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 CONGREGATION ISSUE
THE  UNIVERSITY  OF  BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Graduates pursue
lifelong interests
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Aneil Agrawal's interest in science
began with an early infatuation with
frogs.
As a six-year-old Richmond resident,
he pulled his family
out of a restaurant
that was serving
bullfrogs. Soon after
that incident, the
young ecologist
transplanted hundreds of frogs into a
ditch he dug in his
parents' backyard.
Their habitat was
being threatened by
development.
"We were serenaded to sleep at
night by a loud chorus of frogs," says
Agrawal's father,
Krishna. "Aneil was
a committed biologist at an early age."
Agrawal follows in
the footsteps of his
father, mother and
older brotherwhen he
graduates from UBC
this spring. He will be the first, along with
more than 5,000 other graduates, to receive his degree in the Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts May 25-30.
Agrawal is also among the first group
of science graduates who started their
Agrawal
UBC experience in the innovative Science One Program.
Launched in September 1993, Science One is an alternative to the traditional first-year curriculum. The multi-
disciplinary program integrates scientific ideas and principles common to
biology, physics,
chemistry and
mathematics instead of presenting
each discipline independently.
During his four
years at UBC,
Agrawal has studied learning patterns of rufous
hummingbirds and,
most recently, the
body armour of
stickleback fish in
the laboratory of
Prof. Dolph
Schluter. Schluter
is a leading evolutionary ecologist
who has combined
field work on finches
and stickleback fish
with theories that
have altered the way
biologists study
natural selection.
"My experience in Science One and
the chance to work with Prof. Schluter
has provided the perfect preparation for
See LIFELONG Page 2
Double Take
Charles Ker photo
Twins Christine (left) and Jeanne Humphries, graduating from the
faculties of Science and Arts respectively, are among more than 5,000
UBC graduates who will inaugurate the Chan Centre for the Performing
Arts May 25-30 as the university's new Congregation venue. Graduation
ceremonies had been held in the War Memorial Gym since 1965.
President's Message:
5,001 take important steps along life's path
During the last week of this month,
more than 5,000 UBC students will take
an important step in their life's journey.
They will receive their degrees, denoting
both the completion of a program of study,
and the beginning of an exciting new
phase of life.
Strangway
To these students I say "Congratulations." You have earned our praise as
your family members, educators, friends
and colleagues.
I feel a special kinship with this year's
graduating class. My own time at UBC is
drawing to a close after 12 years as
president. A wonderful phase of my life's
journey will end on July 31, 1997, and I
share many ofthe thoughts of our graduating students in both reflecting and looking ahead.
Who were the significant people who
touched our lives during our time at UBC?
What was it about them that made a
difference, helped us learn and work together, opened our minds to new ideas and
perspectives, encouraged and challenged
us to be creative, and made us better?
We feel a bond and debt of gratitude
with those men and women who committed their best efforts to working with us.
The lessons we learned and the memories
we share are gifts that will last a lifetime.
I think one of the most valuable aspects of education is learning to embrace
differing ideas and viewpoints. The first
level is respect for other people, disciplines and cultures. But the higher level
is enthusiastic openness to new ideas,
and integrating them with our own best
thinking. This is how we create solutions
to problems and develop new knowledge,
technologies and opportunities that benefit our world.
My best advice to each graduating student, as you take the next step in your life's
journey, is to believe in yourself and the skills
you have developed. Your horizons are limited only by your imagination.
Studying physics at the University of
Toronto in the 1950s, I could not imagine
winding up working with NASA 20 years
later, when I served as Chief of the Geo
physics Branch, where I was in charge of
geophysical experiments on the moon
and aspects ofthe science of moon rocks.
Nothing in my undergraduate education
prepared me for experiments on the moon
(or being president of a major university)
- or so I thought. But the reality is that a
solid foundation of learning skills, combined with a thirst for knowledge and a
desire to achieve, is the best preparation
for any career.
Your 1990s UBC education is your
launching pad for a wide range of 21st
century careers.
Congratulations on completing your
degree requirements, and best of luck in
your journey.
Tuum Est: It's Yours.
David W. Strangway        ^        ^
President
Inside
Top
teachers... page 3
Ahead of
the ClaSS... Page4
Pace setters:
Profiles of UBC
graduates... pages5-8 2 UBC Reports - May 22, 1997
Milestones mark 1996/97 year
1996
May: • Prof. Frank Abbott is
announced as dean ofthe Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, taking over from Prof.
John McNeill who served as
the faculty's fourth dean for
close to 12 years.
June: • William L. Sauder becomes chancellor of the university.
•The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrates its 50th
anniversary.
• Former UBC President Douglas Kenny dies at the age of 72.
Kenny served as president from
1975-1983.
July: • The faculties of Arts and
Graduate Studies appointed
new deans for concurrent six-
year terms. Prof. Shirley
Neuman, from the University of
Alberta, and UBC Prof. Frieda
Granot are deans of Arts and
Graduate Studies respectively.
• Construction begins on St.
John's College at UBC fulfilling
a life-long dream for graduates
of St. John's University, which
was closed in Shanghai 45 years
ago. St. John's will be a residential college for master's and
PhD students, senior scholars
and distinguished visitors.
• UBC and the Sing Tao Foundation announce the establishment of a graduate school of
journalism at UBC.
August: • UBC and BC
TELECOM form a 10-year partnership to design and build a
broadband, fibre-optic infrastructure linking sites throughout UBC's 400-hectare campus.
September: • A campaign is
launched to save the Museum of
Anthropology's unique outdoor
collection of free-standing totem
poles. More than one million visitors have viewed the houses and
poles since 1961.
• UBC's Women Students' Office
celebrates 75 years of serving
the needs of women students
and welcoming them to the campus community. Mary Bollert
became the university's first adviser of women in 1921.
October: • Dr. John Cairns is
appointed dean ofthe Faculty of
Medicine.
•The C.K. Choi Building for the
Institute of Asian Research officially opens. The Choi building
provides a new home for the 19-
year-old institute which houses
five research centres focusing
on different regions of Asia:
China, Japan, Korea, Southeast
Asia and India and South Asia.
•UBC alumni celebrate Evelyn
Lett's 100th birthday. Lett, who
graduated from UBC with a BA in
1917, an MA in 1925 and who
received an honorary degree from
UBC in 1958, has been active at
the university since its founding.
November: • Dr. Martha Piper,
vice-president, Research and External Affairs at the University of
Alberta, is announced as UBC's
11th president. Piper succeeds
David Strangway who completes
his second, six-year term on
July 31. Piper takes up her new
duties as president in August.
December: • UBC Library
moves 500,000 books from the
Main Library to the Walter C.
Koerner Library.
1997
January: • Prime Minister
Jean Chretien announces UBC
will be the venue for world
leaders during the Asia Pacific
Economic Co-operation (APEC
'97) meeting on Nov. 25.
February: • A campus-wide
immunization program is set up
toinnoculate 15,000faculry, staff
and students against measles.
The campaign was triggered by a
provincial outbreak first identified among students at Simon
Fraser University.
March : • School of Music faculty and students are among
the performers at the gala inau -
gural concert held in the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts.
• Walter C. Koerner Library officially opens.
April: • UBC hosts a national
conference titled Academic
Freedom and the Inclusive University. The conference attracted prominent academics,
social activists and commentators who discussed issues
such as political correctness,
racism and sexism.
May: • The Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts hosts Spring
Congregation ceremonies for the
first time.
Search for VP Academic
seeks input from campus
Input from the campus community is being sought by the
Advisory Committee for the Selection of a Vice-President, Academic and Provost.
The committee has begun its
work and is interested in consulting with the campus community with regard to the priorities for this position and the
background, experience, skills,
and personal qualities to be
sought in candidates.
Lifelong
Continued from Page 1
the work I'd like to get into,"
says Agrawal.
Captain of his intramural
team, Agrawal is a self-professed
basketball fanatic.
He turned down an offer from
Harvard and will attend Indiana
University in Jury — a basketball
hotbed and home of the legendary Hoosiers. However, it is the
chance to pursue his childhood
infatuation which lured him to
Indiana where he will begin a
PhD in evolutionary biology.
His subject of study? — the
arrow-poison frog of Costa Rica.
This year's Congregation celebrations include 23 separate
ceremonies spanning six days
from Sunday, May 25 to Friday,
May 30. Ceremonies on Sunday, May 25 will be at 1:30
p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The
remainder of the ceremonies
take place at 8:30 a.m., 11a.m.,
2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Ten honorary degrees will also
be conferred.
The appointment of the next
vice-president. Academic and
Provost will help shape the academic environment of the university over the next six years.
The committee members are:
President-Designate Martha
Piper (Chair). Board of Governors appointees: Shirley Chan,
chair, Board of Governors; Prof.
Philip Resnick, Political Science
Dept.; and Chancellor William
Sauder. Senate appointees are
Christopher Gorman, student
representative; Prof. Moura
Quayle, director of the Landscape Architecture Program; and
Prof. Harvey Richer, Physics and
Astronomy Dept.
Written submissions are welcome and should be directed to
the attention of the committee,
care of Catherine Aldana, President's Office, by Friday, June 6.
The first public meeting to
hear the views of the campus
community about this important position was held May 21.
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Congregation finds a new home in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
all next week. The Hotel Vancouver, the now demolished Armouries, and
War Memorial Gym have played host to past Congregation ceremonies.
Performing Arts Centre
new venue for grad
Students graduating at this spring's
Congregation are the first to do so in the
new Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
The $25-million facility consists of a
concert hall, a unique and flexible studio
theatre and a multi-purpose cinema
linked by a two-storey glass lobby and
outdoor patios.
It officially opened earlier this month
with a series of critically acclaimed performances.
The centre will provide avaluable training ground for UBC music, theatre and
film students, but will also be available to
local and visiting arts groups. It fills a
need in Vancouver for a medium size
concert hall. The stage is large enough for
a full symphony orchestra plus a 200-
voice choir.
The 1,400-seat Chan Shun Concert
Hall, where Congregation ceremonies will
be held, is named for the father of Tom
and Caleb Chan. The Chan Foundation of
Canada provided the major donation
which made construction of the centre
possible. The Government of B.C. provided matching funds.
The most dramatic feature of the concert hall is the huge adjustable acoustic
canopy that hangs over the stage.
Illuminated with more than 400 lights,
the 37-tonne canopy is counterweighted
and can be raised and lowered using just
a small motor. This allows it to adapt to a
wide range of acoustic needs — lowered
for solo or small group performances or
fully raised for amplified music.
The auditorium's acoustics are further adjusted by motorized velour banners that drop from the ceiling to mask
the walls.
The concert hall's curved walls are
shaped like a cello which provides an
even distribution of sound. Cables and
frets on the upper walls extend the musical motif.
Also located in the Chan Centre is the
BC TEL Studio Theatre, one of only two
theatres in North America that has moveable seating towers that can adjust to a
wide range of performances.
The seating towers can be moved into
12 different configurations including
courtyard, arena, cabaret or theatre in
the round, depending on the needs of
each production or event.
This makes it an ideal space for classical drama, small musicals, dance, cabaret and solo performances. The theatre's
seating capacity ranges from 136 to 252.
The Royal Bank Cinema is a 158-seat
audio-visual theatre with the capacity to
screen Super 8, 16 mm, and 35 mm film
or slide and video projections.
This multipurpose facility can also be
used for a wide range of activities including conferences, meetings, lectures and
festival events.
None ofthe three venues are structurally linked to the other, so sounds will not
carry between them.
The Chan Centre's lobby, with its six-
metre-high curved wall of glass, was designed to maximize the view of the surrounding panorama and adjacent evergreen forest. There is also easy access to
the Rose Garden.
The Chan Centre was designed by a
team of internationally acclaimed architects, theatre designers and acousticians.
The architect and prime consultant
was Bing Thom Architects ofVancouver.
ARTEC Consultants did the basic design
of the concert hall and comprehensive
acoustics consulting. Theatre Projects
Consultants did the theatre planning and
the design and specification of the specialized equipment.
Top teachers make
lectures come alive
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
When Christopher Friedrichs speaks,
people listen.
The history professor — one of 23
faculty members receiving University
Killam Teaching Prizes during Spring
Congregation — is well known as a passionate, insightful lecturer.
"He could read the telephone book and make it
interesting," said one of
his students in an evaluation.
"I try to make the connection between the personal experience of individuals and the big social
currents of the day. Students seem to respond to
that," says Friedrichs,
who teaches early modern European history and
20th-century world history.
Recipients of the
Killam teaching prizes,
which recognize the fundamental importance of
teaching at the university, are selected by
their faculties on the basis of recommendations from colleagues and from past
and present students. Each award winner receives $5,000 from endowment
sources.
The winners come from diverse disciplines and use many different teaching
methods, but all share a gift for communication, a dedication to learning and a
passion for making their subject matter
come alive in the classroom.
• Christine Boyle, whose published
teaching material is used in law schools
across Canada, designed and delivered a
course over the Internet.
• Kenneth Stoddart not only teaches a
legendary "must-take" sociology course,
he also reaches people across the province on the Knowledge Network.
• And a student in one of Margaret
Blom's lectures was moved to tears by the
compassion and tenderness she displayed
toward the characters in George Eliot's
Middlemarch.
While Friedrichs has seen many changes
in techniques and technologies during his
23 years of teaching, he remains committed to the tried and true.
"I am still a believer in the old-time
Friedrichs
lecture — if it's done right. You have to
speak loudly, slowly and clearly, pause
for emphasis, and organize your material. These are very simple techniques,
but they seem to make a difference."
A lecturer must also be fascinated
with the subject and communicate that
excitement to students, he adds. For
Friedrichs, this can include bringing the
lecture to life with examples from his own
research into German cities of the 16th to 18th
centuries.
"If you're not interested in the subject, why
should anyone want to
listen to you talk about it
for 50 minutes?"
Friedrichs is not only
dedicated to his classroom teaching. He
strongly believes that the
university should serve
the public. Through the
Speakers Bureau, Continuing Studies, and his
work with the Vancouver
Holocaust Centre, he has
built a solid reputation
as one of the city's most
popular lecturers.
The other recipients for 1997 are:
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences: Robert
Copeman, Plant Science. Faculty of Applied Science: Elaine Carty, School of
Nursing; Peter Lawrence, Electrical and
Computer Engineering. Faculty of Arts:
Margaret Blom, English; Bogdan
Czaykowski, Russian and Slavonic Studies Program; Ann Dusing, Classical, Near
Eastern and Religious Studies; Kenneth
Stoddart, Anthropology and Sociology.
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration: Brian Graham. Faculty of
Dentistry: Dorin Ruse, Oral Health Sciences. Faculty of Education: Karen Meyer,
Curriculum Studies; Tom Sork, Educational Studies. Faculty of Forestry: Simon
Ellis.Wood Science. Faculty of Graduate
Studies: Tim Murphy and Dr. Lynn
Raymond, Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Faculty of Law: Christine Boyle.
Faculty of Medicine: Dr. Barbara
McGillivray, Medical Genetics;
Christopher Mcintosh, Physiology;
William Ovalle, Anatomy. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Simon Albon. Faculty of Science: Craig Boutilier, Computer Science; Brian Cliff. Chemistry; Paul
LeBlond, Earth and Ocean Sciences.
Remarkable students
earn Wesbrook honour
Fifteen students have been named
Wesbrook Scholars, an honorary designation for outstanding achievement
among undergraduates.
Awarded annually, the honour is
reserved for a maximum of 20 students
who are nominated by their faculty or
school and selected by a committee.
The students receive a certificate, a
memento, and the designation appears
on their permanent academic record.
Candidates must have completed at
least one Winter Session at UBC, be in
their penultimate or final year of undergraduate studies or in the MD or
DDS programs, 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:
Veronica Bergeron, Medicine; Alix
Bunyan, Arts; Stephanie Chan, Law;
Samuel Chow, Science; Michael
Edwards, Education; Kimberly
Eldred, Law; Erin HasinofT, Medicine: Balvindar Singh Johal, Science:
Kirsten Jordan, Medicine; Damien
Liu, Education; Karl Maaren, Arts;
Peter Neufeld, Medicine; Chris
Radziminski, Science; Sundiep
Tehara, Applied Science; Jeremy Van
Raamsdonk, Science.
Also joining the ranks ofthe Wesbrook
Scholars are winners of the Sherwood
Lett, Harry Logan, Amy E. Sauder and
Jean Craig Smith, John H. Mitchell, and
C.K. Choi scholarships, who automatically receive the designation.
They are: John Cameron, Law
(Sherwood Lett Memorial Scholarship);
Peter Leong-sit, Science (C.K. Choi
Scholarship); Francesca Marzari, Law
(John H. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship); Karen Mountifield, Education
(Harry Logan Memorial Scholarship);
and Debra Parkes, Law (Amy E. Sauder
and Jean Craig Smith Scholarships). 4 UBC Reports • May 22, 1997
Twenty-eight students
named 'Head of Class'
Twenty-eight students finished at the
head of their class at UBC this year, including recipients ofthe Governor General's Academic Medals for achieving top marks in the
Faculty of Graduate Studies (master's and
doctoral programs), the Faculty of Arts and
the Faculty of Science. They are:
American Institute of Certified Planners Prize (Most outstanding graduating
student in Community and Regional Planning): Basil William Van Horen.
Association of Professional Engineers
and Geoscientists Gold Medal (Most outstanding record in the graduating class
in Applied Science, BASc degree): Curtis
Michael Robin.
B.C. Dental Hygienists Association
Gold Medal (Head of the Graduating
Class in Dental Hygiene, BDSc degree):
.Rita Claire Chu.
Helen L. Balfour Prize (Head of the
Graduating Class in Nursing, BSN degree): Debra Dawn Davis.
Dr. Maxwell A. Cameron Memorial
Medal and Prize (Head of the Graduating
Class in Education, Elementary Teaching
field, BEd degree): Tanya Suzanne
Lightbody.
Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship
(Head of the Graduating Class in Librarianship, ML1S degree): Susan Marie Moor.
Carter-Homer Medal and Prize for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Head of the Graduating Class in Pharmaceutical Sciences,
BSc (Pharm) degree): Thanh Thi Vu.
College of Dental Surgeons of British
Columbia Gold Medal (Head ofthe Graduating Class in Dentistry, DMD degree):
Elisa Tuet Ting Chan.
Professor C.F.A. Culling-Bachelor of
Medical Laboratory Science Prize (greatest overall academic excellence in the
graduating class ofthe Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree): Wendy
Javne Hargrove.
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Occupational Therapy (Head of the Graduating
Class in Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational Therapy, BSc (OT) degree):
Brigita Dana Ona Grazys.
Dr. Brock Fahrni Prize in Physiotherapy
(Head of the Graduating Class in Rehabilitation Sciences, Physiotherapy,
BSc(PT) degree):Veronica Michelle
Bergeron.
Hamber Medal (Head of the Graduating Class in Medicine, MD degree, best
cumulative record in all years of study):
Nadine Rena Caron.
Human Kinetics Faculty Prize (Head of
the Graduating Class in Human Kinetics,
BHK degree): Karen Joan Mountifield.
Kiwanis Club Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Commerce and Business Administration, BCom degree): Erica
Kelwon Lau.
Law Society Gold Medal and Prize (Head
of the Graduating Class in Law, LLB
degree): James Conrad Maclnnis.
H.R. MacMillan Prize in Forestry (Head
of the Graduating Class in Forestry, BSF
or BSc (Forestry) degree): John-Paul
Kenneth Wenger.
Merck Frosst Pharmacy Doctoral Prize
(Head of the Graduating Class in Pharmacy, PharmD degree): Christine Anne
Hughes.
Dr. John Wesley Neill Medal and Prize
(Head of Graduating Class in Landscape
Architecture, BLA degree): Jacqueline
Mary Teed.
Royal Architecture Institute of Canada
Medal (graduating student with the highest standing in the School of Architecture): Gregory Stephen Boothroyd.
Wilfrid Sadler Memorial Gold Medal
(Head ofthe Graduating Class in Agricultural Sciences, BSc (Agr) degree): Lindsay
Jane Paterson.
Marjorie Ellis Topping Memorial Medal
(Head of the Graduating Class in Social
Work, BSW degree): Patience Anne Lee.
University of B.C. Medal (Head ofthe
Graduating Class in Family and Nutritional Sciences): Janet Leanne
Kalesnikoff.
University of B.C. Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Fine Arts, BFA degree): Evan Foon Lee.
University of B.C. Medal (Head of the
Graduating Class in Music, BMus degree): Margaret Ann Louise Brydges.
Medals given for
academic excellence
At UBC and other Canadian universities, gold medals are presented to
students who have achieved the highest standing in graduate studies at
both the master's and doctoral level.
Silver medals are awarded 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 and the BSc degrees.
Recipients of this year's Governor
General's Academic Medals are:
Laura Ann Hanson, Governor General's Gold Medal, Faculty of Graduate
Studies, Master's Programs; Shawn
Joseph Marshall, Governor General's
Gold Medal, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Doctoral Programs; Alexandra
Gerarda Bunyan, Governor General's
Silver Medal in Arts, BA degree; and
Nicola Kim Jones, Governor General's
Silver Medal in Science, BSc degree.
First presented in 1873, the medal
also recognizes academic excellence at
the post-secondary diploma level.
The award is named in honour of its
founder, the Earl of Dufferin, who served
as the governor general of Canada from
1872 to 1878.
Did you know?
• It takes six pastry chefs two weeks of
preparation to produce 32,640 sweets
— including Nanaimo bars, chocolate
chip cookies, lemon tarts — served
during Congregation.
• 2,179 litres of fruit punch are served
during Congregation.
• Accompanying Congregation ceremonies are 23 receptions on the Flagpole
Plaza above the Rose Garden and six
formal lunches for honorary degree
recipients.
• Approximately 250 students will attend each of this year's 23 ceremonies, and a total of 23,000 guests are
expected to attend over six days.
• Congregation was moved from the Armouries to War Memorial Gym in 1965
due to the growing number of students
and guests attending. This year marks
the first time degrees are being conferred in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
• The Chan Centre's Chan Shun Concert
Hall, in which Congregation ceremonies are being held this year, seats
1,400 people. The suspended acoustical canopy above the stage weighs 37
tonnes and can be raised and lowered
to optimize acoustics for different types
of performances. The canopy is illuminated by more than 400 light bulbs.
Charles Ker photo
Joan King, manager of UBC's Ceremonies and Events Office, holds a few of
the 4,200 Congregation tickets she and her colleagues distributed prior to
graduation ceremonies. The six-day celebration will be King's last Spring
Congregation after 28 years at the organizational helm.
King of Congregation
prepares to pass torch
by Charles Ker
Stcyf writer
Hungry for extra tickets to their graduation ceremony, students lined up for
almost two hours outside the Ceremonies and Events Office before the doors
opened at 8:30 a.m.
"Good morning dear," Joan King says
to the first in line. "How can I help you."
Unbeknownst to the tired ticketholder
he is not only the first in line, he is also
the first student to receive an extra ticket
to Congregation, ever. And to receive it
from Joan King — the principal conductor of UBC Congregations past — makes
it all the more special.
"Joan is Congregation," says Dr.
Charles Slonecker, director of University
Relations. "She has been the glue which
holds this event together."
King has wrung order out of Congregation chaos since 1969.
For 28 years she has ^^^^^^^^h
dispensed help with
thoughtful efficiency
to seven presidents,
nine chancellors and
roughly 100,000 students — two thirds of
all UBC grads to date.
This will be her last        	
Spring Congregation
— King retires later
this year.
"At times I think about it and get
nostalgic," King confides. "Each chancellor and president has brought their own
special style so the job is ever changing
and never boring."
This year marks perhaps the most
profound change to students' annual rite
of passage.
She has been the
glue which holds this
event together."
- Dr. Charles Slonecker
Congregation ceremonies have been
held in the War Memorial Gym since the
spring of 1965. The move into the Chan
Centre has meant monumental change
in plans for Congregation. Organizing,
stuffing and handing out close to 4,000
Congregation ticket envelopes is the tip of
the iceberg.
Last year, King and her colleagues orchestrated arrangements for eight graduation ceremonies over four days. This year
there are 23 ceremonies spanning six days.
Processions for each ceremony gather in
the Graduate Student Centre, not the
Student Union Building, and each ceremony is followed by a general reception
on the adjacent Flagpole Plaza.
King has downloaded 28 years of Congregation knowledge to Melissa Picher,
who has taken over much ofthe logistics
involving caterers, cleaners, gardeners,
parking attendants, procession marshals
and university admin-
^^^^^^^^^     istrators.
King still oversees formal daily luncheons for
60 (complete with handwritten calligraphyplace
cards done by King)
hosted by the chancellor
for the day's honorary
      degree recipients. She
also coordinates three
formal receptions of 100
guests each at Norman Mackenzie House
during Congregation.
"What keeps our head above water
here is the number of years the office has
been doing this and the experience we
have gained collectively," says King.
King's colleagues know they'll all be
kicking a bit harder to stay afloat next
spring after King sets sail. UBC Reports • May 22, 1997 5
1996-97 graduates in profile
Rocky Bozak
Nadine Caron
by Gavin Wiison
Stciff writer
Nadine Caron — the first
aboriginal woman to graduate
from UBC's Faculty of Medicine
— volunteers her time to travel
to remote communities throughout British Columbia, where she
encourages First Nations school
kids to further their education.
Caron often brings with her a
pathology lab to dissect a cow's
heart. Later, the former basketball star might give the same
kids a clinic on the finer points of
the game.
"I can reach kids in different
ways than teachers can," she
says. "I try to focus on smaller
native communities where there
is less opportunity to meet people from outside and where people can benefit most from an
infusion of fresh ideas."
"The reception I get is great. I
meet so many kids with so much
potential."
Caron, who graduates from
UBC at the top of her class, says
her message to kids isn't just
"study hard." She knows from
experience that there is much
more to school than that.
"I stress the importance of
school, but more than that, I try
to get across how exciting it can
be and how much fun I've had
along the way.
"In high school, I loved basketball more than I liked studying, and that's okay. But I tell
the kids to keep doors open for
themselves, that education is a
stepping stone to what you want
to do."
Caron visits classrooms as
part of the Scientists in the
School program. She also was
involved in the B.C. Medical Association Committee on Aboriginal Health and is a member of
the Native Physicians Association of Canada.
While studying at Simon Fraser
University, Caron was a player
and captain on the top-ranked
women's basketball team. She
also played with the B.C. women's basketball team at five na-
*In high school, I
loved basketball
more than I liked
studying."
-Nadine Caron
tional championship tournaments, winning a gold medal at
the Canada Games in 1989.
Caron has received several
scholarships and awards, including a $10,000 C.K. Choi
scholarship.
"That financial support was
of vital importance in helping me
along the way," says Caron, who
is now doing her residency in
general surgery.
Sundiep Tehara
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
For a long time, Sundiep
Tehara believed that engineers
built bridges. Period.
It's easy to understand where
she got that idea — her father,
an engineer, does in fact build
them.
"For the longest time I didn't
want to be an engineer because
I really didn't want to build
bridges," she says.
Eventually Tehara realized
there was much more to engineering and, thanks in part to
encouragement from her high
school science teachers and an
aptitude for math and science,
entered engineering at UBC.
She chose the chemical engineering option with an eye to
working later in waste-water
treatment.
"It's something that is of growing importance," she says. "In
high school I was hearing more
and more about environmental
issues, and engineering seemed
to be an area that would allow
me to apply knowledge to a real
problem."
Tehara's quest for knowledge
will take her to graduate school
"For the longest time
I didn't want to be
an engineer..."
—Sundiep Tehara
next January, likely in an engineering master's program at
McGill University. In the meantime she will continue to amass
work and research experience
with the National Research
Council (NRC) in Ottawa. This
will be her third summer doing
research there on an NRC scholarship aimed at encouraging
women to pursue graduate studies in engineering.
"My experience in Ottawa has
been really useful. It's allowed me
to gain experience in a number of
areas and is making it easier for
me to decide what to focus on in
grad school," says Tehara, who
was recently named a Wesbrook
Scholar in recognition of her academic record and ability to serve,
work with, and lead others.
Tehara has also been active
in encouraging high school students to consider engineering as
a career. A presentation she
made to high school students in
1995 led to her involvement in
an award-winning video put together by the Faculty of Applied
Science. The video. Engineering
the Future, features Tehara and
another engineering student as
they take viewers on an informal
tour of engineering at UBC.
The video looks at more than
just the academic aspect of engineering," says Tehara. "It looks
at the social aspect as well and
gives a pretty good impression of
what engineering is about.
"It's important to get that
message out and to expose people to the profession. When you
hear about the options, such as
bio-resource engineering and
chemical engineering, it becomes
pretty clear that engineers do a
lot more than building bridges."
Rocky Bozak
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
On Tuesday nights, when other
students were hitting the books
or meeting a friend at Starbucks,
Rocky Bozak was among a group
of dentistry students performing
volunteer work at the Reach Community Health Centre Dental
Clinic on Vancouver's East side.
Bozak is part of a long tradition of service in the Faculty of
Dentistry.
The clinic is a private facility
on Commercial Drive funded by
the Ministry of Health. The patients are often in pain, some
don't speak English, and treatment is sometimes complicated
by HIV infection or intravenous
drug use.
"It's a real eye-opener for dentistry students," says Bozak.
"It's a good learning opportu
nity, too. You not only learn about
life on the other side ofthe fence,
but you learn to work quickly
and deal with people. A little bit
of psychology is involved."
UBC dentistry students volunteer their time year-round at
the clinic, from 6:30 to 11 p.m.
Tuesday nights.
The clinic is just one of the
ways that dentistry students
serve the public. A free clinic for
disadvantaged children is held
on campus as is the faculty's
main clinic, where supervised
students perform dental work at
a fraction of the cost of professional dentists.
As well as volunteering at clinics, Bozak also served as the
president of the Dentistry Undergraduate Society and held
several other positions with student organizations.
He also contributed to a fac-
"A little bit of
psychology is
involved."
— Rocky Bozak
ulty committee that developed
the problem-based learning curriculum recently put in place for
the first- and second-year medical and dental school.
Bozak will fulfil a long-time
dream of working in the health
sciences when he joins an established dental practice in Vernon
this summer.
"I like the hands-on approach," he says. 'There's lot of
diagnosis involved — sometimes
the first signs of liver problems,
AIDS, leukemia and other cancers will be discovered by a dentist— and a little bit of surgery." 6 UBC Reports • May 22, 1997
Pace setters
Debra Parkes
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Law graduate Debra Parkes'
academic career has taken her
from the ivy-covered colleges of
Oxford University to a maximum security penitentiary in
Saskatchewan.
As an undergraduate at Trinity Western University, Parkes
spent a term at Oxford's Keble
College on a scholarship studying medieval and renaissance
history. But since entering law
school, she has been concerned
with issues such as the advocacy of women's equality and
prisoners' rights.
As one ofthe founding members ofthe new Vancouver Caucus of the National Association
of Women and the Law, Parkes
helped translate into plain language the platform for action of
the fourth United Nations women's world conference, held two
years ago in Beijing.
"...the law does have
an effect on people,
especially on the
disadvantaged in
society."
— Debra Parkes
"It is a tool women's rights
activists can use to hold the
Canadian government accountable for what they promised in
Beijing. It was exciting for us to
focus on a project so closely
associated with grassroots activists," she says.
Parkes has already published
one article in a law journal, written with Law Prof. Isabel Grant,
and is working on another. It is
based on research gathered during interviews with two women
held in the men's maximum security prison in Prince Albert,
Sask. Corrections Canada says
no other facility exists for such
women, but Parkes believes it is
unjust to detain them there.
A Wesbrook Scholar and
winner of the Amy E. Sauder
and Jean Craig Smith Scholarships, Parkes will serve as a
law clerk with the B.C. Supreme Court after graduation
and later will take an articling
position with the law firm
McCarthy Tetrault.
Although she plans to pursue her academic interests in
law, Parkes would like to be
involved in test case litigation
and other advocacy work such
as that done by the Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)
for the advancement of women's
equality in Canada.
"The courts are not always
the best way to tackle social
change, but it is one avenue
because the law does have an
effect on people, especially on
the disadvantaged in society,"
she says.
Jay McNee
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
One week after Jay McNee
graduates with a PhD in
Geochemical Oceanography, he
will celebrate the first anniversary of Lorax Environmental
Services Ltd., a consulting company that he and two partners
founded.
The company, which already
employs eight people, provides
highly specialized environmen
tal services to mining companies and lists some of the province's leading mining companies as clients. It is the result of
years of research in the area of
the natural cycles of trace metals such as cadmium, copper,
lead and zinc.
"Understanding the natural
cycles of trace metals better
equips us to monitor and reduce environmental impact,"
McNee says. That's what's important from our perspective and
Karen Mountifield
Karen Mountifield knew UBC
was going to be her alma mater
long before graduating from high
school in Toronto.
She and an older sister had
visited Point Grey a year earlier
and Mountifield fell in love with
the campus and its surrounding beauty. While most of her
friends chose Queen's or McGill,
Mountifield wanted something
different.
"It changes your life when
you go somewhere and don't
know anybody at all," she says.
UBC did change her life and
Mountifield has likewise left an
indelible mark during four years
in the School of Human Kinetics.
A Wesbrook Scholar,
Mountifield was recipient of both
the Harry Logan Memorial
Scholarship and Harold B. and
Nellie Boyes Memorial Scholarship. The awards recognize academic excellence and an ability
to serve, work with and lead
others.
As president of the Human
Kinetics Undergraduate Society,
Mountifield wanted to get students more involved in their program and in thinking about what
lay ahead after UBC. To this
end, she initiated an orientation
retreat which has since grown
from an on-campus event with
20 participants to a weekend at
Whistler attended by three-quarters of the 700 undergraduate
students in the program.
Outside       the       school,
"...I think you have
to get involved in
university life and
the community to
fully enjoy the
experience."
—Karen Mountifield
Mountifield acted as communication manager at UBC Intramural Sports and Recreation, a
job which had her overseeing
the operation of four communication departments and 15 staff.
Her remaining free time was
spent volunteering as an event
and program coordinator for the
Lion's Society of British Columbia and the Sports Medicine
Council of B.C.
When asked what drives her
to work so hard Mountifield says
that "as a student, I think you
have to get involved in university life and the community to
fully enjoy the experience."
The extracurricular experience at UBC certainly comes in
handy with her current summer job arranging health activities, seminars and workshops
for 8,000 City ofVancouver employees.
Mountifield says law school
is a possibility in the long run.
Then again, taking a year off to
unwind is a distinct possibility
too.
"I can't say it's been
easy juggling my
research, consulting
work and a family."
—Jay McNee
from our clients' perspective."
His clients generally want to
gauge the potential short- and
long-term effects of the release
of certain metals into rivers and
oceans brought about by their
operations.
He says the company's early
success comes thanks to the
high degree of specialization he
and his partners have in the
field, and to a strong relationship with UBC.
"There's no question our relationship with UBC will remain
a vital one," he says. "One of our
priorities is ensuring the value
of research undertaken at UBC
is recognized by industry, and
that new technologies developed
on campus in this field are put
to use."
Lorax, with partners Placer
Dome Canada and the Science
Council of B.C., have undertaken a two-year collaborative
research and development program with UBC. The $300,000
program is aimed at transferring technology from academia
to industry.
McNee already has a long history with UBC. He completed a
BSc in 1987 and went straight
into a master's program. A year
later he was doing doctoral research.
By 1989 he had started consulting part-time and by 1993
was consulting full-time while
continuing to work on his doctorate. During the same period
he married — a UBC graduate,
of course — and became the
father of two children.
"I can't say it's been easy
juggling my research, consulting work and a family," McNee
says. "But it's certainly proved
worth the effort."
Karen Mountifield UBC Reports • May 22,1997 7
1996-97 graduates in profile
Lenny Joe
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Some years ago, while playing junior hockey in Hobbema,
Alta., Lenny Joe came to the
realization that his path did not
lie in the pursuit of a career in
the National Hockey League and
the material wealth that could
come with it.
Instead, he decided that land
and education were more worthy pursuits for him, and for
Canada's First Nations people.
Since Hobbema, Joe, who
grew up in Merritt, B.C., and is a
member of the Shackan Band,
has gradually put together a career plan he believes will reap
rewards greater than money.
After graduating from Selkirk
College as a forest technician, he
worked for Nicola Valley Fish
and Wildlife in Merritt restoring
salmon streams that had been
damaged by railroad construction in the 1800s.
"I was spending a lot of time
working with biologists," he says.
"And I decided I wanted to be
doing their jobs."
This decision led him to UBC's
Faculty of Forestry.
"My main interest initially was
wildlife management, but I realized the greatest impact you can
have on wildlife in this province
is through forest management."
While at UBC, Joe benefited
from the advice of mentor Gary
Merkel, one of three aboriginal
Registered Professional Foresters in the province. Merkel, he
says, helped him believe he could
get through UBC and succeed
afterwards.
Joe also credits his parents
with providing support and encouragement that allowed him
to believe that not only could he
suceed, his options were unlimited. He has also received inspiration from Chief Joe Mathias of
the Squamish Nation and Senator Len Marchand.
Other role models include his
grandfather and father who both
served as chiefs of the Shackan
Band.
In turn, as a member and
past president of the American
Indian Science and Engineering
Society, Joe has visited high
schools in B.C. to encourage
other young people to pursue
higher education.
Joe's career path remains well
mapped out. He is on the verge of
becoming the first B.C. aboriginal to obtain the designations of
Registered Professional Forester
and Registered Professional Biologist. He's working for
Weyerhaeuser in Merritt as a
forestry supervisor and hopes to
work, at some point in the future, as a forestry consultant.
"If I realize my dream, I'll work
as a consultant for the bands,
industry and government," he
says, adding that as the role of
First Nations people in forest
management evolves, he wants
to be a part of it.
"I believe there's going to be
some form of self-government in
the future, and they'll need people with experience in wildlife
and forestry."
Judy Spunt
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
Judy Spunt wants to make
sure people get the right idea
about her.
Spunt, among the first graduates of UBC's revamped Master
of Business and Administration
program, is now working for
Andersen Consulting. But she's
quick to point out that there's
much more to her life than work.
To show that even an engineer with a new MBA and a
demanding work schedule is able
to maintain a life outside the
office, Spunt runs down a list of
her interests and accomplishments.
After graduating with an engineering degree in metallurgy and
material science from the University of Toronto, Spunt travelled to
Japan where she taught English
before gaining a scholarship for
an international engineering research program in Kyoto.
During her two years in Japan, Spunt undertook engineering research, studied Japanese
language and culture, won an
international Scrabble tournament and learned to play Taiko
drums, used by dragon boat
paddlers to maintain rhythm.
Showing management potential even then, Spunt picked up
drumming skills so she could
leave the paddling to others while
helping set the pace. Even so,
she became an avid paddler and,
on returning to Toronto, established the Just-In-Time dragon
Evan Lee
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Evan Lee is a Fine Arts graduate whose outlets for artistic expression include painting, drawing, photography, and playing in
a band called Orphan.
"We have parents," Lee says,
"but the name comes from our
cultural situation and the music we play, which is a hybrid of
many different musical forms."
While acknowledging their
cultural roots — Lee is Chinese-
Canadian and fellow Arts student and band member
Mohamed Somani was born in
Sweden to Indo-African parents
— Orphan freely mixes any
number of cultural influences.
This can include incorporating Latin text read by a computer-synthesized voice to the influence of today's experimental
music from Japan.
"We may have multicultural
backgrounds, but we see no reason to flaunt it or refer to a
specific heritage. As artists, our
cultural viewpoint is very broad.
'It's obnoxious,
that's what
everybody says.
—Evan Lee
Look at Mohamed. His background is so diverse you can't
pinpoint it at all."
Lee isn't interested in pursuing a musical career. The
band has limited itself to playing at parties, art exhibit openings and recording cassettes
for friends.
So what is their music like?
"It's obnoxious, that's what
everybody says," admits Lee, who
adds that the nearest description of their sound is experimental or improvisational. "There's a
lot of yelling and screaming.
Sometimes we sing."
Now that he's completed his
bachelor's degree, graduating at
the top of his class, Lee plans to
go to graduate school and further his study of art.
boat team that, five years later,
is still competing.
Spunt came to UBC in 1995
to do her MBA after determining
the revamped 15-month program
best suited her needs.
"UBC was my first choice,"
she says. "The Vancouver location, the university's strong Asian
connections, and the breadth of
exchange opportunities, were all
important factors in my decison.
Additionally, the smaller class
size in the redesigned MBA was
appealing. It fostered close relationships both within the class
and with the faculty."
Spunt, who specialized in
management information systems (MIS), says the program's
core — in which faculty with
varied expertise teach together
to give students a broader perspective on business cases —
provided students with an awareness of the cross-functional nature of management issues found
in a real-world setting.
The knowledge gained will allow Spunt to tackle the sort of
problems she encountered while
working as an engineering consultant in Toronto, she says,
particularly the challenge of
bridging the communication gap
between the technical and functional units in a company.
She spent her internship
working with Andersen, designing a Web-based customer support application for an Internet
service and content provider,
and was hired as a permanent
employee following completion
of the internship period. The
company then gave her a leave
of absence to complete the academic portion of her MBA.
She took advantage of the
program's exchange option to
spend her final semester studying in Hong Kong and then travelled in Vietnam, China and
Thailand.
She's now back at Andersen
where she plans to continue
working on Internet-related
projects. «►* 8 UBC Reports • May 22,1997
Pace setters
Rosalie Starzomski
by Stephen Forgacs
Staff writer
As an ethics consultant at
Vancouver Hospital and Health
Sciences Centre, Rosalie
Starzomski is regularly confronted with ethical dilemmas.
And, as a nurse with a background in transplant nursing
and nephrology — the science of
the structure and function ofthe
kidney—she is acutely aware of
the ethical dilemmas concerning organ transplantation.
Now, with a PhD in Nursing,
she has some pretty good ideas
about how to delve into ethical
issues that confront health care
providers and consumers on a
daily basis.
Starzomski, a native of Cape
Breton, is among the first to
graduate from the School of
Nursing's PhD program. She and
three others will make UBC nursing history when they accept their
degrees at Spring Congregation.
The backbone of Starzomski's
doctoral research involved the
use of focus groups, which are
commonly used in consumer
research, to explore attitudes
toward transplantation. She held
34 focus groups, interviewed 188
participants, and collected more
than 2,000 pages of transcript
data.
She worked with small, homogenous groups of health care
providers—doctors and nurses,
for example — and of health care
consumers, such as transplant
recipients, members ofthe news
media, seniors, students and
others.
The groups discussed issues
such as the development of selection criteria for transplant
recipients and the use of animal
organs for transplantation and
used example scenarios to help
the discussion. Starzomski rated
individual's views on transplantation from positive to negative,
and  the reasoning processes
Jackie Teed
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
Jackie Teed found a way to
channel her creative instincts
into a practical field when she
enrolled in Landscape Architecture, a program within the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
Winner of the gold medal for
top student in her class. Teed
looked at how the township of
Langley can develop the
Willoughby-Willowbrook area
into a home for 35,000 people
while maintaining its rural character for her graduation project.
She was one of six students
working with Prof. Moura Quayle
and Prof. Douglas Paterson on
the project.
Teed's contributions to the
plans, which may influence future development, include free-
running streams and roads with
the feel of country lanes.
As part of the rapidly growing
Fraser Valley, Langley is under
pressure to increase density and
build more housing. Residents,
however, don't want to lose the
rural character of their commu
nity, says Teed.
Environmental concerns,
such as maintaining wildlife
habitat, had to be addressed,
too, as she developed different
models of how housing and roads
might look in this "rurban" community.
"Our job was to try to create a
complete community with a design that could accomplish all of
these goals," she says.
Teed proposed that the area's
streams, some of them still
salmon-bearing, should remain
undisturbed. To do this, most
roads had to avoid the streams,
curving around them instead.
Many of the roads were not
what you would expect in a residential community, either.
Dubbed by Teed "country roads"
the pavement is just five metres
wide, flanked by gravel shoulders and ditches.
Another environment-friendly
proposal was the provision of
greenways, non-vehicle paths for
walking and biking. It is no more
than a five or 10-minute walk to
the nearest retail centre along
these paths.
"There is always the
possibility of people
becoming tools of
their technology..."
—Rosalie Starzomski
used from deliberative to emotional.
Her findings have implications
for health policy, research and
practice. She suggests health
policy makers need to find ways
to bring different groups together
in convenient locations to discuss ethical and other issues in
order to gain the perspective of
multiple voices.
Focus groups were found to
be an effective way to promote
discussion of health care issues.
In practice, she says, more opportunities should be created
for interdisciplinary collaboration and consumer involvement
in decision-making processes
regarding aspects of health care
services.
The results indicate a need to
do further research with groups
in rural areas, and with different
ethnic and cultural groups. Also,
Starzomski's finding that critical
care nurses who work with transplant recipients tend to view transplantation in a negative light and
are generally not organ donors
themselves raises questions that
need further exploration.
Starzomski is also a Vancouver-based University of Victoria
faculty member and past-president ofthe Kidney Foundation of
Canada's B.C. Branch. She remains deeply interested in questions surrounding the use of
medical and genetic technology
and maintains an optimistic
outlook.
"There is always the possibility of people becoming tools of
their technology, as in George
Orwell's 1984, rather than the
more optimistic future where
people have learned to use technology wisely," she says. "My
goal is to see us going in the
optimistic direction in which we
use technology as a resource to
preserve some ofthe basic things
we value as a society."
Bernard Leung
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Bernard Leung joins a long
list of health care professionals
in his family. He is proud to be
the only pharmacist.
Leung, who already has a BSc
in biology from UBC, worked in
sales and marketing for two years
before returning to his alma
mater for four more years in the
pharmacy program. He says
pharmacists enjoy a unique position in the community because
they are at the juncture of business and health care.
"Generally, when people think
of pharmacy, they think of retailers," says Leung. "I think pharmacists have been underutilized
in the past but that is changing
as people are beginning to realize
we have a lot to offer."
Leung, who graduates with a
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy,
is winner ofthe faculty's 1997 Honorary Activities Cup given for leadership, participation, popularity and
academics during four years of
study. He says pharmacists are
often characterized as a staid bunch
who "count, pour, lick and stick."
According to Leung, nothing could
be further from the truth.
"The faculty is a hoot," says
Leung, who sings and plays piano each year on Pharmacy Talent Night. "There is an incredible
amount of energy and spirit
among all the students, faculty
and staff."
The 500 pharmacy undergraduates get together annually
with graduate students and faculty for a competitive night of
skits based on a pharmacy theme.
James Bond, Star Wars and action super heroes have all been
used for pharmaceutical fodder.
One year, Leung's acting
group performed a version ofthe
musical, West Side Story, complete with original songs and
choreography. They even went
so far as to order background
music from a distributor in New
York City.
Says Leung: "Basically, it's a
chance to show some ingenuity
and make fun of some professors."
Leung is currently commuting from Kerrisdale to Mission
where he's doing a month-long
clerkship rotation at a local pharmacy. He is also studying for the
provincial and national licensing exams conducted in June.
Leung's long-range plans are
to apply for a 12-month B.C.
Hospital Residency Program to
leam more about the clinical
roles pharmacists can play in a
hospital setting.
Bernard Leung UBC Reports ■ May 22, 1997 9
Aw
Bernardi
Choi
Farris
Jules
Lemieuz
Lemon
Ohnami
Scow
Community leaders
among honour bound
Taylor
UBC graduate and retired B.C. provincial court justice Alfred Scow is among
10 distinguished individuals to be
awarded honorary degrees by UBC during this year's Spring Congregation.
Scow was the first aboriginal person
to earn a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), practice law and receive a judicial appointment in British Columbia. He is credited
with performing a major role in educating non-aboriginal people about the legal, cultural, social and historical issues
facing First Nations.
Prominent in the professions and the
community, honorary degree recipients
are recognized for distinguished achievements and for their contributions to the
life of the university and the betterment
of society*
Sally Aw Sian has steered Sing Tao
Holdings to a prominent position among
international media companies, publishing Chinese and English language newspapers in Hong Kong, Canada, Australia,
the United Kingdom and the United
States since 1972. Aw is also recognized
for her long-standing interest and participation in community service, health
support and education. She has been a
major supporter ofthe establishment of
the Sing Tao School of Journalism at
UBC.
Mario Bernardi, thought of by many
as "a musician's musician" and "an opera singer's conductor," has made enormous contributions to the musical life of
Canada. Bernardi, conductor ofthe CBC
Vancouver Orchestra since 1983, has
long been known to champion the works
of Canadian composers either by pre-
miering piano works or conducting orchestral works, beginning in 1958 when
as a soloist with the CBC Symphony
Orchestra he premiered Barbara
Pentland's Piano Concerto.
Cheung-Kok Choi has built a successful career as an industrialist, businessman and philanthropist in China,
Hong Kong and Canada. Choi's longstanding commitment to education has
had a significant impact on students
around the world. A long-time friend and
supporter of UBC, he has established
numerous fellowships, bursaries and
prizes in several faculties, including the
C.K. Choi Fellowship in Business Administration and the C.K. Choi Scholarship in Engineering. The new C. K. Choi
Building for the Institute of Asian Research is an important research facility
at UBC made possible through his vision, dedication and generous support.
Haig Farris is a leader in raising
awareness of science and technology,
promoting the knowledge-based industry in B.C. and bringing university research to the marketplace. Farris was
instrumental in the creation of Vancouver's Science World as a key member of
the founding Board of Directors. A UBC
graduate, Farris has maintained strong
ties to campus, serving as an adjunct
professor. Active in the community, Mr.
Farris is a director of the Vancouver
Opera, chair of the Science Council of
B.C., an advisory board member of the
UBC Entrepreneurship and Venture
Capital Research Centre and a member
of the Premier's Advisory Committee on
Science and Technology. He is also
president of the UBC Alumni Association.
Clarence (Manny) Jules, born and
raised on the Kamloops Indian Reserve,
has served as the spokesperson for his
community for more than 20 years. Jules
has demonstrated a visionary and practical approach to many pressing First
Nations issues, including the restoration of economic independence to First
Nations communities and protection of
the environment. Working to solve problems at a local level for the Kamloops
Indian Band has led him to develop
initiatives that have become national in
scope. He was instrumental is the establishment of the Centre for Indigenous
Environmental Resources, a national
First Nations environmental organization dedicated to the preservation and
enhancement of First Nations lands and
territories. He played a leading role in
establishing the Indian Taxation Advisory Board, which provides viable on-
reserve tax regimes, largely controlled by
First Nations. He is a founding member
of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council
(SNTC), a representative body comprising the chiefs of several southern
Shuswap communities.
Raymond Lemieux is a pioneer in the
field of chemistry carbohydrates. His
work has been a key factor in converting
this area of research from an academic
specialization to one of great practical
significance in the important fields of
blood typing and medical chemistry. He
is also credited with laying the foundation for Western Canada's growing biotechnology industry. His extraordinary
accomplishments in organic chemistry,
biology, medicine, theoretical and physical chemistry have put him in the forefront of international research for almost
five decades. His original research has
led to major developments in immunology, immunochemistry, and biology.
Lemieux's research and academic careers have taken him to Ohio State University, the University of Saskatchewan,
the National Research Council, the University of Ottawa and the University of
Alberta.
David Lemon's passion for the arts is
infectious, and he is heralded as Vancouver's most eloquent and energetic
champion of the arts. An accomplished
businessman, he is owner of The Magic
Flute, which specializes in classical and
jazz recordings. Lemon encourages businesses to recognize the value that artists
bring to our community and to support
the arts simply because of the beauty
and enjoyment they bring to our lives.
He works tirelessly in all aspects of the
arts — music, visual arts and writing.
Lemon has successfully staged numerous cultural events throughout Vancouver and has served on several boards,
including The Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Art Gallery and Vancouver Bach
Choir.
Masateru Ohnami, president of
Ritsumeikan University in Japan, has
been instrumental in establishing an
exchange program between the University of British Columbia and Ritsumeikan
University. As a result of this initiative,
UBC is able to promote Canada-Japan
research, teaching and cultural exchanges. Each year for the last six years,
approximately 100 Japanese students
have lived with 100 UBC students at
Ritsumeikan-UBC House on campus. As
a result of Ohnami's international vision, Ritsumeikan University has now
become a model for other international
outreach programs in Japan. Ohnami is
a distinguished scholar and researcher,
with six books and 200 papers published
in various journals in his field of micro
and macro plasticity, and fracture mechanics.
Roy L. Taylor has provided exceptional vision and leadership to the botanical gardens community in North
America for more than 30 years. He is
regarded as a pioneer in horticulture
therapy and is internationally renowned
for his work directing botanical gardens.
He is best known for his field work on the
flora of the Queen Charlotte Islands
Taylor came to UBC in 1968 as director ofthe Botanical Garden. In his more
than 17 years with the university he
developed this facility into a wonderful
resource for students, researchers and
the community. Taylor is currently director of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic
Garden in California. 10 UBC Reports • May 22,1997
Graduation Facts
• UBC's first Congregation ceremony took place on May 4, 1916 in
the Hotel Vancouver ballroom. There were 41 graduates.
• UBC's first graduate degrees were conferred in 1919. The first
degrees in Agriculture were conferred in 1921. The first Bachelor
of Applied Science in Nursing and Forestry degrees were awarded
at the eighth Congregation in 1923.
• UBC students now graduate from 12 faculties: Agricultural
Sciences, Applied Science, Arts, Commerce and Business Administration, Dentistry, Education, Forestry, Graduate Studies, Law,
Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science.
• Each year since 1919 the graduating class has planted a tree to
mark Congregation. The class of '97 recently planted a tulip tree
near the Thunderbird Residences.
• The first Congregation ceremony on the present day campus was
held in 1927.
• The Ladner Clock Tower in front of Main Library houses a 330-bell
carillon which is played during special occasions, including
Congregation. The 40-metre tower was built in 1968 in memory
of B.C. pioneers, especially members of the Ladner family who
founded the town of the same name.
• The wooden mace carried into the ceremonies and placed on stage
symbolizes authority. It was designed by George Norris and First
Nations artist Bill Reid and carved by Norris.
• When graduating students are presented to the chancellor he or
she says "I admit you," welcoming them to convocation, the body
of graduates that elects the chancellor and some university
senators.
• More than 900 gowns are used for Congregation. They are often
rented out to colleges and schools throughout B.C. Last year the
UBC Bookstore sold 1,850 mortar boards, the square caps
sometimes worn by graduates.
• Hoods and gowns worn by graduates are lined with colours that
indicate the degree to be conferred. Members ofthe Congregation
processions wear colourful academic regalia from around the
world signifying their university of graduation and highest degree
awarded.
• The gowns, hoods and mortarboards worn by graduating students evolved from clothes worn by European scholars in the
Middle Ages.
• UBC has presented more than 500 honorary degrees in its
history. In 1958, John Diefenbaker, Lester Pearson and W.A.C.
Bennett received degrees the same day. Other notable degree
recipients: Pierre Trudeau, Louis St. Laurent, Joey Smallwood,
Princess Margaret, Oscar Peterson, Ken Dryden, J.V. Clyne, Adlai
Stevenson, Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, Robertson Davies,
Tommy Douglas, Karen Kain, and Raymond Burr.
• UBC alumni include Senator Pat Carney, former B.C. premier
Mike Harcourt, journalists Allan Fotheringham and Joe
Schlesinger, former prime ministers Kim Campbell and John
Turner, opera singer Judith Forst, author Pierre Berton, and Rick
Hansen, advocate for the disabled.
• Enrolment during Winter Session of 1996-97 was 31,182 including undergraduate and graduate students. During the Winter
Session there were 2,324 international students at UBC from 114
countries.
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Accommodation
POINT GREY GUEST HOUSE A
perfect spot to reserve
accommodation for guest
lecturers or other university
members who visit throughout
the year. Close to UBC and other
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9279.
GREEN COLLEGE GUEST HOUSE.
Five suites available for
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Guests dine with residents and
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Call 822-8660 for more
information and availability.
SHORT-TERM ACCOMMODATION
- daily, weekly or monthly rate
until mid-June. Very reasonable
rates, comfortable queen beds,
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facilities. 5 blocks from UBC. Very
close to bus. Call Douglas at 222-
8073.
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Ten minutes UBC and downtown.
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BAMBURY    LANE.    Bed    and
breakfast. View home. Two
bedrooms, single $65, double
$85. Ten minutes to UBC, fifteen
minutes downtown. Twin beds.
Shared bathroom. Phone/fax
(604)224-6914.
BRIGHT ATTRACTIVE ONE BR APT.
close to UBC, with patio and one
affectionate cat. Fully furnished
and equipped. Available from
mid-June fortwomonths, possibly
longer. $750/month. Please call
228-8825.
DUNBAR, MODERN furnished four
BR home, 2.5 baths, living room,
den, family room, two-car
garage; near schools, shopping,
bus route; 10 minutes to UBC.
September 1, 97 - August 31, 98;
$2500/month; phone 263-3800.
LOVELY KERRISDALE HERITAGE
home beautifully furnished, newly
renovated throughout. Excellent
location close to UBC, beaches,
parks, etc. Owners on holiday for
July/August. Great
neighbourhood and house. Price
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WHISTLER/BLACKCOMB   NEW
spacious comfortable condo on
Blueberry. Two BR, hide-a-bed,
two bath, mountain views. Close
to valley trails and Alta lake for
hiking, biking etc. Five minutes,
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5180.
PENDER ISLAND RETREAT. Sunny
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Huge decks and hammocks. All
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kayaking, hiking and
birdwatching. Whalewatching
available. Boats and equipment
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TWO FULLY EQUIPPED furnished
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home. Weekly and monthly rates
starting June 1 and July 1. Top
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(604)228-8079.	
FRANCE. TWO ONE BR fully
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located central Paris and one 25
km south of Paris. Also one
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spacious two BR or house for
communal living. Non-smoking,
vegetarian, quiet and respectful.
Start July or August. 734-2522.
NEW    ZEALAND    ACADEMIC
assistant professor visiting UBC
seeks house-sitting arrangement
for self only for July-December
1997 or part of. Please e-mail
Dave Campbell to discuss further
d.campbell@waikato.ac.nz
TORONTO, PROFESSOR'S three BR
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Annex area, near university,
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UBC for rent during July and
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BRIGHT, QUIET ONE BR, garden-
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D. Thomson photo
UBC guard Nino Sose helped his team to post-season play this year. The
native of Mostar, Bosnia will be back in a T-Bird uniform next season.
Athletes put cap on
captivating sports year
by Don Wells
Thunderbird Athletics
World-renowned wine writer Hugh
Johnson constantly warns his readers
not to become slaves to vintage charts.
For even in a so-called non-vintage year,
inexplicable quirks of nature allow certain vineyards to yield captivating wines.
To the men and women who coach
UBC's 600 varsity athletes, 1996/97 could
perhaps best be described as a non-
vintage year. Having harvested only a
single Canada West conference championship (women's cross country), 1996/
97 won't be recalled with the same reverence as other years, but to say it yielded
nothing memorable would be as grave an
oversight as concluding that the last great
Bordeaux was produced in 1990.
The vintner's reserve, so to speak,
would have to be the women's volleyball
team, which provided a sold-out crowd
and a national television audience with
more than two hours of superb sport
entertainment, battling the Alberta Pandas in a five-game spectacle in the national final. Add to that Doug Reimer
being named Canada West Coach of the
Year and Jeannette Guichon winning
the TSN Award for academics, athletics
and community service, and the 1996/
97 women's volleyball team will go down
in history as one of UBC's best ever.
The year began with dentistry student
and international track athlete Lori
Durward leading her team to the Canada
West cross-country championship.
Durward followed that up with a gold
medal in 1000 metres at the national
track and field championships.
Although UBC's football team lost to
the Saskatchewan Huskies in the Hardy
Cup final, the T-Birds provided by far the
bestcompetitionforSaskatchewan, which
subsequently steamrolled its way to a
Vanier Cup win. When the Canadian
college draft came around, the B.C. Lions' first pick was Thunderbird Athletes'
Council president and All Canadian offensive lineman Bob Beveridge. All Canadian running back Mark Nohra was
picked up by the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
Men's soccer finished first in the conference but lost to Victoria in the CWUAA
final. Meanwhile, in women's soccer, all
the talk revolved around the SFU squad,
which claimed the U.S. NAIA Collegiate
title, but somehow couldn't do better
than a tie against UBC in their annual
showdown at Swangard Stadium.
UBC's men's alpine ski team, competing against some of the best technical
racers outside the World Cup circuit at
the U.S. Collegiate Championships in
Lake Tahoe, placed second in men's slalom and third in the combined event.
Just a couple of weeks earlier the men's
swim team took second place in the national university championship behind a
University of Calgary squad led by double
Olympic medalist Curtis Meyden.
Both UBC basketball teams qualified for
post-season play but bowed out in the semifinals to the University of Victoria, whose
men's team went on to win the national
championship. And when the season came
toaclose, fifth-year seniorEric Butler landed
a professional contract in Paris.
There was also a bumper crop of individual performance highlights, such as
the record setting offensive production
of volleyball power hitters Jenny Rauh
and Mike Kurz. the high flying debut of
first-year quarterback Sean Olson and
the selection of Jenn Dowdeswell as
Canada West Rookie ofthe Year in women's field hockey. There was the presentation ofthe Thunderbird Athlete's Council's Leadership Award scholarship to
track's Jennifer Keefer and soccer's
James Prescott.
And very soon, some 60 athletes will be
named Academic All Canadians, for maintaining a grade point average in excess of
80 per cent in a course of full-time study
while competing as varsity athletes.
Hugh Johnson's caution about vintage charts is absolutely correct. For even
in the rare absence of a new CIAU national championship banner to add to the
31 currently hanging in War Memorial
Gym, 1996/97 yielded ample notoriety
for UBC and its student athletes.
Educators, business
leaders earn praise
Scudder
The UBC Alumni Association has
named nine outstanding individuals as
winners of its annual awards.
The Faculty Citation Award is shared
by Thelma Sharp Cook (BEd '58) and
Geoffrey Scudder.
Cook,
an assistant professor in
the Dept.
of Educa-
t i o n a 1
Studies,
has made
many contributions
within the
university, including
her role in
the development of
educational programs for First Nations'
students. She has also made significant
contributions to many other public and
philanthropic organizations.
In the health care field, she has served
as chair of the board of trustees of St.
Paul's Hospital, chair of the Council of
University Teaching Hospitals and chair of the
board of directors of the
B.C. Health Association.
Scudder, a professor
in the Dept. of Zoology, is
a leading entomologist,
with 190 scientific papers
to his credit. He has also
served on numerous university committees, performed many wide-ranging professional activities,
and was head ofthe Zoology Dept. for 15 years.
Scudder has also won
the   Master   Teacher
Award and President's Service Award
for Excellence.
The Alumni Award of Distinction goes
to Dato' Lim Say Chong (MBA '65), a
well-known and respected Malaysian
business leader.
Chong is managing director of the
Chemical Company of Malaysia, a diversified chemical and health care group.
Among his many other affiliations, he is
president ofthe Malaysian International
Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
vice-president ofthe National Chamber
of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia
and a council member of the ASEAN
Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Lifetime Achievement Award goes
to Michael Smith (DSc (Hon) '94), the
UBC professor and founding director of
the Biotechnology Laboratory who
shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in
1993.
Smith received the Nobel for the discovery and development of a technique
used in genetic engineering known as
site-directed mutagenesis. Since winning his award he has donated his prize
money to schizophrenia research and
the promotion of women and young
people in science.
The Outstanding Young Alumnus
Award goes to Jacki Hoffman Zehner
(BCom '88), the managing director of
the NewYork investment firm Goldman,
Sachs and Company.
Zehner, who was one of the first
students admitted to the Commerce
and Business Administration faculty's
Portfolio Management Society, has been
with the Wall Street company, primarily
as a trader, for the past eight years. She
was the second-youngest person ever
made a partner with the company.
The Outstanding Student Award goes
to John Cameron, a first-year Law student, Wesbrook Scholar and recipient of
the Attorney General's Police Service
Hoffman Zehner
Lam
Award for his work in policing and building ties with Vancouver's Chinatown
community.
The Blythe Eagles Volunteer Service
Award will be presented to Louanne
Twaites (BSc (Pharm) '53), who for many
years has been a strong and enthusiastic supporter ofthe Alumni Association.
Until her recent retirement, Twaites
was a clinical pharmacy specialist at
Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences
Centre, UBC Pavilion, and a clinical
assistant professor in the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Extremely active in the Alumni Asso-
ciation's
pharmacy
division,
Twai tes
c      o      -
authored
a      book
that
chronicled   the
history of
the   faculty on the
occasion
of its 50th
anniversary.
The Honorary Alumni
Award goes to David and
Dorothy Lam. The former
lieutenant-governor and
his wife have had an enormous impact on British
Columbia since arriving
here from Hong Kong in
1967. They have provided
many substantial gifts to
higher education institutions  and   community
projects  through  their
charitable foundations.
Their gifts to UBC include the David Lam
Asian Garden, the David Lam Management Research Centre, the David See
Chai Lam Management Research Library and the Dorothy C. Lam Chair in
Special Education.
The Branch Representative Award
goes to Kent Westerberg (BA '84, LLB
'87) of the San Francisco branch, who
has contributed greatly to the success
ofthe branch through his energy, initiative and creative leadership.
Where are
UBC grads?
More than 170,000 people have
graduated from UBC since it opened its
doors in 1915.
According to the Alumni Association's 1996 figures, most alumni continue to live and work in British Columbia:
Alberta 4,500
British Columbia 94,000
Ontario 7,500
Rest of Canada 5,000
UBC graduates are also living in:
Africa and the Middle East ....300
Asia  1,200
Australia/New Zealand 400
Caribbean 100
Europe 1,000
South and Central America ... 200
South Pacific 500
USA 5,100
The UBC Alumni Association has 15
branches in Canada, plus the United
States (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago/
Milwaukee, Los Angeles, NewYork, San
Portland, Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C.) and around the world (Australia, Chile, England, France, Hong
Kong, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia,
Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan). 12 UBC Reports • May 22, 1997
Stephen Forgacs photo
Dedicated service to the university is one thing the six recipients of the President's Service Award for Excellence
have in common. Pictured above are (l-r) Dr. David Hardwick (seated), Suzanne Dodson, Prof. Raymond Hall, Odile
Kucera, and Bruce Macdonald. Award recipient Barbara Evans is missing from the photograph.
Dedication, spirit earn faculty,
staff presidential service honour
Six members of the campus community have been chosen this year to receive
the President's Service Award for Excellence, presented in recognition of distinguished contributions to the university.
Each winner will receive a gold medal and
$5,000 during Spring Congregation ceremonies.
Suzanne Dodson's tireless efforts, high
standards, genuine humour and positive
spirit have been a cornerstone ofthe UBC
library system throughout her 34 years of
service to UBC.
In her role as librarian, she has gone to
great lengths to ensure that academic
resources are open to all members of the
university community and the public. She
is widely regarded for her dedication, selflessness, professionalism and generosity.
She has also played an integral role in
establishing the new Walter C. Koerner
Library, from selecting and working closely
with the architects to ensuring all books
were transferred efficiently to the new
library. She and her husband have also
made generous donations to the library,
providing for enhancements which ensure access to the building for people
with disabilities.
Barbara Evans first came to work at
UBC in the summer of 1967. Since then
she has worked with five presidents and
held numerous positions in the President's Office. She has demonstrated unfailing loyalty to the university and the
people she works with. For more than a
dozen years she has worked as assistant
to the president.
The President's Office could easily be
characterized as one ofthe busiest offices
on campus, dealing with a vast array of
issues and a never-ending series of re
quests and administrative requirements.
Evans has managed to maintain order
and efficiency in what is often a very fast-
paced work environment and to provide
invaluable support to the president.
Prof. Raymond Hall has made a significant contribution to the university, its
faculty and students, since joining the
Theatre Dept. as an assistant professor
in 1981. A professor of film. Hall is a
constant source of inspiration for countless students and faculty members. He is
credited with promoting talent, and injecting creativity and enthusiasm into
film production.
Hall played a key role in linking UBC's
Creative Writing Program to the Theatre
and Film Program and has been instrumental in the establishment ofthe School
of Journalism at UBC. He has also served
as an important liaison between student
film-makers and the film industry. He has
been actively involved as a volunteer in the
community and has served as ajury member on a number of B.C. and Canadian film
and television awards committees.
Dr. David Hardwick is a long-time
educator and administrator in the Faculty
of Medicine. Since joining UBC 26 years
ago he has influenced generations of doctors and other health care professionals.
Hardwick has worked diligently to build
a solid relationship between teaching
hospitals and the university to ensure a
strong and viable Faculty of Medicine at
UBC. He was instrumental in establishing the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine as one ofthe faculty's strongest
academic assets. In addition, his leadership has led to the development of new
laboratory facilities in each of the major
teaching hospitals.
As a professor, Hardwick has been
responsible for the recruitment and
mentoring of many widely acknowledged
teachers and researchers. He has received numerous awards, including the
first UBC Alumni Citation Award in 1990
for his role in founding B.C.'s Children's
Hospital.
Odile Kucera's distinguished personality and outstanding abilities have earned
her high regard from faculty, staff and
students. Kucera, administrative assistant in the French Dept. and a 25-year
employee ofthe university, is clearly committed to lifelong learning and continues
her education with courses in administration, human resources management, and
records management.
She is known for her efficiency, pleasant manner, positive attitude and demonstrated ability. She meets the challenges of her workplace with wit and
grace and is often described as the "anchor" in her department.
As the director of UBC's Botanical Garden, Bruce Macdonald helps bring joy to
the lives of many. His dedication, loyalty
and hard work have contributed to the
strong reputation of both the Botanical
Garden and the university as a whole.
Macdonald is noted for the successful
Plant Introduction Scheme, an internationally acclaimed program that sees
plants grown or developed in the UBC
Botanical Garden sold in Europe and
other parts of North America with the
Botanical Garden's label. As a result,
UBC is gaining strong recognition worldwide as a supplier of quality plants.
As president of International Plant
Propagators, a society primarily for nursery growers, Macdonald has helped build
the university's international ties. He has
served as a consultant to the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland, and
has built a close relationship with China's
Nanjing Botanic Garden.
What's on at Spring Congregation, May 25-30
SUNDAY, MAY 25
1:30 p.m.
Audiology and Speech Sciences, Biochemistry
(PhD and MSc only), Genetics, Medicine,
Neuroscience, Physiology (PhD and MSc
only). Pharmacology and Therapeutics (PhD
and MSc only) Rehabilitation Sciences. PhD,
MSc, MHA, MHSc, MD, BMLSc, BSc (OT),
BSc(PT)
4:00 p.m.
Honorary Degree: Cheung-Kok Choi
Arts (Asian Area Studies, Asian Studies,
Chinese, Canadian Studies, Classical
Studies, Classics, Comparative Literature,
Economics, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Religion
& Literature, Religious Studies, South Asian
Languages, Women's Studies), Social Work.
PhD, MA, MSW, BA, BSW
6:30 p.m.
Honorary Degree: Mario Bernard!
Arts (Art History, Creative Writing, Film, Fine
Arts, Theatre). Music. PhD, DMA, MA, MFA,
MMus, BA, BFA, BMus.
Diplomas in Applied Creative Non-Fiction,
Film Studies and Art History
MONDAY, MAY 26
8:30 a.m.
Arts (English, Environmental Studies, Family
Science, French). PhD, MA, BA, Diploma in
French Translation.
ll:0Oa.m.
Honorary Degree: David Lemon
Arts [General B.A. Program, Geography,
Germanic Studies, History). PhD, MA, BA
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degree: Sally Aw Sian
Arts (International Relations. Linguistics,
Mathematics, Medieval Studies, Modern
European Studies, Philosophy. Political
Science, Speech Sciences), Library, Archival
and Information Srudies.PhD, MA, MAS,
MLIS, BA, Diploma in Applied Linguistics
5:00 p.m.
Arts (Anthropology, Italian, Italian Studies,
Latin American Studies, Romance Languages/Studies, Sociology, Spanish). PhD,
MA. BA
TUESDAY, MAY 27
8:30 a.m.
Agricultural Sciences, Family and Nutritional
Sciences. Interdisciplinary Studies, Occupational Hygiene, Resource Management and
Environmental Studies. PhD, MA, MSc, BHE,
BSc (Agr), BSc (Dietet)
11:00 a.m.
Dentistry, Phannaceutical Sciences.PhD,
PharmD, DMD, MSc, BDSc, BSc (Pharm)
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degree: Haig Farris
Science [Applied Mathematics, Computer
Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences, Statistics, General Science (with
Mathematical. Computer Science or Statistics
concentrations)). PhD, MSc, BSc
5:00 p.m.
Arts (Psychology). PhD, MA, BA
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
8:30 a.m.
Honorary Degree: Raymond Lemieux
Science (Astronomy, Atmospheric Science,
Chemistry, Climatology, IZarth Science
Environmental Sciences, Fisheries Oceanography, Geological Sciences, Geomorphology,
Geophysics, Geophysics/Astronomy,
Hydrology /Soil, Oceanography, Physical
Geography, Physics, General Science with
concentrations in any ofthe above). PhD,
MSc, BSc, Diploma in Meteorology
11:00 a.m.
Science [Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics (BSc only), Biopsy-
chology. Microbiology & Immunology). PhD,
MSc, BSc
2:30 p.m.
Honorary Degree: Roy Taylor
Science [Botany. Zoology (MSc/PhD),
Freshwater Science, Biology Options:
Aquacultural Science, Animal, Conservation.
Ecology. Marine Biology, Plant; General
Science (Life Science or concentrations in any
of the above). Nutritional Sciences). PhD,
MSc, BSc
5:00 p.m.
Science (Biology Options: Cell Biology, Cell/
Genetics Biology, Genetics, General Biology)
PhD, MSc, BSc
THURSDAY, MAY 29
8:30 a.m.
Commerce & Business Adminstration (BCom:
Accounting, Commerce & Economics.
Finance, General Business Management,
International Business Management). BCom
ll:0O a.m.
Commerce and Business Administration
(Graduate Programs. BCom: Industrial
Relations Management, Management
Information Systems, Marketing, Transportation and Logistics, Urban Land Economics).
PhD, MSc (Bus. Admin), MBA, BCom.
2:30 p.m.
Human Kinetics. PhD, MA, MHK, MSc, BHK
5:00 p.m.
Honorary Degree: Clarence (Manny) Jules
Education. PhD, EdD, MA, MEd, BEd,
Elementary Program, BEd, Secondary
Program, Diplomas in Education
FRIDAY, MAY 30
8:30 a.m.
Honorary Degree: Masateru Ohnami
Applied Science (Bio-Resource, Chemical,
Electrical, Metals and Materials Engineering
and Engineering Physics). PhD, MASc,
MEng, MSc, BASc
ll:0O a.m.
Applied Science (Civil, Geological, Mechanical, Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering). PhD, MASc, MEng, BASc
2:30 p.m.
Architecture, Community and Regional
Planning, Forestry, Landscape Architecture,
Nursing. PhD, MA (Planning), MASA, MASc,
MArch, MF, MLA, MSN, MSc, MSc (Planning), BArch, BLA, BSF, BSN, BSc (Forestry), BSc (Natural Resource Conservation),
Diploma in Forestry (Advanced Silviculture)
5:0O p.m.
Honorary Degree: Alfred John Scow
Law. PhD, LLM. LLB/MBA LIB

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