With the excitement of Western’s Homecoming 2011 still fresh in our hearts, I wish to take a moment to thank friends and donors of Western Libraries for making Libraries’ annual Homecoming celebration on Saturday, Oct. 1, an unforgettable experience.
Over the years, faculties at Western have developed a fine tradition of celebrating friendship with alumni through unique events. Nurturing such a tradition within Western Libraries is not without its challenges as academic libraries have no natural alumni base from which to draw year after year.
Despite this essential ingredient, Western Libraries has just celebrated its third annual Homecoming event with friends and donors who ‘painted the town chocolate’ with Master Chocolatier, Ann Czaja of Lindt & Sprüngli (USA), and journeyed through digital ‘chocolate’ research holdings, led by Jennifer Robinson, communications and outreach librarian.
Western Libraries’ Homecoming tradition began in October 2009 with an intimate gathering of 25 guests, evolved to 40 in 2010 and, this year, grew to 60 supporters from across our campus and community. Increasing in scale and attendance year after year speaks to a growing and diverse base of friends and donors. For that, we are sincerely grateful.
Thank you to all who support Western Libraries, a key partner in the academic enterprise at The University of Western Ontario. We look forward to seeing you, along with new friends, again next year at our 2012 Homecoming celebration.
Alumni and Development Officer, Western Libraries