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VOLUME  50   I  NUMBER  5   I  MAY  6,2004
Nobel Laureates Receive Honorary Degrees from UBC
From left: UBC President Martha Piper, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi and UBC Chancellor Allan McEachern.
Canada's national newspaper called it "a one-of-a-kind
traveling road show, and we may never see its likes again."
The Globe and Mail reporter was referring to the historic
visit to UBC's campus of three Nobel Peace Laureates. His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled leader of Tibet and the
winner of the 1989 peace prize, South African Archbishop
Desmond Tutu who won the prize in 1984 and last year's
winner Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi all
gathered at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. They
joined other spiritual leaders in a three-hour roundtable
discussion of the importance of balancing educating the
mind with educating the heart. They also received honorary
degrees from UBC.
The world visionaries came to Vancouver at the invitation
of Pitman Potter, the director of the Institute of Asian
Research, and his colleague Victor Chan a close associate
of the Dalai Lama. The event also marked the official
beginning of a new program being offered by the institute
called Contemporary Tibetan Studies.
Thousands of British Columbians were able to see the
Dalai Lama, many in person at the various events where he
spoke and many more on television and web broadcasts. □
More than 5,OOOnew graduates will
receive their degree from Chancellor Allan
McEachern at UBC's Spring Congregation,
to be held May 26 to June 2. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees from all 12 faculties
and schools will be conferred at 22 separate
ceremonies at UBC's Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts. In addition, nine honorary
degrees will be given. Since the first degrees
were granted in 1916, UBC's global alumni
community has grown to more than 200,000.
Congregation ceremonies will be web cast,
allowing family, friends and alumni around
the world to participate in the celebration. For
more information about UBC's Congregation
ceremonies, visit www.graduation.ubc.ca.
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Goldie Hawn was in the audience to see
the Dalai Lama at UBC.
U.S. Ready to See Change in
China-Taiwan Status Quo
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State Matthew Daley recently said
Washington is not opposed to a
change in the status quo involving
arch foes Taiwan and China but
any alteration must be peaceful
and mutually agreed.
UBC political scientist Paul
Evans says such remarks signal a
U.S. desire to see the two resume
talks frozen since 1999 and thus
ease tensions created by moves by
newly re-elected Taiwan President
Chen Shui-bian towards independence and Chinese threats to
respond with force.
"I think it's a shift not just from
a year ago, but a shift from even
a month ago," Evans told Reuters
"That is the most direct statement I have heard from a senior
American official that the U.S.
government will not support
Taiwan independence," he said.
"In the past it was
phrased in slighdy more
ambiguous ways related
to supporting a One
China policy."
UBC honours Three
Nobel Laureates
Hollywood actress
Goldie Hawn joined
hundreds of others in
April to see the Dalai
Lama and fellow Nobel
Peace Prize laureates
Archbishop Desmond
Tutu and Iranian human
rights fighter Shirin
I   Edabi receive UBC honorary doctorate of law
"People are hungry for
answers," Hawn told CP Wire.
"The human spirit, I guess you
could say ... we innately feel it's
drying up."
Hawn, who lives in Vancouver
with husband Kurt Russell, said
people are more willing now to
embrace the Dalai Lama's message of compassion.
"I watch all political processes
around the world," she said.
"They're driven by fear, the need
to dominate. They're driven by
ego, the need to conquer and possess. These are all very dangerous
things we need to get over."
3,000-Year-Old Story
a New Pop Cult Hit
Hollywood director Wolfgang
Petersen's production of Troy will
be released next month amid predictions that with a $200-million
U.S. budget, a timeless story and
the likes of Brad Pitt and Peter
OToole headlining, the film can't
help but be a blockbuster.
But the Hollywood hype is
being preceded on all sides by a
flood of renewed interest in the
epic poem about the clash of two
cultures that is one of the bestsellers of the past 3,000 years.
The appeal of Troy is eternal,
but the film has helped pique
even more interest, UBC classics
and archaeology professor Hector
Williams told The Ottawa
Williams knows of at least three
Troy documentaries in the making, all timed to coincide with the
release of the film.
Svend Robinson's
Fall From Grace
NDP MP Svend Robinson tearfully confessed in a news conference
to "pocketing" an expensive piece
of jewellery.
While no charges have yet been
laid by police and the diamond
ring — valued in a report by
BCTV as high as $50,000 — has
been returned to the Vancouver
auction house, Robinson
announced he won't run for reelection in any near-term campaign and will be taking a medical
leave from his duties in the
UBC political scientist Phillip
Resnick said Robinson's long
record of zero-to-60 moral outrage may be coming back to
haunt him.
"He's sometimes taken positions that have put his own party
in embarrassing situations and
other times has actually been the
standard-bearer," Resnick told CP
Wire. "There was a side of Svend
which played to that very moralizing, high moral road on broad
issues of public policy." □
The Inaugural CIHR Visiting
Presidency at UBC
Dr. Alan Bernstein, president of the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR), will visit UBC May 17-21 to meet with members
of the university's research community.
In the inaugural CIHR Visiting Presidency at UBC, Bernstein will
participate in an open forum on Monday, May 17th at 3 p.m. to
build relationships with investigators at all levels. He will also
describe CIHR's plans for the future and opportunities for
For more information on the forum, visit www.research.ubc.ca .
CIHR is Canada's major federal funding agency for health
research. UBC attracted more than $42 million in funding from
CIHR in 2002/03. □
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Yuka Asada found her calling, by april wilson-lange
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1999. And it's not all school
Like many first year
students, Asada, 22, didn't
know what she was going to
do with her life when she
started university.
"I thought about wildlife
preservation," says Asada,
who graduates this month
from the Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences' food,
nutrition and health program,
"but I didn't have any ideas
and I didn't know what my
options were."
It wasn't until she took
the Nutrition Concepts and
Controversies course in
second year that Asada found
her calling. "It was the first
course that really sparked my
interest and I felt compelled
to learn more about it."
But this was only the first
step of her journey.
Feeling she needed to
broaden her horizons further,
Asada went to Sophia
University in Tokyo, Japan
in her third year as part of
UBC's Student Exchange
Program. "I learned so much
about myself the year I was
One of the things she
learned was that she loved
teaching. To make some extra
money, Asada taught English
at a local school.
"I enjoyed motivating
people to learn and tailoring
lessons to each student,"
she recalls.
Wanting to share some of
her knowledge and insights,
Asada worked as a Student
Ambassador in her final
semester at UBC, educating
Vancouver students about the
different programs available
through Agricultural Sciences
and creating awareness about
issues related to land, food
and the community.
"A program like this would
have really helped me when I
was in high school," says the
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at RoyalColumbian Hospital
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Law Degree has Higher Purpose for Aboriginal Student
She wants to eradicate racism and oppression, by april wilson-lange
Law graduate Tamara Starblanket plans on using her degree to help her people. She says indigenous people are treated unfairly by the legal system.
While growing up in Saskatchewan, Tamara
Starblanket of the Ahtahkakoop First Nation experienced oppression and racism first-hand. That's why
she wanted to study law.
"I saw the unfair way indigenous people were
treated by the legal system, the school system and by
society," says the 32-year-old. "I wanted to learn
about the Canadian legal system to understand how
it oppresses aboriginal people."
In fact, it was her mother's death that strengthened
her resolve to study law.
"My mother's death was ruled an accident even
though there was evidence that she was murdered,"
she explains. "The police only spent 12 hours on the
Starblanket, who graduates with a Bachelor of Laws
this month, is committed to using her degree to help her
people eradicate racism and oppression.
"Now that I have the legal understanding of treaty
land entitlements, I'll be able to understand how the
government undermines my people," she says.
Starblanket would also like to use her degree to help
bridge the misunderstanding between non-native and
aboriginal people. "A lot of misunderstanding is based
on ignorance," she says.
Throughout her undergraduate and law studies,
Starblanket says she tried to help her fellow students
understand her point of view; "I have a knowledge
and perspective that's not taught in the classroom."
While at UBC, Starblanket fulfilled her dream of
attending a United Nations meeting. In 2001, she
went to the World Conference Against Racism in
South Africa and in 2002 she took part in the
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York.
She credits most of her success to the love and
encouragement she receives from her sons Tylen, 13,
and Jonas, 10.
Starblanket is hoping to article at a Vancouver-
based law firm that specializes in aboriginal law. □
You've burned the midnight
oil and sat through four-hour
exams for it. But do you
know what makes up a UBC
diploma? Other than your
blood, sweat and tears, of
Lisa Collins, assistant registrar of senate and curriculum
services, helps UBC Reports
dissect a typical Bachelor of
Arts diploma from UBC.
The Coat-of-Arms,
in colour and gold foil.
Designed in 1915, the Coat-
of-Arms is UBC's original
visual identity. It consists of a
stylized book within a shield,
containing the words Tuum
est (it's yours) and graphics
of the sun and waves.
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This more elaborate version of the Coat-of-Arms
adds an official, ceremonial
presence to the parchment.
The seal is also key to
verifying the diploma's
The Anatomy of a UBC Diploma
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References to and signature of the Chancellor
Under Section 17 of the
University Act, the
Chancellor confers all
degrees on behalf
of the university. When
graduates cross the stage in
the graduation ceremony, the
Chancellor says "I admit
you," meaning that the student has been admitted to
the congregation of the
The President, the dean of
the faculty recommending
the degree, and the registrar
also sign the parchment.
Reference to the Senate
As the university's
highest academic governing
body, the Senate approves all
candidates for degrees before
they may be conferred. For
the May 2004 congregation,
Senate will approve the candidates for degrees at its
meeting scheduled for May
19. Senate approves the candidates for degrees based on
the recommendation of each
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Nursing Grad Survived Bosnia's
Civil War
Determined to make life meaningful, by Hilary Thomson
Antra Dizdarevic's experience of
war-time health care influenced her
interest in community nursing.
After spending three years as a
refugee during Bosnia's civil
war, Amra Dizdarevic knows
the value of a caring community.
Her experiences as a
refugee, a survivor and an
immigrant have shaped the
25-year-old's life choices,
including her decision to enter
the School of Nursing in
UBC's Faculty of Applied
"My experience of war left
me with a determination to
make my life meaningful and
to help others," says
Dizdarevic, who receives a
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
this month.
Dizdarevic and her family
immigrated to Canada in
1995 when she was 17. She
earned a BSc at UBC in 2001,
majoring in cell biology and
genetics. An outstanding student, she is a member of the
Golden Key International
Honour Society that recognizes academic excellence.
Discovering that she was
"not a lab person," she
switched to nursing in 2002,
taking advantage of the
school's multiple entry program to enter at the third-
year level. There she earned a
perfect grade point average
with special interest in infant
and maternal health and a
focus on community nursing.
"Back home, health-care
services were inadequate
because of the war so people
had to keep themselves
healthy," she says. "Seeing
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my interest in health promo
tion and disease prevention."
In addition, she has worked
as a volunteer at UBC
Hospital's palliative care unit
and has twice earned the
Detwiller Award which honours outstanding student volunteers at the hospital.
An active member of the
Bosnian Cultural Association
of B.C., where she has performed as a soloist and choir
member, Dizdarevic is also
committed to helping other
new Canadians. She has volunteered since 1999 as a host
for newcomers at the
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Planning to work in
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New Doctor on
Top ofthe World
Fulfills life-long dream, by Hilary Thomson
Ifyou asked Geoff Gotto about the high point of his
academic journey, he'd probably talk about the time
he spent at base camp on Mt. Everest.
Gotto - who graduates with a medical degree this
month - recently completed a month-long elective
working at the Khunde Hospital, caring for local
Sherpa villagers and climbers, including members of
a Canadian expedition.
"It's been a life-long dream to go to Nepal and
Everest," says the 25-year-old Victoria native.
"Practicing medicine while being on the mountain
gave me the best of both worlds."
A Wesbrook Scholar, Gotto has received many
awards and honours, including the UBC President's
Scholarship and the Hamber Scholarship.
He obtained an honours BSc at UBC, majoring in
microbiology and immunology. During his co-op
placements for the program, he worked with some
of the university's most eminent investigators - his
work in microbiologist Brett Finlay's lab was published in Cell Microbiology.
Gotto also has a passion for teaching. During his
first two years of medical school, he earned a teaching award from Kaplan Education Centre while
helping more than 500 students to prepare for the
Medical Colleges Admission Test and other exams.
A recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold
Award for leadership and community service, he has
also been involved with the Community Health
Initiative by University Students in Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside as well as a high school outreach program called Talk To Your Doc.
Athletics helps keep Gotto's life balanced. He
played championship level rugby in high school and
at UBC, earning the designation Academic All-
A residency in urology is the next step for the new
doctor. The surgical specialty appeals to him because
it offers a broad scope of care, ranging from medical
interventions to cancer surgery and transplantation.
"I especially like the defined problems presented
in surgical cases," he says. "I like fixing things." □
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Christopher Zappavigna sees a future filled with good deeds, volunteer work and humanitarian activities.
Giving Back to the Community
Motivates Science Grad
Volunteering for humanitarian causes, by april wilson-lange
By helping as many people as
he can, Chris Zappavigna
takes the Dalai Lama's message of love and compassion
to heart.
As UBC's Student Senator
for the Faculty of Science,
Zappavigna was part of the
academic procession at last
month's honorary degree ceremony for the Dalai Lama,
Anglican Archbishop
Desmond Tutu and Iranian
human rights activist Shirin
"I felt excited and empowered to be there," he says.
"After hearing these people
talk, I felt I could do a lot
more to help others. These
three individuals have donated their lives to causes outside
of their own lives."
Zappavigna wants to study
medicine because he feels it's
a profession where he can
have a positive influence
on people's lives and the
But the integrated science
undergraduate has already
begun his humanitarian
As one of 12 Trek Leaders
for UBC's Trek Program,
he helps introduce fellow
volunteers to Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside.
"Trek Leaders go over safety issues, shatter stereotypes
and help new volunteers feel
comfortable in this environment," he explains.
In addition, Zappavigna is
a UBC volunteer at the Triage
Emergency Shelter, a 28-bed
homeless shelter for people
with mental illness and substance abuse.
"I want to learn how to
relate to different people in
different socio-economic
groups," he says. "I hope to
do this kind of work
throughout my career."
For the past five years,
Zappavigna, who graduates
this month with a second science degree, has also volunteered at the Burnaby
General Hospital's geriatric
ward and emergency room.
Zappavigna graduated in
2000 with a chemistry degree
and then went on to study
biochemistry and genetics.
In addition to his local volunteer work, the Vancouver
resident spent four weeks in
the summer of 2001 building
houses for needy families in a
suburb of Mexico City.
"Volunteerism is important,
you have to give back to the
Zappavigna hopes to go to
UBC's School of Medicine in
the fall. □ UBC      REPORTS      |       MAY     6,     2OO4      |      7
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Her autistic son was her inspiration
Realizing her son was autistic
and he was going to need a
special education, Cynthia
Stark set out to learn everything she could about the disability. She also asked herself
what she could do to help
other children.
"I decided to take education
so I could train other teachers
to work with autistic kids,"
says the 35-year-old.
Since last September, Stark,
who also has learning disabilities, has trained to be a
teacher in the Faculty of
Education's Fine Arts and
Media Education (FAME) program.
Stark has perception and
sensory disabilities that make
it difficult for her to track
words from left to right and to
focus on more than one thing
at a time. She also developed
dyslexia, a
language-based learning
disability, after contracting
measles at 17.
"Since I learn through
images and feelings, Fine Arts
and Media Education is geared
to the way I learn," she says.
The program, she explains,
integrates the arts and technology into every subject. For
example, she used a Mac laptop to produce a 26-minute
film to help teachers understand autism and give them
some basic training tools.
"Many of the teaching methods taught in this course come
from teaching kids with disabilities," she adds.
The FAME program incorporates the theory of multiple
intelligences, which advocates
Cynthia Stark, with love and support from her son, Kieran, hopes to help children with autism.
that kids are good at different
things and should be taught
according to their strengths.
This is a technique that Stark
uses everyday with her son
"Autistic children don't
know how to make sense of
the world and they can't mod
ulate the different sensations,"
she says. "They can be taught
but it takes a long time. You
have to find out what they're
good at and go from there."
Stark dreams of one day
creating an organization in
Canada like the U.S.-based
Center for Autism and Related
Disorders, which develops
individualized behavioural
programs for children based
on their capabilities.
Once she finishes her
program, Stark hopes to work
as a substitute teacher until
she finds a full-time teaching
position. □
Pharmacy Grad Prepared to Perform on a New Stage
Former dancer starts new career, by Hilary Thomson
What do professional ballet, pediatric psychiatry and
pharmaceutical sciences have in common?
Sara Ingram. The 28-year-old former dancer graduates this month with a BSc in Pharmacy, her third
academic degree.
Originally interested in clinical psychiatry, Ingram
obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology and
a master's degree in psychiatry, both from McGill
After working with children with acute psychiatric
problems at Montreal's Children's Hospital, she
switched paths to gain the flexibility and stability of
a career in clinical hospital pharmacy.
"With hospitals, you either love them or hate
them," she says. "I love the activity, the involvement
in patient care and the clinical research that takes
place in a hospital."
But Ingram's first career began not in hospital corridors, but in front of the footlights. She started
dancing at age three and attended the School of
American Ballet in New York as well as schools in
California and North Carolina. She performed as a
soloist for Ballet West in Montreal until she hung up
her pointe shoes at age 21 to focus on her education.
The hardest part of earning her degree, she says,
was recovering from back surgery she had in her
third year. Although she did manage to write her
finals last year, she is only now able to participate in
sports again. An avid swimmer and runner, Ingram
has participated in Iron woman and triathlon events
at UBC.
She has also volunteered with Community Health
Initiative by University Students, and especially
enjoyed "beauty nights" where students work one-
on-one with women in Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside to give them a rare evening of pampering.
After a year of residency training, Ingram plans to
work as a clinical hospital pharmacist.
"Hospital care is very rewarding - the things you
do make a huge difference that you can see almost
immediately." □
Versatile athlete Sara Ingram overcame
back surgery to complete her latest degree. I       UBC      REPORTS      |       MAY     6,      2OO4
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Conferring honorary degrees at UBC, as we did
recently for the Nobel Peace Laureates, has a long
tradition stretching back to 1925. These were the first
people to ever receive an honorary UBC degree. From
left:  President of the University of Washington Henry
Suzallo, Minister of Education J.D. Maclean,
Chancellor R.E. McKechnie, B.C. Lieutenant-Governor
WC. Nichol, Principal of McGill University Sir Arthur
Currie, former Minister of Education Henry Esson
Young and the director of the Dominion Astrophysical
Observatory in Victoria, Dr. J.S. Plaskett. □
Elizabeth Johnson, curator, Ethnology at the Museum of Anthropology, is one of 59 staff
members who will be inducted into UBC's 25 Year Club that recognizes employees who have
worked for the university for a quarter century. Members will be congratulated by President
Martha Piper at a dinner on May 11. For a complete listing of the members, check the
website at www.ceremonies.ubc.ca/25yearclub/
Join the MBA Program and See the
Far East
Business grad embraces
cultural differences
For MBA grad Gregor Irvine-
Halliday the business world
is a place where you can
collaborate with interesting
people from different
"I chose to pursue an
MBA to equip myself with a
set of practical professional
skills and for the opportunity to work with people from
a broad range of professions
and cultures," says the
With this in mind, Irvine-
Halliday went to Shanghai
in the summer of 2003 to
do the summer placement
required for graduation.
After finishing a placement
at the Canadian Trade Office
Riding on a horse in Mongolia, Gregor Irvine-Halliday is on his way to <
promising career in business development.
to restructure to adapt to the
market economy," he says.
"And working with the staff
of UBC's International MBA
at Jiao Tong was a great way
True to his adventurous
nature, Irvine-Halliday took
a position as a business
development consultant for
CHF International in
"And working with the staff of UBC's International MBA at Jiao Tong
was a great way to meet local business people and develop my network."
in Taipei, Irvine-Halliday
was supposed to start another job with Shanghai Tunnel
Engineering but was delayed
because of the SARS crisis.
As luck would have it, UBC's
International MBA program
at Jiao Tong University in
Shanghai needed marketing
help and he was able to step
into the role.
"I learned a great deal
concerning the challenges
facing many state-owned
enterprises as they attempt
to meet local business people
and develop my network."
Irvine-Halliday also took
advantage of the university's
exchange program. After
completing his internship, he
went to the China Europe
International Business
School (CEIBS) in Pudong
for his final term.
"I had worked in North
China before starting my
MBA and CEIBS was a natural choice as an exchange
school," he explains.
Mongolia when he completed his courses at CEIBS.
"Working with people
from different professions
and cultural backgrounds
produces far superior results,
even though it requires a lot
more patience and wisdom
than when working with
like-minded people," he
Irvine-Halliday plans on
continuing his work in business development in either
Canada or Asia. □ REPORTS      |       MAY     6,     2OO4      |      9
Culture and Dance Shaped
Wesbrook Scholar
War drove her to Canada, by april wilson-lange
Lissette Torres has a passion
for life that's fuelled by her
culture and personal experience.
Torres, 22, immigrated to
Canada with her family
when she was seven years
old to escape El Salvador's
civil war.
"I'm amazed by my parents courage and selflessness
in deciding to immigrate to
Canada," says Torres, a
political science major who
graduates this month. "They
gave up everything for my
sisters and I to have a better
future. What they did
inspires me."
Because of this experience,
the Wesbrook scholar is fascinated with immigration
policy and law.
That's why she jumped at
the chance to work as a policy analyst for Citizenship
and Immigration Canada
(CIC) in Ottawa. This was
one of five co-op work terms
she completed while at UBC.
"It was an exciting time to
work for CIC," she recalls.
"The government was in the
process of passing a new
immigration Act. This is an
important issue for Canada
because we are a nation
shaped by the strength and
diversity of people from all
over the world."
The experience influenced
Torres' academic work and
research. She wrote a term
paper on Canada's new
Immigrant and Refugee
Protection Act that was published in the UBC Journal of
Political Studies.
After having a second
paper published in the journal, Torres became its editor-
in-chief last fall.
Reflecting her passion for
public policy, international
diplomacy and law, Torres
has attended several Model
United Nation (MUN) conferences across Canada. Last
year, as director of UBC's
MUN-International Criminal
Court, she led the mock trial
of General Augusto Pinochet
for crimes against humanity
in 1970s Chile.
When not engrossed in
academic pursuits, Torres
performs in Vancouver for a
semi-professional Cuban
salsa dance troupe.
"I've danced my whole
life," she laughs. "It's part of
my Latin culture."
Though a Vancouverite at
heart, Torres will relocate to
Ontario in the Fall to attend
law school and hopes to
eventually work with the
Canadian Foreign Service. □
Lissette Torres thanks her family and her culture for her academic and
professional success.
UBC Architect Grad Builds a Better World
Using her skills to help the less fortunate, by april wilson-lange
Stephanie Gerbrandt's love of
travel and her desire to make a
difference led her to architecture. Now she's helping people
one building at a time.
Gerbrandt's interest in
architecture began when the
29-year-old was in her last year
of her undergraduate degree at
Trinity Western University in
Langley, B.C. In this year, she
established a chapter of Habitat
for Humanity and led a team of
fellow students to Portland,
Oregon, to renovate homes.
She also took part in a
school-run work project in the
Dominican Republic to build
latrines and a foundation for a
local church, after the destruction of hurricane Georges.
"These experiences confirmed
that I wanted to study architecture," says Gerbrandt, who will
receive her Master of
Architecture degree from the
Faculty of Graduate Studies this
Gerbrandt's graduate thesis
looked at ways to create inexpensive, sustainable housing for
people in the Dominican
"I'm investigating the use of
local materials to improve the
living conditions ofthe people,"
she says. She explains that an
inexpensive resource like bamboo can be used to build walls
that can be used as storage space.
Wanting to learn how other
countries practice architecture,
Gerbrandt did a seven-month
student placement in a small firm
in London, England, in the second year of her program at UBC.
Directly after her work-term in
the United Kingdom, she went to
the Technical University of
Siegan in Germany as an
exchange student. While there,
she worked on a studio project
to convert a heritage factory in
Hamburg into a residential
Gerbrandt's talent and desire
to use her skills to help the less
fortunate caught the attention of
local architect Arthur Erickson,
who, thanks to his recent
Vancouver Arts Award, presented her with a $5,000 travel
scholarship to further her career.
The grant will allow her to
present her thesis to Habitat for
Humanity in Dominican
Republic and travel to Southeast
Gerbrandt would like to
work in Vancouver or abroad
designing buildings for people in
need. □
Stephanie Gerbrandt hopes bamboo will improve the living conditions of people in the Dominican Republic. io    I
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■ nssisi wnh die deitlupnieni and approval of new academic programs
work with Faculties on new learning initiatives dial incorporate Lniercliselpunaf iry. interactivity, glottal ciilienshlp
and die integration erf research
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academic leadership relutine to Robson Square and Great Northern Way
■ *orkeuopcrouvcly on Inlemanonal academic Issues *ith ihc Associate Vice President International and with
related irjiemaitooal units
manage the Canada Research Chair program and work wnh others oil federal unci provincial research programs
such as CFI and LEEF
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of all Board docuroenuuon
work with ihc Facutfka in planning Ikuliy icteniion and renewal Initiatives
manage enrolment planning
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Nations House of Learning, Planning and litsirnitional Research, Imcnuiioisil Student Initiative. Office of
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International Dentist Polishes
her Degree with UBC Patina
Gains greater experience with more training
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When Lovedeep Kaur Randhawa
accepts her degree in dentistry
this month, it will mark the end
of an educational journey that
has spanned 23 years and half
the globe.
After obtaining a dentistry
degree in India,
the 26-year-old
moved from
Punjab to Canada
in 2000 and to
UBC in 2002 to
participate in the
Faculty of
Dentistry's two-
year International
Dental Degree
Completion program.
En route, she
lived with relatives
in Toronto where
she met her husband, Jaspreet, an
RCMP officer.
The couple were
married in 2001
and moved to
Randhawa knew something of
Canadian culture from North
American students who attended
her university at home. She was
surprised, however, to find
samosas and other popular
Indian food in local supermarkets.
"Vancouver is so multicultural.
I didn't feel like an outsider
Lovedeep Kaur Randhawa
enjoys the broad scope of
Canadian dentistry.
when I got here. It was easy to
fit in."
The oldest of three sisters,
Randhawa's education has been
greatly influenced by her father,
a civil engineer. Encouraged to
excel, she started school at age
three and consistently placed
first in her classes. Last year, she
placed in the
top 10 per cent
of her dentistry
"My family is
a huge support
for me - I'm
here today
because of the
way I was
brought up,"
she says. "My
parents inspire
and motivate
There are
many differences between
Indian and Canadian dentristy,
she explains. There is no insurance coverage for dental services
in India and many people can't
afford treatment. This means
general dentists do very basic
dentistry with more interesting
work performed by specialists
who treat affluent patients.
"Here in Canada, the dentist
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Retiring Within 5 Years?
A life protecting and studying birds suits Stephanie Topp.
Life has Gone to the Birds for Forestry Grad
Solving conservation problems in the field, by april wilson-lange
Four years ago Stephanie Topp
quit her job in Toronto, packed
her bags and headed west to
study conservation at UBC.
"I was working in an administrative position in health care
and I wasn't happy," says
Topp, who graduates from the
Faculty of Forestry's natural
resources conservation program this month.
But it wasn't until the 31-
year-old traveled to India,
Singapore, New Zealand and
Australia with her sister, that
she made up her mind to
change careers.
"This trip made me think
about nature and conservation," she says. "I really got
into birds in New Zealand."
Since New Zealand is an
island, Topp explains, there are
many unique species of flightless birds that didn't have natural predators. Now, with the
introduction of rats and other
predatory animals, these birds
are becoming endangered.
Topp has integrated her
desire to protect our feathered
friends into her work at UBC.
In her first year, she worked
for the Wildlife Rescue
Association where she spent a
lot of time handling birds.
"This experience sealed it
with the birds for me," she
says. "Watching them grow
and develop is amazing."
She also used two of her
Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council
of Canada (NSERC) scholarships to study the winter wren
on Mount Seymour. Topp won
NSERC fellowships in her second and third years. And this
year she was awarded the highly competitive NSERC postgraduate scholarship.
One of the reasons Topp
chose to study conservation at
UBC was the program's mix of
academic and practical experi
ence. Students are required to
attend field school in the fall
term of their last year.
"Whatever I do in the future,
I'll have to do some field work,"
she says.
After her winter wren research
ends in July, Topp will be
involved with a bird migration
study until October. Then she
plans to work on her master's
degree at UBC next January. □
International Dentist
continued from page 10
is a primary oral health caregiver and there is greater variety
and scope of care," she says. "I
now have much greater experience in the procedures I was
trained in."
Randhawa will work in general practice after graduation
but her academic journey may
not be over yet. She loves to
study, she says, and may take
further training as a specialist. □
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demonstrated record of research activities and ochicvemenci concentrated an
Korea the SUOtesAll Applicant Mill be eifWded 10 take up the apprHrnmeni
on |u»y 1,200*.
The successful canddaie wdl ho expected to develop reseatd pfogranH
focusincj on Konra, seek funding from external donors for the prass^in-B or the
Cemre h> Korejn Keiearch. eg*"'™ conference* and seminars on iii?
Centre's research intererts and pmfectv administer Ihe l>jiiu.el ol the Centre,
nrnl rhrtlr irwCentres marytjeiTieni conwiiiBee, fliu Cenlro rjnitlor Mill !>■
expected ta collaborate with the Director cri Ihe InsthiJe rJ Asian Raeauch in
developing inwr-Cenke and Ipwndlsc^lllnary teaching and reteaichi miBdbwes-
The Centre Director will afeo sei>e an the Council ar the ImlilLrte.
1.ihi i"iim> 1 in 1 hr Il-«xi.i ivii-r* And is comimned io emplrtynvot eqmr>', We
encrpurjpt all qualified person Bo apply.
The nppo'nlrnent wJ| h* fo* a fued te*m or ih*ee t* fwe years, rh* deadline
For applicjrtions is May 31.. 2D(Kl. Applicants should send * kfusr describing
rhfir ifiie^en m Ihe positkin, a curncukim utw, ^nd ihe mrnes and postal w\d
e-mail addresses of three references ta:
RVtikiHii R. PVihlrr, Ih«i 1ijk
Inililule of Asian Research
C.K-Chol Hulldlin;, Kmiirt jii
1 US Wes.1 Mill, L UC V1.T 1 /1
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e-nuil: potlefi^interLhanfje.ubc.ca
Applications for Directorships
Centra for SonthtM.st \<\& Research
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The IrrailLilr nrf Asian ftpwiirch k UTkniK appln -il <mi hmm within Ac- University
for the1 post of DneClur uf (lit Cenlre for Scujtheiiil Asia Rusedn-h. Applkdrds
should hnid academic appointments at IjUI" and. have ± demmszratrd riM^snl or
r-eMJiP-U Jxlr«il«b df k1 jLr"e>iiPTeiili coiiL-eiiledlHl 1*1 one 01 mure counirles l»
inkhu or SrnJlhcast .i\su   The successful applicant will hr expected In lake up
uhe dppoinlmeiil cut Inly I, 2KH
The ucccsifiil candidate wit br t^portnl to drvrinp mparch prno/ams frKiiiinfi
0<i 5uulhe«( Aiij. seek fumirii; Imm e4enldl donor*, for lit*- protJ/dr*pj of the
t'jcvilrp, 1 irp.nniir cnrntinrinrcs and seminars on the Centre" 1 research intpretu and
ppjjec&. ddhiipisle* the budget vK ll* Ceptre, and chap the Ceiilre s
management cnmmalee   fhc ['mire- Director wiD he expected n> cnllaborate
wlh the DimJUr o* lr* IpslfcuLP 4M Asian RestMrLh in developing ii*Or-Ceiilre
and infprdiscialin.iry Iraching and research snilialrves. The Centre Director will
uIm> serve on the Council of \\v IrisWutt-
UBC hirer; an the tuhr- af mrrrt and is Liimmitcd In cmnlnvmrnl nqucy. >ve
encOurjre all quulilied persurrj lo 4ij|^>
The appoirrlmcnt wil be for ai fnord term of three Id five yean. The deadline for
applkJCiOnsn.v^Jl, 200-1 AppiCait 1*iijuld send a IriMr descrtiingIfteir
ininrest in the pcsibnn, a curriculum vitae, and the names and postal and email
addresses ol three relerences io:
f ibnun il. pmter, Director
InStiliite vi Abijm Keseanh
CK. Cfint BuildHig, Room J5I
IBM West Mull UrWI VlriT \I2
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e-miiil; piriternpin1virl*ani^-ubi a*
Staff Members Receive President's Service
Award for Excellence   by hilaryThomson
PSAE recipients for this year are (l-r) Yashmin Kassam, Julie Walchli,
Suzanne Poohkay, Audrey Lindsay and Belle Dale-Wills (bottom right).
As associate director, Facility
Services, Belle Dale-Wills is
responsible for planning, budgeting, directing and evaluating the
operations of various facilities
management and custodial functions throughout campus.
Peers acknowledge major
changes she has made, including
a shift to customer service, an
emphasis on safety and training
and redefining the role of facility
manager to serve as a resource for
campus clients.
She has made numerous
improvements in the management
of workplace injuries and in
2002, the Workers'
Compensation Board recognized
her achievements in workplace
ergonomics by featuring her in
their WorkSafe newsletter.
Dale-Wills' attention to staff is
exceptional. She regularly works
10-12 hours per day to have
contact with every shift and
knows the name of each of our
300 custodial workers.
A dedicated communicator
who keeps staff motivated, recognized and valued, she also is the
driving force of her group's highly
successful United Way campaigns.
Yashmin Kassam, advising
officer and administrator for the
first-year English program, is
known to her colleagues as a
"miracle of energy and commitment".
By listening to concerns, fixing
problems and answering a myriad
of questions, she helps make new
students' experience at UBC a
positive one. Well-known for her
patience, diplomacy and compassion, Kassam has a special skill in
helping international and multicultural students feel at home at
UBC. She also co-ordinates the
program's instructors and
teaching assistants.
Kassam embraces the idea of
continuous learning and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree
part time. Her knowledge,
organizational skills and spirit
have prompted many colleagues to regard her as the
heart of the department.
Alumna Audrey Lindsay is
associate registrar and director
of student systems in
Enrolment Services.
Since joining UBC in 1972,
Lindsay has envisioned, developed and provided technology
systems for students that have
spanned punch cards, telephone and Internet
The student information system she established is considered the envy of universities
across North America. In
2003, EDUCAUSE - a coalition of North American colleges and universities dedicated
to advancing education
through better use of information technology - honoured
her for the online student self-
evaluation and self-admission
program she developed.
Known as a dynamic innovator, Lindsay's co-workers say
she puts her whole mind and
heart into her work, whether
recruiting student workers,
motivating team members, or
fostering interdepartmental
Suzanne Poohkay, associate
director, facilities and capital
planning, in the Dept. of
Campus and Community
Planning, is UBC's acknowledged "doyenne of space." She
is responsible for planning and
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budgeting construction and
maintenance programs for campus buildings.
Since joining UBC in 1989, she
has headed projects ranging from
better research labs to more
usable student social space. She is
respected across campus for her
fairness, creativity, collaborative
working style and energy.
She drafted UBC's first five-
year and 10-year capital programs and her proposals have
influenced the provincial government to commit funds to UBC
over and above its normal allocation. She has also been instrumental in developing an innovative agreement to rehabilitate
campus facilities - a $120 million
project known as UBC Renew.
As founder and director of
UBC's Arts Co-op Program,
alumna Julie Walchli has
increased the image and value of
an Arts degree to the community
and the university.
She has worked tirelessly for
the last five years at both campus
and provincial levels to promote
co-op education and is recognized as having developed the
most successful student co-op
association in B.C. Key among
her accomplishments is campus-
wide branding of all UBC co-op
"Walchli is also an advisor to
the UBC chapter of the Golden
Key International Honour
Society where she guides and
mentors some of UBC's most
accomplished students.
Her staff says she is passionate
about her work and a visionary
pioneer whose leadership and
commitment have helped hundreds of students realize their
potential. □


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