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By SHANNON VON KALDENBERG
ASSOCIATE VICE-PRESIDENT ALUMNI AND DEVELOPMENT


Alumni Week 2010 includes big get-together for Victoria College grads.

Greetings from Ring Road, as the school year is well underway and as students and professors are hitting their stride with a new term of learning and discovery. So too is the alumni services group gearing up for an exciting year of activities to keep our graduates involved in the life of the University of Victoria.

At the hub of all of our efforts is the volunteer-led board of directors of the UVic Alumni Association and it’s my pleasure to welcome their new president, Glenda Wyatt, BSc ’98. For the next two years, Glenda will be working with nearly 20 other volunteers who give their time and energy to the great programs and services that are available to all alumni.

Welcome, Glenda, and I know that you’ll really make your mark on the alumni mission.
I noted with sadness the loss this summer of a dear friend and alumnus, Dr. Bill Gibson, VC ’29. Not only was Bill accomplished in his medical and teaching career, but he also maintained a life-long engagement with UVic, including serving as our chancellor 1985 to 1990. He gave freely of his time, ideas and wisdom. He believed in his alma mater and supported it in every way he could. We’ll miss him.

Our university is fortunate to enjoy such a rich depth of forerunners, like Bill Gibson. They are a vital link to the incredible history of post-secondary education in our region, beginning with Victoria College’s days at Craigdarroch Castle and continuing at the Lansdowne Campus, where Vic College merged with the Provincial Normal School.

A major part of our efforts in reaching out to alumni lies in preserving and celebrating that history. One example is the big Victoria College Reunion that my staff and the Victoria College Alumni Chapter are putting together for Feb. 1, during Alumni Week 2010.

I look forward to meeting many of you there, I can’t wait to hear your stories about the “Vic” days, and to marvel with you at how the college has evolved into the incredible university that we share today.

Be sure to visit the alumni.uvic.ca website for more details about Alumni Week 2010, and to keep in touch with fellow alumni and all that is going on at the University of Victoria.

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