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Sharing First Nations culture and seeing it make a difference in elementary
schools inspired Education graduate and hereditary Nisga'a chief Peter Nyce
to pursue a teaching career. Nyce is one ofthe more than 5,500 UBC graduates
to receive degrees during Spring Congregation May 26 to June 2.
Grad's passion for
learning passed on
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Hereditary Nisga'a chief Peter Nyce
was helping people learn long before he
enrolled in UBC's Faculty of Education.
It started in 1987 when his twin daughters, Samantha and Shannon, were in
Grade 4 and he was invited to the school
to give a cultural show and tell.
That's when Nyce, who was then working as a commercial fisherman, got hooked
on education.
When he picks up his Master of Education degree during Spring Congregation
May 26 to June 2, Nyce joins more than
5,500 students receiving degrees in 23
separate ceremonies taking place at the
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Nyce called his cultural presentation kit of
family treasures the Tail of the Beaver, a
translation of one of his Nisga'a names.
"I use functional art to teach," says
Nyce, one of 14 siblings born on the
reserve at Canyon City in the Nass River
area of northwestern B.C. "I believe in the
art of teaching with cultural artifacts
using a hands-on approach."
He and his wife Hazel used items such
as a deerskin drum, a 145-year-old
bentwood box, feast bowl, button blankets and a cedar cradle to help children
learn about First Nations culture. They
also included videos, slides and traditional Nisga'a food, such as oolichan fish
and sundried herring eggs on kelp.
Nyce gave the two-hour presentation
to more than 100 elementary schools in
Surrey and Vancouver from 1989 to 1991
while still working as a fisherman, his
occupation of more than 20 years.
The satisfaction of teaching the Tail of
the Beaver reinforced Nyce's belief in the
value of cultural education and inspired
him to enrol in UBC's Native Indian
Teacher Education Program in 1990. He
had already obtained a Fine Arts diploma
from Kwantlen College in 1986.
He started his Master of Education
degree in 1997 and developed curriculum materials to teach First Nations culture, particularly the art ofthe Nisga'a, as
his graduate project.
"I think it's important to have First
Nations teachers in public schools and in
See PASSION Page 2
memories for
more than 20 years
Graduates build
Industry lines
up for first class
President's Message:
A class with the knack to acquire,
apply and adapt new knowledge
As the Class of 1999, you have
the interesting distinction of
comprising the last cohort of
UBC students to graduate in the 20th
century and the first group of UBC
alumni to carry a new range of knowledge into the next millennium.
Just as our first graduates in 1916
earned their degrees during a period of
significant social transformation, you
too, have been engaged in formal
learning when the world is in the midst
of sweeping, global change. But unlike
the changes that characterized the first
part of this century, the changes that
have defined the latter part of it are
based on knowledge with a capital "K."
We have constructed a Knowledge
Society, and our economic prosperity
and social well-being will increasingly
centre around lifelong learners who
have the knack of acquiring, applying,
and adapting theoretical and analytical
knowledge. As such, your education at
UBC has provided you with a vital
foundation for personal and professional development.
In the context of this Knowledge
Society, what can you anticipate for
your life in the 21st century? Patterns
of work are changing. You may embark
upon several careers for many different
organizations. You may secure employment that takes you to other countries
or otherwise crosses international
boundaries. You may live and work in
environments that require an understanding of many disciplines, rather
than a concentration in one field.
Whatever the particular parameters
of your career, one thing is certain:
formal education no longer ends with
Congregation. Your life as a UBC alum
will involve a process of continual
learning and educational renewal.
Whether you return to UBC for further
studies or learn over the Internet or
undertake courses in a corporate or
non-profit setting, the rapidity with
which research and knowledge are
evolving means learning will be critical
to social and economic resiliency.
UBC, your alma mater, will continue
to be an intellectual catalyst for its
students and prepare them to meet the
opportunities, challenges, and needs of
a knowledge-based society. It will be a
vibrant research and learning centre
and will reach out to its community
and to the country to help build a
strong, prosperous, and compassionate
society. As UBC alumni, you are crucial
to this undertaking. You are each a
repository, a conduit, and a creator of
knowledge. I am confident that the
Class of 1999 will distinguish itself by
generating the new ideas and creative
initiatives that will benefit us all in the
next millennium.
Martha C. Piper, President
Piper 2 UBC Reports ■ May 20,1999
Continued from Page 1
reserve schools," says Nyce, one
of 6,500 Nisga'a in B.C. "I'm able
to tell my story of successes and
failures that got me where I am
today. That helps young people
see that we can make it — it's
Nyce has served as an elected
education co-ordinator for the
Nisga'a Tribal Councilfortwo years.
As a Lower Mainland representative, Nyce helps to develop curriculum and also chairs education conventions in the Nass River area.
Currently teaching a native
studies course at Earl Marriott
Secondary School in Surrey,
Nyce feels he is preparing for an
opportunity to return to the Nass
River area to teach.
"Another of my Nisga'a names,
Tiiowkx, describes where I'm at
right now," he says. "The name
means where the salmon rests
before going up river. I'm not
resting but I do see that another
journey lies ahead of me."
This year's Congregation
ceremonies take place Wednesday,
May 26 to Friday, May 28 and from
Monday, May 31 to Wednesday,
June 2. Ceremonies will be held at
8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30
p.m. each day except Friday, May
28 on which there will be no 4:30
p.m. ceremony.
Degrees will be conferred on
students from 12 faculties. Six honorary degrees will also be conferred.
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Zoology Assoc. Prof. Lee Gass is one of 23 faculty to receive UBC's Killam
Teaching Prize this year. Gass is a driving force behind the new Integrated
Science degree program which aims to help students break down traditional
boundaries between disciplines and come to grips with the connectedness
of scientific knowledge.
Winning teachers open
minds, provoke ideas
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Provocative, innovative and risky are
the words that spring to mind as Killam
Teaching Prize winner Lee Gass describes
his 35 years as an educator.
An associate professor of Zoology and
a faculty member since 1974, Gass is
one of 23 faculty members to receive
University Killam Teaching Prizes during Spring Congregation.
"It's not about curriculum or methods
— it's about helping students to be open
to what they don't know," says Gass.
As well as teaching first-year Biology,
Gass is one of the designers and instructors of both the Science One program, a
multidisciplinary intensive alternative to
the standard first year in Science and the
new Integrated Science degree program.
Both programs aim to help students
understand the connectedness of scientific knowledge.
"For a while I felt like the Lone Ranger
because my ideas about breaking down
traditional boundaries between disciplines weren't widely shared," he says.
The Integrated Science course called
"The Size of Things," which Gass co-
instructed, exemplifies the novel and comprehensive approach to scientific notions.
The course looked at the consequences
of size or scale on a broad range of processes from biological to cosmic.
Participants in both programs, including faculty, are encouraged to risk exposing their ignorance through questions in
a highly interactive atmosphere characterized by both rigour and trust. Students
are free to air concerns and challenge what
and how they are learning.
"My role is not to teach — it's to accept
responsibility for people learning," says
He says he got into teaching for all the
wrong reasons, reacting to the conformity, confines and disrespect for students
he saw in his own early education.
"There had to be a better way," he
says. "Once students are released from
the external pressures of the traditional
system, the internal pressure of the excitement to learn just about bursts out of
Gass has presented his ideas about
integrated and interactive learning to
educators around the world.
When he is not in the classroom, Gass
researches the behaviour of hummingbirds and recharges his creativity by
carving stone sculptures.
Killam Teaching Prize winners are selected by their faculties on the basis of
recommendations from students and colleagues. Each winner receives $5,000
from university endowment sources.
Energy and creativity are hallmarks
of the recipients' teaching style.
Each class taught by English Prof.
Eva-Marie Kroller seems to have a "delirious inner life of its own" according to
one student.
A dynamo and a powerhouse of awe-
inspiring and infectious energy is how
colleagues and students describe Assoc.
Prof. Steven Lee of the Dept. of History
and the International Relations Program.
Presentations by Earth and Ocean Sciences Assoc. Prof. Bruce Buffett are said
to be like jewels — exquisitely crafted and
glittering with value.
Religious Studies Assoc. Prof. Paul
Mosca is known to turn his students into
disciples by the sheer force of example
with his charismatic teaching.
Students say Geography Prof. Derek Gregory's classes are singular performances for
which he is impeccably prepared, bursting
with enthusiasm and information.
Law Prof. Keith B. Farquhar's students call him a model of ideal lawyerly
conduct who can take a difficult and
complex subject and make it intelligible.
Other Killam Teaching Prize recipients
for 1999 include:
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences: Art
Bomke, Soil Science. Faculty of Applied
Science: Greg Bond, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Sherry McKay, School
of Architecture. Faculty of Arts: Bozena
Karwowska, Slavic Program, Germanic
Studies. Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration: Dan Gardiner, Marketing. Faculty of Dentistry: Christopher
Wyatt, Oral Health Sciences. Faculty of
Education: Deirdre Kelly, Educational
Studies; Jolie Mayer-Smith, Curriculum
Studies. Faculty of Forestry: John Nelson, Forest Resources Management. Faculty of Graduate Studies: David Ley, Geography. Faculty of Medicine: William A.
Webber, Anatomy; Morris Pudek, Pathology; Karim A. Qayumi, Surgery. Faculty
of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Wayne Riggs.
Faculty of Science: Ian Cavers, Computer
Science; Jaymie Matthews, Physics and
One-of-a-kind marshal
makes day memorable
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Hundreds of gowned biochemists, foresters,  lawyers,  musicians,  and other
graduates have formed into rows. Years of
struggle and final exams are
finished. They've made it,
but they are nervous.
From the front ofthe large
room in the Graduate Student Centre, a 6-foot-5 man
with a warm voice and easy
laugh is explaining what will
be expected of them in a few
minutes when they arrive at
Congregation ceremonies in
the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
do you think there are on the
stage?" he asks, holding up
one finger. "This is low stress — there's one
kneeling stool — you can't miss it," he says.
"Right knee, left knee, one knee, two knees,
it doesn't matter —just get down."
Ask a UBC alumnus what they remember
about Congregation and chances are pretty
good they will say, "Nestor Korchinsky, the
guy who did the warm-up."
For more than 20 years, as head marshal of the student procession, he has
had his finger on the pulse of Congregation ceremonies and touched the hearts
of tens of thousands of graduates.
"Congregation is the celebration of a
significant transition in life. It should be
memorable," he says.
Korchinsky likens Congregation to a
computer—what you see requires countless hours of careful and precise programming behind the scenes.
"For each graduate there is really only
one ceremony, so each of the 23 we are
staging this year has to be equally magnificent," he says.
"Every one represents a unique and important opportunity for the university community to say to our students we're proud of your
achievements and you have
our best wishes and support."
Steve Wexler, associate
professor of Law, and Ted
Danner, professor emeritus in Geology, are marshals who help out.
"We're graduation junkies and we try to make each
ceremony run smoothly and
give everyone as much
pleasure as possible," says
Wexler. "Nestor is wonder
ful at this. He has a gift and he is a master."
For the other 50 weeks of the year,
Korchinsky, assistant professor of Human Kinetics, is co-ordinator of UBC's
Intramural Sports and Recreation program. With more than 15,000 participants, it's the largest in the country, and
widely regarded as the best.
Eilis Courtney, manager of Ceremonies and Events, says, "Alumni ask me all
the time, 'How's Nestor?' He did so much
to make my graduation memorable."
"We are considering videotaping him,
so in the future we can study what he does,
but I doubt if we will ever truly capture it."
Congregation schedule,
see Page 11
Undergraduates on
leading edge
Twenty-two students have been named
Wesbrook Scholars for outstanding
achievement among undergraduates. Students must rank in the top 10 per cent of
their class and must possess the ability to
serve, work with and lead other people.
An honorary designation, Wesbrook
Scholars are nominated by their faculty
or school and selected by a committee.
To qualify, students must complete at
least one winter session, be in their second to last or final year of undergraduate
studies, or in the Doctor of Medicine or
Doctor of Dental Medicine programs.
The awards are sponsored by the
Wesbrook Society, an organization of
the university's major benefactors.
This year's Wesbrook Scholars are:
Faisal Baloch, Law; Chris Halsey-
Brandt, Arts; Huy Chau, Science; Roger
Donaldson, Science; Erica Ellis, Arts;
Jody Jacques, Medicine; Kirsten
Jenkins,  Law; Kristi Kenyon, Arts;
Lauren Lewis, Medicine; Scott
MacLachlan, Science; Jonathan
Nakane, Science; Lori Passmore, Science; Peter Smith, Law; Neena Sonik,
Commerce and Business Administration; Michelle Withers, Medicine; Paul
Yong, Science.
Also joining the ranks ofthe 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: Fahreen Dossa, Science
(Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship);
Laura Bennion, Medicine (C. K. Choi
Scholarship); Kristine Chambers, Human Kinetics (Harry Logan Memorial
Scholarship); Kim Stanton, Law (John
H. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship);
Jenna Newman, Arts (Amy E. Sauder
Scholarship); Kibben Jackson, Law
(Jean Craig Smith Scholarship).
Medal winners earn
gold, silver
Gold medals, presented by the Governor
General of Canada, are awarded to graduate students at UBC and other Canadian
universities who have achieved the highest
standing at both the master's and doctoral
level. Students who are deemed the best in
the graduating class for the BA and BSc
degrees receive silver medals.
This year's recipients ofthe Governor
General's Academic Medals are:
Governor General's Gold Medal (Head of
the Graduating Classes in the Faculty of
Graduate Studies, Master's Programs):
Jean-Francois Frigon; Governor-General's Gold Medal (Head of the Graduating
Classes in the Faculty of Graduate Studies,
Doctoral Programs): Obiora Chinedu
Okafor: Governor General's Silver Medal in
Arts (Head of the Graduating Class in the
Faculty of Arts, BA degree): Lisa Marie
Brocklebank; Governor-General's Silver
Medal in Science (Head ofthe Graduating
Class in the Faculty of Science, BSc degree): Harley T. Kurata. 4 UBC Reports ■ May 20,1999
Days and nights hitting the
books brings grads reward
Twenty-nine top UBC students
in each degree program finished
their studies at the head of their
class this academic year. Among
them are winners of the Governor
General's Academic Medals (listed
on page 3). They are:
American Institute of Certified
Planners Prize (Most outstanding
graduating student in Community
and Regional Planning): Randy Lee
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Gold
Medal (Most outstanding record
in the graduating class of Applied
Science, BASc): Irfan Amir
Nurmahomed Dhalla
B.C. Dental Hygienists Association Gold Medal (Head ofthe Graduating Class in Dental Hygiene,
BDSc): Lisa Anne Enns
Helen L. Balfour Prize (Head of
the Graduating Class in Nursing,
BSN): Rhonda Yvonne Kropp
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Medal and Prize (Head of the
Graduating Class in Education,
Elementary Teaching field, BEd):
Judith Anne Aiken
Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship (Head ofthe Graduating Class in Librarianship, MLIS):
Katherine Thompson Prophet
Carter-Horner Medal and Prize
for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Head
of the Graduating Class in Pharmaceutical Sciences, BSc [Pharm]):
Robert Walter Lafreniere
College of Dental Surgeons of
British Columbia Gold Medal (Head
of the Graduating Class in Dentistry, DMD): Jacaryn Megan SoDid
Professor C.F.A. Culling
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory
Science Prize (greatest overall
academic excellence in the
graduating class of the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science): Merrillee Atina Hughes
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Occupational Therapy (Head of the
Graduating Class in Rehabilitation
Sciences, Occupational Therapy,
BSc [OT]): Lauren Grace Lewis
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Physiotherapy (Head of the Graduating
Class in Rehabilitation Sciences,
Physiotherapy, BSc [FT]): Karolyn
June Lock
Hamber Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Medicine, MD,
best cumulative record in all years
of course): NadiaYvetteZalunardo
Human Kinetics Faculty Prize
(Head of the Graduating Class
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in Human Kinetics, BHK): David
William Wilde
Kiwanis Club Medal (Head of
the Graduating Class in Commerce
and Business Administration,
BComm): Margaret Anne
Law Society Gold Medal and
Prize (Head ofthe Graduating Class
in Law, LLB): Matthew Joseph
H.R MacMillan Prize in Forestry (Head ofthe Graduating Class
in Forestry, BSF or BSc [Forestry]):
Jennifer Alice Wild
Merck Frosst Pharmacy Doctoral Prize (Head ofthe Graduating
Class in Pharmacy, PharmD):
Robert Mihovil Balen
Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal
and Prize (Head of Graduating Class
in Landscape Architecture, BLA):
Cecilia Maria Achiam
Royal Architecture Institute of
Canada Medal (graduating student
with the highest standing in the
School of Architecture): Robert
Laurent Plain
Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold
Medal (Head of the Graduating
Class in Agricultural Sciences, BSc
[Agr]): Jessica Marie Paterson
Roy Stokes Medal in Archival
Studies (Head of the Graduating Class in Archival Studies,
MAS): Elizabeth Walker Wright
Marjorie Ellis Topping Memorial Medal (Head ofthe Graduating
Class in Social Work, BSW): Beth
Nichole Collison
University of B.C. Medal (Head
of the Graduating Class in Family
and Nutritional Sciences): Alice
Ho Wing Chen
University of B.C. Medal (Head
of the Graduating Class in Fine
Arts, BFA): Alison Joy Dakin
University of B.C. Medal (Head
ofthe Graduating Class in Music,
BMus): Dana Marie Luccock
Year overflows with
feats and honours
May 1998
• UBC's downtown Women's Resources Centre celebrates 25
years of operation.
June 1998
• UBC President Martha Piper is
named Communicator of the Year
by the International Association
of Business Communicators of
• Mechanical Engineering Prof.
Martha Salcudean, Electrical
Engineering Prof. Emeritus
Charles Laszlo, Dr. Michael
O'Shaughnessy and Board of
Governors member Ken Georgetti
receive the Order of B.C.
July 1998
• Former UBC dean of Law Lynn
Smith is appointed a B.C. Supreme Court judge.
August 1998
• Maria Klawe, vice-president, Student and Academic Services, is
appointed dean of the Faculty of
September 1998
• Humanities 101, afree, UBC non-
credit course designed to provide
access to post-secondary level
course work in the humanities to
the city's disadvantaged begins.
• Medicine Assoc. Prof. Carol-Ann
Courneya and Nursing Assoc.
Prof. Barbara Paterson are named
3M Teaching Fellows.
October 1998
•More than 300 people attend
UBC's first-ever annual general
meeting held downtown and on
• The Ubyssey student newspaper celebrates its 80th anniversary.
• UBC alumnus and diamond explorer Stewart Blusson donates
$50 million to the university to
fund basic research.
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November 1998
• UBC maintains its ranking as
fourth overall in Maclean's annual ranking of Canadian universities. In student services, the
survey shows UBC second only
to the University of Toronto.
• Trek 2000, UBC's vision for the
21 st century is approved by UBC's
Board of Governors.
• Poet and Creative Writing alumna
Stephanie Bolster wins a Governor General's Literary Award.
December 1998
• UBC faculty and student volunteers help develop a Canada-wide
electronic hiring hall.
January 1999
• Biotechnology Laboratory researcher Brett Finlay wins the
1998 Steacie Prize, Canada's top
award for young scientists and
• Dr. Donald Calne, Dr. Judith Hall,
Prof. Emeritus Michael Ames and
Assoc. Prof. Emerita Verna
Kirkness are named to the Order
of Canada.
February 1999
• English Dept. head Prof. Sherrill
Grace and Physics Prof. Janice
McKenna are awarded UBC's top
research prizes for 1998.
• A noted academic, Daniel F.
Muzyka, is appointed dean of the
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
• Physicist Douglas Bonn is among
four Canadians to receive the
1999 NSERC Steacie Fellowship.
March 1999
• The Leon and Thea Koerner University Centre opens.
• The Museum of Anthropology celebrates its 50th anniversary.
• Math scholar Jingyi Chen, an assistant professor of Mathematics,
is one of only two Canadians to
win the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan
Research Fellowship.
April 1999
• Brian D. Sullivan is appointed as
vice-president, Students. Sullivan
is currently associate vice-president of Student Affairs at the University of Guelph.
• Historical geographer Prof. Cole
Harris earns the Dean of Arts
award for exceptional contributions in teaching, research, administration and service.
• A record 13 UBC women are nominated in this year's YWCA Women
of Distinction awards.
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Graduates make mark from start to finish
Nurse displays maternal instinct
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
"Men care differently," says
nurse Barry Thomloe.
He is precisely where he wants
to be, working in labour and
delivery at the Children's and
Women's Health Centre of British Columbia. And Thomloe —
one of four males in a class of 71
to earn a Bachelor of Applied
Science degree in Nursing this
year — plans to move up in his
chosen profession.
To those who scoff or ask.
Why not be a doctor?' his reply
is unequivocal and emphatic.
"I want to be a nurse," he
Thornloe had previously ignored the call. He grew up in
Langley as a people person with
a love of science.
"I didn't know exactly what I
wanted to do when I started
studying biology at UBC in 1990,"
he says.
In his second year he picked
up some nursing brochures but
couldn't find much support for
the idea of switching studies, he
says. He graduated with a BSc in
1994, still unsure ofthe career
he would pursue.
He took a year off to see the
world including England, where
his maternal grandfather began
a career as a nurse.
"My mother's family told me stories about my grandfather's nursing experiences, including the Second World War," he recalls. "It was
at the end of a personal journey and
I was feeling independent, so I
phoned my parents and announced, 'I want to be a nurse.
Please register me at UBC.'"
Thornloe says men should be
encouraged to make a similar
"We learn and care differently
and have important contributions
to make" he says. "It could be my
mannerisms, or my approach,
perhaps it's my gender, but when
I'm nursing, men seem to come
out of their shells.
"In any case, everyone knows
there's a shortage of nurses," he
Only two per cent of nurses in
Canada are male. But at UBC's
School of Nursing the ratio is
"Between four and 12 per cent
of UBC's beginning undergraduate nursing students are male,"
says Katharyn May, director of
the School of Nursing. "Those
who find us are career-oriented
and are very aware that the baccalaureate program is the right
way to enter the profession."
Darlene Kavka and family
Dartene Kavka photo
"We're beginning to attract
more people from other disciplines, particularly people like
Barry, who really want to make
a difference in the world," she
adds. "We've revamped the program to make it easier for them.
Multiple entry level options are
now available for qualified students to earn an undergraduate
degree in Nursing in two-and a-
half years instead of the traditional four years."
Thornloe met his girlfriend
Irish at the school. She is also
graduating in Nursing and working in the field which interests
her most, geriatric care.
He aspires to becoming a nurse
on Medijet and other areas involving patients at high risk. In the
meantime he comes home from a
shift tired, but rewarded.
"It's difficult to get down when
you are working with mothers,
newborns and new birth families," he says. "I simply think
back and count the number of
births in which I have helped."
:e Mason photo
Barry Thornloe
Speaking up leads mum to law
by Susan Stern
Staff writer
Ten years ago, Darlene Kavka
became a leading advocate in
her Courtenay community over
concerns that high voltage power
lines could cause cancer. With a
natural ability to speak effectively, she knew she had a special talent for standing up for the
things in which she believed.
A few years later, she went to
bat as a volunteer advocate for
the school reinstatement of a
disabled nine-year old girl in
Hudson's Hope, B.C.
"I realized I wasn't as effective for my clients as an advocate
as I could be as a lawyer," she
Kavka decided to see if there
was any law school that would
consider accepting a 37-year-
old former dental assistant with
a high school education. She
turned down Osgoode Hall and
came to UBC.
In addition to raising two children, dealing with a nasty car
accident and struggling to make
ends meet while going to school
full-time, Kavka has realized her
dream. She graduates this month
with her Law degree.
"I have found a great level of
discipline in law school that I
didn't have as a younger person
fresh out of high school," Kavka
says. "And the moral support of
the faculty and staff has been
tremendous. Their kindness and
concern has given me faith in
Kavka was initially surprised
and then reassured to find herself among students in their 40s
and 50s.
"People aren't looking at themselves being finished at 40 and I
think that's a healthy attitude,"
she says. "I had a lot of brilliant
people surrounding me in class
and I've been proud to be in their
Kavka is also honoured that
she was the only law student to
sit on the Benchers Equity and
Diversity Committee of the Law
Society of B.C. A strong proponent of the Charter of Rights,
Kavka believes it must apply to
everyone and "shouldn't just be
the best rights money can buy."
Kavka is adamant about not
sacrificing her principles to fit
the system.
"I'm leaving law school with
my ideals intact. I feel good about
that," she says.
Opting not to practise in a
big-city law firm, she will start
her legal career in Dawson Creek.
She plans to continue honing
her advocacy skills and hopes to
become involved in all aspects of
family law, general litigation,
criminal defence, real estate
transactions, wills and estates.
"My goal is to speak for those
who can't. The fact that I really
believe in what I'm doing is what
gives me the strength to speak
up," Kavka says.
Wood grad set to reshape future
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Tom Sweatman is among a
select group poised to reshape
Canada's future wood industry.
He's one ofthe first 10 graduates
to earn a UBC Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing from the Faculty of Forestry.
Its graduates are in extremely
high demand by industry and
Sweatman has just accepted a
challenging position representing Canadian furniture giant,
Palliser, in Asia.
"It's a dream job when you
consider that I want to work in
the wood business on a global
scale and see the world," says
Sweatman, who will be one-half
of a team with fellow graduate,
Alexander MacKenzie.
"Asian exports have transformed the North American wood
products market and we will act
as an international sourcing
team," he explains. "We want to
find new opportunities in Asia to
export furniture components, finished goods and new materials."
The five-year undergraduate
degree includes at least 20
months of carefully selected work
experience and Sweatman is no
stranger at Winnipeg-based
Palliser. He completed a four-
month and eight-month work
term at the company, which is
among the top 10 furniture
manufacturers in North America.
He also completed four-month
work terms with NASCOR, a prefab housing company based in
Calgary, and Primex Forest Products in Delta.
"I've had first-hand experience from the plant floor right up
through senior management,"
says the Winnipeg native.
"I wanted a focused work-
study program which directly
applied science to the real world,"
says Sweatman, who heard "good
things" about Wood Products
Processing while he was enrolled
in second-year Science at UBC.
"The faculty is flexible, indus
try-driven and keep their office
doors open," he adds. "They frequently gave us opportunities to
help develop the curriculum."
An example of what makes
the program special is a course
which featured an international
expert in facility design from Germany, Sweatman says.
There were no lectures. Instead the class was divided into
groups with each expected to
design a plant and present the
project to would-be investors.
"It was a capstone class and a
very intensive three weeks which
included weekends and lots of
late nights," says Sweatman.
"An innovative, hands-on approach to wood products
processing is evolving to fill a
strongly perceived national
need," says John McLean, acting dean of Forestry. "Tom
Sweatman is an example of how
our graduates will take better
advantage of Canada's wood
supply and create new opportunities in the global marketplace."
Tom Sweatman
Bruce Mason photo 6 UBC Reports ■ May 20, 1999
Leaders and community builders
Karen Hammell and husband Ike
Susan Stern photo
UBC's Class of
PhD grad inspired by disabled
by Susan Stern
Staff writer
An occupational therapist,
Karen Hammell was aware many of
us believe life with complete paralysis isn't worth living and was concerned with the lack of in-depth
research on how people cope.
She has just completed a PhD
in Interdisciplinary Studies that
applied rehabilitation sciences,
anthropology and sociology to the
study of disability.
Originally from England,
Hammell emigrated to Saskatchewan. Her interest in disabilities
was triggered after working with
people who had difficulty performing daily tasks.
In 1980 she met her husband
who was paralysed from the neck
down.  She became convinced
Surgery med student's next gig
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
When Cam Bowman steps on
stage to receive his medical degree this month he'll be on familiar territory.
Bowman has racked up thousands of hours on stages across
North America in his 10 years as a
professional musician with the
Juno Awaixl-winningband, Barney
Bentall and the Legendary Hearts.
Trained in classical music on a
piano his grandparents rented for
him, he switched to rock and roll in
high school and started dreaming
of going professional. His wish came
true right after graduation when he
got his first job with a band as a
keyboard player.
Life as a professional musician was exciting but it competed
with another of Bowman's goals
— he wanted to be a doctor.
"When I was a kid we had an
encyclopedia with those transparent overlay pages that illustrated the human body —
nerves, muscles, internal organs
— everything," he says. "I was
fascinated with those illustrations. I wanted to know how
everything worked."
He enrolled in pre-med studies at Simon Fraser University
and started looking for a group he
could play with part-time. He
found one called the Revengers,
later to become the Bentall band.
When the group got a record
deal with Columbia, Bowman
abandoned student life and once
again hit the road.
He spent the next 10 years
with the group, making three albums and travelling coast to coast.
At age 30, Bowman knew he
was ready to leave the band and
pick up his studies. He com
pleted another year of pre-med
and entered UBC medical school
in 1995 as a mature student.
"It was kind of intimidating.
I've never been a super straight-
A student," he says. "But medicine isn't rocket science — it's
just hard work."
Singing with and directing the
UBC Medical Student choir has
allowed him to mix music and
He'll soon have a chance to
put his creativity to work again
— but this time not at the keyboard. He's been accepted to a
five-year residency in plastic
surgery at UBC.
"I'm nervous, honoured and
excited all at the same time," he
says. "I love surgery and I love
the feeling of doing something
active and constructive."
For a man with talented hands
it seems to hit the right note.
that people living with disabilities could maintain a rich and
meaningful life.
For her doctoral thesis
Hammell conducted a seven-
month study examining the quality of life perceived by 15 people,
ages 21 to 50, who are completely
paralysed below the neck. The
results were inspiring — all of
them told her they are glad to be
Some felt positive immediately, Hammell says, but for others it took years to shed society's
stigma and realize they still had
much to offer. They all agreed
being confined to an institution
was worse than being paralysed.
"One man was told at 19 that
he would only live two years and
never leave the institution,"
Hammell says.  "He's now 40,
married with children and a successful business man."
Hammell says the situation
in B.C. is unique because these
individuals fought for social policies that would eillow them to
live independently.
"When you meet these people
doing ordinary things like heading
to work, picking up their kids or
travelling overseas, the rationale
for keeping them in institutions
seems clearly flawed," she says.
Hammeirs thesis will be published in professional journals and
she plans to turn it into a book.
'The stories of my subjects
can offer newly injured people
and their families some insight
into the kind of lives that may be
possible," Hammell says. "I think
this provides hope even in the
absence of a cure."
Hilary Thomson photo
Cam Bowman
Travelling dentist covers continents
John Chong photo
Nazeeh Abunasra
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
Globetrotting graduate
Nazeeh Abunasra has been halfway around the world in pursuit
of a career in dentistry.
He graduates this spring from
the Faculty of Dentistry's International Dental Completion program.
Abunasra was raised in Dubai
in the United Arab Emirates.
When his brother moved to Scotland to go to medical school,
Abunasra joined him and enrolled in the dental program at
the University of Glasgow.
"When I was six, I lost a permanent tooth playing hide-and-
seek," he says. "I spent a lot of
time in the dentist's chair. Besides getting a new tooth, I got
an interest in dentistry."
After graduation in 1996, he
decided to continue his studies
in North America.
"North American dentistry has
the highest standard of practice
worldwide," says Abunasra. "To
stay up-to-date and to undertake any specialty, I realized this
had to be my next stop."
To practice in Canada, however, he needed to re-qualify by
taking two years of undergraduate dentistry at a Canadian
He took his first look at Vancouver when he arrived for his
interview at UBC.
"When I was introduced in
class so many people came up to
shake my hand," he says.
"Canada is the most friendly
place I've lived — Canadians are
very civilized."
He says he mixed in easily
with his fellow classmates despite his graduate status and
found there was lots of new material to learn.
"Things change so fast in dentistry — almost half of the work
and practice was new information," he says.
An avid soccer player,
Abunasra is a member of the
Faculty's intramural team. Living in Vancouver has also allowed him to take up skiing.
Although he misses Dubai's
sunny climate, Abunasra says he
hasn't experienced significant culture shock on his travels because
the United Arab Emirates has a
multinational mix of residents.
The Big Apple is the next stop on
Abunasra's educational trek. Hell
complete a one-year internship in
oral surgery in New York City and
then hopes to qualify as an oral
surgeon. It's a goal that means four
more years of schooling.
Abunasra is not sure where
he will eventually set up practice
but expects to stay in North
America because of its superior
continuing dental education opportunities.
"The inventions, discoveries
and techniques that change dental practice — they all happen
here," he says. UBC Reports • May 20,1999 7
rf tomorrow find fixture in learning
1999 Graduates
Friends' futures in good earth
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Adriele Hawes and Christina
Custer were raised in the big city
but say that Agricultural Sciences 300 and Soil Science 433
were their favourite courses on
the way to earning bachelor's
degrees in Agricultural Sciences.
The first, AgSci 300, was a
field trip to farms around the
province. Both say the second
course is what it's all about.
"Human beings have lost
touch with the very thing that is
vital to survival — where food
comes from," says Hawes. "Soil
is essential, complex and fascinating. We need to learn much
more about it."
At Churchill High School in
Vancouver where the two met in
Grade 8, their Geography
teacher told them that too many
people think farmers are uneducated, says Custer.
"She taught her students that
farmers deserve the highest respect for knowing so much about
soil, as well as horticulture, business, marketing, irrigation, and
more," she says.
"It isn't taught in basic high
school science, so it's common
for students to shout 'Gee Whiz!'
when they start studying and
thinking about soil," says Soil
Science Assoc. Prof. Art Bomke.
Hawes, who has a lifelong love
of the outdoors and a mother
who is an avid backpacker, was
raised in a family that planted
and harvested fruit in their Vancouver garden.
Custer grew up listening to
her grandmother's first-hand accounts of life on a farm in her
native Germany.
Their studies took them far
from campus. Hawes spent a
year in the Philippines, studying
Third World subsistence agriculture and "learned more about
rice than I will ever need." Custer
went to Sweden to study European farming first hand.
As well, they completed a summer internship at an organic fruit
orchard in B.C.'s Similkameen
"We picked a ton of cherries,
weeded a lot of ginseng, and
took part in slaughtering chickens - something everyone should
do once in their life to establish
contact and respect for live animals and other sources of food,"
says Custer.
The two graduates don't consider themselves environmental
activists, but advocates for education and awareness about ecological approaches to living, especially around agriculture and
food production.
"In response to the needs of
students and to society our Fac-
Susan Stern photo
Christopher Ming Lee
ulty is being transformed," says
Dean of Agricultural Sciences
Moura Quayle. "We have identified four program areas which
focus on ecosystem, community
and human health in a way that
broadly addresses the route to a
healthy planet, which is a major
concern for so many people."
Hawes chose Agroecology,
which includes animal studies,
horticulture, resource economics, soils and environment.
Custer selected Global Resource
Systems, in which students focus on resource specialization
within a region of the world.
Another new program is Community and Environment, which
features landscape architecture
and home economics. The fourth
program, Food, Nutrition and
Health concentrates on dietetics, food science, food marketing management and nutritional
Custer is working this summer as a plant health consultant
for a private company in
Kelowna. Hawes has been hired
as a research assistant in
Bomke's soil lab.
"Studying at UBC brought us
to a better understanding of how
to care for the land," Hawes says.
"The Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences offers a great deal to
anyone who wants to improve
global ecology," Custer adds.
Bruce Mason photo
Adriele Hawes and Christina Custer
Human beings have lost touch with the very
thing that is vital to survival — where food
conies from."
— Adriele Hawes
There were 41 graduates at
UBC's first Congregation ceremony May 4, 1916. Today the
student population has grown to
more than 26,000 undergraduates and 6,400 graduate students as well as more than
40,000 non-credit, certificate
and distance education learners.
There are 75 commemorative
trees planted on the UBC campus by graduating classes, a
tradition begun in 1919.
Literature ties scholar to heritage
by Susan Stern
Staff writer
Christopher Ming Lee's love
of literature is closely tied to his
deep interest in Chinese-Canadian history. He became fascinated by how people express
themselves and by their use of
language after interviewing Chinese-Canadian World War II veterans for an oral history project.
Lee has completed an honours bachelor's degree in English, specializing in Asian-North
American literature.
"English classes gave me ways
to think about history, about the
Chinese community and how we
look at our identities through
narratives," says Lee. "My studies have given me a way of thinking about things that is really
useful. I have learned how to
communicate the stories of my
The son of imrnigrants — his
mother is a Hong Kong native and
his engineer father is from Macau
— Lee grew up in Gibson's on
B.C.'s Sunshine Coast. The family later moved to West Vancouver where Lee went to high school.
Lee, a straight-Astudent, has
won many scholarships, including the President's Entrance
Scholarship, the British Columbia Odyssey of the Mind Scholarship and the Province of British Columbia Scholarship. The
Hugh M. Brock Education
Abroad Scholarship sent him to
the University of California at
Irvine for a year where he made
the dean's honour list.
Lee is a youth co-ordinator
with the Vancouver Chinese
Cultural Centre and has worked
with immigrant Chinese students about identity issues and
the difficulty of switching from
Cantonese or Mandarin to English. He also enjoys taking students on guided tours of
"Whenever I do a tour I like to
tell the kids that Chinatown is a
Canadian community," he says.
"I talk about racism and the history of discrimination and how
certain Chinese-Canadian histories are reflected in the buildings."
Lee is particularly proud of
his involvement last year organizing  the  Chinese-Canadian
Community Day at the Chinese
Cultural Centre, which attracted
2,000 people.
"It was a great experience because we gained a sense of making a difference in the community," Lee says.
An accomplished musician,
Lee holds a diploma from the
London College of Music in Piano Teaching. He has composed
a jazz work for Asian instruments and is currently completing a big-band jazz project.
Lee credits UBC with giving
him an opportunity to be part of
different communities from the^
English Dept. to the University
Christian Ministry, on whose
behalf he helped tutor inner city
children in New Jersey.
Lee, who is pursuing a doctorate in literature and Asian-North
American culture, would like to
teach at the university level.
"I really admire teachers who
try to bridge the gap between
academic life and the outside
world," Lee says.
It would seem that
Christopher Lee is already well
on his way to becoming the
teacher of his ideals. 8 UBC Reports - May 20,1999
Learning a matter for life say graduates
Time to refocus for Rhodes scholar
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Murray McCutcheon — B.C.'s
1999 Rhodes scholar — was
raised in the shadow ofthe campus of the University of British
Columbia. While he earned a BSc
and a master's degree in Physics,
he was a member of Canada's
national triathlete team. Now he's
changing course at Oxford.
"I chose Oxford's PPE program—Philosophy, Politics, and
Economics," he says. "People
wonder why I'm making such a
profound change of studies. But
the Rhodes Scholarship provides
me with a singular opportunity
to explore something entirely
different and broaden my perspective ofthe human world beyond my focused research ofthe
physical world."
The scholarship pays all expenses for two years of study at
Oxford. Earning one requires
high scholastic achievement, ac
complishment in sports, strong
leadership qualities and demonstrated public service.
"There was never any question in my mind that I would
attend UBC," McCutcheon says.
"My father is a Physics professor
and as a young child I wandered
the halls near his office, marvelling at everything, especially the
fact that there was a rocket in
the building."
As a first-year Science student
in 1992, he brought a broad variety
of interests into his new but somewhat familiar world. He chose to
specialize in Physics and entered
the honours co-op program to gain
practical work experience. He says
it was unforgettable.
"In 1994,1 spent eight months
at the Canadian Space Agency in
Montreal working with astronaut
Bjarni Tryggvason, a UBC Engineering Physics grad," he recalls.
"I helped design an experiment
on how fluids behave in zero gravity and tested it during four flights
Hilary Thomson photo
Fred Ho
on NASA's KC-135 aircraft.
"This euphoric and more than
a bit nauseating experience really made me aware of the fantastic opportunities that were
opening up," he says.
Even failure contained lessons. Being cut from the junior
varsity soccer team opened the
door to triathlon racing. After
completing his first race, he
joined the UBC Triathlon Club.
"I took eight months off before
grad school to train and compete
full time," he says.
McCutcheon is completing his
master's degree researching the
optical properties of semi-conductors which have important
applications in communications.
"I thrive on diversity, and in
my first year at UBC my courses
fed my curiosity in many disciplines," he says. "I'm a little wiser
and looking forward to the opportunity to broaden myself intellectually in what I think will be a
fascinating experience at Oxford."
Murray McCutcheon
John Chong photo
Grad prescribes dose of education
by Hilary Thomson
Staff writer
They say you can't switch
horses in midstream. But don't
tell that to Fred Ho. He graduates this spring with a degree in
Pharmaceutical Sciences after a
20-year career as a biochemist.
Originally from Taiwan, Ho
obtained his undergraduate and
master's degrees in Biochemistry
at the University of Taiwan. He
then moved to the United States
where he earned a doctorate in
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1989.
Arriving at UBC in 1992, he
spent two years doing post-doctoral work in medical genetics.
"There was a boom in molecular biology when I entered the
field," says Ho. "It was the science of the future."
When funding for research
declined in the early '90s, however, that future began to look
less and less secure, he says.
"Changing careers was a very
hard decision — I rejected the
Mentoring this grad's business
by Susan Stem
Staff writer
After his second year in Commerce and Business Administration, Michael Giligson was
determined to obtain a rare double degree in finance and marketing which required taking
extra credits in the summer.
"I was uncertain about what I
really wanted, but I knew I loved
both fields. And I had the drive,"
says Giligson.
His drive certainly paid off.
Giligson is now considering an
offer from the TD Bank as a
commercial account manager
dealing with the problems of
small business entrepreneurs.
Giligson says he was motivated by his Commerce professors' knowledge and business
experience. He also enjoyed the
friendly competitiveness among
his fellow students.
"We helped each other out
but there was a competitive edge
to it, unlike some Commerce faculties where people are often single-minded and out for themselves. It wasn't like that at UBC,"
he says.
Giligson's friendly, outgoing
personality made him dozens
of friends across the campus.
He also played intramural
Giligson also had a major role
in restructuring the Commerce
Undergraduate Society. His biggest contribution however, has
been the development ofthe Faculty's Peer Mentor Centre.
"I saw the posting asking for
someone to organize it and I knew
I just had to do it," he says.
With funding for computers
and office furnishings provided
by donations from fourth-year
students, the Peer Mentor Centre will open this fall. Students
will be able to receive advice on
academic problems and career
planning from their more experienced classmates.
"Few students leave a legacy,
but Mike has left one that will
benefit the Faculty for years to
come," says Erica Mills, associate director of the Commerce
Undergraduate Program.
Giligson looks forward to entering the business world but
hopes to return to UBC to take a
Master of Science in Business
"My UBC experience has developed my interpersonal and
analytical skills much further
than I ever expected," Giligson
says. "I still haven't experienced
all that I could have. It's going to
be hard to leave. I had a really
great time."
idea at first," says Ho. "It was
hard to give up all the years of
He chose to enrol in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1995 because
the discipline was compatible with
his background and because he
wanted a career where he could
interact with people.
Also, hehadapretrygoodideaof
what the profession was like because his wife, JuiJien, is a UBC
Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate
and has worked as a community
pharmacist for 13 years.
Ho says the major difference
between biochemistry and pharmacy is the interaction with people. He is specializing in community pharmacy where he says communication skills are critical.
As well as consulting with
health-care professionals on
complicated clinical problems
he answers patients' questions
on everything from sun exposure to overdoses.
"There is little time to spend
with the patient so I need to
listen for detail, ask the right
questions and give instructions
effectively and in plain language,"
says Ho.
Although he enjoys the people side of his job, Ho misses the
basic science he found in biochemistry.
Pursuing science through
observation and testing hypotheses was fascinating, he says.
His research involved gene mapping to help unravel the complexities of human genes.
As a mature student, Ho has
been challenged to balance student and family life.
In the classroom he was able
to relate well to other students,
but when it came to extra-curricular activities, Ho had only
one priority—his family. A four-
year-old boy and a 22-month-
old girl keep the couple very busy.
Even after 25 years of school
Ho remains committed to learning.
"The common point between
research and pharmacy is that
I'm constantly making progress,"
he says. "I'm in a lifelong learning process — it doesn't end with
my graduation."
Susan Stern photo
Michael Giligson and friends UBC Reports • May 20,1999 9
UBC Athletics photo
UBC's men's and women's swim teams, pictured above, capped their season by winning the
Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) national championships in February. The
teams finished well ahead of their nearest rivals in the pool, the University of Calgary (men)
and University of Toronto (women). Rookie Jessica Deglau was named CIAU Female
Swimmer of the Tear. Tom Johnson was named Coach of the Tear for the second straight
Athletic triumphs
mark banner year
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
UBC athletes were in the news
even before classes started last
Eight UBC swimmers, a field
hockey goalie and four coaches
were among those representing
Canada at the Commonwealth Games in
Kuala Lumpur. Swimmer Mark Versfeld provided one of the highlights ofthe Games by
setting  a  Commonwealth Games record
in the 200-metre backstroke on the way to
earning a gold medal.
The 1998/99 Canadian university season kicked off with the
Thunderbird women's field hockey
team winning UBC's 41 st national
championship. Coach Hash Kanjee
was selected Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU)
Coach of the Year after leading his
team of Canada West All-Stars and
Visionary diamond explorer one of
six UBC honorary degree recipients
A UBC alumnus and diamond
explorer whose vision will help
researchers take the kind of risks
that lead to scientific breakthroughs is one of six individuals who will be receiving honorary degrees from UBC this year
at Spring Congregation.
Stewart Blusson, who recently donated $50 million to
the university to promote basic
scientific research, completed
his undergraduate Science degree at UBC in 1960 and his
PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964. He spent
15 years with the Geological Survey of Canada leading regional
geological mapping and research
programs in the central Yukon
and parts of B.C.
In 1991, he and a partner
discovered one of the world's
largest diamond-bearing areas
north of Yellowknife. As president of Archon Minerals Ltd.,
Blusson continues to conduct
scientific explorations in Canada's Far North.
Honorary degree recipients
are recognized for their distinguished achievements and for
their contributions to UBC and
to Canada.
William H. Barton, UBC
alumnus and retired ambassador, has been a distinguished
Canadian diplomat for more
than 40 years. Internationally
recognized as an authority on
peace and security issues,
Barton was the ambassador and
permanent representative for
Canada to the United Nations.
He was president of the United
Nations Security Council in
1977/78 and is recognized as
building Canada's status in international diplomacy. A member of the Order of Canada,
Barton was first chair of the
Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security.
Shirley Chan, manager of
non-market housing for the City
of Vancouver, was appointed to
UBC's Board of Governors in 1992
and served as chair from 1995 to
1998. She holds a master's degree in environmental studies
from Toronto's York University
and has served as an environmental and community planner.
Chan has been a director of
VanCity Savings Credit Union
since 1987, serving as its chair
from 1993 to 1995 and is vice-
chair ofVanCity Enterprises. She
also serves on the President's Advisory Committee on developing
a downtown presence for UBC.
Peter C. Newman is one of
Canada's most prominent journalists. He served as editor-in-
chief at the Toronto Star before
taking the helm of Maclean's
magazine from 1971 to 1982, establishing it as Canada's first successful weekly newsmagazine.
A national and international
columnist, Newman has also
written 21 books on Canadian
politics and business. He is a
member of the Canadian News
Hall of Fame and is a companion
of the Order of Canada.
Kalman Roller was dean of
the Sopron Forestry School in
Sopron, Hungary when the Hungarian Revolution began in 1956.
He led many of his faculty and
students in an escape to Austria
and in 1957 helped almost 200
students and 20 faculty emigrate to Canada. They affiliated
with the UBC Faculty of Forestry
where Roller continued to serve
as dean of the school.
He obtained a -master's degree in Plant Genetics from UBC
and became a forest research
scientist at the Canadian Forest
Research Institute until his retirement in 1978.
Roller has been honoured with
the National Order of Professional
Merit from the Hungarian government and memberships in the
National Science Foundation and
the Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters.
Erich Vogt is one of Canada's
best-known nuclear physicists
and was founder and former director ofTRIUMF, the sub-atomic
physics laboratory based at UBC.
He has served the university as
a researcher, teacher and former
vice-president, Academic.
An  officer of the  Order of
Canada, Vogt has also been rec
ognized through election to the
Royal Society of Canada and the
Canadian Association of Physicists Medal of Achievement.
Vogt was the first chair of the
Science Council of B.C. and took
a lead role in developing Science
World, the Vancouver Institute
and the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
CIAU All-Canadians to a l-O victory over provincial rival the Uni-
veisityofVTctoriaVikes in the championship final.
The return of the 1997 Vanier
Cup champion UBC Thunderbird
football team was greatly anticipated. A record number of fans
watched the T-Birds fight to defend their title. Although the 'Birds
did not disappoint,
UBC finished the
season with a 7-3
record, having to
be satisfied with
the fact that the
team that beat
them in the semifinals was the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, who went
on to take the national crown.
But UBC won local bragging
rights with a victory over cross-
town rival SFU in the 21st annual Shrum Bowl.
The football team and university community lost head
coach Casey Smith to cancer
Nov. 24. The illness sidelined
Smith during the 1998 season
which the players dedicated to
him. The popular and respected
coach was given the Arthur W.
Delamont Award for Freshman
Spirit posthumously.
In mid-February, the
Thunderbird women's and men's
swim teams earned UBC's 42nd
and 43rd CIAU national championships successfully defending their national titles. National media characterized the
consecutive championships as
a "tidal wave."
The women amassed a total
of 10 gold, five silver and six
bronze medals. On the men's
side, the 'Birds came away with
10 gold, three silver and six
bronze medals.
Rookie Thunderbird Jessica
Deglau was named the CIAU
Female Swimmer of the Year
and head coach Tom Johnson
was named the CIAU Women's
and Men's Coach of the Year for
the second straight season.
In March, women's volleyball,
women's basketball and men's
basketball teams all advanced
to post-season play.
Finishing in fourth place in
Canada West, both the women's
and men's basketball teams
faced provincial rival the University of Victoria Vikes in the
Canada West semi-final. Unfortunately, the hoop 'Birds failed
to make it past the first round
where they were eliminated by
provincial rival the University of
For the first time in more than
two decades, the women's volleyball team hosted the Canada West
final. The team successfully defended its Canada West championship. The T-Birds fell short of
a national title when they were
defeated by four-time national
champion, the University of Alberta Pandas.
The 1998/99 season concluded with the 75th annual Big
Block Reunion and Awards Banquet which inducted 121 second-year athletes.
Two student athletes were
recognized for their outstanding contribution to UBC. The
Thunderbird Athletes ofthe Year
were Joanne Ross from women's volleyball and Mike Dalziel
from men's volleyball. 10 UBC Reports   May 20,1999
Sunday, June 6, 1pm
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Art Preview: May 15 - June 5, 2735 Granville, HSBC
Information Si catalogue: PID Society, 684-5704
The Early Years:
Supporting Families & Young Children
January 27-29, 2000
Sponsored by:
British Columbia Association of Infant Development, and
Interprofessional Continuing Education,
The Universiry of British Columbia
Coast Plaza at Stanley Park,
1733 Comox Street,
Vancouver, BC
As we move into the new millennium there has been a call for promoting healthy families who
nurture and encourage their children's emotional and intellectual development. Research
demonstrates the importance of early support and health communities on childrens' development.
Public Health, Infant Development Programs, and Early Childhood Educators, are now joined by a
range of new initiatives. These include CAP-C, Building Blocks, and Aboriginal Head Start. From our
Canadian perspective we will look at how much we know about the impact these programs have on
later outcomes. What works and what doesn't?
For more information contact:
Elaine Liau, Ph: (604) 822-4965, fax: (604)822-4835,
e-maih eiaineQcehs.ubc.ca
r\     16th International Seating Symposium
'^SQ^ February 24-26, 2000
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, BC
This international symposium addresses current and future developments in
the areas of seating, positioning and mobility. Topic Areas include service
delivery, product development, research and evaluation. The format for the
symposium will include plenary, instructional and paper sessions. Extensive
opportunities are provided for networking with colleagues.
For conference information, contact:
Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, UBC
Room 105 - 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Tel: (604) 822^965, Fax: (604) 822-4835 E-mail: elaine@cehs.ubc.ca
ATTENTION Aboriginal Women of All Nations!
The 4th BC Conference on Aboriginal Women & Wellness
January 8-11, 2000 Vancouver, British Columbia
TYPES OF PRESENTATIONS: the legacies we leave our
children from past, present and future perspectives; the presentation should be in the following areas: ways of birthing, health
promotion, language, storytelling, governance, cultural and
■■ (--    political movements, oral traditions, and spirituality.
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accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university
members who visit throughout
the year. Close to UBC and other
Vancouver attractions, a tasteful
representation of our city and of
UBC. 4103 W. 10th Ave.,
Vancouver, BC. V6R 2H2. Call or
fax 222-4104.       _   _
accommodation in Point Grey
area. Min. to UBC. On main bus
routes, Close to shops and
restaurants. Includes TV, tea and
coffee making, private phone/
fridge. Weekly rates available.
Call 222-3461. Fax: 222-9279.	
Five suites available for
academic visitors to UBC only.
Guests dine with residents and
enjoy college life. Daily rate $54
plus $ 14/day for meals Sun-Thurs.
Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
BAMBURY   LANE      Bed   and
breakfast. View of beautiful B.C.
mountains, Burrard inlet and city.
Clean, comfortable. Use of living
room, dining room, and kitchen.
Min.toUBC.shopsandcity. Daily,
weekly and winter rates. Call or
fax 224-6914.	
one BRguest suites with equipped
kitchen, TV and telephone.
Centrally located near SUB,
aquatic centre and transit. Ideal
for visiting lecturers, colleagues
and families. 1999 rates $85-$ 121
per night. Call 822-1010.
6th. Heritage house.antiques, wood
floors, original stained glass. 10 min.
to UBC and downtown. Two blocks
fromrestaurants.buses. Scrumptious
full breakfasts. Entertaining cats.
Views. Phones in rooms. E-mail:
farthing@uniserve.com or call 739-
Walk to UBC along the ocean.
Quiet exclusive neighborhood.
Near buses and restaurants.
Comfortable rooms with TV and
private bath. Full breakfast.
Reasonable rates. Non-smokers
only please. Call 341-4975.
CAMILLA   HOUSE   Bed   and
Breakfast. Best accommodation
on main bus routes. Includes
television, private phone and
bathroom. Weekly reduced
rates. Call 737-2687. Fax 737-2586.
ROOMS Private rooms, located
on campus, available for visitors
attending UBC on academic
business. Private bathroom,
double beds, telephone,
television, fridge, and meals five
days per week. Competitive
rates. Call for information and
availability 822-8788.
ALMA BEACH B&B Beautiful,
immaculate, bright rooms with
ensuite in elegant, spacious
home. Two blocks to Jericho
Beach/Vancouver Yacht Club.
Gourmet breakfast. Central
location to downtown/UBC. N/S.
Call 221-1950.
18th Ave. Visitors and students of
UBC are most welcome. 15 min.
to UBC or downtown by bus.
Close to restaurants and shops.
Daily rates form $50 to $100.
Please call and check it out at
FRANCE Paris central. One BR
close to Paris, one house -
Provence, fully furnished. Call
house. Avail. July 31 '99-Jan. 2
'00. East Vancouver. 10 min.
downtown and 30 min. UBC. BR,
guest room and study. Gardener,
cleaning lady inc. N/P. N/S. $ 1250
plus util. E-mail: sdavis@sfu.ca or
call home 255-7033; office 291-
Warm hospitality awaits you at this
centrally located view home. Large
rooms with private baths, TV,
phones, tea/coffee, fridge. Full
breakfast, close to UBC, downtown,
and bus routes. 3466 W. 15th Ave.
Call 737-2526 or fax 727-2750.
CLOSE TO UBC (3825 W. 19th)
Upper floor of a pleasant,
furnished house with two BR, large
kitchen/L/R. Avail. July '99-'00.
Util./cable inc., N/S, N/P. E-mail:
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renting by day/week/mo.
Pastoral setting close to city
conveniences. Ocean walks and
views. Five BR.fenced backyard.
Avail, all seasons. E-mail:
Fully furnished one BR Q. size bed
SE corner at English Bay. 15 min.
to UBC. Fully equipped kitchen,
mail. Q.-size hide-a-bed in L/R.
Popular West end. E-mail:
dandrew@direct.ca, call 682-
2105 or fax 682-2153.
Located on 17 acres of inlet
waterfront, one mile from village
of Tofino. 10 min. walk to ocean
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island. Dogs welcome. Large
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wood stove, verandah. Self-
contained garden cottage for
two to six people. E-mail:
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preferred. From 8am-4pm
possible construction outside
building. $1000/mo. Avail. June
1-Sept. 30. Call 682-4689.
COACH HOUSE Brand new avail.
July 1. Professional interior design.
Two BR, two bath. Lots of extras.
$2000/mo. Call 737-0517.
bath in two BR apartment
(shared). Located near
Patterson/Joyce skytrain station.
Female N/S preferred. Call 822-
FURNISHED 4+ BR heritage home
close to UBC for rent June 26-
Aug. 1. $2300/mo. Professional
requested with ref. Antiques, hot
tub, trampoline, pond with
fountain, and parking. Call 263-
CASA MORA furnished, fully-
equipped short-stay suites in West
Point Grey, near UBC gates,
Pacific Spirit Park, beaches, W.
10th shopping and recreation.
Two blocks to cross-town express/
downtown buses. One BR
garden or open-space upper loft
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Mexican hammocks, hot tub,
beautiful garden. E-mail: http://
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one three BR avail, for July. Each
has full bath, sundeck; shared
laundry and garden; near bus,
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$1200/mo. pat.mirenda@ubc.ca
couple with space to share?
Woman in her 50's with a mild
disability looking for long-term
accommodation in Point Grey
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sitting room with private bath.
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couple ideal. Enjoys kids, pets.
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help with meal preparation and
housekeeping, but adjusts easily
to family's routines. Will pay up to
$600/mo. rent and $130/mo.
food. If interested, call Andrea
(four to five weeks - end of July
through August) wishes to rent
child-friendly three BR home West
side of Vancouver or West
Vancouver. Price negotiable.
Call 228-9701. 	
Professional couple with children
moving to Vancouver July 1.
Looking for four-five BR near UBC.
N/S. Short or long-term rental.
Please call Linda Yuen, Office of
the VP Students, UBC 822-3955.
House Sitters
ref.). Loves plants and animals.
Avail. June 15-July 1 or 7 '99. Ref.
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noon, June 1 UBC Reports • May 20,1999 11
Phone 822-5769 for more information.
Centre for India and South
Asia Research
The Institute of Asian Research is seeking applications from
within the university for the post of director of the Centre for
India and South Asia Research. Applicants should hold
academic appointments at UBC and have demonstrated commitment to research on India and/or South Asia. The successful applicant will be expected to take up the appointment
on July 1,1999.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop research programs focusing on India and/or South Asia, seek
funding from external donors for the programs of the centre,
organize conferences and seminars on the centre's research
interests and projects, administer the budget of the centre,
and chair the centre's management committee. The centre
director will be expected to collaborate with the director of
the Institute of Asian Research in developing inter-centre and
interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives. The centre director will also serve on the council of the institute.
Issues regarding teaching relief, honorarium and/or other
aspects of compensation will be subject to negotiation with
the director of the Institute of Asian Research.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply.
The appointment will be for a fixed term of three to five years.
The deadline for applications is June 15, 1999. Applicants
should send a letter describing their interest in the position,
a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three
references to:
Pitman B. Potter, Director
Institute of Asian Research
CK. Choi Building, Room 251
1855 West Mall, UBC
V6T 1Z2
Six days,
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to cheer
Wednesday, May 26
■ 8:30 a.m. Science [Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology
and Therapeutics (BSc only).
Biopsychology, Microbiology &
Immunology, Integrated Sciences]. PhD, MSc, BSc
■ 11 a.m. Science (Astronomy,
Atmospheric Science, Chemistry, Climatology, EarthScience,
Environmental Sciences, Fisheries Oceanography, Geological Sciences, Geomorphology,
Geophysics, Geophysics /Astronomy, Hydrology / Soil,
Oceanography, Physical Geography, Physics; General Science withconcentrations inany
ofthe above). PhD, MSc, BSc,
Diploma in Meteorology. Honorary Degree Recipient: Erich
■ 2 p.m. Science (Biology Options: CellBiology, Cell/Genetics Biology, Genetics, General
Biology). PhD, MSc, BSc
■ 4:30 p.m. Science [Botany,
Zoology (MSc/PhD), Freshwater Science, Biology Options:
Aquacultural Science, Animal,
Conservation, Ecology, Marine
Biology, Plant; General Science
(Life Science or concentrations
in any ofthe above); Nutritional
Sciences]. PhD, MSc, BSc
Thursday, May 27
■ 8:30 a.m. Science [Applied
Mathematics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Statistics; General Science (with Mathematical, Computer Science or Statistics concentrations)]. PhD,
MSc, BSc. Honorary Degree
Recipient: Stewart Blusson
■ 11 a.m. Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences. PhD,
PharmD, MSc, DMD, BDSc,
BSc (Pharm), Diploma in Periodontics
■ 2 p.m. Human Kinetics. PhD,
■ 4:30 p.m. Education.  PhD,
UBC Archives photo
The first Congregation procession held on the present day
UBC campus leaves Main Library in 1927. UBC's first
degrees were conferred in 1916 when the university was
located in Fairview on the current site of the Vancouver
General Hospital.
EdD, MA, MEd, BEd (Elementary Program), BEd(Middle
Years). BEd (Secondary Program). Diplomas in Education
Friday, May 28
■ 8:30 a.m. Applied Science
(Bio-Resource, Chemical, Electrical, Fire Protection, Metals
and Materials Engineering and
Engineering Physics). PhD,
MASc, MEng, MSc, BASc
■ 11 a.m. Applied Science (Civil
Geological, Mechanical, Mining
and Mineral Processing Engineering). PhD, MASc, MEng,
■ 2 p.m. Architecture, Community and Regional Planning,
Law. PhD, LLM, MASA MArch,
MA (Planning), MSc (Planning),
■ 8 p.m. Baccalaureate Concert
Monday, May 31
■ 8:30 a.m. Audiology and
SpeechSciences, Biochemistry
(PhDs & MScs only), Genetics,
Medicine, Neuroscience, Physiology (PhDs and MScs only),
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (PhDs & MScs only) Rehabilitation Sciences. PhD, MHA,
MHSc, MSc, MD, MD/PhD,
■ 11 a.m. Agricultural Sciences,
Family andNutritionalSciences,
Interdisciplinary Studies, Landscape Architecture, Occupational Hygiene, Resource Man-
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Alan Donald, Ph.D.
Biostatistical Consultant
Medicine, dentistry, biosciences, aquaculture
101-5805 Balsam Street, Vancouver, V6M 4B9
264 -9918 donald@portal.ca
agement and Environmental
Studies. PhD, MA, MLA, MSc,
BHE, BLA, BSc (Agr), BSc
(Dietet). Honorary Degree Recipient: Shirley Chan
■ 2 p.m. Commerce & Business
Administration (BCom: Accounting, Commerce & Economics, Finance, General Business
Management, International
Business Management). BCom
■ 4:30 p.m. Commerce and Business Administration (Graduate
Programs, and BCom: Industrial
Relations Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, TmnsportationandLogis-
tks, Urbcuu\andEconomics). PhD,
Diploma in Urban Land Economics
Tuesday, June 1
■ 8:30 a.m. Arts (Psychology).
■ 11 a.m. Arts (Asian Area Studies, Asian Studies, Chinese,
Canadian Studies. Classical
Studies, Classics, Comparative
Literature, Economics, Greek,
Japanese, Latin, ReligionSt. Literature, Religious Studies,
South Asian Languages, Women's Studies), Social Work, PhD,
MA, MSW, BA, BSW. Honorary Degree Recipient: Peter
■ 2 p.m. Arts (ArtHistory, Creative
Writing, Film, Fine Arts, Music,
Theatre), Fine Arts, Music PhD,
BFA BMus, Diplomas - Applied
Creative Non-Fiction, Film Studies and Art History
■ 4:30 p.m. Arts (English Environmental Studies, Family Science, French). PhD, MA BA,
Diploma in French Translation
Wednesday, June 2
■ 8:30 a.m. Arts [General BA
Program, Geography, German,
History). PhD, MA, BA
■ 11 a.m. Arts (International Relations, Linguistics, Mathematics, Medieval Studies, Modem
European Studies, Philosophy,
Political Science, Speech Sciences), Library, Archival & Information Studies. PhD, MA,
MAS, MLIS, BA Diploma in
Applied Linguistics. Honorary
Degree Recipient: William
■ 2 p.m. Arts (Anthropology Italian, Italian Studies, Latin
American Studies, Romance
Languages/ Studies, Sociology, Spanish). PhD, MA, BA
■ 4:30 p.m. Forestry, Nursing.
PhD. MASc, MF, MSc, MSN,
BSF, BSN, BSc (Forestry), BSc
(Natural Resource Conservation), BSc (Wood Products).
Diploma in Forestry (Advanced Silviculture). Honorary Degree Recipient: Kalman
Roller 12 UBC Reports • May 20, 1999
Five faculty, staff stand
out for service award
Two faculty and three staff members
are receiving the President's Service Award
for Excellence for their outstanding contributions to UBC and campus life.
The recipients will be honoured with a
gold medal and $5,000 to be presented
during the Spring Congregation ceremonies.
Isabel da Silva came to the School of
Music in 1974 and has served as executive
assistant to four directors. Widely regarded
as the greatest administrative resource in
the school's history, da Silva is known as
a kind and caring person with a talent for
solving problems and averting crises with
students, faculty and staff.
Her warm and instant rapport has
helped to establish a strong line of communication with the music community,
the school system and the public at large.
Prof. Stanley Hamilton, acting dean,
Commerce and Business Administration,
has helped develop a wide range of programs in the Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration during his 30
years at UBC.
His involvement in the B.C. business
community as well as his contacts have
resulted in fund-raising opportunities that
have benefited students and faculty. Hamilton has devoted thousands of volunteer
hours to the management of the UBC
Faculty Pension Plan, which he has
chaired since 1990.
Anthony Leugner joined UBC in 1967
and is regarded as an electronics expert
and troubleshooter who resolves high-
tech problems with few resources.
Responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of the computers in
the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dept., Leugner has an extraordinary ability to identify inventive solutions to technical problems on everything from personal computer upgrades to the design
and fabrication of complex circuits.
His talent has earned him the nickname "renaissance technician" from the
people with whom he works.
Beryl Morphet began her UBC career
as a secretary in the Germanic Studies
Dept. in 1966. For the past 13 years,
Morphet has been keeping the History
Dept. running smoothly.
As administrative assistant, Morphet
supervises a staff of four while taking
care of business for 30 faculty and dozens
of sessional lecturers, post-doctoral fellows, teaching assistants, graduate and
honour students. She also assists some
3,000 students who enrol in History
courses every year. Morphet is a United
Way volunteer and chairs the safety committee in the Buchanan Building.
Anatomy Prof. William Webber has
served the university for close to 40
years, including serving as dean of Medicine, associate vice-president, Academic,
and co-ordinator of Health Sciences.
Webber has also been president and
treasurer of the Faculty Association as
well as a member of Senate and the
Board of Governors.
As chair of the University Athletic
Council, he encouraged intramural sports
in the Faculty of Medicine.
Province's top
students choose UBC
Eight of the 15 B.C. high school
graduates who earned 1998 Premier's
Excellence Awards have chosen to
study at UBC in September.
Established in 1986, the award recognizes a student in each of the province's college regions based on academic excellence and community and
school service. It includes a medal and
a $5,000 scholarship to attend a B.C.
university, college or institute.
Solveig Adair is graduating from
Caledonia Senior Secondary in Terrace.
Adair has enrolled in Science with a
goal of becoming an ecologist/botanist.
Among her other awards are UBC's
President's Entrance and Outstanding
Student Initiative Scholarships.
Gina Chong is graduating from J.
Lloyd Crowe Secondary School in Trail.
Chong will study science on her way to
a career in optometry. She has also
earned UBC's Avenor Inc. Major Entrance Scholarship and the Governor
General's Bronze Medallion as well as
other awards and scholarships.
Darren Haines is a Terry Fox Secondary School graduate. The Port
Coquitlam native, who will study science, wants to work in the field of
artificial intelligence. He has also
earned a UBC Outstanding Student
Initiative Award and the President's
Entrance Scholarship.
Deanne Malinsky is graduating
from Kelowna's Mount Boucherie Secondary. Although enrolled in Science,
she will also study languages. Malinsky
has earned UBC's Outstanding Student Initiative Scholarship, the Charles
and Jane Bank UBC Entrance Scholarship and other awards.
Alicia Miller of North Vancouver's
Sutherland Secondary School has enrolled in Arts with a goal of writing from
a background of social or counselling
psychology. Miller has earned UBC's
Chancellor's Entrance Scholarship and
a Governor General's Academic Medal
among other honours.
Jennifer Mills has completed Grade
12 at Correlieu Secondary School in
Quesnel and will study science in hopes
of specializing in plastic surgery. She
has also earned UBC's Outstanding
Student Initiative Scholarship and local scholarships from her hometown.
Hilary Quinn, from Sardis Secondary School, will study science. She
hopes to "become a doctor and work in
countries which are in desperate need
of medical aid." She has also won a
UBC Outstanding Student Initiative
Scholarship and the Norman
MacKenzie Entrance Scholarship.
Titus Wong is graduating from Vancouver Technical Secondary School. He
will study science with hopes of entering
medicine and specializing in cardiology.
Amonghisother honours are UBC's Chancellor's Major Entrance Scholarship and
the Lister Alumni Award.
Two winners from last year who
deferred awards have also elected to
study at UBC.
Leslie Dampler, the 1997 award
winner from South Peace Secondary
School in Dawson Creek, has registered in Agricultural Sciences.
Dampier earned UBC's Outstanding
Student Initiative Scholarship and
other honours.
Damien Gillis, a graduate of
Campbell River's Carihi Secondary
School, is enrolled in the Arts One
program and wants to pursue a music
writing career. Among his other awards
are UBC's Chancellor's Entrance Scholarship and the Governor General's Academic Medal.
Susan Stem photo
Recipients of the President's Service Awards for Excellence seen here on
the steps of the Rose Garden are (from bottom) Beryl Morphet, Isabel da
Silva, Anthony Leugner, William Webber and Stan Hamilton.
Wood industry snaps up
new program's grads
by Bruce Mason
Staff writer
Companies are clamouring to hire the
first graduates ofthe Bachelor of Science
in Wood Products Processing Degree Program.
Some graduates are choosing between
jobs around the world. Others are considering becoming private consultants.
The 10 students, who graduate at
Spring Congregation, have the skills to
become innovative managers as well as
specialists in wood engineering and
In the meantime companies are lining
up with proposals for co-operative education programs for future graduates.
"We have placed our students in work-
study programs in B.C., across Canada,
in the United States, Japan and Germany," says Christine Forget, co-op education co-ordinator for the program.
They are gaining first-hand experience
in everything from quality control of sawmill chips to fine furniture finishing,
researching resins and foreign technology, as well as conducting marketing
and product development."
One student studied defects in 11,000
pieces of wood and made recommendations which saved the company $60,000
a year, says Forget.
The degree program is an initiative of
the Faculty of Forestry and is linked to
the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). Eighty-five students are currently enrolled.
CAWP not only develops highly skilled
industry professionals, it also provides
workshops, seminars and training in
advanced manufacturing to transfer the
latest technology to industry.
As well, it conducts industry supported
applied research projects and provides
consulting services, technical support and
customized training programs.
The centre is the result of an initiative
of the wood products industry in the
early '90s to create an education system
dedicated to filling a training void in
Technology, environmental concerns
and globalization brought the industry
to a crossroads," says Tom Maness, director of CAWP. "Future prosperity depends increasingly on knowledge, new
technologies, and a highly skilled
workforce which is prepared to innovate
on an international scale."
UBC was chosen as Canada's national education, research and service
centre dedicated to wood products manufacturing in 1994.
Housed in the university's new $47.5-
million Forest Sciences Centre, CAWP
contains a state-of-the-art secondary
manufacturing pilot plant and complete
industry education centre.
Where are they now?
.More than 180.000 students have
graduated from UBC since it opened its
doors in 1915. According to the Alumni
Association's 1999 figures, most alumni
continue to live and work in B.C. and
B.C.  107.000
Ontario 7,400
Alberta 4.300
Rest of Canada 3.400
UBC graduates are also living in:
Africa and the Middle East  390
Asia  1.500
Australia/New Zealand 400
Caribbean 105
Europe 1.100
South and Central America ... 160
South Pacific 550
USA 5.350


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