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Farewell to Dr. Ronald Bordessa
By Anthony Boland, president, Student Association 2010-2011
Four years later, Dr. Bordessa’s strong leadership has also had an impact on the lives of thousands of students, faculty and staff, and the Durham Region community and beyond. During this short time, much of Ron’s remarkable vision has become reality. I have witnessed our campus grow to more than 7,400 undergraduate and graduate students who come from all over the globe. I have witnessed former fields and parking lots transform into state-of-the-art facilities: an Automotive Centre of Excellence, an Energy Research Centre, a Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre and many more. While construction continues, this is certainly no longer the mini north Oshawa campus I recall during my orientation days. If Ron wasn’t already busy enough, the creation of a new downtown campus has also become a striking reality. While Ron and I have shared the stage on many speaking occasions, it seems like every month there’s an announcement for a new downtown facility, or the transformation of a historic building – all built to the high-tech student-friendly UOIT standard. As a result of his leadership, Oshawa’s core is being transformed and revitalized, which is a feat that some of us Oshawa residents once considered impossible. Challenging the impossible, innovating post-secondary culture, and connecting our campus with the local and global community – Ron’s legacy will clearly go down in history. From saying ‘hello’ the first time he called, to now, I am honoured to say ‘farewell’ and best of luck to a great president who time and again embodied UOIT’s motto: by thinking and doing, we shall lead.

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About four years ago, I arrived home after a busy day of high school. As I walked through the door, my mother immediately told me someone from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) had called and asked that I call him back. I quickly went to my room and dialed the number she had recorded. Sure enough, the president of Oshawa’s brand-new university answered the phone, introduced himself as Dr. Ronald Bordessa, and invited me to study at UOIT on scholarship. That phone call changed my life…

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Historic moment with UOIT’s downtown grand opening
UOIT celebrated the grand opening of its downtown Oshawa location on March 8 during an event held at the historic Regent Theatre. Joining the celebration were Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson, Oshawa MPP Jerry Ouellette, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer of The Regional Municipality of Durham Roger Anderson, and Oshawa Mayor John Henry, City Councillors and senior staff. “UOIT’s expansion in downtown Oshawa has been spectacular, but we are far from complete,” said Dr. Ronald Bordessa, president, UOIT. “We are projecting that by 2015 11,600 students will be enrolled at the university and potentially 5,600 of those students will be studying downtown. A recent economic feasibility study confirms that continued growth of UOIT and the anticipated economic spinoffs could mean hundreds of millions injected into the downtown and hundreds of new jobs created. It’s definitely an exciting time for Oshawa and the university.” Attendees of the event enjoyed bus tours of UOIT’s downtown footprint, guided tours of the 61 Charles Street building and a reception afterwards. Internal and external plaques were also unveiled to commemorate the City of Oshawa’s leadership in the preservation of the Regent Theatre and another external plaque was revealed to mark the theatre as a designated heritage building.

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UOIT’S DOWNTOWN FOOTPRINT INCLUDES:
• 55 Bond Street building, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities; • 61 Charles Street building; • Regent Theatre; • 11 Simcoe Street North building, Faculty of Education; and • 2 Simcoe Street South, graduate student offices and Psychology lab. Linking the Regent Theatre with 55 Bond Street, plans are underway to transform Victoria Street into an urban park this spring that will include a walkway, external seating, a small stage area for outdoor entertainment and possibly a farmers market.

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Presidential transition
After many months of hard work and dedication by the Committee to Recommend a President, the process to select the next UOIT president and vice-chancellor has concluded. Dr. Ronald Bordessa will retire on June 30 after leading the university for the past five years. Dr. Tim McTiernan was named UOIT’s third president on February 11. Dr. McTiernan will officially join UOIT on July 1, 2011. The Committee to Recommend a President was comprised of board, faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate student representatives. The Board of Governors approved the recommendation of the committee as they represent an excellent cross-section of the UOIT campus community. The faculty members were selected by the Executive Committee of the Academic Council and the student representatives by their respective student associations.

Science and Humanities joining them in September 2010. There are now more than 1,300 students, faculty and staff studying and working in downtown Oshawa. During his term as president, the General Motors of Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) and the Clean Energy Research Lab officially opened at the north Oshawa location, student enrolment grew significantly each year and construction on the Energy Research Centre (ERC) will soon be complete. Each of these significant accomplishments bears the mark of his stellar leadership and will serve to enhance his legacy.

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RON’S ACHIEVEMENTS
• UOIT at the top of the class in Globe and Mail University Report Card – November 2007; • UOIT named to list of Canada’s top 50 research universities since November 2008; • First- and fourth-year students place UOIT ahead of peer groups in NSSE benchmark areas – November 2008; • UOIT makes strong debut in Maclean’s 19th annual University Rankings in November 2009; • ERC receives $45.4-million investment from the federal and provincial government’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program – May 2009; • ACE receives $28-million investment from the federal and provincial government’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program – May 2009; • Memorandums of Understanding with Amal Jyothi College of Engineering and Chitkara University, both in India and the Nanjing University of Technology (NJUT) in China – November 2010;

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DR. RONALD BORDESSA, PRESIDENT AND VICE-CHANCELLOR
Dr. Ronald (Ron) Bordessa was appointed president of UOIT in July 2006 bringing a wealth of post-secondary administrative knowledge and teaching experience to the university based on a 35-year commitment to academic excellence and innovation. While leading UOIT, Dr. Bordessa’s vision to expand the university’s campus to the downtown core became a reality with the Faculty of Education moving in September 2008 and the Faculty of Social

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• From 2007 to 2010 Day 10 enrolment numbers increased from 5,133 to 7,442 undergraduate and graduate students. First-year student enrolment grew from 1,751 in 2007 to 2,347 in 2010; and • UOIT established strong presence in Oshawa’s downtown.

DR. TIM McTIERNAN, INCOMING PRESIDENT AND VICE-CHANCELLOR
Dr. Tim McTiernan will become the third president and vice-chancellor of UOIT on July 1, 2011. Dr. McTiernan has held numerous academic and leadership roles throughout Canada in the university, college and government sectors. Dr. McTiernan has more than 25 years of senior-level leadership and administrative experience spanning the areas of innovation; research administration and commercialization; social and economic development; and post-secondary education. Dr. McTiernan has served as assistant vice-president, Government, Institutional and Community Relations; interim vice-president, Research; assistant vice-president, Research and executive director, The Innovations Group, University of Toronto; acting deputy minister, assistant deputy minister and chief operating officer, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation; president, Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology in North Bay, Ontario; and deputy minister, cabinet secretary and chief negotiator for Land Claims, SelfGovernment and Devolution, Yukon government. Internationally, he serves on the board of Atlantic Corridor – Ireland. Nationally, he is a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’

Expert Panel on Science Performance and Research Funding, and the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) Advisory Board for the National Research Council. In addition, he serves on a number of boards, including MaRS, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund Inc., Ontario Genomics Institute and the Yves Landry Foundation. He previously served on the founding board of MaRS Innovation, the board of BioDiscovery Toronto, chaired the Committee of the Presidents of the Ontario Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (now Colleges Ontario) and was co-chair of the CollegeUniversity Consortium Council. He has served as a trustee of the Ontario Innovation Trust, a member of the North Bay Economic Development Commission, a board member of Contact North – Canada’s largest distance education network, a member of the secretariat to the National Task Force on Environment and Economy, a founding member both of the Dispute Resolution Board established pursuant to the Yukon First Nations Land Claims Settlement Act and of the Environmental Impact Screening Committee established pursuant to the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Claims Settlement Act. Dr. McTiernan has published on innovation, conservation, sustainable development and post-secondary education policy. He is a frequent conference presenter and panellist and has lectured for the University of British Columbia. From Kilkenny, Ireland, Dr. McTiernan earned his Bachelor of Arts (Mod) in Psychology and Philosophy (1973) from Trinity College in Dublin, and his Master of Arts degree (1977) and PhD (1982) in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

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The Dr. Ronald Bordessa Endowed Scholarship Fund
Ensuring that UOIT is a catalyst in driving social and economic prosperity throughout Durham Region and beyond is but one example of Dr. Bordessa’s contribution while serving as UOIT president. From moving the faculties of Education and Social Science and Humanities to downtown Oshawa to establishing ACE and the ERC, these are just a few milestones that will mark Ron’s UOIT legacy. As a tribute to Dr. Bordessa and his commitment to students, an endowed scholarship fund has been created. The Dr. Ronald Bordessa Endowed Scholarship will be presented annually to a student who achieves a minimum 3.5 GPA in third or fourth year of their undergraduate program. The recipient will demonstrate an exemplary contribution by linking the university to the social and/or economic prosperity of our community by adding value through discovery research, inventions, innovations and/or the commercialization of processes and products. Contributions to this fund can be made at www.uoit.ca/rbfund1.

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Alger Family Lobby named
Mrs. Edith Alger and her family were welcomed back home on February 10 during a special event to celebrate their recent gift to UOIT and to announce the main entrance lobby at the university’s newly restored 61 Charles Street building will now be called the Alger Family Lobby. As former owners, the building is near and dear to the family. They purchased it in 1951 when they expanded the Alger Press business, which produced the Oshawa Telegram – the city’s first daily newspaper. Over the years, Alger Press grew and developed expertise in the field of lithography and had one of the most modern and bestequipped plants in the industry. During World War II, General Motors of Canada used the building for a short time and it is said that Alger Press printed ordinance literature for the government and armed forces, which was sent all over the world. Alger Press closed its doors in 1993 after operating in Oshawa for 71 years.

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Moving on
THE FOUNDING DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF SCIENCE RETIRES
UOIT will soon bid fond farewell to the Faculty of Science, founding dean, Dr. William Smith, who will retire from the university on June 30. Dr. Smith joined UOIT because of its interdisciplinary research and teaching opportunities, its commitment to laptop and related leading-edge pedagogical technologies and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a 21st-century university with a unique and positive impact on society. In recognition of Dr. Smith and his many contributions to the university and our students, an award has been established. The Founding Dean of Science Graduation Award will be presented to the graduating student with the highest cumulative average from an honours Bachelor of Science program in the Faculty of Science. If you would like to donate to this fund please visit www.uoit.ca/wsfund1.

FAREWELL TO THE DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Friends and colleagues will also say goodbye and wish Dr. Mary Bluechardt continued success. Effective, July, 1, Dr. Bluechardt, dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, will start her new role as the vice-president of Grenfell campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Bluechardt, an awardwinning educator and skilled administrator with a passion for research in sport and people with disabilities, will be missed.

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Updates
UOIT ALUMNI RETURN FOR INAUGURAL HOMECOMING
More than 70 alumni returned to campus on October 23 for UOIT’s first Homecoming. Attendees of the event enjoyed tours of the General Motors of Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence; varsity games featuring the Ridgebacks men’s soccer and women’s and men’s hockey teams; and an evening concert where three bands – Bahamas, Zeus and the Arkells kept the audience entertained. Thanks to Johnson Inc. Insurance and BMO for sponsoring the event.

Watch for details a next Homecomin bout our g event on SATURDAY SEPTE MBER 17, 2011.

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Updates
WINNER OF HAVE A NIGHT OUT ON US!
The Alumni office would like to congratulate Christa Andrews, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), class of 2009, the winner of a $100 Keg gift certificate for the draw held on March 31, 2011. The Alumni office thanks all alumni who updated their email addresses in the last six months and were eligible for the draw. It is important to keep your contact information up to date so you can receive important information about new services and benefits offered to UOIT alumni, and information about your university. Keep in touch with us by visiting the UOIT Alumni website www.uoit.ca/alumni or by emailing alumni@uoit.ca.

ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT WINS $25,000 IN NATIONAL CONTEST

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UOIT’s Athletics department celebrated the start of 2011 with a $25,000 prize it won in a nationwide online competition staged by sporting goods company adidas. UOIT emerged as the winning university in the month-long adidas University Challenge, a showdown between 19 Canadian universities that are partners of the sporting goods company. Students, faculty, staff and friends voted online for their school in a bracket-style contest. Each week, the university receiving the most votes as a percentage of its student population moved on to the next round. When final votes were tallied on December 27, UOIT had edged out Saskatchewan’s University of Regina in the final pairing.

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Updates
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE? GEEKFREAKS CERTAINLY CAN!

Aaron Providence; JD Raymundo; Majoire Santos; Jonny Wallace; and Peter Yoon brought the audience to their feet with their funky moves, smooth mixes and sly costumes. The group started in 2006 as friends practicing breakdancing, popping and locking, and other moves. In 2008 they began to dance competitively all over the GTA and Durham Region. A year later they won their first competition at the biggest post-secondary dance competition in Ontario called the University Dance Challenge. They have won other competitions such as Humber Hype, Summer Jam and BAM. GeekFreaks continued their success in various dance competitions and capped off an amazing 2010 with their impressive win at OUCH. As a student association club, HER aims to inform and express the true essence of hip hop by holding events in the school community and would like to hold workshops and showcases to show that hip hop is more than just music – it is a positive lifestyle. As winners of OUCH, GeekFreaks now have the privilege of acting as hosts for the competition in 2011. Follow them at: http://twitter.com/#!/geekfreakstv http://on.fb.me/geekfreaks www.youtube.com/geekfreakstv

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GeekFreaks, a dance group within the UOIT student club Hip Hop in its Essence and Realness (HER), ended McMaster University’s four-year championship reign when they won the Ontario Universities Competition for Hip Hop (OUCH) on November 27. The GeekFreaks’ winning dance Like a Boss combined old school tunes with current flavour to wow the audience. In addition to winning the dance competition, they also won the People’s Choice Award and Best Mix. The 12-member team consisting of Wayne Carrasco; Khaila Charr; Dominque Cole; Jason Cuison; Cindy Lam; Nakia LF; Fatima Mohammdi;

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CONVOCATION
The UOIT convocation will be held on Friday, June 3, 2011 in the General Motors Centre. Three ceremonies will be held to honour the class of 2011 at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively. If you are available to volunteer for the Alumni office before one of the ceremonies, please contact Deia Prudencio at 905.721.8668 ext. 2324 or email deia.prudencio@uoit.ca.

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