Reconnecting with Mac: Homecoming 2014

December 2014

Homecoming is just that – an opportunity for our alumni to come home, learn something new, reconnect (sometimes after 50 years) and rekindle that special feeling about what Macdonald was and what it has become. By all accounts, Homecoming 2014 was a resounding success. We’re happy to share some of the day’s special moments with you here. More than 200 other photos, including class pictures, may be viewed on our Flickr site. What activities might you like to see at Homecoming 2015? Macdonald Alumni Relations Associate Anna Duff would love to hear from you.

homecoming_MG_2014-0730Alumna Marilyn (Anderson) Stocker, BSc(HEc)’59, and husband William Stocker were challenged to move their robots around an obstacle course in the Active Learning Classroom using a program that was designed especially for them by Xuebin Tian, an undergraduate student in Bioresource Engineering. Students in Bioresource Engineering professor Viacheslav Adamchuck’s Instrumentation and Control course design robots to solve a wide range of agricultural production challenges.

homecoming_MG_2014-0868The Macdonald Stewart Benefactors Circle was a special recognition event, allowing Provost Anthony Masi, Chair of McGill’s Board of Governors Kip Cobbett, Executive Director of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation Bruce Bolton and Dean Madramootoo to thank and appreciate donors who have made gifts of $250,000 and more to the Faculty. More than half of the donors, whose names are etched into the glass in the Link Archway, were present at the ceremony.

homecoming_MG_2014-1121The Sir William Macdonald Luncheon not only allowed classes to catch up but also to celebrate the achievements of Gerald A. (Gerry) Mulligan, BScAgr’52, who was awarded the Distinguished Alumni award, and the classes of 1954 and 1964, who collectively raised over $90,000 in support of students and faculty initiatives.

homecoming_MG_2014-1249Many alumni took advantage of a tour of the Mac Farm, which has been the centre of much activity this past year, with the development of a new one-acre plot run by the Macdonald Student Ecological Garden, the launch of the Farm to School Day Camp, and the rebuilding of silos destroyed in the Farm’s October 2013 fire.

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By far the most interesting response to the question “What is your favourite MCSS moment ever?” raised during the MCSS 100th Anniversary trivia quiz came from former Council President John (Jack) Sadler’s (BScAgr’79 and Council President 1977-78 and 1978-79) team, who recounted in great detail the events surrounding the “Dean-napping” of Dr. Lewis Lloyd in the late 1970s. Our current council worked hard to ensure that stories from the good old days were collected from former council members who were unable to attend the event. A grand time was had by all. Pictured here: Matthew Brown, MSc’12, Ariane Gauthier, BSc(FSc)’11, Peter Pertschy, FMT’12, and Marissa Nolan, BSc(AgEnvSc)’11.

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