General Arts and Science Homecoming Celebration: Returning to Where Academic Journeys Begin
By Janet Shuh
On the evening of Friday September 25th the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Sheridan Alumni co-hosted an inaugural Alumni Homecoming Reception. The event brought together alumni, professors and staff (past and present) of Sheridan’s General Arts and Science program. The event commemorated our program’s 40th Anniversary! General Arts and Science has seen tremendous growth in both breadth of curriculum and size — emerging from a single cohort of 25 students in 1975 to over 400 students annually across three unique profiles (Health, University and College).
Guests connected and reminisced with fellow alumni while enjoying entertainment, delicious food and impactful stories from three General Arts and Science alumni. The theme for the evening was one of academic renewal and reflection. Our alumni speakers shared their personal narratives reflecting on how their experiences in the General Arts and Science program impacted future educational, professional and personal journeys.
Sheridan’s General Arts and Science program has maintained a rich tradition of academic inquiry, exploration and path-finding. The sharing of our alumni stories reinforced the transformational value of the General Arts and Science program. Alumnus Andrew Snook (GAS – University 2002) spoke of how a workplace injury challenged him to reflect upon his own “life course” and led him back to school. Returning to study here at Sheridan, Andrew discovered an unrealized passion for the study of philosophy and literature. After successfully pursuing his BA from Acadia University, Andrew is now established in the Canadian publishing industry. Andrew also recently released his first published work of fiction entitled Remy’s Dilemma (2015) through Friesen Press. Product DetailsThe other alumni speakers were Arlie Belliveau (GAS – University 2003) and Johanna Pangilinan (GAS – College and University 2013). Special invited guests included Judy Green (retired faculty and Program Coordinator) and Bill Adcock (retired Associate Dean, Program Coordinator and faculty).