Alumni Blog

Are you a proud Marauder? Are you a talented writer that deserves to be heard? If so, then you've got what it takes to be an Alumni Blogger. If you're interested in writing a post for the alumni blog, please send a proposed blog post or proposed topic to Erin O'Neil, alumni officer for digital engagement. Erin will work with you to help you share your story with thousands of fellow alumni.

Tips: Pick a topic or subject that would be of interest to the McMaster community or of broad general interest. Your audience is a world-wide alumni demographic ranging from grads of the 1930s to current students and everyone in between - we're a very diverse family! While we don't have a strict limit to length, keep in mind blog posts that can be read in under three minutes are more likely to be read. Images and graphics help to draw and keep readers and add interest to your piece.

So, get writing - we look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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I'm Volunteering in Kenya to Help Animals

By Lauren Yakiwchuk '04

There are two things in my life that I'm truly passionate about: traveling the world and helping animals. I want to see as much of this world as I possibly can. I also adore the creatures living on our planet: I've been a vegetarian for my whole life (vegan for the last 5+ years), I'm an environmentalist, and I enjoy helping local animal organizations in Ontario. At last, I'm combining my two loves: I'm embarking on a volunteer trip to Africa to work on a wildlife conservancy!




3 Reasons Why I Wish I Connected with Mac10 Sooner

By Alexandria Anderson ‘10

It wasn't until Alex attended her first young alumni event - four years after graduating McMaster - that she realized she wished she had attended sooner. Here's why...

  



Connecting McMaster to Juno Beach
By Brydie Huffman ‘07, B.A, B.Ed,

An East Hamilton girl is not often offered a paid trip to France. But as the new Program and Development Coordinator for the Juno Beach Centre, I was ecstatic when my employer sent me to take part in the ceremonies marking the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. As I walked the solemn sands along Juno Beach, it was hard to imagine Canadian boys my age storming the coast line in the name of freedom. The war would ultimately claim 37,000 lives – including 35 McMaster students.



Looking Forward, Looking Back

By Kelly McKenzie

McMaster University students and alumni exhibit at local artist-run centre.




McMaster Memories at Annual Summer Patio Party
By Hamilton Media Guild, guest bloggers (alumnae Alyssa Lai, Cassandra D’Ambrosio, Navneet Randhawa, Sherry Mousavi)

From Sam Roberts to The Phoenix restaurant to residence life, many memories came out of life at McMaster University. The Hamilton Media Guild asked attendees of the annual Mac 10 Patio Party, Thursday, August 14, at Sarcoa Restaurant to share their favourite memories of Mac.


McMaster Alumni Scotiabank Event
By Aravind Sithamparapillai '11, '12 & McMaster MBA Candidate
Guest Alumni Blogger

On Thursday, February 13 at Houston Avenue Bar and Grill in Toronto, more than 20 McMaster alumni got together to enjoy a few drinks and share a few memories and stories.  What made this event a little different was that all the McMaster alumni at this event work at the same place: Scotiabank.  


Alumni and Bowie
By Kristin Archer '11, Alumni Guest Blogger and author of local arts & culture blog, I Heart Hamilton

Probably the most anticipated Mac10 event of the year was a trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario to explore the exhibit “David Bowie is.” I joined my fellow McMaster alumni for a Bowie-filled evening in Toronto. 


MacServe alumni group gets to work in Costa Rica
In mid-November, a group of 14 McMaster alumni traveled to Costa Rica to participate in a service trip. They spend a week working at the Santa Elena Nature Reserve in Monteverde and exploring the area. Here are some of the photos and experiences from the trip.


Alumni by the Water: I Heart Hamilton guest post
By Kristin Archer '11, Alumni Guest Blogger and author of local arts & culture blog, I Heart Hamilton

What better way to end the summer than with a patio party by the water? I joined my fellow McMaster Alumni on the last Mac10 activity for the season.


Why I Volunteer
By Goce Dimitrioski '11, Alumni Guest Blogger

Many people view volunteering as something you do for others, but the benefits extend far beyond just helping one person. Being engaged in the community is a life changing decision. It represents a commitment to improving both yourself and your community.


Mac10 + Ladies Learning Code = National Learn to Code Day
By Alyssa Lai '12, Alumni Guest Blogger

Alyssa Lai reports on the recent Ladies Learning Code event in Hamilton co-presented by Mac10 Young Alumni.


Wilson Hall construction to begin in October
Progress continues as the University builds L.R Wilson Hall, McMaster's future home for the liberal arts.


Once a Marauder, always a Marauder
Four former student-athletes, one team and an outstanding builder will be inducted into the McMaster Athletic Hall of Fame next month.


McMaster Alumni: Shining Bright in the City of Light
By Mark Stewart '06, '10, President of McMaster Alumni Association Board of Directors

As one of the world’s most prominent cities, it’s no surprise that a number of McMaster alumni have been drawn to Paris.


Dishcrawlin' in Hamilton with Mac10
By Kristin Archer '11, Alumni Guest Blogger and author of local arts & culture blog, I Heart Hamilton

I was happy to join my fellow McMaster Alumni on another Mac10 activity for another guest blog feature. My mission this time? Dishcrawl! It was a tough gig, but someone's got to do it....


My First Year as a Graduate
By Alison Mercer '12, Alumni Blogger

A few days before my June 2012 convocation I felt numb. I was on the verge of officially getting my degree and I wasn’t sure how to feel. Of course I was nervous, having to walk up on stage in front of thousands of strangers and praying I didn’t fall on my face. I also felt excited, like I was on the cusp of a new adventure, like anything was possible. All these mixed up feelings were jumping around in my head and on that hot day in June I accepted my degree with similar minded people. Each and every one of us walked onto that stage with different paths ahead of us.


From McMaster to South Sudan
By Karen Heska '07,
Alumni Blogger


My name is Karen Heska.  My husband, David, and I crossed paths at a Christian group at McMaster in 2003. I was enrolled in the Nursing program and David was in the Engineering program. I had vowed during Frosh Week (after spending time with a lot of red suited engineers chanting "beer, beer, beer") that I would never date an engineer. Well, never say never...


Connecting With Your Global McMaster Community
By Mark Stewart '06, '10, President of McMaster Alumni Association Board of Directors
March 5, 2013

When I tell people that McMaster has over 150,000 alumni in over 140 countries around the world, they are usually surprised and impressed at the size of our alumni base and our geographic diversity. In early February 2013, I traveled with Adam Myrie to Trinidad and Tobago to visit family and friends.


From the Nation's Capital #1
By Daniel Boccaccio '11, Alumni Blogger 

Hello everyone and welcome to my first blog. My name is Daniel Boccaccio. I attended McMaster University from 2006-2011 where I completed my undergraduate degree in honours economics and political science. My time at McMaster provided me with some of the greatest memories and opportunities I have ever had. I was very involved around the school holding the position of VP Athletics for the Society of Off Campus students for 2 years and sitting on the Student Representative Assembly for Social Science.


Life in Maputo, Mozambique
By Nadia Brito Pateguana '00, Alumni Blogger - February 22, 2013

My name is Nadia Brito Pateguana (born Nadia Brito Roque).  I am an alumna of McMaster, class of 2000.  I graduated with an honours biology degree and then went on to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where I graduated in 2004 as a naturopathic doctor. I was born in Maputo, Mozambique, but I was raised in Toronto, Canada.  At the time of my 2004 graduation I decided to follow my childhood dream and return to Mozambique.  


What Happens When Cupid Strikes at University?
We've been collecting inspiring stories of alumni love connections to share for this year's Valentine's day. We received a number of heart-warming stories from our alumni and wanted to share them with you. To all McMaster alumni: Happy Valentine's Day!


Public and Private: Where Art Lives
By Alyssa Lai '12, Alumni Blogger - December 10, 2012

When Carol Becker, dean of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, came to Hamilton to present a public talk on the role of artists as public intellectuals, she couldn't pick a more appropriate place to speak. Set in the Art Gallery of Hamilton's art boutique, the Design Annex, this public lecture was filled to the brim, so much so that many had to stand to listen to Becker's talk.


Whooah...we're halfway there!
By Karen McQuigge, Director, Alumni Advancement - December 5, 2012

Jon Bon Jovi has met his match....the 125th McMaster bursary challenge match. It is interesting when musical confessions come to light in the office setting. With our planning for the 48 hour bursary challenge that began yesterday, we have discovered the inner Bon Jovi in each of our team members.


"From the Bleachers #7", November 22, 2012
By Ben Chapdelaine '01, Associate Director, Annual Giving

One year ago today, Marauder Football Head Coach Stefan Ptaszek was leading his team through the final pre-game “walk-through” of the year, the football equivalent of a dress rehearsal, before the Vanier Cup, without much fanfare. The team was practicing 4300 kilometers away from home in Vancouver’s empty BC Place. The following day would prove to be a critical moment in the history of McMaster University.