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Concordians return for Homecoming 2017

Graduates and other university community members gathered on campus for reunions and a wide range of memorable events
October 4, 2017
By Howard Bokser

Concordia alumni, faculty, staff and friends returned to both campuses for a full slate of emotional reunions and informative and entertaining events at Homecoming 2017, held from September 12 to 17.

Among the many highlights were the Homecoming Keynote Lecture with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Barbara Davidson, BFA 90, Concordia’s first-ever queer reunion and a celebration of Loyola Campus’s 100th anniversary in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood.

Advancement and Alumni Relations’ Flickr albums offer a taste of the week’s high spirits.

Barbara Davidson, BFA 90 Homecoming Keynote Lecture with Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Barbara Davidson, BFA 90


At the Concordia University Alumni Association annual general meeting, the executive summarized the accomplishments of the association representing the university’s 200,000 alumni worldwide.


The Queer Homecoming, emceed by Richard Burnett, BA 88, featured Mambo Italiano’s Steve Galluccio BA 82, comedian Tranna Wintour, BA 10, Anne Whitelaw, BFA 87, GrDip 92, PhD 96, Concordia’s vice-provost of Planning and Positioning, Concordia President Alan Shepard and Kimberley Manning, principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute.

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Queer Homecoming Richard Burnett, right, emceed Concordia’s first-ever Queer Homecoming.


The Concordia Day at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts provided alumni, students, faculty and staff complimentary access to the museum. Joanna Berzowska, BFA 95, the faculty’s associate dean of Research, and Janis Timm-Bottos, associate professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies and founder of the Art Hives Initiative, enlightened Faculty of Fine Arts alumni at CU@MBAM.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Barbara Davidson, BFA 90, delivered the inspiring Homecoming Keynote Lecture, Leap of faith: a photojournalist’s journey. CTV Montreal News reporter Aphrodite Salas, MA 99, moderated the talk.


Talk Shop With Top Alumni: Alumni Roundtables at Homecoming brought some of the university’s most accomplished graduates to share their experiences and expertise at round table discussions and a networking breakfast. The lineup featured Andrea Czapary Martin, BComm 83, Christine Sayegh-Filgiano, BComm 89, Ed Janiszewski, BComm 92, Angela Chan, PhD 06, Jason Frohlich, BComm 06, and Benjamin Crudo, BEng 12.

The 28th Shuffle — Concordia’s annual walkathon from Sir George Williams Campus to Loyola Campus — raised a record $104,000 for student scholarships and bursaries.

Beatles fans enjoyed a dynamic presentation by Craig Morrison, PhD 00, on the Fab Four’s presence in the city at the Beatles and the Montreal Connection.

CEED students and alumni showcased their most recent achievements in Gulu, Uganda, to the Montreal community. 

JMSB Elite Networking The John Molson School of Business alumni gathered for the Elite Networking Cocktail.


Loyola Campus — 100 Years in NDG included a Heritage Montreal-run tour, a celebratory mass at the Loyola Chapel and a brunch at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre. Those who attended also shared some laughs in a photo booth on site.

Concordia Stingers fans gathered at the Alumni Zone before the Homecoming Football Game at the Loyola Campus. The Stingers handily defeated McGill 68-16.

Among the exuberant crowd were football members of the 1967-1972 Sir George Williams Georgian teams, who celebrated the 50th anniversary of the football program with a series of reunion activities, including a gathering at the Stingers’ practice on Friday and for dinner afterward. Sports Hall of Fame inductees were also honoured at half-time.

CU@MBAM Faculty of Fine Arts alumni came together at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for a “lunch and “learn” at the CU@MBAM event.
President's Homecoming Dinner The President’s Homecoming Dinner paid special tribute to the 1957 and 1967 graduation classes and Loyola Campus’s 100th anniversary in NDG.


At Innovating Change: 15 Years of Sustainability at Concordia, Sustainable Concordia celebrated its important environmental contributions with alumni panellists who engaged the audience in dynamic discussions.

Mario Ciaramicoli, BEng 02, moderated the Engineering and Computer Science alumni: artificial intelligence discussion between Anne Martel, BFA 09, and Sabine Bergler, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Dean Amir Asif welcomed guests at the alumni reception. 

The John Molson School of Business Alumni: Elite Networking Cocktail welcomed Montreal Networking Group’s Billy Markoglou, BComm 05, and Ali Mohammadi, BComm 01, and JMSB’s new dean Anne-Marie Croteau, BSc 86.

Sports Hall of Fame The Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony recognized outstanding athletes and teams, including the 1998 women’s rugby squad.


At the President’s Homecoming Dinner, Concordia President Alan Shepard honoured the university community, the 1957 and 1967 graduation classes — who were celebrating special anniversaries — and Loyola Campus’s 100th anniversary in NDG. Jamie Orchard, BA 91, senior anchor for Global Montreal’s Evening News, emceed the event.                                           


The Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony recognized athletes and teams that made outstanding contributions to athletics at Concordia and Sir George Williams University. The inductees were: Tom Smith, BA 81, rugby (builder); Michel Blais, BSc 79, hockey (athlete); Sommer Christie, BSc 03, rugby (athlete); Greg Miller BA 86, football (athlete); Sir George Williams 1961-62 men’s basketball team; and Concordia’s 1998 women’s rugby team. 

View and share all Concordia alumni event photos on the Advancement and Alumni Relations’ Flickr page.



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