king’s herald Fall 2006
A magazine for alumni and friends of King’s University College at The University of Western Ontario
Class of ’06, meet Class of ’66 Principal’s Report: Fulfilling a Promise www.uwo.ca/kings
Guide to Homecoming 2006
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10 Class Act Class of ’06: Meet five new grads who are ready to take on the world.
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14 Class of ’66: Meet three alumni who after 40 years still value their ties with King’s 16 King’s 007 Dr. Brian Patton explores the connections between popular culture and academia through his study of James Bond 18 Principal’s Report to the Community 23 Your Guide to Homecoming 2006
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Message from the Alumni Association President
2006 King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction
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King’sConnect Spring always prompts a good deal of nostalgia, especially at convocation time. King’s had more than 500 graduates in June – its largest class to date – and more will follow at Fall convocation. After four years of study, our students leave us for new careers and graduate schools in a variety of disciplines. Congratulations to you all, and welcome new alumni! King’s has a wonderful “first” to report this year. Students from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) in Dalian, China, took the final two years of their degrees at King’s in an The Editor Writes Anne Marie Peirce ’84 special collaborative exchange program that began in the fall of 2004. Twenty-four students, who studied either Administrative and Commercial Studies or Economics here at King’s, represent the first class of this program to graduate with a Western degree. We have profiled one of the first DUFE Program graduates in our feature on the Class of 2006, with more details on the program. For this issue, we have a special report from Principal Dr. Gerry Killan. From its breadth of degree programs to its fine faculty, and from the number of students to its campus buildings, King’s has experienced growth in so many aspects. Dr. Killan reports on how it all fits under the institution’s strategic vision, and the steps that remain in order to complete the current strategic plan. The Class of ’66 is spearheading a 40th Anniversary reunion, so we took the opportunity to profile some of the members of this class, as well as the newest graduating Class of 2006. They may be worlds apart in some ways, however the experiences they have had, and the memories they hold of King’s remain remarkably similar. In this edition we profile King’s professor Dr. Brian Patton. Many alumni will recall his courses in popular culture, 20th Century British Literature, and film studies. Dr. Patton has combined his interest in 007 with his teaching in popular culture for an interesting King’s lecture series. Read on to find out how he developed his interest in James Bond, and how it figures into his research. The Homecoming Committee, chaired by Leslie Gloor Duncan ’96, is planning an extraordinary event this fall. Reunions taking place that weekend include: J.M.S. Careless History Club Reunion, All-years former Students’ Council members and Soph Committee Reunion as well as the Class of ’66 reunion. The Alumni Award of Distinction will be presented at the Homecoming Dinner, on Friday September 30th to Bob Paterson ’72, and we also honour faculty who have reached 30 years of service this year (Kathryn Kopinak and Paul Werstine). Please see our website for further details on the various Homecoming initiatives (www.uwo.ca/kings/alumni), and count yourself in – you don’t want to miss it!
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Letter to the Editor Kudos for the Herald I received my King’s Herald today. I’m not sure if the Herald has gone through significant changes recently but wanted to pay my compliments. It has really improved from previous versions over my 15 years as an alumna. The look is friendly and the articles are just the right length… Congratulations on a good-looking and relevant publication. – Monica Pease ’92
New Names for ACS and CFR Programs The Administrative and Commercial Studies (ACS) program has been renamed Management and Organizational Studies (MOS). The new name more accurately reflects the program’s unique academic focus. The MOS will remain, as ACS before it, the only degree of its kind in Canada. Childhood and Family Relations (CFR) has been renamed Childhood and Social Institutions to reflect the broader coverage of the program in response to the growing research in the field of childhood. Since the inception of the CFR program in 1999, new social studies of childhood research have greatly expanded its coverage of children’s participation beyond families to include legal, health, economic, media, social service, educational, religious, and political institutions. The new name more accurately communicates the content of the program to incoming students and informs prospective employers of our graduates’ depth of knowledge while acknowledging the range of careers they enjoy.
Jeff Bowerbank ’83 new Manager, Human Resources
Jeff Bowerbank, an ’83 Economics graduate of King’s University College, has joined the senior administration as Manager of Human Resources. He brings to the College twenty years experience in all aspects of Human Resources practice, having a leadership role with such organizations as Union Gas Limited, St. Joseph’s Health Care, and most recently as Human Resources Manager at the London Public Library. In each of these positions, Jeff was counsel for complex initiatives, including the Union Gas/Union Energy separation, the St. Joseph’s Health Centre and London Health Sciences Centre program transfer, and the London Public Library Strategic Plan implementation. As head of Human Resources at the London Public Library, he repatriated all Human Resource functions for a centralized City of London mandate to an independent library structure. Beyond his experience and impressive record of accomplishment, Jeff’s understanding of the College’s collegial culture, and his alumnus appreciation of the College and loyalty to King’s, led to his appointment as Manager of Human Resources effective June 1, 2006. Congratulations, Jeff, and welcome aboard!
SSHRCC grants support King’s researchers Paul Werstine (Professor, English) is grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) for again generously supporting his work on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare, which is published by the Modern Languages Association of America in New York. Werstine is contributing a volume on Romeo and Juliet, which, like other volumes in the series, aims to contain, through summaries, paraphrases, and excerpts, all that has been written about the play since its first publication in 1597. SSHRCC also provided grants for the project in 1982 and 1998. The Academic Development
Fund of The University of Western Ontario contributed from 1998 to 2005 in order to help make the latest volume in the series, The Winter’s Tale, available in electronic as well as printed form. Dr. Siu-ming Kwok, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The one-year grant supports his project titled, “Chinese Youth in the Criminal Justice System of Canada.” The co-applicant is Dr. Dora Tam from the School of Social Work at Carleton University.
New Chief Financial Officer at King’s King’s University College appointed Jeff Major Chief Financial Officer, effective July 21, 2006 following the retirement of long-time CFO, John Miller. Jeff, a graduate of the University of Windsor, is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant (Ill.). He served for the last three years as Associate Chief Financial Officer at King’s. For two years he has Chaired the Budget Committee, spearheading the annual organizational budget deliberations. As well, he provided leadership through a major financial systems software conversion. Prior to joining the College, Jeff worked in industry for Union Gas and the public accounting firm KPMG. While at Union Gas, he was Project Manager, Financial Studies, where he led system expansion project evaluations. His work provided the company and the Ontario Energy Board with economic evaluations upon which it based critical expansion decisions. Jeff has also held positions in the company’s Mergers and Acquisitions Department, as well as the Corporate Tax Department. Everyone at King’s welcomes Jeff to his new role!
King’s Students are Fairy Godmothers Thanks to The London Cinderella Project, 55 girls who couldn’t afford it can now attend their prom. The Project, organized by King’s student Jeannine Curts, her mother Pam Armstrong-Brown and friends Natalia Lavrencic and Natalie Mumford (also a King’s student), provides formal wear for proms and graduations, ensuring that all girls feel a sense of belonging with their peers.
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King’sConnect Tutors on the Bus: King’s students help in the classroom
begins and ends on a bus – hence the name of the program. Tutors on the Bus is an opportunity for King’s students to work with primary teachers in the Stratford area to help children improve their literacy skills.
Dr. Gerald Killan Reappointed Principal
The program, begun last year, consisted of nine half-day sessions and involved some 15 King’s student volunteers. The students were picked up by a bus at noon, provided lunch, dropped off at Stratford and area schools for the afternoon, and then returned to King’s. Tutors on the Bus is the brainchild of Martha Dutrizac, Superintendent of Education for Huron Perth Catholic District School Board. Before the sessions began, she personally trained the King’s students how to work one-on-one with young learners to build reading skills. “I wanted to make sure that their work was focused on supporting literacy,” she says. The program is a wonderful opportunity for King’s students thinking of a career in teaching to get some valuable experience. “The student volunteers showed a real commitment to the program and thoroughly enjoyed it,” says King’s Registrar Marilyn Mason, who worked with Dutrizac to make the program a success. The student volunteers received a certificate from the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board and the offer of a letter of recommendation if they wished to pursue a teaching career. The teachers and School Board were also enthusiastic about the experience, says Dutrizac. “We were very grateful that the student volunteers were willing to come and spend time with our children, And we were pleased that the students were equally grateful to have the chance to work with children and learn in a classroom setting.”
The Chair of the Board of Directors, Mr. Andrew Spriet, is pleased to announce that at its meeting May 24, the Board of Directors approved the reappointment of Dr. Gerald Killan as Principal of the College for a two year term from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2009. The reappointment follows an overwhelmingly positive assessment conducted by a Review Committee. The review procedures included examining comments received from the College community, for which the Committee extends appreciation to all who responded. Please join with the Board in offering congratulations to Dr. Killan on his exemplary review and his reappointment.
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Upcoming Alumni Events September ■ Toronto Chapter Event – Chocolate School Saturday September 16, 2006, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. js bonbons, 329 St. George Street (at Dupont), 2nd Floor, Suite 5. Cost: $40.00/person ■ King’s University College Golf Classic Tuesday, September 19, 2006 Forest City National Golf Club, London, ON. Cost: $190/golfer ■ Homecoming 2006 King’s University College, September 29 – October 1 See page 23 for further event details.
October ■ The Ottawa Chapter is planning to hold a get-together in mid-October 2006. The venue and the nature of the event remains to be determined but it is possible that it could be held over lunch on a Friday in a downtown location or possibly in the late afternoon during the week. If you have any suggestions, please call Kelly Schaus at 1-800-265-4406 or Geoff Hutton at (613) 825-2247. More information will follow.
November ■ London Chapter Event – Mustang Hockey Game John Labatt Centre Date to be announced. ■ Toronto Chapter Event – King’s Alumni Hours Pub Night Stay tuned for further details. If you would like to be notified by email, let us know at email@example.com.
February ■ London Chapter Event – Cooking Class with Chris Squire February 8, 2007, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Kiss the Cook, 551 Richmond Street Cost: $70 per person. Includes dinner, wine and instruction. Register early as space is limited.
May ■ Calgary Event – Reception May 10, 2007 Stay tuned for further details. For further details please visit the King’s University College Alumni Events page www.uwo.ca/kings/alumni or contact Kelly Schaus at firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 433-3491 x4502
Lecture Series 2006-2007 Religious Life Lecture Series, FOR THE PEOPLE, on the Fortieth Anniversary of Populorum Progressio All lectures are held at 7:30 pm in Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall at King’s University College. Admission is free. ■ September 21, 2006 – Dr. Eva Olsson LLD (Hon.) “Tolerance and Compassion” ■ October 5, 2006 – Allan Irving, Ph.D. “Joy Accepts Everlasting Flow”: The Arts and Postmodern Christianity ■ October 19, 2006 – Le Theatre Parminou, “Lost in Traffic” Making people aware of the trafficking of women and children ■ November 9, 2006 – Valleyview Male Chorus “Let There Be Music” ■ November 23, 2006 – Christ The King Lecture, Christian McConnell, Ph.D. “Sacramentality and Human Progress” ■ January 18, 2007 – David Wells, Co-Director of the Department for Formation, Plymouth Diocese, UK “Finding God in Ordinary Places” ■ February 8, 2007 – Professor David Novak “Meaningful Jewish-Christian Dialogue: What to Do and What Not to Do.” ■ March 8, 2007 – The Rev. Dr. Maxwell E. Johnson, Professor of Liturgical Studies, University of Notre Dame “Christian Unity: Gift and Challenge” ■ March 22, 2007 – Joan Lenardon, Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies, Brescia University College “Memoirs of a Difficult Catholic Adulthood: The Girlhood Part Was Easy!” Fall 2006 | page 7
President’s Message Sophia Katsios ’94 President, King’s University College Alumni Association
It is a pleasure and privilege to greet you on behalf of the King’s University College Alumni Association. Lots of exciting events have taken place over the last several months. In February, Toronto alumni gathered at Fionn MacCool’s for an evening of fun and friends and in March the London Chapter held a great event at the Waltzing Weasel. The Ottawa Chapter has also been busy. The group hosted the King’s Political Science Club for a reception where Bill McCloskey ‘65 gave an engaging presentation. Our Chapters and Homecoming Committees have been working hard to plan an exciting calendar of events for the fall and winter. Please visit our website on a regular basis to see what is happening in your area. www.kingsuniversitycollege.ca
If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to mark Homecoming weekend on your calendar. The dates are September 29 – October 1. Homecoming occurs every fall and is the largest single alumni event for King’s. This festive weekend incorporates special class reunions, the Friday Night Bash and Reunion Dinner. In addition, it is a perfect opportunity to return to campus to reconnect with friends and faculty and most importantly have fun! This fall a few of our Board Members will retire from the Alumni Association. I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Claire Callaghan ‘71, Lynn Campbell ‘75 and Jim Donnelly ‘73 for their time, energy and valuable contributions to the Alumni Association. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these three individuals and will miss them, but look forward to seeing them at upcoming alumni events. The Alumni Association exists for the benefit of all King’s Alumni. I hope you choose to stay connected to King’s and to your fellow alumni. Attend an alumni event in your area, join a committee, sign up to be an ambassador of King’s or simply tell others about your experience at King’s University College. If you would like to start or get involved with a Chapter in your area or you have an idea for an alumni event, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs. We would be happy to hear from you.
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Event Re-cap Toronto Social On February 23, 2006 alumni and friends met at Fionn MacCools in Toronto to mix and mingle. (photo below)
London After Work Mixer On March 22, 2006 alumni from the London area met at the Waltzing Weasel to greet old friends and make new acquaintances. Please join us at the next event in London!
Music Reigns Gala On May 5, 2006 at the London Convention Centre over 600 people danced to the live Music of ABBA Mania as they performed with Orchestra London. Guests enjoyed dinner, the toetapping music and exciting live and silent auction items. Funds raised benefit important projects of both King’s University College and Orchestra London.
London Golf Clinic On June 15, 2006 several golfers of all abilities attended a golf clinic to brush up on their skills. Mark Elliott, CGTF and a Level III Professional, instructed the group at Bob Martin’s Golf Practice Centre. The group ended the evening at The Palasad to relax and have fun after the lesson.
2006 The King’s University College Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Robert Paterson ’72 is the recipient of the 2006 Alumni Award of Distinction.
After graduating from King’s in 1972, Bob pursued his designation as a Chartered Accountant, which he received in 1975. He has enjoyed a successful career in this profession, and at the same time has contributed to the London community in many ways, particularly in the fields of education, health care and health research. As a professional, Bob has served in many senior financial and administrative capacities. He is currently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Trudell Medical Group of Companies, an international group of medical
King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction companies. Bob is responsible for all financial activities within the Trudell Group including but not limited to Mergers and Acquisitions, Investments, Risk Management, Information Technology and Human Resources. Prior to joining Trudell in 1996, he was the Corporate Controller for McDonalds Restaurants of Canada Limited. He has also held CFO positions in the construction/development industry and was the CFO for one of the largest agra/ food processors in Canada. Bob has held positions on a number of community boards and presently sits on the world-renowned Lawson Health Research Institute board and King’s College Foundation board. In addition, Bob served as a volunteer to St. Joseph’s Health Care and St. Mary’s Hospital. The responsibilities assumed, in addition
to serving on the Boards, included Treasurer, member of the Executive Committee and Chair of Finance and Investment Committees. Bob also served on the executive of the London Ronald McDonald House, London Highland Golf Club and the London North Rotary Club. Bob is married to Angela Paterson and has two children, Katherine and Chris. Bob Paterson exemplifies all of the characteristics recognized by this award – achievement, commitment and service to the community, and we congratulate him on being this year’s recipient of the King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction.
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The Class of ’66 celebrates its 40th year reunion at Homecoming this year, just as the Class of ’06 is taking its place in the world. You might think that 40 years is a big gulf. But when the Herald talked to grads from each class about the King’s experience, we found that they had much in common.
Class of ’06
This year’s grads are bright, engaging, and hardworking. They also have a strong sense of responsibility to the world in which they live.
Economics, Finance and Management and Organizational Studies Came to King’s in September 2004 as part of King’s exchange program with DUFE (see sidebar). “I had to choose between a number of countries like Germany, England, and Canada. I chose Canada because of its educational system, and King’s University College because of its high reputation.” Is part of the first graduating DUFE class In Summer 2005 was Teaching Assistant in a Business course presented by Professor Tim Hill for King’s students at DUFE Vice-President Promotion, King’s Chinese Student Association, and International Student Co-ordinator for King’s. Also worked part-time for Tim Horton’s on UWO main campus. Plans to work at an accounting firm and take the CMA exam in the fall.
“I’ve made a lot of Canadian friends at King’s because class sizes are small, and we have the chance to get to know each other. This is really good for international students because it gives us the chance to practice our English and get to know Canadian culture. It is quite different than in China, where we don’t have much group work, or class participation. “I really like the teaching method here. The professors are very nice to students, and you can even make friends with them, which is very good. The group studies improve my team work skills and teach me how to get along well with people. The first time I gave a presentation in Canada I was very nervous. I didn’t know what to say, and forgot everything. I was really embarrassed. But now my presentation and communication skills are much better. I can speak fluently in front of a class. “Coming to Canada can be a challenge for international students because of the culture shock. Sometimes it’s hard for an international student to adapt to Canadian culture, but King’s provided a lot of bridging programs that really helped us adapt. “The experience broadened my mind a lot. China is a little bit conservative, but the people here are
open minded. The entertainment for students is different here in Canada. Young people often go out to parties, and that is not usual in China, particularly for girls. When some Canadian friends first invited me out to a party I didn’t want to go. But now I think it’s fun.”
DUFE Exchange ■ King’s University College established a partnership with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) in Dalian, China in 2004. ■ Each summer up to 10 MOS and Economics students from King’s travel to DUFE for a sixweek course on Organizational Behaviour, taught by a King’s professor. The course includes DUFE and other international students. ■ DUFE sends up to 30 students to King’s for the final two years of a four-year program, culminating in a degree in Economics, Finance and Management and Organizational Studies from King’s and UWO. ■ 24 DUFE students, the first graduating class, graduated from King’s in 2006. Similar numbers are expected to graduate in 2007 and 2008. ■ Approximately two-thirds of the 2006 class are going on to do graduate degrees in Canada. ■ Each year a faculty member from DUFE comes to King’s, and a King’s faculty member teaches at DUFE. Fall 2006 | page 11
Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (MOS), formerly Administration and Commercial Studies. Raised in Sarnia, Ontario, he came to King’s on the recommendation of his father, Mark, who spent two years at the College “and loved it.” His plan is to work in Operations Management in the automotive sector because he “is always looking for a way to improve things and make them more efficient.” He also hopes to be involved in politics some day. Active in Students’ Council for all of his four years. Class of ’06 Valedictorian.
“The thing I like best about King’s is how it takes students’ views into consideration in all of its decisions. As a student representative on various committees, I really found it nice to be asked for our input. King’s really cares about the views of its students. “My experience in student politics taught me that everyone is different and must be managed differently. To do that you need good communication skills so people will understand you and get along with you. You must listen with an open mind. Even though you can’t do what
Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (MOS). Grew up in Windsor, and came to King’s because “I knew right away that this is where I wanted to be for four years.” Plans to become accredited as a Certified Management Accountant. Involvement at King’s includes Campus Ministry Choir, Proctor for Services for Students with Disabilities, Head Residence Assistant, student caller for Registrar’s Office and Annual Fund, and King’s Pro Shop salesperson. Also organized fund raising concert for Canadian Cancer Society.
“Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to come to Western. When I began applying for university I came to Western for a tour, and found out about King’s. When I toured the campus, I loved the small community and the friendliness. I felt that King’s was exactly what I needed. “I’ve lived in residence for four years, and it’s been a wonderful time. I met so many people as an RA. When I walk through campus I say hello to someone I know every few seconds. I really like that.
everyone wants, you can at least make sure you have considered what they suggest. If you try to incorporate the views of others into your own, you come out with the best result. “I’m sure I will stay in touch with King’s. It’s such a big part of my life that I’m having trouble leaving it. Already I’m talking about coming back to the golf tournament in the fall. I’m looking for excuses to return and hang out with professors, staff, and friends who I have come to know through the years. “Management and Organizational Studies is a perfect management degree because it gives you a little of everything. For me it is the best business program I could imagine. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Operations Management, but I liked it so much that I’ve made it my career focus. “Each of us experienced our own King’s, but when we look back we all will remember it as a community where we all got along and accepted each other’s differences.”
“I feel that I’ve been very lucky and blessed in my life. Many people have helped me get where I am today. If I can help someone and give something back, I want to be able to do that. “One accomplishment that’s near and dear to my heart was the concert to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. A group of us from home have a little band, so I arranged to put on a big dinner and concert in the cafeteria. We did it for two years and had a really good time – and raised over a thousand dollars for cancer. “I plan to keep in touch with the College through the alumni association. I also intend to keep in touch with many of the people I’ve worked with at King’s because they have been such a big part of my life. There are so many people at King’s I would like to keep contact with. I’m sure I will be back for homecoming and different events.”
Bachelor of Psychology. Chose King’s because “being from a small town, Huntsville, I am used to the familiarity of everyone knowing your name.” Volunteered at the London District Distress Centre (a call centre to support those struggling with problems or in emotional crisis), and a church-based hospitality meals program for the poor. Fourth year psychology thesis with Dr. Skinner linked gender and cognitive style. Accepted at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Master of Social Work program.
“Even when I was in my fourth year, my first year King’s profs still stopped and talked with me. I enjoyed getting to know my professors as people, and having them know me as a person rather than just another student. It made me feel that I actually had an impact. “I committed 16 hours a month to the London District Distress Centre. Being from Huntsville I hadn’t seen a lot of diversity in people and their experiences, and it’s been a very valuable learning experience to be faced with people with mental
Honours Political Science Came to King’s from Woodstock. His father Greg, and siblings Terry and Matt attended King’s. “I’m trying to get my younger sister to come here too!” Faculty Representative for Students’ Council in 2nd and 3rd year, and Vice President of Operations in 4th year. Helped to rejuvenate Politics Club at King’s, increasing membership from about 20 students to 120. Instrumental in increasing bursary program for student leaders involved in Students’ Council. Helped in the College’s long-term planning for the creation of a student centre on campus. Director at Large in the East London Community Association. Enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) Program at Dalhousie University.
“I have always felt that the world is in need of change. Many people believe that, but don’t have the motivation to get involved. King’s has implanted in me the notion that you can do things to bring about change, and make a difference. “A group of us energized the Politics Club at King’s, and organized a number of really great events. Speakers included Jack Layton, Peter Milligan, Ralph Goodale, Sheila
illnesses and from different socioeconomic groups. It is hard to see people struggling but it makes you feel good if you can make a difference for even one person. “My fourth year thesis focused on the relationship between birth order and cognitive style, an area that noone had looked at before. I found from my research that birth order didn’t affect cognitive style, but gender did. It makes sense, given how women are socialized. When you do research, you sometimes find things that you weren’t looking for. But when that happens, you have to explain it. “Getting a degree is a lot of work, and both physically and emotionally draining. People don’t realize how important it is to know how to relax as well as get all your work done. Learning how to balance work with personal needs has been a huge accomplishment for me.”
Copps, and other high profile people. We also focused on the public administration side of government, with speakers from lobby groups, the Polaris Institute, and the Fraser Institute. We organized a trip to Ottawa, which included the King’s Ottawa Alumni Chapter. We hope this will become an annual event. “I got involved in the East London Community Association because that’s where I live. I didn’t want my volunteer work to be confined to King’s. Once you are bitten by that bug, it’s not enough to only be involved at King’s. Because my focus is urban politics and policy making, it was an awesome experience. “The feeling of King’s is not forgotten but goes with you after you leave. I know it’s something I will carry with me to whatever King’s Alumni Chapter I eventually become involved with.”
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Class of ’66
Celebrating their 40th reunion this year, King’s ’66 alumni find that the College continues to touch their lives.
Edward (Ted) Anthony Grew up in Stratford. After deciding to go to Western, Ted enrolled at King’s on the advice of his uncle, Father Simpson. Majored in English, lived in residence for two years, and participated on Students’ Council. He was also editor of the King’s newspaper “Kingsmen”, and a member of Canadian University Students Overseas (CUSO). Intended to go on to Law School, but a chronic eye condition requiring repeat surgery prevented him from continuing his education. Joined Ministry of Correctional Services upon the recommendation of a King’s classmate, Art Daniels. Here he met his wife Judy (above), and after two years of marriage they quit their jobs to travel the world. When her pregnancy ended their travel, Ted took a job with Ministry of Transportation for a few years, then rejoined Corrections. He spent the last 23 years of his career in Cambridge, where he retired in 2000 as Regional Human Resources Administrator. “We hired a lot of King’s BSW grads – it’s a great program!” He and Judy have two children, Stephen and David.
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“As editor of the Kingsmen, I found it a challenge putting out an issue each week. It was like pulling teeth getting people involved, but it was fun. I was mocked profusely for my editorials, such as they were. It was a very chaotic time in the 60s, and most of us were left wing. I was an angry young man back then, with all kinds of civil rights causes and anti-establishment stuff. Of course, the big issue of the day was Vietnam. “For my first two years Msgr. Wemple was the Dean. He was a very interesting character, stern but fair. In fact, it was pretty scary if you had to talk to him privately or were called to his office. He once issued an edict that the Playboy photos be removed from the walls of the residence – immediately! “I remember CUSO meetings with reps from the main campus and the other colleges. They were like an open forum, and were really quite interesting. Every meeting included an ongoing debate about what we should be doing to show our opposition to Apartheid. “When I joined the Ministry of Corrections, no-one needed specialized training. We had a lot of young people out of college and university who didn’t know anything about jails or working inside institutions. My experience at King’s helped me to build our esprit de corps, and we ended up with a great team. “The basic Christian values – decency, fairness, and compassion – were the foundation of our experience at King’s. I tried to bring these values into the workplace. It’s difficult sometimes, but you always try to err on that side if you can. Discipline helps as well, and we were pretty disciplined at King’s, with our curfews and going to dinner with our robes on.”
John Liston Came to London from Hamilton, and enrolled at St. Peter’s Seminary. After one year John switched to King’s, where he served on the Students’ Council and completed a degree in psychology. John’s brother Alan ’69 and sister-inlaw Candice Hnatiuk ’73 are also King’s grads. Of John’s five children, Michael and Christine graduated from King’s, and Mark and Sarah Ann attended King’s, graduating from Western. John’s wife Elaine has taken courses at King’s. After graduation John and some 15 classmates got together each year with their families to have a picnic. Now that the kids are grown and “no longer want to participate in three legged races,” they get together for a meal and a football game at Homecoming. “The nice thing about King’s is I still have a group of friends 40 years later.” After graduating from King’s, John went on to complete a Masters of Social Work, and began working in Children’s Aid in Toronto. He developed an interest in administration, and completed an MBA at York while working full time. In 1985 he became Director of the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex, a position that he held until his retirement in 2005. He continues to work on a contract basis, most recently as Acting Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Oxford County.
“University was a time when I started to question and challenge the values I had learned at home and in the separate school system in Hamilton. King’s really reinforced and shaped those values. The professors created a wonderful culture, both inside and outside the classroom, and we benefited from that. It’s a culture that has done a lot of good for a lot of people. “I decided to go into social work at King’s. It began with a discussion about birth control in the coffee shop with a friend and some girls from Brescia. My friend and I, good Catholic boys, quickly realized that we really didn’t know what we were talking about. So we organized a panel on birth control and invited a faculty member, a priest, and a social worker to debate the issues. The social worker made a very strong impression on me. When I heard him talking about what he did and how he engaged with people, I said to myself ‘that’s what I want to do.’” “I have a strong memory of the Italian Club, then the biggest club at the College. Professor Dante Lenardon gave us some lectures on the Renaissance period, including art, classical music and opera. He had a really rich way of looking at education. “Everyone in my family knows that I am totally biased toward Western, and if anyone asks me, I certainly encourage King’s. I’m the uncle who razzes everyone. I tell my nieces and nephews that it’s okay to go to another university, but it’s not the education they’d get at Western.
Served on the King’s College Board of Directors from 1988 to 1994.
Geoffrey Hutton Born and raised in London, Ontario, Geoff majored in history at King’s. He was involved with the Students’ Council, the debating club and the history club. Upon graduation he joined the Canadian Army and was sent to Cyprus to serve with the United Nations peacekeeping force. After 30 years of service as an officer with the Royal Canadian Regiment, including stints in Germany and England (where he served on exchange with British Army Technical Intelligence), he went into private industry in the high tech sector. Six years ago he began his own consulting business doing subcontract work for the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. Geoff is one of the lead organizers of the King’s Alumni Ottawa Chapter. He is also helping to organize, along with King’s Professor Paul Webb, the 40th reunion of the Class of ’66 at Homecoming (see page 23). He and his wife Margaret have two children. His son, Christopher, is a 1995 King’s graduate, and his daughter, Anne, did her first year at King’s when attending Western.
“At King’s we were encouraged to think - to take positions, to develop our lines of reasoning, and to express ourselves. It was a very good education. The professors got to know us well, and to understand our strengths and weaknesses. Overall they took a very strong interest in what we were doing. “In the mid-1960s there were dynamic changes coming about in Canadian society. We were a microcosm of everything that was happening. King’s College, I think, tends to live in the present, and look to the future. I don’t remember looking backwards –except in history class. “The study of history was a valuable preparation for my work in the military, where it’s necessary to understand the past to make sense of the present. It’s also important to appreciate economics and political theory. Collectively, these disciplines have proven to be useful over the years. “A few of us began the Ottawa Alumni Chapter because we wanted to rekindle the spirit that we had felt at King’s. Many King’s graduates have achieved success in Ottawa and we thought it might be possible to lend a helping hand to fellow graduates, if a network could be established. “In 2006 the Class of ’66 will achieve its 40th Anniversary of Graduation. Having spoken to most of the Class, it is clear that the spirit of ’66 remains alive. When we gather in London for Homecoming Weekend 2006 in September, the Class of 1966 will truly be home.” Fall 2006 | page 15
Dr. Brian Patton mixes popular culture and scholarship with a light-hearted look at 007
hen Brian Patton was a child, one of his favourite toys was a miniature of the Aston Martin that James Bond drove in Goldfinger. Growing up he became a fan of the James Bond movies. Later, as a scholar studying the post-war British period, he began reading the Bond novels by Ian Fleming. “They are books written by a very conservative thinker at a time of tremendous social and political change,” says Patton. “They’re also a lot of fun.” Toward a Cultural History of 007, a scholarly take on the James Bond phenomenon, was one of eight seminars presented at TASK, an innovative new program sponsored by King’s in partnership with three regional Catholic Boards of Education (see sidebar).The goal of the program is to provide an out-of-the-classroom day for teachers, bringing together teaching with scholarship in a way that is informal and intellectually stimulating. Patton was born in Manchester, England, and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1970. He took his Masters and PhD in English at Western, and then joined King’s University College. His doctoral dissertation focused on literature
Patton on Bond Favourite movie: Goldfinger: “It was a watershed, Bond’s big moment. At this point they had all of the formulae that make those films work.” Favourite book: Casino Royale: “It was Ian Fleming’s first book and the figure of Bond hadn’t quite taken a clear shape in Fleming’s own imagination. There’s a darkness and cynicism in the book that’s interesting.” Favourite 007: Sean Connery “Ian Fleming’s choice to play the film version of Bond was David Niven. However, he was eventually won over by Sean Connery. When he was writing the last couple of Bond books, he actually began to change the character in a very Sean Connery-like direction.”
during the time of the English Civil War (1640 – 1660). One of the results of the conflict was a breakdown in censorship, and a number of popular voices began to emerge. “Even at that point I had an interest in looking at literature beyond the confines of the academic canon,” says Patton. “That has carried on to my ongoing interest in popular culture.” In addition to chairing the Department of Modern Languages at King’s, Patton teaches Introductory Film Studies and a Popular Culture course. He also teaches 20th Century British Literature, an area of study that encompasses post-war Britain. In his desire to read as widely as possible about the period, he came across the popular works of Ian Fleming about ten years ago. Fleming’s creation, James Bond, is a character who straddles two very different worlds, says Patton. “He is an imperial hero in a world that is post-imperial. He puts his life on the line for a nostalgic idea of Britain that happens to be passing away.” At the same time, Bond is very much a man of the changing cultural times. “The development of the playboy lifestyle and the idea of conspicuous consumption are quite radically at odds with the old idea of the imperial hero.” Patton’s interest in the scholarly side of the Bond phenomenon took him recently to an academic conference at Indiana University. As well as meeting the foremost Bond scholars, he had a meal with Ian Fleming’s niece, and presented a paper on Moonraker, the only one of Ian Fleming’s novels set entirely in Britain. Patton believes that the line between popular culture and academic scholarship is not as rigid as some think. “High culture and popular culture both come out of similar historical moments, and often address very similar concerns,” he says.” While I love canonical literature, I’m very interested in finding ways in which the two are connected.”
Patton feels particularly privileged to teach at King’s, where students are very engaged and full of questions and insights. He also values the emphasis on good teaching at the College. “But good teaching is informed by research,” he says. “Whether that’s reading widely in the areas you’re teaching, or presenting papers at conferences – either the traditional brand or the bizarre James Bond brand – there should be some ongoing dialogue not only with students but also with other scholars working in the field.”
Teachers as Scholars at King’s TASK is a partnership between King’s University College and the Catholic School Boards of London, Huron-Perth, and St. Clair. Program consists of four one-day sessions, two each in the fall and spring. Presentations for 2005/2006 included: • Author-izing Shakespeare: Twentieth Century Editing of the Plays Dr. Paul Werstine • Jesus after the DaVinci Code: Between Fiction, History, and Faith Dr. Ian Scott • The Representation of the ‘Other’: Francophone Immigrant Writing in Quebec Dr. Raija Koski • Notes Toward a Cultural History of 007 Dr. Brian Patton • Grieving: An Overview of Grief and Bereavement Prof. Darcy Nichols • Global Governance in the New Millennium: What Makes you Feel Secure? Dr. Jackie Newman • Engaging the Troubled Adolescent Prof. Dermot Hurley • We Remember: Teaching the Holocaust in Catholic Education Dr. Robert Ventresca
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Principal’s Report to the Community:
Fulfilling the Promise
In 1997, the year I became Principal, the College had just weathered four years of financial retrenchment under the Social Contract, and the Common Sense Revolution. The provincial grant had declined to the point that it covered less than a third of our annual operating budget! Over 50% of the College’s revenue base was derived from tuition fees. Recognizing that our future would be increasingly dependent on philanthropic fund-raising, the Board of Directors created the King’s College Foundation (incorporated in 1997). Since that time, the Foundation has helped improve the College’s financial status, and has significantly enhanced our public profile through events like the annual Music Reigns Gala with Orchestra London, our September golf classic, and most significantly, the Building Faith, Building Futures capital campaign. As the College pondered the future in 1997, we faced a few daunting challenges. Demographers were predicting a 40% growth in demand for university spaces in Ontario by 2013, a challenge that would be dramatically compounded in September 2003 by the so-called “double cohort” of first-year students following the termination of Grade 13. Computer savvy students demanded an educational experience that gave them access to, and incorporated, the digital revolution and the new information technology. Our academic computer resources in 1997 were minimal at best. In an era of accelerating globalization, King’s remained insular in 1997. The College did not recruit international students–there were only eight on The King’s Herald | page 18
campus. International exchange opportunities for our students and faculty were virtually non-existent. This was unacceptable. To address these challenges, during the late nineties the College engaged in a strategic planning effort and crafted Vision, Values and Learning: a strategic plan for King’s University College. It became our roadmap and has been updated annually since then. It provides a clear statement of who we are, where we are going, and why. Arguably the single most important decision in that planning exercise was to embrace enrolment growth. The College decided to seize the opportunities presented by the “double cohort” phenomenon, and manage enrolment growth in specific ways.
Enrolment growth had to be accomplished in a way that: • improved the academic quality of the student body • enhanced our faculty and staff • benefitted our academic programming • bettered our classroom, office and communal space • developed our information technology services • enhanced the Catholic mission and identity of the College • built on our commitment to social justice, service to the broader community, and social work teaching and practice • developed an internationalization program To an impressive degree, the College has gone a considerable distance to accomplish those strategic prescriptions– and much of it thanks to the support and involvement of alumni, and the funds raised by the Foundation. The College has certainly grown— from 1750 students in 1997-8 to 3300 this coming year. Included in those latest numbers are some 280 international students. Over the past five years, the number of full-time employees at the College has grown by over 40%. The number of fulltime faculty has jumped from 58 in 1997 to 71 this year. Significantly, the number of female faculty in our full-time ranks has risen from 13 to 27 over the same period. Women now comprise 38% of our full-time faculty. Our new faculty additions are outstanding. Their classroom performance is stellar, and their scholarly accomplishments impressive. Our academic programming and course offerings have expanded impressively as well. In 1997 we offered 196 course sections; this September we’ll offer 310. Such growth in the number of course sections reflects dramatic developments in our program offerings. The College now has its own unique multi-disciplinary four-year programs where none existed before—Childhood and Social Institutions, Social Justice and Peace Studies, Management and Organizational Studies (the Global Commercial Enterprise stream being distinctive to King’s). Our traditional disciplines are flourishing as well. And of
course, our outstanding undergraduate program in Social Work, arguably the best in the country, has now been complemented with an MSW program. The growth in enrollment has not compromised the academic quality of our student population. The first year students admitted in the past four years have entered with an overall entrance average of 81%. Being high academic achievers, these students are enrolling in four year and honors programs–the three year degree option is on the decline. Retention rates from one year to the next are at record highs. That we recruit such excellent students and keep them longer is in part the consequence of philanthropic support – thanks to the Foundation, donors have built up our endowments for students in financial need to a total of $2 million since 1997–with the great assistance of the provincial government’s matching fund program. These endowments generate bursaries and awards essential to the academic success of a significant number of our students. Classroom, office and communal space–indeed the Campus generally–was enhanced as we grew our enrolment. The highlight of recent construction efforts is the Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall (2003), one of the noteworthy outcomes of the Building Faith, Building Futures capital campaign. Library enhancements, including internet stations, study carrels, reading lounges, artwork, and compact shelving can also be attributed to the Foundation’s work. The list of capital facility improvements also include the Academic Counseling Centre and faculty offices in the new wing built between Dante Lenardon Hall and the Annex (2005); classroom and office renovations throughout campus; an expanded ITS centre; and a new Food Services community space in the Wemple building. In the coming year, a new faculty office building is scheduled for construction. We are also meeting the challenge of the information technology/digital revolution–REZNET is available in every residence room, fibre optic wiring in every office and classroom, and now wireless access to the library resources for students and faculty. Three computer classrooms have been introduced since 1997. Our lecture halls are equipped with the latest information technology
hardware. There have been major expansions in the digital holdings in the library, especially periodicals (a boon to student and faculty research). We are also well advanced in our effort to internationalize the College. In the past year, nearly 8% of our student body were international students (280 students). Our campus is indeed the richer for their presence; King’s is truly multicultural now. We have developed an impressive program of services to support the experience of our international students. As for our domestic students, exchange agreements are in place for them with universities in Europe, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea and China. Whether it is for one week of intensive service work, several weeks for a social work practicum, a one month course, or a year long exchange, our students now have many opportunities to enhance their studies and their international awareness. Faculty exchanges are also becoming common. And last but not least, in keeping with our primary concern for the development of the whole person, our Catholic campus ministry team has never been stronger or more active. An official, diocesan recognized, Christ the King parish is now located at King’s, and provides full parish services for the students and employees of King’s and Western. We have realized the dream of making King’s the centre of Catholic campus ministry at The University of Western Ontario. The College’s worship space has also been improved thanks to Foundation support–we have a new day chapel in the Wemple building with a spectacular new mural, and a large Sunday worship space in Bessie Labatt Hall. In our strategic plan, the College made the commitment to alumni that as King’s expanded to meet the growing demand for spaces in Ontario’s universities, we would not lose sight of the things that made the College special–particularly its core values. That commitment is being kept. Notwithstanding the progress that has been made, not all the strategic conditions surrounding the decision to grow to 3300 students have been met. There is much still to accomplish. Reducing the faculty-student ratio is a priority, as is the hiring of new faculty complement and the replacement of
retiring professors in the decade ahead. The College is assessing all its needs and is in the process of advising the Foundation on the shape of a new capital campaign to begin within a year. Our students are very clear about what they require. Student involvement at King’s is at an all time high, and so are the number of students on campus every day. We need to provide them with more space to gather informally, collectively, recreationally, academically, in small and large groups. The list of interest clubs expands each year, and the demand for activity space is simply not being met. There is not a central student union/ activity area at King’s as there is at most other universities. We must address this deficiency. To that end, we are working on the plans for a building that will house a student activity centre, as well as academic facilities and space–seminar rooms, lecture halls for classes of 60-70 students, faculty offices, and an amphitheatre. The latter will be used as a venue for film studies courses, a forum for speakers, the King’s Players theatre troupe, and the like. King’s will also continue to develop its scholarship and bursary program. The province has indicated it will continue the matching fund policy aimed to assist students in financial need. This program will be a key component of our campaign case for support, and over a four year period, we intend to add another $2 million to our endowed funds. With this projected campaign, we are also looking to endow funds for our Centre for Catholic-Jewish learning. This new centre will provide a nexus of study, teaching and discussion in the CatholicJewish dialogue that was initiated by the 1965 Vatican ll document Nostra Aetate. And we are eager to seize any opportunity to endow aspects of our special programs and disciplines. These are ambitious plans for the next three years. A campaign of this magnitude requires a host of dedicated volunteers and generous financial support. When the time comes, we hope that you will consider both. I’ll need your help to finish the job started nine years ago. For all those alumni who have been a part of our successful recent past and present, I invite you to be an integral part of our immediate future. Dr. Gerry Killan Fall 2006 | page 19
Milestones James Henderson ’60 is the Coordinator of Donor Relations at the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society. Michael Rajtek ’82 moved to Hong Kong in 1991 to set up a bond trading business for “Dominion Securities”, which later became Royal Bank of Canada. Currently, Michael works at Hunt Partners, a firm with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai, which he and two others started in 2003. Michael is responsible for managing business in the financial markets where they are specialists in Private Equity and Direct Investments for executive recruitment as well as consultative services. Richard James ’84 was appointed Principal of a new Catholic High School in Russell, Ontario. Richard lives in Russell with his wife, Mary Ellen, a Brescia grad, and their four children.
Lynn Brombal (nee Uliana) ’95 moved to her hometown of Guelph after working in Toronto for four years. She is a National Personal Lines Underwriter at The Cooperators. Lynn achieved her Chartered Insurance Professional designation in 2004. In October 2004, she married a fellow Guelphite, Dean Brombal. Lynn sends a ‘Hello’ to all her fellow King’s alumni friends. Jodie Trodd (nee Rekrut) ’95 and her husband Corey (UWO) are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Megan Diana Helen on August 7, 2005. She weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. Both Jodie and Corey are teachers in the Halton District School Board and live in Burlington. Joanne McNamara ’96 is the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, in the new Conservative government. Canadian Heritage is responsible for a broad range of files including arts and culture, broadcasting, Museums and Galleries and the CBC, to name a few. She comes to the federal government following positions with Tory Senator Hugh Segal and former Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Dianne Cunningham.
Diane Rondinelli (nee Vens)’96 married Nat in July 1996 and had Samantha Catharine join their lovely family including Jody Anderson ’91 and his wife Colleen Kuptina, 20, who is adventuring in are proud to announce the birth of their Australia, and Andy,17, who competes in second child, who weighed in at 7lbs, 9oz (a solid goal scorer’s weight!). Both mom Premier Soccer. Diane has worked at and baby are doing exceptionally well and Alarmtech Security for five years. are resting, feeding, resting, and feeding. Anita Jaskot ’97 lives in New York City. Jody and Colleen are very excited and She graduated from King’s with a BA and delighted that they have another beautiful moved to New York to obtain a JD at New and healthy baby boy – Preston (James York Law School in 2000. She was Frederick) Anderson. Preston’s big brother admitted to practice in New York State Carson, 2 1/2, was excited to meet his and Federal Courts. Currently Anita is future linemate and wondered when he working as a regulatory/corporate attorney could come home to play. at the Law Offices of Robert Brill. Please get in touch at email@example.com
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Katherine Jaskot ’97 lives in New York City. She graduated from King’s with an Honours BA, moved to New York to obtain a JD and attended Pace University School of Law for their Health Law Program in 2000. She was admitted to practice in New York State and Federal Courts. Katherine is currently working as a trial attorney at Jaffe & Nohavicka. Katherine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Melissa Murphy ’97 gave birth to daughter, Emma Grace, in February 2003. Eric Plesman ’97 attended Ivey Business School and graduated in 1999. Upon graduation he worked for Arthur Andersen in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and then in 2000 he joined Morgan Stanley in London, UK. In 2004 Eric relocated from London to New York with Morgan Stanley. He is a third year associate in investment banking. Carla Cazzola (nee Catolino) ’98 is pleased to announce the arrival of her second baby, Gabriella Cazzola, born November 23, 2005 weighing 6 lbs.
Li Wang ’05 had a wonderful study experience at King’s and Western, where she appreciated all the professors and faculty members. Now she is back in China, working at Toyota Corporation. She plans to enter into management in the future. She sends a special thank you to her mother university.
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In Memoriam Lindsay Rowe ’00 met former US President, Bill Clinton, at the Canadian American Relations Conference in Edmonton, a CIBC Wood Gundy Signature Event. Lindsay is Senior Manager, Brand Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships for CIBC Wood Gundy in Toronto. Michael Lawless ’02 released his second CD of original music, “One Piano, One Mike”, at Hugh’s Room in Toronto on May 26, 2006. The CD will be available online through www.mikelawless.com and various digital distribution sites. Candice Mathany ’03 teaches primary school and is completing her Masters of Distance Education. Siobhan Crean ’04 attends Lakehead University in the B.Ed program. Brett Fliesser ’04 married Sheena Clairmont in London, Ontario in December 2005. He teaches full time at Ecole Secondaire Msg Bruyere in London. Nicole Nieforth (nee Terry) ’04 married Matt on August 13, 2005. The couple celebrated their special day with their closest family and friends at the Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston.
The King’s University College Office of Alumni Affairs and the Alumni Association extend condolences to the families and friends of the following individuals: Thomas Smith, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the School of Social Work, passed away on April 28, 2006 in London, Ontario. Professor Smith was part of the School of Social Work for over two decades and made a major contribution to the development of an explicit social work program at King’s. He brought a broad understanding of social work theory and practice from both an academic and practice perspective given his experience in both these domains. He also played an important role in directing the department to hire faculty with advanced credentials in both of these areas.
Tom had a cool head and a clear sense of values, a talent that often facilitated resolution of issues that arose within the faculty group. Tom’s students appreciated Jeremiah Pike ’05 graduated with honours his intelligence and his sensitivity to their from Drake University in Idaho, and looks needs. Those in the School of Social Work forward to continuing his education further enjoyed his subtle humour, friendly disposition, and fashion sense. He was at the University of Toronto. He currently arguably the most chivalrous. Tom will be consults for BMO Financial Group in Cambridge but plans to live in America or greatly missed. – Written by Dr. Robert Marino British Columbia in the future.
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Your guide to
Reunion Dinner Friday, September 29, 6:30 p.m.
Friday Night Bash Friday, September 29, 8:00 p.m.
Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall $35/person, cash bar
Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall Free admission, cash bar
The King’s Alumni Association invites all alumni to attend the annual Reunion Dinner, especially those celebrating an anniversary year.
King’s University College alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate Homecoming at this social event. Place your bids on unique items featured in the silent auction and check out King’s yearbooks and photo albums! King’s clothing will be available for purchase. Tours of selected buildings will be offered.
Following dinner, The King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction will be presented to Robert Paterson ’72. Faculty members Kathryn Kopinak and Paul Werstine will be honoured by the Alumni Association for 30 years of teaching at King’s.
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Homecoming Parade Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m.
Saturday Alumni Reunions History Reunion Saturday, September 30, 11:00 a.m. Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall
Gather your family and friends and grab a spot on Richmond Street to take in this traditional Homecoming favourite. Cheer on the King’s float! The parade begins at Centennial Hall and arrives at Western by noon.
Western Football Game Saturday, September 30, 2:00 p.m. Western Mustangs vs Windsor Lancers For tickets contact the Mustang Ticket Office at (519) 661-4077
$15/person, cash bar Dr. Gerry Killan, Principal, King’s University College, will give an engaging presentation entitled ‘Lightening the footprint of logging in Algonquin Park: Past, Present and Future’. Following the presentation, enjoy a light lunch while you mix, mingle and catch up with faculty, friends and fellow alumni. more reunions
Former Students’ Council Members and Orientation Leaders Tailgate Reunion Saturday, September 30, 12:15 p.m. Joe Kool’s, 595 Richmond Street All years are encouraged to attend. Bring friends and family. Purchase a ticket to the football game or watch the game on TV at Kool’s.
Class of ’66 Reunion Friday September 29 – Saturday September 30 Please visit www.uwo.ca/ kings/alumni for further details or contact Geoff Hutton (613-825-2247 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend. For further details regarding specific class and faculty reunions, please visit www.uwo.ca/kings/alumni (see sidebar)
After several telephone calls and e-mails, it is clear that there is a desire for the Class of ’66 to get together for its 40th anniversary to discuss old times, remember faded events and rekindle friendships. On Homecoming Weekend 2006, we will do just that. As noted in the letter that was sent to each class member, all of the 1966 alumni are invited to come to London for a celebration. The College events will provide the skeleton onto which we will hang our special activities. A preliminary outline of events is: Friday, September 29, 2006: Afternoon ......... Guided Tour of the expanded King’s Campus Evening ............. Reception preceding the Reunion Dinner ........................ at King’s Reunion Dinner with group seating for the Class of ’66 Post-dinner activities (Visit Ceeps, etc) Saturday, September 30, 2006: AM ................... Homecoming Parade Afternoon ......... Mustang Football Game (King’s Block Seating)
Sunday Worship Service Sunday, October 1
PM ................... Reception in the Students’ Lounge (buffet, cash bar, casual)
Join the King’s University College community for a celebratory Mass on Sunday.
Sunday, October 1, 2006 AM ................... Mass in Chapel PM ................... Departure
Morning Eucharist Mount St. Joseph, 10:30 a.m. Evening Eucharist Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall, 5:00 p.m. To register for these events or for more information, contact Kelly Schaus at (519) 433-3491 or 1-800-265-4406 or email@example.com
Still getting together after 40 years: (right to left) John Liston ’66; Neil McQuaid ’66; Brian McHenry ’66; Ron Romeo ’67; Bill Deluca ’67; Sam Cino ’67; Silvio Valeriote ’67; and Gord Smith ’67.
The Alumni Office reserved a block of rooms at the Station Park Hotel (242 Pall Mall at Richmond St). Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 1-800-265-4406 ext. 4502 for details. The Class of ’66 was a gregarious lot. Our friendships were not only amongst ourselves but also with our fellow Kingsmen of ’65 and ’67. Consequently, those fellows have been invited to come to our party and help make Homecoming 2006 that much more special. The invitation net has been cast even wider and as many of our faculty as possible are being urged to come to London to be with us. Although there has been much talk of ‘fellows’, ‘Kingsmen’ and the ‘guys’, our ’66 Reunion Weekend is not just for us. Our ‘other halves’ have helped us to get to where we are today and so they too are encouraged to attend the party also. Those of us who went to the College of Christ the King in the mid-1960’s gave a lot and gained much more. All of us learned, played and prayed together, getting something that has left its mark on each of us. Come on back to King’s and re-light that spark that made our class so unique (at least to us). Who knows, some of the stories that inevitably will be told may even be true! – Geoff Hutton ’66 For further information contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 1-800-265-4406 ext. 4502, Paul Webb ’66 ext. 4373 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Geoff Hutton ’66 (613) 825-2247 (email@example.com) Fall 2006 | page 23