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Bulletin FALL 2012

Deep roots The Atlantic Wine Institute exemplifies Acadia’s strong connections to community Pages 4-5

In Every Issue

Remember your days at Acadia?

From the Acadia President .......... 2 Eye on Acadia .............................. 4 Alumni Profiles .......................... 14 From the AAAU President ......... 23 Alumni News............................... 24

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Community connection Dr. David MacKinnon’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies is committed to improving the local region through community outreach.

Development............................... 28 Athletics....................................... 32 Class Notes.................................. 38 Acadia Remembers.................... 43

You arrived with determination and left with achievement. You met new people who would become mentors and lifelong friends. You became an integral part of our 174-year history.


Final Frame.................................. 44

Today, we have 3,500 students on our campus experiencing a journey similar to yours: they are learning, sharing, and preparing for a complex world. Thank you for showing them what is possible. Acadia exists because of people like you.

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Taking charge

Col. Tammy Harris was named the first female commander of CFB Borden in July, but says Acadia was the bridge to an outstanding career.

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Making a difference

A new award from Don Reed (’66) promotes a well-rounded approach to business and underscores the value of the Acadia Experience.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sending you information to help you remember Acadia – we hope you will share your experiences with us. In the meantime, enjoy this issue of the Bulletin.

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Epic victories! ON THE COVER: Director of the Atlantic Wine Institute Dr. Donna Sears (left) with research partner Tara Rowe from the NSCC Kingstec campus, at Gaspereau Vineyards in the Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia. Photo: Sandra Symonds

Although their championships were 60 years apart, teamwork and a winning attitude helped the 1951 and 2011-12 Acadia women’s basketball teams capture Maritime and AUS titles.



Fall 2012

Stand up and Cheer!

Editor Fred Sgambati (’83) Vice President, Advancement Rod Morrison Executive Director, Alumni Affairs and Advancement Strategy Ian Murray (’88) Advertising and Production Manager Sandra Symonds AAAU Board of Directors Hugh Bray (’75) Doug Jackson (’99) Geoff Irvine (’87) Charles Coll (’84) Chris Kavanagh (’75) Christine White (’97) Michelle Gerard (’88) Jeff Wright (’95) Kiersten Amos (’96) Gillian Latham (’92) Darren Macleod (’84) Malcolm Smith (’76) Meaghan Sim (’01) Angela Harris (’10) Collette O’Hara (’02) Scott MacIntyre (‘89) Paul MacIsaac (’88) Bev Richardson (’60) Matt Gray (’06) Suzanne Seaman (’97) Andrea Mosher (’03)


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e’ve all heard the expression that a rising tide lifts all boats, and for those of us that live on the shores of the Bay of Fundy it is a real-life phenomenon we experience twice a day, every day. But the essence of that expression – that positive momentum feeds more positive momentum – is evident in virtually every corner of Acadia’s campus these days, and we are drawing much of it directly from our day-to-day work in communities throughout the Annapolis Valley. This issue of the Bulletin touches on a few of the many examples of how the connection between students and faculty members with businesses and organizations in the Valley is having a positive and momentum-building effect on many sectors within our community. Acadia has a long history of ‘living beyond our walls’ and recent efforts to strengthen our connections with the local community are borne out of this same tradition. For instance, the Office of Industry and Community Engagement (ICE) has been instrumental in increasing the number and diversity of research partnerships with local business and industry. Our latest venture, the Centre for Rural Innovation has recently opened in newly renovated space in Patterson Hall and is already home to a new software company that is employing several of our computer science graduates. The interconnectedness between Acadia’s people – faculty, staff and students – and members of our community is one of the elements that distinguishes Acadia from other Canadian universities. We are, quite simply, able to offer a qualitatively different experience to students because much of the work we do on campus is driven by priorities that originate in the community around us. And, where our exceptional faculty are tackling problems that originate far away from Nova Scotia, they are often able to attract worldwide attention to Wolfville. In either case, our students are the beneficiaries because they are afforded opportunities to be directly involved in high quality research that is relevant to both their academic interests and the community. Our 2012-13 year is off to a great start – for the second year in a row, we led all Atlantic Canadian universities with a six per cent enrolment increase and, with the reopening of Cutten House, we now have the highest number of students living on campus than at any time in the past decade. We are, indeed, experiencing a rising tide at Acadia.

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Players gather at Institute’s table to grow regional wine industry Collaborative effort will create new networks and produce practical knowledge for consumers and producers

By Fred Sgambati (’83)


he new Atlantic Wine Institute at Acadia University has opened the door for a group of collaborators to maximize the opportunities that exist right now in the region’s burgeoning wine industry. The Atlantic Wine Institute is a multi-institutional initiative involving Acadia, the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC), St. Mary’s University, Holland College, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, and the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia, housed in the Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation (ACRI). The Institute’s goal is to support the Atlantic wine industry, from grape-growing through to wine production and areas of business. Industry and academics will identify opportunities, facilitate collaboration between partner institutions and researchers, coordinate outreach activities and disseminate information. This overarching sense of outreach and collaboration “touches all that we do at Acadia,” says Institute Director Dr. Donna Sears, a professor in Acadia’s F. C. Manning School of Business Administration who has done extensive work with Atlantic Canada’s wine industry. Her role as director is to facilitate collaborations that result in practical knowledge for consumers, producers, industry and the region as a whole. “There are an astounding number of wine-related projects already underway,” she says. “Researchers are doing work on the growing (viticulture) side; the



genetics of grapes and what grows well; climate; on the winemaking (eonology) side; and the business side of putting the wine in consumers’ hands.” Sears says there is an appetite for this kind of research and collaboration within the industry since projections suggest there will be 20 wineries with an anticipated value of $20 million in Nova Scotia by 2020. Similar growth is anticipated throughout the Atlantic region. “Applied research is useful to industry and the Institute transcends the idea of universities being exclusively theoretical places,” she adds. “One of the Institute’s mandates is extension - sharing knowledge with all of those interested - and the sky’s the limit.”

Sustainability the goal

Collaboration across institutions, and with industry, is already underway too. For example, prior to heading the Wine Institute, Sears worked with Tara Rowe (from the Nova Scotia Community College’s Kingstec campus) to build a profile of the Nova Scotia wine tourist and develop best practices that wineries in the region could share to improve their business models and enhance market profile. Collaboration is nothing new in her world and she says it has been gratifying to see the work translate into change for the businesses involved. Acadia is already a substantial presence in Nova Scotian and Atlantic Canadian communities and the Wine Institute “is another way to facilitate collaboration between industry, academics, and individual businesses. Our goal is to help make wineries more sustainable to facilitate rural development.”

Sears expects the process will unfold organically, “with all kinds of possibilities and potential, but I have no master plan for how it will all work. I find that exciting.” However, the network features structure and discipline. The Institute has a policy board of representatives from industry, industry organizations, educational institutions, experts, and relevant government bodies. A technical committee, which is a sub-committee of the policy board, meets more frequently and is, therefore, more involved in the day-to-day operation of the Institute. “If we can cultivate an environment in which people can learn - at industry and consumer levels - that’s a good start,” Sears says. “Connections help small universities to succeed; they are one of the advantages of a university like Acadia. We can help wineries to understand their customers better and provide products and wine experiences that are more and more attractive, increasing the appetite for local wine.” The concept of creating deeper community links fits, Sears says, “because the Institute touches so many diverse communities. For instance, it might bring together a new winery in New Brunswick with someone in Nova Scotia who has 20 or 30 years of experience. It also brings scientists and social scientists together to collaborate on research. The Institute will facilitate the growth of an industry that’s really on the cusp of great things, and that’s exciting.”

Gillian Mainguy, Project Manager at the Atlantic Wine Institute, with Institute Director Dr. Donna Sears and Research Assistant Duncan Ebata in the new Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation.



Eye on Acadia

Prime example of Acadia’s community-based, non-profit research efforts By Laura Churchill Duke (’98)


overing a total area of more than 1.5 million hectares, the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve (SNBR) spans Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne and Queens counties and is one of only 16 biosphere reserves in Canada. It includes rolling, river and glacial plains, hills, drumlins and coastal cliffs. It is home to many plant and animal species-at-risk. The SNBR also encompasses two special protected areas: Kejimkujik National Park and the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Right in the heart of the SNBR, in Kempt, Queens County, sits the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI), a communitybased, non-profit research, monitoring and educational centre with strong ties to Acadia. “My first interaction with this site,” says Dr. Tom Herman, Acadia’s VicePresident Academic and Professor of Biology, “goes back more than a decade.” The facility was used initially to house student researchers working on species-at-risk in and around Kejimkujik National Park, but Herman says, “we quickly realized there was potential and we

needed to do much more with the site.” Thus, Acadia University was one of the founding partners in the development of MTRI. It was incorporated in 2004 and began renting the existing building, which had previously housed Acadia students. Acadia purchased the building in 2006 and substantially renovated it in 2011. The Institute’s mission is to advance collaborative research and to monitor and manage the sustainable use of resources and biodiversity conservation in the SNBR. “MTRI provides facilities for researchers, is a community partner on funding proposals, and helps coordinate field studies on the ground,” says Institute Executive Director Amanda Lavers (’04). MTRI’s activities therefore encompass a wide range of projects. From species at risk research to aquatic connectivity, old-growth forestry research, our human dimensions and youth outreach, they conduct a variety of short term projects and ongoing programs. The work is conducted by visiting researchers from universities, colleges,

government, and community groups, as well as by MTRI staff. Volunteers, students and staff collaborate to conduct applied science research, grounded in and based upon community and management requirements. Acadia currently has both graduate and undergraduate students from the Department of Biology conducting research and doing field work at the Institute. The educational and research impact of the MTRI reaches well beyond location and facility. “It allows students working in the field to be part of a community of researchers and to experience projects and perspectives that they would not experience if they were on their own,” says Dr. Steve Mockford, (’96), an Acadia Biology professor and Chair of the MTRI’s Board of Directors. “As an example, during the active research season we meet with others involved in the conservation of a variety of species and coordinate activities and resources. This maximizes the experience for students as well as ensuring the optimal use of increasingly scarce research resources.” Not only has the MTRI continued to expand its influence with the research community, it acts also as a trendsetter and a showcase for green technologies appropriate for local communities and industries. Recently, the building was expanded and the renovation incorporated several green technologies including geothermal heating, solar water heating, solar space heating, and wind energy. Jesse Saroli (’09) was project coordinator for this green technology project. “Besides from the Board of Directors, we also got advice about the renovation project by being a case study for a course at the NSCC campus in Middleton,” Lavers says. “The footprint of the Institute is one of influence,

Eye on Acadia

The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute

not consumption,” Herman adds. The MTRI is a key driver for the economic future of the area. The renovated Community Room now serves as a space where people in the region can come together. In the long term, the lab space and updated equipment will increase MTRI’s capacity for collaboration with local landowners and businesses on research initiatives. The additional space will enhance MTRI’s capacity for hosting training workshops, university and school groups, and other public events, bringing people and dollars into the community. The MTRI is a shining example of Acadia’s community partnership philosophy and illustrates the University’s strong commitment to communitycentered research. That commitment is evidenced by the many students who have worked at and projects that have been supported by the Institute; by the two members of the Acadia community (Herman and Mockford) who serve on the Board; alumnus and former Board Chair Tom Sheppard (’66); by the Executive Directorship being held by an Acadia Alumna (Lavers); and by several other Acadia graduates who are serving or have served as staff members, including Saroli (’09) and Brennan Caverhill (‘03). “The future for MTRI is bright, particularly because of the people involved,” Sheppard says. “It seems to have touched a nerve in terms of its ability to carry out research projects for Kejimkujik, government, universities and colleges and private industry. Because of the quality of its work and its flexibility, I think it will continue to grow as a research institute.” For more information about the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, visit

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‘Acadia has been huge for me’: MacKinnon By Fred Sgambati (’83)

Office of Research and Graduate Studies contributes to betterment of local region


hen Dr. David MacKinnon goes to work each day as Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Acadia University, he always asks himself one question: “How do we, as an institution, contribute to the betterment of our local region?” It’s not necessarily a question one would associate with his role as an academic or administrator, but it is indicative of a mindset at Acadia that strives to produce well-rounded students and provide practical experiences that will enable them to graduate as community builders and leaders. MacKinnon suggests there is trans-disciplinary expertise at Acadia that few other universities offer. Students have tremendous opportunities to do research that connects them with local communities. “Many students are looking for opportunities to develop marketable skills,” he says. “There is an increasing role for this office, and I think Research and Graduate Studies has a more prominent profile than in the past.” He cited as examples the research being done at the new Acadia Tidal Energy Institute and the Atlantic Wine Institute. Each has deep connections to local and regional stakeholders, operates on a collaborative, consultative model and engages faculty and students equally in work that not only has a theoretical basis, but practical application.

No ivory towers

Tidal power, he adds, has impact on communities in the Bay of Fundy, and Acadia has expertise that no one else in the country has. “That research isn’t just about science and engineering. It’s about community and community impact. Tidal power goes beyond local. It’s global and if we, over time, distinguish areas in which we have significant capacity, those sorts of things will influence what we offer students here.” MacKinnon makes no bones about saying that undergraduate students at Acadia have research opportunities that other schools’ Masters students don’t have. “Our students are involved directly in research that develops very marketable skills, and many of them are sought after when they graduate.” There are no ivory towers at Acadia. In fact, just the opposite. Faculty and students work side-by-side; entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged; and the doors are open for business. MacKinnon cited the Office of



Industry and Community Engagement (ICE), a division of Research and Graduate Studies, which serves as Acadia’s primary point of contact for industry, government, and community groups interested in research collaborations and outreach activities. ICE also assists in the commercialization of technologies developed by faculty members at Acadia, and promotes and manages intellectual property awareness and protection. It is a portal that enables people to connect very quickly with Director Leigh Huestis and her team. “They have done a tremendous amount of work responding to opportunities or inquiries externally and also making faculty aware of those inquiries.” University President Ray Ivany’s commitment and leadership and that of VP Academic Tom Herman and faculty have created an environment at Acadia that celebrates entrepreneurism and its relationship with the student research experience. “As a small university, we have always been imbedded in our community,” MacKinnon says. “Now, as an institution, we need to ask: what do we name as areas in which we look to make a difference to the socio/economic benefit? That’s framed in my mind, and that’s where we are going.” However, also as a small university, MacKinnon says there is a struggle with the amount of funding available. Alumni, he suggests, have an important role to play, “and not just as cheerleaders. There is a tremendous opportunity to connect with the university and see it as a resource. “It’s not just a place where you went to get a degree and hopefully had a great experience. It is a place that can figure more prominently in their work lives, depending on what the work is, and they may be able to play a role with students in either a research or consulting capacity.” It’s a wonderful way to give back and a perfect fit for Acadia’s outreach mandate. “We have to be, as an institution, identifying where we can have local impact, and that’s what makes it exciting to be here right now and to work with Ray and Tom and others who are so supportive. If we can increase the service profile and help internally and externally to raise that profile, then I’ll have done my job,” MacKinnon says with a smile. For more, please visit the Office of Research and Graduate Studies website:

Photo: Sandra Symonds

By Fred Sgambati (’83)

Dr. David MacKinnon, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Acadia.

As a child, Dr. David MacKinnon used to play on the Acadia campus and even though he did doctoral work elsewhere, Wolfville has always been home. His parents moved to Wolfville from Kingston, N.S. when he was two-and-a-half years old. He attended Wolfville School, which went to Grade 11 then, and went to the old Horton High for Grade 12. However, he remembers being on campus all the time: tobogganing down hills in winter and climbing chestnut trees for fun in the summer. “As a kid growing up,” he says, “the University was huge.” He has quite a family connection to the University, too: two aunts (Marjorie Bucknam – SEM; Doris Buchan ’42); his mother Bliss (Horton Academy); sister Janet (’63); and daughter Beth (2000) all attended and/or graduated from Acadia. Although he has three degrees from Acadia (BSc, BEd, MEd), MacKinnon was reluctant initially to commit to a university education. He wanted to go out on the gypsum boats from Hantsport instead because “I didn’t see myself as a very good student. I applied because my mother talked me into it and, once I considered university, I never considered anywhere else other than Acadia.” MacKinnon started in mathematics in 1969. He switched in his second year to geology after discussions with Dr. George Stevens. “I got my degree in geology,” MacKinnon says, “then my Education and Masters. Through Acadia, I learned to see myself as a student and eventually doing academic work. It helped me to develop the confidence to be who I am today.” After an eight-year stint as a junior/senior high teacher in Digby County, MacKinnon returned to Acadia to do his MEd. Through strong mentoring and the encouragement of Drs. David Muttart and John Sumarah, he considered doctoral work. He went to Alberta, obtained his PhD, but wasn’t sure he wanted to come back to his hometown to teach. Family was a determining factor “but I also have a huge love for Acadia and, in hindsight, it was a great thing to do. Acadia has been huge for me.” MacKinnon has been a faculty member since 1988. He is currently in his fifth year as Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, the first three years of that as Acting Dean. ACADIA BULLETIN Fall 2012



Research opportunities with a community connection

A university such as Acadia, with its long history and significant contribution of high quality liberal education for the people of Nova Scotia, the Maritimes and far beyond, should have means of maintaining records and collections of its heritage,” says Ralph Taylor (’61), member of the Gallery Advisory Board. “Thankfully, Acadia has an important archival collection relating to its history and has also been collecting art for over 100 years.” The Acadia Art Gallery has been and continues to be an important part of Acadia University. “It helps to create a wider experience of learning outside the classroom,” says curator Laurie Dalton (’01). “It is a different way to be connected to Acadia and bridges with the community to bring people together to think about visual literacy.” The art collection began with the commemorative portraits of University founders and presidents commissioned by the Governors of Acadia in the 19th century. Although various pieces had been donated to the University, a formal Art Gallery was not established until 1978 through the initiative of Ian James (Head of the Art Department); Helen Beals (Former Head of the Art Department); and Acadia President Dr. James Perkin, then Dean of Arts. Today there are over 2,000 pieces in the permanent collection with a particular focus on international works on paper (printmaking) and Maritime artists. Dalton says she is a steward of the collection. Part of her role is to ensure that the collection is well documented, researched and catalogued; to help decide which pieces from the collection should be exhibited;



and to oversee the loan of pieces to other galleries for their exhibits.

Makes a contribution

With the extensive focus on research at the Gallery, many honours and graduate students have used the collection as part of their theses. “The collection is not merely there for decoration,” Dalton notes, “but is created intentionally to contribute to the academics of the University.” Much of the Acadia collection is the result of alumni donations. In particular, many pieces in the Alex Colville collection were donated by Constance Hayward (’27); the collection of 19th century prints were contributed by William Morse (1897); and the Inuit sculptures came through the generosity of Arthur Rogers (’15). “Walter Abell (’27), fine arts professor, added significantly to the art collection by obtaining works of regional artists,” Taylor says. When the Gallery opened, Hayward was instrumental in establishing an endowment fund to acquire more art. This has since transformed into the Friends of the Gallery Fund that is used to support special long-term projects and facility upgrades. Alumni can contribute to the Gallery in several ways. If anyone is interested in donating a piece, contact the Gallery to find out how it might fit with the collection. Alumni can contribute also to the Friends of the Gallery Fund or designate funds to sponsor an exhibition or community art program. Additionally, the Gallery is always looking for volunteers to help with research or with special events.

Photo: Laura Churchill Duke

Eye on Acadia

By Laura Churchill Duke (’98)

Eye on Acadia

From the Vault: Acadia Art Gallery more than mere decoration

“In the future, the Gallery will continue to be a valuable resource to the University community: as a teaching, study and research centre in addition to its role of exhibiting interesting and thoughtprovoking displays of artworks from its collection, including regional and national sources,” Taylor says. “The University, alumni and, to some degree, the wider community need to continue to work together to ensure the viability and the vitality of the institution in maintaining, collecting and exhibiting art.” To contact the Gallery, please visit: Acadia_Art_Gallery/Welcome. html; phone: 902-585-1373; e-mail:; or write: Acadia University Art Gallery Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

Laurie Dalton, Curator, Acadia Art Gallery.



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Eye on Acadia

Eye on Acadia

Cutten is back – better than ever! By Stephanie Brown


he Cutten House Council and RA team had their work cut out for them this year during Frosh Week. They were given the task of creating a welcoming environment and house spirit in a residence that has not been lived in for the past four years. Cutten has been under construction for the past four years, with rumour and speculation about when it would reopen and be part of the Acadia campus again. This year, Cutten has reopened and stands in all its glory as Acadia’s newest re-addition to campus. The four-year hiatus means that there aren’t many students at Acadia who remember Cutten’s reputation or spirit. Megan Belliveau, Cutten Senior Residence Assistant said, “as a team of RAs and House Council members, we are thoroughly enjoying our time working with the students as we reintroduce Cutten House to the Acadia Campus. It has been great to meet everyone, hear their stories and learn what they have to offer in our emerging and vibrant community.” This Cutten is not only shiny and new, it has endless possibilities of what atmosphere it will bring to the Acadia community. Each residence is known to have its own unique society and reputation, and the Cutten Titans are a refreshing addition to the group. The doors being opened in Cutten means more living space for students and more chances for incoming students to have a place to live that suits them.



Extremely excited

The people who live in Cutten are extremely excited to be in a new, unexplored residence. The Cutten Titans were ready and raring to go for Frosh Week and the win they took home in the Mock Olympics impressed many, showing their willingness to prove to Acadia what they have to offer. Eric Sampson, an RA in Cutten commented, “the scary thing about a new residence is that there’s no established culture; it really is a clean slate. But there are so many new people all at once that Cutten won’t just become ‘a party res’ or ‘a quiet res’ or any other one single thing. There are so many different kinds of people here that it feels balanced. As an RA, I saw our new students come together on the final day of cheering to pull out a spectacular victory at Mock Olympics. The house pride that’s here already, for this house that’s brand new to all of us, has been unbelievable.” Acadia newcomer Ryker Titus said, “the spirit of the frosh was well represented at the Mock Olympics; the electricity in the air made it feel so welcoming and energetic. I hope it carries on throughout the year, which I am sure it will.” The sky is the limit for Cutten as its residents embark on a new, sometimes scary journey of making their mark and leaving a legacy for all future Titans to fill. Acadia welcomes Cutten back with open arms.

Left: On hand to celebrate the reopening of Cutten House (left to right): Wesley Smith, Cutten Resident Assistant; Megan Beliveau, Senior Resident Assistant of Cutten House; ASU President Matt Rios; Kings South MLA Ramona Jennex; and University President Ray Ivany. Above: In August, Cutten girls Alanna Nelson McPhee (’98), Stephanie Hines (’97), Heather George-Worthington (’97), Kate Englehart-MacDonald (’97), Nadine Linthorne Symonds (’97), Kelly Cotter (’98) and Christine White (’97) met in Brookfield, Nova Scotia for a cottage weekend with their families. Celebrating in true Acadia-style, a good time was had by all and they are already planning the 2013 reunion!



Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Alumna dishes on impressive collection of Evangeline china By Fred Sgambati (’83)

Left her speechless

It wasn’t terribly well-known then and she thought, although very pretty, it would probably make a nice kitchen set and not much more. Her heart was set on Minton or Royal Doulton, which she describes as the big names at the time. But the more she looked at the Evangeline pattern the more appealing it was and she finally purchased six place settings. Dinner plates were a dollar each back then compared to the $80-100 a plate it might fetch today, so she asked the people at Palmeter’s to put aside the set and she would retire the debt on layaway. Meanwhile, she carried on with her life, moving to Ontario in the fall of 1959. In the interim, things changed at Palmeter’s; he sold the business and his name around 1960, and McCuaig’s parents received a call asking that they come and collect two boxes of china. They did, and stored it in their attic for about three years. McCuaig returned to Nova Scotia for a visit in 1963 and suggested to her mother before heading home that she might as well take the china. They loaded the two parcels, drove to Ontario in a Volkswagen and unwrapped them in her Toronto apartment. 14


What she saw left her speechless. There was six of everything, all right: dinner and dessert plates; luncheon and bread-and-butter plates; fruit nappies; cups and saucers. But added to the collection were a covered honey/jam jar, a covered mustard pot she swears she didn’t purchase, six coffee mugs, two different-sized meat platters, two open vegetable dishes, salt and pepper shakers, a gravy boat with saucer, a teapot and a cream and sugar set. There was also a set of six knives and forks with china handles plus a bread knife and a cake knife, also with china handles. She can only speculate on this unexpected embarrassment of riches and how it came to be in that box. Regardless, “my mother and I were floored,” she says. “Both of us were very surprised and quite thrilled.” She discovered also that sometime afterward, during the late ‘60s or early ‘70s, Staffordshire discontinued the pattern and broke the molds, which increased consumer appeal. “As the years went on, I became more and more fond of this china,” and she has amassed an impressive collection. Estimated value about 10 years ago was between $3,000-4,000, but today? “Who knows?” McCuaig says. “A lot of people have never seen or even heard of it, but I love the remarks from people when they do. I’m very proud of it.” She’s careful with it, too, of course, but enjoys bringing it out and showing it to people. “There needs to be a love of this china to look after it and preserve it,” she suggests, although she’s at a point in her life when she thinks now and then that she should sell it. Still, that’s more a passing fancy than anything. “I’d be bereft if I sold it,” she says emphatically. “If I opened that cupboard and didn’t see that china, I’d be very sad.” She has considered donating a place setting each to Grand-Pre National Historic Site and Acadia for display purposes, but hasn’t approached either organization formally to explore the matter. For now, it’s something she cherishes even if she doesn’t pursue individual pieces as ardently as she once did. However, she adds, with a casual wave and a broad smile, “if the cream soups (with the handles on the side) or a coffee pot came up, I might get into it.” Undoubtedly. That’s what happens when you’re in love.

Above: Maxine McCuaig (’59) proudly displays a portion of her Evangeline’s Acadian Gardens china. She has collected the unique pieces faithfully for the past 40 years. Below: Other pieces included a teapot, cup and saucer and cream/sugar set, and a full place setting for breakfast, complete with cutlery whose handles are made of Evangeline’s Acadian Gardens china.

Photos: Fred Sgambati


t started with an engagement and blossomed into a 40-year love affair with a china pattern that is both strikingly beautiful and increasingly rare. Maxine McCuaig’s (’59) interest in Evangeline’s Acadian Gardens china made in Staffordshire, England started when she was in her last year at Acadia University. She got engaged (though didn’t marry the gentleman) and conversation turned eventually to the traditional things young couples considered: china and crystal. “My mother kept saying, ‘Go and look at the Evangeline’s Acadian Gardens,’” McCuaig says. The pattern was commissioned by G.R. Palmeter, who owned Palmeter’s Jewellery in Kentville and is renowned for his commissioning of the distinctive Apple Blossom design as well. McCuaig says Mr. Palmeter owned a large country home just outside Kentville that served as a showroom of sorts in the summer. She would visit this magnificent place, which was filled, she recalls, with the most beautiful pieces. People from all over Canada and the United States would go there to buy china and that’s where she encountered Evangeline’s Acadian Gardens.



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Acadia a bridge to outstanding career By Fred Sgambati (’83)



“I remember the profs were good, the students were good. All good memories,” she says.

Diversity of cultures

Most importantly for her subsequent career choice, Harris says that Acadia provided exposure to a diversity of cultures. Growing up in the area, she says you tended to know all the same kids “and you lived in an enclosed, safe community. The best thing I took away from Acadia was to embrace diversity and to learn from, celebrate and embrace differences. That was a great learning experience for me.” She noted as well the influence of professors like Ed Eagles in English, and Jeanette Auger and Jim Sacouman in Sociology. Eagles, for instance, would go off on tangents during his lectures that initially seemed to go nowhere, but Harris realized years later that those so-called digressions, as Eagles described them, were useful teaching tools. Auger taught her that there are no barriers if you believe you can do something, and Sacouman’s ‘EIJA’ life model proved to be one of the triggers that led Harris to the military. EIJA is an acronym for experience, insight, judgment and action, and it made Harris realize that she didn’t have a whole lot of life experience at that point. Although she went on to earn a Sociology degree, she knew that a career in the military would provide the expansive life experience she sought.

Positive message

“The Sociology degree made me a better leader,” she says. “It taught me to look at things differently, to be a better listener, and throughout my career it has benefitted me greatly.” Every posting, she adds, has offered something special. “I learned a long time ago that if you want to be in the Canadian Forces, leadership is a skill you have to hone every day. You have to be open to learn, see things differently and adapt to situations.”

Photo: Sgt. Paul MacGregor © 2012 DND/MND Canada


ol. Tammy Harris (’87) may have grown up in rural Nova Scotia, but this rising star in the Canadian military has not forgotten her roots or the pivotal role Acadia University played in her success. Harris, a 45-year-old stepmother of three young women aged 17, 20 and 22, became the first female commander of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden in Ontario in July 2012. The appointment caps a career that began as an air traffic controller in 1987 and has advanced significantly over the past 25 years into progressive levels of endeavour and responsibility. She has had postings in Europe and Afghanistan, where she was chief planner for NATO on the Kandahar Airfield and Base in 2009; was involved in the aftermath of the Swiss Air 111 disaster while Chief Controller of the tower at 12 Wing Shearwater; was Wing Operations Officer at 15 Wing Moose Jaw; and later appointed Commander of 9 Wing Gander in Newfoundland to name only a few accomplishments in her extensive resumé. But Nova Scotia was the starting point. Harris grew up in the Glenmont/Baxter’s Harbour area, attended Glooscap Elementary School and then Cornwallis District High School in Canning. She says she had conversations with recruiters in high school about a career in the military, but thought her calling might be in social work, helping people. In that regard, she wasn’t too far from the mark. Like most high school students in the region at the time, Acadia was a beacon of opportunity. “It was the university I saw,” Harris says. “It had an excellent reputation and was a diverse university with a smalltown feel. Like most campuses, it was very vibrant; there was lots going on.” Harris recalled residence life in Cutten House, enjoying Saturday afternoon football games at Raymond Field and the healthy competition between Acadia and other Nova Scotia schools, notably SMU.

Photo at left: Colonel Tammy Harris accepts the Ceremonial Sword from the presiding officer, Major General Pierre Forgues, during the Change of Command Ceremony between her and the outgoing Commanding Officer (CO) Brigadier General Louis Meloche on Friday, July 6, 2012.

She says her new role at CFB Borden is indicative of this. “It’s reflective of Canada and where we are in the Canadian Forces. Being the first female commander is great, but it’s not as important to me as it is to other people.” She adds that she has the support of her husband, Brig.-General Shane Brennan, and a fantastic team at Borden that help her run a very complex operation. Her appointment illustrates that “the choices are yours, the decisions you make are yours. You can take control of your path based on your abilities.” It’s a positive message for men and women

everywhere that has its roots in Wolfville. Harris says Acadia “was the bridge to go from a small town where you grew up with same kids (to a bigger world). It gave me a voice to get out there, that my opinions mattered. It was kind of a proving ground and when I went into Basic Officer Training, it wasn’t scary. “All universities should give kids a certain confidence about who they are and where they want to go. Acadia still has the same values and traditions it started with, and that I hold dear. It is the best university in the world and I couldn’t be prouder that I graduated from Acadia.”



Photos courtesy of the Kinsman family

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Kinsman family tree: deep roots and enduring ties that span 100 years By Laura Churchill Duke (’98)


n the fall of 1912, little did freshman Fred Kinsman from Lakeville, Nova Scotia know that he was planting a family tree that Acadia soil would nourish for the next 100 years. Soon after, a second offshoot – the Campbell tree – was planted when Cecilia (Bradshaw) Campbell (’29) and her sister Emma (Bradshaw) Holman (’30) came to Acadia. The two stocks joined when Fred’s son Gordon (student in 1944) married Virginia (Campbell) Kinsman (’52). Throughout the last one hundred years, the Kinsman-Campbell branches have distinguished themselves in athletics, extracurricular activities and the workplace. Fred Kinsman played rugby for the Acadia team that took the Eastern Canadian Championship in 1912. His son Eric (’48), also a rugby player, was team captain and later inducted into the Acadia Hall of Fame. Son Gordon (student in 1944) was a goalie for the varsity hockey team, with his brother Eric on left wing. Cecilia and Emma were on the ground hockey team, and Emma also played basketball and was on the swim team. Cecilia’s son Mel Campbell (’58) played on the rugby team and is purported to have cofounded Acadia’s curling team. He too was inducted into the Acadia Hall of Fame as a member of the 1955 Maritime Intercollegiate Rugby Championship team. Cecilia’s grandson Neil Kinsman (’80) played football and was inducted into Hall of Fame as part of the 1976-77 team. Her great-grandson, Greg Kinsman (’10), was another football player. The Kinsman-Campbell clan was involved in other aspects of life at Acadia. Mel was president of the student union; Virginia was on the student council, as was Jennifer Meacher (’85), Virginia’s niece. Ethel (Verge) Kinsman (’22), wife of Fred Kinsman, left a lasting legacy at Acadia as Dean of Women, and later as a member of the Board of Governors. Despite the family tradition, Acadia was never forced upon anyone. Neil says, “my parents let me



make the decision. There was no influence or pressure given the ties.” However, after learning more about the family connections, the decision was obvious. “After applying to Acadia is when I started to draw some of my Acadia connections,” Neil says. “It gave me a better sense of place and reinforced my decision. I’d be attending a school other family members had attended.” In other words, Acadia just made sense. Class banners are an important part of the Kinsman family story. Virginia won her class of 1952 banner for having the youngest baby at their 10-year reunion! Cecilia won her 1929 banner and her sister Emma the 1930 banner. These have since been donated back to Acadia. Neil thought it would be unique to hang his mother’s 1952 banner in his residence room. “It was a great conversation piece, with the eventual question: Where, or how, did I get it? Translated to mean, did you steal it from the dining hall, where most other banners hang?” A custodian eventually noticed the unique decoration. He called administration, who then called the RCMP to investigate the matter, but nothing came of it. To honour the tradition of these families’ ties to Acadia, the Ethel (Verge) Kinsman and Frederick Borden Kinsman Scholar Bursaries were established in 2003 by Eleanor (Kinsman) Veague (’48) in honour of her parents. The bursary is for Kings County residents showing academic abilities and a demonstrated need. “This is a small way to give back to allow others that same opportunity of education,” Neil says. “It’s always easier to follow a path someone else has broken before you.” Although Acadia has changed somewhat since Fred Kinsman first arrived, the institutional values have not. Neil says, “we have had diverse yet similar family encounters with Acadia over the past 100 years,” and it’s this enduring sense of homecoming and tradition that recommends the campus to generations and continually encourages people to keep coming back.

Above: The Acadia Freshman Football Team, 1912. Fred Kinsman is in the top row, last man on the right-hand side Right: Cecilia (Bradshaw) Campbell, sixth from the top on the left, Class of 1925.



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Still vibrant 50 years on Generosity, remembrance and friendship mark the Class of 1962’s 50th Reunion weekend By Rachel Cooper (’89)

Honouring friends

For the Class of ’62, three events stood out. On Saturday morning, a plaque was unveiled at the Athletic Complex to commemorate the Class of 1962’s gift of an accessibility ramp leading to Raymond Field. The plaque was donated by family and friends in memory of Zilla (Zee) Crouch Smith, Class of 1963, who died in 2008. “Although Zee was in the Class of 1963, almost all of us knew her, and she was a shining light in her university days and all through her life,” says Grace (Atwater) Beazley, Life Vice-President. Later, on the University Hall West Lawn, a linden tree was planted in memory of Class of 1962 members who had died in the 50 years since graduation. Life President Bob Cooke, who passed away in 2011 during the planning process for the 2012 Reunion, orchestrated the choice of tree and put the plans in



motion with Acadia’s Physical Plant. A Bachelor of Arts graduate in Geology, Cooke worked for Parks Canada and was a keen and devoted class leader for 49 years through six reunions. Then, at the Alumni Dinner in the Fountain Commons Learning Centre, the Class of 1962 presented a $62,000 donation to Acadia University. The money established the Class of 1962 Memorial Scholar Bursary for students in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. An unexpected legacy from Dr. Lloyd White of Nanaimo, BC, added $50,000 to the class fund, enough to provide a second scholar-bursary.

Members of the Classes of 1952 and 1962 shared the Reunion Cup, awarded for highest percentage of returnees to Spring Reunion 2012.

Making it happen

In 2009, Cooke began the reunion planning with two goals: to plant a tree in memory of classmates who had died; and to raise $50,000 for the university. This sum was later revised to $62,000 to match the class year. When Cooke became ill and died in January 2011, Beazley, as Life Vice-President, stepped in. “For me it wasn’t all that hard, because all I had to do was pick up the ball, so to speak, and run with it,” she says. Beazley is being modest. In January, 2011, the bulk of the planning was still to be done. She recruited classmates and a dedicated committee was soon putting together an ambitious reunion weekend. She speaks warmly of the staff at the Office of Alumni Affairs for their help and guidance. “Planning a reunion takes a team effort, and the team is really the people at the Alumni Office and the class,” she says. The Alumni staff makes on-site arrangements in advance, but they’re also working on the actual weekend to ensure everything runs smoothly. Of 118 active Class of 1962 members, 32 attended. “The turnout was really nice,” Beazley says. “And the people who came, they were all so happy they came.”

Photos: Fred Sgambati


o measure the success of the Class of 1962’s 50th Reunion, you need only read some of the comments from those who attended. “A major success” and “well planned and perfectly executed” are just two of the compliments showered on the organizers after Convocation Weekend, May 11–13, 2012. Small wonder. Acadia’s Class of 1962 packed their 50th Reunion Weekend with lively events as well as generosity and warmth. The Reunion Weekend also hosted the classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957 and 1972. Festivities began late Friday with a celebration of the Acadia Light Opera Society, followed by various class receptions and gatherings. Saturday saw the AGM of the Associated Alumni of Acadia University, a Meet and Greet with Chancellor Libby Burnham (’60) and President Ray Ivany, and that evening the Alumni Dinner. On Sunday, a Reunion Service in the Manning Memorial Chapel was followed by a farewell lunch.

Laura Jackson (Peggy Dexter) read a poem and hugged the linden tree planted to commemorate those members of the Class of 1962 who have died in the 50 years since graduation.

Grace Beazley, Life Vice-President, Class of 1962.




Suzanne Seaman Suzanne Seaman graduated from Acadia University in 1997 with a Bachelor in Business Administration. She was very involved in campus life during her years at Acadia, serving as President of A.C.E., executive member of the Graduation Committee and S.M.A.R.T.T. (Students Maintaining Alumni Relations Through Teamwork), and a volunteer with S.M.I.L.E. Following graduation, Suzanne traveled abroad and returned to P.E.I. to work for her family business, Seaman’s Beverages. After a few years of working in the marketing department, helping to launch their private labels into new markets, Suzanne opted to gain experience outside the family business. She moved to Toronto, where she worked as an Account Manager for an advertising agency,

Brandworks International. After several years of working with various brands including RBC, Nikon, Neilson Dairy, The Globe and Mail, Ontario Hydro and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Suzanne opted to further her studies. She moved to Ottawa, where she studied in sciences, specifically ecology and animal science. She founded her own business, PlanetLove, which married her love of animals and sustainability. The business focused on the development and marketing of eco-chic, therapeutic products for dogs. Shortly after developing her product line, Suzanne and her partner, Jack Eaton (also an Acadia graduate), welcomed their son, Oliver Eaton. Since the birth of their son in 2008, Suzanne has committed herself to being a stay-at-home mom. She continues to work with local Acadia alumni to strengthen relations and volunteers with other community groups. She relishes her time with family and friends, hikes in the Gatineaus and sneaks to the barn to visit her horses whenever she can.

Beverley Richardson Beverley (Trites) Richardson, a member of the Class of 1960, studied secretarial science with a music minor. She was involved in the Acadia Choral Society, Acadia Orchestra (violin), NFCUS, SCM, PC Party, cheerleading, and served as a monitor for Horton Academy girls in Seminary. Beverley entered and graduated from Victoria General Hospital in Halifax from the three-year nursing program then married Dick Currie, whom she met on the Acadia basketball court. The couple has three daughters and eight grandchildren. Beverley nursed private duty for cancer patients in Saint John, N.B., where she was involved with Acadia Alumni (19621968). The couple moved to Boston when Dick attended Harvard Business School, and opened a premature nursery at the Cambridge Hospital. Years later, Beverley and her family settled in Toronto, where she continued to be involved with Acadia Alumni. She was involved also with volunteer work at her girls’ school, grief and bereavement counseling at her church, and fundraising events. Beverley helped take the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Choir to England and Scotland, arranging all



venues and accommodations prior to the trip. She was the Editor for Crafts for J.A.M. magazine for young people for three years. Beverley traveled extensively, enjoying many Pro-Am golf tournaments along the way. In 1988, she married Acadia grad Grant Richardson, moving to Truro, where he taught Physics and Math. Grant took a year study leave in England, returning to Truro, and set up a 4.5 star Bed and Breakfast (The Silver Firs) which operated for nine years. Special guests included Prime Minister Kim Campbell, a Four-Star General, Vienna String Quartet, and more. In addition, the company catered to wedding parties. Beverley worked on many church boards and the Colchester Hospital Foundation. In 2000, Beverley moved to Wolfville. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, needlework, and painting in watercolour and acrylics. Beverley has been busy for the past four years organizing “Friends of Lucas” as a financial support system for pianist Lucas Porter. She keeps busy on the Board of Landmark East and the Valley Regional (Hospice) Foundation as well as involved in Wolfville Baptist Church organizations. She is presently the President of the Social and Benevolent Society, which organizes and prepares for all church receptions, teas and dinners, including the Divinity College. Beverley is looking forward to serving on the Associated Alumni of Acadia University’s Board of Directors.

Alumni have key role in outreach effort This edition of the Bulletin considers Acadia’s deepening community links and how the University is expanding its reach into areas some people might not necessarily associate with a postsecondary institution. This aspect of outreach and collaboration has long been the norm at Acadia through, for example, our century-old Bay of Fundy tidal power research, but it has been underscored recently by Acadia’s Office of Industry and Community Engagement (ICE), the newly inaugurated Centre for Rural Innovation and the Atlantic Wine Institute. Each is predicated on a wonderful balance between theoretical and applied research, and industry players are starting to stand up and take notice. No big surprise there. Acadia has a long and stellar tradition of educational excellence that has always been ahead of the curve. It offers a rare experience that stacks up favourably against the ‘bigger is better’ trend, and many alumni tell me that the personalized education they received at Acadia was the perfect foundation upon which to build their lives and careers. Our Association is blessed with active and engaged alumni, and I’m proud to be part of the impressive roster of men and women who have taken the tools provided at Acadia and used them to establish enduring community links that stand as testimonials to the value of the Acadia experience. These local, regional and international leaders represent themselves and the University with dignity and grace, serving as de facto ambassadors for Acadia. They are game-changers and innovators, and persistently trace their success back to Acadia’s remarkable on-campus experience. It’s a process come full circle: faculty and students work together to produce innovative results that have an impact well beyond but fully representative of the Acadia community. They deliver concrete results that industry and entrepreneurs can apply to grow businesses, employ people and support local economies. It’s the essence of networking. I can sum it up in one word – momentum. Acadia is rolling right now, extending its reach beyond its walls


Close-up: Meet members of the AAAU Board!

to people and communities that will experience the University in new and exciting ways. What you are reading today is part of that process. The Bulletin has reported on Acadia achievements for more than a hundred years and will continue to chronicle the outstanding accomplishments of Acadia faculty, staff and alumni as we move into next year and the University’s 175th anniversary celebrations. I look forward to the journey and think it’s going to be one heck of a ride. All aboard! Finally, I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to acknowledge the passing of two prominent members of our Acadia family: Dr. Raylene Rankin and Dr. Millard Cherry. Both lived with gusto, honour and uncommon grace, and stood for all members of our alumni community as prime examples of the Acadia spirit. Dr. Rankin distinguished herself, with her brothers John Morris and Jimmy and sisters Heather (’89) and Cookie (’89), as a musical force to be reckoned with in the hugely successful recording group, the Rankin Family. Individually and collectively, they were outstanding international ambassadors for Cape Breton, the province of Nova Scotia and Acadia University. Cherry, as he was known, personified what Acadia is all about. He was a devoted scholar and warm human being who had a genuine interest in students, faculty and staff. He was Dean of Theology from 1963-1971 and the first Principal of Acadia Divinity College, but many remember him also as a staunch and enthusiastic supporter of Acadia’s various athletic teams. Cherry was considered by many to be Acadia’s number one fan over the past 40 years and, in 2011, he was inducted as a Builder into Acadia’s Sports Hall of Fame. We will miss them both, and offer condolences to their respective families on behalf of their many friends in the Acadia community. Hugh Bray (’75) President Associated Alumni of Acadia University

Nominations open for 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations must be submitted by November 30th, 2012 and forms are available at under the heading ‘2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination Form’.





Acadia Recreation Program 40th Anniversary Reunion: solid as a rock By Oonagh Proudfoot (’93)


he 40th anniversary this year of the Recreation Program at Acadia University was a celebration of the outstanding work, impact, research and passion of the program, graduates and current students. Approximately 150 people returned to the Acadia campus for five days in May (May 23-27, 2012) to share information, fond memories and embrace the conference and reunion theme of Community, Collaboration and Celebration. There were numerous professional presentations about the work that our graduates do in the local area and world beyond. Panels of professionals presented various opinions on important topics in the field of recreation and leisure. There were numerous leisure opportunities both on and off campus and several individual examples of rekindling and reminiscing. Pictured here are Laurie Winder (1980) and Janet Margeson (1980) holding a piece of rock from the steps in front of University Hall. While here for the reunion, they and three other classmates - Kate Friars, Victoria Harwood, and Elaine Kenny, all from the class of 1980 - gathered on the steps of University Hall to toast their alma mater and the rock solid friendship that has lasted more than 30 years.



The same steps saw Janet’s daughter, Ashley Margeson (‘12), convocate only a few weeks earlier and Laurie’s two daughters, Remi Winder (BSCH Psych) and Hailey Winder (BSc Biol), as well as Victoria’s daughter Lauren Harwood (BBA) matriculate not so long ago. The steps were demolished and replaced over the summer and a piece was presented to Laurie and Janet at the Alumni Harbour Cruise in August. They vowed to split it into five pieces, one for each of the classmates. Janet says, “when the opportunity to attend the reunion celebrating 40 years of recreation graduates came up, the networking was set in motion. What a great opportunity to see classmates from 32 years ago, some of whom I hadn’t seen since graduation day! We laughed, sang into the wee hours and had fun renewing memories from the late ’70s. It was a comfort to know that plaid shirts are back in style, although the painter pants can go!” Dr. Brenda Robertson, Conference Chair and driving force behind the birth of the conference and reunion, reflected on the event and the solid foundation upon which it was formed. “I am a proud graduate of that program (Bachelor’s in 1975 and Masters in 1983), and have taught in it for 30 years prior to my recent retirement. I can honestly say that to be on campus with fellow graduates and so many former students from across the past four decades was worth waiting 40 years. It was that powerful of an experience. “Despite having acquired the same knowledge and shared similar experiences in the program, Acadia recreation graduates have made their mark globally as leaders in a wide spectrum of diverse fields.” Robertson reconnected with seven former students who traveled to San Antonio, Texas for the National Recreation and Parks Association Conference in the late ’80s. From left to right: (above, page 25) Cindy James (1987), Robin Norrie (1986), Sue Ross (1983), Robertson (1975), Donna Hendy (1988), Laurie Wanamaker (1986), Norma MacLeod (1985) and Helen Green (1985).

“The biggest thing I took away from attending the reunion was that Acadia is much bigger than my four years of bliss,” says Heather MacDonald (2009). “I realized the power and potential that an institution has on society and the world with the graduates that it produces. I was welcomed home, reminded about why I do what I do, inspired to give back and get engaged with my fellow Recreation grads after the reunion. “It was not only returning to a place I love dearly, but also to the ideals, theories, delightful and thoughtprovoking conversations that form my core values: community, collaboration and celebration.” The theme of community was evident throughout the conference with the involvement of current Recreation Management and Community Development students in an ever-present indication that the past 40 years have had a signficant role in shaping the next 40.

Robin Norrie (’86) offers some insights during a conference session. Photo: Heather MacDonald ACADIA BULLETIN Fall 2012


Support for students ALUMNI NEWS


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4 Photo: Sandra Symonds

3 At a September celebration in Clark Commons, President Ray Ivany and the University community expressed Acadia’s heartfelt thanks to John and Judy Bragg for their outstanding support for student awards – most recently the Lad Javorek Memorial Award. Pictured with John and Judy are recent recipients of other awards established by the Braggs: For this year, 2012-2013, Meaghan Hackett – the John Frauzel Memorial Bursary; from the 2011-2012 academic year, Jenna Blackburn – the Jim “Lefty” MacVicar Memorial award; Regan Zscheile – the Neil Fisher Entrance award; Jonathan Laberge – the Connie MacNeil Athletic award. The 5th award is the E. Douglas Craig Memorial Bursary.

Good times!

5 1. The 31st Annual Acadia Alumni Golf Tournament teed off on Friday, July 27, 2012 at Ken-Wo Golf Club in New Minas. Despite overcast skies, a strong contingent of 127 golfers registered and were ready to go for this year’s event, including (from left) President of the Associated Alumni of Acadia University (AAAU) Hugh Bray (’75), Renda Vandertoorn (’82), Bev Richardson (’60) and Acadia’s new Vice-President of Advancement Rod Morrison. (Photo: Fred Sgambati) 2. The ‘It’s 5 o’clock somewhere’ team of Jeff Redden (’81), Joanne Redden (’83), Ginny Thomas (’82) and Stan Thomas (’81).(Photo: Sarah Cheeseman)

4. The team of Richard Foot (’67), Jay Hennigar (’89), Matthew Hennigar (’94), Cookie Hennigar (’66), Terry Hennigar (’65) and Troy Hennigar (’89) looked sharp. 5. The winning team on the day included: Jon Chisholm (‘02), Joe Kinsman (‘02), Branden Mosher (‘09), Matthew Randall (‘03), and Fenwick Zwicker (‘12). (Photo: Sarah Cheeseman) 26


Photo: Sarah Cheeseman

3. Mark Stiles (’90), Fredda McNally (’78), Geoff Irvine (’87), Oonagh Proudfoot (’93, in chair) and Simon Roberts (’88) ham it up for the camera. (Photo: Sarah Cheeseman)

A sold-out crowd of 50 Acadia alumni and friends enjoyed some fun, fellowship and beautiful weather at this year’s annual Acadia Alumni Harbour Cruise on August 23rd. From left to right, Jake Rideout (’11), Sara Munden (’11) and Will Roberts (’12) were among the group on board that spanned grad years from 1959 to recent spring grads who left Murphy’s the Cable Wharf and toured Halifax Harbour that evening on the Mar.





Reed Award makes a personal difference

Don Reed (’66): “I wanted to do something for a candidate who is really well-rounded.”

A new $5,000 award rewards a student’s well-rounded approach to business By Rachel Cooper (’89)


nce upon a time university students could earn enough in the summer to cover most of their tuition and university living expenses. Once upon a time a loaf of bread cost 10 cents. For students today, however, well-paying summer jobs are hard to find, and tuition and living expenses are high. “People are well aware of the significant cost of education these days,” says Donnie Ehler (’83), Development Officer with Acadia’s Office of Advancement. “For many students, an award, bursary or scholarship can mean the difference between going to university and not going.” Don Reed (’66) had this reality in mind when he set up the Donald F. Reed Finance Award. The new $5,000 award will be given annually to a student pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with preference to a third-year or fourthyear student majoring in Finance. The student must display financial need as well as leadership qualities through extracurricular or community activities. The initial award, in September 2012, went to business student Justin MacGillivray.

Making a difference

Reed, who is President and CEO of Franklin Templeton Investments Corp., wanted to provide an award that was large enough to keep a student in university instead of having to take a year off to earn money. “It’s difficult in many cases for students to get awards in the third and fourth year,” he says. “I didn’t want to make it a scholarship. The academic side of the equation is important, but I don’t think it necessarily guarantees success. I wanted to do something for a candidate who is really well rounded.” He was delighted with this year’s award winner, saying that MacGillivray was kind enough to send him a note afterwards. Reed drew on his own experience as an Acadia 28


student in framing the terms of the award. “It’s one of the greatest experiences I ever had in my life,” he says. He played for the junior varsity hockey team, was involved in plays, participated in residence life, and worked on committees for Frosh Week. Reed wants the award to go to students with the same kind of attitude. “I think if it’s just grades, then you miss the opportunity to have the total experience of the university,” he says.

The personal touch

It’s no surprise to Ehler that Reed wants to give back in a personal way. “Alumni want to help, to make sure that kids can go to Acadia despite the significant costs these days. And they like to be able to personalize it to their experience.” He believes that, by providing an award, alumni also underline how much they value their time at Acadia. Reed credits his Acadia experience with helping to shape his career: “Oh, absolutely. I think it was, frankly, instrumental in my moving forward in the business community.” His ambition is for many people to apply for this award. For Acadia, such an award is enormously important, Ehler says. Prospective students know that universities offer awards, bursaries and scholarships. The mindset has changed, he says, and for many students, a significant factor in choosing a university is financial aid. Acadia needs these financial awards to be competitive. Reed is also generous to Acadia in other ways. Since 2005, he has been a member of Acadia’s Board of Governors, initially to complete another member’s term and then reappointed – twice – for six-year terms as Alumni Representative. “That has been a wonderful experience, too,” he says. “It’s a little bit of payback time, and I think it’s always important to help out where you can.” He pauses, then grins. “My last words are, ‘Go Axemen!’”



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The 100th anniversary of the Bulmer Race was celebrated in fine style on Friday, October 12 as Homecoming 2012 kicked off at Acadia University in Wolfville. Fifteen teams and more than 110 participants toed the line at this year’s historic event that included alumni, administration, students and friends of Acadia. The team from Dennis House finished first overall, followed by Eaton/Christofer and Barrax Army in third. Best costume went to the Eaton/Christofer Avengers, Seminary captured best baton and the spirit prize went to Barrax (garbage can).


Acadia Students’ Union president Matt Rios (left), Acadia University Chancellor Libby Burnham (‘60) and University President Ray Ivany were on hand to officially start this year’s historic 100th anniversary of the Bulmer Race.


Tony Folkins (’85) and Peter Luke (’85) were dressed and ready for this year’s Bulmer, wearing T-shirts that paid tribute to the 1982 Bulmer Champs ‘With Hair’.


The Sons of Maxwell, Don and Dave Carroll, rocked the house at the Annual AAAU Backyard BBQ during Homecoming 2012 to an appreciative crowd of Acadia alumni and friends.


Twins Angus and Isla Doncaster (4), who attended the Backyard BBQ with their mom Andrea Doncaster (’92) and dad Jamal Burgess (’93), enjoyed a moment in the Acadia-branded Adirondack chair. Raffle tickets were sold on the chair to support student scholarships and bursaries.


Rod Morrison (left), Vice President Advancement, chats with Board of Governor member Norm McIntyre (’60) at the Backyard BBQ.


Acadia running back Thomas Troop evades St. F.X. tacklers and looks for daylight in the first quarter of Acadia’s 47-26 win over St. F.X. at Raymond Field. Acadia earned the right with the victory to host the Subway Loney Bowl Championship in Wolfville on Nov. 10.


Fans were happy at Raymond Field as the Acadia football Axemen brought it home for Homecoming with a win over St. F.X.


Approximately 120 Acadia alumni, family and friends of the S.M.I.L.E. program gathered during Homecoming Weekend at Acadia to celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary. Some of those in attendance included: (back row, left to right): Lewis Mahon, Jon Howatt, Alex Bramley, Bryce Alan, Katie Whitton, Kiara Clory and Julia Whidden; (front row, left to right): Chelsea Holung, Marcel Poirier, Margaret Tilt and Kyla Crocker.

(Photo courtesy of Acadia S.M.I.L.E.)










Photos: Fred Sgambati




Homecoming Weekend






Acadia Athletics honoured one of its own on Sept. 7, retiring the jersey of the late John MacIntyre at the opening game of the soccer Axemen’s season. MacIntyre, who died in a car accident with his wife in 2004, was a CIAU Academic All-Canadian, AUAA 1996 all-star and a member of the AUAA championship soccer team. In the front row: John Cluett (John’s nephew); middle row: Gus MacIntyre (father), Janet MacIntyre (sister), Mary MacIntyre (mother), Acadia Athletics Director Kevin Dickie, Scott Landry; back row: Glen Cluett (brother-in-law); and Justin Cluett (nephew).

Better overall experience

These changes are expected to provide facility users with a better overall experience. For instance, pool observers can proceed more directly to the stands, minor hockey and recreational players can proceed directly to their change rooms from the parking lot, Raymond Field will be more accessible and better supervised and, through some off-season pool maintenance and schedule changes, community swim time will increase by approximately 40 per cent. “Acadia’s Athletic Complex is truly a community facility that benefits our campus and the entire Valley,” said Acadia Vice-President Finance and Administration, Darrell Youden. “Following the changes we made last year, facility usage soared and we’d like to see this trend continue. In order to achieve this, changes are necessary and we expect we will continue to make more in the future to respond to increased demand. Our supporters and partners have played an important role in our ability to move forward with these initial changes and we are grateful for the contribution they’ve made and, we expect, will continue to make in the future.” Acadia’s Athletics Complex plays an important role in amateur sport in the Annapolis Valley and has undergone significant renovations during the past five years. Raymond Field now features an all-weather running track and multi-sport artificial turf field with newly installed jumping pits. War Memorial Gymnasium’s hardwood floor has been resurfaced. New netting has been installed in the arena to improve spectator safety. Pool regrouting and repair work will increase pool availability for the swimming public.

Photos: Eric Cederberg


cadia University announced in August that it has undertaken a series of minor renovations and reconfiguration in its Athletics Complex that will improve service to facility users and make the building more accessible and functional for all visitors. These changes build upon the significant renovations began in 2011 when a new fitness facility was installed overlooking both the pool and War Memorial Gymnasium. “Through an online survey, we asked our student and community members to tell us what we could do to improve their experience,” says Kevin Dickie, Acadia Director of Athletics. “Nearly 700 respondents made suggestions that we’ve taken to heart. Through the tremendous support of our Students’ Union, our many community partners and individuals committed to making this building better, we have made a number of significant changes that I’m convinced users will appreciate.” The list of improvements includes: • Moving the Athletic Service Centre (ASC) and the access point for the fitness centre, the pool and its observation deck, the gymnasium and main change rooms to the area immediately inside the main entrance; • Providing public access to the arena dressing rooms through a separate ground level entrance off the main parking lot which will also make the entire lower level of the Athletics Complex accessible without having to use the stairs or elevator; • Upgrades of the main gymnasium male and female change rooms and installing a rubberized surface throughout the arena change room area; • Increasing the size of the family change room.

Honouring an Axeman ATHLETICS


Athletic facility upgrades to better serve campus and community



Photo: Eric Cederberg



Women’s hoop squads find similarities in championship runs 60 years apart

Left: The 1951 Acadia women’s basketball team: front row, left to right: Eva Forbes, Beth Brinton (Captain), Janet MacGray; back row, left to right: Coach Marg Harrington, Reddy (Joan) Fraser, Joan Sutherland, Marg MacKay, Carol Zinck, Norma Pickle, Joan McLaughlin, Barb Smith, and Pat MacLean, Manager. Right: Emma Duinker (’12), who recently signed a contract to play professional basketball in Germany, drives the lane at Nationals.

By Laura Churchill Duke (’98)


n 1951, the Acadia Women’s Basketball team was on top of the world, having captured the Maritime Championship. Sixty years later, history repeated itself when the 2011-12 Acadia women’s team nabbed the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) hoops title with an 82-72 win over the Cape Breton Capers at the St. F.X. Oland Centre. There is no doubt that women’s basketball is an integral part of varsity athletics at Acadia, but let’s ask the question: What were the ingredients for success then and have things changed for studentathletes now? Joan (McLaughlin) Fraser (’54) was a rookie on the 1951 championship squad and says, first of all, “basketball is a great game. It provided some of the best memories of my days at Acadia.” A native of New Brunswick, where she played high school basketball, Fraser says, “it was very exciting to make the varsity women’s team in my first year.” Her coach, Marg Harrington, promoted teamwork and good sportsmanship, and reinforced each player’s skills. “There were some very outstanding experienced senior players, and they certainly were keys to winning the 1951 Championship,” Fraser



says. The team has since been inducted into the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame. The 2012 Acadia women’s basketball team won the AUS banner and then competed in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Final 8 in Calgary. Although unlucky in the CIS tournament, the team enjoyed a stellar season: a 13-game win streak; four players among AUS top scorers; 19 AUS wins and one of the best exhibition records in Canada. “We don’t use the word ‘adversity’,” says Coach Bev Greenlaw in reference to the 2011-12 team’s CIS experience, “because we believe that anyone who has an opportunity to attend a great university, earn an internationally recognized degree and play a game they love is not familiar with true adversity.”

Team had chemistry

He cited several reasons for the team’s remarkable run last season, but said no major injuries to any of the key players was pivotal to their success. “Second, our team had chemistry,” says team member Emma Duinker (’12), who was named Most Valuable Player at the AUS tournament. “We all had the same goals. Our team was literally like family

and we enjoyed being around each other.” Greenlaw says one of the things that make Acadia different from other teams is the family atmosphere and a human connection that may not be as common elsewhere. Fraser says that the feeling was the same in the 1950s. In addition, today’s team emphasizes community involvement. “When we talk to students about coming to Acadia to play Axewomen basketball,” Greenlaw says, “we tell them that more will be asked of them in this regard than may be asked elsewhere. We feel we have a deep responsibility to give service to our community and to be responsible and positive contributing members of it.” As a result, team members are involved with the Junior Axewomen, a variety of camps, clinics, school visits, and a range of other communityoriented volunteer outreach programs.

Exciting to watch

Although the spirit of women’s basketball has remained the same, the rules of the game have changed since the 1950s. “We were only allowed

to play half the floor,” Fraser says. “There were no three-pointers then. Under today’s rules, I think women’s basketball is much more interesting to play and exciting to watch. Today’s players must develop higher skill sets to compete. In the ’50s,” she adds, “there was not nearly as much interest in women’s sports as there was in men’s, so the women’s varsity title was a real coup.” The good news is that community and oncampus support for women’s basketball has increased substantially over the past six decades. For example, on a weekend where both the women’s and the men’s basketball teams where competing in AUS championship games, University President Ray Ivany took in the women’s game in Antigonish. “I think that emphasizes the importance of women’s basketball and women’s sport to the University,” Duinker says. Looking at this year’s team, Greenlaw says, “we’ve lost three of our top six players to graduation, but our returning kids will step up and we think we have some very positive new additions to our program.”



Associated Alumni of Acadia University

2011-2012 Annual Report

Upcoming Acadia Alumni Events

Associated Alumni of Acadia University Balance Sheet As of March 31

November 18

Assets Unaudited 2012

Sunday Music in the Garden Room

November 19

Ottawa Social on the Hill

December 2

Sunday Music in the Garden Room

2013 February

Hong Kong Social AAAU Board Meeting Bermuda Alumni Reception

March Florida Alumni Reception April 27

11th Annual Gala Dinner, World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax

May 11

AAAU AGM and Board Meeting

May 12-13

Spring Convocation/Grad Weekend

June 6

Atlantic University Alumni Pub Night Ottawa

June 7 2nd Annual Toronto Lobster Boil

AAAU/Acadia Joint Account Affinity Fund General Fund (Alumni Hall) Constance Hayward Fund Carr Fund Graham Fund Vesta Magee Fund Allan Fulton Fund Total Assets



178,340 327,088 64,165 262,216 40,715 15,589 28,025 12,442 928,581


Mark your calendar!

1st Annual Alumni/Butler Memorial Tourney a hit!

Almost 100 Acadia alumni and friends turned out on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the Lionhead Golf and Country Club in Brampton, Ontario for the 1st Annual Acadia Alumni/Butler Memorial Golf Tournament to support the Ron and Cyndi Butler Award and the Toronto branch of Acadia Alumni for future events in the GTA. On hand (above) to share in the fun were (left to right): John Goudey (’75), Nancy Handrigan (’92), Matt Albiani (’06) and Acadia’s Vice President Advancement Rod Morrison. Pictured below are Jason Babbage, Brian Dikdan, and Mary and Glen Taylor (both ‘75).

Committed Funds Capital Campaign Contribution Scholarships President’s Discretionary Fund Director’s Fund Student Calling Program Alumni Student Interns Axeman Mascot Athletic Signboards Lacrosse Team Academic All-Canadian


278,000 10,000 10,000 2,000 – 10,000 750 700 1,500 1,500

Total Committed Funds Uncommitted Funds

$ $

314,450 614,131

More information on these events can be found on our website





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1950s CAROL PETERS-LITTLETON ‘59 and Dr. John Hanson (PHD, Music, U. of Wisconsin) were married in July 2011 in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, where they are residing and enjoying the many cultural activities of that lively small town. Carol is delighted to be able to see quite a few members of her graduating class on a regular basis as so many have moved back to the Annapolis Valley. John enjoys contact in the Valley with several graduates and faculty of the old Nova Scotia Teachers’ College, where he taught for a 10-year period before becoming Supervisor of Music for the Saint John School Board. Both would welcome contact with former classmates and students visiting the area.

ANNE HUESTIS SCOTT (’67) is the author of The Boy Who Was Bullied, a story for children about John Peters Humphrey, drafter of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In July 2012, Anne received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her human rights work; in particular, for her book, The Boy Who Was Bullied. Anne is a retired elementary music teacher who has written six children’s musicals, including Peace Cranes, which highlights human rights and the life of John Peters Humphrey. Reviews of the book are found at the website:

1960s DR. CHARLES READ (’39) was in Wolfville over the summer to read and sign copies of his book, This Navy Doctor Came Ashore, at the Box of Delights Bookstore on Main Street in Wolfville. The story recounts Read’s exploits as a country doctor on Prince Edward Island and also details life in rural PEI during the mid-1940s. Dr. Read was born in Amherst, earned a BSc in Biology at Acadia and went to medical school at McGill. Now, at the age of 93, he is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

1940s DR. CLARKE FRASER (‘40), Professor Emeritus of Human Genetics, McGill University, Montreal, writes to say that he was recently “hung” in the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, for his “Excellence in Health Research – Clinical Research”. 38


Senator DONALD H. OLIVER (’60) was honoured with his fourth honorary degree (Doctor of Laws, honoris causa) on June 12, 2012, this time from York University in Toronto. Martin Singer, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, read the citation at the Convocation.The citation read, in part, that: “Senator Donald H. Oliver has devoted his lifetime to the championship of visible minorities and to combating discrimination in its many, overt and more subtle, forms. Senator Oliver has provided policy leadership in government and the business sector while concurrently broadening public

1970s The Maine State Board of Education elected DR. STEVE POUND (’72) to be its new chair for a oneyear term at its June 2012 meeting, starting July 1. Pound, born in Millinocket and a resident of Greenville, has served on the board since 2009. He has over 30 years’ experience in education, including early childhood, K-12, technical college, adult education and university.


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discourse and challenging politicians, managers, citizens, students and future leaders to engage with the full sense of the term diversity and the broadest sense of our ethical obligations to others. Senator Oliver graduated Cum Laude from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and, as a Sir James Dunn Scholar, was the third Black Nova Scotian to receive a degree from Dalhousie University Law School. With that foundation he began his work to reveal and to end systemic racism in Canadian society. Raising both awareness and funds, he was the motivating force behind the Conference Board of Canada’s comprehensive and transformative report on the barriers to the advancement of visible minorities in Canada’s public and private sectors.”

In February 2012, three former Acadia graduates (all with BA, 1978) - JOCELYN McPHAIL, MARTHA HOYT and ANNE CAVERHILL - met in Toronto for a spontaneous reunion after several years of being apart as a ‘trio’. It was nice to discover that “little has changed” since their last reunion, at Acadia graduation in May 1978. Martha now works in Toronto as a communications specialist for a law firm; Jocelyn lives outside Toronto and while formerly a long-term employee in marketing for Johnson and Johnson, she is now a consultant; Anne still lives in the Maritimes and is a public service manager for Child Protection Services. The Acadia tradition has continued, though: Martha’s daughter, Heather Hoyt Amos, graduated from Acadia in 2009 while Anne’s son, Jonathan Caverhill Mann, was a 2011 graduate. DAVE GRIFFITH (’79) and DAVID WELSH (‘89) are proud to announce the release of the Stolen Tones debut album, Takin’ Notes, featuring 14 original tunes. Dave G. is the drummer and David W. guitar and vocals. The band includes two non-Acadia grads, but they are great guys.

LINDA BUCKINGHAM (‘69), her brother BILL BUCKINGHAM (‘73), with their sister Sandra Buckingham (left), competed in the B.C. Seniors’ Games this August. It marked the first time in over 50 years that all three siblings were in the same swim meet. Linda and Bill both competed on the Acadia swim team, and were together during the 1969 season. At the B.C. Seniors’ Games, the three of them garnered 21 gold and two silver medals. Linda won eight gold, Sandra won seven, and Bill won six gold and two silver.

1980s SHELLEY PORTER (BScHons ’87, MSc ’94) and Thomas Swan of Sydney were married Aug. 4, 2012 in Sydney, N.S. Shelley’s son, Alex PorterMuntz, was Best Man. Alex entered the B.A. program at Acadia in September 2012, the fourth generation of the Porter family to attend Acadia. Shelley works currently as Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative Coordinator at the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources in Eskasoni, NS.




As Minister of National Defense, PETER MACKAY (‘87) is also Chancellor of the Royal Military College of Canada. At the 2012 Spring Convocation for RMCC, Peter and LAURA ROBINSON (‘88), associate professor and head of the Department of English, caught up on Acadia news. DR. MARK LEVY (’89), a Ph.D. in human nutrition, has joined USANA Health Science’s growing staff of scientific experts. USANA is a global nutritional supplement company. Dr. Levy also holds a master’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Guelph and a bachelor’s degree in food science and biology from Acadia University. His role as a senior scientist is primarily to research, test and innovate nutritional compounds for their efficacy in promoting long-term human health.

1990s AMANDA EAGLES ALLABY (BA ‘93) has been selected to receive the Distinguished Leadership of the Year Award for 2012 given by the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Cancer Society. She is the only recipient to receive this award in 2012, nominated because of her volunteer work and success as Chair of the Amherst Relay For Life (2009-2012).



JOHN WHITE (‘03) and LISANNE COMEAU (‘03) are pleased to announce the arrival of their daughter, Gabrielle Stella White, on August 21, 2012. Residing in Florenceville, New Brunswick, Lisanne is a French Immersion teacher and John is a SAP Training Lead for McCain Foods.

BARB PUTNAM (’95) has been serving as a Canadian Forces chaplain since 2000, and was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Posted to Ottawa, she is the deputy director of chaplain services and appointed the Principal Chaplain - Protestant. She and her spouse BRAD PUTNAM (’95) live in the Ottawa area.

2000s JAMIE BURNHAM SEDGWICK (’02) married Alice Cohen on May 19, 2012, with immediate family in attendance. He has also just defended his thesis successfully at UBC and will receive his doctorate in the fall. In July, ROBERT HAWLEY (‘03) received his Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Acadia TESOL Certificate Program. Robert completed 108 hours of coursework and taught a 20hour practicum on the Acadia University campus. He plans to continue teaching and is currently completing his TESOL Canada Professional Certification Standard One Certificate.

SEAN AND CATHY (WAMBOLDT) SMITH (‘04) are happy to present the newest addition to their family - a beautiful little girl - Cate Audrey Smith. Cate was born on March 25th, 2011 at Valley Regional Hospital. Cate, now 1.5 years, is full of energy and loves her big brother Shay (now 3.5 years). Proud grandparents are Terry and Sharon Smith (‘76) of Wolfville and Burnell Wamboldt of Camperdown, NS. The Smiths reside happily in nearby Kentville and Sean and Cathy have both settled into careers as analysts with Annapolis Valley Health. They enjoy family visits to Acadia, especially this time of year! E-mail: BRIAN EASSON (‘06) and JILL (SUTHERLAND) EASSON (‘07) are elated to announce the recent arrival of their first child on May 18, 2012, Morgan William Easson. Brian and Jill met at Acadia in 2003 and celebrated their nuptials where it all began on Aug. 18, 2010. Many other alumni from near and far were in attendance.


LEA STORRY ‘95 and Jason van Rassel were married in Nova Scotia on August 6. They met in 2010 while both working as reporters for The Calgary Herald. Jason covers crime and justice at the Herald; Lea now runs her own memoir and legacy writing business, Family Lines (

ANDREW SCOTT (’07) and TOBEY GULLICK (’05) were married Thanksgiving weekend 2011 in Newcastle, Ontario. Andrew and Tobey met on campus through mutual Chipman friends while playing intramural curling. They both worked at the Axe on campus as bartenders and runners and share a serious love for the East Coast. With apple-inspired deserts to honour the Valley, this was a wedding to remember surrounded by a very close-knit group of Acadia friends. Back row (L to R): Trevor Regan (’07), Jeff Scott (’04), Matt Sakalauskas (’06), Andrew McKeown (’07), Greg Gulliver (’06), Phil Whitham (’07), Chris Walsh (’07), Dan Moser (’06), Phil McComiskey (’06), Graham Frost (’06), Jess Pratt (’06), Doug Murray (’05), soon to be Acadia Student, Sloan Murray (’35); Middle row (L to R): Christina (MacDonald) Ruder (’05), Katie (McGillivray) Elgie (’04); Down in front (L to R): Andrew Scott (’07), Tobey Gullick-Scott (’05), Britt (Gullick) Leeking (’02), Julie Carter (’05), Jess Campbell (’08).

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GERRIT MURRAY (’08) has recently graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in Toronto, Ontario. After receiving his Bachelor of Science with Honours degree from Acadia University in 2008, Gerrit moved to Toronto to begin four years of medical school. He graduated in June 2012 and is now entering a career in Family Medicine with the Canadian Forces. Congratulations, Gerrit! MATTHEW KILLEEN (MEd ‘09) and his wife Angela are thrilled to announce the arrival of their daughter, Bridget Dawn, on February 22, 2012. The happy family lives on Prince Edward Island, where Matthew and Angela are both teachers with the English Language School Board.

Acadia Remembers We are saddened to report the following deaths in the Acadia community:

2010s Recent Acadia grad JON C. MANN (’11) put his screenwriting interests to work when he presented the documentary Drink em Dry at the Trade Union Program at Harvard University in Boston in February of this year. Produced by the New Brunswick Union, the film depicts the strategy employed by a union locked out by their employer to get back to the bargaining table. The experience provided an opportunity for Jon and his partners to display the ingenuity of film to both educate and be entertained. His next film is entitled Power Struggle and will convey the community action involved in the province of New Brunswick when citizens built alliances and pushed back the sale of NB Power to the province of Quebec.

MacLeod, Alexander Cameron (’56), Fairview, AB

Lutes (Lewis), Dorothy A. (’34), Bridgetown, NS

Nickerson, G. William (’62), Winnipeg, MB

MacKay, Norman A. (’34), Burlington, ON

Malowney, John S. (’63), Collingwood, ON

Doleman (Payzant), Laura (’36), Halifax, NS

Glendenning, Andrew H. (’64), Tamworth, ON

Hinchey (Cunningham), Allison (’36),

McNeill, Robert D. (’69), Ottawa, ON

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Connelly (Forbes), Margaret W. (’37), Wolfville, NS

Fedora, Peter Grant (’72), Wolfville, NS

Reinhard (McNeill), Joan I. (’38), Rochester, NY

Chiasson, Joseph Emile (’72), Cheticamp, NS

MacLachlan, Malcolm F. (’39), Brentwood Bay, BC

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McDonald (Aylward), Geraldine E. (’39), Ottawa, ON

Lemmon (Crawford), Dorothy Ronalda, (’76),

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Calhoun, Reginald L. (’50), Port Medway, NS

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Final Frame

Final Frame

In each edition of the Bulletin, we reserve space on our final page for a fond look back at the way we were. Do you know the woman in this photo? If so, send me an e-mail at First person to identify her will win an Acadia sweatshirt (valued at $70.00). Bonus points if you can tell us why she’s wearing tinfoil. Please include your name, address and phone number in your response. We will reveal the answer, the winner and have another image for you in the spring edition. Look forward to hearing from you.

Have fun!

Final Frame Winner Edith Hicking (’50, Horton Academy) was the first to correctly identify the Final Frame photo in the spring 2012 edition of the Bulletin. Mrs. Hicking, who lives in Hantsport, N.S., identified Mrs. Etta Gable (Phillips ’03) Chipman and Marilyn Elderkin, daughter of University Treasurer Frederick J. and Mrs. Elderkin, at the laying of the cornerstone for Chipman House, Founders’ Day, 1960. Mrs. Hicking tells us she was a student at Acadia at the time and then later worked at the University from 1956-95.





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The Bulletin Fall 2012  

This issue touches on some of the many examples of Acadia's connection to community through research and volunteering. Enjoy!

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