Brock’s oldest residence turns 50 this weekend

Brock is welcoming the University community to take a stroll down memory lane as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of DeCew Residence this weekend.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to the DeCew dining hall Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. to reminisce about Brock’s oldest residence.

The celebration will include remarks from Brock officials and former DeCew residents at 1:30 p.m.

Brock has seven residence complexes, each with its own character. However, DeCew is often described as the epitome of the traditional-style residence dorm on campus, said Jamie Fleming, Brock’s Director of Residences.

“Despite its age, DeCew still has a lot to offer,” he said, adding it’s a beloved space on campus that its residents are often sad to say goodbye to at the end of the school year.

Fleming stayed in the residence several times as a high school student when his Toronto rowing team travelled to St. Catharines for regattas.

Move the slider from left to right to see a then vs. now comparison of DeCew Residence

“Little did I know then that I would end up working in an office in DeCew for 37 years,” said the director, who was initially hired by the University in the summer of 1982. “This has been my home away from home while working at Brock.”

DeCew consists of 10 linked houses that accommodate 414 students. This layout has given a special character and warmth to life at DeCew, and provides an outstanding environment for students to interact and get to know each other. The DeCew building also includes a dining hall, Captain John’s Lounge, the North Service Desk and several University offices.

Anyone wishing to attend Sunday’s event can RSVP on Eventbrite.

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