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Campus comes alive with Spring Reunion and MiniU participants

Alumni look at Queen's paraphernalia displayed at Ban Righ Hall during the Spring Reunion weekend.

A few rain showers couldn’t dampen the festive spirit on campus for the kick-off of Spring Reunion and MiniU Friday afternoon.

“We are all a bit older, but we still have the same spirit,” says Dave Collins, Sc’91, while enjoying the Engineering Society BBQ outside Clark Hall Pub.

Fifty-four groups—44 classes and 10 special interest groups and clubs—have returned to campus this weekend to celebrate their graduation anniversaries.

“I am looking forward to meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in 10 or 20 years and reliving some of the stories from our days at Queen’s,” says Mike van de Water, Com’91, who planned to attend the 40th anniversary celebration of Clark Hall Ritual.

Adam Gauci, Sc’06, is attending his first Spring Reunion. “I am here to catch up with some friends and visit with some friends who are now attending graduate school at Queen’s,” says Mr. Gauci, who travelled to Kingston from Toronto for the weekend.

Over 1,000 people in total are expected at Queen’s for Spring Reunion and MiniU. Doreen Mainse, NSc’56, is attending her first MiniU.

“I thought it looked interesting, especially the medical-themed sessions,” says Ms Mainse, who signed up for lectures on computer-assisted surgery and stem cell research. She also toured the Anatomy Learning Centre at Botterell Hall.

As part of MiniU, mathematics professor Peter Taylor presents the Last Lecture on Earth Saturday afternoon from 3-4:30 pm at Ellis Hall Auditorium.

Spring Reunion activities, including highlights such as the Tricolour Guard Reception and Dinner, the Re-convocation Ceremony, and Queen’s at the Fort, continue through the weekend. More information can be found on the Spring Reunion website.

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