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September 2014 – What’s News?

What’s News

Saturday, Sept. 27

It’s that time of year again.

Old Boy co-chairs Max Chen ’95 and J.P. Mackay ’02 invite the entire community of Old Boys, students, parents and friends to come and join us as we celebrate everything that makes UCC great.  It will be a fun-filled day for the entire family with tons of new activities as well as ones you know and love.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • The fun-filled Kidzone with exciting new attractions
  • Varsity football, volleyball and soccer games against Villanova, Crescent and TCS (Go Blues!)
  • The A-Tunes music fest is back by popular demand on the main stage
  • The Jon Wookey Market will have a fresh look and location
  • The silent auction will feature amazing selection of items
  • The ever-popular dunk tank
  • Jump your way into a photo mosaic and add your creative touch to a community canvas courtesy of the ABC
  • Stop by the BBC information tent to help to keep score and get into the Blues spirit
  • Greg’s Ice Cream, an A-Day tradition and favourite, will be back
  • Freshly popped Kernel’s Popcorn
  • The barbecue tent and snack shack will have delicious, new nut-free items
  • The Michael Evan Jurist Memorial Tennis Tournament (Click here to register)
  • Delicious Starbucks coffee
  • A hospitality terrace (19+)
  • Check out recent Upper School renovations with a campus tour

We’re always looking for volunteers and hope that you’ll consider helping out for a one-hour shift. Please click here to sign up.

Please click here for a full listing of A-Day events, times and locations, as well as the athletic schedule.

A-Tunes @ A-Day needs you

Got a group? Got talent? Then you’ve got to perform.

UCC talent will be featured on the main stage at A-Day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Old Boys, students, faculty and staff members are all encouraged to participate. Dust off your old guitar, call up your buddies and come and belt out a few tunes on A-Day.

Please contact events manager Maria Karakoulas at mkarakoulas@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2231 if you have any questions.

Reunion incorporates competition for 2014

Nothing brings Old Boys together better than a little competition. And when that competition will benefit current and future students, we’re definitely game.

We’ve launched UCC’S Reunion Giving Challenge. In this ultimate clash of the classes, we’ve put each class celebrating a reunion in 2014 against one another. Who’ll come out on top as the most supportive of the College?

Don’t miss the reunion dinner on Saturday, Sept. 27 to see if your class comes out on top when we present two shiny, new trophies:

  • one for the class with the highest fundraising participation;
    • and one for the class that raises the most in cash and pledges in a reunion year.

Don’t delay. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 26. Reunion weekend begins that night with class-specific events and culminates with the Old Boys-only reunion dinner the next evening at the College.

Please click here for a full listing of the weekend’s activities and to register.

See how your class is doing by clicking here. Will your class be celebrating a little more on Saturday night?

Please click here to participate in this year’s reunion giving challenge.


Tune into live stream of varsity football season opener

UCC’s varsity football team takes on St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ont. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3:45 p.m. Want to feel the team spirit but can’t be there in person? SAC is providing a live feed to the game, so check in to see our Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association champions kick off the season by clicking here at game time.

Tickets for the boarding program

An important part of UCC’s boarding program involves new boys getting to know Toronto better. It’s essential for them to become familiar with getting around and to learn what the city has to offer. Part of that experience is attending Toronto sporting events and arts based performances. The UCC community continues to support this program by donating tickets to watch the Blue Jays, Raptors, Leafs and TFC as well as musical and theatrical performances. You’ll receive a gift-in-kind tax receipt for the full face value of each ticket. Please contact Association coordinator Samantha Kerbel at skerbel@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125, ext. 2239 if you wish to donate tickets or have any questions.

Old Boys Toronto Reception on Nov. 13

Reconnect, reminisce and stay in touch with your fellow Old Boys at The Calvin in the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.

More information and registration details will come.


Remembrance Day services

UCC will hold its traditional Remembrance Day services at the Prep and Upper Schools on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Our students and staff celebrate the Old Boys who served in the military, particularly those who made the supreme sacrifice, each year. The service is a solemn but imaginative program that includes music, readings and a performance. Old Boys who served are invited back to the College to particiapte in the day’s events. A formal invitation will be sent shortly. Please contact the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca for more information.


First World War centenary

Oct. 29 will mark the 100th anniversary of UCC’s first fallen Old Boy in the First World War: Cortlandt Graham Gordon MacKenzie from the class of 1907. Approximately 1,100 College students, faculty and staff members enlisted and 179 fell in service over the war years. The College is launching the UCC Remembers website to commemorate each of our fallen brothers, highlight the current activities of the College in respect to the centenary and introduce some special collections held in the College archives. Please contact College archivist Jill Spellman if you have any archival material or memories relating to the First World War.

Join the newest Horizons mentoring program

It can be a challenging world out there, so why not help a high-potential, inner-city student get a leg up in life? We’re looking for alumni to volunteer as mentors to enthusiastic inner-city students who are eager to learn.

The new Horizons High School Program is a win-win. You form a meaningful relationship and become a significant part of this student’s development and growth. The student gets a tremendous opportunity to learn from successful people and receive a boost in achieving goals in various fields — be it music, business or medicine.

The program is co-managed by alumni from UCC, The Bishop Strachan School and St. Clement’s School under the guidance of Horizons staff. It’s especially for students in grades 9 to 12 who’ve graduated from the Horizons Summer Program. The goals are to improve academic performance and build character. The longer term goal is to assist these grads in finding success at universities, trade schools and in their job search.

A time commitment of seven Saturdays is required from October through May 2015. Alumni mentors will be paired with a student for the program’s duration. Sessions, with lunch provided, will be at UCC and will run about 90 minutes. A full slate of programming will include guest speakers and time for tutoring and mentoring. The tentative dates are Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 16 and Feb. 7, 21 and 28.

More details will be provided at an orientation session on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Hewitt Lounge at the William P. Wilder ’40 Arena & Sports complex Lounge. Registration is required.

As the program involves matching mentors with students, a firm commitment is required. We understand your schedule may not permit you to attend all sessions, but an effort to attend the majority is required.

We encourage you to consider it and look forward to welcoming you.

Please contact Horizons director Jyoti Sehgal at 416-488-1125, ext. 2295 or jsehgal@ucc.on.ca to register.

Donated art helps kids in Africa

Picharity is a student-run website that sells donated photographs and uses the net profit to enable more kids to play sports.

Photo subjects range from flowers to vast sunsets on the Indonesian horizon and could brighten up any wall space in the home or office. Please visit www.picharity.com to view and purchse these prints.

Since Picharity’s launch on Association Day in 2012, it has raised more then $2,500 and helped 10 children in Africa attend Right To Play programming for one year. The plan for this academic year is to launch new ideas, including teaching and playing sports with kids experiencing adversity and directly donating sports equipment to places in need. Picharity will donate $900 to Dixon Hall School of Music to help inner-city kids play music and the hope is that similar initiatives will continue throughout the year.

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September 2014 – Extra! Extra!

Extra! Extra!

Young alumni profile: Omar Abboud ’12

“Sometimes when you meet somebody, they seem ordinary. But when you learn more about them, you realize they aren’t really ordinary at all,” muses Omar Abboud in a crowded Starbucks in downtown Toronto.

Abboud is describing a classmate at New York City’s Columbia University, but it strikes me as a rather apt (if unintentional) characterization of himself. He provides a rather ordinary first impression. Abboud is a bespectacled young man of about average height, wearing blue jeans and a nondescript casual shirt. When you first begin to converse with him, he sounds ordinary as well; he has an ordinary voice, ordinary tone and employs ordinary diction.

But Abboud isn’t ordinary. In fact, he’s anything but. Rather, he’s quite extraordinary. In addition to a strong academic record, the list of extracurricular activities that Abboud was involved in at UCC could easily be mistaken for the Magna Carta, or at the very least a lengthy brochure. He was heavily involved in Model United Nations and founded UCC’s first conference, after which he presided over it for the remainder of his tenure at the school. The conference has gone on to achieve great success. Other activities — including the World Affairs Conference, wind ensemble, string ensemble, jazz ensemble, hosting a radio show and Horizons tutoring — leave you wondering how one person could possibly have so many interests and the time to explore them all.

Abboud is a third-year undergraduate at Columbia, where he’s undergoing the rigorous curriculum in the pursuit of his bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and operations research. But he’s a polymath who not only excels at academics and extracurriculars, but he’s also something of a musical prodigy. Not content with virtuosity on one instrument, Abboud is proficient with trumpet and piano and recently had the prestigious honour of playing a recital at Carnegie Hall. He serves as director-general at Columbia’s Model UN in his spare time.

It’s all in a day’s work, it seems. For a man defined by such enthusiasm and energy, it should come as no surprise that when inquired about what his true passion is, he immediately (and emphatically) asserts: “I have three” with a note of finality in his tone suggesting no flexibility to pare this list. Evidently, asking for him to narrow it down to a mere two (or one, if we were truly brazen) isn’t an option. It’s a fitting if somewhat humorous response.

Where some observe, Abboud engages. Where some dabble, he perfects. He has a big, full and extraordinary life.

Abboud’s three self-avowed passions, in case you were wondering, are music, Model UN and global politics. The second may permit him a smooth and natural segue to the third.

—Ari David Kopolovic ’01

Old Boys in the news

Entrepreneur and Old Boy Rob McLeese ’71 hosted an elite car show at his golf resort. Click here to read more.

Congratulations to Elliot Kaufman ’14, who represented UCC and Canada at the World Schools Debating Championships near Bangkok, Thailand over the summer.

Kaufman and his four Canadian teammates competed against teams from 46 countries and, after eight preliminary rounds, were in fourth place with a 7-1 record. The quintet defeated Pakistan in the octo-finals and China in the quarter-finals before taking on South Africa in the semi-finals. Canada came out on the losing end of that debate, but its fourth place finish was the third best that the country has had.

Are you looking for a monthly parking spot in Toronto? Alex Enchin ’05 has come up with an application and website to help you out. Read more to see if it’s something you can take advantage of.

Walter Massey ’47 was a prolific movie, television and theatre actor who worked almost until he passed away on Aug. 4. Read more about this man and his career.

The Class of 1970 honoured classmates Stu Lang and Howard Bernick for their generosity to the College at a special event in honour of the two generous Old Boys. They were presented with framed scrolls commissioned by fellow classmate Mihail Murgoci ’70. 

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September 2014 Alumni Events

Upcoming Alumni Events

Fall Branch Events
Thursday, Sept. 18
London, Ont. branch reception 7-9 p.m., London Club  Saturday, Oct. 18 Boston branch reception 7-9 p.m., Harvard Club  Thursday, Nov. 6     Kingston branch reception 7-9 p.m., University Club Friday, Nov. 7   Montreal branch reception 7-9 p.m., University Club

Friday, Nov. 14 London, England branch reception and dinner 7 p.m., The Royal Automobile Club

Please click here to register. If you’re travelling and are in one of the cities mentioned above, we hope you can join us. Please contact the Association office at association@ucc.on.ca for more information.

Join the UCC community and the Blues Booster Club as we cheer on the Blues as they take on St. Michael’s College School on Friday, Oct. 17 at the “Friday Night Lights” football games.

5:30 p.m., Oval, UCC (Junior varsity)

7:30 p.m. Oval (Varsity)


Past Alumni Events

80th Joe Cressy Memorial Golf Tournament

Old Boys, parents, past parents and friends of the College joined tournament chair Gord Gibson ’83 on June 4 for what was an amazing day of golf and fun.

The weather cooperated, the course was challenging and, best of all, the 120 participants had a great time.

Next year’s tournament on June 3 promises to be just as entertaining.

Click here for photos from the tournament (Simon had the link).

Young Alumni Network

Excellent night out for young Old Boys

More than 130 young Old Boys from the classes of 1999 to 2014 came out for a night of fun at the “Old Boys Night Out” hosted by the Young Alumni Network (YAN) at Toronto’s El Caballito restaurant and tequila bar on King Street East which is owned by Andreas Antoniou ’02.

The event brought together classmates who hadn’t seen each other in a few years and had everyone revisiting a memory or two. UCC faculty members Brent McKay and Blair Sharpe attended to increase the nostalgia factor. They were such popular fixtures at the event that they didn’t have the opportunity to move from the front of the venue due to the lineup of Old Boys who wanted to speak with them.

No formal remarks were given, but the number of people in attendance speaks to the tremendous growth that the YAN has experienced since its inception in 2009.

YAN boasts three events per year and a very active committee which strives to increase the profile of all of its activities, including the Crown Links Society. This society acknowledges young Old Boys who make a cumulative gift of $500 or more to UCC. Each member receives a set of UCC cufflinks designed by Alan Chan ’02.

Young Old Boys living in New York City should keep Feb.15 open for a social at Tacombi in Soho. This event culminates a weekend of activities for Old Boys playing in the Canadian Association of New York Central Park Classic Hockey Tournament.

Please contact Lindsay Tarvit at 416-488-1125, ext. 3357 or ltarvit@ucc.on.ca to learn more about this great program.

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September 2014 – Common Ties Mentorship

Common Ties Mentorship

Upcoming Events


“Dinner with 12 Strangers” in Chicago

Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. 
Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse
1028 North Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611

“Dinner with 12 Strangers” started as a successful alumni relations program at UCLA. The idea is to engage alumni and current students by bringing them together in a warm, friendly environment for a good dinner, conversation and camaraderie.

Click here to register.

Sixth annual Legal LunchNet

Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 12 p.m. 
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Scotia Plaza, 44th floor, 40 King St. W., Toronto

Ira Nishisato ’87 will host this year’s Legal LunchNet at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The Common Ties Mentorship Program is proud to host this event for the sixth straight year. It’s a networking lunch for Old Boys, parents and UCC community members working in law or interested in pursuing a legal career.

Nishisato is a long-standing supporter of the Legal LunchNet series and a steadfast mentor as well as a partner with BLG. He served for five years as national leader of BLG’s commercial litigation practice group. He focuses on complex commercial litigation, commercial fraud, injunctions, technology litigation and international and multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution. Nishisato was selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in Canada” and is listed in several national and international ranking publications.

Click here to register.

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September 2014 – Annual Fund

Thank you for supporting the 2013-2014 UCC Fund

Thank you to all the Old Boys who’ve made a gift to last year’s UCC Fund. Old Boy support of annual giving grows each year, reflecting your continued commitment to the vision and mission of UCC.

Watch this video to see how happy you made our boys. Make sure to turn up your speakers.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in last year’s UCC Fund. Your participation is what counts and your gifts made a difference.

The launch of the 2014-2015 UCC Fund is coming soon.

Please contact annual giving manager Joanne Weedmark if you have any questions or would like more information on supporting UCC.

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