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Wilfrid Laurier University will be celebrating three faculty anniversaries and two departmental anniversaries this year.

Events for students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members will be held throughout the year to commemorate these milestones in Laurier’s history.

For more information about these events, see below:

Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work

Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a free lecture and symposium open to students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members running Sept. 22 to 23.

Notable social worker and Indigenous children’s rights activist Cindy Blackstock will speak at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on Sept. 22 and a symposium of Laurier social work faculty will present current research and its impact on practice on Sept. 23.

On Sept. 6, 1966, the Faculty of Social Work (FSW) first opened its doors at Laurier in a space provided by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The program began with 28 students and has grown to just over 600 full-time and part-time BSW, MSW and PhD students. In 2006, the faculty moved to the historic St. Jerome’s High School in downtown Kitchener and in 2012 began the social work undergraduate program at Laurier’s Brantford campus. Since inception, the program has transitioned from a small professional program into a cutting-edge research hub well known across the country for its unique focus in the Aboriginal Field of Study program.

For more information about upcoming events, contact Lynne Jordan at ljordan@wlu.ca or 519-884-0710 x5265.

Faculty of Music

Laurier’s Faculty of Music commemorated its 40th anniversary at the beginning of the year with special performances and concerts.

The faculty will celebrate the Penderecki String Quartet’s (PSQ) 30th anniversary and its 25th year as Quartet-in-Residence March 19 with a gala concert featuring acclaimed Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska performing Chopin’s E minor Concerto.

Since 1975, the Faculty of Music has grown from 69 students in one undergraduate program to over 400 students across seven degree and diploma programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Laurier also operates the Laurier Conservatory with over 1,000 students, is home to the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and has been named Canada’s Best Music Campus by CBC Radio.

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year through several special events, beginning with a celebration for students on Sept. 13. Students, staff and faculty are invited to take a group photo in the shape of a “50”.

Alumni, staff and faculty will be celebrating the anniversary at the annual Lazaridis School Alumni Awards gala on Sept. 23. Alumni are also invited to have a sneak peek tour of Lazaridis Hall during homecoming on the morning of Sept. 24.

The business school at Laurier was officially formed in September 1966. In 1975, it started a co-op program for business students, the first of its kind in Canada. The co-op program remains an integral part of the school, and is Canada’s largest business co-op program. In 2015, the School of Business and Economics was re-named the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics following a $20-million donation by technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Lazaridis. Today, it is one of the most prestigious and selective schools in Canada, with more than 6,000 students enrolled in full- and part-time undergraduate, graduate and diploma programs.

Masters of Business Administration

Laurier’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) part-time degree program celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. The program hosted a reception in June for alumni, faculty and staff to reconnect at Laurier’s Toronto MBA campus, at the Sun Life Financial Tower, downtown Toronto.

In 1976, Basl Healy, the first director of the Laurier MBA program, announced the inaugural intake of students to the part-time evening degree. In 1978, the first MBA student, David Michael, completed his MBA. Today, more than 200 students will graduate from Laurier’s MBA programs each year. Read more about the history of Laurier’s MBA program.

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with several events kicking off with a lecture by Political Science professor Barry Kay during Laurier’s Homecoming celebrations Sept. 24.

A networking social, trip to Laurier’s Brantford campus and tour of an Aboriginal residential school, guest speakers and dinners will be organized throughout the year for students, alumni, faculty and staff. Read the full event listing.

In 1966, Laurier’s Department of Political Science began with five full-time faculty members and one undergraduate program with nine students; the Masters of Political Science program followed shortly after in 1970. Today, the department boasts 19 full-time faculty, three Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Canada Research Chairs, 450 undergraduate students and 127 students enrolled in the Legal Studies Option; and a new graduate program, the Master of Applied Politics. This year also marks the inaugural year of the joint Laurier-Sussex Bachelor of Laws Degree.

For more information, to purchase Political Science anniversary merchandise or to RSVP for an event, contact Sherry Palmer at spalmer@wlu.ca or 519-884-0710 x3374.


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