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UBC's first graduate from the Institute of Health Promotion Research,
Robert Cadman, earned his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies studying
sports injuries on Blackcomb's slopes. He will be among more than 5,000
graduates to collect his degree during Spring Congregation, May 28-31.
Survey finds critical skills
enhanced by university
The vast majority of graduates from
British Columbia universities feel their
post-secondary experience has made
them better problem solvers and would
select the same program again, according to a survey of 1993 graduates.
The telephone survey, developed by
the Presidents' Council of B.C. and the
provincial government, involved 7,490
graduates from UBC, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. A
preliminary report of the survey results
shows that almost all graduates (95.7 per
cent) felt they had learned a great deal
from their chosen program and 91.6 per
cent said they were satisfied with the
instruction received.
Almost three-quarters of the students
surveyed said they would choose the
same program again.
Students identified nine skill areas
which they felt were enhanced by the
university experience: analysis and critical thinking; problem solving; creative
thinking; writing; speaking; the ability to
use mathematics appropriate to their field;
the ability to use a computer; the ability
to work effectively with o1:hers; and the
development of a sense of ethics and
social responsibility.
The report noted that since graduating in 1993, 51 per cent of graduates
surveyed had pursued further postgraduate education towards a degree,
diploma, certificate or licence. Of those
students, 71 per cent are doing so at a
Graduates felt that universities need
to improve the liaison between graduates
and employers, especially through co-op
programs which would provide them with
experience in the workforce.
Grads overcome
slippery slopes
by Charles Ker
and Stephen Forgacs
Staff writers
Robert Cadman has been urged to walk
onto the stage in UBC's War Memorial Gym
and accept his PhD in ski boots during
Spring Congregation ceremonies May 28-
31. He is declining for safety reasons.
Cadman, a 35-year-old Blackcomb ski
patroller, is well prepared to make decisions
about ski boot safety on or off the slopes.
One of more than 5,000 UBC students to
receive a degree this spring, and the first
graduate from UBC's Institute of Health
Promotion Research, Cadman has just completed an exhaustive 250-page report on
safety on the slopes for his doctoral thesis.
Cadman's PhD in Interdisciplinary
Studies encompasses sports medicine.
education, epidemiology, sociology and
health promotion.
"I work on my skis and play on my
snowboard," says Cadman, who has been
commuting between Whistler and UBC
since 1991.
Cadman examined thousands of injury reports to determine who was getting
hurt on the slopes and why. Among the
major findings: adolescents (13-17) are
most prone to ski injuries; males hurt
their head and faces more than females;
females are more likely to injure their
knees and wrists; weather is not a significant factor in injury rates; and children
in school-sponsored ski programs are
more likely to get injured than children
skiing on their own.
Apart from injury reports, Cadman also
See SLOPES Page 2
5,000 success stories
to celebrate
This is the time of year when university
presidents have much in common with
parents. We see the young people who are
our central focus graduating and moving
on to the next phase of their lives.
There is great pride in seeing how
much these students have accomplished,
and great anticipation in knowing how
much they are capable of accomplishing
in the years to come.
There are also many questions.
Have we done everything possible to
equip them with the skills to grow and
succeed? Did we teach them to think for
themselves, to analyse situations and
possibilities, make informed decisions
and follow through? Have we inspired
them to use all of their talents and
potential to take the initiative, seek opportunities and meet them with creativity and hard work?
Every UBC student graduating this
month will provide his or her own unique
set of answers to these questions. But
data about trends among university
graduates, at UBC and elsewhere in the
province, give us reliable information
about what to expect—and the indications are strongly positive.
Prof. Robert Allen, a UBC economist,
recently published a new study entitled
The Economic Benefits of Post-Secondary Training and Education in B.C.: An
Outcomes Assessment (UBC Reports.
May 2). Using census data and Statistics Canada surveys to measure what
actually happened to B.C. university
graduates in the job market, Prof. Allen
was able to analyse the trends concern-
ing who finds jobs and what salaries they
The study showed a clear trend for B.C.
university graduates, regardless of program, to surpass non-graduates in securing jobs and earning higher salaries.
By the measures of employment and
income, this is obviously good news. It
echoes another study that put UBC's
annual economic impact on the province
at $2.3 billion and showed the tremendous spin-off benefits of university research activities.
But for parents and university presidents, as well as students and everyone
else who cares about prospects for graduates, what does Prof. Allen's study really
tell us?
My view is this: we have strong evidence that B.C. universities are doing an
excellent job in preparing graduates to
enter the job market, find meaningful
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80 years of traditions continue
A newspaper of the day described UBC's first Congregation ceremony In 1916 as one
"which will live long in the
memory of those present and
still longer in the historic annals
of the province."
Outside the Hotel Vancouver
where the ceremony was to take
place, a crowd was forming for
the parade of 41 graduates.
According to one reporter,
"Cameras clicked by scores as
the procession passed, while a
trio of movie operators worked in
relays. Thus the brilliant scene,
witnessed by thousands of
Vancouverites will...be yet beheld by uncounted thousands
over the Empire."
While the location and numbers have changed since then,
Continued from Page 1
developed an in-depth questionnaire for 1,000 school-age skiers
which probed their on-slope behaviour. The questionnaire, administered at the end of the 1992-93
Blackcomb season, led to Cadman
delivering a number of lectures
across Canada and abroad.
"Alpine siding and snowboarding
injuries are both predictable and
preventable, but each year close to
10,000 people are injured on the
slopesinB.C. alone," says Cadman,
who holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in education.
Cadman's report makes recommendations concerning proper
slope preparation, out-of-bounds
skiers and the high traffic areas.
The report is also lull of common
sense suggestions such as skiing
with a responsible buddy 'when
cruising through treed areas and
always making sure bindings are
properly adjusted.
Cadman hopes to pursue an
academic career in health promotion and injury prevention.
This rnonth'scerernonies, which
mark the final time graduates will
Darade through War Memorial Gym
forSpring Congregation, take place
at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each
day. Eleven honorary degrees will
also be conferred.
Continued from Page 1
employment and grow and succeed in their careers. In the larger
sense, however, I think the real
value is that graduates provide
health care for our families, teach
our children, create wealth and
employment in the business sector and contribute their skills in
many productive ways throughout our communities.
Does this mean we can rest on
our laurels, as it were?
No—and yes.
Universities must continue to
be their own harshest critics, always striving to improve their
performance and efficiency.
But during Congregation, it is
also important to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished together with faculty, staff,
students, alumni, government,
friends and supporters throughout the community.
Next week at UBC, we will
celebrate more than 5,000 success stories, and offer our heartiest congratulations and best
wishes to our graduating students. You represent the future.
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1927's Congregation procession wound its way from Main
Library. Next spring. Congregation moves to the Chan Centre
for the Performing Arts, currently under construction.
the traditions remain the same.
Degrees are conferred as they
were in 1916. In the words of one
of those earlier graduates, "We
simply marched up in a long line
one after the other; [the president] put the hood over our shoulders and called out our name
very loudly. Then we passed to
the Chancellor who tapped us on
the head and said "admitto te."
In 1916, 17 ofthe 41 graduates were women and nine ofthe
graduates who had enlisted for
services overseas were granted
degrees without examination.
Today's graduates still wear
gowns, hoods, and hats that have
evolved from clothes worn by medieval European scholars. The hood,
lined with a specific color, indicates
the degree to be conferred.
The wooden mace, symbolizing authority, is carried into the
gym and placed on stage by the
mace-bearer and marshal, a role
that will alternate this year between Education Prof. Emeritus
John Dennison and Mathematics Prof. Emeritus Afton Cayford.
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Viridae Clinical Sciences Inc. is a UBC spin-off company, bringing the
total number of UBC spin-off companies to 73.
Formed by Dr. Stephen Sacks of UBC's Faculty of Medicine, Viridae
Clinical Sciences is a full-service contract research organization
specializing in the design, management, conduct and laboratory support of
clinical trials in virology with a focus on sexually transmitted diseases. As
a research "think tank", Viridae develops new antiviral medications,
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Dr. Sacks leads Viridae's team of 26 clinical, laboratory and
administrative staff located in Vancouver, BC. In addition to being
Viridae's principal investigator, president and CEO, Dr. Sacks is currently
a professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UBC Dept. of Medicine.
UBC fosters the development of spin-off companies to maximize the
global impact of its research. By creating spin-off companies in British
Columbia, UBC helps to build and diversify the regional economy while
making the social benefits of university research available to all.
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Tuesday, May 28
9:30 a.m.
Honorary Degree: Gordon Edward Forward
Degrees conferred: Agricultural Sciences, Applied Science (Engineering), Architecture, CommunityandRegionalPlan-
ning, Family and Nutritional Sciences,
Interdisciplinary Studies, Occupational
Hygiene, Resource Management and Environmental Studies. PhD, MA. MA (Planning), MLA, MSc, MSc (Planning), MASc,
MEng, MASA. MArch, BSc (Agr.). BLA,
BASc, BArch, BHE, BSc (Dietet).
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degree: Doris Kathleen
Degrees conferred: Education, Human
Kinetics. PhD. EdD, MA, MEd, MHK,
MSc, BEd - Elementary, BEd - Secondary, BHK, Diplomas in Education.
Wednesday, May 29
9:30 a.m.
Degrees conferred: Science. PhD, MSc,
BSc (Aquacultural Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology and Immunology, Nutritional Sciences, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Psychology, Physiology, Zoology - excluding
General Program).
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degree: Bertram Neville
Degrees conferred: Science. PhD, MSc,
BSc (Atmospheric Science, Chemistry,
Climatology, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Geophysics and Astronomy,
Mathematics, Oceanography, Physical
Geography, Physics, Statistics, General
Program), Diploma in Meteorology.
Thursday, May 30
9:30 a.m.
Degrees conferred: Arts, Music, Library,
Archival and Information Studies. PhD,
(Anthropology to Greek, Latin) excluding General Program.
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degrees: Rosemary Brown,
Liou Jieh Jow
Degrees conferred: Arts, Fine Arts, Music.
BA (History to Women's Studies) and
General Program, BFA, BMus. Diplomas - Applied Creative Non-Fiction,
Applied Linguistics, Art History, French
Translation, Film Studies.
Friday, May 31
9:30 a.m.
Honorary Degrees: Gurdev Singh Gill,
Richard Beverley Splane, Verna
Huffman Splane
Degrees conferred: Audiology and
Speech Sciences. Dentistry, Genetics,
Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Neuroscience, Rehabilitation Sciences, Social Work. PhD, PharmD, MSc,
BDSc, BMLSc, BSN, BSc (Pharm), BSc
(OT), BSc (PT), BSW.
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degrees: Chun-Hak Ahn,
Robert Home Lee, John Hector McArthur
Degrees conferred: Commerce and Business Administration, Forestry, Law. PhD,
MASc, MSc, MSc (Bus. Admin.), MBA, MF,
LLM, BCom. BSF, BSc (Forestry), BSc (Natural Resource Conservation), LLB, Diploma
in Forestry (Advanced Silviculture).
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As president of the university's 30,000-strong student society, David Borins oversees a financially healthy
organization faced with the challenge of building a stronger community for students.
Students' influence a proud tradition
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
"No university in the world I know owes
as much to its students as the
University of British Columbia."
-Norman MacKenzie, UBC President,
AMS President David Borins is a little
out of breath as he returns to his SUB
offices for a meeting.
He's just come from another meeting
across campus that ran late and now,
before he can even get to his office door,
other AMS members nab him in the hallway with problems to be solved and decisions to be made.
It's just another day for the elected head
of the 30,000-strong student society.
When Borins became president in February, he inherited an organization with
a long and proud tradition and an annual
budget of over $9 million.
"Our predecessors have done an incredible job of building a student union,"
he said. "We're one ofthe largest, wealthiest and most influential in the country."
Governed by a 45-member student
council, the AMS runs services that help
students find housing, buy used textbooks, get jobs, find volunteer opportunities, get peer counselling and much more.
It also operates a number of businesses—including the Pit Pub, food outlets and shops—that offer part-time employment to 400 students.
And it also runs more than 200 clubs
that reflect every interest of the student
body, from skydiving, badminton, and
urban land economics to debating, women's rugby and Young Reformers.
The AMS actually predates the university. It was founded in 1908 by students
.attending Vancouver's McGill University
College, a two-year institution associated
with Montreal's McGill University.
Students earn high honours
Recipients of this year's Governor General's Academic Medals are: Jacques
Dumais, Governor General's Gold Medal,
Faculty of Graduate Studies, Master's Programs; Timothy Moon-Yew Chan, Governor General's Gold Medal, Faculty of
Graduate Studies, Doctoral Programs;
Bruce Arthur Rusk. Governor General's
Silver Medal in Arts, BA degree; and David
Lawrence Savitt, Governor General's Silver Medal in Science, BSc degree.
At UBC and other Canadian universities, gold medals are presented to the
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.
First presented in 1873, the medal
also recognizes academic excellence at
the post-secondary diploma level.
The award is named in honour of its
founder, the Earl of Dufferin, who served
as the governor general of Canada from
1872 to 1878.
When UBC was established in 1915,
students drafted a new constitution that
gave the AMS a high degree of autonomy
and, a bold step at the time, equal rights
to women students.
The AMS earned a reputation for activism with the Great Trek of 1922. Students rallied support for the completion
of the Point Grey campus, which the
government had abandoned half-built,
with a march through downtown streets
and out to the campus site.
That spirit has been an inspiration to
future generations of students for other
GreatTreksheldin 1956, 1963 and 1995
and for the many other protests over
government funding held since.
Meanwhile, the AMS was helping to
build the campus, raising millions of
dollars for Brock Hall, Student Union
Building, Aquatic Centre, War Memorial
Gymnasium and Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre and, most recently, the
Student Recreation Centre.
But with the rapid expansion of the
university in the past 30 years, the early
school spirit was hard to maintain. Even
free rock concerts failed to generate quorums for annual general meetings.
"One ofthe biggest challenges we have
is to stay in touch and listen to our
membership. Our size has impeded that,"
Borins said.
But he feels the tide of apathy is turning. Turnouts at recent elections have
been the highest in years and referenda
are being approved.
To help build even better links with
students, the AMS has hired a communications co-ordinator and plans to publish a magazine later this year.
'The more people are involved with the
AMS, the better off we are. Ultimately
we're here to improve the lives of students, so we have to know how they want
us to do that," Borins said.
House of Learning home
for second celebration
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
On May 29, UBC Science student
James Andrew will celebrate his graduation twice.
Andrew, one of more than 50 First
Nations students at UBC who will receive
graduate or undergraduate degrees during Spring Congregation, will cross the
stage in War Memorial Gymnasium and
later the same day participate in a special
First Nations graduation celebration in
Sty-Wet Tan Hall, First Nations House of
The ceremony will have special significance for Andrew and many other First
Nations students who have formed a close
relationship with the House of Learning
and the students and staff with whom
they share it.
"It's like a second home to me," said
Andrew, who grew up on the Katzie Reserve on Barnston Island.
Andrew said the House and the First
Nations programs associated with it have
helped him and other students gain a
better understanding of their traditions
and the cultures of others.
"I came to the opening in 1993 and
when I stepped inside, I knew this was
where I wanted to be," he said. "I had the
knowledge of our traditions at the time,
but I had never really sat back and re
flected on it."
Andrew, who's graduating with a BSc,
will spend the summer introducing First
Nations high school students to sciences
at UBC as director of the Summer Science Program, now in its ninth year.
The program runs during two one-
week sessions in July and acquaints the
students with fields such as nursing,
engineering and astronomy. It also includes visits to Science World and the
UBC observatory.
Mary Jane Joe, who will graduate this
year with a BEd through the Native Indian Teacher Education Program, shares
Andrew's sentiments regarding the House
of Learning.
'The House of Learning is like a cup of
cold water to a thirsty person. It's a haven
and refuge from the rigours of academic
life. It's also a great source of inspiration to
come here and meet with other students.
"I come from a traditional family," she
added. "And what we had been taught in
my grandmother's house, I was able to
share here."
The graduation celebration begins with
the arrival of the graduates at the House
of Learning and ends with drumming and
For further information on First Nations programs and initiatives please call
the First Nations House of Learning at
822-8940. 4 UBC Reports ■ May 23, 1996
Alumni honoured for community service
The UBC Alumni Association has
named nine outstanding individuals as
winners of its annual awards for 1996.
The Alumni Award of Distinction this
year goes to two people: Rosalind
MacPhee (BFA '92, MFA '94) and Bob
McGavin (BPE '65). The award is presented each year in recognition of outstanding international achievements
by UBC graduates.
MacPhee is being honoured for
her extraordinary
in raising awareness of breast cancer through her
book, Picasso's
Woman, speaking
engagements and
advocacy work with
the Canadian
Breast Cancer
Foundation, B.C.
Picasso's Woman
is a courageous, unsentimental account
of MacPhee's personal struggle with
breast cancer,
which claimed her
life on May 3.
Published to wide critical acclaim, Picasso's Woman won the Canadian Authors Association literary award for non-
fiction and CBC literary prize for best
personal essay.
The other Alumni Award of Distinction
winner, Bob McGavin, has been with the
TD Bank since 1981, where he currently
holds the position of senior vice-president,
Public Affairs and Economic Research.
Prior to joining the TD Bank, he spent
10 years with the Canadian diplomatic
service, with postings in Ottawa, Australia, Israel and Washington D.C.
McGavin is well-known as a volunteer
with several organizations and institutions that focus on education, health,
sports, public affairs, politics, culture,
community and business. His committee
chairs and memberships include Olympic Trust of Canada, Toronto Hospital,
Junior Achievement of Canada and the
Canada-U.S. Business Association.
Charlotte Warren (BCom '58) is the
winner of the Blythe Eagles Volunteer
Service Award.
A past president and vice-president of
the Alumni Association, Warren has performed a long list of volunteer public
service, including politics, UBC Senate,
Vancouver Museum, Museum of Anthrop-
Where in the world
are UBC grads now?
More than 155,000 people have graduated from UBC since it opened its doors
in 1915.
According to the Alumni Association's
1995 figures, most alumni continue to
live and work in BC:
Alberta 4,500
B.C 94,000
Ontario  7,500
Rest of Canada 5,000
UBC graduates are also living in:
Africa and the Middle East 100
Asia  1,000
Australia/New Zealand 400
Caribbean 100
Europe 800
South & Central America 200
South Pacific 400
USA  5,100
The UBC Alumni Association has 13
branches in Canada, plus the United
States (Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.) and around the world (Australia, England, France, Hong Kong,
Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines,
Singapore, Taiwan).
ology, Vancouver Public Library and women's field hockey at the varsity, local,
provincial and national levels.
She is also the holder of 10 Big Blocks
from UBC in badminton and field hockey,
which still stands as a record.
V. Paul Lee (BCom '87) has claimed
the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.
Lee is general
manager of Electronic Arts
(Canada) Ltd., a
leading developer,
As well, Lett was appointed by the
federal government to a commission on
the Employment Problems of Women following the Second World War.
Her contributions to the university
were recognized with an honorary doctorate in 1958, the same year she received
the Great Trekker Award from the AMS.
Edith McGeer in the winner of the
Honorary Alumnus Award.
The former director of the Kinsmen
Laboratory of Neurological Research,
McGeer is now a professor emerita in the
Dept. of Psychiatry.
Although retired, McGeer and
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Lee was named one of Vancouver's top
business achievers under the age of 40 by
Business in Vancouver.
Evelyn Lett (BA '17, MA '25, LLD '58)
is the winner ofthe Lifetime Achievement
Award. One of the founders of the UBC
Alumni Association, Lett has been active
at UBC since its founding.
She has served as vice-president ofthe
Alumni Association, on the committee to
build Brock Hall and on the boards ofthe
YWCA and United Way. She also led the
successful campaign to build the first
women's residences at UBC.
her husband, Pat, head a laboratory that
is playing a leading role in the search for
the causes of Alzheimer's disease. In 1995,
both were inducted as officers ofthe Order
of Canada in recognition of this work.
McGeer is the author of more than 300
scientific papers and over 100 book chapters and an editor or author of four books.
Bob Hindmarch (BPE, '52) is the winner of the Faculty Citation Award for
outstanding service to the community. A
professor emeritus in the School of Human Kinetics, Hindmarch's association
with UBC goes back to 1948, when he
first enrolled as a student.
He played football, baseball and basketball at UBC, winning the Bobby Gaul
Memorial Trophy in 1953 as outstanding
graduating male athlete.
He went on to coach the Thunderbird
football and hockey teams and also served
as manager of Canada's Olympic hockey
program in the early 1960s.
Wilson Wong (BSc Pharm '72) is the
winner ofthe Branch Representative Award.
The immediate past-president of the
Hong Kong branch of the Alumni Association, Wong organized countless UBC
events, many in his own home, in an
effort to raise UBC's
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He also works
closely with current
and previous presidents ofthe branch.
Wong is director of marketing for
the Hang Lung Development Company, one of Hong
Kong's biggest developers.
John McArthur
(BA '96) is the winner of the Outstanding Student
Award which is being presented for
the first time.
A      Wesbrook
Scholar. McArthur
is graduating this year with an honours
degree in Political Science (International
McArthur is the recipient of the University of Bonn Scholarship, the UBC
International Liaison Office award, the
UBC President's Fund grant and UBC's
Savoy Scholarship in international relations.
A member of the Thunderbirds swim
team, he was selected as a CIAU All-
Canadian and named a CIAU Academic
All-Canadian in 1992 and 1996.
Students excel in studies to head class
Twenty-seven students finished at the
head of their class at UBC this year,
including recipients ofthe Governor General's Academic Medals for achieving top
marks in the Faculty of Graduate Studies
(master's and doctoral programs), the
Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.
Please see the separate story on the
Governor General's Academic Medals
winners on page 3.
American Institute of Certified Planners
Prize (Most outstanding graduating student in Community and Regional Planning): Misa Izuhara.
Association of Professional Engineers
Proficiency Prize (Most outstanding record
in the graduating class of Applied Science, BASc degree): Paul Shinichi
Helen L. Balfour Prize (Head ofthe Graduating Class in Nursing. BSN degree):
Nicole Leigh Trautman.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Medal
and Prize (Head of the Graduating Class
in Education, Elementary Teaching field,
BEd. degree): Jodi Lissa MacKenzie.
Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship
(Head of the Graduating Class in Librar-
ianship, MLIS degree): Janis Lee
College of Dental Surgeons of British
Columbia Gold Medal (Head ofthe Graduating Class in Dentistry, DMD degree):
Michael Lome Kersey.
Professor C.F.A. Culling—Bachelor of
Medical Laboratory Science Prize (greatest overall academic excellence in the
graduating class ofthe Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree): Daniel
Hon-Hei Wai.
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Occupational
Therapy (Head ofthe Graduating Class in
Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational
Therapy. BSc (OT) degree): Jennifer Anne
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Physiotherapy
(Head of the Graduating Class in Rehabilitation Sciences, Physiotherapy,
BSc(PT) degree): Linda-Joy Ewart.
Hamber Medal (Head of the Graduating
Class in Medicine, MD degree, best cumulative record in all years of course):
Gayatri Marie Sreenivasan.
Horner Prize and Medal for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Head of the Graduating
Class in Pharmaceutical Sciences, BSc
(Pharm) degree): Zahida Esmail
Human Kinetics Faculty Prize (Head of
the Graduating Class in Human Kinetics,
BHK degree): Lynda Kathleen Newkirk.
Kiwanis Club Medal (Head ofthe Graduating Class in Commerce and Business
Administration, BCom degree):
Josephine Wai Tuen Kwan
Law Society Gold Medal and Prize (Head
of the Graduating Class in Law, LLB
degree): Brook Greenberg.
H.R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry (Head of
the Graduating Class in Forestry, BSF or
BSc Forestry degree): Allan Neil
Merck Frosst Pharmacy Doctoral Prize
(Head of the Graduating Class in Pharmacy, PharmD degree): Peter Shane
Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal and Prize
(Head of Graduating Class in Landscape
Architecture, BLA degree): Lynda Marie
Royal Architecture Institute of Canada
Medal (graduating student with the highest standing in the School of Architec
ture): Jeanna Leigh South.
Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold Medal (Head
of the Graduating Class in Agricultural
Sciences, BSc (Agr) degree): Nathan Paul
Marjorie Ellis Topping Memorial Medal
(Head of the Graduating Class in Social
Work, BSW degree): Sheelagh Anne
University of B.C. Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Family and Nutritional Sciences): Lara Craufurd Taylor.
University of B.C. Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Fine Arts, BFA degree): Maria Patricia Yam
University of B.C. Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Music, BMus degree): Phoebe Rebecca Jane MacRae.
Elder awards
UBC's Academic Women's Association
has announced the 1995/96 recipients
of the Jean Elder Awards. Established in
1991, the book prizes are given for distinguished doctoral dissertations by women.
This year's winners are: Geraldine
Brooks (Counselling Psychology), The
Meaning and Experience of Career as Lived
by WomenArtists; Laurette Gilchrist (Educational Studies), Aboriginal Street Youth
inVancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal: Zora
Modrusan (Botany), Molecular and Genetic Analysis ofthe Bell Gene; and Carol
Oakley. (Oral Biology) The Role of the
Cytoskeleton and Substratum in Cell Topographic Guidance.
The award is named in honour of Jean
Elder, a professor emerita of history and
a co-founder and past chair of the Academic Women's Association. UBC Reports ■ May 23,1996 5
1995-96 graduates in profile
Greg Streppel, BSc
Dario Musa
by Connie Bagshaw
Staff writer
Visions of cinnamon buns
and garlic bread dance in his
head when graduate student
Dario Musa is asked what he'll
remember most about his recent eight-month stay in Canada
attending UBC.
"I've never eaten these things
before," he says shyly.
But Musa's timidity turns to
wonder as he describes his first
glimpse of snow on the North
Shore mountains, and riding on
a trolley bus through the city
Arriving in Vancouver last
September, Musa is the first
exchange student to attend UBC
through the university's participation in the Southeast Asian
University Consortium for
Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources.
UBC has sent students on
exchange to member institutions in Malaysia and the Philippines since becoming a consortium member in 1994. It is
one of only a handful of exchange programs focusing on
graduate students.
Musa, who is earning a master's degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of
the Philippines, Los Banos, credits the program for drawing his
attention to UBC.
"I met the UBC agricultural
economics student who was
studying at my home university
and she was a real ambassador
for her university," he explained.
"Until then, I knew a lot about
U.S. universities but not about
Canadian universities."
Although he considered it to
be a "once-in-a-million" opportunity to participate in the exchange, Musa was concerned
about loneliness, adapting to a
new culture and the high cost of
living in Canada.
Ajob commitment from UBC's
Oyster River Research Farm on
Vancouver Island for the first
four months of his program—
where Musa assisted with the
care of 300 dairy cows—helped
him overcome the financial bar-
Every country in
the world is
represented on
campus. Studying at
UBC was a culturally
rich experience."
Dario Musa
Unexpected additional aid
came from an Education
Abroad Program scholarship
which Musa received at the
start of his UBC exchange.
Helpful faculty and peers, and
the diversity of the campus
community,   also   eased   his
transition to life in Canada.
"I met other Filipinos at UBC
which helped me feel at home,
but I also met students from
Africa, Latin America and Asia,"
Musa said. "Every country in
the world is represented on campus. Studying at UBC was a
culturally rich experience."
Musa said that in comparison
to the Philippines, UBC's academic programs are tough and
more demanding. He was also
impressed by the state-of-the-art
technology available to Canadian
students, something he estimates
won't exist in Filipino universities for a few more years.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Southeast
Asian University Consortium for
Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources may
contact George Kennedy, director of International Programs in
the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, at (604) 822-2193 or e-
mail iprogram@unixg.ubc.ca.
Karen Rowa
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Psychology graduate Karen
Rowa wants to put her considerable energies toward
helping people with eating
Along with her parents, Rowa
has been an important volunteer with the Canadian Association of Anorexia Nervosa and
Related Disorders, working their
phone lines and speaking on
the association's behalf to many
different groups.
"My sister suffered for quite
a while. That inspired me to
do something about it," she
said, adding that her sister is
now fully recovered.
A top-ranked student,
Rowa is the recent winner of
a $17,000 fellowship at SFU,
where she will take a five-
year program in Clinical Psychology that combines master's and doctoral studies with
an internship.
As an undergraduate,
Rowa completed a directed
studies project with highly
regarded researcher Prof.
Stanley Rachman that focused on different aspects of
Rowa has also performed
volunteer work with the North
Burnaby Boys and Girls Club,
helping kids from the ages of
seven to 15 learn crafts and
ice skating.
Her other talents include
choral singing. In high school,
she won places for two years in
the B.C. Music Educators Association Honour Concert
Greg Streppel
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
The memory of his first international swimming marathon is one Greg Streppel
won't soon forget.
"I hit the wall after 20 kilometres and with five kilometres left it was everything I
could do to finish," said the
27-year-old pharmacy graduate. "I was in such physical
agony I swore that I'd never
enter a marathon again."
Never say never.
Since that inaugural marathon at the World Aquatic
Championships in Perth, Australia six years ago, Streppel
has competed in more than
30 of the gruelling swimming
events, finishing first in 11 of
his final 13 races.
Victories included the 1992
World Cup in Canada and the
1993 Pan-Pacific Championships and the 1994 World
Aquatic Championships in
Streppel is also the reigning, repeat winner of Argenti
na's 57-kilometre Rio
Coronda Marathon and the
88-kilometre Parana river
race. Streppel credits his
quick time of eight-plus hours
in the Parana to the river's
favourable current.
"He carried a full course
load with a first-class standing, never asked for a break
and was never given one," said
Jim Orr, associate dean of
undergraduate programs for
the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. "When he
missed classes for a race, he
always made them up."
He even found time between courses and swim
meets to get married in 1994.
His wife Raquel was a translator at the Rio Coronda race.
Streppel's last race was a
victorious 26-kilometre slog
through Long Island Sound
to Bridgeport, Conn, seven
months ago. Today, he limits
himself to three hour-long
swims in the UBC Aquatic
Centre pool each week.
Streppel is one of 119 pharmacy graduates this year and
class valedictorian. He says
he was drawn to pharmaceutical sciences after completing a degree in biochemstry
at the University of Victoria.
"Because of my interest in
organic chemistry, pharmacy
seemed a perfect match."
He carried a full
course load with a
first-class standing,
never asked for a
break and was never
given one. When he
missed classes for a
race, he always
made them up."
-Jim Orr
Streppel will join the pharmacy post-graduate residency program at Royal
Columbian Hospital in New
Westminster. 6 UBC Reports • May 23, 1996
Second to none
Melanie Ash
by Connie Bagshaw
Staff writer
Melanie Ash says she manages her time better if she's busy.
The Wesbrook Scholar had a
chance to hone her time management skills recently, scheduling back-to-back interviews in
one day with seven of Canada's
Supreme Court justices. Each
one had invited her to Ottawa to
discuss clerkship positions.
"It was exciting, but I did get
tired toward the end ofthe day,"
Ash admits. "I think I may even
have run out of things to say."
Ash, who is graduating with a
Bachelor of Laws degree on May
31, doesn't beginherone-year clerkship with Madame Justice Beverley
McLachlin until September, but
that doesn't mean she's looking for
things to fill her daytimer.
She has just been elected to
the national executive of the
Black Law Students Association
of Canada for the second time, is
active with the Vancouver chapter ofthe Association of Women
and the Law, is completing a
contract project for the B.C.
Council of Human Rights and is
engaged in summer research
work in the Law faculty.
Her involvement with the Black
Law Students Association of
Canada has been particularly rewarding. Based on the U.S. model,
the Canadian association was
founded five years ago and has
about 200 members nationwide.
Due in part to lobbying by the
association, UBC's Faculty of
Law will introduce a new course
on racism and the law this fall.
"Addressing the lack of racism issues in the curricula at
law schools across the country
is a major focus of the association's work," Ash said.
"In a survey of UBC law students, about 40 indicated their interest in taking the racism course.
It's a good number, considering
that even required law courses average only 50 or 60 students."
Ash, a native of Kamloops,
graduated with an honours
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from
Ottawa's Carleton University
before entering UBC's Faculty of
Law in 1993.
Her interest in politics and
law comes from her parents. Her
mother, Terri Alcock, among
other political activities, was
president of the provincial NDP
women's committee. Her father,
Cecil Ash, a UBC graduate,
taught science for several years
before returning to his alma
mater for a law degree.
Although she doesn't discount
a future in politics for herself.
Ash developed some doubts
about entering the profession
while working as a House of Commons page during her first year
at Carleton.
Not certain that she could
tolerate the public scrutiny politicians endure. Ash's self-de
scription as "not a middle of the
road person and one who has
strong opinions," makes her hesitate about pursuing a political
career as well.
Her plans after her year at the
Supreme Court include articling
with a law firm in Victoria and
legal practice, preferably in the
area of constitutional law. She
hopes to eventually earn a Master of Laws degree and teach.
Ash said she is beginning to
get excited—and nervous—about
her clerkship in the fall. Her
primary responsibilities will include reviewing applications and
writing recommendations concerning whether or not cases
should be heard, preparing background information for cases that
are accepted and assisting with
drafts of the court's decisions.
Sounds like her time management skills are about to get
John McArthur
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
If you think of lifeguards as
straight off the set of Baywatch,
think again.
John McArthur is a political
science honours graduate and
part-time Vancouver lifeguard
who has been accepted to the
Kennedy School of Government
at Harvard to do a master's degree in public policy. Long-term
plans include a law degree.
To top it off, he is also a
Wesbrook Scholar and winner of
this year's Alumni Association's
outstanding student award.
A long-time competitive swimmer, McArthur was a member of
the UBC Thunderbird men's
swim team that came within 1.1
seconds of winning the national
But he recently made a tough
decision to dive into his books instead ofthe pool, passing up a try-
out for the Canadian Olympic team
to concentrate on his studies.
Multilingual McArthur (he's
fluent in French, speaks German and studied Latin) majored
in international relations and last
summer attended the Transatlantic Summer Academy at the
University of Bonn, Germany.
"It reaffirmed in my mind how
much you can learn by interacting with people," he said. "Itgives
you a much different perspective than reading books."
McArthur also volunteered for
the Immigration Service Society,
where he acted as a local contact
for a Bosnian landed immigrant.
But one of his favourite
achievements occurred while
president ofthe Thunderbird Athletes' Council. He helped create
$500 awards to recognize student athletes for their leadership
and community involvement.
"It was a landmark group effort," he said.
Neil Janmohamed
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Commerce graduate Neil
Janmohamed is unlikely to get
stage fright when it's his turn to
accept his degree from UBC Chancellor Robert Lee on May 31.
Janmohamed, an accomplished cellist, has been performing before audiences of up to
2,000 since he was six years old.
The self-confidence and discipline he's gained through his
musical career have served him
well both during his studies at
UBC and in the course of the 30
job interviews with six firms in
Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver
he did during this past year.
"My background in music, with
the pressure of competition, really gave me something to draw
from when it came to the job
interviews," Janmohamed says.
Before being hit with a serious illness that left him in a
coma for several days during his
Grade 12 year in Vancouver,
Janmohamed was set to continue his music studies at a top
U.S. music school. Because of
his illness and the period of recovery following, Janmohamed
was unable to pursue his music
studies as planned. Instead, he
followed up a long-standing interest in marketing and entered
the Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration.
It's not surprising that
Janmohamed, who has won top
prizes in numerous music competitions in Canada and has performed at events such as the
opening of Canada's embassy in
Japan, is graduating from the
Commerce program's marketing
option with honours. He has,
however, had his share of challenges. He has juggled his musical training and academic studies, started a company that provided musical services to clients
including the Hotel Vancouver,
raised more than $35,000 for
UBC's Annual Fund, and completed a work term as a market
development consultant with a
Vancouver high-tech company.
Janmohamed credits his work
term, during which he developed a
comprehensive marketing plan for
a digital fibre optic transmission
system, as the single most important event in his university career.
"This was an opportunity to
take everything I'd learned, enhance my knowledge base, and
have a finished product in the
end," he says of the experience,
set up through UBC's Entrepreneurship Experience Program. He
adds that the work experience
will make the transition into his
new job in Marketing, Planning
and Development with Canadian
Airlines that much easier.
He encourages students to
gain perspective by taking
courses outside of their chosen
field, and to travel and seek out
new experiences, and offers a
few words of advice for present
and future UBC students.
"Get out there and learn as
much as you can. It will make
you a more well-rounded person, it will make you more marketable with respect to getting
employment, and it will make
your time at UBC much more
enjoyable and enriching."
Neil Janmohamed, BCom UBC Reports ■ May 23,1996 7
1995-96 graduates In profile
Sally Bearblock
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
"Wanted: Dedicated individual
prepared to work long shifts, in
profession that is physically demanding and involves dealing
daily with people in crisis."
While this job description may
not appeal to everyone, Sally
Bearblock is proving for a second
time that the job requirements
don't scare her. Bearblock, who
also has a BA in psychology from
UBC, is graduating this month
from UBC's School of Nursing.
Between completing her BA
in 1984 and returning to UBC to
study nursing, Bearblock spent
a year as a constable with the
RCMP in Ottawa and five years
as a Vancouver City Police officer before she decided to follow
her heart and pursue a career in
health care.
Coming from a medical family, Bearblock had always been
interested in health care but was
drawn into policing after participating in an RCMP summer pro-
David Savitt
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Eighteen-year-old David Savitt
leaves a lasting impression on
UBC's Dept. of Mathematics.
Four years ago, he enrolled as
ajoint honours student in mathematics and physics. Halfway
through the program he decided
to concentrate on math and the
results have been nothing short
of remarkable.
Savitt graduated at the top of
his class with an overall program average of 97 per cent. For
the last three years, he has anchored UBC's three-member
team in the Putnam Mathematics Competition which attracts
the brightest young math minds
in North America.
Savitt placed 13th among
2,468 students from 405 colleges
and universities in the 1995 contest. This was the third consecutive year he placed in the top 15.
Prof. Lon Rosen, coach of
UBC's Putnam team, says Savitt
is the most talented math student that he has taught in his 20
years on campus.
"I've seen bright young stu
dents who have tended to be too
fast and careless, but David has
the maturity to recognize where
he is prone to error," says Rosen.
"There is a carefulness and completeness to David's thinking
which counters his precosity."
Rosen adds that while most
students tend to concentrate on
a particular area of mathematics—algebra, number theory,
analysis, probability, geometry,
topology—Savitt has shown
strength and interest in all the
standard areas.
Savitt, whose father is a UBC
philosophy professor, says he
will probably narrow his field of
research after completing his first
year in Harvard's doctoral program in mathematics. Savitt
chose Harvard's offer of a full
scholarship over similar offers
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton
University and University of California, Berkeley.
And what is it about math
that he finds so intriguing?
"It's a joy to learn, to tussle with
a problem and to read about the
entire subject. The results are interesting^—it just all fits together."
gram in the early 1980s.
"I think I've come full circle."
she said. "In policing I ended up
taking many of my clients to St.
Paul's Hospital emergency on
night shifts. Through talking with
the nurses. I found my interests
were still in health."
UBC's School of Nursing offered her the flexibility and credentials she was looking for.
Because she had already completed an undergraduate degree,
she was allowed to roll the four-
years required to complete a BSN
into three.
Although she's having to
adapt to viewing situations and
individuals from a different perspective, Bearblock has found
her police training and experience compliement what she's
learning as a nurse.
"Life experience and communication skills have helped a lot,"
she said. "When it comes to counselling and providing support I
think my previous career and
education help a lot."
While Bearblock has developed an interest in maternity
nursing, she is also interested in
finding a way to combine her
investigative skills with her medical expertise. Either way, she's
looking forward to a new kind of
challenge and the rewards of
helping others.
"In many ways nursing is a
more supportive role than policing. Rather than telling people to
do something because it's best
for them, it's providing people
with the knowledge they need so
that when they do get out of
hospital they can help themselves. And with the health care
system changing the way it is, I
see nursing in the future as playing an even greater role in the
community beyond the doors of
hospitals and medical clinics."
Lance Johnson
by Connie Bagshaw
Staff writer
Knee injuries may have
sidelined Lance Johnson's NHL
career, but they haven't hurt his
major league performance as a
UBC scholar. Academic All-Canadian athlete, varsity ice hockey
player, special needs teacher and
volunteer youth coach.
Between his full-time studies, part-time jobs and a dizzying roster of athletic activities
and community service, Johnson
has consistently earned grades
that place him in the top 10 per
cent of his faculty, netting him
several UBC awards including
one of this year's Wesbrook
"I always wanted choices, I
didn't want a one-dimensional
life," said Johnson, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Human
Kinetics degree from the Faculty
of Education on May 28.
Johnson also credits his parents, who reinforced the value of
combining his athletic aspirations with academic achievement, for his varied interests
and successes.
"When I left home in Prince
George at 16 to play junior hockey
for the Kamloops Blazers, my
parents told me it was conditional upon maintaining my
grades," he explained.
In Kamloops, Johnson continued to excel academically and impressed the Hartford Whalers
enough to negotiate a free agent
contract. But a knee injury, something that has plagued him throughout his athletics career, capped
Johnson's NHL ambitions.
"I still remember that moment,"
Johnson said. "I thought about
how just minutes before I was
fine then suddenly I was faced
with something that I couldn't
control". My injuries stressed how
important education was in taking control of my future."
Johnson entered the Faculty
of Education in 1992, became a
varsity ice hockey player and
team captain for the UBC
Thunderbirds, and represented
the university as a league all-
star against Canada's gold medal
junior team in December, 1994.
He was selected as an Academic
All-Canadian athlete in each of
his four seasons with the
Along the way, he's picked up
two UBC scholarships for being
in the top two per cent of his
faculty, and twice received the
Leonard Osbourne Memorial
Prize and the William B. McNulty
Award which honour academic
excellence, athletic ability and
community service.
Last year, in addition to organizing promotional games at
Vancouver Grizzlies and
Canucks games for Orca Bay
Sports, and coaching the Marpole
Little League all-star team,
Johnson joined PRIDE, a UBC
Athletics outreach program
started in 1992 which encourages kids to stay involved with
sports and education.
Johnson's decision to return
to the Faculty of Education this
September for the 12-month elementary teaching program was
largely influenced by his long
history of volunteer work with
children. He hopes to teach
grades four to seven.
"Kids are very honest at that
age," Johnsonsaid. Theyhavereal
energy, a natural curiosity and
enjoyment about things and they
are more excited to be at school."
He also plans to continue his
volunteer work, which began in
Kamloops during his junior
hockey days.
Johnson said he volunteers
because he wants to return the
help he received from adults who
gave their time to make sure
extracurricular activities were
available to him.
"I learned so much more than
just how to skate or swim or throw
a baseball. Being involved in sports
taught me a lot about life skills." 8 UBC Reports ■ May 23,1996
Second to none
Mark Tinholt
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
When the University of
Manitoba's basketball team
cut Mark Tinholt from its
ranks in his second year, it
inadvertently did UBC a huge
Tinholt, who's graduating
with a degree in Bio-Resource
Engineering, came to UBC to
study environmental engineering after leaving Manitoba and
quickly found a place on the
UBC Thunderbirds basketball
At UBC Tinholt has excelled
in athletics and academics,
helping the Thunderbirds to a
Canada West Championship
victory this year and maintaining an average above 80 per
cent for the past two years,
garnering recognition as an
Academic All-Canadian.
Although Tinholt—a former
high school basketball star—
has long had a strong attachment to the game, it was his
interest in environmental engineering and not his love of
sport that drew him to UBC.
"Being cut from the (Manitoba) team was a big moment
for me,  and initially I didn't
Susanne Schmiesing
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
For some people at UBC,
learning on the job has a special meaning.
Many UBC employees study
part-time. No information is
kept on how many of them will
receive degrees at Spring Congregation, but one of them is
Susanne Schmiesing, who is
receiving a BA in English.
" Making more and
more evening and
courses available
certainly facilitates
this tremendously."
—Susanne Schmiesing
Schmiesing first started her
studies in linguistics over 10
years ago at the University of
Wuppertal in Germany. She became a full-time employee at
UBC in 1990 and is now the
administrator of graduate
awards in the Faculty of Gradu
ate Studies.
"I know of many colleagues
who have taken credit courses
at UBC—be it for interest only
or to seriously pursue a degree
program on a part-time basis,"
she said.
Working at UBC gave her a
unique opportunity to complete
her studies.
"Making more and more
evening and correspondence
courses available certainly facilitates this tremendously.
And I am grateful to my faculty
for the support they have
shown," she said.
There are other benefits to
studying at UBC, Schmiesing
said. In her job she frequently
deals with students, and now
she feels she has a better insight into their world.
"You see things from a different angle being a student,
—standing in line, paying fees
or desperately trying to register using Telereg."
Schmiesing is also pleased
that her name will be announced at the ceremonies by
Laurie Ricou, one ofthe associate deans in the faculty where
she works.
know where I'd go from there,"
says Tinholt.
The experience he gained
during a summer job with an
environmental consulting
company and the reputation
of UBC's bio-resource engineering program helped him
make a decision to move to
During his four years playing for UBC, Tinholt earned a
reputation as a versatile player,
playing his first two years as a
guard and the last two as a
forward and team captain. He
became a fan favourite for his
colourful plays and spectacular dunks.
Tinholt has already plunged
into full-time work as an environmental engineer with Morrow Environmental Consultants for whom he worked part-
time during his last three years
of university.
" You have to be
committed enough
to stay on top of
—Mark Tinholt
Now based in Kelowna and
dealing with site
remediation—the cleanup of
contaminated industrial
sites—Tinholt is working with
a busy schedule. It's a challenge he's well prepared for
though, having juggled basketball, work and his engineering studies.
"It was really a balancing
act. I had to plan a lot and
didn't have too many other
things happening. It was work,
school and basketball," he said.
"You certainly have to manage
your time and be committed
enough to stay on top of
- Christine Yeung
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Christine Yeung chose Applied Science as her field of
study at UBC without being
quite clear on what she was
_.     getting into.
Five years later she is
graduating with an honours
degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is also leaving
behind a new program that
will ensure at least a few more
elementary and secondary
school students will have a
*' better understanding of what
engineering is, and how it applies to their lives, than she
did at their age.
Yeung, who was in Mechanical Engineering's co-op program, helped develop the idea
behind GEERing UP for an assignment that involved designing a product with potential to
benefit society.
GEERing UP activities include classroom visits by en-
■*■ gineering students, a summer camp, numerous workshops, and lots of hands-on
Before she started GEERing
UP, Yeung had already
amassed a wealth of experience in helping young people
learn. Since 1988 she's worked
as a tutor with high school
students struggling, or wishing to excel, in math or science.  And   her  former  high
I enjoy the
experience of
hearing someone
say 'Oh, now I get
—Christine Yeung
school teachers still send students who need a little extra
coaching her way.
"One ofthe reasons I started
GEERing UP is because I like
the idea of sharing the things I
know with kids, and seeing
them learn and benefit from
that. I enjoy the experience of
hearing someone say, 'Oh, now
I get it,'" Yeung says.
As well as an enhanced understanding of engineering and
science, the work ethic that
has allowed her to succeed at
UBC is another thing she has
to pass along to the young students she tutors.
"One thing students know
of me is that they had better
be willing to work. My philosophy is: I'm willing to help
you, if you're willing to help
While Yeung's grades and
list of scholarship awards attest to the fact that she's a
hard-working student, she has
also managed to stay active in
sports, participating in intramural events such as Storm
the Wall, skating and playing
and coaching softball.
Yeung's interests are reflected in the job she has waiting for her after graduation
with a local company that designs indoor playground systems. The job, she says, will
allow her to use her engineering skills and creativity, and
still give her the opportunity to
play. UBC Reports • May 23,1996 9
4hJ t  tUIIUHrfl
Richard Splane
Nobel winner, activist
honoured with degrees
UBC graduates Bertram Brockhouse,
winner ofthe 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics,
and community activist Rosemary Brown
are among 11 distinguished individuals
to be awarded honoraiy degrees at this
year's Spring Congregation.
Brockhouse finished a BA at UBC in 1947
and went on to complete his master's and
doctoral studies at the University of Toronto.
He joined McMaster University as a physics
professor in 1962 and is now a professor
emeritus at McMaster. He received his Nobel
Prize for work in neutron spectroscopy, an
area which has played a role in developments
ranging from ceramic superconductors to
exhaust-cleaning systems employed in automobiles.
Brown earned a Bachelor of Social Work
from UBC in 1962 and a master's degree
five years later. She became the first black
woman to hold a seat in a Canadian legislature when she was elected to the B.C.
legislature in 1972, a position she held
until retirement in 1986. Currently chief
commissioner ofthe Ontario Human Rights
Commission, Brown has demonstrated a
lifelong commitment to advancing the interests of women and minorities.
Other degree recipients include:
Gordon Forward, president of Texas-
based Chaparral Steel Company, is recognized throughout the world for his contributions to the steel industry. Many of
the industry's standards for production
and quality can be traced back to the
work of this pioneer. Forward earned
bachelor's and master's degrees in science from UBC and a doctorate in metallurgy from the Massach usetts Institute of
Liou Jieh Jow is well-known and
respected internationally for his accomplishments in three arenas: politics, business and philanthropy. He served as a
member of the National Assembly of the
Republic of China from 1969 to 1991. He
has also had a broad and successful
business career and has been a leader in
restoring certain historic buildings in the
Nicola Valley of B.C. He has been a strong
advocate for. and generous supporter of,
establishing a Centre for International
Studies at UBC.
Verna Splane
Gurdev Singh Gill was the first Indo-
Canadian to earn a medical degree from
UBC and the first Indo-Canadian to practice medicine in Canada. Dr. Gill is founding president of the National Association
of Canadians of Origin in India and president of the Indo-Canadian Friendship
Society. Dr. Gill has devoted himself to
the cause of intercultural understanding
and friendship for the betterment of all
Verna and Richard Splane have exemplified public service, scholarship and
consultation locally, nationally and especially internationally- Verna has been
principal nursing officer of Canada, vice-
president of the International Council of
Nurses, and a nursing adviser to the
World Health Organization. Richard, a
professor emeritus in UBC's School of
Social Work, has been assistant deputy
minister of Health and Welfare Canada,
an executive committee member of the
International Council on Social Welfare,
and has served as president of the International Conferences on Social Development. The Splanes' collaborative work in
the field of nursing, health and health
care has been recognized nationally and
internationally. Both received the Order
of Canada in 1996.
Chun-Hak Ahn. one of Korea's most
celebrated business leaders, has played a
critical role in building bridges between
Canada and Korea. He was the driving
force in the turnaround of the government-owned Korea Heavy Industries Ltd.,
Hanjung. His contributions to Korean
business and economic development are
recognized by three Korean Orders of
Industrial Service Merit. For the past
three years, Ahn has turned his energy
and passion to helping build strong ties
between UBC and Korea's business and
academic communities.
Robert Lee's association with UBC
began during his student days in the
1950s. He has remained deeply involved
with the university, serving as a member of
the Board of Governors and of the leadership committee of the World of Opportunity Campaign, as chair of the UBC Real
Estate Corporation, and for the past three
years as chancellor. He has a successful
career in real estate, most notably with his
Prospero Group of companies and is known
in business for building relationships
rather than just deals.
John McArthur, a UBC alumnus,
served as dean of Harvard University's
Graduate School of Business for 15 years
before retiring in 1995. A Vancouver native, his innovations as dean reshaped
the school and its approach to business
education. During his tenure as dean,
the representation of minority, international and female students in the school
increased substantially.
Doris Shadbolt has had an immense
influence on the growth and awareness of
the visual arts in Vancouver and Canada.
She began her association with the Vancouver Art Gallery as an educator, then
served as curator and ultimately director. She has taught at UBC and in her
professional role has had a great influence on artists, art teachers, and art
administrators in this province.
Year in review
May: The Faculty of Medicine successfully concludes a fund-raising
appeal to complete the Medical Student and Alumni Centre, home of the
medical branch of the UBC Bookstore
and a social, recreational and meeting
space for medical students and alumni.
June: The new, award-winning Morris
and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, dedicated to celebrating and promoting
understanding of contemporary art,
opens at the north end of campus.
July: A new research, training and
program centre is established by the
Dept. of Ophthalmology to help reduce
blindness and vision loss worldwide.
August: Construction begins at the
intersection of Main Mall and Memorial Road of the W. Robert Wyman
Plaza, dedicated to those who made
the World of Opportunity Campaign a
success. The plaza is named in honour
of the campaign's chair. More than
$260 million was raised for the university throughout the drive.
September: The Alma Mater Society
announces that retired Provincial
Court Judge Alfred Scow, the first
aboriginal person to graduate from
UBC's Faculty of Law, is the 1995
recipient of the Great Trekker Award,
which honours outstanding individuals for their dedication to the university and service to the community.
October: More than 300 events, displays and activities fascinate visitors
attending UBC's three-day Open House
'95, a showcase of the university's
contributions to teaching and research.
The Faculty of Law celebrates its 50th
anniversary and founding dean George
Curtis receives the Order of British
Columbia at a special ceremony commemorating the event.
November: UBC ranks as Canada's
second most influential research institution, according to a survey of the
country's 45 largest universities conducted by the U.S.-based Institute for
Scientific Information. Meanwhile,
Maclean's magazine's annual survey of
Canadian post-secondary institutions
says UBC has the second-best overall
reputation among universities offering
medical and doctoral programs.
December: Engineering students in
the Faculty of Applied Science launch
GEERing UP, a program aimed at creating interest in and understanding of
engineering and technology among elementary school students.
January: The Dept. of Animal Science
in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
launches a fund-raising effort to establish an endowed chair in Animal
Welfare which will provide leadership
in promoting alternatives to the use of
animals for testing and research.
February: Senate approves a broad-
based admission policy enabling faculties to use criteria such as leadership abilities and career-related work
experience for admitting students directly from Grade 12, beginning in the
1996/97 academic year.
March: Dr. Judith Hall, professor and
head of the Dept. of Pediatrics, is
named one ofthe 1,000 best doctors in
America by American Health magazine, one of only two Canadian physicians to make the list.
April: The Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences turns 50years old. Its undergraduate population, which today exceeds 500 students, represents an increase of 30 per cent in the last decade
May: Continuing Studies launches
SKIPP, a certificate program to provide
social workers with skills and knowledge in intercultural and interracial
issues. 10 UBC Reports • May 23,1996
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Investment Advisor
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the year. Close to UBC and other
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planning 8c
Students, faculty, staff and members of the public—
Does this affect you? The following projects for the
UBC Campus are currently being considered. You are
encouraged to give us your opinions on these projects:
Permit Reviews in Progress
Creative Arts—Phase II
Vancouver Hospital UBC Site—MRI Trailer
TRIUMF-ISAC—Phase II New Building
Temporary Trailers—CEME Building
• New Chapel Building—St. Mark's College
• Biotechnology Laboratory—Bookstore/NCE Addition
• Earth Sciences Building—Phase I
• St. Johns College—Phase I
& For your Information...
• Permit Fees—All UBC Development & Building Permit
fees have changed effective April 1, 1996
• Environmental Assessment for TRIUMF-ISAC Project is now
available for review
For More Information on any of these Projects
please contact Bonnie Perry at 822-8228,
perry@cpd.ubc.ca or visit our Campus Planning &
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family home, completely
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Ideal for visiting professionals and
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Kits Duplex. Very attractive quiet
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Contact Ray Pederson: 822-4224,
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Minimum 1 year lease. Call Robert
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Calendar deadline:
noon, June 4
Faculty Teaching Associate - Part-time position
The UBC Centre for Faculty Development and Instructional Services has a part-time
term (September I, 1996 to March 31. 1997) position or secondment available on a
consulting basis (hours of work depend upon demand for services, but will not
exceed one day per week).The successful candidate would join our existing team of
Faculty Associates to work with interested academic departments and individuals
who are developing curricular and classroom experiences aimed at enhancing
student critical thinking skills.
Preference will be given to candidates who hold a doctorate, who can demonstrate a
knowledge of theory and evidence of practice relating to enhancing critical thinking
skills, and who are currently employed at UBC. Please send a resume and cover
letter to B. Gail Riddell, PhD, Director, Centre for Faculty Development and
Instructional Services, by June 15, 1996. Fax: 822-9826; email gail.riddell@ubc.ca. UBC Reports • May 23,1996 11
Award-winning athletes set
sights on Olympic medals
Both of UBC's top athletes for
the 1995-96 season will compete in the Olympic Games in
Atlanta this summer.
Twenty-year-old swimmer
Sarah Evanetz was recipient of
the Marilyn Pomfret Trophy for
the Most Outstanding Female
Athlete for 1995-96. Jeff
Schiebler, a former B.C. High
School Athlete of the Year, was
named Most Outstanding
Graduating Male Athlete and
received the Bobby Gaul Award.
Evanetz, a butterfly specialist
and third-year Arts student, has
won five Canadian Interuniversity
Athletic Union (CIAU) gold medals and led her team to a national
title in each ofthe three years she
has competed at UBC. Last year
she shared the Marilyn Pomfret
Trophy with basketball's Adair
She won a gold medal in the
800-metre freestyle relay at the
1995 World Championships in
Brazil and a silver medal in the
100-metre butterfly at the 1995
summer Nationals.
Her fellow nominees for the
Marilyn Pomfret Trophy this year
included field hockey captain
Laura Prellwitz, soccer midfielder
Heidi Slaymaker and volleyball
All-Canadian Joanne Ross.
Jeff Schiebler has been a
prominent competitor in every
road race, track or cross-country meet he has entered. Between university meets, his demanding international schedule has him travelling the
Schiebler, who will graduate
this year with a degree in Human
Kinetics, has had a running career marked with victories since
his high school days. In 1992 he
was Canadian steeplechase
champion; in 1994 he was the
Canadian 10K road race champion, Canadian 5,000-metre
champion and a member of the
Commonwealth Games Team; in
1995 he was Canadian 5,000-
metre champion again and a
member of the track and field
team that represented Canada at
the World Championships.
The only Canadian athlete to
make Olympic standard this
year in the 10,000 metres,
Schiebler has his sights set on
running it in "under 28 minutes
and giving an Olympic medal
performance in Atlanta this
summer. Following the Olympics, Schiebler will compete for
two years for the NEC Corporation's running team in Japan.
Schiebler's fellow nominees for
the Bobby Gaul Award were football's Brad Yamaoka. swimmer
John McArthur and Canada West
basketball all-star Mark Tinholt
Other athletic award winners were Heather Andrews,
who received the Kay Brearley
Award for Outstanding Service
to Women's Athletics; and basketball's Brady Ibbetson and
soccer goalkeeper Lisa Archer
who received the inaugural
Thunderbird Athlete's Council
Leadership Awards. The
Tailgators Booster Club received the Arthur Delamont
Award for "Perennial Freshman
Spirit" and the women's swim
team received the Du Vivier
Award as Team of the Year.
Athletic highlights
pepper past year
September 9: UBC football team,
under first year head coach
Casey Smith, beats Simon Fraser
University at its own game. Playing under American rules, UBC
crushes the crosstown rival 29-
7 before 4,600 fans at
Thunderbird Stadium.
October 22: Women's field
hockey team completes an undefeated season and claims the
Canada West Championship.
November 4: Women's soccer team
wins its fourth consecutive Canada
West Championship with a 1-0 win
over Calgary.
November 5: Women's field hockey
team meets their conference rival
Victoria Vikes in the final of the
CIAU Championship Tournament,
but has to settle for silver medals
after losing a 1 -0 heartbreaker at
Toronto's Lamport Stadium.
November 11: Jeff Schiebler
crosses the finish tape more than
a minute before any other competitor and wins the CIAU Crosscountry Championship at the
University of Western Ontario.
UBC's team result is good enough
for second place and the women's team, led by Sue Schlatter,
takes third.
November 13: Women's soccer
team wins bronze medal at CIAU
Championship Tournament at
Carleton University.
January 21: Women's swim
team wins the Canada West
Championship at the UBC
Aquatic Centre. The result in the
men's division comes down to
the final relay, but the unprecedented outcome is UBC and
Alberta sharing the crown after
accumulating identical team
scores of 421.5.
February 25: Women's swim
team cruises to its third straight
CIAU Championship at the University of Guelph. The men's team
narrowly misses in its bid to do the
same, finishing second behind
March 2: Men's basketball team
electrifies a crowd of 2,400 at
War Memorial Gym by defeating
two-time defending CIAU Champion Alberta Golden Bears to
win the Canada West Championship. Two weeks later the
'Birds would meet Alberta again
in a nationally televised semifinal of the CIAU Final Eight.
UBC is unsuccessful in its bid to
win a sixth consecutive game
over the Bears, who the next day
bow out to the Brandon Bobcats
in the championship final.
March 3: Women's volleyball team
wins bronze medal at CIAU Championships in Toronto. The volley
'Birds finished the season ranked
fifth in the nation and advanced to
the CIAU Championship in Toronto on a wild card berth.
March 9: Jeff Schiebler sets a
new CIAU record in 3000 metres at the CIAU Track and Field
Championships at the University of Windsor, clocking a time
of 7:59.29. Jon Kangiesser wins
a silver in high jump with a leap
of 2.10 metres.
March 21: Jeff Schiebler is
awarded the Bobby Gaul Trophy
as UBC's Most Outstanding
Graduating Male Athlete at the
annual Big Block Dinner at the
Hyatt Hotel Ballroom with over
600 students, coaches and
alumni in attendance. The
Marilyn Pomfret Trophy for the
Most Outstanding Female Athlete goes to swimmer Sarah
Evanetz. Weeks later both athletes qualify for the 1996 Olympic Games.
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Service winners go beyond the call of duty
Six members of the campus community have been chosen this year to receive
the President's Service Award for Excellence, presented in recognition of distinguished contributions to the university.
Each winner receives a gold medal and
$5,000 at award presentations during
spring and fall Congregation ceremonies.
Douglas Napier joined UBC in 1972 as
a steamfitter in Plant Operations. He is
now area supervisor.
In 1974, Napier became shop steward
with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 116. He subsequently served
as trade unit head, vice-president-at-large
and secretary-treasurer. In 1990, he was
elected to the university's Board of Governors, where he served for three years.
including sitting on the Finance and Academic and Student Affairs sub-committees. Within the past year he has become
involved with UBC's Association of Administrative and Professional Staff, as a member-at-large on the Executive Board.
Napier has also been very actively involved in the United Way. In 1993 he co-
chaired UBC's campus United Way campaign, the largest employee campaign in
the Lower Mainland. Napier returned to
chair another successful campus campaign in 1994 and continues to be involved in supporting the United Way.
Frances Medley is one of those rare
people who puts a human face on a large
organization, creating an atmosphere of
collegiality and community.
Medley came to work at UBC in 1967
and has served as clerk or assistant
Charles Ker photo
Recognized for their ongoing contributions to the campus community are
(l-r) Mary Risebrough, Douglas Napier, Lore Hoffman, Frances Medley,
Rosemary Leach and Nestor Korchinsky
secretary to Senate since 1973. Chairs of
Senate committees in particular value
her counsel, dedication and the vital role
she plays in maintaining the orderly operation of the university.
However, Medley's contributions go
far beyond this. She is unfailingly helpful
to anyone who needs information from
the records of Senate. She also helps
many students who are attempting to
understand and negotiate the sometimes
daunting route of an appeal process.
Lore Hoffman joined UBC's Physics
Department in 1973. In her more than 20
years at UBC, she has served as secretary
to four different heads of Physics, keeping
the department running like clockwork.
Her extraordinary efficiency makes the
work of all those around her less time-
consuming. She has earned the highest
respect from the faculty and staff for the
extremely high degree of professionalism
she shows in carrying out her duties.
Often referred to as the heart and soul
ofthe Physics Dept., Hoffman shows an
uncommon loyalty and dedication to UBC.
and her warmth and spirit have had a
profound impact on all those around her.
Rosemary Leach has combined her
natural affinity for people with building
a sense of community within Ihe Dept. of
Leach has held several positions within
the department sincejoining UBC in 1971.
One of her first full-time roles was to
assist the chair and academic secretary
of English 100 at a time when up to 4,000
students were enrolling for the course
each year. For more than a decade, she
has served as secretary to the department's Graduate Committee.
In her 24 years on campus, Rosemary
has been an ideal ambassador for the
university, committed to making the UBC
experience a positive one for all students.
Nestor Korchinsky came to UBC in
1967 as an instructor in the School of
Physical Education, now called the School
of Human Kinetics. Two years later, he
was promoted to the rank of assistant
professor. He developed a reputation for
inspiring his students, instilling a love of
learning and involvement.
In 1972, Korchinsky was appointed
director of Intramural Sports. Under his
guidance, UBC Intramurals has developed into what is widely regarded as the
best university intramural sports program in Canada. Annual participation in
the program is more than 15,000 people.
In addition to his academic duties,
Korchinsky has been head marshal for
the Congregation ceremonies for the past
11 years. He has also contributed outstanding service and leadership to UBC's
United Way campaign including serving
as vice-chair in 1991.
Mary Risebrough joined UBC's Dept.
of Housing and Conferences in 1975,
rising to the rank of director in 1981.
Since then she has initiated six major
construction projects which have increased the amount of on-campus student housing by 45 per cent. In 1991,
she was given additional responsibilities
for managing the on-campus faculty and
staff housing, and the 10 child-care centres which provide care for more than
250 children from faculty, staff and student families.
Today. Risebrough is responsible for
one ofthe university's largest departments,
with an annual budget of approximately
$27 million. Under her leadership, all of
Housing and Conferences' facilities and
services for the residences, conference
centre and child-care centres have become entirely self-supporting.
Gavin Wilson photo
Asst. Prof, Barbara Paterson (right) brings the complexities of the nursing
profession to life for her students, earning a reputation as an outstanding teacher.
Leadership, service earns
scholars Wesbrook honours
Twelve 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
Innovation triggers top teachers
They say experience is the best teacher
and that's advice Barbara Paterson, assistant professor, School of Nursing, took
to heart.
Paterson inteviewed 50 nurses and 25
nursing patients about their experiences,
and now uses these stories as a way of
introducing subject matter to her students in the course Core Concepts in
"It's sometime hard to explain to nursing
undergraduates how complex a nurse's job
can be," she said, citing the diverse realities
of fields such as psychiatric, intensive care
and community health nursing.
"These real-life stories, which form the
basis of discussion in class, give them
some insight into those complexities. It's
fun too," she said.
Classroom techniques such as this have
quickly earned Paterson, who has been at
UBC just three years, a reputation as an
innovative and popular instructor.
Now they have also earned her a Killam
University Teaching Prize, one of 23 being
presented to outstanding faculty members during spring Congregation.
Paterson uses a somewhat similar technique to introduce beginning students to
the academic side of nursing, which they
can sometimes find intimidating.
She has her students interview someone who has written a doctoral dissertation in nursing, read their work and then
discuss it with the researcher.
"Beginning students are often intimidated by the research process and people
with PhDs. By doing this exercise, they
meet faculty members and learn to understand and use research reports."
The Killam University Teaching Prizes
recognize the fundamental importance of
teaching at the university. Each ofthe recipients are selected by their faculties and receive $5,000 from endowment sources.
This year's outstanding teachers are:
Margaret Arcus, Professor, School of Family and Nutritional Sciences; David Austin. Associate Professor. Dept. of Mathematics: Joel Bakan. Associate Professor,
Faculty of Law; Jean Barman, Professor,
Dept. of Educational Studies; Izak
Benbasat. Professor. Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration; John Boyd,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Economics;
Derek Carr, Associate Professor, Dept. of
Hispanic and Italian Studies; Joy Dixon,
Assistant Professor, Dept. of History;
Michael Gerry, Professor, Dept. of Chemistry: Lee Gunderson, Associate Professor, Dept. of Language Education; Noelle
Lamb, Senior Instructor. School of Audiology and Speech Sciences; Hannu Larjava.
Associate Professor, Dept. of Clinical Dental Sciences; Maurice Levi, Professor, Faculty of Commerce and Business Adminis-
tration: Mark Longhurst, Associate Professor, Dept. of Family Practice; William
New, Professor, Dept. of English; Barbara
Paterson. Assistant Professor. School of
Nursing; Michael Quick. Professor, Dept.
of Civil Engineering: Floyd St. Clair. Assistant Professor, Dept. of French: Judy
Segal, Assistant Professor, Dept. of English; Chuck Slonecker, Professor. Dept.
of Anatomy; George Spiegelman. Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology; John Worrall, Associate Professor,
Dept. of Forest Sciences; Marguerite Yee,
Senior Instructor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
committee. The students receive a
certificate, 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 MD or DDS
programs, stand in the top 10 per cent of
their faculty or school, and demonstrate
the ability to serve, work with and lead
The awards are sponsored by the
Wesbrook Society, an organization ofthe
university's major benefactors.
This year's Wesbrook Scholars are:
Gillian Calder, Law; Gerald DaRoza.
Science; Kristen Gagnon; Law; Megan
Gilgan, Arts; Brook Greenberg, Law;
Lance Johnson, Education; John
McArthur, Arts; Francesca Marzari,
Law: Karen Mountifield, Education;
Garett Pratt, Arts; Jason Wale. Medicine: and Christopher Wilson. Law.
Also joining the ranks of Wesbrook
Scholars are winners of the Sherwood
Lett, Harry Logan, Amy E. Sauder and
Jean Craig Smith, John. H. Mitchell and
C. K. Choi scholarships, who automatically receive the designation.
They are: Melanie Ash, Law (John H.
Mitchell Memorial Scholarship); Bruce
Broomhall, Law (Amy E. Sauder and
Jean Craig Smith Scholarships); Nadine
Car on. Medicine (C. K. Choi Scholarship); Lica Chui, Medicine (Sherwood
Lett Memorial Scholarship): and Linda-
Joy Ewart: Medicine (Harry Logan Memorial Scholarship).


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