Alumni Homecoming 2019

What do you get when you take the grand opening of a world-renowned science facility and invite several hundred of your coolest University of Lethbridge pals? You get Alumni Homecoming 2019! Return to campus for Alumni Homecoming and join the magic of the Big Bang Weekend, the largest celebration of science innovation in uLethbridge’s history. 

As a member of the alumni community, you have access to exclusive Homecoming programming through packages only available to uLethbridge graduates. These packages get you access to an alumni reception, alumni-exclusive tours of Science Commons, alumni swag items and more. That’s not even counting the rest of the Big Bang Weekend programming happening on campus!


Make the most of the Big Bang Weekend and purchase a ticket for Alumni Homecoming! This special programming is only available to University of Lethbridge alumni and their guests. Choose between the alumni, guest or child packages... Children three-years and under can join in for free!.

Alumni Package – $45

  • Includes:
    • Access to the alumni welcome reception sponsored by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex (value of $25)
    • Alumni crew neck sweatshirt  (value of $48)
    • Lunch on Saturday (value of $12)
    • Access to alumni-exclusive tours (priceless!)
    • Access to Big Bang Weekend programming

Guest Package – $25

  • Includes:
    • Access to the alumni welcome reception sponsored by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex (value of $25)
    • Lunch on Saturday (value of $12)
    • Access to alumni-exclusive tours (priceless!)
    • Access to Big Bang Weekend programming

Child Package (ages 4-17) – $15

  • Includes:
    • Access to the alumni welcome reception sponsored by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex (value of $25)
    • Future alum t-shirt (value of $15)
    • Lunch on Saturday (value of $12)
    • Access to alumni-exclusive tours (priceless!)
    • Access to Big Bang Weekend programming

Note: children three-years and under can join in for free!

Buy your Alumni Homecoming ticket now!


Friday, September 13, 2019



11 a.m.

Official Grand Opening Ceremony

12 p.m.

Welcome Back BBQ

12 – 3 p.m.

Guided building tours

12 – 4 p.m.

Community Open House

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

PUBlic Professor (5-minute edition)

3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

 **Alumni Check-in and Reception sponsored by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

 **Alumni-exclusive tours

5:30 p.m.

 *The Big Bang Gala


* The Big Bang Gala features a reception, dinner and keynote presentation by Jay Ingram. Ingram’s talk, Watson and Crick, Lennon and McCartney, investigates the creative process behind scientific discovery and demonstrates how both artists and scientists benefit from creativity, collaboration and competitive pressure. Tickets are required to attend and can be purchased here!


Saturday, September 14, 2019



9:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m. 

 **Alumni Check-in

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Guided Building Tours

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 **Alumni-exclusive tours

12 p.m.

Chem Guys show

1 p.m.

Jay Ingram’s Giant Walkthrough Brain

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

 **Nature Walk/ Lab Tour with Roy Golsteyn (BASc (BSc) ’84) 


**Events marked with a double asterisk are only available to those who purchase an Alumni Homecoming package


With your Alumni Homecoming package, you get a behind the scenes look at the magic that goes on in the state-of-the-art science and research facility. Tours will run every half hour on both Friday and Saturday. See below for a brief description of each tour.

Tony Montina (BSc ’08, MSc ’10) – Magnetic Resonance Facility (Chemistry/Biochemistry)

  • During this tour you will get an exclusive look inside the Magnetic Resonance Facility at the University of Lethbridge. This facility houses three superconducting nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) systems, one electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) system, and an x-ray diffractometer system. Each of these systems is utilized for studying a diverse range of scientific problems including applications in materials science (plastics, polymers, batteries, etc.), toxicology, neuroscience, and health care. You will also get a glimpse of the liquid helium recovery system that makes this facility one of a kind in Canada.


Ed deBruin (BEd ’11) – Tour of the building’s mechanical facilities

  • Sustainability and efficiency are at the forefront of the Science and Academic Building’s design, making it one of the most advanced facilities in the country. Get a first-hand glimpse at the mechanical features that bring this building’s innovation to life, including the winter garden space.


Dr. Laura Keffer-Wilkes (MSc ’12, PhD ’16) – SynBridge Tour (Chemistry/Biochemistry)

  • Come and discover this unique synthetic biology maker space! The first of its kind in Alberta, SynBridge aims to provide inexpensive lab space and equipment access to biotech start-ups, established research groups and community members. Tour the brand-new, state-of-the-art facility and test out your synbio skills with some hands-on activities.


Dr. Maurice Needham – Tour of the Central Analytical Facility (Faculty of Arts & Science)

  • Learn all about the central analytical facility, a core group of scientific instruments available for use by any member of the University of Lethbridge and beyond. The primary aim of this core facility is to advance research in all scientific fields by providing training on the correct use of instrumentation and to make available the use of highly specialised analytical instrumentation that is not typically available to all researchers. By providing researchers with this vast array of equipment, the core facility removes many obstacles previously hindering scientific advancement.


Dr. Chelsea Matisz (Bsc ’06, Msc ’09) – Tour of the Neuroscience Lab Facilities (Neuroscience)

  • On this tour, you will learn about the cutting-edge work that goes on in the neuroscience lab facilities. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the spaces that neuroscience students encounter on a daily basis, including the dry lab area and the histology lab area.


Dr. Locke Spencer (MSc ’06, PhD ’09) – Astronomical Instrumentation Group Lab tour (Physics)​

  • The Astronomical Instrumentation Group has developed instrumentation for, and led Canada's contribution to, both ground and space-based telescopes operating in the far-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.  This lab tour will showcase some of our current operations including cryogenic test facilities, electronics fabrication, machining, and photonics.

We are only beginning to realize that plants from the Alberta prairies contain chemicals of medical importance. Many residents of southern Alberta, such as gardeners, ranchers, and those who enjoy walking in the coulees, would recognize some of the plants that are unique to our region. Members of First Nation communities are also familiar with prairie plants as part of their traditional knowledge.The Natural Product Laboratory in the new Science and Academic Building at the University of Lethbridge is investigating prairie plants for new medicines.  If you are an avid gardener, you may have a precious medicinal plant growing in your own garden.

*The nature walk is weather dependent and may be changed to a lab tour if necessary. 

Q: I’m travelling from out of town, where can I find accommodations?

A: We are excited to highlight special hotel rates for the Grand Opening weekend! See below for locations and rates.

Sandman Hotel:

  • Corporate King room - $89/night. No breakfast included. $99 with breakfast.


Holiday Inn:

  • Standard 2 Queen and Deluxe King - $120/night 
  • Jr. Suites - $154/night

*Rates are room only. Reservations can be made under the University of Lethbridge (code ILK8Y for reference).



  • Non-smoking room, one queen bed - $79/night
  • Non-smoking room, two wueen beds $79/night

**This includes continental breakfast, free wi-fi and free parking.


Q: I have a question that isn't answered here. Who can I reach out to?

A: Please email with your question and our team will help you out!