"A whole bunch of handshakes and hugs"
The Science’59 class has always been an enthusiastic one, and 50 years later, that hasn’t changed. This class has the largest number of alumni registered to take part in Spring Reunion – 52 to date.
Alan Hallworth is a member of the coordinating committee for his class, and is very excited to be coming back to Queen’s to celebrate their 50th reunion. “It’s been an exceptional class, right from the word go,” he says, and they remain in constant communication. “We’re hoping for 59 classmates with their partners in attendance”
One initiative the class is particularly proud of, he says, is a fundraising effort they started 20 years ago at their 30th reunion. Originally called the Science ’59 Memorial Fund in honour of deceased classmates, it evolved into a more tangible project called the Science’59 Entrance Bursary Fund. It’s aimed at young engineers who have the academic ability, but not the financial means, to enter the Faculty of Applied Science at Queen’s.
Fundraising for the entrance bursary has been exceptionally successful, and this year the class will present a cheque for the symbolic amount of $590,000 to Dean of Applied Science Kimberly Woodhouse.
Mr. Hallworth credits the work the class has done on the bursary with keeping them in touch, and ensuring the success of this year’s reunion.
While in Kingston for Spring Reunion, the class has many plans. Following registration on Friday, May 22, they will head to Fort Henry for a banquet and tour.
“Saturday is reserved for Queen’s,” says Mr. Hallworth, with re-convocation in the morning, class photos, tours and the Tricolour Guard Reception and Dinner on Saturday night. Sunday morning the class will meet for brunch and present their bursary fund cheque to the dean.
There is no doubt that the class is looking forward to the reunion. “Science’59 has often blazed trails – some good, some questionable – like the grease pole… Now we’ll blaze another, to be among the first to show how wonderful a spring reunion can be,” says David Scott, president of the class.
“We have a great camaraderie, and because we’re all active and busy, we don’t get to see each other often,” says Mr. Hallworth, who is looking forward to seeing one of his closest friends who is coming from Victoria.
Spring Reunion for him will mean “a whole bunch of handshakes and hugs.”