Autumn 2011

Up Front

Jane Halford & Sean Price

Alumni Weekend is coming to campus September 22-25 and we hope you’ll join us for all the festivities we have planned.

If it’s been a long time since you’ve been on campus, you’ll notice that a lot has changed since you were here. Quad, in particular, has undergone a renaissance with the removal of V Wing and the construction of the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies. It’s a beautiful new building with lots of open space, enormous windows looking out onto Quad and an artist-designed terrazzo floor on the main level that features all sorts of interesting quirks and details. And if you venture along 114th Street, you’ll see a complete transformation with the construction of the colourful Edmonton Clinic Health Academy.

There’s something else you’ll find has undergone a transformation if you haven’t been around for a while—the friends you made while you were here. Dr. Verna Yiu, a class organizer for the class of ’86 who’s featured in this issue’s “Reeling in the Years” story says, “I haven’t seen many of my classmates for 25 years.” A lot can change in that time.

This year the Class of 1961 will celebrate the 50th anniversary since graduating from the U of A. If a lot can change in 25 years, try doubling that length of time. That was the year the Beatles made their first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Computers, cellphones, DVDs, memory sticks—they were the stuff of science fiction.

Another change you may notice before coming to Alumni Weekend is the look of New Trail magazine. We’ve completely redesigned it to give it a fresher, cleaner look we hope you’ll like. And we hope to see you during Alumni Weekend. Visit for more information.

Jane Halford, ’94 BCom
President, Alumni Association

Sean Price, ’95 BCom, MBA
Associate Vice-President, Alumni Affairs; Executive Director, Alumni Association