Alumni are encouraged to share their ideas with our Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Together, we're imagining what Western's next chapter might look like.

Western Alumni News

February 2021 Web Version


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Help us develop Western’s new strategic plan

Alumni are encouraged to share their ideas with our Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Together, we're imagining what Western's next chapter might look like.

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Join the Alumni Association Board

Your Alumni Association is seeking alumni volunteer members to serve on its Board of Directors. Nominations for this rewarding experience close on Feb. 25.

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More evidence needed to inform policy on sending kids back to school

A new study by Western professor Dr. Charles Weijer recommends cluster randomized trials.

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Engineering fellowships created for Indigenous and Black doctoral students

The new fellowships will support and increase representation among students heading towards academic and industry careers.

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Divyansh Ojha

Alumni named to London’s 20 under 40 Class of 2020

The awards are organized by the Twenty Under 40 Foundation, in association with London Inc. magazine.

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Rapid COVID-19 antibody test can check immune response

A team of Western researchers has developed a simple test that is faster and more accurate than any approved in Canada so far.

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Awards of Merit

Alumni Awards of Merit

Nominate an outstanding Western alumnus in one of four categories. Submissions must be received by March 1.

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Download the Purple Perks App today

New year, new app

It has never been easier to enjoy all the PERKS being a Western graduate has to offer! Download the free Purple Perks app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and start saving on food, entertainment, travel, campus perks and more.

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Celebrate with us on March 4

It's a time for alumni, students, staff and faculty – wherever we are in the world – to come together and celebrate our purple pride.


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Western Accelerator Summer Program

Do you have a high-potential scalable venture ready to go to market? You could receive top-notch mentorship and $9,000 in funding. Apply by March 1.


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Western Alumni has done the shopping and comparing for you! Now you can now enjoy affordable rates on a wide range of insurance plans from Manulife.


Celebrate your life's milestones

Share your news and photos with fellow Western alumni.


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Entrepreneurship + Innovation

Designed to ignite ideas and inspire conversation, this is your opportunity to learn from an exceptional group of purple and proud entrepreneurs and innovators as they speak about their personal journey, creativity, scaling growth, and founding companies.

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February 8: Negotiation Skills for Leaders

February 9: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

February 22: Design Thinking

February 25: Navigating Your First Five: Career insights from purple and proud alumni who've been there

February 25: Discover Robarts: Early and late COVID-19 infection: Promising research on how to prevent and predict long term outcomes

March 2: The Polar Bear: Icon of the Canadian North

March 4: Western Day

March 6: 18th Annual Western Rowing Gala

March 8: The Effective Leader

March 16: The Mod Squad: Bold Artists of the 20th Century

March 25: Discover Robarts: The fire within: COVID-19 and vascular health

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