More than 400 young alumni and friends attended U of T’s first Global Shaker event – held in Toronto, Vancouver, Hong Kong and London – on June 1. The Shaker series, launched almost two years ago, is geared to young professionals who want to see old friends and meet new ones, and perhaps do a bit of networking, in a lounge style environment. Toronto’s Global Shaker was held at the Ultra Supper Club on Queen St. West; in Vancouver, the venue was Lucy Mae Brown, a former bordello/opium den turned restaurant/nightclub; in Hong Kong, the setting was the new club Pi; and in London, South Bank bar Zakudia played host. (For information on the next Shaker event, planned for Nov. 23, visit www.alumni.utoronto.ca/SHAKER) Global Shaker was held to celebrate Spring Reunion, U of T’s premier alumni event, which ran from June 1-4.
The Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain (BSW 1955, LLD Hon. 1996), who served as New Brunswick’s first female lieutenant governor, was chair of the reunion. U of T’s new chancellor David Peterson greeted attendees of the 50th Anniversary Luncheon at the Faculty Club, and President David Naylor shook things up at the President’s Garden Party when he joined the band to play the electric piano for a few songs. All alumni also had a chance to immerse themselves in the campus arts scene, whether it was watching a student film, taking advantage of free admission at the U of T Art Centre or enjoying a photography exhibit at Hart House. Next year’s Spring Reunion runs from Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3, and honours those who graduated in years ending in 2 or 7.
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