OAC Anniversary Project Celebrates Community

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The Ontario Agricultural College has added a new feature to its website in celebration of the college’s 140th anniversary. The “140 Faces of OAC” online project features people from OAC’s past and present community: staff, faculty, students and alumni.

OAC communications manager Stephanie Craig says the online project showcases college history and the uniqueness and character of the OAC community. “Browsing the site will give you a chance to meet our historical figures, alumni and current students, staff and faculty.”

Historical figures pictured in the photo gallery include OAC principals, presidents and deans, as well as faculty like William Day, who first identified the Holland Marsh as prime land for growing vegetables, alumnus George Atkins, founder of Farm Radio International, and OAC staff member Sarah Potter, who created wax fruits and vegetables for study.

Craig says most of the 140 people, however, are current members of the college community and its international alumni base. Their stories were chosen to illustrate the diverse contributions the entire OAC community makes within Canada and internationally.

This project was completed in partnership with the Francis and Ruth Redelmeier Professorship in Rural History in the Department of History, with support from the W.S. (Stan) Young Memorial Grant through the OAC Alumni Foundation. Historian Pat Bowley, PhD ’14, worked on the project with Craig, as did fourth-year animal biology student Carleigh Johnston.