SPRING REUNION
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Spring Reunion Sparks Special Memories

When Carol Labute (2000 SMC) went to Spring Reunion 2014, the simple act of putting on a name tag brought tears to her eyes, as she remembered, really for the first time, how meaningful it was to graduate from U of T14 years earlier.

Chancellor Michael Wilson (1959 TRIN), who graduated more than 40 years before Labute, attended Spring Reunion 2014 as well, using the occasion to reminisce about the great Varsity teams of the late 1950s with his old football buddies.

Kofo Owolabi, a more recent graduate (2009 NEW) was wowed by the “awesome” Shaker event for young alumni at the new Ripley’s Aquarium. Shaker is always one of Spring Reunion’s most popular events.

When Derrick Chow (2004 TRIN) dropped in at the LGBTQ Spring Soiree he felt “such great energy” that he wants to make sure he goes again next year, along with his husband James Venn, also a Trinity College grad.

Karen Hou (2008 UTSC) attended the Alumni Celebration and Annual General Meeting to hear the key note interview with fellow Alumnus , entrepreneur and author Robert Herjavec (1984 NEW)and realized that there is so much more to Spring Reunion and vowed to return for even more events next year.

These testimonials indicate the growing popularity of U of T’s annual Spring Reunion festivities, in fact this year’s attendance was the highest in its history – and the events are as diverse as U of T alumni. Divisions, faculties and colleges across three campuses held 110 events.

Labute, a service director with Air Canada, graduated in 2000 with a major in religious studies and a minor in French. She hadn’t been thinking about attending Spring Reunion until her husband, Roman Tietz (1983 UTSC), suggested they attend one of the Stress Free lectures – for a very important reason. Tietz was born with only one leg, and had heard that Professor Matt Ratto was speaking on his recent research regarding 3D printing of prosthetic sockets. After hearing Professor Ratto’s lecture Tietz is now considering replacing the prosthetic he currently uses. Stress free lectures are given by U of T professors, grads and authors. Fifteen were held this year, the most ever.

Labute and Tietztook their kids, Adam nine, and Olivia, 12, to the lecture. But she wasn’t quite prepared for her own reaction when they arrived. “I put the name tag around my neck and was in tears. I had totally forgotten about my degree, about what I had accomplished.”

She and her family will go back to Spring Reunion again, “because there is just so much more to do” than attending one lecture.

Michael Wilson attended the Chancellor’s Circle Medal Ceremony, and not just because as Chancellor of the University he is host of the annual event, but because it was a special day for him and his fellow classmates. The event honours alumni celebrating their 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th, 75th and 80th anniversary of graduation. Wilson graduated in 1959 with a BA in Commerce from Trinity College.

“Spring Reunion is very important for us, the university, and for graduates, to see old friends. I know that many of them get on the phone to encourage classmates to attend,” Wilson said. At his 55th anniversary celebration he met old friends such as Doug Grant, Nora Bolton and Bob Metcalfe.

Spring Reunion was held May 28-June 1 this year, just before the start of Convocation. . The 13,000 young people who graduate each year are welcomed back the following year to Spring Reunion, strengthening their connection to their alma mater

Chancellor Wilson actually missed convocation in 1959 because he was working at the Merchant Bank in England. But as Chancellor, he has presided over 25 convocations this spring. At each one, he told graduates about the “platinum rule” – to make the world “a better place than you found it, the status quo isn’t good enough.”

Kofo Owolabi graduated in 2009 with a BA in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Originally from Nigeria, she came to Canada in 2003 primarily to go to school. She hadn’t paid a lot of attention to Spring Reunion in years past but the topics of some of the stress free lectures really appealed to her, including the lecture featuring speakers from the Faculty of Engineering. And, the Shaker event at the aquarium was “awesome. I will definitely go again.”

After graduating with a degree in fine arts and visual studies in 2004, Derrick Chow now works as a freelance illustrator for newspapers and magazines. “It’s important to go back, to meet new friends as well as old friends,” he said. “I loved my professors, the groups I took part in, the extra-curricular activities.

“At U of T I met the most creative, ambitious, and nice people,” Chow said. He can’t wait to attend another Spring Reunion event, and right after the LGBTQ soiree he attended another Pride event at Hart House.

Now a marketing director at Telus, Karen Hou graduated from University of Toronto Scarborough in 2008 after taking the management co-op program. Spring Reunion 2014 “was my first time back at campus and I really enjoyed it; it was very nostalgic.”

She was fascinated by Robert Herjavec’s speech at the Alumni Celebration and AGM and attended the Alumni BBQ with her boyfriend James Bernier. But she wants to be more organized next time and look up old friends first so they can all enjoy Spring Reunion together.

David Palmer, Vice-President of Advancement at U of T, aptly summed up the Spring Reunion celebrations by noting “alumni are the life blood of the university. They connect us to the world.”

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Spring Reunion Sparks Special Memories

When Carol Labute (2000 SMC) went to Spring Reunion 2014, the simple act of putting on a name tag brought tears to her eyes, as she remembered, really for the first time, how meaningful it was to graduate from U of T14 years earlier.

Chancellor Michael Wilson (1959 TRIN), who graduated more than 40 years before Labute, attended Spring Reunion 2014 as well, using the occasion to reminisce about the great Varsity teams of the late 1950s with his old football buddies.

Kofo Owolabi, a more recent graduate (2009 NEW) was wowed by the “awesome” Shaker event for young alumni at the new Ripley’s Aquarium. Shaker is always one of Spring Reunion’s most popular events.

When Derrick Chow (2004 TRIN) dropped in at the LGBTQ Spring Soiree he felt “such great energy” that he wants to make sure he goes again next year, along with his husband James Venn, also a Trinity College grad.

Karen Hou (2008 UTSC) attended the Alumni Celebration and Annual General Meeting to hear the key note interview with fellow Alumnus , entrepreneur and author Robert Herjavec (1984 NEW)and realized that there is so much more to Spring Reunion and vowed to return for even more events next year.

These testimonials indicate the growing popularity of U of T’s annual Spring Reunion festivities, in fact this year’s attendance was the highest in its history – and the events are as diverse as U of T alumni. Divisions, faculties and colleges across three campuses held 110 events.

Labute, a service director with Air Canada, graduated in 2000 with a major in religious studies and a minor in French. She hadn’t been thinking about attending Spring Reunion until her husband, Roman Tietz (1983 UTSC), suggested they attend one of the Stress Free lectures – for a very important reason. Tietz was born with only one leg, and had heard that Professor Matt Ratto was speaking on his recent research regarding 3D printing of prosthetic sockets. After hearing Professor Ratto’s lecture Tietz is now considering replacing the prosthetic he currently uses. Stress free lectures are given by U of T professors, grads and authors. Fifteen were held this year, the most ever.

Labute and Tietztook their kids, Adam nine, and Olivia, 12, to the lecture. But she wasn’t quite prepared for her own reaction when they arrived. “I put the name tag around my neck and was in tears. I had totally forgotten about my degree, about what I had accomplished.”

She and her family will go back to Spring Reunion again, “because there is just so much more to do” than attending one lecture.

Michael Wilson attended the Chancellor’s Circle Medal Ceremony, and not just because as Chancellor of the University he is host of the annual event, but because it was a special day for him and his fellow classmates. The event honours alumni celebrating their 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th, 75th and 80th anniversary of graduation. Wilson graduated in 1959 with a BA in Commerce from Trinity College.

“Spring Reunion is very important for us, the university, and for graduates, to see old friends. I know that many of them get on the phone to encourage classmates to attend,” Wilson said. At his 55th anniversary celebration he met old friends such as Doug Grant, Nora Bolton and Bob Metcalfe.

Spring Reunion was held May 28-June 1 this year, just before the start of Convocation. . The 13,000 young people who graduate each year are welcomed back the following year to Spring Reunion, strengthening their connection to their alma mater

Chancellor Wilson actually missed convocation in 1959 because he was working at the Merchant Bank in England. But as Chancellor, he has presided over 25 convocations this spring. At each one, he told graduates about the “platinum rule” – to make the world “a better place than you found it, the status quo isn’t good enough.”

Kofo Owolabi graduated in 2009 with a BA in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Originally from Nigeria, she came to Canada in 2003 primarily to go to school. She hadn’t paid a lot of attention to Spring Reunion in years past but the topics of some of the stress free lectures really appealed to her, including the lecture featuring speakers from the Faculty of Engineering. And, the Shaker event at the aquarium was “awesome. I will definitely go again.”

After graduating with a degree in fine arts and visual studies in 2004, Derrick Chow now works as a freelance illustrator for newspapers and magazines. “It’s important to go back, to meet new friends as well as old friends,” he said. “I loved my professors, the groups I took part in, the extra-curricular activities.

“At U of T I met the most creative, ambitious, and nice people,” Chow said. He can’t wait to attend another Spring Reunion event, and right after the LGBTQ soiree he attended another Pride event at Hart House.

Now a marketing director at Telus, Karen Hou graduated from University of Toronto Scarborough in 2008 after taking the management co-op program. Spring Reunion 2014 “was my first time back at campus and I really enjoyed it; it was very nostalgic.”

She was fascinated by Robert Herjavec’s speech at the Alumni Celebration and AGM and attended the Alumni BBQ with her boyfriend James Bernier. But she wants to be more organized next time and look up old friends first so they can all enjoy Spring Reunion together.

David Palmer, Vice-President of Advancement at U of T, aptly summed up the Spring Reunion celebrations by noting “alumni are the life blood of the university. They connect us to the world.”

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Spring Reunion 2014 By the Numbers

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