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Thank you for joining us at Homecoming 2021!

Homecoming 2021 took place both online and on campus from September 22-25. We were thrilled to offer a mix of virtual and in-person programming for UM community here in Manitoba and around the world, with something for everyone!

Check out the recordings below to participate in a variety of university, faculty, and college-hosted events. We can’t wait to see you in 2022!

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University-wide events

  • UM President Michael Benarroch, Dodie Jordaan [BA/09], Jo Ann Unger [MA/04, PhD/12], Joss Reimer [MD/08, MPH/13] and Marcia Anderson [MD/02].
  • From Pandemic to Endemic: What does the future hold?

    Sep 23 | 7 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT  - As Canada enters the fourth wave of COVID-19, we all have questions about what’s next. Join UM President Michael Benarroch as he speaks with local thought-leaders on what it will look like when COVID-19 becomes endemic.

  • Panelists include UM alumnae: 

  • Sonya Ballantyne

    Indigenous Homecoming

    Sep 22 | 10 AM | VIRTUAL EVENT  - “Home is where your people are”. Dr. Catherine Cook, Vice-President Indigenous, speaks with filmmaker Sonya Ballantyne [BA(Hons)/08].

  • Matt Purdey

    How to Stand Out in a Job Search

    Sep 22 | 12 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT  - Learn actionable tips and strategies that go beyond the resume and cover letter to what actually gets people hired from career coach Matt Purdey [BA(Geog)/13].

  • UM student musicians performing

    Homecoming Concert

    Sep 22 | 7 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT  - A Homecoming mainstay! Featuring performances by students and faculty of the Desautels Faculty of Music. The first 100 Winnipeg-based UM community members who register will receive imperial cookies and tea from UM alumna-owned High Tea Bakery.

  • Pasta, grains and bread on a table

    Café Scientifique - The reality of eating gluten-free

    Sep 22 | 7 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT  - UM experts explore the science of grains, the health reasons for excluding dietary gluten and how the food service industry provides gluten-free options.

  • Distinguished Alumni Awards logo

    DAA 2021 Announcement

    Sep 23 | 12 PM | VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM  - Discover which alumni are recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards, UM’s top alumni honour.

  • Homecoming Trivia Night

    Trivia Night - Homecoming edition

    Sep 24 | 7 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT  - Get ready to answer questions about UM, pop culture, geography, and general knowledge with a chance to win great prizes.

  • Bisons Football kick off

    Homecoming Football Game

    Sep 25 | 2 PM kick-off | IN PERSON  EVENT - Hosted by Ace Burpee, with exciting giveaways and family-friendly entertainment. Use promo code: UMALUMNI21 to claim four free tickets!

  • alumni standing outside of UM building

    Campus Walking Tour

    Sep 25 | 11 AM | IN PERSON EVENT - Fort Garry campus - Reconnect with friends and discover the transformative changes underway on campus.

Faculty, college and department events

Bisons Sports

Bisons women's soccer vs. Wesmen


Bisons Football Homecoming Game

Sep 25 | 2 PM kick-off | IN PERSON EVENT - Promo code: UMALUMNI21 to claim four free tickets!

Career Services

Interview Preparation Workshop 

Sep 24 | 10:30 AM | VIRTUAL EVENT - Need interview practice? Not sure how to prepare? Join this interactive online workshop to learn what employers are looking for.

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Homecoming with the Riddell Faculty

Sep 24 | 3 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT - Join us for brief updates and introductions to new projects and people, and then an evening discovering the of perils of Australia: travel photos from Dean Pflugmacher Lima with the title "Australia – down under or six feet under."

Extended Education

Let’s talk lifelong learning: Current trends in continuing education

Sep 24 | 11 AM | VIRTUAL EVENT - A free one-hour webinar for UM alumni and our university community.  Learn more about lifelong learning opportunities for you and your team including programs and partnerships offered by your alma mater.

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Farm and Food Discovery Centre

Sep 25 | TBA | IN PERSON EVENT - Free tours of the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre and the dairy barn - pre-registration is required.

Faculty of Architecture

What's up at the Faculty of Architecture

Sep 24 | 12 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT - Meet our new dean and hear from our department heads!

Faculty of Arts & St. Paul’s College

What Happened? 2021 Federal Election Debrief

Sep 24 | 2:30 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT - Canadians cast their vote on Sep 20, 2021 to select a new federal government.  To help make sense of it all, join us for a post-election debrief of the key issues including the pandemic, strategic voting, accuracy of the polls, leadership, key election pledges and, of course, the results.

Faculty of Education

Mindful Teaching and Learning: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Practice

Sep 22 | 7 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT - In this talk, Dean Dr. Karen Ragoonaden [BA/84, Cert(ED)/85, MA/93] discusses how mindfulness practices can provide pathways to engage in responsive and responsible dialogues about equity, diversity and inclusion 

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law: Virtual Homecoming Celebrations

Sep 23 | 5 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT  - Celebrating Professor Emeritus Cameron Harvey’s 55th year of teaching at the Faculty of Law (1966 – 1921 and continuing), and Professor Karen Busby’s last year of teaching (1988 – 2023).

Faculty of Science

Science Perspectives on Conservation, Climate Change and Ecology

Sep 23 | 2:30 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT - Join Dr. Brian Mark, Dean Faculty of Science as he moderates an expert panel of researchers.

With guest panelists:

  • Jim Duncan, [PhD/92], Director of Discover Owls – Wildlife Research and Conservation. 
  • Ariel Gordon, University of Manitoba Press, Writer – Urban Forests, Urbanization, Ecology, Biodiversity, Climate Change
  • Tom Nagy, Mycologist – Mushrooms, Ecology, Biodiversity

Faculty of Social Work

Behind Blue Doors: Cisgender Female Police Officers’ experiences of Psychological Stress & Mental Health.

Sep 22 | 1 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT - Alumni Susan Bourassa Rabichuk will share her study on female police officers and the impacts on their overall mental health.

  • UM Community at Bisons Game

Price Faculty of Engineering & Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

50th Anniversary of the Department of Biosystems Engineering Program & Fireside Chat

Sep 24 | 2 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT - Join us as we celebrate 50 years of biosystems engineering and present our Alumni of Influence Awards.

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

People, Programs and Pandemics: How the University of Manitoba is Reshaping the Role of Academia in Global Public Health

Sep 17 | 12 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT - Dr. James Blanchard’s MD, MPH, PhD lecture will cover the professional roles, responsibilities and opportunities in global public health.

Rady Alumni Celebration

Sep 18 | 10 AM | VIRTUAL EVENT - Attend this year’s Virtual Rady Alumni celebration. The event is an opportunity to reconnect with your alma mater and classmates, receive updates from your college dean, enjoy a keynote address by a notable alum and hear about a current student’s educational journey.

School of Art

School of Art Gallery exhibitions

Through Sep 24 | Available by appointment - All current exhibitions are open Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment. Visitors can book by emailing or calling 204-474-9322. Please note: face masks and proof of COVID vaccinations are currently required upon entry. 

St John's College

Zoom class reunions, Meet & Greet with new Warden & Vice -Chancellor Dr. Allison Abra [BA(Hons)/99] and Lunch & Lively

Come reminisce and reconnect with fellow classmates and have a chance to meet the new Warden & Vice-Chancellor of St John’s College!

Sep 22 | 1 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT - 70's reunion

Sep 22 | 7 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT - 80's, 90's and 2000’s reunion

Sep 24 | 12 PM | VIRTUAL & IN PERSON EVENT - 60's reunion and Lunch & Lively

Contact us

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