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UTSCAA President's Message

It is my privilege to serve as the President of the UTSC Alumni Association for the next two years. As one of the first graduates of Scarborough College (BA 1968), I have tried to keep in touch with the university and its remarkable development over the past fifty years, mostly through attending significant alumni events.

Our executive board met in July to make preliminary plans for the upcoming year. Our mandate is two-fold: to reach out and connect with our 45,000 alumni members by enriching educational and social events and secondly to make a difference in the lives of our 10,000 students currently enrolled on campus.

To make all this happen we are organizing several events this year. Our second annual Afternoon Tea will be held on Sunday, October 25. In December we will host once again our Holiday Social, a wonderful evening for alumni members to reconnect, socialize and celebrate the festive season together.

Our educational theme for this year is Mental Health, a topic that is gaining much attention in our complex society. Together with the Health and Wellness Centre at UTSC  we hope to provide support and information for students trying to cope with daily stress and mental challenges. Specific events and resources will be publicized throughout the school year.

In addition, our alumni executive has an on-going partnership with UTSC's Department of Alumni Relations office to provide valuable mentoring, leadership and career sessions for all interested students. One of these opportunities is called Partners in Leadership, which kicks off on October 1. Gradfest is another event we hope to support this year.

Every time I read about University of Toronto Scarborough and every time I visit the campus I am constantly amazed at the rich variety of academic courses, the highly successful management and cooperative education programs, the outstanding faculty and supportive staff, the diversity of our student population, and the massively relevant research projects being initiated. Hosting the PanAm Games and the building of the new Aquatic Centre are further examples of this university's brilliant achievements.

We are truly gaining recognition as an international university in Canada and a leading centre for academic, cultural, social and recreational advancement in the community of East Toronto.

 I am proud to be a graduate of UTSC. I encourage all alumni to stay connected with UTSC through the alumni website, the Commons magazine, newsletters, and social media. We look forward to welcoming you back this year at our alumni events and at Spring Reunion in May 2016.

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Bruce Geddes (1968 BA UTSC)
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