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50 Year Reunion for class of 1963

On Behalf of Ron Kaplansky and Kenneth Caplan OCAD University Alumni Relations invites you to celebrate a 50th Anniversary reunion of 1963 graduates to be held on Friday October 18th at Lambert Lounge, OCAD University. It's hard to imagine that 50 years have flashed by since the 119 students of the 1963 graduating class received diplomas and strode out the doors of the Ontario College of Art to an awaiting world.

Share good memories, tell us about your journey and enjoy refreshments with friends and classmates. Spouses and significant others are definitely welcome. The invitation is open to the classes of 1962 and 1964.

We would like to make this celebration one you will remember so please confirm your attendance to Julie Thompson, Assistant Alumni Relations by Friday August 23rd.

The reunion will be confirmed once the response level has been determined. We've already heard from a number of alumni who are looking forward to the event but it seems many have moved without providing their current address.

Please update your information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

NEWs highlight

Sharp Centre Gets Attention From Target

March 25-26, 2013

100 McCaul St. Room 230

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Alumnus Marcos Chin (AOCAD, Illustration, 1999) reached out to let us know about his illustrations that he did for Target Canada's "Can't Wait To Meet You Neighbour" campaign through the agency KBS+P. Marcos says, "It was exciting to see the various applications for the illustrations, especially the Street cars!!!". We're excited that the Sharp Centre for Design has become such a recognizable landmark.

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Alumni travel

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Join President Maggie Broda (AOCA, 1972) of the Alumni Association to discover "How the West was One" and the Wonder of Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico. The trip date is TBD. For more information contact Alumni Relations Space is limited, non-alumni are welcome!

On the horizon! - Spring 2014 - A fabulous trip to Spain and Fall 2014 - The Venice Biennale!

Focus on finance

Focus on Finance Issue # 9
Do a Financial Spring-Clean & Start Saving

Written by Diana Bahr

Launched in the February 2012 Alumni Newsletter, Focus on Finance is a series of articles on financial literacy written specifically for OCAD U alumni by Diana Bahr.

The buds are popping, the weather is warming and there’s a sense of change and renewal in the air. It’s that time of year when you may be thinking of spring cleaning your home: looking at what you’ve got, getting rid of the old, organizing what’s left and making way for the new. Why not apply the same spring-cleaning steps to a freshening up of your financial house as well? Read more.

Financial Spring Clean Checklist

Step 1. Assess.
Complete a net worth statement and track your spending; Like walking through your home and looking at what you have, this step will show you exactly what’s in your financial house and where the mess is.

Step 2. Purge.
Lower or get rid of high rates and fees; Purging is about getting rid of anything that hinders your financial health.

Step 3. Organize.
Move your savings to make more money; Make your money work for you by putting it in a place that reduces fees or earns more interest.

Step 4. Prepare.
Look ahead and save for what’s coming; This step is about making room for what comes next into your life.

What dreams will you achieve with your spring savings? What are your financial spring-cleaning tips? Tell Diana what financial topics you would like to read about by emailing Diana directly! Thanks for your feedback!

Diana Bahr is the Projects Officer with Financial Aid & Awards and a mature student at OCAD U. She is as passionate about personal finance as she is about art. She believes that artists and designers can create any career they want, with a great plan and some basic financial management skills.

affinity partnership

Artists' Health Alliance

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Alumni Relations is happy to renew its partnership with Artists’ Health Alliance.

Founded in 1997, AHA continues to be the only organization in Ontario whose mission is to promote the health and wellbeing of all professional and emerging performing and creative artists. Their focus is strengthening and empowering the creative community and this partnership holds great things in store for OCAD University.
Most recently, Alumni Relation hosted an AHA workshop at OCAD University titled “Managing Stress for Health and Wellness”. Alumni only had to pay $15 to attend! Moving forward we’re looking to increase awareness of this wonderful not-for-profit organization and we’ll be happy to host more great workshops. To learn more about the Artists’ Health Alliance and other upcoming workshops please visit their website.

in memoriam

Erin Patricia Forsayeth-Storey,
AOCA 1985, Born 1937, died in Toronto April 2013 from a heart attack. Predeceased by her husband Arthur T. Storey.

Edward Lam,
AOCA 1982 passed away in April of 2013. Husband of Deborah Moss, AOCA 1984; partners in Moss & Lam; parents of two daughters.

Susan Harrison (pen name ASA Harrison)
Attended OCA for two years and her obituary story was posted in the Globe and Mail.

Special thanks to alumnus John Ellis (AOCA, 1961) for keeping us informed.



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June 2013

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10 Investors Group Workshop
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19 Alumni Association Meeting
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Life Drawing

Go to our Alumni Events page for full details and registration for events.

Event highlight

Alumni Lounge

May 4th

100 McCaul Street, Lambert lounge

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The Alumni Lounge at OCAD University’s 98th annual Graduate Exhibition was a great success. Open all day on the Saturday of GradEx, the Alumni Lounge was our chance to show our alumni how much we appreciate them.

Visitors to the lounge received VIP treatment, took guided tours of the medal winner’s exhibition, connected with other alumni and learned about all the benefits and services provided by our affinity partners. The Alumni Association was in attendance selling merchandise, diploma frames and rings.

Highlights for this event were the delicious snacks and drinks from Underwood’s Catering including chili & lime spiced popcorn, whoopies, vegan tacos and mini sliders.

Kids (and adults) had a great time colouring in the illustrated Sharp Centre created by graphic designer and staff member Adam Wilkinson.
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Contact Julie Thompson for the blank version.

It was great to see Alumni from all walks of life together in one place. We had over 200 visitors this year and we’re looking to see all 200+ and newcomers at the Alumni Lounge in 2014.

For upcoming Alumni events click here.

Event highlight

Developing Your Online Presence:
presented by the young alumni council

April 24th

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Presented by Josie Machlachlan and the Young Alumni Council this workshop gave alumni a chance to learn tips & tricks for developing their online presence in an increasingly digital age.

The Guest speaker was the 2012 OCAD University Illustration Medal Winner Marc O’Brien. Marc did a fantastic job and guided the group through the “Do’s and Don’ts” of portfolio sites, how to edit images for web & small devices and then presented his views on the industry and what it takes to stand out. The workshop was well attended by alumni from various disciplines who had valuable insights and advice to offer each other. This workshop helped a younger generation of alumni to stay connected and feel like their current issues, goals and concerns are being addressed.

Due to popular demand we will be offering this workshop again soon. Stay Tuned!

To learn more about the Young Alumni Council please contact Josie Maclachlan. Josie is a recent grad of Drawing and Painting and is working hard to ensure that young alumni have a strong voice in the community. Contact Josie.

call for volunteers

Call for voulnteers for O-Days!

August 27 to September 4, 2013

100 McCaul Street

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Campus Life and Student Union are looking for enthusiastic OCAD University students, faculty, staff and alumni to join our O-TEAM and volunteer for O-DAYS! (orientation) 2013!

Volunteers help make O-DAYS! successful and will assist with set up, meeting and greeting, directions, crowd control, running events, O-Kit stuffing and distribution, leading campus and community tours, food prep/service and more!

Volunteers will be provided with refreshments while working, an O-TEAM volunteer T-shirt, and will be invited to a special volunteer thank-you luncheon in late September.

Various activities will be planned August 27 to September 4, 2013. To join the O-TEAM! submit your application by Friday August 16th. A detailed activity schedule will be posted online and will be updated on a regular basis.

project spotlight

NOW What? Podcast

Presented by student Carson Campbell

May newsletter Now what podcast

Now What? Podcast is an ongoing podcast series by 3rd Year Drawing and Painting student Carson Campbell exploring the challenges and opportunities students face when transitioning from art school into professional arts practices. The intention behind the project was to fill the void of practical information available to students about what life is like after graduation.

Profiling alumni from OCAD University, the long form conversational style of the podcast allows the listener to become a fly on the wall and capture the essence of the struggles and successes of life as an artist. Interviewees include emerging and established artists, gallery directors, artist collectives, educators, and university presidents. It is through these conversations that Carson hopes to provide students, not only with a guide for success in the art world, but also an overview of what exactly being a professional artist means.

The first season of 10 episodes wrapped up in April with a gallery show at The OCAD University Anniversary Gallery. The exhibition featured a listening lounge as well as visual work to accompany each episode. Season 2 will begin at the start of the school year in September and will continue with in depth conversations with industry leading professionals. To find out more about Now What? Podcast visit the website or download the episodes on itunesU at http://itunesu.ocad.ca/.

Success story

matt kroeker aocad, 2001

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Alumni Relations is happy to announce continued Success for Alumnus Matthew Kroeker.

Matthew Kroeker (AOCAD, 2001) is an independent industrial designer based in Winnipeg, Canada. Matthew’s work has been exhibited in New York and Milan and is said to be on the vanguard of the new Canadian design movement. He has earned several awards worldwide and has been published in prominent international publications including The New York Times, Interni and Metropolis.

In 2008 Matthew was honoured with the distinction of being one of Canada’s ten most innovative designers by AZURE magazine and in 2009 he was acknowledged as Canada’s furniture designer of the year by Western Living magazine and their jury consisting of celebrated creative thinkers, Douglas Coupland, Niels Bendsten and the late Tobias Wong.

Kroeker is focused on creating smart everyday products and furniture that seek to enhance the rituals of our daily routines. He’s had opportunity to experience many facets of industry including the development of rapid transit buses, housewares, and contract furniture. His experimental furniture and product concepts explore a blend of old and unconventional materials that offer a nod to the past while being firmly rooted in the present.

In recent news Matt has team up with Ben Grynol and Gerrit de Vries, two designers – turned MBA grads – from top-tiered business schools to form Top & Derby, a new venture focused on designing products for the healthcare industry. They wanted to break the stigma associated with mobility devices.

Matthew states, “We are using design innovation to inject a little life... into a very stagnant home healthcare industry. In particular, we are making walking canes with style... to help give people of all ages a little more swagger in their stride!”

Top & Derby launched a campaign via indiegogo and successfully reached and surpassed their $20 000 goal. Follow Top & Derby's progress.

We are proud of Matt Kroeker on this benchmark in his career and wish him further future success. Contact Matthew Kroeker.

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