UVic Torch -- Autumn 2007
Spring 2008,
Volume 29, Number 1

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The week of events that put campus alumni in the spotlight.

UVic alumni can be found all over the world—in more than 90 countries. But one of the largest, most concentrated groups of grads is right here on campus, in our own backyard.

It might be surprising to consider just how many of our alumni work at the University of Victoria. In one capacity or another, about 1,400 alumni are employed at UVic. They account for almost one-third of all UVic faculty and staff. The importance of alumni in the day-to-day business of the university was really brought home to us in February when we hosted our first annual Alumni Week on campus.

An initiative of the UVic Alumni Services staff and the UVic Alumni Association, Alumni Week 2008 was geared towards the many alumni on campus. Throughout the week, events were produced that not only were fun and informative, but they really helped to spotlight the important role that alumni play in the teaching, research and support functions of the university.

One of the real highlights for me was the launch breakfast, at the University Club. About 150 hearty souls braved the early Monday morning hour and joined us for a delicious meal. Vice-President Academic Jamie Cassels brought greetings from President David Turpin and offered a word of thanks to alumni on campus for choosing UVic as their place of work and for helping to build such a great university.

Old friends and co-workers got caught up on each other’s lives and there was a really positive vibe in that room. That’s the sort of thing we hope to build on in the future.

Alumni Week also offered a career networking event featuring four outstanding young graduates. A-Channel Vancouver Island’s sports anchor Jason Pires, BA ’96, served as our master of ceremonies. Jason was joined by Victoria Poet Laureate Carla Funk, MA ’99, Faculty of Business entrepreneur-in-residence Eric Jordan, BFA ’93, and Latitude Geographics founder Steven Myhill-Jones, BSc ’99. They all did a terrific job of sharing their experiences with an appreciative group of new alumni and current students.
We are also extremely grateful for the sponsorship and partnership support we received from the Aerie Resort and Spa, the UVic Computer Store, the UVic Bookstore, Vikes Recreation and alumni affinity partners MBNA Canada, Industrial Alliance Pacific and TD Meloche Monnex.

Alumni Week 2008 was our first attempt at this type of event. Watch for it next year (in the first week of February), when we’ll be coming back with an even bigger and better version that will involve even more of our alumni, both on campus and in the community.

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