Alumni Activities Spring/Summer 2008
Last fall, the MAA of Southern Alberta hosted a sophisticated soiree at the stylish Axis Contemporary Gallery. Surrounded by the paintings of Calgary artist Chris Bowman, alumni like Vanessa D’Souza, BSc(PT)’98 (left) and Natalya Nicholson, BSc’99, learned how to pair wine and cheese like master sommeliers.
Adventurous McGill grads followed in the footsteps of Scott and Shackleton on an exciting trip to Antarctica in February. Trip host Tina Hobday, BA’88, BCL’93, LLB’93, and her husband Robert Campbell led the group ashore, where they enjoyed spectacular views of the White Continent’s rugged coastline.
On February 4, the Women’s Alumnae Association held its annual scholarship reception at Martlet House. Established in 1932, the group’s Scholarship Fund now awards more than $70,000 per year to deserving female students from all disciplines.
A New York State of Mind
McGill Principal Heather Munroe-Blum wowed more than 200 graduates and friends at a special New York branch reception on November 1. Over the next 18 months, the principal will be visiting branches around the world as part of the “Making History” Tour in support of Campaign McGill.
Atlantans on Ice
Eric Issa, MBA’98, introduces daughter Leandra to a great Canadian tradition — the skating party. The MAA of Georgia event drew alumni and their families to Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park on December 8 in distinctly un-Canadian temperatures of 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Proud supporters of McGill football huddled in Toronto on February 29 to meet the University’s new director of athletics Drew Love and Redmen head coach Sonny Wolfe, BEd’76.
Another Reason to Celebrate
Dr. Richard I. Levin, Dean of Medicine and Vice-Principal, Health Affairs, (centre, with glasses) visited Emory University in Atlanta in November, where he offered Georgia grads his personal diagnosis of the state of medical education at McGill (very healthy).
Giving it a Whirl
Andres Friedman, BCom’03, and Stephanie Otou, BCL/LLB’07, channelled their inner Shakira at a Montreal Young Alumni Salsa Night. More than a dozen MYA members gathered at a local restaurant for some spicy Mexican food, before heading to a club for even spicier dancing.
Big Hearts in Beantown
Left to right: Scott Callas, Jeff Callas, BA’83, Debbie Levy, BA’89, Joshua Lakin, BCom’94, Tariq Ghayur, PhD’87, Virga Mohsini, MEd’81, BSW’86, MSW’88, Lindsay Cook, BA’75, Christine Zanella, BSc’89, Marie-Pasquale Morissette and David Roberge.
Boston-area alumni kicked off 2008 by giving back to their community. On January 12, grads and their families dedicated an afternoon to volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank. The annual event has become a highlight of the branch’s activities calendar.
Hurry! Hurry Hard!
Ottawa Young Alumni Spyridoula Tsoukalas, BA’91, (left) and Melanie Vanstone, BA’98, got an introduction to curling then swept away the afternoon at a local club. They learned the basics of the game— how to throw stones and holler like a pro.