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Reunion 2012 to be biggest celebration in Memorial's history

By Dave Penney

With more than a year of planning already complete, the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development at Memorial is working overtime to make sure everything is in place for Reunion 2012. Happening Aug. 8-12, the reunion is being described as the biggest celebration in Memorial's history.

Its theme is havin' a time and the recently released schedule of events promises just that. Seventy-five different events are planned during the five-day period on the St. John's campus and the Marine Institute in St. John's and at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook.

Four different categories — Rant and Roar 1101, Day Tripper 2201, Something to Talk About 3300 and Glory Days 4305 — constitute a wide variety of events that ensures all ages and interests are considered. The respective categories correspond to offerings that include a series of university-wide showcase events, edu-tourism offerings, a speaker series and a wide range of options provided by individual faculty and school groups.

"Seeing this come together, after so much effort and planning on the part of our incredibly dedicated volunteers, as well as so many people from across the university, it's remarkable," said Dr. Penny Blackwood, director of the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development at Memorial. "And what we have planned for August is really exciting. It's unprecedented for Memorial. I've been looking at the event schedule and I'm amazed by it – there is truly something for everyone. Our big showcase event is a concert at Mile One Centre and that's going to put an exclamation point on an incredible week."

Valerie and Earl Ludlow are honorary co-chairs of the Reunion 2012 steering committee. Both proud graduates

of Memorial, they have actively supported and promoted Memorial University throughout their careers. Valerie Ludlow spoke about the influence of Memorial
and its graduates.

"In the process of planning something like this, you can't help but be reminded of the enormous contribution that Memorial has made since 1925," she said. "Our graduates have led and supported this province in so many ways. And that reach hasn't been limited to Newfoundland and Labrador – it extends all over the world."

Earl Ludlow reiterated that the first priority throughout the planning process has always been about having fun.

"Ultimately, this reunion is really about everyone getting together and celebrating their glory days here at Memorial and our special connections to this incredible province we call home," he said. "We've got a lot to be thankful for and Memorial is way overdue for a celebration. We will definitely be havin' a time in August."

The event schedule for havin' a time: Reunion 2012 can be found at Browse the schedule and sign up for regular updates on Reunion 2012. Online registration will be available in early May. For those interested in helping out as a volunteer during Reunion 2012, information is also available on the reunion website.