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Special Homecoming Edition
Message from the Alumni and Community Relations Office
What a weekend!  Alumni from far and wide travelled to Thunder Bay on October 2-4th to relive 50 years of memories during Lakehead University's Homecoming festivities.  
2015 is a very special year.  Not only because we are celebrating our 50th anniversary, but because it offers an opportunity to reflect on all that has changed over the course of the last five decades. From its establishment in 1946 as the Lakehead Technical Institute in downtown Port Arthur, to a fully comprehensive university with over 57,000 Alumni living and working around the globe, Lakehead has proven itself to be a truly exceptional and unconventional institution.    

The past eighteen months have been spent planning many events to celebrate this milestone with students, staff, partners and most importantly, Alumni.  We hope you were able to join us for our Homecoming celebrations in Thunder Bay.  If you did- we invite you to share your memories and photos with us!  If not, please follow the links to our video and photo galleries and feel free to share them with friends!  

And don't forget...we're taking our anniversary celebrations on the road to Orillia in the coming weeks!   Keep up to date with our 50th Anniversary events by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit for details.

Lakehead University:
A Historical Perspective

Visit Thunder Bay's 50th Anniversary Photo Gallery!

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Class of 1981 - Nursing

The Nursing Class of 1981 held a reunion during Homecoming Weekend, on October 2-4, 2015.   Class organizer, Anna Khanjari (née Pellegrino) was instrumental in ensuring the group rekindled friendships and reminisced about their time at Lakehead- to the delight of fellow alumnae  Read More

Brian Nieminen, a talented artist, created this caricature of Coach Birger and his fellow teammates. 
Legendary Basketball Team Reunites after 45 Years

On November 1, 2014, the 1969 men’s basketball team arrived at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to celebrate the team’s 45th anniversary and the the 85th birthday of their coach - George Birger.

The starting five team members – Americans Jerry Hemmings, Joe Parks, Shelton Bellamy, Robert Jackson, and Louis Vaughn hooked up with Canadians Charlie Tallack and Brian Nieminen and their beloved coach for a weeklong reunion.  
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Forestry Class of 1975 - 40th Reunion

On the weekend of September 4-6th, the Forestry Class of 1975 reunited in Thunder Bay to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their graduation.  Alumni from all across Canada and beyond enjoyed tours of the campus, bus tours of the city, and even travelled to Eaglehead Lake - site of the class tree planted 40 years earlier!   Many thanks to reunion organizers, Roy Maki and Paul Poschmann for a wonderful weekend.

 Orillia Campus 
50th Anniversary Celebrations Update

Do you have your tickets yet? If not, make sure you don't miss out on joining us for our Homecoming Dinner & Dance Party! Everyone is welcome to our 1960s celebration on Friday, November 13 at Casino Rama. You can dance to and enjoy the great hits of the '60s – performed by Lance Anderson's "Hitsville Revisited – the Music of Motown." This all-star ensemble features JOHN FINLEY (Checkmates), CHUCK JACKSON (Downchild Blues Band), JAY JACKSON (The Majestics), QUISHA WINT, and CHERYL LESCOM, plus some of the top soul and blues players in the country. Purchase tickets here.  All proceeds from the event will go towards student financial aid.  Thank you to event sponsors:  Back to the Grind Cafe, Campus Living Centres, Casino Rama, GH Stewart Construction, Kelson Services, Madison County Food & Beverage, OA Solutions, Orillia Power Group, Orillia Today, Packet & Times, Sodexo, and TD Insurance. 

Visit our 50th Anniversary website for Orillia's Homecoming Weekend schedule!
2015 Wall of Famers Inducted

Lakehead Athletics’ Wall of Fame induction ceremony welcomed six more individuals, and one men’s hockey team into a place of honour to last the ages on Saturday.  Read More

Stay Connected

DID YOU KNOW?  You can stay connected to, and meet other Alumni, right in your own backyard?  Consider joining one of our Alumni Chapters and enjoy regularly - scheduled events closer to home!   We have Chapters located in:

...Vancouver and Hong Kong coming soon!
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