U of G Hosts 2008 Alumni Weekend

June 16, 2008 - News Release

The University of Guelph campus will be welcoming an estimated 1,000 guests for Alumni Weekend running June 20 and 21.

The theme of this year's event is "A Connection That Matters."

"We are all looking forward to reconnecting with friends and fellow alumni to rekindle memories of the time spent at U of G and how the experience has changed our lives," said Bill Brock, honorary chair of Alumni Weekend. "I look forward to seeing everyone."

Brock, a 1958 graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College, has had a longtime commitment to the University as a volunteer and supporter. A former chair of Board of Governors, he has also served as chair of the Heritage Trust and the OAC Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Anne, fund the Brock Scholarship, the University's most prestigious graduate student award.

In recognition of his many outstanding contributions to the University, Brock was named an Honorary Fellow in 1998, received an honorary doctor of laws in 2002 and was awarded the Lincoln Alexander Medal of Distinguished Service in 2005.

Alumni Weekend festivities begin June 20 at 5 p.m. with a gathering at Alumni House.

This will be followed by a Star Party at the MacNaughton Observatory, which will include a brief talk and a tour of the night sky in the observatory.

Many events are planned for June 21, including the President’s Lunch, at noon in Peter Clark Hall. The luncheon pays tribute to alumni celebrating their 50-year anniversary and celebrates the recipients of the U of G Alumni Association’s Awards of Excellence.

Campus tours will also be held throughout the day, and a number of alumni associations will be holding annual general meetings.

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences will honour the class of ’98 at a celebration beginning at 4 p.m. at the Rutherford Conservatory.

All alumni and guests are invited to an alumni reception beginning at 6 p.m. in Creelman Hall with dinner following at 7 p.m. Later that evening, grads can dance the night away to hits from the 1980s at the Brass Taps starting at 9 p.m.

In addition to all the campus-wide events, close to 30 class reunions are scheduled for the weekend.

For more information and to register visit the website, or call 519-824-4120, Ext. 53965.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or l.hunt@exec.uoguelph.ca, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982 or d.healey@exec.uoguelph.ca.

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