Come home to the University of Manitoba for Homecoming 2012!

September 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Alumni, News Release, Outreach, Sports, Students

From Wednesday, September 12, to Sunday, September 16, 2012, the University of Manitoba will host thousands of classmates who will gather to reminisce and salute the memories and good times of their student years. And, as the annual Homecoming celebration continues to grow, so too does the company it celebrates.

There have been more than 193,000 graduates of the University of Manitoba since 1877, and there are nearly 130,000 known living alumni. Of these, almost 85,000 are known to still live in Manitoba, while about 64,000 live in Winnipeg. Homecoming is geared towards this audience, but it is also an excellent opportunity for the greater community to take in the celebration and learn more about the exciting things happening at the University of Manitoba.

“We believe Homecoming 2012 offers something for everyone, and we invite the community to join us,” says Jana Thorsteinson, acting director of alumni relations.

Planned activities include: campus tours; a gala concert; celebrations of our Indigenous community; the Bison football game-bring the kids!; complimentary workouts in the gyms at both campuses for alumni; receptions; and luncheons in most faculties.

In total, more than 10,000 alumni and friends are expected to take in activities on both campuses and around the city, including dozens of class reunions dating back as far as 1952 and representing faculties and schools such as Medicine, Dental Hygiene, Medical Rehabilitation, Law, Architecture and Engineering.

Details on Homecoming 2012 activities can be found at the Homecoming 2012 website:

For more information, please contact Alumni Relations at: 204-474-9946 or toll-free, 1-800-668-4908

A few highlights of Homecoming 2012:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Indigenous Achievement
Visionary Conversations

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Homecoming Gala Concert
School of Art Exhibition/ Opening Reception

Friday, September 14, 2012
Fort Garry Campus Tours
Agricultural and Food Sciences Open House
at Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre
Libraries — Commerce and Bison Football Exhibits

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Homecoming Football Game / Bison Children’s Programming
Homecoming Alumni Dinner

Visionary Conversations

Following an award-winning first year, Visionary Conversations is back for another round of thought-provoking discussions. Join President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard, along with trailblazing researchers from the University of Manitoba, for the launch of the 2012-13 season.

We Need to Talk About Racism
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Time: Reception, 6:30 to 7 pm, panel discussion 7 to 8:30 pm
Location: Robert B. Schultz Theatre, St. John’s College

RSVP: Alumni Relations: 204-474-9946, or email

Homecoming Gala Concert and Reception

The Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music invites you to an unforgettable evening of entertainment. This concert-a mix of classical and jazz performances-is your opportunity to see the incredible talents of our faculty members showcased.

Homecoming Gala Concert
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Eva Clare Hall

Following the concert, join the performers for a mix and mingle reception. Tickets are $15.

Indigenous Achievement Events

President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard will bring welcoming remarks, followed by a special guest alumnus and then a lunch feast. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous alumni and connect with the Indigenous community on our campus.

Open House at Migizii Agamik/ Bald Eagle Lodge
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, noon
Location: Migizii Agamik/ Bald Eagle Lodge (Fort Garry Campus)

RSVP: by phone 204-474-8904 or email:
Parking: Paid parking is available in the parkade. Some pay and display parking is available in Q and U lots.

A Celebration of the Walter Rudnicki Collection

Walter Rudnicki was a U of M grad and a long-time activist for Aboriginal rights in Canada. We will celebrate the donation of his enormous and immensely valuable collection of archival records and books to the University of Manitoba. This event brings attention to the many research topics that the papers can support: land disputes, fishing and hunting rights, forced relocations, the starvations in the North, and more.

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Reception at 11:30, celebration at noon with light lunch to follow
Location: Archives & Special Collections, 330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
Please note the front entrance to Elizabeth Dafoe Library is closed due to construction. Please enter through the back entrance, facing parking lot B.

RSVP/Contact: Marina Webster by phone 204-474-9986 or email:

School of Art - Exhibition Opening Reception

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: School of Art Gallery, ARTLab, 180 Dafoe Road

Join us for the launch of an exhibition which highlights the extraordinary talents of the School of Art’s critically acclaimed alumni. Behind-the-scenes guided tours of the stunning new ARTLab will also be provided. Contact: 204-474-9367

Homecoming Football Game at University Stadium

Arrive early with the kids and enjoy our Family Pre-Game Party on campus. Families, children and Bison fans are welcome to take part in the activities (facepainting, mascots, food, music and more) and games before kick-off, brought to you by Mini U and other partners. Full event details will be available later this summer at Go Bisons!

Bison Homecoming Football Game
Come cheer on the Bison as they battle the Calgary Dinos.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: Pre-game party 11:30 am; kick off at 1 pm
Location: University Stadium

Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Visit for more information. Advance tickets are available at Answers, through the Bison Sports office (call 204-474-9611), and the Frank Kennedy Centre Customer Service Desk.

Homecoming Alumni Dinner

Come back to campus and join us for an evening of entertainment and fine dining. This year, we will celebrate the achievements of alumnus Gerry Price [BSc(ME)/70, MSc/72], our 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. This is the premiere alumni event at the University of Manitoba and a great opportunity for you to reconnect with friends, former classmates and your alma mater. Tickets are $75.

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: Reception 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm
Location: University Centre (second floor), Fort Garry campus

RSVP: Alumni Relations: phone 204-474.9946, email

For more information, please contact Alumni Relations at: 204-474-9946 or toll-free, 1-800-668-4908

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