King's Herald - Spring 2013

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King’sConnect From the Principal’s Desk By David Sylvester

PHOTO: Claus Andersen

in African communities, on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and here at home in Southwestern Ontario. While none seem willing to accept the title of ‘leader,’ they are indeed out front in guiding policy and people to a better reality. It’s perhaps 1971 alumnus Carl Bognar’s simple formula for change that says it best, “Follow your passions and you will find that the little opportunities that come your way will ultimately add up to something great.”

King’s grads setting the world on fire

King’s is very proud of our many, many graduates who tenaciously walk the walk in bringing about a better world. The greatness of their deeds is not measured by status or wealth, but by the lives they have shaped and even saved. And they’re easy to spot, too: just look for the trail of sparks that follow them as they journey on.

Go forth and set the world on fire ~ St. Ignatius of Loyola I’ve written in these pages before that I believe that King’s exists to educate students who are not only competent but also creative and compassionate. Academic excellence is a noble pursuit and a means by which our students and faculty are empowered to contribute to a greater good, the common good. I am pleased to say that more often than not we get it right and I happily spend a good deal of my time as principal meeting with graduates of King’s who are dedicated to improving the lives of others, through their research, teaching and servant leadership. This edition of the King’s Herald celebrates four accomplished alumni who embody this commitment to integrity and to making a difference in the lives of others. Each, in their own way, has leveraged their studies and post-King’s experiences to change the way things are done, on the streets of Chicago,

Kathy Kopinak Retires Kathy Kopinak, professor in the department of Sociology, will retire in June after 35 years of service at King’s University College. An accomplished scholar in the field of international migration, Kopinak received both her BA in History and MA in Sociology at Western University before attending York University to complete her PhD in Sociology. Upon her arrival at King’s in 1978, she was instrumental in developing many courses for the Sociology department that did not exist elsewhere at the time. Kopinak was recognized with an Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations teaching award for the experimental teaching methods utilized in her political sociology class. She fondly remembers her time teaching courses such as Industrial Restructuring in the America’s, Crossing Borders in the America’s and Environmental Justice. “I enjoyed these courses the most because they tended to attract very good students who were interested in the content because it touched their individual lives,” recalls Kopinak. Kopinak cites being recognized with three Social Science and Humanities Research Grants as the greatest rewards of her research. These grants allowed her to study industrial production in both Mexico and Morocco first hand, which subsequently inspired many of her published works including her first book, Desert Capitalism.

^ David Sylvester comes across a King’s recruitment billboard while travelling through the skyway to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Currently, Kopinak is on sabbatical at the University of California conducting research on how the impact of working in export industries influences Mexicans to migrate to the United States, and Moroccans to Spain. In her retirement, she will continue her research as a fellow for both York University and the University of California. Kopinak will split her time between California and her home in London, returning home each year in time for gardening season.

The King’s Herald | spring 2013