Before that, I accidentally arrived under-dressed to a formal 40th anniversary celebration for the school of computer science at the University of Guelph. One of my favourite moments was meeting Dr. Ted Swart, who was a former chair of the department. I was looking at a time-line of events and I saw a photo of him set to the year he became chair of the then-department of computing and information science. I recognised the name because in 2nd year I won an award named after him for doing well. It turns out he's 85 now and is fascinating. After Guelph, he went to Kelowna B.C. and helped turn a college there into a university as an extension of U.B.C. A friend from high school went to that campus. I also got to discover that the member of parliament for Guelph, Liz Sandals, studied and taught in the department of computer science here. Also, a number of current faculty are also alumni.
Another favourite part of the evening was interacting with a number of my favourite students that I have TA'd in the past two years. There weren't many students, and it was interesting to see which ones were invited. One of mine even got to go and talk about the current state of the school for students. It was an interesting contrast to the outlandish stories past alumni told. Things you to be wild.
Afterwards I had a lovely walk and talk with one of my students and I wondered a little what I missed out on in my undergraduate. I didn't interact with my TAs on a personal level at all, and I think I probably missed out on some good discussions that would only come about from the difference in experience.
The food was good (photos on G+, as always) and it was a bit cute seeing hospitality students breaking the odd glass they were serving, try to take away someone's food before they were ready, or try to convince me that the mousse was vegan. (Unfortunately, I "won"; it wasn't :(.)
|I could not eat this :(|