Alumni welcome home for Reunion Weekend

Achievement Dinner, class reunions, T-bird football, barbeques and cinnamon buns bring alumni back

by Michelle Cook staff writer
with high-speed Internet hook-ups and tv lounges, today's UBCresidences have come a long way since 1945 when students lived in the old army huts of Fort Camp. During its 20 years of service, the notorious residence, with its dodgy heating and drafty walls, was the site of water fights, bed races and some lively protests over poor student housing conditions.

The huts were torn down in the mid-1970s, but old neighbours can reminisce about life at Fort Camp as part of the Alumni 2001 Reunion Weekend festivities taking place from Sept. 27-30. The Fort Camp residence reunion includes a walking tour of campus, salmon barbeque and an evening program at the Botanical Gardens.

But Fort Camp events are only part of a four-day reunion schedule which includes tailgate parties, golf games, concerts and lectures.

"The Reunion Weekend gives UBCgraduates a chance to show off their alma mater to family and friends, re-visit their old haunts on campus and catch up with old classmates," says Darlene Marzari, chair of this year's events.

Alumni activities kick off Sept. 27 with a Hall of Fame Thunderbird Football dinner at the University Golf Club to celebrate the first inductees into the T-bird Football Hall of Fame. On Friday evening, the annual Alumni Achievement Awards dinner takes place at the Waterfront Centre Hotel in downtown Vancouver. (Details, page 2)

On Saturday morning, UBCPresident Martha Piper will welcome returning alumni at the Chan Centre. Free coffee and UBC's famous cinnamon buns will be available to jump-start events. Later, at the Alumni and Friends Luncheon at Green College, guest speaker, Dr. Charles Slonecker, UBC's director of Ceremonies, will address the question, "Human Evolution: Why are there six billion of us?" Other special events include a 50th anniversary Forestry breakfast, and a Faculty of Education reunion for more than 700 alumni from the classes of '91 and '76.

On Sept. 28, graduates can watch the T-birds take on the University of Manitoba Bisons at Thunderbird Stadium. Pre-game festivities include a tailgate party, barbecue, live music and awards ceremony at the stadium. UBC's newest alumni are invited to join in the fun as part of the `O-Year' reunion for 2001 graduates.

For more information on these and other Reunion Weekend activities, contact the Alumni Association at 604-822-3313 or visit