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UBC Reports May 18, 1995

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Array C  O  N  G   R  E  G  ATI  ON    ISSUE
Graduates span generations
Sense of accomplishment links
students from various disciplines
schedule: How the
days will unfold
Teaching prizes
recognize those who
inspire and encourage
Many professots
emeritii remain
actively involved with
the university
Ten distinguished
individuals receive
honorary degrees
during spring
A look at some of
UBC's graduates
UBC's year In review
The Faculty of Law
celebrates 50 years
by Gavin Wilson
and Abe Hefter
Hats Off
John Chong photo
Graduates Marilyn Dahl and Ryan Hung tip their mortarboards
as they prepare to graduate during spring Congregation
ceremonies held May 30 through June 2 at War Memorial
Gymnasium. Dahl, 64, is graduating with a Doctor of
Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies, while Hung, 17, will
receive a Bachelor of Science. Dahl and Hung are seen here
in the new Rose Garden at the north end of Main Mall.
Staff writers
Ryan Hung, 17, and Marilyn
Dahl, 64, may be at opposite
ends of the age spectrum, but
they are sharing one of life's
most rewarding moments.
Both are among the students
who will graduate from UBC
during spring Congregation ceremonies held May 30 through
June 2 at War Memorial Gymnasium.
Nearly 5,000 academic degrees will be conferred in eight
separate ceremonies at9:30 a.m.
and 2:30 p.m. each day.
Most kids Hung's age — he
turned 17 in April — would
soon be completing Grade 11
and lining up a summer job,
perhaps flipping burgers or
planting trees.
Not Ryan. He is preparing to
enter medical school after receiving a Bachelor of Science at
spring Congregation. And yes,
he has a summer job — in a
research lab at B.C.'s Children's
Hospital studying apoptosis, or
programmed cell death.
Hung is believed to be the
youngest student to graduate
from UBC. Although records
from the university's early years
are difficult to access, UBC has
until recently refused admission
to students under 16.
"Ryan was just a kid when he
first arrived here, but he has
matured a great deal. He's an
exceptional individual," said Jim
Carolan, aphysics professorwho
acted as his adviser.
Hung says his age has never
been a barrier for him.
Articulate and confident, he
had no trouble holding his own
in classroom discussions and
always felt he belonged with the
older students.
"I didn't find it hard to socialize," Hung said, pointing out that
he arrived at UBC with friends
who were also high school gradu -
ates, if five years older.
"I had been mixing with older
students for some time, although
it was hard to relate to some of
their life situations," he admitted.
Hung was just 12 years old
when he and his parents arrived
at the Dean of Science's office to
seek special permission to attend UBC.
He was a graduate of David
Thompson Senior Secondary, an
Eastside school with a math and
science program that attracts
top students from across the
city. After completing every science course available, he did the
Advanced Placement program,
which gave him the equivalent of
first-year university math and
Hung enrolled at UBC in the
summer of 1991, when he was
barely 13. He has now completed
a combined honours physics/
chemistry degree program, reputed to be one of UBC's toughest undergraduate programs,
with first-class grades.
"That's a brutal program for
anyone," said Carolan. "It in-
Education lays a strong foundation
Turn on any news broadcast or peruse an
editorial page and there is a good chance you'll
come across advice or information on how to
keep current in our fast-paced society. True,
the world is changing rapidly but it would be
a stretch to say this process is happening
faster than ever before.
As an undergraduate, I studied physics
and geology and went on to complete a
doctorate in geophysics. Yet, within 10 years
of graduation, I found myself deeply immersed
in the entirely new field of planetary geology.
Being a part of an evolving new discipline
drove home the point that no one discipline
has all the answers and that knowledge is in
a perpetual state of change.
Issues facing the world today and the
opportunities open to graduates are
unpredictable and often do not relate to the
specialized skills acquired at university.
A few years ago, I was invited to a luncheon
attended by a number of Canadian members
of Parliament. At the reception beforehand, I
canvassed about six of the MPs, asking them
if their university preparation was appropriate
for their chosen career. Academic backgrounds
ran the gamut from psychology, English,
engineering and medicine. One after another,
each MP took turns expounding on how their
education provided them with the perfect
combination of analytical, communication and
critical thinking skills necessary for an MP's
position. While not everyone aspires to be an
MP, the question facing many graduates today
is: How can we use skills acquired at UBC to
move into a chosen career path?
People tend to make distinctions between
basic and applied sciences or social sciences
and humanities. The fact that scholars can
move back and forth between these areas, and
that each can inform the other, renders such
distinctions artificial. The same holds true
beyond university. Boundaries between fields
are coming down. As long as incoming students
and outgoing graduates realize that knowledge
cannot be compartmentalized, that it is always
changing, the opportunities awaiting outside
the university gates are limitless.
Best wishes and good luck to all 1995
Tuum Est.    	
David Strangway, President 2 UBC Reports • May 18,1995
Grad services meet under one roof
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student
Society (GSS) now offer UBC
graduate students one-stop
After calling the General Services Administration Building
(GSAB) home for 25 years, the
Faculty of Graduate Studies relocated to the Graduate Student
Centre in February, a move of
logistical and symbolic significance.
"Our relationship with the
GSS has been a good one," said
Dean John Grace. "Being in the
same building enables us to work
on joint initiatives and deal with
issues in a more efficient manner.
"At the same time, people who
visit the GSS will discover the
Facultyof Graduate Studies, and
vice-versa. That's going to be
The move to the Graduate
Student Centre has also resulted
in better facilities for the faculty.
The faculty now has two first-
rate oral examination rooms at
its disposal, with a meeting room
that can be used as a third. The
GSAB offered only one proper
one. In addition, the faculty's
computer links with the rest of
campus have been improved
through the establishment of a
local area network.
Just down the road from the
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volves an incredible number of
hours and many labs. We discourage all but our top students
from attempting it."
Hung is also an accomplished
pianist. At the age of 14 he completed the requirements for an
associateship in piano performer
diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in
just six weeks, an achievement
his teacher said he had not seen
in 40 years of teaching.
"I like to memorize things, so
I like to play Bach fugues," he
said. "They tend to be complicated pieces. I enjoy the challenge of playing them, and they
sound pretty nice, too."
Hung's next major challenge
will be medical school. Never one
to do things the easy way, he
wants to combine the standard
MD program with a PhD in research.
Such a combined program
"enables one to integrate clinical
and research work," Hung said.
"I don't want to forget my background in the fundamental sciences, but research lacks the
human interaction that medical
school provides."
• • • •
Like most graduating students who have successfully
completed the rigours of a final
PhD oral examination, Marilyn
Dahl, wants to, in her words, "go
out and play."
However, Dahl isn't like most
graduating students.
After receiving a BSc in Nursing at UBC in 1979 and an MA in
Communications at Simon
Fraser University in 1987, Dahl
returned to UBC to obtain her
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies. Now, at age
64, Dahl, who is profoundly hard
of hearing, plans to continue her
research on the psycho-social
aspects of the hard of hearing
and the late deafened.
But first, she wants to take
some time to relax.
"I'm sure anyone who has
written a PhD thesis will tell you
how intensive the procedure becomes," said Dahl. "I feel good to
have successfully completed my
oral examination, but I suspect
I'll feel even better as the days go
Dahl's thesis is titled: Twice
Imprisoned: Loss of Hearing,
Loss of Power in Federal Prisoners in British Columbia. The
study provided, for the first time,
an examination of the prevalence and social impact of hearing loss in federal prisoners in
the Pacific Region ofthe Correctional Service of Canada.
Study recommendations include routine audiometric hearing screening of all prisoners at
the time of incarceration, education of custodians to understand
behaviours and communication
needs of persons with impaired
hearing, and a co-operative effort on the part of professionals,
consumer groups and correctional services to recognize and
deal with the issue.
During her oral examination,
Dahl used the services of a court
reporter to transcribe examination committee questions and
her answers, which were projected on screen behind her. This
was a first for UBC, according to
Electrical Engineering Prof.
Charles Laszlo, director of the
Institute for Hearing Accessibility Research at UBC and chair of
Dahl's supervisory committee.
"To work with this disability
on a project that requires continuous interaction with people
is a very difficult undertaking,"
said Laszlo.
"Marilyn organized all the field
work herself, negotiated with the
prison officials, and conducted
the interviews. The effort required
to do this is just stupendous."
Laszlo said examiners applied
such terms as "ground-breaking," "courageous" and "very significant" to Dahl's research.
"Marilyn made some excellent recommendations that can
have significant impact on how
hard of hearing prisoners are
treated. The ideas and methodology may have implications to
other situations as well."
A holder of the Order of B.C.
for her work with the hard of
hearing, Dahl lost half her hearing suddenly at age 21, a condition which has progressed and
left her with very little hearing.
She feels attitudes toward the
hearing impaired and accessibility have improved a great deal
during the last 10 years and
continue to improve as a result
of initiatives like the Disability
Resource Centre and the Institute for Hearing Accessibility
"UBC is a leader in this area.
I hope to be able to make my
contribution in the areas of social policy and health care," she
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Student Day (K-12) on Oct. 13
Grand Opening of Student Recreation Centre
Daily entertainment on outdoor stages
Strolling street entertainers
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Numerous displays and exhibitions
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College on NW Marine Dr., a
centre for advanced interdisciplinary scholarship at UBC.
Green College is home to a community of scholars who blend
social and intellectual life
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building, while freeing up the
GSAB for administrative units."
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h Teaching Prize recipients
challenge and inspire students
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Alexander Goumeniouk, a clinical assistant professor in
the medical school, has received a standing ovation even
before he's started lecturing.
Anthropology Prof. Julia Cruikshank created an ethnographic field school with the Stoilo First Nation in the Fraser
Clare Daem, a senior instructor in the School of Family
and Nutritional Sciences, gives her students reference materials that are so valuable and extensive they still refer to them
years later.
These outstanding teachers
are among 24 faculty members
receiving University Teaching
Prizes for 1995. The prizes recognize the fundamental importance of teaching at the university and are presented during
spring Congregation ceremonies.
Although their disciplines are
very different, ranging from dentistry to Mexican history and
business management, these
faculty members share a gift for
communicating and a dedication to learning that rise above
the ordinary.
Teaching prize winners pro
vide inspiration, encourage creativity and develop critical
thought. They might challenge
the perceptions of their students,
but they are always ready to
listen, offer advice and answer
Recipients are selected by
their faculties and receive $5,000
from endowment sources.
This year's outstanding teachers are:
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences: Clare Daem, School of
Family and Nutritional Sciences
Faculty of Applied Science:
Sheldon Green,  Dept. of Me
chanical Engineering; Carol
Jillings. School of Nursing
Faculty of Arts: Steven
Taubeneck. Dept. of Germanic
Studies; Kieran Kealy, Dept. of
English; William French, Dept.
of History; Julia Cruikshank,
Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology; Kenneth Bryant, Dept. of
Asian Studies
Faculty of Commerce and
Business Administration: Derek
Atkins, Management Science
Division (CGA Master Teacher
Award for graduate education);
David McPhillips. Industrial Relations Management Division
(Arne Olsen Master Teacher
Award for undergraduate education). The: faculty also presented Commerce Alumni Talking Stick Awards for excellence
in teaching to Ronald
Giammarino, Kenneth
MacCrimmon and David
Faculty of Dentistry: Dr.
Rosamund Harrison, Dept. of
Clinical  Dental Sciences;  Dr.
Joanne Walton, Dept. of Clinical Dental Sciences
Faculty of Education: Carl
Leggo. Dept. of Language Education: Kjell Rubenson. Dept. of
Education Studies and director.
Centre for Policy Studies in Education
Faculty of Forestry: Glen
Young, Dept. of Forest Resources
Faculty of Graduate Studies:
Anthony Dorcey, Westwater Research Centre
Faculty of Law: Joseph Smith
Faculty of Medicine: John
Gilbert, School of Audiology and
Speech Sciences; Dr. Ray Baker,
Dept. of Family Practice; Dr. Alexander (Dooley) Goumeniouk,
Dept. of Pharmacology and
Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences: Marion Pearson
Faculty of Science: James
Carolan, Dept. of Physics; Jean
Meloche, Dept. of Statistics;
Dana Zendrowski, Dept. of
DanaZendrowski says she's
lucky to be "blessed with a good
She certainly needs it. As
laboratory director for Chemistry 230 (Organic Chemistry),
Zendrowski was responsible for
more than 850 undergraduates
toll different labs this year.
And she makes a point of learning their names.
"It's very important to the
students that I know their
names, so I make a real effort to
do that. I try to spend time with
each student and treat each
one as an individual," she says.
That personal touch has
helped make Zendrowski orte
of the most outstanding and
well-regarded teachers in the
Faculty of Science.
Students In other (acuities
know her well, too. Organic
Chemistry is also a prerequisite course for admission to the
{acuities of Dentistry, Medicine
and Pharmaceutical Sciences:.,
Aided by a team of 30 teaching assistants, Zendrowski
teaches practical, hands-on
laboratory skills and problem-
solving strategies that go far
beyond what she calls "cook'
book-style chemistry."
It's important that students
are forced to think about what
they're doing and use the reasoning anddeducuVe processes
that underlie scientific research, she says.
One of the most important
attributes of a good teacher is
being open and honest,
Zendrowski adds.
"You have to have a good
senseof humour, too" she says.
"Learning should be fun."
Teaching a course in Urdu
court poetry, Kenneth Bryant
took one look at his students
and decided that he had to give
them more than just the standard curriculum;
"It's a very patriarchal poetry and I had a class that was
predominantly women," the associate professor of Asian Studies explains. "It seemed even
more ridiculous than usual to
confine the course to traditional male poets."
So Bryant added works by
feminist Pakistani poets ofthe
1980s to the reading list and
asked his students to look for
relationships between the two,
and how the contemporary text
parodied and subverted the traditional verse.
It's not the first time that
Bryant has added a twist to the
curriculum. He has a reputation for making his courses
more relevant to students.
To deepen their understanding of Urdu poetry, Bryant had
his students write their own
poetry In the traditional forms
and then read aloud to their
"It was partially.Just a fun
thing to do, but largely I did it
because I felt they would understand it better ifthey looked
at it from the writers" point of
view," he says. "Traditional
verse was meant to be a performance medium, to be recited aloud in a group, not read
silently from a page."
Bryant has also shown his
students a made-for-Indian-TV
drama about a 19th century
Mogul poet and then had them
study the poems used as songs
in the program.
He was also part of a faculty
team that first introduced non-
Western content to the curriculum of the Arts One program.
Mortarboard sales soar as graduates
snap up the traditional flat hat
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC grads won't have to
pass the hat around
This year, for the first
time, the graduating class
can keep the mortarboards
they wear during Congregation ceremonies as souvenirs.
Until now. mortarboards
were part of the gown and
hood rental and had to be
returned so that future
generations of students
could wear them
There is now
a small fee for
keeping the
caps, $7.98
with taxes,
but that
stopped grads
from ordering them in large
'They're going over like
hotcakes." said Sharon
Walker, UBC Bookstore
warehouse manager. "I'd say
80 per cent of the grads are
ordering them."
brought in
3.400 souve-
inir mortarboards for Congregation '95, but now
has ordered another
3,000 to meet the demand.
The new caps also mark the
end of the UBC tradition that
only female graduates can
wear mortarboards, a fact that
always disappointed many
male grads.
"A lot of the guys really
wanted to wear the hats,"
Walker said. "Now everybody
is treated the same."
The old mortarboards will
be sold to "whoever wants
them," said Walker, who
expects that some ofthe
colleges and schools
throughout B.C. that now
rent gowns from the UBC
Bookstore may be potential
The new caps aren't as
substantial, or as pricey, as
the old mortarboards.
Made of cloth-covered
cardboard, one size fits all.
UBC Reports ■ May 18, 1995 3
Tuesday, May 30
9:30 a.m.
Honorary Degree:
Hong-Tao Chow
Degrees conferred:
Commerce and Business Administration: PhD, MSc (Bus.
Admin.), MBA, BCom.
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degree;
Vincent Stogan
Degrees conferred:
Education, Human Kinetics:
PhD, EdD, MA, MEd, MHK,
MSc, BEd-Elementary, BEd-
Secondary, BHK. Diplomas in
Wednesday, May 31
9:30 a.m.
Honorary Degree:
Peter Wall
Degrees conferred:
Agricultural Sciences, Applied Science {Engineering),
Architecture, Community and
Regional Planning, Family
and Nutritional Sciences,
Interdisciplinary Studies, Occupational Hygiene: PhD, MA,
MA (Planning), MLA, MSc,
MSc (Planning), MASc, MEng,
MASA, MArch, BSc (Agr.),
BLA, BASc, BArch, BHE, BSc
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degrees:
Wan Kyoo Cho, Ivar Ekeland
Degrees conferred:
Science: PhD, MSc, BSc, Diploma in Meteorology.
Thursday, June 1
9:30 a.m.
Honorary Degrees:
Jack Hodgins, Gloria Webster
Degrees conferred:
Arts, Music, Library, Archival
and Information Studies:
(Anthropology to Greek,
Latin) excluding General Program.
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degree:
Garth Drabinsky
Degrees conferred:
BA (history to Women's Studies) and General Program,
BFA, BMus. Diplomas - Applied Creative Non-Fiction,
Applied Linguistics, Art History, French Translation, Film
Friday, June 2
9:30 a.m.
Honorary Degree:
Leslie Dan
Degrees conferred:
Audiology and Speech Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine,
Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, Social Work: PhD,
PharmD, MSc, MHA, MHSc,
BMLSc, BSN, BSc (Pharm),
BSc (OT), BSc (PT), BSW. Diplomas - Periodontics.
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degree:
Thomas Franck
Degrees conferred:
Forestry, Law: PhD, MASc,
MSc, MF, LLM, BSF, BSc (Forestry), BSc (Natural Resource
Conservation), LLB. 4 UBC Reports   May 18. 1995
UBC Facts
UBC's degrees have been
produced by the same
printer, Gehrke Printing and
Litho Ltd. of 738 East
Cordova, since 1916. Early
degrees were hand
engraved on sheepskin and
written in Latin.
The wooden mace carried
into the gym and placed on
stage symbolizes authority.
It was designed and carved
by First Nations artist
George Norris.
The top countries of origin
for UBC's international
students are, for
undergraduates: Hong
Kong, Japan, U.K.
Singapore, and the U.S. For
graduate students: China,
U.S., U.K., India and Japan
Hoods and gowns worn by
graduates are lined with
colours that Indicate the
degree to be conferred.
Members of the
Congregation processions
wear colourful academic
regalia from around the
world, signifying their
university of graduation
and highest degree
UBC has presented more
than 500 honorary degrees
in its history. In 1958, John
Diefenbaker, Lester
Pearson and W.A.C.
Bennett received degrees
the same day. Other
notable degree recipients:
Pierre Trudeau, Louis St.
Laurent, Joey Smallwood,
Princess Margaret, Oscar
Peterson, Ken Dryden, J.V.
Clyne, Adlai Stevenson,
Field Marshall Bernard
Montgomery, Robertson
Davies, Tommy Douglas,
Karen Kain, and Raymond
It takes six pastry chefs two
weeks of preparation to
produce 32,640 sweets —
including Nanaimo bars,
chocolate chip cookies,
lemon tarts — served
during the four days of
2,179 litres of fruit punch
are served during
It is a three-day job to set
up or tear down staging for
Congregation, but due to
other bookings it has been
done in as little as 24
There are 1,100 stacking
chairs on the floor of the
UBC's first Congregation
ceremony, on May 4,1916,
took place in the Hotel
Vancouver ballroom. There
were 41 graduates.
"Retired" prof among many who
still contribute to UBC campus life
Unstoppable - Prof. Emeritus Lew Robinson served as
UBC's first head of geography from 1953 to 1968.
Lew Robinson officially retired
from UBC's teaching ranks in 1983.
But the 76-year-old geography professor is far from calling it quits.
Robinson, who served as UBC's
first head of geography from 1953-
68, is one of hundreds of professors
emeritii who continue to contribute
time and effort to improving campus
Robinson can still be found in
his office most days helping undergraduates with any and all
manner of problems. Until two
years ago. he gave 10 to 15 lectures per term in the Geography of
Canada courses he used to teach.
He also delivered a handful of lectures annually to community organizations through the UBC
Speakers Bureau.
Admin is I ratively, Robinson
keeps track of all alumni address
records and donations to the Geography Scholarship Alumni
Fund. This work includes sending
a personal letter of thanks to each
graduate who donates. He also
reports on activities and employment of more than 2.000 geography alumni in a bi-annual newsletter sent to all graduates.
"1 know all the students and enjoy keeping in contact." said
Robinson. "Besides. I have an office
and this is mv way of paying the
Robinson and colleagues of the
Professors Emeritii Division ol the
Alumni Association meet on campus four times a vear.
Together thev successfully negotiated to have retired prolessors
added to the university's dental and
medical plans as well as have retired
faculty lecture beyond the two-year
maximum if requested bv a department.
A keen athlete. Robinson was
alumni representative from
1991-94 on ihe University Ath
letic Council which advises UBC
on athletic policies, iacilit ies and
As he approaches 77. Robinson
admits he may have to reconsider
his   second   career   as   manager-
player   of   Ihe   UBC   "Old   Birds'
I   hoekev team as well as his cap-
j   taincvol the 65-and-over Vancou-
!   ver Senior Canucks. But don't hold
j   your breath. Said Robinson: "There
|   are still a  few more goals left  to
;   score."
Baird, Peterson among recipients
of 1995 Alumni Association awards
The UBC Alumni Association
has named seven outstanding
individuals as the winners of its
annual awards for 1995.
The Alumni Award of Distinction, given to an alumnus in
recognition of outstanding international achievement, is
shared this year by
Jim Cleave (BCom
'74. MSc Bus '75).
the former president and CEO of
the Hongkong
Bank of Canada:
and John Bell
(BCom'62), the Canadian high commissioner to Malaysia.
Cleave     is     a
leader in the international business
community who has devoted his
time and expertise to many professional societies and committees.
Among the organizations with
which he has served are the
Business Council of B.C.. the
Vancouver Board of Trade. Outward Bound and the Vancouver
Public Library Capital Campaign.
At UBC. Cleave
has served on the
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration advisory committee since 1988.
Bell is a 33-year
veteran of the diplomatic corps who
has worked in Ottawa. Stockholm.
New York. Paris.
Sydney. Brazil and
West Africa.
He has held such senior
postings with External Affairs as
consul general in Sao Paulo,
Brazil, ambassador to Cote
d'lvoire and ambassador to Brazil.
Catherine Backman
Bruce Macdonald
An adjunct professor in the
Sustainable Development Research Institute at UBC, Bell
served as the chief negotiator at
the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio
de Janeiro.
The Honorary Alumni Award,
presented to a non-alumnus for
outstanding service t o
the Alumni Association or UBC. goes to
Bruce Macdonald.
director of the UBC
Botanical Garden.
He became assistant director of the
Botanical Garden in
1980 and was
named director in
1988. His award recognizes his extraordinary accomplishments with the garden and other achievements in
the field of horticulture. These
include the creation of new facilities, enhancing the community role ofthe Botanical Garden
and expanding its international
programs, for example twinning
the garden with China's Nanjing
Botanical Garden and developing the internationally acclaimed
Plant Introduction
The Faculty Citation Award, given
to a faculty member who renders
outstanding service to the general
community in capacities other than
teaching or research, goes to Dr.
Patricia Baird (BSc
'59, MD CM '63). a
professor in the
Dept. of Medical Genetics.
Baird was head ofthe department from 1979 until her appointment as chair of the Royal
Commission on New Reproductive Technologies a decade later.
She also developed and directed the Medical Genetics
Outreach program from 1978-
89. was chair ofthe Vice-president's Committee on Molecular
Genetics and served as a member of the Board of Governors
from 1984 to 1990.
In 1994. she was
appointed a University Professor in
recognition of her
outstanding contributions to research,
teaching and public service at UBC.
She became a Member of the Order of
British Columbia in
The Blythe Eagles Volunteer Serv-
ice Award, presented to an alumnus in recognition of extraordinary contributions of time and energy to
the Alumni Association, goes
to Leslie Peterson (LLB'49).
A senior partner in the law
firm Boughton Peterson Yang
Anderson. Peterson was appointed Queen's Counsel in
1960. Elected as an MLA in
1956. he served as
a member of the
provincial government until 1972.
holding cabinet
posts as minister of
Education and Labour and as Attorney-General.
At UBC. Peterson
was first appointed
to the Board ofGovernors in 1978. serving as chair from
1979-83. He was
elected chancellor in 1987. a
position he held until 1993. He
also served as chair of the
Wesbrook Society from 1984-87
and as chair of the university's
75th anniversary celebrations in
Leslie Peterson
Patricia Baird
rector ot
Peterson was a founding
member of Convocation at both
Simon Fraser University and the
University of Victoria.
The   Outstanding   Young
Alumnus    Award    goes     to
Catherine Backman (BSR '81.
MS'87) and Glenn
Wong (BCom '80).
Backman   was
student presidenl
ofthe UBC Rehabilitation   Medicine Undergraduate    Society    in
1980-81 and won
the Rehabilitation
Medicine   Book
Prize in  1 98 1 .
Since 1986
she has been a
senior instructor
at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, serving as acting director of the school in
Backman has also been a
mentor in the YWCA mentorship
program and served as a member of the Big Sisters board of
Wong has been president and
CEO of Western
Greenhouse Growers'Cooperative Association since
Prior to that, he
was vice-president
of marketing with
Nabob Foods Ltd.
for 10 years.
Wong has also
served as a direc-
_j tor of the Insurance Corporation
of B.C. and a cli-
the Association ol'Ca-
Advertisers. While a
student at UBC, he served as
AMS secretary and as a student representative on the
Board of Governors. Honorary degree recipients boast
range of achievements, interests
by Connie Filletti
Thomas Franck
Sfq£f writer
Gloria Webster, a leader in First
Nations cultural affairs and Jack
Hodgins, one of Canada's finest fiction
writers, are among the 10 distinguished
individuals receiving honorary degrees
from UBC
during spring
recipients are:
Wan Kyoo
Cho, president of the
Association of
Korea; Hong-
Tao Chow,
policy adviser
to the president of the Republic of China; Leslie Dan,
founder and president of Novopharm Ltd.;
theatre impressario Garth Drabinsky;
Ivar Ekeland, former president of the
University of Paris-Dauphine; Thomas
Franck, director of New York University's
Center for International Studies; Vincent
resident elder
at UBC's
First Nations
and Vancouver businessman and
philanthropist Peter
Award -
actor, theatre
producer and
Wan Kyoo Cho teacher Joy
Coghill and Wendy Clay, surgeon-
general of the Canadian Forces, will be
presented with honorary degrees at UBC's
fall Congregation ceremonies in November.
William Esson, chief justice of the
Supreme Court of British Columbia, will
Jack Hodgins
receive an honorary degree during a
special ceremony at the downtown Law
Courts on Oct. 13.
• Wan Kyoo Cho has been instrumental
in fostering
links between Korea
and Canada,
especially in
the development of
and UBC.
• Hong-Tao
Chow is
recognized for his expertise in financial
management and dedication to promoting goodwill on an international scale.
• Leslie Dan has devoted his business
career to the development of pharmaceutical manufacturing and research in
Canada. In 1985 he founded the Canadian Medicine Aid Program, an organization which provides medicine and health
. . care aid in
described by
New Yorker
magazine as
the "Canadian
Ziegfeld," has
funding for
the arts,
for musicians and actors and revitalized
the motion picture industry in Canada.
• Ivar Ekeland, an outstanding mathematician, scientist, writer and administrator, is revered for his pioneering work
dealing with the application of game
theory to economics.
• Thomas Franck. a UBC graduate, is
Ivar Ekeland
Vincent Stogan
recognized as one of his generation's most
productive and influential international
legal scholars and serves as an adviser to
the United
Nations on
related to
international law
and human
• Jack
from UBC,
has enjoyed
a long and
career as a writer of West Coast regional
literature. He is known for creating a
compelling portrait of Vancouver Island,
its people and history.
• Vincent Stogan, the cultural and spiritual leader of the Musqueam First Nation,
has helped lead the way to the development and
growth of
programs for
First Nations
students at
• Peter Wall,
admired for his
commitment to
bettering his
has supported
a broad range
of business,
cultural and
Peter Wall academic
activities including the Canadian National
Institute for the Blind and the Vancouver
Opera Society.
• Gloria Webster, a consultant on the
legal and cultural rights of indigenous
people, has combined activism and
scholarship to create a positive relationship between native and non-native
cultural communities. She is a pioneer
in native-owned and operated museums.
Prize Sinner's degjfeo collection
grows with Addition of nine in 1995
Michael Smith's
Birkenstock sandals were
made for walking, and that's
just what they'll do, as
UBC's affable Nobel Prize
laureate travels the country
collecting nine honorary
degrees this year.
Smith, whose preference
for comfortable footwear
came under Intense media
scrutiny when he won the
1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will walk across the
stages of convocation halls
from British Columbia to
Nova Scotia between May
and October, taking part tn
a tradition at least four
centuries old.
"An honorary degree from
a learned institution is an
award of profound signlfl-
cance .* Smith said. /Tor a
university professor, it is
especially meaningful
because it Is granted
by the profession in
which the recipient
has spent his or her
The University of
British Columbia,
the University of
Guelph, Simon
Fraser University,
Toronto's York
University and
Manchester University hi England.
Smith's alma mater,
have already conferred honorary
degrees on him.
Smith wiH receive
four degrees this
month, another four
in June and one at
the Universityof
Ottawa's fell Congregation ceremonies.
In total, universities in five
provinces are honouring
Smith, including three institu
dons each in Ontario and
Martin Dee photo
Michael Smith
Smith, director of UBC's
Biotechnology Laboratory, was
awarded the Nobel Prize fbr
pioneering a method which
reprograms the genetic code,
providing scientists with a
clearer understanding of
how biological systems
"The most surprising and
heartwarming consequence
of winning the Nobel Prize is
the widespread and continuing public interest," Smith
"I feel this particularly
at graduation ceremonies
where parents and students often come up to
me to tell me that my
receipt of the award has
been an inspiration to
Additional honours
bestowed on Smith In recent
weeks include an introduction to Canada's House of
Commons and induction as
a Companion of the Order of
He will receive the Order of
British Columbia on June 13.
UBC Reports ■ May 18, 1995 5
UBC Facts
Each year since 1919 the
graduating class has
planted a tree to mark
Congregation. The class of
'95 ts planting a pine tree in
the courtyard between
Buchanan buildings C, D
and E.
More than 150,000 people
have graduated from UBC
since its doors opened in
The Ladner Clock Tower in
front of the Main Library
houses a 330-bell carillon
which is played during
special occasions,
including Congregation,
although it is out of order
this year. Tbe 123-foot
tower was built te 1968 in
memory of B.C. pioneers,
especially members of the
Ladner famRy who founded
the town ofthe same name.
UBC produces graduates
from 12 faculties:
Agricultural Sciences,
Applied Science, Arts,
Commerce and Business
Administration, Dentistry,
Education, Forestry,
Graduate Studies, Law,
Medicine, Pharmaceutical
Sciences and Science.
There are 1,954 full-time
faculty members at UBC.
Enrolment during winter
session of 1994-95 was
25,335 undergraduates and
6,650 graduate students.
Previous UBC graduates
include Senator Pat Carney,
B.C. Premier Mike Harcourt,
Journalists Allan
Fotheringham and Joe
Schlesinger, former prime
ministers Kim Campbell
and John Turner, humourist
Eric fttcot, opera singer
Judtm Forst, author and
historian Pierre Berton,
advocate for the disabled
Rick Hansen, and poet
Earie Birney.
When graduating students
are presented to the
chancellor he or she says "1
admit you," welcoming
them to Convocation, the
body of graduates which
elects the chancellor and
some university senators.
The War Memorial Gym was
built in 1951 with money
raised by UBC students,
alumni and the provincial
government to honour
veterans of the two world
The gowns, hoods and
mortarboards worn by
graduating students
evolved from clothes worn
by European scholars in the
Middle Ages.
UBC has more than 900
gowns and 3,500 hoods
used for Congregation.
They are often rented out to
colleges and schools
throughout B.C. 6 UBC Reports • May 18,1995
and math
with UBC's
GPA ever
Top rower
sport and
student to
Gavin Wilson photo
Van Raamsdonk
UBC has graduated authors, scientists, engineers, an astronaut and two prime ministers, but none of them were as smart as Mark
Van Raamsdonk.
The unassuming 21-year-old physics and
math honours major is graduating with what is
believed to be the highest grade point average
ever achieved by a UBC student — 98.6 per
To do that. Van Raamsdonk completed 15
courses with 100 per cent marks, a rare feat.
"I've been teaching for more than 25 years
and I think I've only given three grades of 100
per cent," said Physics Prof. Jim Carolan.
"Mark's got one of them."
The lowest grade he has ever received at
UBC was 94 per cent, a grade "most students
would die for," Carolan said. After watching
Van Raamsdonk defend his honours thesis on
an aspect of theoretical physics, one professor
threw up his hands and said: "Why bother
sending him to grad school? Let's just make
him a professor now!"
Carolan recalls a second-year exam of physics problems he gave to Van Raamsdonk:
"I though my solutions to the problems were
pretty good — it was my exam, after all — but
the solutions that Mark wrote were so elegant,
so complete, it was as if he had spent all week
working on them, instead of three hours. It's
almost as if the clock stops when he's working."
Van Raamsdonk is characteristically unruffled and modest about his achievements.
He claims it is easier to get high marks in the
sciences than in programs with subjective
evaluation, such as arts.
But the facts don't bear him out. In his five
UBC arts courses he averaged 99 per cent.
A graduate of St. Michaels University School
in Victoria, Van Raamsdonk received the
second highest mark in B.C. on the English
Literature 12 scholarship exam, unheard
of for a science student. He has also studied
French and German.
Also in high school, he got a perfect score
on the nationwide Euclid math competition
and went to Sweden as a member of Canada's national team in the International
Math Olympiad.
Among Van Raamsdonk's achievements
at UBC: the highest mark in the country in
the Canadian Association of Physicists undergraduate exam and placing in the top 50
each year for four years in the William
Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition,
an exam written by more than 2,000 of
North America's brightest students.
In his spare time. Van Raamsdonk plays
jazz on the alto saxophone or Paul Simon
songs on acoustic guitar. He also enjoys
stargazing with his home telescope.
"I haven't found anything that Mark isn't
good at," says his friend and fellow student
David Savitt. "He's even the best player on
our intramural ball hockey team (called
Limb Soup, a play on words only a mathematician would get)."
In September, Van Raamsdonk enters
the PhD program in Princeton University's
physics department.
"There's some very famous theoretical
physicists at Princeton," he said. "I think
they have the best faculty for me."
- Gavin Wilson, Staff writer
Drugs and sports don't usually mix, except in Lawrence Varga's case.
For the past four years the UBC rower has
successfully balanced a rigorous training
schedule with his studies, earning him B.C.
and Canadian championship wins and a
BSc in Pharmacy.
"I believe that my athletic interests helped
me in my academic career," Varga said.
"Despite nodding off in the classroom the
odd time, I think a healthy body does lead to
a healthy mind."
As a UBC undergraduate, a typical day
for Varga began at 5:30 a.m. A two- or three-
hour training session at Burnaby Lake was
followed by a day of lectures, then weight
training at the gym for a few more hours
before hitting the books.
It's a schedule Varga maintained six days
a week, not unusual for a multi-medal winner and member of B.C.'s men's elite eight
team that took top spot at last year's Canadian Henley Regatta.
Varga and his fellow UBC rowers also
competed in the English Henley Regatta in
London last summer.
One of the biggest challenges he faced
rowing for the university was the amount of
time he spent on the road, as well as in the
water, Varga said.
"The travel involved didn't always mesh
with exam schedules, he explained. "But
the support I received from the faculty was
great. They understood the demands on my
time and how difficult it could be balancing
my rowing commitments with my academic
responsibilities. The faculty always helped
me work out my schedule."
Varga is currently completing a four-week
clerkship at a pharmacy in his hometown of
Nanoose Bay near Nanaimo, B.C., while following a limited training program to help keep
him in championship form.
Although he plans to put his career in
pharmacy on hold for the time being, Varga
does hope to be a community pharmacist one
day. But right now, he wants to work toward
his Olympic aspirations.
Varga's immediate plans include moving
to Victoria to resume a full-time training
schedule in preparation for a coveted place on
Canada's national rowing team which will be
selected this November.
- Connie Filletti, Staff writer
Evangetos Photography
Arun Verma knows the importance of taking one step at a time.
It is a philosophy he invokes often in describing his approach to life since a car accident seven years ago left him quadriplegic.
"Before I got hurt I was accepted at UBC's
medical school. After the accident, I felt that I
didn't have too many choices until I realized
that I could change direction," Verma said.
"If you've made the choice to fulfil your
goals, you've already taken that first step."
For Verma, his first step came almost three
years after sustaining his injuries when, with
one degree already to his credit — a BSc in
Biochemistry earned at UBC in 1986 — he
enrolled as a full-time student in the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences.
He admits to some nervousness at first,
especially about using a wheelchair to get
around campus. But he can't recall any major
challenges that faced him during his four
years working towards his BSc in Pharmacy.
Verma credits the faculty and staff in Pharmaceutical Sciences for doing whatever was
necessary to ensure that he had the same
access to services and facilities as his classmates.
"They gave me all the help I needed, from
completing registration forms to having a
door widened in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences' Cunningham Building for my
wheelchair," he said.
In many ways, Verma also helped the
faculty, said Frank Abbott, one of his professors and a friend.
"He often shared the experiences he had
with people who couldn't see past the wheelchair," Abbott said. "It was an education for
all of us."
He described Verma as very focused,
skilled and knowledgeable with a gift for
sensitivity — traits which would make him a
great teacher, Abbott said.
Currently doing a one-month internship
at the Medicine Centre in Langley, Verma
will begin a one-year residency in clinical
pharmacy at St. Paul's Hospital two weeks
after graduating on June 2.
He is tentative about his future beyond
"I want to leave my choices open. I'm just
looking one day ahead to see what's out
there, and then I'll take the next step."
- Connie Filletti, Staff writer UBC Reports • May 18, 1995 7
Clare-Jean Lamb's family whipped up a
surprise for her 61 st birthday last month. The
whipped-cream pie fight allowed the UBC
graduate to let off some steam after five years
of dogged determination.
"It was dreadful when I think of it now
because I was assessed at the start with Grade
5 level math," said Lamb. "It really has been
quite a journey."
After 16 years as a hairdressing teacher
and another 16 years as a western cosmetics co-ordinator for a major drugstore chain,
Lamb decided to return to school. She had
two sons, five grandchildren and a dream of
getting a UBC degree under her full maiden
name. Since she started hitting the books
in 1989, the Bella Coola resident has reverted to a name she hasn't used since
Lamb's journey began with two years of
academic upgrading at Capilano College before her acceptance into UBC's School of
Social Work. A women's studies course gcive
Lamb the idea that she wanted to work with
women in the field of social work, particularly
in the area of alcohol and drug recovery.
Following an initial year on campus, Lamb's
partner of 10 years got a job posting in Bella
Coola which forced Lamb to continue her
studies briefly through distance education
courses at the University of Victoria. She
eventually returned to Vancouver for fourth
year and lived with two different couples.
Said Lamb: "I've had so much support
from family and friends which is vital especially for a student my age. It allowed me to
stay focused on what I had to do."
Lamb completed her fourth-year practicum
at the Bella Coola General Hospital assisting
a mental health worker. She also worked for
the Ministry of Social Services developing a
life-skills program for single mothers with
"Social work is about social change and
helping people change with society," said
Lamb. "That's why I did all this."
Lamb is scheduled to be the 654th student
to cross the stage in War Memorial Gym
during her graduation ceremony, a moment
she's more than willing to wait for.
Afterwards, she'll hop in her new red convertible, a graduation present from her partner, and
take the two-day drive back to Bella Coola.
- Charles Ker, Staff writer
enroute to
International studies have consumed
Wayne Nelles for all of the last decade.
After finishing a master's degree in archeology at Simon Fraser University, Nelles
joined the board of directors of the United
Nations Association in Vancouver. Volunteer work kept him busy writing papers,
organizing events and generally educating
others about the United Nations system and
international issues, especially those dealing with the environment.
Three years later, in 1987, he began a PhD
in the Dept. of Educational Studies with a
focus on history and international affairs.
Since then, the 40-year-old scholar has been
a case study in perseverance.
A thesis that originally started out as a
retrospective of international education
across Canada from 1900 to the present has
had to negotiate a series of sharp turns and
roadblocks. In the end, his successful PhD
paper analysed the transition from imperialism
to internationalism in B.C. from 1900 to 1939.
"My original idea was a bit abstract and I
had to change my focus several times," said
Nelles, who was unable to write for almost
two years due to acute tendonitis in his right
shoulder. "Being one of those 'let's change
the world' types, I had a hard time zeroing in on
a specific topic. Let's just say I'm glad it's over."
He does admit that his UN work did push
the envelope.
For the Earth Summit in Rio, Nelles organized a series of "citizen strategy" meetings
involving diverse groups like the Western
Canada Wilderness Committee, Greenpeace,
CUSO and the Womens' International League
for Peace and Freedom.
Last year he attended the International
Conference on Education in Geneva and the
World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen. Two months ago he was off to New
York with the Canadian delegation at the United
Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and he is already writing agenda items
for next year's gathering which will look at
international education issues.
Nelles brought back a couple of dozen business cards from New York which he'll add to
the cases of cards he has collected over the
years. When asked whether he'll be tapping
these contacts for employment opportunities
in the international studies field, Nelles replied: "Perhaps, but my main purpose is to go
beyond just getting a job."
- Charles Ker, Staff writer
Charles Ker photo
of degree
decade of
with world
John Chong photo
Paul Winn, a self-described "big mouth" in
Vancouver's black community, can't wait to
strut his stuff in court as a lawyer.
"I haven't got a chance to wear the robes yet
but I am looking forward to it," said Winn, wh o
has spent most of his 55 years fighting racism
and discrimination of one form or another.
Winn's obsession with human rights issues started when he was 14. An article in a
Toronto newspaper featured a black teenager
from Mississippi who was brutally murdered
for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
"I never forgot that," said Winn. "The fact
that he was my age made me sick."
Since then, Winn has been employed primarily as a social worker for a number of
government and other agencies across
Canada. Among his first challenges was working for a Nova Scotia-based organization called
the Black United Front. For four years he
supervised the cleanup and development of
close to 30 black communities, many of which
had no proper school, transportation or sewage systems.
His work on the east coast eventually caugh t
the eye of the federal government.
During the early 1970s, Winn worked as a
special consultant for Corrections Canada
reviewing social development and recreational
programs at every maximum and medium
security prison in the country. Winn used
experiences in community development to
give prisoners some control over decisions
previously made on their behalf.
He left the penitentiary system after a
colleague was taken hostage and killed in a
B.C. prison riot in 1975.
From Corrections Canada, Winn held a
number of different government positions developing affirmative action programs for visible minority groups and analysing policy
under the Canadian Multiculturalism Act. He
even had a brief stint hosting a CBC television
show called The Canadians which highlighted
a different cultural group each week.
Finally, in 1991, his wife, Diana Priestley,
urged him to apply for law school.
"The idea had always been percolating in
the back of my mind because it seemed I never
knew enough about the legal rules or how the
rules applied in order to get things done
faster," said Winn. "But when I got accepted
into UBC I was scared to death."
During his three years at UBC, Winn has
been active in the Black Law Students Association and also helped research an assessment of
human rights legislation in the province.
Winn says that while he will always keep
fighting human rights abuses, his professional interests lie in the field of media and
entertainment law.
- Charles Ker, Staff writer
takes on
career 8 UBC Reports ■ May 18, 1995
UBCs Year
in Review
The Nitobe Memorial
Garden and Tea House
officially re-opens after
undergoing a $1.5-million
Dr. Patricia Baird becomes
the sixth faculty member to
be appointed University
Professor in the 29-year
history of the
professorships at UBC. Her
appointment was
unanimously approved by
the university's Board of
Governors in recognition of
her outstanding and
original contributions to
reaearch, teaching and
public service k» the field of
The School of Audiology
and Speech Sciences
celebrates its 25th
A report released by the
Office of Budget and
Planning Indicates that
UBC's annual economic
impact on B.C. is estimated
at $2.3 billion, or more than
three per cent of the
province's gross domestic
UBC's Board of Governors
approves the creation of an
Institute for Hearing
Accessibility Research. The
institute will be the first in
North America to explore
the ability to understand
the spoken word in ail
situations m everyday life.
UBC athletes Paige
Gordon, Kevin Draxinger
and Graeme Pell win
medals In the 1994
Commonwealth Games
held in Victoria.
Construction begins on the
$24-million Chan Centre for
the Performing Arts, a top-
quality performance facility
and community resource.
UBC is chosen to coordinate a nationwide study
to determine if prenatal
testing for fetal
abnormalities can be
conducted safely and
accurately during the early
stages of pregnancy.
The new $15.6-million Rose
Garden Parkade is
completed, outfitted with
the latest safety features.
The parkade also helps to
restore the north end of
Main Mall to its original
intent as a major entrance
to campus.
MBA students put experience
to the test with BC Tel project
by Abe Hefter
Staff' writer
"The single best indicator
of our success will be client
John Claxton. associate professor of marketing. Faculty of
Commerce and Business Administration.
"I was very pleased."
Mike Lewis, manager of proc
ess improvements. BC Tel.
That, in a nutshell, sums up
the experiences of UBC MBA students and representatives of BC
Tel who worked together last
semester on Commerce 590F:
Marketing Technological Products Laboratory.
With a course objective of preparing participants for careers
in organizations that market
high-technology products and
services, five students were given
the task of providing BC Tel with
an analysis and assessment of
the computer software tools used
to support sales staff in the company's business division. The
students interviewed 40 members of the BC Tel management
and sales team in an effort to
determine if current computer
software sales tools were meeting their needs.
'The students did an excellent job of establishing working
relationships with BC Tel employees." said Lewis.
"They brought with them a
combination of strong practical
and academic experience. Their
professional and enthusiastic
approach was reflected in their
quality of work."
Team members like Ken
Armstrong each spent a half-
Abe Hefter pnoTo
A team of five MBA students worked with BC Tel representatives to provide BC Tel with an
analysis and assessment of computer software tools used to support sales staff in BC Tel's
business division. Pictured are (l-r) Mike Lewis, BC Tel manager of process improvements;
students Ken Armstrong, Jean-Francois Bowden and Assoc. Prof. John Claxton.
day per week at BC Tel as part of
the course load. In addition, they
spent evenings and weekends
gathering information for a report that was to be based on a
questionnaire distributed to 105
BC Tel employees.
"BC Tel officials were very receptive to the whole package,"
said Armstrong, a process engineer with a Vancouver chemical
technology design firm who is in
the third year of his evening MBA
"It was a win-win situation for
everyone involved. From a student's perspective, we learned a
lot about real business prob
lems. BC Tel got an unbiased,
outside evaluation of their sales-
related computer software pro
grams. And UBC received the
support of the Vancouver business community lor this program."
The students recapped the
company's strategic directions
and added their own recommendations, both long-and
short-term, in an oral and written report presented to BC Tel
management. The company is
currently in the process of
implementing some of those
recommendations, including
a refocusing of expenditures
in software development reflected in the questionnaire's
Mike Lewis credits Assoc. Prof.
■John Claxton tor playing an active role in the project.
"Although the students established their terms of reference up front and didn't require a lot ol direction from mv
perspective, you could see
John's hand at work in the
background, if you will, said
"If the opportunity presents
itself. BC Tel would be more
than happy to participate in
this type of program again."
Open House '95 offers students
an inside look at UBC activities
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
When UBC last hosted a campus-wide Open House in 1990,
more than 6,000 students from
across the province attended,
exploring hundreds of informative and entertaining events featuring the university's accomplishments.
Students currently attending
B.C.'s elementary and secondary schools will have the same
opportunity when UBC opens
its doors again Oct. 13, 14 and
15 for a celebration of its academic excellence, research and
community service.
They are being invited to converge on UBC for "Student Day"
on Oct. 13 to participate in activities designed with them in
mind, including demonstrations,
displays and lectures.
"We regard student visitors
as one of our most important
audiences," said UBC Marketing Manager Debora Sweeney.
"Many of them are UBC's future students, and we believe
that Open House '95 provides an
outstanding opportunity for recruitment."
Events planned to date range
"We regard student visitors as one of our
most important audiences. Many of them
are UBC's future students, and we believe
that Open House '95 provides an
outstanding opportunity for recruitment."
- Debora Sweeney
from a demonstration of job
hunting with the use of leading-
edge technology, to a lecture by
UBC's Nobel Prize winner.
Michael Smith.
UBC's School and College Liaison Office and the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) are co-ordinating
"Student Day" in co-operation
with several campus units including Student Career Services,
the Disability Resource Centre,
the Registrar's Office and the
Student Resources Centre.
"Our goal is to provide visiting
students with an overall impression of campus life, from demonstrations of academic programs
to student services and extracurricular activities such as participation in athletics, clubs and
studen: government." Sweeney
Student participation in planning an Open House program is
at an all-time high on campus.
Sweeney noted that UBC students serve on several of the 14
Open House '95 organizing committees, and have taken a leadership role in forming a student
committee, which hopes to
stimulate student attendance by
organizing a number of AMS
sponsored special events such
as concerts and contests.
In addition, the AMS plans to
highlight non-academic activi
ties awaiting students at UBC.
including displays featuring
some ofthe more t ban 200 clubs
on campus, and presentations
on volunteer opportunities with
community-based organizations
such as the United Way.
According to Sweeney. UBC
students do more than talk about
Ofthe 450 volunteers needed
for general duties during Open
House '95. most of them will be
students, she said. In total, approximately 2.000 students will
be involved in the event.
Other "Student Day" attractions planned for Oct. 13 include Ihe official opening of the
new. S 10-million Student Recreation Centre.
Construction of the centre,
which will provide the necessarv
facilities and resources to meet
the needs ol students' sports
and recreational pursuits, is financed with 85 million in student contributions and matching funds from the provincial
On Oct. 14. about 200 B.C.
secondarv students who will
be attending UBC. and are recipients of various entrance
scholarships and awards, will
be invited to a special ceremony
recognizing their achievements.
Anyone wishing to volunteer
for Open 1 louse '95. or who has
a UBC project or display that
would be of interest to the public, please call 822-0548. Sorority members' charitable
activities contrast stereotype
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Alpha Phi member Ada Chan
knows that the mere mention of
the word "sorority" conjures up
pictures of privileged young
women in sweater sets and
pearls, organizing slumber parties and spring formals.
But to children with disabilities, rape victims and people living with AIDS, sororities are a
source of support.
Chan, a second-year chemistry and math student, is one of
about 200 sorority women on
campus who volunteer their time
and raise money for a dozen
charitable organizations
throughout the year.
"People with a stereotyped
view of sororities don't realize
that hosting special social functions is secondary to our philanthropic work," Chan said.
"Planning fund-raising activities in support of local, national
and international agencies concerned with everything from
breast cancer to juvenile diabetes is our major mission, and
one we take very seriously."
In the past few months alone,
sorority members have bowled
for cystic fibrosis, sold candy-
grams for heart and stroke research and staged a 30-hour
famine that raised almost $400
to help victims of the civil war in
Chan, who also serves as
president of the Panhellenic
Council, the governing body of
UBC's seven sororities, credits
inter-sorority co-operation and
friendly rivalry for the vibrant
humanitarian spirit that exists
among the membership.
"Another myth about sororities is that we are fiercely competitive with each other," Chan
said. "Collecting for our penny
drive is as intense as it gets only
because the sorority that raises
the least amount of pennies has
to roll all of them."
The collegiality shared by
the sororities also appears in
their joint, weekly meetings
when members' achievements
Ada Chan,
president of the
Council, stands
in front of UBC's
House, home to
the university's
seven sororities.
The building,
which opened in
1961, was the
first of its kind
in Canada.
Located adjacent
to Nitobe
House provides
meeting and
space for the
200 sorority
women on
Gavin Wilson photo
in everything from athletic
events to academic excellence
are recognized.
"Friendship, support and real
life experience are among the
most valuable things I have
gained as a sorority member,"
Chan said.
"You can do things on your
own but you can accomplish so
much more with a group."
Chan expects these benefits
to last a lifetime through a system of sorority alumni associations which keeps the women in
contact with each other and encourages them to continue their
philanthropic endeavours past
their university career.
Although no formal criteria
exist for women seeking sorority
membership, a commitment to
community service and good
academic standing are unwritten requirements.
Annual membership dues in
UBC sororities, which are nonprofit organizations, vary between 8375 and 8500. The
money is used to cover expenses
for items such as international
fees, social events and publications.
Some sororities provide finan
cial aid to potential members
who need help covering the membership cost. Each sorority can
accommodate up to 40 members in any given year.
Chan said that UBC's preparations to host its first Open
House in five years, from October 13 to 15, have focused the
sororities' attention on helping
the campus community.
"We have firmly established
our presence in the wider
community, and we are definitely interested in increasing our involvement with the
Tuum Est: Ifs up to you
Tuum Est is the motto that has served those who have
attended UBC ever since the doors of this institution first
Literally translated, Tuum Est means "it's yours." However
to the students of UBC, Tuum Est has meant
"it's up to you," reflecting the fact that a
student's destiny on campus is truly in his or
her own hands.
This interpretation, deemed so appropriate
by generations of UBC students to the point of
being inspirational, was actually the creation of
a UBC hockey goalie, the 1915 tender ofthe
twine, the late Sherwood Lett.
Lett, a Rhodes Scholar who would later lead
a distinguished life in the military as well as in
law, and who for a time was UBC's chancellor,
introduced this vernacular rendering in 1915 in
an address he gave to UBC's first freshman
class in his capacity as this school's first Alma
Mater Society president. Lett must have made quite
an impression. From that moment, the spirit of "it's
up to you" became synonymous with the experience of
learning at UBC.
Over the years, however, there have been those who have
criticized this translation, to which Lett responded:
"I will admit it may not be justified by the laws of Latin
grammar, but Tuum Est as our motto contains a great and
ennobling idea. That idea is not that the university is yours
by right or gift, but rather this; you as a member of this
university have duties to perform - duties to
your alma mater, your province, your country
and yourself. The fulfilling of these duties is
your personal concern. In other words, it's up
to you."
Lett also informed us that the day before
this i915 student address, he relayed his
interpretation to the university president. Dr.
Frank Wesbrook, who replied: That is a happy
translation and contains precisely the idea."
The feeling was that this translation conveyed
the concept of duty whereas the literal rendering was "as tame and uncompromising as it is
Apparently, our hockey player/student leader
was somewhat prophetic because from that inaugural year of 1915 onward, the students of UBC embraced
his translation and the feeling behind it. Even though his
rendering still has its detractors who insist upon using the
literal translation, for nearly 80 years of UBC students,
campus life has been epitomized by Tuum Est - it's up to you.
UBC Reports   May 18. 1995 9
UBC's Year
in Review
The faculties of Forestry
and Applied Science are
selected by the National
Education Initiative Board
to implement an innovative
undergraduate program in
wood products
engineering, the first of its
kind in North America.
UBC ranks first in the "best
overall" and "leaders of
tomorrow" reputational
categories among
Canadian universities
offering medical/doctoral
degrees in the fourth
annual Maclean's magazine
UBC and Rick Hansen
collaborate to create the
new Life Skills Motivation
Centre designed to help
people in the community
take control of and Improve
the quality of their lives.
The university and the
Greater Vancouver
Regional District sign a
landmark agreement on a
process for planning and
development at the
Five UBC faculty members
are appointed to the Order
of Canada in recognition of
their outstanding
achievements and service.
Phase one of the expansion
and renovation of the
Faculty of Education's
Scarfe Building is
completed, designed to
take advantage of advances
in technology to better
prepare teachers for the
schools of the future.
UBC authors are honoured
at a reception hosted by
President David Strangway
and University Librarian
Ruth Patrick for their
production of more than
100 published works
indudtng books, compact
discs, videos and CD-ROM
on everything from
Shakespeare to seaweed.
Plans are announced for
Open House '95. Taking
place Oct. 13-15, the event
is expected to attract
250,000 visitors who will
experience the best in UBC
research, teaching and
clinical care.
A radically new Master of
Business Administration
(MBA) program is approved
by Senate. Shorter in
length, the program allows
students to graduate five
months earlier. 10 UBC Reports ■ May 18, 1995
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The Office of the Health Sciences Coordinator is seeking applicants with a strong background in health care
ethics to assume the role of Director, Division of Health
Care Ethics as of July 1, 1995. The Division supports
undergraduate and postgraduate courses in ethics for
students, faculty and practitioners within the Health
Sciences and related disciplines. The Division is involved in the promotion of health care ethics programs
throughout the province and research nationally and
This will be approximately a half-time faculty position for
an individual who has experience and expertise in the
area of health care ethics and a demonstrated ability in
administration, teaching and research.
UBC welcomes all qualified applicants, especially
women, aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.
Please include names of references with your curriculum
vitae and forward to:
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Coordinator of Health Sciences
University of British Columbia
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The liberal arts:
Why bother?
by Graeme Wynn
Graeme Wynn is a professor of Geography
and the associate dean of Arts.
Between September and April, frequent
patrons of the Ponderosa cafeteria noticed
an unusually animated seminar in a neighbouring classroom. Ofthe 15 to 18 people
gathered there most Tuesday afternoons, a
dozen or so were "regulars." Week by week,
discussion among them ran its lively course,
although no-one appeared to be "in charge"
of this group of teachers and learners.
Teachers" because two-thirds of them were
seconded from schools in the Lower Mainland, and others were members of UBC's
faculties of Arts (Alex Globe, English; Elvi
Whittaker, Anthropology; and myself from
Geography) and Education, (Peter Seixas).
"Learners" because they came together in
this seminar on New Directions in the
Humanities and Social Sciences to share
their different perspectives on, and experience in, teaching the humanities and social
sciences / studies.
Funded by the American Council of
Learned Societies, with additional support
from participating school districts (Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and Maple Ridge), the
Ministry of Education and UBC, the seminar
was part of a larger initiative that involved
teachers in school-based teams working in
conjunction with their seconded colleagues
to develop curriculum materials for use in
provincial secondary schools. It was also the
first in a series of efforts, co-ordinated by the
British Columbia Consortium for the Humanities and Social Sciences, to connect
teachers in the schools with university
scholarship in these fields, and vice versa.
Now, as at the beginning of the project,
one might ask "why?" Why discuss new
directions? Why bother with humanities and
social studies in the schools? Surely the
rhetoric of our times is clear about the
importance of training students for the
workplace and doing so as efficiently (read
cheaply) as possible. We require (governments tell us) skills now, with the unspoken,
unwritten adjective, marketable, always
implicit. What place then for the liberal arts,
for engagement with literature, the appreciation of art and music, and the study of other
times and places, their people, their cultures, and their languages? Are these not
dispensable luxuries, irrelevant indulgences
we cannot afford?
The answer, demonstrated countless
times in the New Directions seminar, is a
resounding no! New critical and theoretical
approaches to scholarship have broadened
the horizons of work across the humanities
and social sciences, and given them new
relevance to what philosopher John Dewey
termed the dilemmas and perplexities of our
time. Thus, seminar participants heard from
Kate Sirluck (English), ofthe ways in which
Shakespeare speaks eloquently across the
centuries of the concerns of today's young
people. Earlier in the year, Harjot Oberoi
(Asian Studies) opened up many avenues of
discussion about multiculturalism with his
reflections on the "brittleness of our textbook classifications" and the ways in which
peoples' circumstances might differ from
those ascribed to them by others beyond
their ethnic or religious group. Likewise,
John Willinsky (Centre for the Study of
Curriculum and Instruction) urged that the
differences between people and place
presented in social studies texts be seen, in
part, as products of imperial expansion and
interdependent development. However,
insisted Ed Hundert (History and Arts One),
there is still great value in careful consideration of "the best that has been thought
and written," for this allows us to approach
that "balance of the soul" that Plato saw as
"equipping citizens for reasoned discourse
about civic life."
These and other sessions illustrated that
social studies and the humanities are
intrinsically about values. Rightly considered, they bring us to consider what values
are, and how they affect human behaviour.
Learning of this sort is diffuse and personal.
It cannot be prescribed. The understanding
it yields can hardly be equated with the
capacity to fix a dripping faucet:. Yet it is
vital in a world aclamour with competing
agendas, in which many of society's old
moorings have been cut, and ends often
seem to justify any means. One of the high
points of the year was a weekend workshop
on Writing Lives as History and Literature.
Inspired by Carol Shields' The Stone Diaries, it revealed — as does that remarkable
book — the struggles and triumphs, the
disappointments and joys that are woven
into even the most ordinary lives. Moving,
thought-provoking presentations led
participants to think anew about their lives
and those of others, punctured hubris, and
brought those in attendance to consider
how our constructions of the world influence our actions within it. From such
experience comes what Benjamin Franklin
once described as "the great Aim and End of
all learning" — "an inclination joined with
the ability to serve" humankind. There can
be few more important goals.
The UBC women's soccer team narrowly missed its second
straight CIAU championship when it lost 5-4 in penalty
kicks to Dalhousie.
UBC coaches,
athletes maintain
winning pace
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
The final score for UBC athletics for the 1994/95 Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union
(CIAU) season: two CIAU championships, three Canada West
titles, 24 CIAU all-Canadians,
34 Canada West all-stars, three
ail-Americans and four coach-
of-the-year honours.
Paced by the national championship performances of the
men's soccer team and the women's swim team, UBC athletes
once again showed their winning ways this year.
The women won their second
straight CIAU swim title with
Sarah Evanetz leading the way
with five gold medals. The men's
soccer team blanked Alberta 5-0
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in the CIAU championship final
to take its fifth national championship in six years and its ninth
The women's soccer team fell
5-4 in penalty kicks to Dalhousie
to come within an eyelash of a
second straight CIAU championship.
Other 1994/95 highlights included:
A trip to the CIAU final by the
women's basketball team in a
season that was stopped short
as a result of a dramatic 71 -69
loss to Victoria in the third and
deciding game ofthe championship series;
A first-place finish by reigning B.C. amateur golf champion
Tracey Lipp in the Wyoming State
and University of San Francisco
The resurgence of UBC hockey
on the men's side and a resurrection of hockey on the women's side. After a nine-year hiatus, the women won the Division
II city championship.
A gold-medal performance by
slalom skier Mark Anderson at
the U.S. Western Regional Championships;
Gold-medal performances
by Lori Durward (1,000m,
1,500m, 4X800 relay) and Jeff
Schiebler (3,000m) at their respective CIAU track and field
Individual performances on
the part of swimmer Sarah
Evanetz, women's basketball
player Adair Duncan and men's
basketball player Ken Morris that
led to UBC athlete-of-the-year
Evanetz and Duncan shared
the Marilyn Pomfret Trophy as
UBC's most outstanding female
athlete. Morris took male athlete-of-the-year honors and the
Bobby Gaul Award. 12 UBC Reports • May 18, 1995
Faculty of Law celebrates 50 years
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
When George Curtis, UBC's first dean
of law, came to campus from Nova Scotia
in August 1945, it was with the understanding that he would have a year to set
things up. As it turned out, he had a little
less than one month. His acceptance of
President Norman Mackenzie's offer to
build a law school in western Canada
coincided with the end of the war and a
subsequent flood of veterans to Point
"No sooner had I sat down than they
were banging on my door," said Curtis,
1995 recipient of The Ramon John
Hnatyshyn Award for Law. "I tried to tell
them to head east because we had nothing but they said they'd prefer to stick it
out and take a chance here."
Justice Lloyd MacKenzie, former Attorney-General Robert Bonner and B.C.
Lt.-Gov. Garde Gardom were among the
first class of 86 students whom Curtis
lectured in the university drama society's
practice theatre located in Brock Hall
Seven years later, Prime Minister Louis
St. Laurent stood at the north end of
campus and presided over the official
opening of Canada's first building de
signed specifically for a faculty of law.
As the faculty celebrates its 50th anniversary, the George F. Curtis Building is
now home to the second largest common
law school in Canada. Each year the
school draws 180 students from across
the country into its LLB program and
about 50 students into its Master's and
PhD programs.
At the time of Curtis's appointment,
time and resources permitted little more
than a "bare-bones" selection of
coursework and little in the way of faculty
research. The faculty was ahead of its
time introducing taxation and labour law
in 1946.
By the late 1960s, which saw first-year
enrolment in law double to 236, economic and societal pressures called for a
revamping ofthe 23-subject curriculum approved by the Law Society of Upper Canada
a decade earlier. At UBC, these changes have
resulted in one ofthe broadest legal curricula
in the country.
Law Dean Lynn Smith says the
present national and international
character of the student population
is a direct result of the breadth and
depth of faculty research. Interests
among the 44 full-time faculty run
the spectrum of juridical categories
and pertain to matters of provincial,
John Chong photo
Graduating student Paul Winn (left). Dean Lynn Smith and founding Dean
George Curtis celebrate a half century of legal scholarship on campus.
Supreme Court Justice Esson
to receive honorary degree
The Hon. Justice William Esson,
chief justice ofthe Supreme Court of
British Columbia, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws at a special
ceremony in October.
Esson received his BA and LLB
from UBC in 1953 and 1957 respectively.
After a distinguished career in the
courtroom with the Vancouver firm
of Bull, Housser & Tupper, Esson
went to the Supreme Court as a
Puisne justice in 1979. He was elevated to the B.C. Court of Appeal in
1983 and six years later became chief
justice of the Supreme Court, the
largest court of superior trial jurisdiction in the province.
While at the bar, he was an exemplary practitioner and active participant in the education of young lawyers. On the bench he has written
leading judgments and managed the
William Esson
challenging task of amalgamating the
Supreme Court and the County Court of
national and international concern.
Legal systems as a whole, as well as
particular aspects of legal systems, are
investigated and analysed from various
theoretical perspectives. Research areas
today cover all traditional areas of public
and private law as well as new, interdisciplinary fields involving minorities, gays
and lesbians, young offenders, senior
citizens, victims of sexual assault, prison
inmates and people with disabilities, to
name a few.
While Smith acknowledges that the
primary function of law schools remains
that of preparing students for legal practice, she believes the public's understanding of what law is, and what makes a good
practitioner, has changed.
Faculties of law, she asserts, have an
obligation to provide a healthy mix of
interdisciplinary, comparative and theoretical legal study along with conventional legal scholarship.
This requires not only a knowledge of
legal doctrine, but also an understanding
of the social context in which legal concepts and principles are created, interpreted and applied. Said Smith: "If you're
not able to stand back from a body of
knowledge and question basic assumptions in an area, then you're not going to
be innovative. You may be a faithful
craftsperson, but you won't be at the
cutting edge."
The faculty has hosted a number of
events throughout the year to mark the
50th anniversary.
Prof. Peter Burns, chair ofthe anniversary committee, points to Oct. 12 - 14 as
being particularly notable. A conference
on the environment and law takes place
Thursday, Oct. 12 with speakers including Maurice Strong, secretary general of
the Earth Summit, and Jim MacNeill,
secretary general ofthe Brundtland Commission.
The following day an honorary Doctor of Laws will be awarded to Chief
Justice William Esson of the B.C. Supreme Court at a special ceremony in
the Great Hall of the Law Courts. Honorary LLB degrees will also be awarded
to members of the legal profession of
B.C. who received their legal education
in the province before the advent of
UBC's Faculty of Law.
Coinciding with the university's Homecoming celebrations, the faculty will host
an informal lunch-hour reception at the
law school on Oct. 14 featuring numerous archival and other displays. A gala
banquet follows that evening.
Michael Zeitlin, an assistant
professor of English, and bis
son Isaiah Dunne-Zeitlin stop to
admire the Brock Hall mural
Symbols for Education. The
mural was a gift to the university
from the graduating class of
1958. Assembled by Lionel
Thomas, a distinguished artist
and UBC architecture professor,
the huge mural, only a portion
of which is shown here, took
two years to complete. Each
symbol, made of Italian coloured
glass inlaid in cement,
represents a discipline taught
at UBC. For example, seen here
in the foreground is a wheel
representing mechanical
engineering, electrons for
electrical engineering, a cellular
chain reaction for chemistry and
chemical engineering, a mine
shaft for mining and a mould for
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