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king’s herald Fall 2008

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

Dr. Dante Lenardon reflects on his time at King’s www.uwo.ca/kings

Meet top golf educator Ray Chateau ’90 Hamilton Chapter launched


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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Students need your support! Our annual fall fundraiser kicks off soon. The funds raised through this year’s campaign will be directed toward a new Student Life Centre and student financial need. You can make a gift by mail, by phone, or on-line. Please take the time to speak with one of our student callers, or visit our website at www.uwo.ca/kings/foundation/index.html

Your generosity will make a real difference to King’s students.


king’s herald 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: 1-800-265-4406 ext. 4565 Fax: (519) 963-1334 E-mail: kcalumni@uwo.ca Mail: King’s University College Office of Alumni Affairs 266 Epworth Avenue, London, ON N6A 2M3

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12 Rocky Mountain goat Dr. Dante Lenardon’s legacy to King’s students is his love of lifelong learning 15 Alumni speak 16 In the swing Ray Chateau ’90 is a major player in the field of golf education

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18 Road map Dedicated alumni help King’s students succeed in the real world of business

For additional information about the Alumni Association, please visit our website: www.uwo.ca/kings/alumni

20 Family ties Hamilton alumni chapter launched

Parents: If you are receiving mail for your son or daughter, we would appreciate his or her current address. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at one of the numbers above.

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Associate Editor: Kelly Schaus, Manager, Annual Giving & Stewardship Editorial Consultant: Morden Communications

22 Your guide to Homecoming 2008

King’sConnect:

Opinions expressed in the Herald do not necessarily reflect those of the editor or the University’s administration. To contact the editor, phone (519) 433-3491 or 1-800-265-4406 Ext. 4500. E-mail: kcalumni@uwo.ca Editor: Erin Lawson, Executive Director of Development & Alumni Affairs

11 “Warm calling” The Foundation’s Annual Fund has helped to build a culture of philanthropy

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The Editor Writes

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From the Principal’s Desk

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Upcoming Events

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Message from the Alumni Association President

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Milestones

Designer: Hill Street Ad & Design Editorial Advisory Committee: Tania Testa ’98 Sarah Corrigan ’00 Calum Cunningham ’97 Francis Doyle ’07 David Elias ’90 Stephen Mussart ’91 Jim Zucchero ’82

Front cover photo: John Tamblyn Canadian Publications Mail Product Sales Agreement No. 40019616. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: Kings University College, Office of Alumni Affairs, 266 Epworth Avenue, London ON N6A 2M3


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The Editor Writes Erin Lawson

The first six months on the job has been an interesting journey. I have had the pleasure of meeting alumni across the country and hearing about the King’s experience over the decades. From new graduates to those who left the Wemple building 50 years ago, there is a common recognition of the unique community that King’s has created. It is refreshing to find that as King’s student population has grown to more than 3,500 full- and part-time students that the connection is as strong as ever. A commitment to small class size and excellence in teaching – as well as the many activities and events which bring the whole College together – is a consistent link over the decades.

Gerry Killan and I have spent time in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Windsor, Hamilton, Toronto and London talking with alumni at events and spending time meeting our grads across the country. I want to thank you for generously giving us your time and letting us know what you have been doing since attending King’s. I am impressed by the volunteers running chapter events across Canada – we have attended some very entertaining evenings organized by King’s alumni for King’s alumni. We are now planning our 2008/09 travel schedule, which will be Gerry’s final tour as Principal of King’s. We have received positive comments about the Herald – and I believe this issue underlines the areas of interest to our readers. From Dr. Dante Lenardon’s role in creating King’s reputation for academic excellence to the important link our alumni are making for our students between a King’s education and the real world of business, it is clear that these are people you will remember and stories you will enjoy hearing. Plan to come back to King’s for Homecoming. You will read about the many exciting activities planned for the weekend in this issue and, as well as reconnecting with your professors and classmates, you will be able to see how beautifully the campus has grown and matured.

Joe MacDonald ’80, Francis Doyle Alumni Officer ’07, Anita Kain ’80, Erin Lawson and Dr. Gerry Killan, Mississauga, ON April 29, 2008 The King’s Herald | page 

Be sure to check out the new Alumni and Foundation pages on the King’s website www. uwo.ca/kings/. You will see upcoming activities in your area, photos from alumni gatherings, Homecoming updates, back issues of the Herald and information on the Student Life Campaign. See you at Homecoming!

Faculty Research Dr. Rachel Birnbaum, Principal Investigator (School of Social Work, King’s University College at The University of Western Ontario), along with her co-investigators, Nick Bala (Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University), Dr. Peter Jaffe (Professor, Faculty of Education, Academic Director, Center For Research on Violence Against Women & Children, The University of Western Ontario), and Dr. Lynn McCleary (Faculty of Nursing, Brock University) have received a $135,000 SSHRC award to determine the reliability and validity of an instrument to differentiate different levels of conflict in post separation families. Improved understanding of the situation and problems faced by families in high conflict separations is essential for efficient dispute resolution by the family justice system and for effective service provision by professionals working with children involved in the justice system, such as child welfare workers, mental health professionals, lawyers and judges. Dr. Stephanie Bangarth ’95, PhD of the Department of History has published her first book: Voices Raised in Protest: Defending North American Citizens of Japanese Ancestry, 19421949 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2008). The uprooting and confinement of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians during the Second World War constituted the worst violations of citizenship rights in twentieth-century North America. Voices Raised in Protest examines the meaning and impact of these actions and how they diverged in Canada and the United States. Publications by Dr. Rick Csiernik, Graduate Program Coordinator at the School of Social Work include:


 Csiernik, R. & Adams, D. (2007).

Spirituality, Stress and Work. In J. Coates, J. Graham, & B. Swartzentruber (Eds). Canadian Social Work and Spirituality: Current Readings and Approaches. pp 243251. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.  Csiernik, R., Forchuk, C., Speechly, M. & Ward-Griffin, C. (2007) De “myth” ifying Mental Health – Findings from a Community University Research Alliance (CURA) Critical Social Work, 8(1), 1-15.  Csiernik, R., Hannah, D. & Pender, J. (2007). Change, evolution and adaptation of an university EAP: Process and outcome at the University of Saskatchewan. Journal of Employee Assistance and Workplace Behavioral Health, 22(2/3), 43-56.  Macdonald, S., Csiernik, R., Durand, P., Wild, T.C., Dooley, M.A., Rylett, M., Wells, S. & Sturge, J. (2007). Changes in the prevalence and characteristics of Ontario workplace health programs: 1989 to 2003. Journal of Employee Assistance and Workplace Behavioral Health, 22(1), 53-64. Dr. Carolyne Gorlick from the School of Social Work contributed to the following publications:  Forchuk, C., Jensen, E., Csiernik, R., Gorlick, C., Ray, S., Berman, H., McKane, P. & Joplin, L. (2007). Diversity and homelessness: minorities and psychiatric survivors. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 39(3), 191-193.  Forchuck, C., Schofield, R., Joplin, L., Csiernik,R. & Gorlick, C. (2007). Housing, income support and mental health: the point of disconnection. Health Research Policy and Systems. 5 (14).

Threatened Species Protected at King’s University College On February 15, 2008, The McIlwraith Field Naturalists of London thanked and recognized King’s University College Principal, Dr. Gerry Killan, for the College’s contribution to providing habitat for Chimney Swifts. Chimney Swifts are sooty-coloured, swallow-like birds that nest and roost mainly in old, large diameter, brick-lined chimneys. From sunrise to sunset in late April to early October, they fly high in the sky, each eating up to a thousand insects a day. In the past 40 years the number of Chimney Swifts in Canada has plummeted by 95%. In April of 2007, the species was assessed as threatened in this country by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The main reasons behind the dramatic drop in Chimney Swift numbers are believed to be a general decline in insect populations and a shortage of suitable chimneys for nest and roost sites. During their migration, King’s provides essential overnight roosting accommodation for hundreds of Chimney Swift birds in a chimney in the Monsignor Wemple Building.

Anita Caveney, President, McIlwraith Field Naturalists, Dr. Gerry Killan, Principal, King’s University College (background, Michael Tattersall, Director, Physical Plant at King’s University College)

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King’sConnect King’s University College alumni must have been delighted upon reading the February 18, 2008, From the Principal’s Desk issue of By Dr. Gerry Killan Maclean’s magazine which contained the impressive standings King’s realized in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSEE). This web-based survey evaluated the extent to which first and senior-year students engage in educational practices associated with higher levels of learning and development. The NSEE helps an institution to evaluate its entire undergraduate experience, to identify strengths and weaknesses in that educational experience, and to address the areas essential to student learning and success most in need of improvement. Our student satisfaction scores were impressive. When asked – “If you could start over would you go to the institution you are now attending?” – our senior students answered with a resounding “yes.” King’s ranked second among the forty universities of all sizes across Canada that have participated in NSSE. We ranked fourth in the country when senior students answered the question: “How would you evaluate your entire educational experience?” and ranked eighth for the question on “supportive campus environment.” Beyond these noteworthy results, the NSSE has also identified areas of improvement that should be The King’s Herald | page 

addressed. The College stands in the middle of the pack in areas measuring “active and collaborative learning,” “student-faculty interaction”, and “enriching educational experience.” We are committed to improving our ranking in these areas. Our emerging capital campaign – The Student Life Campaign: At the Centre of it All – has this purpose in mind. The necessity of supporting students in financial need requires little explanation. Students struggling to make ends meet assume large debt loads and typically work long hours to support their education. They have precious little time to “engage” in university life outside the classroom. Their university experience often involves little more than attending classes, and making quick visits to the library, before leaving campus for work or study at home. Our intention is to raise $1.5 million in endowed funds over the next five years to relieve the financial pressure on these students. This amount will be matched by the province for bursaries/awards. The proposed new Student Life Building – the centrepiece of our campaign – will also address other NSSE issues. Students who commute – and some 65% of our students are commuters or off-campus day students – are also disinclined to participate fully in the university experience outside of the classroom. Our student leaders have argued persuasively that to encourage these off-campus folk to engage in oncampus activities, a Student Life Building is a necessity to provide space and facilities where people can gather in small groups for discussion, socializing and interaction with their professors and peers. This is essential to improve active,

collaborative learning, build personal understanding and enhance studentfaculty interaction. It is often said that genuine learning is a community, not an individual experience. Our many clubs and various outstanding lecture series (Religious Life, Student Council, Centre for Social Concern, and Centre for Creativity to name a few) require space to meet. The Student Life Centre will be a place where community is built – a hallmark of an “enriched educational experience” in NSSE terms. In addition to space where students gather and interact in academic discussion groups, in clubs, in lectures, and in student council meetings and events, the Centre will also enhance our reputation as an inclusive community of scholars, by providing space for multi-faith gatherings. Residence students and off-campus students also require a place at the College to engage in low-impact recreational activities. King’s is committed, after all, to develop the whole person – mind, spirit and body. Our proposed Student Life Centre will also provide recreational/fitness opportunities. We know that our potential students now expect such facilities and community physical space at their university of choice. An institution lacking these facilities will not be competitive in recruiting and retaining the best students. When you encounter me in this, my final year as Principal of King’s, expect me to wax poetic about our exciting and pivotal initiatives for the College. I will endeavor to infect you with my enthusiasm for our campaign, and in return, I hope to bask in the glow of your support and generosity.


Upcoming Alumni Events

September King’s University College Golf Classic Tuesday, September 16, 2008, Forest City National Golf Club, London, Ontario Cost: $210 per golfer. Barbecue lunch, shotgun start at 1:00pm, buffet dinner, prizes To register, please call Francis Doyle at (519) 433-3491 x4502 or (800) 265-4406 x4502 or e-mail fdoyle3@uwo.ca

October

Homecoming 2008 October 3–5, King’s University College. See page 22 for further event details. Alumni Association Annual General Meeting Saturday, October 4, 10:30AM, Dante Lenardon Hall All alumni are invited to attend. Ottawa Chapter Event The Ottawa Chapter will host a get-together in the fall of 2008. The venue and the nature of this event remain to be determined. If you have any suggestions, please call Francis Doyle at 1-800-265-4406 ext. 4502 or Geoff Hutton at (613) 825-2247. Life After King’s: Law School Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 6:00PM, Wemple Student Lounge King’s alumni who are members of the legal profession or currently in law school will be on hand to help current King’s students who are applying or thinking of applying to faculties of law. Information on LSAT writing, applications, workload, articling and entering the legal profession will be provided from King’s grads with experience in the legal field. Interested in volunteering? Contact Francis Doyle at (519) 433-3491 x4502 or (800) 265-4406 x4502 or e-mail fdoyle3@uwo.ca

November

Life After King’s: Teacher’s College Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 6:00PM, Wemple Student Lounge King’s alumni who are in the field of education or are currently studying in teacher’s college will be on hand to help current King’s students who are applying or thinking of applying to faculties of education. Information on applications, workload, practicum experiences, applying to school boards and entering the field of education will be provided from King’s grads with experience in education. Interested in attending or volunteering? Contact Francis Doyle at 1-800-265-4406 ext 4502 or fdoyle3@uwo.ca Toronto Chapter Event Thursday, November 20, 2008. Event information will be announced. For further details please visit the King’s University College Alumni Events page www.uwo.ca/ kings/alumni or contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at kcalumni@uwo.ca or (519) 433-3491 x4502

The Religious Life Lecture Series Everyone is invited to attend the lectures which are held at 7:30 p.m., Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall, King’s University College. Free admission and parking. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Ministry at (519) 963-1477 or visit www.uwo.ca/kings or e-mail sglaab@uwo.ca September 18, 2008 • Judy Cannato, M.Ed., M.A., CSJ Associate: Radical Amazement: A Spirituality of Awe and Wonder September 20, 2008 • Judy Cannato 9:00AM – 3:00PM: Radical Amazement: A Hopeful Response to the Ecological Challenges of Our Time – A day long seminar presented by the Spiritual Ministries Network of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates. To register telephone: 519-432-3781 Ext. 567 or email networkministries@csj.london.on.ca September 25, 2008 • John Dyson: Climbing the Invisible Mountain October 9, 2008 • Sister Clare Fitzgerald, SSND, Ph.D.: Discipleship in a Post-Christian World October 16, 2008 • Most Reverend Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto: Discipleship and the Culture of Life October 23, 2008 • Steven Kimbrough: Sweet Singer – A musical play about Charles Wesley, the sweet singer of Methodism November 6, 2008 • Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich, Senior Rabbi, Beth Sholom Synagogue: Judaism and Christianity. Are we text or context? A Jewish Viewpoint November 20, 2008 • Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver, BC: Catholic Education in the Global Context January 22, 2009 • Annual Christ the King Lecture: Gerald Fagan Singers February 12, 2009 • Dr. Pamela Cushing: Imagination, Disability and Diversity in L’Arche March 26, 2009 • Sister Eva Solomon, CSJ: Jesus as Paradigm and Practitioner of Interculturation of Faith: “Build me a Church That Will Honor My Son.” Fall 2008 | page 


King’sConnect As you may be aware, King’s commissioned an extensive alumni study to find out (among other things) what drives affinity towards our Alma Matter. One key driver was social events.  The survey cited that the most popular events included the following: Homecoming; guest speakers; pub nights; and networking opportunities. 

President’s Message David Elias ’90 President, King’s University College Alumni Association

The Alumni Association will take this feedback and continue to build upon these areas and try to enhance the connectedness between King’s and its alumni. In order to be successful, the Alumni Association needs more participation from you!  How and why should you get you involved?  

DAVE’S TOP TEN REASONS TO GET INVOLVED WITH KING’S ALUMNI EVENTS 10 Opportunity to discuss that essay grade from Dr. Webb’s second year class. 9 FINALLY… you will not be asked for identification at a Homecoming event. 8 You may now have some practical knowledge of what was taught in Theology of Marriage.    7 End those countless rumours that you became a llama farmer in Tuktoyaktuk. 6 Reacquaint yourself with some classmates.   5 Good excuse to leave your spouse and kids for a few hours. Or, better yet, bring them along – many of the events are designed with families in mind.  4 Share your ideas and shape the future of King’s events.   3

Networking opportunities! Talk to some of your old drinking buddies who might actually be able to help you get a job.

2 Check out all the new changes at King’s that your generous donations helped pay for.   1 It could be your last chance to talk to Dr. Gerry “Killer” Killan during his term as Principal. Regardless of your reason – Please consider getting involved and participating at a local chapter event or committee.  We’d love to see you there. Please send your feedback to Francis Doyle, Alumni and Development Officer at fdoyle3@uwo.ca or (800) 265-4406 x4502 or (519) 433-3491 x4502.

2008 Alumni Association Board members: Chantel Cassidy ’03, Sarah Corrigan ’00, David Elias ’90, Geoff Hutton ’66, Sophia Katsios ’94, Jen MacRae ’96, Stephen Mussart ’91, Leanne Perreault ’82, David Sheedy ’06, Matt Fleming ’07, Tania Testa ’98, Chris Makuch ’93

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Recap Young Alumni Reception

The second annual Young Alumni Reception was held on March 26 for the graduating class of 2008, where they were welcomed into the King’s Alumni Association. In addition to remarks from Principal Dr. Gerry Killan and Executive Director of Development & Alumni Affairs, Erin Lawson, the graduates were also addressed by Andrea Bezaire ’02, who spoke about law school and the legal profession, Amy Hogervorst ’06 who spoke about Save a Family Plan, working for NGO’s and service learning, and Katie O’Brien ’07 who spoke about teacher’s college and careers in education.

Toronto Alumni Reception

In April, the Toronto Chapter hosted an alumni gathering at the trendy Drake Hotel, where King’s alumni had the chance to catch up, have a drink and share a laugh. Principal Dr. Gerry Killan, Executive Director of Development & Alumni Affairs, Erin Lawson and Alumni Officer, Francis Doyle travelled to Toronto to meet with Toronto and area graduates. The conversation and stories for days at King’s were enjoyed by all.


Music Reigns Gala Motown ~ An Evening of Soul

On May 3, 2008, more than 600 people attended the 12th annual Music Reigns Gala held at the London Convention Centre. Guests enjoyed their favourite Motown classics, a delicious dinner and the city’s best live and silent auction. The event raised a record amount, in its 12-year history, of $130,000. Proceeds from Music Reigns are directed toward important projects at King’s University College and Orchestra London. A special congratulations to the organizing committee, lead by this year’s Chair Penny Arvai. It was another fabulous year!

Hamilton Alumni reception

On May 22, the Hamilton Chapter hosted an evening of reminiscing and great entertainment at Tailgate Charlie’s (see p. 20). Brian ’97, Kevin and Stephen Dunn ’81, as well as Ardo Perri captivated an audience of King’s alumni from every era. The talent of the Hamilton alumni became even more evident when Sean Adams ’00 and Paula Perri ’07 – in separate performances and both unprepared – took the stage and delivered wonderful performances which gained tremendous applause from the crowd. Special guests included Gerry Killan, Erin Lawson, Des Dutrizac ’69, Dante Lenardon and Paul Werstine ’70.

Roger Yachetti ’61 and Dante Lenardon

Albert DeSantis, Robyn Canham ’08, Paula Perri ’07 and Francis Doyle ’07

Des Dutrizac ’69, Sean Adams ’00 and Jim Scarfone ’70

Ralph Frisina ’73, Ernie Bergamo ’74, Anne Marie Peirce ’84 and Brent Shea ’80

Congratulations to the Class of 2008!

On Tuesday June 10, 2008, 592 graduates crossed the stage at Alumni Hall (at The University of Western Ontario). For the first time in history, graduates of King’s University College had their own ceremony. Mr. Angus McKenzie, partner at McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP, London, Ontario, cherished volunteer and dedicated supporter at King’s University College, received an Honorary Degree at the ceremony. Following convocation, the King’s Alumni Association held a wine and cheese reception to honour their newest alumni.

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King’sConnect King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction

2008 Debbie Comuzzi ’78

The King’s University College Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Debbie Comuzzi ’78 is the recipient of the 2008 Alumni Award of Distinction. Debbie graduated from King’s with a BA in English in 1978. Since leaving King’s and attaining a degree in education, Debbie has entirely devoted her career to the non-profit sector and in the last 15 years, most especially to raising money for children in need. Deb’s career began in Toronto with the Canadian Red Cross Society in the role of Provincial Manager, Safety Services. She has also worked as Provincial Director of Planning and Operations for the Canadian Cancer Society and as a Health Planner for the Metro District Health Council. Deb then got to fully realize her commitment to assisting children in need when she accepted the role of National Executive Director of the Sunshine Dreams for Kids Foundation of Canada in London. After working in that role for 5 years, she moved to her current position as President and CEO of Children’s Health Foundation, raising money for Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Health Research Institute.

Calling all Alumni educators – we need your help! Do you spend your waking hours guiding students as a teacher, counselor, chaplain, vice-principal, principal or other educational professional? We would love to hear from you! It is always encouraging and exciting to connect with alumni during our Fall recruiting season. We recognize the emphasis that students place on the opinions of their teachers and appreciate any positive input that you, a former King’s student, can provide to them, our future students. We will be working closely with students and parents in the Fall in our roles as recruiters, admissions officers, and counselors. We are open to your valuable feedback because we understand that our roles and your roles have different perspectives. We would very much value an opportunity to exchange ideas. Please contact us – we would love to have you join in the conversation! We look forward to hearing from you! Marilyn Mason, Registrar (519) 433-3491 x4308 or (800) 265-4406 x4308 or mmason@uwo.ca

Deb is also an active volunteer herself, demonstrating both a personal and professional dedication to helping those in need. Debbie certainly embodies the characteristics of achievement, commitment and service to the community that this award seeks to recognize. We sincerely congratulate her on being awarded the 2008 King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction. This Award is particularly meaningful to her as her husband, Gerry Bezzina ’79 and children Mark ’05 and Mary ’06 are also alumni of King’s.

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Back Row (L-R): Andrew Jardine, Wendy Latimer, Tracy Cunningham, Maija Chalut, Ryan Gauss, Paul Wilton. Front Row (L-R): Sandra Noseworthy, Marilyn Mason (Registrar), Robin Ellis


“Warm calling” In addition to raising awareness, the Foundation’s Annual Fund has helped to build a culture of philanthropy

Student callers for the Annual Fund Campaign

Jill O’Neil ’84 loves to go back to King’s to see all the changes. “I thought it was nice when I was there, but the improvements are just fantastic.” Jill and her husband Michael ’86 have been contributing to King’s Annual Fund since it was launched. For them, the experience has been an important way to reconnect with the College and show their support. “It really makes a difference that you can see the results of your donations,” she says. The Annual Fund program began in 2001, with the idea of making regular contact with grads and giving them the opportunity to make a gift. Over the years, the program has become a significant source of funds, helping the College build a culture of philanthropy that has led to beautiful new facilities and a lot more student scholarships and bursaries. It’s also helped grads reconnect and learn more about the exciting things that are happening at the College. The Annual Fund campaign is conducted by student callers from October to December each year. All the callers are King’s students, and they have one thing in common – a passion for King’s. It’s a passion that’s shared by Jill and Michael, who met in the old King’s library. Michael played hockey for the Mustangs and continues to support the Western sports program. They now own an electrical supply business, and have three children, one

of whom is about to go to university. “Michael and I made life-long friends at King’s, and really enjoyed the whole philosophy and personal approach of the College,” says Jill. “So we want to help out as much as we can.” Hannah-Maria Ma has supervised the student callers for the past three years. There’s no pressure on students to meet quotas, she says, so they can spend time swapping stories with alumni who want to talk. “It’s a very difficult job to call people and ask them to give back to the College. At the same time it’s not cold calling – it’s kind of warm calling because everyone is affiliated with the College.” About 20 to 25 students are hired each year, and carefully trained to be “ambassadors” for King’s. Before most sessions, a senior staff person or professor, such as Dr. Gerry Killan or

Dr. Paul Werstine, share stories about King’s. When the students open up the phone lines, there’s a mood of excitement and anticipation. “They always come away feeling better about King’s,” says Ma. “When they receive a large donation they’re in awe, because they know that King’s obviously meant a lot to that person.” Sean Adams ’00 teaches Grade Two at Holy Family Elementary School in Paris, Ontario. A graduate in History and Philosophy, Adams remembers the powerful sense of community at King’s between students and faculty. A generous donor to the Annual Fund, Adams believes it’s important for younger grads to give back. “Whether we’ve been out for 40 years or four years, King’s has given us so much,” he says. “It’s important that we make sure the next generation has the same opportunities we had. If we don’t, we can’t count on someone else doing it.” Fall 2008 | page 11


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Rocky Mountain Dr. Dante Lenardon’s legacy to King’s students is his love of lifelong learning Dr. Dante Lenardon likes to tell a story of the early days of King’s University College. At the time, Western would not allow King’s professors to set their own final exams. “The idea was that we were not sufficiently well qualified as faculty,” he says.

All final exams were marked together, with professors from main campus and the affiliated colleges sitting together in one big room. No-one was to know whose exam they were marking, so students were identified by number. Dr. Lenardon remembers a moment when a professor from main campus suddenly announced that he had read a paper “so extraordinary” that he felt compelled to look up the student’s name. “To his surprise it turned out to be a student in one of my classes,” says Dr. Lenardon. The same thing happened in another exam. “After that things began to change.” Today, of course, King’s is renowned for its teaching, and Dr. Lenardon, now retired, played a key role in that achievement. “At the beginning, we were looked down upon as the new kid on the block,” he says. “Now Western sees King’s as a jewel in its crown.” The King’s Herald | page 12

Dr. Lenardon was born and raised in Fernie, British Columbia, a small town on the B.C. /Alberta border, now transformed into a bustling ski resort. “I am a Rocky Mountain goat,” he says. “Mountains mean everything to me. I still dream about my mountains.”

His father, an Italian immigrant, was a coal miner. “Life was hard out there,” says Dr. Lenardon. “Mom and dad were very grateful when I didn’t go into the mines.” Dr. Lenardon taught in one-room rural schools in B.C., including an isolated First Nations reserve off the Alaska highway that he reached once by horseback and once by helicopter. He served in the Air Force during World War II, and then used his veteran’s benefits to go to university. After graduating from the University of Alberta, he completed his Masters and PhD in French and Italian at the University of Toronto. He also studied at the universities of Rome and Florence and was granted a Royal Society Scholarship to continue his research at the Sorbonne in Paris. He accepted a teaching position at The University of Western Ontario in 1957, just before he completed his PhD. King’s College had just begun, and Dr. Lenardon often dropped in after classes to attend Mass. He loved the company of men like Fathers Crunican, LaRocque, and Wemple,

who urged him to join the faculty at King’s. He wasn’t sure that he wanted to leave the security of a large institution like Western, but allowed himself to be persuaded. “These were wonderful and brilliant men, and they absolutely seduced me,” he says. “King’s was a very happy place, with delightful conversation. Still, it was just a little college, and I did wonder if it would last.” King’s went through some difficult times in its formative years, remembers Dr. Lenardon, and its survival was not always a sure thing. But when it opened its doors to women and formed a Department of Social Work in the late ’60s, its future was assured. Shortly after he came to King’s, Dr. Lenardon met his wife Joan, a New Yorker who taught history at Brescia College and Church History at St. Peter’s Seminary. Now retired, she continues to teach as an adjunct professor in Brescia’s Religious Studies Program. They have two daughters. Julia, a former actress at the Stratford Festival of Canada, teaches at the National Theatre School in Montreal. Paula, a talented reporter with CBC, contracted multiple sclerosis a few years ago. Dr. Lenardon is a born teacher. During his career, he taught at many different levels, from Grade Three to continued on page 14


“King’s was a very happy place, with delightful conversation. Still, it was just a little college, and I did wonder if it would last.”

~ Dr. Dante Lenardon

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continued from page 12 university, and loved them all. “I just enjoy teaching,” he says simply. “You know very soon whether you are in contact with a group of students. The response you get from kids, whether in elementary school or university, is always a highly satisfying experience.” At King’s, he taught French and Italian, and specialized in 18th century French literature. He particularly enjoyed the course he taught on Italian civilization, which for many King’s students was a highlight of their education. “Getting young people interested in something I’m very interested in, such as Italian Renaissance art, was something I loved very much,” he says. “Those were very happy moments for me.” Another of the highlights of his time at King’s was the Italian Club, a very popular club that he began in the early 60s. The Club was spearheaded by a number of students from Hamilton, with whom Dr. Lenardon continues to stay in touch. On one occasion, he invited Dr. Alfred Rose, a Western professor and nephew of Gustav Mahler, to give an opera recital. It was a very stormy night, and when Dr. Lenardon arrived at the College he found all the lights off. “Alfred was a very eccentric and wonderful man, like his uncle, but I thought that he might blow his top,” he says. “I sent someone up to the chapel to get the candelabra, brought it downstairs and put it on the piano, and we had a wonderful evening.” His major contribution to French literary scholarship was the indexing of the three leading French Journals of the 18th century. These journals, published monthly, covered all the important European and French books of the age. His works, Index du Journal Encyclopédique (1756-1793), Index Du Journal De Trevoux, 17011767,and Index de L’Année Littéraire (1754-1790), are a very valuable source of information for people doing work on the 18th century. The King’s Herald | page 14

Dr. Lenardon loved the time he spent doing research abroad. “Paris was a wonderful experience,” he says. “I also fell in love with Florence. It broke my heart when I had to leave these fascinating cities.” He also pioneered the teaching of French to the London elementary school system. At the time, there was a lot of controversy over introducing French at the lower grade levels. He began at London’s Ryerson School, teaching Grade Three twice a week after school. He also taught Italian to a Grade Three class at London’s St. Mary’s elementary school on Saturdays. Whether he was teaching young children or young adults, Dr. Lenardon always tried to instil in them a love of lifelong learning. “I found that kids in university often came from high school with rather poor baggage. I think our high

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schools have been watered down. These kids had good minds and were ready for intellectual stimulation.” Although he recognizes that education must change with the times, he has some concerns about modern information technology. “I worry sometimes that things go through the intellectual digestive tract very quickly,” he says. “I don’t know how much wisdom students are acquiring when so much information is coming at them right and left.” Dr. Lenardon is the recipient of two major awards for excellence in teaching. He was named the 1990 Canadian Professor of the Year, a prestigious national award of the Council for the Advancement and

Support of Education (CASE). He also was a 1990 recipient of Western’s Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching. His teaching legacy has also been enshrined by King’s through the naming of Dante Lenardon Hall. The building, a charming Tudor mansion originally known as Goodholme, has been renovated for offices and classrooms. For many years, Dr. Lenardon had a beautiful office on the top floor of the building, where he spent many late evenings before walking home. I was deeply touched and somewhat embarrassed,” he says of the honour. In his retirement, Dr. Lenardon devotes himself to a regime of continual learning. He’s at his desk at nine o’clock each morning, where he studies the scriptures. “One day I do the Psalms, another Isaiah, and now I’m doing St. Paul,” he says. “I get wonderful material from King’s or the seminary.” His afternoons are devoted to the reading of mainstream literature, in all of his three languages. At the moment his focus is on the American novel. “My life is full. I am not bored, but I do miss the young people.” Although he wondered at one time whether King’s would survive, he now believes that success came because the College always remained true to its ideals. “I have watched the College grow from 200 boys to 3000 co-eds without ever losing its marvellous personal touch and genuinely human atmosphere,” he says. “At King’s you don’t get lost; you feel you are yourself. That is the beauty of a small college. I think kids are happier here, more at ease.” He gives a lot of credit to excellent administration. “The College leaders always insisted that King’s retain a very personal approach, a kind of warmth that students notice,” he says. “Whether Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or Muslim, many students are attracted by that.”


Alumni speak

Survey shows grads score high in “affinity” to King’s

King’s alumni loved their experience at the College. That’s one of the key findings of an alumni survey recently conducted by Academica Group on behalf of the College. “The number of our alumni has grown substantially,” says Brent Shea ’80, a member of the King’s College Foundation board. “We felt it was important to canvas them to determine how they felt about their experiences here and how best we can remain connected.” The sample included 1,051 respondents – 14 percent of King’s alumni – from all ages and regions of Canada. King’s grads have a strong “affinity” to the College, which is defined in the survey as “a deep, personal and emotional connection.” This comes as no surprise to Erin Lawson, King’s new Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs. For her, the survey confirms what she hears as she travels the country meeting grads. The survey showed that alumni of all ages have a high affinity to King’s, and those from Generation Y, who graduated after 2001, have the highest affinity of all. This is important, says Lawson, because it means that the recent growth of the College has not affected the sense of community that comes from small class sizes and good relationships with professors. “Over

the years, the reasons why people love King’s have remained the same,” she says. “The challenge for us is to figure out how to keep that connection alive when they leave.” She is meeting with alumni from every region across the country to listen to their experiences and learn how the College can continue to play a role in their lives. The survey shows that 38 percent of King’s alumni have donated to King’s in the past five years, a finding that pleases Shea. He feels that one outcome for the Foundation will be to focus more on communications. “Although the survey shows that alumni are generally satisfied with what they hear from the College, I believe we can do a better job of communicating high priority needs, and letting people better know how their money was spent.” Alumni ranked student financial support, library resources, and classroom space as their most preferred funding priorities. Lawson believes this shows that alumni are listening to fundraising messages. “Alumni named as their priorities areas that we’ve been telling them have been our priorities up to now,” she says. One of the key goals for the upcoming capital campaign is to raise money for the new Student Life Centre, something alumni

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will hear more about in the future. Unlike most other universities, there is no designated space on the King’s campus where students can gather together to engage in different ways. A student life centre is important, says Lawson, because it goes to the essence of the King’s experience – a strong sense of community. “Genuine learning is a community process,” says Lawson, “and so much higher learning today takes place in small groups. A place for community is really important because it’s something that everyone values coming out of their King’s experience.” Shea agrees, and is concerned when he hears stories about students having to wait until late at night to get the space they need for things like rehearsing a play. “This is why it’s important to reach out to alumni,” he says. “We all love this place, and that’s why we came here. We’re just making sure it continues to be the best place to go.” If you would like a summary of the report, or have any questions, please contact Erin Lawson, Executive Director, Development and Alumni Affairs at erin.lawson@uwo.ca or (519) 433-3491 x4501 or (800) 265-4406 x4501.

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In the

swing The King’s Herald | page 16


Ray Chateau ’90 is a major player in the field of golf education Ray Chateau has a message of hope for frustrated golfers. “There are two things I suggest to make the game of golf more enjoyable: lessons and being fitted with proper equipment,” he says. “But lessons make the biggest difference.”

the classroom, and the other half in internships across the country and even overseas. The program has a close partnership with the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association, which helps in preparing students to teach golf.

Chateau took up golf as an adult, starting lessons after he graduated from King’s. Today he is the head one of the premier golf education programs in the country, the coach of Team Canada for the University World Championships, a winner of the prestigious LIFT teaching award, and the holder of a two handicap.

Golf has undergone enormous growth over the past 20 years, and is now a $3 billion industry in Canada. “It’s a very competitive business, with more of a corporate approach to ownership than in the past, when there were a lot of family run operations,” says Chateau. “Golf facility owners are looking for welleducated and well-rounded business professionals.”

Chateau grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, and came to King’s on the recommendation of some high school friends. He loved the small classes and warm atmosphere, and became very involved in student government. A sports enthusiast, he was involved in a number of special events, including some memorable road trips to Boston and Toronto to see the Blue Jays contending for the World Series. After King’s, Chateau completed a graduate diploma in Sports Administration from Concordia University, and began a career in event management. With many of the events relating to golf, he took up the game with a passion. He also completed his MBA parttime at the Schulich School of Business at York University in 1999. In 2000 he accepted a position at Humber College as Coordinator of its Professional Golf Management Program. Humber’s three-year advanced diploma program was the first of its kind in Ontario. It teaches students all aspects of operating a golf facility. Half the year is spent in

Chateau divides his time between teaching, building ties with industry, and coaching. In 2007 he was recognized as a recipient of the Province of Ontario’s Leadership in Faculty Teaching (LIFT) award for teaching excellence. He gives a lot of credit for his success to King’s professors such as Glen Copplestone. “They shaped and influenced my approach to teaching,” he says. “Through their example I learned how to establish a strong rapport with students and get them really engaged and involved.” As coach of the Humber varsity team, Chateau helped capture 10 national championships. He was Head Coach of Team Canada at the 2004, 2006, and 2007 World University Championships, and has been named again to lead the team in Sun City, South Africa in September. Although Team Canada did well in Torino in 2006, finishing 4th, it had trouble last year coping with the intense heat in Bangkok. Chateau is optimistic about Canada’s future prospects in the professional ranks. “There is quite a strong group of young Canadian

golfers who are starting to enter the pros, so I think we’ll see more Canadians on the PGA tour over the next decade.” Chateau credits improvements in his own game to teaching technology available through Humber. “Technology reinforces what the golf instructor says to you,” says Chateau. “As you improve you can actually see the progression.” He helped to build Humber’s state-of-the-art swing lab, which combines video analysis and computer technology. “It’s often very surprising – even shocking – for some golfers to see what they’re doing, and how different that is from what they think they are doing.” An innovative feature added to the lab this year is a three-dimensional video analysis that requires sensors on the left wrist, shoulder blades, and waist. “We map your swing three-dimensionally,” says Chateau. “We know the correct positions, and we work with the students to make changes to get them there.” With new and more effective teaching technology, Chateau believes that the largest growth in the business side of the game will be in teaching. Surveys show that only seven percent of golfers actually take lessons. Chateau also sees the game becoming more family oriented in the future. “The unique thing about golf is that it’s a lifelong sport.” He has two young daughters, and one is already playing. “I can go out this summer with my seven-year-old daughter and my 67 year old father, and the three of us can play,” he says. “I don’t think there is any other activity where you can do that.”

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Road map Dedicated alumni help King’s students succeed in the real world of business

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King’s gives you the foundation. But then you have to go out and build the house.” Joe MacDonald ’80 is talking about the idea behind the Economics, Business and Math (EBM) career day in February. MacDonald and other successful grads participate in the event each year to help King’s students start building their careers. The event is a wonderful opportunity for students, says event host Dr. Trevor Hunter. “It’s very important that our students learn to be successful business people. The alumni are where they want to be, and they essentially provide them with a road map to get there.” The Herald talked to three participants about their tips to students on how to choose a career. It’s good advice for anyone.

Chris Albion, MOS ’07 Tim Hortons: Financial Analyst of U.S. and Canadian Corporate Stores and Loans in Joint Ventures Chris does financial analysis of the five main companies that make up the Tim Hortons Group. He began last September as an entry-level financial analyst, a position that included photocopying as a duty, and then was promoted. He also owns his own company, Hold’em Promotions, which he began as a project in Business 257.  Wait for your opportunity. When my first chance came along after a couple of months of photocopying I jumped at it. I went above and beyond expectations, and was offered a promotion.  When you’re looking for a job you have to ask yourself: what would you enjoy doing to make you happy. Right now I’m trying to climb the corporate ladder

and juggle as many balls as I can. Down the road when I start a family the things that are important to me will change.  Don’t expect the world when you start. Realize that you are working with people who have been in the business for years.  Make yourself stand out from the others. Do something that’s different to grab people’s attention. If you find yourself walking down the hallway with the CFO, stick out your hand and say hello.  Don’t get discouraged. It’s a very competitive world, and sometimes you have to take the lesser job. The important thing is to get your foot in the door.

Rena Pittao, ACS ’96 Manager, Professional Development, CIBC Wood Gundy, Training and Development Rena keeps reinventing her job, through two mergers of the firm. Her current job focuses on executive coaching, facilitating training programs, and recruiting.  Show you’re a well-rounded individual. Marks matter, but your employer will want to know how you will fit in. Don’t be afraid to show your personality. Extracurricular activities are important because they show you can multitask.  Hone in on what makes you unique and different.  Before your interview, research the company inside and out. Find out what the industry is paying before you say what your salary expectation is.  After 18 to 24 months in a position, look for growth opportunities to assist your career. Education does not stop after university. Continue to upgrade and take at least one course a year.  Don’t expect many promotions if you just do your 9 to 5.  Even if you don’t love the work you’re doing, find ways to bring your passion to it.

 Learn how to manage your time and multi-task. The failure to manage time is probably the single thing that most buries people.  If you drop the ball, admit it early on. Don’t cover up your mistakes.  Have patience, and look for the good opportunities. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. You can’t grow if you’re constantly jumping ship.

Joe MacDonald, Economics ’80 Executive Vice President of the Citadel Group of Funds From 1985 to 1995 Joe helped build Mackenzie Financial Corporation from 40 to 1,600 employees. Now with Citadel Group, he helps the company market and manage “closed-end trusts.”  Be prepared to make decisions and stick to them. Some decisions are unpopular but the right thing to do. I learned that refereeing hockey.  Show your employer that you are articulate, bright, and want to get ahead in the organization.  Embrace failure and learn from it. Failure is never easy, but it happens.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The culture in business is different from what you’re used to, and you have to change.  Be careful what you post on the Internet. Your reputation is your life.  Exercise discipline, hard work, and strong business ethics. These are all things I learned at King’s, and they’re invaluable.  Hit those deadlines, and complete those last-minute tasks. In the real world you may not have a second chance.  Work on your presentation skills. You can be the smartest person in the world, but if you can’t get your ideas across you will accomplish nothing. Preparation is the key.

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Family Hamilton alumni chapter launched “I always say: if it’s a good thing, do it.” Jim Scarfone ’70 is talking about King’s new Hamilton alumni chapter. The chapter held its launch on May 22 at Tailgate Charlie’s in downtown Hamilton. More than 40 alumni attended the event, which featured the music of the Dunn brothers, Stephen ’81, Brian ’97, and Kevin, and Ardo Perri. The strong ties between Hamilton and King’s go back to the early days of the College. Scarfone was one of many students at Hamilton’s Cathedral High School who heard about the College and were attracted by its size and reputation. There are now more than 600 alumni in the Hamilton area.

Thanks to the Hamilton alumni chapter committee members: Roger Yachetti ’61 Jim Scarfone ’70 Frank DeSantis ’72 Tom Peirce ’82 Anne Marie Peirce ’84 Donna Stechey ’92 Sean Adams ’00 Paula Perri ’07

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Scarfone went on from King’s to complete a law degree, and then returned to Hamilton to practice. Over the years, he kept in touch with former roommates and attended Homecoming. In 1995, he helped organize his graduating year’s 25th Anniversary. When Principal Dr. Gerry Killan approached him about spearheading a new Hamilton chapter, he felt it was a good idea. “I think King’s was a wonderful place to go to school in the late 60s, and it is still a wonderful place,” he says. “I think we should help get the word out that King’s is still out there, and provides a great education and a great experience.”

understands the sense of community you get there,” she says. “It’s important to keep that spirit alive.” She sings and plays guitar, and performed with her dad, Ardo, at the chapter launch. She finds it “cool” to hear older grads reminiscing about King’s. “When you hear people who graduated 20 years ago telling stories about Psychology 100 with Professor Skinner, it makes you feel that you’re really part of a King’s family.” After the success of the launch, the committee is planning further events. Perri is looking forward to keeping in touch with friends and professors, and networking with other King’s grads. “Just coming out to an event helps reap the rewards of a King’s education,” she says. “Staying connected is as simple as that.”

In October 2007, he and Roger Yachetti ’61 organized a get-together of King’s grads at the Hamilton Club, and invited some King’s faculty. Dr. Dante Lenardon, who still maintains close ties with a number of Hamilton grads, gave a talk on the value of a liberal arts education. After the meeting, a chapter steering committee was formed. Paula Perri ’07 is the youngest grad on the committee. Shortly after she graduated, she found that she was already missing the atmosphere of King’s. She had taken a job as a Special Needs Support Worker at McMaster Hospital, and an alumni chapter in Hamilton sounded perfect. “I went to a committee meeting, really loved the people who were there, and loved what we were trying to do,” she says. Perri believes that young grads benefit from the King’s alumni network. “Everyone who goes to King’s Ardo Perri, Paula Perri ’07 and Stephen Dunn ’81 The King’s Herald | page 20


Milestones Denyse Regan’s ’82 (nee Gervais) play, The Thirteenth One, will be presented by The Manitoba Theatre Centre during its 2009/2010 season. After the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, the Centre has the highest annual attendance. The Thirteenth One premiered at the Blyth Festival Theatre in 2005. Subsequent productions have taken place in Kingston and Peterborough. Michelle Hofman ’83 (nee Morrison) believes that studying liberal arts in a small class environment provided the foundation for her career choices since graduation – diaconal ministry in the United Church of Canada. She is now working as a consultant helping people with life changing events such as grief education, presiding at funerals/celebration of life and marriage ceremonies. For Michelle, however, the greatest legacy King’s provided was the friendships that have continued throughout the years. One can never replace the sharing of memories and moments remembered from resident life and off campus shenanigans. John Moore ’92 is currently serving a term as President of the Canadian Association of New York www.canadianassociationny. org – a member-driven volunteer organization that serves as the principal focal point for the Canadian community in New York City with over 100 years of history. Kelly Margani ’94 (nee Parubocki) and husband Frank are pleased to announce that they added another baby boy, Gabriel, to their family on June 23, 2007 (big brother Luca is 4). Kelly is the owner of a growing interior design firm, Kelly Margani Interiors (launched after an inspiring trip around the world in 2001-2002). Mr. Randall O’Connor, M.Div ’97, is teaching 4th grade at Tyler Elementary School in Gainesville, Virginia. He is a participant in the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) program Keri-Lee Mullan Petrykowski ’98 and her husband Lukasz Petrykowski have a birth announcement to share: KeriLee gave birth to a baby boy on October 28, 2007 in Oakville, Ontario. He weighed 9 pounds and 3 oz. His name is Maximilian Lukasz Petrykowski.

Sarah-Anne Cooke-Lockhart ’01 went on to receive a diploma in Travel and Tourism after graduating from King’s. Currently, Sarah combines the skills she obtained at King’s with her Travel and Tourism diploma in a highly rewarding career. Rebecca MacDonald ’04 attained her Master of Library Science from The University of Western Ontario in 2005. She is currently a branch supervisor and children’s librarian in Mississauga. Erin Hughes ’05 (nee Harlow) married Joseph Hughes on June 24, 2006 in Southside Park, Woodstock,Ontario. Teresa Benincasa-Sweeting ’07 married Clifford Sweeting in a June wedding (10 days before convocation!), with King’s alum Michael Bechard, Murray Watson and Graham Keep presiding. It was a gorgeous and joyful day. Mike Rice former Mustangs hockey player appears in the hockey-themed film Love Guru starring Mike Myers, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba. The film was released nationally by Paramount Pictures on June 20, 2008. Mike participated in the filming of Love Guru, portraying one of the Los Angeles Kings named Bielewicz. Now living in Toronto, Rice plays professionally in Europe, including a 21-game stint in 2007-08 with the Nijmegen Devils in Holland where he amassed 114 penalty minutes and 16 points. To contact Mike, please e-mail him at mrice16@hotmail.com or call him at (416) 892-3919

In Memoriam It is with great sadness that King’s announces the passing of Jane Acres, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Jane had tremendous faith, was ever eager to learn and to be involved in many aspects of the community’s life. It was stated often around the time of her death, that in her dying she taught us how to live. In 1999, The Jane Acres Mature Student Award was established in her honour. Donations can be made through the King’s University College Foundation. Jane leaves behind one brother, Dr. William Acres (Huron University College).

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 kcalumni@uwo.ca Fall 2008 | page 21


Homecoming Your guide to

2008

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Friday Night Bash featuring Rick McGhie 8:00PM

Homecoming Parade 10:00AM

Oct. 3

Relive the memories of your student days (or nights!) and kickoff Homecoming 2008 with fellow alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Admission is free to this fun and social evening of reminiscing, sharing stories and soaking in the sound of the most enduring voice at Western and King’s for the past 3 decades. Student Lounge and Lounge Extension, Monsignor Lester A. Wemple Building Free Admission, cash bar

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Oct. 4

Gather your family, friends and some lawn chairs, and grab a spot on Richmond Street to be a part of this great Homecoming tradition. Make sure to cheer on the King’s float! Starting at Centennial Hall, the parade will arrive at UWO by noon.

King’s University College Alumni Association Annual General Meeting 10:30AM All King’s University College alumni are invited to attend this year’s Annual General Meeting for our Alumni Association. Interested alumni are asked to RSVP to Francis Doyle (information at right)

Celebrate Like King’s: Musical Tailgate Extravaganza 11:45AM First Annual Homecoming Brunch 11:00AM The King’s Alumni Association invites all alumni to meet up with your classmates as well as members of faculty and staff at the first annual Homecoming Brunch. Immediately following the brunch, the King’s University College Alumni Award of Distinction will be presented to this year’s recipient, Debbie Comuzzi ’78. Check out King’s yearbooks and photo albums, and have the chance to win fantastic prizes! Student Lounge, Monsignor Wemple Building, brunch $15. Please RSVP to Francis Doyle.

No King’s alum will want to miss this inaugural event, as some of the musical legends from King’s past and present will help us to get ready to cheer on the Mustangs football team. Musical guests include John Regan, Paula Perri and many others! Courtyard Monsignor Wemple Building. Please RSVP to Francis Doyle.

Western Mustangs Football: King’s Style! 2:00PM You’ve never seen Mustang football like this! The bus leaves from King’s at 1:30PM, to take all King’s


alumni to TD Waterhouse Stadium and our exclusive, field-level King’s Alumni Tent to watch the Western Mustangs take on the Windsor Lancers. Reply soon, as tickets are limited! For tickets, contact Francis Doyle (information below) Tickets are $25, lunch is available for purchase and a cash bar will be provided.

Sunday: Oct. 5

Celebration of the Eucharist All King’s alumni are welcome to join Christ the King University Parish for the celebration of Sunday Mass.

Morning Eucharist The Chapel, Windermere on the Mount, 10:30AM

Evening Eucharist Elizabeth A. “Bessie” Labatt Hall, 5:00PM

Principal’s Reception 12:00PM Principal Dr. Gerry Killan and Linda Killan cordially invite all King’s alumni who graduated between the years 1957 through to 1968 to an afternoon reception at his home. For more information or to register for this event, please contact Francis Doyle (information below) To register for any of these events or for more information, contact Francis Doyle at (519) 433-3491 or 1-800-265-4406 or fdoyle3@uwo.ca

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The TD Insurance Meloche Monnex home and auto insurance program is underwritten by SECURITY NATIONAL INSURANCE COMPANY and distributed by Meloche Monnex Insurance Financial Services Inc. in Québec and by Meloche Monnex Financial Services Inc. in the rest of Canada. Due to provincial legislation, our auto insurance program is not offered in British Columbia, Manitoba or Saskatchewan. TD Insurance is a trademark of The Toronto-Dominion Bank used under license. Meloche Monnex®, Platinum Plus Solution , Platinum Solution , Gold Solution Silver Solution and Bronze Solution are trademarks of Meloche Monnex Inc. Some conditions apply. TM

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King's Herald - Fall 2008  

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