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the newsletter SUMMER 2014 FALL 2014 COURSES: A SNEAK PEEK The following courses are tentatively scheduled to be offered this fall. The course brochure, due out the week of July 28, will have all the final details. Registrations will be processed on September 9; confirmation letters will be sent out September 10. Registrations will be accepted until the start of classes or until a course fills. Most courses begin the week of October 13 (although the university is closed on Thanksgiving Monday). • • • • • • • • • JERRY SALLOUM — Wondering as we Wander: A Geographical Journey Through our Physical World BLAINE CHIASSON — Modern China ELMER THIESSEN — Biomedical Ethics JIM WELDON — Poetry Appreciation: William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens LEN FRIESEN — From World War to Cold War: International Relations in the 20th Century SCOTT GALLIMORE — An Archaeology of Disaster: Exploring the Site of Pompeii DOUG McCREADY — Life, Work and Living: Generational Trends of the 20th Century JOANNA RICKERT-HALL — Early Cultural Groups in Waterloo County ERNIE REGHER — Arctic Security Additional courses also currently in development. The course brochure will have all the final details. Stay tuned! “HOOKED” ON LEARNING: MEET SHARON DOWN by Rebecca Kieswetter, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator: Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence (CTIE) Meet Sharon Down, a recent transplant to Waterloo and a brand new student to LALL. I sat down with Sharon to ask her about her life and hobbies, as well as her interest in lifelong learning. An hour later I would leave our meeting feeling inspired and knowing a little bit more about being a hooker — more on that later. Sharon’s story begins in Saskatchewan during the early 1960s, when she was a student at University of Saskatchewan. She was enrolled in the school’s nursing faculty, under the leadership of Dr. Hazel B. Keeler, who Down recalls as being “very progressive” for that time. “She was the best dean in the world,” Sharon said, “Wonderful and dynamic.” At the time, students had to ask permission to marry and remain in enrolled in the program. After some consideration, Dean Keeler replied with “I don’t see why not,” to Sharon’s request. A year later, 13 of Sharon’s classmates also married while in enrolled in the nursing program. Sharon graduated with her Bachelor of Science (Nursing) in 1965. “I was a registered nurse before I was considered a legal adult,” Sharon laughs. I saw a need and created a program Her nursing career was a rewarding one, beginning in northern Saskatchewan as a public health nurse. She was placed in an area that had been without access to regular, basic health care for approximately 10 years. Sharon recalls immunizing residents along lumber roads from the trunk of her car. She lived in a hotel, bringing regular health care to isolated families along a 70-kilometre stretch of road. Sharon says her most satisfying work was done in the Hudson Bay area. “I saw a need and created a program,” she says of her Red Cross outpost where she worked from — alone. She recalls holding post-natal clinics for new mothers from the hotel room where she lived. The fathers would wait in the hotel’s tavern while their wives and children saw Sharon for care. In 1965, Sharon and her husband, Glen, came to Ontario. Glen, a commercial pilot, took a position with Air Canada; the couple settled Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning

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