Spring 2016 McMaster Times

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Weekend warriors Clubs for all reasons Meet Ted Hewitt Russ Jackson & Asher Hastings Then & Now

From maps to monsters to masterpieces: The hidden treasures of McMaster



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VOL. 31, NO. 1 - SPRING 2016


Features Building a better weekend warrior From maps to monsters A club for all reasons Then & Now


News New VP of Research Wilson Hall construction


Welcoming Schulich leaders


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The McMaster Museum of Art houses many treasures, including this Monet from 1903. Read about other hidden treasures on page 15. Photo by JD Howell ‘04 Claude Monet (French 1840-1926) Waterloo Bridge, Effet de Soleil, 1903 Oil on canvas 65.1 x 100 cm Gift of Herman Levy, Esq., O.B.E., 1984 McMaster Museum of Art

Contributors Andrew Baulcomb ‘08, Patrick Deane ‘11 (honorary), Karen McQuigge ‘90, Allyson Rowley, Sandra Stephenson ‘78, Matt Terry ‘09 30%

Officers, Alumni Association Sandra Stephenson ‘78, president; Mark Stewart ‘06 & ‘10, past-president; Don Bridgman ‘78, vice-president; Mario Frankovich ‘77, financial advisor; Elaine Kunda ‘95, member-at-large; Krishna Nadella ‘02, member-at-large; Jennifer Mitton Cert no. SW-COC-2113

The wood in this product comes from well-managed forests, independently certified in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council.

‘99, member-at-large; Norm Schleehahn ‘01, member-at-large; Chedo Sobot ‘85, member-at-large; Stephanie McLarty ‘03, member-atlarge; Tanya Walker ’02, member-at-large

Representatives to the University Senate

Representatives to the University Board of Governors

Ken Clarke ’74, Ian Cowan ‘71, Moira Taylor, ’84 & ’86,

Quentin Broad ’86, ‘88; David Feather ‘85 & ‘89; Brad

Peter Tice ‘72

Merkel ’85; David Lazzarato ’79; Sandra Stephenson ‘78





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Our inmost heart I

n one of his Sketches from Memory, Nathaniel Hawthorne imagines the creation of a pass through the White Mountains of New Hampshire: the mountain is rendered “asunder a thousand feet from peak to base, [and] discloses its treasure of hidden minerals, its sunless waters, all the secrets of the mountain’s inmost heart . . . ” We come to know the hidden treasures of our university—we approach its “inmost heart,” every one of us—in slightly different ways. The process is sometimes gradual, sometimes dramatic. Before I came to McMaster I had spent years studying the art and writings of the Bloomsbury Group, so for me to discover on the front lawn of the McMaster Museum of Art a birdbath designed by one of its foremost sculptors, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, commissioned by its foremost theorist and critic, Roger Fry, was simply delightful. Furthermore, to learn that this work past which students walk every day was in fact cast in bronze for the first time by the University from a maquette in its collection, was to discover something much more profound: that the artistic and intellectual assets of this university are not simply commodities, passively held and catalogued, but instead the building blocks of new creation and new discovery. Also on the lawn in front of the Museum of Art is another installation—Covenant, by Mary Anne Barkhouse—which depicts a confrontation between two coyotes. While the Gaudier-Brzeska birdbath speaks to our sense of the natural world in its intersection with the human and domestic, Covenant depicts the animal world unmediated by human intervention. And together they remind me of another aspect of our university, one always to be treasured: namely, that this great repository of human discovery and achievement sits on the edge of Cootes Paradise, home to possibly the highest level of biodiversity in Canada and—despite its inescapably urban context—an unparalleled concentration of flora and fauna. Our natural lands must rank very high among the hidden treasures of McMaster, things revealed steadily to students, faculty and staff as we learn “the secrets of the mountain’s inmost heart.” The McMaster Forest on Lion’s Club Drive, more or less forgotten for decades until recently designated for research, teaching and recreational use, exemplifies what all newcomers to our university inevitably discover: namely, that what we expected to find here will invariably be far surpassed by what the institution actually discloses to us.

Patrick Deane ‘11 (honorary) President and Vice-Chancellor McMaster University



University News


New dean and Vice-President of the Faculty of Health Sciences Following an international search, Paul O’Byrne has been appointed the next dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences. O’Byrne, chair of McMaster’s Department of Medicine, assumes the role on July 1, 2016. “Paul has proven in countless ways his commitment to the University and its joint research and education mission,” said McMaster president Patrick Deane. “He has a unique ability to lead and inspire others to reach their full potential, and he has earned his place as one of the University’s most senior and accomplished researchers.” “The Faculty of Health Sciences is unique in the world,” said O’Byrne. “It is very successful, very collegial and extraordinarily collaborative in advancing science, patient care and education. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to ensure that success has every opportunity to continue. I couldn’t dream of a better job.” After training as a doctor at University College, Dublin, O’Byrne joined the Faculty of Health Sciences as a resident in 1977. Since 2002, he has chaired the Faculty’s largest department and he serves as the executive director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, based at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. He is a Fellow at several international Colleges of Physicians, was selected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2010 and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2015 and named a McMaster Distinguished University Professor that same year. He takes over from John Kelton who has led the Faculty for the past 15 years. During his tenure, the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine has been consistently ranked as one of the top three health programs in Canada, and in the top 50 in the world.

One of the top 100 in the world again McMaster continues to rank among the top 100 universities in the world. The latest Times Higher Education rankings confirm the University’s position in the coveted and exclusive Top 100, one of only four Canadian universities to earn a spot on the prestigious list. The World University Rankings compare thousands of universities around the world. across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. For the sixth consecutive year, McMaster is the second highest ranked university in Ontario and fourth in Canada.

Rob Baker appointed McMaster’s new Vice-President, Research The need to understand the world around us is embedded in our DNA. “It’s just part of what we do,” says Rob Baker. “We need to understand how things work – it’s part of the human spirit. We’re driven by it.” That drive is especially strong in McMaster’s researchers, which is why Baker is looking forward to his new role as the University’s Vice-President Research, approved by the Board of Governors in March. Starting July 1, Baker will oversee a research enterprise consistently ranked among Canada’s best, with a research intensity level nearly double the national average. A behavioural ecologist, Baker has more than 30 years of research experience of his own, much of it spent trying to better understand the evolution of animal behaviour. He has also spent many years as a university administrator: he was the first chair of biology at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, and served as associate dean of science at that campus. On U of T’s St. George campus he served as chair of the Department of Zoology, chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, vice-dean of Graduate Education and Research and vice-dean, Research and Infrastructure.

Canadian couple cancels wedding to help Syrian refugees Political science PhD candidate Samantha Jackson and her fiancé Farzin Yousefian were planning a traditional wedding for March. But their commitment to help the crisis in Syria trumped their plans. Jackson and Yousefian talked about the global refugee crisis and shifted their focus from a large wedding to how to raise awareness and funds. The couple cancelled their wedding and asked guests to support a Syrian family’s bid to live in Canada in lieu of wedding gifts. They replaced their more elaborate ceremony with simpler City Hall nuptials in Toronto. Jackson is a regular contributer on campus to discussions and study of Syria and refugee issues.

NEWSLINE What has happened since the last issue... NOVEMBER 2015

Matthew Sheridan ‘12, inventor of the Nix Colour Sensor, was named Ontario’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2015 Ontario Business Achievement Awards. The Nix Colour Sensor is a handheld device measuring the colour of any surface then providing the information to a smartphone.




The McMaster Students Union and the Immigrants Working Centre are partnering to bring 20 Syrian refugee families to Hamilton.


Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Hamilton will host the next two Vanier Cups – with the national championship football games to be played at Tim Horton’s Field.

SORRY for being so #polite eh!

Some of the "most Canadian" words tweeted in 2015

Milestone in L.R. Wilson Hall construction Chancellor Emeritus Lynton “Red” Wilson ‘62, his wife Brenda and provincial MPP and cabinet minister Ted McMeekin ’74 joined representatives from McMaster and the Wilson Foundation in the ceremonial signing of a beam at the future home of L.R. Wilson Hall. The building will offer exciting new spaces and active learning classrooms for students and faculty in Humanities and Social Sciences. L.R. Wilson Hall will also house significant liberal arts research centres including the Wilson Institute for Canadian History and the Gilbrea Centre for Health and Aging, McMaster’s Indigenous Studies Program and indigenous student support offices.


McMaster welcomes four new Schulich Leaders Canadian tweets compared to American tweets McMaster’s 2015 Schulich Leaders (from left to right): Erika Kropf, Jessica Loiseau, Conary Coyne and Melissa Cusack Striepe. Schulich Leaders in Engineering each receive $80,000 to support their undergraduate studies, while students in science, technology and mathematics each receive $60,00.

The Schulich Leader scholarship program that supports high-performing students at leading Canadian universities named four incoming students as recipients of the prestigious award. The program, founded by philanthropist Seymour Schulich, has been providing undergraduate scholarships in the STEM fields since 2012. It is funded by The Schulich Foundation and co-administered by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

After analyzing millions of tweets, McMaster linguists have found that Canadians tend to be a pretty polite, happy bunch of tweeters. PhD Candidates Daniel Schmidtke and Bryor Snefjella compiled more than three million geo-tagged tweets from February to October 2015. They removed words such as “a”, “the”, and “to” and analyzed what was left over. They found that Canadians are more likely to tweet words such as “beautiful”, “great”, or “amazing”, whereas our American neighbours’ most-tweeted words weaved in “saucy” and negative undertones, most of which cannot be printed! The pair is among the first researchers to use the social network to study geo-linguistic differences between neighbouring countries where English is the primary spoken language.


McMaster is ranked third in Canada, as one of the country’s “greatest campuses”, according to the Green Metric World University Rankings. The rankings site the University’s efforts at energy-savings and conservation.

McMaster is highlighting the deep connections between the University’s researchers and the community in a series of events called Big Ideas, Better Cities. In February, hundreds of people gathered at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre for a series of talks, presentations and events focused on building healthy cities. The Walrus magazine was a co-sponsor of the event.

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A year-long campus series studying peace called Perspective on Peace continued with a model United Nations for students and a presentation by Alfred Orono Orono, a former child soldier and war crimes prosecutor. The series, sponsored by the Office of the President concludes in April with a concert performance by the McMaster Choir. dailynews.mcmaster.ca




Ontario invests in McMaster’s advanced manufacturing research The Government of Ontario is investing $35M towards a unique $50M Advanced Manufacturing Consortium involving McMaster and two other top research-intensive and industrially collaborative universities. The investment was included in the provincial budget. The Consortium includes McMaster, University of Waterloo and Western University. It is meant to lead Ontario in advanced manufacturing in the broadest sense, including emerging sectors like next-generation additive manufacturing, digital components and devices, across a variety of sectors with the potential to make significant impact on a global scale. The three partner institutions have already established a significant critical mass of infrastructure, talent and know-how. “Manufacturing isn’t disappearing but it is being reshaped in revolutionary ways. That shift opens the door to new opportunities in advanced manufacturing,” said McMaster President Patrick Deane. “We have a great history of working with industry and university partners to create new products and processes to give companies a competitive advantage. Ontario’s support for this partnership is a vote of confidence in our researchers and students and signals the province’s commitment to the economic future of our region.”

New drug-resistant superbug gene McMaster microbiologist Gerry Wright, director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, has discovered a new drug-resistant superbug gene in meat sold in Ontario. The gene – known as MCR1 – makes bacteria invincible to colistin which is an antibiotic used only when all other drugs have failed. One of the types of bacteria MCR1 can grant resistance to is E. coli, a large and diverse group of bacteria found in the intestines of humans and animals.

Mystery gene McMaster researchers have taken a giant leap in identifying the early stages of a deadly cancer and predicting how it will develop in individuals. Mick Bhatia ’92, principal investigator and director of the



McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, and his research team discovered when they deleted one version of the important GSK-3 gene, the other version of the gene became active but remained noncancerous. When the second version of the gene was also deleted, AML cancer began. AML cancer is the most common type of leukemia in adults. About 1,300 Canadians are expected to develop the disease each year.

Are you consuming enough protein? McMaster professor of kinesiology, Stuart Phillips ’89, ‘91 recommends adults age 50 and over eat protein with every meal. Phillips studies the link between protein consumption and exercise in order to maintain muscle mass. “The loss of muscle as we age is called scaropenia. While we can’t stop it we can slow it down,” said Phillips. High quality protein contains the essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein, which help build and repair muscles and prevent muscle loss. A recent online survey of Canadians 50 years of age or older found that, while 89% of respondents know that protein is important to build muscle, only 11% say they consume some form with every meal within a typical week. Similarly, 96% know that regular exercise is important to maintain muscle mass as we age, but only 13% are exercising for more than 20 minutes every day in a typical week.

The world’s most influential A number of McMaster researchers are among the world’s most influential scientists according to an analysis by Thomson Reuters. In Thomson Reuter’s annual publication The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, six McMaster researchers were listed in clinical medicine and four in social sciences as being most cited. Under clinical medicine, Stuart Connolly, John Eikelboom ‘00, Koon Teo and Salim Yusuf from the Department of Medicine and Gordon Guyatt ’77, ’83 and Janice Pogue ‘12 from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics were named. McMaster’s researchers represented more than a third of the Canadians named as the most influential scientists in clinical medicine, and McMaster was also the only Canadian school that appeared more than once in the category. For social sciences, Jan Brozek, Gordon Guyatt ’77, ‘83 and Holger Schünemann from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Roman Jaeschke ’90, from the Department of Medicine were listed. Guyatt is the only Canadian researcher whose name appears under both clinical medicine and social sciences.


Wainman named one of Canada’s best teachers Bruce Wainman ’87 believes that if you bring 600 students into a room, you better have something special to say. His experience in providing that enthusiasm has made the director of the anatomy education program at McMaster the winner of a prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Wainman, an associate professor of pathology and molecular medicine for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, is one of 10 winners across Canada announced by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in recognition of excellence in university teaching and educational leadership. Besides being renowned for his active and effective lectures, Wainman has developed anatomy teaching materials that can be reviewed on any electronic device; written several electronic texts; created a popular extracurricular interprofessional course in anatomy; remodeled the anatomy lab into a learning commons and created a surgical skills lab. He has won several McMaster prizes for his educational innovation – he has taken the McMaster Students Union Teaching Award four times, and he has received the McMaster President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning. Wainman also won the Canadian Association for Medical Education certificate of merit last year. Wainman believes that preparation, insight and enthusiasm are essential to teaching. “When I want to present a very engaging talk I have to spend what seems like a ridiculous amount of time preparing. But that’s not enough, there has to be insight from research, life experience or a metaphor – like you would do while talking to friends at a coffee shop. Then, there has to be genuine enthusiasm. That’s the pièce de résistance to teaching.” Wainman has been a faculty member since 1994 and director of anatomy since 2004. “Bruce is a highly decorated and influential teacher, one who has committed himself to more than just excelling during his time in front of his students. He is making a difference in learning resource development, in the scholarship of learning and in enriching learning networks. He is the complete package,” said President Patrick Deane.


BUILDING A BETTER WEEKEND WARRIOR by Matt Terry ‘09 photography by JD Howell ‘04 anatomy illustration by Dilshaayee Prabaharan - Life Sciences student

How a unique team of specialists is helping to keep Hamilton’s amateur athletes in the game - for life


avid Robinson ‘91 might be a sport doctor, but most of his days are spent acting like a detective. The veteran doctor spends most of his days trying to figure out what’s wrong with his patients, based on clues like family history, previous injuries, sports played and, of course, what hurts when you poke it. Robinson is part of the diverse team of health care experts at the David Braley Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre, and his sleuthing is usually the first step on the road to rehabilitation for injured athletes. It’s a common misconception that the clinic’s services are only available to McMaster’s varsity athletes. In fact, in addition to Marauders, current patients include a mix of slo-pitch superstars, Sunday morning quarterbacks and pick-up hockey players. “I even see one person who’s close to 80 years old,” says Robinson, “which is fantastic.”

Fantastic? It’s proof that you can be active throughout your entire life, and that, says Robinson, is why the team at the clinic exists. Over the years, the clinic has become a one-stop shop for sport medicine and rehabilitation. Its services include chiropracty, massage therapy, nutritional planning and coaching on strength and conditioning. Staff can also help fit proper orthotics and special braces. It’s a unique consolidation of resources that allows the clinic to offer truly comprehensive treatment to help keep people healthy. “You might get hurt, but we don’t want you to be discouraged and quit,” says Robinson. “We can give you a very accurate diagnosis and specific treatment, because we see this stuff all day, every day. Our goal is to get you back out there being active – no matter what level you compete at.”





Hip flexor: Most often seen in hockey and soccer players, hip flexor strains occur when muscles or tendons are stretched or torn. The muscles also tend to shorten when you’re seated at a desk all day. Prevention: Stretch before and after any sort of exercise – and after sitting all day long.


Shoulder: Most of the shoulder injuries seen at the clinic are the result of overuse: tendonitis from too much tennis, squash or badminton. Prevention: “We’re actually happy to see these sorts of injuries – it means people are being active,” says Robinson. The best way to avoid overuse injuries? Know your physical limits, and don’t exceed them.


Muscular/myofacial tension: Often the result of a weight room workout, myofacial tension happens after a muscle has been contracted over and over again. Prevention: Proper technique when lifting can help avoid post-workout pain. Foam rollers can also be used to alleviate pain in problem areas.

Neck Force

Sprain your ankle playing pick-up hockey? Stiff back from Sunday morning touch football? Knees aching after a little driveway basketball? Staff at the David Braley Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre have seen it all. Here are some of the most common sports injuries - and what you can do to prevent them.

Concussions: Thrust into the spotlight as of late, concussions are a form of traumatic injury caused when the brain is shaken inside the skull after impact. Clinic staff see them in those who play football, hockey and other contact sports. Prevention: Avoiding contact sports is a start, but for those who do play them, helmets are a must. If you’ve already had a concussion, Robinson recommends taking up lower-risk activities.




Plantar fasciitis: Otherwise known as “flip-flop foot,” plantar fasciitis is most often caused by flat-footedness and using improper footwear with no arch support. Prevention: Get rid of those flip-flops and invest in some proper orthotics with arch support.


Thanks to clinic staff member and former Marauders rower Stacey Hepburn ‘15 for demonstrating some of the many sports injuries she (thankfully) doesn’t actually suffer from. If you do, however, you can contact the David Braley Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 23575 or at marauders.ca.

Ankle sprains: Among the most common sports injuries, sprains happen when ligaments are stretched or torn – usually after twisting the ankle playing, well, just about anything. Prevention: You need to keep your ankle muscles strong and flexible. That means doing some resistance training and lots of stretching.


ACL damage: More common in younger athletes playing sports with lots of stops and starts: football, basketball and volleyball. Prevention: Avoiding ACL injuries is difficult, but you can start by targeting weak muscle areas that lead to poor landing form. It also wouldn’t hurt to improve your joint range of motion and hamstring strength.


Shin splints: Common among runners, shin splints can actually be caused by two things: tiny stress fractures in the bone, or overused, irritated muscles. Prevention: Strengthen other parts of your body, like your feet, ankles and hips, and be sure to stretch before you run and rest once you’re back home.


Cultivating support for the liberal arts In conversation with Ted Hewitt ‘79, ‘81, ‘85


President - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Ted Hewitt ’79, ’81 & ’85 views himself as a career academic, and it’s hard to argue the point. As president of the federal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), he’s tasked with overseeing Canada’s preeminent funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary research in the social sciences and humanities. A former university professor, Hewitt also spent seven years as vice-president, Research and International Relations, at the University of Western Ontario (2004-2011), and has nearly 30 years of experience on various postsecondary boards and committees. A three-time graduate from McMaster, he earned a PhD in sociology in 1985 before embarking on a remarkable three-decade career. Hewitt recently visited his alma mater and spoke with the Times. What originally brought you to McMaster? I was enrolled at another university, in their engineering program. It was September of 1975. I went off to start my studies at this other institution, and after a couple days I said to myself, “do you really want to be an engineer?” I stopped in at McMaster to meet a friend, and I went into the Office off the Registrar. I asked if it was too late to enroll at McMaster, and it wasn’t. I enrolled in the Faculty of Social Sciences, general first year, and moved into the honours program in sociology the next year. I knew right away I had made the right decision. What attracted you to the Faculty of Social Sciences? I travelled a lot after high school. I was in Europe, Brazil and most of Latin America. I really developed an interest in people and the whole human dimension — different countries, places, customs and languages. I learned Portuguese and I became interested in how ev-



erything came together from the human perspective. I took a great course during my first year at McMaster, taught by professor Howard Brotz. He mixed philosophy, political science and biology. We studied Konrad Lorenz, Aristotle, Locke and Rousseau. You never got that in an introductory course, and I was so fascinated by this and by his engagement. It changed my life. I knew it I was where I needed to be, and I never looked back. You did all three of your degrees at McMaster. Why did you stay? I did a Master’s degree in sociology at McMaster and thought, “okay, that’s it.” Everybody said I should go somewhere else. I applied to a number of different institutions and was accepted at the University of Toronto, but I came around to staying at McMaster. U of T is great place, but I couldn’t find a supervisor I really gelled with. Robert Blumstock, one of my professors at Mac, said he would take me on formally as my PhD supervisor, and I’ve never regretted that decision. Is there anyone else you recall as being helpful in shaping your worldview? Harvey Levenstein. He was from the Department of History, and he was amazing. George Grant was another. I didn’t attend any of his classes, but he was a guest lecturer in some of my classes and I thought, “Wow, these people have done significant work, and are truly great thinkers.” Many of them had a large following and were really engaged and got me thinking about the things that interested them. For me, being at McMaster was just an amazing intellectual experience. I knew right away that I was going to be an academic because I so admired the people I studied with here. I couldn’t imagine any other life that would work for me.

Did having access to those kinds of minds shape your future life plan? Absolutely. I couldn’t believe there were people who lived their life, developed their careers and spent their time talking about things that mattered so fundamentally. They were also very engaging, and were open to having difficult discussions. I remember one lecture on abortion and birth control. Professor John Thomas unpackaged it from a moral perspective, both sides. That was his method and he was well loved for it. You never really knew where his position was, but he knew how to present the issues from different perspectives. What’s your fondest memory from your time on campus? I was married here. My wife and I both studied at McMaster in 1975. She was finishing her degree and I was just starting. We spent most of that year in the quad, when the weather was nice. We got married here on May 13, 1978, at the Divinity College chapel, and we had our reception in Alumni Memorial Hall, in this very room. Have you and your wife had a chance to visit the campus often? Yes, I came here a fair bit for meetings when I was at Western. I would come for meetings with the other VPs from Ontario and across Canada. My wife and I were here about a year ago, and we brought my son. He’s at Western now, but he knows the stories of our time at McMaster very well. When did you identify academic administration as something you’d be interested in? When I established my career, I spent three years at the University of Lethbridge and came back east to the University of Western Ontario. I fought very hard to get tenure there, and

when I did I started to reflect on how best I could use that gift. One way I could was to participate in the administration of the university. I had published fairly regularly and was engaged, quite successfully, in teaching, so I figured it would be a good time. In 1996, I started out as associate dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. A strong mentor during my career was Emőke Szathmáry who was a former faculty member at McMaster. When I started at Western, she was my dean. I spent hours with her talking about my work, and she was always interested and gave me plenty of advice on how to succeed in the academy. What has surprised you the most during your time as president of the SSHRC? I don’t know if the word is “surprised,” but I’ve been very pleased with the calibre of people I’ve had chance to work with at the SSHRC. These are dedicated folks who work very hard and are very smart, and frankly, who work with the best interests of Canada in mind. Quite often you hear different things about civil service, and for me this has been a real eye-opener.

No matter what discipline you’re in, you need to have a foot in the liberal arts. In my view, that’s where everything starts and stops.


There has been a lot of discussion recently about the relevancy, value and return on a liberal arts education. Where do you stand on all of that? The number of students enrolled in liberal arts programs always encourages me. Those disciplines are really important, and there should be an element of liberal arts curriculum in all programs. By the same token, I think science literacy is also important. When I was at McMaster I took a course in science, and I learned about gravity, electricity and engineering. I was amazed. That opened my eyes to the STEM disciplines and the importance of them. But as somebody working in the liberal arts, I realize one doesn’t exist without the other. All the amazing technology we develop really has no value until humans get their hands on it. We need to think about that. No matter what discipline you’re in, you need to have a foot in the liberal arts. In my view, that’s where everything starts and stops.

JD Howell

What advice would you give to young people who are just beginning to look at careers? Find your passion. I had job offers and could have developed a career in business or some other area, but I said no. I wanted to go back to university, even though I had no idea how it was all going to play out. I just knew it felt right, and I was learning and gaining new insights as a result. Find your passion, and just follow it through to the end. You will always land well. We often find success in the things we’re most passionate about.



FROM MAPS TO MONSTERS TO MASTERPIECES The hidden treasures of McMaster by Allyson Rowley Gargoyles and Ghandi and goats, oh my! Join us on this armchair trek through campus and beyond. There’s no yellow brick road, but there are plenty of other wonders to admire, whether it’s an object, a place, a person, or an intangible quality that reflects the spirit of Mac.




JD Howell

Julie Bronson ’95, ’98, collections administrator at the McMaster Museum of Art, with some of the many treasures stored in the Paper Centre.

Of scholars and monsters

You probably walked by them (and under them) every day when you were on campus – stone angels and scholars, symbols, shields, corbels, and assorted monsters and beasts. University Hall and Hamilton Hall, two of McMaster’s original buildings, are adorned with these intricate stone carvings inspired by the medieval architecture of Oxford’s Magdalen College. Technically, most of the stone beasts and monsters are “grotesques” (a gargoyle usually requires a water spout). No matter what you’d like to call them, they are fascinating works of art, Gothic guardians of a tradition that dates back almost six centuries.

A timeless timepiece

Tools of the trade


The sculptor was William Oosterhoff, a Dutch artist who settled in Hamilton in 1927 and whose skills are also on display downtown. He went on to serve in Ottawa from 1949 to 1962 as Parliament’s second Dominion Sculptor. One of the many exquisite carvings that adorn the archway to University Hall might in fact depict the tools of his trade.

The sundial on the front of Hamilton Hall (seen here at 10:30 on a January morning) was a gift from the Class of Arts of 1928. The inscription “AUT DISCE AUT DISCEDE” has been translated in various ways: “Either learn or leave,” “Shape up or ship out” and “Cram or scram.”

“A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught, becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them.”

Words of wisdom

So began Ghandi’s talk to students in 1942 at his ashram in India. The Ghandi Bust was donated by the Government of India. It sits, meditating quietly, in the hallway near the Office of the President in Gilmour Hall.

The brains of the operation

One-fifth of Einstein’s brain is preserved in a jar somewhere in a McMaster lab. Neuroscientist Sandra Witelson has been studying the great man’s grey matter for more than 20 years. After all, as Einstein said: “It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s just that I stay with problems longer.”



Mapping the world of knowledge

This 1486 reproduction of a map by Ptolemy depicts the British Isles as they were known in the time of the Roman Empire. It’s the oldest map in the Lloyd Reeds Maps Collection, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. The collection boasts more than 130,000 sheet maps, 18,000 air photos and 3,000 atlases. The rare maps are located in the William Ready Archives and Research Collections in the lower level of Mills Library.


While you are downstairs in the Mills Library...

Museum masterpieces

Check out the Bertrand Russell Archives, an unparalleled collection of books, papers and memorabilia from the archives of the Nobel Peace Prize winner. There’s even a Christmas card to Russell from John and Yoko.

The McMaster Museum of Art houses five galleries and more than 6,000 works of art from ancient times to the present. Along with works by Matisse, Monet, Pissarro, Van Gogh and many others, the museum’s vast holdings include lithographs, drawings, etchings, sculptures, coins, maps and even photos of Hollywood stars of yore.

One treasure is “The Call to Dinner” (1886-87) by Canadian painter George Reid. His wife, Mary Wrinch, taught art to the young women of Moulton College, whose patron was Susan Moulton, wife of William McMaster. “The Call to Dinner” depicts the painter’s sister beckoning to workers in a southern Ontario landscape.

You will also find Reid’s sister reflected in the steel artistry of David Mach’s sculpture in the museum’s stairwell.



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It’s easy being green

The Nature@McMaster website (www.mcmaster. ca/nature) helps you explore the natural beauty in our own backyard. A recent program was the “Green Screen Film Series” held in the Ewart Angus Centre in the McMaster Health Sciences Centre. Free to the public, the series featured six films, each with a lecture connected to one of McMaster’s conservation partners, including Environment Hamilton, Hamilton Conservation Authority, and the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club.

They’ve got you covered

Truly a treasure, hidden until you need them: The McMaster Students Union Emergency First Response Team is a group of highly trained student volunteers who provide emergency medical services. Their average response time is two to three minutes. Dial 88 from any campus phone – or look for the red emergency poles located around campus.

Four legs good

It’s a furry phenomenon invading campuses across North America, and McMaster is taking the lead (the leash?). The Dogs@Mac program brings therapy dogs to campus – for wellness, stress reduction, even for help with using the library. Woof! Where can I find The Call of the Wild?

We’re not kidding

Forget herbicide. The best weapon against invasive species might be goats. Associate professor Susan Dudley’s thirdyear biology field class gets a lesson in “chemical-free ecosystem rehabilitation” – by hiking with a small herd of goats in the McMaster Forest, located about five kilometres south-west of campus. Its proximity to campus and diversity of animal and plant species make the forest an ideal research facility.



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Tucked away in the McMaster Nuclear Reactor is an industrial hot cell that shelters a sealed source of radioactive cobalt-60. Researchers use this source of ionizing radiation for everything from sterilizing components for medical isotope production, to determining the geological age of samples, to evaluating how materials will stand up in outer space. It can even be used to change chemical bonds within golf balls, making them travel farther.

21st-century learning

Allyson Rowley

No, this is not the reactor

It’s connected to a two-kilometre underground tunnel system that provides the campus with its heating, cooling and electricity, managed by Facility Services from the E.T. Clarke Centre (where you’ll also find Security & Parking Services, but not the McMaster Nuclear Reactor).

Stars of science

While you’re entering the Burke Science Building, don’t forget to look up. The stunning aluminum and granite frieze depicts luminaries of physics, chemistry and mathematics. Designed by Dr. Steward Basterfield when the building was opened in 1953, the frieze was created by Czech sculptor Joseph Gause, who also carved the old Arms of Hamilton College that you’ll find on the north wall of Burke.

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A large classroom in building T-13 has been transformed into an “active learning” space, complete with computers, white boards, projectors, and moveable tables and chairs. Instead of passively sitting and receiving information, students learn by moving around the room, forming groups, and actively participating.

To boldly go...


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Step aside, Matt Damon. You can explore the final frontier right here on campus and you won’t have to grow your own food. McMaster’s Origins Institute offers one-hour shows for the public in the 3D Theatre of the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning. And the W.J. McCallion Planetarium – run by the Physics department and located in the basement of the Burke Science Building – offers weekly shows such as “Robotic Renaissance” which retraced New Horizons’ nine-year journey to Pluto.

Remembering past heroes … Pace yourself

Ok, you’ve just trekked all the way over to the Ivor Wynne Centre and you need to pace yourself. Luckily, one of the many incredible athletic facilities on campus is the McMaster Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE), which offers a range of community programs, including MacWarriors, MS FITT, MacCardiac, MacSeniors and MacWheelers.

Not to be confused with Alumni House, Alumni Memorial Hall was built in 1951 and financed by donations totaling $100,000 from alumni and students as a memorial to those who gave their lives in the two world wars. Home to the University Club, Alumni Memorial Hall has many treasures of its own, including the “Alumni Centennial Window” in the West Room.

“… to the treasures of mind and spirit…”

Harry Paikin (1905-1985) was a beloved physician who served as a Hamilton school board trustee for 41 years. A supporter of education and a lover of poetry, Dr. Paikin wrote an inscription in 1967 for the opening of the former school board centre, then located at 100 Main Street West. McMaster’s David Braley Health Sciences Centre opened at that location in May 2015. Preserved in a new marble mounting, Dr. Paikin’s poem has been installed in the lobby to honour the link between education and health care.



...and shining on

The spirit of caring for others remains alive and well on campus. One example is “Shinerama,” the largest post-secondary fundraiser in Canada, which has raised money each year since 1964 for cystic fibrosis research and care. Last year, Mac was #1 in the country, collecting more than $179,000 – the most any university team had raised to date in a single year.

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A club It’s the start of a new winter term and the atrium of the McMaster University Student Centre is buzzing with life. Student clubs are out in full force at “ClubsFest” – held every September and January – to promote their causes and sign up new members. There are clubs for singing, prelaw, tutoring, TEDx, and global peace. There’s a new club, Building Our Safe Schools or B.O.S.S., which aims to combat bullying. The Mac Alliance for Body Peace fights eating disorders. Want to play video games while raising money for the McMaster Children’s Hospital? There’s a club for that. There are political clubs, clubs that help refugees, clubs for students from Afghanistan to Greece to Sri Lanka to Vietnam, and clubs that raise money to combat diseases such as lupus and Parkinson’s. Clearly, there’s a lot of passion in the room – and there are a lot of clubs at McMaster. With 50 new ones ratified this January, there are now 321 clubs, which makes Mac’s student club system one of the largest in the country, says administrator Joshua Patel ’15. And that’s compared to other universities with much greater student populations, he points out. “Students at Mac are definitely very pro-active,” he says. “If students want to voice their opinions, they’ll find a way to do it. And one way to do it is by starting a club.” To begin with, you need at least 10 signatures. Then, a budget and a plan of action. You must show that your idea is unique and can maintain significant student interest. Most importantly, your club must



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After the Second World War, topics for debates included “the need for world government” and “the role of atomic power in peacetime.” In 1956, the International Relations Club arranged a panel discussion on the Suez crisis. Undergraduates also raised $1,700 for Hungarian refugees – not bad for a student body of 1,000. There were now at least 50 student organizations, much to the alarm of the Faculty Association which singled out the Operatic Society as the greatest time-consumer. Notably, all clubs were now co-ed. By the 1970s, student organizations were indelibly intertwined with the social, political and cultural ferment of the time. The year 1975 alone saw visits from Ralph Nader, Leonard Cohen, Steppenwolf, David Suzuki, Buckminster Fuller, Germaine Greer, and George Carlin. Clubs continued to grow steadily in number and scope, but it was at the turn of the 21st century that things really took off. In 2000, there were 120 clubs, administered with an annual budget of $35,000. Ten year later, the budget had almost quadrupled to $134,000 with 250 clubs, reflecting the burgeoning student population. Today, McMaster enrolls more than 22,000 full-time undergraduates, and Josh Patel oversees a budget of $160,000. This provides a stipend of between $250 and $300 per club, and it also pays for his salary and those of two part-time assistants. Patel, who graduated in 2015 with a BScH in environmental science, is on the go all day long, juggling multiple priorities. “We’re here to empower students to run with their ideas,” he says. Not too surprisingly, a lot of his time is spent on mediation and negotiation. “But things always work out.”

“If students want to voice their opinions, they’ll find a way to do it. And one way to do it is by starting a club.”




have a positive impact on the McMaster community. “Students are responding to current world issues and starting clubs to take action or raise money for a cause,” says Patel, who points out that every club must re-apply every year. McMaster students have been getting together to form clubs since the University’s establishment in 1887. Although there were less than 200 students on campus, the first decade saw the founding of clubs for checkers, chess, choral and orchestral music, classics, mathematics, philosophy, and science. Also found on campus was a Demosthenian Oratorical Society and a Literary Society, whose first debate on record was “that the Sunday laws are too stringent and should be modified.” This was Toronto the Good, after all. By 1910, students had invited Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Henri Bourassa to speak. In 1911, the topic of debate was whether “free trade between Canada and the United States would be detrimental to the best interests of the Dominion.” It wasn’t all sober second thought. In 1919, the Society of Whouphanpouphers was created for “the promotion of noise and hilarity” – no doubt, a much-needed release after the horrors of the First World War. Over the decades, McMaster students remained actively involved with the world around them, and all the more so when the University moved in 1930 to a much more spacious campus in Hamilton. In 1932, students co-hosted the British Debating Team in the Assembly Hall to match wits on the subject of “Resolved that man exists in prosperity but lives in adversity.” Admission was 25 cents and ladies were “cordially invited.”

Across the generations

A grateful patient and a dedicated doctor Donald Arnold ‘06, ‘07 vividly recalls a patient he treated for many years. “She was intelligent and vivacious, with a thirst for life,” says Dr. Arnold, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and director of the McMaster Centre for Transfusion Research. “I remember her well.” In turn, Elva Carrol ’51 remembered McMaster with a $500,000 gift in her will to the Faculty of Health Sciences, which she designated to blood research.

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When Dr. Arnold learned about the generous bequest to his area of research, “it was the most incredible and wonderful surprise.” Miss Carrol’s donation will support many new research initiatives at McMaster and it will provide invaluable support for graduate students. “It’s going to help us research how to better diagnose complex hematological diseases. And it will be sustainable,” says Dr. Arnold. “This is just an incredible gift. She was a remarkable woman.”

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Alumni Album 1950s David Richard Beasley ‘53 has published two works: Episodes and Vignettes; an Autobiography and Hypocrites and Other Stories. In 2012 Dr. Beasley received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to history, art and literature.


1970 In her annual year-end honours, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Graham Douglas Caie ’69, ’73 the Commander of the Most Excellent British Empire (CBE),

Simon Johnston ’72 shared his love for writing in his latest novel, “The House of Wives” published by Penguin Random House. Johnston will launch the novel in Toronto on May 4th at Ben McNally Books, which will be followed by a book tour in Hamilton, Vancouver, Richmond and South Surrey.

1980s Two alumni are leading a new financial investment firm. Dina DeGeer ‘84, and Shah Khan ‘09 are together managing over $1 billion in assets at Canadian Growth, a new enterprise launched by Mackenzie Financial Corporation. Dennis Bazinet ‘89 earned his MBA from McMaster. Bazinet was recently appointed Superintendent of Business and Finance of Sudbury Catholic District School Board.

1990 Chris Lennon ’90, a B.Comm alumnus is enjoying an accomplished motor racing career, recently becoming

A ‘stepping stone’ for national education leaders A group of McMaster alumni hold leadership roles within Canadian independent schools across Canada as either heads or board chairs. From left to right: Drew Stephens ‘86, Martha Perry ‘88, Anna Ventresca ‘88, Femida Gwadry-Sridhar ‘05, Lance Postma ‘95 and Derek Logan ‘89. For these leaders, their McMaster degrees were important stepping-stones leading them to their current positions where they successfully raise and monitor the performance bar for their schools. This photo was taken at a CAIS National Leaders Conference where Heads and Board Chairs gather to discuss opportunities, challenges and strategy in K-12 education. As a CAIS member, schools are required to undergo a rigorous accreditation process as well as participate in professional development and research. CAIS students, who go on to attend top universities around the world, including McMaster, require the very best leaders to ensure schools are continuously improving.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion, in the vintage division. The PPIHC is the second oldest motor race in North America, and one of the most famous races in the world, drawing competitors from all corners of the globe. This win follows consecutive second place finishes the previous two years. Dr. Samantha Nutt ‘91, a McMaster alumna, activist, and founder and executive director of War Child Canada, was named one of Canada’s 25 most influential figures by The Globe and Mail, and Times Magazine named her one of Canada’s Five Leading Activists. She also was a featured speaker on campus as


The Honourable George W. Adams ‘67, QC, is a professional mediator. Adams earned his BA from McMaster University (1967), his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School (Bronze Medal; 1970), and an LLM from Harvard Law School (Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship; 1971). Since establishing his alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice in 1997, Adams has been called upon to mediate or facilitate a vast range of disputes and public policy issues affecting important and sensitive areas of Canadian life. He is a former judge in Ontario’s Superior Court.

which is the United Kingdom’s highest civilian award. Caie was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2004 and its Vice-President in 2010. After 18 years at the University of Copenhagen, he was given the endowed Chair of English Language at the University of Glasgow and later became its Vice-Principal, Clerk of Senate and International Dean. For 18 years he was Trustee and later Deputy Chair of the National Library of Scotland and is now Vice President of the Scottish Text Society and a Trustee of the Faculty of Advocate’s Abbotsford Collection.

part of the year-long Perspectives on Peace lecture series. Nancy McLean ‘91 paintings offer a glimpse into another world. McLean graduated from the Faculty of Humanities with a major in Art History. Her work has been exhibited across Ontario and she is a highly-regarded teacher.

2000s Natasha Sharma ‘00 is a relationship therapist, entrepreneur, author, speaker, TV/media spokesperson, and doctoral student. Sharma completed a Bachelor of dailynews.mcmaster.ca


Commerce degree before earning her Master’s degree in psychology at Johns Hopkins University, and is currently completing her doctorate degree in psychology. Sarah Murray ’09 and fiancé Felipe Senisterra ’08, ’13 met as students while completing their undergraduate degrees at McMaster. Seven years later the couple has taken a leap and plan to tie the knot in Hamilton this September.

2010s Michael Lacasse ‘11 and Julianne Bagg ‘13 were married on August 1, 2015 in Guelph, ON.

Suzanne Labarge ‘67, McMaster University’s chancellor, was honoured by the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine with a Lifelong Achievement Award. The award honours inspirational leaders in the field who have shown forward-thinking, integrity, a commitment to lifelong learning and a selfless contribution to the building of caring communities within the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand and Brant Local Health Integrated Network.


Alyssa Lai ’12 graduated with a B.A in Communication Studies, Theatre and Film Studies. She was honoured with the 2015 McMaster Hamilton Community Impact Award.

Lifelong achievement award

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A world-renowned stem cell researcher, Canada’s first female rear-Admiral and a groundbreaking indigenous professional engineer, farmer and teacher are among this year’s inductees into the McMaster Alumni Gallery.

Jennifer Bennett ‘81

School of Physical Education

Mick Bhatia ‘92

Faculty of Science, Biology Director and Senior Scientist of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Associate Member of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Dr. Bhatia is a recognized leader in human stem cell biology and applications. His work has been published in several major journals, and his program continues to focus on developing abundant sources of human hematopoietic progenitors and using human stem cells to develop treatments to eliminate tumor reoccurrence. Dr. Bhatia also serves as a scientific consultant to government and industry partners to medical companies interested in stem cell-based technologies, and sits on numerous editorial and scientific advisory boards.

Faculty of Social Sciences, Anthropology Jock Brandis is an author, film actor, film technician, inventor and humanitarian. In 2001, the Dutch-Canadian traveled to Mali to work on an irrigation system, but came home haunted by images of the village women’s fingers, bloodied from hours of daily peanut shelling. Utilizing his background as a lifelong tinkerer and former film gaffer, the Universal Nut Sheller was born. The hand-cranked machine gets seven hours worth of work done in 20 minutes, and can be made for about $28US. Jock Brandis did not capitalize on the invention’s success, refused to patent it and instead shared the blueprints online. Always stressing empowerment and autonomy, he and a team of former Peace Corps volunteers formed the non-profit Full Belly Project and started mailing shelling “factories” all over the world with the necessary parts for people to assemble the machines themselves.

Gordon Guyatt ‘77, ‘83
 Faculty of Health Sciences, Medicine, Medical Sciences

Dr. Gordon Guyatt is a specialist in internal medicine at McMaster. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Guyatt is a one of the leaders in a world-wide movement designed to help physicians and other health care professionals to use published literature to improve their patient care decisions. He has provided leadership in developing the methods for evidence-based practice guidelines. These methods include systematic reviews of the medical literature, and the application of results of these reviews to the development of practice guidelines and to patient care.

Barry Hill ‘66, ‘68 Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical

A registered professional engineer with more than 25 years of professional experience in manufacturing and machinery design, Barry Hill later specialized in computer based automatic process control. Since his retirement in 1993, he has become a respected and award-winning farmer in Brant County, known for innovation and new ventures. Barry and his wife operate Hillsfield Farms, a 2,000 acre grains and oilseeds operation. He was also the founding President of the First Nations AgriGroup




A Hamilton native, Jennifer Bennett is Canada’s senior ranking reserve officer and the Royal Canadian Navy’s first female rear-admiral. She has 39 years of distinguished service in a variety of positions with the Canadian Naval Reserve, including commander of the HMCS Malahat and the Naval Reserve Basic Recruit Training Detachment, director of the Ottawa detachment of the Canadian Defence Academy and director of education policy for the Defence Learning Network, in addition to maintaining a career as an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator. Jennifer Bennett was promoted to her current rank in April 2011 and appointed Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Reserves and Cadets shortly thereafter. She was recently appointed Commander of the Military Order of Merit, Canada’s highest military meritorious service honour.

Jock Brandis ‘68

and one of the founding Directors of the Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative Ethanol Plant in Aylmer. In 1993, he became the first Indigenous lecturer at Six Nations Polytechnic, teaching Mathematics and Computers Basics in the Native University Access Program. Additionally, he delivered sessions in Native Management and Economic Development (Trent) and Physics (Lambton College).

William Kosar ‘79


Faculty of Humanities, History

‘Resourceful’, ‘caring’ and ‘giving’, William Kosar has built a reputation as a world-leading advisor and academic in public law and international relations. He has wide-reaching experience supporting governments and private companies across a broad range of geographies far from his native Canada, including Afghanistan and the Middle East, Rwanda, South Sudan and Somalia. William Kosar now lives in Botswana, Africa, where he recently began a new role as senior legal advisor to a trade facilitation project for US government aid agency USAID. He previously worked on policy development at Rwanda’s Ministry of Justice, where he also developed its legal support unit and has drafted more than 40 laws for South Sudan’s Ministry of Legal Affairs & Constitutional Development.

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Alenia Kysela ‘94, ‘97
 Arts & Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medicine

Dr. Alenia Kysela, formerly VicePresident of Medicine with South West Health, is the new executive director of medicine for the western zone of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Nova Scotia just launched this new structure, whereby nine district health authorities are consolidated into one, to enhance patient care and safety with more timely and consistent access to care. Although Dr. Kysela began with South West in 2010, she worked in the Emergency Department of the Yarmouth Hospital, and also as a family physician in Toronto. Her interest has always been the practice of rural medicine; she has practiced in the primarily rural area of Wingham, Ontario as well as worked in emergency medicine at Brantford General Hospital.

Annette Trimbee ‘84
 Faculty of Science, Biology

In 2014, Annette Trimbee assumed the role of President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winnipeg. No stranger to public service, she has served as Deputy Minister of Service Alberta, as well as Deputy Minister of Treasury Board and Finance, Treasury Board and Enterprise, and Advanced Education and Technology in Alberta. She led Service Alberta department’s role in protecting consumers, providing government-wide information and communication services, registry services, and open data and open government policies. Her key accomplishments include Budgets 2012 and 2013, aligning postsecondary system capacity through Campus Alberta, developing Alberta’s Health Policy Framework, and building Alberta’s integrated resource management framework and water policy legislation.

A viral photo - shared by tens of thousands of people across Canada - of Social Sciences student Godrey Coutto’s act of kindness on a Hamilton bus earlier this year was just one of the many great photos, videos and stories shared across McMaster’s social media communities recently. Nearly one million people viewed the photo on facebook.

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McMaster Memories When you think about it, a lot can happen in five years. In that time at McMaster, we’ve seen 25,000 new students come on to campus and create their own McMaster memories. That’s why we will be updating the McMaster Alumni Directory in 2016 – and we need your help! The 2016 ALUMNI DIRECTORY will contain updates on all alumni who choose to participate helping you to reconnect with old friends, network in your field and reminisce as you read McMaster memories and updates submitted by grads. This spring you can expect to receive a postcard and/or email inviting your participation. We encourage you to call in at your convenience to confirm your information and submit a personal update and/or photo if you choose. By submitting early, you won’t be sent any further requests. Reserve your own copy if you like, but please note, you are under no obligation to purchase. For more information visit alumni.mcmaster.ca and select Alumni Directory under the Services and Benefits tab; www.harrisconnect.com or contact the Office of Alumni Advancement at 905-525-9140 ext. 23900. Thank you for participating!

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In Memoriam 1940s George James Harrower ’40 died Sept. 11, 2015, in his 101st year. Harrower leaves his wife Agnes (Holloway) of almost 72 years and a large family. Robert Martlin ’41 died Sept. 3, 2014 in his 96th year. Martlin was co-president of his graduating class, and served as secretary treasurer of Martlin & Lawrie LTD.


Charles Barnes ’43 died Aug. 14, 2015 at the age of 93. Barnes received a degree in physics and mathematics in 1943, going on to earn graduate degrees at the University of Toronto and the University of Cambridge. Walter Allum ’48 died Nov. 2, 2015. Allum earned a degree in History and later graduated from Knox College. Ordained by the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1951, he faithfully ministered for more than 60 years in Brantford, Renfrew and Dundas. Phyllis Waller (Gray) ’48 died May 24, 2015 at the age of 87. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and was Head Girl in her last year. Her time at McMaster meant a great deal to her. Waller is remembered lovingly by her daughters Cathy Gray Gongos ’75, Anne Cannon, Barbara Gray, and grandchildren.

1950s Mildred Hoan Chin ’50 died Aug. 22, 2015. Chin graduated from McMaster and studied occupational therapy at Columbia University in New York City. Vic Forde ’50 died April 21, 2015. Forde was a proud Second World War veteran and was a longtime employee with the City of Hamilton.



Winifred (Win) Patricia Hewetson (nee Samson) ’51 passed away Dec. 4, 2015. She earned a BA Honours in Political Economy, and was a member of the McMaster Honour Society in recognition of her contribution to student life through outstanding leadership and volunteer service. Jean Marshall (Robertson) ’52 died June 21, 2015. She was one of nine women who were the first to graduate with a full degree in nursing from McMaster. Joseph Paul Rocchi ’54, died January 24th . Joe attended McMaster University and Osgoode Hall, he then began his law career with his brother Francis. Rocchi was CFL football official for 10 years. Robert Moxham ’55 & ’58 died Oct. 1, 2015. Moxham was a professional economic geologist who worked for the United Nations around the world. In the 1990s he helped develop two gold mines in Vietnam. Jack Sinclair ’58 & ’91 on Dec.12, 2015. Born in Hamilton in 1936, he graduated with a BA (Comm) and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from McMaster in 1991. Eric Davis ’59 died Jan.13, 2015. He graduated with honours in Latin and French, and taught both subjects at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, until his retirement in 1987.

1960s Kenneth Kernaghan ’62 died Sept. 14, 2015. Kernaghan was president of the Student Council, before earnings his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at Duke University. He was a professor at Brock University for 39 years. He was inducted into McMaster’s Alumni Gallery.

1970s John Barry Reid ’73 died Nov. 10, 2015. His McMaster MBA provided a strong foundation that facilitated his career success at Cyanamid and Cytec. Wilhelm Gortemaker ’75 died April 28, 2015. Born in the Netherlands, he immigrated to Canada in 1968, settling in Hamilton. Upon graduation he moved to Winnipeg where he built his career in the printing industry. Andrew Pahulje ’75 died Jan. 18, 2015. He retired from the Toronto District Catholic School Board in 2007 after teaching music for 31 years. David Vaughan ’78 died Aug. 10, 2015. He was a professor of mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University, serving as department chair and associate dean of science.

1980s Karen Schonbach ’80 & ’83 died Oct. 24, 2015 at Toronto Western Hospital. She will be deeply missed by everyone she touched with her laughter, kindness and generosity.

1990s Sandra Dawson (Stopps) ’98 died Nov. 19, 2015, in Peterborough, Ont.

2000s Harold Gregory Gemmell ’01 died June 30, 2015. He obtained his Engineering degree and proudly owned his own business, CMG Engineering. Kathryn McBride ’08 died June 27, 2015 in her 42nd year, following an 11-year battle with brain cancer. Loving wife of Randall

Mileski, and mother of Arielle, Adrienne and Ethan. A community midwife in Halton, she served many women with the gift of safe and gentle birth. 
 Megan Anne Ryan ‘09 Megan’s connections with McMaster were manifold and lifelong. Born at the McMaster Hospital in 1987, she grew up close by. From swimming lessons at the pool to Summer Sports Camp, she was often on campus during her early years. She chose to attend McMaster continuing a family connection: grandfather, Gerald Keech ’56, her mother Nancy Ryan née Keech, B.Sc. ’82, ’84, her father David Ryan ’83, uncles Chris Keech ’80, Steven Keech ’86, ’91, aunt Geralynne Keech ‘95 and sister Elanor Ryan ’15. Upon graduation she moved to Ottawa, enrolling in a program to become a sommelier. Tragically, Megan’s life was cut short by a motor vehicle accident. Today, we know that her heart beats on because she was a registered organ donor. Michael Calderone, ’ 14 Upon graduating from the Business and Commerce honours program, Michael worked in risk investments at TD Bank in downtown Toronto. Michael was a caring son, brother and friend. Janice Pogue ’12, died in January at age 53. One of the most frequently referenced researchers at McMaster, she was a world-renowned biostatistician. As associate professor and director of statistics at the Population Health Research Institute, Janice introduced industry-changing advancements in the conduct and interpretation of clinical trials. She is lovingly remembered by her husband David White, daughter Catherine and by her parents, siblings and many friends.

Alumni Directions From the addressograph to @McMasterAlumni KAREN MCQUIGGE ‘90, Director, Alumni Advancement e-mail, e-mail newsletters and social media. So what does this mean? Let’s start with what it does not mean. It does not mean Mac is about to follow the example of many universities and eliminate the much-loved print issues of the alumni magazine; they are simply too important to too many people, including me. I love flipping through the McMaster Times. I love being able to fold it, leave it on a desk or stuff it in a backpack. We do, however, want you to share your thoughts and preferences on the Times and on alumni communication in general. Instead of doing a broad-based survey to get that feedback, we’re going to invite a number of alumni to participate in a great big virtual focus group. We will randomly select a number of grads for whom we have an active e-mail address and invite them to be part of our review by providing thoughts, suggestions and insight on everything from the content to the distribution of the magazine. If you have something to contribute, you can hope that random chance will include you in our process or you can contact the Alumni Office to confirm your e-mail address and volunteer for the McMaster Times virtual focus group. It’s a chance to help launch the next phase in the evolution of the magazine and to continue the process that started building momentum back in the heady days of the addressograph.

McMaster’s hidden alumni treasures SANDRA STEPHENSON ‘78, President, Alumni Association We all know the joke about commitment and involvement, the pig and the chicken, and the ham-and-egg breakfast. Unlike the chicken and pig, I have always believed that the rewards of involvement and commitment far outweigh the costs. This has definitely been true during my time as a McMaster Alumni Association volunteer. My commitment to the MAA has been tremendously rewarding, often because of my fellow alumni volunteers. Most of them don’t make headlines, but all of them make important contributions to our University and the Mac alumni family. Four of my favourite volunteers are married couples: the Hawkriggs and the Vances. Many of you know Mel and Marilyn Hawkrigg. Mel ‘51 served as McMaster’s chancellor for nine years. Marilyn – now an honorary member of the Alumni Association – rightfully earned the informal title of “co-chancellor.” Their energy and consistency continues to be inspiring. Peter and Margaret Vance ‘55 have been equally stalwart in their McMaster volunteering. Among their many roles, Margaret was the first chair of our award-winning Alumni Gallery Committee and Peter has played bagpipes at a long list of important McMaster events.

People like Mel, Marilyn, Peter, Margaret and hundreds more alumni volunteers are McMaster’s hidden treasures. Another is Don Bridgman ’78. Don is in line to succeed me as MAA president and never has the Association had such a qualified president-in-waiting. Don’s uninterrupted service to the MAA board is now in its fourth decade. He has spent most of that time chairing our Finance Committee and he is the volunteer most responsible for the Association’s strong affinity program. It will be an honour to see him lead the MAA. Don will be working with a wonderfully talented and, yes, committed group of board volunteers. Like me, he will also rely on the dedicated and committed staff of the MAA. Karen McQuigge ‘90, Director, Alumni Advancement, and Anne- Marie Middel ‘90, Associate Director, Alumni Advancement, and their colleagues have supported me immeasurably throughout my term. They all have my thanks for the work, wisdom and wit they have contributed during my presidency. If you have not yet found your own way to becoming “involved and committed” as a McMaster volunteer, I encourage you to give it a try. Being a more active part of one of the world’s great universities is definitely worthwhile and you will never tire of meeting McMaster’s hidden treasures.




Seventy years ago, the Alumni News began as a four-page, two-colour newsletter. A few years later, it got a big boost from technology when the Alumni Office purchased an addressograph machine. Yes, an addressograph. Today, the newsletter has evolved into the McMaster Times, a 36-page, full-colour magazine that we can tweet out digitally via @McMasterAlumni. Now, on the 70th anniversary of McMaster’s alumni newsletter/ magazine, we find ourselves at something of a crossroads created by the intersection of technology and demographics. In alumni surveys during the internet era, there has always been a preference for receiving print publications over their digital counterparts, but the margin of victory has been shrinking. Overall, the print version of the McMaster Times is still at the top of the podium, but when we look at the demographic segments within our total alumni cohort, the story is quite different. Two-thirds of alumni who graduated before 1985 prefer the print magazine over other forms of communication from McMaster. Among graduates of the last five years, however, only 24% prefer the traditional magazine. Instead, they want to get their Mac news through direct




‘Then & Now’ profiles two students from different eras and highlights how their experiences differed. For this issue, meet Russ Jackson ’58 & ’89 (honorary), a Marauders football legend and CFL Hall of Fame inductee. He’s joined by current McMaster quarterback Asher Hastings, who holds the national record for most TD passes in one season with 31.

By Andrew Baulcomb ’08







he 1960 Grey Cup final was the stuff of legend. Vancouver’s Empire training camp,” Hastings explains. “With essentially 12 hours of football Stadium was damp and cold. The turf was slippery and unforgiving. a day, we eat a lot of calories and drink a lot of fluids. I probably eat less The upstart Ottawa Rough Riders had marched into scoring position during winter workouts, when we are lifting heavy and really trying to late in the second quarter, trailing the favoured Edmonton Eskimos 3-6. build muscle mass.” The Riders desperately needed a spark. Unlike today’s student-athletes — who benefit from world-class With time winding down in the half, McMaster alumnus rehabilitation and recreation facilities and dietary support at McMaster Russ Jackson ’58 & ’89 (honorary) fielded a low snap under centre. — Jackson came of age during a time when athletic therapy and He wheeled back in the pocket and executed a quick play-action nutrition were still developing concepts. It was very much a “get on the fake — fooling everyone in a green jersey and the capacity crowd of field and play” mentality, he explains. 38,000. Jackson rolled right, looked downfield and fired a 32-yard “There were certainly no protein shakes or special diets during those strike to Ottawa receiver Bill Sowalski as he trotted into the endzone. days,” Jackson offers, chuckling. “The football players dined with rest Touchdown. of the student body in The Refectory. We ate whatever they served Jackson won his first Grey Cup later that afternoon. He led the Rough us, seven days a week.” John Hansuld ’54, a former headwaiter at The Riders to two more championships in 1968 and 1969, and was named Refectory and recent Then & Now participant, says football players often to the Order of Canada in 1970. snuck an extra serving of meat or He entered the CFL’s Hall of Fame “There were certainly no protein shakes or special mashed potatoes from more petite two years later. To this day, he’s But that’s about it. diets during those days,” Jackson offers, chuckling. classmates. irrefutably regarded as one of the In between completing an “The football players dined with rest of the student honours degree in psychology and best Canadian football players of all time — and it all started at sociology — with an additional body in The Refectory.” McMaster. certificate in business — Hastings “The Marauders were known as a throwing team, but we also ran is on a mission to return to the Vanier Cup final. During the 2015 the ball a lot,” says Jackson, who amassed more than 5,000 yards on season, he broke the CIS single-season record for touchdown passes with the ground during his 12-year CFL career. “Al Smith, our coach at 31, and McMaster looked poised for a fourth trip to the big show. But McMaster, liked to run a lot of option plays and rollouts. That’s where I when the team squared-off against Laurier in the OUA quarterfinals, developed that style of play and learned to run with the ball.” they fell 29-15 to the Golden Hawks. It was a reality check, but adversity A multi-sport athlete who grew up on the west side of Hamilton, has a mysterious way of breeding success. Jackson won all-conference titles in basketball and football while “The loss to Laurier was a tough one to swallow,” says the 22-year-old, studying mathematics at McMaster. He earned a teaching certificate pausing to collect his thoughts. “But a lot of great players will be back from the Ontario College of Education during his early days in the CFL, next season. Winning a Vanier Cup with those guys is my ultimate goal. and enjoyed a long and fruitful career as a teacher, vice-principal and I know we can get back there. That’s all we want.” principal following his retirement from football. But the gridiron was always where his heart belonged. Before the dawn of the present-day OUA and CIS, the Marauders competed in an athletic division known as the Ontario-Québec Athletic Association (OQAA). During the mid-late-1950s, the intercollegiate league was home to nine schools and hundreds of student-athletes. But only one rivalry mattered to Jackson and his teammates. “Without a doubt, the University of Guelph was our greatest foe in those days,” he explains. “They were located just down the road from McMaster, and the competition was always fierce. There was a great deal of pride involved when the two schools met on the field. We didn’t like each other very much.” Asher Hastings is no stranger to fierce competition. McMaster’s towering first-string quarterback grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan — the beating heart of Canadian football, where the Prairies are as wide as the touchdown passes are long. He arrived in Hamilton in 2014 with a fire in his gut, and joined a Marauders football team that was already a national powerhouse. That year, he suited up alongside fifth-year quarterback Marshall Ferguson ’15 during the team’s third run to the Vanier Cup final in four years. They fell by one point to the Université de Montréal Carabins following a blocked McMaster field goal in the game’s dying moments. He’s eager to get back to the show, no matter how difficult the journey. According to Hastings, a championship run begins with proper diet and nutrition — and a lot has changed since Jackson’s era. When training campus opens in August, student-athletes on the football team consume up to 5,000 calories per day. Their unique high-protein, highcarbohydrate diet remains in place until the end of the football season in November. During the off-season, a much lighter but equally important meal plan is implemented. “We eat some pretty awesome meals at Centro @ Commons during







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Revisit & Reminisce... Alumni Reunion Day SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016 Calling all Classmates! Anniversaries of the Classes of 1941,

1946, 1951, 1956, 1961 and 1966 will be celebrated this day, along with BPE ’81, Nursing ’66 and Engineering ’66, ’71, ’76, ’81, ‘86 and ‘91! Alumni Reunion Day is a chance to reconnect with classmates and visit McMaster’s campus. The day features the President’s Reunion Luncheon, class gatherings, campus tours and an afternoon talk by the Honourable Russ Otter ’66, provincial court judge and member of McMaster’s Alumni Gallery.



Invitations with full Alumni Reunion Day details will arrive by mail and email in April, or contact the Alumni Office for details.

Alumni Association Awards Ceremony WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016 6:00 p.m. – Ceremony 7:00 p.m. – Dinner Registration opens March 30, 2016


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For event details visit: alumni.mcmaster.ca, contact: alumni@mcmaster.ca, 1.888.217.6003 or 905.525.9140 ext. 23900