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Sweetheart and her art
Celebrating the Year of Culture and Creativity
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It’s not easy being green, unless you’re fine artist Elizabeth Eaton Rosenthal (’64).
Making “A World of Difference”
Former NYC lawyer Lisa Yarmoshuk (’88) is helping developing countries improve their economic growth, trade, and investment — in many creative ways.
Breaking the Sound and Colour Barrier Barrier
Walter Peters (’59) holds a special place in Canadian aviation history — as the first black jet pilot and Snowbird in the RCAF.
A Life in the Opera
Sally Dibblee (’88) performs in operas across North America, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Sex, Drugs, and Social Work
Charles Furlotte (’06) combines teaching, researching, and working in clinical practice with a keen interest in HIV/AIDS.
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A Rewarding Career
Jane Craighead (’80) studied economic theory as a way to design optimal labour negotiations. This has led her to a career as a professor and a top executive at several multinational companies.
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Mount Allison Record Winter 2011 No. 96 — 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: Andrew Clark (’98) Laura Dillman Ripley Mona Estabrooks (’79) Tony Frost Gloria Jollymore Melissa Lombard Raine Phythian Sue Seaborn Photography: John Chardine Mona Estabrooks (’79) Eric Gagnon Nadine LeBlanc Sue Seaborn Susan Sheen 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 2011 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: Solisco Printers Ltd. 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: Elizabeth Eaton Rosenthal (’64) Tony “007” Frost Editor of the Mount Allison Record, University Advancement (506) 364-2345 | firstname.lastname@example.org 2 | WINTER 2011 RECORD Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to infuse others with your unbridled passion for Mount A. As always, should you or any of your MTA Force be caught, knowledge of your actions will be disavowed. This magazine will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck. Cue the theme music: dun, dun, dun, dun, dun…
(Garnet and Gold)
hen I was younger, one of my favourite TV series was Mission: Impossible. Each week I found myself riveted as the IMF’s (Impossible Missions Force) elite operations unit carried out their missions against ridiculous odds.
Just recently I was reminded of the series (and recent film adaptations featuring Tom Cruise) as I reviewed the research we had collected during the University’s branding project. We held a series of focus groups on campus and almost all of the participants told us that they came here because of an Allisonian’s “influence.” Without warning the iconic theme music from Mission: Impossible began playing in my head as I imagined a legion of highly-trained Mount Allison “operatives,”wearing Garnet and Gold decoder rings, meeting covertly with prospective students. And why wouldn’t they help in recruitment (even that sounds covert!)? The brand research also found that alumni, students, faculty, and staff considered Mount Allison to be, without exception, the best undergraduate university in Canada. Talk about an elite operations unit! Leaving aside my active imagination for a moment, there is an important factor that cannot be denied in terms of university impact. The world is becoming a more complex and integrated place. Student mobility is at an all-time high and we find ourselves in a competition for the best and brightest with institutions from not just the Atlantic region or even Canada, but from all over the world. While the University currently enjoys great success in terms of reputation building, student recruitment, fund raising, etc., it will need to respond to a world that is getting more challenging for all universities — especially smaller ones. The branding project is a big part of this, as it will help us articulate what makes us different and compelling. To continue to be successful we must extend our reach to future generations in new and unfamiliar places. And that’s where you come in:
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 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 506-214-0510 Harriet Meacher ’60 email@example.com 902-566-3677 Jill (Hemeon) Rafuse ’73 firstname.lastname@example.org 902-492-4523 David Rose ’90 email@example.com 613-231-4446 Charles Scott ’83 firstname.lastname@example.org 902-832-4477 Colin Tippett ’97 email@example.com 506-755-0679 Christina Vroom ’96 firstname.lastname@example.org 514-933-2935 Danny Williamson ’03 email@example.com 519-208-1145
Honouring Mount Allison’s past, and our future
ver the past few months I have been fortunate enough to be part of several focus groups charged with studying the relationship between Canadian universities and their stakeholders — faculty, staff, students (both prospective and current), current and potential donors, and of course, alumni. While all elements of the survey are fascinating (truly), the aspect of this process I find the most intriguing relates to how each stakeholder group values the sense of tradition within a university setting. More specifically, how, if history is deemed an important element of a university’s identity, do institutions strive to retain a connection to the past, while at the same time progressing so as to be able to serve the needs of a rapidly changing, and increasingly global market for higher education? While many institutions attempt to strike this balance, few succeed. One of the reasons I have been drawn to this aspect of these studies is because it would seem something that Mount Allison has done quite well. There are many examples, particularly in the past decade, of how Mount A has taken a huge leap forward while at the same time firmly retaining its connection to the past (the creation of the Wallace McCain Student Centre, formerly Trueman House, is perhaps the best example of this). More importantly, I have been drawn to this facet of these studies because it is an inherently important issue for institutions such as Mount Allison. We are, after all, a university with a rich and important history that should remain a critical part of our institutional fabric. We continually attract the best and brightest to our campus, in terms of students, faculty, and staff; to continue to do so, we must offer programs, classes, and facilities that are unmatched. How do we continue to reconcile the two? These questions do not have easy answers, but we do know the following — great institutions reinvent themselves time and again. They evolve and change. They cherish the past but are not beholden to it. They are courageous and make tough decisions. I believe Mount Allison has done well so far. Andrew Clark (’98)
Carolle de Ste-Croix ’90 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 506-364-2348 Fax: 506-364-2262 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
The Wallace McCain Student Centre, opened in 2008, was restored from the former Trueman House Residence and is located at the heart of the Mount Allison campus. University | 3
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Mount Allison rated best undergrad university for record 14th time
or the fourth year in a row, Mount Allison has again been named the top undergraduate school in Canada by Maclean’s magazine.
Full-Time Faculty,” “Library Expenses,” and “Library Holdings Per Student.” In the reputational survey, which asked over 11,000 CEOs, experts, educators, and community leaders from across the nation for their views on quality, innovation, and leadership, Mount Allison improved two spots from last year, ranking second in its category for “Best Overall” and placing in the top five for “Most Innovative,” and “Leaders of Tomorrow.” Mount Allison was also ranked as having the “Highest Quality” in its category.
The university has been ranked Canada’s #1 undergraduate university by Maclean’s a record 14 times and has never placed lower than second. “At Mount Allison, we strive to offer the most enriching and engaging experience for our students in a sustainable fashion. We are pleased that the Maclean’s assessment once again validates our approach,” says university President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell. Mount Allison received top or high marks in many categories in the 2010 Maclean’s rankings, including “Student Awards,” “Student/Faculty Ratio,” “Awards Per
Mount Allison University launches Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies
“This opening marks a new beginning for Commerce at Mount Allison,” says Hynes. “This launch is not about cutting the ribbon on a shiny new building. It is about opening new opportunities for our talented students — engaging them in valuable, real-world learning experiences and providing them with important links to today’s decision makers and the inner-workings of the industry.” The launch announced: • Increased opportunities for experiential learning, such as funding for additional field trips, student conference travel, and case competitions • An internship program that will see students obtain paid summer employment positions with partner organizations in the private and not-for-profit sectors • New international exchange opportunities with $3,500 bursaries available (to begin next academic year) • The hiring of a career services coordinator to design and implement all services relating to student careers • The creation of an annual visiting speakers series, where a Canadian business leader will speak to the University community on an important issue of the day • Funds for 13 new student bursaries, valued at $3,000 each
Tim Hortons’ co-founder Ron Joyce im Hortons’ co-founder Ron Joyce was on hand as Mount Allison officially launched the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies. Joyce, who donated $5 million to the Centre, was one of the many dignitaries present to hear Dr. Tim Hynes, the Centre’s director, outline his plan to differentiate Mount Allison’s Commerce Department, and to make the Centre one of the premier destinations for an undergraduate business education in Canada.
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Kelly O’Connor is Mount Allison’s 49th Rhodes Scholar
elly O’Connor, a fourthyear honours international relations student, has been selected for the Rhodes Scholarship from England’s famed University of Oxford. One of the most prestigious academic awards in the world, the scholarship is valued at over $100,000. O’Connor is the 49th Rhodes Scholar from Mount Allison and the second Mount Allison student in a row to receive the prestigious award.
Mount Allison President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell says, “Kelly is an exceptional student who has contributed greatly to her community, both at Mount Allison and beyond. She joins a long list of Mount Allison graduates who have gone on to study at the University of Oxford as Rhodes Scholars. I wish her the very best and congratulate her on behalf of the entire Mount Allison community for a terrific achievement.” O’Connor, a resident of Kelowna, BC and graduate of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, will begin her master of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at Oxford next fall. Following her time at Oxford, O’Connor is considering a career in law and advocacy work.
“I’m very humbled and feel lucky to be selected for the Rhodes Scholarship. I am excited to continue my studies at Oxford and know that my experience at Mount Allison has prepared me well for this next step.”
World-leading researchers named Canada Research Chairs at Mount Allison
wo Canadian researchers, applauded as leaders in their fields, have been awarded Canada Research Chairs (CRC) at Mount Allison.
Biology professor Dr. Doug Campbell has been named the Canada Research Chair in Phytoplankton Ecophysiology (Tier 1), while Dr. Ian Mauro will join the department of geography and environment this year as the Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (Tier 2). Mount Allison Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research, Dr. Stephen McClatchie says, “Mount Allison University has some of the best researchers and teachers in the world and these latest Canada Research Chair appointments reflect that. Our faculty members, and the students they teach and work with, are making significant contributions in their respective fields and beyond.” Campbell has held the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Processes (Tier 2) at Mount Allison since 2001. His research focuses on phytoplankton — the diverse, microscopic, ocean-based organisms that produce half of all the oxygen in the world. Campbell looks specifically at the enzyme process phytoplankton use to produce oxygen and how different kinds of phytoplankton react and adjust to changes in their environment, such as the rising water temperatures and changing nutrient levels caused by climate change.
Mauro’s research is community based, working to help people tell their stories and experiences regarding climate change, food security, and associated human adaptation. He uses multi-media research techniques, principally documentary video and Internet communication, which helps record and share knowledge in and across indigenous and non-indigenous cultures. Three other Mount Allison faculty members currently hold Canada Research Chairs — Dr. David Fleming, Dr. Stephen Westcott, and Dr. Craig Brett.
Biology professor Dr. Doug Campbell
Geography and environment professor Dr. Ian Mauro
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We hope to narrow down what and where the most important food sources for sandpipers are, to assist conservation efforts along the Bay of Fundy as a whole
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Summers with the Sandpipers
Jenna Quinn (’11) Master’s student studying bird behaviours
By Laura Dillman Ripley
Quinn has been working steadily in the lab and will be defending her thesis this summer. Throughout the fall she has analyzed all the video collected, evaluated the sandpiper blood samples, and is processing mud samples to see what known and unknown food sources are available along the Bay of Fundy. She sorts, weighs, and identifies all the invertebrates in each sample. With about 300 samples, each taking between one and five hours to access, it is no small task. Dr. Hamilton says, “With only a small window to collect her data on the sandpipers, Jenna’s project is a challenging one. Her research will help contribute to the understanding of environmental changes in the Bay of Fundy region and how birds respond to these.” How did Quinn, a Guelph, ON resident, end up on the East Coast? “I did my BSc in zoology focusing on fresh-water invertebrates. I wanted to try something new, but in a similar field for my master’s. Marine work and Mount Allison fit the bill. I’ve been able to continue my research on invertebrates and have learned a lot about semipalmated sandpipers. It has been a wonderful experience.”
Most of us have at least some lazy, hazy, days of summer in our schedules by the time August rolls around each year. But for master’s biology student Jenna Quinn (’11), it’s go time. Quinn is completing a study on semipalmated sandpipers, monitoring their diets and behaviours around the Bay of Fundy in hopes of improving conservation efforts. “Semipalmated sandpipers spend their summers in the Arctic and winter in South America. They stop around the Bay of Fundy to ‘fuel up’ on the mudflats. They are only in the area for about a month, so our field season is short. We looked specifically at their behaviours day and night and what their diet consists of,” she says. Working with biology professor Dr. Diana Hamilton and a group of undergraduate students, Quinn collected data from three areas — Johnson’s Mills, NB; Mary’s Point, NB; and Avonport, NS. They took video of the birds to monitor their behaviour, whether they feed the same way, and looked at how many were feeding in specific areas. Quinn’s project also looked at the birds’ diets. Scientists know that the sandpipers eat mudshrimp, an invertebrate found in the mudflats along the Bay of Fundy. By collecting blood samples and analyzing the results, Quinn is working to find out what else sandpipers eat — other invertebrates and biofilm (plant matter found in the mud), and whether these are valuable to the birds.
She says, “We want to find out if sandpipers get enough nutrients and energy from these sources or if these alternatives in their diets are a cause for concern. We hope to narrow down what and where the most important food sources for sandpipers are, to assist conservation efforts along the Bay of Fundy as a whole.”
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Putting in our
Wesley Ferreira creates Pep Band at Mount Allison
I was so inspired, I wrote the lyrics and music (for Garnet and Gold) in one night
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By Melissa Lombard
Wesley Ferreira’s Portuguese heritage inspired a love for music from an early age — through the Portuguese training system of community wind bands — bandas filarmonicas. His father brought him home a clarinet, even though he said he wanted a trumpet. He’s been playing it ever since.
“There is such a rich history and tradition at Mount Allison. I was so inspired, I wrote the lyrics and music in one night. I started at 11 p.m. and finished at 5 a.m.” The sheet music and lyrics of Garnet and Gold were placed into a time capsule in the Wallace McCain Student Centre (formerly Trueman House). Fight for the pride of old Mount A Fight for her glory, shout out her name Raise up the glorious banners of old We are the Garnet and Gold Go Mighty Mounties we are with you Onward to victory! A-L-L-I-S-O-N From the rafters we cheer you again, RAH, RAH, RAH Fight for our Alma Mater so dear Let all our voices ring loud and clear Beyond the marshlands, out to the seas Fearless champions ever be, HEY! Go Mighty Mounties we are with you Onward to victory! From the halls to the rafters we cheer again, Fight, Fight, Fight Mount Allison. Ferreira also has a burgeoning performance career, which has taken him to Boston, Portugal, Texas, Ontario, and throughout the Maritimes in the past year, including several concerts on campus. He is set to perform in Arizona, Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario, and Los Angeles in 2011. On and off campus, he says the most rewarding part of his job is working with his students. “Mount Allison is a tight-knit community and it’s a wonderful experience to guide my students and watch them mature and improve musically over weeks, months, and years.” Watch and listen to Garnet and Gold at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Isrh4poN7c University | 11
Ferreira has been with the University since 2007 as a Music department lecturer, clarinet, saxophone, and conducting teacher, and Director of Bands. “It was exciting for me to join a department with a history of attracting promising students and developing them into respected music educators and professional musicians,” he says. Two years ago he formed Mount Allison’s Pep Band because he felt it was important to bridge the gap between student athletes and student musicians. The band is open to all students and ranges from 25 musicians for indoor events to 75 for football games. The band has woodwinds and a brass and rhythm section. “I’m happy to say that I now see our music students more aware and showing stronger support for our sports teams and, conversely, our student athletes are now making a point to attend band concerts.” Ferreira conducts the group which plays a mixture of popular tunes, rock classics, and current chart toppers. One of the band’s main songs is Mount Allison’s new fight song, Garnet and Gold, written by Ferreira. He credits the University’s Three Cheers for Old Mount A! web site as his inspiration (www.mta.ca/threecheers/). The site chronicles sports at Mount Allison from 1843 1919, including the University’s first songbook published in 1908, old photos, and a 2009 recording of songs and cheers from that time period by Mount Allison’s Choral Society.
It (green) is the most positive colour I’ve ever experienced. Every day I meet such awesome people who talk to me because I’m green
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Elizabeth Eaton Rosenthal (’64)
By Melissa Lombard
“They taught me how to do everything,” she says. “The techniques I use today came from them.” Her biggest inspiration is Alex Colville. She says he has guided her through many tough times in her life, which has in turn helped her art. “He doesn’t know that,” she says. “I think I better tell him.”
Elizabeth Eaton Rosenthal, better known as “Sweetheart” or “The Green Lady,” has been green from head to toe for more than 15 years. The New York-based fine artist began by mixing her nail polish to make green, then adding one green streak to her hair, wearing green bracelets, dying her overalls, and then painting her shoes. Now, her hair is all green and so is every piece of her clothing. “It is the most positive colour I’ve ever experienced. Every day I meet such awesome people who talk to me because I’m green,” she says. “The green also reminds me of home. There isn’t enough green in New York.”
Her foray into the art world began more than 45 years ago, after graduating from Mount Allison. “Sweetheart” hitchhiked to Edmonton, where she stayed for six months, and then hitchhiked to New York. She fell in love with the city as soon as she arrived and immediately returned home to Amherst, NS, to tell her parents she was going to live in New York for a year. She has been there ever since. A Fine Arts graduate, “Sweetheart” got her first job with an art department in the Garment Center in Manhattan, where fabrics and prints were made. Not knowing anyone in New York, a woman she ran into on the street directed her to what was then the New York Unemployment Agency. All she had with her was her pillow and her sketchbook. She was sent on an interview right away and then put on a two-week trial period. A career was born. “I loved that job because I could sit there all day and paint with my fine hand, beautiful little flowers and do all kinds of creative things. I see things on fabrics being used now that I painted in the 60s,” she says.
She buys her clothing from the children’s section at Gap Kids or Chadwick’s and her main staple is her green overalls. She has more than 15 pairs. And if the piece of clothing isn’t green, she dyes it. “I can’t fall asleep unless I’m wearing everything green,” she says. But she hasn’t always been green. She has gone through different phases over the years, including stints with other colours. And there were a few years when she was selling vintage prints where she wore all 1930s rayon dresses. “Then I tried green and everyone loved it,” she says. “It’s such a happy colour, I haven’t even thought about changing it yet.” During her time at Mount Allison, “Sweetheart” studied under renowned artists Alex Colville, Lawren P. Harris, and Ted Pulford.
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Left page: (Left) Home furnishing design commissioned by P. Kaufman; (Top right) Birdbath, 1995; (Bottom right) Sundial, 1995. Right page: (Top) Design commissioned by Ralph Lauren; (Bottom left) Fabric design commissioned by Duralee Fabrics; (Bottom right) Wallpaper design.
“Sweetheart” worked in different art studios until 1987 and ran her own larger design company for 15 years, SweetPea Design Studio, which included 15 artists and a sales representative. She admits she wasn’t much of a businesswoman, so decided to downsize and change the name. She now has a small, two-person business, Elizabeth Sweetheart Designs. “Sweetheart” traded in her large Manhattan studio on 40th Street for a smaller home studio in Brooklyn. She paints and her husband Robert, an artist and history buff, works with her to collect vintage print fabrics. She is in Manhattan every
day to meet with clients and find vintage fabrics for her substantial collection. She works with many big-name manufacturers, such as Michael Kors, Liz Claiborne, Calvin Klein, American Eagle Outfitters, and Ralph Lauren, who buy prints and commission artwork from her for their lines. “It’s really a small world, even in New York City. People hear about Sweetheart and recommend me to designers and people looking for fine art work. There aren’t many people left in this business who really do original fine art work.”
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She also paints designs for home furnishings, like wallpaper and furniture, as well as packaging. And recently painted a toile — a scenic fine art drawing with sepias and monotones on fabric — for the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson. “Accomplishments are not in my mind,” she says. “The people who commission my work love it, and so do I. That’s what really matters.” Being an artist, she says, is all she ever wanted to do. During the war, while her parents were practicing medicine, her grandparents taught her how to paint. She has had a paintbrush in her hand since the age of two.
“My grandparents had a cabin on the Bay of Fundy, so we were always there sitting on the rocks and painting sunsets,” she says. To this day, her favourite thing to paint is outdoor watercolour scenes. When she returns to the Maritimes to spend time with her 100-year-old mother in Shediac, she sits by the Bay and paints — always including a little green in her work of course.
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Lisa Yarmoshuk (’88)
Making “A World of Difference”
By Raine Phythian
Lisa Yarmoshuk freely admits that she is wired to be a successful professional, which saw her take on the challenges of an economics degree at Mount Allison, law degrees from McGill and the College of Europe, and a job as a top corporate lawyer at a prestigious New York City law firm. But thrown into the mix is a sense of adventure and the desire to make a difference that has led her into uncharted territory for a lawyer.
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In 2003 Yarmoshuk joined an economic development consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where she ran technical assistance programs in the developing world to improve She was impressed with the scope of Mount Allison stueconomic growth, trade, and investment. That can be everydents’ experiences and a conversation over the Christmas thing from helping a government increase its ability to do holidays with good friend, Chris Coy, led them to write a negotiations, to helping those governments implement their book together in the summer between first and second year. obligations when they sign World Trade Organization The book, A World Of Difference: Every Student’s Guide To (WTO) agreements. She faces a Off-Beat Work, Travel, and Study variety of challenges. One of Opportunities, was so successful these is how to relay complex that a third edition came out while and technical information on she was in law school. trade in a form that people will understand. The solution was Yarmoshuk took courses that typical of Yarmoshuk. She and a were internationally orientated friend from law school proand chose law schools with an duced five short films on the international focus. “I knew I trade environment in Southern wanted an international career Africa. The films were widely although I didn’t know quite what distributed to senior officials in that meant at the time.” the U.S. and Africa, including at the Organization for Economic After graduation Yarmoshuk Co-operation and Development joined a NYC law firm where she advised foreign governments and Yarmoshuk, centre, conducts an interview for a and the WTO. companies on trade policy, regu- series of short films on the trade environment in Currently she is Chief of Party latory law, and international busi- Southern Africa. for the United States Agency for ness. She certainly had an internaInternational Development (USAID)’s Worldwide Trade tional career, living and working in Asia, Central and Capacity Building Project. South America, and Europe. But when the opportunity came to work as a legal advisor and consultant she jumped “I give developing countries the tools to assess what their at it. It took her from the plush-carpeted boardroom to the interests are, to be able to formulate their position, so they dusty roads of Southern Africa. can represent their own interests.” During this period she also worked as an advisor for the And what’s next? The one certainty is that whatever her Vietnam government, helping them introduce the first U.S. technical assistance program and transform their direction, she will be pushing the boundaries in unexpected planned economy into a market-driven one. and creative ways.
Originally from St. Catharines, ON, Yarmoshuk decided on Mount Allison partly because it offered the unique liberal arts environment of ivy-league U.S. schools and partly because she wanted to experience living in another part of Canada.
(As part of the USAID) I give developing countries the tools to assess what their interests are, to be able to formulate their position, so they can represent their own interests
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Walter Peters (’59)
Breaking the sound and colour barrier
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Being a Snowbird is the best flying position in the Air Force and I thoroughly enjoyed it
By Laura Dillman Ripley
Walter “Bubbles” Peters (’59) holds a significant place in Canadian aviation and Mount Allison’s histories. Peters, who grew up in Saint John, NB says he chose Mount Allison for several reasons — its great reputation, a certain recruiter named Dr. Godfrey, football, and location. “I needed a school I could hitchhike home from.” As a member of the first Mountie football team, Peters was known as the team’s ‘secret weapon’ — the fastest running back of his day. He scored the first point ever for the Mounties. His gridiron honours include Rookie of the Year, MVP and scoring champion, as well as the Quarter Century Mount Allison All-Star Team Award in 1980. Following Mount Allison, Peters enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), graduating in 1963. He became the country’s first black jet pilot during a time of great racial tension. Peters says, “I hadn’t really thought of being a pilot as a career, there weren’t many black people in the Air Force. There were times I could sense some tension, but I was a little older than many of the other pilots and, as a result, ended up being a tutor to many of them. My mantra was always, ‘You don’t have to accept me but you do have to respect me.’” This respect was well earned. Peters was also a member of the world-famous Snowbirds aerobatic team, serving as Deputy Commanding Officer of 431 Squadron from 1980-1982. He says, “I was near the end of my flying career, which I think made this the best time for me. Being a Snowbird is the best flying position in the Air Force and I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Peters was appointed as Air Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations where he provided advice on all UN air operations around the world, receiving the Walter Peters, centre, receives his 50-year pin at Reunion 2009 from former Chancellor John Bragg and President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell (right). University | 19 UN Medal in 1983. Peters held a number of senior positions in the RCAF and retired as a decorated Senior Officer. However his retirement was short lived. He was one of the main players in the establishment of the Canadian Aviation Safety Board, investigating cases such as the Air India accident in 1985. He then moved on to Transport Canada where he was responsible for creating and implementing safety programs for aviation. Peters served as chairman of the IDEAS (International Data Exchange in Aviation) Committee — with more than 20 countries represented. In 1998 he retired (again) as Director General for Aviation Safety. But, a man like Walter Peters cannot stay retired for long. Known and respected as an aviation safety expert worldwide, Peters established an aviation consulting company and was recruited by Bombardier to set up a NATO Flying Training program in Canada. Peters ‘semi-retired’ in 2005 and continues to work as a consultant with many of the major aviation companies.
Sally Dibblee (’88)
A life in the opera
By Melissa Lombard
Opera singer Sally Dibblee says all of her earliest memories are musical. She can remember sitting on a wharf as a small child, swinging her feet in the water and singing. “I have a terrible memory, but I seem to remember lots of musical connections,” she says. When she was in junior high and high school she would be the lead in musicals and sing, along with pianist AnneKatherine Dionne (’88), at events in her hometown of Woodstock, NB. Her voice brought her to Mount Allison’s Music program where she found her love of opera. “My singing professor, Dr. James Stark, was the one who got the ball rolling for me. He started me on my career path of today. I give him so much credit for helping shape and find the voice that eventually led me to opera stages.” 20 | WINTER 2011 RECORD
In her third year Dibblee and two friends borrowed a parent’s car and drove to Connecticut, got on the train, and went to New York City. It was there that she saw her first opera. “It was really eye opening and introduced us to something we’d never seen. The best way to experience an opera is to see one, not just listen to it on a recording.” Dibblee recently finished the hardest part she has ever performed at the Calgary Opera, in the title role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor. She says each role she takes on means something different to her and they all have special aspects about them. “It is really gratifying knowing that I have accomplished something so difficult. The technical challenges and the beauty of the music in Lucia di Lammermoor make it one of my favourites.” Her performances have taken her all over North America — to operas in California, Arizona, Kentucky, Utah, and all the major cities in Canada. She can spend up to five months of the year on the road — five to six weeks at each opera. She says the hardest part is being away from her husband and two children.
I’ve been able to make my living doing what I am trained to do and what I love to do
“Even though it has been difficult at times, I’ve been able to make my living doing what I am trained to do and what I love to do. I’m grateful to be able to show my kids that you can do something you love.” Dibblee says the most rewarding part of her career is the feedback she receives from the audience. A woman once told her following a performance that this was the first time in months she had been able to forget her problems and worries. “Sometimes a life in the arts makes you wonder — with everything that is going on around you — if it is all worth it. An experience like that makes it very clear that we all need experiences of art and culture in our life.”
Dibblee in her debut role as Cio-Cio San in the Opera Pacific Victoria production of Madama Butterfly.
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Charles Furlotte (’06)
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Sex, drugs, and
By Melissa Lombard
Charles Furlotte left the Maritimes for Ottawa four years ago to pursue a master’s in Social Work (MSW) and a keen interest in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He is now working in clinical practice at the Ottawa Hospital, researching, and teaching. “As a gay man living in the Maritimes I had a lot of myths regarding HIV/AIDS that I needed to dispel. I felt I needed to meet and work with people living with HIV in an urban context to do this.” At Mount Allison Furlotte’s interest was in the psychology of aging. He initially thought he would like to work in gerontology, but through social work found an outlet to explore both community-based work and research. During his MSW he discovered he could blend his interest in aging and HIV by researching men and women over age 50 who were living with the disease. Currently older adults make up approximately 15 per cent of people living with HIV in Canada and this number is expected to grow drastically as people with HIV join the aging population. Furlotte credits Mount Allison with preparing him well for his research career. During his undergrad he completed several research projects on campus and worked two summers in Dr. Odette Gould’s Adult Development and Aging Research Program. “Those experiences gave me a foot in the door for research and provided a seamless transition to higher-level academic work,” he says. He has also managed and coordinated research with the HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention Research Team in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Along with an interdisciplinary team of seven people, Furlotte has helped to facilitate research projects aimed at reducing the risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission among men and women who use injection drugs. The team conducts evaluations of harmreduction programs in Ontario — a pragmatic approach to drug use that equates to providing people with enough sanitary equipment to stay safe.
Social work is a career that lends itself to life-long learning…
In 2009 he recognized the need for a balance between performing research and working with people. He decided to take on a position as a clinical social worker in the emergency department of the Ottawa Hospital — Canada’s largest teaching hospital — where he helps patients and families navigate the health care system. He has recently transitioned into full-time clinical work across two hospital campuses in various departments, including general medicine and the intensive care unit. “A large percentage of the time I am working with addiction at the hospital, so the research I do really allows me to put knowledge translation into practice right away,” he says. To add to his workload, he was approached to teach a master’s level class at Carleton University. “After that experience, I’m pretty confident that teaching is what I want to do with my life,” he says. “I have realized that it is a nice way to combine all of my interests.” Furlotte plans to continue his work in research and clinical practice, with an eye on further education and teaching. “Social work is a career that lends itself to life-long learning and I’m passionate about connecting research to practice and public health policy. I can see my future consisting of all those things.”
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From the classroom to the boardroom, Jane Craighead (’80) has become one of Canada’s most powerful women
By Raine Phythian
Jane Craighead graduated from Mount Allison with a Bachelor of Commerce and held a job as a Chartered Accountant (CA) just over 30 years ago. Today she is a senior vice-president for a large multinational bank and heralded as “one of Canada’s most powerful women” by the Women’s Executive Network. “It is a really good example of people following their passion and ending up in places that you wouldn’t have predicted,” she says modestly. As a Mount Allison student Craighead was president of Bigelow House, VP Administrative for the SAC, and a student representative on the University’s Board of Regents. She now appreciates the opportunity Mount Allison gave her to work with some very prominent people at a young age — one being Canadian business icon Purdy Crawford (’52, Chancellor Emeritus), who she still works with occasionally. “As a student you take for granted being on committees with such important people.” After graduation Craighead worked for a few years as a CA and then completed a PhD in management at McGill University. She became a successful academic, holding
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positions at McGill, Concordia, and Queen’s universities. In her classes she made a point of learning as many of her students’ names as possible, even in large classes of 100 or so students. When the students realized that Craighead knew their names, she found it made a difference to them. “That is what I liked when I was at Mount A. There were no student numbers; everything was done on a first-name basis. I remember going to pay my fees and being greeted by name.” Craighead credits her research for her move to the private sector. In her doctoral thesis she looked at negotiating executive compensation from a new angle. She used economic theory to design contracts that give incentives to both parties to behave optimally. It was a chance encounter on a flight to a conference that dramatically changed Craighead’s career. She and the passenger beside her chatted on the way to Chicago about her research and exchanged business cards at the end of the trip. He turned out to be a senior executive at a human resources consulting company in Montreal. A week later she was offered a job as head of executive compensation practice. She took it. Later on in her career, Alcan, the giant aluminum company, approached Craighead and offered her the position of VicePresident, Compensation and Benefits for their 66,000 employees in 62 countries. Just a couple of months after she started this job, Rio Tinto acquired Alcan, effectively doubling the size of Rio Tinto, and forming one of the world’s largest multinational mining companies. She continued as VP at their corporate head office in London, England. Craighead designed the global policy and practices for compensation, benefits, pension plans, and international mobility. One aspect of the job she found interesting was the designing of incentive plans — things that can really affect people’s behaviour. “I look at incentive plans as a communication vehicle. They tell people how to prioritize their time and what the organization wants them to deliver in order to achieve what was promised to shareholders.” She kept her home base in Montreal for family reasons and along the way racked up many frequent flyer points. “Technology allows people to live where they want. I had a virtual team at Rio Tinto with people in Melbourne, London, Montreal, Salt Lake City, and Dallas.” Craighead’s career has taken her to many different areas around the world.
Mount Allison is different; it gave me such a great start, and I am eternally grateful for that
Still, she wanted to be closer to her family. So, after three and a half years, Craighead has just taken on the role of Senior Vice-President Total Rewards at Scotiabank, which is based in Toronto. Craighead has a special fondness for Mount A. She is back on the Board of Regents and is a member of the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies (RJCBS) Advisory Board, which is made up of business leaders from across the country. She is also part of the RJCBS Founders Circle, which was established to help raise funds to match the original $5-million gift from Ron Joyce. “Mount Allison is different; it gave me such a great start, and I am eternally grateful for that.”
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Commerce benefits from generosity of Founders Circle
In 2008 Mount Allison University established the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies (RJCBS) — named in honour of its benefactor. The $5-million gift signaled a rejuvenation of Commerce at Mount Allison. In 2009 the program recorded its largest first-year enrolment and has now embarked on several new initiatives to enhance the student experience. In October 2010 the Centre was officially opened with a celebration that welcomed Ron Joyce and other business leaders to campus. The Centre’s director, Dr. Tim Hynes, outlined his plan to distinguish Mount Allison’s Commerce department, and to make the Centre one of the premier destinations for an undergraduate business education in Canada. The University is now working diligently to fund raise a matching $5 million to further enhance and sustain the program. As part of this effort, the Founders Circle was established to support the University’s vision for the Centre. To date, Founders Circle donors have contributed individual leadership gifts totaling more than $1 million. Hynes says, “The Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies wouldn’t be what it is today without the generosity of our alumni and the business community. The Founders Circle in particular will directly contribute to the growth of the Commerce program’s experiential component.” “The University has a well-established reputation in liberal arts and sciences and I believe a strong Commerce program is integral to being a balanced and successful institution. Being in business myself, I certainly feel this type of program is hugely beneficial for the growth of tomorrow’s business leaders.” Dennis R. Starritt (’64) Principal, Bluewater Investment Management Inc. “My support for Mount Allison, and in particular the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies, is built on three principles: recognizing something special, giving something back, and making something better.” Kenneth W. Young (’80) Vice-President, Land, Enerplus “I believe there is no better way to prepare someone for a business career than to offer them access to a liberal arts education. No institution in Canada does this better than Mount Allison. The RJCBS leverages this liberal arts environment, while also providing a mix of academics and exposure to the business world.” Jane Craighead (’80) PhD, CA Senior Vice-President, Total Rewards, Scotiabank
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By Sue Seaborn
For the first time since 1998 playoff football returned to Sackville. The Mounties hosted the AUS semi-final game on one very muddy November afternoon. That day brought with it the end of a season — but it wasn’t until four exciting overtimes passed that the victors were declared. Despite this heartbreaking defeat for thousands of Mountie fans, it was still a great year. Third-year Mounties’ head coach Kelly Jeffrey led his team to the playoffs with a 4-4 record. A first since 1998, they defeated SMU and the team boasted 10 AUS all-star positions, which resulted in three All-Canadian awards. Jeffrey was named the league’s top bench boss and was also a nominee for the CIS national coach of the year award. Jeffrey, an Oregon native, was an assistant coach with the Mounties for two seasons before becoming head coach in ’08. He previously coached in the U.S. college ranks at Mayville State, University of Nevada (UNLV), University of San Diego, Northern State, and Dickinson State. He received a BSc in Physical Education from Dickinson State, and his master’s degree in health, physical education, and recreation from Northern State in Aberdeen. Perhaps the Mounties’ success was foreshadowed 30 years ago, with a young man’s aspirations. Jeffrey knew he wanted to coach football. He loved everything about the gridiron game from the time he was only two years old — he lived it, breathed it, and couldn’t get enough of it. His friends and family recognized that he was going to be a football coach. His grandfather had close ties with Alabama’s famous Bear Bryant and actually passed down to Jeffrey one of Bryant’s trademark coaching hats. There was no doubt Jeffrey was destined to become a successful coach somewhere.
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Over his 17 coaching years, Jeffrey has been responsible for many teams breaking offensive records, both rushing and in the air, and he has developed numerous league MVPs, All-Americans, and All-Canadians. “I feel so lucky and thankful that I am able to do what I love to do — every day — and even get paid for it,” he laughs. “I particularly enjoy coaching university football. I’ve always been impressed with the enthusiasm, the motivation, and the spirit shown by students.” Jeffrey’s coaching philosophy is one that promotes balance and perseverance. He searches for players who are self-starters and high achievers and not just in football, but in life. Jeffrey feels his Mounties fall into these categories and that they are special people. “Our guys had a great year, and it was due to their commitment off season, and their continued support of the program and each other through the lean years. As their careers ended it was nice to see our seniors and our leaders reap the benefit of their united efforts.” It is with pride and satisfaction that Jeffrey speaks about his team’s success. Though the 2010 AUS Coach of the Year trophy has “Kelly Jeffrey” inscribed on it, he is the first to acknowledge it is a “TEAM” award — all the way.
oach of the Year
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I particularly enjoy coaching university football, and I’ve always been impressed with the enthusiasm, the motivation, and the spirit shown by students
Harry Krichew 1933 Frances O. (Webster) Sweet 1933 Marion H. (Allen) Cumming 1934 James S. Jamieson 1935 Doris McBeath 1938 Thomas E. Sailman 1940 Arthur C. Simpkins 1940 Donald J. Bird 1941 Mona (Coates) Kendall 1941 LeVaughn (Jennings) Atkins 1943 Christopher F. A. Graham 1943 Natalie C. (Rollins) Vye 1943 Shirley L. (Burnham) McMinn 1944 Carol F. Salton 1947 William E. MacDonald 1948 Clayton A. Margison 1950 Irving Schwartz 1950 Charles Ron Wilson 1950 Winnifred (Cairns) McDowell 1951 Clive H. Roberts 1951 Margaret Waverley “Wave” Smith 1954 Kathryn (Baltzer) Hird 1955 Charles Armour 1956 George A. Barbour 1958 David L. Conrad 1958 Richard S. Hayden 1960 Kersti (Vontso) Covert 1961 Hannah (Hayman) Carde 1964 George W. Campbell 1965 Andrew M. King 1966 Errol R. Tattrie 1966 Faye E. (Clark) Smith 1969 Margaret P. (Hayden) Williams 1969 Douglas D. Adamson 1972 Stephen M. Fudge 1974 E. Lynn Yorston 1975 Alvin L. Landsburg 1993 Nicole G. Heighton 2008 Albert Johnson Honorary Degree Mary Ola (LeBlanc) Crowder Former Employee John T. Macfarlane Former Employee Peter Mitcham Former Employee Graham M. Thomas Former Employee Liliane (Meyer) Welch Former Employee Winston Grigg Parent Eleanor F. (Ogden) Brooks Friend Francis Chubb Friend Frances K. Clark Friend Sylvia Ison Friend James G. Purdy Friend Anne Wilson Friend
Wesley Publishing and Doubleday Canada. After marrying George Williams, the couple moved to Halifax where they raised their children. Margaret was a tireless community volunteer, serving on various boards and executive committees. In ’98 she became an investment advisor, working with Acadian Securities and Wellington West Capital Inc. Owing to her warmth and personality, Margaret made friends in every undertaking and across the country. Margaret embraced life and faced its inevitable challenges with resolve and dignity. GEORGE W. CAMPBELL (’65) Submitted by his wife Cheryl Steeves Campbell (’64) George died on Jul. 22 ’10, following a diagnosis of gastric cancer two months earlier. George had fond memories of his years at Mount Allison — musical training from Carleton Elliott, Howard Brown, and Allison Patterson; singing in the Conservatory Choral; playing junior varsity football; and the many friendships he made. He used his musical training well and inspired students to appreciate music and pursue careers in the field. He also played the organ in various United Churches, directing choirs and arranging music to suit his members. He loved to sing and, over the past 20 years, began singing and accompanying himself on keyboard, entertaining people throughout the Ottawa Valley. His musical talents, ability to organize, and willingness to help others will be missed by the community where we have resided since ’72. GRAHAM MCGEE THOMAS (FORMER EMPLOYEE) Submitted by his daughter Wendy (Thomas) Webb (’93) Graham McGee Thomas passed away on Oct. 21 ’10 after many years with Parkinson’s disease. Dad, a civil engineer, worked at Mount A in the early ’60s and was involved in the building of both Windsor Hall and the Chapel. My mother, Julie (Denyar) Thomas attended Mount Allison’s commercial college in the ’50s, my brother, Jamie graduated in ’81 with his Music and Education degrees, and I graduated in ’93 with a Commerce degree. Currently three of Dad’s grandchildren attend Mount A: Justin, Alex, and Rena Thomas.
HARRY KRICHEW (’33) Submitted by his wife Muriel Krichew Harry Krichew passed away on Nov. 8 ’10 at the age of 96. He graduated from Mount A with a BSc, and then completed his Bachelor of Engineering at Queen’s. He went to Peru with Imperial Oil and returned to Canada and started his career with the rubber industry, which took him to Venezuela, Mexico, and California before settling in Quebec with BF Goodrich. He married and had four children. Upon retiring he resided in Florida, returning to Canada in ’07. He is greatly missed by his family. MARJORIE (MACDONALD) TRENHOLM (’65) Submitted by Fern (MacLeod) Mollon (’65) Close friends since junior high, Marjorie and I entered Mount A in ’62. After receiving her BA Marjorie obtained her BEd from Dalhousie University. Both in Dartmouth and in Winnipeg she inspired her students with her enthusiasm for learning over her 30-year teaching career. Marjorie was a prolific reader, a lover of art, and passionate about causes that bettered our world. Marjorie’s greatest joy was her family — husband of 43 years, Brian Trenholm (’65), their four children, and four grandchildren. Marjorie passed away peacefully on Jul. 16 ’10 after an 18-month battle with cancer. She faced her illness with the same dignity she had shown throughout her life. FAYE (CLARK) SMITH (’69) Submitted by Bonnie (Bain) Huskins (’69) Faye was a member of the Class of ’69 and my roommate for two years on thirdfloor Windsor. She will be remembered for her sense of humour and love of Saint John. After her time at Mount A she attended Teachers’ College in Fredericton. She passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Apr. 24 ’10. She will be greatly missed, especially by her mother, her husband Rick, her sisters Mary Jane (Young) (’65), Barbara, and Deborah, her children Mark and Regan, and her grandson.
MARGARET P. HAYDEN-WILLIAMS (’69) Submitted by Nancy (Smythe) Bateman (’72) On Aug. 16 ’10 Mount Allison lost an enthusiastic supporter. Starting out as a teacher, Margaret became a publisher’s representative and Atlantic manager for the Education Division of Addison
This list is compiled from information sent to University Advancement from September 1, 2010 to December 20, 2010. Please feel welcome to submit memories of departed Allisonians and we will be happy to print short versions in the Record and longer versions online (http://alumni.mta.ca).
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Gathering at The Palliser Restaurant in Truro, NS on Aug. 12 ’10. Front Row (L-R): Jean (Fraser) Wayling (’49), Jean (Langille) Bieber (’45), Margaret (MacDonald) Hamilton (’50), Beau (Heine) Prince (’50), Charlotte (Ritcey) Boates (’49), Norma (Kelly) Storey (’49), Mary (Douglas) McInnes (’49), Greta (MacDonald) Milton (’49), Ruth (Schafheitlin) Bulmer (’50), Peggy (MacKay) Rogers (’49), Marie (Creaser) Rowe (’49). Back Row (L-R): Fran Gaskin (’50), John Wayling (’50), Peggy (Zinck) MacKay (’49), Gerry Milton (’48), Beth (Marsters) McDade (’49). Dr. Joseph “Zack” Marshall (’49) was one of several Allisonians featured in the publication Bermuda 1609-2009, 400 years — 400 portraits. Others include Ralph Marshall (’50), Robert Barritt (’50), the late David Critchley (’47), and the late Stanley Gascoigne (’37). Zack was also inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in ’06.
Sweet little Sackville on the marsh.
A group of Allisonians got together for a mini reunion in Oct. to celebrate Margaret McCain’s (’54) birthday. The ladies enjoyed a spa day at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, ON. Pictured here from left to right are: Margie (Norrie) McCain, Suzanne (Somerville) MacLean (’52), Myra (McKiel) Breithaupt (’54), Barb (Welton) Rowley (’54), Alice (Robertson) MacLeod (’54), and Mary (Holborow) Allen (’54). Graduates from the late 50s and early 60s gathered at Sandy (’59) and Margaret (MacNeill) Flack’s (’60) summer home on PEI to celebrate the season.
Music, interesting people, conversation, little shops with nice stuff, good food, and a feeling everything’s going to be okay. Bring us your boredom, we’ll trash it for free.
Arlene Acton Holder (’45) and Fred M. Patterson were married in Moncton on Jun. 16 ’10. Fred’s son Gary (’71) and Arlene’s son Michael (’72) are both Commerce graduates.
The Cultural Crossroads of the Maritimes
James H. Gass (’45) writes, “Our family celebrated this year when my granddaughter Hannah Kearney won gold in freestyle skating at the Vancouver Olympics. She started the World Cup in Europe this December.”
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From the Class of ’54 (L–R): Billie (MacFarlane) Bird, Ella (Brookins) Roberts, Kay (Ross) Love, and Mary (MacLennan) Lawley enjoying the sunshine in Stanhope, PEI last summer.
scenery and old towns such as Kotor, Ulcinj, and Ohrid were an amazing voyage of discovery.”
An alumni gathering was held in Vladivostok, on Russia’s Pacific coast, on Sept. 16 ’10. Two Allisonians were in attendance — Michael Robb (’71), left, and Michael Colborne (’70). The next day they set off on the 9,288 km journey to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
we have had a special relationship with the people of Mount Allison University. We have welcomed prospective students and parents; celebrated graduations; hosted reunions; and accommodated alumni, visiting lecturers, honorees, and board members. We are a pre-Confederation Victorian home with 18 rooms and a fine dining room. We are a proud supporter of Mount Allison.
This fall Lois (Benson) Laquerre (’63) was honoured as the top female sporting official by Sporting Officials Canada. Lois has been judging artistic gymnastics for 45 years and officiated at the Commonwealth Games in Australia (’06), the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg (’99), Dominican Republic (’03), Brazil (’07), and a number of other events in Europe, Asia, and across North and South America. Clyde Macdonald (’64) of New Glasgow, NS has recently retired as a judge of the provincial court after serving 19 years on the bench. In recognition of the nine books that he has written and published about Pictou County history, he received the Clan Donald Nova Scotia Achievement Award and the Town of New Glasgow Cultural Heritage Award in recognition of outstanding contributions towards conserving and promoting the community’s heritage and history. Last summer Roger Roy (’65) spent six weeks in the Western Balkan region of Europe where he was a parliamentary development advisor for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kosovo. He was tasked with writing and designing a project to assist MPs to help address/alleviate the extreme poverty in the area and assist those who urgently need social services. His wife Gerry accompanied him and volunteered teaching English to parliamentary interns and UNDP staff. Roger writes, “We had some wonderful weekend visits to Orthodox churches in Kosovo including the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Decani Monastery. We also had an amazing visit to Montenegro, Macedonia, and Albania where the
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Bob Thomas (’73) writes, “After 30 years as a federal public servant (and a few more doing contract work), I began my retirement on Sept. 3 ’10. I was a manager working on the policy and authorities aspects of employment programs offered by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Now I’m looking forward to travelling, writing, and catching up on some of the more fun parts of life! I’d love to hear from friends and acquaintances from my time at Mount A, of which I have very fond memories!” Recently six life-long friends and former Palmer Girls met on PEI for a weekend of sharing memories and catching up. The beautiful Shipwright Inn was the base for the gathering. The group definitely plans to meet again next year and is looking forward to its 40th Reunion at Mount A in 2013. Photographed from left to right are Sandra Fraser, Alice (Trueman) Porter, Margaret (Douglas) Hunt, Sharon (Erskine) Whitmee, Bonnie Hurry, and Elaine (Foote) Forbes, all from the Class of ’73.
“Why get a room, when you can get a home?”
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In October Kelly Nelson (’76) was appointed vice-president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia 2010-2011 Council. Kelly is chief financial officer and secretary at High Liner Foods Inc., in Lunenburg.
Susan Bour (’86) has been appointed a senior Crown attorney in the Bridgewater, NS office of the Public Prosecution Service.
Leigh Ann Cumming (’92) writes, “I have been living for the past three years in Cambridge Bay, NU with my husband, Keith. This summer we returned home to Bathurst, NB to visit family and friends. While home, I caught up with several of my Mount A friends — Veronique Deniger (’92), Charline Melanson (’93), and Tricia Poirier (’98). Charline and I even made a trip to Sackville. So much has changed since we were students. It was wonderful to reconnect with Mount Allison and the memories that were made.” Leigh Ann, right, and Charline are photographed here near the Swan Pond.
William Kierstead (’82) writes, “Hi everyone. I have been seconded from my position at School District 16 office in Miramichi to the position of Director of the 21st Century Research Office at the New Brunswick Department of Education.” Dak Conklin (’85), his wife Janette, and their three boys live in Cornwall, PEI. Dak is currently a sales and technical consultant for millwork and stone on hospitality projects in North America and the Caribbean. His main clients the past year have been Merric, Inc. from St. Louis, MO and Gemona Stone from Beverly Hills, CA and he has provided millwork and stone for such brands as Marriott and Hilton. Dak had been director of sales and design/engineering for five years with Cabinetmaster Architectural Woodwork Ltd. out of Charlottetown, where he worked in the hospitality sector as well. Dak is pictured, right, with his three sons at the Kennedy Space Centre.
Tara Wilkie (’91) has come up with a highly visible way for parents of children who suffer from a nut allergy to share that information with others — temporary tattoos. They go on with water, are removed with baby oil, and the non-toxic and hypoallergenic inks are FDA approved. Great for summer camp, school, field trips, birthday parties, and more. Scott Woodruff (’96) writes, “On Nov. 1 ’10 my daughter Annika Woodruff was born in Toronto, weighing in at 7lb 6oz. If she has her Daddy’s swagger, her mother’s good looks, and an undying love for all things Johnny Cash, I’ll be an even happier man than I already am.” Sam Itani (’96) writes, “In July Alyson (Parker) Robertson (’96) and I hosted “21 Union Reunion” — a get-together for our class of ’96 housemates (plus spouses and kids!) in the Haliburton Highlands, ON. Some flew in from as far away as BC, AB, and NB. We spent a lot of time laughing, catching up, and
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Melanie Brown (’85) writes “Just wondering if any of my classmates now find themselves in Europe? I have been living in Paris for the past year and would love to reconnect if so.” Deborah Hornsby (’86) recently received her doctorate, earning an EdD in Educational Leadership. She also married Steven Edwards in July. The newlyweds reside in Honolulu, HI, where Debbie is the Chair for the College of Education with University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus, and Steve is Vice-President with the Bank of Hawaii.
reminiscing over embarrassing photos and chasing after all the little ones.” Pictured from left to right, and all from the Class of ’96, are: Heather Pickersgill, Sam Itani, Angela (MacIntyre) Harris, Alyson (Parker) Robertson, Kirsten Bodtker, and Micki O’Dwyer.
Jason Deveau (’96) and his wife Sue are happy to announce the birth of their second child, Jake Edward Ori Deveau, born on Sept. 23’10. Ryan Ross (’97) and Erin (Nursey) (’97) are happy to announce the arrival of their third son, Nigel Jeffery, on May 18 ’10, joining big brothers Nathan and Nolan. Karen Belhumeur (’99) writes, “Pascal, Nicolas, and I welcomed the newest member to our family, Nora Madeleine, on Mar. 11 ’10. We have since moved to beautiful Newport, RI on a military exchange position but will be back in Canada during the summer of 2011.” Martin Hemmings (’99) writes, “In Sept.’08 my wife and I were married in a small ceremony in Moose Jaw, SK and in Mar.’10 we welcomed our first son, Liam Martin Hemmings into our family. Since Jul. ’10 we have been living in Panama City, FL where I was posted as part of my Air Force career. We are happy and healthy and are enjoying the abundance of sunshine. There is still a small part that misses the snow at Christmas time, but we’re happy that we left our shovel behind in Canada.”
celebrated with fellow Allisonians Tim Hikade (’04), Jessica Sameoto (’04), Carlie Duke (’04), Putu Duff (’04), Melissa ChristieFougere (’04), Jack Gordon (’06), Colleen (Saffrey) Bezeau (’01), David Bradford (’01), and Kari Bradford (’00). GO MOUNTIES GO! Nicholas Hale (’05) was awarded his Certified Management Accountant designation in Aug. ’10 by completing the Canadian Society of Management Accountants entrance exam, case exam, and board report. Nicholas lives and works in Moncton. Photographed here is Deanna Musgrave (’05) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York doing a copy of a Joseph Turner painting entitled The Whale Ship.
Phil Calvert (’96) is co-owner of Moncton’s Momentum Group, which recently brought Sir Richard Branson to Moncton for the Atlantic Dream Festival. Calvert, left, is pictured with Branson at the event.
Ryan Bradford (’04) and Melanie Gordon (’04) tied the knot in front of family and friends on Sept. 5 ’10 in Kelowna, BC. The happy couple
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Catherine (Barkhouse) Stuart (’06) graduated from Atlantic School of Theology on May 1 ’10 after completion of the Master’s of Divinity program. The Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada ordained her later that month. And on Jul. 1 she was settled to the River John-West Branch Pastoral Charge in NS. Anna Stroud (’06) has recently had work published in What Works: Innovative Strategies for Teaching Art, now available through The Canadian Society for Education Through Art. Anna graduated with a BFA from Mount Allison and from UNB’s BEd program in ’09 and recently moved to London, England to teach art. Ashley Pardoe (’06) is attending medical school at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Sheamus Kearns (’07), with biology professor Dr. Felix Baerlocher, was recently honoured by Elsevier Publishers for having the top-cited article on Fungal Ecology from ’08-’10. The paper, “Leaf surface roughness influence colonization success of aquatic hyphomycete conidia,” summarizes Kearns’ undergraduate research. Kearns is now studying dentistry at Dalhousie University. Bridget Arsenault (’08) writes, “After graduation I moved to London UK and worked as an
intern at the magazine company Conde Nast. I started my master’s at Oxford the following Sept. I have just completed my master’s and I have been hired full time as an editorial assistant at Vanity Fair. I could never have done ANY of this without Mount A — namely my amazing professors who taught me so much and supported and motivated me so much throughout my degree.”
Professor Emeritus Dr. Vince Reinsborough and his wife Anne became grandparents three times over recently when each of their
three daughters welcomed a new baby within the span of three months and a day! Marie Reinsborough-Wadden (’01) and her husband Scott Wadden (’02) celebrated the arrival of son Callum in Nov. ’09. Laura Reinsborough (’05) and partner Chris Eaton (’94) welcomed son Eider early in Feb. ’10. Michelle (Reinsborough) Brownlee (’00) and husband Ken welcomed daughter Kate later that month. Photographed left to right are Anne (holding Kate), Kate’s big brother Luke, Callum in the arms of his big sister Claire, and Dr. Reinsborough holding Eider. Photo by Feona Seerattan.
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An Open Letter to Mount Allison Alumni and Friends
t its May 2010 meeting, Mount Allison’s Board of Regents confirmed that the next major building project would be a Fine and Performing Arts Centre. With the confirmation, preparations began for an exciting project that reflects the University’s long-standing commitment to fine arts and drama.
older buildings is not easy, but a tour of the University’s campus will demonstrate that it is a commitment we have made, particularly over the past two decades. The University has an established record of sensitivity with regard to its facilities, historical or otherwise. Each year the University spends a significant amount of money on their upkeep and improvement ($19 million over the past two years). Recently, the Wallace McCain Student Centre, Colville House, and Bennett Building have all been restored and major restorations are currently underway or recently completed at the Owens Art Gallery, Canada’s oldest university gallery; the 120-year-old “Anchorage;” and the historic Queen Anne Revivalstyle “Black House.” However, in the case of the former University Centre building, a thorough assessment by experts engaged by the University deemed that incorporating it into the new Centre would be neither sensible nor sustainable. We were advised that there are structural issues with the main supporting beams, a lack of headroom for fine and performing arts requirements, and mechanical and electrical systems that would need to be completely replaced. At an estimated $30-million cost, the project will require $20 million in private donations and $10 million from the University’s operating budget. The extra $5 million to retain
Last fall the Board authorized expenditures for the development of architectural drawings. This step required a decision on whether an existing structure (the former University Centre — known prior to 1970 as the Memorial Library) could be used to house the new Fine and Performing Arts Centre. Based on expert advice, we estimated that retaining the existing structure would add an estimated $5 million to the project’s cost. The Board therefore accepted the recommendation that architects prepare drawings and plans that did not include the entire structure, but retained features of it. This decision has naturally generated some concern. However, after going through a careful process of evaluation, we believe that this is the best possible solution for Mount Allison. This letter is meant to share the University’s perspective with you. As you know, Mount Allison enjoys one of the most beautiful and distinguished campuses in Canada and it is one that has evolved over the years. Balancing fiscal restraint while providing state-of-the-art facilities in 36 | WINTER 2011 RECORD
the existing building would mean long-term debt that would result in tuition increases for students or a reduction in services. Some have suggested that this extra could easily be raised, but experience tells us that this would be unrealistic, especially as we near the end of a major fund raising campaign where our most ardent supporters have already made financial commitments. Some have questioned the design of the new building. The University’s approach has always been to mix the best features of Mount Allison’s past with the new and innovative, in an intimate, high-quality environment. From campus to curriculum, facilities to programming, and students to professors, this approach has proven beneficial and will do so again with the Fine and Performing Arts Centre. When the designs are ready, features of the old building will be evident and the building will fit the campus surroundings. We expect to have preliminary drawings of the new Centre later in the year and look forward to your feedback when they are available.
Gloria D. Jollymore Vice-President, University Advancement
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