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draws students
by Connie Filletti
Martin Dee photc
International students Nathan Swami, left, and Ivy Shiau are among the 4,500 UBC
students graduating during spring Congregation ceremonies May 24 to 27 in the War
Memorial Gymnasium. Shiau, a Hong Kong native, will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree,
while Swami, who came to UBC from India, will receive a Master of Applied Science. The
pair are pictured in UBC's Map Library.
Staff writer
Ivy Shiau and Nathan Swami
agree that UBC deserves an A+
when it comes to putting out the
welcome mat.
They are two of the 2,077
international students who attended UBC this year and are
among the 4,500 students scheduled to graduate during annual
spring Congregation ceremonies,
to be held at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30
p.m. each day. May 24 to 27, in
the War Memorial Gymnasium.
Shiau, a Hong Kong native,
will receive a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Theatre on May 26.
She arrived on campus in 1991
after discovering a love for the
stage while attending Cariboo
College in Kamloops.
Swami, who will receive a
Master of Applied Science degree in Metals and Materials
Engineering on May 25, came to
UBC from India because of the
reputation of the program and
his supervisor. Associate Prof.
David Dreisinger.
In addition to being attracted
by UBC's good name, both students agree that the university's
strong commitment to building
an international student community also got their attention.
"I had heard that there is a
strong international student
community at UBC," Swami said.
"That was an important factor in
my decision to come here."
Much of the credit for
UBC's success in welcoming
international students belongs to the International Student Centre, now in its fourth
decade of operation.
The centre, originally established to revive social and cultural activities for international
students, was recently re-named
as the International Student
Services Office (ISS) to reflect an
expanded mandate.
The centre's responsibilities
now include providing specialized services to support international students and the co-ordination of student exchange programs.
"Our main objectives are to
support the academic and personal growth of exchange students and international students, and to enrich the learning
environment for the UBC community by broadening the international experience on campus,"
said Winnie Cheung, ISS director.
With the help of more than
400 volunteers, mainly UBC students, faculty and staff, the ISS
provides a full range of year-
round support services to international students and scholars
including airport reception, temporary accommodation and special programs for spouses and
family members.
Approximately half of the 700
international students who are
new to UBC each year find their
way to ISS, many of them taking
advantage of an orientation program offered each September and
ISS staff have seen an increased demand for their advising services, especially for the
advice they provide about visas,
work permits and dealing with
cross-cultural issues.
UBC's community extends beyond campus limits
It is during Congregation that one has to be impressed by the
spirit of community exhibited by those who call UBC their academic
The pride of accomplishment exhibited by faculty and students
is unmistakable as they make their way into War Memorial Gymnasium for the conferring of degrees. Regardless of discipline,
regardless of academic pursuit, they are all members ofthe community we call the University of British Columbia.
Yet, this sense of community doesn't begin or end at UBC's gates.
We are all members of multiple communities. Each and every
person associated with this great institution, whether it's the
carpenter from Plant Operations, the faculty member devoted to
teaching and research, or the youngster involved in Community
Sports Services, brings with him or her a sense of community.
This sense of community is as diverse as the people themselves.
There are those who coach little league sports, others who volunteer
their services to help improve the lives of those less fortunate, those
who are active in professional organizations, and still others whose
greatest community effort lies in a sense of family commitment. The
campus community is a rich mosaic of those who call UBC home.
And who says you can't take it with you?
In the pages of this special issue of UBC Reports, you will read
about some ofthe members ofthe UBC community who are putting
their personal stamp of excellence, dedication and commitment on
a number of communities world wide.
You will learn of students who are working to address unique
cultural needs and issues through a number of university-related
initiatives, others judged to have reached a level of academic
excellence second to none in their respective disciplines, and others
about to embark on a quest for athletic excellence in the international sporting community.
Graduating UBC students may be leaving the campus, but they
remain members ofthe UBC community while reaching out to other
communities in their professional and personal lives.
Let us commend these students for the personal dedication they
exhibit as members of the UBC community, and the dedication of
spirit they take with them as they conquer new challenges in the
constantly evolving global community.
David W. StrangwayA V
President, UBC 2 UBC Reports ■ May 19, 1994
Awards reflect commitment to UBC, society
The UBC Alumni Association
has named five outstanding Individuals as the winners of its
annual awards for 1994.
The Alumni Award of Distinction goes to Dr. Patrick McGeer
(BSc, MD '56), who has a long
and distinguished career in
medical research conducting pioneering research into schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease
and, more recently, Alzheimer's
McGeer is also known for his
public service, most notably from
1975 to 1986, when he served as
B.C.'s minister of Education,
minister of
Science and
and minister of Universities,
Science and
He was
leader of
B.C.'s Liberal Party from 1968 to 1972. He
has also served as a director of
many organizations including
B.C. Hydro. B.C. Petroleum Corp
and the B.C. Medical Research
The Honorary Alumnus Award
goes to John Kim Bell (BA Music, '75, Ohio State). Bell was the
first North American native Indian to become a symphony conductor. He was also the youngest professional conductor in the
U.S. when he conducted his first
Broadway musical at the age of
Bell is also the founder of the
Canadian Native Arts Foundation, which has awarded more
than $1.6
million in
Canada to
help First
young people train in
the performing and
visual arts.
He has conducted symphony
orchestras in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Winnipeg and London, England. He also produced
and co-wrote the music for the
first native contemporary ballet.
Land of Spirits.
The Faculty Citation Award
goes to Walter Hardwick. a geography professor at UBC since
1959. He has served extensively
in the community throughout
his career, taking a leadership
role in many regional, provincial
and federal agencies.
He was an alderman on Vancouver city council from 1969-
74, a director of the GVRD in
1973-74 and more recently, chair
of the Vancouver: Choosing our
Future working group.
As a specialist in urban studies, Hardwick has brought his
expertise to many organizations,
including the B.C. Health Research Foundation, the National
Film Board of B.C., the Ministry
of Education and the Knowledge
The Blythe Eagles Volunteer
Award goes to Dr. Anthony
Cheng (MD, '67). Currently in
private practice in Hong Kong,
he is a founding member of Hong
Kong's North American Medical
Association and has served as a
consultant and director for numerous medical organizations.
Cheng has won other honours, including UBC's Outstanding Alumni Award in 1990 and
he served as Honorary Patron of
UBC during the university's 75th
anniversary celebration. He is
also a member of the Alumni
Association's board of directors
and is a former president of the
Hong Kong branch of the Alumni
Pair helps Somali immigrants
ease into new life in Canada
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
When Jenny Campbell and
Lorraine Klassen cross the stage
in the War Memorial Gymnasium on May 24 to receive their
Master of Education degrees in
Counselling Psychology, one
word will be fresh in their minds:
himilo, the Somali name for hope,
progress and accomplishment.
And although it may reflect
their feelings on Congregation
day, himilo has greater meaning
for both graduates. It is the name
adopted by a Somali women's
group Campbell and Klassen
have spent the past 10 weeks
counselling on issues arising
from adjusting to life In a new
Campbell and ^^^^^^"
Klassen were ideal
candidates to lead
the project, sharing research interests in cross-cultural and inter-cultural counselling,
interests influenced by similar
Born and raised
abroad —
Campbell in Kenya
and Klassen in Japan — both emigrated to Canada    	
at the age of 17.
"Canada wasn't home. I felt
caught between cultures,"
Klassen recalls.
Their involvement with the
Somali women's project stemmed
from practicums they had completed the previous year at UBC's
Women's Resources Centre.
Part of Continuing Studies,
the Women's Resources Centre
is located downtown and is part
of UBC's link to the community.
As such, it is on the leading edge
of developing programs to meet
societal needs.
"The opportunity
we have had to
express the
emotions we are
experiencing has
provided women
in the group with
less of a sense of
- Asha Jama
Left to right,
Jenny Campbell,
Ruth Sigal, Asha
Jama and
Lorraine Klassen
work together on
himilo, a project
sponsored by the
Resources Centre
to bring hope,
progress and
into the lives of
Somali women.
Margaret Wilson photo
Impressed by theirwork, Ruth
Sigal, the centre's director, enlisted their expertise after receiving a request
^^^^^^™ last November
from the Multilingual Orientation
Services Association for Immigrant
Communities to
help Vancouver's
growing Somali
population, especially the women,
with issues such
as family violence,
power and identity
struggles, discrimination and
child rearing.
         With  a  grant
from Continuing
Studies' Robert Englund Fund,
Sigal was able to launch the
project last month.
"Many other programs  are
very specific, focusing on one
product like resume writing and
job placement," Campbell said.
This project was designed to
deal more with cultural background, give the participants a
sense of hope, help them take
action for themselves to bond
more, empower them and set
specific goals."
Group member Asha Jama,
who came to Canada from Somalia in 1986, cited feedback as
one of the project's greatest
The opportunity we have had
to express the emotions we are
experiencing has provided
women in the group with less of
a sense of isolation," Jama said.
"We also have a greater understanding of what can be changed
and what can't be."
Campbell and Klassen plan
to establish a resource file for
Somali women and hope to follow up with the group to gauge
their progress, while Sigal will
apply for more funding to continue the project.
Student academic achievement
The names of students who this year finished at the top
of their graduating classes as well as recipients of the
Governor General's Academic Medal, awarded for academic
achievement, were not available at press time. They will
be featured in the June 16 issue of UBC Reports.
The Out-
Award goes
to Tricia
Smith (BA
'81, LLB
'85), an
into B.C.'s
Sports Hall
of Fame who has received more
international medals than any
other Canadian athlete.
Smith spent 13 years as a
member of Canada's rowing
team, winning medals at seven
world championships, including
a gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and a 1984
Olympic silver medal. She is the
only athlete in UBC history to
take part in four Olympics.
She serves a a member of
UBC's Athletic Committee and is
the first Canadian to be appointed to the women's commission of FISA, the International
Rowing Federation. She practices law in Vancouver.
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UBC has celebrated many milestones
since last May's Congregation ceremonies,
including these noteworthy events:
The First Nations Longhouse, built as a
centre for native education programs and to
serve as a cultural base for First Nations
students, celebrates its opening with 1,500
Kim Campbell, UBC's first female frosh
president, wins the federal Progressive
Conservative leadership race to become
the second prime minister to have graduated from UBC. The first was John Turner.
Construction of the $34-million, 450-unit
Thunderbird student housing complex
begins, moving UBC a step closer to its
goal of housing 25 per cent of the student
body in on-campus residences.
UBC is chosen to lead a landmark
Canadian research study investigating the
cause of multiple sclerosis.
Science One, an innovative program
offering an alternative to traditional first-
year science by stressing the inter-relation
between the sciences, is launched.
Green College, UBC's new residential
graduate student college, opens its doors.
Prof. Michael Smith wins the Nobel Prize
in chemistry for his discovery of site-directed
mutagenesis, a technique which enables
scientists to reprogram the genetic code.
The School of Family and Nutritional
Sciences celebrates its 50th anniversary.
UBC concludes the most successful
fund-raising campaign in Canadian history.
The World of Opportunity campaign raises
$262 million.
Alumnus Robert Lee is installed as
UBC's 14th chancellor during the fall
Congregation ceremonies.
The provincial government invests $9
million to build UBC's new Centre for
Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics.
Nobel laureate Michael Smith donates
his half-million-dollar prize money to fund
schizophrenia research and science
awareness programs in B.C.
UBC and the University of Singapore
collaborate to establish the West East
Centre for Microbial Diversity on campus.
The centre will identify previously unknown
microbes and study their usefulness in
making new drugs or helping to clean up
The School of Nursing, the oldest
degree-granting school of nursing in the
British Commonwealth, celebrates its 75th
The Faculty of Graduate Studies plans
the construction of St. John's College, a
residential graduate college which will
create an international community of
scholars at UBC.
Dr. Harold Copp, a UBC professor
emeritus of Physiology who discovered
calcitonin, a hormone used in the treatment
of bone disease, is one of the first inductees
into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
Grad gets Cannes screening
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
At a time when UBC graduates are
showcasing their academic achievements
at Congregation, one UBC graduate is
showcasing her academic accomplishments at the Cannes Film Festival.
Karethe Linaae, who is graduating with
a Master of Fine Arts in film and creative
writing, was invited to Cannes to screen
the 22-minute film she presented as her
thesis. Her film, off Key, is a story about
a female photographer who goes to provocative lengths to photograph a Russian
male concert pianist.
The 35mm short film was one of hundreds submitted by first-time directors
from around the world for festival screening. Seven were selected to be shown,
along with seven feature films, during
critics' week, which kicks off the May 12-
23 film festival.
"It's wonderful to be included," said
the 30-year-old native of Norway. The
film will be shown eight times in Cannes
and will then be screened in London,
Paris and Lyon as part ofthe critics week
package. It has also been accepted for a
festival in Norway."
In France she will be joined by another
UBC grad. Wade Ferley (MFA Film, 1992),
who was the producer and director of
photography on the project.
This is the third time that a UBC film
graduate has been invited to the festival.
John Pozer (The Grocer's Wife, 1992) and
Mark Sawyer (Stroke, 1993) also had
their films screened at Cannes.
A BFA graduate from Concordia University in Montreal, Linaae entered the
master's program at UBC after spending
four years in the Vancouver film industry. She worked as a lighting technician
on a number of features and television
shows, including The Commish, and 21
Jump Street, and used her professional
contacts to help turn a short story written
for her creative writing class into a film for
her master's thesis.
"All the outside help came from friends
in the professional film industry. Their
efforts enabled me to come up with a
professionally finished film at minimal
"They are the people who so richly
deserve the honour that has been bestowed upon this film by festival organizers."
The boost that the Cannes screening
will give Linaae's film-making career cannot be emphasized enough, said Raymond
Hall, an associate professor in the Dept.
of Theatre and Film, and a member of her
thesis committee.
Abe Hefter photo
Karethe Linaae, here with camera technician Craig Volker, will make her
international directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival with her
production, a short film titled off Key.
"The exposure that the film will receive
is absolutely immense," said Hall, who
called Linaee one of the most talented
students he's had the opportunity to work
"The fact that it is one of only seven
short films selected by a jury of 10 film
critics is tremendously significant.
"If the film is picked up by a distributor
as a result of the festival screening,
Karethe will have the development money
for her next project."
There will be no shortage of projects
for Linaae to pursue when she returns
from Europe. She is working on a number
of film scripts, including the Spanish-
titled Donde la Espalde Pierde duNombre,
which will pick up on some of the themes
explored in off Key.
"It's not a sequel to off Key, not in the
sense of plot or characters. Where off Key
explored art and desire, Donde la Espalde
Pierde du Nombre (where the back loses
its name) will explore death and desire.
"It's much more angst-ridden."
In addition, Linaae has been accepted
into the Academy of Canadian Cinema
and Television's directing apprenticeship
program, which will give her the opportunity to work with a number of directors on
B.C.-based productions as she pursues
her own film-making career.
Space school offers unique opportunity
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
Kimberly Barker is excited about attending a university with courses that are
out of this world.
Barker, a Physiology student who will
be graduating with a Master of Science
degree this fall, is one of 11 Canadian
graduate students who will join about
150 students chosen from 30 participating countries to attend the International
Space University in Barcelona, Spain,
this summer.
"I'm very excited by the opportunity to
work with people from so many different
countries and backgrounds," Barker said.
"It will give me a greater global perspective on my field of study."
She will receive a $15,000 scholarship to attend the 10-week program
that gets underway on June 22. In
addition to attending courses concentrating on different science disciplines,
she will participate in a design project
to study ways in which space information and technology can be used to
improve health care and education in
Kimberly Barker
remote areas of the world.
It's a project she is well prepared for.
Barker, who speaks French and German,
spent the summer of 1992 in Guyana,
helping to set up a mobile rehabilitation
clinic by raising funds for much needed
equipment and prosthetics.
"Seeing the need for very basic health
care in Guyana attracted me to the International Space University program,"
Barker said. "It's important to explore
what more can be done to improve health
conditions in underdeveloped parts of
the world."
With an interest in science that dates
back to her teenage years. Barker earned
a BSc at Queen's University in Kingston
after graduating from high school in her
native Oakville, Ontario.
Since beginning her graduate studies
at UBC, Barker has been working in the
laboratory of Physiology Prof. John
They have been exploring how the
body regulates the excretion of sodium,
research that may yield clues to understanding hypertension and heart disease.
Her interest in space evolved from
experiments Ledsome is developing on
how brain function is affected in a
micrograviry environment.
The experiments will be performed
aboard the International Microgravity
Laboratory scheduled to fly on NASA's
space shuttle Columbia in July. 4 UBC Reports • May 19, 1994
Study abroad offers
unique perspective
Program enriches teaching and learning
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
When Trevor Morrison spent a year in
Japan learning its culture from the inside
out, he did something that was impossible a few years earlier — earn credits at
Morrison, who is graduating in honours history, was in the Education Abroad
Program, an initiative that aims to give
five per cent of all UBC graduates the
opportunity to study and live in another
country as part of their degree requirements.
The program started as a pilot project
in 1988-89 when two students went to
study at the only participating institution, the University of California.
Today, Education Abroad is by far the
largest exchange program on campus,
involving almost 100 UBC students and
34 universities around the world. Another 86 international students are studying at UBC under the program.
UBC now has exchange agreements
with universities in the United States,
Denmark, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, the U.K.,
France, Taiwan and the Philippines. More
universities are added every year.
Undergraduates are eligible to apply to
study abroad in their third year if they
have at least a 70 per cent average, said
Mary Watt, student exchange program
co-ordinator in the Registrar's Office. Applicants are interviewed by faculty members before being chosen for the program.
Watt is new to her position, but knows
from first-hand experience how much
impact such a program can have. She
was an exchange student herself, completing one year at University of Port
Elizabeth in South Africa and a term in
Ireland on a work co-op program.
"It's a unique experience, one that
challenges a lot of what you think about
yourself and where you come from. You
never look at the world the same way
again," she said.
The Education Abroad Program is attracting some of UBC's top students,
including recent Rhodes scholar Laurel
Baig, a political science major who is
studying Mandarin this year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
While some students go for the excellence ofthe programs, and others to learn
about a particular culture, all gain new
perspectives and establish life-long networks of contacts and friends. Watt. said.
Sometimes unexpected cultural exchanges occur, as when one law student
fell in love with the chancellor's daughter
at his host university.
Morrison chose to spend the 1992-93
academic year studying political science,
law and international relations at Japan's Sophia University, where courses
for international students are taught in
English. He also enrolled in intensive
Japanese language courses.
"For anyone who wants to study Japanese history or politics, it is a great place
to spend some time," he said. "It definitely
helped with my thesis."
The year abroad also let Morrison immerse himself in other aspects of Japanese culture: visiting the temples of old
Kyoto, being the only foreigner on the
Sophia track team and living with a family in suburban Tokyo.
He was surprised that his time in
Japan gave him some insights into his
own culture as well.
"I'm now more aware of what Canada
is all about and what it means to be a
Canadian," Morrison said. "That's one of
the greatest impacts it had on me."
UBC students who are selected for the
program remain registered at UBC, pay
tuition and student fees to UBC and
remain eligible for UBC awards, scholarships and financial aid.
In turn, international students from
partner universities attend UBC as visiting exchange students without displacing Canadian students.
When the UBC students return to complete their degrees they enrich the classes
they are in with new and different insights
gained through their experiences, Watt
"There are lots of other practical ben-
Kent Kallberg photo
Graduating UBC student Trevor Morrison compares notes with Mihoko
Nakagawa, a Commerce student on exchange from Japan's Sophia University.
Morrison spent a year studying at Sophia University as part of UBC's
Education Abroad program.
efits," she added. "Exchange students
make important contacts, improve their
job prospects, learn language skills and
increase their cultural understanding."
Dan Birch, vice-president. Academic
and Provost, said students in the Education Abroad Program serve as ambassadors for UBC and are better prepared to
play a leading role in representing Canada's national interests as they move on in
their careers.
"However you define it, in terms of a
liberal education, understanding others
in different cultures, or international competitiveness, the Education Abroad Program is an important part of UBC's development," he said.
The involvement of faculty members is
a critical factor in the success of the
program, he said. It has thrived in faculties where it is seen to enrich teaching
and learning.
Birch said the next stage of international study for UBC students, beyond
the Education Abroad Program, may include the development of short-term programs for recent graduates.
These might include short study trips
that could unite European and UBC students on visits to Pacific Rim countries.
"With our strategic position on the
Pacific, we could serve as a catalyst for
contact between Europe and Asia," Birch
Winners have 153 years of service at UBC
Five members of the campus
community are this year's winners of
the President's Service Award for
Excellence, presented in recognition
of distinguished contributions to the
Collectively, this year's recipients
have a total of 153 years of service at
UBC. Each winner will receive a gold
medal and $5,000 at award presentations during spring and fall Congregation ceremonies.
Maureen Douglas, assistant to the
dean in the Faculty of Science, has
been a member of the campus
community for 40 years. Her association with UBC and the faculty began
in 1954 as an undergraduate student.
She joined the Zoology Department as
a research technician/associate upon
graduating with a BSc degree.
Douglas, who is cited as an outstanding administrator, joined the
dean's office staff in 1963 and has
served under four deans. In the mid
1980s, she once again enrolled as a
student at UBC and received a BA in
English in 1987, with an interest in
Commonwealth and African literature.
She has been a volunteer in the
campus United Way campaign for
several years and has served on many
committees dealing with equity and
multicultural issues, university management and information systems. In
1991, she was honoured with a Just
Deserts Award by the Science Undergraduate Society for her work with
Albert Emslie has been a senior
custodial supervisor in Plant Operations for 24 years. He first joined UBC
in 1970 as a custodial scheduler after
nearly a decade with Woodward's
Department Stores.
He has served on various management committees within Hant Operations and has participated in the
department's United Way fund-raising
activities for the past several years.
In 1990, Emslie was the recipient of
a UBC 75th anniversary gold medal
award in recognition of his service to
the university.
Helen Hann, assistant to the vice-
president. Research, began her UBC
career in the real estate division ofthe
Faculty of Commerce in 1961. A year
later she left campus to pursue other
career opportunities but returned to
the university in 1965 as a research
assistant to Peter Larkin, then director
of the Institute of Fisheries.
Hahn served as Larkin's research
assistant for 22 years, moving with
him from the Institute of Fisheries to
the Dept. of Zoology, where he was
head, to the Faculty of Graduate
Studies upon his appointment as dean
and finally to the office of vice-president. Research.
She was honoured by the university
with a 75th anniversary gold medal
award in 1990, has been involved with
the campus United Way campaign and
served as president of UBC's 25 Year
Thomas Shorthouse joined the
Faculty of Law as law librarian in 1966.
A UBC graduate, he studied English
and history and received a certificate in
teacher training before embarking on a
career as a secondary school teacher
with the Surrey School Board and the
Vancouver School Board. Shorthouse
returned to the university in 1965 and
earned a bachelor degree in Library
During his 28-year career at the
university, he has served on numerous
UBC and library committees and task
forces including the committee on
external library funding, the campus
emergency planning committee and the
task force on access to periodicals.
Shorthouse taught Law Library
Administration in UBC's School of
Librarianship between 1979 and 1987
and has lectured on librarianship in
Canada at Beijing's Qinhua University and Aeronautics Institute.
David Llewelyn Williams, whose
career at UBC spans three decades, is
a professor in the Dept. of Physics
and served as department head
between 1982 and 1987. A graduate
of the University of Cambridge, he
was a National Research Council of
Canada post-doctoral fellow at UBC
for two years before joining the
university as an instructor in 1962.
Widely lauded for his commitment
to university and community service,
Williams served as assistant, associate and acting dean of the Faculty of
Graduate Studies between 1975 and
1981. He was an executive member of
the Faculty Association, chair of the
president's advisory committee on
land use and has chaired the UBC
entrance scholarship committee and
the UBC Killam post-doctoral fellowship committee.
Williams has been a member of the
UBC Senate for 10 years and currently chairs the Senate nominating
In 1984, he was one of 21 individuals cited by the Alma Mater
Society for his hard work and commitment to university and student
concerns. UBC Reports • May 19,1994 5
UBC bestows 14 honorary degrees
Degrees honour exemplary Canadians
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Verna Kirkness,
who developed and
articulated a vision
for Native education,
and Nobel Prize winner Michael Smith are
among the 14 outstanding Canadians
receiving honorary
degrees from UBC
during spring Congregation.
Other honorary
degree winners are
writer George
Bowering, civil servant Margaret Catley-
Carlson, UBC educator Dr. Wallace
Chung, forest sector researcher Otto
Forgacs, teamsters pioneer Diana
Kilmury, business leader David McLean,
nursing pioneer Helen Mussallem, legal
practitioner Patricia Proudfoot, UBC educator J. Lewis Robinson, novelist Jane
Rule, former Simon Fraser
University president William
Saywell and grand tea master
Soshitsu Sen.
George Bowering enjoys
a national and international
reputation as one of Canada's finest poets and fiction
writers. He is the author of
more than 50 works including Burning Water, the story
of explorer George Vancouver.
Margaret Catley-Carlson
is one of the most prominent
and respected civil servants
in Canada.   She has had an
exceptional career in the field of
international development and is currently president of the Population Council.
Dr. Wallace Chung established the
Division of Vascular Surgery in UBC's
Faculty of Medicine and served as head of
the Dept. of Surgery during an outstand
ing 30-year career as a
teacher and clinician.
Otto Forgacs has
championed research,
development and higher
education as the means
of creating an internationally competitive and
environmentally sensitive forest sector in
Canada. The former senior vice-president of research and development
at MacMillan Bloedel has
been responsible for a
number of important
wood product innovations.
Diana Kilmury was a pioneering member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union,
the reform caucus within the Teamsters
Union dedicated to ridding the union of
corruption. In 1991 she was elected as
the first and only woman vice-president
ofthe International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Verna Kirkness, in
her career as a respected educator
and spokesperson
for aboriginal education, has devoted
more than three decades to making education available and
relevant to the philosophy and needs
of First Nations people. She has developed and articulated
a vision for Native
education, and has
acquired the resources and created
the institutions for the realization of her
David McLean has been a leader in
Vancouver's business community for the
past 25 years. His role as chair of the
Vancouver Board of Trade and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has been
Trained Eye
Classics graduate student
Mike Patience displays the
steam safety valve he
identified from the civil war
gunboat, USS Suwanee,
which went down in 1868 in
Queen Charlotte Sound. The
valve sat unidentified in the
Vancouver Maritime
Museum for 10 years, until
Patience took on the
identification project as part
of an innovative cooperative venture between
the museum and the
archaeology program in the
Classics Dept. After having
the valve X-rayed, Patience
hit the books and managed
to identify the piece as a
steam safety valve.
Abe Hefter photo
Events bring alumni together
Are you a young alumnus, or an
alumnus who is young at heart? The
Young Alumni Connections (YAC) of the
UBC Alumni Association is looking for
Now in its second year, the YAC organizes events and activities and is open to
any member of the UBC Alumni Association — recent grads, or those just plain
young at heart, said Leanne Jacobs, chair
of the YAC.
"All of our events are organized by
volunteers on a cost recovery basis. So,
if you have any ideas and are interested in
helping out, let us know," Jacobs said.
More than 280 alumni took part in
YAC events during the 1993-94 year,
including a job search workshop, two
Frederic Wood Theatre nights, and a New
Year's Eve dinner and dance.
Events this summer include a chocolate dessertfest at Le Meridien Hotel June
24, a dude ranch/white water rafting
adventure July 29-Aug. 1 and a sailboat
cruise Sept. 11.
Graduates from other universities, and
students in their final year of study, or
close to it, are also welcome Jacobs said.
For more information, call the UBC
Alumni Association at 822- 8917.
critical in supporting
Canada's position in international trade and
economic development.
Helen Mussallem is
a former director of the
Canadian Nurses Association and was active
with the World Health
Organization, the International Red Cross, the
Commonwealth Foundation and the Canadian
International Development Agency. A recipient of the Order of
Canada and a fellow of
the Royal College of
Nursing of the U.K., she was the first
Canadian nurse to earn a doctoral degree.
Patricia Proudfoot was, prior to being
called to the bench, a family law practitioner and has served as a mentor for
many women in the legal profession. She
served on the Royal Commission on the
Incarceration of Female
Offenders and was a
member of the Federal Committee To In-
vestigate Sexual
Offenses Against Children.
J. Lewis Robinson
was invited to establish a program in geography at UBC in
1946 and went on to
become the founding
head of the Dept. of
Geography from its inception in 1959 to
1968. He was previously honored with a
Master Teacher Award in 1977.
Jane Rule is an American-born novelist and essayist who now resides on B.C.'s
Galiano Island. Rule's writings about the
lives of women in contemporary North
America have become significant texts in
Women's Studies courses in recent years.
She has participated
in Canada's arts communities as a member of various boards
and juries, most recently serving on the
board of the prestigious Koerner Foundation.
William Saywell,
a specialist in 20th
century Chinese history, served as a
sinologist and first
secretary in the Canadian embassy in
Beijing in the early
1970s, prior to becoming president of Simon Fraser University in 1983. During his tenure, Saywell
directed the university's expansion from
its Burnaby Mountain campus to an additional downtown campus.
Soshitsu Sen, dedicated to a life-long
calling of promoting and teaching Chado,
the way of tea, became the grand master
of the Urasenke School of
Tea in 1964. He has directed
much of his efforts to introducing Chado around the
world. Sen has provided invaluable assistance to UBC
for the complete renovations
ofthe tea house in the Nitobe
Memorial Garden.
Michael Smith received
the 1993 Nobel Prize in
Chemistry for discovering
a technique which enables
scientists to reprogram the
genetic code.
Smith serves as director
of UBC's Biotechnology
Laboratory and as a professor in the Dept. of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology. His numerous academic awards and distinctions granted
in recognition of his scientific achievements include fellowships in the Royal
Society of London and the Royal Society of Canada.
Grad moves out after
16 years in residence
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
When Carl Cooper graduates this
month, he will finally be leaving his student dorm — after 16 years in residence.
Cooper has worked as the residence
life manager at Place Vanier for 12 years
after spending four years there as an
undergraduate. Now he's graduating with
a master's degree in education.
"It's a terrific place," he said. "I'll miss
Cooper didn't always m^^^^m^m
feel so good about student
life. When he first arrived
at UBC as an undergraduate he had just shaved off
all his head and body hair
for a swimming competition. 	
"I didn't know anyone. I
had no hair. It took me a week to find my
math class," he says of his traumatic
introduction to campus life. "I was pretty
His difficult adjustment hurt his studies, too. Cooper had a 22 per cent average
heading into Christmas exams.
"I was in deep trouble," he admits now.
But Cooper pulled through. He found
like-minded companions in the varsity
swim team and also got involved in residence life. By second year, he was a
house president at Vanier.
Cooper later used his experiences to
help Place Vanier students cope with
"It's a terrific
place, I'll miss it
Carl Cooper
their own problems. He developed a course
that gives them hints on how to survive
first-year, hints that include getting involved in campus activities.
"Probably the number one thing to do
is build a rapport with your professors,"
he added. "I know many students feel
uncomfortable doing it, but they should
drop by and talk to their profs in September."
Cooper also applied his vast experience with student life to his graduate
studies. His major paper
for his master's degree was
on the factors affecting student success in first-year
As residence life manager, Cooper was responsible for the welfare and
    discipline of 900 students.
He supervised 23 residence advisors who in turn run about
300 events a year, including barbecues,
talent shows, Softball games and dances.
He also oversaw student government
in residence, which organizes another
150 activities.
"Sometimes, residences get a reputation for parties — it was pretty wild when
I first arrived — but most parties are
tightly controlled these days," he said.
"It's a great place, I've had lots of
friends here."
In August, the recently engaged Cooper
is moving to Salmon Arm to be with his
fiance, who is also a teacher. 6 UBC Reports • May 19, 1994
Program aims to boost First
Nations science enrolment
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Plans are underway at UBC to
develop a program that would
encourage more First Nations
students to enrol in engineering
and science courses.
The program would look at
issues relevant to First Nations,
such as land and resource use,
and seek guidance from native
elders, said Jo-ann Archibald,
director of UBC's First Nations
House of Learning.
"We would like to see courses
that give an aboriginal perspective on science," she said, "for
example, a course on ethno-bi-
ology that looks at First Nations
cultural knowledge and relationships with the environment and
its natural resources."
Archibald said that it is becoming increasingly important
for First Nations people to learn
the skills they will need for self-
government. It is equally important for non-native people to
learn more about and from Canada's aboriginal peoples, she
"It Is imperative that there are
more courses with First Nations
Jo-ann Archibald
content in all faculties," she said.
"I think everyone would benefit
from knowing more about our
traditional values and knowledge."
Archibald said the program
should also address the need for
math and science tutoring and
orientation to the university
among the new students, many
of whom may come from reserves
and smaller schools outside the
Lower Mainland.
The program will also fulfil a
Faculty of Applied Science desire to enrol more First Nations
students, said Sid Mindess, associate dean. Engineering Program.
"We'd like to see more native
students given the opportunity
to study engineering. Right now
only three of our 2,100 undergraduate engineers are First
Nations students — that's not a
very inspiring number," he said.
"As more land claims are settled, there will be a need for First
Nations professional engineers
who have an understanding of
traditions and culture to help
deal with resource development
issues in their own communities."
B.C. Hydro has donated
$25,000 to the program to help a
committee look at native engineering programs at other Canadian universities and see how
their lessons could be applied at
The program's planning committee will also learn from already-existing UBC programs for
First Nations students in law,
education and the health sciences.
"Our goal is to have 1,000
First Nations students enrolled
at UBC by the year 2000,"
Archibald said.
Mindess said the program
aims to admit its first students
in September, 1995.
Athletics records best year so far
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
The final score for UBC athletics in 1994: three Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union
(CIAU) championships; eight
Canada West titles; 26 Canada
West All-stars; 23 CIAU individual and relay medals; 19 CIAU
All-Canadians; two All-Ameri-
cans; and four CIAU coach-of-
the-year distinctions.
When you add all these figures together, you come away
with what was arguably the most
successful season in UBC history. The following are highlights:
Women's Basketball:
Canada West champions; Carrie
Carlsen and Adair Duncan chosen as Canada West All-stars.
Men's Basketball: Canada
West All-stars Derek
Christiansen and Bob Heighton
led the Birds to a berth against
Alberta in the Canada West
championship series, before losing to the Golden Bears.
Crosscountry: Canada West
champions, men and women;
Karen Reader, Lori Durward and
men's team members Jeff
Schiebler, Graeme Fell and Zeba
Crook named All-Canadians.
Marek Jedrezejek named CIAU
men's coach-of-the-year.
Women's Field Hockey: Defeated Victoria to win Canada
West title; Sam LeRiche, Laura
Prellwitz and Leslie Richardson
named Canada West All-stars.
LeRiche also named Canada
West player of the year.
Men's Field Hockey: Won
the Berkeley Invitational Tournament at Berkeley, California.
Men's Volleyball: Conrad
Leinemann named Canada West
player of the year and All-Canadian. Bob Smith and Ross
Ballard named Canada West All-
stars. Dale Ohman named
Canada West coach-of-the-year
as T-Birds lost to Calgary in the
Canada West championships.
Women's Volleyball:   A re
building year saw Colleen Venne
replace Donna Baydock as head
Women's Swimming:
Canada West and CIAU champions. Tom Johnson named CIAU
women's coach-of-the-year.
Butterfly specialist Sarah
Evanetz led all UBC competitors
with five gold medals at the national championships.
Men's Swimming: Seventh
at CIAU championships, with
freestyler Dave Higgins winning
a bronze medal.
Women's Track and Field:
Canada West champions and
second-place finishers at CIAU
championship. First-year competitor Nadine Nembhard won
three gold medals. Carmyn
James named Canada West and
CIAU women's coach-of-the-
Men's Track and Field: Seventh in CIAU championships,
with Jeff Schiebler winning a
gold medal and Tim Moran and
Trevor Jones winning bronze.
Rugby: Thunderbirds won
the World Cup Trophy with a
victory over the University of
California-Berkeley enroute to a
3-0 record in the annual California-Oregon tour.
Skiing: Carmine Boskovich
named Ail-American after a
sixth-place finish in slalom at
the national championships.
Cormac Hickish finished third
in the slalom at the regional
Women's Soccer: Canada
West and CIAU champions;
Sophie Spilborghs, Nicole Sedgewick, Heidi Slaymaker and
Tammy Crawford named Canada
West All-stars. Crawford,
Slaymaker and Andrea Neil were
tournament All-stars.
Men's Soccer: T-Birds won
fifth straight Canada West crown,
losing to Sherbrooke in overtime
in the national championship.
Kevin Hearne, Canada West and
CIAU player-of-the-year, named
to Canada West All-star team,
along with Pat Onstad, Tom Kim,
Ricki Hikida, Chris Franks,
Giuliano Oliviero, Craig Chiasson
and J.P. Knezevic.
Football: 20-17 victory over
Simon Fraser University in
Shrum Bowl; Ian Hetherington,
Jon Salter, Jeff Sharpe, Vince
Danielsen, Dave McLaughlin and
Anthony Flndlay were named
Canada West All-stars.
Danielsen was a first-round pick
ofthe Calgary Stampeders ofthe
Canadian Football League.
Golf: Shelly Comadina's finished second at the University of
California-Santa Barbara
Invitational. Craig Doell and
Brett Taylor recorded top-10 finishes on the men's side.
Gymnastics: The men finished third at the Canadian University Championships behind
the performances of Steve
Latham, Josh Lepawsky and Len
Chong. The women finished seventh.
Hockey: T-Birds finished seventh in conference play.
Rowing: Michelle
Brindamour represented
Canada at the World Student
Games and won a silver in the
women's eight. Jack Walkey
and Shawn Walsh won the open
pair competition at the Royal
Canadian Henley Regatta.
They also won silver medals in
the men's eight competition at
the student games.
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Innovations in teaching
recognized with awards
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Tom Knight will find a place of
honour for his new talking stick
— the traditional symbol of wisdom and the authority to speak
— in his collection of Northwest
Coast Native Indian art.
The talking stick is being presented to him as one of 22 UBC
faculty members receiving 1994
University Teaching Prizes during spring Congregation ceremonies.
Knight, an associate professor in the Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration, is
the winner of the Commerce
Alumni Talking Stick Award for
pedagogical innovation. Last
year, he won the faculty's Arne
Olsen Master Teacher Award for
undergraduate education.
He is being honoured for developing the internship program
for undergraduates studying industrial relations management
— a program that recently re-
Iceived a national award for excellence in business-education
partnerships from the Conference Board of Canada.
Paul Smith
The program gives students
professional experience and exposure by placing them in organizations where they perform
entry level duties in human resource management and industrial relations. While there, they
also conduct an independent
research project.
In six years, the internship
program has placed almost 50
students with more than 25 individual sponsors, IncludlngB.C.
Tel, MacMillan Bloedel, Molson's,
the Hongkong Bank of Canada
and the Labour Relations Board.
"The internship program
helps to build bridges between
the university and the down-
News Digest
The International Student
Outreach Office opened its
doors recently to help make life
at UBC a little easier for
international students, scholars and visiting professors.
Services provided by the
office include information and
registration for International
House programs, workshops
and seminars, information on
volunteer opportunities
available through International
House, and distribution of
forms such as taxation guides
and visa renewal kits to
international students.
The office is located in room
262, Brock Hall, and handles
Tom Knight
town business community that
provide tremendous benefits for
the faculty and our students,"
Knight said.
The program has also had
benefits for the participating
companies, he added.
Typically, these are our best
students. The reports they write
give the sponsoring companies
new perspectives on what they
are doing. It's a good experience
for everybody," he said.
The connections made
through the program have also
played a key role in the creation
of the faculty's Centre for Labour and Management Studies,
of which Knight is director.
Recipients of University
Teaching Prizes, which recognize the fundamental importance
of teaching at the university, are
selected by their faculties and
receive $5,000 from endowment
The other winners for 1994
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences: Les Lavkulich, professor, Dept. of Soil Science.
Faculty of Applied Science:
Clive Brereton. associate professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering: Linda Leonard, associate professor. School of Nursing.
Faculty of Arts: Lynn Alden,
professor, Dept. of Psychology;
Thomas Blom, associate professor, Dept. of English: Paul
Burns, instructor, Dept. of Religious Studies: Susanna Egan,
assistant professor, Dept. of
English; Alan Tully, associate
professor, Dept. of History.
Faculty of Commerce  and
Martin Dee photo
Business Administration:  Craig  Pinder,
professor. Industrial
Relations Management
Division (CGA Master
Teacher Award for
graduate education).
Faculty of Education: Patricia Arlin,
professor, Dept. of
Educational Psychology and Special Education; Kit Grauer,
senior instructor,
Dept. of Visual and
Performing Arts Education.
Faculty of Forestry:
Tom Sullivan, associate professor, Dept. of
Forest Sciences.
Faculty of Graduate
Studies: Brian Elliott,
professor, Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology.
Faculty   of   Law:   Bruce
Woolley, visiting assistant professor.
Faculty of Medicine: Alexander Cairns: associate professor,
Division of Endocrinology, Dept.
of Medicine; David Hardwick,
professor and associate dean,
Research and Planning, Dept. of
Pathology; William Schreiber,
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Faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences: Frank Abbott, professor and chair, Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
Faculty of Science: Murray
Goldberg, instructor, Dept. of
Computer Science; Paul Smith,
professor, Dept. of Geological
Sciences; Matthew Yedlin, assistant professor, Dept. of Geophysics and Astronomy and
Dept. of Electrical Engineering.
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U of T honours
UBC president
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
UBC President David
Strangway will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree on
June 7 from the University of
The honour recognizes
Strangway's outstanding international contributions to science
and his leadership role in the
field of higher education in
Canada, said University of Toronto President Robert Prichard
in a letter inviting Strangway to
accept the award.
A University of Toronto gradu -
ate, Strangway was a member of
the university's Physics Department from 1968 to 1970 during
which time he was appointed
principal investigator for the
study of returned lunar samples. He became a member ofthe
lunar sample and analysis planning team responsible for overseeing the security of the samples and for their allocation to
scientists around the world.
In 1970 he joined NASA as
chief of the Geophysics Branch
with responsibility for the geophysical aspects of the Apollo
space missions. He returned to
the University of Toronto three
years later to chair the Dept. of
Geology where he developed electromagnetic techniques which
provided basic information related to the nature, origin and
evolution ofthe earth, moon and
solar system.
Strangway was appointed
vice-president and provost ofthe
University of Toronto in 1980
and served as interim president
between 1983 and 1984.
A fellow ofthe Royal Society of
Canada, he has been awarded
the NASA Medal for Exceptional
Scientific Achievement, the Virgil
Kauifman Gold Medal ofthe Society for Exploration Geophysicists, the Logan Medal of the
Geological Association of Canada
and the Senior Izaak Walton
Killam Memorial Scholarship,
Canada's most prestigious award
in the sciences.
Strangway became UBC's 11th
president and vice-chancellor in
1985 and was re-appointed to a
second six-year term in 1991.
Swimming veteran
pushing to the finish
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Kevin Draxinger has earned
his swimming stripes.
A seven-year veteran of international competition, Draxinger
captured a bronze medal at the
1990 Commonwealth Games in
Auckland and finished 12th at
the 1992 Summer Olympics in
Barcelona. Now, in the twilight
of his competitive career, the
Victoria Commonwealth Games
In August represent his last kick
at the competitive can.
Draxinger, who has continued to study at UBC since graduating with a BSc in Biology in
1991, is no youngster when it
comes to international competition. And he knows it.
Tm 27. That's old," he said,
somewhat sheepishly.
"However, I peaked late as a
competitive swimmer. I was 20
when I took part in my first
international meet. That's an
age when many swimmers start
Judging from his performance
heading into the Commonwealth
Games. Draxinger may be peaking at the right time.
He finished first in the 200-
metre backstroke at the Commonwealth Games trials in
March in Victoria to ensure a
spot on the Canadian team in
that discipline.
"It sure helps to know you're
in there," he said.
Being "in there" also gives
Draxinger a chance at qualifying
for the World Swimming Championships in Rome in September. A fast enough time in the
200-metre backstroke in Victoria could earn him a spot on the
Canadian team in Rome, and he
acknowledges that it might be
enough to keep the competitive
fires burning for one more meet.
Kevin Draxinger
But first things first.
His goal at the Commonwealth
Games is to swim as fast as he
can. A medal should come into
play, if everything goes right.
The Commonwealth Games
will be quite the challenge. Having the crowd behind me will be
a real boost. It'll be the first
opportunity for a lot of friends
and relatives to see me compete."
The moral support will come
in handy for Draxinger, who is
expected to battle it out in the
pool with the number one 200-
metre backstroke artist in the
Commonwealth, Scott Miller of
"My personal best is 2:00.5.
Miller has clocked in at 1:59,
which will probably be gold-
medal territory."
In the meantime, Draxinger
will continue to train at UBC
until the middle of June, when
he will leave for California and a
series of meets before going on to
Salt Lake City for altitude training. He'll compete at the National Championships in Toronto
before he heads to Victoria three
weeks later to wrap up his international swim career.
Alan Roaf photo
UBC men's varsity crew members, seen here training at Burnaby Lake, are among the
athletes vying for spots on the UBC crew that will compete in the Henley Royal Regatta.
UBC rowers to compete
in Henley Royal Regatta
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
The UBC rowing team is
going back to the future.
Buoyed by the success of
the university rowing program
at all levels of competition this
year, UBC has elected to enter
a crew in the prestigious Henley
Royal Regatta, site of outstanding performances by UBC rowing crews over the years.
A men's eight-oared crew
will represent UBC in the university level class of competition in this year's regatta, June
29 to July 3.
"This is a tremendous boost
to the varsity rowing program,"
said UBC rowing coordinator
Alan Roaf.
"The program has been in a
rebuilding stage in recent
years, and the men's team has
been making large strides. The
women's team has been building steadily as well."
The Henley Royal Regatta is
the Holy Grail of the rowing
world, on par with the Wimbledon tennis tournament in
terms of athletic prestige and
Since 1839, international
club crews have congregated
on the Thames River near London to compete in 14 rowing
events geared to all levels of competition.
UBC's first appearance came
in 1955 at the invitation of Prince
Philip, after the men's eights
team captured the gold medal at
the British Empire Games in
Vancouver the year before. The
result was a semi-final victory
over the defending champions
from Russia, and a subsequent
narrow loss to the University of
Pennsylvania in the final.
The eight-oared crew went on
to win a silver at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne,
while the coxless fours team from
UBC won the gold.
UBC crews appeared in finals
at Henley in 1972, 1976 and
again in 1992, highlighted by a
victory for the men's coxless fours
in 1976.
Roaf believes the university is
on its way to recapturing past
rowing glories, as a result of top-
notch recruiting and a first-rate
training program.
"You need look no further than
the men's novice crew, undefeated in six races this year. This
is the type of winning attitude
these students will take with
them as they move up the com
petitive rowing ranks through
the junior varsity and varsity
"The future for UBC rowing
is bright indeed. The Henley
Regatta offers our athletes a
unique opportunity to believe
in themselves as individuals
and a crew and build on this
year's successes," Roaf said.
The collegiate rowing season ended May 7 with a meet
at the University of Victoria.
The men's crew will continue
to train at Burnaby Lake
through early June, at which
time the fined selection process will be made, with 12 athletes currently vying for spots
on the eight-member crew.
The Henley Royal Regatta
will also give the more than
400 UBC alumni based in the
United Kingdom an opportunity to meet with members of
the rowing team. President
David Strangway, and other
university representatives at
a Canada Day reception. Any
current UBC faculty, staff or
students in London during this
time are invited to attend. The
reception will be held at B.C.
House in London, hosted by
UBC alumnus Mark Rose, the
agent general for B.C.
JobsLine service offers 24-hour help
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
UBC students looking for work
can get round-the-clock help
from a new touch-tone system
introduced last year by Career
and Placement Services.
The system places UBC first
among Canadian universities to
offer job placement and career
help by telephone 24-hours-a-
More than 6,000 students
have registered for JobsLine, the
system's main service, which lists
both full- and part-time employment opportunities as diverse as
babysitting and computer programming.
According to estimates by the
federal human resources department, the number of students
aged 15 to 24 looking for work
this summer will rise to about
120,000 from 116,000 in 1993.
Of these students, 102,000 to
105,000 wil find jobs, leaving
about 15 per cent unemployed,
down slightly from last year.
Evelyn Buriak, manager of
Career and Placement Services,
estimates the number of jobs
posted on JobsLine at 50 to 120,
depending on the time of year,
with new listings being added
"A survey taken last September indicates that 30 per cent of
the UBC students who were registered JobsLine users found work
through the service," she said.
Buriak hopes to expand the
range of services accessible to
current students and alumni.
A recent restructuring of the
office — previously called Student Placement Services — reflects the career help now being
offered. An augmentation to the
JobsLine system is also
underway to include a 24-hour
touch-tone CareersLine.
"CareersLine will be an enhancement of our recruiting program for graduates which attempts to place them in permanent, entry-level career positions," Buriak explained.
She believes that CareersLine
will facilitate recruitment by international employers.
The services offered are free
for students registered at UBC.
The fee for alumni is $25 and
includes a resume consultation.
To hear employment opportunities 24-hours-a-day, students can call JobsLine at 822-
8668. To list with the service,
employers may call 822-6522.
For information, call 822-
4011 or visit Career and Placement Services in Room 307,
Brock Hall.


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