GTA CHAPTER KICK-OFF
On June 11, 2009, the Alumni Association of Lakehead University officially launched its first chapter in the Greater Toronto Area. More than 120 Toronto-area Lakehead grads and several University staff members including the President, Fred Gilbert, gathered at the CIBC Mellon Banking Hall in downtown Toronto to formally kick off the GTA Chapter. The new GTA-specific website was launched (www.lugta.com), as were several new events and programs aimed at Toronto-area alumni.
FINDING "LOST" GRADUATES
The Office of Alumni Relations and the Lakehead University Alumni Association are attempting to find as many “lost” alumni as possible. This new initiative was started in May 2008 with newspaper and magazine ads and will continue until May 2010. At the outset, Lakehead University had incorrect addresses for approximately 16,400 graduates, or about 40% of its alumni database. However, with support from the Alumni Association and an allocation of financial resources, the staff has been able to reduce this number to just under 8,500 graduates, or about 19% of its database.
Alumni Relations is encouraging graduates who may be “lost” or may know of someone who is “lost” to contact Lakehead. “By having updated addresses for our alumni, we can begin to move toward having an even larger number of alumni who are actively engaged in the Alumni Association,” says Richard Longtin, Manager of Alumni Relations. “It has been amazing to see alumni from various graduating years and locations contact our office to update their addresses and share their stories. Our thanks go to Colin Bruce, Publisher of The Chronicle-Journal, for his support of this important project."
Thirty-seven teams of four took part in Lakehead’s Annual Alumni Golf Tournament held at Whitewater Golf Course in Thunder Bay on August 11, 2009. The event raised $32,000 for student scholarships.
NEW ALUMNI WEBSITE
During the summer the Lakehead Alumni Association launched a new website - please visit the new Alumni Website
Lakehead has launched an Aboriginal Alumni Chapter to connect Lakehead University graduates with each other, and with Lakehead University. An outreach program will be developed to link Aboriginal alumni with others who are interested in pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities and/or specific careers.
Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) Beverly Sabourin says she is excited and pleased that this new initiative is being launched, adding that, “Aboriginal graduates are one of Lakehead’s most valuable resources. They are allies, mentors, and ambassadors who can encourage and promote higher education.”