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Anders Bard brings hit comedies to audiences around the world
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Marking the Year of International Engagement Historical humour finds cross-border success
Magazine for Mount Allison’s Alumni and Friends
A new approach to education in Sri Lanka
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Events and Gatherings Campus Beat JUMP Update Spotlight on Students We love you, Man Allisonians in Cuba Finding humour in history LEAPing into action Exceeding expectations in the global marketplace Learning from others to help ourselves Advocate for action Creating a legacy Returning to her roots All in the family Bleacher Feature In Memoriam Mount Allison goes global 4 6 11 12 14 17 18 20 22 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 36
14 — We Love You, Man Like so many Canadians wanting to break into the movie-making business, Anders Bard (’91) moved to LA. The years of hard work have paid off; he is making his mark in Hollywood and making audiences around the world laugh. 18 — Finding humour in history Kate Beaton (’05) is a webcomic, whose cartoons are winning rave reviews with American readers 20 — LEAPing into action Margaret Leighton (’07) brings hands-on learning to schoolchildren in Sri Lanka 22 — Exceeding expectations in the global marketplace Steven Smith (’93) delivers energy-efficient trucks and vans from Japan to the
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Mount Allison Record Fall 2009 No. 92 — New Series The Record is published three times annually. Editor: Anthony (Tony) Frost Assistant Editor: Laura Dillman Ripley Art Director: Shane McDonald, Tin Design Contributing Writers: Tracy Bell Peter Cudmore (’06) Laura Dillman Ripley Mona Estabrooks (’79) Tony Frost Nick Grant (’13) Sue Seaborn Carolle de Ste-Croix (’90) Susan Rogers (’12) Zoe Williams (’09) Dr. Judith Weiss (retired faculty) Photography: Laura Dillman Ripley Sue Seaborn Evan Rensch (’06) Munir Squires (’05) Address correspondence regarding editorial policy and subscriptions to: Mount Allison Record 65 York Street Sackville, NB E4L 1E4 Tel: (506) 364-2600 Fax: (506) 364-2262 email@example.com Contents Copyright 2009 by Mount Allison University and may not be reprinted without permission. Opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Mount Allison University. Single Copy: $9.00 Subscription: $25 for three issues ISSN 1702-2525 Mailed under Canada Post Publication Mail Sales Agreement no. 40006414 Mailed by: Precision Direct Marketing Printed by: Advocate — Imprimerie Maritime Press If you wish to make a donation to Mount Allison, please contact Susan Springer at (506) 364-2341 or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please forward change of address information to Joy Wilbur (email@example.com) (506) 364-2608. Cover Photo: On the cover, Anders Bard (’91).
ife is strange. It can sneak up on you and take you by surprise. It can take you to places you never envisioned. It can drop you into, or set you up for, the adventure of a lifetime. Like now. There I was several months ago, minding my own business while sitting in Ontario with a nice job and a new house in the ‘burbs, furiously writing a thesis on consumer culture, branding, and the connection to contemporary universities when suddenly, the phone rang; It was Mount Allison University calling about a job opening. “What did I think of it? Was I interested?” Does a chicken have lips? Yes, I was interested! After all, it is not everyday that the best undergraduate university in Canada calls with an opportunity. In the blink of an eye, I agreed to come. Okay, I admit, it took a bit longer — I did have to pitch the idea to my wife and kids — but it was not long before we packed up our gear and headed east, to begin OUR new adventure. And what a voyage it has been so far. From changing tides to changing cultures, towering rocks to soaring ambitions, singing whales to dazzling artists, Mount Allison and its breathtaking setting have been nothing short of inspiring. Of course, I am not the first person to feel this way. For 170 years now, students from across Canada and around the world have been drawn to Mount Allison’s historic campus in a quest to begin their own adventures, and the places that they have gone on to are fascinating. Indeed, the legends, yarns, and myths that have come to define this incredible institution and its community are remarkable.
From business to the arts, science to politics, global warming to accessibility, Mount Allison has carved out a reputation for being a place where trailblazers come to mix equal parts passion, creativity, and intelligence to ignite ideas that have shaped our world. And so, what do I think after one month into the adventure? Magnifique! Tony Frost Editor of the Mount Allison Record, University Advancement (506) 364-2345 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mount Allison Alumni Board of Directors
President: Andrew Clark ’98 email@example.com 416-465-7078 Vice-President & Secretary: Anne-Katherine Dionne ’88 firstname.lastname@example.org 416-962-0100 Past President: Barbie Smith ’75 email@example.com 506-529-4734 Honorary President: Louise (Oates) Cooke ’70 firstname.lastname@example.org
Directors: Sean M. Connors ’81 email@example.com 506-384-5570 Layton Fisher ’57 firstname.lastname@example.org 506-939-2935 Harriet Leggett ’61 email@example.com 506-466-3786 Amy MacAdam ’02 firstname.lastname@example.org 902-492-1259 Paul Pergau ’67 email@example.com 519-434-2490 Margaret (Doane) Poole ’87 firstname.lastname@example.org 902-443-1410 Jill (Hemeon) Rafuse ’73 email@example.com 902-492-4523 David Rose ’90 firstname.lastname@example.org 613-231-4446 Charles Scott ’83 email@example.com 902-832-4477 Colin Tippett ’97 firstname.lastname@example.org 506-755-0679 Christina Vroom ’96 email@example.com 514-933-2935 Danny Williamson ’03 firstname.lastname@example.org 519-208-1145
You can still find pieces of yourself at Mount Allison
By Carolle de Ste-Croix (’90), Director of Alumni Relations It was Labour Day and I was absorbed in watching our new students sling mud at each other in the Thornton House parking lot (an organized event) when I heard it — a familiar chant, being sung by the Satellite House residents. It was familiar to me because I helped write it 22 years ago. Greg Radford (’89) and I were co-presidents of the Satellite Houses at the time and a bunch of us got together at 121 York and wrote that chant. It is heartwarming to know that something we did 22 years ago is still bringing joy and pride to a new crop of frosh. It got me thinking that, although many of us have been away for many years, we can still find pieces of ourselves at Mount Allison. As alumni we often reflect about how Mount A has impacted our lives, but how often do we think about how we have impacted the University? From crazy house cheers to an honours thesis that can still be found in the library, our time at Mount Allison has changed this place. Maybe you took part in various student protests through the years that influenced decision makers. Maybe your year on a house executive allowed new frosh to develop a deep and abiding bond with the University. Maybe a discussion you had with someone changed their world view and then they went on to change the world. To those of you who continue to impact the University, my sincerest thanks. The students who benefit from your time, talent, and treasure will also leave a piece of themselves when they graduate — further enriching the Mount Allison experience for future generations.
Looking for outstanding alumni for alumni awards
All graduates and members of the Mount Allison community are invited to nominate candidates for the following awards: Charles Frederick Allison Award This award recognizes outstanding contribution to Mount Allison by an alumnus or an alumnae. Contemporary Community Award This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an alumnus/alumnae to their community of interest within 10 years of graduation from Mount Allison. Lifetime Community Award This award recognizes outstanding achievement within, or contribution to, a community outside of the Mount Allison community. This could include volunteering or professional service in a wide range of arenas such as civic, religious, community, etc. Eligible nominees for these awards include alumni, friends, faculty, and staff. To nominate an individual or to request additional information, please contact: Carolle de Ste-Croix, Director of Alumni Relations, Mount Allison University Alumni Office 65 York Street, Sackville, NB, E4L 1E4 Phone: (506) 364-2348 E-mail: email@example.com Nominations close Dec. 01, 2009. The 2010 Awards will be presented during Reunion Weekend on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the Alumni Banquet.
Carolle de Ste-Croix ’90 Tel: 506-364-2348 Fax: 506-364-2262 firstname.lastname@example.org http://alumni.mta.ca Nominations Call — Nominations are open for the Alumni Board. The Board works to promote and motivate the participation of alumni and friends of Mount Allison with the University, through effective communication, events, and special initiatives.
Address nominations to: Carolle de Ste-Croix, Alumni Office 65 York St., Sackville, NB E4L 1E4 or email@example.com
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Play Up! Events Gatherings
For more photos from the events listed below, please visit the Chapter pages on Alumni Online: http://alumni.mta.ca
Restigouche Alumni Reception
Dr. Vincent Reinsborough, Prof. Emeritus of Chemistry, provided a wonderful talk to his hometown friends, family, and alumni entitled, “The Nort’ Shore Kid meets the Tasmanian Devil en route to Mount A.” The event was held at the L.E. Reinsborough School in Dalhousie, NB.
Vancouver and Area Alumni Reception
The Vancouver Aquarium provided a beautiful venue for alumni and friends to gather for their alumni reception.
From left to right are Anne Reinsborough, Dr. Vincent Reinsborough, Carolle de Ste-Croix (’90) and Ken Reinsborough. This photo was taken in front of a photo of Dr. Reinsborough’s father — L.E. Reinsborough — for whom the school was named.
From left to right are Ynolde (Mulraine) Adams (’66), Gloria (Lebon) Laub (’65), Deborah Morrow, Sally Grant, Phyllis (Shatford) Atkinson (’41)
Newfoundland Alumni Get-Together
Fifth Annual Calgary and Area Alumni Surf ‘n’ Turf Event
Alumni and friends enjoyed a get-together at Bitters Restaurant & Pub in St. John’s. Clockwise from back left:
Cathy Driedzic, Erin Gregory, Dennis Rice (’01), Edna Swain, Jason Robinson (’06), Ashley Robar (’08), Kathleen Parewick (’83), Kyle Matheson (’08), Kimberley Keats (’02), Hector Swain (’56), Keir McIssac (’03), and Bill Driedzic (former faculty)
Lobster and steak were the order of the day and very much enjoyed by all who attended! Neill Stevens (’67) presents a hooked rug that was made by his mother to Gloria Jollymore (’77), Vice-President, University Advancement.
Alumni Reunion at Amherst Shore
Victoria and Area Alumni Get-Together
Many thanks to Matt Phillips (’96), “The Patriarch of Phillips Beer” for welcoming our alumni to his brewery for a gettogether and tour. A great day at Phillips Brewing Company! 4 | FALL 2009 RECORD
Front row (l-r): Carol (Vaux) Osborn (’79), Kathie WheadonHore (’80), Patty (Murray) Hughes (’80). Back row (l-r): Nancy Hunter (’02), Jack Brown (’62), Lennie (Dixon) Vaux (’54), Clare Christie (’69), Marigordon (Starratt) Kuehm (’62), Fred Jesty (’65), Marilyn (Hale) Jesty (’63), (Lee) Mac Brown (’60)
Third Annual Atlantic University Alumni Pub Night
The Banana Story of Agony
— by Lesley Johnson (’94)
Published by Conundrum Press of Montréal and Greenwich, NS, this collection brings together four visual stories, which are quite out of the ordinary. They are like fairy tales which, in their innocence, delight and disturb and finally leave us feeling enlightened, although perhaps without our knowing why. At the end of the book a note informs us that, “The font for this book was handwritten by the author using two hands simultaneously. One forward and one backward...[as were] some of the later drawings.” Surely this capability suggests a way of perceiving and understanding that is well worth our acquaintance. For more information or to purchase a copy visit lesleyjohnsonbooks.com (John Murchie, Co-ordinator, Struts Gallery)
Another successful event held at Hooley’s in Ottawa! Jane Wisner, left, and Dana McBain (’04) (Photo credit: Jeffrey Meyer Photography)
Southern Ontario Send-off Event
Turning Left to the Ladies
— by Kate Braid (’67)
New students and their parents from Southern Ontario were treated to a barbecue at the home of Mary-Jane MacDonald-Toles (’88) and her husband David Toles as an official send-off to Mount Allison. Current students, alumni board members, and staff were also on hand to answer questions. From left to right Chris Zaina, Sabina Snow, and Katrina Xavier got the chance to chat before beginning their studies at Mount A In 1977 Kate Braid got her first job in construction as a labourer on a small island off the coast of BC. Never in her wildest dreams did she plan to be a construction worker, much less a carpenter, but she was desperate to stay on the island and had run out of money, along with all the options a woman usually has for work — secretary, waitress, receptionist. Turning Left to the Ladies is an autobiographical account of the 15 years she worked as a labourer, apprentice, and journey carpenter, building houses, high rises, and bridges. Turning Left to the Ladies is a wry, sometimes humourous, sometimes meditative look at one woman’s relationship to her craft, and the people she met along the way. (Palimpsest Press)
New York Alumni Reception
Many thanks to Roberta Goss (’85) for hosting this event, which provided an opportunity for alumni to meet our President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Robert Campbell.
PROUDLY SERVING THE MOUNT ALLISON COMMUNITY. VISIT ARAMARK AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS IN JENNINGS HALL THE LIBRARY’S FLYING BEAN CAFÉ GRACIE’S CAFÉ (Monday-Thursday 8:30 am- 8:30 pm) (Friday 8:30 am- 3:30 pm) (Saturday 4:30 pm- 8:30 pm)
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Please visit the Chapter pages on Alumni Online (http://alumni.mta.ca) for information about upcoming events.
For more campus stories visit our revamped home page — www.mta.ca
Welcoming the Class of 2013
Members of the Sackville Rotary Club serve up ears of corn on Mount Allison Students Day.
Students practice their dance moves during the A-lympics as part of Orientation 2009.
This year Mount Allison welcomed the enthusiastic, and exceptionally large, Class of 2013. Coupled with traditional Orientation activities were a number of special events held in collaboration with the Town of Sackville, including the
declaration of September 5 being Mount Allison Students Day, with an extended Farmer’s Market, a corn boil, and cake to welcome students.
2009-10 Year of International Engagement and Global Citizenship at Mount Allison
Stephen Lewis (LLD’88), former UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, returned to campus to deliver the 2009 Wilford B. Jonah Lecture and the first lecture in the President’s Speakers Series on International Engagement on September 28. Stephen’s talk, entitled “Knowing Our Place in the World: How to become more critically engaged at home and abroad” was one of the first events to mark the Year of International Engagement at Mount Allison, a year-long endeavour to challenge the University and surrounding community to more critically consider their place in the world.
Stephen Lewis chats with and signs books for Mount Allison students Sasha VanKatwyk (’11) and Susan Rogers (’12) after delivering the 2009 Wilford B. Jonah Lecture to a full house at Convocation Hall.
Shinerama sets new record at Mount Allison! Students raise nearly $35,000 for CF Research
There were lots of shiny happy people on campus during this year’s Shinerama campaign at Mount Allison. The student-led fund raiser, in support of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, held its annual Shine Day on September 12. Participants shattered their overall goal of $20,000, raising over $21,000 on Shine Day alone, and
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lending a helpful hand in local communities, the Mount Allison Shinerama committee also organized a concert at Cranewood, the sale of ‘Shine On’ aromatherapy pendants, pancake breakfasts, pub nights, and the Swim Silver Lake event, which saw members of the Mount Allison varsity swim team swim across Sackville’s Silver Lake. The Mount A Shinerama committee wishes to send out a big thank you to all those who supported the 2009 campaign. Shinerama committee members Samantha Chaulk (’10), Patrick Forestell (’11), Mike Currie (’09), Pat Barry (’09), Mayme Lefurgey (’10) (committee chair), Mount Allison President Dr. Robert Campbell, Nikita Moriarity (’11), Rebecca Dixon (’12), and Susan Rogers (’12) prepare for Shine Day 2009.
bringing their 2009 campaign total to a record-breaking $35,000! In addition to Shine Day, which saw students out in full force shining shoes, washing cars, painting faces, and
Home Improvements on campus
There were a few more hard hats and construction crews on campus this summer. The federal and provincial governments announced $4.3 million in new funding for green renovation projects in the Barclay Chemistry and Biochemistry Building through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. And many local businesses are benefitting from the work as well — as suppliers and contractors for these and other campus projects. Projects in the Barclay Building saw the replacement of the laboratory exhaust system, giving the opportunity to redesign lab spaces and create more interactive and userfriendly learning environments. The project includes the replacement of 51 fume hoods, which are essential to the research endeavours of faculty and students. The new design will also allow users to turn off fume hoods when not in use, thus greatly reducing the University’s energy consumption and improving air quality. In addition to this, Mount Allison will use the federal and provincial funding to complete updates to ensure the continued structural integrity of the Barclay Building, including upgrades to improve water infiltration and make the building more accessible.
From left to right are: Bill Quinn, Coastal Restoration and Masonry Ltd., Rob MacCormack, Mount Allison director of facilities management, Robert Campbell, Mount Allison President and Vice-Chancellor, Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), Ron Gallant, Coastal Restoration and Masonry Ltd., and Mark Payne, project co-ordinator, Mount Allison facilities management on the roof of the Barclay Chemistry and Biochemistry Building.
Mount Allison welcomed a number of new staff members to campus this summer. Pierre Arsenault joins the Athletics Department as director of athletics and recreation. Read more about Pierre in Bleacher Feature (page 30). Tim Hynes is the director of the newly established Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies. Dr. Hynes is an award-winning researcher in corporate finance and strategic management and previously taught at St. Francis Xavier University, where he was chair of the department of business administration. Tony Frost has joined the University Advancement team as director of marketing and communications. Tony brings a wealth of experience in the post-secondary environment to the role, most recently as an associate director of public affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. Carolle de Ste-Croix (’90) is continuing in the role as director of alumni on a permanent basis. Carolle is a proud graduate of Mount Allison and has been working to engage alumni around the world. (Continued on next page)
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Student Affairs also welcomed two new appointments. Gayle Churchill is director of student life. Gayle has worked as manager of student life at Mount A since 2008. Prior to this, she worked in student life-related positions at two other NB universities. Matt Sheridan-Jonah (’00)
has been appointed to the new position of associate registrar, recruitment and admissions. Matt is a graduate of Mount Allison and has worked in the admissions office since 2000.
Research funding rolls in
Mount Allison’s research labs and offices buzzed with activity this summer with many faculty and student researchers receiving significant funding to pursue their endeavours. Physics professor Dr. David Hornidge is leading a project focusing on experimental subatomic physics, otherwise known as nuclear physics. Working with researchers in Halifax and Regina, David’s team, which includes several Mount Allison students, is carrying out experiments with the Mainz Microtron “MAMI,” an electron accelerator at Mainz University in Germany. The group was recently awarded a $420,000 Project Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to assist with their endeavours. Mount Allison physics professor Dr. David Hornidge, back centre, with students at the MAMI in Germany.
Summer fun on campus
Summer was anything but quiet on campus. Mount Allison hosted a myriad of engaging camps and programs for middle school and high school students again this year. The popular Go Global camps in International Relations, Science, and Music for Grade 11 and 12 students returned this summer. The University also assisted with programs for younger children including SHOCK (Science HandsOn for Curious Kids), run in collaboration with the Town of Sackville’s SummerQuest program. Visit www.mta.ca/summer for the 2010 line-up of programs.
Biochemistry professor Dr. Amanda Cockshutt assists some SHOCK campers with one of many science experiments conducted on campus.
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Biologist Dr. Irena Kaczmarska also received $40,000 in NSERC funding this year for her work on diatoms — microscopic plant-like organisms that pack a big punch. Diatoms are responsible for one quarter of the food on the planet and one quarter of the oxygen in the atmosphere. One aspect Irena and her team are looking at is the harmful variety of diatoms. In the past people have become ill and even died from eating mussels that have become toxic due to harmful diatoms. It’s unknown how diatoms produce toxins, but Irena and her students are investigating the DNA of different diatoms, to see if there are genetic differences between ordinary and harmful ones. Biology professor Dr. Irena Kaczmarska’s research team (left to right): Mike MacGillivary (’08), Laura Mather (’09), Irena Kaczmarska (standing), Célia Villac, and Georgia Klein.
Commerce professor Dr. Gina Grandy is making church her business this year. She was recently awarded a threeyear Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant for $77,702, to pursue the question, “How is it that churches create value for their constituents and how might it give them an advantage over other churches in terms of survival?” Gina’s three-part study began in August with in-depth case studies of three churches in Atlantic Canada. From this she hopes to put together a theory of how churches create value for their members. Gina will then go on to speak with focus groups of church leaders from various churches across the region, and refine her theory, before finally administering a cross country survey to test the theory. Commerce professor Dr. Gina Grandy, right, shown with student research assistant Amanda Burns (’11), has recently been awarded a three-year SSHRC grant.
The music department came back to school in style with the second annual Faculty Gala. This black tie event, which serves as a fund raiser for student scholarships, saw some of Mount Allison’s most talented faculty members perform on stage. Members of the Mount Allison music faculty pose for a group photo following another successful gala evening.
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Paul Paré Excellence Awards
The Paul Paré Excellence Awards recipients were recognized at the University Assembly this fall. The Awards acknowledge outstanding faculty research, scholarship, and creative performance, while maintaining excellence in teaching and service. This year’s recipients, shown left to right with Mount Allison President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell,
end left, and Mount Allison Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research Dr. Stephen McClatchie, end right, are: Dr. Brad Walters (geography and environment), Dr. Suzie Currie (biology), Dr. Diana Hamilton (biology), and Dr. Zoe Finkel (environmental science). Missing from the photo is Dr. Monika Boehringer (modern languages and literatures).
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The building that famed Canadian painter Alex Colville (’42) and his family called home for more than two decades has a new lease on life thanks to the generosity of David (’84) and Betty-Jo Booth. David and Betty-Jo made a leadership donation to Mount Allison’s JUMP Campaign, which, together with funds from the Province of New Brunswick’s Built Heritage Program, was used to restore historic Colville House. In September more than 70 alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters of the arts gathered to celebrate its re-opening as an education centre — one that is helping to inspire an entire community on the life and work of an artist whose images have marked our national consciousness since the Second World War. After graduating from Mount Allison Alex Colville came to prominence as an artist when he was chosen to serve as a member of the Canadian War Art Program. Following the war Colville returned to his alma mater to take up a teaching position in the Fine Arts Department. He lived in Colville house from 1949 to 1973 and it was during that time that he produced some of his most important works, including Nude and Dummy (1950), Horse and Train (1954), and The History of
Colville House: a legacy restored
Left to right: Mount Allison alumni and friends Eleanor Booth, Tom Forrestall (’58), David Booth (’84), and Colville’s children John and Ann (Kitz) officially open Colville House on September 17, honouring Alex Colville’s work as both an artist and a teacher at Mount Allison University. Mount Allison (1948), which is proudly displayed in Tweedie Hall. Mount Allison University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell says, “Coupled with the Owens Art Gallery, the oldest university art gallery in Canada, the facility will enhance Mount Allison and Sackville making our community one of the most active cultural and artistic centres in the country.” Among the features of Colville House are an exhibition and multi-media presentation, with full-colour reproductions of nearly a dozen of Colville’s paintings and drawings. There are films available for screening and a Colville House Sketchbook as well as a web site, which provides a timeline of the artist’s life and art. David Booth, centre, with Chancellor John (’62) and Judy Bragg (’62) at the reception in Tweedie Hall.
JUMP Campaign total as of April 30, 2009:
Our goal: $86 million
Thank you for your continued support. Together we will reach our goal.
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SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENTS
Our students are making a difference, on campus and around the world. Read more about three young womens’ award-winning overseas endeavours, just a small sampling of what our great students are up to inside and outside the classroom.
sustainable health care solutions. The students joined 10 medical professionals, nurses, doctors, and dentists, and worked to set up temporary clinics and provide basic medical care. Laura is currently the Canadian co-ordinator for the organization and co-president of the Mount Allison chapter. Laura is also involved in a number of other community organizations at Mount Allison, including Relay for Life, a fund raiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, Shinerama, Leadership Mount Allison — Mount A’s signature leadership program, “We Propose Clothes” — a campus-wide clothing drive, Eco-Action, the Tantramar Family Resource Centre, and the Drew Nursing Home in Sackville. She also works as a residence assistant and lab instructor in the biology department.
Mount Allison student named to Top 20 Under 20™
Taking care of business — overseas
auren Ledwell’s (’10) career in international trade is off to a great start. The Mount Allison commerce student and Charlottetown, PEI resident, who recently returned from an exchange semester in Norway, is a 2009 recipient of the Export Development Canada (EDC) International Business Scholarship. The $3,000 awards are granted to second- or third-year university students across Canada who show a devoted interest in international business.
Laura Stymiest, right, works with a nurse in Honduras to help give a local child a check up, as part of the Global Medical Brigades group.
his spring, Mount Allison honours biology student Laura Stymiest (’11) of Fredericton, NB was named to Youth in Motion’s national Top 20 Under 20™ list. The list celebrates and honours Canadians who have demonstrated a significant level of innovation, leadership, and achievement but have not yet reached the age of 20.
Laura plans to go to medical school after graduation and pursue a career with Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders. And she’s already gaining field experience. Last year, for the first time, Laura led a group of about 35 Mount Allison students to Honduras as part of the Global Medical Brigades, an international network of more than 50 university clubs and volunteer organizations that provide communities in developing nations with
Lauren is studying commerce and English with a keen interest in marketing. While still undecided about her specific career path, she has also honed her skills in systems, securities, and the Canadian banking structure, working at Toronto Dominion Bank in Charlottetown during the summer months. She plans to either continue her studies in an MBA program or pursue an international career in marketing. Outside the classroom and the boardroom, Lauren is cocaptain of the Women’s Soccer Mounties, playing midfield, and also sits on the executive of the Mount Allison Commerce Society.
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the organization. Mayme also spent four hours a day volunteering at the Nepal Child Conservation Home, a local orphanage, enriching the lives of many children in the facility. She says these experiences were amazing and have greatly enriched her education in women’s development issues and her desire to work for an NGO on a regular basis one day. Back on campus, Mayme is equally involved with social causes, volunteering with a host of groups including Free the Children and Habitat for Humanity. Last year Mayme served as co-president of the Mount Allison Global Medical Brigades, bringing the group to campus for the first time. She is also involved with B.O.D.I.E.S (Building Optimal Development of Images by Educating Students) and founded the Campbell Cares initiative, a residence outreach program.
Lauren Ledwell takes in some site seeing in London during her exchange semester at the BI Norwegian School of Management.
Making a Difference
ayme Lefurgey’s (’10) summer was anything but ordinary. In addition to chairing the record-breaking 2009 Shinerama campaign at Mount A, Mayme, a Millennium Scholar, also travelled to Nepal to volunteer with a women’s development and advocacy centre through a Millennium Excellence Grant and Leadership Mount Allison co-curricular grant. Mayme worked at the Women Security Pressure Group (WSPG), a non-political organization that advocates for women’s rights.
The most powerful man in the western world and he’s never been to sweet little Sackville.
Or had an extra thick milkshake at Mel’s. Or the roast onion soup at the Bridge Street Café . Or heard a Virginia Rail singing at dawn in the Waterfowl Park. He’s never tried on an Arc’teryx jacket at Wanderlust. Or bought his daughters a Schuco toy at The Crofter. Or run the Main Street Mile. He’s never heard Shakespeare near the Swan Pond or fiddle music from the bandstand. Never had a car slow down and its driver smile at him, wanting him to cross the street safely. Never seen a bronze statue to a guy who loved the town so much he used to sweep the street every day. Never seen and heard SappyFest music or got lost in the corn maze or heard an Acadienne speaking in a wonderful lilting French that took 300 years to perfect. Or had a salad made with Samphire greens. He’s the most powerful man in the western world and he’s never done what we’ve all done, just living in this sweet little town of Sackville. What a pity. Such a nice person and a little Sackville time would do him a world of good. And after reading this, shouldn’ t you come back as well?
The honours sociology and psychology student from Campbellton, NB, was in Nepal for eight weeks and made many inroads for the WSPG during this time. With Mayme’s assistance in the office, the WSPG was able to secure funding from Oxfam and developed a web site for
Mayme Lefurgey spent part of her summer volunteering at a Nepal orphanage.
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By Tracy Bell
Unsure of his next move, Anders moved to Toronto after school and worked in sales. “That’s what people told me I should be doing.” A two-week stint volunteering for the Toronto International Film Festival convinced him otherwise. But success didn’t come overnight for this now-acclaimed film and television producer. And it was a far cry from glamourous. “I had no money. I was living in my friend’s basement. And in interview after interview I was being told that I should do something else.”
ubbing shoulders with such A-list celebrities as Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller is just one of the perks of the job for Anders Bard (’91). The co-producer of the recent feel good blockbuster movie I Love You, Man is making his mark in Hollywood.
His attraction to movies started at Mount Allison. “I became the film critic for the Argosy — not because I was moonlighting as a journalist or because I actually felt that I had a voice as a critic. It was because I got two free movie passes every week, so not only did a I get to see a movie, I could also bring a date with me,” he jokes.
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I had no money. I was living in my friend’s basement. And in interview after interview I was being told that I should do something else.
Anders Bard, back center, reviews a scene with the cast and crew of I Love You, Man
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Not one to give up easily, Anders enrolled at the University of Southern California’s film school and moved west. His first big break came as a result of a gutsy phone call that led to a meeting with one of the biggest names in film and television — Jerry Bruckheimer, the man behind such smash hits as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, and the CSI series. A promised five minutes of Bruckheimer’s time turned into an introduction to the president of production at Bruckheimer Films and a first job for Anders as an assistant in Hollywood. The job entailed answering phones, scheduling meetings, and getting coffee, but also afforded him a front row seat in the industry. “While I was performing the low-paid, low-brow work of an assistant, I was also witnessing firsthand how movies such as Gone in 60 Seconds, Coyote Ugly, Remember the Titans, and Pearl Harbor were being put together.” From there he gained valuable “production” experience working as Sylvester Stallone’s assistant on the set of Driven. Anders then made a move that he would later look back on as the turning point of his career. He was working as an executive assistant to the CEO/Producer at Jersey Films (Danny DeVito’s company) when he first met John Hamburg — the man who would later become his business partner. The creative brain behind the hit comedies Zoolander and Meet the Parents, John wanted Jersey Films to produce his latest script Along Came Polly. He needed an assistant and offered Anders the job. “I became involved with all aspects of producing — hiring crew, building sets, creating shoot schedules, scouting locations, lighting, parking, rain machines, rain covers, hair and makeup stations, food, props, drivers — anything to create a space where the talent can just show up and work. It was extremely exciting, and led to my credit being changed to associate producer,” he says. When Hamburg was approached to write Meet the Fockers, he and Anders started up their own company, based at Universal Studios. And after three-and-a-half years his assistant days were behind him. That was in 2005, and since then the pair have been developing numerous projects, including four comedy films in the works, and a television series for CBS. Anders spent much of this spring walking red carpets alongside the stars of I Love You, Man at movie premieres across the US and in Europe. Another hit at the box office, it had grossed $65 million domestically after just five weeks.
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But once the toasts have been made and the tuxedos put away, Anders admits life still feels a little surreal. “If you had told me five years ago that I would have a bungalow office on the back lot of Universal Studios and a golf cart and parking spot with my name on them, I wouldn’t have believed you.” It seems this rising star is getting his happy ending. Well, almost. He’s still working up the nerve to ask Jennifer Aniston out on a date. Anders would love to hear from former classmates, or help others break into the film and television business (firstname.lastname@example.org).
By Judith Weiss
In May 2008 ten students pioneered a brand new direction for the Hispanic studies program at Mount Allison. The goal of Spanish 3060: Study Abroad, is to offer first-hand experience of a new country and to make students more proficient in Spanish. I was fortunate to be their instructor on the very first journey — this time, to Cuba.
Coming from a relentlessly cold April in the Maritimes, the sudden shock of 32 degrees in the shade, coupled with wild noise and grit, was a jarring beginning, but the students adapted quickly. The day after our arrival we plunged into an exciting series of lectures by distinguished experts, held at our host academic institution, the Juan Marinello Institute for Research in Cuban Culture. While the students absorbed information about the island’s art, politics, economics, and speech idiosyncrasies, they also immersed themselves in their host families’ lives. In fact interviews with these families became their point of entry into the recent history of Cuba and into the methodology of oral history. The class lived up to the rigorous academic standard with their seven short papers and diary entries and the research paper (all in Spanish) and their individual meetings with me to work on grammar and advanced language skills.
The intensity of each week was tempered by two or three free afternoons, most of which were spent in R & R — essential to everyone’s recovery from the academic semester. There were conversations about Cuba and Canada with the young researchers of the Marinello Institute (who also offered a salsa class). The evenings were given over to cultural activities, including the Havana Theatre Festival, the ballet at the Gran Teatro de La Habana, the spectacular floorshow at the Tropicana, or jazz at a local club. know), this group of Allisonians accumulated no fewer than five marriage proposals and three hundred “piropos” (those unsettling lines thrown out by Cuban males, a Spanish tradition that most foreigners find distasteful — until they get the hang of the witty comeback, as, I am proud to say, our Allisonians did quite quickly). As we all picked up our bags to change planes in Toronto on our way home, I happily recorded one lasting memory — 10 broad smiles and enough energy left over for one last laugh, a favourite Cuban colloquialism, and one final hug.
Experiential learning included guided tours of the historical museums and of the fortress of El Morro. Here, on the very Dr. Ju spot where the British and dith W eiss an North American colonial d stud troops captured Havana in ents fr om he r Span 1762, I was ecstatic to be able, at long last, ish 30 60 cla to talk about my research on the history of that invass pos e at th sion. The students were tickled to discover that the invasion e site of the was in part the brainchild of Generals Monckton and Amherst, As far El Mo rro fo who suddenly became for them more than the simple place as I know (and the rtress. names they are for most Allisonians. teacher is usually the last to The highlight of the final week was a trip to the former sugarmill community of Hershey, a modern town designed by a U.S. company after World War I. Although the mill stopped supplying Hershey chocolates long ago, it has maintained a strong communal identity that enabled its citizens to remain when the mill closed. As part of the seminar on ethnography and oral history, students interviewed residents on the street and in front yards, gathering memories of old times and information about the various systems of farming that now operate in Cuba.
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Finding humour in history
Canadian cartoonist attracts international following
By Zoe Williams (’09)
Kate Beaton (’05) may be Mount Allison’s funniest recent graduate; that is, if you happen to find Sir John A. Macdonald funny. Kate is a webcomic artist, which means she draws and posts comics on her own web site, and her subjects are historical figures, often Canadian. Funny may not be what first comes to mind when one considers the past, but Kate is earning praise from readers and critics both in Canada and beyond our borders for her entertaining and endearing cartoons. “Funniest are the big, towering personalities always. Sir John A., Nelson, any of the King Georges, you know the type,” says Kate when asked what characters she finds
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the most amusing. Other historical personalities that have made it into Kate’s comics include Polish revolutionary Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Diogenes, and Nietzsche, to name a few. Though simply drawn, Kate’s comics come alive with her sometimes obscure historical detail and witty commentary. To create a fresh comic or two every week requires a wealth of historical knowledge. “Research is always involved, either to get the story straight or to find out what they wear, or any number of things. I’m not a real historian, but I’m not a fake one either,” says Kate. Kate graduated from Mount Allison with a BA in history and anthropology, and she has fond memories of her time
I’m not a real historian, but I’m not a fake one either
at the University. “Full of the brightest students and personable professors, it was small enough so that you could get involved in just about anything you wanted to, but you had to keep up with a sharp pack once you were in.” Kate’s preferred area of study was actually fine arts. But the now celebrated cartoonist wasn’t accepted into the program. “When I met with the [Fine Arts] Department, I had no portfolio, was incredibly nervous, and the professors (correctly) gave me such withering looks that I left with my head hanging. I was on a waiting list for four years and forgot about it, then in my graduating year was told I was accepted into first year Drawing.”
After graduation Kate worked in Alberta for two years before moving to Toronto where she started posting her comics online so friends could see them. But it was not just her friends who saw the humour in her comics. Although she has thousands of Canadian fans, the readers of her web site are predominately American. In fact her popularity has grown to the point where she has been asked to write and illustrate books by a number of agents and publishers. But so far has refused. She’s waiting for the right time. “There are always new things coming into the picture. It is very exciting.” To see more of Kate’s comics visit harkavagrant.com
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By Zoe Williams (’09)
n Margaret Leighton’s (’07) words, “education is a stepping stone to effecting positive change in those areas of society that are in need of improvement.” This explains why the Saskatchewan native now finds herself working halfway around the world, in Sri Lanka. “After graduating from Mount Allison with a BA in economics, I was keen to get out of the classroom and finally live up to my own ideals,” says Margaret.
shortly after the 2004 tsunami that devastated the region.
The program for Grade 8 students in eastern Sri Lanka “involves an inschool component comprised of hands-on learning activities, such as
science experiments, engineering projects, and culture and art activities, as well as out-of-class days such as a team field day, a project exhibition, and a learning trip to a local historical site,” explains Margaret.
She has done just that, becoming the director of Living Education Academy Programs (LEAP) Sri Lanka — an educational project, in partnership with Sri Lankan Aid, a nongovernmental organization that was founded by university students
I was struck by how different their educational opportunities are from those I enjoyed as a child.
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In the summer of 2007 Margaret returned from a stint as a volunteer with Sri Lankan Aid, inspired by an observation she had made. “Touched by the enthusiasm of school children, who overcame momentous challenges in their desire to learn and attend classes, I was struck by how different their educational opportunities are from those I enjoyed as a child.” Motivated by the “dynamic public school education” she had growing up in Saskatoon, she set about
designing an education enrichment program that would “challenge and inspire students, encouraging them to keep an open mind amidst the difficult reality of their environment.” energy” and years of experience with outdoor education “was more than prepared to be innovative and inspiring under all sorts of teaching conditions,” she explains. In the months that followed Margaret designed the LEAP Sri Lanka program, travelling back to the country to collaborate with local teachers and school administrators, and to meet with students. In the summer of 2008 Margaret launched the pilot run of the program, which lasted three weeks, and delivered “a barrage of hands-on, outside-the-box learning activities.” Margaret was lucky to have fellow Mount Allison alumnae Frances Ross (’06) at her side, who “with her trade-mark boundless A successful pilot run led to an expanded program in summer 2009, with two additional schools participating, and more than 300 students attending. Working alongside Allisonian Munir Squires (’05), who joined this year’s teaching and coordinating team, Margaret says the second run of LEAP Sri Lanka was an enormous success. Never one to rest on her laurels, Margaret has a full plate this fall. She is currently in France, doing a
Photo Credit: Munir Squires
master’s in education at the Toulouse School of Economics. She is also involved in negotiations with the provincial ministry of education in eastern Sri Lanka, working to implement a jointly-implemented, scalable learning enrichment program.
To learn more about LEAP Sri Lanka, visit www.leapsrilanka.org
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in the global marketplace
By Tracy Bell
Steven Smith (’93) uses the latest in technology to communicate with clients around the world. Making introductions by e-mail. Sealing deals on Skype. But as he says on his web site, “We want to be more than just an invoice and a voice on the phone.” It is Steven’s passion for people that has helped make him a leading car exporter in Japan. “There’s an old saying, ‘hug your customer,’ and that has become my business philosophy. I obviously don’t go out and physically hug my clients, but I try to build relationships. I speak plainly and I’m willing to sit and listen to what the buyer wants.” Making time for others, regardless of the hour, is something Steven does without hesitation, often operating on fewer than five hours of sleep a night. Indeed, consider this: he stayed up until well after midnight in Japan to provide me with the interview for this article. For Steven business is good as he has discovered a rapidly expanding North American market for the mini-trucks and small engine cars that his company,
SASTRAD KK, specializes in exporting. Fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly, his vehicles have helped establish customers in every province in Canada and many US states. As a way of testing his product’s durability and raising funds for charity, Steven entered a team in the Mongol Rally last summer — a 15,000 km-plus trek from London to Ulaar Battar, Mongolia in a .66 litre mini-van. The team travelled through 13 countries in 68 days, and covered more than a third of the earth’s most rugged terrain. Steven says his team was able to connect with some really amazing people over the course of their adventure and feed his philanthropic interest by raising funds for a number of charities, including Mercy Corps Mongolia — an organization that aims to alleviate poverty in rural communities and help them achieve sustainability. Steven and his brother Shawn are now making plans to drive one of SASTRAD’s mini-vans across North America, in part to help market their product, but also
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Photo credit: The Adventurists
to raise money to build a girls and boys school in Northern Afghanistan. Says Steven, “There are areas in Afghanistan where young girls have never had the opportunity to get an education. We are hoping to help change that.” When he’s not hard at work carving out a niche for himself in the global marketplace, Steven is spending time with his children — Josh is eight and Emma is “two going on 20” — and his wife Akiko. “Being an entrepreneur, you make the conscious decision not to work for somebody else. It’s not necessarily because you want to work for yourself, but because you want the flexibility to be able to put in the time to get ahead and then spend time with your family.” And that is an investment with exceptional returns.
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By Susan Rogers (’12) ount Allison anthropology professor Dr. Marilyn Walker has witnessed things that very few people have had the opportunity to see. Dr. Walker spent years travelling back and forth across the Canadian Arctic. She has lived among the hill tribes of Thailand, and with Tibetan refugees in India. She has studied traditional medicine in Siberia and Mongolia, and researched biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest. And despite the great geographic distance between them, Dr. Walker says there are many similarities between the groups she studies, especially in their traditions of hospitality and the spiritual connection to the land that supports them. In her work Dr. Walker tries to understand global issues from a cultural perspective. One of her recent interests has been indigenous shamanist communities, who have close connections with nature. “I’m generalizing, but North Americans have lost their direct connection with nature, which is getting us into
Learning from others
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all kinds of difficulties, namely environmental problems. I don’t think we are going to get all the answers from conventional science. Lots of cultures have different ways of knowing about the world that we can learn from.”
Lots of cultures have different ways of knowing about the world that we can learn from.
anthropologist I’m always a visitor. I have to rely on the hospitality of others, and I need to know how to take care of myself and how to be respectful. I also need to learn how much of my experience I can pass on to students, and how much needs to be kept private for ethical reasons.” Strangely enough though, she jokes, she feels more of a culture shock on returning to Canada than she does in going elsewhere. Whenever Dr. Walker returns to Canada she works at maintaining ties to the communities in which she has studied. A few years ago she was able to help a man from a hill tribe in Thailand get his PhD from Trent University. “It was incredibly rewarding to be able to help him because he was so helpful to me in the field.” Like many others that she meets in her work, Dr. Walker has kept in touch with the man and even uses his research in teaching her classes.
Anthropologist Dr. Marilyn Walker, front left in red, participates in a traditional Métis ceremony welcoming her as an honorary member of the Eastern Woodland Métis Nation.
For Dr. Walker travel and learning from likeminded groups has become a way of life. Last year she was made an honorary member and elder of the Aboriginal People of the Maritimes. “It was very important for me personally,” she says, “but it also links the Aboriginal community with Mount Allison. We have a common concern about eco-sustainability.” While researching abroad Dr. Walker tries to live in the community and do as the community does. She admits it is challenging, but also rewarding: “As an
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Advocate for action
By Nick Grant (’13) Kirby Putnam (’86) is a man who not only has achieved a great deal of success, but he has also found a way to give back to those who are less fortunate. Kirby graduated from engineering at Mount Allison, and has fond memories of his time in Sackville. “Mount Allison came highly recommended for its high standards of education, its campus life, and the fact that you are not just a number. People recognize Mount Allison for its great name, and it provided me with important stepping stones.” One of those stepping stones has led to a rewarding career with J.W. Lindsay Enterprises — a Halifax-based construction firm where Kirby is Vice-President of Business Development. Another of those stepping stones has guided Kirby toward humanitarian work. He is President of the Canadian Progress Club of Halifax — an organization that “ferociously” supports a number of organizations, including Kings Meadow Home, where 10 adults with mental disabilities reside and thrive, as well as the Progress Centre for Early Intervention, which aids in the development of young children who are disabled or at risk for developmental delay. They also raise funds for the IWK, Feed Nova Scotia, and Bryony House, by hosting exciting annual events. In a moment that brought everything together, Kirby came to realize just how important the work he does with the Club is to people who are in need. At one of the luncheons that the Club holds, a woman came to speak to the members about the help she and her family had received more than a decade earlier. She explained how the Club had enabled her child to attend the Centre for Early Intervention, which supported her and her family as they grappled with her daughter’s Down’s Syndrome. She stressed that without the Progress Club’s help her now 19-year-old daughter might not be as happy and functional as she is today. The woman then walked around the room, hugging everyone. This is the kind of thing that makes Kirby’s hard work worth the effort.
People recognize Mount Allison for its great name, and it provided me with important stepping stones.
Kirby enjoys maintaining a “balance of family, work, and other interests.” When not spending time with family, Kirby enjoys distance running and music. Always a man of action, he competed in the Halifax Bluenose 10k race in May and placed 15th out of 1,900plus competitors — clocking in at just 39:37. “Not bad for an old runner like me.” He is also making plans to record a few songs that he has written, though Kirby is quick to admit, “I won’t be giving up my day job.” University | 25
Creating a Legacy
“Pumpkin and Sky, Pumpkin and Sky, Spirit of ’68 never will die!”
Nancy (Waller) Cutler
Pam (Steeves) Bowman
Kathleen (Downey) McMullen
Nancy (Granger) Robb
Your dedicated Class of ’68 organizing committee: Brian Bell, Nancy (Waller) Cutler, Pam (Steeves) Bowman, Kathleen (Downey) McMullen, Maurice Tugwell, and Nancy (Grainger) Robb.
After witnessing the enthusiasm of the 60 members of Mount Allison’s Class of ’68 at their 40th reunion in 2008, it was easy to see the embodiment of their class cry. Since then a committee of six has worked to put flesh to the Class decision, confirmed at that reunion, to create a scholarship legacy project. The scholarship will be a prestigious entrance award of $5,000, given to a wellBy Tracy Bell rounded student who has demonstrated leadership in community service and extracurricular activities. Once established this $100,068 endowed scholarship will show the pride of the Class of ’68 in the University and allow its members to give back to the Mount Allison community. “We learned so much about ourselves during those years. We were able to test our limits and develop our capabilities in an environment that was safe and supportive. We hope this award will enable others to benefit from those same experiences,” says Nancy (Waller) Cutler, a member of the organizing committee. Their ambitious goal, to raise the funds by 2013 and present the gift to the University at their 45th reunion, seems to energize the committee. They have begun to reconnect with former classmates and, as these conversations begin, they find the years drop away. Committee member Pam (Steeves) Bowman says she and the other members are encouraged by what they’ve heard so far. “The initial response has been very positive and affirms that we are going in the right direction.” As fresh ideas flow from this reviving class network, the Committee promises more news to come about the scholarship and increased opportunities for the Class to participate in building the legacy. There does not appear to be any doubt that the “spirit of ’68 still will live on!”
The Town of Sackville, home to Mount Allison University, one of Canada’s leading undergraduate universities, is seeking a strategic leader as its Chief Administrative Ofﬁcer. With a population of 5,400 people and located only thirty minutes from downtown Moncton, Sackville offers the warmth and tranquility of small town living blended with the diversity and culture normally associated with much larger communities.
Chief Administrative Ofﬁcer
With a new strategic plan in place, you will provide timely advice and guidance to a Council of nine members and under their direction ensure all programs and services are carried out effectively. As CAO, you will operate within the context of the Municipalities Act of New Brunswick and be responsible for all day-to-day management including ﬁnance, administration, human resources, economic development, tourism, public works, parks and recreation, and emergency services. As the ideal candidate, you are a collaborative leader with several years’ experience in municipal government, ideally within a CAO model of governance. Alternatively, you have senior level experience in other levels of government or in business. You have strong academic and professional credentials and a solid track record building consensus among elected ofﬁcials, senior management, labour, employees, citizens, provincial government, and other key stakeholders. You are familiar with the challenges facing smaller municipalities and understand best practices in economic development, human resources, ﬁnancial, administrative, operational, and project management. In particular, you are skillful in human resource management and will support all departmental managers and staff in achieving their job performance objectives. You possess well-developed personal qualities including integrity, adaptability, communication and leadership skills.
To pursue this unique opportunity, please forward your cover letter and resume, in a single MS Word document, by email to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at email@example.com quoting project number 1468W in the subject line or visit www.geraldwalsh.com
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Returning to her roots
By Peter Cudmore (’06) Chemistry graduate Stephanie Canning (’07) is back in her second homeland; she is studying medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Stephanie was born in Canada to Irish parents, but growing up she would often visit her grandparents in Ireland. In grade seven she attended school there and lived with her aunt in Sutton, a small town 15 minutes from Dublin. “I absolutely loved it... It was a fantastic experience,” Stephanie says. “All of a sudden I was expected to sit through big exams at the end of semesters, which was new to me.” However, the experience better prepared her for high school in Canada as well as for university. Stephanie sheepishly admits attending Mount Allison was a last-minute decision. She thought about studying at a larger school but chose Mount A after some coaxing from her sister Ruth (’02), who had just graduated. It is a decision Stephanie does not regret. She enjoyed the campus and small class sizes. She liked being able to talk to her professors on a personal level and how everyone at Mount Allison knew each other. She also enjoyed being involved in the school’s community and the Students’ Administrative Council. After graduation she wrote her MCATs, worked three jobs, and travelled through South America for three months. Following in the footsteps of her parents, Stephanie decided on a career in medicine, and an education in Ireland. She applied to the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and was accepted by the Atlantic Bridge Program, which helps connect North American students with that country. “I’d always wanted to go into medicine and at Mount A you get so much exposure to so many things that you’re like ‘wait — I could do anything.’” in history at the University College Cork). But Dublin is not Sackville and the Royal College of Surgeons is not Mount Allison. “At Mount A you have a really open relationship with your professors and with the administration. Here you have to get used to the fact that you are going in blind as to what is going on,” says Stephanie. Aside from not being as involved in the school’s governance, Stephanie says she is enjoying studying medicine. She loves scrubbing in on surgeries and learning more about human anatomy. “I love science and I love physiology and, as cliché as it sounds, it [medicine] lets you work with people and help them at their most basic needs and most vulnerable points.”
I’d always wanted to go into medicine and at Mount A you get so much exposure to so many things that you’re like ‘wait — I could do anything.’
Stephanie says her parents are pleased that both she and her sister are back in Ireland (Ruth is completing a PhD
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All in the Family
family tradition that started in the late 1920s continued in 2009 as Andrew Wood crossed the stage at Mount Allison’s Convocation Hall to receive his BSc in computer science with a minor in physics. Andrew became the latest in a long list of Allisonians in his family — spanning three generations on both sides of the family. It all started when Andrew’s maternal great uncle Leslie Brownrigg (’28) enrolled at Mount A shortly before the Great Depression. After graduating, Leslie pursued medical studies at McGill, and younger brother Wilbert (’30) followed him to Mount A, receiving a degree in history. The first brother practiced medicine for 40 years, while Wilbert pursued a long career in teaching. Grandfather, Joe Flewelling, also attended Mount Allison for two years in the early 30s before returning to St. Stephen to help his mother run the family business. Joe, his brother, and his sister Jean, ran a very successful insurance business, due in part to the year of business courses that Jean took at Mount A. The other side of the family has Allisonian ties too. Andrew’s paternal grandfather, Laurie Wood (’57), left a successful farm machine dealership in Amherst, NS to pursue the ministry. After completing his studies in religion at Mount A and Pine Hill Divinity College, Laurie was called to charges with the United Church of Canada. Aunt Ann Flewelling graduated from Mount Allison in 1974 with a degree in economics and returned to campus to teach economics in the late 70s. She is currently director of corporate policy and risk management for New Brunswick’s Department of Finance. Andrew’s father, David Wood (’71, ’72) left Mount A with a degree in mathematics and a Bachelor of Education. On campus he played varsity basketball, was a conference all-star, and in his graduating year was named Athlete of the Year. He continued to stay on the court in later seasons, working as an assistant coach during his BEd year and again for three years in the 80s. David taught math and physics just across the border in Amherst, NS for 33 years and is now enjoying retired life. Andrew’s mother, Jane (Flewelling) Wood (’72 and ’73) graduated with a double major in English and history before earning her BEd. She works as an English teacher in Amherst with plans to retire in 2010. Older brother, Jeff (’04), received a BSc in chemistry, after following his father’s athletic footsteps to Mount Allison. As captain of the swim team, Jeff spent a lot of time in the Athletic Centre as well as the classroom and the lab. He then pursued graduate studies in environmental engineering at Dalhousie and received his Master’s degree in 2007. He is currently working towards his PhD at the University of Guelph and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. So when it came time for Andrew to attend university, the choice was clear. His only application went the nine miles across the Tantramar Marshes to Mount Allison — a decision made entirely on his own. He is the tenth in the family to attend Mount A. And upon leaving the University Andrew is continuing another family tradition. He’s been accepted into the Bachelor of Education program at the University of New Brunswick and will begin his practice teaching in computer science, math, and physics at Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton.
Another proud Allisonian family, from left to right: Ann Flewelling, Jane (Flewelling) Wood, Andrew, Jeff, and David Wood at Andrew’s Convocation in May 2009.
By Sue Seaborn
The University year started with one of the largest freshman classes yet to grace the golf and cross-country courses, the rugby, football, lacrosse, and soccer fields. With an exceptionally large group of new students, this year’s crop of firstyear athletes is numerous and talented. The men’s and women’s soccer teams have had tremendous starts to their seasons. Both teams are boasting several talented rookies. Former men’s coach Barry Cooper, now has the reins as head coach for both teams and is excited about the upcoming season. After taking his men’s team to Bermuda last March, Barry is embarking on another team excursion — this year, the women’s team will be fund raising for a visit to Bermuda.
See You in Over Time Jack!
Jack Drover speaks to a packed Tweedie Hall at a special evening held in his honour. Jack Drover, Mount Allison’s long-serving coach and athletic director since 1974, has stepped down to enjoy retirement. Over his 35-year tenure at the University Jack guided men’s hockey for 25 years, men’s soccer for 15 years, and women’s hockey for seven seasons. Serving as athletic director from 1991 until June of this year, when he officially hung up the skates, Jack’s accomplishments were highlighted during Homecoming weekend with a special Jack Drover Recognition Evening, held in Tweedie Hall. The room was packed with family and well wishers as they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, Newfoundland music, mementos, slides, photos, and video testimonials of Jack and his accomplishments at the University over the years. A good time was had by all! Check out Jack’s night, and all the other Homecoming events online at Alumni Online (alumni.mta.ca).
After three exhibition games each, both teams were undefeated, with many goals being scored by the women and the men.
Bermudian Rick Thompson (left) joins former athletic director Jack Drover, and President Robert Campbell in the Mounties’ first league win over MUN.
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Mounties’ supporter, Rick Thompson enjoying both victories from Mount Allison’s bench. The Mounties have gone on to win several of their games so far, and three Mounties, Iain MacLeod, Sara Laking, and Kailey Bower were among the league’s top scorers. The Football Mounties are young but have begun to show promise with each week. Though dropping their first game to Acadia, the team put on an exciting finish for a large Homecoming crowd on September 19th. The game went down to the wire, as the Mounties scored two touchdowns in the last 90 seconds before finally getting edged out by the X-Men 27-21.
Soccer Mountie Iain MacLeod led the conference scoring during his first two weeks.
An exuberant Homecoming crowd was on hand to cheer on our Football Mounties as they battled the St.FX X-Men. Pierre says, “Mount Allison’s reputation, both in the classroom and on the athletics and recreation fronts, is one to be proud of. I am excited and humbled to be joining this community as the director of athletics and recreation.” Pierre comes to Mount Allison from the New Brunswick Golf Association, where he served as executive director for seven years. Prior to this, Pierre worked with Hockey Canada’s Atlantic Centre of Excellence, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association, and with the University of Ottawa’s Gee-Gees Varsity Hockey Team.
After a national search and selection process Pierre Arsenault joined Mount Allison as its new director of athletics and recreation on July 27. Vice-President of International and Student Affairs Ron Byrne said, “Pierre brings a strong combination of sports administration experience, proven leadership ability, and team management at a variety of levels to this position. We are pleased to welcome Pierre as head ‘Mountie’ and I look forward to working with him to further enhance our leading athletics and recreation program at Mount Allison.”
The women’s soccer team celebrates a huge winning goal against the MUN Sea-Hawks. The two squads won their opening matches against Memorial University (MUN), with Bermudian and visiting
An exuberant Homecoming crowd was on hand to cheer on our Football Mounties as they battled the St.FX X-Men.
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The following list is compiled from information sent to University Advancement from May 29 ’09 to August 13 ’09. Please feel welcome to submit memories of departed Allisonians you have known and loved and we will be happy to print short versions in the Record and longer versions online (http://alumni.mta.ca).
Marion (Duguid) Green – Jean (Ferguson) MacKinnon – Marion (MacDonald) Beach – Ethel B. (MacLaren) Rackham – Florence B. Swan – Helen (Wentworth) Archibald – Catherine McKeen – David W. Bishop – Phyllis (MacPherson) Coish – Dorothy A. (Hazen) VanGiezen – Douglas S. Smith – George E. Knight – Barbara (Jones) Cater – Robert S. Butler – Ronald B. Findlay – Susan (MacDonald) Hoekstra – Julian E. Hall – Doris (Belliveau) Harrison – Cheryl (Zinck) Harris – David L. MacLean – Brian Patrick Wade – John E. Hodgetts – Romeo LeBlanc –
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died on April 18, 2009. Barbara passed away just over a month later, on May 22, 2009. Only once did I ever see Barbara “out of sorts” and it was on the day of our graduation. When I asked her what was wrong she replied, “I have to leave Mount Allison, that’s what’s wrong.” Barbara and Ray will be sorely missed by Mount Allison, their family, and their many friends. MARION (MACDONALD) BEACH (’37)
Submitted Joan Mazzu
Charlie was the eldest of six children. His parents, George and Eva Hill were residents of Truro, NS. George left Charlie a large dairy farm, which he expanded and developed into one of Nova Scotia’s most prosperous farming operations. In June 1945 he married Leta Lorraine and they had five children. Leta died in 2006 and, as a tribute to her, Charlie endowed the Leta Lorraine Hill Scholarship to be awarded to a student from Colchester/East Hants County, NS, who intends to study medicine. Charlie was a kind, gentle, jovial man with a big heart and an even bigger smile. He was widely respected in his community and held in deep affection by his family and many friends. Charlie died on July 22, 2009. He was a friend and benefactor of Mount Allison’s for which we are deeply grateful. ARLINE CAROL MACVICAR (’57)
Submitted by her son Ian Charles MacVicar
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Charles R. Hill – Donna J. (Tower) Lund – Charles A. Sankey –
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Marion Beach passed away on September 29, 2007 at the age of 90. She made many friends through the music program at Mount A, with whom she continued to correspond throughout the years. She expressed her love and appreciation for music and learning as a school teacher, a music teacher, a church organist, and a choir director. After her retirement she continued to contribute greatly to her community through volunteering with school orchestras, adult literacy programs, and her church choir. Marion is survived by her four children who remember her as a devoted educator, a talented musician, and a loving mother. CHARLIE HILL (FRIEND)
Submitted by Margaret Norrie McCain (’54)
BARBARA (JONES) CATER (’54) RAY CATER (’53)
Submitted by Margaret Norrie McCain (’54)
Barbara Jones Cater came to Mount Allison from Montreal in the fall of 1950. Barbara and I were randomly selected to be roommates; it was the perfect pairing. She was kind, caring, thoughtful, ever flexible, and a woman with an abundance of patience to put up with the “messiest” of roommates. In her second year she met Ray Cater, a theological student from a large Newfoundland family. Following her graduation, Barbara and Ray married and had three sons — Douglas, David, and Bruce. Ray
Charlie Hill did not attend Mount Allison. In fact he did not attend any university. Yet it was Mount Allison that became the beneficiary of his successes as a farmer and businessman. Mount Allison was familiar to him as he experienced university life vicariously through two of his siblings — Emily Hill MacLellan (’40) and Robert Hill (’51). Born in 1923,
Arline Carol MacVicar, 73, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2008 from complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease. She passed away in the warm embrace of her family at Glace Bay General Hospital a few hours after her 51st wedding anniversary to Charles MacVicar. Arline was a Cum Laude graduate of Mount Allison. She taught at Morrison Glace Bay High School for several years before starting her family. Aside from her interests in history, politics, language, and literature, she was very active in the affairs of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church until her illness.
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Arthur Motyer, founder and first director of Windsor Theatre, released his second book The Staircase Letters in 2008. The Staircase Letters is a profound and moving story of life, friendship, and facing death. Arthur also received the distinction of Professor Emeritus of English from Bishop’s University in May.
Emerson Sanford and his daughter Janice Sanford Beck (’97) have published volumes three and four of their eight-volume series detailing the history of the hiking trails in the Canadian Rocky Mountains (Rocky Mountain Books). Life of the Trail 3: The Historic Route from Old Bow Fort to Jasper gives the history of what is today travelled by almost every tourist who enters the mountains. Life of the Trail 4: Historic Hikes in Eastern Jasper National Park gives the history of three fur trade routes that are today popular hiking trails. The books are available from the publisher and all online booksellers. More information is available at www.lifeofthetrail.com
Library Association on June 17 in Halifax. His topic was “Seventeen Years in Prison; a Librarian Serves Maximum Security Inmates.” Murray was a librarian at the Atlantic Institution in Renous, NB, from 1989 to 2006.
Bill Bishop and the “Summerside Boys” recently got together on the Island for a reunion dinner. The group, all from Summerside, PEI, played on the Mount A men’s volleyball team together throughout the late 1960’s. Bill sent along this photo of the “Summerside Boys.” From left to right are Bryan Scully (’69), Mike Sheen, Owen MacCausland (’71), Gerry Hopkirk (’67), Bill Bishop, and Scott Linkletter.
In September Walter “Windy” LePage was inducted into the Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame. Walter was one of the Island’s brightest stars in track and field, rugby, and basketball in the years following the Second World War.
Ann (Ferguson) Howe was nominated for the Vancouver YWCA 2009 Women of Distinction Award in the Community Building Category. She was nominated for her volunteer work as co-ordinator of the Out of the Cold Program.
Michael Jones was a recent featured speaker and performer at The Celebrating Communities Conference hosted by the Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development in Truro, NS, and the 30th Annual Banff Centre Benefactor’s Midsummer Ball. Michael, an accomplished pianist, writer, and leadership educator, is widely recognized for his original piano compositions as well as for his two books and articles exploring the relationship between arts, leadership, and community. Michael could often be heard playing piano in various dance and rock groups as well as in the ‘old gym’ during his years at Mount A. His web site is www.pianoscapes.com
In July Dr. Diana Locke was awarded a Bronze Medal for Commendable Service as part of the Chemical Assessment Guidance Team, for developing a process and completing over 200 assessments. She was also awarded the 2009 Teamwork Award for providing interdivisional coordination and cooperation by the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.
Clifford Grant was able to connect with Mount A’s assistant director of alumni relations Mona Estabrooks (’79) (the two are pictured here) during a nostalgic visit to his alma mater in September. Clifford was visiting from White Rock, BC, with his wife Sally.
After retiring from her position as professor of accounting in the Faculty of Business Administration at UNB, Barbara (Anthony) Trenholm received the designation of Professor Emerita. Barbara is excited to be able to continue her teaching and research at UNB in this new role. David Near has been appointed to the Federal Court, Trial Division in Ottawa. Mr. Justice Near
Margaret Eaton’s poem, Celtic Trilogy placed first in the Poetry Category of the 2009 Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Literacy Competition. Murray Bailey was a guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Provinces
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is looking forward to this new challenge. His close friend Charles Haskell (’75) was one of the first people to help Justice Near celebrate his recent appointment.
Janet Lugar Miller is in her 30th year of teaching French in Nova Scotia and actively attends all reunions. Both of her children, Zack (’10) and Briana (’13), are attending Mount A, and Briana was proud to be offered the Bell Achievement Award and the NS Millennium Excellence Award. Briana and her mother went to Gambia this summer as guests of the Nova Scotia Gambia Association.
Leslie (Stevens) Poole is living in Tillsonburg, ON with her daughter Victoria. Her son Derrek (’13) started his first year at Mount A, studying biology, and following in the footsteps of both his mother and his grandparents Jim (’63) and Vermell (Ferrell) Stevens (’65). Leslie is teaching music as well as taking over as teacher-librarian at the elementary school where she works.
Owen Barnhill was recently promoted to VicePresident of Marketing for EastLink. Owen lives in Halifax with his wife and three sons.
Darren Gilmour joins the ranks of distinguished Canadian scholars and scientists in his new role of Director of the Royal Society of Canada: The Academics of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada. Alana (MacPherson) Sigurdson says, “The Sigurdson household has gotten a little busier this year with the birth of our daughter Abigail Grace on November 21, 2008. She is a very active baby who loves to camp and hates to sleep. Her wardrobe is well equipped with lots of Mount Allison clothes. Class of 2030 here she comes!”
Arthur Campbell, an internationally acclaimed clarinetist, and his wife Helen Marlais, a celebrated pianist, hosted a benefit recital for the New Brunswick Federation of Music Festivals in May. The recital was held in Mount Allison’s own Brunton Auditorium.
Robert Tombs was recently inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in Canada. Robert is an Ottawa-based graphic designer. His projects have won 32 art, design, and printing awards. He is currently a professor in Algonquin College’s School of Media and Design.
Jude Robertson writes, “I’ve just returned from an incredible two years in Italy teaching English as a second language. I embraced the Italian lifestyle, travelled as much as possible, and took masses of photos. It was the experience of a lifetime but it’s good to be back in the Maritimes and I look forward to catching up with other alumni — saluta!” Some of Jude’s photos are online (www.juderobertson.com). Darrell Roddick and his wife, Vonda (Delaney) (’87) are taking up positions at Seoul Foreign School in South Korea. They will both be working in the Fine Arts Department. Their two children, Tristan (’12) and Allesondra (’13), are both Mount A students, having each graduated from high school in Kuwait.
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Karen Radford has been appointed president of TELUS Business Solutions. Karen and her family have relocated to Calgary for this opportunity. In her new role Karen is responsible for providing innovative telecommunications and information technology solutions to private and public sector business customers across Canada and internationally.
Alexander Gabov spent the month of August in Central Mongolia, participating in a once-ina-lifetime work experience. Alexander, who is an adjunct professor at Queen’s University and head conservator with the Conservation of Sculptures Monuments and Objects in Kingston, was contracted by the Mongolian Tangible Heritage Association to give advice on the preservation and reconstruction of the “Khanui Valley Deer Stone” project. Pictured here, right, with project director Bayarsaikhan Jamsranjav, Alexander worked to preserve and restore the intricately carved “stones” that represent some of the earliest traditional beliefs of the Eurasian nomads of the Bronze Age (3000-700 BC).
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David Steeves completed his thesis and graduated with a Master of Laws degree from Dalhousie Law School in May. David was the first recipient of the Race and the Law prize from the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for a paper that will appear in the first collection of essays on African-Canadians and the Law published by the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. David recently relocated to Toronto where he is pursuing a career in litigation. Hannah Millier and Jeff McKinnon, along with Sara and Liam, are pleased to announce the birth of Neve Hannah McKinnon (8lb 10oz) on July 22 at the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater, NS. Dr. Anna Wyand is an anesthesiologist, and has been doing fellowship training in Melbourne, Australia for the past year. By chance, while on a family vacation in April at Freycinet National Park in Tasmania Australia, she ran into Dr. John Read, her thesis advisor for her honours biochemistry degree at Mount A. Anna is seen here holding her son Sacha Kreuser, alongside Dr. Read and his wife Lesley.
are living in the Annapolis Valley. Caitlin is teaching P-8 music and band and Drea is finishing medical school at Dalhousie. They bought a super old farmhouse and have filled it with crazy pets — two ferrets, a cat, chickens, and their golden retriever, Haggis.
Jill writes, “It meant so much to have the old Mount A crew there celebrating in style!” Photos can be seen at Alumni Online (Photo Gallery).
Victoria Lamb Drover and Doug Drover welcomed their first child, Grace Anne Drover on May 22, in Saskatoon, SK. Victoria says everyone is happy and healthy. In June Kelsey Mills celebrated with friends and family, after receiving her medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is starting the University of Toronto’s five-year specialty
Eva Bartlett has been living in war-torn Gaza and blogging about her experiences on the ground during the attacks that started in Dec. ’08. Eva is there with the International Solidarity Movement. She writes to raise awareness and to rally for change. She has no plans to leave Gaza in the near future. Read her blog online at http://ingaza.wordpress.com
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This spring Michaela Beder was part of a group of student doctors and nurses who organized a conference on Medicare, focussed on implementing changes to the medical system. The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association was the lead speaker at the conference. Michaela worked closely with Jeffrey Turnbull during his campaign.
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Alan MacNaughton and Darla (Beers) are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Lynn, on June 21. Rebecca is their first child and was born on Father’s Day. Jamie Heap writes, “In August Lambert Academic Publishing, a German-based publishing house, publishedmyexpandedthesis,Amos‘King’Seaman and Minudie, Nova Scotia: Rural Entrepreneurial and Community Development in the Maritimes, 16861886 in the form of a book. It is 173 pages long and available online (amazon.com).”
Krista Craik was contracted with Sun Life Financial as a financial advisor in June. Krista would love to hear from friends and alumni in New Brunswick. On July 11 Jill (Martin) Ross and Ryan Ross (’00) celebrated “the wedding of the century” when they were married in Stanley Bridge, PEI. It was a mini Mount A reunion, filled with lots of laughs. In attendance were Kim Vrieling, Amanda Wasylishen (’03), Elissa Gelleny (’03), Laura Coombs (’03), Russel Shears (’03), Melissa Schellen (’03), Dale Firlotte (’00), Craig MacArthur (’03), Barry Deane (’00), Tony Clouter (’99), Michelle BuggClouter (’02), Daryl Ramsden (’02), Mike Proudfoot (’01), and Mike Allison (’00).
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Allison Lickley released her first full-length, fully produced album, “You Might Find Me Here” and has been touring Canada and South Asia. Allison was also the recipient of the Best Vocal Performance on a Recording award at the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards.
Gary Power received a Bachelor of Education degree, first division, from UNB in Fredericton. Brandi (Elliott) Downey married Geoff Downey of Saint John, NB, in July 2006 and had a beautiful baby boy Kaiden in May 2007. Brandi has been working at Family Plus/Life Solutions as a co-ordinator of the Families in Transition therapy program as well as a support worker for teen girls since December 2007. She and her husband built a new house and moved in August 2008.
Recent grad, Ally Haley, has just been awarded a Marie Currie Young Researcher Fellowship to the University of York in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Ally, who spent the summer doing research alongside assistant professor of psychology Dr. Gene Ouellette, beat out students from around the world for this coveted two-year paid position at the University’s Centre for Reading and Language.
Dr. Peter Penner, Professor Emeritus of history, and his wife Justina Penner, who worked at the Bell Library and as secretary of the German department at Mount Allison for many years, have just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. To celebrate this landmark the couple invited 80 guests to a brunch at a hotel in Calgary.
Michelle Rehberg writes, “I am now in South Korea teaching at a boys high school. I am enjoying the warm summer-like fall and living in Pohang. I plan on travelling a lot while I am here and have already seen many of the sights.”
Alison Smith was selected to take part in the prestigious Parliamentary Internship Program — a ten-month non-partisan training program on Parliament Hill. Alison is working for members of both the government and the opposition, and will meet regularly with eminent Canadians.
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program in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Kelsey aims to continue her work with Canadian women and women from around the globe to provide quality healthcare.
with (from l-r) his son-in-law Jason Hicks (’93), daughter Barbara (’94), son Douglas (Mount A faculty), wife Leone (O’Conell) (’88), daughter-in-law Amanda Cockshutt (Mount A faculty), and son Arthur (’90). Family members say they are “so proud and pleased that after decades of supporting us in our academic careers, Dad was honoured with his Mount A degree with distinction.”
Donald Campbell received a BA from Mount Allison this spring. Don, centre, is pictured here
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Mount Allison goes global
Mount Allison has a reputation for developing well-rounded students — lively young people with a keen awareness of an increasingly interconnected world. As part of ongoing efforts to graduate engaged global citizens and enterprising leaders, Mount Allison has designated 2009-10 the “Year of International Engagement and Global Citizenship.” In keeping with a strategic focus to attract talented students from around the globe and provide meaningful opportunities for students to study, volunteer, and conduct research abroad, a number of new initiatives to connect our students with the world and fuel their passion and commitment for all things international are being introduced. opportunities that relate to globalization. This year’s inaugural speaker was Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and former Deputy Executive General of UNICEF. In the months to come, Mount Allison will welcome Dr. James Orbinski, founder of Médecins Sans Frontières, Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, founder of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement in India, and Jean-Marc Hachey, author of The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas, among others. and student groups on projects aimed at building interest in global issues. Initiatives include current affairs gettogethers, receptions for the President’s Speakers Series’ guests, as well as book clubs and social events that will encourage diverse student interaction.
Last September Mount Allison opened an International Affairs unit, committed to assisting students who want to participate in an exchange or study abroad program, supporting incoming international students, and facilitating the Mount Allison Sophomore Semester in English (MASSIE) program. This year will see the unit’s campus and community profile raised and its scope of offerings and supports increased. Additional aspirations for this year include increased participation of faculty, staff, and students in organizations that contribute to the internationalization of the campus, the local community, as well as Canada. Plans also include working with the Province of New Brunswick and counterparts in post-secondary education to increase the recognition by all levels of government and the private sector of the importance of internationalization and to improve links with immigration policy as outlined in the Province’s Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education. For more information about Mount Allison’s internationalization efforts, I invite you to visit www.mta.ca/engagement
In September “Bermuda House” reopened as an internationally focussed student residence. The new “Global Village” is home to 26 students who want to better understand Canada’s place in the world and to take ownership of their individual responsibilities in a rapidlyshrinking world. Residents will partner with University administration, faculty,
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