Homecoming 2015

Homecoming 2015

22965835806_4bc50518bf_zOn Saturday, October 24, alumni and prospective students worked side-by-side in the Active Learning Classroom to identify spores, explore food safety and learn about feeding oneself in a mindful manner.  Young alumni joined faculty and staff at Sunday’s Open House, held on the University’s downtown campus, and offered valuable insight to prospective students about transitioning into the workplace.

 

 

 

Principal Suzanne Fortier, Bill Ritchie, Dean Anja Geitmann

Principal Suzanne Fortier, Bill Ritchie, Dean Anja Geitmann

 

The guests of honour at the Homecoming Luncheon included Mr. J. William Ritchie, BScAgr’51, Donald L. Cole, BScAgr’55,  Mario Rivero-Huguet, PhD’09.

Mr. Ritchie recently made a $1-million dollar gift to Macdonald to establish the Lorna and William Ritchie Educational Hall which will be housed in the original stone dairy barn located on the Macdonald Farm. The Hall will be the focal point of the new $2.5-million dollar Macdonald Farm Community Engagement Centre and will serve as the centrepiece of the Faculty’s renewed outreach efforts.

 

 

Don Cole with Dean Geitmann

Don Cole with Dean Geitmann

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award went to Donald L. Cole, and the Distinguished Young Alumni Award to Mario Rivero-Huguet, in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishments, scholarly distinction and/or service to the community at large, and demonstration of Mastery for Service through the pursuit of excellence in support of service to society, humanity and the world.

Mario Rivero-Huguet with Dean Geitmann

Mario Rivero-Huguet with Dean Geitmann

 

 

 

 

Dean Geitmann graciously accepted cheques totaling more than $260,000 from the Classes of ’53, ’63, ’65 and ’75.  These funds will support a range of activities including scholarships, awards, campus beautification and infrastructure. Macdonald is truly fortunate to have such loyal and supportive alumni.

Dean Geitmann accepts a cheque for the Madramootoo Scholarship from Marc Bieler and Nathalie

Dean Geitmann accepts a cheque for the Madramootoo Scholarship from Marc Bieler and Nathalie Zinger

Faculty Advisory Board members Marc Bieler (DipAgr’58, BA’64) and Nathalie Zinger (BScAgr’81, DipEd/MSc’83), announced the creation of the Chandra Madramootoo Scholarship, in recognition of Professor Madramootoo’s visionary leadership, successful tenure, and contributions to Macdonald Campus. Professor Madramootoo completed his second and final term as Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-Principal of McGill University on June 30, 2015. The award will be made available to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty based on their academic merit and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and community engagement. To date, $116,200 has been raised.

Touring the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit

Touring the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit

No Macdonald Homecoming would be complete without an afternoon campus tour; this year’s tour included a visit to the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, hosted by Dr. Hope Weiler. A walk at the Morgan Arboretum with Director Jim Fyles and a tour of the Farm by Manager Paul Meldrum was enjoyed by one and all.

The day wrapped up with campus tours and the Gathering of the Clan BBQ where grads young and some, not so young, danced the night away “Contra Dance” style.


Relive Homecoming memories by viewing photos on our Flickr site.

 

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