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14 The Most Difficult Job in the Country
How Martha Piper became Canada's most influential university president.
By Richard Littlemore
18  First Class Graduation
UBC Okanagan has graduated its first class, the Class of 2006.
Thus begins a new tradition for the Okanagan Valley.
20 The Shopping Bags
Two journalism grads sat around wondering what to do with their futures. A TV
show about shopping was the natural result. By Ellen Schwartz
24 Head First to Olympic Glory
It looks dangerous and slightly insane. Skeleton medalist Jeff Pain hangs on to a
very fast sport.  By Vanessa Clarke
27  Nursing Calls
UBC Okanagan grad Heather Cook had to choose between Highland dancing
and nursing. Nursing won. By Bud Mortenson
29  Thunderbird Wrapup
The T'Birds chalked up a remarkable season. By Marc Weber
31   Traditions
The "Back Mac" campaign had echoes of the Great Trek. By Elizabeth Elliott
35 Books
36 Travel
37 Alumni News
43  Class Acts
47  In Memoriam
Left: Martha Piper addresses graduates at
this year's convocation ceremonies at the
Point Grey campus. In her nine year term.
Dr. Piper has officiated at nearly 300 grad
ceremonies. Martin Dee photo.
Cover: UBC Okanagan graduate
Amy Gyori, BSN'06, shows the joy and
excitement of graduation. She's part
of the first class to graduate from UBC
Okanagan. Chris Petty photo.
Editor Christopher Petty, mfa'86
Art Director and Designer Chris Dahl
Assistant Editor Vanessa Clarke
Board of Directors
Chair Martin Ertl, BSc'93, llb
Vice-Chair Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'72
Treasurer Ian Robertson, bsc'86, ba'88
Members at Large '05 - '06
Darlene Dean, BCOM'75, MBA'85
Gayle Stewart, BA'76
Members at Large '04 - '07
Don Dalik, bcom, LLB'76
Ron Walsh, BA'70
Members at Large '05 - '08
Raquel Hirsch, ba'8o, MBA'83
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Appointments '05 - '06
Louise Tagulao, BA'02
Paul Mitchell, BCOM'78, LLB'79
David Elliott, BCOM'69
Jim Rogers, BA'67, mba
Faculty Representative '05 - '06
Richard Johnston, BA'70, am, phd
Senior Administration Representative '05 - '06
Dennis Pavlich, ba, llb, llm
President's Designate
Brian Sullivan, ab, mph
AMS Representative '06 - '07
Kevin Keystone, ams President
Executive Director
Marie Earl, ab, mla(stanford)
Trek Editorial Committee
Vanessa Clarke Scott Macrae, BA'71
Chris Dahl Christopher Petty
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Different institutions call it different names:
convocation implies the gathering together
of persons involved in some similar pursuit;
congregation implies entry into a select, existing group; and commencement implies the
beginning of something new. It all boils down
to one thing: graduation.
Travelling up to Kelowna
for the ceremony to graduate the first class from UBC
Okanagan was an odd and exhilarating experience. I used to
visit Kelowna often as a child,
so I've seen it change over the
years. Time and development
haven't been exactly kind to
the city; it's grown quickly and
prosperously but big box stores
and sprawling developments
give one the sense of a Kingsway gone mad. But the setting
is magnificent, and the area
absolutely charming.
The addition of UBC
Okanagan is, from this perspective, one of the best things
to happen to Kelowna since
Ogopogo. The graduation of the class of
2006 only puts an exclamation point on the
whole project.
The campus sits perched above the valley
like a medieval town, with views for miles. It
buzzes with possibility, with new residences
being built, floors added to existing buildings
and plans for expansion already in the works.
The graduation ceremonies - there were
two to accommodate all 500 grads - were
exciting and inspiring, the way graduation
ceremonies should be. Martha Piper spoke
eloquently and passionately, these being the
last graduation ceremonies she would attend
New grad Cassandra Greenhough and dad, Terry, at UBC Okanagan
as UBC's president.
But the real buzz was with the graduates. Lining up in the main square to make
the procession to the auditorium, grads were
literally jumping up and down in anticipation. There was an electricity in the air (and
not just because thunderclouds threatened),
and a sense that something exceptional was
about to happen.
But it wasn't just this year's grads who
were jumping up and down. Terry Green-
hough, Dip'94 (art ed) was altogether as
excited as his daughter, Cassandra, who was
about to receive a ba in Psychology. Green-
hough, who teaches art education
to Junior High students in Salmon Arm, was part of the "Wall of
Welcome" UBC alumni living in
the Valley formed to bring new
grads into the fold. His pride in
his daughter's accomplishment
was palpable.
And who can blame him?
Bright, attractive, full of hope
and promise, Cassandra and her
classmates have the world at their
feet, and are equipped as well as
any generation has been to deal
with its troubles, its joys and its
opportunities. Now, with a degree
from her father's alma mater,
Cassandra can join Terry at next
year's "Wall of Welcome" to bring
the Class of 2007 into the fold.
Commencement, indeed. UBC Okana-
gan's grad ceremonies give us all hope for
new beginnings.
For more on UBC Okanagan's first graduation ceremony, see page 19.
Chris Petty, mfa'86, editor
4    Trek    Summer 2006
Photograph: Vanessa Clarke SgS  TAKE NOTE
Nobel Laureate Champions
Science Education
I A Nobel Laureate in Physics and champion
of science education has joined UBC from
the University of Colorado (cu). His appointment heralds a commitment to dramatically
improve the quality of science education at
UBC, and $12 million has been earmarked to
accomplish this over the next five years.
Professor Carl E. Wieman was the 2004
United States Professor of the year, and now
UBC students will be able to benefit from
his insights. "I am joining UBC because I am
excited to be a part of this initiative and hope
that my expertise can help realize it," he says.
Wiemen will be one of just two Nobel Laureates currently based at Canadian universities
(the other is John C. Polyani at uofr).
And it's not just UBC students who stand
to gain. Wiemen is maintaining links with cu
and other institutions and he hopes that the
new standard he is developing will be widely
adopted to the benefit of all students. Susan
Avery, cu's Executive Vice-Chancellor and
Provost, said: "We are sad to see Carl go but
also delighted that we will be able to leverage
resources, build an international partnership
in the sciences and develop tools, strategies,
and assessments for enhancing undergraduate
science education."
Wiemen is complimentary about existing
UBC initiatives and looks forward to working
with campus partners such as the Centre for
Leaching and Academic Growth, the Leaching
and Learning Enhancement Fund, the Institute
for the Scholarship of Leaching and Learning,
the Student Horizons in Education project and
the Science Centre for Learning and Leaching.
He favours an evidence-based approach with
an emphasis on the student experience.
Vice President Academic and Provost
Lome Whitehead said that the appointment and accompanying plans are "a pivotal
investment in the future of all education. Lhe
project supports UBC's Lrek 2010 strategic
plan by providing our students with the best
possible educational experience. Although this
pilot project focuses mainly on science, it also
includes immediate efforts to build support
Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate, will focus on undergraduate science education at UBC.
Photograph courtesy University of Colorado
Summer 2006    Trek    5 BREAKTHROUGHS
Huntington's Disease Cure in Mice
Huntington Disease (hd) directly affects one in 10,000 Canadians. It causes the degeneration of neurons, adversely affecting brain function relating to movement, intellectual faculty,
and emotional state. To date, there is no cure or prevention
for the disease, which also has a huge impact on caregivers,
family members and persons at risk.
A UBC research team exploring the nature of hd by
studying mice with the condition has recently experienced a
major breakthrough. Led by Dr. Michael Hayden and based
in UBC's Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, the researchers have demonstrated for the first time a
convincing cure for the disease in mice that they hope will
eventually translate into a treatment for humans.
A hypothesis began to emerge 10 years ago when the
team discovered that cleavage of a mutant protein - the hun-
tingtin protein that causes hd in a mouse model - might be
a major cause behind the onset of hd. To test the hypothesis,
the researchers created an animal model for hd that closely
resembles the disease as it appears in humans, especially with
regard to the human hd gene. This allowed them to accurately track the development of the disease and to determine
that cleavage of the huntingtin protein is triggered by the
enzyme known as caspase-S. When the action of this enzyme
was blocked, the mice did not go on to develop the symptoms of hd and their brain functioning remained normal.
The researchers (including lead author, Dr. Rona Graham)
are now testing their model of prevention in mice using drug
Dr. Marian DiFiglia professor of Neurology at
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, is
considered a leading world expert on hd. "Dr. Hayden and
his team have shown in convincing fashion that many of the
changes seen in hd patients can be erased in hd mice simply
be engineering a mutation into the disease gene that prevents
the protein from getting cleaved at a specific site," she says.
"Patients of this disease should know that this is a research
milestone for all and that this work brings the field closer to
finding effective treatment for a devastating disorder."
Dr. Hayden holds a Canada Research Chair in Human
Genetics and Molecular Science. Funding for the research
was provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research,
the Hereditary Disease Foundation, the Huntington Disease
Society of America, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health
Research, the High Q Foundation, Merck Frosst, and the
Child and Family Research Institute of BC.
in other areas of education. To have a world-class researcher engaging not only undergraduate and graduate students but also helping
provide instructional tools to our faculty is nothing less than remarkable."
If You Can't Beat'Em...
I  Influenza, hiv, Ebola, the common cold . . . viruses are one of the
scariest challenges to health that we face today. Traditionally researchers have tried to combat deadly viral characteristics, but now a UBC
research group is working on harnessing one to work for the good.
Viruses are adept at targeting specific cell types and transferring to
them their own genetic information. Researchers are hoping to capitalize on this characteristic by removing the virus' own genetic code and
replacing it with different genetic information that will treat or even
cure a condition.
Associate Professor Timothy Kieffer is a UBC researcher who
specializes in diabetes, which occurs when the pancreas is unable to
produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. Described as
epidemic by the World Health Organization, diabetes affects 177
million people worldwide, many of whom are treated with insulin injections. Kieffer and his team hope that their research will lead to the
elimination of injections by introducing genetic information to a diseased pancreas that will prompt it to start producing its own supply.
To this end, the team aims to develop a viral vector over the next five
years. "Helping the body to regenerate its own cells would take us beyond treatment to a cure," says Kieffer, whose research colleagues are
assistant professor Jim Johnson of UBC's Life Sciences Institute, and
associate professors Bruce Verchere and Rusung Lan from Vancouver's
Child and Family Research Institute.
Lhe group has a research link with the University of Pittsburgh's
Paul D. Robbins, an expert in transporting genes to specific cell types.
In the case of diabetes, the new genetic material must be introduced to
the pancreatic beta cells responsible for producing insulin. Lhese are
few in number and spread out around the organ, but exploiting a viral
capacity for pinpointing cell types may hold the key to success. Lhe
precision involved also means less likelihood of the treatment impinging negatively elsewhere in the body.
Lhe research is still young, but viral vectors have the potential to
be used as tools in combating a variety of conditions such as cancer
and narrowing of the arteries. Research is still at an early stage and
Kieffer estimates a therapy for diabetes is still at least 10 years away.
Good Cholesterol, Bad Cholesterol
I Researchers in UBC's Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeu-
tics have made a discovery about cholesterol that will have implications for future research directions as well as current treatments. Dr.
Michael Hayden and his team were able to prove that almost all of
a body's good cholesterol - or high-density lipoprotein (hdl), as it is
known to the experts - is produced by the intestine and liver.
These findings weren't entirely expected, and the focus of future
research attention will likely change in response. "These results alter
our understanding of how hdl is produced in the body and demon-
6    Trek    Summer 2006 strate the importance of the intestine in developing new therapeutic
approaches for raising hdl levels in the body," said Hayden. Lhe
discovery will also have bearing on cardiovascular disease, which
claims more lives in Canada than any other disease. In coronary heart
disease, for example, low levels of hdl are a common factor.
Lhe team used animal models for its research. It was already
known that the gene abcaI (found in many areas of the human body)
is associated with the production of hdl. What wasn't known is where
in the body this production occurs, and so the team developed animal
models lacking the abcaI gene in the intestines, and models lacking it
in both the liver and intestines. When the gene was removed from just
the intestines, hdl concentrations were found to be about one third
lower than in normal mice. When the gene was removed from both
intestine and liver, concentrations were at 90% less then normal.
Lhe team is now looking at methods, including dietary, for increasing levels of hdl in the intestines. Collaborators on the project include
Groningen University in the Netherlands, the State University of New
York and the Pasteur Institute in France.
Power without Pollution
I Lhe commercialization of research often means that people can start
benefiting from new knowledge and discoveries sooner rather than
later. Announced by the federal government in 2002, the bc Hydrogen
Highway™ program is designed to model the efficiencies of hydrogen
and fuel cell technologies in a bid to catalyze their commercialization
and common usage. Hydrogen fuel cells can generate power without
producing the pollution attributed to internal combustion engines. Lhe
technology involves a combustion-free reaction between hydrogen and
oxygen that produces heat and water, but very little noise, vibration
or greenhouse gas. Lhe fuel cell can be used with great efficiency for
varying power requirements and the program will showcase many applications from vehicles to cell phones and walkie-talkies.
With a major tenet of UBC's vision being the promotion of a sustainable society, the university is involved as one of the test sites (also
included are Victoria, Surrey, North Vancouver, and Vancouver Airport
to Whistler). Very much at the forefront of activities is the Campus
Sustainability Office (cso), which has proposed $10 million worth of
projects for testing and demonstrating the technologies. "Our role is to
integrate fuel cell technology into our plans for a sustainable campus,"
says cso energy manager Jorge Marques. "We want to explore community-oriented applications for hydrogen technology."
Irfan Rehmanji, project coordinator for the UBC test site says: "We
want the UBC community to experience concepts they may have only
read about or seen on TV. Lhe UBC node will integrate a number of
concepts that affect our daily life and will be a phenomenal outreach
and social marketing tool."
Fuel cells for larger projects like campus transport will be provided
by Ballard Power Systems and micro cells for smaller applications like
bicycle lights will be provided by Angstrom Power. Westport Innovation, Dynasty Motors, Delta-Q Lechnologies, LransLink, and many
government bodies are also involved. There is already a hydrogen
fuelling station based on campus at the National Research Council's
Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation.
One of the main challenges to be examined during the project is
the clean production and economic storage of hydrogen. Although it
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Trek 2000, a specific and wide-ranging
document that focused on UBC's strengths internationally, and on
its research capabilities at home. Trek 2000 would have become
just another public relations piece had it not been for Martha's
insistence that its preparation involve faculty, staff, students and
alumni, and that it reflect ideals held by a majority of UBC's
constituents. Trek 2000 became part of UBC's fabric.
Trek 2010, the follow-up to Trek 2000, was equally as
impressive. Again, using input from every university group, she
crafted a document that accepted the gains and challenges of
the past and produced a vision of UBC that made sense, that advanced the institution, and that was possible to accomplish. She
introduced grand ideas that stated UBC "will prepare students to
become exceptional global citizens," and "promote the values of
a civil and sustainable society," and made us believe them. Exceptional leaders bring out the exceptional in those they lead.
Martha also had a lasting impact on students and alumni.
Improving the student experience became one of her most important goals, and she created the Vice President, Students position
to implement change. And, three years ago, she signed an agreement between the university and the Alumni Association to share
the financial and human resource costs of providing first-class
services to UBC's graduates.
Martha Piper has left an impressive legacy. As a fundraiser,
she has increased the university's endowment to make it the
fourth largest in the country. As an administrator, she has built a
broad consensus among faculties and departments. As a planner,
her commitment to University Town will transform daily life at
UBC to make it a vibrant, year-round community. And, as an educational leader, she has raised our nation's consciousness about
the need to support post-secondary education and research.
We are all excited about the prospect of Stephen Toope taking
on the leadership of UBC, and look forward to the unique skills
and vision he brings to the job ahead.
But for now we want to thank Martha Piper for her leadership, her vision and her dedication, and wish her well for the
Martin Ertl, BSc'93, Chair, UBC Alumni Association
Summer 2006    Trek    7 TAKE NOTE
can be produced from natural substances
like methane, the process isn't clean. But hydrogen can also be produced via renewable
energy sources like solar or wind and bc Hydrogen Highway™ project manager Alison
Grigg points out that alternative sources of
hydrogen are frequently being discovered.
A Liberal Helping of Math
I At school, many of the arts-inclined found
math to be about as interesting as cardboard.
And there was little incentive for the numerically challenged to conquer their ignorance.
Even those traditional word puzzlers that
gave context and application to the numbers,
like how many tennis balls can you fit into
your school gymnasium, failed to pique any
curiosity and left a lot of us thinking: Why
would I want to know?
"Many life choices are shut down to
those who are fearful of math," says Education assistant professor Susan Gerofsky. "I
feel it's vital we open our minds to what
mathematics is and how we teach it. Besides,
math gives us an incredible way to understand and appreciate the universe." With her
linguistics background, Gerofsky is interested in the use of language - stories - to pose
and help conceptualize math problems. She
has written a book exploring this stalwart
teaching method called A Man Left Albuquerque Heading East: Word Problems as
Genre in Mathematics Education.
While she thinks that teaching young
children using word stories can be engaging for them, older children know better:
"Students realize they're math calculations
dressed up as a story. It doesn't matter
whether it appears to be about two trains, a
camel, birds or an emissary of the pope, their
task is to strip the story down and solve the
problem embedded there." But rather than
dispense with math stories as a teaching
genre, she thinks they could be presented in
a more interesting way, and not simply as
"real-life" examples of math applications.
"Teachers can use the vivid imagery to help
kids remember certain ideas and principles
they can draw upon later. Sometimes these
images are most memorable when the stories
are nonsensical. For example, given a calculus problem that involves quadratic func
tions, it may help to say, 'this is just like that
story about shooting an arrow on the moon!'"
Gerofsky thinks that stories and methods
like them are important for nurturing an appreciation of math in those without a natural
bent for or interest in the subject. "Math
concepts are taught as if they exist in a void.
They're presented as fully formed, like a cold
and distant crystal, as if this knowledge didn't
come through people living and struggling.
Wouldn't it be interesting to say to students,
here's something that came from an ancient
Egyptian papyrus manuscript or a Babylonian
clay tablet? Give the history - explain that
scribes were being taught this to help them
feed the workers that built the pyramids."
Dolphin Wins Gold
I A UBC Chemistry professor who developed
a drug to counter the most common type of
blindness has received one of the country's
most prestigious awards for science research.
Professor David Dolphin was presented with
the 2005 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold
Medal for Science and Engineering, which
comes with $1 million of research funding
over the next five years.
Called Visudyne, the drug he developed
was based on his pioneering studies of light-
activated compounds called porphyrins and it
is the first effective treatment for age-related
macular degeneration. In the 1980s, Dolphin
and colleague Professor Julia Levy established
a spin-off company, QLT Inc., to produce and
commercialize the treatment. Visudyne is now
a top-selling product and has been used to treat
more than 500,000 people in 70 countries since
zooo. A member of the Royal Society of London
and the Royal Society of Canada, Professor Dolphin has had a very productive career, authoring
18 books and more than 400 papers.
He has received many awards in recognition
of his work, including the Prix Galien (one of
the pharmaceutical industry's most respected
awards) and Hero of Chemistry status, the highest honour that can be bestowed on an industrial
chemist by the American Chemical Society. Dolphin joined UBC from Harvard in 1974.
One Person's Trash...
I In the summer of 2004, UBC Waste Management installed an in-vessel composting facility on
South Campus at Point Grey, the first of its kind
at a Canadian university, as part of a program to
divert some of the many tonnes of organic waste
produced away from the landfill. At the time, there
was some localized small scale composting, but
no effective way to deal with the high volumes
produced by restaurants and other sources of
food waste on campus. With more than 55,000
students, faculty and staff at UBC, that's a lot of
waste slowly decomposing in the landfill, contributing to toxic leachate and methane gas.
Enter the In-Vessel Composting Facility and the
Organics Collection Program. Food collection bins
are placed at various food outlets, office buildings
and residences across campus, which Waste Management regularly picks up and takes to the south
campus facility for composting. Unlike conventional composting methods, the in-vessel composter
keeps the temperature, oxygen, and moisture at
optimal levels for microbial activity, enabling the
facility to process meat and bones, paper cups and
plates, dairy products and other waste that conventional systems can't handle. Lhis is augmented
by yard waste from campus landscape crews.
Lhis self-contained facility can take in up to
5 tonnes of waste per day, with a two-week cycle
from food waste to compost. Lhe waste is pushed
along a moving floor through a series of sections
containing spinners, exhaust fans, sprinklers, sensors, and other controls, coming out of the other
side ready to use in landscaping. Leachates are
recycled back into the process, and the air is run
through a bio-filter system to eliminate odours.
Lhe program has been a great success, composting 97.5 tonnes of food waste and more than
zoo tonnes of yard waste in the last year. In addi-
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Photograph: Martin Dee Photograph: Martin Dee
Summer 2006    Trek    9 TAKE NOTE
tion, Waste Management composts waste from
Quest Outreach Society, a local organization that
arranges hot meals and fresh food distribution to
those in need, and whose goal is zero bio-waste
going into our landfills. UBC's facility has composted 91 tonnes of material for Quest in the last
year. With that much compost being produced on
campus, the amount of bark mulch needed for
landscaping has been reduced by 57%. Faculty
and students have also found it useful for education and research, and as people discover the
program it will continue to expand. There have
been some setbacks, mainly to do with non-or-
By picking up the phone. Working at the UBC Call Centre, international student Fernando
Rosa has learned that donations from alumni and friends are vital to awards, the library,
and numerous other projects. And when he talks with alumni, he forges connections with
them based on the fact that they were once students too.
"I think it's really great that UBC can call on their alumni to help current students,"
he says. "It gives a sense of tradition and meaning to where we're going."
To find out more about supporting students like Fernando, contact UBC Annual Giving.
Tel: 604.827.4111 Email: annual.giving@ubc.ca
ganic waste (cutlery, glass, plastic) going into the
public collection bins, but as the program expands
and education and outreach continues, these issues
can be addressed.
In recognition of the innovative nature of the
program and its great success, appa (the Association of Higher Facilities Officers) will be presenting UBC Waste Management with the Effective
and Innovative Practices Award this July. This will
be the second year in a row that a UBC office has
been so honoured by this international organization. The Sustainability Coordinator program was
recognized in 2005.
UBC Okanagan Selects New Leader
I The highest administrative position at UBC
Okanagan - Deputy Vice Chancellor (dvc) - has
been filled by Dr. Doug Owram, who will commence work at the Kelowna campus in July. The
selection process began last year and produced
many well-qualified candidates for the selection
committee to choose from. Owram replaces Dr.
Barry McBride, who retired from the position
earlier than anticipated due to ill health, and
Dr. Richard Tees who has been acting dvc since
"Dr. Owram brings a wealth of experience
in both academic and administrative roles,
including serving as the University of Alberta's
most senior academic officer. UBC Okanagan is
very much in its formative days, and I believe
his experience and guidance will help shape the
future of this unique and energetic Okanagan
campus," said President Martha Piper during the
announcement in Kelowna in mid-April.
Owram is a professor of History, a fellow
of the Royal Society of Canada, and the author
of numerous books including Born at the Right
Time: A History of the Baby Boom Generation
and Promise of Eden: the Canadian Expansionist Movement and the Idea of the West 1856-
1900. Currently based in Edmonton, he owns a
holiday home in Kelowna and is no stranger to
the area - appreciating all it has to offer.
Basketball Bonanza
Basketball bc's latest Hall of Fame inductees
include UBC's 1945-6 men's team, along with
individual players Ken Shields BPE'69, Ken Win-
slade bpe'6o, MPE'63, and the late Ron Thorsen
BPE'72, MPE'73. The 1945-6 team included UBC
Alzheimer's researcher Professor Emeritus Pat
McGeer, oc, BA'48, MD'58, dsc(hon)'oo.
Basketball bc recognized its 2006 award
winners at a dinner in April. Awards for Coach-
10    Trek    Summer 2006 ing Excellence went to both the men's and
women's coaches, Kevin Hanson and Deb
Huband. Kelsey Blair took the award for top
female university basketball player. Not surprising, then, that the women's basketball team
won the National Championships this year
- their second victory in the last three years.
And basketball success is very much a
part of UBC history. The university's 1929-30
women's basketball team has been recognized at the national level with induction into
Canada's Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1930, the
team travelled to Prague to represent Canada
in the Women's International Games, beating
France in the final. The two surviving team
members are Lois (Tourtellote) Fisher, BA'31,
and Mary Campbell, BA'30. Now in her 90s,
Mary is a keen supporter of Athletics department and still attends Thunderbirds basketball
games and events. She was the first president of
the women's Big Block Club formed 1930-31
and a UBC Athletics Award in her name was
recently created.
Blood Relationship
I Despite accounting for only 2% of body
weight, the brain is a high-maintenance organ
that accounts for 20% of the resting body's
energy use. This energy is provided by the flow
of blood to the brain and researchers are now
trying to understand how blood flow and brain
activity are related.  "It's an area that's still not
understood despite its high impact for both basic and applied neuroscience," says Psychology
Professor Brian Mac Vicar, Canadian Research
Chair in Neuroscience.
When blood flow to the brain is adversely
affected, the organ can malfunction or suffer
damage. Strokes can cause brain cells to die
and narrowed arteries are associated with the
onset of vascular dementia. The researchers
hope their work will help them understand
how to restore blood flow in patients with
such conditions. Another condition for which
treatment might be improved is asphyxia in
newborns, which can result in permanent brain
damage to a child.
One key is finding out exactly how blood
flow is regulated. "Now we're finally getting
answers to the hundred-year-old question
of how brain cell activity relates to blood
flow and how the 'control dial' works," says
Mac Vicar, who is a member of the Brain Research Centre based at UBC Hospital and the
Vancouver Coastal Health Research institute.
Previous research he has conducted (with
post-doctoral fellow Sean Mulligan) threw
light on the role of astrocyte cells in brain
blood flow. It showed that when a calcium
signal reaches the cells, vessels constrict to
slow down the flow. In this current project,
Mac Vicar wants to find out if astrocytes also
have bearing on the dilation of vessels. "If astrocytes prove to be triggers that dictate flow,
we may be able to modify the signals and control the flow to prevent brain damage and loss
of function." His collaborator on the project
is Kai Kaila from the University of Helsinki.
Kaila's group has identified that interplay
between brain and astrocyte cells gives rise to
carbon dioxide, a chemical trigger known to
affect blood flow in the brain.
The project is funded by bodies in both
countries: The Academy of Finland and the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and
Sticking it to Parking Meters
I How many times have you pulled over into
a metered parking spot only to find that the
meter eats up your only coins without giving
you any time in return? And then, to add
insult to injury, you receive a ticket saying
you haven't paid? It's guaranteed to drive a
saint to bicycles. Similarly antagonized UBC
students have come up with an antidote that's
sure to redress the karma balance.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering
students had been challenged by their instructor to build a device that solved a real-world
problem with a budget of just $400. Faulty
parking meters and the hassle of having to
find change presented a problem that everyone in the group could relate to, and so they
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set out to find a solution. What they came up
with is a parking meter system that does not
require on-the-spot payment (and consequently dispenses with the need to empty the meters
of coins). The new meter design features a
magnetic sensor buried under the parking
spot that is able to detect when a vehicle enters it. "When a vehicle occupies the space, its
bulk distorts the earth's natural magnetic field
and triggers a signal to activate the parking
meter and begin the transaction," says third-
year student Owen Kirby. The driver identifies
him or herself by waving a Radio Frequency
Tag at the meter. The driver's account is
verified via a wireless Internet connection to
a mainframe network and is billed. The computer program allows for easy administration
and for accurate detection and more speedy
response to parking violations.
The only downside they've found with
the invention is that drivers would no longer
chance upon any leftover time from previous
occupants - any good karma generated by
parking meters is destroyed along with the
Because the design takes advantage of
existing technologies, it would be cheap to realize. "We chose radio frequency identity - or
rfid - tags like the esso stick because it's
widely available and costs less than 40 cents,"
says student Erik Schortinghuis, referring to
a short plastic tube that esso customers can
use to access their accounts. But because it
uses existing technologies in an innovative
way, the invention may be patentable, and
the students have already approached UBC's
University Industry Liaison Office. As well as
Kirby and Schortinghuis, others involved in
the project are Jasmin Tariq, Aman Mangat,
Gagan Deep and Shane Wang.
UBC's Year in Review
I  2005/06 was a banner year for UBC.
Ranked again among the top 40 universities of
the world, UBC's faculty and students earned
international media attention for research and
teaching milestones. A new, annual publication
from UBC's Public Affairs office (left) presents
highlights of the year's top stories which, in
addition to major research findings and international achievements, includes the opening of
UBC Okanagan and the appointment of a new
president. Go to this link, www.ubc.ca/yirnews
to learn more.
Ecologically Friendly Campus
I  "I was pretty depressed about the world
and I was doing my bit to reuse plastic bags
and turn off lights, but it didn't feel like I
was making an impact," says Freda Pagani,
reflecting on life a few years ago before she
became head of the university's Campus
Sustainability Office. Nowadays, Pagani is a
major thrust behind UBC's efforts to adopt
environmentally sustainable practices and
policies and one of the reasons these efforts
have paid off well so far.
Since the Sustainability Office was established in 1998, the first in a Canadian university, greenhouse gas emissions, and water
and energy use have decreased significantly.
The office has been able to fund its activities from the millions of dollars in energy
savings. This is despite a 24% increase in
student population since 1999.
A number of programs initiated by the
cso and other campus units are responsible for encouraging figures, and ongoing programs and policies are in place to
ensure the momentum continues. The u-Pass
program, for example, involved the Alma
Mater Society, UBC's transportation planning department and TransLink. In 2003 it
provided affordable monthly transit passes
to students and is largely responsible for
a 140% increase in transit use and a sizeable
decrease in single-occupant vehicle use. To
minimize commuting, plans to create residential
neighbourhoods around the university include
a stipulation that half of the households must
include at least one person who works or studies at UBC.
Many newer campus constructions, like
the Life Sciences Centre, take advantage of
green building design and technologies, and the
cso initiated a major $35 million program to
retrofit older campus buildings resulting in large
energy savings and decreased C02 emissions in
spite of campus expansion. The cso has also
involved community members wherever possible, aiming for at least one cso rep in every
department to encourage good practices such as
double-sided printing and turning computers off
at the end of the work day. Pagani believes that
one of the main duties of the cso is to make
participation in such activities easy and fun.
A vital part of UBC's vision is the promotion
of a sustainable society, and the campus aims to
be a model for good practices. UBC is Canada's
first and only university to receive Green
Campus Recognition from the usa's National
Wildlife Federation.
Take Note pieces are edited from various sources,
including UBC Reports. Thanks to those reporters
and to Public Affairs for allowing us to use their
Summer 2006    Trek    13 14    Trek    Summer 2006
Photograph: Martin Dee The Most Difficult!
injthe Country
How Martha Piper
became Canada's
most influential
university president
In 1997, the University of British Columbia
was just winding up 12 years of growth and
change under the leadership of President David
Strangway. It had been a period of great success and great struggle.
Dr. Strangway had raised $400 million
- more than all the previous presidents of UBC
combined - and fabulous new buildings like
the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts stood
as evidence of that achievement. Dr. Strangway
had also launched the first stage of a massive
market housing development on the UBC campus. The sale of properties in Hampton Place
had raised between $80 and $100 million
for the UBC endowment, although it shook
many people's vision of what the UBC campus
should be and set the university at odds with
neighbours in Vancouver and with planners at
the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
To make things even more difficult, the
late '80s and early '90s had been a time of
government restraint, of frozen budgets and,
ultimately, frozen tuitions. Dr. Strangway left
office complaining that every year he had
struggled with more students - and fewer dollars per student - than the year before.
Nevertheless, as president, Dr. Strangway
had always been a man with a plan. In fact,
thanks to his training at the National Aero
nautics and Space Administration, where
he had been recruited as a young scholar
to manage the moon rocks program, Dr.
Strangway always had a plan, a back-up
plan, and a precise schedule as to when he
would default from one to the other. You
always knew where he was going, even if it
was sometimes bruising to stand in his way.
Into this vortex came Dr. Martha
Piper, a woman of significant
accomplishment, but one who
was little known on the West
Coast. As VP Research and
External Affairs at the University of Alberta, however, Dr.
Piper had already made an impression on
the national academic scene.
"Martha had a genius for promoting her institution and for the people
in it," says McGill Principal Heather
Munro-Blum. Then the VP Research at the
University of Toronto, Dr. Munro-Blum
recognized early "Martha's wonderful
promotional talent."
"At a time when no one else had done
this kind of thing, Martha launched a
campaign that said: 'Research Makes
Sense.' It wasn't long before everyone in
by Richard Littlemore
academic research was walking around with
one of Martha's buttons."
That instinct for an effective slogan
surfaced again immediately after Dr. Piper
arrived at UBC. In her inaugural speech - a
thoughtful and far-ranging look at UBC's
history and traditions, as well as its challenges
and potential - she concluded with a call to
action. She said: "I invite all of you to join
the University of British Columbia in thinking
- in thinking about the issues
that affect us all, in thinking
about our past and what we
have learned about ourselves,
in thinking about our present
and the issues we face, and in
thinking about our future and what we aspire
to achieve."
Then, the brand new president had the temerity, the nerve - or perhaps just the sense of
fun - to put on a baseball cap with the words
"UBC" and "Think About it" embroidered
over the brim. And she offered identical hats
to all assembled.
The effect was electric. The media
loved it. The students loved it. A significant
group of faculty and staff cheered the new
direction. And the campus curmudgeons
Summer 2006    Trek    15 recoiled in amazement. As UBC's Planning and
Institutional Research Director Walter Sudmant
tells it, there are "some people who think that
the president's speeches should be quite dour
and a little opaque." Those people were not at
all confident about going from the man with the
plan to the woman with the hat.
Soon enough, however, Dr. Piper had a
plan of her own, an audacious document that
catalyzed all of her ambitions for UBC, and all
of UBC's ambitions for itself. The strategic plan,
Trek 2000, was the result of an unprecedented
round of campus consultation, and in the words
of University of Alberta President (and former
UBC VP Research) Indira Samarasekera, "Trek
2000 was brilliant: inspiring for many and a
model for how you craft a strategic vision for
a university: think big, and then deliver on the
The plan rested on a single, assertive vision
statement: "The University of British Columbia,
aspiring to be Canada's best university, will provide students with an outstanding and distinctive education, and conduct leading research to
serve the people of British Columbia, Canada
and the world."
Two things about this statement stood out.
First, when Trek 2000 was written, UBC was
sitting in eighth place on the annual Maclean's
university survey, and the dominance of at least
one other university seemed inviolable. Still,
even if being "the best" seemed a stretch, it was
clear that Martha Piper was not going to countenance a "vision" that urged UBC students,
faculty and staff to work really, really hard to be
number two.
Trek 2000's second distinguishing factor was
the inclusion ofthe word "students," something
that seems obvious until you realize that no
other university vision statement had previously
mentioned those most crucial constituents. The
concentration on students was also evident as
"Martha" (the more formal "President Piper"
having fallen completely from use) reorganized
the executive offices, most particularly renaming
the Vice President of Student Services to the Vice
President, Students.
"This was a fundamental change," says Sudmant. "It meant that the position was no longer
about peripheral services. It meant, for the first
time, that there was some one at the executive
table who would speak exclusively for students."
That someone is Brian Sullivan, who was
tempted from his position as the Chief Student
Affairs Officer at the University of Guelph to
come to work at what he considers, unequivo
cally, to be "the best university in the country."
He's also proud that UBC led the way in establishing a position that embraces enrolment,
student development, housing and alumni,
something that has been copied by the universities of Winnipeg and York and is increasingly
"intriguing to my colleagues in the States."
When it came time to find the resources to
propel the Trek 2000 vision forward, Martha
engaged on multiple fronts. Provincially, she
was instrumental in convincing the government to lift tuition freezes, to take a bigger
role in matching federal research investments,
to increase direct funding and to make specific
investments in major capital, such as the
$i97-million Life Sciences Building and in
programs, including the expansion of medicine
and engineering.
Federally, pretty much everyone agrees that
Martha was the most influential university
president in the country ("everyone" including
insiders like Eddie Goldenberg, who was chief
of staff under Prime Minister Jean Chretien,
and competitors like Bob Birgenau, who was
president of the University of Toronto before
becoming chancellor at the University of California at Berkeley). Prime Minister Chretien
personally credited Martha when he announced the creation of the Canada Research
Chairs program, and she was similarly instrumental in other major federal initiatives, such
as the funding of indirect costs of research and
the Canada Foundation for Innovation, not to
mention the reorganization and expansion of
the three main granting councils, the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (cihr), the Social
Science and Humanities Research Council
(sshrc) and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (nserc).
With the help of a research office reorganized under the leadership of Indira Samarasekera, Martha also led UBC in capturing an unprecedented amount of the funding that came
from those agencies and from the Canada
Foundation for Innovation. UBC's annual
research funding shot up from less than $150
million in 1997 to more than $400 million in
the last academic year.
Finally, she shifted the now well-established
UBC Development Office from "campaign"
footing, in which they would launch intense
but finite fundraising campaigns, to focus
instead on continuous giving, as a result of
which, UBC raised $700 million during Martha's nine-year presidency.
Given the breadth of the university's activities and the extent of Martha's energy, it is
impossible to assemble an exhaustive list of her
other accomplishments. There were initiatives,
such as the establishment of a downtown campus at Robson Square, that were huge at the
time and now blend seamlessly into the fabric
of the university. There was the shift in focus
from trying to be "Canada's best university" to
being "one of the world's best," a goal that the
most reputable survey organizations say that
UBC has already achieved.
But two Martha initiatives will likely stand
out in her legacy. The first is the establishment
of UBC Okanagan, a project that Martha describes as the biggest thing UBC has done since
trekking from downtown to the Point Grey
campus in 1922. Brad Bennett, chair of the
Board of Governors adds that it is "the best
thing that ever happened to the Okanagan Valley." Both point to UBC Okanagan's potential
to offer an intimate undergraduate experience
in the heart of a world class research institution, the kind of experience that, until now,
was only available in places like Princeton or
the University of Chicago.
The other, truly defining Martha initiative
was set out in the strategic plan update, Trek
2010, which now reads: "The University of
British Columbia, aspiring to be one of the
world's best universities, will prepare students
to become exceptional global citizens, promote
the values of a civil and sustainable society,
and conduct outstanding research to serve the
people of British Columbia, Canada and the
In calling on the university to take seriously its role as a social change agent, "Martha
has led UBC into a new territory," says Margo
Fryer, director of the UBC Downtown Eastside
Learning Exchange. "She has provided a new
definition of what is possible and necessary for
UBC to be."
For a last word, an expression of sentiment that, in Martha's case, is shared almost
unanimously goes to one of her most ardent
fans, Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson, who says, "The most difficult job in the
country, except the prime minister's, is to be
the president of a university. There are so many
constituencies. The faculty are cranky, government is labyrinthine, students are ephemeral
and alumni are scattered. So, anyone who
wants to take it on has my great admiration."
Hear, hear.
Richard Littlemore is a Vancouver Island writer.
16    Trek    Summer 2006 THE   SUCCESSOR
Dr. Stephen J. Toope prepares to
take over as president and vice-
chancellor of UBC emanating a
sense that he can hardly believe his
"I am deeply honoured by the
appointment," says the founding
president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. "UBC is a strong
institution that is poised to get
even stronger. The first thing that
struck me was the very hard work
that people had already done, especially on (the strategic plan) Trek
2010. This is not just rhetorical
flourish. I have never seen anything
approaching the sophistication of
that plan in getting down to the
next level, in setting out how to
achieve the goals.
"The second thing that really
excited me was UBC's capacity to
be a global university." Again, Dr.
Toope says, this is not just rhetoric.
UBC is building on strong traditions - on a reputation for research
that is among the best in the world. The university is also
fortuitously sited in a diverse cultural community and on the
edge of the Pacific Rim.
"Looking to Asia, it is increasingly important that we engage on a whole range of issues. It's hard to imagine any issue
today that can be constrained by national borders, and UBC is
particularly well-placed to make those connections."
The third thing that "really gave me a lot of confidence
(about UBC) was the degree of professionalism shown by the
people with whom I've dealt so far. It's obvious there is a really
strong team in place."
This, Dr. Toope says, flies in the face of "the myth of the
West Coast as a place where people are laid back, perhaps a
little too comfortable. I really sense a very strong ambition in
UBC to become even better, even
more influential, to make a contribution ... in the world."
The president-designate is
thoroughly familiar with the goals
that can be achieved through hard
work. He completed an undergraduate degree at Harvard on
full scholarship. He studied law at
McGill (during which time he also
clerked for then-Supreme Court
Chief Justice Brian Dickson), and
he wrote a PhD at Cambridge, all
before becoming the youngest dean
of Law in the history of McGill.
Still, he gets suddenly cautious
when talking about his goals for
UBC. Before having a chance to
delve into the details, he names just
First, "all great research
universities have a challenge in
having undergraduates experience
research as a major contributor to
their education. I am fundamentally
committed to enhancing the undergraduate experience and to connecting it to research."
Second, "I'd like to recommit to graduate studies." There is
currently an "imbalance" between undergrads and grad students,
Dr. Toope says. "I am committed to attracting the best graduate
students," and in larger numbers.
And third, Dr. Toope says you cannot overstate the importance
of building and maintaining the connections between universities
and their immediate city, province and country. "A university is at
its best when it is deeply connected locally. That's what allows it the
confidence to act globally. That's what gives it something clear to
Trek Magazine will feature a full profile of President Stephen J.
Toope in the Fall 2006 issue.
- Richard Littlemore
Summer 2006    Trek    17 First Class
Storm cells swirled around the valley like marauding valkyries
as students lined up, gowned and hooded for the afternoon ceremony, waiting to walk across campus to the auditorium and that
exquisite rite of passage known as congregation. In a few moments,
after the speeches, the welcomes and the historic traditions (if they
weren't struck down by lightning first) they would cross the stage to
shake President Martha Piper's hand and pass into the roles of UBC
alumni, the first class to graduate from UBC Okanagan.
But before they entered the auditorium, students passed through
the Wall of Welcome - a gamut of UBC graduates similarly gowned
and hooded - who applauded their achievement and welcomed them
into the alumni body.
The two first graduation ceremonies - a morning and an afternoon session on June 9, 2006 - were also the last graduation
ceremonies for Martha Piper. UBC's president for nine years and the
architect of UBC Okanagan, she would step down at the end of the
month. In all, she has officiated at nearly 300 such ceremonies during her term, but the ones at UBC O were especially sweet.
"This is an historic moment in the life of UBC Okanagan," she
said. "By participating in the ceremonies today, you are broadcasting
to the world that UBC Okanagan
has arrived."
The ceremonies embraced
UBC traditions, from the ceremonial mace and Chancellor's chair to the academic procession of
faculty and senior administrators. Unique to the UBC Okanagan
ceremony was the Wall of Welcome by UBC grads and a greeting
from the Okanagan Nation Alliance.
By the end of the two ceremonies, UBC's congregation grew by
490, bringing the total of living alumni up to just over 226,000, of
whom 5,000 live in the Okanagan region.
Later in the evening, UBC's Alumni Affairs held a First Class
Reception in a huge tent on the sports field for the Wall of Welcome
participants and other grads and friends of UBC from the region,
as well as the first class grads. Nearly 200 people mingled and
schmoozed, then listened to presentations from UBC Board Chair
Brad Bennett and local dignitaries. The highlight of the evening was
the Smudge Ceremony by the Okanagan Nation Alliance, in which
Martha Piper was made part of the Nation and presented with gifts.
Her response - her final, formal presentation as UBC's president
- was touching, emotional and heart-felt.
Participants then went on to "Classes without Quizzes," a collection of lectures by UBC Okanagan professors and, properly fed and
taught, went away marvelling about the new university just north of
And the valkyries, in their wisdom, passed the campus by - except for a few impressive bolts of lightning - realizing, one supposes,
that greater forces were at work on the ground.
Moms, Dads and other proud friends and relatives swarmed the UBC
Okanagan campus to congratulate the first graduating class Top: UBC alumni formed a "Wall of Welcome"
to show UBC O's new grads that they are part of
a large family. Bottom right: Smudge ceremony
for Dr. Piper performed by the Okanagan Nation
Bernie Marchand-Brown, right, performed the
ceremony. Beside her is Ian Cull, AVP Students,
UBC 0; Andrew McGinnis, who also led the sing-
ng of the Okanagan Song; Dr Piper; and Maria
LaBoucan, who presented Dr. Piper with the Metis
sash. Bottom left: Proof that there are males at
UBCO. With a ratio of 70 female students to 30
male, there's no need to wonder why this guy is
smiling. Top left: Students primp while lining up
for the convocation ceremony
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Summer 2006    Trek    19 Two UBC grads knew about shopping and they knew about journalism. It seemed a natural conclusion: start a TV show.
The Shopping Bags
Sunny California. Skateboard park. Two young women are
sitting on the lip of a halfpipe bowl, while a helmeted skater
zooms up the side and then rises, airborne, above their heads.
The women's mouths are open in fear; one covers her eyes.
And for good reason: in a few moments, they're going to try it.
The two women are UBC grads Anna
Wallner and Kristina Matisic, hosts of a hit
television show called "The Shopping Bags."
In this segment, they, along with three expert
skaters, are testing five different skateboards,
comparing flexibility, durability and cost. We
see the experts jump, spin in mid-air, slide
along railings. We also see Matisic and Wallner take their first skateboard lesson. Outfitted with knee and elbow pads and helmets,
they slide cautiously from side to side, arms
outstretched. We see them push off... and
fall... and laugh. They're having fun - and so
are we.
The whole segment takes five minutes,
and in that time, we learn what features to
look for in a well-built skateboard, what
price to expect and which style works best
for each different skating application. The
rest of the half-hour show covers face powder
(pressed powder beat out loose powder),
veggie burgers (most tasters preferred the
grains-based brand) and anti-wrinkle cream
(it didn't work and, in some cases, actually
made the wrinkles worse).
Cordless phones
Don't pay more for a phone with fancy
gizmos like voice enhancement. However,
lluminated buttons are a good feature if you
tend to make calls late at night.
After receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees
from UBC in the early 1990s, Anna Wallner
and Kristina Matisic went on to earn Master's degrees in journalism at different universities. A few years later, they both started
working at Global TV's Vancouver station,
where they met and - although competing
for jobs - became fast friends.
Over tea one afternoon in 1999, the
two women started tossing around ideas for
something they could do together. "We knew
about journalism - at that point we had
both been working in the field for five years
- and we knew about shopping," Wallner
recalls. "We thought there wasn't enough
information about shopping on TV that was
presented in an entertaining and easy-to-
digest way. So we decided to create a show
that would do just that."
Not a shopping-channel-type show,
though. "We didn't just want to push consumerism," Matisic says. "Nor did we want
to replicate Consumer Reports, which can
be dry and technical. We wanted to inject
the fun of shopping into a magazine-style
show, while providing solid consumer information. Our approach was: 'Whether you
like shopping or not, you have to do it, so
you might as well be smart about it.'"
The two journalists set out to research
everything they could think of, from lip
gloss to lawn furniture to luggage. They
started calling professionals from every walk
of life - estheticians, race car drivers, doctors, gardeners, even dog walkers - to ask
about products. They tested dozens of prod-
20    Trek    Summer 2006 Summer 2006    Trek    21 THE SHOPPING BAGS
Herewith, io essential guidelines to help you get what you want, get it for less, and be
more informed about the things you buy, from The Shopping Bags: Tips, Tricks and Inside Information to Make You a Savvy Shopper, the companion book to "The Shopping
Bags" television show.
1. Negotiate. Even if a product isn't on sale, ask for a discount anyway.
2. Make a date. Every line of merchandise has an end of season, so know the times of
year to get the best deal.
3. Know what you need. Every toaster will make toast, but how many settings you require and how many you are willing to pay for depends on you.
4. Don't be a sucker. Don't waste money on brand names and "extra value" claims when
generic products will do.
5. Be a smarty-pants. Do your homework, especially when making big purchases. Know
what to look for and what questions to ask.
6. Be nice. You're more likely to get what you want if you're friendly and courteous to
salespeople and other service staff.
7. Kick the tires. Before you take home a new product, make sure all the parts are in
place, there's no damage and the entire item is in good working order.
8. Stay on your game. Resist sales pressure, up-selling (pressure to buy extras that you
didn't need in the first place) and impulse buying.
9. Keep your cool. If service is poor, complain in person or write a letter - but stay calm
and be clear about what you want.
10. Wear comfortable clothes. Treat shopping like an endurance sport: you need proper
sustenance and the right gear if you're going to go the distance.
ucts themselves, figuring out a format of interviews
and product demonstrations that would work on
the small screen.
The two took the plunge, quitting their jobs even
before "The Shopping Bags" was a sure thing. The
show found a home on the Women's Network,
where it airs several times daily. "The Shopping
Bags" has won numerous Leo awards and two
Gemini award nominations. Outside the show,
Matisic and Wallner maintain an extensive website
of consumer information (www.theshoppingbags.
com) and are co-authors of the show's companion book, The Shopping Bags: Tips, Tricks and
Inside Information to Make You a Savvy Shopper
(Dutton 2005), which has become a bestseller in
Canada and will be released in paperback this
For the best-quality chocolate, look for an ingredient label that shows a bar has 55 per cent cocoa
solids. Bittersweet or dark chocolate has less fat
than milk chocolate
It can be jarring to meet someone you've only
seen on television - often, the real-life person is
a disappointment. But when I meet Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic at a west-side cafe, they
look just as natural and attractive as their screen
personas, even though it's a Monday morning and
they're dressed casually and are devoid of makeup.
Wallner has a steady blue-eyed gaze, Matisic,
a ready smile. As they sip tea (Anna) and an
Americano (Kristina) and munch on scones, their
camaraderie is evident from the way they finish
one another's sentences and laugh at each other's
Although the women are equal partners when
it comes to deciding which products to investigate
and developing each program's episodes, they do
have distinct preferences and personalities. "Anna's more adventurous," Matisic says. "She'll try
anything. I like to say no."
They make these differences work for them by
taking on different roles in product testing. "When
we did a segment on backpacks, for example,
Kristina tried out a variety of backpacks in urban
settings, while I tested other models by repeatedly
hiking the Grouse Grind," Wallner explains.
Matisic rolls her eyes. "She's crazy."
"It was fun," Wallner insists. She grins. "Grueling,
but fun."
22    Trek    Summer 2006 Backpacks
Get a pack with a waist belt for extra support.
You won't win any fashion awards, but it takes
the weight off your shoulders and is better for
your back. Look for hip padding that wraps
completely around the hipbones.
It's clear from the humorous anecdotes
they tell that Matisic and Wallner have fun
working on "The Shopping Bags." On-air,
they keep things light-hearted and friendly,
avoiding the heavy tone of some consumer
information programs. Still, the two women
take their mission seriously and believe that
"The Shopping Bags" fulfills an important
function: to help people make educated
When the show was investigating mattresses,
for instance, Wallner and Matisic had to sleep
in a mattress store for a few nights - and they
had to wake up in the middle of the night to
switch beds so they could compare their reactions to the mattresses.
When it came to sofa beds, the action
moved to Matisic's house. Every two days,
movers brought in a new sofa bed; Matisic
slept in it one night and Wallner, pyjamas and
toothbrush in tow, came over and slept in it the
Another time, the topic was body washes.
"I had broken my foot - " Wallner begins.
"Conveniently for you," Matisic puts in.
Wallner grins. "So I couldn't get it wet."
doing research and asking questions," Matisic
says. "But mostly they don't like shopping
and just grab the first thing they see. Women,
on the other hand, tend to be browsers.
They're more into the process."
The solution: use the strengths of both.
"We recommend that men and women shop
as a team. Have 'the browser' go out first,
check out the options and narrow the field
down to three choices. Then bring in the 'kill
shopper' to make the final choice."
As I chat with Anna Wallner and Kristina
Matisic, I sense that they can scarcely believe
their good fortune - that they have made a career out of their passion for journalism, their
love of shopping and their desire to perform
"In our culture, we don't think about asking for a better deal,
but elsewhere it's the way of doing business. In fact, it's the fun of doing business.
Don't take anything at face value. Ask for more. You'll usually get it."
purchasing decisions in today's marketplace.
Equal parts information and entertainment,
the show not only compares and recommends
specific products or brands, but also, and perhaps more important, shows consumers what
to look for when choosing a product. "In a
way, we're teaching people what questions to
ask - of themselves and of the salesperson,"
Wallner says.
To do this requires extensive preparation.
At planning sessions with program personnel,
Wallner and Matisic choose which products
will be profiled during the shooting season.
Then a team of researchers digs up information on the products, scouts locations and
identifies experts - the show regularly consults
with several UBC profs - who can explain
how a product works or why one is better
than another. Scripts are written, with input
from Wallner and Matisic, and then shooting
takes place.
Most episodes are straightforward. For
example, to test food processors, the duo interviewed a chef who wrote a book on cooking with a food processor and worked with a
pizza chef to put several different models to
the challenge of making pizza dough.
Other episodes are more complicated.
"So I had to roll in the mud and then test
body washes on different parts of my body. . ."
"While I hosed her down," Wallner finishes
with a laugh.
Running shoes
Don't buy based on brand, and don't get
caught up in pumps, air, gel, or flashy designs
Buy whatever shoe fits properly and gives you
the best support. Shop at the end of the day,
when your feet are at their largest.
The most common fallacy that people have
about shopping, according to Matisic, is that
they think it doesn't require skill. "To be a
smart consumer, you have to prepare, do your
research and ask lots of questions."
And the biggest mistake people make?
"Failure to negotiate," Wallner asserts. "In
our culture, we don't think about asking for a
better deal, but elsewhere it's the way of doing
business. In fact, it's the fun of doing business.
Don't take anything at face value. Ask for
more. You'll usually get it."
The Shopping Bags also have advice for the
shopping-phobic, who are often, though not
always, men. "When men are buying something
they're interested in, they'll go to the trouble of
a public service. "On any given day we could
be doing anything, from trying out lipsticks to
testing espresso machines to sleeping in tents,"
Wallner says with a smile. "We work hard,
but we have loads of fun."
Cellulite creams
They don't work, so don't bother! Instead,
spend your money on a pair of running shoes
and take up exercise rather than looking for a
quick fix.
Finally, a personal note. All winter, I had
my eye on a pair of beautiful - and very
expensive - boots in a downtown Vancouver
store. I waited until they went on sale, hoping
there would still be a pair in my size, then
went in. There was one pair left. They fit. The
sale price was affordable, though still high.
Remembering The Shopping Bags' advice,
I summoned my courage and, trying to act
as though I did this all the time, asked the
salesperson if he could do better. After barely
a moment's thought, he offered me a further
discount. "Sold!" I said. Thank you, Shopping
Ellen Schwartz is a Vancouver writer.
Summer 2006    Trek    23 Head First to Olympic Glory
Competing in the Skeleton is an exercise in speed, control and hanging on.
Jeff Pain, BLA'94 combines the three to excel in a very fast sport.
by Vanessa Clarke
When he was a kid suffering from winter
cabin fever, Jeff Pain used to go tobogganing
down a hill around the corner from his house.
"I used a metal saucer that spun around like
crazy," he recalls. He never quite lost his fascination with sliding, but these days his sled is a
little more streamlined and he uses it to hurtle
at speeds of up to 135 km/hr down a frozen
track. Pain competes in Skeleton - a head-first,
front-down version of the luge - and earlier
this year he represented Canada at the Winter
Olympics in Turin.
You might be forgiven for never having
heard of Skeleton before the Salt Lake City
Games of 2002. Women's Skeleton had not
featured as an Olympic event before then,
and men's had been excluded since the 1948
games in St. Moritz. The sport originated
in Switzerland, and in fact precedes both
luge and bobsled. With the arrival of formal
sliding competitions there in the late 1800s,
the prone, head-first position was tried and
soon widely adopted for the quicker runs it
There is some disagreement about the
origins of the name Skeleton, but Pain believes
the theory that the Norwegian word for
sled ("Skele"), was anglicized and the name
Skeleton came about. Others think the name
comes from the framework style ofthe sleds.
Jeff Pain discovered Skeleton through a
bobsledder friend he met while studying for
a degree in Landscape Architecture at UBC.
He was training for high-jump at the time,
but his friend persuaded him to try his hand
at bobsledding when back in their hometown
of Calgary. Pain was soon a born-again slider,
but didn't find his true calling until he decided
to try Skeleton. "I wasn't big enough, or strong
enough, or fast enough for bobsled so I moved
to something better for my body type," he says.
And perhaps his temperament, too. "My first
Skeleton run off the top of a track was in Calgary. I remember at the beginning asking the
guys who were there to push me as fast as they
could, whereas most people just get nudged. I
had the benefit of having been on a bobsled,
but I knew only a very tiny amount about
what was going to happen." He survived this
baptism by ice, and went back for more.
The speed and apparent risk involved
in Skeleton lend it a certain cache (John F.
Kennedy and Errol Flynn are both reputed to
have braved the Cresta Run in St. Moritz ). "I
risk myself a little bit every time I throw myself
down a hill," he says. But he is big on proper
training, technique and safety and insists that
statistically the sport is not that dangerous.
"It's probably safer than playing hockey or
soccer. Our sleds are very heavy and our centre
of gravity is very low. If we do flip over it's not
for long and we just climb back on."
He almost sounds convincing that he's not
crazy to do what he does, but then he adds:
"At those speeds your body can get burned if it
touches the ice. It's amazing how quickly you
can get back on the sled if you come off."
Despite the risks, he has managed to avoid
a major mishap over the years. "Every winter I
have bruises on my arms but my worst injury
was when I rolled my ankle and broke my foot
warming up in the parking lot."
So what does it take to master Skeleton?
"The two key elements are mental and visual,"
24    Trek    Summer 2006 Summer 2006    Trek    25 OLYMPIC GLORY
says Pain. "Mentally, you have to be able
to perform under pressure - think quickly,
solve problems in a microsecond. One of the
advantages I have is a very good ability for
3D visualization. I can see the track, I can see
what I want to do, I can see how it works and
why it will work, and how I need to do it. I
take that brain ability and connect it to my
visual ability. I have very bad eyesight, but
I think my brain processes what I see very
quickly. I think I have good peripheral vision,
too, which helps a lot."
Those skills helped him to Silver in Turin
(having watched the video footage, he rates
both his runs at 9.5), while teammate Duff
Gibson, won Gold and another Canadian,
Paul Boehm, placed fourth. Despite the
elation, celebrations were postponed by the
exhaustion of competition, immediately
followed by drug-testing and media obligations. Pain finally sat down for dinner with
his wife at 1:30 in the morning. But the medal
ceremony later was a chance to make up.
"The nicest part was Duff's gesture of
'At those speeds your body can get burned if it touches the ice.
It's amazing how quickly you can get back on the sled if you come off.
allowing me up on the top step, and hearing
the anthem - even though it wasn't for me,"
he says. "We're as close as two competitors
can be." Duff Gibson won't be participating
in Vancouver in 2010, announcing his retirement after winning gold. At 39, he now holds
the distinction of being the oldest individual
event gold medal winner in the history of
Winter Olympics. Pain is intent on competing
in 2010, when he too will be 39, and eager
to add a gold medal to his collection. He
pretends to be cavalier about his silver medal:
"Ummmm...where is it right now? I think
it's on top of my trophy case." But his wife
always jokes that he carries it around in his
back pocket.
Pain is married with two young children.
He is a landscape designer and has run his
own residential design business for the past
six years. A gruelling training schedule makes
life hectic and he wishes there was more
support. "The Canadian Olympic Committee
has set a goal of 35 medals for 2010. If there's
proper athlete support and the athletes can focus on what they need to and not worry about
day-to-day stresses, if some of this stress can be
taken off - not only through proper facilities
and equipment but also through providing for
life requirements so they're not having to pull
off eight-hour work days on top of the training
- I think Canada can get 50 medals," he says.
Private sponsorship is hard to come by. "It's
hard in Canada because we don't have a culture
of amateur sports, like Europe and Australia.
In North America we've got our professional
sports and focus on those, but the US does a
much better job in promoting their amateur
athletes," says Pain. "Certain sports do well, like
downhill skiing, which is done by hundreds of
thousands of people around the world, but the
smaller and more obscure the sport the harder
it is."
Pain is entrepreneurial in spirit. He has a friend
he met through the Junior Chamber of Commerce
in Calgary with whom he is planning a few business ventures in event promotion. He knows what
an event like the winter Olympics could do for
the profile of athletes like him in Canada, and is
seeking sponsors to back him in his bid for gold in
Vancouver. He feels that his maturity and winning
potential, together with a greater awareness of Skeleton spawned by the last two Olympics, make him
an excellent candidate. Besides his Olympic Silver,
he's won both the World Championships and the
Overall World Championships twice.
"2010 might be an opportunity to shift the
culture a little. There's so much opportunity for
worldwide exposure - either for a start-up or an
existing company with something to show off to the
world," says Pain, who has plenty of showing off
still to do himself.
Vanessa Clarke is assistant editor of Trek Magazine.
26    Trek    Summer 2006 Nursing Calls
Swimmer, Highland dancer, student leader and valedictorian Heather Cook
is part of the first class to graduate from UBC Okanagan. by Bud Mortenson
It's first light, early one morning in 1988.
A five-year-old swimmer from Blueberry Creek, BC splashes into the
water at the public pool in nearby Castlegar, churning up the lanes, learning what it takes to be a competitive swimmer.
Though Heather Cook didn't know it at the time, developing the
discipline of an athlete would prepare her for a very busy and rewarding
life ahead as a student leader, activist and nurse.
"I had to get up at 5:30 in the mornings, even back then," says Cook,
now 23 and a new graduate of UBC Okanagan's Bachelor of Science in
Nursing (bsn) program. "Sure, I complained about it a lot, but in hindsight it made me more focused and showed me what dedication means."
Cook stayed with swimming through her teens, competing at regional
and provincial levels. Her 1991, 1994 and 1997 relay teams still hold
the Castlegar Aquanauts' club records. Along the way, she also found
provincial-level success in competitive Highland dancing. It takes unstinting commitment to stick with training, endure the travel and sacrifice
the things a less-involved teen might enjoy. That's part of the gain for an
athlete, win or lose.
"It has helped me thrive and cope in situations that are chaotic,"
Cook says, then adds, "I describe my life as organized chaos."
Her day is mapped out in a planning calendar, a folder she carries
with her as she moves from one commitment to the next - after the interview she's off to the hospital for her next night shift as a student nurse.
To be sure, Cook has packed a lot of experiences into her four years
as a nursing student in Kelowna.
After a couple of years living on campus in student residences, she
became a senior residence adviser. She was a founder of the nursing course
union, and served as the Student Union's vice president of student life, then
as external coordinator - an oft-quoted student advocate and spokesperson.
"My main fight has been for better access to post-secondary education
for students - tuition reductions and more federal and provincial funding,"
she says, seizing an opportunity to voice the message one more time.
As the UBC Okanagan Academic Plan was being shaped in early 2005,
Cook volunteered on a committee charged with the task of "making
student life great." She continued working on behalf of UBC Okanagan
students through her final term in the bsn program - amid her courses,
practicum work at Kelowna General Hospital, the nursing course union
and student union, Cook was directly involved in UBC's big decisions as
the Okanagan student representative on the Board of Governors.
"It has been a great experience seeing the big changes in the institution
- especially changes that I know students have made," she says. "Being engaged in student politics allows you to have some impact on the institution
and create a community. I've enjoyed seeing the issues at all levels - and
putting students first." Cook has become an adept time manager, seeking
and finding a balance between what she wants to do and what she can
practically accomplish as one person.
"It's a matter of delegation, showing others how to do things and
letting them do it," she says. "And it's about knowing my limits. I am fortunate because I've had the support of so many other students behind me.
That's really helped."
With her degree in hand, Cook is excited about being a full-time nurse,
hopefully in the Okanagan at Kelowna General Hospital, and ideally, in
surgical nursing. But the future could take her in many directions, perhaps
a master's degree in nursing or a nurse practitioner program, a relatively
new education option she describes as "helping to bridge the gap between
physicians and nurses."
Things have changed a bit since Cook's days back in Blueberry Creek,
attending high school at Castlegar's Stanley Humphries Secondary with her
sights set on becoming a physician.
"I was thinking about a bachelor of science degree and medicine," she
recalls. "Then I saw the nursing program here. I really liked their caring
attitude and the attention students received. You really get to know the
faculty in this program.
"On the first day of classes, we went over the role of a nurse. It opened
my eyes to all the options to help people - and there are many. I thought I
wanted to be a doctor, but I found my calling in nursing."
Bud Mortenson is Communications Coordinator for the office of Public
Affairs, UBC Okanagan
Summer 2006    Trek    27 4 1
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Baseball 'Birds reach a new peak
It was a season of firsts for UBC's baseball team
in 2006. The Thunderbirds earned the right to
host their first ever National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (naia) Super Regional playoff
series on account of their 28-2 conference record
and Region 1 playoff victories, then secured their
first ever trip to the naia World Series with convincing wins over Concordia University of Irvine,
California, at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Ultimately, the T-Birds fell just shy of their
championship goal, winning their first two games
at the World Series before dropping decisions
to eventual finalist Cumberland of Tennessee,
and the hosts and eventual champions from
Lewis-Clark State College of Idaho. Still, it was
an impressive run for a program that is just nine
years in the making. Region 1 coach of the year
Terry McKaig resurrected the baseball team from
scratch in 1998, and the T-Birds only began competing in the naia in
2000. UBC's record of 49-14 overall was their best ever, and their No. 4
national ranking was also a milestone achievement.
Thirteen seniors played their final game as a 'Bird, including former
Red Sox draft pick and three-time All-Region player Adam Campbell.
"This season really made people in the naia stand up and take notice
of our program," said McKaig. "We showed that we can compete with
anybody in this league and that's a big step."
Sophomore pitcher Shawn Schaefer, a Pitt Meadows native who
came back to Canada this season from the US, was named a second
team Ail-American along with senior outfielder Connor Janes. In mid-
June, the Arizona Diamondbacks made Janes the 10th T-Bird ever taken
in the Major League Baseball Draft, selecting the power hitter in the
27th round. Graduating first baseman Johnny Yiu received the Hank
Burbridge Champion of Character award, an naia initiative to recognize
those who exemplify respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and
Mason leaps into record book; Hat trick for Huzzey
High jumper Mike Mason of Nanoose Bay made an indelible mark in
his first naia championship, soaring higher than he ever has before to
win gold for UBC.
A world-class transfer from the University of Kentucky, Mason
posted a leap of 22.2 metres to win the event and erase the previous
naia record of 2.21 set in 1995 by Lee Pool of Dallas Baptist. The jump
was also Mason's personal best, improving on the 2.21-metre mark he
recorded enroute to winning the men's high jump at the 2004 world
junior track and field championships in Grossetto, Italy.
On the women's side, meanwhile, Megan Huzzey sped to her third
consecutive naia racewalk title, winning the 3,000-metre event in
13:53.57, a personal best and her first effort under 14 minutes. She was
followed by Virginia In term ont freshman Amanda Gorst in 14:15.54.
UBC Closing in on CIS Lead
The women's basketball crown was UBC's 66th Canadian Interuniversity
Sport title all-time, second only to the University of Toronto, which UBC
should catch in the next two years. Also bringing back cis banners to the
Point Grey campus in 2005-06 were men's and women's swimming, for
a record ninth consecutive season, and men's soccer back in November.
Men's rowing claimed the Canadian University Rowing Championships,
while women's golf won their fourth straight rcga Canadian University/
College Championship in June.
'Birds of Summer
The varsity season has come to a close but that doesn't mean the action
stops for UBC's student-athletes. Here's a look at the T-Birds and recent
alumni representing Canada this summer.
In men's volleyball, current T-Birds Spencer Holowachuk and Kyle
Bryce will represent Canada at the fivb U21 World Beach Championships in Myslowice, Poland, Aug. 22-27, while standout rookie Kyle
Duperron and top recruit Greg Niemantsverdriet have been invited to the
junior men's selection camp in Edmonton.
Five current or recently graduated rowers are in the hunt to make
Canadian national teams. Ben Rutledge and Kyle Hamilton are the
second-fastest ranked pair in Canada following the Canadian Speed
Order Regatta, which functions as a selection event for the world
championships in London, England, the under-23 world championships
in Scotland, and World University Rowing Championships in Latvia.
Rob Weitemeyer was also chosen to attend the senior A camp, while
Ben Dove was chosen to compete for a spot on the u-23 team and men's
coxswain Julia MacDonald is in London, Ontario, trialing for a seat in
the Canadian women's u-23 eight.
Thunderbirds are also making noise on the basketball front, starting
with alumnae Sheila Townsend and Carrie Watson, who hope to stick
with the senior national team for a second straight summer. The team
Photograph: Richard Lam
Summer 2006    Trek    29 will tour Europe in preparation for the World
Championships in Brazil in September. UBC
newcomer Evans will be on the under-20 team
that will compete at the world championship
qualification tournament in Mexico City in
August, while top recruits Lisson and Pinske
are currently trying out for Canada's junior
national team and are hoping to be selected for
the ui8 fiba America World Championship
Qualification Tournament in Colorado.
Women's rugby players Kim Donaldson and
recent grad Lesley McKenzie have both made
the senior national team and will play in a
series of test matches this summer in preparation for the Women's World Cup of Rugby this
September in Edmonton. Donaldson is also the
captain of Canada's under-23 team.
Several swimmers will appear at the Pan
Pacific Championships Aug. 17 in Victoria.
Names to watch for include Brian Johns, Scott
Dickens, Darryl Rudolf and Kelly Stefanyshyn,
as well as Maya Beaudry and Matt Hawes.
Trials for the Pan Pacs are in Montreal starting
July 27. The team for the next world championships will be chosen from the Pan Pacs.
UBC women's soccer goalkeeper Jackie
All Canadian Tiffany Michaluk (above) and Laura
Dowling will train with the senior national team
this summer.
Dunnett is currently playing with the White-
caps in the W-League and is a candidate for the
Canadian under-20 team that will play in the
U20 World Championships in Russia.
Track and field T-Birds Mason, Lauren
Welch, Shannon Elmer and Cloe Hewitt will
represent Canada at the North America, Central America, Caribbean U23 championships in
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Bob Philip Receives NACDA award
Athletic director Bob Philip has received the
ad of the Year Award, international division,
at the National Association of Collegiate
Directors of Athletics (nacda) annual convention.
Philip's programs have produced 37 CIS
and naia titles since he came to UBC in 1992.
Under his guidance, UBC Athletics' endowments have increased significantly, as he helped
raise $3.9 million through the telus Millennium Scholarship Breakfast and more than $10
million for other scholarships and facilities,
including the John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse
and the UBC Thunderbird Olympic Arena.
Marc Weber
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30    Trek    Summer 2006
Photograph: Richard Lam UBC
The Back Mac Campaign
Most people think ofthe Great
Trek as UBC's one big province-wide     hCk
demonstration for higher education
in BC. Not true. When post-secondary education in BC has been threatened, UBC students and alumni,
ever-vigilant, have repeatedly gone
to the people for support. And the
government has had to listen.
In 1961, BC's post-secondary
system consisted of UBC, Victoria College and a few unregulated
private colleges. With the number of
such colleges increasing and no
plan in place for BC's educa- Back Mac
tional future, people were getting
concerned. The Okanagan
Mainline Regional Planning Committee called
for an immediate probe of higher education in
BC. In July 1961 the UBC Alumni Association
wrote to Social Credit premier W A. C. Bennett,
endorsing this recommendation, and supporting
the establishment of a centrally regulated system
of post-secondary institutions in the province.
From UBC and from elsewhere, the pressure
on the government was building, with retiring
UBC president Norman MacKenzie reiterating
the need for such a probe, and for more funding
and a variety of educational options in BC.
When he became UBC's president in 1962,
John B. MacDonald knew that his first priority was the development of a comprehensive
post-secondary plan for BC. With a host of Baby
Boomers coming and educational expectations
by Elizabeth Elliott
supporters take to the streets to protest lack of mon
increasing, post-secondary enrolment would
more than double by 1971 from 14,000 to an
anticipated 35,000. As the only university in
the province, UBC was not equipped to handle
this massive influx, and the demand for professors would quickly outstrip supply without
a more robust graduate studies program. He
also saw that if BC were to remain competitive, it would have to get ahead of the scientific
revolution by training professionals for the
new economy rather than continuing to rely on
natural resources. Indeed, the need to develop
a plan was so urgent that there was no time for
a Royal Commission - the study would need to
be conducted immediately.
MacDonald convinced W.A.C. Bennett,
and on August 29, 1962 the study to gauge
BC's higher education needs was launched.
With MacDonald at the head, 12 top UBC
officials travelled the province and examined
educational systems in Great Britain, New Zealand and the United
States. Their recommendations,
released the following January as
Higher Education in British Columbia and a Plan for the Future but
quickly known as the MacDonald
Report, included a system of universities and four-year colleges, with
several two-year junior colleges
providing technical and vocational
training, previously unknown in
It called for an immediate
ey for UBC. start on a university in Burnaby,
and junior colleges in Vancouver, Kelowna and Castlegar by
1965. By 1971, junior colleges should be established in central Vancouver Island, Kamloops,
Prince George and the eastern lower Fraser
Valley, and the college in Kelowna should
become a university. This would require a massive funding increase: implementing the plan
was expected to cost about $450 million over
eight years, with the funding to come from the
federal and provincial government, and (for the
two-year colleges) municipal taxes.
Les Peterson, UBC grad, minister of education and, later, UBC's chancellor, initially rejected the plan, but quickly back-pedalled when
Bennett endorsed it, promising to move on the
recommendations immediately. In addition to
establishing SFU, the government took steps to
change Victoria College into a university and
began work on the system of colleges. It looked
like the provincial government was serious
about funding higher education in BC.
Summer 2006    Trek    31 THE BACK MAC CAMPAIGN
Then came time for budget submissions.
UBC's faculty had submitted budget requests
to President MacDonald that called for a $4.5
million increase from the previous year. MacDonald managed to whittle the increase down
to $2.6 million, the minimum needed to cover
the increased demands on the university.
After MacDonald sent his request to
government, the increase was further cut to
$1 million. MacDonald had already committed nearly that much to maintaining the status
quo at UBC, leaving him with no increase for
desperately needed expansion. The Board of
Governors was used to receiving less than the
budget request and didn't feel it was a good
time to push the government further. MacDonald disagreed, and spoke out publicly against
the budget cut while urging the federal government to take on responsibility for financing
graduate and professional education. Several
newspapers carried his comments, which
reached a responsive audience.
UBC students were furious with the
government's decision, especially in light of
Bennett's endorsement of the MacDonald
Report. They considered protests, strikes and
marches, and quickly decided that the issue
should be brought to the people of BC. They
sacrificed their classes for Thursday afternoon
and Friday (ams President Doug Stewart made
the distinction that this was not a boycott,
but a sacrifice for a higher principle). The ams
hired buses and cars to carry 500 students
throughout the province to collect signatures
in support of increased funding for higher education in BC. At the same time, 600 students
would march from Sunset Beach to downtown
Vancouver, holding a mock class on the courthouse steps.
With the endorsement of the Faculty Association and the Alumni Association, the students took to the road, fanning out all over the
province. They went to large towns and small,
logging camps and backwaters, collecting signatures and distributing buttons declaring, "I
Back Mac." Some people found this confusing;
not having heard of MacDonald they declined
the buttons - one man said he couldn't back
Mac because he was a Diefenbaker man - and
some communities were unhappy that their
towns hadn't been chosen as college sites in
the MacDonald report. To keep the focus on
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Back Mac crusaders travelled the province to
collect supporting signatures from as many British
Columbians as possible. The baby, above, declined
support for more and better post-secondary
options in BC the students talked about the
larger issues and made more buttons reading,
"I support higher education." Everywhere,
the determined scholars were given a warm
welcome. Nuns in Kamloops pinned "I Back
Mac" buttons to their habits. In McBride, 600
of its 800 citizens signed the petition. Many of
the students went on little or no sleep for the
whole weekend. When they returned to campus,
the travellers were exhausted but triumphant:
more than 232,000 of the province's 1.6 million
residents had signed their support in just three
This the BC government could not ignore.
After some negotiation, they agreed to a supplementary grant of $370,000. The next year,
UBC received the full grant request for the first
time in its history. UBC's president had shown
the way to our current province-wide system of
post-secondary education, and UBC's students
and alumni had shown that the people were
behind it, forcing the government to keep their
Did you back Mac? If you were there, we'd love
to hear your story. Contact the editor at chris.
John B. Macdonald's insight into the nature of higher
• Education is a vital part of the scientific revolution.
If BC is to remain competitive, we can't continue to
rely on natural resources at the expense of higher
• Education is a public concern, funded by the public,
for the benefit of the public, and as such is inseparable
from politics. In order to make thoughtful, wise
decisions about funding, the people must be informed
about the benefits of education.
• To build a great educational system, we must prepare by training the educators of
the future. By expanding graduate studies programs, we also provide professionals
and specialists for BC, Canada, and the world.
• Administration is inseparable from academia; the key to excellence in both is leadership at all levels. To allow for such leadership, deans and department heads must
be given authority over their areas. Leadership does not equal dictatorship, however,
so these leaders must be chosen carefully.
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A Small Dog Barking and other stories
Robert Strandquist mfa'86
Anvil Press, $i8
Don't let the slimness of this volume fool
you: there is a lot of meat in these stories.
Strandquist's prose is stark, immediate and
dense with layers of meaning. He seems to
write effortlessly, as if it all came out in a
dream, like "Xanadu," except he remembered.
And still, his descriptions surprise and delight
with their absolute accuracy.
This collection moves through a wide
range of settings and genres from the apocalyptic to the seemingly everyday, from science
fiction to prose poetry. This is Strandquist's
third work of fiction, following The Inanimate
World (a collection of short fiction) and The
Dreamlife of Bridges (a novel). In keeping
with these others, A Small Dog Barking pushes
literary boundaries as only he can.
Jean Coulthard: A Life in Music
William Bruneau & David Gordon Duke
Ronsdale Press $22.95
This is the first biography of Canadian composer Jean Coulthard, dlit'88 who, over a 70
year career, established herself as one of Canada's foremost composers. A member of UBC's
School of Music from 1947-73, Coulthard
mentored two generations of composers. Her
much-acclaimed compositions spanned every
genre of traditional classical music, drawing
from her experiences studying under Bartok,
Vaughan Williams and Schoenberg while
retaining a distinctly Canadian sound. Jean
Coulthard: A Life in Music examines the life of
this exceptional woman, which is inextricably
entwined with the story of Canadian art in the
20th century.
Stealing Home
Ellen Schwartz mfa'88
Tundra Books, $12.99
It's 1947, and the great Jackie Robinson is
playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, fighting
his way through baseball's colour barrier.
Meanwhile, nine year old Joey Sexton, recently
orphaned, is sent to live with his mother's
estranged family in Brooklyn. Too dark for his
Jewish relatives, too light for his black peers,
Joey struggles for a place to belong, and tries
to find a way into his grandfather's heart.
Set at the dawn of the civil rights movement, when the struggle for equality had
come to America's favourite pastime, Stealing
Home tells the story of that struggle through
the eyes of a young mixed-race kid.
Field of Mars
Stephen Miller MA'70
Viking Press, $32
1913 was an interesting time to be in St.
Petersburg, especially
for an officer in the
Okhrana, Russia's
secret police. Pyotr
Ryzhkov would
prefer a less interesting life - his
wife has left him,
and he knows far
too much about
Russia's corruption. Then a
child prostitute
is thrown from
the window of
an exclusive brothel. The evidence points to
murder, but powerful forces want it covered up. As Ryzhkov delves further, he finds
himself in the shadowy world of international
politics, conspiracy and treason. Will his
quest for the truth cost him his life?
Miller is better known for his acting,
particularly for his portrayal of Lt. Zak Mc-
Nab on Da Vinci's Inquest. This, his second
novel (after The Woman in the Yard), shows
him to be a skilled writer as well. His writing
career will be worth watching.
The End of Southern Exceptionalism:
Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the
Postwar South
Byron Shafer & Richard Johnston BA'70, phd
Harvard University Press
Ever since V.O. Key's book Southern Politics,
general wisdom has held that the political
shift in America's South from Democrat to
Republican was a backlash against the rise
of civil rights. Shafer and Johnston use hard
evidence, including polling and election data,
to convincingly posit that this major shift
was not racially motivated, but was due to
economic development after World War II.
The End of Southern Exceptionalism shatters
long-held myths around the nature of politics
in the South, explaining the economic forces
and consequent class shift that led to Republican dominance.
Dream Helmet
William New bed'6i, MA'63, PHD
Illustrations by Vivian Bevis MA'82
This whimsical collection of nonsense poetry
will delight small children with its theme
of the imaginative potential of dreaming.
Featuring a guitar-playing hippopotamus, a knock-kneed knight
who won't get new tights, a
flying calliope horse, and many
other fantastic characters, Dream
I Helmet is beautifully illustrated
■  by Vivian Bevis, whose watercol-
'  ours bring each poem to life. This is
the third children's book that Bevis
and New have worked on together,
and along with Vanilla Gorilla and
I Llamas in the Laundry, it is a fine ad-
' dition to a small child's library.
William New is the University
Killam Professor Emeritus of English
and Canadian Literature at UBC.
Summer 2006    Trek    35 Selections from Margot Steward's journal,
kept during her trip to the ancient byways.
Day 1
A quick visit to Athens before we set sail. We
tramped all over the Acropolis site, then boarded the Clipper Adventurer in the afternoon. My
travelling companion and I had sailed on this
same ship to Antarctica the previous winter so
boarding felt like a reunion with an old friend.
We dashed up to the "pointy end" to check
on the paint damage that had been sustained
crossing the Drake Channel. All repaired and
repainted and fun to recall that epic storm.
Day 2
Woke at Delos, an island of 3rd and 2nd BC
century ruins. We were loaded into zodiacs to
explore the amazing mosaics and marble ruins,
with the special treat of wildflowers underfoot.
Our guide was raised on Mykonos, and has a
phd in Archeology with a post-doc at sfu, but
we didn't hold that against him. He speaks five
languages, works two days a week excavating,
two days guiding and crafts unique silver jewellery in his spare time. Today we zodiacked to
Mykonos, a favourite Greek Island holiday for
gay guys. They know how to pick an island.
The Ancient Byways
Sailing the Greek Isles, Sicily and Tunisia, By Margot Steward, BA'62
built subterranean to escape the summer heat.
Visited the Bardo Museau (gorgeous mosaics)
and the Medina in Tunis with a Tunisian lunch
complete with chunky belly dancers. Next, we
saw the ruins of Carthage, which is now an upscale residential area with few ruins left, then a
quick visit to the North African wwn cemetery.
More impressive were the well-preserved ruins
at Douga which overlook a lush wheat growing
valley. No wonder the Romans settled there.
We stopped at a picturesque blue and white
Tunisian village for photographic possibilities
and were swamped by aggressive vendors, the
first we'd encountered. We visited the Muslim
holy city of Kairouan and its mosque, with
head, shoulders and legs covered out of respect
although no one seemed to care how tourists
dressed. Some of the indigenous ladies dressed in
Margot Steward holds up a copy of The Comox Valley Record, while the ruins behind her hold up history.
Day 3
Santorini, a popular tourist island. Beautiful
villages perched on volcanic cliffs above black
sand beaches. We took pity on the donkeys and
walked back to the beach and read in the sun on
the stern deck as we waited for cocktail hour.
Each location we visited was preceded by
a lecture by one of seven specialists - archeologists, sociologists, biologists, art historians
- who accompanied us by zodiac to each site.
Day 4
Crete. We docked at Iraklio and bused to Knossos, the capitol of Minoan Crete, then later to
Rethymnon, an old Venetian-Ottoman fortress.
UBC threw a get-together cocktail party for us
tonight and I was surprised and delighted to reconnect with an old friend from 40-plus years
ago from geology class and residence. It's just
amazing how little we'd changed or so it seemed
with a drink in our hand!
Day 5
A day at sea, which I love. Lectures to prepare
us for Sicily and champagne mimosas and hors
d'oevres to while away the time...
Day 6 and 7
Sicily. Took a walking tour of the old town of
Ortigia, interesting because of our sociologist's
lecture about family life in Sicily, based on her
own family. Agrigento ruins with a valley full of
Doric temples. My favourite day. After dinner
the scientists prepared us for North Africa.
Days 8, 9, 10 and 11
Tunisia! I can hardly believe I'm in North Africa! Bused to Bulla Regia, a Roman classical city,
colourful regional costumes for market day.
Day 12
To Malta for disembarking, with a two day
extension, finishing another wonderful trip with
UBC alumni. New friends and old, wonderful scenery and photos to prove it. I've already
signed up for the next Clipper trip with UBC!
Who knew retirement could be this much fun!
Margot Steward sailed the Greek Isles on one
of our alumni cruises. To see more photos of
Margot's trip, visit www.alumni.ubc.ca, click
"Rewards" on the navigation bar, then select
"Travel Program." Click on the photo gallery
link on the right side of the page.
For more information on our Travel Program,
contact Karen Kanigan, Member Services Manager, at 604.822.9629 or karen.kanigan@ubc.ca.
36    Trek    Summer 2006 alumninews
Spring Convocation saw the Young Alumni Network welcoming almost 7,000 new members,
nearly 500 of them making up UBC Okanagan's
first graduating class - an exciting addition to
the celebrations. The Young Alumni Network
is eager to serve alumni of both campuses who
graduated within the last 10 years and are currently based in the Lower Mainland area. In the
last couple of months alone the Young Alumni
Network has facilitated a number of social
events between alumni, current students and
other friends of UBC.
In March, Young Alumni took advantage
of several opportunities for hooking up with
current students, sharing their post-UBC experiences and finding out what's been happening on
campus since they left. A student leader recognition event was held at Sage Bistro where Young
Alumni could chat with current student leaders
over food and drinks in a casual atmosphere.
President Martha Piper and vp Students Brian
Sullivan addressed a gathering of more than
200 people. They stressed the important link
that exists between alumni and students and
pointed out that graduation is not the end of
one's relationship with UBC but the beginning
of a new one.
Later the same week, the Grad Class
Council hosted its year-end wine and cheese
for graduating students. Judging by how long
people stuck around, those young alumni that
attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was
a great chance to hear about the immediate
plans of new graduates and their hopes for the
Looking to the future, the Young Alumni
executives went on a planning retreat and established an annual planning calendar to help them
organize new events for the coming year. Young
Alumni can expect a range of events catering
to a wide variety of interests including lecture
series, participation in community literacy
programs, arts and cultural evenings, financial
seminars, activities with current students and
perhaps even a Day of the Longboat alumni
team! The executive are open to new ideas and
would love to hear from other Young Alumni
who want to get involved.
This time of year also marks a change-over
Congregation 2006
Between May 24 and May 30, more than 5,000
men and women crossed the stage at the Chan
Centre to become alumni of UBC. The ceremonies,
22 in all, were led by Martha Piper who has the
knack for delivering the 22nd graduation speech
with as much passion and conviction as she does
the first. In her nine year tour of duty at UBC,
we estimate that she has officiated at nearly 300
graduation ceremonies
The most compelling images of graduation
are the ones that capture something of the joy,
relief, anticipation and sense of occasion people
feel when they flip their tassels, and some of the
mixed feelings of their parents
Photographs: Chris Petty and Elisa Cachero
Summer 2006    Trek    37 alumninews
in the executive. The outgoing executives have
been brilliant in carrying on the Young Alumni
tradition with energy and enthusiasm, and the
university and Alumni Affairs are thankful for
their leadership. A new crew is in place, and
their dedication and spirit is already in evidence.
There are still a few positions open. If you are
interested in filling one, or joining one of the
many committees, please get in touch. For more
information on joining the executive or about
upcoming events, e-mail ya@alumni.ubc.ca.
What is a network?
Network • Vnet-,work\n:  an interconnected
or interrelated group of people with similar
interests or concerns who interact and remain in
informal contact for mutual assistance or support. (Webster's Collegiate Dictionary)
Where are they?
No matter where you go, either to travel or live,
UBC has more than 50 networks to keep you
connected with one another, keep the communication line open to your alma mater and
help you get established in your area. From
San Francisco to Kuala Lumpur to Prince
George, the groups are led by your fellow grads
- enthusiastic alumni - who organize events
and activities. There are always chances for you
to get involved and share your event ideas and
input. Check out Connect at www.alumni.ubc.
ca/ or contact your Alumni Relations Manager
to locate your local representative.
Ottawa - new reps Heather Cole, BSc'91 and
Ryan Flewelling, BA'99. Email either hcole@rog-
ers.com or rflewelling5493@rogers.com.
Shanghai - Anny Kwok, bcom'oo. Email shang-
Hong Kong - Michael Mak, BCOM'97 took
over the reigns as president at the recent AGM.
He can be reached at hongkong@alumni.ubc.ca.
Indonesia - contact new reps, Joanita Tjan-
drawinata, BA'04 or Jimmy Sunaryo, BASc'05 at
Tokyo - There's a new rep on board. Kozue
Saito, MED'03 can be reached at Tokyo®
Dr. Piper's final year as UBC President has been a
busy one with visits to Calgary, Singapore, Seoul,
Seattle, San Francisco, Ottawa, Toronto, London,
and Kelowna. Regional networks held speaker
events, pub nights, spring hikes and more. Want
to know what's happening in your neck of the
woods? Get the latest on the calendar of events at
The Class of 2010 is entering UBC this fall! Send
the new UBC students in your hometown off
to campus in the know. Stay tuned for send-off
events in your city this summer. Network reps
will be planning informal gatherings before the
students leave for UBC. Share your university experiences and help answer some of the students'
questions about campus life.
For more information visit the website or
contact one of your Alumni Relations Managers:
Shawn Swallow, UBC Okanagan
205-807-9223 or
Valerie Tse, UBC Asia Pacific Regional Office,
Hong Kong,852-2i 11-4400
Tanya Walker, UBC Vancouver
604-822-8643 (1-800-883-3088 - toll free in
Canada and the US) or
Day of the Longboat, October 1, 2006
Canoes, water, paddles, sore muscles and a great time. Put together a team
and be part of the largest voyageur canoe race in North America. Join one of
the 300 ten-person teams as they paddle a two kilometre course off Jericho
Sailing Centre. Beach start, a cone pickup, and three big turns. To put an
alumni team together, contact Marguerite Collins at marguerite.collins@ubc.
ca or at 604-827-3294 for more information.
Unless otherwise stated, please contact Marguerite Collins at marguerite.collins@ubc.ca or at
604-827-3294 for more information on reunions.
We're organizing reunions for 10, 25 and 50
year anniversary classes. Please contact Marguerite to plan your class reunion.
CLASS OF '46 ~ 60th
Join us for celebrations on Thursday Nov. 23.
The day starts with brunch at Cecil Green Park
followed by a special convocation ceremony at
the Chan Centre, when you will receive your
60th anniversary pin from incoming President
Stephen Toope. Join us for tea after at CGP.
The Class of 1946 established an entrance
scholarship at its 50 year reunion. The award
goes to an outstanding student entering UBC
from secondary school. Ten years later, class
members continue to raise funds. If you have
immediate questions regarding this scholarship
or are interested in making a donation, please
38    Trek    Summer 2006 contact Michelle Orr at 604-822-8904 or
michelle. orr@ubc.ca
Nursing All Years
Lunch at Cecil Green Park House. Wanting
to organize your io-, 25-, 30- or 50-year anniversary Nursing Reunion? Have your class
reunion at our lunch! Contact Cathy Ebbehoj,
BSN'75, MSN'99 for details at 604-822-7468
or ebbehoj@nursing.ubc.ca.
Home Ec '56
Lunch at the Botanical Garden. For more
information, please contact Sue Girling at
Arts & Science '56
Lunch at Green College Great Hall.
Physical Education '51
Sunday from noon onwards at Bill Ross'
house in Surrey, 14732 i6a Ave, Surrey, V4A
5M7. Snacks in the afternoon and a bbq on
the covered deck at 5:00 pm. Please contact
Ken Hodgert for more information at ka-
hodgert@shaw.ca or 403-686-4533.
Pharmacy '56
For more details, please contact Murray
Dykeman at jmdykeman@shaw.ca or 604-
988-0901; or Eric Seto at 604-525-1206.
Pharmacy '66
Contact Chuck Willett at 604-922-3429 or
email him c_willett@shaw.ca.
Pharmacy '86
Contact Juliette Hum for more information at
Imagine 10 Year Reunion
Imagine has been around ten years! We're
gathering together all those student, staff and
faculty leaders who helped bring Imagine
to life. Come join us to celebrate ten years
of great success. Call Marguerite Collins at
marguerite.collins@ubc.ca for more info.
September 30 - reception at the Pan Pacific
Hotel. Please contact Marguerite Collins at
marguerite.collins@ubc.ca or Dr. Steve Lar-
igakis at slarigakis@shaw.ca for details.
Applied Science '56 & '76
Contact our offices for details.
Applied Science '66
September 30 - evening reception in the Faculty and Staff lounge in the ceme building
Geography '80-'85, ma and phd graduates.
Reunion dinner on May 27. Please contact
Gary Barrett at gary_barrett@telus.net or
Colin Wolfe at colin.wolfe@cec.eu.int
Pharmacy '56
For more details, please contact Murray
Dykeman at jmdykeman@shaw.ca or 604-
988-0901; or Eric Seto at 604-525-1206.
Pharmacy '66
Please contact Chuck Willett for more
details at 604-922-3429 or email him at
Pharmacy '86
Please contact Juliette Hum for more information at juliette.hum@novartis.com.
Sauder School of Business
For Sauder reunions, unless otherwise stated, contact Darline Beck, Alumni Relations
Coordinator for Sauder School of Business,
at darline.beck@sauder.ubc.ca or 604-822-
6027. We currently need a reunion committee for the classes of mba'8i and MBA'96
September 22 at the Royal Vancouver Yacht
Club in Kits.
Volunteers are Blooming!
Right, bottom: Each year, the Alumni Affairs office
recognizes UBC staffers who volunteer their time
and talents to the university. This year, Kathy Ebbehoj
received the Slonecker Award (presented here by
Chuck and Jan Slonecker) at Cecil Green Park.
Top: Jane Bond, volunteer at the Museum of
Anthropology, won the draw to have the honour of
planting a hydrangea in the "Volunteers are Bloom-
ng" garden at Cecil Green Park.
Photographs: Chris Petty
Summer 2006    Trek    39 Come home for
Alumni Weekend
with all new activities!
Friday September 29 - Sunday October 1, 2006
Everyone is welcome at Alumni Weekend - and you won't need a
class reunion to keep you occupied so no need to worry if you don't
see one listed on these pages. This year, we're introducing a new program of activities for all grads and friends to attend. We'll keep adding
events over the next months, so visit our website and make plans to
come home to UBC this fall. For more information and to see a full
listing of the activities planned to date, please visit our website at:
If you aren't part of a class reunion this fall, but are thinking of
attending Alumni Weekend, contact UBC Alumni Affairs and give us
your current email address. We will send out invitations for Alumni
Weekend via email during the summer. Please send your details to
marguerite.col lins@u bcca.
Here are some of the events we've planned so far:
Friday September 29
BBQ for campus based alumni, Thunderbird's Football game.
Saturday September 30
Breakfast with UBC's new president, Stephen Toope
Campus tours
Hard hat tour of the Museum of Anthropology
Tour of Botanical Garden
Lunch, complete with musical entertainment
Tour of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Classes without Quizzes - presentations by faculty members renowned
for their classroom abilities, telling you things you'll never forget.
Student Panels
Opening of the new UBC Boathouse
Sunday General Activities:
Day of the Longboat
BCom'81, BCom'96
25 year anniversary. Please contact Darline
Beck, Alumni Relations Coordinator for Sauder
School of Business, at darline.beck@sauder.ubc.
ca or phone 604-822-6027.
Med'61, Med'71, Med'96
Details to come.
Contact Marguerite Collins at marguerite.
collins@ubc.ca or 604-827-3294.
Contact Patrick MacLeod for more details via
email at patrick.macleod@viha.ca.
October 13-15 at the Brentwood Bay Lodge and
Spa. We've bought out the whole resort! Don't
miss this weekend! Contact Dr. Penny Osborne
for more information at Penny.Osborne@vch.ca.
Applied Science For details on Applied Science
Reunions, please contact May Cordeiro, Alumni
Relations Officer for Applied Science, at mcor-
deiro@apsc.ubc.ca or 604-822-9454.
Chemical '56
Details to come.
Chemical '66
September 9: Tour of department & cruise to
Bowen Island; September 10: Brunch at Granville Island followed by golf.
Civil '49, '56, '71
Details to come.
Electrical & Computer '60-'00
Golf and a salmon barbecue. Details tba.
Electrical '56, Eng. Physics '56, Geological '86,
Mechanical '76 & '81,
Applied Science '46 (November)
Details to come.
Law'56, '71,'76, 96
Details to come.
September 27 at Cecil Green Park House. After
25 years it's time to reunite, check out the grey
40    Trek    Summer 2006 hair, talk about our children (now themselves in
university or beyond) and down some ofthe ol'
plonk. Contact Ted Murchison at tmurchison®
murchisonthomson.com or Marina Pratchett at
mpratchett@van.fasken.com and volunteer to
help, express your support or let us know how
much you hate class reunions.
Dentistry Alumni Tournament
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Shot gun start, 1:30pm, Morgan Creek, South
Surrey. Students and alumni welcome. An apres
golf gourmet bbq for all. Details on tickets
coming soon. Contact: dentalum@interchange.
Join us to honour UBC's highest
achievers and to support the
Global Service Learning
NOVEMBER 2, 2006
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create your own specialized groups
of UBC classmates. Build networks,
join existing ones, post jobs or just
get in touch with old classmates.
Go to www.alumni.ubc.ca and
click TrekConnect to signup. Use
your student number to sign in.
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General Meeting
September 13, 2006
6251 Cecil Green Park Rd.
UBC Campus
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Harvey Buckmaster MA'52, phd'56 has been
elected a Fellow of the International epr/esr
Society for his outstanding contributions
to Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. The citation says that Harvey "is a
pioneer epr spectroscopist. His phd thesis at
UBC involved the first construction of both
an epr spectrometer in Canada in 1953 and
a high-frequency magnetic field modulation
version that achieved a significant improvement in spectrometer sensitivity by 1955.
After an nrc Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship in radio astronomy at Cambridge, he
resumed his epr research at the University of
Alberta. In i960, he moved to the University
of Calgary, retiring as a professor emeritus
of Physics in 1993. He then moved to the
University of Victoria as an adjunct professor
to do epr research for another six years.
His research involved the introduction
of synchronous signal processing and noise
suppression techniques to the design of epr
spectrometers and their incorporation into
the design and early construction of a broadband 1-2 ghz cw ad pulse epr spectrometer
in 1992. He made early contributions to the
tensor operator formulation of spin-Hamilto-
nians and the application of computers to fit
epr spectra to spin-Hamiltonians.
His experimental epr research included
studies of S-state impurity ion host lattice
effects, in situ combustion of coals, impurity
ions in coals, radiation effects in biological tissue, and medical biophysics studies of
hemoglobin and malignant hyperthermia. He
has published over 180 scientific
MlRA Ray PHD'04 is involved in an exciting new initiative called cram Science,
the first on-line science magazine for Canadian teens
Summer 2006    Trek    43 class ACTS
John Diggens bsc'68, DMD'72 has received an Honoured Member Award
from the College of Dental surgeons
for his outstanding and  longstanding service to the profession. John
is a past president of the Alumni
Association ... Jack Hodgins BED'62,
DLIT'95 has won the Lieutenant
Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. His body of work includes
The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne,
winner of the Governor General's
Award for English-language fiction
in 1979 ... Now retired and living on Gabriola Island, Roy Innes
MD'64 has become a published
writer. His mystery novel, Murder
in the Monashees, is set in bc and is
now in its second printing. A review
published in the Midwest Review
of Books said: "Roy Innes obeys all
the rules in turning out the perfect
mystery. The murderer is there in the
background; pertinent clues abound;
and the police have their problems tracking
their man. He includes a captivating love
story, his characters are ordinary people just
trying to get by, and the killer has a human
face. There is no shortage of action, and
the book reads easily and has a refreshing
twist. Innes is a mystery talent who should
keep cranking out his product. An excellent
read!" The book was listed in the Edmonton Journal as a Christmas best buy and
has been submitted by NeWest Press for an
Arthur Award. He has recently completed
a mystery novel for juveniles that he hopes
will be published this fall and is finishing
up a sequel to Murder in the Monashees ...
Nancy Macey bsr'68 (Rehab Med) worked
at Lions Gate Hospital for a short time after
graduation, then spent the next 20 years
caring for her two children. When they were
adults, she once again turned her attention
to medicine. She perceived a shortage of hospice care in Delta, and established a hospice
organization out of her own home there.
Delwen Stander BA'85
She has been growing the Delta Hospice
Society ever since. It is a self-sustaining,
volunteer-run organization and, according
to daughter-in-law Sarah Macey, the best
non-profit in Delta. It consists of the Family
Hospice Care Center (which houses offices
for volunteer coordination, counseling, and
meetings) and the now famous Hospice
Cottage Thrift Store - a booming success!
Nancy dreams of a free-standing hospice in
Delta that provides training as well as high
standards of care. She recently received
accreditation, and has met with the Premier
and members of the Health Ministry to
discuss her vision. When she is not working,
she can be found running the golf course
in Whistler with her favorite boy - her dog
Zack! (Her other favourite boy, of course,
is Alan, her husband of more than 40 years)
... Matthew Panar DMD'69 received an
Award of Merit from the College of Dental
Surgeons for his contributions to the field.
Two of Vancouver's most respected planners have announced
their retirements. Larry Beasley
MA'76 and Ann McAfee BA'62,
MA'67, PHD'75 shared responsibility for directing the city's
rapid expansion into a widely
respected model of what urban
living could be. Larry intends
to keep working on a number
of development projects and
Ann is involved in coordinating
Vancouver's role in the World
Urban Forum ... Susan J. Crock-
ford BSc(Zoology)'76 announces
the publication of her new book,
Rhythms of Life: Thyroid Hormone and the Origin of Species.
How did wolves become dogs
and Homo become dwarfed?
Rhythms of Life unveils in
simple language Susan Crock-
ford's revolutionary new concept
of how thyroid hormone drives
evolutionary change (including domestication) and controls
your health. From resolving the
origins of dogs (and the dwarfing of Homo floresiensis) to clarifying
the primary cause of depression, this
innovative approach makes evolution
personal. Trafford Publishing, Victoria. 2006. isbn 1-4120-6124-5    274
pgs. Available in paperback & digital
(pdf), cd$33.95, ebook US$14.99.
www.rhythmsoflife.ca & www.traf-
ford.com ... Last November, Peter A.
J. Frinton BSc'72 was re-elected by a
healthy margin for three year terms as
a municipal trustee for the Islands Trust
and a councillor for the Bowen Island
Municipality ... Frederick L. Ringham
Bsc'78 has been appointed director,
Immigration Division of the Western
Region of the Immigration and Refugee
Board of Canada ... Thorold "Tory"
Tronrud BA'76, MA'77, phd (u ofToronto)] has been appointed editor of the
journal Ontario History. Tory continues
as director/curator at the Thunder Bay
Historical Museum Society where he's
worked since 1983.
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Mason Loh QC, BCOM'82, LLB'83 nas been
presented the honorary title of Doctor of
Traditional Chinese Medicine for his substantial contributions to the profession and
the development of its regulatory college ...
Carolyn Myers phd'88 has been appointed
president of Mylan Technologies Inc. She
has more than 16 years experience in pharmaceutical brand management and has led
a number of product launches in primary
care and specialty markets. She joined
Mylan in 2003 as vp of Branded Business
Development and Strategic Marketing.
Of her promotion she said she was "very
excited to lead mti in the pursuit of continued innovation and success in the rapidly
growing transdermal market." As well as
her UBC doctorate in Molecular Genetics,
Carolyn holds an mba from Rutgers, The
State University of New Jersey ... Delwen
Stander BA'85, llb'88 has left Sliman,
Stander and Co. to form Stander and Co.
and specialize in litigation and mediation
solutions. Contact Delwen at dstander®
standerandcompany.ca ... Shelley Sweeney
BA(Latin)'8i, MAs'85 was recently appointed secretary general of the Bureau of
Canadian Archivists, representing both the
Association of Canadian Archivists and
the Association des Archivistes du Quebec
Evelyn McNee DDHG'71, DMD'90 was
presented with a Distinguished Service
Award by the College of Dental Surgeons
for contributions to the college and profession. UBC's Dean of Dentistry, Edwin Yen,
received a Distinguished Service Award
... David Ng bsc(pharm)'96, mba'oo
and Julia Ng bsc(pharm)'96 would like
to announce the birth of their daughter,
Sharon, who was born on October 8, 2005,
at 7:00 pm in Hong Kong. She weighed
7lb 90Z at birth and is now a very healthy
and happy baby ... Mario Sertic BSc'90,
BSc(Pharm)'94, DMD'99 and Renate Simmons DMD'99 are thrilled to announce the
arrival of Nadia Claire Sertic, a little sister
to join big brother Nikolas, who turned
two in February. She was born in Nanaimo
on January 18, 2006 and weighed 6lbs 70Z
... Sheldon Goldfarb PHD'92, MAs'96 is an
archivist-/researcher for the ams. He has written a novel Remember, Remember (2005, uka
Press) that has been short-listed for an Arthur
Ellis award for best Canadian juvenile mystery
novel. To find out more see: www.crimewriter-
Todd C. Harvey llb'oi has joined the Partnership of Baker Newby LLP in Chilliwack,
practicing in the areas of corporate, commercial, real estate, and estate planning law ...
Can UBC Create
Mira Ray PHD'04 is involved in an exciting
new initiative called cram Science that
she developed with a colleague in London,
Ontario, cram Science is the first on-line
science magazine for Canadian teens, and is
intended to spark interest in science among
youth (age 13-17). The site presents engaging articles on science topics that relate to
the activities and events teens are involved
in - everything from the products they use
to the sports they play. For more information, see www.cramscience.ca. cram
Science recently received it's not-for-profit
status, and has applied for registration as
a charity. Since the website was launched
about 3 month ago, it has had close to
30,000 visits.
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"This is more efficient than learning the technique on their own," says Dr. Abbott, whose
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Alice Elmira (Gerow) MacMillan BA'37 in
Arnprior, on, on Sunday February 5, 2006.
She was the wife of Patrick MacMillan,
BASc'39, peng, who survives her.
Professor Ruth apRoberts BA'41
Professor Emerita Ruth apRoberts died
Sunday, March 26, after 35 years in the
department of English at the University of
California, Riverside. She was one of the
most innovative and influential scholars of
her time. She retired in 1990, but continued
teaching on campus, and was often seen at
lectures and concerts. "Beloved by students,
respected by scholars and readers, and indelibly remembered by those who were fortunate enough to know her, Ruth apRoberts
has bestowed an immense legacy on all who
care about literature, culture, and humanistic thought," said uc Riverside Chancellor
France A. Cordova.
Professor apRoberts was a great scholar
of Victorian and religious literatures. Her
work focused on nineteenth-century British
literature as it intersected with philosophical
issues and spiritual traditions. She wrote numerous important articles, including one on
poetic form in the Hebrew Bible (published in
the premier journal of literary study, pmla),
and another on Psalm 119 (published in The
Literary Imagination in 2000).
Born in bc in November, 1919, her late
husband was Robert apRoberts, also a UBC
grad and a noted scholar of medieval literature who taught at California State University, Northridge. They had four children:
Alison apRoberts, Lucy apRoberts, Mary
Garnett West, and Evan apRoberts. Professor apRoberts received her master's degree
from the University of California, Berkeley.
After a hiatus, during which time she devoted
herself to raising her family, she returned to
university life, receiving her phd in English
from ucla.
At ucr, Professor apRoberts held the
positions of graduate advisor and chair of
the English department. She taught courses
in Victorian literature, the Aesthetic Movement, and the Bible as literature. She held a
Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978-79, and she
Ruth apRoberts
was awarded the ucr Distinguished Teaching
Award in 1977 and the Distinguished Emeritus Award in 1995.
Professor Katherine Kinney, current chair
of the department of English at uc Riverside,
said "Ruth apRoberts helped shape the intellectual culture of our department. As a scholar
of the highest reputation and accomplishment,
she led by example. She was a generous colleague and committed teacher whose passion
for literature and intellectual inquiry exemplified our shared mission." Students remember
Professor apRoberts as the kind of teacher
who might open a hymnal and lead singing
in class, to study the poetry of the lyrics set
to music. She always attended concerts on
campus, even up until very recently before her
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations to the ucr Foundation, Attention: Ruth apRoberts Fund, c/o Development
Office, University of California at Riverside,
Riverside, CA 92521. Memorial donations will
benefit the Department of English.
Michael McClean Ames BA'56, phd, cm, frsc
After a courageous battle with non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma, Michael passed away peacefully
at the age of 72 on February 20, 2006, with
his family at his side. He is deeply missed by
his children Dan Ames (Beth McTaggart) and
Kristin Ames, their mother Elinor Ames, sister
Geraldine Young, sister-in-law Gillian Ames,
dear friend David Jensen, nephews and nieces,
cousins, and many close friends and colleagues. He is predeceased by brother John.
After receiving his ba(hons) in Anthropology from UBC, he earned his phd from
Harvard. He conducted field work in Sri
Lanka and post-doctoral work in South Asian
Studies at the University of Chicago before
returning to Canada to teach at McMaster
University from 1962, and at UBC from 1964
onwards. He served as director of the UBC
Museum of Anthropology from 1974 to 1997,
and as acting director from 2002 to 2004
after he had retired. In that time, Michael was
many things to many people: inspired teacher,
beloved mentor, renowned scholar, demanding
administrator, relentless innovator, and constant seeker of knowledge. His influence is felt
worldwide through his books, articles, service
to communities - both academic and cultural
- and most of all through his students, many
Summer 2006    Trek    47 IH MEMORIAM
of whom chose careers as anthropologists and
museum professionals because of him.
Under his leadership the UBC Museum
of Anthropology became Canada's largest
teaching museum, internationally recognized
for its experimental approaches to educating people about the diversity of cultures.
One of Michael's major research interests
was Museology. He published widely on the
democratization of museums and their role
in promoting collaboration with and cultural
empowerment of indigenous peoples. He
initiated one of the first consultations with
the Aboriginal community regarding the appropriate handling of First Nations artifacts,
their representation and
access. The idea of "access"
was instrumental in his
participation shaping programs such as Humanities
101 and Musqueam 101,
developed for residents of
the Downtown Eastside
and the Musqueam First
His book Cannibal
Tours and Glass Boxes: The
Anthropology of Museums
influenced beliefs about the
modern role of museums,
and he was widely sought
as a consultant to museums in Canada, the United
States, New Zealand,
and Australia. His work
in applied anthropology
included being a founding
member of UBC's department of Anthropology and Sociology's Urban Field School, and
co-instructor of a course on the anthropology of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.  He
conducted research on South Asia over many
years, including studies of village Buddhism in
Sri Lanka, industrial and community development in India, the South Asian Diaspora,
and Sikhs in bc. He served as president of the
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and gave extensive professional service to many academic
Michael received many academic and
service honours, holding a Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, being an elected Fellow of
Gilbert Blair
both the Royal Society of Canada and the
Canadian Museums Association, receiving
the Werner-Tremblay Award for exceptional
contributions to Canadian applied Anthropology, and the 2005 UBC Alumni Award of
Distinction. In 1998 he was appointed Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of
his reputation as an internationally known
scholar, researcher, and author in Anthropology and Museology.
Michael's interests included running,
photography, symphony, opera, and watching
sports, especially his children's soccer games.
He was an animal lover, a true gentleman,
and a patient and caring father to his children, who were always his first priority.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Paul
Galbraith and Holly Truchan, as well as the
Medical Short Stay and
Palliative Care teams at
St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, for their excellent
care of Michael. Memorial
donations would be greatly
appreciated and may be
made to the Michael Ames
Scholarship in Museum
Studies, c/o UBC Museum
of Anthropology, 6393 nw
Marine Drive, Vancouver, bc
v6t 1Z2, or to a charity of
your choice.
Jack Bell BASc'34, LLD'90
Jack Bell, businessman and
philanthropist, died aged
92 in Vancouver. UBC was
one of the institutions that
benefited from his generosity. Under David Strangway's
administration, he donated $1 million to
fund the First Nations House of Learning. It
was the first of several millions he would give
away from a fortune built on cranberry farming. He also endowed a chair in schizophrenia studies in UBC's School of Social Work,
and the university later awarded him an honorary degree. His memorial service was held
at the First Nations Longhouse on campus.
Vancouver General Hospital is another
institution to have received his help, one of
his legacies being the research centre that
bears his name. The Friends of Schizophrenia
Society, the Salvation Army, and the Downtown East Side Residents Society have also
benefited. The Jack Bell Foundation was
founded in 1987 to advocate for dying with
dignity and living wills. The foundation also
started a ride-share program to combat pollution and congestion.
Jack Bell was born in Montreal in 1913.
During wwn, he served with the Royal
Canadian Air Force. Later, he ventured into
cranberry farming, becoming the first commercial grower in the province.
Jack's generosity has been duly noted. He
was named a Freeman of the City of Vancouver and appointed to the Order of bc and
the Order of Canada. He is survived by his
partner, Lorraine Tilson; children Caroline,
John and Robin; five grandchildren; and one
Gilbert J. Blair bsc(agr)'49
Former Richmond mayor Gil Blair died
on February 1, 2006, aged 79, after a long
illness. He is survived by wife Barbara and
three of their four children.
He served Richmond as mayor during a
period of great growth and activity between
1974 and 1990, starting with the opening of
the Knight Street Bridge. His predecessors,
Irish immigrants, arrived in Richmond in
1879. One of six children, Gil was born in
1926 to Mabel and Archibald Blair.
He was respected by friends and colleagues for his level of integrity and care for
the community of Richmond. Gil was named
a Freeman of the City in 1991. This honour
was also enjoyed by his father Archie, who
served on council for more than 20 years,
and was a great inspiration to Gil.
During wwn, Gil served in the army.
After graduating from UBC with a degree in
Agriculture, he worked on the family farm.
James Balfour Buchanan BA'44, MA'46
James Buchanan died after a brief illness on
January 24, 2006. He graduated with first
class honours in Chemistry and as winner
of The Lefevre Gold Medal and Scholarship
(Chemistry). He continued at UBC, working with Dr. Harold Ure, and earned his ma,
again with first class honours.
His colleagues in the Chemistry department at that time included Norman Bulman,
Peter McGeer, and Roderick Robertson.
Together with Physics colleagues such as
Don Ivey and Arthur Johnson, they haunted
the corridors of the old Science Building in
48    Trek    Summer 2006 the evenings as they worked on their theses.
Jim's thesis project was The Decomposition
of Methane Induced by Free Radicals.
In 1946 Jim enrolled in a phd program at
Cornell, and with that degree in hand he went
to work in 1952 for ei DuPont de Nemours
in Wilmington, Delaware. He spent his entire
professional career as a research scientist in
the Agricultural Chemicals Division of Du
Pont. The most striking and unexpected finding during this period was that amantidine
was a preventative for influenza type A. Prior
to this time it was believed there would never
be an anti-viral pharmaceutical agent. Later
it was discovered that amantidine was also
effective against Parkinson's disease. It is still
in use today for both these applications.
Upon retirement from DuPont, Jim returned to his native Vancouver. When he was
at DuPont Jim was an avid sailor, concentrating on the Soling class. After he retired
he took up archeology as an avocation. He
participated on digs in many parts of the
world, and his apartment was full of archeological artifacts that he had collected during
these expeditions. Among other specialties,
Jim became something of an expert on Mayan
civilization. A consummate gentleman, Jim
will be missed by his friends.
Clarence Fulton BA'39, MA'42
Clarence "Lunky" Fulton was born in Vernon
James Buchanan
on March 10, 1913, and passed away peacefully on October 27, 2005, at Vernon Jubilee
Hospital. He was predeceased by his dear wife
Marjorie in 2000 and is survived by daughters
Thekla Fulton (Doug Brown) and Linda Bea-
ven (John), son Kim (Holly), seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, sister Anna
Cail, and three nieces and nephews.
Clarence was a graduate of Vancouver
Normal School and earned his UBC degree in
Bacteriology and Preventative Medicine. After
graduation and during wwn he worked at the
National Research Council in Ottawa helping
develop improved methods for preserving eggs
and bacon for overseas shipment.
Later, he worked for Montreal-based
pharmaceutical companies and was involved
in investigating the preparation of amino acids
for nutritional use and in a two-year study of
undulant fever. He was also associated with
new antibiotics similar to penicillin and other
drug products. Before returning to bc to join
the province's Research Council, he was chief
chemist for Krim Ko Corporation in Toronto.
But the family profession beckoned him
and he began teaching school in Terrace, bc.
He stayed there a year before joining Vernon Senior Secondary, where he stayed until
retirement in 1978. Shortly before retiring, he
received the Queen's Jubilee Medal of Excellence for worthy and devoted service to his
This good natured gentleman was known
by his family and friends for his wide range
of interests and as a teller of many wonderful stories. He was dearly loved and will be
missed. Memorial donations may be made
to the bc Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's
Thomas Barton Howes bsc(agr)'5 5
It is with fond memories that the family of
Thomas Barton announces his passing on
Saturday, March 25 in Royal Inland Hospital,
Kamloops, bc. He will be missed by his partner, Faye Wilson, and by his children, Ann,
Matthew (Cassandra), David (Cindy), Andrew
(Andrea), and Bruce. Also missing granddad will be Amanda, Erica, Vanessa, Devan,
Rebecca, Megan, Nathan, Adam, and Lauren.
Barton was predeceased by his father, James
Garnet, mother Nellie Francis, and adopted
daughter Carla.
Barton was born in Yorkton, SK, where he
spent his early childhood before his family
Thomas Howes
moved to Victoria, bc. Barton's childhood
and adolescent years found him involved
in skating, hockey, Boy Scouts and music,
playing both piano and saxophone in various
school bands. Barton graduated from Victoria
High and continued his education with stops
at Victoria College and Veterinary School in
Guelph. He obtained his bsc(agr) at UBC
with teacher training, and eventually gained
his masters in Agriculture through Oregon
State University. Barton was very proud of being the first person to run UBC's Oyster Valley
Farm (experimental farm) at Comox, bc, from
1957 to '58.
Barton met a young lady from Oak Bay
High by the name of Katharine and the two
were married on June 1, 1957. The two young
teachers set off for bc's north to Dawson
Creek, where they started their teaching
careers and family. Ann and Matt were born
there. Barton taught at South Peace High
School and coached the school hockey team.
In the summer, he drove bus on the Alaska
Highway, i960 found the young family heading south to Merritt, bc. In Merritt, Barton
built a beautiful Panabode house that would
serve as the family home for years to come.
As the town of Merritt grew, so did the
family with three more sons. Barton's career
continued from teaching to administration
and he was the vice principal at Merritt
Secondary School for many years. He started
many people's days off with "Good Morning.
Summer 2006    Trek    49 mMEMORIAM
Here are your announcements." Barton's love
for agriculture meant having a greenhouse to
start the new crop in the spring and tending and nurturing a very bountiful garden
throughout the summer and on to harvest in
the fall. Barton was also a hobby beekeeper
with small backyard apiaries. At one time he
had 22 hives that produced the best honey in
Not all his interests involved being outside. The kids and grandkids were recipients
of hand-hooked rugs and handmade quilts
that he worked on and assembled while keeping an eye on whatever hockey, football game
or special event was being shown on cbc.
Barton was actively involved in the community as a parent and member of various organizations. These included clubs for hockey,
curling, sailing, skiing, nv riding, soccer,
tennis and also the church choir. On retirement, Barton became involved with the Cross
Canada Cycle Tour Society. Barton's passion
for cycling and the cccts took him across
Canada in 1993 and to his partner Faye. They
shared many tours and times after that from
the "Top of the World" - Dempster Highway, Pacific Coast, Baja, across America and
multiple shorter tours in between. Barton and
Faye shared the snowbird life, spending parts
of the year in Mesa, AZ. They enjoyed the tennis, sunshine and social life of "The Park."
Barton's family would like to thank their
Dad's neighbours - Grace, Denny, Gordon
and Brenda Curnow and Ken Boyko - for the
many times they looked after Barton's place
while he was away. They would also like to
thank the staff and people of The Merritt
Adult Day Care, Nicola Meadows, and the
nursing staff on 6n of rih for the awesome
care they provided.
James Bruce Hutchinson Bsc'43
Bruce was born in Saskatoon in 1922, the
only surviving son of Hazel (Crosby) and J. L.
S. Hutchinson, the owner of Saskatoon Hardware. Unfortunately his father died in 1927,
so his mother sold the business and moved to
Vancouver where she resided with her family
until her death in 1954.
After graduating in Mechanical Engineering, he took a position in Montreal at the
Northern Electric Company (which later
became Nortel Systems), first on the shop
Bruce Hutchinson
floor and afterwards as supervisor in the
Tool Room, a job he often said was one of
his favourites among the company's many
positions. When Northern Electric decided
to open up a new plant in Belleville in 1947
Bruce was sent to advise on engineering
needs, and then sent back to Montreal in
1949 as a superintendent.
He met and married Catherine (Kay)
Higgins in 1952, and they moved into a new
bungalow in Dorval where children Martha and Douglas were born. After only nine
months in their new home in Baie d'Urfe,
he was moved to London, Ontario, in 1962
and became manager of the plant that at that
time manufactured telephones for the Bell
Telephone Company.
During his London years he became much
involved in the local community, volunteering
with the Chamber of Commerce, and serving
as chairman of the Planning Board. He became a member of the advisory board of the
University of Waterloo, advising on their innovative and successful work/study programs.
When Bruce returned to Montreal in 1965
he was promoted to assistant vp (Planning)
for the Northern Electric Company. In this
capacity he laid some of the foundations for
the company's future success: he promoted
engineering research at the Bell-Northern
labs in Ottawa, he played a major role in
introducing computers to Northern Electric,
and he researched the land and negotiated
the purchase of the company's Brampton
property, which became its head office. His
final promotion was to vp (Engineering),
which was his position when he took early
retirement in 1974 after more than 30 years
of service with Northern.
But Bruce was only 52 and his active
mind was not yet ready for the quiet life. After a brief unsatisfactory period in Toronto
in managerial consulting roles, Bruce was
recruited to the newly established Insurance
Corporation of British Columbia as its first
vp (Administration). One ofthe attractions
of this position was that it would provide
his managerial mind with new public sector
challenges; the other attraction was that it
brought him back to Vancouver, where he
could be united with his elder sister Keith
Millar (UBC Commerce), his brother-in-law
Jim Millar (UBC Commerce), and his younger sister Joy Marie (Boo) (UBC Agriculture)
and his brother-in-law David Barker (UBC
As the first vp (Administration) of icbc,
Bruce played a leading role in negotiating
collective agreements with employee groups,
setting up pension plans, organizing the non-
insurance affairs of icbc, and helping to set
up its new head office in North Vancouver,
working on the site selection and its successful building design.
Before he was 60 he retired a second time
in 1981, having had two highly successful
careers, in both the private and public sectors of the business world. This time Bruce
was fully ready to retire, and he was in a
position to return to one of the loves of his
earlier life: the sea. The times spent on his
cruiser Val n were among the happiest periods of his retirement life. He had travelled
extensively during his working life, and also
in retirement. However, after a stroke he
suffered in Vienna in 1990, he kept closer to
home and this marked the beginning of some
years of weaker health. In 2000 he suffered
two massive heart attacks and his final years
were marked by failing health. He died in
November, 2004.
As a manager, Bruce had a calm and
friendly but tall and imposing presence, and
quickly exerted leadership by virtue of his
manifest intelligence. He often said that the
most useful course he ever took at UBC was
50    Trek    Summer 2006 the much despised mandatory English course
that the engineering students protested having to take in each of their five years. Bruce
said it helped him communicate effectively
with others in the company, a far more important skill to him in the end than knowing
engineering details.
After graduation from UBC, he carried on
learning and teaching himself, taking evening
classes in financial management and investment (from Stephen Jarislowsky) as well as
leadership and administrative courses.
He is predeceased by his elder sister Keith
(Millar) and survived by his younger sister
Boo (Barker) as well as numerous nieces
and nephews, and their children. He leaves
his wife Kay, his daughter Martha, his son
Douglas, his daughter-in-law Cathy, and his
granddaughter Anna and grandson Silas.
Archie Jones basc(civil)'52
Archie Jones, husband of Midge Jones of
Calgary, was born in Saskatoon on April
Archie Jones
5, 1928, and died in Calgary on March 13,
2006, at the age of 77 years. Archie spent
his childhood in Saskatoon until moving to
Vancouver to attend UBC. After graduation,
he went to Calgary in 1953 to start his career
in the oil patch with Shell Canada, Dome
Petroleum and Canadian Marine Drilling.
Archie retired in 1986. His retirement
years were spent enjoying good friends and
good times in Shuswap in the summer and
Calgary in the winter.
Throughout his life, Archie was involved
in sports such as baseball, hunting, hockey,
curling, skiing and golf. Playing bridge and
gin were also passions. The last couple of
years were sometimes taxing on Archie but
he was always thankful for the good times he
spent with his many friends.
Archie is survived by Midge, his wife of
52 years; three daughters Susan Jones (Bill
McKay), Janice (Paul) Colborne and Leslie
(Bill) Mitchell; one son Peter Jones (Alita
Brown); and 11 grandchildren: Rachel, Morgan, Yaylor, Nyssa, Katie, Jamie, Sam, Lauren,
Melissa, Joe and Claire. Archie was the rock
of the family and best friend to many. He
gave his family unconditional love and never
sought anything in return. He will be missed.
William Tierney Lane BA'44, BCOM'47, LLB'48
William died November 24, 2005, aged 82.
He was a member of the first UBC Law Class
and practiced law for more than 50 years. His
long-standing interest in the development of
cities and land-use led him into the field of
municipal and planning law, and he pioneered
many developments in this area during his
early years in private practice with Alex
Manson, and then as Municipal Solicitor and
District Prosecutor for Richmond, as Commissioner for Regional Development for the
gvrd, and in private practice with Alexander
Holburn Beaudin & Lang.
He made a major contribution to the
preservation of agricultural land in bc as first
chairman of the Agricultural Land Commission. He was closely associated with UBC,
having lectured in the School of Community
and Regional Planning (scarp) for 23 years.
He is remembered by a generation of planners
for his enthusiasm and wit in conveying the
importance of understanding the general principles of law in implementing planning ideas
- all this in his Saturday morning lectures.
In his retirement he continued an active
involvement with the university, serving as
a member of the President's Advisory Committee on Campus Enhancement, as well as
participating on UBC Reunion Committees. In
addition to his professional and UBC activities, he served on many boards and committees that reflected his wide range of interests,
which included archaeology, history, historic
preservation, archives, and the planning of
William Lane
better communities.
Following service with the army in wwn
he was active with The British Columbia
Regiment (dco) where he served as commanding officer and honorary lieutenant-colonel.
Bill is remembered by his family, friends and
colleagues for his sense of humour, his creative
mind, his love of travel and adventure, and
his fund of stories. He is survived by his wife
Elizabeth (Betsy), daughter Naomi (Todd)
Constant, son Tom, and five grandchildren.
Shirley lsabelle Mayse BA'3 z> ma'3 5
Miss Mayse, one of UBC's most brilliant
undergraduate students of Latin and English
literature 75 years ago, died recently at the
age of 94. At her request there was no memorial service and no public notice at the time of
her death.
After graduation from UBC, Miss Mayse
went on to a distinguished career as a teacher
in the Vancouver public school system. She
taught at Kerrisdale, Kitsilano, Lord Nelson,
Selkirk, Magee, Vancouver Tech, King Edward,
Lord Byng and Britannia. Her uncompromising academic standards made an indelible
impression upon students who went on to
success as writers, business leaders, scholars,
lawyers, politicians and public servants. One
of those she mentored became a judge on
Canada's Supreme Court, another became a
premier of bc.
Summer 2006    Trek    51 mMEMORIAM
She was born at home on the snowy
night of April 13, 1911, in Neepawa, Manitoba, to Amos Mayse and Elizabeth Caswell.
Amos was a Boer War veteran who had been
severely wounded at Utrecht in the West
Transvaal and on return had taken a post as
a missionary to the Swampy Cree. He met
Elizabeth Caswell of Lanark, Ontario, while
preaching at a country church and they married in 1909. Miss Mayse came to British
Columbia in 1920 when her father, who
had been badly wounded again at the Battle
of the Somme in the First World War, took
positions as pastor at Maple Ridge, Haney,
Port Hammond, Nanaimo and eventually
Vancouver, where she attended Britannia
High School.
She graduated from Britannia in 1927
with a Governor-General's Silver Medal and
immediately enrolled at UBC, working in a
bargain basement on East Hastings Street
for $1.50 a day to pay her tuition but still
managing to take double first class honours
in Latin and English. In 193 1, she tied for
top marks in the Faculty of Arts and Science
and was awarded the Governor-General's
Gold Medal. But when it was later determined that only one prize could be awarded,
the results of a special meeting of the university senate dictated that the prize should
go to the male science student and not the
female arts student. Her grades were revised
downward and her award was withdrawn.
Sixty-four years later, the university formally apologized to Miss Mayse and expressed
regret at its failure to properly acknowledge
and recognize her achievements as an outstanding female undergraduate student.
Miss Mayse was predeceased in 1992
by her younger brother, Arthur William
Mayse, who also graduated from Britannia and attended UBC where he wrote for
the Ubyssey and won the Isabel Ecclestone
Mackay Poetry Prize three consecutive times
before leaving for a career as a journalist and writer of short stories, novels and
Dr. Edward Lambert Margetts BA'41
Professor E. L. (Ted) Margetts passed away
recently. After attending UBC, he received
his md and Diploma in Psychiatry from Mc-
Shirley Mayse
Gill University. He pursued his clinical and
academic activities in a number of settings
in Canada and abroad including Nairobi,
Kenya and Geneva, and Switzerland (who).
He headed the Department of Psychiatry
at Vancouver General Hospital, where he
remained from 1972 - 1983.
Ted is fondly remembered by his trainees
and subsequently accomplished colleagues.
In a recent departmental newsletter, Bill
Brown and Earl Hardin remembered him
thus: "When Ted Margetts came to Vancouver in 1959 the UBC psychiatric training
program had half a dozen residents based
at vgh and Shaughnessy. Ted became our
defacto director and mentor. He had spent
much of his career in Montreal but had just
returned to Canada from a sojourn at mental hospitals in Nairobi and participation in
World Health Organization initiatives.
His easy-going style and immense clinical
experience made our time with him productive and a pleasure, and he had wonderful
stories of his work in Africa. We were both
away for further training but when we came
back to Vancouver in 1963 he was then
acting head. He welcomed us to the staff at
vgh and he continued to be a supporter and
an inspiration as the years passed. During
the last decade there have been only a few
encounters with Ted. He still had that comforting warmth. Always a voracious reader,
he talked of new additions to his rare book
collection. He was happy to assure us that
he was still seeing patients. Memories of him
will always be fond ones."
Professor Geoffrey Vernon Parkinson
Professor Geoff Parkinson, was a long-serving member of the department of Mechanical
Engineering. He was an outstanding student
at UBC, and went on to do graduate study
at the California Institute of Technology,
obtaining first an MSC degree in Aeronautics,
and then a phd in Aeronautics and Mathematics in 1951. Immediately afterwards, he
was recruited back to UBC as an assistant
professor teaching courses in fluid mechanics
and aerodynamics. Geoff was soon promoted
to associate professor, and then professor. He
enjoyed occasional sabbaticals in England.
As there were no facilities at UBC for
teaching or conducting research in aerodynamics at the time, one of Geoff's early accomplishments was the design and construction of a closed-circuit wind tunnel. This
proved to be an effective research tool, and is
still used today for both graduate and undergraduate experiments in fluid mechanics.
Following his retirement after 40 years at
UBC a small ceremony was held, and Geoff
was pleased to be invited to unveil a plaque
officially naming this important facility the
Parkinson Tunnel. After retiring as a full-time
professor, Geoff was still active in the department and continued to supervise graduate
students and teach a few graduate courses
- he was still the recipient of a federal research grant.
Geoff had an international reputation for
his outstanding research work in low-speed
aerodynamics and fluid-structure interactions, and was often invited to give special
lectures, including one to the Royal Society
in 1970. He was also a dedicated and accomplished teacher, with more than 3 5 successful master's and doctoral students, and was
one of the first recipients of the Walter Gage
Master Teaching awards. Geoff had a very
warm and engaging nature, was well-loved
by his many graduate students and colleagues
alike, and will be sorely missed in the department.
52    Trek    Summer 2006 R.J. "Bus" Phillips
UBC's elder statesman and a true gentleman has passed away at 91. Bus Phillips,
UBC's director of Athletics from 1953
to 1980, left an important and lasting
UBC legacy. Notably, his 27 years service
as director of Athletics is the longest in
the history of the position. As he guided
UBC's Athletics program towards the
point where it could become the strongest
in the country, he also taught Human
Kinetics and coached Thunderbird Track
and Field.
His youthful, soft voice was known
across Western Canada during the time he
served as Canada West's Secretary Treasurer from its formative years until   1992,
having been one of the founding fathers
of the Canada West Conference and of the
CIAU (GIS). Bus served  university sports
with class for almost 40 years.
He was "constantly reliable" and "possessed a personality of very high order"
according to the late Bob Osbourne, with
whom Bus worked very closely. This
"builder of builders" and "kindest and
most thoughtful man," in the words of
Marilyn Pomfret and Buzz Moore, was in
1993 an inaugural inductee as a builder in
the UBC sports Hall of Fame.
Stewart A. Schon BED'74
Stewart passed away peacefully at home
on March 29, 2006, aged 54. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Town BREC'78
and children, Kim TownSchon bsc'o6 and
Tia TownSchon ba'o6. He was the oldest
son of Herb and Carol Schon of Winnipeg.
Stewart's accomplishments were many:
he taught in Surrey, and was on the executive of both the Surrey Teachers Association and the Exchange Teachers Association. As a life-long member of the Royal
Life Saving Society, he taught, coached,
tested and encouraged generations of
lifeguards and had recently qualified as an
international judge. He was the backbone
of the Crescent Beach Lifeguard Corp.
Stewart played many roles in Scouting,
from troop leader to jamboree participant.
In his home community he served on the
Crescent Beach Property Owners Association, sung in several choirs, and was active
in the Association of Neighbourhood
Houses, among other groups.
His focus was always on family and
friends, and his was the first hand stretched
out to those who needed help. He died at
home surrounded by the love of family and
friends. The Stewart Schon Memorial Scholarship will mark the memory of a warm and
generous man who gave so much to all whose
lives he touched. Donations will contribute to
a scholarship for someone who is interested in
becoming a teacher, and has experience in the
areas that Stewart was so fond of - lifeguard-
ing, scouting, and community service: Stewart
Schon Memorial Scholarship, School District
#36,14225 56th Avenue, Surrey, bc V3X 3A3.
(The School Board will issue a tax receipt.)
Major Paul Jay Sykes Jr. BA(Physics)'48
UBC Physics Professor Emeritus Paul Sykes
passed away peacefully at home on October
20, 2005, aged 87, his wife Dorothy having
predeceased him in 2001. He is survived and
deeply missed by his twin sisters, Virginia Rei-
ffer (Mathew) and Diana Belhouse (Henry),
nephew Randy Reiffer; son Richard of Boulder, Colorado; grandchildren
Rebecca, Amy, Jean and David; and many
He was born in Hummelstown, pa, on
August 31, 1918, to Paul J. and Mary Virginia
(Fox) Sykes. His father died in action in
France in October 1918. Paul Jr. served with
Geoff Parkinson
distinction in the United States Air Corp during wwn. He served in the first photo-mapping squadron in the Amazon Basin and then
as squadron navigator in many long-range
missions against Japan. After the war he
returned to his studies at UBC and completed
a degree in Physics. He married Dorothy
Winifred (Kendrick) in 1948. He attended the
Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology, and
was then appointed as a lecturer and administrator in Physics at UBC, where he remained
until he retired in 1983. Throughout his life
he was active in the Royal Astronomical
Society (Life Member), involved in local and
provincial politics, and remained a talented
pianist. He also had an interest in small boats
and fishing.
Throughout his life he had a passion for
astronomy. Sister Diane remembers listening
(via a crystal set Paul had made) to a radio
lecture he gave on the subject in the early
1930s, aged 14. He was still a teenager when
first published - landing a monthly column
on astronomy. During his life he amassed
a huge library of books on Physics and Astronomy. He will be interred with Dorothy at
the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC, with full military honours. Memorial
donations to the Canadian Cancer Society
would be greatly appreciated by his family.
Rudolph Vrba
Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology &
Therapeutics Rudolph Vrba has died of cancer in Vancouver, aged 82. On April 7, 1944,
he made history by carrying out the only
successful escape from Auschwitz. It was Rudolph and fellow escapee Alfred Wetzler who
told the rest of the world what was going on
in the Nazi death camps.
Rudolph was born Walter Rosenberg in
1924 in Czechoslovakia, the son of Elias
Rosenberg, owner of a steam saw-mill. At the
age of fifteen he was excluded from the high
school in Bratislava under the Slovak state's
version of the Nuremberg anti-Jewish laws.
He worked as a labourer in until 1942.
In March 1942 he was arrested for being
Jewish, and was deported first to Maidanek
and then to Auschwitz. He remained Auschwitz prisoner #44070 for almost two years.
After their escape from Auschwitz, he and
Wetzler co-authored a report on Auschwitz,
for which he used his nom de guerre, Rudolf
Vrba. The report became known as the Vrba-
Summer 2006    Trek    53 mMEMORIAM
Wetzler Report or Auschwitz Protocols. It
contains a description of the geography of
the Auschwitz camp, the methodology of the
mass murder in Auschwitz, and a history of
the events that took place there. The Vrba-
Wetzler Report reached allied governments in
June 1944.
Vrba joined the Czechoslovak Partisan
Units in September 1944 and fought until the
end of the war. He was decorated with the
Czechoslovak Medal for Bravery, the Order
of Slovak National Insurrection and Order of
Meritorious Fighter.
After Czechoslovakia was liberated from
German occupation, the nom de guerre Rudolf Vrba was legalized. After wwn, Rudolph
studied chemistry in Prague, graduating in
1949 and eventually receiving his doctorate
in 1951, followed by a post-graduate degree
from the Czechoslovak Academy of Science in
1956. Over the years, he became internationally known as the author of more than fifty
original research papers on the chemistry of
the brain, as well as for research work relevant to diabetes and cancer.
In 1951 and '52 he pursued biochemical
research at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sci-
Mary Young
ence, followed by five years of research work
(1953-1958) at Charles University Medical
School in Prague on the research team of
Professor J. Teyssinger. Rudolph later worked
as a biochemist at the Ministry of Agriculture
in Israel for two years (1958-1960) before
becoming a member of the Research Staff
of the British Medical Research Council in
London (1960-1967). He was appointed as
Associate of the Medical Research Council of
Canada (1967-1973), and he also worked for
two years (1973-1975) in the United States
as Lecturer and Research Fellow at Harvard
Medical School. He joined UBC in 1976 as an
associate professor teaching Pharmacology in
the Faculty of Medicine.
Rudolf Vrba participated in a prominent
way in the production of four films relevant
to the history of the Holocaust and published
in international journals several studies on
aspects of the Holocaust and the German
economy, military strategy and medicine. In
1998 the University of Haifa conferred to
him the title of Doctor of Philosophy Honoris
Ruth Linn, dean of Education at Haifa
University wrote a book about Rudolph's
experiences called Escaping Auschwitz: A
Culture of Forgetting. She said of him: "Dr.
Vrba was an exemplary courageous hero
and warrior, an independent thinker who
had never feared confronting the establishment."
Mary Margaret Young
Was born in Berkeley, California on June 9,
1923, and died in Vancouver on December
7, 2005.
She was the daughter of Earl B. Finning,
the founder of Finning Tractor and Equipment Co. Ltd. She attended Pomona College before transferring to UBC in 1943,
where she studied philosophy and met her
husband, Maury. Mary's many community
involvements included serving on the boards
of the UBC Foundation, Lester B. Pearson
College and the Institute of Global Ethics, and working with the Arts Umbrella,
the Vancouver Library and the Vancouver
At UBC, Mary became involved in the
lives and interests of many, including President Martha Piper, who considered her a
dear friend. She shared Martha's vision for
UBC, believing passionately in the impor-
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tance of education, in the use of knowledge to
benefit society, and in global citizenship. She
created the Mary M. Young Global Citizen
Award, given annually to an international
student from Lester B. Pearson College who
would otherwise be financially unable to pursue university studies in Canada.
One of those recipients, Brenda Ogembo,
said of Mary, "The first time I met her I was
struck by her energy and willingness to listen
to me as a young person. It is this faith in the
youth that has made me who I am today. Her
generosity has inspired me to newer heights.
She was truly a mentor and a treasure to me
and to UBC."
Of the award, Mary said, "If we are going
to change this world it will be done one person
at a time, one step at a time," a comment that
applies equally to her other UBC involvements,
particularly with the Learning Exchange in
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside that provides
educational opportunities and training to marginalized members of society.
Mary also gave generously to establish the
Mary and Maurice Young Professorship in Applied Ethics in memory of her husband, Maury.
She frequently attended lectures at the Centre
for Applied Ethics, and befriended several of
its graduate students. She was also involved
in the search for the Chair in Business Ethics,
a position that works with both the Sauder
School of Business and the Centre for Applied
Mary is greatly missed by her family and
friends. The legacy she has left at UBC creates many possibilities, including a university
education for generations of international
students, and life-changing community-service
learning experiences for others.
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