Finger foods, VIP area seating and a sold-out Oshawa Generals game made a great evening for about one hundred Durham College (DC) graduates and staff.
The DC Alumni Office sponsored the matchup between the Peterborough Petes and Oshawa Generals on January 30, with a VIP booth set up for students and staff to catch up and watch the drama on the ice.
“I’m not a huge hockey fan but I support my local sports,” said Mich Thomson, a returning graduate currently enrolled in Court Support Services. Thomson sat in the VIP area and watched the game with fellow graduates and staff, and decided to attend because it was an alumni event.
The Alumni Office also had a table set up near the front entrance with a chance to win some prizes including Maple Leafs tickets, a hockey stick signed by many of the Leafs players, and some Durham College swag.
Students and alumni fill out forms for prizes, and even a few curious individuals looking to start their college career with questions about Durham’s programs.
“I’m a lifelong Oshawa Generals fan,” said Chris Gill, structures engineering manager for Bell Canada for southwestern Ontario. “I used to have season tickets from the time I was eight years old until I was about 18.”
Gill graduated from the electrical engineering program in 1988 with about 15 other students, he said. Gill is also a member of the Alumni Board for Durham College.
“I’m seeing the student body grow from when I went to college, roughly around 1,200 students to what, 20,000 (including UOIT) now so the growth has been amazing,” he said. “The college is in good hands, our workforce is in good hands.”
It was a close game, with the Peterborough Petes tying the score in the last few minutes of the third period, bringing the game into overtime.
The Petes won 5-4, ending the Generals’ seven-game winning streak.