Asteroids and Enzymes: The 2017 Annual Dinner!

Annual Dinner 2017
Enjoying the after-dinner program at the 2017 Annual Dinner in the Bay Area

Each year, a dinner is held in a city with a large concentration of SSPers. Join us!

This page refers to the most recent dinner. The 2018 Annual Dinner will coincide with the 60th Anniversary Celebration in Boulder, Colorado on July 14th.

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, sync up with other SSPers of all ages and their families for a fun, interesting, and surprising event (kind of like SSP itself, no?). Reconnect with old friends and make new ones who shared this adventure, last summer or last century. We will gather at the Crowne Plaza Foster City – San Mateo. You’ll enjoy great conversation and networking with some of the most intelligent and interesting people in the world, a buffet dinner with cash bar, and an edifying program.

  • 2:45 Optional walking tour of Google’s global headquarters in Mountain View. Details below!
  • 5:45 Welcome & sign-in
  • 6:15 – 7:00 Conversations & Networking (cash bar)
  • 7:00 – 7:45 Dinner (vegetarian options available)
  • 7:30 – 9:00 Program: Executive Director’s report on SSP ’17 including the first in Biochemistry; Trustees weigh in on future expansion plans; plus a panel discussion on SSP’s impact spanning three generations


Each Dinner attracts all ages. In 2017, we had an alum from each 2017 campus and one from SSP’s very first year, 1959!

Advance tickets are required and sponsorships are available. Reserve your spot by Oct. 15 for a $10 earlybird discount. Final deadline: Oct. 31.

Tickets for current students are subsidized by our sponsors. Please consider becoming a gold or silver sponsor.

Pre-Dinner Tour of Googleplex

2016 dinner in Los Angeles

Those attending the dinner are invited to a free, optional, mostly outdoor tour of the Googleplex in Mountain View. Veteran Googler Russell Quong ’78 will lead us. Gather at 2:45 pm, and plan to walk for about two hours, including some stairs. We will see:

  • Visitors Center: a large house museum of Google culture: people, devices, and artifacts from the early, early years
  • The famous Android dessert statues.  Android releases are named after desserts/sweets, in alphabetical fashion, e..g Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich.  It’s the most photographed place in all of Google.
  • The original complex of four buildings, with interior courtyard
  • Charlies, the main auditorium for company announcements

Questions? Want to volunteer? Email sspalum [at]