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Homecoming 2015
Sept. 25 - 27
Come back to campus and relive your Western Experience at the many events taking place.
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Meet the new Dean
Sept. 25, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Ceeps
671 Richmond Street, London ON

Alumni and students are invited to meet Bob Andersen, new dean of the Faculty of Social Science.

One day. Two concerts. An unforgettable Western Experience
Sept. 26
Morning concert headliner: DVBBS
Evening concert headliner: Our Lady Peace

For tickets: visit HOCOonthehill.ca

Western Suits
Oct. 1
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Toronto Region Board of Trade,
First Canadian Place
Toronto, ON

Guest speaker: Peter Aceto, BA’90, LLB’94
President and CEO, Tangerine Bank

Mix and mingle with fellow alumni and build your professional network.

For a full listing of alumni events, visit Western Alumni.


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A fresh perspective on the world

Yvonne Yung, BACS’81
Yvonne Yung, BACS’81

For 35 third- and fourth-year DAN students, it was an unforgettable experience. In June, they spent two weeks in Hong Kong completing the required capstone strategy course, and getting an insider’s view of a new business culture, thanks to a group of Western alumni.

“The enthusiasm was just extraordinary.” says Professor Raymond Leduc who helped develop the program. “Students were excited about seeing a part of the world many of them had not visited before, and they liked the blend of theory and relevant cases.”

The program consisted of four hours of classes a day, plus additional prep and group work. Most students also lived and socialized together in residence. “It was an intense experience,” says Leduc. “There was a lot of bonding.”

At the end of the course, students were divided into groups and given less than 24 hours to analyze a business case, and produce a written report and presentation. The groups made presentations to a judging panel of alumni and the top two teams received cash prizes.

The learning extended far beyond the classroom. Leduc and colleague Ruth Ann Strickland developed a unique mentorship program that matched each student with an alumni mentor who lived and worked in Hong Kong. In all, 15 alumni were involved. “The alumni group in Hong Kong is very passionate and enthusiastic,” says Leduc. “They provided a great range of experience, and were very generous with their time.”

William Annab, one of the students who took the course, agrees. “It was incredible to hear such a variety of perspectives, ultimately providing clarity with respect to my own goals and ideal future,” he wrote.

Annab says his experience in Hong Kong has made him a more well-rounded and culturally aware person. “I have been able to take away a great deal of knowledge and perspective on a culture that is radically different from my own, both in everyday life and in the business world. I really believe being able to live in such a different world has taught me more than I would ever have learned otherwise.” Annab received financial support through a Global Opportunities Award funded by generous donor support to attend the course.

Leduc hopes the experience may encourage some students to consider launching their careers in Hong Kong. “The job opportunities are tremendous and the interest from employers in students like ours is high,” he says. Plans are under way for next year’s program.