Volume 92, Issue 92

Tuesday, March 23, 1999


New VPs on the block

High flyin' program

Election ousts SOGS incumbent

Celebrations for new alumni space

Ivey's recycling down in the dumps


Microsoft's catch-22

Celebrations for new alumni space

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

There's a new home, sweet home for Western alumni.

The soon-to-be opened Bank of Montreal Alumni Centre will be a wonderful place to hold alumni related events, said Gabriella Catolino, Western's alumni and development officer for special events.

"There are an awful lot of events that alumni need space for. The new centre will host book clubs, exhibits, homecoming events, et cetera. Any alumni group can book the facility," Catolino said.

The centre opens Friday and Catolino explained the morning ribbon cutting ceremonies will involve Western President Paul Davenport, a Bank of Montreal representative, as well as someone from the alumni association. In the afternoon an art exhibit by Western alumnus John Schweitzer will be unveiled.

"The 31st visual arts alumni reunion as well as the first gay and lesbian alumni chapter are also set to meet at the opening. We're hoping for 60 alumni to be present for the opening of the building," Catolino said.

Schweitzer said he is thrilled the unveiling of his work entitled "Of Porphyry" will coincide with the centre's grand opening.

"Dr. [James] Miller, a faculty of arts professor, has followed my work for years and was delighted to inform me that the Western centre would be the perfect venue for this series," Schweitzer said.

The artwork deals with physical and metaphysical properties of the stone.

"I graduated from visual arts in 1974. I was selected as a result of the 25th anniversary of my graduation," Schweitzer said.

Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western, said the administration is very excited about the opening of the alumni centre and knows many of the senior administration will be at the ceremony.

"The location is a very convenient and appropriate one for Western's alumni. The Bank of Montreal has always endorsed Western and its commitment to their business. This is one way of saying thanks," Moran said.

Mike Taylor, Bank of Montreal coordinator for the alumni centre opening, was unable to comment on the event because he was unsure what the ceremony would entail.

"[The Bank of Montreal] will be going over exactly what will be done and said this Friday, for the ceremonies. We'll have to wait and see until then," Taylor added.

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