Upcoming Events

Homecoming 2015
Sept. 25 - 27
Come back to campus and relive your Western Experience at the many events taking place.
Visit Western Homecoming

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.


Interested in mentoring a DAN student?
Contact Sarah Dawson, Alumni Career Coach
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Laura Maniago, Alumni and Development Officer
Social Science Centre, Room 9408
Western University
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 84959

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CAM alumni are flying high

Steve Kurzbock
Steve Kurzbock, BMOS’03

For WestJet First Officer Steve Kurzbock, BMOS’03, becoming a commercial pilot was a lifelong dream.

But in 1999, as high school graduation loomed, Kurzbock believed he would have to forgo his dream to get a university degree.

As fate would have it, a chance meeting with representatives from the then brand-new Commercial Aviation Management (CAM) program at an aviation trade show that spring set him on a path to achieve both a pilot’s license and a university degree.

“I wanted to become a commercial pilot all my life,” says Kurzbock. “When I stumbled upon this program I realized it was the perfect fit – and it has worked out very well for me.”

Kurzbock is a member of the first graduating class of the CAM program, which combines a bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS) with specialized courses in aviation and professional flight training. It is the only program of its kind in Canada.

In the 15 years since the launch of the program, the approximately 300 graduates have seen and done it all in the field of flight - from flying tourists to Cancun to piloting Canada’s Prime Minister on CanForce01.

And what makes the program particularly unique, says Kurzbock, is that it sets graduates up not only to pilot an aircraft, but also to work with an airline from a managerial perspective.

“As a pilot you benefit from understanding business operations, marketing and economics, as well as how to work in a team,” says Kurzbock, who pilots a Boeing 737 across North America and to the Caribbean with WestJet. “Western offers all that through this program.”

Capt. Conor Murphy
Capt. Conor Murphy, BMOS’07

For Captain Conor Murphy, BMOS’07, who currently flies a Hercules tactical air transport aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force, the program taught him time management, prioritization and the skills to perform in spite of challenges.

“The curriculum at Western is top-notch,” says Murphy. “A lot of what I learned is still applicable in my job today.”

It’s also opened up a world of unparalleled experiences - such as dropping paratroopers during air missions, delivering mail cargo and Christmas presents to troops in Kuwait and flying members of the Royal Family to their destinations.

“Thanks to the program, I have a very interesting job that allows for unique opportunities, variety and challenges.”