40th Anniversary

Share Your Memories

Is there a favourite professor who made a difference in your life? Did you participate in student politics, the Uniter or on a Wesmen team? Do you have vivid recollections about living in residence on campus? Did you make friends for life at U of W? Then we want to hear from you!

University of Winnipeg alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to share a memory about  UWinnipeg in honour of the 40th Anniversary. It could be about a favourite professor, an unforgettable class, student activities, a special event or sports game, a piece of personal history/remembrance or thoughts about how your time at The University of Winnipeg influenced your future career and life. Please keep memories to under 200 words.

Your memories may be published online and in other 40th Anniversary material.

To share your memories please click here.



My learning experience at the U of W was the greatest. I began in 1975 taking courses for nursing but that put my feet on a love of learning. I pursued a science degree then an arts degree with a smattering of Classics, English, History, etc. a rather liberal education. I remember: friends, some of whom I have lost contact with; gallons of coffee in Riddell; transporting myself and children to and from the U of W daycare and their schools and going to work, basically lots of activity. I was out of my mind. I remember my profs, the Drs. Gold(s),Stone, Schaeffer, McIntyre, Didow, Bowman, Anderson, so many! The learning has continued throughout my years so much so that I now pursue another degree at U of Alberta. These were great, enjoyable times. I regret I will not be able to attend (Homecoming) as I have previous meetings and workshops to attend plus of course classes. I look forward to reading about it!

Deborah A. Greyeyes



When I graduated from high school in 1979, I moved to Chicago to work for a year and save some money for university. Although my father was a professor at the U of M, he encouraged me to attend U of W, where the classes were smaller.

I moved into Sparling Hall women's residence in September 1980, and began a four-year adventure that yielded a BA (Classics) and the best and most lasting friendships possible. I was introduced to the wonders of Greek and Roman history by professors Jane Cahill and Bob Gold. Garen Burbank brought American history to life, and Murray G. Wanamaker illuminated the English language. Pictures of the Sparling's Darlings and Graham's Gropers still grace my bulletin board and always will.

I have lived in southern Ontario for almost twenty years now, but I'll never forget my days at U of W. My children love to hear the stories of my days there, and have all expressed the hope that their university experience will be as good as mine was. Thanks U of W!

Jennifer Ellis



From 1969-1973 I was in the Theatre program under the wise guidance of Reg Skene. We probably spent half our waking hours in Convocation Hall, with classes, performances, building David Hewlett's sets and taking them down again.

I was fortunate to attend the big retirement party for Reg a few years ago. It will be great to see my friends again, and perhaps have longer conversations and more time to reminisce. Some of us do keep in touch via e-mail.

Diane Walton



In Memory: My brother Dawson Harms graduated from the U of W in the early 80's and went on to get his PhD from the U of Calgary. In 1992 he came back to the U of W at the age of 35 and began teaching in the English Department. It was the proudest moment for our family when he was hired by the U of W. Dawson died one year later with brain cancer, but this weekend when I graduated from the U of W with a BA and his daughter, (graduated from U of W with her BSc) graduated from U of Saskatoon with a Doctorate of Vetrenary Medicine, we remember him. Dawson was the first University graduate in our family and he continues to inspire us.

Sherry Funk