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Date: January 29, 2008

UVic Launches First Annual Alumni Week Feb 2 - 9

The University of Victoria and the UVic Alumni Association will present the first annual Alumni Week, from Feb. 2 to 9, with a series of special events celebrating the impact of alumni on our community and the university.

More than 24,000 UVic alumni reside in the capital region and the university employs nearly 1,400 full-time and part-time faculty, instructors and staff.

Here’s a look at some of the week’s events:
• Alumni Week kicks-off on Saturday with a UVic Bookstore open house and book-signing with Lorna Jackson, MA ’93,    author of 2007’s Cold-cocked: On Hockey, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Alumni will also receive special discounts on select merchandise.
• The open house and book-signing immediately precedes the Vikes women’s and men’s basketball games (6 p.m. and 8 p.m. tip-offs) at McKinnon Gym, where the 1957-58 national championship-winning Victoria College men’s basketball team will be formally honoured.
• The following day, Feb. 3, the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery presents a Robert Amos Public Symposium on the state of visual art in Victoria, in the UVic Senate Chambers from 1 to 3 p.m. The Maltwood is currently showing Amos’ “Studio Portraits,” photo-collages of 33 artists in their studios.
• The work week begins bright and early Monday morning, Feb. 4, when the alumni association hosts a breakfast exclusively for alumni who work on campus.
• “Work It! – Using Networking to Map Your Career Path” is a special career planning workshop on Feb. 6 for alumni and students. They’ll hear from a panel of young alumni, including the A-Channel’s Jason Pires, BA ’96, City of Victoria Poet Laureate and UVic writing instructor Carla Funk, MA ’99, Faculty of Business Executive-in-Residence Eric Jordan, BFA ’93, and Latitude Geographics founder Steven Myhill-Jones, BSc ’99.
• Also on Feb. 6, the UVic Libraries will be hosting an open house (1 to 4 p.m.) with tours and special displays.

Complete details on all Alumni Week events and registration information (including special events hosted by the Faculty of Business and the Faculty of Engineering, and an information session on job opportunities at UVic) can be found at alumni.uvic.ca.

In addition, more than 60 prizes will be given away during Alumni Week. Grand prizes are a weekend for two at the Aerie Resort & Spa, a Toshiba Satellite A200 laptop computer, or a season’s pass for Vikes Recreation.

Alumni who join the UVic Online Community (olcnetwork.net/uvic) or simply update their existing profile by Feb. 9 will be eligible for one of the grand prizes.

The UVic Alumni Association is registered under the Society Act of BC. Its mission is to encourage, in partnership with the institution, lifelong ties between UVic alumni and their university. A group of more than 20 alumni volunteers serve on the association’s board of directors and its committees.
Media contacts:
Mike McNeney, (Alumni Communications) at 250-721-7642 or mmcneney@uvic.ca

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