Headlines (Campus Updates)
Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
Laurier Waterlooís 2011 homecoming: a historic celebration!
Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
A record-breaking number of Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks came back to the Waterloo campus Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 to celebrate Laurierís centennial at homecoming 2011.
Awash in purple and gold, Laurierís Waterloo campus welcomed reunion class celebrations, enthusiastic students, alumni and football fans. The largest event of its kind in Laurierís history, homecoming 2011 proved itself to be a celebration 100 years in the making!
Saturday kicked off with the much-loved, free pancake breakfast. Highlights of the day included campus tours, numerous faculty open houses and the Legends of Laurier Lecture Series featuring Professor Emeritus, Tupper Cawsey.
On Saturday afternoon, Golden Hawks united to cheer on their football team to defeat the Ottawa Gee-Gees, 51-16. Even homecomingís traditional football game and tailgate party had a number of centennial twists, including a fireworks display, a live hawk mascot and the Presidentís Choice Superdogs performing at half-time.†
The weekend-long celebration of Laurierís 100th anniversary reached its height at Saturday eveningís Centennial Alumni Celebration, honouring Laurierís 100 Alumni of Achievement and all centennial reunion classes. More than 700 distinguished alumni, reunion class graduates and members of the Laurier community celebrated all that Laurier and its alumni have achieved, then danced the night away to Laurierís own Blackwater Trio.
Sunday events began with a homecoming worship service at the seminary, featuring a performance by the Laurier Alumni Choir. Meanwhile, in the stadium, 520 people laced up for the fourth-annual Laurier Loop. Held in support of the Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC), the fundraising run raised $4,500. Generous alumni matched these pledges to bring the total amount donated to the MDRC to $9,000.
Laurierís oldest graduates returned to campus to attend the annual Foundersí Luncheon on Sunday afternoon. Graduates from the class of 1945 to 1961 gathered to mark this significant milestone in Laurierís history. Laurier was also thrilled to welcome back a record number of alumni celebrating milestone reunions in 2011, including the classes of 1971, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006. In celebration of Laurierís centennial celebration, these reunion classes raised more than $36,000 for their alma mater.
New this year, Sundayís Experience Stratford excursion was a sold-out success as participants enjoyed lunch at Felliniís and took in a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar.
This yearís Homecoming theme, Soaring for a Century, was a homecoming for the history books, which wouldnít have been possible without the tireless efforts of alumni, students, staff and faculty.
Development and Alumni Relations