Alumni Matters – Fall 2016


Retailers are always asking for our opinions: How was your shopping experience today? What products do you buy regularly? They use customer surveys to make certain their products and services are relevant and meaningful, and they make changes based on the data they receive.

We’re want to make sure our offerings are relevant and meaningful to alumni and donors. An electronic University of Guelph alumni survey is in the works and will be launched in early 2017. We want to know you better! What type of events do you like to attend: professional development or networking, or both? What group discounts are the most appealing to you? Are there services we should offer to benefit more alumni of all ages?

We’re interested to know what you want from your alma mater and how you prefer to stay connected. Your voice is integral — the survey results will shape our alumni programming, services and offerings. We need to hear from as many of our 140,000 alumni as possible. Please take a moment to update your contact information to ensure your voice is heard.

Stay tuned — we look forward to learning about you. And, of course, you’ll have a chance to win some great prizes!

Brandon Gorman, B.Comm. ’06
President, UGAA

Jason Moreton, BA ’00
Associate Vice-President
Alumni Advancement


Homecoming at the Unviersity of Guelph.Homecoming

The weather was perfect for U of G’s Homecoming celebrations Sept. 24, as alumni, family and friends gathered to cheer on the Gryphons as the team faced  the Western Mustangs. Despite a disappointing 50-16 loss, the Gryphon spirit was strong thanks to a sold-out crowd. Other highlights included a live band and a food truck zone.

The University of Guelph Alumni Association hosted a sold-out pre-game party at Brass Taps in the University Centre with more than 150 alumni in attendance. For only $25 attendees enjoyed a burger-bar lunch, alumni swag and a ticket for the football game.

The Gryphon/Redmen football reunion was also held on during Homecoming. Football alumni attended a dinner at Creelman Hall, toured the new athletics facilities and attended the game. Eight members of the 1966 Redmen team attended a reunion to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The 1996 Gryphons also marked a milestone, celebrating their 20th anniversary.


blue-jaysAlumni go out to the ball game

In August, more than 400 alumni and friends cheered on the Toronto Blue Jays as they took on the Tampa Bay Rays. The sold-out event — the second of its kind for the 2016 season — included a pre-game reception, an alumni rally towel and a game ticket. Stay tuned for another baseball event in the 2017 season.



heritage_wall_7_lrThe renovated Macdonald Hall – the new home of the College of Business and Economics – opened in October. Macdonald Hall was built in 1904 and originally served as a women’s residence. Along with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the refurbished building, a heritage wall and plaque were also unveiled. Members from the Mac class of 1964, below, were on hand at the event.