There’s never been a better reason to come home to the University of Manitoba.
Taking place this Thursday through Sunday, Homecoming 2005 is offering more events than ever, including the return of the Homecoming football game on Saturday.
Along with watching the Bisons square off against the SFU Clan, spectators can catch the media football game as part of the halftime show. Winnipeg’s top media stars will be divided into two teams and sent to square off against each other.
“Although class reunions are an important part of Homecoming, the weekend offers a wide range of activities for alumni and the general community. All faculty, staff and former staff are welcome and encouraged to bring their friends and family,” says Karen Gamey, executive director of the Alumni Association.
This year, 27 classes have planned a reunion or reception during Homecoming with activities across both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses as well as throughout the city. These classes range in graduation years from 1935 to 1995.
“Homecoming really is a university-wide event,” says Gamey. “Over the past several years, the Alumni Association has been strengthening its relationships with faculties and working together. As a result, more faculties are planning their events during Homecoming and we can help promote them. We’ve found that many graduates in town to attend their reunion also attend these faculty activities.”
Among the signature faculty events will be Arts Celebrating Arts on Friday, Sept. 23. The Faculty of Arts will recognize students, faculty and its alumni of the year at the annual event.
Friday will also mark the ribbon-cutting of Phase 1 of the university’s new Engineering and Information Technology Complex. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 p.m.
Homecoming 2005 events
Thursday, September 22
7 p.m., Eva Clare Hall
Friday, September 23
10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Alumni House
Homecoming Football Game
Pre game party with kids games and entertainment. Half time will feature a media football game.
Saturday, September 24
Doors open at 11 a.m. with kick off at 1 p.m., University Stadium
Saturday, September 24
Cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., Canad Inns Polo Park
A complete schedule of Homecoming 2005 events can be downloaded (pdf) here.