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The University of British Coiumbia Alumni Magazine
Volume 54 • Number 3 •   Fail, 2000
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Being Nicola Cavendish
A look at one of Canada's (and UBCs) finest actors
by Janis Connolly, BA'73
Prescription for Nursing
Cathy Ebbehoj has the answer for successful nursing
by Shari Ackerman
Alumni Day 2000
Full schedule for Alumni Day, October 1, 2000
UBC Annual Report
UBC has had a great year. Read about it here
Due Process
Students accused of academic wrongdoing now have an advocate
by Toireasa Jesperson Nelson
Alumni Award Winners and Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
The full list ofthis year's VIPs, to be fSted at the Annual Dinner
6. G. Sedgewick: My Favourite Professor
A look back at one of UBC's originals.
by Jan de Bruyn, BA'49
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cover: Nicola Cavendish BA'77.
PatHiginbotham/Studio 54 photo.
Research News
What's On
Class Acts
Visit our website: www.alumni.ubc.ca chroniclenews
UBC Scoops Leading
Software Researcher
One of the world's leading
software researchers has been
recruited to UBC to work in a
breakthrough area of programming
languages and software engineering,
thanks to a newly created $1.75-million
research chair.
Prof. Gregor Kiczales has been named
to the Chair in Software Design in the
Computer Science Dept. The chair will be
funded over the next five years by the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council (NSERC), Xerox Canada Etd. and
Vancouver-based Sierra Systems.
"We can score one brain gain for
Canada with this announcement," says
Indira Samarasekera, UBC's vice-president, Research. "Our long-term prosperity
depends on our ability to develop the information technology component of our
national economy."
Kiczales was recruited by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was
a student, to work as a staff researcher before he finished his computer science degree
20 years ago. He was an early pioneer of object-oriented programming where software
is designed in separate components and then later assembled into a single program.
But this methodology has limitations, and programmers can find the later stages of
assembling the components difficult. Kiczales has solved the problem with a new
aspect-oriented software programming language.
"UBC is an excellent place to pursue this research," says Kiczales. "We're going to
do great work and attract great young minds in the process." •
UBC Tops Nation with $68 Million Plus
in Canada Foundation for Innovation Grants
^    The Killam
Killam prizes are awarded to top
teachers and researchers at UBC.
Killam endowments have been
established at universities across
Canada and are awarded annually. This
year's alumni winners are:
• Barbara Bernhardt BA '69, MSc'72,
PhD'90, associate professor in the
School of Audiology and Speech
• Michael Burgess BCom'73,
Graduate Studies, genetics ethicist
Gregor Kiczales holds chair in Software Design       * Robert McDonald PhD'77, History
UBC and its affiliated teaching
hospitals have been awarded
more than $68 million in
research infrastructure funding—the
largest amount awarded to any Canadian
institution—from the Canada Foundation
for Innovation (CFI) in a recent competition.
'This incredible level of investment
by the federal government is an explicit
recognition that innovative and interdisciplinary research is the cornerstone of
the economic, social and cultural well-
being of all Canadians," says UBC
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President Martha Piper.
UBC and its research partners
received funding for 20 projects ranging
from the restoration of global fisheries to
the working relationship between
humans and computers.
Six of the projects, including a new
cancer research centre that received $27.8
million, are centred at UBC's affiliated
hospitals. The centre will be part of the
Centre for Integrated Genomics, a joint
project of UBC and the BC Cancer
McGill University was the only
' Edward Putnins PhD'95, Dentistry,
Oral Biological and Medical Sciences
> Marilyn Chapman BEd'75, Education, Language and Literacy
• Kenneth Craig MA'60,
Graduate Studies, Psychology
> Uz Edinger BA'64, LLB'67, Associate
> Philip Loewen MSc'83, PhD'86,
institution in Canada to receive a higher
number of grants than UBC and its
affiliated hospitals. The University of
Toronto gained funding for 11 projects.
Attracting increased funding from all
sources and enhancing research infrastructure is a key strategy in UBC's goal to
be the leading research university in
Canada, as outlined in Trek 2000, the
university's vision statement.
"We worked with all our researchers
to ensure that proposals were coordinated
and met with CFI's top priority of
supporting leading edge innovative
projects," says Indira Samarasekera, vice-
president, Research. • RN Shortage Causes
Forty-five per cent of nurses are due
to retire in the next decade. Educating a new wave is critical, says
School of Nursing Director Katharyn May.
"There's a nursing shortage out there
that could bring the nation's health-care
system to a screeching halt," says May.
But spots for nursing students in the
province have, until the most recent
provincial budget, been diminishing. In
1994, BC graduated 715 nurses a year
compared to a mere 600 graduates in
1999. That is coupled with a current
global shortage in nurses—two out of
every ten new nursing graduates leave
Canada for the United States.
May says you can't blame Canadian
graduates for fleeing south of the border
given the attractive signing bonuses
dangled by US hospitals. In some cases
they offer aid to repay student loans. As
well, many new nurses get to choose in
which hospital area they will work
compared with the often long wait that
many endure in Canadian hospitals to
specialize where they choose.
But the situation isn't all gloomy.
May cites statistics that show Canada
will have approximately 85 per cent of
nurses holding university degrees by
2005, overtaking the US. She says that's
because Ontario will make a university
degree a requirement for new nurses in
that year. Currently 20 per cent of
practicing nurses have university degrees
across the country.
"In some respects, UBC Nursing is
very well positioned," says May. She
points to the full implementation of the
Multiple Entry Option (MEO) program
this fall as an example of one of the
methods the school is using to attract
new students. The program allows people
who have a degree already to obtain
nursing one in a two-calendar-year
intensive program which concentrates on
teaching the skills and theories of the
profession. •
A plaque on the side of the cairn on Main Mall is a quiet thank you from one group of
graduates to another. In the fall of 1922, 1,178 students marched in the Great Trek from
downtown Vancouver to Point Grey and presented a petition with 56,000 signatures to the
provincial government A week later the government authorized a $1.5 million loan to
resume construction of the university. The cairn is built of rocks gathered on the site and
contains stones the trekkers gathered on their way.
New Master's Degree in European Studies
Senate has approved a new Master's
degree in European Studies.
"It is our understanding that the
program is the first of its kind in Canada
and we're very excited to be offering it to
UBC students," says Sima Godfrey,
director of the Institute for European
Studies which will administer the
program within the Faculty of Graduate
While European studies usually focus
on politics, geography and history-related
issues, the new program will take a more
multidisciplinary approach, she says.
Students will take courses with electives
of their choice in historical, cultural,
environmental, economic, and public
policy issues. Students will also be
encouraged to spend one term studying at
a European university or in an approved
internship position in Europe.
Any faculty or staff member with a
background in European research or
teaching can contact Godfrey at (604)
822-8723 to help the institute determine
the scope of resources on campus. •
Imagine UBC unlocks the mystery of 1st Year
Gone are the days of struggle and confusion for new students; in their place is
Imagine UBO. What is it? 4200 first year students, 500 student leaders, hundreds
of volunteers and an entire day of welcoming activities. In small groups led by
upper year students, first year students get basic training in survival at university.
With first day classes cancelled, they participate in a workshop on student success,
a faculty-specific information session, and a HUGE pep rally. The day ends with The
Main Event, a large outdoor fair showcasing UBC student life. Do more than
imagine this great experience! Come check it out. See you on Sept. 5th.
Chronicle chronicle news
Engineer Looking for Women
Ever since Rozlyn Bubela and her older sister
helped their father build their family cabin
on Quesnel Lake, she has been fascinated
with building things.
"We helped with the strategy—like how far
did we want it to be from the water and such,"
says Bubela, a recent civil engineering grad and
co-op student.
The 23-year-old Dean's Honour List student,
who admits to a fondness for number puzzles and
math competitions, says she didn't know of any
female engineers when she was a young girl.
"Women in particular may have the skills for
engineering but don't get the support or know
about the opportunities out there for them, especially at a young age," Bubela says.
She's changing that: she speaks at conferences encouraging young women to
consider engineering as a career option; she's set up a Women in Engineering Web link
off the UBC homepage, and is active in the Scientists and Innovators in the Schools
(SIS) program. "I hope to get teachers in Quesnel to tap into this resource," she says.
Although Bubela has been to several interviews, she is leaning towards working on
a master's degree in structural and earthquake engineering, most likely at UBC.
She was the undergrad winner of the 1999 Premier's Awards for Young Women in
Science. •
Rozlyn Bubela, Engineer.
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The Master of Arts program is offered during evening
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Deadline for applications for September 2001 admission
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New Grad to Set Up
English/Spanish School
in Mexico
Mario Lopez is the first of his
family's nine children to be
educated outside Mexico.
Now, with his degree from UBC, he plans
to return to Mexico to establish a
Spanish/English school for low income
people in his hometown, Oaxaca.
He explored parental views of the
value of literacy education in Oaxaca as
research for his master's degree in
Language and Literacy Education, granted
this past spring. He will apply what he
learned at UBC to design his school's
"English schools only exist for the
elite," he explains. "Mine will educate
lower and middle class students so that
they can get better jobs in tourism and
other areas, or go on to university which
requires English in upper levels. Without
it, they can't compete."
Mario came to BC with a scholarship
to the Canadian International College. He
immediately began organizing exchanges
between Canadian teachers and Mexican
students, which eventually involved 25
"He is quite extraordinary," says
Education prof. Lee Gunderson. "Not
only did he organize social events to
make the department more welcoming,
he is renowned for his guitar playing, his
singing in different languages, and his
dancing. He has a talent for getting
others, including faculty, up on the dance
Mario is now encouraging others to
get involved in his school. He will need
English books which are expensive in
Mexico. His e-mail address is
lopezmario@hotmail.com. •
Chronicle Message from the President
Innovators Change Everything
Can you remember what it was
like to communicate with a
friend across the country or
make business arrangements abroad
before the arrival of e-mail? In just a few
short years e-mail has become an integral
part of our business and personal communications, and it is hard to imagine life
without this capability.
That is the nature of innovation. It
changes everything. And behind each
new idea, behind each new technical,
scientific, or social development there is a
person or a group whose imagination and
creative brilliance have led them—and
us—to look at the world in a new way.
UBC is one of Canada's foremost
universities, and we are working hard to
make it the premier post secondary
research institution in the country. Recent
grant awards made by the Canadian
Foundation for Innovation show how that
work is paying off: UBC received more
money in grants than any other university in Canada. The CFI awards recognize
that UBC is an institution of innovation
and innovators, and that the work we do
here is leading-edge. As well, UBC has
received funding for 160 new research
chairs from the Canada Research Chairs
Program valued at $120 million over five
years. This is another of the many strong
indicators that UBC, as a national
institution, is held in high regard.
The scope and diversity of research
and innovation taking place at UBC is
extraordinary. From progress in the
mapping of the human genome to service
learning opportunities and new undergraduate co-op programs, innovation is
rapidly changing the quality and character of university life for all members of the
UBC community.
To chronicle this innovation, we
have prepared an annual report that we
hope will gain wide distribution. In the
report, we profile a few of the innovators
who are making positive contributions to
society on a local, national, and even
international level. We are proud of the
accomplishments of these UBC students,
faculty, staff and alumni and we are
pleased to share their stories with you.
Along with highlights of our financial
position, the report also shows our
progress in achieving the goals of Trek
We have also included a special four-
page executive summary of the annual
report in this issue of the Chronicle,
beginning on page 19.
A full version of the annual report
will be available for distribution by
September 29, 2000, and included in the
Vancouver Sun on Saturday, October 21,
2000. I invite you to call the Alumni
Association offices to request your own
copy. And, in the spirit of innovation, for
the first time we are making the annual
report available online. It, too, will be
available for viewing by September 29.
Martha Piper, President, UBC
You can view the electronic version of our
1999-2000 report at www.ubc.ca/
annualreport. Please feel free to share your
response with us. •
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Animal Welfare
Grad Wants to Build
a Better Rat Cage
Kymberly McLeod BSc'OO is a third-
generation UBC graduate with a
unique degree and future career.
Motivated by a lifelong love of
animals, she earned her degree in the
Animal Welfare Program, Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences.
Established in 1995, the program
addresses issues on the humane treatment of animals in agriculture, research,
sport and companionship.
"I grew up with pets and helped
train a six-year-old thoroughbred horse,
Angel, which I ride at least three times a
week," she says. "I have always been
concerned about the quality of their
lives and want to do anything I can to
improve the existence of all animals."
A shortage of objective measures,
balanced research and public education
has slowed the search for practical
solutions to animal welfare problems.
McLeod hopes to help change all that by
becoming a teacher and sharing what
she has learned through education.
"Human beings need to be able to
assess the emotional well-being of
animals, to improve animal welfare as
well as the efficiency of animal agriculture," she says. "We must find ways to
reduce and refine the use of animals in
biomedical research and find a middle
ground and practical solution."
To prove her dedication, McLeod is
conducting a research project to improve
the quality of life for the 400,000
laboratory rats used in Canada every
"I am carefully studying the enclosures in which they give birth," she says.
"We want to find the optimum size,
amount of light, bedding material and
play toys which interest them, to create
an environment which is as natural as
possible."  •
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through the
awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5) prize winners will be selected in
the Faculty of Arts for 2001.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years of teaching
at UBC. The three years include 2000-2001.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels: introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any combination of
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students, or alumni may suggest
candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of the School, or Chair of
the Program in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions should be in
writing and signed by one or more students, alumni or faculty, and they should
include a very brief statement of the basis for the nomination. You may write a
letter of nomination or pick up a form from the Office of the Dean, Faculty of
Arts, in Buchanan B130.
Deadline: 4:00 pm on January 22, 2001. Submit nominations to the Department, School or Program Office in which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified as well
during Spring convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your Department,
School or Program office, or Dr. Evan Kreider, Associate Dean of Arts, at
(604) 822-6703.
Lawyer Turned Journalist Wants to Inform
Ian Clayton is ready to report on the 21st century and share stories which will
influence your life. "I want to inform, provide context, perspective and objectivity
on important issues to help make people aware so they can respond knowledga-
bly," says Clayton. He is one of the first 16 graduates to earn a master's degree from the
UBC School of Journalism in the Faculty of Arts.
Clayton earned a BA from the University of Manitoba in his hometown of
Winnipeg, and discovered a love of writing and telling stories while working on the
student newspaper. That love lingered as he completed a law degree at the University of
"I wanted to communicate with more people on a wide range of topics," says
Clayton, explaining why he enrolled at the school when it opened in 1998.
He interned at CBC Newsworld in Toronto, where he wrote for newscasts, worked
on Counterspin and Newsworld Today and wrote for CBC's Internet site. A work term
at Vancouver's Canadian Press bureau provided background for his thesis on the future
of wire services in the Information Age.
"Deadlines are disappearing as news is covered in real time, on-line," he says.
"Content is needed to feed technology's rapid growth. You could say the message is
becoming the medium."
He credits the School of Journalism for providing a once-in-a-career opportunity to
look in-depth at the issues he faces as a journalist. •
Chronicle Youth Millennium Project Will Change the World
Youth Millennium Project founders Rebecca
Slate (left) and Justine Wiltshire.
The Youth Millennium Project
(YMP) hasn't changed the world—
not yet—but more than 4,000
youth have begun 80 innovative projects
in 35 countries on five continents.
That's a start, say the organizers of
the UBC/UNICEF project, which was
officially launched in April. And it's proof
positive that the world's young people—
particularly in developing countries—are
apprehensive about their future and are
eager to get involved on a grassroots
After graduating from UBC, Rebecca
Slate DEd'97 and Justine Wiltshire LLB'98
conceived the project in which people
aged 11-14 in every country would be
invited to discuss global issues of concern
to them and to create local action plans.
"We knew it was an audacious idea,"
they say, "but we decided to do something about the ongoing universal
tragedy that young people feel they have
no control over the world's future."
A year later, the invitation went out
to 190 countries in 70 languages through
the organization's international
Almost immediately,
Vietnamese youth started raising
money for school supplies. In
Sierra Leone, an education
campaign on a peace agreement
began after nine years of civil
war. Villages are being cleaned
up in Estonia, funds are being
raised for Mozambique in
Germany, and trees are being
planted in Tanzania.
At UBC's Liu Centre for the
Study of Global Issues, where
Slate and Wiltshire work with a
small army of dedicated
volunteers and work-study
students, word has been
received that 500 Tibetan
children living in exile in India have
joined YMP. In Namibia, youth have
pledged to eradicate poverty in their
village by 2020.
"This project is a testament to what
young people can accomplish if they are
given an opportunity to exercise their
ideas," says UBC President Martha Piper.
A team of 100 volunteer translators
work on the project. "People are
honoured to be invited and take us more
seriously because we communicate in
their local language," says Slate.
In July 2001, Slate and Wiltshire
intend to bring a boy and a girl—
randomly selected from a YMP group in
each country—to attend a Youth Millennium Conference at UBC. YMP is
currently raising $3 million for the
conference. The President's Office has
had an immediate response from 14
universities to provide financial and other
"In too many countries, children are
subject to dreadful abuse or neglect,
ranging from forced military service or
physical labour to denial of education
and protection from physical harm," says
Law Prof. Ivan Head, former director of
the Liu Centre. "By encouraging youth
to act in concerted, constructive fashion,
and by raising awareness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this
remarkable project contributes to a
better future for children and societies
For more information, call (604)
822-5028, or e-mail
ymp@interchange.ubc.ca. •
'Forests Forever'
Pledges Scholar
Slogging through rough, wooded
terrain with a backpack under a hot
sun gathering plant samples may
not be everybody's idea of a delightful
afternoon. For Forestry graduate Myriam
Bloemhard though, it's perfect.
"Once you've been out there in the
woods and you've experienced how
peaceful and beautiful it is, you want it to
be around forever," says Bloemhard,
describing why she chose to pursue a
degree in natural resource conservation.
Now that's she's graduated,
Bloemhard has set her career path for
conservation policy interpretation,
development and public education.
The self-proclaimed nature lover
hasn't let a visual impairment—she has
some vision in her right eye but none in
her left—impede her studies.
Bloemhard completed a rigorous 15-
credit field school and spent five months
last fall in Canberra, Australia. There, she
was an international exchange student,
studying forestry economics and German
at the Australia National University. She
also backpacked and hiked around
southern Australia for a month.
Bloemhard was the founder and
president of the university's VIP (Visually
Impaired Persons) Club in 1997-98. •
Chronicle chronicle news
Composer Inspired Generation of UBC'ers
One of Canada's most prolific
and honoured composers, Jean
Coulthard, died recently at 92.
A member of UBC's School of Music
from 1947-73, she was the first composer from Canada's West Coast to
achieve national stature and international recognition.
Educational Studies Associate
Professor William Bruneau is writing two
biographies of her. During their many
conversations, Bruneau says Coulthard
recognized and valued her long association with the university, which provided
In our Summer issue, we published a
photograph of who we thought was
Dr. Sydney Friedman, first head of
UBC's department of Anatomy. Wasn't
Above is a photo of Dr. Friedman
and his wife, Connie, who also worked
in the department.
The fellow in the photo was a
student of the time, J. D. Jamieson,
MD'60, who praises the Friedmans
highly and says, "Thy set the intellectual
tone for the research environment at
UBC in those early days."
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Coulthard studied at London's Royal
College of Music with Ralph Vaughan
Williams and she took compositions for
criticism to many 20th Century giants
including Schoenberg, Bartok and Aaron
Coulthard composed in every genre:
a full-length opera, four symphonies,
concertos and numerous shorter works
for soloists and orchestra, sonatas for
virtually all instruments, and hundreds of
keyboard, choral, and vocal works. •
Continuing Studies Lecture Series on
Arts, Humanities and Public Affairs
Continuing Studies offers a range of stimulating lectures this Fall. Courses are
held at a variety of venues, including the downtown Vancouver Public Library,
Hycroft House, and the UBC campus, in the evening and during the day.
Please call for locations and times. Below is a selection from the many courses
offered, with starting dates.
• October 3 International Scene
• October 4 Exploring Vancouver's Theatre Scene
• October 5 Arctic Canada: Romantic Illusions, Challenges and Possibilities
• October 5 Impressionism as the Painting of Modern Life
• October 11 The Victorian Novel in its Time
•October 17   Quebec in Canada
Apprentice Class for New Poets
• October 18   The VSO Companion
• October 26   Writing Mystery Fiction
• November 1 Journey Beneath the Earth: Understanding our Earthquake
• November 7 Great Cities of the Mediterranean
For more information or for a copy of the calendar, call 822-1420
Chronicle People
• Curriculum Studies Assoc. Prof. Jolie
Mayer Smith A PhD'78 has earned the
American Education Research
Association's Review of Research Award
for the article, A Critical Analysis ofthe
Research on Learning to Teach: Making
the Case for an Ecological Perspective on
• Science Dean Maria Klawe '•/ has
been elected vice-president of the
Association for Computing Machinery
(ACM). Klawe holds the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research
Council-IBM Chair for Women in
Science and Engineering for BC and the
Yukon, which focuses on increasing the
participation of women in information
technology careers.
• Murray Goldberg MSc'89, a senior
instructor in the Dept. of Computer
Science and president of WebCt Canada,
received an Application of Technology
Award for his creation and development
of web-based courses and online teaching
• Prof. William Hsieh BSc'76, MSc'78,
PhD'81 is a co-recipient of this year's
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society's President's Prize for his
contributions to global climate research.
The prize honours his development of
neural network techniques for forecasting
climate variability.
• Victor Ling A OBC, PhD'69, Faculty
of Medicine's assistant dean, Research,
BC Cancer Research Centre, has been
named as a member of the governing
council of the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR). He is also vice-
president of Research at the BC Cancer
• Helen Burt v PhD'80 professor of
Pharmaceutical Sciences and the
Angiotech Professor of Drug Delivery,
was recognized in the Science, Research
and Technology category for the YWCA
Women of Distinction Award. A faculty
member since 1980, Burt specializes in
drug delivery systems that administer
drugs in a more controlled and precise
• Psychology Professor Janet Werker A
MA'79, PhD'82 is among the nominees in
the Science, Research and Technology
category for the Women of Distinction
Award. Werker is an expert in infant
language development. She has shown
that babies can discriminate similar
& sounding consonants and by the age of
q- one tune in to only those sounds in their
ha '
o native language. Werker served as
c associate vice-president, Research.
11 Being Nicola Cavendish
o one can bellow my name from across a
parking lot more eloquently than Nicola
Cavendish. Her pitch is perfect and her
projection is splendid, as you might expect
from an working actor. Cavendish is late for
our interview and has shouted out an apology to me as she
scurries across the lot.
She has been delivering cherries. Ten-pound boxes of
organic cherries to her friends and colleagues who have been
part of her life in the theatre. The cherries were grown on her
father's orchard in the Okanagan where she
grew up and returns each summer to help
with the harvest.
by Janis Connolly
In the suburban Vancouver restaurant where we are having
lunch, the actor who has played to rave reviews on stages from
Broadway to Thunder Bay, is causing heads to turn. She
candidly admits that she feels like a farm girl amid all the
sophisticated folks surrounding her. Although she is casually
dressed and her hair is slightly askew from the morning's tasks,
her demeanour is intensely theatrical. For the next hour and a
half, she will reveal the complex forces within her that have
driven her to become that rarity among Canadian actors, a star.
Launching an acting career is a formidable task in a land
where the locals tend to glorify highly visible
Hollywood actors and ignore their own. But
her comedic and dramatic brilliance has
Chronicle earned her national name recognition, five Jessie Richardson
Awards for outstanding performances in a lead role, two Doras,
a Gemini and now, the
UBC Alumni Association
Award of Distinction. Her
acting abilities have
allowed her to pay off the
mortgage on her North
Vancouver home ("Yahoo -
of this I am proud," Nicola
quips in her personal bio)
and she zips around town
in a smart new Audi.
When she came to
UBC to study in the early
'70s, she planned to pursue
speech pathology. But
along the way she was
pulled in by the magic of
the theatre department.
She was drawn to the
extraordinary personalities
who worked and studied
there, and intrigued by the
potentially weighty issues
that theatre could explore. To a woman who had grown up in
the Okanagan, it offered a fertile environment of worldly
people, creativity and experimentation. "I loved everything
about it," she says.
She became part of what she calls a "land of tremendous
learning" at UBC. Among her classmates were such well-known
Canadian theatre personalities as Brent Carver, Eric Peterson
and Goldie Semple. She cultivated her craft on the simple stage
of the Dorothy Somerset Theatre under department head Jack
Brockington. He reinforced her strong feeling that the theatre
was where she belonged. While at UBC she became infused
with the idea that an acting career came with a tremendous
responsibility to both the profession and the audience. As she
puts it, "I understand the power of excellent theatre to carry a
message and my responsibility as an actor to carry that message
hat Cavendish was exceptional star material
became quickly apparent to her UBC mentors.
Veteran actor and playwright, Joy Coghill BA'47,
who directed her in her first undergraduate play,
was among the first to recognize Cavendish's
extraordinary talent. Coghill was impressed by her sense of
responsibility and the enormous energy she brought to the
stage. "To this day," says Coghill, "she never does anything
halfway. She always gives 100 percent."
Cavendish graduated in 1976 into the large community of
West Coast starving artists. She took a job working with stroke
patients at the Louis
Brier Hospital on Oak
Street, and sandwiched
auditions between
shifts. Christopher
Newton, then artistic
director at the Vancouver Playhouse, recognized her creativity and
the huge range of her
abilities and gave her a
series of parts in the
next season of plays.
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portrayal of the primitive Dull Griet in Top Girls at London
Ontario's Grand Theatre; her funny, spirited solo turn as Shirley
Valentine that played to sold out houses in six Canadian cities
over a three-year period; and her sensitive interpretation of the
complex, larger than life mother in Michel Tremblay's For the
Pleasure of Seeing Her Again.
he played four seasons as a principal member at the
Shaw festival and was briefly lured to Broadway
where she played the trembling maid Edith in Noel
Coward's Blithe Spirit. She worked her magic into the
character of Edith, going inside her, assuming her
soul and engaging New Yorkers with her interpretation. The
distinguished cast included Richard Chamberlain, Blythe
Danner and the late Geraldine Page. But, says Cavendish, the
cast didn't gel and the play suffered because of it. She was
gratified, though, by the personal praise she earned from the
critics. She credits the accolades to her Canadian training:
"American audiences tend to marvel at Canadian actors. It's the
attention to detail we give to our parts, the vision we bring to
our roles, the emotional landscape, the psychology, the character's history ..."
Many hail Cavendish's most recent role as Nana in For the
Pleasure of Seeing Her Again as her most compelling performance. She faced one of the toughest opening nights of her
career when the play opened in Montreal last fall. It was the
first time that a play by Michel Tremblay would be performed
in English in his home town. She had the added pressure of
working with a new director in an unfamiliar theatre while a
Quebec actor was performing the French version to great kudos
across town. Cavendish performed superbly, earning a standing
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Best Actress.
The play has had a six-month run across the country and
critics gave her universally high praise for her performance.
After playing Nana at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, a
reviewer with CBO Radio said: "She had the audience in the
palm of her hand . . . howling and giggling and thoroughly
enjoying it all because the actress knows how to perform the
outrageous, the vulgar, the frightening, irritating, tenderhearted and fascinating qualities of this character."
A North Shore News critic in Vancouver describes her
powers of captivation: "Few are blessed with a transparency, an
honesty, that makes their performances riveting. I know when I
am in such company I hesitate to write notes in the dark of the
theatre for fear of hearing that collective intake of audience
breath that signifies I have missed another moment of magic."
The play will close on October 29 at an international festival in
Washington DC in October, the only Canadian play to be
Interspersed with her life on stage over the last two
decades, Cavendish has played numerous roles in television
and film. Street Legal, the X-Files, The Sleep Room and even
Sesame Street, are among her credits and again tell of her
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But it is the stage that rouses this actor who has delivered
more than 1,000 performances, many of them demanding solo
roles that she performs night after night with the same unfailing passion. Why choose theatre when presumably her life
could have been easier as an actor in film or in television? She
talks about the challenge and intrigue in putting a play together, discovering the substance of the text, arriving at
conclusions and deciding upon character. "There is satisfaction
in telling a story well," she says. "It is intimate and one can feel
the energy of real people breathing and listening and absorbing
and it is a holy experience when we all commune."
Still, she possesses an amazing ability to move from one
medium to another, from stage to film and from actor to writer.
She has written several plays, including the popular Christmas
farce, It's Snowing on Saltspring. She is writing more now and
feels that the sense of accountability she feels to her audiences
is being more sharply served. It is a logical progression. She
maintains that good theatre should prompt introspection but
that one must have good writing as the means to achieve that.
"When an excellent script comes along, world theatre goers
respond. They want to see and hear these new words and
consider them; they want to be moved at all levels - intellectually, emotionally, spiritually," she says.
Currently, she is researching a play about widowhood with
a group of women in Prince George. Elderly women, she says,
have always made up a big part of her audiences. Cavendish
wants to recognize their support and to give back to these
women by providing, through her new play, insight into
fulfillment in retirement.
What's next for Cavendish, the actor, after For the Pleasure
of Seeing Her Again has its final run in Washington? She has
turned down many offers including an opportunity to take
Shirley Valentine on the road again. She seems weary of the
rigors of what she calls "just being me up there." She would
like to take more time to fall asleep in the garden swing at the
farm and to raise chickens that lay eggs with bright yellow
In January, she will direct a play with a group of young
actors in Chemainus. She is looking forward to sharing what
she has learned in the tortuous (her word) world of theatre. As
she says, you get what you give: actors have a responsibility to
engage, to challenge and to reach that stubborn fellow in the
back seat. And to win him every single night.
Directing is perhaps a fitting role for Cavendish as she
rounds out her theatrical career. She will help young actors get
inside their characters, feel their triumphs and disappointments, and expose issues of social importance through them.
She will instill in them what she believes: that being an actor is
a calling, an essential role in society and that the theatre is
really a very powerful place.
Janis Connolly BA'73 is the manager ofthe branches program at the
UBC Alumni Association.
Chronicle LjC For Nurses:
Training, Experience and Passion
By Shari Ackerman
Cathy Ebbehoj BSN'75,
MSN'99 was impressed
with her mother. An OR
nurse, she cared deeply
for her patients and
spent extra time and effort on their well
being. "She really made a difference in
people's lives," says Cathy.
So, she followed her mother into
When she enrolled at UBC in 1970,
the nursing program required students to
take one year of sciences and four years of
nursing. Many of her classmates were
working nurses, returning to complete
degrees, so her classes had students of all
ages. It worked well, though, recalls
Cathy. First year students were very
idealistic, and the experienced nurses
gave them a more realistic view. "It was a
good balance," she says.
Currently teaching maternity care in
the UBC School of Nursing, Cathy took
this past summer off to work at St. Paul's
Hospital in the combined labour delivery
and post partum unit. She feels it is
essential to stay current, and the way for
her to do this is to combine teaching with
front line experience. She maintains a
hectic pace of clinical, hospital and
teaching work that helps keep her sharp
and up-to-date.
It is especially important in helping
both students and families. "Nurses need
to keep up with procedures and new
information in the hospital," she explains. "They keep up their clinical
practice, either in the hospital, the
community, in leading groups or helping
families in crisis."
Much of what she does in her
hospital work is based on her master's
thesis, Concerns of Post-Partum Women
Who Have Experienced a High-Risk Preg
nancy. The thesis focused on
women's medical conditions,
medical histories, and again
on the importance of clinical
practice. She has also taught
pre-natal classes with the
Vancouver Richmond Health
Board since 1986, and helps
train new prenatal instructors. It's her way of keeping
on top of things, and
continuing to educate herself.
Her emphasis on keeping
current in her field was also a
factor in her decision to go
back to school to get her
master's in Nursing in the
late '90s. "I felt I couldn't
miss the opportunity to
complete it because I wanted
to continue teaching and
working in the community.
Having a Master's gave me
the opportunity to do those
Cathy has always chosen to do
things outside the norm. For example,
she went to Kincolith, a small First
Nations fishing village 75 miles north
west of Prince Rupert, for her six week
nursing placement to try something
different. "I wanted to look at the health
of the people, see what the pre-natal care
for the First Nations population was like
and also to see their traditions of family
and child bearing," says Cathy.
She heads up the Centering Pregnancy
Drop-In, located in UBC student housing.
She and other colleagues from the
Maternal-Child Faculty in the School of
Nursing have been running the centre
since 1996 with financial support from
the School and the Vancouver Richmond
Health Board. They provide women with
Cathy Ebbehoj with her Award of Excellence in Nursing
Administration, at the Annual Nursing Awards in April.
education, support and risk assessment.
"Many women come to UBC from other
countries because their husbands are
going to school," she says. "If they are
pregnant and isolated, they need support,
they need to ask questions. That's what
we're here for." The center also provides
information on BC Health Care. The
response to date has been positive, with
many women citing how well it helped
ease their transition. Many nursing
students do their clinical practice there as
Working with students helps Cathy
get the most out of her teaching experience at UBC. "They open up the mind
and make me aware of what I'm doing
and why," she says. "It's so rewarding to
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Welcome Celebrations
10 am University Centre (Old Faculty Club)
• Welcome reception with UBC President Martha
Piper £t Alumni Assoc. President Linda Thorstad
• Faculty displays with Deans on hand
• Reunion check-in
• Free Famous UBC Cinnamon buns Et coffee/tea
11 am Frederic Wood Theatre
• Official Launch of Alumni Day and Great Trek
Month celebrating UBC traditions
• Student performances
• Alumni Day Chair Darlene Marzari introduces
Alumni Day activities
Family Fun
12:00 - 3:30 Children's Place
Koerner Plaza
hosted by the Faculty of Education. Activities
for all ages. Times for each activity will be posted in the day's calendar.
• face painting
• Story Circle
• chalk art
• computer games
• Bubble Fun
• Chuckles the Clown ("A little song, a little
dance ...")
We need volunteers for Alumni Day!
Want to help? You'll get a very cool alumni T-shirt
for your trouble, AND have a lot of tun.
Call 822-3313
Flagpole Plaza Events
12:00 - 4:00 Flagpole Plaza
• Food Market at the flagpole plaza
• Thunderbird Cheerleading Squad Cheerleading
stunt demonstrations on Flagpole Plaza. Come for a
refresher course on UBC Spirit!
• Baseball clinics offered by the UBC Baseball Alumni.
Bring your mitt and learn how to play like the pros
• Campus tours - leave from the Flagpole Plaza by
bus circling every 15 minutes, by foot tours with
student guides.
Market Place at the Flagpole Plaza
• Official Community Plan Display-UBC's vision for
future development ofthe Endowment Lands.
• The GVRD composting-display panels on composting, compost props, a compost toss game, an active
worm composter, and brochures
BC Nursing Division heart disease testing Et breast
rancer awareness, supporting October Breast Cancer
Awareness Month
• Applied Science-Co-op Engineering Display
• Faculty of Agricultural Science Display-New courses
in Agro-ecology, Food, Nutrition Et Health, Global
Resource Systems and Community Et Environment
• BC Wine Research Centre at UBC established in
1999-Wine Fault Demonstration! What makes a
great wine?
• UBC Animal Welfare Program-Now in its 3rd yr,
highlights of new research.
• UBC Botanical Gardens-Display highlighting the
world renowned garden and its programs.
• UBC Farm-A unique land base at UBC! Future proposals for education, research and community enrichment through the development of a sustainable
agricultural/agroforestry system.
• Alumni Association Member Services and other
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Speakers and Panel Discussion
12:30 ~ Alumni Lunch at Green College
Keynote speaker Michael Smith
The Human Genome Project:
Its Present and Future Impact
$15, call 822-3313 for ticket information
12:00 ~ Panel Discussion on Co-op Programs,
Laserre Building
UBCs Expanding Co-op Programs at Work:
Linking the University and Workplace
Employers, students and faculty talk about the
most innovative program in undergraduate education since the invention ofthe pencil. Co-op
learning is transforming the classroom and the
UBCs Favourite Professors
Lecture Series
Laserre Building
1:00 ~ Don Brooks, Professor of Pathology,
CFI Coordinator VP Research Office
2:00 ~ Lecture Series
• Panel led by Dean of Education, Rob Tiemey
The Future of Education in BC:
Obstacles and Opportunities
• Dennis Danielson, Professor and Associate
Head of English
Imagining the Universe:
A Humanities Prof looks at the Universe
3:00 ~ Lecture series
• Chuck Slonecker, Professor of Anatomv
Why People Walk:
Anatomical basis for Human Bipedal ism
• David Tarrant, Education Coordinator, UBC
Botanical Gardens
The UBC Botanical Gardens
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12:00 ~ Respect to Bill Reid - Pole raising
With the assistance of a grant from the Canada
Council Millennium Arts Fund, the UBC Museum
of Anthropology has commissioned well-known
Haida artist Jim Hart to design and carve a new
totem pole. The celebration will start at noon.
Admission to the Museum is free today
Visit the Cafe at MOA for snacks.
The UBC Bookstore open from 12:00 - 5:00
12:00 - 4:00 ~ Faculty of Pharmacy displays
at the Cunningham Building
12:00-4:00 ~ Maltese Labyrinth tours at the
Vancouver School of Theology
12:00—4:00 ~ Koerner - Web Workshops
Hands-on workshop in Koerner Library's state of
the art computer teaching lab. Tips and tricks for
web searching. Workshops every hour on the hour.
12:00—4:00 ~ The Thunderbird Project
Applied Science: Construction of a Human Powered Helicopter
12:00 ~ Faculty of Dentistry
Open Mouth Clinic at the Dental Main Clinic at 2199
Wesbrook Mall for a free screening and assessment
of your oral care. Everyone welcome.
Lecture for Dental Alumni: Malodor of Oral Care
Don Brunette, professor of Dentistry
Free Parking in the Rose Garden
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17 books received
UBC's Writers
Pepper in Our
Eyes, edited by
W. Wesley Pue.
UBC Press,
In November
1997, the world
media converged
on Vancouver to
cover the Asia-
Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
But the major news story that emerged
had more to do with the police response
to a student protest than of the summit
itself. This book makes sense of all the
fuss and turns it into an issue of vital
involving archetypal roots
Art, Myth,
Religion and
Ritual, The
Artist, by
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archetypal roots, this book presents a
revolutionary view of art, literature and
all the other arts, unfolding, elucidating
the element that has always been intrinsic to them. The thesis of Art, Myth,
Religion and Ritual evolved over a period
of years, beginning during Henry Wiebe's
undergraduate days.
Citizens Plus,
Peoples and
the Canadian
State, by Alan
C. Cairns
Press, $39.95.
Alan Cairns
unravels the
historical record
to clarify the current impasse in negotiations between the Aboriginal peoples and
the state, he considers the assimilationist
policy assumptions of the imperial era,
examines more recent government
initiatives, and analyzes the emergence of
the nation-to-nation paradigm given
massive support by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal peoples.
The Inanimate
World, by
MFA'86. Anvil
An astute and
insightful suite of
stories with
diverse settings
from well-
groomed Kerrisdale to railyards in
Saskatoon. These are sincere, germain and
tender tales of longing—for love, understanding, acceptance and peace. In a
world of unrealized aspirations, failed
marriages, estranged couples and grafted
families, these characters wage a courageous battle against the poverty of the
soul and the vast craving for intmacy.
Great Stories
of the Sea,
edited by
Rawin BA'86,
MA'88. Red
Deer Press,
Great Stories of
the Sea brings
together the best stories of coastal life.
When whaling was the continent's high-
tech industry, the coast was America's
Silicon Valley, and before anyone heard of
Yukon gold, there was a rush for fish and
timber along Newfoundland's rugged
shore. It offers portraits of seamen and
their families' lives, of working people
and harbour life.
Water Stair, by John Pass BA'69.
Books, $14.95.
Water Stair is the
third in a linked
quartet of books
by John Pass,
pulling the
personal into
focus through
our culture's
largest lenses:
Classical, Christian, Romantic and
temporary/existential. The poems in this
book are river journeys, exploring
confluences and collisions of romance
and landscape.
The Shadows
Fall Behind, by
Margo Button
MA'64. Oolichan
Books, $15.95.
From Margo's
second book come
poems about
coming to terms
with her son's
death. She writes from a wealth of
experience and a consuming interest in
the world around her, of family and
others who distract from the past and
teach her about healing.
Maclean's Money
Companion, by
Ted M. Ohashi
BCom'67. Raincoast Books,
In this comprehensive book, respected financial analyst Ted Ohashi
defines more than 8,500 terms found in
the financial pages, annual reports and
other investment-related literature. From
"above the market" to "zero-based
budgeting," this encylopedic companion
will help you stay on top of the ever-
changing financial world.
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Annual Re
Execu Watch for UBC in the Vancouver Sun
A full version of UBC's iggg/2000
Annual Report will be profiled in
the Saturday, October 21st edition of
the Vancouver Sun. Watch for it!
Send us your Feedback & Win
Thanks to the generous contribution
ofthe UBC Bookstore, anyone who
provides feedback on the Annual
Report will be entered into a contest
to win a Palm V. The winner will be
drawn November 30th, 2000.
www. ubc.ca/annualreport/survey
UBC celebrates 75 years at the Point
Grey campus-which has changed
considerably over the years. It has
grown to more than 402 hectares
with 422 buildings, which is larger
in area than the European countries
of Monaco and Vatican City
UBC's Faculty of Graduate Studies
celebrates its 50th anniversary as
a leader in innovative and interdisciplinary research.
The year 2000 marks the $oth
anniversary of UBC's Faculty of
Medicine and the 80th anniversary
ofthe Faculty of Nursing.
Innovators Change Everything
it is in the spirit of innovation that we reflect on the
accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni in
this executive summary of the ubc 1999/2000 annual report,
we salute the innovators, the innovative programs and the
leading edge initiatives that are changing the face of the
university and contributing to communities around the world.
Starting Sept. 29th, a full version of this report can be viewed
online at www.ubc.ca/annualreport or you can contact us and
we'll send you a copy. As this is the first time we've produced an
online version of the annual report, we encourage you to send
at www.ubc.ca/annualreport/survey, or you can mail or e-mail us
Year in Review
A few ofthe highlights of
1999/2000 at UBC:
The Learning Exchange
Located at 121 Main Street,
the Learning Exchange is a
home base for people from
UBC who are working in the
Downtown Eastside and a
place where people from the
community can learn about
UBC's resources and how to
access them.
As part ofthe Learning
Exchange, UBC has
partnered with a coalition
of eight other Downtown
Eastside organizations to
provide free Internet access
at various locations throughout the community.
UBC students with computer
skills will provide instruction
on using the Internet,
developing research skills
and evaluating information.
ubc rises to second
in Maclean's ranking
UBC has moved up to
second position in overall
rankings of Canada's
medical/doctoral universities,
according to the 1999
annual survey published by
Maclean's magazine.
UBC had ranked fourth for
the previous seven years.
UBC Athletic Teams
Make History
UBC's swim team is the
first team in Canadian
Inter-University Athletic
Union (CIAU) history to win
three consecutive double
championships. Both the
men's and women's teams
earned the championship
titles for 1999-2000.
As well, the women's field
hockey team won its second
consecutive national title in
the Canadian Inter-University
Athletic Union (CIAU).
UBC Women's Field Hockey Team began his pioneering work in economic science after graduating from UBC
in 1953, and was developing his theories on fixed and flexible exchange rates when he later
returned as an instructor. His work resulted in the formation ofthe Mundell-Fleming Model—
long the accepted standard for teaching and research in international economics. His analysis of
the benefits from two or more countries sharing a common currency provided the framework
that led to the adoption ofthe Euro and his 1999 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in
Memory of Alfred Nobel. Dr. Mundell is an innovator in every sense ofthe word and his work is
an inspiring example of how research can have a lasting and significant global impact.
New Research Funding
UBC will establish 160 new
research chairs valued at $120
million over five years with funding
from the federal government's
Canada Research Chairs (CRC)
program. UBC will receive funding
for 29 chairs valued at $4.4 million
for 2000.
Researchers involved in a broad
cross-section of innovation at UBC
and its affiliated teaching hospitals
have received more than $68
million in research infrastructure
from the Canada Foundation for
Innovation (CFI). UBC received
more money in grants than any
other university in Canada.
Projects ranging from the restoration of global fisheries to the
working relationship between
humans and computers are some
ofthe 20 projects funded.
Innovator influences international economics
Alumni office opens
in Honc Kong
UBC's 800 alumni living in
Hong Kong have a new
gathering place where they
can socialize with other grads
and potential students, as
well as with visiting UBC
faculty and stafF members.
This new office has been
made possible thanks to
the generous support of
the UBC Alumni Branch in
Hong Kong, the Faculty
of Commerce and Business
Administration and
the Alumni Association.
UBC Alumni & Students
Connect in Cyberspace
Grads can now search for old
friends and classmates
through UBC's new Online
Community. Launched by
the Alumni Association and
Student Services, the Online
Community offers a range of
e-features to connect both
grads and students online,
including mentoring, job
finding, relocation and travel
advice, chat rooms and
bulletin boards. Lifetime
e-mail addresses and e-mail
forwarding are also available.
Innovative Programs
Keep Pace with Industry
The Master of Software
Systems (MSS) graduate
degree program, launched
in January 2000, helps
prepare engineering grads for
careers in computer
software systems.
The fall of 1999 marked the
first year ofthe combined
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor
of Applied Science
(Engineering) degree.
A new Arts Co-op degree
program was launched in the
fall of 1999.
New Resource for B.C.'s
Growing Wine Industry
The B.C. Wine Research
Centre at UBC was established in 1999 to conduct
pioneering research in the
science of wine-making
and grape cultivation. It will
also develop the expertise to
advance the technological
development, international
impact and competitiveness
of B.C. wine.
Noteworthy Accomplishments
UBC's academic plan was approved
and launched this year. The plan
identifies goals and priorities in five
key areas: retention and renewal of
faculty and staff: the student learning
environment; extension of research
excellence; strengthening links with
the communities the university
serves; and effective governance.
UBC is actively involved in the
Association of Pacific Rim
Universities (APRU) and hosted the
association's annual conference in
Vancouver in June 2000. Financial Highlights
_ AJsKBiLui
The University of British Columbia's financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2000 have
been reported on by the Auditor General of British Columbia, the auditor appointed under the
University Act. The following represents the highlights of UBC's financial statements for the year
ended March 31, 2000:
Total Revenues by Source ($836)
For the year ended March 3], 2000 (millions of dollars)
Total Expenses and Transfers ($834)
For the year ended March 31, 2000 (millions of dollars)
Provincial operating grant
33-5 96
■ Salaries and employee benefits
$ 510
Other government grants and
■ Grants to other agencies
$   16
1.9 %
$ 123
■   Depreciation
$   56
Endowment income
$  72
■  Other transfers
$  28
Other investment income
$    5
■ Transfer to endowment principal
$ 42
Sales, services and other
■  Supplies and expenses
$ 122
14-6 %
Student fees
12.7 %
■  Cost of goods sold
$  34
4.1 %
Non-government grants, contracts
■  Student awards
$ 26
and donations
$  68
8.1 %
Domestic student tuition fees were frozen for the fourth year in a row at 1996/97 levels.
During the year, the university awarded scholarships, fellowships and bursaries to students totaling
$26.3 million.
The university's total assets, recorded at book value of $1.5 billion, consists primarily of capital
assets and endowment investments.
Fundraising Sources:
Who is Supporting UBC?
(fiscal year ending March 31, 2000)
Alumni (16,249 gifts)
Friends (  4,833 gifts)
Corporations, government
and foundations (   2,150 gifts)
$ 4,967,304
$ 9,335,487
$ 23,161,729
S 37,464.520
Making a Difference:
How Gifts to UBC Were Distributed in 1999-20O
(fiscal year ending March 31, 2000)
Scholarships and Bursaries $ 9,266,369
Faculties and Schools (equipment,
programs, Chairs and Professorships)   $ 23,396,153
General Research $ 427,602
Library $ 991,181
Campus-Wide Projects $ 2,291,665
Athletics $ 1,091,550
S 37,464,520 c.la'-»- iy ^ yy*
Students accused of wrongdoing now have an advocate to argue their cases
by Toireasa Jespersen Nelson
mie you are a first year Arts
f'student at 0/.BC. After you hand in your final
• year and breathe a sigh of
feceive an e-mail message from
your instructor. She wants to meet with you
to "discuss your bibliography." Confused
and more than a little nervous, you make an
appointment and arrive at her office, only to
find her surrounded by the books you used to
write your paper. She can prove that you
have plagiarized large sections ofthe essay,
and she is recommending to the dean that
the President discipline you.
Or put yourself in the shoes of a
faduate student whose work is stolen from
fmputer in the library while
fking for a book. Subsequently, a
- submits the work in its entirety.
Both are brought before a discipline committee on charges of cheating and academic
Cotisider your position as a PhD
* student, career hanging in the balance,
^accused owharassment by the dean of your
You admit that you acted in a
threatening way, but you believe that the
root of the problem is discrimination on the
basis of your faith.
Maybe as a Fine Arts student, you and
fseveral ofypur friends are accused of
damaging I piece of equipment in a theatre
jring aJbst-Pit escapade. You weren't
really involved, and the double threats of a
criminal investigation and expulsion from
the university are hanging over your head.
~)r during the third year of your Science
• are about to begin exams when
fyour parentis die in a fatal auto accident.
i write vour examinations in a fog, and
"them. The department, unaware of
the circumstances, has removed you from
their program, and you are forced to appeal
if you want to achieve your degree.
Yoi^are a History major and your
Stntctortdianges the marking scheme after
f finding that the classes grades do not fit a
Draper curte. Rather than calculating the
res&ffmpaper (your best grade, an A), as
50% ofthe final grade as set out in the
original course description, he decides to
increase the value of class participation. You
are very shy, and would have transferred out
ofthe class if you had known that participation was going to be allocated so many
marks. To your dismay, you discover that
your transcript reads a D for that course,
rather than the B+ you anticipated.
None of these stones are about
particular individuals. But
variations on all of these events
have happened at UBC and other
Canadian campuses.
Students in conflict with the
university often find themselves alone.
Chronicle     23 University staff members involved in the
quasi-judicial student discipline system
are usually sympathetic, kind and
helpful, but students who are fighting
for their careers and their reputations are
often distrustful of representatives of the
university. As well, many students are
ashamed to ask their parents or friends
for help.
In January 2000, the Alma Mater
Society moved to correct this situation.
Student Council established the Advocacy Office, allocating confidential
space, staff resources, and a stipend to
compensate a student coordinator.
The Advocacy Office is a safe place,
operating under a strict policy of confidentiality including voice mail, secure e-
mail and a locked filing cabinet. Student
clients are not provided with legal
services through the AMS, but those who
require or request a lawyer are referred to
the Law Students Legal Advice Program
and to the Canadian Bar Association or
Legal Services Society (Legal Aid). There
A typical disciplinary hearing is
conducted informally, at least from the
perspective of faculty members and
university staff. But to students it is very
formal. And very intimidating.
is no obligation to a student who is
under discipline to be represented - but
the right is guaranteed by the UBC
calendar and many students choose to
take advantage of it.
Like a lawyer, the advocate works
solely for the benefit of the client. There
is no judgement at the AMS offices, even
if the student is guilty of all the university's claims (or maybe more!). It is the
advocate's job to make sure that fair and
due process is followed, and that the
student client's perspective is clearly
The AMS OmbudsOffice refers each
student assisted by the AMS Advocacy
Office. This office handles the initial
complaints by students who are facing
issues in the university. The
Ombudsofficer will attempt to resolve
the student's complaints by referring
them to the appropriate university
service, by providing interventions, and
by mediating solutions. In the majority
of cases, the OmbudsOffice is successful
in resolving questions and
concerns brought by UBC
When the cases
becomes adversarial, or
formalized and pushed
into the university's
disciplinary system, the
OmbudsOffice will
refer the student to
AMS Advocacy for
A typical disciplinary hearing is
conducted informally, at least from the
perspective of faculty members and
university staff. But to students who are
sitting at the end of a long table, facing
professors they do not know, on charges
they may not understand, and in a
meeting format unfamiliar to them, it is
very formal. And very intimidating.
Witnesses called by the university
may be instructors, heads of departments, security personnel and even
fellow students. Sometimes the student
charged will never have met or encountered the person discussing their alleged
misconduct in such detail. Occasionally,
the student is not informed that witnesses will be called, and is not prepared
to question them. Complaints from
classmates are even more painful and set
the stage for emotional confrontations.
The role of the student advocate is
to guide, advise and represent the
student client. This will mean explaining
the seriousness of the allegations to the
student, explaining the appeal process,
and leaving the student to handle his or
her own case. Other situations call for
research, in depth analysis of the issues,
and written and oral representation of
the student at hearings of the Presidents'
Advisory committee on Student Discipline, or at the Senate Committee to
Hear Appeals on Student Discipline.
Students choose the degree of
assistance they want, and many students
choose to have legal counsel. For those
who are at risk of being lost inside a
maze of bureaucracy and fear, and
choose not to hire legal counsel, the
AMS OmbudsOffice and Advocacy Office
is available to help prevent the absolute
devastation that unfair charges and
unfair process can bring to students lives
and reputations.
The Advocate can't win every case.
And sometimes, the student is forced to
admit wrongdoing and plead for clemency. But even when the student is
facing a yearlong suspension, having a
friend on their side can provide solace.
Part of the AMS Ombuds and Advocacy
function is to provide general counseling
Chronicle to students about what happens after
their conflict is resolved. For example,
will the student be allowed to live at
home if he or she is expelled from the
university? Should the student apply for
temporary student loan relief? Are
cultural or language issues involved in
this case? Should this student be informed about University Counseling and
Health Services? Is the student adequately prepared and informed of the
risks of appealing a grade, which can
include a decrease in the mark? Does the
student know that criminal charges may
arise? Will the student be permitted to
re-enter any university, or will their
transcript be permanently notated with
"plagiarism" or "cheating"?
The AMS is entering a new field of
service with this office. Similar services
offered at other Canadian colleges and
universities help hundreds of students
every year. With an intense awareness-
raising program planned for 2000-01, the
AMS Advocacy office is looking forward
to leveling UBC's student discipline
playing field.
Toireasa Jespersen Nelson is in 2nd year law.
She is the AMS Advocacy Office Coordinator.
Keepmg in mind that every case has its own individual characteristics, the studenjs
described at the opening ofthis piece would likely encounter the following outcomes:
Q4) The first year student would be suspended from UBC for 8-12 months, and a notation
placed on the transcript, which the student could apply to have removed in 2 years. Any
-courses taken at other institutions-during the suspension^ould not be applied totheir UBC
<(SjJKs\de trom potential criminal charges, the graduate student thieTwould likely be"
expelled and transcript permanently notated; the innocent party would likely not be
punisrieaTasitfe from the experience of participating in the system and possibly toss~of
good reputation.
» The PhD student's case would depend entirely on the evidence of discrimination; and
ofthe Faculty's evidence of violent or disruptive behaviour. This scenario has the potential
to become litigious.
(jfo Thp Finp Arts student invnlvpri in pnst-Pit marauding should consult a lawyer if._._
Crown counsel decides to bring criminal charges. University punishment could range from
a letter of reprimand to expulsion, depending on degree of involvement. This student,
unless witnesses testified convincingly against him or her, would likely receive a letter.
fg) Academic concessions, incturJiny retroactive withdrawals, are availableTorsituations
of grief, domestic stress and illness. The grieving Science major would have the opportu-
(2) The History major would be required to prove that the syllabus of the course outlined
the marking scheme and that the scheme did not change before the final date for
changing courses. There is a distinct possibility that marks would change to the originally
promised calculation. Arguments would revolve around marking policies and Calendar
regulations, rather than extenuating circumstances.
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Marilyn Peterson
Kinghorn BPE'61
As a student during
the late '50s and
early '60s, Marilyn
not only exemplified
scholarship, leadership and service,' but
was an amazing all-
around athlete. She led UBC teams to four
Western Canadian titles; two in basketball,
one in track & field and one in voMeyball.
She was also a top scorer on the UBC field
hockey team, and while a student was
added to the Vancouver Eilers roster for
their successful Canadian basketball
championship quest. Always noted for her
professionalism, Marilyn has the distinction of being named UBC's first Female
Athlete of the Year in 1960.
Barbara (Bim)
Schrodt BPE'51
Barbara assumed the
roles of UBC teacher,
coach and director of
women's athletics
during the late 1950s, laying the foundation for the UBC women's athletic
program. She also coached the UBC
women's field hockey team for 18 years,
leading it to several Northwest Collegiate
tournament championships and, over an
eight year span, six Canada West titles. In
fact, the development of field hockey
throughout the province was aided by Bim
Schrodt's devotion to sport.
6th Annual Alumni Recognition
Sports Hail of Fame Inductees
Two of UBCs most outstanding athletes, one of its teams and two of the great
builders of sport will be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame this fall. These
men and women represent the best in athletic endeavour at UBC. The Hall of
Fame, established in 1992, is dedicated to their accomplishments.
Reg Clarkson
Reg Claitesbn has to
rates as one of BC's
most versatile athletes.
A UBC graduate in
Social Work, he starred
as a basketball player in the 1945/46 Hall
of Fame team, led the UBC football team
to the '45 Hardy Cup and played on both
the UBC hockey and soccer teams. This
1946 Vancouver Athlete of the Year later
played professional baseball, basketball
and football. "They should erect a statue
of this guy outside the gyrn,* says former
teammate Dr. Pat McGeer.
0o!»n Spence
Donn started his
UBC career as
an outstanding
football and
rugby player.
However, his contribution and success as
UBC's rugby coach from 1967 until his
untimely death in 1984 will be his most
memorable acccsoplishment. During his
first 10 years, Mi teams won five consecutive Canada West titles, four consecutive
World Cups and six consecutive PNW
Intercollegiate championships. Two of his
teams, mcluding^the 1970/71 Hall of Fame
team, are arguably the best in the history
of T-Bird rugby. A clinician and innovator,
he had an eye for talent. Darin Spence was
able to get the feist from; Wsffeyers.
1948-50 Hockey Team
This is the first ice hockey team to be
inducted into UBC's Hall of Fame. In an
era before Canada West and Canadian
championships, this Frank Frederickson
coached team was the best in the West
defeating the reigning Western Canadian
champion University of Alberta three
games to one, winning the inaugural
Hamber Cup. At the same time, it mastered the best competition the US could
offer with victories over defending US
champion Colorado College and Denver
by a combined 39-12 score. According to
one of its players, Clare Drake, who later
coached university hockey for many
successful years, "this team would rate as
outstanding in any era."
Members of the team were: Don
Adams, Fred Andrew, Stu Bailey, Bruce
Barnes, Hugh Berry, Bob Dechene, Clare
Drake, Coach Frank Frederickson, Assistant Manager Herman Frydenlund, Ken
Hodgert, Mai Hughes, Bob Koch, Bob
Lindsay, Merl McDonald, Jack McFarlane,
Don McWhirter, Terry Nelford, Mac
Porteous, Arbutus Ridge, Jim Rowledge,
Bob Saunders, Manager Al Thiessen, Lloyd
Torfason, Ken Torrance, Hass Young,
Herman (Wag) Wagner.
26      Chronicle and Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
Alumni Association Award Winners
November 2, 2000
Westin Bayshore
Alumni Award Of Distinction        Faculty Citation
Recognizes outstanding achievements
by UBC grads in the arts, research,
civic, business, community, athletic, or
similar activities.
Nicola has been
recognized across
Canada as one of
our finest actors.
She received
three Jessie
Awards for Outstanding Performance in a
lead role, and also received the Montreal
Critics Award for Best Actress. Nicola is
also an accomplished writer and playwright, and a mentor to many aspiring
writers. She is committed to her community and volunteers her time to charity,
particularly those for diabetes research,
single mothers and battered women. She is
currently preparing to present For the
Pleasure of Seeing Her Again in Washington,
George Puil
BA'52, BEd'53
George has been
an elected member of Vancouver
City Council
since 1976. He is
also chair of
Translink, the
GVRD, the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment, and vice chair of
FCM Standing Committee on Municipal
Finance. George has been council representative of the Vancouver Athletic Commission and the Vancouver Civic Theatres
Board, as well as director of the Property
Endowment Fund. He has been honoured
as a member of the UBC Athletic Hall of
Fame for rugby and football.
Awarded to faculty members who have
rendered outstanding service to the
community in other than teaching or
Don C.
MPE'72, MD'77
Don is responsible
for the launch of
the unique Abreast
in a Boat program
for breast cancer
rehabilitation and
awareness. He has served as president of
the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and was vice president of the Sports
Medicine Council of Canada. Don
received the Rick Hansen Sports Medicine
Award in 1995 and the School of Human
Kinetics Outstanding Scholar Award in
1992. He has more than 160 published
abstracts. Donald is a professor in the UBC
Faculty of Medicine.
Blythe Eagles Volunteer
Special recognition to grads who have
shown extraordinary leadership in
Association affairs.
Lyall Knott
BCom'71, LLB'72
Lyall is a member of
the UBC Wesbrook
Council. He is on the
Board of Directors of
the Rick Hansen
Institute, a member of
the Vancouver Board of
Trade and former chairman of the United
Way campaign. He was also the founding
director of the Vancouver International
Airport Authority (1988-94), is on the
Board of Directors of the Miramar Mining
Corporation, and is honorary consul for
the Republic of Tunisia.
Outstanding Young Alumnus
Recognizes outstanding work by grads
under 40.
Bruce Verchere
BSc'83, MSc'87,
Bruce is the first
non-European to be
awarded the Albert
Renold Fellowship
of the European
Association for the
study of diabetes. He has pursued
postdoctoral fellowships at diabetes
research laboratories at the University of
Washington and the University of Geneva.
Bruce is chair, safety committee, for the
BC Research Institute for Childrens &
Womens Health and coordinator, UBC
Dept. Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Distinguished Lecture Series. He received
fellowship awards from the Juvenile
Diabetes Foundation International and in
1999 received the UBC Department of
Pathology Research and Discovery Award.
Bruce has been tutor observer, UBC
Faculty of Medicine, since 1998.
Paul W.
Paul is principal
Town Planning
Inc. and
Inc., and an adjunct professor at the
School of Community and Regional
Planning at UBC. He received the Dean's
Cup in Landscape Architecture for
Academic Achievement in 1984. He also
received the Alberta Association of
Landscape Architecture Award and the Dr.
John Wesley Neill Medal in Landscape
Architecture. Besides his four teaching
assignments at UBC, he is involved in five
resort and golf course projects.
Chronicle      27 6th Annual Alumni Recognition and Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, cont'd
Honorary Alumnus Award
Recognizes significant contributions
made by a non UBC alumnus to the
Alumni Association and/or UBC.
Harold Kalke
Harold is active in
with a focus on
urban planning
and development
issues. He is
president and owner of Kalico Developments Ltd. His real estate development
projects are widely acclaimed and have
won community and heritage awards,
including the Ethics in Action Award.
Harold served as chair of the UBC's Board
of Governors from 1998 to 2000 and is
member and director of the Urbanarium
Development Society.
Alumni Award for Research
Recognizes a grad who has created
economic or social benefits for the
greater community through innovative
Donald Brooks
BSc'64, MSc'67
Donald is director
of Graduate
Studies, Department of Pathology
and Laboratory
Ifefc Medicine. He
received the 1990 NASA Certificate of
Recognition. His research activities include
clinical studies of blood rheology in
people at risk for cardiac disease and
diabetes. His university appointments
include professor of Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine and professor of
Chemistry. Donald chaired the Basic
Science Subcommittee of the BC Health
Research Foundation from 1983-1987. He
has published 150 papers.
Outstanding Student
Awarded to students who show
leadership and academic success, and
who are active in the university
Jesse Alexander
Jesse graduated in
May, 2000 as one of
UBC Commerce's
top students. He
began his career the
next day as
category manager
with Onvia.com. Jesse received the UBC
Commerce Top Student Service Award in
1999 for founding and chairing the UBC
International Business Conference. His
many activities include Marketing &
Media strategist for the UBC TREK
Program Centre, developing the U-TREK
Transportation Pass; a research assistant to
the senior associate dean of Commerce;
teaching assistant for a second-year
Commerce course; Commerce alumni &
development assistant; and strategy
consultant to UBC Land & Building
Services. Jesse sits on the Executive
Advisory Board of the UBC International
Business Conference, and serves as a
member of the UBC TAC.
Geordie Aitken
A fourth-year English
Honours & Religion
and Literature
student, Geordie has
been on the Dean's
List for the past four
years. He is coordinator and facilitator for It's Yours: The World
Beyond High School, a workshop experience
for graduating high school students. He is
also a volunteer with the UBC Student
Shadowing Program and co-author/editor
of The Leadership Mastery Journal. Geordie
also works with Aiken Associates as a
teambuilding facilitator and trainer.
Lifetime Achievement
Recognizes extraordinary individuals
who, over a lifetime, have contributed
significantly to UBC and the
May Brown
MPE'61, LLD'87
May is the
recipient of Sport
BC's Daryl
Award, the Order
ofBC, the 1986
YWCA Woman of
Distinction Award and the Order of
Canada. She was a member of UBC's
Physical Education and Recreation faculty
until 1955 and was the head coach of the
UBC's women's varsity field hockey team.
May founded Camp Deka boys camp in
BC's interior in 1961. Other activities
include: member, YWCA Board of Directors; member, Board of Directors, Sport
BC; member, National Advisory Council of
Fitness and Amateur Sport; member, UBC
Athletic Council; and member of the UBC
Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee.
David Suzuki
With 14 honorary
degrees, 15 academic
honours and awards,
11 professional awards
and more than 300
published articles,
David is a natural
selection for the Lifetime Achievement
Award. He was assistant professor, Department of Zoology, from 1965-69, and
professor from 1969-1993. David has been
associated with UBC Sustainable Development Research Institute since 1993 and is
chair of the David Suzuki Foundation,
which he co-founded in 1990.
Nominate a Winner
Nominations for next year's award winners
are open until March 1, 2001. Call 822-
8923 for a form, or fill out one online at:
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right: The Aimme, performing at the Chan
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President's Message
Seeking Better Ways to Serve You
Our principal role at the Association is to keep you, our
members, informed, involved and interested in your
alma mater. We continue to look for better ways to
achieve our mandate, refining and developing programs and
services while encouraging you to maintain UBC as an active
part of your life. Two new programs have been initiated since
our last contact and a new relationship with UBC is being
We recently launched our new On-line Community
New Credit Card Takes Less,
Gives More
Alow introductory rate, lower on-going interest rates
and a better return to the Alumni Association are the
key features of our new affinity MasterCard® from
MBNA Canada Bank®.
One of the benefits we offer our members is access to
lower-cost services such as insurance and travel programs. In
our constant search for the best of these programs, we have
decided to switch our affinity card from the Bank of Montreal
to MBNA, one of the largest credit card issuing banks in North
The new Alumni Association MasterCard® is a great way
for you to show your support for the university, and save
yourself some money. The MBNA card has exceptional benefits
and customer service, all with a low introductory annual
interest rate. *
By using the card, you generate income for the Alumni
Association's programs at no cost to you. MBNA Canada
Bank® will provide a contribution to the Association for each
new account that is opened and used to make a purchase.
You will have an opportunity to see details of the new card
in October through an alumni mailing. We hope you will
consider this new card as a way of supporting your alma mater.
And as a way to save money, too.
For more information about the Alumni Association
MasterCard®, please call Laura Anderson, Marketing and
Member Services, at the UBC Alumni Association,
604.822.9629 or 1.800.880.3088. E-mail: market®alumni.ubc.ca
* There are certain costs associated with the use of this card. You may contact the issuer
and administrator of this program, MBNA Canada, to request specific information about
the costs by calling 1-888-876-6262 or by writing to P.O. Box 9614, Ottawa ON K1G 6E6.
MBNA Canada and MBNA Canada Bank are registered trademarks. MBNA is a trademark
of MBNA America Bank, N.A., used pursuant to license by MBNA Canada Bank.
MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Inc., used pursuant to
Linda Thorstad, BSc'77, MSc'84
allowing you, our
members, to keep in
touch electronically,
share information on
jobs and careers, help
each other with
relocation advice and
mentor students and
new grads on-line. Our
OLC is interactive,
hands-on and state-of-
the-art. It allows you to
have a much more
personal relationship with your old classmates, and gives you a
chance to share your knowledge and experience with a new
generation of UBC graduates. Just click on the OLC button at
our website, www.alumni.ubc.ca.
Many years ago, we introduced an affinity credit card for
your use. This card gave you a lower interest rate than you
might have received elsewhere, and gave the Association a
small percentage of the revenue earned by the sponsoring
financial institution. We use this income to provide more
services and programs for alumni. The competition among
credit card providers has increased dramatically in recent times.
As our initial agreement expired, we took the opportunity to
request proposals from a number of financial institutions and
recently awarded the contract to MBNA Canada Bank, one of
the largest credit card providers in the world. Now, you as a
consumer can benefit from a better rate, while your alumni
association benefits from additional revenue.
We are also taking a fresh look at how we serve both the
needs of our members and those of the university. In the past,
we have maintained an arm's length administrative relationship with UBC. As times change, it is becoming apparent that
we might better serve our members (and our members better
serve the university) as an independent entity with integrated
administrative functions. The goals of the Association and the
desires of our members for both services and volunteer opportunities are strategically linked to the Trek 2000 mission and
goals of the university. We are currently working with the
President's Office exploring a closer administrative connection
that will enable us to respond more effectively on both fronts.
Please stay tuned for future developments!
More than ever, your involvement in the affairs of UBC is
a necessary part of its success. I look forward to working more
closely with the university and our members to enhance UBC's
reputation worldwide. I also look forward to seeing you on
campus at Alumni Day, October 1, 2000.  •
Chronicle Call for Board Nominations
We need high-calibre leaders to help
serve your needs on the Alumni
Association Board of Directors. The
vacant positions are:
• 1 Senior Vice President
(two-year term, 2001-2003)
•1 Treasurer
(one-year term 2001 -2002)
• 3 Members-at-Large
(two-year term 2001 -2003)
All nominations must be in the office
by 4:00 pm, February 8, 2001. For
information, call 822-9565.
Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad ft Tobago Alumni (1950-2000)
held their Millennium Reunion on June 24
at the University Centre. About 140 from
Trinidad, BC, across Canada and the U.S.
attended. Harold Gopaul BSc(Agr)'62 MC'd
the event, and all had a great time. The
'Boys' from the fifties, led by Clyde Griffith,
Kenrick Headley and his son Kenneth,
entertained them with drumming and steel
drum music.
Past Reunions
The Forestry Class of 1950 (above) held a
50th Reunion at Harrison Hot Springs, Apr.
25-26, 2000, complete with a golf game and
banquet. The 100 graduates was a record
class size for Forestry for 47 years.
The Architecture Class of 1960 celebrated
their 40th anniversary on May 20. Back row,
l-r: Raymond Goldsworthy, Daryl Jorgenson,
Leonard Ehling, Robert Baxter, Charles Wills,
Orest Holubitsky. Front: Hin-Fong Yip, Melva
Dwyer, Dr. Peter Oberlander, Elizabeth
Ostolosky, Peter Batchelor.
Medicine '55, Harrison Hot Springs. Back row,
l-r: Tony Yurkovich, Bill Marzham, Roland
Harlos, Bill Arnold, Elwood Flather. Middle:
Don Cooper, Don Aikenhead, Harry
Zimmerman, Frank Mesher, Jim Hobson, Philip
Narod. Front: John Scarfo, Bob Smity, Al
Mandiville, Roy Hewson, Harry Frackson.
2000 Reunions
• Medicine '70 Manteo Resort,
Kelowna, BC, Sept. 15/16. Contact
John Campbell, 795-7228
• Nursing '60 Tigh Na Mara Resort,
Parksville, Sept. 20-22. Contact Ruth
(Levirs) Boston at 224-7698, fax 222-
• Pharmacy "90 CGP, Sept. 24,
contact Peter Kubota at 278-8408
Alumni Day Reunions
Elec Eng '50 Wine Et cheese at Mark
Bradwell's, Sept. 29
Civil Eng '50 CGP dinner, Sept. 29
Mech Eng '50 CGP dinner, Sept. 29
Applied Science '50 Sept. 29-0ct. 1,
Lunch at Asian Centre £t Reception at
Metallurgy '50 Ramada Hotel Reception
ft Grouse Mtn. lunch, Sept. 29-0ct. 1
Metallurgy Eng a Mining '50 Dinner at
Holiday Inn, Broadway, Sept. 29-0ct. 1
Ag Sci '49, '50 a "51 CGP lunch, Oct. 1
Home Ec '65 dinner at Noni Langdale's,
Sept. 30
Commerce '50 Lunch at David Lam
Forum, Oct. 1
Home Ec '50 Green College Coach House,
Oct. 1
Mech Eng '60 Dinner at CGP, Oct. 1
Science '50 Green College Lunch, Oct. 1
PE '59-'60 Ponderosa luncheon, Oct. 1
Acadia Camp, see next page
Applied Sci '60 CGP reception, Oct. 2
• Applied Sci "70 CGP Reception, Oct. 4
• Mech Eng "55 CGP Dinner, Oct. 14
• Law '90 Vancouver Law Courts Restaurant,
Oct. 14
• Commerce '65 CGP, Oct. 20, 6:30 pm. Call
Catherine Newlands at 822-6068.
• Medicine 50 Years Nov. 2-4
• Class of '40 Fall graduation, CGP luncheon, Nov. 24
• Forestry '85 TBC
• Social Work '76 TBC
• Law '51 June 2, 2001
• Forestry "91 Silverlake Camp, June 30-July
2, 2001
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| The UBC School of Nursing is hosting
the annual Marion Woodward Lecture
with Dr. Lesley Degner, cancer nursing
expert. Personal Meanings of Breast
Cancer and Health Outcomes: A Three
Year Follow Up. Thursday, Oct. 19,
7pm, Woodward Instructional
Research Centre, Lecture Hall 2. Open
to everyone. Free.
Division meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 12,
7:30 pm, Cecil Green Park Library.
AGM, Tuesday, Oct. 17, CGP, Main Floor.
Young Alumni
The benefits of a UBC education don't end
with graduation. We have programs that will
help you with your career, expand your
social life and keep your brain working.
Come and network, mentor, and meet other
people! If you would like to get involved,
contact 822-3313 or e-mail
aluminfo@alumni.ubc.ca. Check out our
website for more info: www.alumni.ubc.ca
Acadia Camp
What: Buffet lunch & memories of
the 'good ol' days'
Date: Alumni Day, Oct. 1
Place: Green College Coach House
Price: $25 per person
Contact: 822-3313, (800) 883-3088
UBC Alumni Associa
Annual General
Tuesday, September 19, 2000
5:30 pm
Cecil Green Park House
6251 Cecil Green Park Road
Vancouver, BC
All Alumni are invited
Call 822-3313 for information
Branch Out!
Can you spare a few hours a month to coordinate alumni activities? UBC needs branch reps
in: Prince George, Nanaimo, Los Angeles,
Edmonton, Beijing and Shanghai. Contact
Janis Connolly, Manager, Branches at
New Branch Reps:
Terry Taylor BCom '76 is Calgary's new contact
person. In London, England, Esther McCallum
MA'96 is spearheading alumni activities. Jessie
Chen Chih Shu BASc'86 in Santa Barbara and
Ann Marie Remedios BA'86, Orlando, are eager to get in touch with alumni in their areas.
Check out www.alumni.ubc.ca/Branches/br-
us.htm for their contact info.
A Branch is Bom I
Frank Sealy BSc'64 is starting up branch activities in Trinidad. Check out
www.alumni.ubc.ca/Branches/br-intl.htm for
his contact info.
Recent Events
San Jose
That's Kent
BA'84 LLB'87
with the
mean frisbee
arm at the
Canada Day
party hosted
by the Canadian Consulate in San
Jose. More
than 150
people attended the all-afternoon picnic. Beth Collins
BCom'93, new branch rep for SF and the Peninsula, and Janis Connolly, Manager, Alumni
Branches, mingled with the boisterous UBC
crowd and picked up ideas for upcoming
Upcoming Events
• Kamloops: Event with Martha Piper,
(MP) Sept. 18
• Kelowna: Event with MP, Sept. 19
• Victoria: Event with MP, Sept. 28
• San Francisco: Sharks-Canucks Event,
Dec. 8
• Calgary: Event with MP, Oct. 3
• Seattle: Thanksgiving Gala with the
Canadian Consulate, Oct. 5
• Singapore: Event with MP, Oct. 18
• Hong Kong: Event with MP, Oct. 20
• New York: Canadian Alumni Reception, Oct. 26
• Toronto: Event with MP, Nov. 21
• Toronto Brunches: Last Sunday of each
• Hong Kong Lunches: Last Friday of each
• Hong Kong Happy Hours: Monthly (usually
3rd Thursday of each month)
• Silicon Valley Digital Moose Lounge
Events with the Canadian Consulate: Third
Wednesday of each month.
UBC alumni enjoyed an astonishing performance by pianist Anton Kuerti who played
with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on
June 8. Included was a pre-performance reception with Conductor Hans Graf and three
members ofthe orchestra who are UBC
60 UBC alumni and significant others came
to hear what Dr. Michael Goldberg (pictured
below) had to say about improving the business climate in BC. Branch reps, Greg Thomas MPE '77 and Clyde Griffith BPE '64
helped coordinate the affair.
Chronicle class acts
Chris Lawrence
Chris Lawrence BPE'87, recently
received her PhD, specializing in
cardiac physiology, from the
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
After graduating from UBC, Chris
travelled in Japan and taught English as a
Second Language in Tokyo for a year. She
travelled and worked in China, Nepal,
Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia
and New Zealand from 1988 to 1995. While
studying in New Zealand, Chris was awarded
the Duffus-Lubecki Postgraduate Award in
Applied Science in 1996 for research toward
a Master of Science. In 1997, she was
awarded a University of Otago Postgraduate
Scholarship to conduct her doctoral study in
Chris is a postdoctoral research
associate under a British Heart Foundation
Project grant, in the Dept. of Cell Physiology
and Pharmacology at the University of
Leicester, UK.
Ernie Ball BA'47, BEd'48 is one of the founding
members of the Canadian Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club, based in New York City.
Stewart Alsgard BA'57 was elected mayor of Powell
River in November, 1999 ... Harvey Breen BA'55,
MD'59 was clinical assistant professor, Psychiatry, UBC
from 1968-1970, and medical director, Psychiatry,
Doctors Hospital of Montclair, CA from 1973-77. He is
co-founder and medical director for the Granville
School for Emotionally Disturbed Children in Vancouver
... Margaret Briscoll BCom'59, MBA'70 retired after
teaching accounting for 35 years in the Financial
Management Dept. at BCIT ... John Woodworth
BArch'52 received a honorary degree from Okanagan
University College. He was a federally-appointed
director of the Nature Trust of British Columbia for 25
years. He is a member of the Order of Canada.
Doreen Braverman BEd'64 was elected to the Board
of Vancouver City Savings Credit Union in April for a
three-year term.
Ian Ashdown BASc(Elec Eng)'73 has been designated
a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of
North America for his contributions to the technical
activities and scientific research of the Society and to
the lighting industry ... Carol Baird Elian LLB'79 was
recently appointed chief judge of the BC Provincial
Court... After a challenging 3-year assignment at the
Officer of the Auditor General of Canada, Allison
Fader BA'74, LLB'79 has returned to Treasury Board
Secretariat. She continues to pursue her love of travel
and scuba diving ... Ronald L. Handford fiASc'74 is
president & CEO and a founder of GeneMax
Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Vancouver-based biotech
company, dealing with cancer gene therapy and
immune-system drug screening ... New Mexico Tech
presented its Distinguished Teaching Award for 2000 to
Diedre Hirschfeld MASc'77, associate professor of
Materials and Mechanical Engineering ... Devon L.
(Oehlke) Muhlert BEd'76 is music director at Nelson
United Church. She continues photojournalism for
Home Business Reports and other publications...
Renee Norman BEdE'72, MA'95, PhD'99 recently
received the 2000 Distinguished Dissertation Award
from the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies.
Her dissertation, House of Mirrors: Performing
Autobiograph(icall)y in Language/Education, is being
published by Peter Lang Publishing, New York ...
Margaret Ostrowski LLB'79, QC, has been elected
president of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch,
for 2000-01 ... Sheila (Currie) Purves BSR'79 was
awarded a MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for
her work teaching and promoting rehabilitation
medicine in China. In 1990, Sheila was honoured by
UBC as one of the outstanding graduates of the first 75
years of the university ... Joe Vizvary's BEd(Sec)'78
most recent works include A Sound Mind by KCC and
Dancespeak, and electronic/spoken word CD
collaboration with Kim Champniss BA'80, and an
appearance on Downloads III CD.
Get'out the fancy linen! You're invited to
6th Annual Alumni Recognition and Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
November 2, 2000, Westin Bayshore
Chronicle      33 Peter Batchelor
Peter Batchelor BArch'60, is among
82 certified planners in North
America recently selected as Fellows
of the American Institute of Certified
Planners. He was honoured in recognition for
individual achievement in the field of urban
and rural planning.
Batchelor has 31 years of experience in
planning education and research. He is
currently professor of Architecture and Urban
Design at North Carolina State University-
School of Design. He has a Master of
Architecture and a Master of City Planning
from the University of Pennsylvania.
Renee Bjarnson BSc(Pharm)'83 just returned from
doing volunteer work at an animal rescue center in the
Ecuadorian jungle, where she gave injections and
treated ailments. It was one of the most rewarding
experiences of her life ... Patti Flather BA'87 MFA'99
is Playwright in Residence at Nakai Theatre in
Whitehorse, Yukon. She recently co-produced a
northern tour of her first play Sixty Below, written with
husband Leonard Linklater. They have two daughters,
Erin and Sophia ... Ross Callinger BSc(Agr)'83 his
wife Sharon and the twins, Bailey & Meredith, have
moved to Santiago, Chile for three years to assist in
developing a new mining project... Amyn Khimji
BCom'88 was promoted to assistant manager, General
Accounting, with JTB International (Canada) Ltd ... Kit
H. Lui BCom'85 has joined the law firm of Clark,
Wilson, as associate lawyer in the Business Law Dept...
Bruna Martinuzzi BA'81, MA'84 is vice-president of
HR and Admin, for PCsupport.com, Inc., a high tech
firm specializing in on-line technical support services to
PC users... Correction: Joel Murray BA'81, MA'99
has taught ESL to adults in Vancouver for almost
twenty years and recently completed his, not her,
Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language ...
Irene Plett BCom'82, LLB'OO received the
Thorsteinssens Prize in Taxation and the Mike Edwards
Memorial Prize for 'intrepid approach to litigation.' She
is articling at Lidstone, Young, Anderson in Vancouver
... A son for Greg Smith BA(Hon)'89 and Denise
Smith BSN'90. Ryan was born Sept. 1999. The family
are now residing in Winnipeg, where Greg is in the
History Dept. ofthe University of Manitoba ... Terry
Vankka DMD'81 completed residency training in Oral
and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Texas Medical Center
in Houston. He also passed the Fellowship Examinations for membership in the Royal College of Dentists
of Canada. Terry has relocated to Edmonton with his
wife Anne and their three children ... Praveen
Varshney BCom'87 and his wife Anuja, celebrated the
birth of their first child, a little girl named Jaiya, Mar.
25, 2000. Jaiya in Hindi means "victory"...   Anthony
A. Vecchio LLB'89 was elected president of the Trial
Lawyers Association of BC. He is a partner with Slater
Vecchio in Vancouver.
Simon Adams LLB'99 has joined the law firm of
Clark, Wilson, as associate lawyer in the Litigation
Dept. ... Meegan Campbell BHK'98 is starting her
second year of teaching PE and English at West Elgin
Secondary School in West Lome, ON. She graduated
from the University of Western Ontario with a BEd in
1999. She misses all her friends in BC ... Lara eleven
6A'92 was awarded her MEd in Teaching ESL in
Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta.
She and husband Abdulhakem Elezzabi PhD'95 had
their first child, Muhammad, in May 1999. She misses
UBC ... James Fleming BA'95 finished his PhD in
English Literature at Columbia University, NY, and has
accepted an assistant professorship at SFU. His wife,
Cynthia van Cinkel BA'92, MA'95, is assistant dean
for MA Programs at Columbia University ... Dr.
Robert Holt BSc'92 received his doctorate in
Medicine in Edmonton. He was sequencing and
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production manager at the Solara Genomics Centre in
Rockville, MD, where they worked on genomics code
sequencing ... Samantha Ip BA'91, LLB'94 has joined
the law firm of Clark, Wilson, as associate lawyer in the
Litigation Dept ... Rajesh Krishna MSc'95, PhD'99
(Pharm), is a research investigator in new drug
development at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in
Princeton, NJ ... Patricia Lauridsen-Hoegh BSN'85,
LLB'98 has joined the law firm of Clark, Wilson, as
associate lawyer in the Business Law Dept... Robert J.
Merlo BA'93 has joined the law firm of Clark, Wilson,
as associate lawyer in the Litigation Dept... Salim
Mohammed BCom'96 is doing his MBA at the
University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He
plans to focus in Information Technology, Product
Development and Operations ... Amy A. Mortimore
BA'93 has joined the law firm of Clark, Wilson, as
associate lawyer in the Litigation Dept... Kathryn D.
Murchie LLB'99 has joined the law firm of Clark,
Wilson, as associate lawyer in the Business Law Dept...
On July 13, 2000, Zachary Andrew Peters was born to
Kimberly (McEwen) Peters BHE'97 and Daniel
Peters MSc'90, PhD'94 in Halifax ... Chris Thorpe
BA'93 married Pamela Dickson on Aug. 19, 2000. They
are both pursuing their careers in New York in
investment banking and law respectively ... Peter M.
Tolensky LLB'99 has joined the law firm of Clark,
Wilson, as associate lawyer in the Business Law Dept.
Join Sven Snowmeister, Chef Marie, Dan Bran, Sister Hester, Tiny Rout the
Boy Scout, Misty River, Doug the French Maid, and Darlene Dooright to solve
a mishap at the ski chalet on the cliff.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2000, 7:30 PM
Call 822-3313 to RSVP by Sept. 15 ore-mail
aiuminfo@alumni.ubc.ca. Special thanks to Roger Haskett
BA'86, BFA'91, MA'92 and Murder Unlimited for staging
and sponsoring the murder mystery for the past six years.
Chronicle class acts
Leonard Graham
Leonard Graham Wannop BASc'45 served in
the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII as engineer
officer after graduation He thert worked in
Aruba for eight years. Wanrtep'-was transferred to Venezuela, where he worked for
sixteen years in a variety of tasks, including
maintenance, construction, crude oil storage,
and production. In 1969 he was transferred to
Libya as manufacturing manager. He moved to
Ahwaz, Iran in 1973, managing the building
of several LNG plants. From there he worked
in Saudi Arabia until his retirement in 1981,
and returned to Canada. Wannop designed
and built a 54 foot ketch and sailed all over
the Western Mediterranean and west coast of
In Memoriam
Dr. Alfred B. Acton, Prof. Emeritus, Zoology, June 4
... Correction: Norman S. Babb BSc(Pharm)'51 of
Vancouver, Jan. 2000 ... Donald M. Buchanan
MA'65 (Comm & Reg. Planning), of Coquitlam, Jan.
11, 2000 ... James J. Cameron MSc'85 of Vancouver,
Sept. 23, 1997 ... Gwendolyn De Camp BA'33, July
6, 2000 ... Svatopluk "Fred" Florian BScAgr'53,
MA'55, PhD'58 of the Czech Republic, March 25,
2000 ... Frank Gregory BSF'69 of Nanaimo, BC, Mar.
22, 2000 ... Ed Hansen, 25-Year Club member, May
25, 2000 ... Alfred Martin "Pete" Hanton
BCom'49 of Vancouver, Feb. 14, 2000 ... Correction:
Harley Robert Hatfield BA'28 of Penticton, BC, Feb.
14, 2000 ... Roy Jackson BASc(Civil Eng)'48 of
Seattle, May 18, 2000 ... Ruth Evelyn Kerr BA'44 of
Toronto, Dec. 13, 1999 ... Frances Caldwell /Winter
BA'41, BEdE'58 of Chilliwack, BC, Jan. 2000 .... Dr.
Loring Mitten, Prof. Emeritus, Commerce, June 19,
Homer Armstrong
Homer Armstrong Thompson BA'2S, MA'27,
LLD'49 was one of the foremost archeologists of
his generation. Through his 50-year association
with the Athenian Agora (market place) and the
Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton
University, Thompson helped shape knowledge of
the most celebrated monuments and moments
in classical antiquity.
Thompson was brought up near Chilliwack,
BC and came to USCat age 15. He earned a PhD
at the University of Michigan in 1929 and
afterwards began his work at the Athenian
Agora. In 1947 he moved from the University of
Toronto to the Institute for Advanced Study to
become field director of the Agora excavations,
a position he held until 1967. During the WWII
he served with distinction in the Office of Naval
A recent donation by the heirs of Mrs. Doris
Baldwin, his sister, established the Homer
Armstrong Thompson Travel Scholarship in
Classical Studies at UBC. It will assist graduate
students in Classical Studies to participate in
archeological excavations.
2000 ... Arlene Nimmons Pach BA'49 ofVictoria,
BC, Mar. 2, 2000 ... Dr. John (Jack) Parnell BA'34,
Assoc. Clinical Prof, Medicine, June 19, 2000 ...
Wilfred Stokvis BSc(Agr)'39 of Vancouver, May 30,
2000 ... J. Ross Tolmie BA'29, QC, of Vancouver,
June 17, 2000 ... Dr. Joe Tonzetich BSc(Agr)'50,
Prof. Emeritus, Dentistry, May 25, 2000 ... Dr.
Vincent Stogan "Tsimalano" LLD'95, healer/elder
of Musqueam Nation, June 29, 2000.
Edmund Davie Fulton
Davie Fulton BA'36 was a Rhodes Scholar,
attending Oxford University after UBC. He was
called to the BC Bar in 1940 and practiced law
as senior partner with Fulton, Morely and
Verchere in Kamloops from 1945-57 and 1963-
66. He joined the Seaforth Highlanders in 1940
and served with his regiment in WWII.
Fulton was first elected in1945 to
represent the constituency of Kamloops in the
House of Commons in Ottawa as a Progressive
Conservative. During his time in office he served
as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of
Canada, acting minister of Citizenship and
Immigration and Minister of Public Works. He
left federal politics in 1963 to lead BCs PC
Party where he served until 1965.
From 1968-73, Fulton practiced law in
Vancouver as partner, Fulton, Cumming, Bird,
Richards He served as chairman of the Law
Reform Commission of BC from 1970-73. Fulton
was also appointed Justice of the Supreme
Court of BC in Dec. 1973. He resigned that post
in 198*1 and resumed his law practice with
Swinton and Co., Vancouver, in 1982. He
became associate counsel with the firm in
Fulton was appointed commissioner of the
International Joint Commission, Canadian
Section, in 1986. In 1990, Fulton was elected
chairman of UC in Ottawa, where he served
until he retired in 1992. He was made officer,
the Order of Canada in June, 1992.
Fulton is survived by his wife Patricia and
his daughters Mary, Trish and Cynthia.
Chronicle      35 lAi for Nurses
Continued from page 15
see the quality of students, to see how inventive, articulate and
amazing they are. They far exceed any expectations I have."
Her role as president of the Nursing Alumni Division has
been rewarding as well. Getting students and alumni together
helps establish an important, life-long connection. Alumni act
as mentors and give advice, students ask questions, and
everyone gets something out of it. "It's a place for me to make a
difference, facilitating this kind of experience," says Cathy.
Her enthusiasm and dedication hasn't gone unnoticed by
professional and peer groups. She's received the School of
Nursing Teaching Recognition Award, and most recently, the
Award of Excellence in Nursing Administration. "It was quite a
honour to win," she says. The recognition comes from students
"My mission is to help
childbearing families become
strong and produce healthy,
productive citizens."
and colleagues in the School of Nursing, as well as from the
Vancouver Richmond Health Board for her pre-natal classes,
and her work with new instructors. It proves how she's made a
difference in people's lives. "Of all the recognition, the most
important thing is to see our students graduate and succeed in
nursing," explains Cathy.
The School of Nursing recently celebrated its 80th Anniversary, and used the celebration to raise money for nursing
scholarships. This past year they held 13 events, most notably
an event called 80 Years of Innovation & Knowledge, which
highlighted some of the work done by nursing graduates in the
past year. This, along with the Nov. 4 telethon and other 80th
Anniversary events, raised more than $17,000.
Cathy is at a point in her career where she can pick and
choose her professional activities. She will most likely continue
teaching, and either work at the hospital or in the community
during summers. It's undecided at this point: "I'll do whatever
is available, whatever I feel like, wherever the wind blows me."
"My mission," she says, "is to help childbearing families
become strong and produce healthy, productive citizens." With
her combination of training, experience and passion, her
success is virtually guaranteed.
If you would like to get involved with the Nursing Alumni
Division, you can contact Cathy at: 822-7468 or e-mail
ebbehoj(s>nursing. ubc. ca.
Shari Ackerman is Assistant Editor ofthe Chronicle.
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G. G. Sedgewick
My Favourite Professor
Continued from page 38
and walked out of the classroom, impressing on even the
dullest of us that there are ways other than words to convey
powerful feeling.
Sedgewick's method of teaching Shakespeare was to rub
our noses in the text. Read it intensively, investigate the
meaning thoroughly, read every note and textual gloss, become
intimately familiar with the text. His examinations tended to
be simply a number of quotations, which we were required to
identify and explicate. Other aspects of the plays we discussed
in our term papers. If you followed the regimen, you knew the
plays when the course was over.
The following year I took another of his Shakespeare
courses, and the Chaucer course which he also taught. In the
latter course, he made us learn to pronounce Middle English
correctly so that we would be able to appreciate the mellifluous
flow of Chaucer's lines (and lovely, indeed, they are!).
Here is a brief description of one occasion in the Chaucer
class: Sedgewick is parading back and forth in front of the class.
He has the Chaucer textbook open on the palm of his left
hand; in his right hand is a cigarette. He suddenly notices that
his fly is undone. (He still wears trousers with buttoned flies.)
His face undergoes a sudden cave-in. He is in a dilemma. He
moves behind the desk. He drops his cigarette on the floor and
steps on it. He continues to explicate the text. But is obviously
suffering. His right hand, one can see, is desperately trying to
do up the button. Difficult. The entire class is in a state of
tension. Everyone is aware of what is going on. We daren't
laugh, but are at the point of explosion. Sedgewick finally puts
the book on the lectern. This is obviously a two-handed job.
His left hand joins the fray. Easier. Finally success. The face
resumes its calm glow; the book goes back on the left palm. He
emerges from the refuge of the desk. He is adjusted! The class
lets out its collection of stale air and begins to breathe again.
Back to the Middle Ages.
In the spring when my final year was nearly over, I was
required to appear in Toronto before a committee of distinguished men who were going to decide whether or not I was to
be given the Beaver Club Scholarship for British Columbia.
Before I left to undertake the four-day train journey to that
fateful occasion, I had a marvelous indication of Sedgewick's
goodwill. He asked me if I had appropriate clothing to wear to
the interview.
Well, no. All I had were my old battle uniforms, one dyed
brown, the other, blue. Sedgewick immediately wrote a cheque
made out to Chapman's, one of the more expensive clothing
stores in Vancouver, and left the space for the amount blank.
"Go and buy a suit," he said. I had to pay more for the suit
than I would have if I had gone to Woodward's for example,
where I could have had a 10% discount because I was an employee, but I was stuck with Chapman's. Fortunately, I was
able to repay him very soon after I returned. So I bought the
suit, handed Sedgewick my term essay, and went to Toronto
where I appeared before an imposing committee consisting of
Vincent Massey, General Crerar, and Sydney Smith, president
of the University of Toronto.
When I returned to the campus, now able to look forward
to two years of graduate study in England as a Beaver Club
Scholar, Sedgewick asked me where my Chaucer essay was. He
had lost it! I gave him the carbon copy, which luckily I had
kept, but explained that I simply did not have the time to go
His face undergoes a sudden cave-in. He is in a
dilemma. He moves behind the desk. He drops his
cigarette on the floor and steps on it. He continues to
explicate the text. But is obviously suffering.
through it to correct whatever typos and other mechanical
errors there might be, and assured him that the original I had
given him had been virgin pure. When I got the essay back, he
had red-pencilled the mistakes anyway. He gave me an A+ and
told me not to splinter my paragraphs. At this point he and I
were as near friendship as it was possible to get without
destroying the essential restraints imposed by the fact that I
was one of his students. He had employed me as a marker, and
I often went to his house to help him with something or other,
or simply to chat. I guess he became to me a sort of father-
When the end of term rolled around, Sedgewick played a
trick on us. He abruptly brought the class to an end on the
penultimate lecture day, frustrating our desire to honour him
on the final day of the course, which was also the final lecture
of his career, as he was retiring. We solved the problem by
asking him to come on the last day as there were some students
who had questions to ask him. I wrote him a note to that
effect, and he agreed. I had written a Chaucerian portrait of
him, and one of the women in the class made an illuminated
manuscript of it, and we also bought him a small gift. For the
occasion I went to the classroom early and wrote the poem on
the board, and established myself at the lectern. When he
arrived, I waved him to my usual seat in the front row, and
bawled him out for being late. Then 1 ordered him to read
aloud the Middle English verses on the board. I frequently
corrected his pronunciation as he read the poem; he bridled
and fumed and growled like a bear, but was obviously having a
wonderful time. When he had done, I explained that we had
found a document in one of the squatter's shacks on the shores
of the eastern end of Burrard Inlet. We had rescued it from a
fire, and recognized the Chaucerian style. We thought that we
should consult him as to the authenticity ofthe manuscript.
We then presented him with the beautifully printed and
Sedgewick, 1935
illuminated version, ewri
and our very best1
f or a happy retiren
was a wonderful
sion. We brought 1
to his eyes.
During the si|
mer that followe|
boarded with a frie
and attended Sum|
School to take the |
courses I needeci
graduate. My wife had
gone to England to find
accommodation ti«r us,
and had taken out threv
children to her parents in
Winnipeg where I was to rotriV\ c
them and bring them ti i biigland u lit n
I had finished my ucgicc. Al some puun m muse weens,
Sedgewick asked me to come to stay at his house while his
housekeeper went on vacation. He didn't fancy being alone in
the house. So for two weeks I slept at his place. One morning
he came into my room to ask if I would wash his back. Well, I
was game! I was amazed to discover that he was covered with
hair. His back resembled that of a silverback gorilla. It seemed
strangely incongruous in so small and delicate a person.
Another time he quite put the wind up me when he came into
my room just after I had gone to bed, having spent the evening
out somewhere. What is he up to now? I thought to myself. But
it was only to tell me that my father had called and wished to
speak to me. Towards the end of my visit, Sedgewick's Aunt
Libby came to stay, and he was closeted with her in his study
for hours at a time. He was, as I later discovered, giving her
instructions about the disposal of his goods in the event that
he should die. He went to the hospital soon afterwards; I had
no inkling of what was wrong with him.
The Summer Session was satisfactorily concluded. I had
now fulfilled all the requirements of the Honours degree, and
could go to England, and the University of London where I had
been accepted, with a clear conscience. I made preparations to
leave for Winnipeg. I went to the hospital to say goodbye to
Sedgewick, said farewell to my parents, and off 1 went to be reunited with my children. When I reached Winnipeg I saw an
item in the newspaper telling me that Sedgewick had died. It
was a time of endings, some happy, others sad. I would miss
him. To this day I hold him in high regard, and have always
been grateful to him for his tutelage, his encouragement, and
above all, for his friendship.
fan de Bruyn taught English at UBC from 1951 to 1983, then taught
the Milton course for a year after his retirement. He is currently
working on a book of memoirs, from which this excerpt is taken.
Chronicle     37 G. G. Sedgewick
My Favourite Professor
by Jan de Bruyn BA'49
Ever since my graduation from Senior Matric in 1937
I had yearned to go to university. The Depression
and Second World War had made my dream a
|inockery, but with the end of the war my chance
'arrived at last. I became one of the many veterans
who took advantage of the Canadian government's education
program which enabled us to attend university with financial
support as long as we achieved scholastic success. In September
of 1946 I registered in 2nd year at UBC, and completed the year
successfully, with my heart set on gaining entrance to the
English Honours program. To do so I would need to be considered worthy by the fabled head of the English department
himself, Dr. G. G. Sedgewick, about whom I had been hearing
since my high school days.
On one occasion a student at the top of the
banks of seats complained that Sedgewick
had marked only a single page of his term
paper. Sedgewick replied, "I don't have to eat
the whole cheese to know it's rotten."
It was widely-known that he was a homosexual, but no
scandal was ever connected with his name. He afforded sly
amusement in this context, but no derision. He was universally
reputed to be a superb teacher, with Shakespeare as his forte,
and was also well-regarded in the city because he sometimes
wrote a column in the newspapers, and always had a Christmas
message for the citizenry. In a state of high anxiety, I called on
him at his old house on Trutch Street.
My first glimpse of him was of a petite figure, standing
maybe 5 feet, 2 or 3 inches, with a sharpish chin, large eyes
behind thick lenses, gray, thin hair on his balding head, and
thick dark eyebrows. He spoke precisely through thin lips with
a slight English accent. He was very friendly to his awe-struck,
nervous visitor, and it was not long before I felt comfortable in
his presence. When he had found out what he wanted to know
about me, he assured me that I could try Honours English if I
wished to, adding, "You should expect a lot of hard work."
"I'm ready for that," I replied. When I rose to leave, he
shuffled up to me, took my arms in his hands, looked up into
my face with his spanielly eyes, and said, "I will let you go to
hell in your own way." In a year he would be among my
So at last when the summer was over, and it was again
time to register at the university, I was able to indulge myself
^^f^--       ;
Garnet G. Sedgewick, 1940s.
and luxuriate in English courses, with Sedgewick's Shakespeare
the one I looked forward to most excitedly and with the
greatest expectations.
Sedgewick taught his Shakespeare course in Arts 100 (later
Math. 100). He had a full house. The large room, arranged in
theatre style, catered to his histrionic style. He fancied himself
an actor, and played G. G. Sedgewick to the hilt. Although
denied by his short stature the opportunity to play Hamlet
during his mortal existence, he hoped, he told us often, that
he would be allowed to give the role its definitive interpretation when he dwelt in Heaven.
On the first day of the class the place was full of chattering students, and when the bell rang, there was no change in
the racket. The diminutive body of Sedgewick entered at the
front of the room; the din continued. He stood there for a
moment looking up at the curving and rising rows of nattering
students. Then he turned, and walked sedately out. We were
thunderstruck. At the next class, the bell rang and there was a
silence so deep that we could hear his footsteps and the
creaking of the old wooden floor as he moved down the hall.
He entered, looked at the class balefully, as though to say,
"Now you know I mean business," and finally walked to the
On one occasion a student at the top of the banks of seats
complained that Sedgewick had marked only a single page of
his term paper. Sedgewick replied, "I don't have to eat the
whole cheese to know it's rotten." There were no further
complaints. When we reached the point in King Lear where
Gloucester's eyes are plucked out, he silently closed his book
Continued page 36
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