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 THE  UNIVERSITY   OF   BRITISH   COLUMBIA
VOL   55   I   NO   5   I   MAY   7,   2009
UBC REPORTS
2009     CONGREGATION     ISSUE
Degree of determination
Two strokes and a sprawling campus couldn't keep Gary Tarn from getting his UBC
By BRIAN LIN
It's 14 years in the making, but
when Gary Tarn walks across
the Chan Centre stage this May
to pick up his Bachelor's degree,
he'll know that nothing - not
even two strokes and a sprawling
campus - could keep him from
realizing his dream.
Tarn first came to UBC
straight out of high school in
1995. "I was actually a pretty
bright student and did really
well in high school," Tarn says.
"UBC is the best university in
the province - and one of the
best in the world - so it was a no
brainer choosing to come here."
But his first stint at UBC was
short-lived. Just two months
into his freshman year studying
engineering in the Faculty of
Applied Science, Tarn suffered
a stroke. "There is no family
history of heart disease and I
wasn't eating wrong, so it was a
complete shock," says Tarn, who
took a semester off but returned
the following fall to the Faculty
of Science.
His second stroke hit two
years later, severely affecting
his motor skills and forcing
him to eventually quit school in
2001. Despite being confined to
a wheelchair, Tarn volunteered
at the Heart and Stroke
Foundation, visiting elementary
schools in the Lower Mainland
and educating children about
strokes.
"In the back of my mind, I've
always wanted to come back and
get my degree," says Tarn. "I was
determined to do it even though
I was out of school for a long
time."
In 2006, Tarn enrolled in the
Food, Nutrition and Health
Program in the Faculty of
Land and Food Systems (LFS).
"I really wasn't sure what I
wanted to study," says Tarn. "In
retrospect I'm glad I stuck with
LFS because the people there
really went the extra mile to help
me complete my studies - and I
learned so much about important
issues facing our world today
like food security, organic crops
and food economics."
UBC's sprawling campus
presented a real challenge for
Tarn. Most of his classes were
Birdcoop Fitness Centre for
helping him meet the physical
demands of getting to and from
class. Exercises using his own
body weight - chin-ups, pushups and sit-ups, for example
- have improved his mobility so
he can ride public transit and get
around assisted by canes.
The word 'quit* just isn't in
his vocabulary."
held in the faculty's home
building about two kilometres
south of the bus loop -
approximately a 20-minute walk
for able-bodied persons.
"I thought I knew the rigours
of university but gosh was I
wrong," he says. "I had no
idea how hard it would be
to physically get to and from
school."
Tarn credits the UBC's
Tarn's exercise regimen has
also made him a popular fixture
at the home of the Thunderbird
varsity teams. "Gary always
has a smile on his face and he is
very dedicated to his workouts
and health," says Laura Jeary,
Manager of the Birdcoop. "He
is someone we look forward
to seeing each week and an
inspiration for a lot of people to
make the most of each day and
whatever life throws your way."
Jeary's admiration is mirrored
by many who have come in
contact with Tarn, including
Lynn Newman, LFS Assistant
Dean, Students.
"I absolutely love Gary as
the word 'quit' just isn't in his
vocabulary," says Newman.
"Despite the challenges that he
faces, he never complains and
just gets on with things. His
perseverance leads me to believe
that he's going to accomplish
great things in his life."
Tarn, who hopes to pursue
a career in business, says the
congregation ceremony will
be special to both him and his
family. Tarn's older brother
graduated from the same faculty
in 2000. "It feels good, you
know, finally getting that degree
that I've always been working
towards," says Tarn. "My parents
will definitely be there - they
can't wait to see me graduate. It's
been a long time coming." 13
re than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students
igrees at Congregation ceremonies from May 20-27 'n
jd June 5 in Kelowna. Theyjoin more than 250,000 alumni
worldwide. To see exclusive videos that accompany the stories in this
congregation edition, visit: www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubcreports.
For information about graduation ceremonies, visit: www.graduation.ubc.ca. I     UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY   7,    2009
Congratulations to Our New Associate Dean of
Scholarships & Awards: Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe
It is with great pleasure Dr. Barbara Evans, Dean ofthe
Faculty of Graduate Studies announces that Dr. Rhodri
Windsor-Liscombe has accepted the position of Associate
Dean, Scholarships and Awards effective July 1st, 2009.
This is a three year term appointment.
Along with an impressive research record in design
history and its social impact, Dr. Windsor-Liscombe
brings a wide array of experience in service to the
University and the community as a Department Head in
Art History and Visual Art and through his committee,
Senate, and Awards adjudication work. Notably his
Awards administration and adjudication experience has
been at both the institutional and national levels. Dean
Evans is delighted he has decided to join her team and his
new colleagues at Graduate Studies, Associate Deans Jim
Thompson, Cindy Prescott and Susan Porter. Assistant
Dean Dianne Tromba and the Awards team unit all look
forward to many interesting collaborations around
initiatives of excellence in graduate education.
Dianne Tromba, Assistant Dean,
Finance, Awards & Administration
Faculty of Graduate Studies, UBC
180-6371 Crescent Rd. Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Phone (604) 822-2080 Fax (604) 822-5802
INTHE NEWS
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A new UBC study suggests
people who smoke both
tobacco and marijuana may
have a high risk of developing
a group of lung diseases that
includes emphysema and chronic
bronchitis.
The findings suggest that
marijuana and cigarette smoking
may act "synergistically" to
promote chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, said UBC
Assoc. Prof. Wan-Cheung Tan.
However, smoking pot alone
doesn't seem to increase the risk
of the deadly lung condition, said
reports in Reuters, the Globe and
Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Forbes
and the CBC.
Spiders offer
evolutionary clues
UBC researcher Wayne
Maddison played a key role in
the discoveries of dozens of new
species of animals and plants in
a "lost paradise" in the South
Pacific.
Maddison documented 50
types of never-before-identified
jumping spiders during a month-
long trek through Papua New
Guinea.
He said three of the new
spider varieties were particularly
special, as they show strikingly
distinctive evolutionary lineages
that had been unknown before.
Bloomberg, the Guardian, the
Times, The Independent and the
Daily Telegraph reported on the
they experienced it, the lower
th
eir morale.
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Office flirtation lowers morale
A study co-authored by
Sauder School of Business Prof.
Karl Aquino finds that some
employees say they enjoy the
occasional sexually charged joke,
discussions of sexual matters or
flirtation around the office.
However, there's flip side:
those employees felt less valued
and were less productive than
those who frowned on sexual
banter, the study says.
The research, covered by
MSNBC, the National Post,
CTV and the Edmonton Sun,
found 10 percent of women
and 46 percent of men who had
experienced office titillation
found it enjoyable. But, the more
Take the bus, stay in shape
A new study by researchers
at UBC suggests taking public
transit may help you keep fit.
The study by researcher Ugo
Lachapelle and Assoc. Prof.
Lawrence Frank of the UBC
School of Community and
Regional Planning found people
who take public transit are three
times more likely than those
who don't to meet the Heart and
Stroke Foundation of Canada's
suggested daily minimum of
physical activity.
The study, reported by MSN,
the Huffington Post, CBC, Globe
and Mail, Metro and Times of
India, said people who drove
the most were the least likely to
meet the recommended level of
physical activity.
Correction: The photo
accompanying the May UBC
Reports story Ugandan students
advance digital literacy was
misattributed. It was taken by
Prof. Bonny Norton.
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from the source UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY   7,    2009     |     3
Katie Jeanes, co-organizer of Storm the Wall, is a top intramural player and won the first-ever Outstanding Student Award.
Student's legacy is over the wa
By SEAN SULLIVAN
Ask Katie Jeanes about her
greatest accomplishment during
her time at UBC, and she's quick
to answer.
"Storm the Wall," the
graduating Human Kinetics
student says. "It was like nothing
I'll ever experience again."
This year Jeanes, along with
UBC REC staff member Warren
Scheske, organized North
America's largest intramural
event, which involves upwards
of 10,000 participants and
spectators over six days. The
event is a team relay race around
campus that involves a swim,
sprint, road bike course, a one
kilometre run and culminates
with scaling a 12-foot wall.
"Being able to see the impact
we had on campus and having
thousands of people take part —
it was incredible," she says.
The event caps off a long list
of accomplishments in her time
at UBC, which include playing
a part in the coordination of
GALA, the international student
orientation program, a term as
vice-president of the Human
Kinetics Undergraduate Society
and coordinating volunteers for
the 2008 Student Leadership
Conference.
As an avid basketball,
volleyball and soccer player,
it's little surprise that Jeanes
received the 2007 Earl Award for
being the top female intramural
participant at UBC. This year, she
was the first recipient of the UBC
Outstanding Student Award,
presented annually to a student
who has made exceptional
volunteer contributions.
As she graduates this May
with a degree in Kinesiology
and Health Science, with a
minor in Commerce, Jeanes says
her volunteer work was key in
shaping her degree.
"Through being involved in
UBC REC I saw how I could use
my degree in sport and event
management," she says.
Jeanes climbed the ranks of
the UBC REC program, which
oversees sports and events as
wide-ranging as basketball,
dodgeball and even inner-tube
water polo, in her four years at
UBC. This year she was one of
six event directors, after terms as
a director of Nitobe Basketball,
Handley Cup Soccer & SRC
Futsal and Todd Ice Hockey.
Jeanes also re-launched UBC
REC's ice hockey league after
a one-year hiatus, leading a
campus-wide promotional blitz
that filled the program on the
first day of registration.
Not bad for someone who
admits to being a little afraid
of ice.
"I can't skate and I don't
know how to play hockey, but
I know how to organize," she
laughs.
Jeanes also took advantage
of UBC's Go Global program,
spending a semester at the
University of Queensland in
Australia studying human
kinetics and sciences.
"It's one of the best things I've
done with my time at UBC,"
she says.
As she readies to graduate,
Jeanes has one suggestion for
new students eager to add
an extra dimension to their
university career.
"Just get involved," she
says. "Try everything until you
find something you're really
passionate about, and stick with
it."
"I've met people on their first
day at UBC, and it's obvious that
they are terrified. But they figure,
'I'm here, so I might as well
throw myself into the fire and see
what happens.' I think that's a
great approach to take." 13
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School of Human Kinetics celebrates 60 years
It's been six decades since UBC's School of Human Kinetics graduated its first class of 38
students, most of them Second World War veterans whose tuition was paid by the federal
government.
This May, 196 students will graduate from the school that's grown from a physical education
program to a discipline devoted to a comprehensive and systematic study of movement
behaviour.
The program began in 1936 as the Department of Physical Education, with intramurals and
a voluntary physical education program. By 1945, all undergrads were required to take two
years of physical education classes in sports and dance.
In 1946, the department offered Western Canada's first four-year degree program in P.E., and
in 1949 graduated its first class.
Canada's first masters of physical education followed, before the school moved under the
umbrella of the Faculty of Education in 1963.
The curriculum changed a number of times throughout the years, and in 1987 students could
choose from seven different programs. Two years later the school introduced its first enrolment
restrictions to curb a flood of applications.
By 1994, the school was re-named the School of Human Kinetics, offering a bachelor and
master's degree in Human Kinetics, as well as a PhD, M.Sc. and M.A.
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For the love of chemistry
ByBUDMORTENSON
"I love chemistry" is handwritten down the front of Jessica
Pilfold's lab coat. Front, back,
sleeves and sides, the coat is also
adorned with colourful thank-
you messages from chemistry
students she helped this year
as a teaching assistant at UBC
Okanagan.
Pilfold is about to graduate
with a chemistry degree and is
considering a future in teaching
chemistry — or maybe forensic
lab work — as she moves on
from being an undergrad, a
teaching assistant, a tutor, and a
student ambassador, to become a
graduate student this summer. It's
the next phase in an educational
adventure that began four years
ago, when Pilfold moved from
Winnipeg, Manitoba, to attend
the brand-new UBC Okanagan.
"It was more than I expected,"
she says of the campus when
she arrived in August 2005 as
one of the first students at UBC
Okanagan, and one of the first to
receive a four-year UBC Major
Entrance Scholarship totaling
$40,000.
Pilfold says she learned
important things about herself
during her four years as an
undergraduate. "With a major in
chemistry and a minor in math,
I found I could be interested
in different subjects at once,"
she says. "And I learned how
to manage my time. Something
a lot of students struggle with
is finding a balance between
school and work. I found having
a scholarship - allowing me to
Jessica Pilfold's research experiences this year as an undergraduate at UBC Okanagan encouraged her to
continue into graduate studies.
focus on academics - was very
beneficial."
Though her scholarship
alleviated some of the financial
pressure of student life, Pilfold
found it rewarding to work on
campus. For two and a half
years she served as a student
ambassador leading visitors on
tours of the UBC Okanagan
campus, and she joined the
Academic Resource Centre as a
chemistry tutor. "They are jobs
that I enjoy, not out of necessity
but out of desire - things like
tutoring and being a teaching
assistant."
At the end of her third year,
Pilfold received an Irving K.
Barber Undergraduate Research
Award which funded a summer
of chemistry research under
the supervision of chemistry
researcher Alaa Abd-El-
Aziz - who as Provost holds
the position of top research
and academic officer at UBC
Okanagan.
The summer project had
Pilfold developing a special kind
of molecule called a calixarene
that can have many useful real-
world applications.
"We were creating molecules
shaped like baskets, with
the goal of attaching smaller
molecules to the upper and
lower rims of the basket, and
then making a polymer (even
larger molecule) of the new
material," she says. "Calixarenes
can have filtering properties and
sensing properties - you could
use them to, for example, take
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Couple drops everything to pursue law degrees
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By SEAN SULLIVAN
At an age when many
successful professionals are
settling in to a comfortable
lifestyle, Bob Kucheran and
Brenda Osmond made an
unusual choice.
Tossing aside an award-
winning downtown condo,
six-figure incomes and fulfilling
professional lives in pharmacy,
the married couple decided to
start fresh.
This May, Kucheran and
Osmond will graduate side-by-
side from the UBC Faculty of
Law.
"We decided, when it came
to our previous life, 'Been there,
done that, what's next?'" says
Kucheran, 61. "We wanted to
do something that would build
upon our previous careers,
something that would open new
doors for us, and something we
could do together."
Osmond is already a UBC
alumna, having graduated in
the second-ever class of UBC's
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
program in the 1990s. Her
studies there led her to the
College of Pharmacists, where
she was deputy registrar for 10
years.
Kucheran's career includes
stints in the Air Force and as
a counsellor to troubled teens,
before his most recent post
as CEO of the B.C Pharmacy
Association.
Now married for 15 years, the
pair worked on opposing sides
of the street in the pharmacy
world: he in advocacy, she in
regulation. In the late 1990s,
they led the charge to have the
morning-after pill made available
to women in B.C. without a
doctor's prescription - a first in
the world.
At UBC's Law school, they've
worked side-by-side. "I don't
believe I could have done this,
were it not for the fact that
Brenda and I were doing this
together," Kucheran says. "Our
reading load in first year was
somewhere around 150 to 200
pages of dense legal text every
night, just to get ready for classes
the next day.
"The fact that we were both
going through that, we managed
to pull each other along by our
bootstraps," he says.
The workload wasn't the only
challenge. In their second year
of law school, Osmond was
diagnosed with colon cancer.
Her course selection had to be
tailored to allow flexibility while
she recovered from surgery then
fought her way through a biweekly chemotherapy schedule.
That's where her competitive
streak kicked in.
continued on page 6 UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY   7,    2009     |    5
Africa feeds Pharmacy grad's compassion
By RANDY SCHMIDT
Kristin DeGirolamo's family
has shaped her passions in life.
Her interests have taken her
from Victoria, B.C., to Uganda,
and from competitive golf to
pharmacy studies. Ultimately,
they've led to an unusually well-
defined career focus on HIV/
AIDS drug therapy.
The Pharmaceutical Sciences
graduating student grew up
in a family of golfers - her
grandmother's picture hangs
in the B.C. Golf Hall of Fame
housed just beside UBC's
Vancouver campus.
DeGirolamo played varsity
golf herself for three years at the
University of Victoria, before
figuring out how she wanted to
pursue her other distinct interest:
caring for those with HIV/AIDS.
Her mother was a nurse
whose own life was shaped
by a colleague - Wayne - who
contracted HIV/AIDS, and
passed away. The red-headed
DeGirolamo has fond childhood
memories of Wayne, who also
had red hair, taking her for
strawberry sundaes.
Her mother's profession,
and the death of her childhood
friend, fed an early interest in
health care. But DeGirolamo was
struggling through large classes
in biochemistry at UVic before
she came upon the field that
was a perfect fit: pharmaceutical
sciences.
Through a summer job she
met Dr. Reg Smith, a UBC
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Kristin DeGirolamo spent a summer in Uganda working with The AIDS Support Organization (TASO).
Pharmacy alumnus working
with the Victoria Heart Institute
Foundation. Smith saw patients
every day, and helped conduct
drug trials and develop new drug
therapies.
"This was something I
could really get into," says
DeGirolamo. "It had the patient
side, as well as the scientific
side. I needed something with
a human aspect, but I was also
very interested in research."
Smith encouraged DeGirolamo
to apply to UBC's Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2005.
Four years later she is poised to
graduate and enter a demanding
hospital residency program as
a clinical pharmacist. She is
thrilled she will get to do an HIV
rotation.
From her first year, despite
the heavy demands of the
professional program,
DeGirolamo has volunteered
with the B.C. Persons with AIDS
Society. She writes a regular drug
information column for their
newsletter.
After her second year,
DeGirolamo went to Uganda
for the summer, through a
work term organized by UBC's
Go Global office, to volunteer
with the The AIDS Support
Organization (TASO). She was
impressed with the efforts of
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Matthew Tunnicliffe's Olympic snowboard dreams almost crashed to earth this year.
By BASIL WAUGH
Matthew Tunnicliffe, a hopeful
for Canada's 2010 Olympic
snowboard team, spent his UBC
studies learning how materials
are made. This year, he learned
what he was made of.
The high-flying student almost
saw his Olympic dreams crash to
earth when he shredded his ankle
- just 15 months before the
Vancouver 2010 Winter Games -
and had to undergo surgery.
Tunnicliffe went from blasting
40-foot jumps, and racking
up serious airmiles to race in
exotic alpine locations, to being
completely grounded. But the
graduating engineering student
says the upcoming Games have
provided ample motivation for a
speedy recovery.
"It would mean so much to
me to race for Canada in the
Olympics," says Tunnicliffe,
who is jockeying - along with
his older brother Patrick - for
one of Canada's four available
roster spots for snowboardcross,
a high-octane mix between
snowboarding and motocross.
"My focus has totally been on
making the team and staying on
top of school."
"I lost valuable time with my
injury, but I've worked hard to
make it up," says Tunnicliffe,
who couldn't even walk four
months ago. After a grueling
rehab, the 24-year-old returned
to competition just five weeks
after doctors repaired his ankle
in December 2008.
In 2010, snowboardcross
will make its second Olympic
appearance after debuting
in 2006 in Torino, Italy.
Competitors gear up in
protective armour and hurtle
downhill at speeds in excess of
60 kilometres per hour, racing
each other and the clock. Steep
banks, jumps and hairpin turns
are fixtures on the special
courses, as are spectacular wipe-
outs. "It's total mayhem, but a
total rush," he says.
UBC's materials engineering
program - ranked among
the best in North America -
attracted the Gananoque, Ont.
native to UBC. "Materials and
how things are made have
always fascinated me," says
Tunnicliffe, who learned the
qualities and processes required
to produce nanomaterials,
biomaterials, composites and
metals.
Visit www.ubc.ca/2010 for
more UBC Olympic and
Paralympic stories
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Marisol Valerio - and her alter ego Violet Sin - is driven by passion in her pursuit of higher education and musical inspirations.
Exploring nature, music with passion
By BRIAN LIN
Passion underscores everything
Marisol Valerio does, be it
collecting soil samples by
helicopter in the Northwest
Territories or playing the violin
dressed as her alter ego, medieval
fantasy warrior Violet Sin.
The Costa Rican transplant
was attracted to B.C. for its
natural beauty and diverse
culture, and she got everything
she had hoped for - on top of
an education she says would
be "difficult to find elsewhere"
in the faculties of Science and
Applied Science.
"Geological engineering
combines my love of math and
physics with my passion for the
outdoors," says Valerio, who's
graduating this month with a
Bachelor of Applied Science
degree. "People in my field get
into it because they enjoy the
work. It's definitely not your
average nine-to-five desk job."
Valerio says the mentors and
colleagues she's met over the past
five years are serving society by
providing something it needs.
"And we're coming up with
knowledge and skills to bring the
industry beyond complying with
existing regulations but doing
what's best for the environment
- because for many of us, our
love of nature is why we got into
the field in the first place."
While her studies and co-op
placements have taken her from
diamond mines in Canada's
Northwest Territories to uranium
explorations in Australia, her
musical talents have taken
her back in time in a variety
of genres. Valerio has served
as orchestra conductor and
performed in four student opera
productions and also plays the
violin in three bands spanning
country, Latin and "folk metal"
genres.
On stage, Valerio (a.k.a Violet
Sin, her folk metal persona) is
joined by fellow UBC students
and Scythia band members -
Thorgen Hellhammer, Helmut
Doomfist, Lady Thundertroll,
Savage Tombfiller and the
Souleater - as she unleashes the
"angel's harp," or violin. Their
original "battle songs" tell stories
of wizards and goblins.
"I've been playing the violin
since I was four but it wasn't
until I came to UBC that I
realized there were so many
different ways of expressing
myself musically," says Valerio.
"In a way, it sums up my
experience here in Vancouver,
where you can hear five different
languages just sitting on the bus.
"The opportunity to immerse
myself in a variety of opinions
and traditions and learn from
students and teachers from
around the world has really
broadened my horizon," she
adds. "As an international
student, it's reassuring to see
people embracing diversity -
I never felt like an outsider."
With a full-time job already
lined up with a Vancouver-
based consulting firm, Valerio
is looking forward to taking a
few days off to visit Hawaii.
"Compared to my native Costa
Rica, the pace is so much faster
here and people are a lot more
'efficient,'" she says. "Managing
time well and keeping a good
work-life balance is another
valuable skill I've learned during
my time at UBC."
To hear Scythia performances,
visit the band's MySpace
profile at www.myspace.com/
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CHEMISTRY
continued from page 4
contaminants out of drinking
water."
The experience ignited new
research ideas, and that summer
project became the focus of her
fourth-year honours project in
organic chemistry.
"The Undergraduate Research
Award project gave me hands-
on experience in a lab doing
research that has never been
done before - it's on the leading
edge, new, and very exciting,"
says Pilfold. "I became more
aware of what I wanted out
of my degree and it definitely
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"Kudos to Ike Barber for
donating the money for such
an important and rewarding
program," she says of the
forestry magnate and UBC
alumnus who has contributed
more than $30 million to
support initiatives at both
UBC campuses, including the
Undergraduate Research Award
program in the Okanagan.
"It's something not a lot of
students get to do. If you receive
a URA, you're really lucky,"
says Pilfold. "You're in for an
experience that teaches you
things you could never learn
in a classroom. It gives you
a breadth of knowledge that
makes you really well-rounded in
a particular subject area. It helps
you decide what you want to
focus on." 13
LAW
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"I just couldn't let Bob
graduate before I did," she
laughs. "I'm now fully recovered,
and we're going to be on the
convocation platform together."
Both students have eagerly
added extracurricular roles to
their already bulging schedules.
In 2008 he was elected executive
director of the UBC Law
Students' Legal Advice Program,
which provides free legal advice
and representation at clinics
located throughout Vancouver.
Osmond was chosen by her peers
as law school representative to
the UBC Senate in her third year.
As they prepare for a new
chapter in their careers -
Kucheran in criminal law,
Osmond in a broader role - they
have high praise for UBC's law
program.
"The faculty and staff have
been a great support to both
of us. Neither of us has ever
been aware of being treated
differently because of our age,"
Osmond says. "Obviously we're
old enough to be parents or
grandparents to some of the
students, but we just all felt like
colleagues."
That's not to say their kids
weren't allowed to put in a
couple of jabs.
Kucheran's son Michael, now
26, was in his final year at UBC
when his father began his first
year of law. "He told his friends
on the T-Birds football team that
his old man doesn't know what
he wants to be when he grows
up," Kucheran laughs. "That's
pretty much true." 13 UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY    7,    2009     |     7
Dan Haves produced hard-hitting news stories for PBS Frontline, HDNet's Dan Rather Reports and CBC.
A brave new media world
By BASIL WAUGH
You might think Dan Haves
would be worried about his
future. Think again.
Sure, news organizations are
shedding jobs at unprecedented
rates as audiences and advertisers
flock from traditional news
formats - newspapers, radio and
television - to the web.
But as Haves and the UBC
Graduate School of Journalism
class of '09 prepare to enter a
hyper-competitive labour market,
he is confident their future is
bright.
"Reading about job cuts is
scary, but people want news
more than ever," says Haves,
a native of London, Ont. who
recently completed an internship
with the CBC. He says people
are choosing a new generation
of websites that allow them
to personalize breaking news
and commentary, such as
Google News. "The industry is
reorganizing. It's painful, but
skilled journalists are crucial,
especially now."
Haves believes newsrooms are
moving towards a model that
UBC's journalism program has
long championed: multiplatform
journalism. In the old model,
large news organizations
assign several journalists to
each produce content for their
specialty medium: print, TV,
radio and online. In this new
model, a single journalist does
it all.
"We're trained to arrive at a
news event and do everything -
video, photos, writing, editing,"
says Haves, a film studies major
who was attracted to UBC by
faculty such as Peter Klein,
Emmy Award-winning 60
Minutes producer, and Alfred
Hermida, founder of the BBC's
news website. "I also like being
able to wear shorts 365 days a
year in Vancouver."
Haves complemented his
technical skills with classes in
subjects such as ethics and law
to prepare him for challenges
journalists face. A major
highlight, he says, was a pilot
International Reporting class,
in which students travelled to
China, Ghana and India, creating
a hard-hitting documentary on
rich countries sending waste to
developing countries. "It could
air on PBS Frontline as early as
June," he says.
"International reporting is
perhaps the most challenging
form of journalism, because
you are working in a different
language and a different culture,"
says Haves of the class which
recently received $1 million from
Vancouver philanthropist Alison
Lawton to send 10 students each
year abroad to cover important
and under-reported issues. "But
it was an amazing experience
and I'm a better journalist
because of it."
Haves co-produced a
documentary on Insite,
Vancouver's safe injection
site for HDNet's Dan Rather
Reports, another unforgettable
experience. "It was so great
watching Dan Rather in
action," Haves says of the iconic
newsman who mentored UBC
students for a second consecutive
year. "He taught me a lot about
staying in control of difficult
interviews - and I know it's an
experience I wouldn't have had
anywhere else."
To see a Haves news story,
visit visit: www.publicaffairs.ubc.
ca/ubcreports 13
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continued from page 5
this Ugandan group which has
helped reduce the rate of AIDS
infections from about 25 per
cent to nine per cent in Masaka,
Uganda. Mornings were spent
organizing patients' drugs, and
afternoons were spent riding
through remote areas on the
back of a motorcycle to deliver
care to patients. The experience
had a huge impact on her.
"Africa and its people are
so beautiful, and they have
been unfairly ravaged by this
disease," says DeGirolamo. "My
experience strengthened me
wanting to go into HIV care. I
really value being able to go and
contribute what I can."
Volunteering is clearly a
way of life for this graduate.
During her four years at UBC
she also found time to join the
pharmaceutical fraternity Kappa
Psi and was elected its regent.
Fraternity members focused on
community service, serving at
a Vancouver soup kitchen and
doing local fundraising.
She was also elected by her
peers to serve as the student
representative on the board
of the Canadian Pharmacists
Association for two years.
DeGirolamo's time in Uganda
serving those with HIV/AIDS,
however, remains a real highlight.
"The kindness of people was
amazing," says DeGirolamo.
"That's something I'll definitely
try to remember in my practice.
Sometimes people just need
you to listen, and acknowledge
that what they are saying is
important." 13
ENGINEERING
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Tunnicliffe says the Faculty
of Applied Science is one of
his biggest fans, providing
flexibility and more than $5,000
in financial support. "They have
been so supportive. Everyone is
always pumped to hear about
how things are going."
"It was a really challenging
season, but the adversity made
me both a better athlete and
student," says Tunnicliffe, who
tracks his progress daily in a
training journal. "Having to
juggle school and sport, plus
the injury, really made me dig
deep," he says. "I learned the
importance of goals, blocking
out distractions, staying focused,
time management and the ability
to perform at the right time,
under pressure.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to use
all these skills up on Cypress
during the 2010 Winter Games."
Last month, the Canadian
Snowboard Federation
recognized Tunnicliffe's
dedication to snowboarding with
a $5,000 award, named after the
late Canadian snowboarder Jake
Holden.
For more information:
Matthew and Patrick
Tunnicliffe website:
tunniclifferacing.com
Tunnicliffe competition video:
www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/
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Grad studies loss of traditional identity
By BRIAN LIN
Kyle Bateson's Master's thesis
paints an artful portrait of a
landless First Nations people and
the strong spiritual connection
its younger generation -
including himself - has to a land
they have yet to call home.
Bateson is a member of the
Missanabie Cree First Nation,
a community displaced from its
traditional territory in Northern
Ontario when the Government
of Canada failed to set aside land
for the signatory band as part of
Treaty No. 9 in 1906.
Growing up in Saskatoon,
Bateson's only interaction with
his traditional territory was an
annual weeklong gathering,
a tradition that only began in
1992.
"Like many other Aboriginal
peoples, the Cree see themselves
as interconnected with their
environment and all living things
and spirits therein," says Bateson.
"For example, memory is said
to be embedded in the land and
in the observation of changes
and transition of landmarks and
events in the territory."
The impact on his
community's value system
- or on that of any landless
Aboriginal community - from
being denied access to their land
had never been comprehensively
evaluated until Bateson
undertook it as his Master's
thesis. The study - and the
process leading to its results - is
especially poignant now that the
Kyle Bateson found that young people like him have strong connections to their traditional territory despite
never having lived there.
Missanabie Cree First Nation is
on the brink of reaching a land
transfer agreement with Ontario.
"My family and the people
in my community supported
me through my undergrad and
I wanted to do something that
would be useful in the effort to
regain our place," says Bateson,
who pursued graduate studies at
UBC's Faculty of Forestry after
receiving his Bachelor's degree
there in 2006.
By surveying band members
living across Canada and during
the last annual gathering,
Bateson asked fellow members
to list and prioritize what the
traditional territory meant to
them in the past and into the
future. What he found both
validated long-held beliefs and
unearthed new insights.
"Three themes emerged
from the process: cultural
and spiritual, economic and
conservation, and community
infrastructure," says Bateson.
"Despite the long absence from
their traditional territory, the
majority of the members saw the
land as a spiritual place and as
part of their identity."
In addition, while community
members had different ways of
expressing their connections
to the land, they agreed that
any future development needs
to address sustainability and
ecological responsibility, as well
as economic benefits.
Bateson also found that
young people had strong ties to
the land. "The majority of the
participants who emphasized the
cultural and spiritual values of
the land were between the ages
of 18 and 30," says Bateson.
"Despite never having lived
on their traditional territory,
the annual gatherings over the
past 17 years have allowed our
youth to visit the land of their
ancestors and engage in activities
that help answer questions about
their cultural identity."
Bateson's thesis defense was
attended by members of the
Missanabie First Nation, who
"unanimously expressed their
support and admiration for
Kyle's work in a very moving
way," according to the Defense
Chair Report. "One member of
the band's Council stated that he
was going to need to re-evaluate
his own views as a consequence
of reading the results reported in
the thesis."
"This work is for members
of my community. To have
them participate in the pursuit
of my education was very
gratifying," says Bateson, who
will be the first graduate in the
Faculty of Forestry to receive a
new Honours designation for
outstanding Master thesis.
Since passing his thesis
exams, Bateson has moved to
Prince Rupert to begin work as
an environmental assessment
coordinator for the Gitxaala
Nation.
"Throughout my time at UBC,
I've had the opportunity to focus
on First Nations land issues,"
says Bateson. "That, along with
training in research and scientific
methodology, has been extremely
valuable in my current job and
ensuring the interests of the First
Nations are addressed." 13
Medicine grad helps others start over
By DANIEL PRESNELL
Nailyn Rasool recalls
something her father, a family
doctor in Burnaby, told her one
night after they helped a recently
landed immigrant family with
their sick child.
"That was us 30 years ago,"
said the elder Dr. Meenaz
Rasool, a Ugandan refugee.
"When we came to Canada,
we were in the same position
as those people; we didn't have
money for medication, and we
didn't know where to go for
support."
The events of that night
awakened the younger Rasool
to a new calling: becoming a
doctor, and helping refugees with
stories similar to her own family
to lead productive, healthy, and
meaningful lives in their new
communities.
"In medicine we empower
people to take responsibility for
their health,," says Rasool, who
graduates from the UBC MD
undergraduate program this
May. "To me, we're working
with refugees to empower
individuals not only with health,
but with their education, their
finances, their self-confidence
and identity."
As an undergraduate at the
University of Toronto, she co-
founded Learning to Integrate
New Cultures Canada, a refugee
Nailyn Rasool helped start a refugee outreach program while an
outreach program that provides
resources and mentors to help
educate and integrate refugee
youth in their new communities.
The successful program led her
to Ottawa, where she worked
with the UN High Commission
on Refugees to develop and
implement education programs
promoting pluralism.
While those experiences
have been thrilling, none quite
compare with the lessons learned
from the young refugees she
has worked with in Metro
Vancouver. Rasool describes an
unproductive tutoring session
with a 16-year-old girl from
Afghanistan, who had lived most
of her life under the Taliban, and
was not allowed to go to school.
Rasool repeatedly reminded her:
all you have to do is study.
"She finally turned to me and
said, 'I don't know how to study.'
Something as simple as studying
was so foreign to her and that
is huge when you are trying to
advance your education."
Rasool believes such
obstacles, while difficult, can be
surmounted. She points to her
recent participation in Peace
Child International's 2008 World
Youth Congress in Quebec
City as proof. The World
Youth Congress brings together
young adults chosen from over
120 countries on the basis of
community service, innovation
and leadership.
"It was amazing to discuss
the needs of young people
from different perspectives,
and to work with people at the
top of government and nongovernmental aid organizations,
and with young people who
are active in their communities
around the world," says Rasool.
"One of the main themes was
that change doesn't come from
the top down, it has to come
from all levels."
She admits that on the surface,
her focus on medicine and her
work with refugees bears little
apparent relationship. But to
her, it is a perfect encapsulation
ofthe "all levels" approach
she champions. She sees
tremendous opportunity to fuse
her knowledge and experience
to further international health
development.
In fact, her passion for
helping others start over may
have exerted some influence
on Rasool's choice to pursue a
career in Neurology.
"It is a profession where you
really work with the person,
because when someone has a
neurological illness, you work
with them on the medicine, but
also their soul—getting them
back to where they used to be,
and helping them attain a better
quality of life." 13 UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY   7,    2009     |     9
Dentistry grad committed to service
By SEAN SULLIVAN
For Michelle Lauwers
dentistry is more than a science:
it's a charitable calling and an
art.
"An artist may take a piece of
wood or stone and carve it into
something beautiful," Lauwers
says. "In the same way we're
taking a piece of composite or
amalgam and sculpting a smile."
The graduating Dentistry
student will have plenty of
support as she embarks on her
career: Her husband, brother-in-
law, and sister-in-law are all UBC
Dentistry graduates.
"We try not to talk too
much about dentistry," she
says of husband Ryan Lauwers
(DMD'04), brother-in-law
Kevin Lauwers (DMD'05) and
sister-in-law and long time friend
Candace Woodman (DMD'07).
Choosing dentistry as a career
wasn't on Lauwers' mind while
growing up in Port Moody, B.C.,
though she says she was never
one to shy away from visits to
the dentist. "I loved getting the
prize at the end," she laughs.
After two years at the
University of Victoria, she
studied to become a dental
assistant at Vancouver
Community College. After
completing the certified dental
assisting program she realized
that she wanted to further
pursue a career in dentistry. A
degree in cellular and molecular
biology at SFU followed before
she began Dentistry at UBC.
As the clinic representative
for her class and team leader of
the mentoring program, she's
Michelle Lauwers hopes to team with family members to create a dental mission to Mexico.
received a number of awards,
including the Dr. Cai Waddell
Memorial Scholarship and the
Dr. Cai Waddell Western Canada
Dental Society Scholarship.
Lauwers has also been active
in the program's volunteer
efforts, which include free
and low-cost clinics in the
Downtown Eastside. She
describes her volunteer work in
the neighbourhood as "eye-
opening and rewarding."
"People have preconceived
ideas about the Downtown
Eastside, but many of the
residents are just everyday
people who have not had access
to dental care," she says.
Patients the students see in
the community are frequently in
pain, due to a lack of preventive
treatment and education in oral
self-care. The UBC students
perform extractions, fillings and
the beginnings of root canals to
ease the patients' suffering.
Lauwers' leadership and desire
to help others has led her to
future aspirations of a dental
mission to Mexico. Along with
her husband, brother-in-law and
sister-in-law, she hopes to partner
with their church, which has
already established an ongoing
ministry in Mexico.
"As a family we are hoping
to provide much needed
preventive and restorative dental
treatment for the people of this
community," she says.
There's a host of logistics to be
contemplated before planning of
this ambitious project begins, but
Lauwers says she feels a calling
to help.
"I have a skill that can be
used to serve people who are
less fortunate than me," she
says. "The major goal would
be to alleviate pain and provide
education on preventive oral
self-care."
In the immediate future,
Lauwers is hoping to begin the
next chapter of her career as an
associate dentist.
"I'd like to find a principal
dentist who will be a good
mentor and shares a similar
philosophy of practice," she
says, "someone I can learn from
and who will help me grow as a
clinician.
"As dentists, we are committed
to lifelong education, in order
to provide the highest quality of
care for our patients." 13
Graduating with a patent
NEW     VENTURE     DESIGN     2009
Crystal Hung and Alex Zolpys are turning class projects into new consumer products in an innovative UBC course.
By BASIL WAUGH
UBC graduating student
Crystal Hung hopes a reality
television show will help turn
a class project into a successful
new consumer product.
The Sauder School of Business
student entrepreneur is co-
creator of EasyPlug, a magnetic
adapter designed to prevent
injuries and protect electronic
devices. When someone trips
on its cord, the accessory
automatically releases from its
power source. "That means no
flying laptops, no people tripping
on cords," the 23-year-old says.
Next month, Hung and five
students will pitch the concept
to the Vantec Angels, a group
of Vancouver-area technology
entrepreneurs. The team has also
been guaranteed an audition
with CBC's popular venture-
capitalist television show,
Dragon's Den.
"I am excited to see how far
we can take this," says Hung,
who has already won more than
$15,000 at Canada's largest
venture business competitions,
including Toronto's TieQuest
and Vancouver's Enterprize. She
and her team have created a
patent and company to support
EasyPlug, which is compatible
with most home electronics,
from vacuum cleaners to power
tools.
Another UBC student
invention turning heads is
Purelito, a portable water
purifier for travelers. Using
ultraviolet (UV) radiation
technology - the same as
Vancouver's new Seymour-
Capilano water filtration plant
- the hockey puck-sized device
enables travelers to quickly
purify potentially unsafe
drinking water.
"You pour water in the top
and it comes out treated and
safe," says Purelito co-creator
Alex Zolpys, a graduating UBC
Faculty of Applied Science
student who will also present to
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Homework is the best medicine
By BRIAN KLADKO
Jocelyn Harris is the first
to admit that the research she
undertook for her doctorate is
a "no brainer." Yet it may very
well usher in a new approach to
helping victims of stroke recover
faster.
Harris, who will be one of
the first two UBC students to
receive a PhD in Rehabilitation
Science, drew from her own
experience as an occupational
therapist, helping patients regain
their strength and dexterity after
suffering strokes or injuries.
"I had way too many patients
to see individually," says Harris,
a 39-year-old Vancouver resident.
"I was really frustrated that I
couldn't give them enough time.
I started to think about what we
could do. That's what inspired
me to go back to school."
The answer was staring her in
the face during those 50-minute
therapy sessions: the patient
and their families. What if they
could do "homework" between
sessions, so the patients could
build on the progress made with
their therapists?
As commonsensical as the
idea seems, it went against
occupational therapy orthodoxy.
Therapists fear that exercises
done improperly could be
harmful. Family members,
already overwhelmed by events,
may not want the additional
burden of learning a set of tasks
and rallying their loved ones to
exert themselves.
"But I still think it was way
under-utilized," Harris says. At
MSA Hospital in Abbotsford,
where she worked mostly with
stroke patients, "family members
were often there, especially
spouses. Often they would sit
Jocelyn Harris has helped devise a set of exercises for the arm and hand that patients can do without therapists.
in my therapy sessions with the
client. I just sort of thought,
'What if we could actually get
them more involved?' "
With Physical Therapy
Professor Janice Eng, Harris
devised the Graded Repetitive
Arm Supplementary Program
(GRASP), a set of exercises for
the arm and hand that patients
could do without therapists.
With funding from the Heart
and Stroke Foundation of BC
and Yukon, they created a
user-friendly book with detailed
pictures and instructions
describing the exercises.
Therapists at four sites
in Vancouver, Kelowna and
Victoria distributed the books to
53 stroke patients, thoroughly
reviewed the material with
them and their family members,
and asked them to do the
assignments outside of the
sessions.
The results, to be published
in the June issue of Stroke,
showed GRASP patients notched
a 30 per cent improvement in
the use of their arms after four
weeks, compared to a 15 per
cent improvement in the control
group, based on their ability to
perform such tasks as putting
toothpaste on a toothbrush or
pouring water into a glass.
Harris also saw results on
a more personal level. A wife
who was helping her husband
turned to Harris and remarked,
"I didn't really know what I was
supposed to do to help him, and
now I feel like I can be part of
his recovery."
All four sites are now
implementing GRASP,
incorporating it into group
therapy and outpatient settings.
Eng, her advisor, is developing a
similar program for the leg.
"Jocelyn represented the ideal
doctoral student, who critically
questioned the current practices
in rehabilitation, really pushed
the boundaries of innovation,
and set in motion change that
would benefit the health of our
patients," Eng says.
In June, Harris heads to the
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
for a two-year fellowship. It
should come as no surprise that
Harris, who believes homework
can be the best medicine, wants
to pursue a career in academia. 13
Studying the past to build a better future
ByJODYJACOB
Aaron Derickson's heritage
has influenced his passion
for historical knowledge,
particularly regarding Canadian
and Aboriginal history.
A member of the Okanagan
First Nation, Derickson
graduates from UBC Okanagan
this June with a BA in History
and minor in French, and says
his goal is to use this knowledge
to create a better future for
himself, his community and his
culture.
"My family has certainly
played a big part in motivating
me," says Derickson. "My
grandfather was a chief, a
councilor, a farmer, a father and
a soldier. He was a lot of things
to many people, and he started
out with nothing.
"Canada was a different place
50 years ago, and my mother was
raised in poverty, even though
my grandfather worked very
hard. Their stories, and the way
they overcame their challenges
to help others, has been a strong,
positive factor in my personal
and educational journey."
HISTORY     2009
Aaron Derickson aims to become a high school history teacher, and to inspire future students.
Derickson plans to return to
UBC Okanagan in the fall to
get his bachelor of education,
bringing him a step closer to his
goal of becoming a high school
French and History teacher. After
completing his BEd, he wants
to pursue his master's degree in
Canadian Aboriginal history and
eventually, when the timing is
right, his PhD.
"I decided to become a high
school teacher because they
have the power to impact their
student's lives and inspire them
to find their own passions.
"Not only can I potentially
make a difference in the lives of
my students, but I can have a
positive impact on the Aboriginal
community in the Okanagan,
and eventually make an impact
in Canada and beyond."
Already Derickson has been
working to inspire others and
build his community in a positive
way. A youth worker for the
Westbank First Nation, he has
also been involved as a volunteer
pastor in his church, and in a
program called Connecting Fun
for Families, aimed at assisting
and educating parents on the
reserve.
As Derickson moves forward
in his life, with the goal of
helping others do the same, he
will take with him one very
important lesson from his
studies at UBC Okanagan: the
art of learning.
"I discovered how to really
learn," he explains. "There is a
difference between completing
an assignment and learning from
the assignment. This was part
of the character development I
underwent at university. I'd say
that the personal growth aspect
is my best memory of UBC
Okanagan." 13 UBC    REPORTS     |     MAY   7,    2009     |     II
Staff receive top UBC honour
NEW VENTURE DESIGN
continued from page 9
the Vantec Angels. "There's no
pumping or stirring in chemicals,
it's hands-free."
In addition to hard work,
Hung and Zolpys credit their
successes to an innovative
undergraduate UBC class, New
Venture Design. Established
in 2005, the two-term course
brings together business and
engineering students to create
new consumer products and
bring them to market.
"Unlike many courses that
involve business plans around
theoretical ideas, this course
requires that teams generate
a patentable idea and take
it forward as a real new
business start up," says Prof.
Paul Cubbon, Sauder School
of Business. "This involves
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funding and much more."
"Getting interdisciplinary
teams together, with a mix of
technical, finance, marketing and
communication skills is a great
experience for the students," says
UBC Engineering Prof. Philippe
Kruchten. "It is an effective way
to prepare them for their careers,
and as we continue to see, it
can even result in enterprise
creation."
Last year, one of the class
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for its peer-to-peer currency
exchange system. And the energy
monitoring product of another
class team, Energy Aware, will be
included in the Olympic Village
during the Vancouver 2010
Winter Olympic Games.
"This is the most time I've
put into anything, but it was
totally worth it," Hung says. "It
has been such a great learning
experience."
New Venture Design has
received financial support from
UBC alumnus and Vancouver
entrepreneur Ken Spencer, co-
founder of Creo.
Team EasyPlug members
include: Crystal Hung, Max
Miller, Ryan Fetterly, Jay Jagpal,
Shane Miller-Tait and Greg
Wong. Team Purelito: Alex
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McKee, Sherry Chen, Graham
Smith and Anika De la Flor. 13
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ubcreports
New Venture Design
(COMM/APSC486):
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EasvPlug:
Purelito:
www.purelito.com
PeerFX: peerfx.com/
Energy Aware:
www.energv-aware.com/
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and Kersti Krug.
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community are being recognized
for outstanding contributions
to campus life and for personal
achievements as recipients of the
2009 President's Service Award
for Excellence (PSAE). Each
recipient will receive the award
- a gold medal and $5,000 - in
a presentation during Spring
Congregation ceremonies.
Bernice Urbaniak,
Administrative Manager,
School of Human Kinetics
and President, Association of
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UBC since 1990. Urbaniak is
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John Sacre has worked at
UBC's Land and Building
Services since 1989. In his
current role he works to ensure
the campus is run well and that
public dollars are appropriately
allocated. Colleagues credit Sacre
with a commitment to getting
things done, and he has been
instrumental in developing an
apprenticeship program at UBC
for trades staff. Outside of UBC,
Sacre has been a medal-winning
field hockey player, and national
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Laura-Lynn Lowry has worked
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and then serving in Food Services
operating the Barn Coffee Shop,
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Wherever she has worked,
Lowry has been an effective
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She has volunteered her time
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United Way. Lowry also serves as
CUPE 116 senior shop steward
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Alan Steeves, Computer and
Electronics Manager in the Dept.
of Mechanical Engineering, is
acknowledged for providing
outstanding service to UBC
for 30 years. In addition to
managing the computer network
for a large department, Steeves
played a key role in attracting
a multi-million dollar in-kind
donation from the General
Motors sponsored PACE
program. He has served as
national secretary on the Trout
Unlimited Canada board, and is
a talented First Nations artist.
Kersti Krug is recognized for
service to UBC in many areas,
and especially for leadership
in the Faculty of Graduate
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of interdisciplinary units
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