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U of M B Comm Reunion Weekend Re-Cap!

I have gotten quite a few questions from alum who couldn’t make the weekend asking how it was….before I do that, I would like to thank those alum who helped organize:  Elsie Redekop, Susan Udow, Erla Hamilton, Martha Kane, Sharon Granovsky, Barb Reid, Pat Nesbit, Karen Paskoe – and Eugene Liu – for you support from Hong Kong!!

Class of 86 Reunion Attendees

Also a big thanks to all those who flew in from out-of-town – and to those from Winnipeg who took the time out of their busy lives to attend.

Thanks also to the Faculty for hosting, current Commerce students for being Tour Guides,  Scott McCullough for organizing and Prof’s Mittoo, Harmatz for their Lectures and Prof  Tax for attending, and to Dean Grandpre and Prof Buckwald for sending their thoughts and wishes – which were read at the Wine and Cheese.

Well….here goes my thoughts – just a warning – they have a very personal slant….because they relect my world!

We had a great time catching up and reconnecting! It certainly wasn’t the crazy beer bash days of the mid-80’s….after 25 years, most of us have family – at both ends who keep us busy either kids who have busy schedules and/or  parents who are aging.

Karen Paskoe and Elsie Redekop

Truthfully the crowd was smaller than I had both hoped for and anticipated (some last-minute cancellations because of the parent and or kid thing). But in the end there was over 20 of us I think and we all LOOKED JUST LIKE WE DID in 1986!!!

It was about this time last week that alum Karen Paskoe, Allen Lupyrypa (aka my husband) arrived at the new commerce building to set up. I am sad to report that 2 days ago I got an email from Karen asking to “Pray like Hell” as cancer has reared it’s ugly head again. She was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I am sure you will all remember her valiant and successful fight against Hodgkins Disease during our 2nd and 3rd year. Go Karen!! Please join me and Pray Like Hell for her..

Enough of that seriousness.  Tom Finch (yes, he did finally graduate – although not in our year – and he is alive and well in Edmonton) couldn’t make it – but sent a big box of memorabila including all grad handbooks, beer bask tickets, faculty and UMMA newsletters, grad programmes and much much more. We unpacked everything as if we were opening buried treasure and set up a fun display.  (Tom wants all his stuff back..yipes, that means I have to organize it and ship it off to him….)

Julie Hollaman – our class valedictorian of course was the first to arrive – followed soon by Sandra Shibata who added an old Commerce Sweatshirt to the display. Sandra was part of a group of 5 foot and under pals I met in first year – we called ourselves the Shrimp Gang (other members included Kathy King – who couldn’t make it because of family commitments and Carrie Wallman…who I think is a lost alum!! So..Julie – definately not part of the Shrimp gang Julie’s legs come up to my chin…I think we are standing beside each other in many photos!!!

Elsie Redekop, who flew in from Toronto and was one of my partners in crime to help organize the event, got their in time. Brenda Burns and Jeff McInnes also joined the gang! The accountants were out in full force! Although reunion committee members Barb Reid and Erla Hamilton (Juravsky) were missed. They had family trips booked earlier!

I was delighted when Kyle Halford walked in – the last time I had seen Kyle was 4 years earlier at our High School Reunion. Other Commerce grads I went to high school with  Pat Nesbit, David Sitarik and Jason Novak. Pat was a last-minute cancellation as some family issues came up..and Dave – well, I was hoping to see him, and figured as Curling season hasn’t started yet he might make it, but..sadly no Dave! Jason is living closer to me I think in Burlington and couldn’t make it.

Many thanks to Teresa Negrich (nee Wachal) for tracking down quite a few of the Actuary’s and getting them out. While Charlie Allegro couldn’t make it – we had a great e-mail exchange. But – Gord Ladder flew in from Minneapolis (or was it New York) and dragged Bill McMillian to the soiree! We were all expecting Teresa to show – and I think she got a few threatening phone calls that nite from her Actuarial pals.  I know Tom Finch was trying to organize a last-minute car ride with Charlie and Mark Anderson to Winnipeg…but…not this time!!

B.C. was well represented with Martha Kane who flew to Winnipeg via Toronto and previously Spain!! and Teresa Ostman was there – less than 1 week before she packs up her and her families belongings and moves to Kelowna…..maybe watch for a Vancouver event in the future! Good Luck in B.C. Teresa. Teresa brought Shelley Maclise ’85 along – we take anyone who walked the halls with us from the 80’s!!.

Current (young and keen) Commerce students took us through a building tour…man these guys never had to dash from Enginneering to Isbister in 10 minutes. They also were complaining that they student groups for the various Clubs (finance, marketing etc) did NOT have their own office.

But…they never experienced a Beer Bash in the study hall – and UMZOO is now a Tim Hortons (no Bar on Campus).

Prof’s Mittoo and Harmatz conducted a lecture about what happened in 1986 compared today. There was a test and prizes for correct answers. Of course Brenda Burn and Gord Latter dominated and had to be cut off – as they won their quota of prizes! I think Kyle, Allen and Teresa walked away with a prize as well!!

While Dean Grandpre and Prof Buckwald couldn’t join us they sent along their wishes, words of wisdom and inspiration and other thoughts. This posting is too long already – but I will get these off to everyone at a later date.

Of course, true to form, not all alum made the classes! Maria Lonardelli and her Husband, Paul Mahon (Married to Anne Thane’87), and  Herman Hansson  ditched the class and hit the Wine and Cheese! Paul and Anne have kids starting at the U of M this fall – and Herman has 3 boys – 1 is on the Bison team and would have played at the homecoming game – but got an injury the day before and was sidelines. Poor Danny Lester who drove to Earl’s to join us for the after party,  – but missed us, as he got there too early.  The group stayed Wine and Cheese until after 11pm when we got kicked out. Danny you were missed – but stories about you were legendary.  There was quite a gang that continued going over the grad handbooks, etc at Earls, until it just about closed.  Yes, we were the oldest people there…almost everyone else were students!!

Perry Lupyrypa reading message from Dean Grandpre and Prof Buckwald

I have to say we  delved into the old photos and books and had great fun remembering all. We had our own version of “who’s hot”….and I was surprised to see who the guys salivated over….(Not gonna tell you….because what goes on in the Commerce Lounge Stays in the Commerce Lounge!!). There were requests to post the Hand

book on-line (which i have done…via Flickr and YouTube)

While 25 years had

passed – it really seemed like yesterday that we where spending time together.

As an org

anizer of the reunion I had the pleasure of chatting and emailing with many friends from the 80’s. There are lots out in or near Toronto – where I am, who I was able to connect with….Gord Swanlund – married to Shellie Keddie, Blair Zilkey, Micheal Worb…I connected on Facebook or Linked in with many – including Peggy Saclamacis – who is Married to Curtis Clark ’85, living in Vancouver, Lori O’Hara, Mary-Ellen

Race for Space - Perry, Sandra Gord, Julie, Allen

McDonald, and Bernie Gutnik – out in California.. We have grads in Hong Kong – Eugene Liu and Iris Chung . who have offered to host any classmates who venture out..way East!!!!

Who knows what the n

ext 25 years will bring.  Hopefully we will have good health and happiness.  Here’s also hoping that we do stay connected.  It’s so easy now with technology….Maybe there will be events in Tor


Vancouver, or Calgary that other Alum can attend…Who knows…

Take Care



Gord-Sandra Race
Gord’s gonna win!!

Reunion Wine and Cheese

Thanks for reading – I appreciate you comments! – Perry