For the second year, the Faculty of Social Sciences welcomed back its graduates as part of the 2014 uOttawa Alumni Week (See all pictures). From May 6to 10, 3,600 alumni gathered to reconnect with old friends, rediscover the campus, and give back to their alma mater.
New laboratory and conferences
The Faculty started the week with a panel on food security All four presenters are members of the new Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Study of Food, which was promoted during this first event. The week continued with more discussions, each as interesting as the other. The Faculty hosted a seminar on entrepreneurship and a French language conference on out-of-body experiences, both events welcoming almost 200 alumni.
Luncheon with Kevin Page
In collaboration with the Alumni Office, the Faculty of Social Sciences organized on Thursday 8th, a luncheon followed by a conference on the Economic and Fiscal Challenges of Canada. On this occasion, 185 alumni joined Dean Marcel Mérette and Rector Allan Rock to share a meal and listen to Kevin Page, former Parliamentary Budget Officer, chair holder of the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair and Professor at the Faculty.
Official uOttawa Alumni Day
On Friday May 9th, Tabaret Hall welcomed Mayor Jim Watson who proclaimed the day the official uOttawa Alumni Day on behalf of the city of Ottawa. Alumni Week was also officialised on the same occasion. Barbecue and Destination
Alumni Week ended on a familial note. On Saturday, May 11th, students, friends, alumni and their families spent a sunny afternoon near Marion Hall and enjoyed a free barbecue. The relaxed and informal reunion was later replaced by a gathering of 322 elegant suits and cocktail dresses that met at the Trillium ballroom of the Ottawa Convention Centre where was held the 3rd annual Destination 2014 gala. This evening of joy started with delectable meals and tasty cocktails and ended only past midnight. Destination also recognized six alumni for their outstanding achievements. Learn more about the 2014 Alumni Association Awards of Excellence recipients.
Alumni took part to events as speakers and audience and 126 of them reconnected with former classmates as part of the Destination 2014 class reunions. The success of this whole week was only made possible because of the formidable individuals it was dedicated to: our alumni! We hope to see them as often as possible on campus and intend to implicate them even more on making next year’s Alumni Week better than the past ones. That being said, we look forward to seeing you all in 2015!
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.