LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE ENCS students go to school in Africa
BAR NONE ENDOWMENT
Couple’s gift expands endowment fund
ONE FAMILY’S GIFT OF A LIFETIME The Bococks sell their land
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Welcome to the first issue of your new alumni magazine! Our faculty was created in 1915 . Throughout the years, it has gone through many incarnations. In 1971, the forestry program was established and in 1993, we merged with what was then the Faculty of Home Economics. Three years ago, after some soul searching, we adopted a more contemporary name: the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. Yet, throughout all these changes, one thing has remained constant: our outstanding alumni. Our goal with this new, expanded magazine is to reflect you in its pages – who you are, what you do and what you’ve done, as well as provide you with some interesting news about your alma mater. We would appreciate your help in this endeavour. Should you have a story idea, something to share, or a suggestion as to what you’d like to see in these pages, please contact the editor of this magazine at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is your magazine. Your feedback will help us make it the best it can be. John Kennelly, Dean Faculty of ALES
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So many ways to give back Since graduating with a BSc in Food Business Management in 2006, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a couple of my former professors and provide some direct, hands-on learning opportunities for a few students. I did this because while I was a student, I seized similar opportunities. They provided me with knowledge and insights I wouldn’t have received otherwise and contributed substantially to my education. You’ll notice an article on page 19 about the faculty’s efforts to provide every student with an experiential learning opportunity. I would encourage each of you to think about how to share some of the knowledge you’ve acquired since graduation with current students, whether it’s through mentorship, creating an internship, practicum or co-op experience or anything that may provide students with that unique opportunity to learn hands-on. Call the faculty’s student services office at 780-492-4933 or 1-800-804-6417. In the meantime, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at future events. Kirstin Kotelko, BSc ’06 Faculty of ALES representative Alumni Council 2
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8 9 In Memoriam
21 HAPPENINGS 4 Ian Morrison remembered
Family on hand for lounge dedication
5 Bar None success
Revitalized event has a great year
6 Farm Tour
Students and professors get first-hand look
16 Reunion Weekend
Faculty partners with Yukon College
ACCOMPLISHMENTS 18 Awards and accolades
10 Pleased to meet you
11 Bar None Fund
19 Experiential learning
The story of a donor and a recipient Endowment expanded
12 Mexican connection
Bank’s gift enables educational opportunities with Mexico
Honour thy parents
Clothing and textiles collection welcomes new staff member
Living on at the DBG
Faculty focuses on hands-on learning
20 Research discoveries
Brother and sister establish endowed scholarship
13 John’s Folly
Alumni and faculty members’ awards
Shattering an egg-cholesterol myth, valuing the effect of CWD, the surprising impact of seismic testing in the Arctic and growing old in rural communities
22 After Grad
The little problem
Innovative program teaches about nature
7 Forestry makeover
New Alberta school is launched
African field school
Students take a once-in-a-lifetime field trip
8 On the move
Old horse barn changes location
14 Feature story Bocock gift
The inside story
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New curator feels at home
All in the family: Stuart, Joanne and Brett in the Ian Morrison Lounge.
Lounge dedicated to former dean In front of his wife Joanne, their two sons Brett and Stuart (daughter Katie was unable to attend), as well as many friends and colleagues from across the faculty, the late dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics was honoured as the fourth floor lounge of the Agriculture/ Forestry Centre was named the Ian Morrison Lounge. “Ian was fond of saying, ‘there’s not a person, nor a place in the province of Alberta that is not affected one way or another by what we do in the faculty.’ We can also say there wasn’t a place or a person in Alberta that was not affected in one way or another by Ian, such was his influence and impact,” says John Kennelly, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. Kennelly said his predeces4
sor was, above all, a people person. “He was proud of his accomplishments as dean of the faculty, not for his own recognition, but because his accomplishments supported and facilitated others in achieving their potential and surpassing their goals.” Joanne Morrison expressed her gratitude to those assembled and said that while her husband spent many years at the University of Manitoba, the plan was always to return to Alberta, which they did in 1996 when he was named dean. While Morrison was recognized world-wide for his expertise in weeds, he loved the outdoors. He was also an avid horseman and kept horses for pleasure riding. Tragically, he died due to injuries suffered in a horseback riding accident in early 2006. He was 58.
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Anne Bissonnette stands in the climate-controlled area in the basement of the Human Ecology Building where the 23,000-piece textiles and clothing collection is stored. “It’s a wonderful collection. It is stored amazingly well, but I hadn’t heard about it because it doesn’t have the kind of display space that other collections have.” The statement is quite telling. Bissonnette – who was recently hired as the new curator of the collection (and as an assistant professor) – spent the last 14 years as curator of the worldrenowned Kent State University Museum. As she puts on white gloves to handle some pieces, she explains that she took the job at the U of A in part because of the opportunity to conduct more in-depth research, something that was
slipping away at Kent State after a decade of budget cuts. The biggest issue Bissonnette sees with respect to the collection is the lack of temperature and humiditycontrolled display space. She intends to display the artifacts in other settings, perhaps with local museums, she muses, or maybe even outside the city. That will take time as she establishes and builds relationships with potential partners who would give the collection a wide audience. It’s a challenge that is compounded by current budgetary concerns. “But it doesn’t mean we can’t be known more aggressively either through web exhibitions or the use of our collection in teaching and student graduate work,” she says as she stands ready to have her picture taken.
Showing off: Anne Bissonnette will show the collection in more settings.
Bar None success generates STARS donation After what turned out to be the most successful Bar None in many years, the Agriculture Club donated the $6,000 profits from the event to STARS, the organization that provides specialized emergency medical transport. “A lot of us come from rural areas and STARS is near and dear to our hearts. We’ve all heard lots of stories of family members who have been rescued by STARS,”
says Monika Ross, the president of the Agriculture Club, as she explained why the club chose to donate to STARS. Seventy-five per cent of STARS’ funding is raised through third-party events and donations, said Maureen Henkel, fund development officer for STARS. “We depend significantly on (it). It allows us to continue doing the work that we do,” she says.
In fact, the Agriculture Club, through Bar None, has contributed to STARS every year since 1993. Their total contribution over the years now stands at $116,000. Ross and the rest of the executive of the student club made this year’s donation during a visit to the STARS operations centre at the municipal airport. After touring their training facility, hangar and operations room, the stu-
dent club held their monthly meeting in the STARS conference room. Annual Bar None activities occur during November. Events are held throughout the week, culminating with the Bar None dance at Northlands. This past year, more than 1,300 people attended the dance and the Agriculture Club was able to generate more sponsorships than in years past.
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Life on the farm
Canola farmer: Kingman-area farmer Jim Otto discusses his farm operations.
John Pattison’s idea to organize a Rural Economy field trip to his family’s Kingman farm near Camrose last summer was so popular, he and his fellow grad students decided to do it again. “We have a lot of students in our department who come from different backgrounds and from different continents and I thought it was important that we all get an opportunity to learn more about what Alberta agriculture is like today,” says Pattison, who is the former president of the Rural Economy Graduate Students’ Association. Pattison’s father, Will, ‘67 BSc(Ag), ‘70 MSc, and fellow members of the Kingman Crop Marketing Club hosted the group as they visited about six area farms and discussed issues facing Alberta producers. The farmers revealed the biggest issue they constantly face is risk management. “We constantly think about price, fire, economic 6
conditions,” explains Guy Anderson, who showed the group his pea crop and discussed issues such as hedging and crop insurance. He added that if farmers do their homework with respect to all matters pertaining to risk management, they shouldn’t need the CAIS program, which allows producers to protect their farming operations against margin declines. “I thought every farmer used CAIS, so that was new information,” says Dawn Trautman Laslop, a firstyear master’s student. She said the trip was useful as she and her colleagues took advantage of the opportunity to talk with farmers who were dealing with issues they were studying. “I have a pea rotation component in my master’s thesis so it was good to see the field pea operation and the whole risk management discussion was very interesting,” she says.
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Green school allows kids to connect to outdoors The Green School, an innovative inquiry-based program, is helping children from grades 4 to 6 connect with the great outdoors. “The children are given the time to observe nature closely, journal what they see and feel and share their experiences,” explains Antonella Bell who developed and runs the school. “This is the first step in making an emotional connection. If I hear, ‘wow, this is so cool!’ I know that I’ve been successful.” The children, who attend the school for one week at the Devonian Botanic Garden, learn about different aspects of the natural world by covering a wide range of topics linked directly to their science curriculum. Last winter, provincial education minister Dave Hancock visited the school and walked away impressed. “It was interesting,” he
says. “One of the little girls said to me, ‘This isn’t a lab where you can’t touch anything. You can sit on the rocks, you can touch the plants but you can’t run.’ That says a lot about kids and how they interact with their environment and how they’re excited about being here.” Hancock explains that programs like Green School provide teachers with a variety of approaches to help them fulfill the science curriculum. One of the forecast changes is that teachers are going to be encouraged to get their classes outdoors more often. Bell points out that in some cases, Green School teaches teachers how to take their kids outside. “At the core is how do you excite children and inspire them to learn? Part of it is making sure you have places (like this),” says Hancock.
Learning about nature: A student discusses his impressions.
Alberta School of Forest Science and Management launched focus for forestry interests and issues and a forum for discussion of ‘big-picture’ issues confronting the sector. “We aim to develop new communication tools and activities to catalyze interactions and break down the traditional silos that discourage a broader, more holistic view of forest management,” says Spence. The new School also seeks to help reverse decreasing enrolment in the Faculty’s BSc (Forestry) program. Over the last decade, forestry programs around the world have experienced a drop in enrolment, up to 40 per cent in some programs.
“The School will hopefully increase the visibility and
improve the public view of forestry,” explains Spence.
Foote and Naomi Krogman, Hughes’ fourth-year class of environmental conservation sciences students spent 23 days in Botswana this past summer. “Most university students have had thousands of hours of classroom lectures. What we wanted to do was embrace uncertainty, hardship, five-day stretches without baths and learn how to make decisions and solve problems as a group,” says Foote. “We drove ourselves for 4,000 kilometres, spent time in remote villages, slept out in tents for 20 of 23 nights, settled our own differences, laughed a lot and wrestled
with things like baffling bureaucracy, heart-rending poverty, land-use issues, cultural and racial divides, contentment versus happiness and the many faces of tourism—and not all of them pretty.” As a seasoned veteran of the lecture theatre, Hughes found the field school to be the most exhilarating lesson of her life and the one that will stick with her. “It was a transformative experience, for sure,” says Hughes, who holds three degrees in environmental science and plans to obtain her PhD. “It forces you to shift who you are, what you do.”
The sun has risen on a new school focused on all aspects of the faculty’s efforts in forestry. The Alberta School of Forest Science and Management, which integrates ecological, economic and social aspects of forestry research and education, has two main purposes, explains founding director John Spence. “It’ll provide a banner under which academics, governments, industry, environmentalists and businesses can come together and discuss forest issues from a variety of perspectives,” he says. Indeed, the School will provide a single-point U of A
Class in the desert 20 days. Yet Courtney Hughes and 12 of her classmates did both and have become stronger citizens for it. Led by professors Lee
Darren J. McGregor
Staring down a huge male elephant as he eyes your flimsy tent isn’t a typical classroom experience. Nor is showering only four times over
African sight: Student Andrea McGregor looks at camels in their habitat.
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Historic horse barn crosses the street The old horse barn, located on South Campus since 1930, has been moved. The 120-tonne structure, which is 120 feet long by 42 feet wide by 40 feet high, stood north of 65 Ave. and east of 118 St. It was moved west of 118 St. and will stay there until it is moved again later this year to another temporary location near the composting facility, just south of the dairy barn. The move, which was completed in a little over two hours, was necessitated by the construction of the GO Community Centre, a recreational facility which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2011. “It was exciting to watch. I’m glad they’re keeping the 8
was located in the barn. He continues to maintain the museum, which has been relocated into an adjacent barn. barn. It has a lot of historical Officials are working on significance because it was finding a permanent location among the first 15 buildings for the horse barn to mainbuilt on (north) campus and is tain its historical significance still structurally sound,” says while contributing to the fabJack Francis, one of several ric of South Campus. Francis people with ties to the barn said he was looking forward who were on hand to witness to the permanent relocation the move, including his wife of the barn so the museum Joyce, professor emeritus may be put back in it. Mick Price, professor Frank The barn was built in Robinson, alumnus Reg 1920 on the site where the Norby and Barry Irving, the Stollery Children’s Hospital manager of research stations. stands today. It was moved, Francis, a former animal along with four other buildtechnician, worked on South ings, to South Campus in Campus from 1949 until his October 1930. retirement in 1992. In 2000, Alumnus Gerry Heath, he was part of a group that ’43 BSc(Ag), remembers that assembled almost 400 items move. A thirteen year-old used by various agriculture at the time, he could see the departments to create the buildings go by on 112 St. agriculture museum, which from his kitchen window.
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The barn was cut in three to facilitate the move. Once it was relocated on South Campus, the barn was used until 1955 to house three breeds of draft horses. Belgian, Clydesdale and Percheron horses were used to teach students how to judge and were also bred, raised and sold to area farmers as horses were in high demand to do fieldwork. By 1955, the horses were gone and the barn was used to house a few sheep and a provincial lab until 1966 when a quarter of the barn was converted into a meat research lab where Price did much of his work while the rest of the barn was used to store feed. In 2000, the meat research lab was converted again, this time into the museum, which grew and ended up taking half the space.
Faculty mourns loss of Fred Bentley
Expanding Northern Partnerships The faculty and university reaffirmed their commitment to the North by partnering with Yukon College to offer a BSc in environmental and conservation sciences to northern residents. The 13 students who were admitted to the program last January will complete their first two years at Yukon College and their last two years while enrolled at the U of A. Fiona Schmiegelow, an ALES faculty member
science.” That rigorousness applied equally to his teaching and to expectations of his students. “He was tough,” adds Spence. “A lot of students hated his (public speaking) course but every person I’ve talked to over the years who took that course said that when they look back on their undergraduate studies, his course was one of the main things that gave them tools and skills for life.” Bentley taught the public speaking course in addition to soil science for all agriculture students, soil formation / classification and soil science for non-science students. Biologist Norman Borlaug, known as the father of the green revolution and the 1970
located in Whitehorse, is coordinating the program and delivering some courses. She says the program will use alternative methods of delivery, including having U of A professors visit the college and deliver full-term courses in a condensed format, instead of the usual method of combining lectures and labs. As the program grows, it will use video conferencing and other distance-learning technologies to reach more people. Faculty of ALES Dean John Kennelly says the partnership will give the faculty valuable experience to deliver other programs at a distance.
Fiona Schmiegelow: Reaching out to northern residents.
awards. An international leader in soil science, he conducted pioneering research at the Breton Plots, which contributed to substantial increases in food production in Alberta and around the world. He was also a gifted academic who was generous with his time and unfailingly polite. “He had a passion for sustainable agriculture and an unusual ability to play things forward, to see the link between today’s actions and tomorrow’s results,” says John Spence, chair of the Department of Renewable Resources. “He was a man who was inspirational to others and uncompromisingly rigorous with respect to his
obel Peace Prize recipiN ent for his efforts at curbing world hunger, says Bentley’s contributions to sustainable agriculture were as significant as his own. A true champion of environmentally sustainable agriculture, Bentley is the namesake of the University of Alberta’s annual Bentley Lecture in Sustainable A griculture.
He was a man ahead of his time. Dr. Fred Bentley, soil scientist and former dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, passed away quietly last winter, a week after falling into a coma. He was 94. Before the term environmentalist was coined, Bentley lived and breathed environmentalism. “He fine-tuned the environmental consciousness for many people,” explains John Kennelly, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. “He was concerned about how our actions today would affect the environment tomorrow.” Over his career, Bentley received more than 40 national and international
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The Power of Recognition
Recognizing is nurturing: Morley and Val Blanch and the recipient of their endowed scholarship, 2nd-year student Brianne Lovstrom.
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Morley Blanch stands at the podium beside his wife Val. A man of average height and size who recently retired as a full-time seed farmer, his posture speaks to the level of fitness he has obviously maintained his entire life. And the story he is about to tell confirms the fact. “Two weeks ago, I had the unforgettable experience of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with our youngest son,” he says. An engaging man who earned his MSc in agriculture in 1981, he goes on to reveal to the delight of the assembled crowd of 200 or so scholarship recipients, donors and faculty staff who have gathered for the annual Undergraduate Awards Reception that “I have in my own mind elevated the status of my achievement until it rivals Hillary’s ascent of Mount Everest.” Laughter ensues. He explains in all seriousness that he wouldn’t have gotten to the top without his support team, namely his son, his wife (who stayed home and worked… because somebody has to) and a team of 10 people who guided him and his son, cooked for them and carried all the necessary equipment. “I just walked and climbed,” he said. “Each day on the mountain, the peak loomed large and at times seemed unattainable, but in the end the team helped me get there.” Val Blanch, who appears just as fit as her husband, explains that while Morley and their youngest son were climbing the highest mountain in Africa, which peaks at 19,341 feet, she sat comfortably in her La-Z-Boy at home and
watched the Olympics on television. In particular, she notes, she enjoyed the series of short vignettes of people who made a difference in the lives of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes entitled “The Difference Makers” and hosted by Rick Hanson. “As donors, I hope we are making a difference in the lives of the students who receive these awards. The difference isn’t just the financial help, but maybe it also helps the students know that other people believe in what they’re doing,” she says. Listening attentively in the crowd is a second-year student who is pursuing a combined degree in environmental and conservation sciences and native studies. To Brianne Lovstrom, those words ring particularly true. Moments earlier, she had just met the Blanchs, having been introduced to them as the current recipient of the Toogood/Blanch Pioneer Heritage Bar None Award, a scholarship the couple has endowed through their contributions.
“I could get student loans but having someone recognize me . . . makes me try harder.” Scholarship recipient Brianne Lovstrom A confident and outgoing young woman who competes nationally in synchronized figure skating, Lovstrom has received a few scholarships in her two years at the U of A. “Whenever I get a letter in the mail from the U of A (to let me know I’m receiving a scholarship), I generally phone my dad right away and he gets me to the point where he’s like, ‘you’re just happy someone noticed you, aren’t you?’ Yeah, I’m happy that someone went ‘Hey! This person is doing something, we care about what they’re doing and we want to appreciate them.’ I just think that’s awesome. I think that’s the nicest part. That’s what really puts a
smile on my face.” It’s a message Anna de Hoop, a third-year nutrition major who is speaking on behalf of the students after the Blanchs, tries to convey to the audience. She explains that before she enrolled, her greatest concern about attending university was how she was going to pay for it, a concern her parents shared. “I quickly learned that financial support, as key as it may be, is not as important as moral support and inspiration. I learned – and I’m sure I can say this on behalf of all students – that university can be draining, emotional and sometimes very lonely, even with so many people all around us. I realized that what really mattered was a solid sense of ownership. I know that we students have that desire, we want to make a commitment to our education but sometimes, in order to build that bridge and apply ourselves wholeheartedly, we also need someone to reach out and pluck us from the crowd and make us responsible for our futures. “I truly feel that your investment and your interest in knowing who we are – during events such as this one – is fuelling our drive to succeed, allowing us to feel accepted and encouraging our desires to take ownership of our education.” You could literally feel the room warm up. For the most part, donors had a chance to meet the recipients of their scholarship and get to know them a little bit. Lovstrom and the Blanchs chatted for about half an hour, just getting to know each other. “They wanted to learn about me. It felt really, really good,” she explains. “I know I could still do this without the scholarships, I could get student loans but having someone recognize me and put a smile on my face really makes me try harder. So . . . yeah!”
Bar None Endowment Fund expands to all The Bar None Endowment Fund now supports students in all seven programs offered by the Faculty of ALES, thanks in large part to the work of Myrna Snart, the faculty’s former senior development officer. It started when Myrna worked with alumna and professor emeriti Betty Donald and helped establish her named award for a student in Nutrition and Food Sciences as a Bar None award. Then Dean Kennelly agreed to have the international award he was establishing open to all students in the faculty. “That helped break the barrier,” says Myrna. Yet, perhaps the most defining moment was the gift bestowed by the Ditzlers. Ken ’60 BSc (Ag) and Bettie Ditzler ’62 BSc (HEc) endowed four undergraduate leadership awards, one each in agriculture business management, crop science, sustainable agriculture and human ecology specializing in family studies. “That gift was a defining moment,” says Kennelly. “I think it resulted in a lot more people embracing the Bar None concept.” For their part, the Ditzlers didn’t intentionally seek to broaden the Bar None Fund. “We knew many of the people who developed that endowment and we felt kind of attached to it,” explains Bettie Ditzler. “We wanted to provide that level of scholarship because we had interests we wanted to emphasize within agriculture and human ecology.”
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Twenty environmental and conservation sciences students spent 10 days in the Mexican state of Jalisco studying local forestry practices last February. The students visited a protected area dealing with a similar type of pine beetle infestation that is underway in Alberta. They also spent time in an area that was ravaged by fire in 2005 and saw the famed Monarch Butterfly Biosphere. “Our students are becoming more worldly in their perspectives,” says Alex Drummond, who organized the trip. “They’re also beginning to understand that resource management is done
differently in different places and the western Canadian example is not always the best example.” Part of the funding for the trip came from the Scotiabank Mexico Corporate Social Responsibility Fund, a $500,000 gift the bank made to the University of Alberta. The Scotiabank gift enhances international student experience. “This is about giving back to the communities in which we live and work,” Rick Waugh, president and CEO of Scotiabank, says. “The faculty does important work on the environment, which is important to us. We have to look globally and reach out.
Scotiabank gift supports international education
International field trip: Students learn in the Mexican forest.
The university gets that. The faculty gets that. This gift fits our values.” The money was used to establish the fund, which provides awards to Canadian and Mexican undergraduate and graduate students to sup-
port and enhance the teaching and research experience in the Faculty of ALES. “Because of this gift, our students will become more effective global citizens,” says University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera.
Son and daughter honour parents through establishment of scholarship Through their parents’ sacrifices, Oleh Hnatiuk and his sister, Orysia Bodnar, were provided with opportunities their parents could only dream of. Now, in loving memory of their parents who passed away in 2007 and 2008, Oleh and Orysia, along with their families, have established an endowed scholarship. The Stephan and Anna Hnatiuk Memorial Leadership Scholarship will provide $3,500 every year to a student entering his or her 12
first year in the environmental and conservation sciences program of the Faculty of ALES. “This scholarship exemplifies my parents’ respect for higher education, responsible use of the land and stewardship of the environment,” explains Oleh. Stephan and Anna Hnatiuk were born in the mid-1920s in neighbouring villages in Ukraine. Forcibly removed from their homes to Germany as teenagers during World War II, they
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met and married after the war. As refugees, they came to Canada in 1948 sponsored by pioneer relatives who were farmers in northeast Alberta. Anna and Stephan settled in Edmonton in 1950. The Hnatiuks always felt fortunate that they were able to immigrate to a new home in Canada where with hard work and commitment to family, faith and community, they established a fulfilling life together. Though Stephan and Anna were unable to go to univer-
sity, they believed strongly in higher education and made it a priority for their children and grandchildren. Oleh earned an engineering degree from the University of Alberta, while Orysia graduated from the U of A’s nursing program. Oleh’s two daughters also graduated from the U of A (one in physiology and the other in biology), while Orysia’s daughter – perhaps ironically, perhaps not – is a student in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences.
The bovine genomics program received a substantial donation while the Devonian Botanic Garden now boasts a new and unique attraction, thanks to alumnus John Prentice ’65 BSc(Ag). John Prentice’s family, including his wife Connie, their children Heather, Maureen and Fergus and their respective spouses, as well as his five grandchildren, gathered at the DBG for the official unveiling of John’s Folly, an eye-catching stone structure inspired by Scottish architecture. “It represents this arm of the Prentice family, from John and Connie, all the way down to their descendants,” says son Fergus who discussed the folly at length with his father before he passed away in March 2007. “If he were here today, I think he would have been really, really happy. It has all the features he chose.” Fergus added that it was very appropriate to have the folly at the DBG. “Any time relatives would visit, we would bring them to the DBG,” he says. John Prentice was an agricultural businessman. He was very involved in the agricultural community, sitting on many boards and commissions including Alberta Pork, the Canadian Cattle Commission, the Alberta Beef Producers and Farm Debt Review Board, to name a few. During the unveiling of the folly, Connie Prentice ex-
plained that her husband was passionate about the value of education and the development of intellectual capital. He realized the value of good research and the manifold return that research dollars generate. John Prentice was a visionary person who looked to the future and identified opportunities. Through his involvement with the Canada/ Alberta Beef Industry Development Fund, he was part of a group that established a Chair in Molecular Biology (Genomics) at the University of Alberta. He was later a key member of the selection committee that recruited Stephen Moore to fill the newlycreated Chair and spearhead a beef genomics research program. “Steve’s research will continue to benefit every beef producer starting with the cow/calf and carrying through the chain to the feedlots. In a nutshell, increased yields, improved flavour, optimum fat content, and increased tenderness will make Alberta Beef the number one choice of consumers the world over,” says Connie. Moore’s program continues to work at the forefront of bovine genomics today. “We have better beef items on the grocery store shelf today because of the work of Steve and his colleagues,” says Connie who proudly gave Moore a substantial donation for his program.
Hugh F. Warren
One man’s legacy
John’s Folly: Structure came with a gift to the Bovine Genomics Program.
Faculty welcomes new development staff
Ken Crocker was appointed associate dean, development, this past year. With his appointment, Ken returns to the U of A, having been the director of development for the Faculty of Education. Most recently, Ken was executive director, advancement, at Nipissing University.
Katherine Irwin is the senior development officer in the faculty, filling the vacancy left by Myrna Snart. Katherine spent the last five years in a development role with the Faculty of Engineering. Previously, she worked in advertising sales and business development.
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Gift of a Lifetime
The inside story of how the largest-ever gift of land for research to a Canadian university came together
On a clear, sunny day in early June 2008, on a farm just outside St. Albert, more than 200 people gathered to witness history. The Bocock family – Bill and Phyllis, John and Jenny and their daughter Rachel – sold five quarter sections of their farm at a fraction of the appraised value to the University of Alberta. The gift of land was the largest ever made to a Canadian university for research.
The event, hosted by University of Alberta president Indira Samarasekera and held on the Bocock farm, was the culmination of a lengthy process which began innocently enough two or three years beforehand when the Bocock brothers started thinking about winding down operations on their dairy farm, which had been in the family since 1921. In their early seventies, the overriding concern of the brothers and their
wives was that their farmland be preserved. The question was how. As fate would have it, Irl Miller, an old friend who had been a classmate of John in the ’50s, was playing cards one evening with Phyllis Bocock’s sister, Betty Reekie. She told him that the Bococks had sold their dairy herd and that they were concerned about how they were going to protect their farmland from being encroached on by developers.
Bocock Chair in Agriculture and Environment John Bocock tells the story of a researcher from Manitoba who spoke at a Bentley Lecture some time ago and explained that one-third of the soybean acreage in the U.S. receives nitrogen fertilization. “To me, it’s nuts,” he says. Soybeans are 14
a legume and legumes take nitrogen from the air and put it in the soil. Later, a woman active in the pulse growers community told him about research being conducted on breeding legumes that will respond better to nitrogen fertilization. “She admitted it didn’t make much
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sense. They should instead be doing research to produce lines of legumes that will make better use of the nitrogen in the air, not better use of nitrogen fertilizer.” The Bocock Chair in Agriculture and Environment will conduct research to help lower the cost of the inputs to produce
food “so we can keep the cost of food down and feed more people,” adds Bocock. Using nitrogen produced from growing legumes is but one example of what can be done. A search for the chair has taken place and discussions are ongoing with a potential candidate.
The Bocock family: Jenny, John, Dean John Kennelly, Rachel, Bill and Phyllis.
Miller, who had been involved with the Wagner Natural Area Society for more than a decade, suggested to Betty that the Bococks should call him to discuss a conservation easement. Soon after, John Bocock called his old friend and Miller set up a meeting with a lawyer at the Environmental Law Centre. They discussed the possibility of an easement but concluded it wasn’t feasible. “It was disappointing,” says John Bocock. “The conservation easement legislation in this province is not designed for (preserving farmland).” The following Sunday, Miller saw Jack Francis at church and the two chatted. Francis had been an animal technician with the Faculty from 1949 until his retirement in 1992 and remains active as the de facto custodian of the agricultural museum on South Campus. Francis told Miller the university was looking for some land on which to conduct research because its lease at the Ellerslie Research Station in southwest Edmonton was set to expire soon and wasn’t going to be renewed. The next day, Miller was in the dean’s office asking to see John Kennelly. The dean was out of town but John Spence, chair of the Department of Renewable Resources, was available. Miller and Spence had gotten to know each other while working together with the Wagner Natural Area Society. Miller asked him about the faculty’s search for new land and Spence informed him they had looked extensively southwest
of Edmonton but hadn’t found anything they thought was suitable. Miller pressed on and asked if the faculty had ever thought of looking north. Spence said no. What if, Miller asked, the faculty had the opportunity to get seven quarters of land – seven quarters for which there were cropping records going back several decades. Spence was listening closely. “His eyes started to light up,” says Miller. Afterwards, Miller called John Bocock to tell him the university might be interested while Spence discussed the issue with Kennelly. Kennelly then called John Bocock. Kennelly and other faculty members were quite worried about the Ellerslie closure. “My big concern was that we would have to move so far away from the U of A campus that it would really compromise the type of research that our students and staff could undertake,” he says. The idea that the university might be interested in the family’s farmland was new to John Bocock. “Even though I’ve been on the board of the Breton Plots Conservation Society – so I knew the Ellerslie Research Station’s lease was ending in 2011 – for whatever reason I didn’t connect it to our place. I never thought that our place would fit the bill for the university.” The next day or so, Spence, Kennelly and Erasmus Okine, chair of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, visited the Bocock farm. They liked what they saw. Not
only was it a continuous plot of land, unlike other locations they had visited, it was also located a mere half hour from the university’s main campus. Conversations between Kennelly and the Bococks ensued, an appraisal of the land was conducted and as the process unfolded, the Bococks were getting more and more comfortable with the idea. “It satisfied our criterion (to preserve the farmland) plus the idea of having it used for research was a further bonus. It was rather unique,” explains John Bocock. Phyllis Bocock, who recently passed away, credited John Kennelly with making the whole process comfortable. “He really did mean what he said,” she explained. “We’ve known him for years and years, 20 or so, through the dairy industry. I think what made us more at ease dealing with the university is when he started off by saying, ‘we want to have it done in trust and transparency from your end and from our end.’ When you’re dealing with large organizations like the University of Alberta, many things can go awry.” But on this day, as the 200 people – including Dean Kennelly, President Samarasekera, Board of Governors chair Brian Heidecker, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology Doug Horner, some elected municipal officials, representatives from numerous agricultural groups, many of the Bocock’s neighbours and, of course, all five members of the Bocock family – gathered to celebrate the creation of the St. Albert Research Station, everything was right.
Activity growing at new research station At the time of the event, there were four research projects going on at the St. Albert Research Station. One was looking at the soil variability of the “new” research land. Two other projects were studying canola in rotation for use as a biofuel, while the other project was
attempting to determine the best way to capture the benefits of pulse crops. Two years later, plot research land use has increased more than eight-fold to the point that almost the entire capacity of the station is taken up. Several long-term partners have come
or will be coming on board as significant users of the station. The canola and pulse crop research projects are ongoing. New projects include growing biomass (hybrid poplars and willows) for energy and longevity of bio-solid applications and the
production of bio-products from new and novel crops. Productivity trials have begun for new canola cultivars that are being selected specifically for the climate and soils of northcentral Alberta.
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Alumni Weekend 2009
1 1- Jake Ens ’55 BSc(Ag), Cy McAndrews ’50 BSc(Ag), Marilyn Ens, Sid Lore ’52 BSc(Ag) 2- Sophie Rasko ’47 BSc(HEc), and Anne (Puchalik) Sauka ’48 BSc(HEc) 3- Gerry Heath ’43 BSc(Ag), Gerald Reasbeck ’64 BSc(Ag), Linda Reasbeck ’64 BSc(HEc), Jeanette Richter, John Richter ’64 Bsc(Ag) 4- Paul Sorenson ’59 BSc(Ag), Clarence Roth ’59 BSc(Ag), Frank Sharp ’59 BSc(Ag), Irl Miller ’59 BSc(Ag), Charlie Laisnig ’59 BSc(Ag) 5- Renee Polziehn ’87 Bsc(Ag) with son and future alumnus Thomas
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5 6-Human Ecology Class of â€™69 From L to R, sitting: Betty Lou Fleming, Yvonne Kennedy, Louise Starling, Jean Litzenberger, Judy Hunt Standing middle row: Judy Golanski, Barb Stroh, Anne Lambert, Patti Rathwell, Fran Jamison, Barbara Robinson, Marion Edgar Standing rear: Anne Cunningham, Isabella Nelson, Sylvia Crevolin, Margot Thirsk, Wendy Lomnes, Marilyn Kaiser, Rene Freeborn Summer 2010 |
Awards and Accolades Faculty Members International Lloyd Dosdall, Award of Excellence, Western Extension Directors Association Lloyd Dosdall, Team Award for Integrated Pest Management, Entomology Society of America (Pacific branch) Catherine Field, Recognition for Service from the Food, Nutrition and Safety Program, International Institute of Food and Nutrition Vic Lieffers, Second Place for Editor’s Award, Journal of Vegetation Science Diana Mager, Maurice Shils Research Award, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Arlene Oak, member Scholar, International Institute of
Qualitative Methods Masahito Oba, Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award, American Dairy Science Association Lech Ozimek, Mori Award for Outstanding Contribution on Effects of Dairy Products on Human Health, International College of Nutrition David Wright, Young Investigator Award, Research
Alumni Distinguished Alumni Award Lillian Fishman ’36 BSc (HEc) worked alongside her husband at Boston’s Tufts University pursuing groundbreaking cancer research for more than 25 years. In 1976, the couple established the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, now the Burman Institute, one of the top 20 life sciences research organizations in the world. 18
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Group on Biochemistry of Exercise Janusz Zwiazek, Visiting Scientist Award, Spanish National Research Council
Award, Canadian Society of Animal Science Fiona Schmiegelow, Individual Trailblazers Award, Boreal Leadership Council
National Vic Adamowicz and Peter Boxall, Journal Article of Enduring Quality Award, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society Catherine Field, Earl Willard McHenry Award, Canadian Society for Nutritional Science Linda Hall, Excellence in Weed Science, Canadian Weed Science Society Linda McCargar, Fellow, Dietitians of Canada Erasmus Okine, Fellowship
Bob Hudson, William Rowan Distinguished Service Award, Wildlife Society (Alberta chapter) David Bressler, Bio-Alberta-Sanofi-Aventis Biotech Challenge Lifetime Award, BioAlberta Lynn McMullen (with Mike Stiles), Award for Innovation in Agricultural Sciences, ASTech Foundation Uldis Silins, Service Award, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
Alumni Honour Award
Alumni Honour Award
Terry Macyk ’68 BSc(Ag) ’72 MSc is retiring as a distinguished scientist from the Alberta Research Council. He conducted pioneering work in soil science, specifically in land reclamation. His work has been applied in forestry, agriculture, oil sands, oil and gas and carbon capture and storage.
Allan Warrack ’61 BSc (Ag) was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (Three Hills) from 1971 to 1979 and served as Minister of Lands and Forests and as Minister of Utilities and Telephones. He spent the majority of the rest of his career as a professor in the Faculty of Business at the U of A.
Future of the Faculty Part 1: The learning experience
Brad Leier struggles slightly to express his amazement at what he has just experienced. For the last four weeks, Leier, who is completing his dietetic internship, has been working in a hospital. “(I was) completely overwhelmed on my first day, never having been in a hospital in a working capacity. Today [his last day], (I was) the dietetic intern that managed the ward and the patients within it. It’s quite a turnaround.” That hands-on experience Leier is receiving is something the Faculty of ALES would like to see each of its students get. In fact, Connie Varnhagen, a psychology professor and faculty associate at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, hopes that with the new university-wide academic plan, experiential
learning opportunities will be expanded to all faculties. “(Experiential learning opportunities are) why an ALES graduate is so attractive to people out in industry, or grad school, or wherever they’re going,” she says. “ALES is definitely leading the way in this endeavour.” Nat Kav, ALES’ Associate Dean (Academic), is working on further developing the faculty-wide internship program. “Increasing the options, improving on the flexibility, ensuring that the students then have various mechanisms through which to gain experience in their chosen field is what we’re working towards – that’s our dream,” Kav says. In addition to the dietetic internship, every student in Human Ecology undertakes a two-month practicum. There
are other select internships available and the faculty is working to expand those offering and offer co-op opportunities as well. However, while internships, practicum and co-ops provide students with intensive experience in the workforce, these opportunities are limited. That is why ALES has developed experiential learning courses which are a requirement for every program. All students finish their degree with a capstone course specific to their major. The courses, which make ALES unique, require students to conduct applied research. They may go to field school, work in a lab, or tour an industrial site. The faculty is also developing an undergraduate leadership program for next year, which Leier describes as another way students can
apply classroom knowledge to the real world. “What we’re looking to do is provide students with the opportunity to further develop their professional and leadership skills through a means of seminars and learning-by-doing experiences,” says Leier, who is working on the program with faculty. When asked about his feelings on the faculty as a whole and whether or not he feels prepared for the workforce, Leier grinned. “You’re talking to the right guy. The faculty has done more for me as a person than I could ever have imagined. As much as I enjoyed going to school here and the academics that I’ve learned, I’ve gotten the most out of my co-curricular involvements.” Next issue will look at the faculty’s research plans.
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Turns out those eggs you thought were bad for your cholesterol, and therefore your heart, may actually help lower high blood pressure. In a laboratory simulation, food scientist Jianping Wu and graduate student Kaustav Majumder found that the proteins of fried and hardboiled eggs were converted by enzymes in the stomach and small intestine to produce protein fragments called peptides, which act just like ACE inhibitors, prescription drugs that are used to lower high blood pressure. The finding contradicts a 30-year belief that eggs increase cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Wu is now embarking on a four-year study to develop the technology to produce
the most effective peptide. If successful, Wu and his team expect the peptide to be converted and used as functional food ingredient, or additive, in different foods and drinks as well as developed as a supplement. The young scientist has also developed a new method – for which he has received a patent – to extract ovomucin, a glyco-protein in eggs. Ovocumin contain carbohydrates, which themselves contain sialic acid, an agent that can be developed as an infant dietary supplement to enhance brain development. The glycol-protein is thought to have even more health benefits as it shows promise as an anti-viral, anti-tumor, macrophage-stimulating and cholesterol-lowering agent.
Eggs may help lower high blood pressure
Egg-ronic: Jianping Wu’s research disproves a long-held belief.
Containing CWD brings $500K economic benefit Containing the current occurrence and avoiding a large spread of chronic wasting disease in Alberta would provide a $500,000 economic impact to the province. “That’s about $10 a trip for a hunter. That’s not a huge number in a way, but it’s a substantive enough number when you look at the number of trips,” says Vic Adamowicz of the Department of Rural Economy, who supervised the research 20
conducted by masters student Natalie Zimmer. They used a common travel-cost model to ascertain if hunters are moving to different sites to avoid chronic wasting disease and then quantifying that trade-off. They discovered that hunters are very well informed about chronic wasting disease and that so far, they haven’t altered their hunting behaviour very much at all. However, they also noticed
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there would be some decline in the number of trips hunters would take if chronic wasting disease spreads and the prevalence increased. Chronic wasting disease was first confirmed in Alberta’s mule deer and white tail deer populations in 2005. So far, the disease has been confined to a few areas in southern and central Alberta along the Saskatchewan border. Alberta conducts about
11,000 tests a year on deer and elk. In 2007, 13 wild deer tested positive, the highest number to date. No farmed animal has tested positive yet, nor has any farmed or wild elk. It’s estimated the disease is present in about 1.6 per cent of deer in the province. Further research on chronic wasting disease is looking at the economic impact of the disease on rural communities.
Travelling over the Kendall Island Bird Sanctuary in the Arctic, 20- and 30-year old seismic lines are immediately noticeable. But what surprised forest ecologist Ellen Macdonald and graduate student Todd Kemper
more was the fact that newer seismic lines, using methods designed to reduce the impact on arctic vegetation, didn’t. “The changes (in seismic exploration methods) seem to be a moot point or, in some cases, the damage may be worse,” says Kemper. Having said that, he’s quick to point out that longterm conclusions can’t be drawn from their observations. “We can’t predict what the area will look like in 10, 20 or 30 years,” he explains.
Are rural communities good places to grow old? Rural communities may not be as tight-knit and supportive of the elderly as is commonly thought. “There is an assumption that because rural cultural values include helpfulness and neighbourliness, most rural seniors are helped by a large group of family, friends and neighbours. But that isn’t the case for some people,” says Jennifer Swindle, a U of A researcher who conducted the study for her PhD thesis under the supervision of Norah Keating. Swindle noted that rural communities vary in the services they offer seniors, and that some would benefit from adding more support for their elderly citizens. In an analysis of data from a survey of 1,312 adults aged 65 and older across rural Canada, Swindle discovered
that 15 per cent of people who had a circle of friends and family received no support, while up to nine per cent of seniors who received support had few people who helped. “On average, the social networks in the study were comprised of 10 people, but the support networks only averaged three people.” With government cuts in formal services and the closure of some rural hospitals, a lack of homegrown support is worrisome for seniors living in rural areas, Swindle says. “Current policy for seniors’ services relies heavily on assumptions of family support, but this study’s findings challenge that,” she says. “There is a place for formal services in rural Canada because support for older adults can’t lie solely on the shoulders of families and friends.”
The bird sanctuary is a nesting ground for some 60,000 migratory birds and is situated above two large natural gas deposits that may one day fill the proposed Mackenzie Delta Valley pipeline. The researchers are calling for long-term monitoring to determine the cumulative impact of seismic exploration on tundra in the region. Only then can science have a real opportunity to reveal the consequences of the disturbance.
Seismic’s impact surprises in the Arctic
Macdonald: No difference with new seismic methods.
Research Networks The quality of individual researchers and research groups in the Faculty of ALES is being noticed as many of them are occupying positions of leadership within their field. To wit, faculty members have either renewed or become hosts to six research centres in the past year. Biorefining Conversions Network David Bressler, Director To facilitate development and commercialization of novel biomass conversion technologies and value-added products.
EmbryoGENE George Foxcroft, Co-Director To better understand the impact that assisted reproductive technologies have on swine and cattle embryos.
Centre for Performance Oilseeds and Bioactive Oils Randall Weselake, Director To increase canola seed oil content, create new enhanced designer canola and flax oils and develop a suite of nextgeneration oilseed development tools, techniques and technologies.
Linking Environment and Agriculture Research Network Peter Boxall, Director To address emerging key issues in order to develop and improve agricultural practices that ensure economic and environmental performance.
Consumer and Market Demand Policy Research Networks Ellen Goddard, Program Leader To address issues around changing consumer preferences for food attributes and how changing consumer demand affects producers, processors and retailers.
Livestock Gentec Stephen Moore, Director To provide new solutions to help improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the livestock sector using genomics research, development and technology transfer.
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The little problem By John Pattison, ’09 MSc
Upon graduation, there conscious of eyes on me, is great comfort in the the sole entertainment in words, “I have a job!” Four the small trading center. very simple words, yet they Trying my best to zone inevitably bring claps on out the random calls of the shoulder from family, “How are you mzungu?!” proclamations of the value I really can’t ignore the of quality education from man as he approaches. professors, and feelings Staring for some time – of jealousy among yetjust watching – it seems he unemployed peers. Of lesser has finally mustered his importance is what that courage. “Sah? Sah? Do job actually is. A travelling you see me Sah?” I turn egg salesman or chief and acknowledge him with economist of the World a smile, albeit somewhat Bank would both elicit a insincerely. “You see Sah, I similar level of enthusiasm. have this little problem... it’s My first employment after called poverty. And I think graduation fell somewhere that you know the answer.” in the middle: an In these few short environmental development words, this nondescript officer in Uganda. man from a nondescript After completing an MSc village has captured the in Resource Economics past, present and future last fall, I was hired for of sub-Saharan Africa’s a six-month contract population. A small thing, with Africa Community poverty, yet it shapes lives Technical Service and the fate of nations, (ACTS). My position encompassing such things was an “Environment as the morality of helping Development Officer”, the poor, the omnipotence which included monitoring of the Western donor drinking water quality, and the elusive quest for developing environmental economic growth. Perspective: Grad John Pattison delivers goats to families in a village in Uganda. and agricultural education My African friend workshops, and conducting believes ‘I’ have the answer surveys on the effectiveness of aid crackle as they expand, matoke leaves to his problem. My time away has only projects. Yet while these jobs occupied rustle in a hot breeze, the red earth made me more aware of how little I can time, stories occupied my mind. There is bakes. The few people in sight sprawl in understand about poverty. But try as I one experience that remains indelibly on the shade of trees, buildings, anything. might, I can’t seem to stop looking. As my mind: Sheep pant, dogs lounge, and the my contract concludes and I consider my It was the sort of day where everyone goats, well, they carry on as usual. future path, I am thankful that my own heads for cover. Corrugated tin roofs Sitting in the cab of my truck, I am very “little problems” are so small. 22
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Breton Plots Field Day A BBQ followed by tours and updates on one of North America’s longest running agricultural research sites 12:00 p.m. August 12, 2010 Breton Plots Breton, Alberta
Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture – Lester Pearson Memorial Lecture Joint lecture presented by the Department of Renewable Resources and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute M. S. Swaminathan “Father of the Green Revolution in India” 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7, 2010 Meyer Horowitz Theatre
Bar None Endowment Fund Dinner 5:30 p.m. November 20, 2010 Expo Centre (Northlands)
Forest Industry Lecture Series Speaker TBA 3:00 p.m. November 4, 2010 Meyer Horowitz Theatre
Undergraduate Awards Reception 2011 Details TBA
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Alumni Weekend September 22-26, 2010 Farm Tour and Lunch Friday, September 24 12:00 p.m. (bus departs from the Agriculture/Forestry Centre at 11:30 a.m.) University Farm, South Campus $15.00/person (includes lunch and bus transportation during tour) Human Ecology Tour and Reception Tours of the Clothing and Textiles Collection, including the Rosenberg Quilt Collection Friday, September 24 1:00 p.m. (tours begin every half hour.) Human Ecology Building
Faculty Alumni Brunch Saturday, September 25 9:00 a.m. Agriculture/Forestry Centre The E.L. Empey Lecture* Elizabeth Dowdeswell “Way Ahead not Closed Perspectives of an Optimist” Saturday, September 25 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Room 150, TELUS Centre * Co-sponsored by the Alberta Home Economics and Human Ecology Association (AHEA) as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary
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