Inside WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY Waterloo | Brantford | Kitchener | Toronto Photo: Tomasz Adamski NOVEMBER 2012 Actor Colm Feore addresses the audience at Laurier’s fall convocation on Oct. 26. Feore received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree during the university’s afternoon ceremony. Celebrating long service at Laurier Together, Jan Basso and Juanne Clark have logged almost a century of service By Sandra Muir Forty years ago, students smoked in classrooms, and communication was limited to rotary telephones, typewriters and one-to-one conversations. Times have changed, and two Laurier employees have not only bore witness to these changes, they have grown professionally in ways they never anticipated. Jan Basso, director of Co-operative Education and Career Development, and Juanne Clarke, a sociology professor and graduate program director, recently celebrated their 40th anniversaries with Laurier. “It doesn’t seem like 40 years,” said Clarke. “I feel like every year is so different and I always seem to find something I want to do next.” Clarke moved to KitchenerWaterloo from Toronto in the early 1970s when her husband got a job at Conestoga College. Juanne Clark, left, and Jan Basso are each celebrating 40 years at Laurier. As a graduate student, she had done some marking and offered her skills to Laurier while she looked for a full-time job. The summer before she was supposed to start, the instructor for research methodologies cancelled and Clarke was offered the job. “I thought it would only be a year or two, but I started to really enjoy teaching,” said Clarke. “So I got my PhD and I was offered a full-time job at Laurier.” When she first started teaching, there were few women in academia, ashtrays were common in classrooms, and the university — called Waterloo Lutheran University at the time — would close every day for chapel at 10 a.m. for 30 minutes. The students were also very different. “Students today are very pragmatic and focused on career,” she said. “Many of them also have to work two and three jobs just to pay for their education.” There have also been big changes in career development for students. Basso, who was the first official employee of Laurier’s Career Development Centre, remembers having to type up job postings on cards that would go on a bulletin board in the Concourse. The job market is also very different. Long service see page 3 Your input needed for website renewal Wilfrid Laurier University has begun a website renewal process to develop a new institutional website that will feature state-ofthe-art functionality and a fresh design based on Laurier’s new visual identity. The renewal process involves two key phases. The first, which begins this fall, is a consultation/ research phase to assess the website needs of the Laurier community and to survey current state-of-the-art web design and technology. The second phase is the development of the new website, which will be based on the information gathered in the 5 6 A look at Homecoming highlights from the Brantford campus. Meet Julia Hendry, Archives and Special Collections librarian, and outdoor enthusiast. first phase and will begin in early 2013. Your input is essential. An organization as diverse as a university requires a website capable of accommodating a wide range of functionality. In order to understand your particular needs, we encourage you to share your thoughts and suggestions with us. To help us with this consultation and research, Laurier has hired mStoner Inc., an experienced web-strategy firm that specializes in post-secondary education. Website review see page 3 7 Shoshana Pollack studies the effects of incarceration on women.