Celebrate King's Week

March 19 - 24, 2018
King’s is preparing for an entire week of celebrations on campus. We're highlighting the best and brightest parts of King's identity, showing our school spirit, and taking pride in our community's origins and traditions. Celebrate King’s Week is also an opportunity to remember that this university could not exist without the Lord’s provision and the support of those who believe in equipping our students to pursue a better world. Whether you are alumni, students, staff, faculty, or supporters, this annual event reminds us of reasons to celebrate because we know that King’s is unlike any other post-secondary institution--it’s our community and our legacy!

Throughout the week’s events, we will highlight King's unfolding story. There is plenty to celebrate from the past and the founders who inspired this institution, to the present milestones and community achievements, to our dreams for a faithful future 50 or 100 years from now. Want to share your King’s story? Contact alumni@kingsu.ca or 780.465.8318 for ways to be involved in Celebrate King’s Week.

Surprise Snacks
March 19 - 24
Heading into midterm season, staff at King's want to surprise students with tasty snacks for hard effort and a big thanks for being here! Our goal is to make their day a little sweeter with tasty treats at random times and locations throughout the week.

If there is a particular student you know could use an extra special surprise, consider sending them a Student Care Package. Whether it’s cupcakes, a coffee card, or study supplies, you can encourage them with a thoughtful gift!

Founders Day
March 20, 10:30 a.m.
"The story of The King’s University started long before 1979. It is striking to read the names of all who were involved in the long process that led to the opening of King’s. They were many. They held an array of viewpoints. A growing number of them became stakeholders in the establishment of the [university]; nothing could permanently stand in the way. They were--and in many instances still are--the 'Torchbearers for the King' remembered in this book.” – President Emeritus Sidney DeWaal, in his preface to “Torchbearers for the King” (2004) by Harry Cook and William VandenBorn.

Tuesday is all about celebrating our founding story with a throwback to the people who made this place possible. We'll showcase archived photos from King's early days, share excerpts from our history, and highlight the Dutch heritage held by many of our founders. The big hit of the day everyone looks forward to are the authentic Dutch stroopwafels made fresh on-site by Double Dutch Treats & Meats. These delightful syrup waffles will be available by donation towards mental health initiatives, so stay tuned for their surprise location starting at 10:30 a.m.

Show Your King's Colours
March 21
We encourage everyone on campus to colour coordinate! Show off your school pride by sporting King’s apparel or wearing the colour blue. Izzy the Eagle and King’s paparazzi will be out to snap photos and award prizes to the best dressed. Alumni and friends of King’s can also participate! Post a picture featuring your new or vintage King’s gear and tag The King’s University Alumni on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Prizes and our exclusive alumni socks can be mailed straight to your door.

My Dreams for King's
March 21
We have been dreaming of the possibilities for King’s over the next 50 to 100 years. Through the generous support of The King’s University Foundation, designs are taking shape for our Campus Master Plan that could accommodate double or triple the current student population as well as introduce new programs and services. What is your hope for the future? Reflect on Celebrate King’s Week 2057 or 2118. What goals and milestones will we be celebrating? Share your dreams for King’s!

Last Lecture
March 22 – 6:30 p.m.
Last Lecture is an opportunity for graduating students to get together, enjoy their favourite foods, and reflect on the many lessons learned as an undergrad. Students vote on a faculty speaker to impart words of wisdom, the Derrick Timmermans Memorial Award recipient is announced, and a student-selected faculty panel answers questions from the audience. Graduating representatives from the Students' Association also offer their thoughts on what it means to become alumni and share memorable moments from the last four years.

This is a free event for all King's students intending to graduate in 2018. RSVP online through thekingsu.eventbrite.ca. Last Lecture will be an evening of laughter, nostalgia, and dreaming of what life will be like after grad.

Donor Appreciation Evening
March 23 – 6:30 p.m.
Our supporting community have made our mission and vision possible. This evening is devoted to showing our gratitude through fellowship and sharing stories as well, giving students an opportunity to share their King's story in the Story Slam competition. Please RSVP for this free event at thekingsu.eventbrite.ca or by calling 1-800-661-8582, option 4. Guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers, punch, coffee, and dessert. Wine will be available for purchase.

For the Story Slam, students are given five minutes to recount their King's experience and audience members judge each contestant. The theme for our stories is "Lessons Learned." If you have a story to share and would like to compete, contact alumni@kingsu.ca or 780.465.8318. The most engaging storyteller will go home with an Apple iPad courtesy of Alumni Relations.

Kids @ King's
March 24 – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Your child can earn their degree in one day! Sign up for a morning of kid-sized King’s classes to learn about the wonders of science, art, literature, and much more. Share your favourite King's experiences with your children, connect with alumni and favourite professors, and keep an eye out for changes on campus since your last visit. 

Each Kids @ King's student will choose to enrol in three elective classes and come together for our world-famous Chemistry Magic Show. Parents, grandparents, and guardians accompany their students as they get a sneak peek at life as a university student. Tuition is $18 per student (aged 5 to 10) and $10 for children under five. Registration includes lunch for each student and their chaperone. President Melanie J. Humphreys hosts our mini graduation ceremony, complete with a degree parchment and the opportunity to dress up in the official cap and gown for a photo. 

Please register online as soon as possible as space is limited. For more information on subsidizing the cost of participation, contact the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@kingsu.ca or 780.465.8318.