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king’s herald Spring 2012

A magazine for alumni and friends of King’s University College at Western University Canada

Finding balance Stories of mind, body and spiritual health

Lisa Shackelton, owner of London Ontario’s Yoga Shack

Remember when raising a family was the last thing on your mind? Now it’s the first! How quickly things change from those carefree days at King’s University College. You still have the same spirit, but there’s a whole lot more to think about. Having enough life insurance to protect the lifestyle you’re providing for your family is one of these essential responsibilities. Whatever your class year, the King’s Alumni Term Life Insurance Plan provides outstanding coverage and some of the most affordable rates you will find anywhere. Alumni members and their spouses, ages 18 to 60, are eligible to apply for up to $250,000 in coverage, usually with no medical exam required! And there is a risk-free 30 day inspection period to ensure that you are completely satisfied. Call Canada LifeTM today to see just how affordable financial protection really is.

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2011 Annual Fund supports future generations of King’s students A special thanks to alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends of King’s for supporting the 2011 annual fundraising campaign. Donations to the annual fund support the Student Life Campaign. Over $65,000 has been raised so far. If you would like to make a gift please visit or call (800) 265-4406 ext. 4500.

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Event Recaps


Spirit to share

King’s Connect The Editor Writes..................................................................................4 From the Principal’s Desk......................................................................7 Faculty News........................................................................................8 Social Networking................................................................................9


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Roots leather briefcase winner Congratulations to Marion Wilson ‘83, winner of the Roots leather briefcase. Marion submitted her address update online at to win this prize.



iPad draw The next address update draw will take place December 1, 2012. This year’s prize will be the newest version of the iPad. Keep us informed for your chance to win!

Message from Alumni Association President........................................11 Upcoming Events...............................................................................12

King’s University College Office of Alumni Affairs London, Ontario, Canada The King’s Herald is published semi-annually by the King’s University College Office of Alumni Affairs. We welcome your letters, suggestions or comments about the Association and the College. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs:

London: (519) 433-3491 Long distance: (800) 265-4406 ext. 4501 Fax: (519) 963-1334 E-mail: Mail: King’s University College, Office of Alumni Affairs, 266 Epworth Avenue, London, ON N6A 2M3 For additional information about the Alumni Association, please visit our website:

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Editor: Erin Lawson, Executive Director of Development & Alumni Affairs Associate Editor: Kelly Schaus, Manager of Development Creative Editor: Matt Quin, Communications Manager Contributing Writers: Jeremy Carrothers, Jennifer Jones, Carla McFarlane and Matt Quin Design: Hill Street Ad & Design

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King’sConnect The Editor Writes By Erin Lawson

The excitement is growing. The shovel will be in the ground in early spring to begin construction on the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre. It has been an amazing journey and a typical King’s process where everyone has been invited to the table to talk about their ideas, needs and dreams for this new space. We have collaborated with four Students’ Council Presidents, student representatives with interests ranging from the theatre to the pro shop, the King’s University College board, faculty, staff and the senior administrative team. David Sylvester and I, and before that Gerry Killan and I, have travelled across the country meeting with alumni and friends, telling them about the plans for the King Centre. We listened to the comments and brought them back to the table. In response to the feedback we have received, we have changed the location of the building and integrated a learning commons attached to the library, in recognition of how students learn and work together. The College Board has agreed to fund the addition of a full basement, which will include three classrooms and an informal fitness room, as well as more casual meeting and studying space.

Visitors gathered to see the drawing boards at the launch of the Annual Fund


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The response and interest of our alumni and friends underlines a belief in the importance of a liberal arts university with small classes, excellent faculty and an emphasis on participation, critical thinking, and the whole student. This quality education permeates all departments and programs at King’s and is embedded in the King’s strategic plan.

King’s Alumni and Foundation Team (clockwise from top left): Erin Lawson, Jennifer Jones, Kelly Schaus, Jeremy Carrothers, Nicole Furnival

We appreciate the support you give to a King’s education. Thank you for suggesting that your children and their friends consider a King’s education. Thank you for coming out to our alumni events and supporting our fundraising efforts through the King’s Golf Classic tournament and the annual letter for support. Thank you to all who have supported King’s through your volunteer efforts on our College, Foundation and Alumni boards and the many other committees at King’s.

As the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre becomes closer to reality, I want to thank those who have supported this project. We have raised over $6 million dollars for the Centre, and have $3 million left to reach our goal. We really appreciated your response to our “seat sale” in the Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre – we have over 30 seats already purchased. We have seats named for alumni, friends of King’s, graduating students, faculty and staff. All donations help us get closer to our goal. Stop by for a visit the next time you are in town – there is a lot going on at your alma mater!

King’sConnect Keeping the Faith Ten years ago, inspired by the example of Waterloo Catholic District School Board and St. Jerome’s University, King’s joined forces with its sister board, London District Catholic School Board. Buoyed by the creativity and effectiveness of the London/King’s alliance, they invited over time the Huron Perth, St. Clair, Bruce Grey and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Boards to join the partnership. Committed to the fostering of Catholic education, this partnership shared resources and developed programs for Catholic student leaders, as well as faith formation and professional development for Catholic educators. In 2010, Linda Ward, member of the Partnership Group, trustee for St. Clair CDSB and conference chair of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association (OCSTA) invited Marilyn Mason (King’s Registrar and chair of the Partnership Group) to speak at its annual conference to share the success of this group over the past ten years. In conversation with the Partnership Group, it was agreed that the best way to demonstrate the strength and dynamic of the partnership was to present a panel of members who would share their experience. The presentation at OCSTA was truly a “family affair” – introduced by Ward, Mason provided a brief explanation and rationale of the partnership followed by a witty history by Bill Hall, chair of the London District CDSB, examples of initiatives by Martha Dutrizac, director of the Huron Perth CDSB and an endorsement of its activities and relevance by Norm Bethune, chair of the Bruce Grey CDSB. Members of the panel described the provincial Catholic student leadership conference “Carpe Diem”, retreats for students and educators, workshops for emerging Catholic leaders, the TASK (Teachers as Scholars at King’s) program for teachers, Summer Institute, Religious Life lecture series, as well as the chaplains’ newsletter as a few examples of the group’s collaboration. Larry Langan, former director of the Huron Perth

CDSB and the service learning coordinator for the Catholic Studies for Teachers program at King’s, described this program as “the jewel” of the partnership since it was created with the input and support of the partnership group and will now give back to the Partnership Group and beyond by its training of faithful, dedicated Catholic teachers. The audience was enthusiastic in its response to the panel. The energy and commitment of the panel – as well as the great work seemed to strike a chord with this group who were also so committed to Catholic education. At the end of the panel discussion, each of the panel members was surrounded by colleagues in Catholic education who wished to know more about the group. At the outset, Mason had extended an open invitation to all boards and organizations to join the group or replicate the model in their own communities. This enthusiastic invitation was taken up! Since the spring of 2010, the partnership group has grown to 26 Catholic school boards across Ontario and four Catholic educational organizations. The partnership table has grown – as has its endeavors and contributions. Meetings take place three times a year at King’s – and technology has enabled all of our boards to attend despite hectic schedules

and long distances. The conversation is always animated and heartfelt – everyone present feels connected to the shared commitment and inspired by the talent and faith around the table. Mason looks forward to these meetings. “I feel so fortunate to work with such inspiring and dedicated people. Although King’s acts as the facilitator by hosting the partnership, the strength of the partnership is the amazing leaders in Catholic education.” Members of the Partnership Group •• Algonquin and Lakeshore CDSB •• Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB

•• Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington CDSB •• Simcoe Muskoka CDSB

•• Bruce Grey CDSB

•• St. Clair CDSB

•• Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

•• Sudbury CDSB

•• Conseil scolarie de district des ecoles catholiques du Sud Ouest

•• Waterloo CDSB

•• Dufferin Peel CDSB •• Hamilton Wentworth CDSB •• Huron Perth CDSB •• Huron Superior CDSB •• Kenora CDSB •• London and District CDSB •• Niagara CDSB •• Nipissing Parry Sound CDSB •• Northwest CDSB

•• Wellington CDSB •• Windsor Essex CDSB •• York CDSB

•• Halton CDSB

•• Northeastern CDSB

•• Superior North CDSB

•• Catholic Educational Organizations •• Catholic Principals’ Association of Ontario •• Institute of Catholic Formation at St. Peter’s Seminary •• Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers’ Association •• St. Peter’s Seminary

•• Ottawa CDSB

First Row Marilyn Mason; Sister Susan Glaab; Bill Hall; Martha Dutrizac; Tracy Cunningham. Second Row: Dan Parr; Ron Marcy; Don Drone; Mark Yenson. Back Row: Gus Hubbard;, Roger Lawler; Cathy Horgan; Michael Paultier; Richard Corneil; Father Michael Bechard; John Fontaine; Erin Lawson. Not pictured: Wilma Da Rond; Anna Marie Bitoni; Glenn Schelucksi; Brian Beal; Sister Pat Carter; Toni Nanee-Little; Roland Muzzati.

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King’sConnect King’s University College Students’ Council Update It has been one of the most successful years to date for the King’s University College Students’ Council (KUCSC) outlined by many great initiatives both on and off campus. By Barshan Quadry, KUCSC President

The KUCSC initiated a record number of awareness weeks for the students at King’s. Council updated their structure, invested heavily into operations and is actively pursuing an affiliation agreement with the University Students’ Council at Western.

the annual concert featuring Stars and Bedouin Soundclash and the sold out King’s Ball. Our newly branded store, the King’s Connection, hit record sales in 2011 and the Games Room is a popular recreation place for students.

This year’s King’s Players musical comedy The Boy Friend performed for three, (nearly sold out) crowds at the Wolf Performance Hall.

We have lots to look forward to in the approaching months, starting with the King’s Debating Society’s participation in Harvard

On January 14, 2012, the KUCSC participated in the annual Relay for Life event and raised a record total of $11,500 for the Canadian Cancer Society – many thanks to Council’s two charity commissioners Bri Newman and Michelle McDonelle. On January 20, the KUCSC partnered with the Faculty of Health Sciences Students’ Council at Western to bring Canadian break dancer and motivational speaker Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli to speak in Labatt Hall. The presentation entitled, “No Excuses, No Limits” portrayed the message of taking the bad and making it good. Some other KUCSC highlights include Orientation Week, themed “King’s in the Zone”,

First year students gather in Labatt Hall during Orientation Week at King’s.


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Canadian break dancer and motivational speaker Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli

University’s Model UN taking place during the February reading week. The KUCSC reached all of the outlined milestones due to the hard work and passion of all the student leaders at King’s. It is their commitment and expertise that makes it possible for Council to continue to offer opportunities for growth and development outside of the classroom.

King’sConnect From the Principal’s Desk

PHOTO: Rob Nelson Photography

By David Sylvester

The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God ~ St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (2nd century A.D.) If we forgive St. Irenaeus for his less-thaninclusive language—he was writing, after all, almost 2,000 years ago—we are left with a statement for the ages, one which captures the very ethos of King’s. In this place, we are committed to creating a learning environment that challenges young men and women to seek the truth and to realize their full potential, and then some. The King’s experience begins with a deep appreciation for the dignity of each person, and what follows is a holistic understanding of education. Yes, our faculty teach history, sociology, business, and literature, but what King’s is really about is educating people. The development of the mind goes hand in hand with the challenge to grow personally, psychologically, physically and, yes, spiritually. This is why a King’s education is all about seeking excellence in a balanced way. Valuing a healthy learning environment is especially important for young people transitioning to campus life. University is, by design, meant to challenge students on every level. It is where young people are asked to

take ownership of their ideas and of themselves, and where they are encouraged to develop the critical thinking and communication skills that will serve them throughout their lives. For many students, arrival at university is the first time they’ve been away from home and new friends, new ideas, and a new environment provide all the ingredients for a life-changing experience. For many, however, university life can be unsettling. This is why King’s goes the extra mile in supporting its students during these challenges. Whether through our first-class advisors in the Dean’s Office, our personal counsellors and residence leaders in Student Services, our student SOPHs who lead Orientation Week, or our mentoring professors, students and staff, the entire King’s community strives to support students on this exciting journey. While all of us at King’s hope our graduates go on to the best graduate schools, take up rewarding careers and give back to their families and communities, our principal goal is to help our students flourish, intellectually and spiritually. The test of how well we do our job is, in fact, our graduates. Are they women and men who are ‘fully alive’, and do they bring life to those they encounter? If so, they bear the mark of a King’s education, and these graduates do honour to their professors, to their alma mater, to their families, and to their God.

As an alum of King’s your university memories likely include the outstanding faculty, small classes, a warm and welcoming environment, the opportunity to have a voice in the classroom and on campus, interesting liberal arts programming and the list goes on. King’s has only gotten better … This is your invitation to return to campus, take a look and share your experience with the next generation...

Give someone the Royal Treatment! Do you know a university-bound student who would benefit from the King’s Royal Treatment? The Royal Treatment includes: •• A personal letter from the Principal •• An invitation to attend a studentconducted tour of King’s, including lunch and an opportunity to meet an administrator or faculty member who can provide you with the inside story. •• A King’s information kit including a King’s ‘swag’ bag If you are a King’s graduate and would like to bring a high school student to King’s for the Royal Treatment, please contact: Natalie Mak, Admissions and Liaison Assistant, King’s University College Email: Phone: (519) 433-3491 ext. 4312

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King’sConnect Faculty News

on the Study and Practice of Canadian Security.” The workshop presentations will form a special issue of the brand new Canadian, peer-reviewed journal: Critical Studies on Security. 

PHOTO: Rob Nelson Photography

Darcy Harris, Department of Interdisciplinary Programs, Thanatology, has been offered the position of the series editor for the Death, Value, and Meaning series with Baywood Publishing Company in New York. Harris’s predecessor, Dr. John Morgan, was the series editor for many years before he passed away in 2005, and it is an honor to bring this editorship back to King’s. This position also means that the Thanatology Program will once again be the centre of a publishing hub in its field. Benjamin J. Muller, Department of Political Science, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Borderlands Studies for the 2011-2014 terms. Muller was also nominated to be the program co-chair for the International Relations section of the Canadian Political Science Association’s Annual Conference, which will be held at the University of Victoria June 4-6, 2013. In addition, Muller has been invited to a SSHRCC workshop at the York Centre for International and Security Studies at York University on February 10-11, 2012, on “Critical Reflections 8

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Department of Philosophy, The Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy is pleased to announce that it will host Tillotama Rajan (Western University Canada) and Philip Rosemann (University of Dallas) as the last two speakers in its annual lecture series. The theme of this year’s series is “ReThinking the Tradition”. The Centre will also be hosting an international conference along with the McIntosh Gallery at Western University focusing on the theme of Deleuze, Guttari and the Arts. We look forward to welcoming to campus some 50 speakers from around the world, including professors Al Lingis and Constantin Boundas. More details about the Centre’s activities can be found at:

For more information, please contact Antonio Calcagno, Department of Philosophy at Renée Soulodre-La France, Associate Academic Dean, travelled to Colombia in fall 2011 to work with some of her colleagues on a workshop that was funded by a British Library Endangered Archives Grant. The group visited the University of Cartagena where they trained students to use the technology needed to digitize the notarial archives of the port town of Riohacha. Soulodre-LaFrance’s colleagues included Pablo Gomez of Texas Christian University, David Lefevor of Barry University and Landers of Vanderbilt University. The documents that will be digitized will be housed on the Vanderbilt library website at:

Renée Soulodre-La France (right), Associate Academic Dean, and research partner, Jane Landers (left), Vanderbilt University, on the roof of the Claustro de San Pedro Claver in Cartagena, Colombia.

King’sConnect Social networking School of Social Work Alumni Wine and Cheese at Homecoming 2011


10 years: Class of 2001 – (L-R) Carolyn Cofell, Tammy Matthews, Joanna Sipos, Laura Williams (Drexler), Kelly Lynne Appleby, and Campbell Thomson

Join the conversation.

The MSW Program at King’s

The MSW Program in the School of Social Work provides the opportunity to specialize within a generalist model. It is designed for BSW graduates to increase competence in clinical practice, research, program evaluation and administration.


30 years: Class of 1981 – Nancy Wardrop is a part-time faculty member in the School of Social Work. Andrew Feron is an adjunct professor of Field Education.

Program features: • Accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education. • Course-based (non-thesis) focusing on direct practice, administration, and evidence-based practice and research. • 500-hour graduate-level practicum. • Practice - research integration seminars led by Faculty consultants. • Full-time and and part-time options.

For more information visit:


35 years: Class of 1976 – (L-R) Dana Campbell, Barb Kraler, Terry Bennett, Mary Beth McLeod, Carol Howes and Karen Saylor-Ray

School of Social Work

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King’sConnect Hoax of the century Featuring Mike Banks ‘76 as Muhammad Ali

Stories of pranks and practical jokes are commonly shared at homecoming and other alumni gatherings as grads reminisce about their university days. For those at King’s in 1974, few will have forgotten Mike Banks and his unique prank that has since been named the “hoax of the century”.

The conversation lasted only a few minutes, but Banks maintained his cover, even going so far as to recite his own Ali-like poem about his upcoming match with Foreman:

At the age of 20, Banks was a typical university student with a unique talent of voice impressions. On October 28, 1974, he used his talent to not only entertain his pals, but also to trick legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell into believing he had a phone conversation with boxing great Muhammad Ali.

When Georgy Porgy come out to fight,

On the night of the hoax, Cosell was broadcasting on ABCs Monday Night Football. Banks, doing his best Ali impression, called the station and requested to speak with the broadcaster. As it was only two nights before the historic Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between world heavyweight champion George Foreman and former world champion and challenger Muhammad Ali, Cosell jumped at the opportunity to speak with the champ.

“Georgy Porgy puddin’ and pie, Devestation punch and heap big thigh, I’m gonna knock him outta sight.” More than 37 years later, Banks is still asked about the hoax. During a recent interview with CBC Radio’s As it Happens, Banks recalled how, to the amusement of his dorm mates, Cosell boasted about his “conversation” with Ali on live television, referring to it as “one of the biggest thrills” of his career. However, Cosell was less than impressed upon learning that he had actually spoken to a 20-year-old university student out of a dorm room in London, Ontario. “He said I should be put in jail,” recalls Banks, who technically broke U.S. wiretapping laws by taping the phone conversation. Fortunately, this charge was never pursued. Instead, the media attention

from the hoax led to a second phone call, this one to Banks instead of by him. Muhammad Ali, finding great humour in the prank, personally called Banks in his dorm room at King’s and invited him to join his entourage. After pulling off this legendary prank, Banks went on to become a sports impressionist and was recognized in 2000 with millennium awards from the Canadian Press and Associated Press for pulling off the “hoax of the century”. As demonstrated during his interview with CBC, Banks has not lost his touch when it comes to his Ali impression. To hear the entire broadcast, which includes excerpts from the original interview recorded in 1974, visit the-friday-edition/

Call for pranks!

Share your memories of great pranks or practical jokes that played out while you were at King’s by submitting your story to

call for photos from the past Share your old photos from your time at King’s and see them published in a future issue of the King’s Herald! Please send all photos to 10

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King’sConnect President’s Message

Who is the greatest King’s alum you know?

Jen MacRae ’96, President King’s University College Alumni Association

King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction 2012 Call for nominations

PHOTO: Claus Andersen

The King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction celebrates achievement, commitment and service to the community.

Who inspires you? As a volunteer with the King’s University College Alumni Association board, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting dozens of King’s graduates over the last few years. I’m always inspired by their stories of success and the paths they’ve taken after graduating from King’s. To recognize the exceptional accomplishments of our graduates, the Alumni Association began honouring outstanding alumni in 2000 with the annual King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction. Since then, we gather each year on Homecoming weekend to celebrate those who exemplify the spirit of King’s in their work and community life. Now with more than 14,000 King’s alumni all over the world, we need your help. Tell us about a King’s graduate who inspires you; someone whose contributions enhance his or her community; someone who is outstanding in his or her profession; someone who deserves to be recognized. This year we’re introducing a second award to honour a young alum who has graduated in the last 15 years and is under the age of 35. For details on the Young Alumni Award and the Alumni Award of Distinction – including who is eligible and how to nominate someone – visit or call Erin Lawson, Executive Director, Development & Alumni Affairs at (519) 433-3491 ext. 4501. Nominations close May 1, 2012. King’s grads all over the world are making an impact in their communities. Nominate someone today and help us recognize their great achievements.

There are many talented King’s alumni who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding achievements. If you know a King’s graduate whose contributions enhance his or her community and who is an inspiration to those who know them, please take a few minutes to submit a nomination. Past recipients: •• 2011: Roger Yachetti ’61 & John Howard ‘71

•• 2005: Sheila Copps ’74 & Sally VandeSompel ’97

•• 2010: Paul Webb ‘66

•• 2004: James Scarfone ’70

•• 2009: Richard Dixon ’78

•• 2003: Barbara Tiessen ’86

•• 2008: Deb Comuzzi ’78

•• 2002: Gary Comerford ’73

•• 2007: Stephen Dunn ’81

•• 2001: John J. Callaghan ’67

•• 2006: Robert Paterson ’72

•• 2000: John (Jack) Petch, Q.C. ’60

For detailed information on the nomination and the selection process, please visit our website, or call the Office of Alumni Affairs at (519) 433-3491 ext. 4502 or (800) 265-4406 ext. 4502.

King’s would like to announce a new award beginning in the 2012 year! The Young Alumni Award 2012 Call for Nominations

Do you know a recent King’s alum that stands above their peers? Has this person graduated in the last 15 years, is under the age of 35 and achieved regional, national or international prominence through: •• Service to humanity? •• Their professions and/or volunteer organizations? •• Community service? •• The advancement of knowledge? •• Service to King’s University College?

For detailed information on the nomination and the selection process, please call the Office of Alumni Affairs at (519) 433-3491 ext. 4502 or (800) 265-4406 ext. 4502.

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Upcoming Alumni events For further details, please visit the King’s University College Alumni Events page or contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at or Jeremy Carrothers at (519) 433-3491 ext. 4502.


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n London Chapter Event – Coffee Tasting – Saturday, April 21 – Join the London Alumni Chapter as they head out to a tasting of selected coffees at a local London venue. Space is limited.

n Henry V Stratford Event – Sunday, September 16 – Join us for our fourth annual Stratford event hosted by Professor Paul Werstine ’70. Enjoy A+ seats for the show, lunch in the Eaton room at the Festival Theatre and an engaging talk on the play by Paul Werstine. This is a sell-out event so be sure to reserve your spot early!

n Ottawa and Calgary Alumni Events John Snyder Theology of Marriage Road Trip – Thursday, April 12 in Ottawa & Thursday, April 19 in Calgary John Snyder has been teaching the Theology of Marriage course at King’s since 1969. After more than 40 years, Snyder is still as interested as ever in this unique subject matter. Join us as Snyder walks us through the many changes that have taken place in both the course and in the institution of marriage.

2012 Spring Convocation



John Snyder

June n Spring Convocation – Tuesday, June 12 – The Alumni Association will welcome a new group of graduates to the King’s family. A reception will take place at 5 p.m. in the Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall at King’s to celebrate the graduating class!

July n London Chapter Event – Beach Day – Saturday, July 28 – Join the London Chapter and catch some rays on Port Stanley’s beautiful beach. Fun will include beach sports, swimming, lazing and more!

King’s Classic now at the Highland Country Club

n King’s 17th Annual Golf Classic – Monday, September 24 – NEW DATE & NEW LOCATION!! Join us at Highland Country Club, London for an incredible day of golf in support of King’s University College Foundation. Highland’s close proximity to downtown London offers a spectacular view of the city, while the course’s mature trees and quiet surroundings provide a wonderful sense of intimacy. This is a great opportunity to enjoy one of London’s most beautiful private clubs while supporting King’s. The cost is $225 per golfer and includes a barbeque lunch, 18 holes of play and a buffet dinner. Registration and sponsorship information is available by contacting Kelly Schaus at (519) 433-3491 ext. 4565 or n Homecoming – September 28 – 30 – Get your tickets to the Homecoming Football game early as tickets sell out fast! Reunion classes are those ending in ‘2 or ‘7, so don’t miss your chance to connect with your old pals. n Social of Social Work Alumni Wine & Cheese – Saturday, September 29 in Labatt Hall, 4-6 p.m. Visit for more information. n CIBC Run for the Cure – Sunday, September 30 – Mark your calendar for the 20th annual Run for the Cure. Join the London Alumni Chapter as they run this race in support of finding the cure!

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Event Recaps Homecoming – Homecoming 2011 kicked off with the annual Friday Night Bash. Alumni, staff, faculty and friends came together in the Vitali Student Lounge in the Wemple building to hear memorable tunes by Rick McGhie and had an opportunity to catch up with old friends. Saturday morning the Alumni Award of Distinction was presented to Roger Yachetti ‘61 and John Howard ’71 in honour of their outstanding achievements in the community. The event included a delicious hot brunch, remarks from Principal David Sylvester and touching words spoken by both honoured guests. The festivities then moved to Western’s TD Waterhouse Stadium for a battle between the Mustangs and the York Lions! While it was chilly out and the Mustangs had a slow start, a great interception by Mustang David Lee, on a York possession seemed to give Western the motivation they needed to drive the game home. With a final score of 48-23, the Mustangs played a great game! Jack Astor’s on Richmond Row was the final destination to wrap up the weekend festivities.

King’s Golf Classic Tournament – King’s supporters came together on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at Forest City National Golf Club for the 16th Annual King’s Golf Classic tournament. The event raised over $23,000 in support of King’s University College Foundation. Many thanks to golfers, sponsors and volunteers for helping to make the day a huge success!

2012 Homecoming


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John Snyder’s Theology of Marriage Road Trip – King’s professor John Snyder made three stops for his Theology of Marriage Road Trip during the fall. His visits included London, Toronto and Hamilton.

Fall Convocation – The King’s Alumni Association was thrilled to welcome 133 new members to the Association on Friday, October 28, 2011, after they crossed the stage at Alumni Hall. Immediately following convocation, students, family, faculty and friends gathered in the Vitali Lounge in the Wemple Building at King’s for a congratulatory reception.

Toronto Sbrolla Event – On November 17, 2011, James Sbrolla’90 and Ann Tavares ’91 hosted King’s alumni and friends in their home for an evening of fine art, featuring artisans from Alton Mill Art Centre. A portion of the art sale proceeds and silent auction went to support King’s University College Foundation. Why does James have a horse on his front lawn? Go to www.kings. for the story!

Mustang Hockey Event – On January 6, 2012, King’s alumni, faculty and friends came together at Thompson Arena to watch the Mustangs men’s hockey team beat the Laurier Golden Hawks. Within seconds of the opening buzzer Western scored their first goal. The Mustangs were victorious with a final score of 7-4.

King’s Players Musical – The Boy Friend – King’s alumni and staff gathered at the Wolf Performance hall on the evening of January 12, 2012, to watch the King’s Players musical performance of The Boy Friend. Good music, laughter and a gathering at Scot’s Corner with the cast and crew made for an entertaining evening. Hats off to the to the King’s Players for a great show!

Remembrance Day Student Field Trip to Ottawa – On November 10, 2011, 51 King’s students joined the Ottawa alumni chapter for a fantastic event at the Ottawa Officers Mess. The students had an opportunity to speak with alumni representatives during round table discussions about how their history and political science degrees led them to careers in Ottawa. King’s professor Graham Broad capped off the evening with a talk on war and remembrance.

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Enthusiasm to spare and a spirit to share Jody Anderson’s (’91) energy has taken him from King’s to Silicon Valley and back.


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His tempo and vitality grab you by the collar and make you sit up and take notice. Even through the phone, his energy is infectious. From his rural home office near Ridgetown, Ont., Jody Anderson ’91 (Physical Education) makes his presence felt and his passion palpable. His internal metronome seems set to allegro and after only a few minutes chatting, it is clear that this spirit has served him well and has powered his journey from small town Ontario to Silicon Valley and back. Stop lights, city water and public transit were all new to Anderson when he joined King’s University College in 1987 as a transplant from the small town of Wainfleet, Ontario on the Niagara Peninsula. “I came from Notre Dame High School and really wanted to have a Catholic university education,” he notes proudly. “I had a very rich social, academic and life experience at King’s. I was blessed with an extended family of people who took me under their wing.” As an 18-year-old small-town kid, thrust into a new environment, Anderson came to rely on this new King’s family as his own parents were battling life-threatening health issues. “The King’s community helped a young student through a troubling, difficult time period and somehow enabled me to flourish, excel and experience,” he recalls. “The King’s community was there as my support system and I am who I am today, in large part because of the safety, security and sense of belonging I felt at King’s.” The spirit that lifted him above challenges he faced as a young man eventually led him to pursue entrepreneurial endeavours. For 10 years he operated a successful promotional marketing company called Campus United, which served school groups and Fortune 1000 companies alike. But, as could be expected, Anderson’s drive had him seeking for more and bigger. “On May 12, 1995, I made a decision to change my life,” he notes. “I was plagued with a decade of debilitating headaches from a series of hockey-related head injuries and decided to give up the success I had found in the business and sold my company with the notion of finding my own remedy for my terrible headaches.”

In 1995, Anderson enrolled in an accelerated pre-med science program at Auburn (New York), and after one year joined the New York Chiropractic College where he eventually found the cure for his headaches at the hands of NYCC professor Dr. Hunter Mollin. “It blew me away,” he exclaims. “Without the headaches anything seemed possible.” This new found freedom from physical pain sent Anderson on a path away from school, eventually to Silicon Valley, where he remained for three years, returning to school before the bubble burst. “When I went back to finish, failure was not an option. I needed to finish what I started.” With his educational goals achieved, and without the burden of headaches, he used his passion and experience for both business and healthcare to open one of the first wellness clinics in Canada. “We followed a popular west coast model of integrative medicine,” he explains. “This is where different types of practitioners work together in a patientfocused model of care. Medicine used to be disease-based and this new model looks at and treats the individual as a whole being – improving quality of life for the whole.” Integrative medicine and performance is where Anderson’s professional energies are focused today. Anderson’s drive and passion continue – one could contest that they have only grown. He is currently exploring use of technology to reinvent his own business model, allowing him to work with clients that include professional and Olympic athletes, globally. “Four-walled clinical practice models are limiting,” he explains. “The future doctors and experts will collaborate seamlessly, real-time and via internet as a medium where PHOTO: Claus Andersen

geographic boundaries will no longer limit delivery, or quality of care.” Anderson is working to incorporate his proprietary system that enables his team to assess and correct skating techniques of players from all age groups, abilities and locales in real-time and virtually, from his high tech hub and hobby farm. True to form, Anderson’s energy spills into other ventures. He also contributes to an eco-company that aims to help corporations, government agencies and schools improve their sustainable and socially responsible procurement practices in the area of promotional merchandise. “This is somewhat of a rebirth of Campus United for the green economy,” he explains. This company, a venture shared with his wife, was recently awarded an exclusive contract with Earth Day Canada. Like many King’s alum, Anderson takes the time to give back, often sharing his positive messages about human and planet health, setting goals, and believing in one’s self. “My family upbringing and education helped me understand the importance of helping people and making a positive difference in people’s lives,” he says. “I have been blessed and I imagine I must be the luckiest guy on the planet,” he states. Through his own experience, he learned and now encourages people to accept anything to be possible and to dream big at any stage of life. Any student or community member lucky enough to meet Jody will definitely be infected by his spirit. If you get a chance, try to tap into this metronome of energy as it is one to follow.

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Boom, crash, zen: Lisa Shackelton’s journey By Carla McFarlane ‘07 She’s compassionate and sharp, generous and insightful, ambitious yet balanced, youthful yet wise. It’s this unique combination that has made Lisa Shackelton (‘05) stand out, as a first year King’s student recruited by telecom giant Nortel in the 1990s, as a young corporate business person on the rise to the top, and now as the owner of London, Ontario’s popular yoga studio, Yoga Shack. Shackelton’s transition from rising star in the corporate technology industry to yoga instructor and London-based entrepreneur sounds like an unlikely transition but once you meet her, it makes perfect sense. A Londoner through and through, Shackelton chose King’s University College because she loved the community feel. One year into a Sociology degree, she landed a summer job with Nortel, the formerly booming and now defunct multinational telecommunications equipment manufacturer headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario. Her knack for communicating and working with others was very quickly recognized, and Nortel offered Shackelton – still a young university student at the time – a full time position in Calgary, Alberta. Faced with an offer she couldn’t refuse, she made the move out west and promised herself she’d complete her degree by correspondence and through taking classes at the local university. At work, Shackelton was part of a team that helped manage the process improvement for the Y2K conversion, designed to prevent the crash of computer systems many expected. PHOTOS: Claus Andersen

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She was quickly promoted and travelled regularly to Asia and Australia for months at a time. Naturally, the demands of business travel put a strain on her efforts to complete her degree, so her bachelor of arts was placed on the backburner for the time being. After all, she was making six figures, wearing designer clothes, and dining at hot spots around the world. Continually recognized as a rising star, the company invested in Shackelton’s development to support further promotions by paying for her to complete the extremely competitive Executive Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. A few years after completing her MBA and just barely into her 30s, Shackelton came back to Southwestern Ontario to run rural telecommunications provider Brooke Telecom Co-Operative as general manager. Back in the London area and always bothered by her yet-to-be-completed BA, Shackelton committed to evening classes at King’s to finish her Sociology degree once and for all in 2005. Recruited by another technology giant in Calgary, Axia NetMedia, Shackelton again moved west but this time as a bustling executive with money to burn. One day, as she was exiting the parking garage near her downtown office, her car was backed over by a large construction vehicle, which crumpled the front end of her car. Although visible damage to her body was limited, still, she knew something just wasn’t right. Struggling through a year of neck pain, severe headaches, and ultimately a misdiagnosis following the car accident, doctors finally determined Shackelton needed immediate neck fusion surgery, basically rebuilding her cervical spine using part of her hipbone. Shackelton’s ‘ah-ha’ moment came in the recovery room at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. “When I woke up, I couldn’t move my hands and feet and as I tried to communicate with the nurses, I realized my vocal chords had been damaged due to the cut along the front of my neck,” she recalls. “Although the nurse re-assured me that 80% of patients get their voice back, I immediately felt very depressed envisioning my life as a quadriplegic, unable to speak. My life flashed before me as I recalled poor choices I had made which included putting my career ahead of relationships, a lack of 20

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“I promised myself that to get better that I needed to be better, inside and out.” Lisa Shackelton

self-acceptance, worry regarding my physical appearance and weight, and wishing I had experienced more genuine joy in my life. I thought of suicide and realized that without my arms or legs I would need assistance and waves of loneliness enveloped me. It was in this moment of despair that another patient was wheeled into the recovery room and I heard doctors mention to him that while in Kandahar they were unable to save his legs. His optimistic attitude of ‘its okay, I’m just happy to be home’ hit me like a ton of bricks. Tears poured down my face and I made a commitment to myself that I would heal and be stronger, no matter my external abilities. I promised myself that to get better I needed to be better, inside and out. This meant more kindness, integrity and love. To accept myself, I also needed to accept others and be open to life’s new path for me.” Following the surgery in 2008, Shackelton returned to London where she relied heavily on friends, family, and her meditation practice during her long recovery back to health. In addition to her personal support network, Shackelton credits hot yoga and pilates for her recovery, which doctors described as incredibly speedy compared to other patients with similar injuries. Before the car accident, Shackelton had practiced yoga for many years for the main purpose of keeping her body fit. After the surgery, despite not being physically able to partake, Shackelton listened to yoga videos at home, using visualization and reaped the mental and spiritual benefits of the practice. Eventually, her body grew strong enough to practice yoga, complete day-to-day tasks on her own, and carry a bouquet of flowers on her wedding day.

Shackelton combined her deep appreciation for yoga and her longtime hope to live and work in London’s Wortley Village and bought a house on Bruce Street in the village for a specific purpose: to open London’s most accessible, compassionate, and environmentally conscious yoga studio, Yoga Shack, now with a second location in downtown London. The business she has built is thriving, and so is she. Yoga Shack has been nominated for London Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award for the second year in a row, and customers and employees alike continue to enjoy a culture many companies take years to create. Shackelton continues to instruct yoga classes and develop the business, and also teaches Bachelor of Management and Operational Studies classes at King’s. Her next big endeavor is one not comparable to any of her past accolades: parenthood. Shackelton and her husband are expecting their first child at the end of February. Her story is one of delightful contradictions and perseverance. A young university student thriving in a cut-throat corporate environment, an Executive MBA student without an undergraduate degree, an undergrad student who was also an executive (with an MBA, no less!), satisfied with life’s simple pleasures despite having tasted the finer things in life, wanting to live with less regardless of her closet full of designer suits, handbags and shoes (that go mostly unworn these days). What has she learned through it all? Be happy in the moment with what you have, support your community, be kind to the environment, and dig your well before you’re thirsty. Wise words.

Cultivating the spirit at King’s Father Michael Béchard (‘91) wears many hats at King’s. As chaplain, lecturer, chair of the Centre for Jewish-Catholic-Muslim Learning, and alumnus, he dedicates countless hours to the King’s community each week.

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Béchard first came to King’s as a student via St. Peter’s Seminary, graduating with his BA in 1991 and his Master of Divinity in 1994. Ordained a deacon for the Diocese of London in 1994 and a presbyter in 1995, Béchard served at various parishes before earning his MA in 2000 from the University of Notre Dame, and returning to King’s and Western to serve as Chaplain. Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, Campus Ministry at King’s seeks to nurture the whole person and challenge students, staff, faculty and the wider community in order to bring all into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Béchard and his team provide a variety of programs and services, including the popular Religious Life Lecture Series, that help people grow in their relationship with God. To ensure that those seeking counsel from Campus Ministry feel comfortable, Béchard and his team have an open door policy – if the door is open, someone is available. Also, it is not uncommon to find Béchard’s fox terrier Audrey, the unofficial greeter of campus ministry, roaming the halls in the Wemple building. Audrey has proven herself to be a valued member of the Campus Ministry team,

as she is often a calming influence for those seeking counsel and an excellent confidant. As the population at King’s grows and becomes more diverse, Béchard regularly evaluates the needs of the community to ensure that everyone feels that they have a place where they belong. As Chair of the Centre for Jewish-CatholicMuslim Learning, he Audrey is all ears has the opportunity to facilitate dialogue between individuals of different faiths in an environment of acceptance and peace. As a lecturer at King’s and St. Peter’s Seminary, Béchard, along with Sister Susan Glaab (BA ’87), has the unique opportunity to take 11 students on an experiential learning trip to a remote northern Saskatchewan First Nations community near Lake Athabasca this summer. In preparation for this trip, Béchard, Glaab and the participating students have been gathering on Saturdays to meet with Elders from First Nations communities. (To learn more about this learning experience and how to support travel bursaries, contact Fr. Mike Béchard at

With a full schedule and varied work hours, Béchard recognizes the importance of taking time for himself. “Burnout is not caused by working too hard, but because you’ve lost sight of your purpose or vision,” says Béchard. “Because so much of my time is spent working with others, I enjoy spending much of my free time in solitude. Audrey and I will go for long walks and I regularly do yoga.” Béchard also incorporates prayer into every day and, twice a year, he goes on retreat to a monastery where he can reflect and rejuvenate. Along with earning his doctorate, Béchard has spent the past summers studying at home and abroad. His interests have allowed him to look at Celtic spirituality and history through Drew University, New Jersey, USA, and ecumenism and interreligious dialogue through the Centro Pro Unione in Rome, Italy. Connect with Campus Ministry online: Visit  Become a Facebook fan of “King’s University Campus Ministry/Christ the King University Parish” Follow On Twitter: @kingscampusmin 

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No retirement age for lifelong learning... At 90 years young, Lenore Lindsey may be the oldest student at King’s, but her presence on campus provides proof that age is only a number and it is never too late to do what you love. Earning her BA in English Language and Literature in 1989, Lindsey has shown no sign of slowing down. She went on to earn her diploma in honors standing in 1997 and, although she believes that she may be close to enough credits for a degree in Religious Studies, she continues to pursue courses that are on topics of interest to her. For Lindsey, taking courses at King’s is about more than just learning. “It’s a social opportunity,” she explains. “It’s not really any different than how other people may get together to play bridge. In fact, I don’t understand why more people my age aren’t taking courses!” Having studied at the College for over 20 years, Lindsey has become a familiar face for many faculty and staff. She greatly appreciates the personal attention that King’s offers and the support that she receives, particularly from staff in the Registrar’s Office who email her information about courses. Her family has also been very encouraging of her pursuit of education. In fact, it was Lindsey’s daughter Stephanie who originally suggested she consider attending King’s. Most recently, Lindsey had the unique opportunity to take a course with her granddaughter Eve, who is now working toward her Bachelor of Education at Western University. Lindsey admits that although she is used to taking classes with students who are the same age as her grandchildren, she still feels like she sticks out like a sore thumb. “I hope at least some of my classmates see me and realize that there is no limit to how long or how much you can learn,” says Lindsey.

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Along with taking courses at King’s, Lindsey reads the Globe and Mail daily, regularly emails with her grandchildren, and is considering joining a chair yoga class.

Student Life Centre Update

ts the ’80 presen dern Anita Kain Mo in in Award Anita T. Ka Josi Knelson at the to held on Languages ceremony S S T O l a u ann 1, 2011. December

Joe MacDonald ’80 presents Amberely Ruetz with the Joseph F. MacDonald Student Award at the annual OTSS awards ceremony.

Marilyn Mason , Registrar at Ki ng’s University College, made a gift to support the Student Life Campaign. The Marilyn Mas on Seminar Room, located in the east wing of the Wemple Building at King ’s, was named to honour Mason’s genero us donation.

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The King’s com munity eagerl y awaits the ground br eaking for the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre. Ple ase visit www.kings.uwo. ca/alumni/stu dentlife-campaign to view the sc hematic drawings of th e King Centre.

This donation was received to honour the memory of associate alum Steve Meston’s gran dmother, Erna L. Menn, who was a staff member at King’s University College in the early seventie s.

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Thank you We would like to thank the individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations that have made a gift to King’s University College in support of the Student Life Campaign as of December 30, 2011. Visionary Society – $1,000,000 +

Partners’ Society – $10,000 +

King’s University College Students’ Council Darryl J. King ‘97/Logikor Inc.

The Estate of William Francis Barnicke ‘63 The Late Reverend Angelo Dominic Bovenzi, C.S.B. Chris Cahill ‘80, Lori Cahill & Family J. Claire Callaghan ‘71 John J. Callaghan ‘67 & Linda Callaghan David Convery ‘73 & Patricia Convery ‘75 In Memory of Dr. Jeffrey Cormier ‘90 Lynne Cram CultureWorks ESL Des Dutrizac ‘69 & Martha Dutrizac Richard J. Flinn & Marilynn Flinn Go Bee Industries John E. Hall ‘59 The Jack and Barbara Hay Foundation Erma Jacob ‘94 & Family The John David and Signy Eaton Foundation John C. Kennedy ‘65, Terri Kennedy & Family Mavis Killan King’s University College Staff Association The Lord Family Joe MacDonald ‘80 & Anita Kain ‘80 Joseph A. Madill ‘69 McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP Reverend Terrence R. McNamara Steven R. Meston ‘86 John C. Nash ‘58 & Margi Nash Sid Noel Philip J. Payne ‘68 & Barbara A. Payne Tom Peirce ‘82 & Anne Marie Peirce ‘84 John F. Petch ‘60 Patrick J. Phelan ‘78 & Family Reverend Peter Proulx ‘73 In memory of Jeffrey Roche ‘03 & Hannah Gordon Roche Brent Shea ‘80 & Becky Shea ‘79 In memory of Mary SheehanBirch ‘86

Benefactors’ Society – $100,000 + Boys and Girls Club of London Foundation David J. Ducharme ‘64 & Lynda Ducharme Joanne Kenny & Peter Kenny Arthur & Sonia Labatt In memory of Joan Mason-Grant Lowell B. Mason Jr. & Elizabeth S. Upjohn-Mason Mitchell and Kathryn Baran Family Foundation Don Smith & Joan Smith Andy Spriet & Helen Spriet Paul D. Stevenson ‘80 John & Francis Vitali ‘91

Patrons’ Society – $50,000 + Brad Badeau & Kathy Badeau BMO Bank of Montreal Paul M. Dub ‘94 The Estate of Doris Evelyn Dunn King’s University College Alumni Association Michael F. O’Hare ‘80 & Rosemary O’Hare ‘81 Sisters of St. Joseph, London

Innovators’ Society – $25,000 + Karl Arvai & Penny Arvai In memory of Christopher Perrin Beatty ’07 Tozun Bahcheli & Beth Davidson Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) Gary Comerford ‘73 & Cathy Comerford ‘73 Paul J. Hogan & Barbara Hogan Dieter Jahnke & Lyse Jahnke Gerald Killan & Linda Killan Marilyn Mason Nexen Inc. Ken J. Regan Henry Thuss & Rosemary Thuss


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Bruce R. Shewfelt ‘87 & Claire M. Shewfelt ‘88 James S. Walker ‘86 Mary Carol Watters

Principals’ Society – $5,000 + Laura Béres Ken Birch Bill Brennan ‘74 & Judy Brennan Sauro Camiletti Hye Yeon Cho Class of 1961 Tracy Cunningham ‘97 & Calum Cunningham ‘97 Richard J. Dixon ‘78 Elizabeth A. Drewlo ‘88 David Finch ‘90 F.K. Morrow Foundation Ryan M. Gauss ‘08 & Haley Gauss Suzanne Loranger Grenke ‘84 Glenn Hardman & Carol Hardman Jackman Foundation Tom Jory ‘87 & Margo Jory Joseph A. Lassaline ‘69 Erin Lawson & Ted Lawson Dante Lenardon In memory of Heather F. Maclean-Meek ‘79 Carolyn Mason Don McDougall & Marion McDougall Mary McLaughlin Fred Meek Julie Michaud George Murray Bob Paterson ‘72 & Angie Paterson Margaret J. Pressey ‘75 John Regan ‘84 Rival Office Solutions Inc. Nicholas Skinner Janine Smith In memory of Barbara Spruce David Sylvester & Allyson Larkin Vanderwesten, Rutherford, Mantecon Roger D. Yachetti ‘61 & Cleda Yachetti James C. Zucchero ‘82 & Holly Watson

Champions Society – $1,000 + Hans G. Abromeit & Anna Abromeit Sean P. Adams ‘00 Stephanie D. Bangarth ‘95 Joseph J. Barnicke, C.M. Douglas Bassett & Susan J. Bassett Tina E. Bax & Mike Bax Reverend Michael Bechard ‘91 Andrea Bezaire ‘02 & Derek Bezaire

Marlon L. Biollo ‘01 John Birch & Frankie Birch Jane Borecky ‘97 Shirley Bratscher Mark D. Browning ‘77 Antonio Calcagno Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry Gregory F. Child ‘90 Michael (Jim) Conroy ‘67 Dom Christian & Kate Birch Richard Csiernik Pamela Cushing & Jay Pat Patricia Damaren & Norman Damaren Robert Deane Stephen B. Deighton ‘91 William F. DeLuca ‘67 & Mary M. DeLuca Stephen J. Dunn ‘81 & Corrine Dunn David J. Elias ‘90 & Heather Bell Veronika Elsie Daniel Ferguson & Kathleen Ferguson Phyllis Fidler ‘04 Paul Fox ‘70 & Nancy Fox Frank Franciosa ‘00 Nicole Furnival & Cory Bowman Karen L. Holmes ‘78 Diane Humphrey Dermot Hurley Allan Irving The Honourable Henry N. R. Jackman Rose Marie Jaco Andrew Jardine ‘06 & Erin Jardine John W. Jarrell & Mary Margaret Jarrell Jennifer M. Jones ‘02 Lindsay Kennedy Raegan Kennedy Robin Kennedy Ina C. Kevins ‘81 William J. Kienapple ‘59 & Mary Kienapple Brian J. Lane ‘78 Mina LaRocca The Lawson Foundation George J. Leon ‘65 Terry Leon ‘72 & Mari Jo Leon ‘72 Darlene M. Leon-Tiftickjian ‘84 Frank J. Linsdell & Joan Linsdell David MacGregor & Patricia Bishop Shelley Mackenzie & Bill Mackenzie Jennifer A. MacRae ‘96 & Mathew Hoy Jeff Major Christopher M. Makuch ‘93 In memory of Harry Mason Dan Mathieson & Carolyn Mathieson

Shawn T. McConville ‘84 & Beverly McConville Daniel L. McCowell ‘81 Denson McDonald ‘66 Reverend William T. McGrattan ‘86 William McKercher & Sue McKercher Sally McNamee Hugh Mellon Joseph Michalski Betty Miszczyk Reverend James Mockler Philip J. Mueller & Elizabeth Anne Mueller Linda J. Neal ‘99 Jerry O’Brien & Maria O’Brien Patrick E. O’Bright ‘87 Michael S. O’Neil ‘86 & Jill M. O’Neil ‘84 Cosmo Oppedisano & Teresa Oppedisano Brian Patton & Teresa Hubel John M. Paulo ‘99 & Yuki Paulo James S. Pender ‘81 James Peterson ‘89 Dino N. Rocca ‘83 & Mary J. Rocca ‘84 Michael Rolland ‘78 Shapour Samei & Farinoush Mostaghimi Michelle Samways Jerry Santucci ‘79 & Carla Santucci James J. Sbrolla ‘90 & Ann M. Tavares ‘91 James A. Scarfone ‘70 Kelly Schaus & Todd Schaus Frank T. Schlichtherle ‘62 Corinne T. Scullion ‘85 Megan Shore Jeannette Staples Andrew J. Stockwell ‘79 Suncor Energy Foundation Jim (Bud) Tangney ‘62 Michael Tattersall & Carol Tattersall Bernie Villeneuve ‘64 Linda Weber Philip Weinstein ‘78 & Judy Weinstein Paul Werstine ‘70 The Estate of Earl G. Williams Mr. Charles J. Zucchero

Ambassadors – $500 + Joyce Abbott & Antony D. Abbott Katherine Adamcyk Paul A. Agro ‘59 & Carol Agro Peter E. Arthurs ‘60 & Judy Arthurs Renato M. Berlingieri ‘80 Carolyn M. Boerboom ‘82 & Frank Boerboom David Breech & Joan Breech Jamy Brodt & Angela Brodt

Mary Cappuccitti Jane M. Carere ‘77 Wayne A. Chorney ‘83 & Brenda Chorney Deborah A. Comuzzi ‘78 Michelle Corbett ‘84 Linda D. Cornish-Goodwin ‘80 Robin Creeden ‘62 & Diane Tait Francis A. DeSantis ‘72 Michael W. Doucher ‘67 & Cathy M. Doucher Susan Evans Jean Fromm James A. Frumau ‘61 Stephen J. Fuzy ‘58 & Katarina Fuzy Fred Galloway & Bev Galloway Bette-Jane Genttner Robert Gunn Dale A. Ham ‘88 & Tom Ham Judy L. Hannivan ‘81 & John Hannivan Mary Henri Elizabeth Hewitt Ronald R. Holmberg ‘61 Marie R. Horman ‘82 & Barry Horman Lisa L. Houghton & Scott R. Houghton Geoff Hutton ‘66 & Margaret Hutton

Lynne Jackson Paul Jacob & Sandy Jacob Xing Jiang Don Kerr Jonathan A. Kielb ‘90 King’s University College Professional Administrative Officers Association Catherine M. Kovacs ‘83 & Les Kovacs Barbara H. Laing-Hiseler ‘77 Larry Langan Tim J. Lee ‘77 & Babs Lee Daniel Maoz James R. McCarney ‘78 & Lorraine McCarney Gary C. McCarthy ‘68 William McCloskey ‘65 Paul McCutcheon Janet E. McEwen Tom McGrenere ‘60 Laura A. Metrick ‘73 & Ronald J. Metrick James A. Metson ‘85 George M. Moore ‘65 & Joan Moore Antonio Morano ‘89 & Jacqueline Morano ‘88 Kathleen A. Morris ‘86 Erika L. Mozes ‘00

Rick Naranowicz & June Naranowicz Euro J. Narduzzi ‘63 Jacquetta Newman Michael Nicholas & Stephanie Nicholas Ana Ning nuskule inc. Darlene A. Patterson ‘82 William D. Payne Paul Philbrook & Maureen Philbrook Robert D. Plexman ‘72 Joseph A. Radocchia ‘90 Henry G. Rawlinson ‘90 RBC Foundation Jeff Regan Jennifer Regan & Gareth Davies Regional Social Forum Simone G. Reynolds & John E. Reynolds William A. Ruth & Susan Ruth David Scandiffio Vinay Sharma Michael A. Smith ‘80 Marc Sorrenti Marian E. Spitters ‘83 & Harry Van Bavel June A. Sylvester ‘78

Katherine E. Tew Darras ‘91 Jill Thompson Jennifer Thwaites Alana R. Walker Carpenter ‘96 & Kevin B. Carpenter Christopher G. Whelan ‘82 & Linda D. Whelan ‘82 Jill A. Whelan ‘93 Sharon L. Wright-Evans ‘74 & Brendan Evans Karl P. Wysotski ‘64 & Phyllis Wysotski Valerie Zawilski

In memory of Verta Husson Mary Lou Karley Mavis Killan

In honour of Bette-Jane Genttner John and Mary Margaret Jarrell Marilyn Mason

James Sbrolla John Snyder

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the following Scholarships and Bursaries were approved in 2011 The CIBC Student Awards in Economics, Business and Mathematics The David and Lynda Ducharme Awards The Erma Jacob & Family Student Award Jahnke Family Award The Father Peter Proulx Award in Interfaith Dialogue The Mary Sheehan-Birch Student Award

Thank you to all the donors who wish to remain anonymous.

Donor Listing: The donor listing acknowledges contributions to King’s University College by individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations for the period September 1, 2007 until December 30, 2011. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing, errors and omissions may occur. Please accept our apologies and bring any corrections to the attention of King’s University College Foundation at (519) 433-3491 ext. 4500 or (800) 265-4406 ext. 4500, so we can correct this for our donor wall and future listings.

Donors making a difference The Lynne Cram Award in Global Commerce was made possible by a generous gift from Don and Joan Smith in honour of their daughter, Lynne Cram, and recognizes her commitment to King’s University College through her many contributions as a Director on the College Board and a long-time committee volunteer. The fund was established in 2008 by a pledge of $50,000 from the Smiths. The award is granted to a student in the Management and Organizational Studies (MOS) program with an honors specialization in Global Commerce or with an Honors Double Major in Global Commerce. Azra Popat and Christopher Gorski were the 2011 recipients of this award. Popat is in her 4th year of the MOS program with an Honors Specialization in Global Commerce. She volunteers at Rogers TV, CampusPerks, and was a Soph orientation leader for incoming students in the fall of 2011. Popat travelled to China and Quebec on exchanges through King’s. The second recipient of the Lynne Cram Award in Global Commerce was Christopher Gorski. Gorski is also in 4th year of the MOS program with an Honors Specialization in Global Commerce. He was the quarterback coach for the King’s Cobras women’s flag football team and, like Popat, was a Soph orientation leader in the fall of 2011. Gorski feels that this award was both an honour and a blessing to him. Financially the award provided support in paying for school tuition and has allowed him to focus on achieving a high academic standing. Beyond the financial impacts, Gorski feels that this award is a testament to the strength and support of the community at King’s. Both students were recognized at the December 1, 2011, OTSS student awards reception held annually at King’s.

Joan Smith (far left) Don Smith (second from right) and daughter Lynne Cram (far right) present The Lynne Cram Award in Global Commerce to Azra Popat (top photo) and Christopher Gorski (bottom photo).

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Should you have any milestones to share (job announcements/changes/promotions, marriages, birth announcements etc.) please let us know and we’ll include them in the Herald. Please e-mail a full time marketing role including developing the RACGP Foundation raising funds for medical research and projects that improve the standards of health care. Jim and Kim just celebrated 20 years in “Oz” and return to Canada almost annually to visit and catch up with friends.

^ John Melady ‘62 – In June 2011, John visited King’s with his grandson (and current King’s student), Conlan Melady. Joseph Swift ‘74 – After 33 1/2 years of working with TD Canada Trust I have retired, as did my wife Mary Anne (nee Pendergast). We recently built a home and reside just outside of the town of Forest. James Weber ‘77 – Jim went on to get an MBA (and a wife!) at the University of Windsor. He then enjoyed marketing management roles at Kimberly-Clark, Rubbermaid and 18 months with Johnson & Johnson in Auckland, New Zealand, when his wife Kim was asked to do an 18 month contract with her accounting firm in Kiwi land. After returning home in 1988 and continuing with Rubbermaid, Jim and Kim made the move to Melbourne in 1991. Jim worked for 17 years with Telstra, the Bell Canada of Australia, with a highlight of managing the cellular marketing and roll-out for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 2008, Jim had a “rocking-chair” moment and decided to use his marketing experience for not-forprofit charities. He was marketing and fundraising manager at Scope, helping people with cerebral palsy by raising over $14 million in three years. Just this year, in thinking about retiring, Jim formed his own fundraising consultancy business and his second client, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), offered him


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Tom O’Brien ‘80 – welcomed his first grandchild, Ryder, on March 19, 2011. Marion Wilson-Campbell ‘83 – I am currently a Principal at Breadner Elementary School with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. I completed a Bachelor of Education in 2000 from The University of Western Ontario and am presently working on my Masters of Education. Amanda Bell (Topham) BSW ’89 – On December 8, 2011, Amanda Bell successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled: “Transforming Offender/Victim Relationships to Parent/Child Relationships That Are Safe and Emotionally Beneficial for Child Sexual Abuse Victims“ at Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work. Her dissertation has been nominated for the university’s Gold Medal Award. Amanda is a part-time faculty member in the School of Social Work at King’s and maintains a private practice in London, working with traumatized children and adults. James Doucher ‘89 – I have relocated to Texas with my wife, Susan, and our daughters, Ella (5) and Maya (4). I accepted a promotion with my company Oldcastle Building Envelope, to assume the VP Finance role for several operating units based out of Terrell, TX. Shovel for sale! Just bought a house and looking forward to the new adventure!

^ David Elias ‘90 – David and his wife Heather Bell are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan John, who was born on August 16, 2011, weighing 7 lbs, 5 oz.

^ Colleen Buckley (nee De Anna) ‘91 and Peter Buckley ‘94 – proud owner/operators of McDonald’s Restaurants in Sarnia, Ontario for 10 years, recently won the first-ever, national award at the Canadian Owner/Operator Convention. The award was in recognition of their commitment to their employees, as well as their significant community involvement. The award was given to one owner/operator amongst 1400 locations country-wide. They were recognized for their financial and time commitment to their local Ronald McDonald House located in London, Ontario. Colleen is completing her 8th year on the Board of Directors, as well as the Chairperson for the newly established Ronald Family Room in London’s new Children’s Hospital. Colleen and Peter have also been recognized for Outstanding Restaurant Operations by McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada and two awards from their local Chamber of Commerce in the categories of Employee Relations and Outstanding Customer Service in the large business sector.

^Phil Falcone ’92 – visit with Principal David Sylvester

^ Robert Orgil ’93 – Robert stopped by King’s with his son during a visit to London. Robert resides in Calgary and works at Softchoice Corporation.

^ Lorraine Minten (nee Scott) ‘97 – Lorraine and her husband Martin John Minten are now blessed with another son, Berend Titus, born on May 28, 2011. A little brother for Martin Willem, Nathanael, Marijke, Damien, Simon and Roderic. The family is busy with home education and renovating their home on a country property near Watford, Ont.

^ Keri-Lee Mullan Petrykowski ‘98 – lives in Oakville, ON, with her husband and two sons, Maximilian and John Paul.

Jennifer Watson (nee Craig) ‘00 – I was married to Simon Watson in Mexico on April 29, 2009, and we welcomed our fraternal twins, Ethan and Madelaine, on August 29, 2010.

^ Larissa Aradj (nee Gocentas) ’04 – was married to Laurent Aradj in a beautiful outdoor ceremony on August 5, 2011. They met in Nice, France in 2002 while Larissa was on a French exchange program. They now live and work in Toronto. Veronica Ceponis ’05 – After graduating from King’s, Veronica moved to Auckland, New Zealand, and earned her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland. Upon completing her LLB, she began working as a law clerk and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2011. Veronica works in Auckland as a barrister concentrating in human rights, criminal, immigration and family law. Also, she was recently engaged to her fiancé, whom she met while at King’s and he was studying at main campus.

^ Francis Doyle ‘07 – married Janine (nee Castanier) on July 30, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Parish in River Canard, Ontario. Janine graduated from St. Francis Xavier in 2008. Francis and Janine reside in Waterloo, Ontario.

Abdul Faruqi ‘09 – Is now working as a consultant in Kuwait.

King’s Remembers < Jacques Goutor, retired King’s professor

Jennifer Rex ‘10 – In May 2011, I completed a Master of Science in Education and teaching from D’Youville College, Buffalo, New York. Tracey Lipp (nee Humbey) ’11 – Following graduation from King’s in ‘92, Tracey worked at the Child and Parent Resource Institute as a clinical social worker. In 2007, she joined the team of service coordinators at Community Services Coordination Network and soon after became certified as a family group conference coordinator. Tracey began the part time MSW program at King’s in 2009. She focused her energies and research on custody and access issues, as well as high conflict situations and developed the High Conflict Family Group Conference Pilot Project. This research project provided opportunities to continue working with families looking for alternatives in high conflict custody and access disputes. Tracey was offered a position at the Children’s Aid Society following her practicum and developed a private practice with a similar focus. She was honoured to be nominated for the Mary Lou Karley Award of Excellence in Social Work Practice. Nathan Welch ‘11 and Laura Waters ‘11 – were married on June 18, 2011.

^ Katrina Clarke (nee Marr) ‘06 – and husband, Jason, are happy to announce the arrival of Adelaide Katherine Clarke. Adelaide was born on November 20th and was welcomed to the family by the couple’s two dogs, Mosely and Gracie. She looks forward to enrolling at King’s in the fall of 2028, but will spend some time getting to know the campus in the meantime by accompanying her parents to alumni events.

of History, passed away on January 6, 2012. Jacques arrived at King’s in 1969, one of a string of fresh faculty recruited by the new Principal Owen Carrigan to revitalize a College that had just barely escaped closure. Jacques became the guiding light of History, and in the 70’s assembled a team of younger faculty who saw their main role to be in undergraduate education – Paul Webb, Gerry Killan and Eric Jarvis. Current professors, and KUC alumni, Rob Ventresca and Stephanie Bangarth credit Jacques with “recruiting” them into graduate work when they had been contemplating other paths. His classes were habitually full – students responded as much to his style as to the content of the lectures. The Goutor fingerprint is yet evident in our daily operations and methods. Jacques’ loss will be much lamented, though balanced with gratitude for his long and devoted service and friendship. He leaves his wife Betty, son David, daughter Jaqueline, and two grandchildren. Professors Stephanie Bangarth and Paul Webb have set up a fund at King’s in Goutor’s memory. Please contact the Foundation Office for more information (519) 433-3491 ext. 4500. < Will McKercher, King’s Political Science professor,

passed suddenly on February 13, 2012, at the age of 67. Cherished husband of Sue Epstein. Loving and devoted step-father of Jennifer and David Mannen, and Megan Epstein. Son of the late Helen and Henry McKercher. McKercher will be fondly remembered by his extended family, colleagues and students of King’s University College and by his many friends both here and in the U.K. After obtaining his PhD from the London School of Economics, McKercher spent his career as a devoted Professor of Political Science at King’s. He was an active member of St. James Westminster Anglican Church. His love and devotion will live on in the hearts of those who knew him. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Will are asked to consider the London Men’s Mission or St. James Westminster Anglican Church. Rosemary Thuss, wife of Henry Thuss, past-chair of the King’s University College Board of Directors, passed away on February 13, 2012. Rosemary was, and will remain, a treasured member of the King’s family. A dedicated Music Reigns volunteer and a supporter of many College events, Rosemary was involved with King’s on a number of fronts. Her enthusiasm, energy and kind spirit were an inspiration to staff and volunteers who worked with her. Henry Thuss and family have requested that donations in Rosemary’s memory be directed to the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre building fund at King’s University College or Holy Family Parish building fund, 777 Valetta Street, London, Ontario.

In memoriam We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of: Brian Voisey ’63 who passed away peacefully on May 16, 2011. Reverend Helmut Duttchen ‘86 who was taken home to heaven on August 15, 2009. Patricia Warriner (nee Barker) ‘90 who passed away on May 13, 2010, after a courageous fight against brain cancer. Laurie Vyse ‘98 who passed away unexpectedly at Victoria Hospital, London, Ont, on April 8, 2011, in her 37th year.

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King's Herald - Spring 2012  
King's Herald - Spring 2012  

An alumni magazine for graduate of King's University College at Western University Canada.