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Artsci Alumni in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay, OntarioIn August 2018, Dr. Jean Wilson hosted a group of Artsci grads at her summer residence in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The group, which featured alum from a span of more than 15 years, all coincidentally live in the Thunder Bay area, but not everyone had met prior to the gathering. It was fun times for all, and likely something that will continue in upcoming summers. Attendees, from back to front and left to right, were Michael Wilson (1991 grad), Bill Harris (1993 grad), Ken Blonde (2007 grad), Jesse Hawkins (2006 grad), Don Kerr (1991 grad), Jean Wilson (Artsci Director and Lit prof), Chi Cheng (1993 grad), Melissa Mauro (1995 grad), and Emily Groot (2007 grad).

The Arts & Science Program celebrates its 35th Anniversary!

On 14-15 October 2016, Artsci faculty and students from the first year of the Program (1981) to the present gathered to celebrate the Arts & Science 35th anniversary. The University Club on Friday night was certainly loud and lovely, filled with the music of Kaffeehaus and the conversation of Artsci alumni enjoying Milk & Cookies (35th reunion edition). On Saturday, activities included an Open House in C-105, an Alumni Engagement Workshop in the Council Chambers, and a gala dinner in CIBC Hall, complete with Trivia (35th reunion edition) and exceptional speeches by Dr. Herb Jenkins (founding Director, 1981-90), Dr. Sara Mendelson (who, with Dr. Alan Mendelson, taught ARTSSCI 1A06 and 4CT3 to generations of students), Dr. Gary Warner (Director, 2000-05, 2010-11; team-taught ARTSSCI 1C06 for many years and, more recently, helped launch 3GJ3), and Dr. Bob Henderson (longstanding ARTSSCI 4CM3 prof. and, more recently, co-facilitator of 3IE1 module “Winter as Place”).

Dr. Herb Jenkins Speech
Dr. Sara Mendelson’s Speech
Dr. Gary Warner’s Speech
Dr. Bob Hendersons Speech

Read the Daily News story about the 35th Anniversary celebration here.

Sincere thanks to all the current students who helped out: Jamie Beverley and Matthew Jordan (Kaffeehaus); Mythili Nair and Balie Tomar (Alumni Engagement Workshop); Marina Bredin (with behind the scenes help from Gali Katznelson and others), Alison St. Pierre, and Spencer Williams (Trivia, and hosting duties at Gala Dinner). Special thanks to Shelley Anderson (Program Administrator), responsible for the heavy lifting (literally, more than once), and to recent Artsci grad Chris Litfin for taking care of all the A/V needs. It was a wonderful celebration of Arts & Science—an extraordinary community, for which many expressions of gratitude certainly resounded throughout the weekend.

Friday 14 October
At the University Club of McMaster (formerly the Faculty Club):
7:00-8:00pm   Milk & Cookies
8:00-9:00pm   Kaffeehaus (if you are interested in participating, please indicate this during registration)
9:00-10:30pm Mix & Mingle

Saturday 15 October
1:00-2:30pm   C-105 Open House
3:00-4:30pm   Artsci Alumni Engagement Workshop (Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall, Room 111)
5:00-6:00pm   Cocktail Reception (Alumni Association Lounge, McMaster University Student Centre, 3rd Floor)
6:00-10:00pm Dinner for alumni, faculty (both former and current), and staff (CIBC Hall, McMaster University Student Centre, 3rd Floor)

The 5-Year reunion of the Class of 2010

Held on Saturday 19 December 2015 at 8pm at the Harbord House (150 Harbord St., Toronto). The time capsule that was created before graduation was opened at the event and a new one was created!

The Class of 2001 15th-year reunion

Held on Saturday 26 September 2015. The event was organized by Evan Jones and Johanna Weststar at the Bedford Academy in Toronto.

The Class of 1993 Reunion

Class of 89


The Class of 1993 held a reunion in Prince Edward County over the weekend of 3-5 October 2014. In the photo: Rick Hendriks, Marie Laird, Melissa Mauro, Liz Darling, Farah Mawani, Sherry Telford, and Chris Ullock. Not pictured: Amanda Garay and Robert Brookfield.



The Class of 1985 Reunion

Class of 85


The inaugural Class of 1985 held a reunion in Big Rideau Lake in June 2013 at Jehaangir Bulsara’s cottage. In the photo: Heather Farnworth, Jehaangir Bulsara, Peter Wyngaarden, and Susan Hulley. Not pictured: Laurie Barlow, David Fletcher, Joe Freeburn, and Bruce Miyashita.



Artsci’s 30th Anniversary

Herb & Jean

The Arts & Science Program celebrated its 30th Anniversary on 23-25 September 2011. In the photo: Current Director Jean Wilson and Founding Director Herb Jenkins.

Angela Nardozis Presentation Speech
Dr. Herb Jenkins Speech
Dr. Gary Warner’s Speech
Dr. Kathy Garay’s Speech
Mary Koziol’s Speech