This past weekend’s Homecoming ceremonies celebrated 105 years of the Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba. It also marked the closure of the faculty and the subsequent relocation of departments into other existing or newly formed faculties.
To commemorate this event the alumni and current students/staff put together wonderful displays throughout the Human Ecology building and opened up the building for self-guided tours.
Even though I graduated from the faculty more recently I was in awe of the great history our faculty has. We’ve produced so many truly FANTASTIC grads who have gone on to do amazing things. It was also really great to see some areas of the building which I had not seen including the textiles lab and some of the areas used to study childhood development.
It was wonderful bonding with some of Human Ecology’s 105 years of alumni who stopped by to celebrate. I was able to represent the Manitoba Association of Home Economists at their table and got to talk about some of our wonderful partner programs, how membership will be affected, and bond with other graduates about the symbolic Human Ecology ring that we all share (although most of theirs have worn down to smooth rings and mine still has it’s ridges!).
The afternoon finished with a ceremony where the president and vice chancellor of the University, Dr David Barnard together with the Honourable Lt Governor of Manitoba (and Home Ec grad!) Janice Filmon unveiled a newly created plaque to honour the Faculty of Human Ecology and all the amazing things we’ve done in 105 years.
It was both sad and joyous to be apart of history in this way and I’m truly grateful to say that I graduated from the Faculty of Human Ecology. I cannot wait to see what the next 105 years holds for our profession.