BURA Events

The BURA​ events listing and registration pages are now online!  Please check here for updates and new events.

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Join your BURA friends and colleagues for some holiday cheer and lively entertainment. A delicious family-style lunch will be served. Great holiday music will be provided by Brock’s own Don Cyr and Sophia DeLuca (piano and vocals).

Join us for a fabulous festive festival of good cheer!

Menu
Assorted dinner rolls with butter
Family style house salad
Family style Farfalle pasta with Marinara sauce
Family Style Meatballs & Italian Sausage
Ice Cream Bombette

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, December 14, 2023. Pease register on or before December 7. No refunds will be given after this date.
  • Time: Arrive for lunch: 11:30 am-noon, Lunch: 12:00 Noon, Entertainment: During and following lunch.
  • Cost: $40.00 per person, including taxes and gratuity.
  • Location: Club Roma (Gemini ‘B’ room), 125 Vansickle Rd, St. Catharines ON
  • Parking: Free parking is available on site. Transportation can be arranged for members. Please contact buramembership@outlook.com to arrange for assistance.
  • For any other questions about the event, please contact BURA@brocku.ca.

Registration is closed

Please join us for lunch and a presentation by Francine McCarthy, a leading researcher on freshwater and marine sediments. Francine will discuss the unique attributes of Crawford Lake, Ontario that have led to its selection by the Anthropocene Working Group as the proposed ‘golden spike’ to define the Anthropocene epoch. She will also highlight the social implications of defining a geologic epoch based on human impact. Canadian Geographic has called Francine “a key mover and shaker in what is possibly the biggest geological announcement of our generation.”

For additional (free) information on the Anthropocene, please visit the Canadian Geographic magazine article and an explanatory YouTube video.

About Dr. Francine McCarthy
Francine is a Professor of Earth Sciences, a Core Member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, and an Associate Member of Biological Sciences, at Brock University. She is also a Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Lunch Buffet Menu

  • Grilled Garlic Buttered Rustic Baguette
  • Mixed Gourmet Greens
  • Grilled Chicken Rigatoni with Roasted Bell Peppers
  • Pesto Alfredo Penne Primavera in Fresh Tomato Sauce
  • Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni in a Rose Sauce
  • Assorted Dessert Squares, Bars, and Brownies
  • Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaf, and Tea

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, January 11, 2024. Pease register on or before January 5. No refunds will be given after this date.
  • Time: Arrive for lunch: 11:30 am-noon, Lunch: 12:00 Noon, Presentation: Following lunch.
  • Cost: $35 per person, including taxes and gratuity.
  • Location: Holiday Inn, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines ON
  • Parking: Free parking is available on site. Transportation can be arranged for members. Please contact buramembership@outlook.com to arrange for assistance.
  • For any other questions about the event, please contact BURA@brocku.ca.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Please join your BURA Executive for our monthly coffee club. Be sure to let us know that you plan to attend. Catch up with colleagues for some lively conversation on any topic you wish. This group is very informal in nature.  We have chosen a restaurant with ample dining space to allow for social distancing.

Date: Wednesday, January 24
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Ostin’s Restaurant – Holiday Inn, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines ON
Deadline for registration: Wednesday, January 17

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Enjoy lunch and a matinee film presentation of the 2023 British romantic comedy “Rye Lane” (TRAILER) at the Niagara Artists Centre Microcinema. Bring your sweetheart (or just come on your own) and enjoy a lunch catered by Rise Above Restaurant – a very popular local vegan restaurant.

Lunch Menu

  • Includes wrap, salad, dessert, and tea or coffee

Event Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Pease register on or before February 8. No refunds will be given after this date.
  • Time: Arrive for lunch: 11:30 am-noon, Lunch: 12:00 Noon, Movie Presentation: Following lunch.
  • Cost: $30 per person, including taxes and gratuity.
  • Location: Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3N2
  • Parking: Paid parking is located at the multi-storey parking lot on Carlisle, entrance is on Garden Park. There is also on-street paid parking nearby on St Paul Street.
  • Transportation can be arranged for members. Please contact buramembership@outlook.com to arrange for assistance.
  • For any other questions about the event, please contact BURA@brocku.ca.

Registration is closed

Please join your BURA Executive for our monthly coffee club. Be sure to let us know that you plan to attend. Catch up with colleagues for some lively conversation on any topic you wish. This group is very informal in nature.  We have chosen a restaurant with ample dining space to allow for social distancing.

Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Ostin’s Restaurant – Holiday Inn, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines ON
Deadline for registration: Tuesday, February 13

Registration is closed

Niagara will experience a rare total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear from Professor Barak Shoshany who will discuss solar eclipses in the context of astronomy, physics, history, and more. He will explain about the different types of eclipses, why they are so rare, and what you can expect to see during an eclipse. He will also talk specifically about the upcoming total solar eclipse which will be seen from St. Catharines and other regions in Canada, and how to watch it safely.

Luncheon Menu

  • Fire-roasted tomato chipotle soup
  • Grilled free-range chicken breast, watercress sauce
  • Potato du jour
  • Roasted root vegetables
  • Raspberry chocolate mousse
  • Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea

About Professor Shoshany

Barak Shoshany is a theoretical, mathematical, and computational physicist. He is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Brock University, where he recently won the Faculty of Mathematics and Science Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a Sessional Lecturer of Computational Science at McMaster University. His research focuses on the nature of time and causality in general relativity and quantum mechanics, as well as symbolic and high-performance scientific computing. In his spare time he is also a multi-instrumentalist and composer.

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024. Pease register on or before March 6. No refunds will be given after this date.
  • Time: Arrive for lunch: 11:30 am-noon, Lunch: 12:00 Noon, Presentation: Following lunch.
  • Cost: $37.00 per person, including taxes and gratuity.
  • Location: Holiday Inn, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines ON
  • Parking: Free parking is available on site. Transportation can be arranged for members. Please contact buramembership@outlook.com to arrange for assistance.
  • For any other questions about the event, please contact BURA@brocku.ca.

REGISTER HERE

Please join your BURA Executive for our monthly coffee club. Be sure to let us know that you plan to attend. Catch up with colleagues for some lively conversation on any topic you wish. This group is very informal in nature.  We have chosen a restaurant with ample dining space to allow for social distancing.

Date: Thursday, March 21
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Ostin’s Restaurant – Holiday Inn, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines ON
Deadline for registration: Thursday, March 14

REGISTER HERE

With Dr. Charles Conteh

Event Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Pease register on or before Tuesday, May 7. No refunds will be given after this date.
  • Time: Arrive for lunch: 11:30 am-noon, Lunch: 12:00 Noon, Presentation: Following lunch.
  • Cost: $TBA per person, including taxes and gratuity.
  • Location: Holiday Inn, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines ON
  • Parking: Free parking is available on site. Transportation can be arranged for members. Please contact buramembership@outlook.com to arrange for assistance.
  • For any other questions about the event, please contact BURA@brocku.ca.

REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN

Join your BURA colleagues and Brock University President Leslie Rigg for the annual university update. Dr. Rigg will review the current year and look ahead to share her thoughts on where we are and where we’re going.

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024. Pease register on or before Thursday, April 18. No refunds will be given after this date.
  • Time: Arrive for lunch: 11:30 am-noon, Lunch: 12:00 Noon, Presentation: Following lunch.
  • Cost: Free, courtesy of Brock University, limit one guest per person.
  • Location: Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines ON
  • Parking: Paid parking is located at the multi-storey parking lot on Carlisle, entrance is on Garden Park. There is also on-street paid parking on St. Paul Street. Transportation can be arranged for members. Please contact buramembership@outlook.com to arrange for assistance.
  • For any other questions about the event, please contact BURA@brocku.ca.

REGISTRATION NOT YET OPEN