The Faculty of Environment 50th Birthday Alumni Dinner on Friday, May 31st and Alumni Weekend on Saturday, June 1st are now at capacity. If you wish to attend, please add your name to the wait list and spots will be filled in order if spaces become available.
Every year, Reunion is a special time to revisit campus, reunite with old friends and relive your fond campus memories. This year there are TWO reasons to celebrate.
On July 1st 1969, the Division of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo was created. Now, after 50 years of shaping a sustainable future, it is time to gather the ENV alumni community to celebrate our accomplishments (so far!).
Here is a highlight of our plans. Please click 'Expand All' below to view the full itinerary.
|Friday, May 31, 2019||5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.||Faculty of Environment 50th Birthday Alumni Dinner|
|Saturday, June 1, 2019||8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.||Community 'Jean's Walk' of Uptown Waterloo|
|10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.||Breakfast Reception and Dean's Lecture|
|12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.||
ENV Faculty Lunch; or
25-50-55-year Anniversary Lunch
|1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.||'Back to Class' interactive workshops|
|4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Farewell check-in|
Please note that all Faculty of Environment events are complimentary however, space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, May 24 - or when capacity is reached.
ITINERARY for FRIDAY, MAY 31
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | 50th BIRTHDAY ALUMNI DINNER
Kick off your Alumni Weekend and celebrate the Faculty of Environment’s 50th anniversary by joining Dean Jean, fellow former classmates, and your favourite ENV profs for a special celebratory dinner. Enjoy a fun-filled happy hour reception, followed by a delicious vegetarian dinner. Raise a glass, enjoy a wonderful meal and reflect on the fond memories of your good ol’ university days.
Please note that this event is exclusive to Faculty of Environment alumni and their guests and that space is limited.
Location: Delta Hotel, Silver Lake Ballroom, 110 Erb Street W, Waterloo ON
Parking: On-site, complimentary for guests
In honour of the Faculty of Environment’s 50th anniversary, please consider making a $50 donation towards the Global Citizen Internships, a fund that enables environment students to apply their knowledge at local and global not for profit organizations. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.
ITINERARY for SATURDAY, JUNE 1
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Uptown Waterloo 'Jean's Walk'
See what's new in Waterloo's UpTown Loop with our take on the ever popular 'Jane's Walk'. Join Dean, Jean Andrey and professors Jennifer Dean and Markus Moos for a casual and informative walk and see both new developments and historic landmarks. This event is weather permitting.
- Location: The group will meet in front of Waterloo Town Square
- Cost: Complimentary
10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. | BREAKFAST RECEPTION & DEAN'S LECTURE, EV3
- Check-in, pick up your name tag and enjoy a complimentary coffee and breakfast refreshments with Dean Jean and other faculty members in the beautiful Minto Atrium of Environment 3 (EV3). Then, take a seat in EV3's flagship lecture hall and enjoy Dean Jean's Reunion Lecture, looking back over the faculty's last 50 years and forward to the next 50. Don't worry, there's no test - and you might just win a prize!
- Location: Environment 3 Atrium and EV1-1408
- Cost: Complimentary
12:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | LUNCH OPTIONS
25, 50 & 55-year ANNIVERSARY LUNCH
FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENT LUNCH & TOUR
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | ENV REUNION 'BACK TO CLASS' WORKSHOPS
- Build your own experience and spend the afternoon as a Faculty of Environment student! Select from fun, interactive offerings from each of our academic units when you register.
- Location: All tours leave from EV3 Atrium.
- Cost: Complimentary
|STOP 1 - Choose from:|
How healthy is Laurel Creek? Join the School of Environment, Resources, & Sustainability and head outside to sample benthic macroinvertebrates from Laurel Creek. Back in the Ecology Lab, learn how to identify these amazing creatures and discuss what they tell us about the health of the creek.
Collaborative Design Challenge
Design thinking is a cornerstone of Knowledge Integration, the newest member of the Faculty of Environment family. Sharpen your creativity and step into the KI studio as you work in teams on a fun marble drop challenge and see which team can create the best Rube Goldberg machine!
|STOP 2 - Choose from:|
Find Your Home, Waterloo
Meet and work with current planning students to find the perfect neighborhood for students today. Learn about the local transformation in transit, hangouts, housing and hot spots as you revisit that classic student challenge of 'where to call home.'
The Age of Sustainable Development
Since world leaders adopted the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, progress has been slow. After a brief introduction, you’ll work in small groups to conceive and present ideas on how to accelerate problem-solving and set a framework for action.
|STOP 3 - Choose from:|
GIS Treasure Hunt
Get reacquainted with Geography and flex your map reading skills. Negotiate a landscape filled with construction projects, mild-mannered undergrads, and possibly aggressive Canada geese to uncover expertly hidden treasure.
The Bees Knees
Ditch the plastic and learn how to make your own beeswax wraps with student activity leaders from ENVigorate, the faculty's first student-led festival. Have some crafty fun in the Ecology Lab and take home a sustainable souvenir of your Alumni Weekend!
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | FAREWELL CHECK IN, EV3 ATRIUM
- Stop by the registration table in EV3 to say goodbye and find out if you won a door prize draws.
- Location: Environment 3 Atrium
4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | SMALL GROUP GATHERING TIME
- We've left this time slot open for reunion classes or small groups to get together for drinks and/or dinner. If you are part of one of the classes groups below, please reach out to the contact listed below.
87/88 Masters of Planning Reunion Dinner
- Whether you finished in 1987 or 1988, if you started your Masters of Planning degree in 1985, it's time to reconnect! Join class reps, April (Ionson) Souwand, Scott 'with the briefcase' Oliver and Scott 'with the tie' Davis at the Kent (now the Huether) for a class dinner.
- Location: The Huether Hotel
- Timing: 6:00 p.m.
- Contact: Scott Davis
- More small group plans will be added as plans are confirmed
Know where to park
Complimentary Alumni Weekend parking will be available on Saturday, June 1 in lots A, B, L, M, N, R, W, and Q.
Book your hotel
We have a variety of locations offering special prices for alumni and guests coming back for Alumni Weekend. Be sure to mention “University of Waterloo Alumni Weekend” to take advantage of the rates listed below.
Available dates are Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1.
St. Paul's Guest Rooms
190 Westmount Rd. N. Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G5 (on campus)
$75 per night
Call 519-885-1460 for reservations
Book before May 16 for guaranteed rate
110 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6 (1.7 km)
$173 per night
Call 519-514-0404 for reservations or book online
Book before May 6th guaranteed rate
Comfort Inn Waterloo
190 Weber St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4 (1.8 km)
$110 per night
Call 519-747-9400 for reservations
Book before May 24 for guaranteed rate
Courtyard Marriott Waterloo St. Jacobs
50 Benjamin Rd E, Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9 (5.1 km)
$129 per night
Call 519-884-9295 for reservations or book online
Book before April 12 for guaranteed rate
Holiday Inn Express
14 Benjamin Rd, Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9 (5.5 km)
$164 per night
Call 519-772-9800 for reservations or book online
Book before April 19 for guaranteed rate
Become a Class Champion
Want to assist the alumni office with contacting your former classmates to attend Reunion? We'd love to hear from you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Send a greeting, share a memory or submit a photo
Can't make Alumni Weekend in person? We understand, but we'd still love to hear from you!
Send a 50th-anniversary greeting and we'll share it at the dinner. Submit a favourite memory or photo and we'll add them to our growing online Reunion Photo Gallery. Images may also be displayed on our in-faculty plasma screens during Alumni Weekend and may even be shared on our social media channels.
Make a Gift
In honour of the Faculty of Environment’s 50th anniversary, please consider making a $50 donation or $50 monthly recurring gift toward the Global Citizen Internships, a fund that enables environment students to apply their knowledge at local and global not for profit organizations.
Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more.
Tweet your Reunion excitement or send a message to your former classmates using #UWReunion and #envwaterloo50 - and be sure to tag us @envwaterloo!
110 Erb Street W
Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6