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Work of Arts
Caroline Jennerâ€™s bold moves from Edmonton to Brussels
Digital Designer Farzad Varahramyan stays ahead of the game. Again.
Arts Salon Featuring creative works by readers
Table of Contents Volume 7 Issue 2 – Fall 2011
In Every Issue Dean’s Message
Setting our Faculty’s Priorities
Readers tell us what they think
Ten minutes with Connie Varnhagen (Psychology)
News and updates from the Faculty of Arts
As I See It . . . 13
Cover photograph: Caroline Jenner, Photo by Sander de Wilde
Alumnus opinion column Going Digital: Should we fight the trend of e-journalism? By Jeremy Keehn
Ask the Expert
Constance Smith (Economics) answers readers’ questions about the U.S. debt crisis
Discoveries and innovations
Features Risky Business
Strange shoes set Caroline Jenner on a career path she never could have dreamed of by Judy Monchuk
A Digital World Through his Eyes
Humanities Computing students on the ways video games will change the world
Farzad Varahramyan’s digital worlds are limited only by his imagination by Isha Thompson
Updates from alumni
Where Are They Now?
Catching up with a retired professor
Bidding farewell to friends
Arts Salon Featuring creative works by readers
Flashback 35 Remembering 9/11
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Dean’s Message Setting our Faculty’s priorities
Photography by U of A Marketing and Communications (Michael Holly)
The Faculty of Arts Alumni Magazine www.arts.ualberta.ca/woa
In my last message (“Finding the way forward,” WOA Spring ’11), I emphasized the need for the Faculty of Arts to avoid complacency in the face of challenges, and instead to take a proactive approach to creating strategies for our future. Now, these strategies are starting to take shape in the form of an academic plan that will set our goals and priorities for the next four years. The plan is currently in the consultation phase, but I would like to share with you the direction in which we are headed. We began by identifying an overarching goal that will guide us: We want to make the Faculty of Arts a destination of choice for faculty, students and staff; a place where people are proud to work and study; and a showcase of great teaching and learning, and of great research and creative work. Working from this collective vision, we intend to focus our academic plan on four areas that hold particular importance to our progress and growth. First, we want to put more emphasis on the importance of our people. This includes finding effective ways to communicate who we are, what we do and why our work is important to a broad audience. It is also essential for us to encourage students, staff and faculty members to continually find new ways to engage with their work and their communities, and to pursue interdisciplinary connections both here and beyond the borders of our campus. Second, we need to ensure the education we provide continues to create engaged citizens, leaders and scholars. This will require us to reform our curriculum. I’m particularly passionate about the idea 4
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Volume 7 Issue 2 – Fall 2011 WOA is published twice a year by the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Office and is distributed to 30,000 Faculty of Arts alumni, donors, faculty, staff, students and other interested readers. It aims to connect alumni with other alumni, to keep people informed of developments in the Faculty of Arts, and to build pride and encourage readers to become effective ambassadors for the Faculty. Dean of Arts Lesley Cormack Editor Melissa Boisvert Associate Editor Carmen Rojas
of building an Honours College to recruit the most talented undergraduates and enhance the educational experience of our best students. We also want to provide increased opportunities for all students to access internships, research and performance outlets, Community Service-Learning, and career planning and advising. Third, we plan to focus on promoting innovative and solution-oriented research at the international level. This will involve strategies such as creating new research networks and exchanges for faculty and students, encouraging collaboration with our community and global partners, and placing a renewed focus on graduate student training. Finally, we recognize that these goals need to be supported by key organizational improvements. For example, space is a critical issue for Arts; in particular, we will need to find ways to enhance resources and space for the fine arts. I am confident that the vision we are pursuing through our new academic plan will establish us as a leading Arts Faculty in North America – one that all of you can continue to be proud to call your alma mater. Lesley Cormack Dean of Arts
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A different approach to justice I was happily surprised by your “justice” articles (Behind Bars and Youth-Driven Justice) in the Spring ’11 edition. Since I am the chair for the Alberta Conflict Transformation Society (ACTS), I have an affinity for the work of the Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP).
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ACTS is committed to promoting restorative justice practices in Alberta. I have found “community conferencing” is an excellent process for restoring harm and resolving conflict. I was encouraged to see your article taking on the “tough on crime” myth, and your article on other U of A alumni working in this arena. - R.H. (Rusty) Foerger Assistant Fire Marshall, Edmonton First Rescue Services ’80 BA, Psychology; ’88 Dip(Ed) Edmonton, AB
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Your favourite learning experiences Last issue, we asked you to tell us about your favourite learning experiences in Arts. Here’s what you had to say: My favourite learning experience was when I took “the Sociology of Death and Dying” with Professor Alison Dunwoody in 2006. We had an amazing opportunity to visit the Medical Examiner’s Office and a funeral home, and to get up close and personal with ideas, notions and beliefs of death and dying in a dignified way. Not only was it an integral part of my education, it was an essential part of my sense of awareness. Professor Dunwoody is by far my favourite professor because she led such an intense and eye-opening course on how we can better live our lives by inviting open discussion about something we have become so scared of. - Miki Abe ’08 BA, Sociology Edmonton, AB The professors are what I remember most. Dr. Karen Hughes was a quiet yet effective force. She resolutely championed us to be better, and to take pride in the striving to be the best. Dr. Susan Smith was a hurricane of energy and brilliance. The enthusiasm she expressed in each class was infectious. Dr. Smith’s request to retain a copy of one of my research papers for her teaching files stands as one of my proudest achievements. Both women intimidated and inspired me by being completely present in their interactions with their students. This is something that I continually endeavour to develop and emulate in my career. - Teri A. McIntyre ’97 BA, Women’s Studies; ’11 MA Edmonton, AB
In the early ’40s I wrote an essay on King Lear for the legendary Professor Salter, which helped me win a Hosford Memorial Prize. He told me I had talent, should become a writer, and should continue to read as much as possible. The war intervened, then some 40 years making a living in other ways. After retiring in the middle ’80s, I began writing traditional poetry, with seven chapbooks published to date in Alberta and B.C. Here is a very short poem for you, dear Professor, to prove I was paying attention: Zola said that in the skies There must be some planet where All that has been written lies, Waiting there for those who dare To read it all before they die. They won’t succeed, but they can try. - C. Del Pine ’41 BA; ’42 Dip(Ed) Calgary, AB
We want to hear from you! Comments about this issue? Please tell us at the e-mail or postal address on page four. *Letters should be 150 words maximum. They may be edited for length, style and clarity. Include your name and city of residence, as well as your degree, graduation year and major (if applicable). Copyright in submitted materials remains with the author, but the Faculty of Arts may freely reproduce them in print, electronic or other formats.
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Connie Varnhagen Photography by Epic Photography Inc. (Ian Jackson)
Throughout history we’ve had bonds with animals [but] our bond has changed because we no longer depend on the animals that are close to us to provide us with food or nourishment or protection.
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Department of Psychology, where her research and teaching focuses on development and learning issues, and most recently, on the human-animal bond. She has been a registered animal health technologist since 2009 and is an active volunteer with
Edmonton Humane Society. Q: When did you start working with animals? A: I’ve been animal crazy all my life. Frogs and iguanas and gerbils and fish – my mother didn’t enter my room the entire time I was a teenager because of things that were in there. I took sabbatical and started thinking “I really want to do some more learning myself.” It took me almost five years to complete an Associate [Degree] in Applied Science. As an adult learner, the online learning wasn’t that tough [but] developing new skills was horrendously difficult. And then having [preceptors who] were the age of my child, because it really is a young person’s field, was very difficult, but I learned a whole lot from them.
Q: What has been most rewarding about working with animals? A: Personally what’s been so rewarding is seeing the benefit to the welfare of humans and to animals. There was a woman when we were in Ambato, Ecuador [who brought in] an orange tabby. After he was anesthetized, I was just about to intubate him and we discovered his jaw was broken. We wired his jaw back shut and then were very, very careful with him, recovered him carefully, sent him home with precious canned food and precious antibiotics. The woman was so thrilled and then she actually found me on Facebook and said, “Thank you for saving my cat’s life.” ■ Photos taken at the Edmonton Humane Society. www.edmontonhumanesociety.com
Q: What kind of volunteer work do you do? A: [At the Edmonton Humane Society], I help train the foreign vets in basic clinical procedures. These are usually large animal vets, and to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam they have to, from start to finish, spay a dog. These are people who have never handled dogs before. Through that, I’ve become very interested in large-scale spay and neuter clinics. One group I work with is called Animal Balance, out of the United States, [which has a program] in the Galapagos Islands. In five days we can do about 600 animals. We have MASH-style clinics, and we can pick up, move and set it up again in just a few hours. [We] work with the local people, and then encourage discussion about animal overpopulation and taking care of your animals. Q: Why is our bond with animals so important? A: Throughout history we’ve had bonds with animals [but] our bond has changed because we no longer depend on the animals that are close to us to provide us with food or nourishment or protection. These animals are serving a very important function for us. There’s been tons of research looking at physical effects, psychological effects, learning effects. Children who are just learning how to read are much more willing to read with a dog than they are with another person who might be correcting them. Having people in a shelter environment can reduce the dogs’ and the cats’ stress. We have this really close relationship.
Check out our web exclusives to see a video of Connie in action at the Edmonton Humane Society, and to read more about her volunteer work in Rwanda, her new U of A course on the human-animal bond, and her houseful of furry friends. www.arts.ualberta.ca/woa
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Panorama is a look at events, news and achievements in the Faculty of Arts
Doubt, a Parable
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U of A Studio Theatre’s Doubt - Doug Mertz (Father Flynn) and alumna Nicola Elbro (’11 BFA, Acting) rehearse for U of A Studio Theatre’s production of Doubt, A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley. Doubt is the story of a priest at a Catholic school who is accused of sexual misconduct with a student. Photo by Ed Ellis
2 Eurekamp! -
Participants in Eurekamp!, the Philosophy for Children summer camp, enjoyed a visit from a West Edmonton Mall penguin as they discussed humankind’s relationship with animals.
3 Non-Profit Board Internship Graduation -
Community Service-Learning’s (CSL) Administrative Director, Lorraine Woollard, hands a Non-Profit Board Internship Certificate to Casey Tran, who graduated with 12 other students who completed the CSLaffiliated program. The ceremony took place in April at City Hall.
4 Kule Institute for Advanced Study’s (KIAS) Undergraduate Conference Participants chat with donors Peter and Doris Kule at the closing barbeque in August. The conference, entitled “Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now,” was the first major international, interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts to be held at the U of A, and was attended by undergraduates from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Mexico, Australia, China and Japan. Photo by Gillian Edwards
5 Celebrating 100 years of Herbert Marshall McLuhan -
In June, the U of A commemorated McLuhan (1911-1980), known for his research on media theory. The participants in the “Marshall McLuhan and artistic vision in the wireless city” panel discussion (left to right): Douglas Barbour (Professor Emeritus, English & Film Studies), Elena Lamberti (Università di Bologna), Rob Shields (Sociology; Henry Marshall Tory Chair). Photo by Robert Franco
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Celebrating artistic vision
6 2011 Alumni Dinner & Dance - The official portrait of Dean of Arts, Lesley
Cormack, and Arts development staff along with distinguished donors and guests from the 2011 Alumni Dinner & Dance.
7 Donation to the Department of Music -
Music alumna Carol Otto (’75 MMus) recently donated an organ she had custom-built in 1978 to the Department of Music. It will be used as a practice organ for students and faculty, and can now be found in the office of Marnie Giesbrecht, a professor in organ performance.
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8 Department of Sociology’s 50th Anniversary -
Sociology celebrated its 50th Anniversary in September with a lecture by distinguished Arts alumnus John Hagan (’71 MA; ’74 PhD Sociology) entitled “How We Remember to Forget: Canada and America’s Forever Wars.” The lecture was followed by a well‑attended reception at the Faculty Club.
9 Scandinavian Studies Association Welcome Tea - The second annual tea was a great success as community members met with students who are taking courses in Scandinavian language and culture, or who are international students from Scandinavian countries studying at the U of A.
10 Alumni Weekend 2011 -
Alumna Marie-Josée Ouimet (’03 BMus) and her band rock the Big Top Tuck Shop during Alumni Weekend 2011.
11 FAB After Hours -
Music students perform musical improv acts, based on audience suggestions, at the Faculty of Arts’ annual Alumni Weekend event.
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A hearty Viking welcome
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10 Shakin’ the big top
Achievements The Faculty of Arts would like to congratulate the following faculty, staff and students for their outstanding achievements:
Faculty Members David Barnet (Drama) received an Arts & Culture Award from the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE). Barnet also received the TELUS Courage to Innovate Award at the 2011 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts for his work with GeriActors and Friends. Jeff Bisanz (Psychology) was honoured with the 2011 Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) Distinguished Academic Award, which recognizes an academic staff member who has made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university. E.D. Blodgett (Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Comparative Literature) and Jan Selman (Drama) were inducted into the 2011 Arts & Culture Hall of Fame at the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Awards. The Hall of Fame honours outstanding individuals and groups whose body of work has brought recognition to the City of Edmonton. Janine Brodie (Political Science) is now a Distinguished University Professor, a title awarded by the U of A to members of its academic staff who have achieved outstanding distinction in each of the areas of research and scholarship, teaching and service to the University and the community at large. The U of A Concert Choir, conducted by Debra Cairns (Music), placed second in the Mixed-Voice Collegiate Choirs category at the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs.
Sarah Carter (History & Classics) was awarded a visiting fellowship at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London for her project comparing land policies and gender in the Canadian and U.S. Wests, as well as in British settler societies. Carter also received a fellowship at the Keele University Research Institute for the Humanities, which funds research at the British Library. Three English & Film Studies faculty members were recognized by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta at the 2011 Alberta Book Publishing Awards: • Patricia Demers: Scholarly and Academic Book Award • Rudy Wiebe (Professor Emeritus): Trade Fiction Book Award • Christine Wiesenthal: Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence Sean Gouglas (History & Classics) received the 2011 Alan Blizzard Honourable Mention Award from the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as the coordinator of a six-person computing science team for the collaborative project, CMPUT 250: Computers & Games. Liz Ingram (Art & Design) was awarded a $100,000 commission by the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for her print installation, Confluence through the Looking Glass. Ingram was also recently awarded the University Cup, the highest honour the U of A can bestow on a member of its academic staff, recognizing distinction in each of the areas of scholarly research, teaching and service to the University and the community at large. Gary Kelly (English & Film Studies) received the Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at Newcastle University to study early British literature.
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Andy Knight (Political Science), John Newman (Linguistics) and Jan Selman (Drama) were inducted into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Election to the RSC is the
highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada. Malinda Smith (Political Science) received a Woman of the Year Award from the U of A’s Academic Women’s Association. The award is given to recognize contributions for the betterment of women in the University community. Franz Szabo (History & Classics, Director of Wirth Institute for Austrian & Central European Studies) received the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Service to the Republic of Austria for significant contributions to Austrian history and culture. The medal was presented by H.E. Werner Brandstetter, Ambassador of Austria to Canada & Jamaica, and was accompanied by a personal video message by Karlheinz Töchterle, the Austrian Federal Minister for Science & Research. Photo by Elisabeth Szabo
Franz Szabo Raleigh Whitinger (Modern Languages & Cultural Studies) was awarded the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German’s (CAUTG) highest honour: the Hermann Boeschenstein Medal. It is awarded to a Germanist who has made exceptional contributions to the teaching of German in Canada. Derek Walcott’s (Distinguished Scholarin-Residence) collection of poems, White Egrets, recently won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, awarded to the best unpublished book-length collection of poetry in English, and the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, for literary works by Caribbean authors.
Alexander von Humboldt Professorship Staff Melissa Casey (Undergraduate Student Services) received a 2011 Excellence in Learning Support Recognition Award, which recognizes members of the U of A community who significantly contribute to the student learning experience.
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Daniel Gervais (Undergraduate Student, Music) won the title of Canadian Grand Master at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition. Gervais is the first Albertan to win the competition.
Brett Dahl (Undergraduate Student, Drama) was a cast member in the play ONE, which won three Betty Mitchell Awards for excellence in the Calgary professional theatre community.
Derek Gladwin (Graduate Student, English & Film Studies) won the 2011 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Government of Canada. Each of the recipients receives $50,000 a year for three years to help them as they pursue and complete their doctoral studies. Nicole Marshall (Graduate Student, Political Science) was awarded the Margaret Brine Graduate Scholarship from the Canadian Federation of University Women.
Research Centres Eighteen Bridges, published by the Canadian Literature Centre/ Centre de littérature canadienne, was named the best new magazine at the 2011 Alberta Magazine Awards.
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The Alexander von Humboldt Professorship is the most valuable international research award in Germany, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Up to 10 awards are granted each year. Harald Baayen (Linguistics) received news earlier this year that he had been awarded the prestigious award, valued at five million euro (~C$6.8 million).
Quanteisha Benjamin (Undergraduate Student, English and Sociology) won the R&B/Soul Recording of the Year award for her debut album Stars at the 2011 Juno Awards. Photo by
Iwona Faferek (Undergraduate Student, Art & Design) won the Veer Scholarship from the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada for her project, Mapping Typography: A Journey through Typeface Design.
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The professorship is granted to leading researchers in various disciplines who are working abroad, and allows them to equip laboratories and establish research groups. When asked about his accomplishment, Baayen said, “An award like this offers the opportunity of a lifetime for realizing research that would otherwise be far beyond the scope of projects funded by standard granting agencies.” Baayen’s research focuses on the area of quantitative linguistics. One of his research projects over the next five years will investigate which areas of the brain control the movements of the tongue, lips and jaw when we speak. Baayen’s award will also allow him to collect far more information than would have otherwise been possible, and to develop a large database that will be shared with the general research community. Ultimately, Baayen’s research will contribute to understanding the algorithms used by the brain for understanding and producing speech. “Harald is a true pioneer of computer-assisted linguistic research and psycholinguistics,” commented Sally Rice, chair of the U of A’s Department of Linguistics. “He is most deserving of this prestigious recognition.” Baayen will be carrying out his research at Tübingen University in Germany, but will continue working with the U of A through videoconferencing with the Linguistics Department’s Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics and by co-supervising U of A linguistics graduate students. Baayen hopes that the U of A and Tübingen University will soon agree on a memorandum of understanding that will pave the way for joint PhD degrees between the two universities.
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Upcoming Events Mark your calendar for these public events, hosted by the Faculty of Arts or its departments. Event information is confirmed at the time of printing. Please visit websites to confirm times and for more information. Department of Music Performances www.music.ualberta.ca Monthly Music at Convocation Hall & Monday Noon Music Series Various dates and performers – please see website Convocation Hall, Arts Building Nov. 25 & 26 World Music Concerts 8 p.m.; Convocation Hall, Arts Building Nov. 27 The Rose in the Middle of Winter featuring the Madrigal Singers 8 p.m.; Convocation Hall, Arts Building Dec. 4 Mostly Mediaeval for Winds 2 p.m.; Convocation Hall, Arts Building
New Faculty Members The Faculty of Arts is pleased to welcome the following faculty members in 2011/12:
Jan. 29 Music at Winspear & Feb. 12 3 p.m.; Winspear Centre
East Asian Studies: Xiaoting Li, Chinese Linguistics
U of A Studio Theatre (Timms Centre for the Arts) www.studiotheatre.ca
History & Classics: Deana Heath, History of Modern India Joseph Patrouch, Director of Wirth Institute for Austrian & Central European Studies
Dec. 1-10 Fuddy Meers By David Lindsay-Abaire, guest director Ron Jenkins Feb. 9-18 Cymbeline By William Shakespeare, adaptor and director Kathleen Weiss, designer Suraiya Farzana (MFA Thesis) Fine Arts Building Gallery Exhibitions Please visit www.ualberta.ca/artdesign to view upcoming exhibits
24 Department of Political Science Christian Zionism: Its Origin, Ideology and Impact on the Politics of War and Peace in the Middle East 3:30 p.m.; 10-4 Tory Building 24
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies + Department of History & Classics The 1932-1933 Ukrainian Famine: Recent Perspectives 2:00 p.m.; 258 Tory Building
Music: Jonathan Kertzer, Director of folkwaysAlive! Political Science: Jennifer Hsu, Politics of China Sociology: Ken Caine, Environmental Sociology/Canadian Society Alison Dunwoody, Medical Sociology Richard Westerman, Social Theory Women’s Studies/Campus Saint-Jean: Felice Lifshitz, Medieval Studies
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Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne Brown Bag Lunch: Claudine Potvin Noon; Student Lounge, Arts Building 8
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies + Department of History & Classics The Ukrainian Question in the Russian Empire from the 1840s to 1870s 3:00 p.m.; 227 Athabasca Hall 11
The Wirth Institute for Austrian & Central European Studies Silent Night: Annual Christmas Concert 3:00 p.m.; Convocation Hall, Arts Building
24 Department of Political Science Muslims Facing Globalization 3:30 p.m.; 10-4 Tory Building
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A fond farewell to the following faculty members, who retired this past summer: Philosophy: Wesley Cooper Adam Morton Thank you for the many years you gave to the Faculty of Arts!
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As I See It... Alumnus opinion column
Should we fight the trend of e-journalism? Words by Jeremy Keehn
What do you think? Leave a comment at our online magazine at www.arts.ualberta.ca/woa.
After earning my BA in 1998, I was hired by Chinook Multimedia, a company started by two tech-savvy U of A professors, to work on a digital history textbook. Their idea was to blend narratives with a vast media archive, presenting history interactively and offering students a multitude of ways to access Canada’s past. It was a brilliant concept, well suited to the diminishing capacity for focus that my generation, the first to attend university in the era of widespread Internet use, was already starting to evince. Unfortunately for Chinook, tablet devices had yet to become
This change has placed those of us who became writers, editors and publishers after childhoods spent buried in books in a bind. Do we stay true to paper, or focus our efforts on media-rich websites and tablet apps? I work now as a web editor, and I worry sometimes
sales — a rise fueled by purchases of e-books and college textbooks (including, I like to think, a few dozen on CD-ROM). The digital age may be eroding our capacity to read deeply, but it is not altering our urge to think deeply, and to understand. ■
This change has placed those of us who became writers, editors and publishers after childhoods spent buried in books in a bind. Do we stay true to paper, or focus our efforts on media‑rich websites and tablet apps? - Jeremy Keehn
popular. Packaged on CD-ROM, well… sometimes it doesn’t pay to be ahead of your time. Canada’s professors remained faithful to paper. Nearly 15 years on, Chinook’s model is the norm, and it’s the book that seems out of its time. Most everyone accesses information broadly, skimming across the Internet’s surface before diving into a video here, a gallery there. A 2010 study showed that people working on computers change windows nearly 37 times per hour, on average. Our dopamine-craving brains now itch to engage with hypermodern, multitasking interfaces, an experience the book, for all its literary, narrative and journalistic devices, cannot provide.
that if I push for the latter direction, I’ll be moving readers to click outward rather than dive inward, diverting them rather than helping them to become more informed and empathetic people. Thankfully, there’s hope in that fear, and in the fact that many readers share it. Even as we’re distracted by technology, we still hunger after meaning — a quest that demands focus, reflection and depth. We worriers can take heart in initiatives like the U of A’s own Eighteen Bridges magazine, in the mushrooming of North American creative writing master’s programs from about 15 in 1975 to more than 150 today, and in a recent three-year study that showed a 5.6 percent increase in U.S. book
Jeremy Keehn Jeremy Keehn (’98 BA, History) is an associate editor of Harper’s Magazine in New York City. He has worked or written for The Walrus, Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The Tyee, and CBC Radio and TV.
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Risky business Strange shoes set Caroline Jenner on a career path she never could have dreamed of
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Words by Judy Monchuk Photography by Sander de Wilde
The right shoes are an essential travelling companion – and if you’re really lucky, they can launch unexpected journeys. For Caroline Jenner (’90 BA, French Language & Literature), footwear helped kickstart an unexpected entrepreneurial career.
Right after finishing her U of A degree in 1990, Jenner opted to head straight for Europe and a chance to hone the language skills she had developed while earning her degree. After months of travel and exploration, she arrived in what was then Czechoslovakia, intrigued by the historic change the country was experiencing after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sitting in a Bratislava café, broke and unwilling to call home for more money, she realized she needed a job. Luckily, she had chosen to sip coffee in Mozart House, a building taken over by the new government. A press attaché noticed the young Canadian’s shoes weren’t anything that could be found in Eastern Europe and approached her, explaining that the administration desperately needed native English speakers.
Three hours later, Jenner had a job teaching English to 25 top government officials and helping with international communications. She was 23 years old. “The entire world was faxing them in English, but they couldn’t understand the faxes,” said Jenner, 44. “People everywhere wanted to speak to the new top guns. But only a few of the people in this building could speak English.”
Jenner couldn’t speak a word of Czech or Slovak, although her multilingual background included French and Italian. She began teaching English four hours every day, piecing together lesson plans from BBC broadcasts, copies of TIME magazine, English newspapers and children’s storybooks. An aptitude for language, a keen interest in people and a natural affinity for teaching combined for a winning formula.
- Caroline Jenner
People everywhere wanted to speak to the new top guns. But only a few of the people in this building could speak English.
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That’s what makes entrepreneurs hum: They are seeing an opportunity and making it work every day. - Caroline Jenner
“I think I got through on sheer bravado,” recalled Jenner with a laugh during a summer visit home to Edmonton to connect with family. “I wasn’t paid very well, but I had a great time.” The demand for English skills was huge in the rapidly evolving economy of Eastern Europe, and Jenner soon started her own school, offering lessons to anyone who wanted to learn. “We said we would teach 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We were full within two days: everyone from 65-year-olds who could remember Czechoslovakia before the Communists, all the way down to 17-year-olds seeking to get into business school anywhere. It was a wonderful mix of people. They were willing to come at 7 a.m. before work, and they were willing to come until 11 p.m. after work.” Jenner learned Slovak as her students learned English, a process that allowed her to understand the mistakes they made. But she quickly realized the teens needed more than just English skills. Her stepfather suggested she contact Junior Achievement (JA), the mentoring organization dedicated to providing young people with handson business experience, work skills and inspiration to thrive in a global economy. The group’s international office provided videos and textbooks geared to teach financial literacy, which Jenner began using with her enthusiastic students. 16
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It wasn’t long afterwards that an excited parent arrived at her class, wanting to take the concept to the country’s education minister, adamant that every child in Slovakia needed these tools for the new world marketplace. Although caught off guard by the scope of the proposal, Jenner met with a highly enthusiastic official who wanted the program in place for the upcoming school year, leaving less than four months for translation and planning. In 1993, Jenner was named director of what would become Junior Achievement Slovakia. She realized she was on the cutting edge of change; every education minister in Eastern and Central Europe was scrambling for ways to teach new market economics. When governments couldn’t get materials fast enough, groups like JA stepped in to fill the void. Seeking financial backing, Jenner approached Czechoslovakia-born Thomas J. Bata, scion to the Bata Shoes empire. Bata became an enthusiastic supporter and a mentor to the young Canadian, flying from his home in the southwestern Czech Republic for meetings near the Vienna airport. Over wiener schnitzel, they discussed ways to speed up the JA expansion. “He was the kindest man I ever met,” said Jenner. “He was my first sponsor and helped me find people to join my board of directors.”
Realizing she could make an impact during a turning point in Europe’s history stoked an entrepreneurial spirit Jenner hadn’t known existed. “Here I was experiencing something new every day,” she said. “That’s what makes entrepreneurs hum: they are putting pieces together, or people together, or deals together or thoughts together…. They are seeing an opportunity and making it work every day. I think that’s what happened to me without me realizing it. Every day there was something: either one of my students was moving forward or I would meet someone like this father who took me to the minister of education. You can’t leave a path like that behind; you can’t say no. Every single thing was rolling into the next thing.” During a meeting of established JA chapters across Eastern Europe, it was decided that one dedicated person needed to focus on the group’s expanding frontiers. Jenner took on the role of Regional Director for JA Central & Eastern Europe, and travelled frequently for the organization. At new chapters in Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, she helped locals establish functional boards, recruit and train individual CEOs, and get their programs approved and translated. Jenner’s outsider status, with no ties to a particular family or region,
helped balance collective interests because she was viewed as unlikely to favour one group over another. In 1998, Jenner opted for a brief foray into private enterprise with Bata Shoes, but remained in contact with JA. In April 2001, at 34, she returned to the fold at the request of Sam Taylor, CEO of JA International. Her task was to create and build a board for Junior AchievementYoung Enterprise (JA-YE) Europe, the first regional office within the organization’s international network. Under Jenner’s guidance as CEO for JA-YE Europe, the Brussels-based headquarters became self-sustaining within five years and has since grown from 24 member countries to 38. Among the initiatives Jenner implemented is Enterprise without Borders, a program that partners student companies with other student companies in different countries. The program has since grown to involve 33 countries across Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Although Jenner’s timing was providential, her upbringing likely helped forge her entrepreneurial path. The eldest daughter of two teachers who met at the U of A, she acquired traits from both parents. Peter Jenner’s (’62 BA) linguistics background was key to his work with adult learners through Alberta Education, while Janet Fraser began Western Relocation Services in the 1960s to help families arriving in the bustling city of Edmonton. A cultural education that
included a performance degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as excellent teachers in English, French and Latin at the U of A, also helped to foster young Caroline’s creative and innovative spirit. Jenner credits her success to a family that always made her feel she would shine, no matter what she sought to accomplish. That sense of confirmation is key to the success of JA, where support networks of business mentors are established to provide young people with confidence to look beyond the obvious and to take chances.
Jenner speaks at the European Business Summit.
“There’s something about openness and risk,” said Jenner. “There’s nothing really wrong with letting them fall flat on their face and then helping them pick up and take the next road.” Jenner says the need for security and support systems that flourished in Europe after the devastation of the Second World War kicked the entrepreneurial spirit out of many Europeans. In the current global economy where innovation will be key to stimulating future job creation, kindling an entrepreneurial mindset in youth is not just a challenge, but a necessity. Under Jenner’s watch, it’s working. JA-YE Europe has grown from 800,000 young people in 2001 to 3.2 million in 2011.
Jenner visits the stands at JA-YE Europe Enterprise Challenge 2011 in Madrid, Spain, together with Her Royal Highness Letizia, the Princess of Asturias, Spain
Looking back – and forward – Jenner sums up the key to her success with a simple observation: “I didn’t have a plan. Thank goodness.” ■
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Ask the Expert
Q: What is the total debt per person for federal, state, municipal and personal levels? My guess-estimate is roughly $100,000 per living person in the U.S. — what about Canada? What would a reasonable level be? - Barbara Baker, ’88 MA, Economics Calgary, AB
A government that wants to avoid cutting programs and, thereby, exacerbating the recession, will run a temporary deficit.
- Constance Smith
A: This is an interesting question, since debt accumulation is central to understanding the recent fiscal deadlock in the U.S. Congress, and the possible sovereign debt defaults in Europe.
too much debt is undesirable since, when the repayment phase begins, taxpayers must be convinced to pay more in taxes than they receive in government spending.
It is normal and often appropriate for a government to have some debt. During recessions, revenues fall as incomes decline so fewer people are working and paying taxes. As well, demand for employment insurance and welfare payments increase. A government that wants to avoid cutting programs and, thereby, exacerbating the recession, will run a temporary deficit. However,
According to the World Economic Outlook Database compiled by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), U.S. gross government debt in 2010 was US$13.4 trillion. There are about 310 million Americans, so this is approximately US$43,000 per person. 1 The debt is mainly federal government debt, since most U.S. states have balanced budget rules.
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Ask the Expert In Canada, provincial government debt is large — about two-thirds the size of federal government debt. Together, debt of the federal, provincial and local governments amounts to about C$1.36 trillion, or nearly C$40,000 for each of 34.1 million Canadians.
the Canadian government debt-to-GDP ratio to stabilize over the next five years, but for the U.S. rate to continue to rise and to reach 112 per cent by 2016. The relevant question, however, as Barbara Baker asks, is “What would a reasonable level be?” There is no easy answer to this question, but part
The relevant question is ‘What would a reasonable level [of debt] be?’ There is no easy answer to this question, but part of the answer depends on what level is sustainable.
- Constance Smith
Personal debt is also significant, at about US$43,000 for each U.S. citizen, and C$41,000 for each Canadian citizen.2 So while the attention has been on U.S. debt, Canada is not far behind. Since a government’s ability to repay debt generally rises with its incomegenerating capacity, it is more useful to compare the ratio of government debt to GDP [Gross Domestic Product]. While the ratio of Canadian government debt to GDP has been higher than the U.S. over most of the last decade, in 2010 the ratio was 92 per cent in the U.S., compared to 84 per cent in Canada. The IMF projections are for
of the answer depends on what level is sustainable – that is, the level that a country can maintain while repaying its loans. Most governments want to repay their debt, if for no other reason than that lenders will charge higher rates or refuse to provide new funds to a country that defaults (as Argentina has recently found). One standard for an “appropriate” ratio of government debt to GDP was set by the 17 countries that are members of the eurozone. When they join, they agree to maintain a level of government debt no higher than 60 per cent of GDP (although this ceiling is often violated).
Constance Smith Constance Smith is a professor in the Department of Economics. Her previous appointments include economist in the Research Department at the Bank of Canada; visiting fellow at the Australian National University; visiting scholar at the Victoria University of Wellington; and acting director of the U of A’s Institute for United States Policy Studies. Photo by Stuart Landon
The eurozone countries are, however, in a somewhat more difficult position than Canada and the U.S., since they have relinquished their currencies in favour of the euro. The advantage for a country like the U.S. is that it retains the legal ability to issue U.S. dollars. Hence, as was pointed out by Alan Greenspan (former chairman of the board of governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System) following the August credit downgrade of U.S. debt by credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s, “The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that.” 3 The Greek government, by contrast, is a eurozone member and can no longer issue debt and pay lenders in its former currency, the drachma. Of course, if the U.S. creates too many dollars it could lead to inflation, and “default” in the sense that the value of dollars repaid becomes lower than the value of dollars lent. However, it would not “default” in the usual sense. ■
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Making the U of A MORE Green (& Gold) -by Benjamin Freeland (’98 BA, History)
Jeremy Caradonna, assistant professor in the Department of History & Classics, is using his historical research to promote environmental sustainability on campus in a whole new way. While his academic roots lie in the conventional domain of early modern European cultural history, Caradonna’s longstanding commitment to environmentalist causes led him to change his focus to the history of environmentalism. The result has been a seamless blending of his activism and scholarly work, which he hopes will help foster a greener campus culture.
I realized that so much of the writing on sustainability is lacking in historical perspective.
- Jeremy Caradonna
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Caradonna’s transition from traditional historical studies to his current bailiwick began as a graduate student and environmental activist at Johns Hopkins University. “It began with studying the history of deforestation in France,” he explains. “It was then that I realized that so much of the writing on sustainability is lacking in historical perspective.” He is currently working on what promises to be a landmark treatise on the history of environmental consciousness and the notion of “sustainability,” which he hopes will gain traction beyond the university. “I want it to be accessible to the average reader,” he says. In addition to his teaching and research, he is heavily involved in the U of A Office of Sustainability, taking every opportunity to promote sustainable practices on campus. Caradonna also does much to promote environmental activism among his students through new courses such as the History of Environmental Consciousness and the History of Sustainability, and through eco-focused field trips and internships. “I want students to use these ideas and mobilize them outside the classroom,” he asserts. “I don’t want to keep them locked in the ivory tower.” ■
The Value of Home Movies
-by Benjamin Freeland (’98 BA, History)
There once was a time when “home movie” meant something more than videos of skateboarding dogs and backyard water fights. It meant grainy footage of birthdays and Bar Mitzvahs that parents would show on special occasions. Most of these old reels now collect dust in attics, but thanks to a growing number of scholars, archivists and enthusiasts, this largely forgotten medium is enjoying a revival.
experimental filmmakers, leading her to pursue a PhD in Visual & Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. She arrived in Edmonton in 2007 where, in addition to teaching Film Studies courses and continuing her research into the history of the aesthetics of home movies, she has been the main organizer of Edmonton’s annual participation in International Home Movie Day.
Leading the Edmonton revival is Liz Czach, assistant professor of Film Studies. A former film programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival, Czach’s interest began with research into the use of Super 8 film by
For Czach, home movies are anything but boring. “It’s fascinating to see what people choose to film. And film used to be a lot more expensive, so people had to be a lot more selective.” This, coupled with the fact that these films were never
meant for public consumption, is what sets them apart from today’s YouTube videos, she contends. “YouTube has taken the films out of the private sphere. But home movies offer a glimpse into people’s private lives.” There has been no shortage of people keen to show off their family moments at Home Movie Day. Most of the attendees contribute film for viewing, but others just enjoy the medium. Occasionally there’s an element of mystery: “In some cases you have no idea where the film is from, and there’s some detective work,” says Czach. “And this is probably the most fun part!” ■
A New Faculty on Another Continent Drama professor Jan Selman is lending her expertise to the birth of an academic endeavour nearly 14,000 km away. Selman spent eight months in Nairobi, Kenya, working with a team at Aga Khan University (AKU) to help lead the creation of the institution’s first Faculty of Arts & Sciences. With the ultimate goal of an interdisciplinary program that incorporates science, humanities, fine arts and the social sciences, Selman was tasked with developing specific programming and research activity for the Digital Arts, Expressive Arts (performance, design, visual art, music and creative writing) and Business for the Arts stream (DEBA). Selman made it a priority to learn about the cultures, tone and needs of the arts communities within East Africa. With the help of working groups made up of local artists, Selman and her colleagues were able to obtain feedback from each group about what the Faculty should incorporate into its curriculum. For example, Selman learned that there is a pressing need to preserve stories
that have been passed down through generations. “Storytellers: that is so important among various communities. They are getting older and [they need] to be documented by the filmmakers, documentary workers, etc. That is urgent,” says Selman, adding that one storyteller is 115 years old. AKU – a partner of the U of A – is constructing a brand new campus that will be situated near Arusha, Tanzania. According to Selman, the new space for the Faculty played a large role in her group’s planning. “With the fine arts, space is a very big deal because we make things, practice things and create things in spaces that are reasonably specialized: theatres, film editing suites, sound stages, visual art studios. So the design is extremely important,” Selman says. With the first draft of the academic plan completed, Selman expects some courses to begin in 2015 and the Faculty to be taking its first students in 2017. ■ Top photo by Liz Ingram Bottom photo by Sylver Queredo
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a digital world through his
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Words by Isha Thompson Photography by samwellsphoto.com
Farzad Varahramyan (’92 BFA, Art & Design) just wants to put a smile on your face, along with millions of others. The 43-year-old definitely has a smile on his. The married father of two resides in Carlsbad, California, and is the creative visual director at Appy Entertainment — a gaming company he co-founded in 2008, which specializes in developing applications for handheld devices such as smart phones. As the creative genius who has sketched the visuals for top-selling apps while co-owning a prosperous business, many may assume Varahramyan’s sincere character and infectious laugh are the byproducts of a luck-of-the-draw life. But in reality, he shrewdly moulded his artistic talent to cater to new technologies and consumer demands, and luck had very little to do with it.
Sudden changes certainly didn’t slow him down in the past. The son of Iranian parents, Varahramyan was born in Milan, Italy in 1968; he lived there until he was 11 years old and his family was forced to leave after the onset of the Iranian revolution. “My dad’s business was importing Italian furniture goods into Iran, so overnight all of his clients were either shot, arrested or sent out of the country. So essentially overnight his business died.” They eventually settled in St. Albert, Alberta, which put Varahramyan on track to attend the U of A as a student in the Art & Design Department. Sketching and drawing was something he always loved, and his parents supported his passion.
Appy’s Apps Farzad’s designs can be seen in the following apps that are available for download at www.appyentertainment.com Truck & Skulls HD Candy Rush Face Fighter Ultimate Face Fighter Gold Zombie Pizza Tune Runner
The market is moving so fast, the trends change so quickly, people’s tastes shift so rapidly that if you are not with it or slightly ahead of it, you can get lost very easily and quickly.
- Farzad Varahramyan
The birth of the five-minute games that anyone can play on the train to work, in the coffee line or just to connect with like-minded friends is a departure from traditional console games that are costly to produce and purchase, and which typically cater to a niche gamer. The app world offers designers a way to share their creations with millions and swiftly update designs based on reviews and sales. But with continually changing trends, keeping up with demands while creating original content is an added challenge. “The market is moving so fast, the trends change so quickly, people’s tastes shift so rapidly that if you are not with it or slightly ahead of it, you can get lost very easily and quickly,” explains Varahramyan.
“I remember, as a child, my dad would not buy me toys unless it was my birthday or Christmas, but if I ever pointed to art supplies, he would immediately buy it for me.” Illustrations had always held his attention, but it was the release of Star Wars in May 1977 that changed his life. The eye candy presented in the out-ofthis-world characters and their fictional universe caught the attention of moviegoers around the globe. From that point on, Varahramyan knew he wanted to not only be an artist, but a creator of entire galaxies, creatures and vessels. Comment on this article in our online magazine at www.arts.ualberta.ca/woa.
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I truly wanted to create worlds from scratch. From the bad guy, to the universe he lives in, all the way down to the nuts and bolts that held his chair together in his ship. - Farzad Varahramyan
“I truly wanted to create worlds from scratch. From the bad guy, to the universe he lives in, all the way down to the nuts and bolts that held his chair together in his ship.”
Xbox®2 consoles. But with each game costing millions of dollars to produce, Ulm sensed that it was only a matter of time before the gaming industry experienced a shift.
After graduating from the U of A, Varahramyan furthered his education at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He secured an internship at Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. (ADI) where he was introduced to the world of character design by ADI founders and Academy Awardwinning team Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. Under their mentorship, Varahramyan began his own creature designs, which have since been featured in films such as Jumanji and the Alien vs. Predator movies.
He was indeed correct. With the release of the iPhone3 in 2007, Apple had changed the rules of gaming with their slick new gadget and application software. Not to be left behind, Varahramyan and his partners sold High Moon Studios and founded Appy Entertainment.
“To this day I work with them,” he says, referring to Gillis and Woodruff Jr. “They call me up a couple of times a year and I do a couple of quick character designs here and there for whatever creature projects they are working on.” His most recent designs can be seen in the 2009 release of Race to Witch Mountain and the fall 2011 release of The Thing. Still itching for the opportunity to construct fantastical worlds, Varahramyan created his first gaming company, High Moon Studios, in 2005 with two friends and current partners at Appy, Chris Ulm and Paul O’Connor. The team built success with the creation of games like Darkwatch for Playstation®21 and 1 2 3
“We were right to listen to Chris [Ulm] because iPhone and Apple has created a whole new industry and they are dominating it,” says Varahramyan. It was a domination that led to the July 2011 announcement of the Apple Store4 surpassing 15 billion app downloads from more than 200 million iPhone, iPad5 and iPod touch6 users worldwide. In a blink of an eye, the everyday gamer shifted from young males with multiple consoles to anyone with as little as an updated cell phone and a few minutes to spare. “My mother has apps, whereas before she wouldn’t have even known how to boot up a console game and use that controller.” With the creation of intricately designed apps like Face Fighter, which made it to Apple’s top 10 paid app list in 2009, and Zombie Pizza,
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which held a feature spot in the store for four straight weeks, it is not surprising to learn that in the first 2.5 years, Appy had more apps downloaded then the combined units of console games the founders had sold in their 15-year careers. To date, Appy games have reached nine million downloads and report 100,000 daily active users. Varahramyan is tight-lipped when asked about any current Appy projects, but he does say that the ultimate goal is to establish Appy Entertainment as a mainstream content provider for mobile media. With five apps and multiple versions under his belt, along with his determination to continually generate original content, Varahramyan has shown the world he can design any future he dares to imagine. ■ Varahramyan’s character design from Alien vs. Predator
Humanities Computing Grad Students on…
How video games will change the Q: What are some of the ways gaming can go beyond entertainment to have an impact on society? Joyce: Jane McGonigal is a big name in the video game world right now – a few years ago she gave a TEDTalk [Technology, Entertainment & Design Talk] and it turned into a book called Reality is Broken. For a long time games have been seen as alternative reality or as an escape, but her work focuses on improving the real world. Her first game was called World Without Oil, and the aim was to adjust players’ thinking and acting if there wasn’t enough fuel to shift food over long distances or commute to work. For [the three of] us, we’re all working on a research group called GRAND [Graphics, Animation and New Media], and Shannon and I are partnering with a lot of different communities in Edmonton and building games for them. We’re working on partnering with the Old Strathcona Business Association to do a writing game – getting people to write their own stories about walking on the streets of Whyte Avenue. For me, having been in Edmonton my whole life, that’s really meaningful because people don’t remember what Whyte Avenue looked like even 10 years ago. Michael: In my project we’re looking at health education and thinking about how you teach the things that aren’t
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book knowledge. We built a game where the player is a medical student moving around a hospital on rounds, following a doctor. The doctor will ask questions, or they’ll meet another medical student who wants to send them a text message about one of the cases they’re working on. We tested it on about 14 students and they all said they learned something about patient safety. Almost everyone recognized that sharing information by text message [is a confidentiality issue], but immediately afterwards is a scenario where the doctor asks for information with other people sitting around, and almost everyone gives the information. You can’t create this scenario in real life with a doctor, but if the problem persists even in a game, then the game at least lets you explore it again and again. Anything that is process-based is going to benefit from people being able to interact and explore, and games really help that. Shannon: The way games are going to really start changing the world is as a new way of actually doing research – of posing questions and exploring problems.
One of the things that has been in the news a lot [recently] was a project out of the University of Washington where they created a video game to find out a folding pattern for one of the AIDS viruses, to be able to make a vaccine. This was something that researchers had been working on for many years, and then one researcher thought ‘This is something where we could use a big pool of gamers, turn this problem into a game and give it to them.’ They solved it in a matter of [weeks]. Games are essentially a problemsolving mechanism, and I think that’s where it would be beneficial for our researchers to look at how we can harness this kind of power. ■
Photography by U of A Marketing and Communications (Richard Siemens) Students from left to right: Joyce Yu, Michael Burden, Shannon Lucky
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Harley Wallace (Undergraduate student) Above: Forgotten Media: Mixed Media
(Undergraduate student, Psychology) Above: Abby Media: Pencil Crayon
Poetry Pauline Le Bel (’75 BMus)
musicians ©Pauline Le Bel 2011
they pry open the locked door dance into the shadows await the muse they recreate the world in sound every day from 88 keys 6 strings two vocal cords throbbing together they speak what’s left unsaid sing the deep aria that wakens the soul find the gift in the wound the blessing in the curse they let their hearts break once twice a hundred times mend them with silvery tones that ring against the dark so they can be heard and broken again having run out of the bandages of easy answers they live with the questions they offer us no hope of a perfect world no maps no models no systems for self-improvement but sound and word and zest to provoke and nourish and sustain us just as we are.
Neil Feirtel (Former professor, Art & Design) Above: Media:
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Arts Salon Karsen Mitchell (Undergraduate student, Art & Design) Top: Leaf alit Bottom: Polar city
Poetry Kenna Mary McKinnon
My Old Volkswagen Bus (’75 BA, Anthropology)
We painted our Winnebago orange and put decals on the side It wasn’t the same though as the two of us in 1972 Crammed in a Westfalia van with bicycles on top and babies in the back, ketchup on the rug It wasn’t the same at all when we camped beneath cold stars in a 2010 motor home from California though we painted it orange and put flowers on the side. Our RV with “countless creature comforts” and a “smooth ride” seemed to our paunchy and arthritic bodies less a joy Than our old Volkswagen bus when we were youths. But was it the old bus or was it that our joints were supple then And we were happy two of us with the babies in the back Before our paunchy and arthritic bodies slowed the pleasure of a home in Riverbend and cash to buy a new RV so we might see our children in California or perhaps the West Coast It’s not the same My arthritic knees can’t bike no more The neighbors stare at our old van in the back yard with flowers growing from the windows. It’s pretty and I’m getting old but still the new RV Like my brain remembers Mama Cass and flowers And is happy, shiny, new like my husband and I were In 1972. Perhaps our children and their children will remember The Winnebago orange and decals on the side this century not last Like we were to our parents then, A symbol.
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Faculty Bookshelf More recent titles
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Not Drowning But Waving: Women, Feminism and the Liberal Arts Edited by Susan Brown, Jo-Ann Wallace and Heather Zwicker (all from English & Film Studies) and Jeanne Perreault U of A Press, 2011
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Marko Živković’s (Anthropology) Serbian Dreambook: National Imaginary in the Time of Milošević (Indiana University Press, 2011) weaves stories that Serbians told themselves — and others — during the ruling of Slobodan Milošević into a unique literary portrait. Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, Živković drew on what he saw and heard from the locals when he returned home in 1993. He noticed that people were eager to speak about their troubles and world politics. With a background in psychology, Živković says that his goal was to present a different viewpoint to a topic that would typically be reserved for journalists and political scientists. Serbian Dreambook steps away from the facts about the war, and offers a fresh account of the stories that circulated. “Usually you treat Serbs as these people who got nationalistic and started these wars and lost them in the end,” says Živković. “Well, let’s hear what they were talking about. I am not trying to exculpate them or justify them or tell their side, I am just reporting what they were talking about.” When asked about the title of his book, Živković says he observed a connection between his past research on dreams and documenting how Serbians see the world. “I have this interest in dreams and I also have an interest in social theory, so I noticed that dreams are actually a good model for thinking about society,” he says. “There are some good parallels between a collective frenzy of nationalism and war, and a dreaming individual.” ■
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Not Drowning But Waving is a progress report on the variety of feminisms at work in academe and beyond. It provides insights for university administrators, faculty and literate non-specialists interested in the arts and humanities. Twenty-two essays explore topics such as feminism in the liberal arts disciplines, intergenerational and trans-cultural tensions within feminist communities, and balancing personal life with professional aspirations. Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone: In Search of the Wild Life Edited by Nathan Kowalsky (teaches in the Science, Technology & Society program) Wiley-Blackwell, 2010 Hunting has been a cornerstone in the artistic, religious and philosophical traditions of countless cultures throughout history. Yet few pursuits continue to be as controversial, for the hunting of prey strikes at the very core of such fundamental questions as death, embodiment, non-human life and morality. This book presents a collection of readings from academics and non-academics alike that move beyond the ethical justification of hunting to investigate less traditional topics and offer fresh perspectives on why we hunt.
Remembering Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’ (1956-2011) Shortly after the last issue of WOA was published, the Faculty of Arts was saddened by the sudden loss of Ibrahim Abu‑Rabi’. Abu-Rabi’ was the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC) Chair in Islamic Studies and a leading scholar of contemporary Islamic thought. He was also a well-respected professor who taught courses in Political Science, History & Classics and the Religious Studies program. He will be missed greatly by Arts faculty, staff and students.
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’40s ’48 Robert Kroetsch (BA; ’97 DLitt [Hon.]) renowned poet, novelist and teacher, and Jane Ash Poitras (’83 BFA, Art & Design), one of Canada’s best-known Aboriginal artists, were recently selected to receive this year’s Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards. Sadly, Kroetsch passed away in June 2011.
’60s Canadian focus for the Juvenilia Press Juvenilia Press, founded by Juliet McMaster (’63 MA; ’65 PhD, English & Film Studies; ’09 DLitt[Hon]; also Professor Emeritus) has published its latest volume, Crossing Canada 1907: The Diary of Hope Hook. The book was edited by Juliet and a team of Arts alumni and current grad students: Leilei Chen (’10 PhD, English & Film Studies), Kristine Kowalchuk (’97 BA, English; current PhD candidate), Caroline Lieffers (’08 BA, English and Linguistics; ’10 MA, History & Classics), and Linda Van Netten (’08 MA, English & Film Studies; current PhD candidate). Leilei, Kristine, Caroline and Linda produced the rich historical annotation to the volume; Juliet provided the largely biographical introduction, which derives from her work on the eminent Victorian painter James Clarke Hook (1819-1907), on whom she curated a centenary exhibit at Tate Britain. 7: Canada, 190 Crossingry of Hope Hook The Dia edited by
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One of a privileged family in England, Hope Hook crossed Canada at 14, with her eyes and ears open and her pen poised, recording in detail her family’s great adventure: the voyage over on the Allen Line’s Tunisian, their journey on the CPR to Vancouver, excursions to the Gulf Islands in search of a new home, and then the journey back to collect their goods and chattels before immigrating. That was to happen three years later, in 1910. She was alert to the young country’s vibrant cultural mix, its spectacular scenery, and particularly its rich natural history: all receive detailed and period-specific notes by tyro editors honing their skills. The manuscript of Hope Hook’s diary has been preserved by her descendants, along with many of the family’s art works that make the volume a visual as well as a historical treat. The project has been supported by Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Carl Amrhein. www.arts.unsw.edu.au/juvenilia.
’64 After graduation, Mac D. Campbell (BA) went on to complete his graduate work in Economics, his MBA and also a Corporate Finance Executive Program at Harvard. He also sang with the Richard Eaton Choir for three years. ’66 Iconic Alberta filmmaker Tom Radford (BA) took home a Gemini award on August 30 for Code Breakers, in the category of Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program. The film, which investigates a new theory for the arrival of the first people to the Americas by boat rather than over the Bering Bridge, first aired last January on CBC’s The Nature of Things and is partly based on the research of U of A anthropologist Andrzej Weber. Radford produced and directed the film with his partner, Niobe Thompson, a former Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in anthropology at the U of A. (Also see box on 2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards [the Rosies] for another award that Radford won for a different film.) ’69 Betty Jane Hegerat (Harke) (BA) published her fourth book in spring 2011. The Boy (Oolichan Books) is a blend of fiction, investigative journalism, memoir and metafiction woven around the murders of the Raymond Cook family in Stettler, AB in 1959. Betty completed a MSW at the U of C in 1973, and after leaving a career in social work to pursue a lifelong interest in writing, completed a MFA in Creative Writing at UBC in 2008. She writes and teaches creative writing in Calgary. ’69 Drew Lamont (BA) was recently appointed a member of the board of governors of Grande Prairie Regional College.
’70s ’70 Margaret Welwood (Bamford) (BA, Psychology; ’89 Dip[Ed]) edited To Teach, To Learn, To Live: The Complete Diabetes Education Guide for Health Care Professionals (Second Edition) by Diane O’Grady, RN, BSN, CDE. The book took first place in the reference category of the 2010 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. For more information, see www.diabeteseducationconnection.com. ’71 Former Northern Lakes College president Dan Vandermeulen (BA, ’76 Dip(Ed), ’87 Med) accepted a new position with the Government of Nunavut as deputy minister of executive. ’73 Michael Alexandruk (BA; ’76 Dip[Ed]) of Fort Saskatchewan retired in 1994 after teaching for 31 years. For most of his career, he taught science, social studies and mathematics at all grade levels. Michael also served as an assistant principal for 22
years at elementary schools in Strathcona County. Since retiring, he and his wife Olga are enjoying quality time with their family, including their four grandchildren. ’75 Pauline Le Bel (BMus) has released her fifth CD, Deep Fun, her first CD of amusing songs. After a lively career as a torch and blues singer, she decided it was time to burst out laughing. For more information visit www.paulinelebel.com
’75 Kenna Mary McKinnon (aka MacDonald, Wild) (BA, Anthropology) writes: “I’m a freelance writer and amateur photographer living in Edmonton, Alberta. I’ve also owned a home-based medical transcription business since 1999. Memories of the U of A are rewarding, as I received a lot of inspiration and help from profs, staff and students there. I’ve lived successfully with schizophrenia since my graduation year. Life is good. You might be interested in checking out my blogs at kenna-thescribe.blogspot. com or kenna-differentfolks.blogspot.com.” ’76 Helene Donahue (Tomusiak) (BA; ’80 MHSA) recently returned to Edmonton from Vancouver to assume to the role of program coordinator for the Alternate Relationship Plan Program Management Office in the Alberta Medical Association. Helene also reports that she is an avid member of the Victoria Business Women’s Golf League; attended the World Health Congress in Brussels, Belgium, in May 2010; and was a spectator at the Ironman Race in Kona, Hawaii in October, where she watched her daughter cross the finish line. ’76 Aritha van Herk (BA, English & Film Studies; ’78 MA, English & Film Studies) of Calgary was honoured with membership in the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Province’s highest honour. She was recognized for her significant contributions to the canons of Alberta and Canadian literature. Three Arts alumni have recently been appointed to the Provincial Court of Alberta. William Steven Andrew (’73 BA; ’76 LLB) to Edmonton Family & Youth; Donald Blaine Higa, (’79 BA) to Calgary Civil; and Susan Richardson (’87 BA, Political Science; ’08 MA, Sociology) to Edmonton Criminal.
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’80s ’80 Lorna Crozier (MA), a celebrated poet and esteemed mentor, was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in June 2011. The title of Officer recognizes a lifetime of achievement, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large. ’82 Kenda Gee (BA) is the producer/director of Lost Years (www.lostyears.ca), an epic documentary miniseries that covers over 150 years of history of the Chinese in Canada and abroad. The series is based on 12 years of research that Kenda undertook with co-producer/director Tom Radford (’66 BA). The documentary premiered on CBC in August, and will be distributed internationally. ’82 Amanda Le Rougetel (BA, Romance Languages) writes to say: “In April 2011, I became a full-time instructor of communication at Red River College in Winnipeg. I enjoy teaching students in a variety of programs that range from engineering to animal health technology and from technical writing to early childhood education. I hope that I might inspire one or two of them in the ways that some of my U of A professors inspired me – Philip Knight (French literature), Jo Ann Creore (linguistics) and Anita Holden (translation), to name just a few.” ’83 Major Pauline Quaghebeur (BA, Economics) recently returned from a posting to Canadian Defence Liaison Staff London UK and is now the Wing Administration Officer at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia. ’89 Susan L. Delaney (BA, Psychology; ’91 MBA) from Houston, TX, writes to let everyone know she is “Halfway through!!!” She has finished this semester, written the exit exams on her MA and PASSED. Most Influential Albertans Three Arts alumni were selected for Alberta Venture’s 15th annual list of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People: • Jonathan Christenson (’89 BA, English & Film Studies; ’92 BA(Cert) Drama; ’96 MFA, Drama) • Todd Hirsch (’89 BA, Economics) • John Karvellas (’68 BA; ’71 LLB)
’90s ’90 Clarke MacIntosh (BA, Philosophy) was recently appointed as national director for Canada of the Royal Academy of Dance. An accomplished pianist, he has also studied cello, French horn and voice. Previously, he was executive director of the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, a division of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. 32
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’92 Suzette Mayr’s (MA, English & Film Studies) book, Monoceros, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most distinguished literary prize for Canadian novels or short story collections published in English. Monoceros follows a number of characters after the suicide of a gay teen at a Catholic high school, and the Globe and Mail refers to it as “one of the most imaginative, quirky and emotionally devastating novels I’ve read in a long while.” The winner, who received $50,000, was announced on November 8 (after the publication deadline of WOA). ’95 Todd Babiak (BA, Political Science) was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his book Toby: A Man. The $15,000 Leacock Medal is awarded annually to the author of the funniest Canadian book of the year. ’96 Angela Santiago (BA, Political Science), the CEO of the Little Potato Company in Edmonton, was recently recognized by Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards. The awards, managed by the Caldwell Partners, celebrate the country’s most innovative and visionary young leaders. ’97 Aaron Rosland (BA, French and History; ’00 MBA) has been appointed to a diplomatic role as the Ontario Representative to India in New Delhi. In this role, Aaron will raise Ontario’s profile in India, represent Ontario interests, industry and government, and encourage Indian businesses to invest in Ontario. ’97 Jennifer Tarver (MFA, Directing) is back at the Stratford Festival for a fourth season, directing Tony winner Brian Dennehy in Pinter’s The Homecoming. The play has received four-star reviews from the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star, both singling out her direction for praise. Another one of Jennifer’s big credits is reviving her smash 2008 Stratford production of Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, also starring Brian Dennehy, at Chicago’s famed Goodman Theatre last year, after which it went to Broadway. Last year the Toronto Star named her one of their “people to watch.” ’98 Sheila Graham (BA, English) reports that she has started a new writing service around eulogies, helping people either as part of their estate planning or in the stressful time before a funeral service. Sheila says, “It is really hard to properly memorialize a loved one while grieving and dealing with the shock of their death. As well, some individuals appreciate this opportunity to prepare a draft obituary and eulogy and to plan funeral announcements, leaving behind clear instructions as many of us do for our families.” More information is available at www.crocodileink.com/lastwords.
’99 Frances Bitney (MA, Drama; ’08 PhD, Comparative Literature) holds a Research Scholar position in the Department of Drama at the University of Winnipeg and is working on the research to create a new database of production reviews of Manitoba-written plays. Frances notes that while completing a dissertation, it was noted that no current databases existed so “I decided to create one!”
’00s ’03 When Sara Michel (BA, History) graduated, she had a sense of fulfillment and enrichment. She also had no idea what she was going to do with it. Fast forward eight years: With a professional profile that includes the Federal Departments of National Defense and Foreign Affairs, and the UN World Food Programme; an MA in International Affairs; field work in Bolivia and Cuba with local NGOs; travels from west to east, north to south, lavish lifestyles to mud huts, she came back to where it started – Edmonton, AB. She now works for the international development organization Development and Peace, promoting social justice locally and raising awareness about global issues. Sara recently became the interim chair of a newly-formed History & Classics Alumni Association. ’06 Beatrice King (Ilg) (BA, English) is one of Canada’s rising actors who has made it onto the big screen. This year you can find the Beaumont native in two films: 50/50 with Seth Rogen and Sisters & Brothers with Glee Star Corey Monteith, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2006, Beatrice has gone on to complete a full-time program in Film & Television and train with world-renowned coaches Larry Moss and Andrew McIlroy. Her role in Mortal Kombat as Queen Sindel has gained international recognition. Her select projects include X-Men Origins: Wolverine with Hugh Jackman, Magic Beyond Words: the J.K. Rowling Story on Lifetime and Supernatural on the CW Network. This year, Beatrice has ventured into writing and producing her first short film alongside her co-writer and producing partner. Beatrice continues to teach and work on her craft at the Vancouver Acting School at Shoreline Studios. For updates on Beatrice’s work, visit www.beatriceking.com. Photo by Toranj Kayvon
Class Notes ’08 Edmonton actor Michael Peng (MFA, Directing) was honoured in August with a Best Actor nomination at the Stage Awards for Acting Excellence for his performance in Bashir Lazhar at the Edinburgh Fringe. The play — once a holdover at the Edmonton Fringe Festival — was directed by Piet Defraeye, associate professor in the U of A Drama Department, and also featured the work of Kim McLeod (’09 MA, Drama) and Cory Sincennes (’10 MFA, Theatre Design). Photo by Ed Ellis
’09 Brenda Beckman-Long, (PhD, English) recently received a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship for her research project, “Testimonial Narratives and the Witness in Contemporary Canadian Fiction.” She also published an article on Carol Shields, “The Stone Diaries as an Apocryphal Journal,” in Studies in Canadian Literature; it is drawn from her dissertation, supervised by Christine Wiesenthal, professor in the U of A’s Department of English & Film Studies.
Betty Mitchell Awards for excellence in the Calgary professional theatre community • The show ONE, by Jason Carnew (’04 BFA, Acting) received three awards, including Outstanding Lighting Design to Lester Lee (’08 BFA, Stage Management) and Snezana Pesic (’07 MFA, Theatre Design), and Outstanding Production. • The cast and crew of ONE also included several other alumni and one Arts student: Amber Borotsik (’01 BFA, Acting), Brett Dahl (on track for ’13 BFA, Acting), Benjamin Eastep (’04 BFA, Tech Theatre), Teunisje (Erin) Gruber (’11 BFA, Theatre Design), Kristi Hansen (’04 BFA, Acting), Cole Humeny (’08 BFA, Acting), Mark Jenkins (’05 BFA, Acting), and Keith Wyatt (’99 BFA, Acting). • Other winners included Bretta Gerecke (’96 MFA, Theatre Design) for Outstanding Costume Design, Mieko Ouchi (’92 BFA, Acting) for Outstanding New Play, and Paul Welch (’07 BFA, Acting) for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical.
2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards (Rosies) • Francis Damberger (’81 BFA, Drama), Best Director, Drama over 30 • Neil Grahn (’88 BFA, Drama), one of four producers who won in the Best Light Info or Lifestyle Series category • Shaun Johnston (’90 BFA, Acting), Best Alberta Actor • Robert Kelly (’98 BMus; ’01 MA, Music), Best Corporate Video • Josh Miller (’77 BA; ’80 MFA [New York University]), Best Children’s Program or Series. (Miller also won a “Rockie” award at the Banff World Media Festival, celebrating the best in international television and digital media production.) • Tom Radford (’66 BA), along with his partner, Niobe Thompson, won in both the Best Screenwriter, Non-Fiction over 30, and Best Director, Non-Fiction over 30, categories
Palette Industries’ Dharma Chair
’05 Ian Campana (BDes), Samuel Ho (’04 BDes) and Nathan Tremblay (’08 BDes) have fulfilled a dream they conjured during their days at the Faculty of Arts, by founding the Calgary-based Palette Industries in 2005. Palette is a design firm that looks beyond form and function and incorporates history, culture or just a great story. Thinking outside the box earned Palette worldwide recognition with the limited edition release of the Dharma Lounge in 2008. The stylish chair sent a wave of excitement through design communities and had fans erupt in chatter on multiple blogs. Campana, Ho and Tremblay have also taken on corporate clients, such as Püsch, and designed interior concepts for the West Edmonton Mall location. They are currently busy working on their newest batch of creations, which they plan to debut at the January 2012 Interior Design Show in Toronto, ON. www.paletteindustries.com
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Class Notes & In Memoriam
In Memoriam The Faculty of Arts notes with sorrow the passing of the following friends:
24th Annual Sterling Awards The 24th annual Sterling Awards for excellence in Edmonton theatre were handed out in late June, and five U of A Drama alumni and instructors were among the winners. • Chris Bullough (’98 BFA, Drama), Outstanding Fringe Director • Jesse Gervais (’01 BFA, Drama), Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role • Kristi Hansen (’04 BFA, Acting), Outstanding Fringe Performance by an Actress • U of A Drama instructors Dave Clarke and Tim Williamson, for Outstanding Score of a Play or Musical, and the Ross Hill Award for Individual Achievement in Production, respectively.
Where are they now? Catching up with our retired professors Professor Emeritus Wayne McVey taught courses in demography, marriage and the family, and family demography for 30 years in the Department of Sociology. Between 1990 and 2008, McVey edited Canadian Studies in Population, the only professional demographic journal in English Canada. He served as the first director of the U of A’s Population Research Laboratory from 1966 to 1972, and president of each of the Canadian Population Society and the Society of Edmonton Demographers. After retirement in 1995, I moved to the north Oregon coast just south of Astoria, Oregon, and I continued work with the Canadian Studies in Population [journal] until 2008 and have published a research article dealing with marital separation in Canada. In addition, I participated in six major provincial contracts dealing with population projections with the Population Research Laboratory. I continue research work dealing with housing and the elderly in Canada, as well as a longitudinal study of marital separation and divorce from 1941 to 2011. In addition, I am pursuing professional photography activity dealing with marketable scenic photo note cards. In reflection, I enjoyed immensely the opportunity to teach students the importance of understanding population change and its impact on Canadian society. I remain in touch with 12 of my outstanding students going back to 1968.
’36 BA, Lorna Park of Calgary, AB, in April 2011 ’37 BA, ’40 MD, Anathalie Taylor Lee (Heath) of Victoria, BC, in March 2011 ’38 BA, Helen Maxwell (Aikenhead) of Calgary, AB, in May 2011 ’41 BA, ’67 BEd, Margaret Small of Edmonton, AB, in April 2011 ’42 BA, Helen Amerongen (Fetherstonhaugh) of Edmonton, AB, in May 2011 ’42 BA, Blanche Boorman (Wallace) of Rimbey, AB, in January 2011 ’45 BA, ’46 BEd, Alexander Snowdon of Vancouver, BC, in July 2011 ’48 BA, Alice Bailey (Carter) of Edmonton, AB, in July 2011 ’48 BA, ’52 BEd, ’58 MA, Harold Bronson of Saskatoon, SK, in July 2011 ’48 BA, ’97 DLitt (Hon), Robert Kroetsch of Leduc, AB, in June 2011 ’51 BA, ’52 Dip(Ed), ’55 BEd, Verna Pinckston of Thorsby, AB, in August 2010 ’51 BA, ’52 MA, Alexander Malycky of Calgary, AB, in March 2011 ’51 BA, ’52 LLB, Alan Covey of Edmonton, AB, in April 2011 ’51 BA, ’52 LLB, Carl Rolf of Edmonton, AB, in May 2011 ’51 MA, Donald Brown of Calgary, AB, in April 2011 ’52 BA, Marvin G. Fowler of Duncan, BC, in April 2011 ’53 BA, Dene Latta of Kingston, ON, in February 2011 ’53 BA, ’54 LLB, Albert Porkka of Red Deer, AB, in August 2011 ’54 BA, ’59 BEd, ’67 Dip(Ed), George Nicholson of Edmonton, AB, in July 2011 ’54 MA, Paul Haljan of Edmonton, AB, in September 2010 ’55 BA, ’56 LLB, Michael McInerney of AB, in April 2011 ’55 BA, ’60 MD, John Chappel of Reno, NV, in March 2011 ’57 BA, Alan Blewett of Peterborough, ON, in July 2010 ’57 BA, Mary K. Mackie of Okotoks, AB, in January 2010 ’61 BA, Howard Mahon of Calgary, AB, in July 2011 ’61 BA, ’64 LLB, Lawrence Yuzda of Calgary, AB, in May 2011 ’62 BA, Karen Austin of Vancouver, BC, in April 2011 ’63 BA, David Simmonds of Victoria, BC, in July 2011 ’63 BA, ’68 MA, Stanley Stanko ’64 BA, Kenneth Reeder of Red Deer, AB, in August 2011 ’64 MA, Robert Garland of Lower Greenwich, NB, in May 2011 ’65 BA, ’74 Dip(Ed), John Dea of Edmonton, AB, in June 2011 ’67 BA, Kenneth Armitage ’67 BA, Norman Deckert of Stoney Creek, ON, in July 2011 ’68 BA, Gwen Durand (Quebec) of Calgary, AB, in May 2011 ’68 BA, Betty-Lou McCulloch of Edmonton, AB, in March 2011 ’68 MA, Eric Abell of Saanichton, BC, in March 2011 ’70 BA, ’72 BCom, Mark McCullough of Calgary, AB, in June 2011 ’71 BA, ’72 Dip(Ed), Tiziana Cristini ’71 BA, ’72 LLB, Harvey Mills of Fort McMurray, AB, in September 2011 ’72 BA, ’75 Dip(Ed), ’77 BEd, ’95 MA, David Bertsch of St. Albert, AB, in September 2011 ’73 BA, Laurie Cooper of Edmonton, AB, in April 2011 ’73 BA, ’74 MA, Randolph Palivoda of Spruce Grove, AB, in June 2011 ’74 BA, G. Ross Boutillier of Edmonton, AB, in July 2011 ’74 BA, Robert Rowand of Toronto, ON, in July 2011 ’75 BA, Marion Vosahlo (Nicely) of Edmonton, AB, in March 2011 ’78 BA, Michael Nesbitt in June 2011 ’78 BMus, Janice Thompson (Waite) of Calgary, AB, in June 2011 ’79 BA, Mary Grumbly of St. Albert, AB, in April 2011 ’79 BA, ’70 BEd, M.K. Frances Batiuk of Edmonton, AB, in March 2011 ’79 BA, ’85 BSc, Holly Day of Hinton, AB, in March 2011 ’80 BA, Carey Lapa of Pitt Meadows, BC, in January 2011 ’80 PhD, Barrie Robinson of Abbotsford, BC, in March 2011 ’81 BA, Douglas Hertz of Edmonton, AB, in July 2011 ’81 BA, John Stadelman of Medicine Hat, AB, in April 2011 ’81 MA, Brenda Hood (Gajecki) of Calgary, AB, in June 2009 ’82 BA, Irma Konrad of West Vancouver, BC, in May 2011 ’82 MA, ’95 PhD, Margit M. Weiss of Nepean, ON, in February 2011 ’85 BA, James Van Dewark of Calgary, AB, in June 2011 ’86 BMus, ’05 BEd, Roderick Kirkpatrick of Edmonton, AB, in December 2010 ’87 BA, Debra Snow of Edmonton, AB, in August 2011 ’87 BA, ’89 BCom, Greg D. Reimer of Kelowna, BC, in August 2011 ’87 PhD, Niall Shanks of Wichita, KS, in July 2011 ’88 BA, Hugh Evans of Edmonton, AB, in April 2011 ’88 BA, Wayne Fedynak of Edmonton, AB, in September 2011 ’88 BFA, William Chipman of Edmonton, AB, in July 2011 ’91 BA, ’95 LLB, Douglas Debrinski of Edmonton, AB, in April 2011 ’92 BA, Judith A. Laviolette of Edmonton, AB, in May 2011 ’94 BA, Martin Schug of Edmonton, AB, in April 2011 ’95 BA, Ferdi Neuman, in June 2011 ’96 BFA, Kim McLain of Cold Lake, AB, in July 2011 ’96 BA, ’97 MA, Micheline S. Gravel of AB, in 2011 ’03 MA, Sheree A. Frappied of Edmonton, AB, in May 2011 ’05 BA, Jeffrey C. Taylor of Torrance, CA, in June 2011
FACULTY AND STAFF (CURRENT & FORMER)
Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’, Professor, Political Science, and Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC) Chair in Islamic Studies, in July 2011 William (Bill) Joseph Baker, Professor Emeritus, Linguistics, in August 2011 Malcolm Forsyth, Professor Emeritus, Music, in July 2011 John Terfloth, Professor Emeritus, Drama, in April 2011
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When Jhenifer Pabillano (’04 BA, Political Science), a news editor for
The Gateway , walked into SUB on the morning of September 11, 2001, she found an unprecedented scene in the normally bustling building. “Everyone was watching the TVs and there was just a hushed silence. It seemed traumatic… like somebody that everybody knew had died.” After a late night finishing up another edition of the paper, Pabillano hadn’t planned to come to campus until much later. But when she tuned in to news coverage just in time to see the second plane fly into the World Trade Centre, the rookie journalist knew she had a big responsibility. “It was very important to try and capture that mood and how people were reacting,” she recalls. “I think they felt really vulnerable, and – this is one of the challenges of journalism – you talk to a lot of people and not everybody is able to articulate exactly how they’re feeling. It’s very hard in the moment.” Pabillano distinctly remembers a quote from a student named Adam, which she ran at the end of her cover story. “New York is part of the North American identity,” he said. “Everyone knows about
New York, about Broadway, what goes on there. So it feels like when someone attacks that, it’s like a personal attack on all of North America.” After covering the initial reaction for The Gateway’s September 13 issue, Pabillano went on to report on a number of events that were quickly organized across campus – including an inter-faith vigil and a forum where political science professors fielded questions from a packed audience about the consequences of the attacks. “It seemed that there was a need for [public events],” she says. “People wanted to talk. They wanted to know what this meant and how to deal with it. And we were there to capture it. We weren’t very experienced – looking back at it now, I think we could have done a little more, but how did we know? We were so young.” ■
Judy Garber (Political Science) discusses the terrorist attacks at a public forum shortly after 9/11. Photo by Marcus Bence
Shocked students stop to watch the events of 9/11 unfold on TVs in SUB. Photo by Mark Wells (’02 BA, English)
Jessica Heine (’04 BMus) reflects during a vigil. Photo by Marcus Bence
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ounded Firefly Theatre with A Annie Dugan, who co-f rts (’93 BFA, Acting), performs a t t a y l l U n alumnus Joh t “The Stargazer” event during Alumni Weekend 2011.
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