Alumni rekindle their sense of community over brews and bites
The Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo joined forces to host an exclusive event at Alumni Weekend
The Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo joined forces to host an exclusive event at Alumni WeekendBy Rebecca Wagner Director of External Relations, United College
A beer tasting tour featuring local craft brews, four timeless venues, perfectly paired gourmet appetizers, alumni and friends. An exclusive Alumni Weekend experience that the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo (also known as the university colleges) are uniquely positioned to offer, was on tap June 2, 2023.
Life-long connections were celebrated and re-established, and new friendships were made, as alumni spanning the decades of university college history came together for the inaugural Across the Creek Beer & Bites signature Alumni Weekend event.
University colleges specialize in fostering rich social connection. The sense of community created amongst students so often transitions into tight-knit groups of alumni who maintain their connections through the decades.
Guests included former first-year roommates who remain friends to this day. An alumnus mother and daughter. Floormates from 2013. Partners who met as first-year students in residence. A former Don who lived at United College for five years. A current resident completing his third University of Waterloo degree. Three former members of an Environment Living Learning Community.
Brand-new venues were explored, and old stomping grounds revisited, as alumni and friends toured Conrad Grebel, United College, Renison and St. Jerome’s. Alumni enjoyed pointing out changes on their home campus since last visits many years ago.
“This door wasn’t here!”
“What is that!”
“Where did this building come from?”
While the campuses themselves have changed dramatically over the years, the sense of community and social connection that the university colleges foster remains to this day, creating memorable experiences for everyone who passes through their doors.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within our Office of Indigenous Relations.