Trinity Western University

50th Anniversary Weekend, September 14-16

Welcome to the 50th Anniversary Weekend site! Here you'll find the schedule of events with links to buy tickets and RSVP.

If you’re coming to the weekend, RSVP to our Facebook event.

Travelling in and need accommodations? TWU alumni have great discounts with our partners.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Events on both Friday & Saturday

Art Gallery | Video Booth | High Ropes Course | Photo Booth | Archival Installation | Regional Events

Art Gallery

Second Floor Reimer Student Centre | 11:30am – 5:00pm , 4:00pm – 5:00pm Friday reception

Enjoy a special 50th Anniversary exhibition, with artwork from alumni across the decades.


Video Booth

Reimer Student Centre | 11:30pm – 5:00pm

Record a thought, memory, story, encouragement, or joke on camera.


High Ropes Course

Challenge Course – Southeast of Robert N. Thompson building | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Up for the challenge? Sign up for a time slot on the day of, and test your agility in a harness. Open to ages 12 and up.


Photo Booth

TWU Bookstore | 11:30am – 5:00pm

In a classic photo booth, get your portraits snapped and walk away with a keepsake to remember the weekend.


TWU Archival Installation

Reimer Student Centre Atrium | 11:30am – 5:00pm

Interact with snapshots from the past, artifacts and other pieces of history, as we chart TWU’s journey from the historic farm to today’s campus.


Regional Events

Across Canada

Do you love TWU and want to celebrate the 50th Anniversary but can’t come back to campus? No problem! There are alumni across Canada who are planning regional events. Contact the Alumni Association to find an event near you or to help plan an event.

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Friday, September 14

Praise Chapel | “Celebrating our Intellectual Heritage” Lecture Series and Academic Receptions | Rec Soccer Tournament | Spartan Soccer – Men | Spartan Alumni Basketball | 11:07 Comedy Improv

TWU Praise Chapel

Gym | 11:00am – 11:30am

Join us in song and worship as we open the 50th Anniversary Weekend with joy and thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness.


“Celebrating our Intellectual Heritage” Lecture Series and Academic Receptions

Cafeteria | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Academic Receptions | Across Campus | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Listen to lectures given by former faculty members about TWU’s unique place in Canadian higher education. Celebrate the intellectual heritage of TWU as embodied in faculty’s scholarly research, engaged teaching, and global impact through alumni and community involvement. Following the lectures, enjoy discipline-specific open houses around campus.

  • Dr. Elsie Holmes, “Pronouns, Poetry and Plays: Reflections on the role of the Humanities and the Arts at TWU”
  • Dr. Christine Cross “Natural Sciences at TWU: Thinking God’s thoughts after Him”.
  • Dr. Don Page, “Leading to Another Level: Building TWU’s academic reputation with leadership development as an accepted academic pursuit”
  • Dr. Harro Van Brummelen, “Learning, Living, and Leading: Anchoring Trinity Western as an Academic Community”
Receptions by Academic Area to Follow

Following this session, you are cordially invited to any of twelve receptions to gather with others who were in your major or area of study. Expect great conversation, refreshments, and reconnecting with professors, friends, and alumni. Find a reception below!

Receptions by Academic Discipline, September 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
GroupVenue
English/Philosophy/Modern Languages Alumni Hall, RSC
School of Arts, Media & Culture President's Reception Area, RSC
School of Education Marlie Snider Collegium
School of Nursing School of Nursing area in NEU
School of Human Kinetics Annex Classroom, Gymnasium
History/Geography/Political Studies Graduate Collegium, CanIL
Religious Studies West Coast Collegium
Chemistry NEU Foyer & NEU C166 (lab)
School of Business Northwest Building, Rm 106
Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology RNT 125
TWU Extension Northwest Building Foyer and Rm 101
Linguistics/CanIL CanIL Harvest Centre, 3rd floor Common Room

Recreation Services – Soccer Tournament

Third Field | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Relive your intramural glory days—or try it out for the first time! Form your team now for the soccer tournament, and play to win! Play space is limited. Not a player? Come and watch! Contact Rec Services for more details.


Spartan Soccer – Men (vs. UVic)

North Field | Purchase tickets on-site | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Bring your blue, white & gold to cheer on our Spartans!


Spartan Alumni Basketball

Gym | Purchase tickets on-site | 8:00pm – 9:30pm

You won’t want to miss this game: Spartan alumni take on the current Spartan team! Come cheer on your team: alum may be older, but they are also more than willing to fake a foul.


11:07 – Battle of the Decades (comedy improv)

Freedom Hall | 7:11pm & 9:30pm | $10/ticket ($12 at door)

Everyone is welcome for an evening of improv fun as alumni teams from the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s battle it out for a yet-to-be determined, but highly coveted, prize. Which decade will bring the funny and which class will show their age? Two identical shows – 7:11pm (get it? 11:07 backwards) and 9:30pm (aiming to end at 11:07). It will be great fun for the whole family or the old crew get-together. Purchase your tickets here and RSVP to our Facebook event.

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Saturday, September 15

Pancake Breakfast | Hospitality Tent | Kids’ Area | Alumni Reunions | Rec Services Volleyball Tourney | Ecological Tours | TEDxTWU | Past Student Presidents Summit | Community Stage | TWU Talks | Spartan Homecoming BBQ | Spartan Men’s Volleyball alumni mini-tournament | Alumni Association AGM | Spartan Soccer – Women | Spartan Soccer – Men | An Evening to Celebrate 50 | Student Event Bomb

TWU Pancake Breakfast

Cafeteria | 8:30am – 10:00am

Come enjoy a free pancake breakfast, hosted and served by TWU's Senior Leadership.


Hospitality Tent

TWU Courtyard | 8:30am – 5:30pm

This weekend is TWU’s most action-packed event of the year. Start off your campus experience right in this Alumni Association-run central headquarters, and visit the Hospitality Tent throughout the day to pick up refreshments, win prizes, and connect with peers.


Kids’ Area

TWU Courtyard | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Fun for kids all day long! A fun parent-supervised station to stop by where you can let your kids run & play, while you recover, plan your next activity, and enjoy refreshments in the Alumni Association’s Hospitality Tent.


Alumni Reunions

Campus locations TBA | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Traditionally, TWU has celebrated each grad class’s 10-year reunion, which is coordinated with the former senior class leaders. In celebration of the 50th, the Alumni Association is reaching out to the grad classes of the ‘ones’ and ‘twos’, as well as commemorating the early years. Reconnect with your classmates at the ‘63-‘74 (Early Years); ‘75-‘82; ‘81/’82; ‘91/’92 and ‘01/’02 Reunions! Want to participate in planning, inviting, and showing your class spirit? Contact the Alumni office.


Rec Services Volleyball Tourney

Sand Volleyball Courts | 10:00am – 1:30pm

We are playing traditional beach rules with two people per team. We have a male bracket and a female bracket so just grab a friend and sign up here.


Ecological Tours

Starting at the Hospitality Tent, TWU Courtyard | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Whether you attended just one semester, completed a degree at TWU, or have never been to campus, chances are you’ll learn something new during one of these ecological tours. Sign up in the Hospitality Tent.


TEDxTWU

Freedom Hall | Free; tickets available here | 10:00am – 11:30am

Heard of TED Talks? Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading”, TEDxTWU welcomes all to come and listen to a variety of topics from campus and community speakers. The Alumni Association is partnering with TWUSA for this event. Click here for more information.


Past Student Presidents Summit

Board of Governors Hall | Invitation only | 11:30am – 1:30pm

TWU has a rich history of student government. The Alumni Association is calling all past Student Presidents to come together, connect over lunch, and discuss great ideas.


Community Stage

Campus Courtyard | 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Enjoy both TWU and local community entertainment in the open air. Featuring musical performances, comedy, and more.


TWU Talks

Freedom Hall | Free; tickets available here | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Heard of TED Talks? TWU Talks is similarly structured to TED Talks and is TWU’s own version of this well-known event, with faith-based “ideas worth spreading”. Come and listen to a variety of 15-minute topics. The Alumni Association is partnering with Trinity Western University Student Association for these two events. Reserve your tickets on EventBrite. Click here for more information.


Spartan Homecoming BBQ

Near Community Stage | 11:30am – 1:30pm

Spartan Tailgate BBQ—interested? Get some food and enjoy the kids’ activities, meet Sparty and be on the look-out for some Spartan prizes coming your way!


Spartan Men’s Volleyball alumni mini-tournament

David E. Enarson Gymnasium | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Come out and support the “old boys” as they see if they still have what it takes! Spartan men’s volleyball will be putting on a mini-tournament with current varsity athletes and Spartan alumni. Come cheer them on!


Alumni Association AGM + General Elections

Alumni Hall | Open, RSVP here | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

The new, alumni-driven Alumni Association is turning 1-year old, and this is your opportunity to speak into the future of your Alumni Association. Attend the first yearly Annual General Meeting. Snacks and refreshments available. Members will have the opportunity to vote in the new Board of Directors. To become a member, click here. Contact the Association to RSVP or get more information.


Spartan Soccer – Women (vs. UBC)

Rogers Field | Purchase tickets on-site | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Bring your blue, white & gold to cheer on your Spartans!


Spartan Soccer – Men (vs. UFV)

Rogers Field | Purchase tickets on-site | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Bring your blue, white & gold to cheer on your Spartans!


An Evening to Celebrate 50

Gym | Free, tickets limited | 7:30pm – 9:00pm

A family-friendly, community-wide reception to commemorate TWU’s 50th and to celebrate our collective history. This event will include live performances, video shorts, music, cake, and light-hearted comedy. Come one, come all for this capstone event! RSVP and share on Facebook.


Student Event Bomb

TWU campus | 9:30pm – 1:30am

At 9:30pm, students will take over campus and participate in back-to-back TWUSA-sponsored events. Once the Event Bomb hits, you won’t want to miss it! More details are coming soon.

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Sunday, September 16

Sunday Worship Service

Sunday Worship Service

David Enarson Gym | 10:00am – 11:30am

This service is a time for expressions of thankfulness to God for His goodness & blessings over our 50-year history. Focusing on our theme of “Rooted & Reaching”, it will commemorate the University's 50th through special music, readings, and prayers. Join in this rich, reflective, and intergenerational celebration.