2013 uOttawa Alumni Week

A new energy uottawa Alumni week May 6 to 12, 2013

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the 2013 uOttawa Alumni Week!

The 2013 uOttawa Alumni Week, which took place from May 6 to 12 (See all pictures), saw over 3,765 alumni participate in more than 45 events. This year marked a special occasion as the City of Ottawa declared May 10th uOttawa Alumni Day, a milestone that the University will celebrate for years to come.

5th Anniversary of SIDGS and Pages of All Times Reunion

This year, the Faculty celebrated two major reunions: the 5th Anniversary of the School of International Development and Global Studies, which reunited over 115 SIDGS grads, as well as the Pages of All Times Reunion, a new tradition which brought together over 187 current and former pages from the House of Commons and the Senate, as well as special guests Mayor Jim Watson, the Hon. Peter Milliken, and MP and former page Eve Adams.

Guided tour of the INSPIRE lab and conferences

Here at the Faculty of Social Sciences, many alumni seized the opportunity to visit our new Social Sciences Building with its spectacular Living Wall, as well as to participate in a guided tour the world-class INSPIRE laboratory, where neuroscientists are breaking new ground in discovering the links between what people think and how they physically react. Later, they attended alecture by Professor Darcy Santor, who presented his newly created smartphone app to increase mental health literacy. Other conferences during the week included UN Ambassador Gilles Rivard’s engaging lecture on Canada’s Mission to the United Nations and John Bell’s extraordinary presentation on how viruses can be used to treat cancer patients.

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High Tea, anniversary reunions, and Young Alumni kick-off party

Alumni Week has always served as a terrific opportunity for our alumni to reconnect with their former classmates, and this year was no exception. The Faculty of Social Sciences’ Dean Marcel Mérette invited alumni to celebrate 50 or more years since graduation at the High Tea held at the prestigious Château Laurier. The Classes of 1988 and 1973 also celebrated their 25th and 40thanniversaries, respectively. Later that evening, our young and future alumni, along with our alumni celebrating their 5th and 10thanniversaries, enjoyed a night of networking and dancing at My Condo Cocktail Lounge.

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Destination 2013 and Alumni Association Awards of Excellence

On Saturday, May 11th, for the second year, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum was transformed into an ultra-cool urban lounge for Destination 2013. Presented by the Alumni Association and hosted by Lisa LaFlamme and Patrick Lagacé, this electrifying party succeeded in bringing a new energy to our alumni, thanks to delectable cocktails and culinary treats, as well as outstanding musical performances by Les Trois Accords and Alan Doyle. The Alumni Association Awards of Excellence were also presented during this evening. Congratulations to the six winners for their outstanding achievements: Dr. Vincent Lam, Linda Eagen, Dr. Marc Ruel, Renee Black, Anne McDougall and Richard L’Abbé. 

This year’s activities were a great success, and we are looking forward to making next year even better! With that said, we look forward to seeing you in May 2014!

If you would like to help organize your next class reunion or have a suggestion for next year’s activities, please contact us at Nicolas.Mercier@uOttawa.ca.

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