November 2015

Campaign Launch: Ignite Imagination
Today, OCAD University is in the midst of a dramatic evolution that will significantly strengthen our position as a global leader in educating imaginations through our Ignite Imagination campaign. With your help, we will continue to ADVANCE culture and the arts while also advancing economic growth and social equity...

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Call For Nominations: 2016 Alumni Of Influence                         
The 2016 Alumni of Influence Awards are now open for nominations! The five awards recognize a wide range of OCAD University Alumni's fields and pursuits: Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Educator, World Builders, Trailblazer and Legacy. If you know any exceptional alumni who have made an impact, nominate them today!

Please submit your nomination today. The deadline is February 22, 2016!

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Q & A With Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Donna Cummings (AOCA, Interior Design, 1967)                     
We spoke with Donna Cummings after the 2016 Alumni of Influence Awards reception on May 2 to ask her a few questions.

AR: What does winning this award mean to you?
DC: I was and remain very honoured. After 30 years of receiving awards where corporate interior design was in the forefront, I felt this award recognized my personal contribution to the profession of interior design and to the growth of young people within this industry.

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Alumni News Upcoming Alumni Events

Lyn Carter's (AOCA, 1978) site-specific work “11TH Line” is at The Textile Museum of Canada.

John Ide's (AOCA, 1980) new drawings are on exhibit in his solo show “Magritte's Cloud” at Loop Gallery.

Chinkok Tan (AOCA, 1971) will have his large scale watercolours in “Distilling Nature” at Papermill Gallery.

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Development & Alumni Relations coordinates and collaborates with the Alumni Association and others to offer a wide variety of alumni events throughout the year. Reconnect with OCAD University and with one another for professional development, networking or just plain fun!

December 2015
8           Alumni Holidays Social

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Alumni In Action 

Marc O'Brien (BDES, Illustration 2012) and Matthew Cherkas (BDES, Industrial Design, 2013) are the founders of Omega Access (OA), Movember Canada's newest Men's Health Partners. A non-profit media group dedicated to the idea that outstanding, real-world men can inspire a generation to see masculinity as a spectrum and not a ...

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Giving News

The Manchee Foundation has donated more than $500,000 to support students entering OCAD University’s new Design for Health graduate program. The generous gift comes as the university prepares to deliver game-changing education and research to dramatically improve design practices related to health care environments, medical technologies and public health...

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Alumni Perk: Hot Pop Factory

We are pleased to provide OCAD University alumni with a variety of benefits and services. It's our way of helping to foster a sense of community post-graduation, and to help develop stronger alumni networks.

Hot Pop Factory is offering a 10 per cent discount for all OCAD U alumni on their laser cutting and 3D printing services.

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HotPop OCADU Alumni Promo

Alumni Insurance: TD

OCAD University alumni can enjoy insurance premiums that are lower than many individual plans due to the group insurance packages we have negotiated.

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex is Canada’s leading provider of group home and auto insurance for members of select alumni associations, and offers exclusive and valued benefits, and supports OCAD U alumni with an exceptional level of client care.

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Get Your Work Featured

Currently featuring "Imminent Infinite": a reconfigured photograph from NASA by Sanaz Mazinani (AOCAD, Photography, 2003).

We have so many talented alumni and want to share your work in the social media sphere. We're looking to curate our Facebook and Twitter header with alumni work.

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Diploma Frames Are Now For Sale

You can now order diploma frames at the Campus Bookstore. Please note the diploma frames may not be in stock at all times. Frames may have to be ordered for you. Please allow for delivery time. Contact the Campus Bookstore directly for details and to place your order.

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In Memoriam Flowers

In Memoriam

Deborah Joy Gilbert (AOCA, 1988) passed away in her sleep on October 27, 2015, after a courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer.

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