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BU celebrates first in-person 'Homecoming' since 2019

By: Q Country/Star FM News
Posted: September 23, 2022 09:10

Event to be held October 13 - 16th

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Brandon University (BU) will be hosting its first in-person Homecoming celebration since 2019, from October 13 to 16, 2022.

According to a media release, "the weekend will be filled with a multitude of events including the usual favorites such as the Homecoming Dinner and Awards Ceremony, the Athletics Wall of Fame Brunch, and the Pro Series concert featuring BU's Megumi Masaki, who was named to the Order of Manitoba this past spring. 

"It's been too long since we have seen many of our alumni, and we're excited to be welcoming everyone back!" said Carla Eisler, BU's Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs. 

This year's Homecoming celebration will also be a chance to recognize the centennial of the Citizen's Science Building, now known as the Knowles-Douglas Student Union Centre. The building was the third building built on the Brandon University Campus, in 1922-1923, and is a rare example of late gothic style architecture in Manitoba. The celebrations in the Knowles-Douglas Centre will include a Beer Garden serving locally brewed beer, a Trivia Night hosted by BU's new Advancement Officer Nick Brown, and a 1920s themed social, the 100th Birthday Bash.

"I worked in that building for four years while on student council, and I'm thrilled to be back running events in a space that has meant so much to students over the last century," Brown said.

Homecoming this year will also include participation from some of the groups on campus. The Inter-Residence Council will be hosting a Bonfire Night after the Banquet next to the new sculpture by renowned Cree/Metis artist Kevin McKenzie. The Brandon University Gaming Association will host A Nintendo Afternoon, a lighthearted and fun afternoon where you can drop-in, grab some snacks, and relax while playing Mario Kart or Smash Bros. The Indigenous Alumni Chapter will host a Bannock and Tea event at the new Ceremonial Fire Pit, and some of Bee-U's first batch of honey will be served.

"One of our biggest joys this fall has been able to welcome everyone back to our campus, and I can't wait to see our proud alumni in-person again at Homecoming," said BU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David Docherty. "We're highlighting some of the best that our community has to offer, and I'm looking forward to sharing BU's new and old favourites with our alumni and other guests."

The full Homecoming Schedule and Registration form can be found at https://www.brandonu.ca/Homecoming/Schedule/ 

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