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May 21, 1998
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Among this year's more than 5,000 UBC graduates, many of whom come from
B.C.'s coastal, interior and northern communities, is 72-year-old Jo Gardner who
will fulfil a lifelong dream when she receives her Bachelor of Dental Science during
Spring Congregation May 24-29. A total of 23 separate Congregation ceremonies
will be held in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Goal-setting grads
never stop learning
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
If you looked up lifelong learning in the
dictionary, it could well read "See Jo
Gardner started her educational journey in 1947 with a certificate in dental
hygiene from the University of Oregon.
This spring, she marks another milestone when she graduates at age 72 with
a Bachelor of Dental Science.
Gardner will be one of more than 5,000
students receiving degrees during Spring
Congregation May 24-29 at the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts.
"I always regretted not having a degree." Gardner says. "It was a personal
goal and I wanted to reach it."
At the time she received her certificate
there were only two degree programs
available, both in the U.S. Thoughts of
pursuing further study were put aside
when Gardner moved to B.C. in 1949
with her dentist husband.
She worked as a dental assistant until
dental hygienics was recognized as a
profession by the province in 1952. She
became the third dental hygienist to register in B.C.. and spent the next 39 years
in the profession.
In 1992. after Gardner and her husband retired to Madeira Park on the Sunshine Coast. UBC started its dental hygiene degree program, one of only two in
the country.
Gardner signed up.
Travelling almost three hours each
way and going through a tank of gas every
week made Gardner a valued customer at
the ferry terminal and the local gas station, she says.
While getting to campus may have
been a challenge, Gardner was on familiar territory once she got here, having
taught part-time in the dental hygiene
diploma program from 1968 to 1986.
Faculty members with whom she had
taught were now her teachers. Her former
students were now sharing classes with
"In some classes they called me Mum,"
Gardner says. „     „„., ^
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Top teachers
breathe life
into learning
to community:
UBC graduates
Faculty, staff
go beyond
call of duty
President's Message:
It's the people you've met who
matter and make the difference
At this time of year it's difficult not to
think of my own years as a university
I rememberwell the excitement of learning, the give and take of intellectual debate and the triumphs and setbacks of
student life.
But more than anything else I remember the people. In fact, many of the friends
I made during my undergraduate years
are my very best friends today.
Although these friends are scattered
throughout the world, we remain — after
30 years — a very tight-knit group. Some
of them even travelled to Vancouver just
to attend my installation as president last
This is why I think it's important to
remember that while a university may be
a large, and yes, sometimes impersonal
institution, it is also a place where very
special personal bonds are created.
That's because a university isn't just
the bricks and mortar that make up its
buildings, or the grounds of its campus,
or even the courses listed in its calendar.
What the university is really about is its
people, the people who study, teach and
work here.
What you are taking with you as you
leave UBC is more than just an education, it is a network of human relationships with people who have already made
a difference in your life, and will continue
to do so — whether it is a classmate who's
become a fast friend, a professor you
admire or a helpful staff member.
Don't squander this gift. Nurture it.
Keep up the connections, preserve the
relationships, hold on to the associations
— and they will reward you many times
over. You have made strong bonds during
your years here. Don't let them slip away.
One way that you can maintain your
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Continued from Page 1
The program Gardner graduates from was specifically designed to accommodate returning students who already hold a
diploma and want to upgrade
their skills. As many of them are
juggling home, family and work
commitments it's intended to be
flexible, offering both part-time
and distance study.
"By her example, Jo has eliminated any excuse for people who
say they're too old to go to school."
says Asst. Prof. Bonnie Craig,
director of the program.
"Not only that, she is a living
history of our profession," Craig
says. "Jo is known nationwide
as one of our founding members."
Gardner helped draft the constitutions of both the B.C. and
Canadian dental hygienists associations and was one of the
first presidents of both organizations. She also served on the
executive of the International
Federation of Dental Hygienists.
Gardner credits her husband
and daughter with giving her the
support she needed to complete
her degree.
"No education is wasted," she
says. "It's stimulating and gives
you a new outlook."
Now she has her degree,
Gardner intends to put it to use
volunteering to teach dental care
to a senior citizens' group.
This year's Congregation ceremonies include 23 separate
ceremonies spanning six days
from Sunday, May 24 through
Friday, May 29. Ceremonies on
Sunday. May 24 will be held at
1:30 p.m.. 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The remainder of the ceremonies take place Monday through
Friday at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.,
2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Degrees will be conferred on
students from 12 faculties. Eight
honorary degrees will also be
Continued from Page 1
ties with university and its people is through our Alumni Association. Those of you graduating
this spring may be especially
interested in a new Vancouver
branch called UBC Young
Alumni. You can read more about
it inside this issue of UBC Reports.
The Alumni Association also
has regular branches in every
corner of our province, in most
major cities across Canada and
the United States, and in a dozen
countries around the world.
If there isn't a branch in your
community, start one! It's up to
Congratulations and good
luck to all of you.
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One of this year's 24 recipients of a Killam Teaching Prize, English
instructor Christine Parkin is cited by her students for encouraging them
not only to write, but to write well.
Prized teachers bring
students to life, learning
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
A cross between a midwife and a truffle
hound — thafs how Killam Teaching
Prize winner Christine Parkin describes
her role as teacher.
"Both aspects need to be there," says
Parkin, a senior instructor in the English
Dept. "I help create the conditions for the
students' intellectual birth and then I try
to root out the best they're capable of."
Parkin, a UBC alumna and a teacher
for 40 years, is one of 24 faculty members
to receive University Killam Teaching
Prizes during Spring Congregation.
Using texts ranging from Wtnnie-the-
Pooh to Othello, Parkin teaches advanced
composition, technical writing, children's
literature and Introduction to drama.
A faculty member since 1974, she
brings a diverse set of skills to her job.
Besides being a teacher, she has also
been a lawyer and an actor.
The law degree has made her a stickler
for detail, she says, a
standard she puts to use ^^^^^^^^^
in her technical writing
course. Her love of theatre fuels her drama
teaching and her own
acting abilities allow her
to be "a bit of a comedian."
As she describes how
she encourages their
work. Parkin's sensitivity toward her students   	
is obvious.
"It's an act of courage to write," she
says. "When you hand in a piece of work,
you're exposed and vulnerable. I try to
give as much positive feedback as possible."
One student credits Parkin with empowering aspiring writers.
"She'll look you straight in the eye and
say, 'You can do it,' and you feel that you
could become the next C.S. Lewis."
Parkin says it's been a joy and a privilege to teach because teachers touch
people's lives forever. "It could never be
seen as a trivial occupation."
Killam Teaching Prize winners are selected by their faculties on the basis of
recommendations from colleagues and
She'll look you
straight in the eye...
and you feel that
you could become
the next C.S. Lewis.'
UBC student
students. Each award winner receives
$5,000 from endowment sources. Where
there are co-winners, the prize is shared.
Recipients bring creativity and enthusiasm to the classroom.
• Students say Law Prof. Claire
Young makes tax law fun and breathes
life into a subject many of them dread.
• The way English Prof. Jerry
Wasserman teaches Canadian theatre
prompted one student to describe him as
"having the wisdom of a Buddhist monk,
the enthusiasm of a four-year-old and
the presence of a rock star."
• Forestry's R. Jonathan Fannin has
been known to bring a lump of soil to class
to explain theories of soil mechanics.
• Pharmaceutical Sciences' Marc
Levine is noted for earning students'
respect by treating them as colleagues.
• Eunice C.Y. Li-Chan, Food Science, is an active member of the Women
in Science group, acting as a role model
for female science students.
Other Killam Teaching Prize recipients
for 1998 include:
^m^^^^^^^m Faculty of Agricultural Sciences: F. Brian
Holl, Plant Science. Faculty of Applied Science:
Michael Jackson, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Philip Hill,
Mechanical Engineering. Faculty of Arts:
George McWhirter,
Theatre, Film and Crea-
    tive    Writing;     Lyn
MacCrostie, Arts One;
Bruce Miller, Anthropology and Sociology. Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration: Ruth Freedman, Finance.
Faculty of Dentistry: co-winners Donal
McDonnell and Colin Price, Oral Biological and Medical Sciences. Faculty of Education: Rita Irwin, Curriculum Studies;
Marion Porath, Educational Psychology
and Special Education. Faculty of Graduate Studies: Richard Ericson, Green College. Faculty of Medicine: Margaret
McCuaig, School of Rehabilitation Sciences; Carol-Ann Courneya, Physiology,
Dr. Richard Arseneau, Medicine. Faculty
of Science: Carol Ann Borden, Botany;
Chris Orvig, Chemistry; Chris Waltham,
Carillon bells toll for
students, visitors alike
As graduating students and visitors
stroll through campus during the week of
Spring Congregation, they'll be greeted
periodically by the sound of carillon
chimes ringing out from the Ladner Clock
Tower in front of Main Library.
A new carillon, an organ-like instrument housed beside the clock tower, replaced the original last year.
The original electro-mechanical
carillon, installed when the tower was
built in 1968, comprised 330 bronze bars
which were struck with metal hammers
activated by the organ console. ^^^^^^^^^^^
Fully digital, the
new carillon can be
played manually or
programmed to play
automatically. It is
capable of producing synthesized bell
sounds including
celesta, harp, chime,
cast Flemish and
The sound is amplified and broadcast   through   12     	
speakers housed in the tower.
The carillon plays for five minutes
three times daily at 10:25 a.m., 12:25
p.m. and 2:25 p.m. It also chimes on the
hour and is played on special occasions
such as Christmas.
Suzanne Dodson, facilities and preservation manager with the UBC Library
and a classical pianist, is one of a few
people on campus who play the carillon.
"I think it conjures up a sort of sentimental feeling for many of the people who
I hope it will remind
the young students
that not only does
time go fast, but that
...the use of those
hours will seriously
affect ... their lives."
-Leon Ladner
hear the chimes while walking across
campus," says Chuck Slonecker, acting
vice-president. External Affairs.
Slonecker says that while he gets the odd
complaint from people who dislike either the
sound in general or the tunes played, complaints are greatly outweighed by the number
of positive comments he receives.
The clock tower was built in 1968 with
a gift from the late Leon Ladner, a prominent Vancouver lawyer and former member of UBC's Board of Governors.
On announcing his gift in 1966. Ladner
wrote: "When that clock
^_______1___     tower is completed and
the clock rings out the
passing of each hour. I
hope it will remind the
young students that
not only does time go
fast, but that the hours
at our university are
very precious and the
use of those hours will
seriously affect the success, the happiness and
the future of their lives."
The Ladner Clock
      Tower was intended
as a tribute to the pioneers of B.C. and, in
particular, to Thomas and William Ladner.
It was initially supposed to be called The
Pioneer Clock Tower.
The Ladner brothers, of Penzance,
Cornwall, England, arrived in Victoria
almost exactly 140 years ago (May 15.
1858) after five months in a covered wagon
on the California Trail and six years in the
gold fields of California. The town of
Ladner, where they settled in 1868, bears
their name.
Student scholars
serve and lead
Fourteen students have been named
Wesbrook Scholars, an honorary designation for outstanding achievement
among undergraduates.
Awarded annually, the honour is reserved for a maximum of 20 students
who are nominated by their faculty or
school and selected by a committee. The
students receive a certificate, and a
memento, and the designation appears
on their permanent academic record.
Candidates must have completed at
least one winter session at UBC, be in their
penultimate or final year of undergraduate
studies or in the Doctor of Medicine or
Doctor of Dental Medicine programs, stand
in the top 10 per cent of their faculty or
school, and demonstrate the ability to serve,
work with and lead others.
The awards are sponsored by the
Wesbrook Society, an organization of
the university's major benefactors.
This year's Wesbrook Scholars are:
Christopher  Bennett,  Law;  Jeff
Beselt, Education; Victoria Colvin,
Law; Mandeep Dhaliwal, Arts; Fahreen
Dossa, Science; Kelly Harrison, Medicine; Kibben Jackson, Law; Adam
Lund, Medicine; Gregory Mackie, Arts;
Feisal Mohamdeali, Science; Ian
Mortimer. Science; Andrew Scholes,
Law; Shaila Seshia, Arts; Andrea
Thompson, Education.
Also joining the ranks of the Wesbrook
Scholars are winners of the Sherwood
Lett. Harry Logan, Amy E. Sauder/Jean
Craig Smith, John H. Mitchell, and CK.
Choi Scholarships, who automatically
receive the designation.
They are: Andrew Lim, Science
(Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship);
Brian Murphy, Applied Science (Harry
Logan Memorial Scholarship);
Kimberly Eldred. Law (Amy E. Sauder/
Jean Craig Smith Scholarships); Sarah
Cherry, Commerce (John H. Mitchell
Memorial Scholarship); Kim Hendess,
Arts (CK. Choi Scholarship).
Academic achievers
earn medals
At UBC and other Canadian universities, gold medals are presented to
students who have achieved the highest
standing in graduate studies at both
the master's and doctoral level.
Silver medals are awarded to the
students who, in the opinion of the
Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, are the best in the graduating
classes for the BA and BSc degrees.
Recipients of this year's Governor
General's Academic Medals are:
Ian Thomas Rae, Governor General's
Gold Medal, Faculty of Graduate Stud
ies, Master's Programs; Mark Robert
Harris, Governor General's Gold Medal,
Faculty of Graduate Studies, Doctoral
Programs; Charlotte Schallie, Governor General's Silver Medal in Arts, BA
degree; and Christopher Zygmunt
Radziminski. Governor General's Silver
Medal in Science, BSc degree.
First presented in 1873, the medal
also recognizes academic excellence at
the post-secondary diploma level. The
award is named for its founder, the Earl
of Dufferin, who served as the governor
general of Canada from 1872 to 1878. 4 UBC Reports • May 21, 1998
Academic excellence sets
graduates at head of class
Twenty-eight UBC students
finished at the head of their class
this year, including recipients of
the Governor General's Academic
Medals (listed on page 3). They
American Institute of Certified Planners Prize (Most outstanding graduating student in
Community and Regional Planning): Karen Joanne Peachey.
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Gold
Medal (Head of the Graduating
Class in Applied Science, BASc
degree): Bohana Stefanovic.
B.C. Dental Hygienists Association Gold Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Dental Hygiene, BDSc degree): Carolyn
Christine King.
Helen L. Balfour Prize (Head
of the Graduating Class in Nursing, BSN degree): Debra Ann
Dr. Maxwell A Cameron Memorial Medal and Prize (Head of the
Graduating Class in Education,
Elementary Teaching field, BEd
degree): Jody Elizabeth Imrie.
Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship (Head of the Graduating Class in Librarianship, MLIS
degree): Catherine Meye Chiba.
Carter-Horner Medal and Prize
for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Head
of the Graduating Class in Pharmaceutical Sciences, BSc (Pharm)
degree): Raffaella Amoruso.
College of Dental Surgeons of
British Columbia Gold Medal
(Head of the Graduating Class
in Dentistry, DMD degree): Lori
Lee Correia Santos.
Professor C.F.A. Culling-
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory
Science Prize (Head of the Graduating Class of Medical Laboratory Science, BMLSc degree):
Martin Hubert Kang.
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Occupational Therapy (Head of the
Graduating Class in Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational
Therapy, BSc (OT) degree):
Cindy Anne Urbanowski.
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Physiotherapy (Head of the Graduating Class in Rehabilitation Sciences, Physiotherapy, BSc(PT)
degree): Chiara Anna Veronesi.
Hamber Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Medicine,
MD degree, best cumulative
record in all years of study):
Susan Baer.
Human Kinetics Faculty Prize
(Head of the Graduating Class in
Human Kinetics, BHK degree):
Jeffrey Kenneth Beselt.
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Kiwanis Club Medal (Head of
the Graduating Class in Commerce and Business Administration, BCom degree): Jason
Graham Bower.
Law Society Gold Medal and
Prize (Head of the Graduating
Class in Law, LLB degree):
Ludmila Barbara Herbst.
H.R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry (Head of the Graduating
Class in Forestry, BSF or BSc
(Forestry) degree): David Lionel
Merck Frosst Pharmacy Doctoral Prize (Head of the Graduating Class in Pharmacy,
PharmD degree): Peter Joseph
Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal
and Prize (Head of Graduating
Class in Landscape Architecture,
BLA degree): not available.
Royal Architecture Institute of
Canada Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Architecture): Barbara Lynn Gordon-
Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold
Medal (Head of the Graduating
Class in Agricultural Sciences,
BSc (Agr) degree): Mavis Wing
Yin Chung.
Marjorie Ellis Topping Memorial Medal (Head of the Graduating Class in Social Work, BSW
degree): Caroline Geta Goldberg.
University of B.C. Medal
(Head of the Graduating Class
in Family and Nutritional Sciences): Kai-Ling Ng.
University of B.C. Medal (Head
of the Graduating Class in Fine
Arts, BFA degree): Rebecca
Angela Myers.
University of B.C. Medal
(Head of the Graduating Class
in Music, BMus degree): Aaron
Jonathan Au.
Donations 1998
The School of Architecture and the Friends of the School of Architecture wish to thank those who have continued to support.
UBC Architecture
List of Donors in Kind
Donors 1995 - 1998
Ancient Mariner Awning & Signs
Advanced Glazing Systems
Henriquez Production Ltd.
awning supply & installation
Alexander Holburn Beaudin &
Inland Glass and Aluminum Ltd.
BC Hardwood Floor
Lang Barristers
Interbase Consultants Ltd.
donation to finish flooring
Amara International Investment
Intertech Construction Ltd
Friends of the School of
Jardine Rolfe Ltd.
1/3 rent Opart renovation
Arnold Nemetz and Associates Ltd.
Ladner Downs Barristers
Artec Skylights
Larkspur Foundation
Henriquez Production Ltd.
$3,500 donation & building
B&B Scale Models
Lecture in honor of Charles Bentall
Ballard Family Foundation
Locke MacKinnon Domingo Gibson
B.C. Hydro Powersmart
The Masonry Institute
Herrainco Design Associates Inc.
Course Sponsorship
Benlen Engineering Ltd.
Course Sponsorship
Penreal Advisors
graphic design, signs, awning
Burrowes Huggins Architects
Polygon Group Ltd.
Intertech Construction Ltd.
Cambridge Shopping Centres
R. Freundlich Associates Ltd.
display systems installation &
C.Y. Loh and Associates
Read Jones Chrisofferson Ltd.
Christopher Foundation
Reid Crowther and Partners
Kitchen Space Inc
Christopher Investments
Rheinzink Canada Ltd.
kitchen appliances and fixtures
Concord Pacific
Salt Lick Projects Ltd.
Merit Kitchens / Vedco Industries
Course Sponsorship
Scott Construction
kitchen cabinets design & co
Coopers and Lybrand
Singleton Urquhart Scott Barristers
DeHoog D'Ambrosio Architects
Solid Rock Steel Fabricating Co. Ltd.
SLS Specified Lighting Systems
DWT Stanley
Sterling Cooper and Associates
Ellipsis Design and Architecture Ltd.
Visiting Lecturer sponsorship
lighting design and fixtures
The ENCON Group
Team Glass Co. Ltd.
Shanahan's Ltd.
Fast and Epp Partners
Toby Russell Family &
display panels
Gallagher Brothers Contractors Ltd.
Toby Russell Buckwell and Partners
Susan Baker / Graham McGarva
Garibaldi Glass and Aluminum
Lecture in honour of Ray Toby
$2,500 donation
Glasstech Contracting
T.R. Trades Reproduction Ltd.
The Christopher Foundation
Golden Properties
United Properties
$5,000 donation
Graham Harmsworth Lai and
Weber and Associates Architectural
Consultants Ltd.
The Comenius Institute
Grant and Sinclair Architects Ltd.
Weiler Smith Bowers Consultants
desks and drafting stations
Richard Henriquez
Yolles Consulting Engineering
Torro Aluminum
Henriquez Partners/IBI Group:
aluminum storefront
Architects in Joint Venture
Year brings new
president, honours
May: Ten UBC women are
nominated for the 1997 Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction
• UBC commits to a transportation planning process, new
housing policy and services for
permanent campus residents as
part of the Official Community
Plan for the UBC area.
June: President David
Strangway is awarded the Community Leadership Award by the
Vancouver Board of Trade.
July: The university bids farewell to outgoing president David
• St.John'sCollegeUBCaresi-
dential graduate college, opens.
• Three faculties appoint faculty members as their new deans:
Prof. Joost Blom, Law; Prof.
Michael Isaacson, Applied Science; Prof. Moura Quayle, Agricultural Sciences.
August: Martha Piper, former
vice-president. Research and
External Affairs at the University of Alberta, arrives as the
new president of UBC.
• UBC Engineering Physics
graduate Bjarni Tryggvason orbits the earth aboard the space
shuttle Discovery as the university's first alumni astronaut. The
shuttle also carries technology
developed in the UBC lab of Electrical Engineering Assoc. Prof.
Tim Salcudean.
• The Official Community
Plan, a framework for long-term
development of the UBC campus, is accepted by the Greater
Vancouver Regional District.
• The Faculty of Medicine introduces a new undergraduate curriculum that has a problem-based
learning approach and places an
emphasis on ethics, social issues
and communication skills.
September: Martha Piper is installed as UBC's 11th president.
• UBC's Equity Office wins
the Government of Canada's
1997 Vision Award for achievements in employment equity.
• The Liu Centre for International Studies begins its academic programs.
• UBC'sSingTaoSchoolofJour-
nalism officially opens. The only
graduate school of journalism in
Western Canada, it will admit its
first students this September.
October: The Think About It
— UBC Research campaign, created to raise public awareness of
the benefits of university research, is launched.
• The 75th anniversary of
1922's Great Trek, when 1,200
UBC students marched through
Vancouver to spur the B.C. government to finish the stalled
Point Grey campus, is marked.
November: The Vancouver-
hosted Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum concludes with a leaders' meeting at
UBC's Museum of Anthropology.
• UBC announces the creation
of a Centre for Australian Studies.
• UBC claims top spot for best
overall reputation among Canadian medical/doctoral universities in Maclean's magazine's
annual university rankings.
December: Biotechnology
Prof. Terry Snutch wins the
E.W.R. Steacie Prize, Canada's
most prestigious award for young
scientists and engineers.
January: Former dean of Science Barry McBride is appointed
vice-president. Academic and
February: UBC President
Martha Piper seeks community
input in Victoria, Kamloops,
Kelowna and Prince George about
the direction the university should
take in the 21 st century.
• Mathematics Prof. Michael
Ward wins one of Canada's top
research awards, the E.W.R.
Steacie Memorial Fellowship, for
his work in applied mathematics.
March: The RCMP Public
Complaints Commission announces it will conduct a public
hearing into the conduct of members of the RCMP during the
APEC leaders' meeting.
April: Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Martha Salcudean is one of
three Canadians to receive a Killam
Research Prize, recognizing her
outstanding research into computational fluid dynamics.
• Economics Prof. Jonathan
Kesselman receives a$ 1.25 million
SSHRC grant to lead interdisciplinary research on the economic well-
being of Canadians.
Vananda Shiva
Women's Studies Summer Institute
Women, Life
and the Planet
SFU Harbour Centre
Vancouver, B.C.
June 16-19,1998
9:00-1:00 p.m. daily
This four-day workshop will focus on themes
dealing with globalization, ecofeminism and biodiversity. Registration fee $200 (some subsidies
For further information & registration:
Phone 604 291 3333 • FAX 604 291 5518 • e-mail cgoodman@sfu.ca UBC Reports ■ May 21, 1998 5
Graduates contribute to community
Cantonese-speaking cop gets degree
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
John Cameron — law graduate and 10-year veteran of the
Vancouver City police force —
was walking the beat in
Chinatown one day when he
saw someone stealing a VCR
from a car.
He gave chase down Main
Street and into an alley where
he tackled the suspect and put
him in handcuffs. Drawn by the
commotion, shopkeepers peered
cautiously out of their doorways.
In a neighborhood traditionally
suspicious of the police,
Cameron wondered how they
would react.
"When they realized what had
happened, they started clapping. That told me my message
was getting through. This is why
I'm here — I'm the good guy."
Cameron had worked hard
at earning that respect.
Now fluent in Cantonese, he
started studying the language
shortly after he became a police
officer and was assigned  the
Chinatown beat. The Chinese-
Canadian family of his future
wife had introduced him to the
Cameron made headlines in
1993 when he became the first
foreign officer admitted to the Royal
Hong Kong Police inspector's Cantonese language training. No one
had done it before, but he persisted
until he was allowed to enter the
three-month program. He completed it with top standing.
Cameron also helped found
the Police Community Services
Centre on Pender Street. It aims
to make police services more
accessible and develop strong
community ties by offering victim assistance and referrals. The
centre earned Cameron an Attorney General's Distinguished
Police Service Award.
Despite his successes,
Cameron was frustrated by some
aspects of policing. He began to
question why the suspects he
caught weren't held in custody
Cameron started writing two-
page "show-cause" reports out
lining the reasons why the suspects should remain in jail. To his
surprise. Crown Counsel would
read them to the court verbatim
and judges would be swayed.
'That made me realize that
there were other ways to fight
crime — that there was power in
the pen to keep people off the
Cameron considered law
school, but aside from a criminal
justice diploma from Langara
College, he had none of the academic prerequisites.
Again, persistence paid off.
Accepted under unusual circumstances as a discretionary applicant, he quickly showed that he
belonged, finishing second in his
first-year class and winning the
Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship. The next year, UBC's
Alumni Association gave
Cameron its Outstanding Student award.
Cameron maintains a strong
interest in China. He returned
last year to study international
trade law at the University of
Hong Kong for a term.
Swimming gives grad edge in success
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
There's a room in the Cherry
household of Richmond devoted
entirely to the trophies, scholarships and other accolades won
by their three daughters — all
UBC grads.
As the youngest. Sarah
Cherry may be the last, but she's
certainly not the least.
She is graduating from the
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration as one of
the top students in her class.
Twice she's made the dean's
honour roll and she's won major
awards such as the John H.
Mitchell Scholarship, which
earned her a designation as a
Wesbrook Scholar.
She was also a member of the
UBC women's swim team dynasty that claimed three national championships.
She credits competitive swimming for much of her discipline
and drive for success.
"Swimming is an unforgiving
sport. You can't do it half-way;
you have to go all out," she says.
'That means 20 hours a week in
the pool. 11 months a year.
"And swimming also forces
you to work well under pressure
and tight deadlines. It leaves
little time for school work."
Despite the rigors of the pool.
Cherry was twice named academic all-Canadian for having
an average of more than 80 per
cent while competing on a varsity team. She was also made an
athletic all-Canadian in 1994
and 1995 — an honour given to
medalists at CIAU championships.
"When you spend that much
time doing something, it starts
to mean so much to you. Winning the championship, especially the first time, was the
most incredible experience I've
ever had."
Swimming isn't the only winning UBC team Cherry's been
on. She was on the first-place
team in a national competition
for labor arbitration at a Queen's
University student competition.
"It was one of the best things
I've done at university. It was an
amazing experience."
Cherry was also involved in
the Commerce Undergraduate
Society, where she served as an
elected representative on the
Alma Mater Society student
Cherry's plans after graduation include law school at the
University of Toronto, where she
intends to prepare for a career
in labor law.
Her sister, Karen, also
graduated from Commerce and
is now a labor lawyer — and
her sister Nancy was on the
same championship UBC swim
teams — but don't tell Sarah
she's following in her older sisters' footsteps.
She'll good-naturedly, but
very deliberately, insist that everything she does, she does because it's her choice.
Engineer discovers his political voice
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
It's mid-March and UBC's
Senate is meeting as it does
monthly in the Law Building.
After discussion of an issue. Senate chair and UBC President
Martha Piper puts a motion to
vote. "All in favor." she asks, and
hands rise across the room. "Opposed?" A lone hand reaches
The hand belongs to Brian
Murphy, a student senator
graduating this month with both
a BASc in Chemical Engineering
and a new found love of politics.
Murphy, a native of Victoria,
has come a long way since his first
years at UBC. He has developed the
confidence to vote against the grain,
the belief that he can make a difference, and a certain amount of proof
to go with it.
"When I first came to UBC I
used to complain a lot to friends
about things I didn't like about
the university. Finally one of them
said 'Why don't you do something
about it?'" Murphy recalls.
"I've learned that you can
change things if you try. and.
once you know how things work
here, you'll find there's less to
complain about."
As a senator. Murphy tackled
renewal guidelines for university scholarships in an attempt
to make them more equitable.
Whereas previous guidelines
made it tougher for students with
heavy course loads, Murphy succeeded in bringing about changes
that make the renewal process
standard across faculties.
As taken as he is by politics,
his involvement with the UBC
community extended well beyond
Senate. He participated in intra
mural sports and enrolled in the
co-op education program in
Chemical Engineering, which led
him to work terms in Kitimat.
Prince George, Victoria and Fort
Saskatchewan. Alta.
His extensive involvement in
university life and his academic
excellence led to Murphy being
awarded one of the university's
most respected scholarships for
graduating students, the Harry
Logan Memorial Scholarship.
Getting involved, he says, is the
best thing any student can do.
"I would urge students to get
involved beyond academics.
School is a valid focus, but it
shouldn't be the only one," he
says. "If you really want to learn,
you have to push your limits.
And the more you get out and do
different things, the more you
learn about yourself and the
world beyond your field of study."
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Graduates learn from Castlegar to Hong Kong
Grad drawn to mysteries of the woods
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
In the space of a few years,
Brad Collins has gone from investigating the darker side of
human behavior — as a fraud
investigator with a national department store chain — to exploring the shady world of forest
"It's fascinating to go into the
forest and try to decipher what
nature is telling you by what you
find growing there," says Collins,
who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with a
concentration in ecology.
Collins, a Calgary native, left
the criminal investigation business and transferred to UBC from
Douglas College in 1995.
Since then, his interest in forest
ecology has grown steadily,
thanks in part to opportunities to
do field work and to his role as
liaison with the Association of
Registered Professional Foresters.
"I came to UBC with the broad
short-term goal of filling my mind
and without too much thought
to the future," he says. "My experience in the Faculty of Forestry
has allowed me to develop interests and goals that I will pursue
in the long term."
His experience at UBC has
been a broad one. He has served
as student-faculty liaison, and
brought together forestry teams
to participate in campus-wide
events including Storm the Wall,
the Day of the Long Boat and the
Great Trek Fun Run.
An avid runner, he's spent
recent months training for the
Vancouver Marathon. Along the
way he's also earned several
awards and scholarships for
academic achievement.
With his undergraduate degree under his belt, his plans
include building his academic,
research and professional quali
fications with graduate studies
in forest ecology and forest wildlife ecology.
He also plans to complete the
requirements for Registered
Professional Forester and
Registered Professional Biologist
Now, with the marathon and
his final exams a month behind
him, he is preparing for a summer working with forestry
researchers. He starts work on
his master's degree this fall, either at UBC or at Yale University,
to which he was recently
"There's no question in my
mind that forestry will continue
to become more research intensive," he says. "And, with the
growing recognition of the need
to carefully manage the forest
resource and the impact of the
industry on forest ecosystems, I
see a future of opportunities in
forestry in B.C."
Small faculty meets student's needs
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
When Jane Vermeulen was
putting together her application
for graduate school recently, she
was surprised by the fact she
was able to list seven of her
professors as references. That,
says the White Rock native, is
one of the biggest advantages of
being a student in a faculty as
small and intimate as Agricultural Sciences.
The size of the faculty was an
important factor in her success
as a student, says Vermeulen,
who earned third- and fourth-
year scholarships on her way to
obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.
"The small class size and personal attention were important
to me," says Vermeulen, who
majored in Animal Science. "I
think the reason my professors
were so willing to help was due,
in part, to the fact that they
realized I was willing to work
really hard."
The help she received in the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
was a factor in her decision to
take on student "shadows" as
part of a program run by UBC's
School and College Liaison Office. Shadows are high school
students who spend a day with a
UBC student, following him or
her lo class, having lunch and
meeting a few professors.
"Incoming students should be
aware that you can get to know
your professors, that they are
accessible and that they can be a
great source of help well beyond
the classroom lecture," she says.
Vermeulen also participated
in UBC's Education Abroad Program, which gives graduate and
undergraduate students an opportunity to gain international
experience related to their field
of study while enrolled at UBC.
Through the program, she spent
an academic year studying animal science at the University of
California's Davis campus.
Her research into fish health
at Davis and UBC, where it
formed the basis of her undergraduate thesis, was aimed at
determining the effect that temperature changes have on the
disease resistance of fish.
The scope of Agricultural Sciences, says Vermeulen, has allowed her to accomplish everything she had hoped to during
her undergraduate years. Her
studies gave her a taste of sciences, economics, and communications as well as research
and international experience.
"The range of opportunities
available to students in Agricultural Sciences is remarkable, considering the size of
the faculty." says Vermeulen,
who will enter UBC's School of
Community and Regional Planning as a graduate student in
"I'm really looking forward to
building on what I've learned so
far. I'm well prepared for a new
Once-paralyzed athlete inspires others
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
When John Dykstra broke his
neck in a 1995 diving accident,
doctors told the Chilliwack native he'd never walk again. But
the six-foot-three basketball
player had other plans.
After surgery and months of
physiotherapy, he rejoined the
UBC Thunderbirds team and this
year was named to the Canada
West all-star team.
He remembers the day of his
accident with absolute clarity.
It was the July long weekend
and he was camped at Vernon's
Kalamalka Lake for a soccer tournament. He and some buddies
decided to go for a swim, diving
from a dock 20 metres from
"I looked Into the water and
told everybody, 'Dive shallow,
the water's only two or three
metres deep.' I dove in and everything went black."
In fact, the water was just one
metre deep and Dykstra had
shattered three vertebrae in his
neck, instantly becoming a quadriplegic.
Back in Vancouver, doctors
told him the best he could hope
for was some arm movement.
But he had three things going
for him: asupportive, lovingfam-
ily, a crack surgeon and a strong
belief in himself.
"Ever since I can remember,
my family takes things as a challenge. That's the way my family
has dealt with all the adversity
they've had to face," says Dykstra,
who has a special needs sister.
"When my dad said. You're
going to be all right,' he said it
like he believed it, and in my
heart I believed it too."
The surgery, performed by
Dr. Marcel Dvorak, a clinical
assistant professor of Orthopedics at UBC, replaced
Dykstra's damaged vertebrae
with pieces of hip bone. It was
so successful that Dykstra
immediately regained movement in his toes.
Months of often painful physiotherapy followed. His father
rigged up special exercise equipment, his mother massaged aching muscles and his sisters offered support.
Within five-and-a-half months
of the accident, Dykstra rejoined
the UBC Thunderbirds at the
Pacific Rim University championships in Korea.
Dykstra tells his inspirational
story to school kids as part of the
UBC Athletics PRIDE program.
He's the P in PRIDE, which stands
for positive mental attitude.
"When I was offered the chance
to give kids some inspiration, I
jumped at the opportunity," says
Dykstra, who is graduating with
a Bachelor of Human Kinetics
from the Faculty of Education.
"It's an old saying, but it's
true. If you believe in yourself,
you can do anything." UBC Reports ■ May 21, 1998 7
Graduates strive to achieve dreams
Grad's group makes global links
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
As anyone who is concerned
with protecting the environment
should, Kim Hendess thinks globally and acts locally.
A Political Science graduate
who is interested in international
environmental policy, she has
studied in Germany and founded
a club with an international outlook.
As part of UBC's student exchange program, Hendess spent
a term at the University of
Augsburg, Germany.
Growing up in a German-
speaking family, she had the
basics of the language. But by
studying in Germany, she not
only greatly improved her language skills, she gained insight
from studies comparing Canadian and German federal systems of government.
"As a Canadian, it was fascinating to study Canada from
outside the country."
While at Augsburg, she competed in the national university
trampoline championships, and
placed fourth even though she
had retired from competition in
the sport for several years.
More importantly, Hendess was
exposed to a European student
association, a group which brought
students together to raise awareness of global issues.
That was probably the most
memorable experience I had. I
met people who were interested
in communicating ideas and
learned a lot. I loved that club. I
wanted to start the same thing
And she did.
Arriving back at UBC, she
became president and founder
of Global Voices. This student
club brings together students
from diverse backgrounds who
share a common interest in promoting communication and
mutual understanding among
people around the world.
Here on campus, events called
International Nights have been a
success, focusing on issues like
history, politics, human rights
and the environment in Guatemala and Africa.
And yes, they have fun, too.
Music, dancing, and lots of delicious home cooking from around
the world figure prominently in
International Nights.
Hendess' interest in international relations focuses on environmental policy, but she's also
interested in more direct ways of
protecting the environment. She
helped create a "Go Green" transportation management program
for B.C.'s Children's and Women's Health Centre.
Graduating with an honours
degree in Political Science,
Hendess received a CK. Choi
Scholarship and was designated
a Wesbrook Scholar.
She was also a Safer Campus
peer educator at the Women Students' Office and played mid-
field on the national champion
UBC women's soccer team.
Student leaves Mongolia to seek gold
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
It was the glitter of gold that
brought Eric Hou all the way
from Mongolia to Harris Creek
near Vernon, B.C.
Hou, a geochemist who will
receive his PhD in Geological Sciences this month, analyses concentrations of gold in streams. He
has just completed three years of
doctoral field work at the
Okanagan creek, studying how
gold is carried downstream.
"I look at how the gold particles are d ispersed in the stream,"
says Hou. 'Then I try to trace
them back to the deposit."
Although most elements become diluted as they are carried
downstream from the source,
concentrations of gold can actually increase. Gold's high den
sity and the way it combines
with sediment on its journey
downstream create an abnormal pattern, making it difficult
to locate the deposit.
That's when Hou gets interested .
"I look at the velocity of the
stream, its slope and the coarseness of the sediment — they all
affect how the particles are dispersed," he says.
He also analyses the concentration of gold in the glacial deposits, rocks and landslides surrounding the stream, looking for
clues about the gold source.
"I'm more of a detective than a
prospector." he says.
Hou's interest in geology
started in high school, when a
teacher told him that geologists
travel all over the world. His
career illustrates the point.
He commutes to South China
three to four times a year, doing
stream sleuthing for a Canadian
mining development company. He
has worked with mining engineers there for two years, trying
to determine the commercial potential of primary gold sources.
His expertise in gold exploration has also taken him to the
first homeol the North American
gold rush — California. He
worked in Yuma for two summers, helping the U.S. Geological Service develop a method of
analysing gold dust concentrations in dry creek beds.
Hou's mobility gives him the
chance to visit with his parents
and siblings, who still live in
Mongolia. He, however, has decided to make Canada his home
and, with his wife and child, has
become a Canadian citizen.
Castlegar mom masters juggling act
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Sand ra Nelson may have been
studying for a pharmacy degree,
but she's also become an expert
in the art of juggling.
For the past four years, the
single mother from Castlegar has
balanced her school work in the
Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences with raising a young
"I wanted to provide a good
livelihood for myself and my
daughter," says Nelson. "I decided on pharmacy because there
are job opportunities in health
A Castlegar resident, Nelson
finished a qualifying year of math
and sciences at Castlegar College
and then moved to a Vancouver
basement suite with her 10-year-
old daughter, Ashley. With her
support system left back in the
Kootenays, Nelson had to
manage on her own.
While the experience gave her
a lot of confidence, moving to the
big city from a town of only 7,000
took some getting used to.
"It was a bigger shock than 1
had anticipated," she says. "Life
is a lot busier down here."
Preparing for labs and classes
also required more time than
Nelson had expected. And she
had to adjust to a few classes as
large as 200 to 300 students
after being used to as few as 16
in Castlegar.
The hardest part of juggling
the demands of being a parent
and a student was just trying to
have some sort of family life,
Nelson says.
"I didn't do much except work
on my homework and spend time
with Ashley — I'd usually start
studying once she went to bed,"
Nelson says.
Nelson impressed faculty
members with her commitment.
"Sandi's very determined to
make a better life for herself and
her child and she's done that at
considerable personal cost," says
Judy Kotow, who supervised Nelson's directed studies program.
Kotow cites reduced income,
lack of a car, and distance from
family as some of Nelson's challenges.
Last fall was particularly difficult, says Nelson, when she
and her daughter were separated. Ashley lived in Castlegar
with her grandparents while
Nelson stayed in Vancouver to
finish course work.
"That was rough," Nelson
says. "But I knew I'd be back in
Castlegar by Christmas and I
didn't want Ashley to change
schools half-way through the
Nelson has depended on
bursaries to help finance her
"Without the bursaries, we
would not have made it," she
She supplemented her income
with part-time work in the faculty, part of a work-study program offered through UBC's Financial Aid Office.
So has it all been worth it?
"Absolutely," she says. "I've
been a good role model for my
daughter and now I know I can
provide for her." 8 UBC Reports • May 21,1998
Graduates make a world of difference
Musical medic knows the score
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
It was Elvis Presley who started
Diane Fredrikson on the instrument she credits with helping her
through medical school.
Inspired by her rock and roll
hero, Fredrikson asked her parents for her first guitar when
she was eight years old.
Ten years later she won fourth
place in an international classical guitar competition held in
"Music adds balance for me,"
says Fredrikson, who is graduating from the Faculty of Medicine. "I need it in my life to keep
me on an even keel."
Helping others achieve a more
balanced life is one of her reasons for specializing in psychiatry.
A 1994 Wesbrook Scholar,
she has received several schol
arships for her research into
schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses. Her current
study involves using a statistical method to identify how symptoms of psychotic illnesses cluster into clinical syndromes.
The results could help psychiatrists better understand
what causes schizophrenia. It
could also reveal symptoms
shared by various mental illnesses, leading to a better understanding of them and more
effective use of medications.
"Diane's persistence and excitement are quite exceptional,"
says her research supervisor,
Psychiatry Assoc. Prof. Dr.
William Honer. "And it's especially important for psychiatrists to have diverse interests
that can help them relate to
In addition to classical guitar,   Fredrickson   sings   and
plays steel string guitar in a
duo she formed in 1996 with
her sister Carol, also a UBC
student. Their repertoire includes blues, country swing,
popular music, bluegrass and
"some good old-fashioned fiddling," Fredrikson says.
Fredrikson tries to keep her
musical life separate from her
academic career.
"When I'm performing, it's a
different persona out there," she
says. "I like to keep it apart from
my role as a physician."
Fredrikson enters a psychiatric residency this summer.
While she plans to practise, she
hopes to stay connected with a
teaching hospital in order to
have access to research opportunities.
Music will always be in the
picture, she says.
"It's just a part of me — I
can't stop it."
Science passion drives grad to success
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Samuel Chow can trace his
passion for science back to a
university-based summer camp
he attended while in a Port Moody
elementary school. There, he and
other students had the opportunity to examine a human brain
and to conduct a range of scientific experiments.
Years later his love of science
has not dimmed. Thanks in part
to that early experience, the encouragement of a high school
chemistry teacher, and a lot of
hard work at UBC, Chow is
graduating with a BSc in honours Chemistry/Biochemistry.
He has now set his sights on
getting his hands on yet another
human brain — this time as a
medical student.
"Surgery seems the most fascinating to me right now." says
Chow, who's been accepted to
the University of Alberta's medical school but hasn't ruled out
the possibility of returning to
UBC for medicine.
Chow's interest in medicine
goes back almost as far as his
interest in science. Since high
school he's volunteered for St.
John's Ambulance, an organization that often places volunteers
with first aid training at sporting
and community events and rock
"I started with St. John's because I wanted to learn first aid.
I then became really interested
in first aid and the idea that
there is a real opportunity to
help people," he says.
He has also volunteered as an
activity worker at Sixth Street
House, a Burnaby home for the
mentally challenged, and continues to volunteer as a gift cart
worker at Vancouver General
Hospital's UBC site.
The fact that he finds most of
his academic work fascinating
helps make a heavy workload
easier to bear. And as his studies have progressed, he's found
the work involved more intriguing.
"As you get into the later years
of your degree the experiments
are really fun," he says. "This
year we cloned and sequenced
our own DNA."
His performance at UBC has
kept him on the Dean's Honour
List and last year earned him the
status of Wesbrook Scholar, a
top UBC honour. Beyond his
school work and volunteer activities, Chow has made time to
get involved in clubs and intramural sports, including soccer
and ball hockey. Residence life
has also provided its share of
"I've always found time to do
the things I want to do. If you can
identify the things that are most
important to you and manage
your time, you can accomplish a
lot. Getting involved has also
been really important to me. At a
university with 30,000 students,
it's easy to feel lost if you don't
get involved."
Student, business leaders earn alumni awards
The UBC Alumni Association
has named 11 outstanding individuals — students, business
leaders, academics and physicians among them — as winners
of its annual awards.
The winners of the Alumni
Awards of Distinction are John
Millar (BSc'63. MD '67, MHSc
86) and Milton Wong (BA '63).
Millar. co-manageroftheB.C
Centre for Disease Control and a
director of the B.C. Health Research Foundation, taught international health at UBC from
Wong, founder of the investment management firm M.K.
Wong & Associates, is also a
founder and trustee of a program in UBC's Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration which teaches students
investment management
through real-life examples.
Dr. Peter Dolman (MD '84) is
winner of the Outstanding Young
AlumnusAward. Dolman.aclini
cal associate professor in UBC's
Ophthalmology Dept., has contributed as a teacher and clinician to many developing nations.
He also takes part in the UBC
AIDS Eye Clinic.
The winners of the Faculty Citation Award are
Dr. Carol Herbert, (BSc
'66. MD '69) and Prof. Paul
Herbert has been head
of UBC's Dept. of Family
Practice since 1982. A
former director of the
REACH Youth Clinic, she
was named a YWCA Woman
of Distinction in 1985.
Stanwood is a professor in the English Dept. In
1979 he won the provincial Year of the Child and
Family Achievement Award for
his outstanding community service to children and families.
Out standing Student Award s
go to Andrew Booth, Lica Chui
and Allison Dunnet.
Booth, who graduates this
year from Engineering Physics,
has served as Engineering Physics Student Society president
and in the Alma Mater Society.
Chui, a third-year student in
the Faculty of Medicine, has
served as a student representative on the UBC Senate, and as a
vice-president of the Alma Mater
Dunnet is a Political Science
major who was a founder of
Imagine UBC an event designed
to welcome first-year students
to campus. As well, she is a
founder of Humanities 101, a
project to encourage people from
disadvantaged backgrounds to take a cost-
free academic program in
the humanities at UBC.
She also served on the
executive of the AMS.
Jim Stich (BSc '71.
DMD '75) is winner of the
Blythe Eagles Volunteer
Service Award for outstanding contributions to
the Alumni Association.
Stich has served the association in many roles,
including president, past
president and seniorvice-
The awards for Lifetime
Achievement go to two long-time
friends of the university, Cecil
Green (DSc 64), and Bill Gibson
(BA '33, DSc '93).
Green is the co-founder of
Texas Instruments and a major
benefactor to the university. At
UBC. Green College, Cecil Green
Park House and the Cecil and
Ida Green Visiting Professorships
bear his name.
Gibson played a key role in
developing the university's Faculty of Medicine. Until his retirement in 1978, he served as
professor and head of the Dept.
of History of Medicine. He helped
create the Kinsmen Laboratory
of Neurological Research and
the Woodward Biomedical Library.
TheAlumni Association awards,
along with honours for UBC Athletics Hall of Fame inductees, will be
presented at a dinner at the Hyatt
hotel on Oct. 8.
The dinner is held jointly with
the Dept. of Athletics and Recreation. A table for eight is
$1,000. For more information
call (604) 822-3313 or visit the
Web siteatwww.alumni.ubc.ca. UBC Reports • May 21,1998 9
Dave Thomson photo
UBC volleyball team members (1-r) Sarah Maxwell, Izabela Rudol and Melanie Griswold brace
for an attack as UBC fights its way to victory over three-time defending national champions
Alberta. The UBC women's team wrapped up the season with the Canada West University
Athletic Association (CWUAA) championship.
Former president, scholars
receive honorary degrees
Former UBC president David
Strangway is one of eight individuals to receive an honorary
degree from UBC during this
year's Spring Congregation.
Strangway was NASA's
chief of geophysics and vice-
president of the University of
Toronto before being appointed UBC's 10th president in 1985. Early in his
12-year administration, he
initiated the university's mission statement. The document served as a road map
for UBC's World of Opportunity fund-raising campaign
which drew $262 million in
support — the most successful Canadian university
campaign for its time. In
1996 Strangway was made
an officer of the Order of
Canada and was recently
named head of the Canada
Foundation for Innovation.
Prominent in the professions and the community, honorary degree recipients are recognized for
distinguished achievements and for contributions to the life of the university and the betterment
of society.
Patricio Aylwin played
a critical role in re-establishing democracy in Chile.
A professor of Law, his political activism culminated
in his election as president
in 1989, ending 17 years of
military dictatorship. While
president, Aylwin focused
on re-establishing democratic institutions, achiev-
ingjustice for human rights
violations and promoting
John Bell, a UBC Commerce graduate, has helped
advance understanding
among nations through his
diplomatic service. In 1997
Bell was ambassador for
Canada's Year of Asia Pacific. He has also acted as
Canada's chief negotiator
at the Rio Earth Summit,
high commissioner to Malaysia and ambassador to
Brazil and the Ivory Coast.
Alan Cairns has influenced
scholarly thought about such
issues as federalism and the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Among political scientists, no
specialist in Canadian issues is
cited more frequently. He headed
UBC's Political Science Dept.
from 1973 to 1980.
Peter Oberlander, a
specialist in regional and
urban planning, founded
UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning in 1962 — the discipline's first graduate
school in Canada. A member of the Order of
Canada, Oberlander has
acted as a consultant to
the United Nations on
housing and urban planning issues in developing
Jeffrey Simpson is a
political journalist noted
for his energetic advocacy of higher education.
Simpson started his career with The Globe and
Mail in 1973. His writing
has been honoured with
the Governor General's
Award for non-fiction,
the National Magazine
Award for political writing and the National
Newspaper Award for
column writing.
John Spears, a UBC
Forestry graduate, has
led international efforts
to conserve forests as
sources of biodiversity.
He has worked in developing countries on behalf of the United Nations to protect the
world's forests while ensuring sustainable harvesting.
P. Roy Vagelos is a
physician and biochemist recognized for his leadership in science and industry. As chief executive
officer of pharmaceutical
manufacturer Merck and
Company, Vagelos built
the company's research
program while emphasizing the need for ethical
decision-making and a
strong commitment to
community health.
Team efforts make
memorable year
by Don Wells
Athletics and Recreation
Among the throngs of graduating students passing through
the Chan Centre will be 132
varsity athletes. And if, in 30 or
so years, somebody asks any of
them what they recall about
sport at UBC in their graduating
year, they won't have to think
particularly hard.
For varsity sport, the 82nd
year of classes at UBC was one
of the most memorable.
Perhaps most importantly,
there are three more Canadian
university championship banners hanging from the War Memorial Gymnasium ceiling. With
40 championships, T-Bird teams
narrowed their gap behind the
University of Toronto which, with
48, ranks tops in Canada.
The success of this past season can, and should, also be
measured by a windfall of individual performances and
awards, such as volleyball aces
Mike Dalziel and Melanie
Griswold each winning the
CIAU's prestigious TSN Award
for best combination of excellence in athletics, academics and
community service.
SeptembercThe footballT-Birds
stumble out of the gate, badly losing their home-opener in front of a
record crowd and then dropping
their second straight Shrum Bowl
Game against arch rival SFU.
October: UBC's men's soccer
team toils in relative
anonymity against
the televised success
ofThunderbird foot-
the Canada West
Championship and
go on to thoroughly
dominate the CIAU national tournament in Halifax. But despite out-
shooting McGill 20-0 in the final,
the T-Birds fail to score, and an
overtime shoot-out falls in favor of
the Redmen, 1-0.
November: Football playoff
time, and whatever it was that
had plagued UBC in the first
part of the season is long gone.
The Thunderbirds capture the
most coveted trophy in Cana
dian university sport, the Vanier
Cup. Mark Nohra is named Hec
Crighton Award winner as the
most outstanding player in the
country. Three T-Birds are first
team all-Canadians and nine are
conference all-stars.
December: While everyone
expected the first-place standing of the women's volleyball
team, few expected UBC's basketball teams to be as scrappy as
they are. In particular, the small
10-player men's squad stuns a
few conference and non-conference rivals. The hockey team
hosts the popular Father Bauer
Christmas Tournament, and
posts a tournament victory.
January: At the conference
championships in Victoria,
UBC'S men's and women's swim
teams cruise to wins. For the
men, the win happens without
the assistance of national team
member Mark Versfeld, who is
winning two medals at the World
Aquatic Championships.
February: The women's volleyball team clinches the Canada West
Championship. The hockey team
bows out in conference quarterfinals. UBC's gritty hoop squads
also lose in play-off semi-finals to
rivals the University of Victoria.
Women's ice hockey completes its
inaugural season.
March: Women's volleyball
coach Erminia Russo is named
CIAU Coach of the Year, but in
match two of the CIAU Champi-
onshins the defending national
champion Pandas
send UBC to the
consolation final
and eventually a
fourth-place finish.
The swim teams become the first teams
in UBC history to
win simultaneous national
championships in the same
sport. Swim team coach Tom
Johnson is named CIAU Coach
of the Year. UBC's women's golf
team wins its first-ever NCAA
Tournament at Santa Clara's
Colby Classic. Olympic swimmer Sarah Evanetz and Mark
Nohra are named UBC's top athletes at the annual Big Block
Awards Dinner.
Piper honoured
by McGill
The more than 5,000 UBC
students graduating at Congregation this year aren't the
only ones receiving degrees.
UBC President Martha
Piper is getting one of her own
— an honorary degree from
McGill University.
The president receives her
degree and delivers the convocation address on May 27
during McGill's health sciences convocation.
Piper is a graduate of
McGill, where she received her
PhD in Epidemiology and Bi-
ostatistics in 1979.
"I am deeply honoured," she
says. "It means a great deal to
me, especially as it comes from
my alma mater."
McGill awards its degrees
to those whose accomplishments are of such excellence
they provide inspiration and
leadership to its graduates.
Piper's teaching and research interests focus on early
identification of develop-
mentally delayed infants and
assessment of specific approaches to treating physically and mentally handicapped children.
She was director of the
School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill
until 1985, when she became
dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. She was
later appointed vice-president, Research and External
In 1997, she took office as
UBC's 11th president and
vice-chancellor. She was also
appointed a member of the
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Stephen Forgacs photo
Recipients of the President's Service Awards for Excellence, seen here in
the Rose Garden, are (1-r) Allan Lackie, Gisela Mallue, Enid Graham, Patricia
Lackie and William Cullen.
Recent grads gather
to tackle shared issues
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Think of it as the Alumni Association
— the Next Generation.
A group of recent grads has banded
together to form the UBC Young Alumni,
a branch of the Alumni Association devoted to offering services and activities
that meet the needs of those who have
graduated within the past 10 years.
"We're trying to meet the particular needs
of this generation," says Dheena George, the
Young Alumni's vice-president.
"Times have really, really changed. For
example, how to deal with a student debt
load is not an issue that was faced by
older alumni.
"Our goal is to not only keep young
alumni connected to the university, but
to connect them to each other so they can
work together on issues that are important to them," says George, who graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Commerce and now works in Vancouver at the
executive search company Caldwell Partners AMROP International.
High on the list of these issues are
career development, mentoring, networking and surviving in today's tough and
highly competitive business world.
"There is a greater demand for
mentoring because job security is minimal and economic realities are much
more stark. These days, your employer
doesn't guide your career along," says
While the core group of the Young
Alumni is small, the potential for membership is enormous. More than 60,000
of UBC's alumni have graduated in the
past 10 years.
"Haig Farris, who is president of the
Alumni Association, has been very supportive, and members of the business community, especially if they're UBC alumni, are
also very keen about it," says George.
The UBC Young Alumni's next event is
a breakfast meeting June 5 at the YWCA
that features UBC President Martha Piper
and UBC alumnus Peter Ladner. publisher of Business in Vancouver.
Other events in the works include a
round-table discussion to identify issues
faced by new grads. The session could
potentially bring young alumni together
with representatives from the high-tech
sector, UBC Career Services and Continuing Studies.
The Young Alumni are also reaching out
to other organizations, such as the Vancouver Network of Young Professionals.
For more information, contact Kristin
Smith at the UBC Alumni Association, (604)
822-8643, e-mail kristins@alumni.ubc.ca.
or visit the Web site at www.alumni.ubc.ca.
Where are
they now?
More than 170,000 people have
graduated from UBC since it opened its
doors in 1915.
According to the Alumni Association's 1998 figures, most alumni continue to live and work in British Columbia:
B.C 102,000
Ontario  7,300
Alberta 4,200
Rest of Canada 3,400
UBC graduates are also living in:
Africa and the Middle East ... 300
Asia 1,200
Australia/New Zealand 400
Caribbean 100
Europe 1,000
South and Central America .. 200
South Pacific 500
USA 5,100
Key contributions to
university recognized
Five members of the campus community are receiving the President's Service
Award for Excellence for distinguished
contributions to the university.
Each winner will receive a gold medal
and $5,000 during Spring Congregation
Allan Lackie began his career at UBC
in 1961 as a stores clerk in the Chemistry
Dept. In 1968, he joined the Purchasing
Office, where he is now the major contracts officer.
Complex contract proposals and purchasing agreements are his stock-in-trade.
In recent years, his work in supporting
the library's move to a new automated
system, covering more than a year-and-
a-half of proposals and review, was particularly challenging. Throughout the
process, Lackie provided guidance, support and expertise to arrive at a successful and productive conclusion.
Off-campus, he is very active in his
church and community, especially as a
lay counsellor.
Patricia Lackie joined the university
as a secretary in 1970. For 10 years she
worked in the Faculty of Science, much of
that time in the dean's office. In 1980, she
took her knowledge, skills and commitment to the English Dept., first as secretary and now as administrative assistant.
Her duties there are described by colleagues as "supervisor and mentor of the
office staff; bookkeeper and financial conscience: energetic fighter for funding and
equipment in the constant struggle to
improve facilities; and as a guide and
adviser to faculty members bemused by
the intricacies of bureaucracy."
With her husband Allan, she is an
active member of her church, volunteering
many hours to benefit her community.
Gisela Mamie's service to students,
faculty, colleagues and patrons of the
UBC Library spans more than 30 years.
She has worked in the Woodward Biomedical Library, the Serials and Catalogue divisions, and since 1970 as a library assistant in the Science and Engineering Division.
Mallue has helped several generations
of students find relevant information for
essays and theses. Her work maintaining
the complex, extensive scientific and en-
gineeringjournal collection — some 1,300
active titles — in complete, accurate and
easy-to-use order, is a legacy for generations of library patrons.
Mallue is also a vital player in the
library's social life, organizing many formal and informal functions such as retirement parties and holiday celebrations.
Off-campus, she frequent ly volunteers
with the Vancouver Opera Guild and
with elderly patients in hospitals and
seniors' homes.
William Cullen is an internationally
respected chemist, whose scholarship was
recognized by election to the Royal Society
of Canada in 1993, and with a UBC Killam
Research Prize in 1994.
Cullen served an unprecedented two
terms as president of the Faculty Association. He worked to improve employment conditions for faculty members and
librarians, including issues related to
sessional lecturers, maternity leave and
housing assistance.
Prof. Cullen went on to serve on the
university's Board of Governors from
1993-96, where he was a strong advocate
for research-related proposals and faculty concerns.
He was also a driving force in the
creation of the Quarter Century Club to
honour faculty and librarians contributing 25 years of service to the university.
In 1996, he was elected the first president of the club.
Mary Enid Graham came to Asian
Studies in 1977 as a secretary. In 1981,
she was appointed secretary to the head
of Asian Studies, just in time to take on
a multitude of details relating to the
department's move to the Asian Centre.
Her knowledge of university procedures makes her an invaluable asset to
her colleagues, whether faculty, staff or
students, because she knows how to get
things done.
Faculty members uniformly sing her
praises for navigating complex university procedures, and ensuring timely
and competent completion of administrative projects.
Early next year Graham will retire
from her position as supervisor of administration in Asian Studies. after more
than 20 years in the unit.
$5 million given to
needy students
The university distributed $5 million
in need-based financial assistance to
2,822 students as bursaries and low-
interest loans during the fiscal year
ending March 31, 1998.
Dan Worsley, assistant director in
Awards and Financial Aid, says roughly
$4.6 million in bursaries, which do not
require repayment, was distributed to
graduate and undergraduate students
during the past year. A further $400,000
went out in the form of low-interest
loans which must be repaid after a set
"The university is doing a wonderful
job of providing financial support to
students who need it," Worsley said.
"Of course, with 32,000 students, we
could always do with more funds to
support students in need. There are
students who may not yet be aware of
our services or whose needs exceed the
maximum available through our programs."
Three million dollars in bursaries is
provided from the Student Aid Fund
Bursaries, the UBC Bursaries, the World
University Services of Canada Bursaries and Summer Bursaries, all of which
receive funding from the university's
General Purpose Operating Fund. An
additional $1.39 million is distributed
from revenue generated by endowed
Clark Warren, UBC's associate director of Development, says a one-time
gift to the university of about $40,000
can be used to create an annual student bursary that will cover a student's
tuition costs — roughly $2,500. The
minimum amount required to create
an endowment is $5,000, which will
generate a bursary of about $300 annually, Warren says.
An additional $231,000 was distributed in non-endowed bursaries funded
by annual gifts from donors.
Loans provided by the university are
funded mainly by two private donations to the university. The Jane and
Charles Banks Loan Fund supports
the majority of university loans to
graduate and undergraduate students,
while the Dr. A.E.H. Bennett Medical
Loan Fund provides loans to medical
Although $400,000 was distributed
in student loans this year, Worsley
said as much as $1.3 million is available to lend.


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