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News Release

June 07, 2001

Hundreds of grads expected for alumni weekend 2001

Decades of University of Guelph history will come into focus this month as alumni gather for Alumni Weekend 2001 June 15 to 17.

This year’s theme is “Through the Lens of Time.” The event is expected to draw more than a thousand Guelph graduates to campus to share memories and traditions and to celebrate the past, present and future of their alma mater.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the U of G Alumni Association (UGAA), which was established Dec. 13, 1966, two years after the founding of the University. The first president was 1937 OAC graduate Gordon Nixon, who remains an active volunteer with the University to this day. The UGAA will mark its anniversary at its annual general meeting June 16 at 3 p.m. at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre.

Other weekend highlights include:

  • Presentation of alumni awards Saturday at noon in the Gryphon Dome. This year’s Alumnus of Honour is Ken Hammill, a 1951 graduate of OAC. The Alumni Volunteer Award goes to former OAC dean Clay Switzer, a 1951 and 1953 graduate of OAC. The 2001 OVC Distinguished Alumnus is 1949 graduate and retired faculty member Jim Archibald.

  • The unveiling of plaques that recognize two heritage buildings on campus, Creelman Hall and Mills Hall. Donated by 1969 CPES graduate Martin Bosch and 1970 OAC graduate Ginty Jocius, the plaques mark the first in a long-term commemorative history project.

  • A tree and bench dedication at 3 p.m. in memory of Prof. John Powell, U of G’s first director of human kinetics, who died Oct. 31, 2000, at the age of 81. The dedication will be held outside the Mitchell Athletics Centre.

  • OVC’s annual C.A.V. Barker Symposium on Canadian Veterinary History, Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 1715 of the OVC Lifetime Learning Centre. The free symposium is named for OVC historian and retired professor Cliff Barker.

  • A series of “Food for Thought” seminars Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Springfield Golf and Country Club. Speakers are Deborah Whale, vice-president of Clovermead Farms Inc., who will discuss “Putting Food on Your Plate”; Anita Stewart, founder of Cuisine Canada, on “Distinctly Canadian Food”; Lois Ferguson, president of Malibu Consulting International, on “Eating for Energy and Ecstasy”; and home economist Shirley Ann Holmes on “The Mysteries of Food Styling.” Cost of the series is $50.

  • A dean’s tea and building tour Saturday at 2:30 p.m. sponsored by the Mac-FACS Alumni Association. Guests will be served tea on the original china and silver from early college days. Prof. Alun Joseph, dean of the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, will lead a tour of the FACS Building.

  • The College of Arts Alumni Association reception at 10:30 a.m. honouring retiring dean Carole Stewart and association president Margo Shoemaker.

  • Class reunions, annual general meetings of college alumni associations, the golden and silver anniversary dinners and campus tours by horse-drawn trolley.

For more information about Alumni Weekend 2001, call Ext. 6544 or send e-mail to

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