2013 Chicago Burns Supper
The hotly anticipated Chicago Burns Supper made a welcome return on Saturday 23 February 2013 at the Racquet Club of Chicago. This popular event was well supported with 68 alumni, guests and prospective students in attendance. Special thanks must go to Albert Van Alyea and our Midwest Alumni Association Coordinator Ginny Van Alyea (JYA 2001) for delivering the wonderful Toast to the Lassies and Reply respectively. Musical group Glen Ayre were on hand to entertain guests throughout the dinner and then rounded off the evening with a few ceilidh sets.
2013 Washington, DC Burns Supper
Over 80 alumni, friends and prospective students came together in celebration of Scots poet Robert Burns and Glasgow at the Washington, DC Burns Supper on Thursday 21 February 2013 at the University Club of DC. Alumnus Clark McGinn once again entertained with his amusing Address (despite being presented with a rather sad looking Haggis) and Immortal Memory. Professor David Fearn, International Dean for the Americas, welcomed guests along and Melvyn Pond, President of American Alumni of Glasgow University (AAGU), thanked all in attendance for their support of the University’s fundraising initiatives. Guests were entertained throughout the evening by Peter Walker and The Devil’s Tailors who provided a wonderful soundtrack to the event and the music for the ceilidh.
2012 Toronto: Glasgow's Canadian Connections: Reception & Poster Exhibition
Alumni were invited to attend a special evening reception on Saturday 20 October at the Granite Club in Toronto to celebrate Glasgow’s many Canadian Connections. Canada boasts a very strong Scottish cultural identity and Canadian students have attended the University since the early 1880s. The Principal, Professor Anton Muscatelli, welcomed over 50 guests who enjoyed the opportunity to view the mini poster exhibition featuring special collections from our Archives and Hunterian Museum illustrating our many links, past and present, with Canada.
2012 NYC Alumni Cocktail Party at Christie's
Over 70 alumni and friends from the Tri-State area attended an evening reception at Christie’s, Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York City on Thursday 18 October 2012. The venue provided a wonderful backdrop to showcase Glasgow’s expertise in the Arts and also to celebrate the University’s relationship with Christie’s Education.
The evening included short talks from Professor David Gaimster, Director of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery and Veronique Chagnon-Burke, Associate Professor, Director of Studies, Christie’s Education. Guests then had the opportunity to sample delicious canapés and cocktails whilst enjoying the opportunity to view some of the artworks on display that were due to be auctioned at Christie’s next event.
2012 North Carolina: An evening in celebration of Duke & Glasgow
Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, hosted a special celebration event at the Washington Duke Inn, Durham, North Carolina on Tuesday 16 October 2012. For almost 30 years Glasgow has been welcoming visiting students from Duke University and we were delighted to mark this long standing relationship with colleagues from Duke and alumni from the local area. The Duke Public Policy Studies course began with the first student cohort arriving at Gilmorehill in September 1985. Guest speakers on the night included two members of staff from Duke who were instrumental in setting up the programme in the 1980s, Prof. Bruce R Kuniholm, Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy and Joel L Fleishman, Professor of Law and Public Policy Sciences. Entertainment was provided by the Wake & District Pipe Band, Iain Kelly (BSc 1974) reminisced about Glasgow, Rob Taylor (MA 1998, Diploma 2000) gave a Burns Address, and Bill McCulloch (MBChB 1977) brought the evening to a close with a song. Special thanks must go to the Raleigh-Durham Alumni Association contacts Harry Nicol (BSc 1969) and Nathan Isley (MArch 1992) for helping to coordinate the evening.
2012 Spring Charity Zip Slide
On the weekend of 24th March, the sun shone brightly on the 60 brave volunteers who sped across the river Clyde on a 150ft high zip wire. The event raised an amazing £17,000 for the Beatson Pebble Appeal and the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre. Thanks to everyone who provided sponsorship! A further zip slide is organised for Saturday 15 September 2012.
If you would like to take part in the zip slide or future fundraising events for the Beatson Pebble Appeal or Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre please contact email@example.com or visit 2013 Charity Zip Slide
Cycle Glasgow 2012
Over 400 cyclists took part on 19 August 2012, raising £23,219 in sponsorship. All monies were directed towards The Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre in Glasgow. Thank you to everyone who took part and supported this event.
A big thank you also to our sponsors - Thomas Tunnock Ltd, Costco Cash and Carry, and Overton Farm Shop and Butchery.
We hope to make next year bigger and better, so if you have any suggestions on how we can do this, or would like to take part or become a volunteer, then please contact Fiona Donnelly on 0141 330 7132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 Finnieston Crane Charity Abseil
On a wet Easter weekend, friends and family gathered to watch their brave loved ones abseil from the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow in support of the Beatson Pebble Appeal. It was a huge success, with almost £14,000 raised to date with more sponsorship money to come in.
If you would like to participate in our next Beatson Pebble Appeal challenge then contact Susanne Hill for details on 0141 330 2132
2010 Athens Dinner & Ceilidh
Spring had sprung in April when 75 alumni and guests enjoyed an evening at the King George Palace hotel in Athens. Dr Vassiliki Kolocotroni and Prof Willy Maley from the Department of English Literature hosted the event. Alumni ambassador Dr John Tzougas (MSc 1976) gave his Toast to the Alma Mater, and the St Andrews Society of Athens treated everyone to a refresher in ceilidh dancing!
If you would like to know more about previous events for alumni and friends, please contact:
Fiona DonnellyDevelopment and Alumni Office
The University of Glasgow
2 The Square
G12 8QQt. 0141 330 7132