Alumni Matters – Spring 2017


The University of Guelph campus has grown and changed over the years, but one thing remains the same — alumni are the roots of the University. Whether you are working across the globe or living across the street, you will always be connected to your alma mater.

It’s important for the University to honour alumni for their achievements — that’s what inspired a new campus recognition project called the Alumni Plaza. It will be constructed in front of War Memorial Hall as a tribute to Alumni Awards of Excellence winners, and will provide a ceremonial spot on campus to highlight alumni and their achievements. The Alumni Plaza will also serve as a location for receptions and as a location to reflect on some of the incredible journeys that began at the University of Guelph.

The 2017 Alumni Awards of Excellence will be presented June 9 at a gala during Alumni Weekend. The gala is an annual celebration of excellence recognizing alumni for their important achievements in their professions and communities through their work or volunteer commitments. Everyone is welcome to attend.

While some alumni will be forever remem- bered on campus in the Alumni Plaza, others jumped at a chance to leave their mark in the new Gryphon Athletics Event Centre. The Name-a-Seat campaign was a great success thanks to almost 100 alumni who donated or pledged $1,000 and had a seat named for them (or a friend, family member, class or group). They are recognized with seat plates in the event centre.

Please plan to join us on Alumni Weekend in June to tour the incredible new facilities in the Athletics Centre, enjoy the newly installed Alumni Plaza or attend a campus event. Whatever you choose, we would like to welcome you back home! For all the details, visit

Brandon Gorman,
B.Comm. ’06 President UGAA

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


Frosty Mug

Frosty Mug hockey game at University of Guelph.The Frosty Mug is the Gryphons men’s varsity hockey game that’s played at the Sleeman Centre in downtown Guelph every January. It’s a chance for students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members to reconnect with U of G. This year, a record crowd of more than 4,600 fans — includ- ing nearly 150 alumni — cheered on the Gryphons as they defeated the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 2-1.



College career nights

Each year, all seven U of G colleges hold career nights to connect students with alumni and learn about opportunities. The College of Biological Science Career Night, below, attracted more than 200 students eager to connect with 30 alumni from different industries offering career advice and mentorship. The annual Engineering Career Night, bottom, was held earlier this year in the Engineering Atrium with more than 30 alumni attending.

(l-r): Dr. Mitchell Sutton, B.Sc. ’80, Matthew Kassis, B.Sc. ’11, Louise Gleeson, B.Sc. ’96 and Dr. Jonathan Britton, B.Sc. ’96.
(l-r) Recent grad Karan Goswami, B.Eng. ’16, of Aecon Energy gets to know engineers-in-training Nicole Sylvester, B.Eng. ’13, Brendan Walton, B.Eng. ’16 and Maddie Carter, B.Eng. ’14, of C.F. Crozier & Associates, as they discuss the engineering industry with a student (right).