Homecoming Schedule

Our biggest alumni event has officially begun!

Participate in a variety of activities designed for all ages no matter where you are in the world. Take a virtual wander of Brock’s campus to see your favourite hotspots and discover new spaces, unleash your creativity, learn new skills, explore interesting topics and more.

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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We acknowledge the land on which Brock University was built is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people.

BROCK UNIVERSITY’S ABORIGINAL EDUCATION COUNCIL

Wednesday, Sept. 22

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LEARN THE ART OF CRYPTOCURRENCY

12 to 1 p.m.

Join Don Cyr, Brock University Board of Trustees member and Goodman School of Business finance professor, to learn about the history of cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Together, we will explore the benefits and risks of cryptocurrencies, along with the recent developments of cryptocurrencies on the part of central governments and banks. 

This webinar will also examine the more general application of blockchain technology and smart contracts within the realm of international trade and financial services. 

THURSDAY, Sept. 23

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Current Banking Trends: A Fireside Chat with Brock Alumni

12 to 1 p.m.

Brock alumni Roelof Makken (BAdmin ’85), Founder of Tern Analytics and current Goodman School of Business professor, and Michael Quinn (BA ’93), head of Corporate Coverage for Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, will discuss current banking trends, private versus public markets, and post-COVID global corporate investment banking in this interactive and engaging fireside chat. 

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Phone Photography 101: Visual Storytelling on the go

12 to 1 p.m. 

Life is full of fleeting moments. Learn how to get the most out of your mobile device and capture beautiful images on the go! Professional photographer and Brock alumna Kaitlyn Daw (BA ‘16) of Kaitlyn Daw Photography will share some tips to help you take your mobile photography to the next level. 

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Brock University Alumni Association Annual General Meeting

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Tune in to learn what the BUAA accomplished in the 2020-21 fiscal year and how your representatives are working hard to engage and connect Badgers from around the world. All graduates of Brock University are invited to attend. 

Friday, Sept. 24

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FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS PANEL

12 to 1 p.m.

How can you prepare to enter the housing market? Join a panel discussion with Brad Martin (BA ’05), Community-First Realtor; Tina Ferrari, Mortgage Specialist; and Kyle Ellsworth (BBA ’12), Senior Wealth Advisor. This team will talk you through buyer incentives and government programs, mortgage and down payment qualifications, home insurance and the buying process. 

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INFLAMMATION: HOW A HEALING REACTION CAN CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH ISSUES

1 to 2 p.m.

Our body’s reaction to healing from an inflammatory response can lead to additional tissue damage including pain, allergies, skin reactions and chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease. Join Naturopath and Brock alumna Dr. Ana G. Lara (BSc ’00) in a discussion about changes you can put into practice to encourage positive healing. 

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PAINT NIGHT

6 to 7:30 p.m. | $10
 8 to 9:30 p.m. | $10

Unleash your creativity and let nostalgia bloom with our guided paint night experience. Whether a professional painter or enthusiast, this event is suitable for Badgers of all skill levels. Brock graduate and renowned artist Joaquin Manay (BA ’13) will guide you through the process of painting Brock’s famous Sakura cherry blossoms in bloom outside of the Schmon Tower.  

A list of suggested materials and paint colours will be sent to registrants prior to the event. More details here.

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COCKTAIL SHAKE-UP

6 to 7:30 p.m. | $15
8 to 9:30 p.m. | $15

Wrap up your week with fellow Brock alumni for a world-class virtual happy hour! Learn how to whip up two delicious prohibition-era-inspired cocktails and mocktails while being entertained with games, stories, and more!  

This is a BYOB event. More details here.

Saturday, Sept. 25

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CAMPUS TOURS

8 to 9 a.m.
2 to 3 p.m.
4 to 5 p.m.

Join us for a virtual wander of campus with a pair of our knowledgeable student tour guides. Take a trip down memory lane as we revisit your old stomping grounds and check out all the exciting new buildings and facilities that contribute to an enhanced student experience at Brock.

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GUIDED YOGA

9 to 10 a.m.

Start your weekend on the right foot with this guided yoga session. Not a yogi? No problem! This 60-minute session guided by certified yoga teacher and alumna Sonia Reynolds (BA ’13) will leave you feeling stretched out, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the rest of the weekend no matter your current skill level.

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COFFEE WITH THE INTERIM PRESIDENT

10 to 11 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a university president looks like? Brew a hot cup of coffee and get to know Brock’s Interim-President and Provost Dr. Lynn Wells to find out! Meet the University’s leader and ask questions about university news and operations. 

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CREATE YOUR OWN SUPERHERO OR VILLAIN: Youth Art SEssion

10 to 11 a.m.

Nicola Franco (BA ’16) will guide young Badgers through warming their bodies, voices, and imaginations to create their very own superhero or villain character during this one-hour interactive online session. Bring some paper and markers to your computer to design your characters’ costumes!

For children ages 7+

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BEHIND THE SCENES ARTIFACTS TOUR

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Take a virtual tour of the collection spaces at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. Brock graduate and Visitor Services Coordinator, Adrian Petry (BA’11), will show off the various storage and preservation techniques that help manage the Museum’s 800,000 items from archival documents and photographs to automobiles and railroad tracks.  

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CLASS OF 1996: 25-YEAR REUNION

1 to 2:30 p.m. 

In recognition of your 25-year connection to Brock University, please join us for a virtual ceremony acknowledging your induction into the Cameo Club with welcoming remarks from Dr. Lynn Wells, Interim President and Provost and Terry Cockerline, Director, Alumni Relations. Revisit your old stomping grounds and discover new spaces on campus during a tailored virtual campus tour following the ceremony. After the tour, attendees are invited to stay online to reconnect with their fellow Badgers.

Request your silver cameo pin here

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CLASS OF 1971: 50-YEAR REUNION

1 to 2:30 p.m. 

In recognition of your 50-year connection to Brock University, please join us for a virtual ceremony acknowledging your induction into the Cameo Club with welcoming remarks from Dr. Lynn Wells, Interim President and Provost and Terry Cockerline, Director, Alumni Relations. Revisit your old stomping grounds and discover new spaces on campus during a tailored virtual campus tour following the ceremony. After the tour, attendees are invited to stay online to reconnect with their fellow Badgers.

Request your gold cameo pin here

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RESEARCHER’S CORNER

1 to 2:30 p.m.

Join three of Brock’s renowned researchers as they walk you through some of the leading-edge exploration and discoveries happening right here in Niagara. Speakers and topics include:

Dr. Karen A. Patte, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Brock University: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related measures on the mental health of Canadian youth over time

Dr. Miriam Richards, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Brock University: The study of the social behaviour, ecology, and conservation of bees in the Niagara Region

Dr. Mariek Schmidt, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Brock University: Exploring her research with NASA and the Mars 2020 rover mission

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CCOVI WINE PAIRING EXPERIENCE

3 to 4:30 p.m. | $110
Sold out

Enjoy an incredible evening learning about VQA wine and connecting with other Brock alumni in a live, virtual tasting hosted by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. Lawrence Buhler (BSc ‘03), Head Winemaker for Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, will guide you through a flight of three wines paired with three delicious meat selections from Piller’s Fine Foods, with lots of time for questions and fun along the way.  

Registrants will be shipped a wine kit which includes three VQA wines from Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, three meat selections from Piller’s Fine Foods, as well as tasting notes and instructions on how to prepare for your evening. Guests are asked to please register by Sept. 17 in order to ensure they receive their wine kit in time for the tasting experience. 

*Note: Participants must be a minimum of 19 years of age and reside in Canada. Each 750 ml bottle of wine can pour up to 4 glasses, allowing you to share your virtual experience with up to 3 additional people. Brock University remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic and asks that you please continue to monitor public health and government guidelines in your region when planning your evening. 

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BAKING CLASS WITH BOXED COOKIES

3 to 4 p.m. | $15
Sold out

Join Cate Basic (BA ’15, BA ’17), owner of Boxed Cookies, a Niagara-based home bakery, as she walks you through this family-friendly “how-to” on mastering funfetti chocolate chip cookies. The price of this session includes her Bake at Home box which contains all the pre-portioned dry ingredients you will need to participate.

Bake at Home boxes must be picked up by registrants on Sept. 24 between 4 and 6 p.m. in either their St. Catharines or Stoney Creek location.

Note: boxes are packaged in a facility that contains nuts, eggs, dairy, and gluten.

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COOKING CLASS WITH CHEF STEPHANIE PYKA-SMITH

5 to 7 p.m. | $20
Capacity: 100 

Learn how to make Chicken Cacciatore for two with the guidance of classically trained Chef Stephanie Pyka-Smith. This Italian rustic hunter’s stew utilizes the foraged food where animals eat and has many variations (including a vegetarian option). Mushrooms play a key role in this mouthwatering dish, along with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and wine.

Prepare to cook ‘alongside’ the chef from the comfort of your home after you register, here.

Any Day Events

Register in advance and participate in the following activities on Sunday, Sept. 26 or any day you wish during the month of September!

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5KM YOUR WAY

Sept. 1 to Sept. 30

Follow one of our trail maps or head to your favorite neighbourhood route to walk, run, jog or do backflips to 5KM—finish the journey your way! Venture alone or grab some friends and family to enjoy the fresh air with you.

Register to receive details on how to participate and how to enter for a chance to win a pair of Apple AirPods. More details here.

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COMMUNITY CLEANUP

Sept. 1 to Sept. 30

Team up to clean up your neighbourhood! Gather with your family, friends, and Badger peers this September to give your local community a little tender loving care with this self-directed community clean-up.

Register to receive details on how to participate and how to enter for a chance to win a pair of Apple AirPods. More details here.