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A fitting tribute
Photo bv Martin Dee
Barry Scott, a winner ofthe 1992 President's Service A ward for Excellence (see story page 2), puts the finishing touches to Colleen Murphy's graduation gown. A UBC
graduate himself, Scott has worked in the campus Bookstore since 1955. He has also been responsible for distributing Congregation regalia to as many as 5,000 students
and faculty each year for more than 30 years. Murphy, who receives her Bachelor of Arts degree during this week's Congregation ceremonies, hopes to continue her studies
in medical school after a summer working as a tour guide for UBC's Summer Campus Tours program.
A message from the president
On a collision course with excellence
As you leaf through this special Congregation issue of
UBC  Reports,  you'll  read
many stories about people —
and people are what this university
and these graduation ceremonies are
all about.
You'll read about exemplary
students who have sparkled during
their years here at UBC. You'll read
about the faculty whose insight and
dedication make the university one of
Canada's and the world's leading
educational institutions. You'll read
about the staff who keep us up and
running all year long. And you'll
read about many others we honor
because   they   contribute   to   our
communities in ways which make them
better places for us all to live and grow.
We're proud of the excellent academic programs in our 12 faculties and
I am intrigued and excited about the
many new interdisciplinary programs
that will link areas of study and research among these faculties.
This academic revolution means that
students, faculty, and researchers seek
to understand our lives and the world
around us through new areas of study
that travel across boundaries previously
left untouched.
For example, the recently announced
Centre for Applied Conservation Biology enables scholars to apply the principles of conservation biology to land
and forest management issues — an
increasingly important area as concerns
about biological diversity and the environment mount.
Across campus, students and faculty
in the university-wide Centre for Applied Ethics address ethical issues in
the increasingly complex and diverse
fields of medicine, business, and the
environment, among others.
These are but two of the many areas
of study at UBC where ideas, as well as
people, intersect — a collision, I may
add, that we happily encourage.
I wish the many graduates who receive
their academic distinctions this week a future full of crossed paths — the kinds that
involve both people and ideas.
David W. Strangway 2    UBC REPORTS May 26.1992
Honorary degrees awarded
Outstanding Canadians receive degrees
Publisher Mel Hurtig, former
hockey star Ken Dryden and television journalist Joe Schlesinger are
among the 11 outstanding Canadians
receiving honorary degrees from UBC
during Spring Congregation.
Other honorary degree recipients
are UBC academics Peter
Larkin and
Anthony Scott,
Peter Bentley,
nurse Lyle
Creelman, educator Margaret
Fulton, artist
Doreen Jensen,
Minoru Kanao
and architect Phyllis Lambert.
Peter Bentley is chairman and chief
executive officer of Canfor Corp.,
which his family founded in 1938, and
its principal subsidiary, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. Canfor is a fully
integrated forest products company
which employs more than 5,000 people and is one of the world's major
producers of market kraft pulp and
lumber. Bentley also holds many corporate directorships and is an active
volunteer in community organizations.
He is a former student of forestry at
Lyle Creelman graduated from
UBC nursing in 1936 and went on to
render distinguished service in the improvement of health care in Canada
and the world. She has had a major
influence on public health nursing at
the provincial,
national and international levels. Creelman
served as a
nursing consultant in maternal and child
health for the
World Health
and as that
body's   chief
nursing officer, improving health conditions in countries around the world.
Ken Dryden is best known as the
all-star goaltender of the legendary
Montreal Canadien teams ofthe 1970s.
He played on five Stanley Cup-winning squads and is a member of the
Hockey and Canadian Sports halls of
fame. Dryden is also the author of two
bestselling books, one of which, The
Game, was a finalist for the Governor
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General's Award for non-fiction. He
is also a broadcaster and lawyer, has
served as the Ontario Youth Commissioner and wrote the Report of the
Commission on Education and Youth
for the Government of Ontario.
Margaret Fulton is a retired professor and former head ofthe Dept. of
English, and the former Dean of
Women at UBC. She also served as
president of Mount Saint Vincent
University in Halifax from 1978 to
1986. Fulton has given distinguished
service to Canadian university education and was instrumental in bringing
attention to the problems faced by
women students and faculty across
Mel Hurtig is president of Hurtig
Publishing Co. and a founder of the
Council of Canadians and the Committee for an Independent Canada. He
is an outstanding spokesperson for
Canadian unity, culture and economic
and socio-cul-
tural independence. As a publisher, he has
promoted the
writing and distribution of
books by Canadian authors.
He is the editor
ofthe Canadian
and the Canadian Children's Encyclopedia.
Doreen Jensen is a Native artist,
writer, teacher, curator and consultant who is an outstanding representative of the First Nations peoples of
B.C. Born in Kispiox, B.C., she has
made many major contributions to
the understanding of Native history
and culture. Jensen has curated a
major exhibition of Native art which
toured internationally and is the coauthor of numerous books and papers on Native arts and culture, including a special issue ofthe periodical B.C. Studies.
Minoru Kanao is one of Japan's
leading industrialists and a leader in
Canadian Japanese trade and invest
ment relations. Under the auspices of
the Japanese government, Kanao led a
high level economic mission to Canada
in 1986 which has played a significant
role in further developing trade and
investment relations between the two
countries in the past five years. He is
chairman of the board of Nippon
Kokan K.K., a company with which
he has held management positions
since 1938.
Phyllis Lambert is the founder
and director of the Canadian Centre
for Architecture in her native Montreal, a facility which has established
Canada as an international leader in
the field of architectural preservation and study. A member of the
Bronfman family, Lambert is an architect, lecturer, philanthropist and
curator, and has received numerous
awards for architecture and heritage
preservation. Her other achievements
include designing the Sadye
Bronfman Library in Mount Royal,
leading efforts to save vintage housing in east Montreal and the Old
City, and restoration and additions to
the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
Peter Larkin is a long-time professor and ad-   	
ministrator at
UBC. He is an
teacher, an outstanding researcher in the
field of fisheries management, and has
also played an
important role
in the development of science policy in Canada. He
first came to UBC in 1955 as director
of the Institute of Fisheries. He went
on to become head of the Dept. of
Zoology, dean ofthe Faculty of Graduate Studies and vice-president, Research. He now holds the honorary
title, University Professor.
Joe Schlesinger, chief political
correspondent for CBC television
news, is one of Canada's most distinguished journalists. He attended UBC
in the mid-1950s, where he served as
editor of the Ubyssey student newspaper. He went on to work for the
Vancouver Province, Toronto Star,
United Press International and New
York Herald Tribune. Schlesinger
joined the CBC in 1968 and worked
as a foreign correspondent in East
Asia, Europe and Washington, D.C.
He is also the author ofthe autobiography Time Zones.
Anthony Scott is aprofessor emeritus of Economics at UBC who has been
a leader in the development of natural
resource economics, both nationally
and internationally. Scott is eminently
respected both for his scholarly work
and for his advice to governments on a
range of issues from environmental
policy to fisheries economics.
Scholastic merit deserves medal
In 1873, the Earl of Dufferin,
who served as the Governor General
of Canada from 1872 to 1878, decided to have a medal struck to reward scholastic merit.
Known as the Governor General's Academic Medal, it has since
become a tradition at graduation ceremonies on university campuses
across Canada.
Recipients of this year's medals
at UBC are:
— Governor General's gold
medal, Doctoral programs, Faculty
of Graduate Studies: Gary Floyd
— Governor General's gold
medal, Master's programs, Faculty
of Graduate Studies: Mark
—GovemorGeneral'ssilver medal,
Faculty of Arts: Jason Herbert
— Governor General's silver
medal, Faculty of Science:
Christopher John Nichols
Governor General's Medal
The medals are awarded for academic excellence at four levels: bronze
at the secondary school level; collegiate bronze at the post-secondary di
ploma level; silver at the undergraduate level; and gold at the graduate
At UBC, and other Canadian universities, gold GovemorGeneral's Academic Medals will be presented to the
students who have achieved the highest
standing in graduate studies at both the
Master's and Doctoral levels, and silver
medals to the students who, in the opinion of the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, are the best in the graduating classes for the BA degree and the
B.Sc. degree.
The number of gold and silver
medals awarded by each university
is determined by its full-time enrolment. However, part-time students
are also eligible.
The Go vemor General' s Gold and
Silver Academic Medals are part of
the awards reserved for heads ofthe
graduating classes at UBC.
Awards salute achievement, service
Five members ofthe campus community are this year's winners of the
President's Service Award for Excellence, presented to recognize excellence in personal achievement and
outstanding contribution to the university.
The winners are Michael Crooks,
Dept. of Physics, Gay Huchelega, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Barry
Scott, Bookstore, Sonja Sigfredsen,
Dept. of Plant Operations, and John
Stager, Dept. of Geography.
Each will receive a gold medal and
$5,000 at award presentations held
during Spring Congregation ceremonies.
Michael Crooks, an associate
professor in the Dept. of Physics,
who joined UBC in 1972, has devoted his career to the betterment
of students, from high school to
the doctoral level.
He has played a leading role in the
B.C. Physics Olympics program,
which brings high school teams to
UBC, and the International Physics
Olympiad, where B.C. students have
fared extremely well.
He is also the co-founder and first
president of the B.C. branch of the
American Association of Physics
Teachers and supervises the annual
Canadian Association of Physicists
high school exam.
Gay Huchelega has served in the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences for
22 years.
She joined
the faculty as a
secretary in the
Dept. of Animal Science
and is now assistant to the
dean, Jim
A dedicated
employee, she
is  willing  to
take on any job without complaint.
She has also devoted many hours of
her own time to projects such as organizing grad reunions.
A stickler for detail and procedure,
she is also praised for her concern for
people and generosity of spirit.
Barry Scott, a graduate of UBC,
joined the university Bookstore in
1955. A section head in the supplies
division, he is involved in the purchas-
ing of merchandise and the supervising of the stationery sales area.
But he is best known for his role
during Congregation ceremonies, held
twice a year. For more than 30 years,
Scott has been responsible for organizing the regalia for the cermemonies
and is involved in distributing caps
and gowns to as many as 5,000 graduating students and faculty members
each year.
Sonja Sigfredsen, a custodial
worker with the Dept. of Plant Operations, has been called an inspiration to
all who know her.
Trained as a nurse in her native
Denmark, but unable to practice in
Canada, she took her current job at
UBC in 1977. Since then, many students, faculty and staff have turned to
her for counsel and advice.
Among her many accomplishments, Sigfredsen has arranged forthe
neutering of stray cats on campus,
made clown dolls for children visiting
pediatric psychiatrists, and raised
money for cancer clinics.
During her summer vacations she organizes a camp for underprivileged kids,
and at Christmas, she feeds the homeless
living under Vancouver bridges.
John Stager, a professor in the
Dept. of Geography who joined UBC
in 1957, has an outstanding record of
He served as director of the Ceremonies Office from 1984 to 1989, as
associate dean of Arts from 1975 to
1990, as assistant   dean   of
Graduate Studies from  1969
to   1975, as a
ate for nearly 20
years, and has
chaired many
During this
time  he  also
taught undergraduate geography and conducted
research in topics related to northern
All UBC employees and students
may nominate candidates forthe President's Service Award for Excellence.
Nominations are called on Jan. 15;
deadline for nominations is Feb. 28.
All university employees, including
staff, faculty, senior academic, and
administrative personnel are eligible.
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play from 2.30 to 3 p. m. after which hour no seats will be reserved.
Printers press on with degrees
Ticket for first Congregation ceremony, held in 1916.
1916 graduation
a 'hopeful augury'
Pierre Trudeau has one. So do Princess Margaret and Field Marshall
Bernard Montgomery.
They are honorary degree recipients who, along with thousands of
UBC graduates, proudly display degrees that have been manufactured by
the same printer since UBC's inaugural Congregation 76 years ago.
John W. Gehrke, founder of
Gehrke Printing and Litho Ltd.,
opened for business in 1909. His company printed degrees for the university's first graduates in 1916 — 41 of
them to be exact—completely hand-
engraved on sheepskin imported from
Joan King, manager of UBC's Ceremonies office, has been involved in
orchestrating UBC's Congregation
ceremonies since 1969. She wouldn't
think of changing printers.
"The quality of service and product
is that of an old-fashioned craftsman,"
King said. "Gehrke's always delivers
and you can depend on them getting it
The numbers may have changed
and parchment has replaced the
sheepskin, but Gehrke's presses are
still turning out UBC degrees. More
than 5,700 of them have been printed
for May' s Congregation ceremonies.
The job required two pressmen working 10-hour days for the past month.
Michael Sorrenti started working
at Gehrke's in 1942 as a delivery boy.
Today, he owns the company, and is
celebrating 50 years of having a hand
in making sure UBC gets its degrees
on time — literally.
"I used to deliver them on my bicycle," Sorrenti recalls fondly.
But in all those years, he's never
had the chance to stay for the ceremony. Those presses just keep on
A local newspaper of the day described UBC s first Congregation ceremony as one "which will live long in
the memory of those present and still
longer in the historic annals of the
It was May 4, 1916.
While hundreds of "privileged
ticketholders" awaited the arrival of
UBC's first 41 graduates inside the
Hotel Vancouver ballroom, a crowd
was forming outside the nearby courthouse where the Congregation parade
was set to begin.
When the "hooded and capped
scholastics" finally emerged from their
robing chambers to begin the triumphant march towards Hornby Street,
this is how one reporter saw it.
"Cameras clicked by scores as the
procession passed, while a trio of
"movie" operators worked in relays.
Thus the brilliant scene, witnessed by
thousands of Vancouverites will -
minus the color glory of the greensward, the khaki uniforms and the
resplendent robes of the dignitaries -
be yet beheld by uncounted thousands
over the Empire."
But while the location and numbers may have changed, the program
and traditions remain the same.
The 1916 and present day Congregation ceremonies both open with "O
Canada" and close with "God Save the
Queen", albeit different versions of each.
As always, the event is marked
with speeches by the UBC chancellor,
president and a guest speaker, all but
one of which in 1916 "were kept within
limited bounds."
H.M. Tory, president of the University of Alberta, exceeded the five-minute
limit with his Congregation address in
which he described the ballroom turnout
as "a most hopeful augury."
Not much has changed about the
way degrees are conferred.
It was described a few days after
the 1916 graduation by one of the
degree recipients as follows: "We simply marched up in a long line one after
the other; Dr. Wesbrook put the hood
over our shoulders and called out our
name very loudly. Then we passed to
the Chancellor who tapped us on the
head and said, 'admitto te.'"
Today, Chancellor Leslie Peterson
taps between 4,000 and 5,000 graduates each May in eight separate ceremonies spread over four days. The
whole process is repeated again in
November with two more ceremonies
in one day.
In 1916, nine of the41 grads (17 of
them women), having enlisted for service overseas, were granted degrees
without examination. A further list of
115 students and two faculty members
who enlisted graced the back page of
the Congregation program.
The gowns, hoods and hats worn
by students and faculty, have evolved
from clothes worn by European scholars in medieval times.
Another Congregation tradition that
dates back to the Middle Ages is the
wooden mace.
Last, but not least, after every graduation comes celebration.
In the "social notes" concluding
the voluminous 1916 newspaper account of UBC's first graduation ceremony came a description ofthe party
that followed.
"The natural happy spirit of youth,
combined with the knowledge that,
for a time at least, the responsibilities
of college life had been laid aside, the
young people entered merrily into the
spirit of the dance and there was very
little of the pleasure of the evening
missed by any of them."
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Prizes underline importance of teaching
Twenty-two faculty members are
being awarded University Teaching
Prizes for 1992.
The prizes, instituted two years
ago to recognize the fundamental
importance of teaching at the university, are presented during SpringCon-
gregation ceremonies.
Recipients are selected by their
faculties and receive $5,000 from
endowment sources.
The winners are:
Faculty of Applied Science
Robert Evans, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, is an internal combustion engine expert who supervises students entered in design competitions.
Wendy Hall, School of Nursing,
incorporates into her teaching personal warmth, humor and her research as a nurse clinician expert in
the care of families with newborn
Faculty of Arts
David Donaldson, Dept. of Economics, makes highly abstract material understandable and keeps students focused on the social significance of the issues.
Marketa (Joetz-Stankiewicz, Dept.
of Germanic Studies, brings an up-to-
date knowledge of Czech literature to
her classes and encourages students to
develop their own ideas.
Neil Guppy, Dept. of Anthropology and Sociology, links theoretical
sociology to the practical and regu
larly assists students in planning and
achieving their career goals.
John Roeder, School of Music, combines intellectual rigor with compassion
for his students and also teaches Sunday
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teaching style.
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
Peter Frost, associate dean, created an innovative use of video in a
text on organizational behavior which
fully integrates pedagogical development of the course.
Robert Heinkel, Division of Finance, has played a major role in the
development of the Portfolio Management Society, in which students
invest and manage a $ l million portfolio.
Faculty of Dentistry
David Sweet, Dept. of Oral, Medical and Surgical Sciences, is a committed and caring mentor who combines high standards of excellence with
a concern for the educational and personal needs of his students.
Faculty of Education
Ronald Jarman, Dept. of Educational Psychology and Special Education, has been praised for his ability to
adjust course content to the interests
and needs of his students.
Daniel Pratt, Dept. of Administrative, Adult and Higher Education,
is enthusiastic and committed and
strives to learn from his students while
challenging their intellects.
Faculty of Forestry
Antal Kozak, Dept. of Forest Resources Management, uses an informal, infectious lecture style to stimulate lively class interaction.
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Rosemary Knight, Dept. of Geological Sciences and Dept. of Geophysics and Astronomy, creates an
exciting research environment using a
team approach to solving problems.
Faculty of Law
Robert Diebolt, who instructs
courses on constitutional law, commercial law, contracts and secure transactions, has been praised as an outstanding and gifted teacher.
Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Roland Lauener, Dept. of
Medicine, is a highly regarded clinician and teacher of internal medicine
whose leadership and dedication are
helping put UBC at the vanguard of
medical education.
Dr. David Scheifele, Dept. of
Pediatrics, has a gift for eloquence and
clarity that makes him one ofthe best
speakers in his field. He has taught
across Canada and internationally.
Wayne Vogl, Dept. of Anatomy, is
a three-time winner ofthe faculty' s outstanding teacher award for first-year
classes and has helped develop both
undergraduate and graduate programs.
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
David Fielding, Division of Pharmacy Administration, is a favorite
with students and has played a major
role in course and curriculum development in the faculty.
Faculty of Science
John Coury, Dept. of Mathemat
ics, uses many
real life examples which
make his lectures intriguing. He also
outside the
Merer, Dept.
in renowned for his superbly crafted,
clear and stimulating lectures which
are always presented with enthusi
asm and a sense of humor.
Wilfred Schofield, Dept. of
Botany, is the author of an award-
winning textbook who spends his
weekends in the field collecting ma
terial for his laboratory classes.
Knight 4    UBC REPORTS May 26.1992
Entrepreneurial spirit alive
and well on UBC campus
Build a better mousetrap and
the world will beat a path
to your door.
However, once you've
built it, you have to be prepared to
finance it, market it and determine if
the world is indeed ready for a better
mousetrap. —_^_
That's a lesson more than
150 budding entrepreneurs
from across campus have
been learning as members
of the UBC Entrepreneurship Association.
The group was formed to enhance
awareness about entrepreneurship and
new venture development within the
student body, said association President Caroline Loui-Ying.
"One way we've been able to provide information and assistance in
starting new ventures has been through
our speakers'events," said Loui-Ying.
"Some of the distinguished speakers
who have been brought on campus include Michael Gerber, a world-renowned
expert on small business with 20 years of
experience solving themostdifficultprob-
lems related to the development and operation of a small business."
Students place first
Association members, who come from
all areas of campus, including the faculties of Commerce, Applied Science, Arts
and Law, have also been encouraged to
share their entrepreneurial ideas in biweekly lunch-hour gatherings.
Loui-Ying said the group has also
forged relationships with other organi-
"The association is essential in increasing awareness of the opportunities open to students."
zations that have similar goals.
"We have joined the Association of
Collegiate Entrepreneurs Canada, a
non-profit organization run by student
volunteers from university and college
campuses across the country."
To encourage the entreprenurial
spirit, the association held a contest to
see who, among the group's members,
could "build a better mousetrap," or at
least come up with the best idea.
The first-place prize of $350 went
to third-year Commerce and Business Administration student Karel
Palla, who invented the Eject-R, a
device which would enable skiers to
track down their equipment if they
happen to be separated from their
skis during a spill.
Thejudges included Professor Raphael
Amit and lecturer Scott Fraser from the
Faculty of Commerce; Physics Professor
Edward Auld; two members ofthe Vancouver business community; and two
representatives from the accounting firm
of Ernst and Young.
^_^_^ They make up the association' s board of advisors
and have helped contribute to the success of the
association in its first year
of operation, according to Loui-Ying.
"The idea forthe association was generated by Professor Amit, the director the
UBC Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research Centre. The students responded with gusto, ran with the concept,
and formally established it."
"Ernst and Young provided generous
funding to get the club started and the firm
will make annual contributions to help us
secure our goals," she added.
Amit said the role of the association is essential in increasing awareness of the opportunities open to students who may wish to pursue an
entrepreneurial career.
You can already hear mice everywhere scurrying for cover.
Math students post
top-10 finish in
U.S.-Canada contest
A team of UBC students received an honorable mention after placing
in the top 10 in the recent North America-wide William Lowell Putnam
mathematical competition.
"It was an excellent showing by our students. It put us on a par with
some of the most prestigious universities on the continent," said Rajiv
Gupta, an associate professor in the Dept. of Mathematics who co-coached
the team along with Mathematics Professor Lon Rosen.
The highest UBC score was achieved by the team's youngest member
— Mark van Raamsdonk, a first-year honors Mathematics and Physics
student. His score of 60 was good for 54th place overall.
The contest was written in December by 2,325 undergraduate students
from 383 colleges and universities across Canada and the United States.
Contestants spent six hours attempting to solve 12 extremely challenging mathematics problems.
The final scores, released just recently, show that the median score was
10 out of a possible total of 120. The highest score was 100.
Van Raamsdonk, a graduate of St. Michaels University School in
Victoria and the holder of a UBC National Scholarship, was also a member
ofthe Canadian team in the 1991 International Mathematics Olympiads,
a competition involving high school students from more than 50 countries.
Also on the UBC team were fourth-year honors Mathematics and
Physics student Rob Deary and third-year honors Mathematics and Computer Science student Malik Kalfane.
The top five teams were from Harvard, Waterloo, Harvey Mudd
College of Claremont, Ca., Stanford, and Yale. Rounding out the top 10
were MIT, Oberlin College, Princeton and Toronto. UBC placed ninth.
UBC plane soars above competition
The UBC Engineering students
called their entry in the model aircraft
competition an "ugly duckling"—but
it certainly was no turkey.
The airplane they designed and built
soared above dozens of other entries
to win first place at the 1992 Heavy-
Lift Aircraft Competition held near
Daytona Beach, Fla. earlier this month.
The aim of the contest, sponsored
by the Society of Automotive Engi
neers, was to see which plane could
get the heaviest load airborne. UBC's
aircraft successfully lifted 18 pounds.
The UBC team wasn't supposed to
win. It was the first time the university
had entered the competition, and the
students were up against 58 teams
from universities and technical institutes across the United States and
"Some ofthe other teams had very
sophisticated aircraft that made ours
look like a toy," said Dean Leonard,
the team's faculty advisor.
The UBC entry, with an eight-foot
wingspan and weighing six lbs., was
made mostly of balsa wood. Entries
from other universities used slick designs and advanced composite materials.
But superior tactics, experience,
flight testing and a bit of luck helped
give UBC the edge.
On the first day ofthe competition,
Triumphant team members are, from left, Damien Prat, Rob Norihcote, Bing Wong, Dean Leonard, and Mike Slessor.
the UBC team members arrived early,
to take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures and give themselves
a strategic advantage.
They lifted a payload of 16 lbs., 14
oz. — more than twice the qualifying
weight. As they had hoped, this forced
other teams to recklessly attempt
weights they weren't ready for. Few
of the other teams had flight-tested
their aircraft as extensively as UBC
"We knew we had to force them to
make some tactical errors," said
Leonard. "We were getting 95 per
cent out of our aircraft; they were
getting about 50 per cent."
As the day wore on, temperatures
soared, and the airplane engines had
difficulty delivering full power in the
Florida heat. Many teams crashed their
On the second day ofthe competition, the UBC team members awoke
even earlier, at 4:30 a.m., to be sure
they were the first to fly, fine-tuning
their aircraft before dawn by the headlights of their rented car. On their
second attempt they lifted 18 lbs., the
winning weight.
Members of the UBC team were
Damien Prat, the pilot and a French
exchange student, Rob Northcote and
Bing Wong, both Mechanical Engineering students in the aircraft option,
Jeff Quick, a Mechanical Engineering
graduate student, and team captain
Mike Slessor. Other faculty advisors
were Mechanical Engineering professors Sheldon Green and Ian Gartshore.
Team sponsors were MacDonald
Dettwiler, UBC chapter ofthe Society
of Automotive Engineers, the President's Allocation Committee and the
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Sixteen students have been
named Wesbrook Scholars, an honorary designation for outstanding
achievement among undergraduates.
Each year a maximum of 20 students are named Wesbrook Scholars. They receive a certificate and a
memento, and the designation appears on their permanent record.
To be eligible, students must be
in their penultimate or final year of
undergraduate studies or a professional program, stand in the top 10
per cent of their faculty or school,
and demonstrate the ability to serve,
work with, and lead others.
The awards are sponsored by the
Wesbrook Society, an organization
of the university's major benefactors.
This year's Wesbrook scholars
are: Catherine Broom, Arts;
Jeevan Deol, Arts; Sally Gilbert,
Agricultural Sciences; Randy
Hansen, Arts; Zahra Jamal, Agricultural Sciences; Alvin Loke,
Engineering; Roxanne Louie, Engineering; Liza Martz, Law;
Trevor Morrison, Arts; Maurizio
Ponzini, Civil Engineering;
Morgan Rea, Law; Todd Sankey,
Engineering Physics; Alison
Taylor, Law; Kate Tully, Arts;
Clark Wilson, Architecture; and
Lan Yip, Law. UBCREPORTS May26.1992       S
An adventure of the mind
Students reach out to support the community
"These people would have no
one else to represent them."
A       six-year-old     from
Chilliwack required extensive dental care, but his
family couldn't afford to
visit a dentist.
A man, falsely accused of spousal
assault, may have gone to prison and
missed his once-in-a-lifetime chance
to compete for Canada in a world-
class athletic event.
A woman, deeply distressed by her
employment situation, was overcome
by depression.
These real-life cases are among the
thousands of people who seek help
from UBC students each year.
Drawn from almost every school
and faculty on campus, they're students studying to be lawyers, social
workers, coun-   ^^^^^^^^^^^^
selling   psychologists,
dentists, foresters, nurses and   ~~~™^~——™—""~"
Jennifer James Nicol is enrolled in
UBC s Counselling Psychology Master's program. She started her 12-week
practicum at the Women's Resources
Centre in mid-April.
"We're meeting a real need in the
community," said James Nicol.
"Counselling is expensive and not
within everyone's financial means.
Our service is free. Unfortunately,
our waiting list far surpasses what
we can do."
She chose to volunteer her time at
the centre because of her interest in
women's issues, and the opportunity
to help a diversity of people.
"I mainly perform one-on-one counselling duties, but I also work with drop-
ins and spend time on the phone lines,"
James Nicol said. "Each task presents a
ing experience for me."
She's also discovered a wealth of
resources available in the community
through her association with the centre.
"I plan to practice in Vancouver,
so knowing about what's out there to
help me help others is very valuable."
Law students Joyce Peck and
William Dick work with the Faculty of Law's legal clinic, each
putting in 60 hours a week of their
own time.
They are two of about 500 students
who have trained at the clinic since it
opened in 1975. The clinic handles
between 250 and 350 clients at any
given time, and closes about 800 files
each year.
Both agree that it's a big load for
the 14 students who handle the files
throughout the academic term, but they
also know the importance of keeping
^^^^^^^^^^^^ this particular
service afloat.
So do the
""—~ judges   and
prosecutors who often refer people to
the clinic.
Dick said that without the clinic,
there would be no other recourse for
their clients.
"Legal aid only assists people who
are likely to go to jail," he explained.
"You could be broke, but you wouldn't
be entitled to a lawyer. These people
would have no one else to represent
For Peck, working in the clinic puts
a face on the law, providing her with
the opportunity to help real clients
with real problems.
"Litigation is a confusing process
at the best of times, but it can also be
distressing and intimidating for a lot
of people," she said. "You learn
quickly how important what you do
is to our clients."
Another unique community
outreach service provided by UBC
students is the Summer Dental Clinic.
For school-age children from
Photo by Media Services
Dr. Jack Hann (left) greets children from the Vancouver area arriving at UBC's Summer Dental Clinic.
greater Vancouver requiring extensive dental care and financial assistance, it's the only place for them to
turn to.
"There are literally thousands of children who wouldn't have
anywhere else to go without this program, the only one of its kind in the
province," said Dr. Jack Hann, coordinator of the clinic.
"If a child's family doesn't have funds
to visit a dentist on their own, they don't
get dental care. It's as simple as that But
Heads of Class
the children who come to our clinic can
get access to care of all kinds, no matter
how extensive or costly."
A provincial government grant
has funded the clinic since it began operation in 1974. It pays for
supplies, as well as the transportation of the children. The grant
also provides the dental students
with a modest stipend for their
work in the clinic.
Ministry of Health personnel visit
schools in the health jurisdictions of
Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond,
New Westminster, Surrey and the
Fraser Valley throughout the year,
identifying children in need of dental
Their lists are then sent to UBC's
Faculty of Dentistry for consideration. Applications for treatment are
assessed according to urgency and financial need, Hann explained.
Last summer, close to 800 children
received $250,000 worth of dental
services at the clinic.
Faculties announce top graduating students
Twenty-three students finished at the top
of their graduating classes at" UBC. Listed
below are the names ofthe students and their
American Institute of Certified Planners
Prize (most outstanding graduating student
in Community and Regional Planning):
Kathryn Nairne
Association of Professional Engineers
Proficiency Prize (most outstanding record
in the graduating class of Applied Science,
B.A.Sc. degree): Alvin Leng Sun Loke
Helen L. Balfour Prize (head ofthe graduating class in Nursing, B.S.N, degree):
Patricia Gale Turner
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Medal
and Prize (head of the graduating class in
Education, Elementary Teaching field, B.Ed,
degree): Kathleen Joy Rysiew
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial Medal
and Prize (head of the graduating class in
Education, Secondary Teaching field, B.Ed.
degree): Barbara Doreen Whittle
Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship (head
ofthe graduating class in Librarianship, M.L.S.
degree): Janet Marjorie Delgatty
College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia Gold Medal (head of the graduating class in
Dentistry, D.M.D. degree): Teni-Lee Norfolk
ProfessorC.F.A. Culling—Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Prize (greatest overall
academic excellence in the graduating class of
the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree): Carol Ann Thurley
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Occupational
Therapy (head of the graduating class in Rehabilitation Medicine, Occupational Therapy,
B.Sc.(O.T.) degree): Liza Jane Hart
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Physiotherapy (head
of the graduating class in Rehabilitation Medicine, Physiotherapy, B.Sc.(P.T.)degree): Deanne
Lynne Decosta
Hamber Medal (head ofthe graduating class
in Medicine, M.D. degree, best cumulative record
in all years of course): Erika Cheng
Horner Prize and Medal for Pharmaceutical
Sciences (head of the graduating class in Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.Sc.Pharm. degree):
Suzanne Cherelene Malfair
Kiwanis Club Medal (head ofthe graduating
class in Commerce and Business Administration, B.Comm. degree): Christopher David
Law Society Gold Medal and Prize call and
admission fee; (head of the graduating class in
Law, LL.B. degree): Thomas Alfred Bauer
H.R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry (head ofthe
graduating class in Forestry, B.S.F. or B.Sc. Forestry degree): Robert Roy Smith
Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal and Prize (head
of the graduating class in Landscape Architecture, B.L.A. degree): Susan Barbara Haid
Physical Education Faculty Prize (head ofthe
graduating class in Physical Education, B.P.E.
degree): Trent Jason Smith
Royal Architecture Institute of Canada
Medal (graduating student with the highest
standing in the School of Architecture):
Gregory Lucian Patrick Borowski
Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold Medal
(head ofthe graduating class in Agricultural
Sciences, B.Sc.Agr. degree): Johannus
Marjorie Ellis Topping Memorial Medal
(head ofthe graduating class in Social Work,
B.S.W. degree): Leslie Jane Reilly
University of B.C. Medal (head of the
graduating class in Family and Nutritional
Sciences, B.H.E. degree): Zahra Jamal
University of B.C. Medal (head of the
graduating class in Fine Arts, B.F.A. degree): Stephanie Mary Aiken
University of B.C. Medal (head of the
graduating class in Music, B.Mus. degree):
Sonia Nga Yun Leong 6    UBCREPORTS May26,1992
May 31 -
June 20
^T^m^ Hemopoietic Stem Cells:
«y^0 Measurement, Manipula-
^^^^_ tion, AndTherapeutic Use.
^^^^^^ Dr. Connie Eaves, Terry
Fox Laboratory,/Medical Genetics.
Wesbrook 201 from 12:30-1:30pm. Call
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
The Elephant Man. The Lord Byng Theatre Group. G.F. Strong Auditorium at
9am. Discussion group follows with Dr.
Elke Roland. Call 875-2118.
Museum Of Anthropology
Special Event
Volunteer Information Session. Speakers include
volunteer associates ofthe
MOA. MOA Museum
Lobby from 10am-l2pm.
Call 822-5087.
Sustainable Development
Research Institute
Special presentation: Multi-Stakeholder
Negotiation In Environmental Controversies. Dr. William Leiss, FRCS; VP Research, SFU. Buchanan A-102 from 2-
3pm. Discussion follows Coffee. Call
For events in the period June 21 to July 18, notices must be submitted by UBC faculty or staff on proper Calendar forms no later
than noon on Tuesday, June9, to the Community Relations Office, Room207,6328 Memorial Rd., Old Administration Building.
For more information call 822-3131. The next edition of UBC Reports will be published June 18. Notices exceeding 35 words
may be edited The number of items for each faculty or department will be limited to four per issue.
Orthopaedics Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds are now complete for this
academic year and will resume again on
Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30am. Call 875-
Microbiology Seminar
Expression Of A Cellulomonas Fimi
Exoglucanase (Cex) In Streptomyces
Lividans And Characterization Of Its
Catalytic Domain. Alisdair MacLeod,
Microbiology. Wesbrook 201 from
12:30-1:30pm.  Call 822-3308.
Paediatrics Grand Rounds
Fifteen-Year Follow-Up
Of Screening For Congenital Hypothyroidism
In Quebec. Harvey
Guyda, professor. Paediatrics and director,
Endocrine/Metabolism Service,
McGill U. G.F. Strong Auditorium at
9am.   Call 875-2118.
Health Care/Epidemiology
Grand Rounds
Current Projects Of The
Vaccine Evaluation
Centre. Prof. David
Scheifele, Paediatrics.
James Mather 252 from
9-10am. Call 822-2772.
Regional Mass Spectrometry
Discussion Group
Use Of Isotopic Ratio Mass
Spectrometry And D20 For Measurement Of Human Lipogenesis In
Vivo with Dr. P. Jones, Nutritional
Sciences; Applications Of Oxygen ,
Carbon And Nitrogen Stable Isotopes
To Palio-Oceanographic Research
with Dr. T. Pedersen, Oceanography. Family/Nutritional Sciences 220
at 2pm.   Call 822-3235.
Microbiology Seminar
Directed Mutagenesis Of An Open-
Reading Frame In The Rhodobacter
Capsulatus Photosynthetic Gene
Cluster. Danny Wong, Microbiology.
Wesbrook 201 from 12:30-1:30pm.
Call 822-3308.
UBC Campus Tours
Free walking tours of the campus are
available through to August 28. Drop-
in tours leave the SUB on weekdays
at 10am and 1pm and take about 90
minutes. Highlights include gardens,
galleries, museums and recreational
facilities. Specialized/shorter tours
forseniors, children and others. Call
Campus Tours For Prospective Students
School And College Liaison Office provide
tours of the campus
most Friday mornings
for prospective students. Brock Hall 204D
at 9:30am. Advance registration required.   Call 822-4319.
Fine Arts Gallery
Roy Kiyooka's "Hoarfrost Paintings."
Open Tues.-Fri. from 10am-5pm.
Saturdays 12-5pm. Free admission. Main Library. Call 822-
Sexual Harassment Office
Two advisors are available to discuss
questions and concerns on the subject.
They are prepared to help any member of
the UBC community who is being sexually harassed to find a satisfactory resolution. Call Margaretha Hoek or Jon Shapiro
at 822-6353.
Stress/Blood Pressure Study
Learn how your body responds to stress.
Call Dr. Wolfgang Linden in Psychology
at 822-3800.
Surplus Equipment Recycling
Facility (SERF)
Used rebuilt IBM Selectric II correctable
typewriters for $400, while supplies last.
Disposal of all surplus items. Every
Wednesday, 12-5pm. Task Force Bldg.,
2352 Health Sciences Mall. Call 822-
Fitness Appraisal
Administered by Physical Education and
Recreation through the John M. Buchanan
Fitness and Research Centre. Students
$25, others $30. Call 822-4356.
Open from 10am-6pm daily. Free admission Wednesday. Call 822-4208.
Nitobe Garden
Open Mon-Fri from 10am-
8pm. Open daily. Free
admission Wednesday.
Call 822-6038.
Architecture team turning industry green
A team of researchers in UBC's
School of Architecture is hoping to
turn Canada's building industry green.
Headed by UBC Professor Ray
Cole, the school's Environmental Research Group (ERG) is developing a
comprehensive program to assess the
environmental impact of new office
buildings and the renovations of old
Consisting of three UBC architecture students and two outside consultants, the ERG team believes its program will encourage building owners
and developers to take major steps in
introducing environmentally responsive practices.
The "incentive-driven" program
will also help pre-empt government
legislation and recognize industry leaders.
"There is a much more educated
and scrutinizing public emerging who
not only expect healthier indoor environments, but also greater environmental responsibility by industry," said
"This program represents a unique
collaboration within the building industry in response to the environmental agenda."
A first in Canada, the Building
Environmental Performance Assessment and Certification (BEPAC) program will evaluate buildings in five
- environmental implications of
energy use with respect to global
Photo by Charles Ker
UBC's Environmental Research Group (from left): David Roppel, Cate McGuire, Philip Hastings and Prof. Ray Cole.
warming, local and regional pollution, and electricity demand
- ozone protection through improved containment and reduced use
of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) released from chiller equipment in air
conditioning systems
- quality and personal control of
indoor environment including air,
lighting and acoustics
- responsible site selection in terms
of proximity to public transport and
overall land use
- conserving resources through the
use of products made from recycled
material or water-conserving fixtures
Cole emphasized that this is a voluntary program to recognize design
strengths and industry leadership.
New construction, renovations and
"retrofits" would be assessed and
awarded a certificate of performance
indicating the energy and environmental merits of the building. This could
then be used as a marketing tool for
commercial space.
Both owners and tenants would be
evaluated on the basis of design
achievements and on-going maintenance and operation. Cole added that
credit would only be given to those
buildings which exceeded, not just
met, current environmental building
standards and performance criteria.
This summer, the ERG team will
develop a criteria and crediting process with the aim of having the program
operational by October.
The BEPAC idea came about in
March 1991 after the School of Architecture hosted a forum on buildings
and the environment.
The B.C. Buildings Corp. commissioned the ERG to develop a frame-
wock for the program after hearing a
presentation about a similar European
initiative started in 1990.
In its first year of operation, Britain's Building Research Establishment
Environmental Assessment Method
assessed more than six million square
feet of office space. The program has
since expanded to include housing,
supermarkets and existing office buildings.
With the solid backing of all sectors of the province's building industry, Cole hopes BEPAC will eventually develop into a national program
with regional interpretations.
Cole created the ERG in 1990 after
receiving a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
grant to study the broader environmental costs of commercial building.
The groups's first research paper
won the competition for innovative
ideas in Canadian construction research sponsored by the Canadian
Construction Research Board of the
National Research Council in December 1990. UBCREPORTS May26,1992       7
Pearce named B.C. Forester of the Year
Cindy Pearce has been named Forester of
the Year for 1991 by the Association of British
Columbia Professional Foresters (ABCPF) for
her work in the field of continuing studies in
Pearce was cited for her efforts and perseverance in helping develop the B.C. Forestry
Continuing Studies Network (FCS Network),
a new program jointly funded by the federal
and provincial governments to provide adult
education in sustainable forest resource management throughout the province.
Pearce, named director of the FCS Network
last year, works from the provincial office at
UBC's Faculty of Forestry.
According to the ABCPF, the FCS Network will play a large role in professional and
technical development of its members and
others interested in forest resource management education.
Commerce and Business Administration
Adjunct Professor Shyam Khemani has
agreed to serve on the advisory panel of
Directions, a quarterly, published by the Toronto-based Financial Services Institute.
The institute provides major banks and
trust companies with analysis of strategic
issues confronting the financial services
Lawrence Young, a
professor emeritus in the
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, has been
elected as a fellow ofthe
Institute of Electrical
and Electronic Engineers.
Young was cited for
his contributions to
the understanding of
the growth and properties of anodic, thermal and plasma oxides, to the development of semiconductor
and integrated optic devices, and to the
understanding of the photo refractivity effect.
Professor Timothy McDaniels has been selected a member of the 1992 Scientific Review
Panel for the U.S. Environmental Protectional
Agency's (EPA) Socioeconomic Research Program.
The panel will help set research priorities for the program by reviewing proposals submitted for funding to the EPA.
The 20-member panel will examine what values society places on environmental quality, the
future of waste management and other policy
issues effecting the environment.
McDaniels, also an assistant professor at the
Westwater Research Centre, is the only Canadian serving on the panel. He has been with UBC
since 1991.
Ethel Kovitz Davis has been appointed director of the Faculty of Commerce and Business
Administration's Masters Programs.
Davis graduated with a Bachelor of Home Economics from the University of Manitoba in 1976. She
spent seven years working as a manager in the health
industry, including manager of Dietetic Services at
UBC' s Health Sciences
After obtaining her
M.B.A. from the University of Western
Ontario in 1985,
Davis joined the Toronto Dominion Bank
where she most recently served as area
manager for personal
credit in Vancouver.
Ethel Gardner, assistant director of UBC's
First Nations House of Learning, has won a
$15,000 Fulbright Scholarship Award.
Gardner will use the scholarship to work
towards her doctoral degree in education at
Harvard University. She will examine issues
in First Nations post-secondary education.
The award, presented on the basis of scholarship and achievement, is part of a Canada-
US. exchange program. Ten Fulbright student
awards were presented in Canada this year.
Graduate exchange agreement
opens doors to enrichment
Three of Canada's top research-
intensive universities have entered into
a graduate exchange agreement that
will open up new learning opportunities for UBC students.
UBC, the University of Toronto
and McGill University in Montreal
have established a framework that
will allow graduate students to take
advantage of special facilities and
courses offered at each ofthe institutions.
"Universities have to be more open
and more sensitive to students whose
specializations demand certain experiences that may not be immediately
available to them," said John Grace,
dean ofthe Faculty of Graduate Studies and the driving force behind the
Grace said the new agreement,
scheduled for implementation this
year, is modelled after one that UBC
established a number of years ago
with seven academic institutions in
western Canada involving the universities of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,
Regina, Calgary, Alberta, Victoria
and Simon Fraser University.
The new agreement will enable
graduate students in good standing to
take courses at one of the other two
universities. The student will not have
to pay fees at the other institution,
except for student activity fees.
Courses taken will be credited to
the student's home institution and may
amount to no more than 40 per cent of
the total program requirements. The
exact implementation will vary with
the policies of each university.
Grace said the agreement will allow graduate students from McGill
and Toronto to use the many unique
facilities that UBC has to offer. At the
same time, he added, it will give students from UBC the chance to enrich
their lives as well, both academically
and culturally.
"Exchange agreements help build
understanding between communities,"
he said.
Once up and running, this new program may serve as a model for agree
ments with other institutions, such as
the University of Washington in
Seattle, which, said Grace, would be a
"natural" for UBC.
Electrical Engineering Field Trip
The UBC Student Branch of the Institute of Electrical
and Electronic Engineers would like to thank the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Applied
Science, the President's Allocation Committee, and the
Buchanan Memorial Fund for their support of our 1992
Technical Field Trip to Europe. During a two-week stay in
France and Switzerland, twenty-one electrical engineering
students toured prominent engineering facilities at Airbus,
Snecma, CERN, and Electricte de France, gaining some
valuable insight into applied engineering.
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Showcase talent, says new Athletics director
University athletics.
Is it a football game played before
a few hundred hardy spectators on a
cold, grey November afternoon?
Or is it 30,000 screaming fans at
Toronto's SkyDome watching two of
the top football teams in Canada competing for the Vanier Cup?
It's a matter of perception, according to Bob Philip, and a matter that he
plans to address as he prepares to take
over as UBC's new director of the
Dept. of Athletics and Sport Services
in July.
"Some of Canada's finest athletes
wear university colors," said Philip,
who arrives at UBC following five
years as director of Fitness, Recreation and Athletics at Concordia University in Montreal.
Athletics Director Bob Philip
"They deserve to have their talents
showcased and it's up to the Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU)
and member universities to do it.
'The promotion of university athletics is a reality and it's possible to sell
university sports to the public here in
Canada without exploiting students."
One way of
spreading the word
is by getting the outside community
more involved with
campus athletics, according to Philip, and
by getting more people out to university
sports events.
"National CIAU
events such as the
Vanier Cup are essential in the marketing and promotion of university athletics, but why
stop there?
"The CIAU must start promoting
individual athletes, game in and game
out, in order to attract more fans. The
public really doesn't know how good
our athletes are."
Philip said there are students in this
country who believe that the only road
to successfully combining athletics and
academics leads to the United States.
Again, Philip believes that's part of
the perception problem.
"Prospective university students
see tens of thousands of people in the
stands at the U.S. collegiate level and
figure that' s the place to be. However,
that's simply not the case.
"Pound for pound, the calibre of
play in Canada — certainly in sports
like hockey — just might be on the
same level as the U.S.," said Philip,
whocoached the varsity men's hockey
team at Sir George Williams University in Montreal for three years.
"People just don't realize it," he
Philip said UBC offers students a
commitment to academic and athletic
excellence and the opportunity to develop both mind and body.
"University life is more than just
going to school. It's a chance to get
involved on many different levels.
UBC understands that and is dedicated to those ideals."
However, Philip stressed that varsity
sports are just part ofthe athletics picture.
The department must also build on the
strengths ofthe recreational and intramural programs, he added.
"My commitment in those areas
will extend to the students, coaches,
university, alumni, and community at
large." said Phillip.
"Their input is crucial to the continued success of the complete package that makes up UBC Athletics and
Sport Services."
Durward, Jackson named top athletes
J.D. Jackson and Lori Durward
hope to move from the Big Block
awards at UBC to the starting blocks
in Barcelona, Spain.
Jackson and Durward, who took
top honors at the annual Big Block
Awards Banquet March 25th as the
university's top athletes of the year,
are among the UBC athletes who hope
to represent Canada in the summer
games which run from July 25 to Aug.
Jackson, the outstanding men's
basketball player in the Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU)
this season, and winner of the Bobby
Gaul Trophy as UBC's top graduating
male athlete, is on tour with the national team.
The tour schedule will take the
squad to pre-Olympic tournaments in
Mexico, B.C., Ontario and Puerto Rico
before the final qualifications in Portland, Ore. from June 27-July 5, where
10 teams will be vying for four Olympic berths.
Jackson, who is graduating this year
with a Bachelor of Physical Education
degree, finished his CIAU basketball
career as the all-time leading scorer in
UBC history with 3,585 points. The
four-time All-Canadian led the Canada
West Conference in scoring this season and was a unanimous selection as
a Canada West all-star.
A two-time All-Canadian and the
women's CIAU 1500-metre cham-
pioni Durward, who took the Marilyn
Pomfret Trophy as UBC's top female
athlete, will line up against the best
track athletes in the country at the
Olympic trials in Montreal next month.
Durward, an All-Canadian in both
cross-country and track and field, cap-
J.D. Jackson is besieged by young admirers, following UBC's win over
Victoria in this year's Canada West basketball championships.
tured the 1500 metres
at the Pan American
Junior Games in Jamaica last summer.
A spot on the Olympic team would represent a huge accomplishment for the 19-
year-old native of
North Vancouver and
a gigantic step up the
competition ladder.
"Middle distance
runners usually don't
reach their physical
peak until their mid-
20s," explained
Durward, who is entering her third year in
the School of Family
and Nutritional Sciences.
"Still, the experience of just being able
to compete against Canada's best will
mean as much as anything — whether I
make the Olympic grade, or not."
A Big Block Award also went to
the men's soccer squad as UBC team
of the year.
The team captured the Duvivier Tro-
Lori Durward hopes to wear Canada's colors at
this year's Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
phy after emerging as CIAU champions
thisyear and finishing second at the World
Collegiate Soccer Championships in El
Paso, Tex., earlier this month.
On another athletic note, swimmer
Kevin Draxinger was named the Sport
B.C. university athlete ofthe year for
1991 in a poll of B.C. sports writers
and broadcasters.
The UBC Alumni Association: 75 years of service
One evening in May, 1917, a small group
of UBC graduates gathered in one of the
shacks at the Fairview campus with a special
aim in mind. After four years as students, they
wanted, somehow, to stay connected to UBC.
Their plan was to establish an alumni organization to keep in touch with friends and classmates and to help the university in its development.
UBC at that time was a tumultuous place.
Students crammed themselves into makeshift
labs and classrooms all over the Fairview
area, and some classes were even taught in
church basements and professors' living
rooms. But the student body was small and the
sense of camaraderie was strong. The promise
of a new campus was in the air: building had
begun at Point Grey just before the war started,
and was set to resume any day. These new
graduates were reluctant to give up the excitement of UBC.
By the second meeting a few weeks later,
71 grads showed up to give their support, and
the association was a reality. They established
a newspaper, The Ubysseygrad (precursor to
The Chronicle) and, a year later, elected one
of their members to sit on the university's Senate. By 1922,   1
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together with students to o
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single most important event
UBC's early history.
Since then, the Alumni Af.sc
ciation has maintained a balance of
service to its members and dedication to
the goals of UBC. During the Depression, when
the provincial government was considering closing UBC because of its high cost, the Alumni
Association was instrumental in changing government's mind. In the early 1960s, the association organized support for the Back Mac campaign to expand post-secondary access to students in B.C., which resulted in the establishment
of a system of community colleges across the
The Alumni Fund, established by the association in the 1940s, was a mainstay of university
fund raising until recently, and the university's
current fund raising body, the De-
ipment Office, was initi-
ed by the Alumni Associa-
But the association's
main thrust has always
been toward its members.
UBC has graduated more
han 130,000 men and
/omen since it became a
degree-granting institution.
The association still tracks
nearly 100,000 of them, and attempts to provide services to as many
of them as possible. It sends a quarterly magazine, The Chronicle, to every traceable member,
has organized hundreds of reunions over the
years, and has developed a wide variety of programs to serve many different needs.
Thousands of UBC grads have settled in areas
outside the Lower Mainland, from Salmon Arm
to Singapore, from Toronto to Teheran. The
association has organized branches in places like
Hong Kong, London, England, New York, Toronto, Winnipeg, Kamloops and Victoria to keep
grads in touch, to provide networking opportunities for new arrivals, and, probably most impor
tant, to organize social events. Branch members also help select scholarship recipients
from their areas and encourage the best and
brightest to attend UBC. Many branch members are also major donors to UBC. Alumni
divisions are active throughout the Lower
Mainland. Men and women from 30 different
faculties and schools are organized into divisions to keep them informed about their old
faculties and classmates, to provide them with
a social and professional network, and to maintain their active interest in UBC.
The association also offers active student/
alumni services with a mentoring program, an
annual "After the B.A." panel discussion and
liaison services for international students. It
also administers a number of scholarships.
When this year's graduates cross the stage
and receive a tap on the head from the chancellor, they will stop being students and begin a
new phase in their lifelong relationship with
UBC. Their membership in the UBC Alumni
Association carries on a 75-year-tradition of
service to their fellow graduates and dedication to UBC.
Chris Petty is editor of the UBC Alumni


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