There was a buzz in the air in downtown Toronto last week as Aston graduates came together for the first official reception in the city. Over 40 alumni, who had travelled from all across Ontario, met and reminisced about their time at Aston. During the evening, graduates heard from Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Simon Green who spoke about the recent changes on campus and the University’s vision for the future. Local graduate and first President of the Student Guild in 1966, Keith Robson, spoke about his time at Aston and how he is still actively involved with the University as the President of the Charter Society and as an advisory board member and mentor.
The evening event was held at The University Club of Toronto, which provided the ideal venue to network over drinks and canapes. Talked turned to how alumni, even though they are based so far from Aston, could still support Aston’s current students through the use of mentoring, supporting student scholarships and research as well as providing student placements and graduate opportunities.
Director of Development, Marc Hornby, said of the evening: “it was a really enjoyable evening and there was a great warmth for Aston with graduates from 1960s right through to recent years wanting to be more actively involved. Many where surprised to hear how much Aston has changed and interested to hear future plans for Aston. As well as amusing stories of time spent in the residential towers of Dalton, Stafford or Lawrence and the Sacks of Potatoes!”
Photos of the event can be seen in the slideshow below. For more information about the Ontario Chapter, please go to www.aston.ac.uk/alumni/chapters or connect with local alumni on the LinkedIn group page: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/5186407