Graduates from Memorial University's Political Science department will have the opportunity to reconnect with friends and faculty during the first political science reunion that will encompass all graduates from Memorial's political science program between the academic years 1969-70 to 2009-2010. The reunion will take place during the weekend of May 28-29, 2010, with all activities taking place on campus.
Registration will begin at 7 p.m., Friday evening May 28 with a meet and greet and cocktail hour at the Junior Common Room of R. Gushue Hall, followed by an opening dinner at 8 p.m. in the refurbished Paton College Dining Hall.
The reunion committee, consisting of graduates and faculty, are pleased to announce that the reunion dinner will feature a keynote address by David Agnew, who was Memorial University's Political Science Gold Medal Winner in 1979, and is now president of Seneca College in Toronto.
Before his appointment to Seneca College in April 2009, Mr. Agnew served as the ombudsman of banking services and investments with the Government of Ontario since 2005. He was also the secretary of cabinet in the Government of Ontario from 1992 to 1995, led the Public-Private Partnerships Project and served as chief of Staff to Bob Rae for two years, when Mr. Rae was premier of Ontario.
Mr. Agnew was seconded to the University of Toronto from 1995 to 1996, was a senior resident at Massey College and his experience further extends to the field of journalism, as he also worked as a newspaper reporter in St. John's, Ottawa, Toronto and Edmonton.
He also served as president and CEO of UNICEF Canada. He was also a principal at the strategy consulting firm Digital 4Sight and executive vice-president and corporate secretary for the Credit Union Central of Ontario.
In accepting the invitation from the reunion committee, Mr. Agnew wrote:
"Memorial was the beginning of a lot of great things for me, and I would be only too happy to explain how someone who got kicked out of two high schools can go on to head a post-secondary institution; I will attribute it all to superb teaching. It will be a great opportunity to reconnect."
"The committee has planned a weekend of events that will provide alumni with the opportunity to socialize and share ideas,” said Doug Scott, an alumnus and reunion committee member. “The reunion period, 1969 to 2009, will cover 40 years - and a lot has happened in that time - to our province and ourselves. It'll be a great weekend to catch up with former faculty and classmates."
Registration is $75 for the complete weekend package, which includes the Friday evening meet and greet (with cash bar), the dinner, and a series of Saturday morning discussion groups which will take place in the political science department seminar rooms (second floor of the Science Building). A list of seminar choices will be available early in 2010. These sessions are being designed to allow for lots of discussion and the sharing of ideas and experiences.
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