Bob Rabjohn, Reunion Coordinator
Phone: 613.533.2060, ext. 74599
Queen’s University Reunion, June 2012
A Very Successful Reunion Was Enjoyed By All
The 2012 Queen’s University Reunion was another great success! Our turnout was smaller than at our 2007, 50th Anniversary Reunion. A number of our classmates have passed away during the last five years (see below). The change from our regular fall reunion dates had a negative effect, as did the lack of a Queen’s Football game. With only volunteer reunion students on campus, there was a lack of “Oo’s” and “Oh’s” over our torn, dirty, somewhat decrepit golden Science Jackets, and Alfie’s was a little quiet. Despite the smaller attendance, all agreed that it was a successful event and are looking forward to 2017 (God willing). Queen’s University has assured us that the 2017 Reunion can be back in the fall, and hopefully with a popular Golden Gaels game.
Science ’57 Friday Night Dinner
Our Friday night special Sc.’57 Dinner was at the Holiday Inn, as in past years. We repeated our past agendas with: Hospitality, the usual Poached Salmon or Striploin of Beef dinner and the passing of the microphone so all could be updated on their friend’s activities. Dean Kim Woodhouse spoke about Queen’s Engineering entrance requirements and responded to a number of individual’s questions. We were also blessed with the presence of Beth Wylie who is our Queen’s Key Bursary contact. Bob Bird presented an update on the status of the Sc.’57 Key Bursary Fund.
The following were attended our Sc.’57 Friday Dinner:
David & Joan Allen
Jim & Louise Barber
Bob & Judy Bird
Ed & Cathy Borza
Carman & Josey Chisamore
Bill & Mary Feil
Bob Forbes & Benita Smitz
Burn & Muriel Hodgins
Dave & Nicola Low
Bob & Anne McAndrew
Bob & Vida Nairn
Ron & Joanne Pettit
Bob & Mary Rabjohn
Andy & Helen Spriet
Don & Diane Woods
Over the last five years the following classmates have passed away (Queen’s records):
Lynne Larson (Vidal)
I regret to also report that on May 28, 2012, Peter Loucks passed away. Peter was a member of our Sc.’57 Executive.
The Queen’s Tricolour Guard Activities
Both Saturday and Sunday started with a wonderful buffet breakfast. Along with visits to the open university buildings, The Queen’s Bagpipers and Highland dancers seemed to be everywhere. The 50th year grads were inducted into the Queen’s Tricolour Guard. After all Tricolour Guards were adorned with robes, all were then Re-Convocated in a Grant Hall Ceremony, followed by a Celebration Luncheon.
The Saturday Tricolour Guard Dinner was another winner. Held in the Ban Righ Dining Hall, approximately 340, 50 year (and plus) graduates attended. David Dodge, Queen’s Chancellor, spoke of Queen’s University’s current strengths. He proudly spoke of the brand new Medical Building and stated that Queen’s is about to announce their largest ever building program directed to maintaining Queen’s reputation as a leading university. Unfortunately I did not visit the new Medical Center, but Ed Korhonen and Bob and Judy Bird did. Ed stated, “We were totally impressed. It was built at a cost of $78 million - fortunately the medical staff had drawn up detailed plans earlier, which were sitting ready to go, so Queen’s was able to take advantage of Federal infrastructure stimulus funding along with provincial grants and contributions from medical staff, alumni and other Queen’s support.” Ed continues,“It has a state-of the art lecture hall which has computer based interactive teaching, participation and feedback – a far cry from the traditional - ‘lecture-take notes and then memorize’ method of teaching. There are simulator labs with model body parts closely resembling actual human parts, and surgical and medical labs which are the same as in hospitals and clinics. All of these can be monitored by medical staff with feedback and the ability to ‘try it until you get it right.’ Along with this are excellent facilities and areas for group study and interaction, and individual study areas. Truly impressive!”
Science ’57 Key Bursary Fund
At our class reunion dinner, I first asked for guesses as to what our 1953 tuition was. There were some very good guesses - it was, in fact, $388. By Stats Canada figures the equivalent inflated amount in 2012 is $3,400. To-day's Engineering tuition is $10,000. That surprised me, and might surprise a lot of people, but in any event you can see that our students now have 3 times the difficulty in saving for University. So there's one more reason to donate to our Key Bursary Fund.
A brief financial update: As of April 30, 2012, the capital balance of our Key Fund was $380,342, an increase of $15,533 over 2011. A total of $64,515 has been awarded to 15 students since the inception of the fund.
Jaun Jou Valencia, one of this year's fund recipients, joined us for dinner. He's in his second year of Chemical Engineering. We enjoyed his company and can tell you he sincerely appreciates the help he has received. A letter from Juan is quoted below.
Dear class of Sc'57,
It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet you and hear some stories of your days at Queen's. It was fascinating to compare life as a Queen's student then and now. Hearing your stories also made me realize that I should not take my time at Queen's for granted. From this moment on, I intend to make the most of every moment I have!
Thank you once again for having me at the dinner.
All the best, Juan
Put a note on your calendar to watch for our Queen’s 60th Reunion in the fall of 2017!
The Science '57 Bursary was established by members of the Class of Applied Science 1957 and awarded on the basis of financial need to students in any year or program of studies in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
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