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Alumni encouraged to rediscover the campus: 2008 event roster

ALUMNI INVITED: Kim Tull, manager, alumni relations, encourages all alumni to come to the various events happening in 2008. (Photo by Ken Jones.)

Are you an alumnus or alumna from the University of Toronto Scarborough?

If so, you are invited to a variety of activities happening in 2008 to connect with your fellow alumni and come back to the campus. Since the campus opened its doors in 1964, more than 30,000 people have received their degrees from here, and everyone is invited to return and rediscover  U of T Scarborough.

“Various opportunities are coming up for alumni to participate in and stay connected with U of T Scarborough,” said Kim Tull, manager, alumni relations. “If you graduated from this campus and you’d like to come back and see familiar faces and reconnect on that level, there are events for you. We’re offering something for everyone, whether it’s a cultural or academic activity, a volunteer opportunity, or a social event. The campus has changed so much in the past few years and we invite you to come back, look around and take part in activities of your choice.”

In a new twist, the U of T Scarborough alumni association has organized a novel event called Dinner with 12 Strangers, a program designed to improve the student experience. This is done through a series of small dinner parties hosted by alumni in their homes or restaurants. This innovative social gathering is aimed at helping to forge connections between members of the alumni and the current student body, Tull said.

This volunteer opportunity also gives alumni a chance to demonstrate the goodwill and friendliness of the U of T Scarborough community, she said. Hosts are asked to welcome a small group of eight to 12 people and to provide a meal and conversation – as fancy or informal as they like. The alumni association takes care of the guest list, transportation, and other logistics.

“Dinner with 12 Strangers events have been successful at many of our peer universities and they give students a great chance to mix and mingle with fellow students, alumni, and faculty members,” Tull said. “The goal is to help students build a sense of community and belonging – both to the current university community and the larger alumni community.” (For dates and other details, see the listing below.)

The biggest alumni event of the year is Spring Reunion, organized in late May and early June at all three campuses of the University of Toronto. This year, the U of T Scarborough campus is organizing a special afternoon of live entertainment and celebration on June 1, hosted by Principal Franco Vaccarino at Miller Lash House. This event, titled REDISCOVER: Principal’s Spring Celebration, features a chance for alumni and their families to reconnect with classmates and to see what has changed on campus. “Our alumni are invited to revisit and explore the campus on a tour of one of the most beautiful campuses in Ontario, nestled in the Highland Creek Valley.” Walking tours are being organized on the hour from 1 to 5 p.m. The event features social, cultural, and musical performances and student group activities. (See details in the listing below.)

Upcoming Events for 2008

  • Art exhibit: Paragons – New Abstraction from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, January 17 – March 9, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Academic Resource Centre, www.utsc.utoronto.ca/dmg

  • Artists’ panel discussion: “Three Perspectives on Contemporary Abstraction”, Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m., featuring Louis Grachos, a U of T Scarborough alumnus and curator of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, David Moos, contemporary art curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and installation artist Jessica Stockholder. This event takes place at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Academic Resource Centre. Call (416) 287-7007 or visit www.utsc.utoronto.ca/dmg

  • Dinner with 12 Strangers: Thursday, February 28, 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by U of T Scarborough Alumni Association representatives, including past president Naraindra Prashad, past financial officer Zita Prashad, and Ann Clarke, College of Electors representative. Contact: alumni@utsc.utoronto.ca or call (416) 287-5631

  • Dinner with 12 Strangers: Tuesday, March 18, 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by: U of T Scarborough Alumni Association representatives Vinitha Gengatharan, president, and Devin Ragwen, College of Electors representative. Contact: alumni@utsc.utoronto.ca or call (416) 287-5631
  • Alumni association meeting: Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m., Council Chamber, Arts and Administration Building (AA 160). For more details, visit www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~advancement/alumni/utscaa.html.

    Contact: utscaa@utsc.utoronto.ca

  • University of Toronto Spring Reunion: May 29 - June 1, at various locations. For a listing of events please visit www.springreunion.utoronto.ca.

    Contact: sm.chang@utoronto.ca.

  • REDISCOVER - Principal’s Spring Celebration, Sunday, June 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. hosted by Principal Franco Vaccarino as part of U of T Spring Reunion. This event features features social, cultural, and musical performances and student group activities. All alumni are welcome. Honoured years highlight alumni who graduated in years ending in a 3 or an 8 (such as 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, etc.) Walking tours of campus take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on the hour. (Starting location TBA.) Visitors can check out the main student spaces as well as new buildings. If you are interested in attending or being a class rep, please email alumni@utsc.utoronto.ca or call Kim Tull at (416) 287-5631.

  • Life After Graduation (spring series): A series of career workshops. Date and location: TBA. Info: alumni@utsc.utoronto.ca

  • Spring convocation reception: Tuesday, June 10, University of Toronto Scarborough, location TBA. Info: alumni@utsc.utoronto.ca.

  • Spring convocation ceremony: Wednesday, June 11. Convocation Hall, St. George campus. Info: www.utoronto.ca/convocation

  • Alumni reception with U of T Chancellor David Peterson: Wednesday, October 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Ralph Campbell Lounge. Hosted by Principal Franco Vaccarino. RSVP: alumni@utsc.utoronto.ca

  • Fall convocation ceremony: Week of November 10, Convocation Hall, St. George campus, 6 p.m.

  • Life After Graduation (fall series): A series of career workshops. Date and location: TBA. Info: alumni@utsc.utoronto.ca

All events take place at U of T Scarborough unless otherwise stated. For details on these and other activities, visit www.utsc.utoronto.ca and click on “alumni”.

by Mary Ann Gratton




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