afternoon.  What better way to spend the morning than rowing on the Chicago River!  We will be taking out mixed eights of alumni and current members of the team with coaches following in a launch.  Our site is located near Eleanore and Loomis but we will be able to provide transportation from Henry Crown Field House if you are unable/don’t want to drive to the site.

The BBQ will be held at the point later in the afternoon, around 1:30pm.

Please let me know if you will be able to attend the row and/or the BBQ.  If you are able to come to the row, please also indicate which side you row to help in putting the boat together.  Details will be provided as to the exact times, transportation, etc when I have a better idea of how many people will be able to attend.

Please feel free to e-mail me any other questions/comments you might have.

Hope to see you at these events!

Chelsea Steffen

University of Chicago

Undergraduate Class of 2012


Alumni Row & BBQ dates set

The team will be holding the annual Alumni Row and BBQ this year during alumni weekend, June 3-6 in Chicago. Please save the date and make plans to attend! More details to come soon.

JVTC 2010 Wrap-up

So this year we had a total of 15 hard working participants who together rowed 1,230,579 meters! In all our team placed 94th out of 315 groups. Special props goes to Matt “Old Man River” Healy who blew all us younguns away with 325,235 meters and Albert “The Running Man” Bowers with 225,232 meters. I followed with a respectable 161,987 meters and dark-horse contender JJ Schrader clinched the fourth position with 137,200 meters.

It was an admirable effort from everyone. Sadly though we were unable to beat the Case Crew Alumni led by one of our own, the indefatigable Doug Rathburn. Next time everyone needs to start training by September to make sure we’re all in shape to beat them in the 2011 JVTC!

The complete list of participants included:

Matt Healy
Albert Bowers
Chris Noto
JJ Schrader
Ngiste Abebe
Memuna Khan
Sunit Singh
Patrick McElhone
Melissa Schwarz
Gregory Prince
Jeffrey Hreben
Susan Liebell
Miles Betley
Ann Marie Gawel
Andrea Chen

Awesome job everyone! I know some of you have not stepped on an erg in a while. Thanks to everyone for another successful team challenge.

One million meters!

Will lasers fit on a boat?

We have once again passed the one million meter mark! Currently standing at 1,013,358 meters. There are only 4 days left in the challenge, so keep up the good work everyone. Let’s squeeze out a few more meters from these old legs!