Past, present and future part of TRU’s 50th celebrations

Fifty years ago, commercial aircraft manufacturer Boeing introduced the first of its iconic, 747 “Jumbo Jets.”

The U.S. space program launched Apollo 8 to perform the first manned orbit of the moon.

Bobby Orr went airborne to score the winning goal in the Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup win over the St. Louis Blues.

And Thompson Rivers University opened its doors.

Five decades later, the Kamloops-based school is celebrating its five decades of serving the educational needs of the region, and beyond, with a series of events. And one that captures the essence of the time is the free screening of Let It Be, a film documentary about The Beatles which earned an Academy Award for best original song score.

The film will be shown as part of the annual Kamloops Film Festival at the Paramount Theatre (503 Victoria St.) on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m.

“It is a very important anniversary for our institution, so we wanted to invite our entire community to see a film that was released in the year of our inception,” says Lucille Gnanasihamany, TRU’s Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

Gnanasihamany adds film-goers will be encouraged to dress up in fashion conducive to the era of the film.

“It’s a great reminder for everyone to think about the fact that all year long we are celebrating being 50 years old, and encouraging people to recollect key milestones of the time.”

Helping keep the 50th celebrations rolling throughout the year is a calendar filled with other major and ongoing events.

One of them is TRU’s Gifts of Learning series featuring monthly opportunities to be present at a unique presentation showcasing the school’s faculty, programs and research.

The Tap into Research events offer a lecture every two weeks or so at a local craft brewery or restaurant covering a wide variety of intriguing topics.

In March, International Days (I Days) features a celebration of culture, diversity, sustainability and innovation through a celebration of the university’s global community.

With around a third of TRU’s population made up of international students, Gnanasihamany says I Days is a fitting event that shows how TRU has evolved and grown.

There will also be another large celebration Sept. 11-13 with the Homecoming event.

“That weekend will mark the official start of our first year of operation at TRU,” Gnanasihamany says.

And nominations are being accepted to name a top 50 of influencers in the school’s history, from academics and students to community members and administrators.

“They will be celebrated at a reception in September,” Gnanasihamany says.

For more information about TRU’s 50th anniversary, and a calendar of events, visit online at tru.ca/tru50.

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