Alumni Activities Spring/Summer 2009

Alumni Activities

Deck the Palm Trees

Graduates gathered at the home of Jim Torosis, BSc’77, MDCM’81, and Susan Cummings, MDCM’79, in Los Altos, for the McGill Alumni Association of Northern California’s annual holiday party. Young and old enjoyed munchies, swapped stories of Montreal winters, and re-gifted the previous year’s yuletide duds at a white elephant present exchange.

Part of the McGill Family

Even when their kids are studying on the other side of the globe, parents are still important members of the McGill community. Kuangyi Lu and Qingxian Liu, parents of McGill student Yiqing Lu, were among the alumni and friends who turned out to meet Principal Heather Munroe-Blum during her visit to Beijing on November 30 as part of the Making History Tour.


Three McGillians Walk into a Bar…

Stand-up veteran Ophira Eisenberg, BA’95, recorded material for a new comedy CD at New York’s Comix in February. Local alumni turned out in droves to support one of their own and contribute a few extra chuckles to the taping.

Climbing for a Cure

Gerry Apostolatos, BCL’88, LLB’88, proved that McGill pride flourishes at any altitude when he reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro last summer. The Montreal lawyer scaled Africa’s highest mountain as a member of an intrepid group raising funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese, bread and memories of McGill—all these things make a fine wine even better. At least, that seemed to be the opinion of 16 Atlanta alumni after they received the VIP treatment during an exclusive wine tasting at The Grape in Inman Park this past November.

Regal Reunion

Jackie Magnan Brennan, BCom’58; Holly Higgins Jonas, BA’58, MSW’71; Enid Pottel Klein, BA’58; and Sybil Beck Ham, BA’58, held court during their 50th reunion celebrations at Homecoming in October. The lovely ladies also presided over the 1956 Winter Carnival as its queen and princesses.

Showing Their True Colours

Forget politics, McGill graduates showed that hockey’s the best contact sport in Washington, D.C., when alumni met before an NHL game in February. Although the group was divided between Capitals and Canadiens fans, everyone put rivalries aside when it came time to toast their alma mater.

Mentors of the Universe

In March, recent business grads and senior executives mingled at a special career development reception for McGill and Harvard alumni in New York City. Despite the tough economic times, the young graduates in attendance were in good spirits as they networked and received sage advice from some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Scouting Young Talent

Vice-President and Treasurer of the McGill Alumni Association of New York George Marini, BCom’75, and Past President Lloyd Olsson, BSc’83, talked slapshots with Dave Urquhart, BCom’08, and his father Bill at the branch’s holiday party in December. The younger Urquhart, who is a former captain of the Redmen hockey team, plays for the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

Building a Branch

Pittsburgh Penguins CEO Ken Sawyer, BSc’71, treated the McGill Alumni Association of Western Pennsylvania to a behind-the-scenes look at his team’s new arena, currently under construction. The branch has been doing its own rebuilding of late by organizing a number of alumni events like baseball games, trips to the symphony and this “McGill Hockey Night in Pittsburgh” in February.


Conjuring Good Times

Every month, members of the McGill Young Alumni Association of Ottawa congregate for what they have dubbed Wonderfully Wicked Wednesdays. Co-Presidents Jonathan Mitchell, BSc’01 (left), and Patrick Girouard, BScAgr’92, MSc’95 (right), with Rania Mouchantaf, BSc’97, PhD’03, led the mischief at the November gathering.

A School of Supporters

A local photographer got creative with a fish-eye snapshot of the Making History Tour’s stop in Hong Kong. Graduates, parents and friends packed the Hong Kong Cricket Club on November 28 to hear McGill principal Heather Munroe-Blum outline the University’s plans for the future.

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