On Saturday, July 14, Faculty of Arts alumni from across Southern Ontario, many accompanied by family and friends, flocked to Canada’s Wonderland for a day of fun.
|Above: Faculty of Arts alumni during an outreach event at Canada’s Wonderland|
The event, sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and York’s Office of Alumni, offered alumni a subsidized admission price that included access to all of the rides and attractions at the theme park. The Faculty of Arts, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni, also hosted a complimentary lunch buffet for the alumni and their guests. A full spread offered hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, pasta, salad, chips and drinks to the almost 200 guests who attended.
When alumni arrived at the barbeque tent, they were greeted by representatives from the Faculty of Arts and York’s Office of Alumni. Each person was given a Faculty of Arts hat and alumni pin. The perks were provided in addition to 40 percent discount off the park admission.
Unfortunately at about noon, a light rain began to fall. Many of those who attended the event stayed in spite of the rain and were treated to a beautiful, clear evening with shorter lineups for the rides.
Right: Guests at the July 14 event were offered a complimentary buffet lunch
The event follows a previous outreach event held in the spring which offered a free screening of the feature film Pirates of the Caribbean III for Faculty of Arts alumni. (For more information, see the June 21 issue of YFile.)
"The Faculty of Arts boasts over 80,000 alumni and until the recent addition of these events we hadn’t had the opportunity to interact with them face-to-face. These events allow our alumni to come back and share their success stories and tell us the value of their degree from the Faculty of Arts," said Karin Micheelsen, manager, communications, public relations & recruitment, Faculty of Arts.
Plans are underway to offer both the movie night and Canada’s Wonderland events on an annual basis.
By Marlin Gold, events & promotions coordinator, Faculty of Arts.