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THE HANDS THAT
Wherever the community, whatever the method, King’s alumni are giving back. * * * * IN CLUD ES
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TIDINGS Summer 2009 Edito r
Nadine LaRoche (BJH ’06) Editoria l Co m m i t t ee
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Illustration by Kate Sinclair-Sowerby
Table of contents Letters from the Alumni Association President & Editor
Classic King’s Photos
Alumni Profile Josh Herbin
Food & Drink A bit of Argentina ambrosia
FYP Text Column “From one eccentric to another...”
Alumni on the Move Postcard from Chile
From the Athletic Director’s Desk Highlights from the 2008/2009 season
The Stone Frigate A look at the Wardroom’s past as we celebrate its future
Cover Story The Hands that Give
King’s College Sings Farewell to Dr. Angus Johnston
Beyond the Chapel The College’s alumni of the cloth are a clergy without borders
Spreading the King’s Word Alumni follow their time at the College with efforts to recruit others to the Quad
My Bookmarks Kingsmen dish out their top links
Zuppa Stars Former thespians of the Quad make it to the big top with Zuppa Theatre Company
Report Card First-year students rank King’s best education experience in Canada
Art & Culture Books I’m reading, Music I’m listening to, Book review
University of King’s College Alumni Association 2008-2009
Alumni Annual Dinner
2008/2009 Stewardship Report
Lives Lived J. Harrison Cleveland
L E T T E R F R O M T H E alumni P R E S I D E N T Greetings from the President’s Desk, I’ve always wanted to use a salutation like that (and, by the way, you too can experience this—just get involved in your Alumni Association!). When I was told the theme for this issue of Tidings is “Giving Back,” my first thought was that the University Librarian had finally caught up with me and wanted back the copy of Olsen’s Standard Book of British Birds (expurgated version) that I had borrowed for my advanced studies in Mid-Atlantic Ornithology. Much to my chagrin (and the several thousand dollars in overdue fines I must have by now accumulated), I am still much in need of retaining it. Library, be patient. I’m guessing there are others who still retain stuff from their days at King’s that could, or should, be on the shelves for others to enjoy. I’m speaking of yearbooks, copies of student newspapers, certificates, sport letters and jackets, books and maybe even furniture that, on reflection, may not be as critical to one’s existence today as is my (long-overdue) ornithology book, and that maybe could be sent back to Those Hallowed Halls. I enter this thought into the giving back equation, because a quite spectacular heritage renaissance is underway at King’s, thanks to library and archives staff members. They are accumulating, sorting, cataloguing and displaying the artifacts of over 200 years of College history. And they need all the artifacts they can gather (but please
ask before sending back the snow blower that Facilities threw out in 1997). I think this is an important work. I think you, and the students and alumni to come, will want to be able to see—and appreciate— what has been tried and what has been done by the students, faculty and administration of the University of King’s College. It is up to all of us to help preserve this remarkable record. A final word on giving back: whether you spent a day or a decade at King’s, you are an alumnus/a. You and your classmates, friends and colleagues in the College community are key to the strength and continuance of the university that means so much to us. Will you consider involvement in your Alumni Association, or, if you are much too busy for that commitment, would you take a moment and help out with the Annual Fund? We all want King’s there tomorrow, doing for others what it did for us. If you can help out, you will be joining a dedicated cadre of volunteer King’s alumni who do everything from hosting Frivols gatherings, to volunteering at fundraisers and Advancement activities, to helping paint the Wardroom. Some of these activities involve working side-by-side with undergraduates—and a finer, more stimulating group you could never hope to meet. Convinced? Please send us a note. Best wishes,
David G. Jones (BA ’68, HF ’98) Alumni Association President
L E T T E R F R O M T H E e d itor Compiling the AlumNotes section of Tidings is, quite honestly, a bittersweet process. For all those news bites that come in from the Kingsmen and women of decades passed, I read with excitement of new jobs, tiny tots and honours bestowed. But then there are the alumni whose graduating years aren’t too far from my own. They stir up a few other reactions. I read of a classmate from my fourth-year magazine workshop who has just walked down the aisle. I read of an alumna with the same numbers after her degree who has given birth to her second child. I read of a name I recognize from the year after mine who has nabbed an exciting position across seas and borders. And for about as long as it takes my hand to move the mouse up to the “Reply” button and then return to the keyboard to peck out a response, I panic. My heart, womb and want for travel simultaneously ache
with surprising force as I mentally catalogue my own accomplishments to a tick-tock concerto and humour, again, my mind’s latest realization: I’m a grown-up. As I spent my latest birthday out of the country, the first without my family, I realized that the future tense in all those “What are you going to be?”s is getting a little shakier. That job decisions are career decisions. That friendships are both fragile and forever. That life goals are current ambitions. And that risk is sometimes much more powerful than comfort. I guess it was a big trip. Among my realizations was also an assessment of impact. Not only do our accomplishments add concrete, steel and insulation to our individual architecture, but they also strengthen the edifices of our surroundings. What we achieve, we achieve for all those who our lives touch, and the significance—and breadth—of this impact is up to us. In this issue of Tidings, we celebrate those alumni who have seized this responsibility, have widened their imprint and, in very different ways, are indeed enriching, inspiring and changing lives. At May’s Encaenia ceremony, King’s honoured Captain Trevor Greene with the degree of Doctor of Civil Law and the room responded with an impassioned standing ovation. (continued on next page…) T i d ings | summer 2 0 0 9
This applause continues on page 14 of this publication with a story of Greene’s courage and generosity in the face of tragedy and struggle. It also tells of many other alumni whose benevolent spirits are reaching out to others, providing homes, news, libraries, significance and motivation. This issue will share with you many other stories of giving hands, from alumni assisting with recruitment efforts at the College (page 20) to clergy members offering support in far-off places (page 18), as well as unconventional stories of community outreach, including an eco-conscious hops-grower (page 5) and a homegrown theatre company gaining impressive attention (page 22).
Let not these heartening stories do as those AlumNotes have sometimes, unwillingly, done to me. Let not them ask you, “What have I done?” but instead, “What can I do?” Best,
Nadine LaRoche (BJH ’06) email@example.com
You ’ ve I d entifie d Yourselves … King’s rugby of the past Standing, left to right: Manager Stan McCabe (’47), Mike Whalley (’49), Robert “Slim” Muggah (’47), Ralph Conter (BA ’49, DDS), Tom Frazer (’50), Rowland Frazee (BComm ’48, DCL ’75), Peter Hanington (BA ’48), Angus “Buck” MacKillop (’48), David Kerr Wilson (’48), Gordon Campbell (’49) Kneeling, left to right: William Morrow (’48), Fergus Fergusson (BSc ’50), Willis Archibald (BA ’48), Coach Russell Lownds (’47), Malcolm Flewwelling (’48), Angus “Doc” Morrison (’50), Donald Trivett (BA ’50, LTh ’52) Thanks to Alberta Boswall (BSc ’48), Howard MacKinley (BA ’51, HF ’87), Gerald Nelson (’46), Hope (Bridgeford) Simmons (BA ’48), Mary (Archibald) Thompson (BA ’60), Gloria (Teed) Trivett (BA ’51), Bob Tuck (BA ’48, DD ’93) and Jack Wilcox (DipJ ’49) for their assistance.
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king ’ s ne w s landed on the first two get-togethers. Here’s to hoping Halifax’s capricious weather will allow this relationship-building initiative to unroll without a hitch in the new academic year.
King’s w elcom es new Advan cement Direc to r
Award winners Kyle Murphy (BSc ’09), Andrew Battison (BScH ’09), Lia Milito and Hye-Yeon Jang at the Athletics Awards Banquet in Alumni Hall
K i n g ’s St u dent-Ath l etes R ec o g ni z ed at AN n ual Award B an quet At the 9th Annual King’s Athletic Awards Banquet, held on April 1, 2009, Kyle Murphy (BSc ’09) and Lia Milito were named Male and Female Athletes of the Year, and received Academic All-Canadian Awards for their academic achievements. Milito was named the MVP for Women’s Basketball and also named to the ACAA AllConference team for the fourth year in a row. A double All-Canadian winner, Murphy received both Academic All-Canadian and All-Canadian for Men’s Volleyball. Men’s Volleyball MVP Andrew Battison (BScH ’09) was the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award for highest GPA among student-athletes. In addition to Murphy, Battison and Milito, King’s Women’s Soccer standout Hye-Yeon Jang from Halifax was also chosen as Academic All-Canadian. Rookie of the Year honours for women went to Sarah Kraus, who was given the title for both Badminton and Women’s Soccer. Men’s Rugby players Will Robinson and Kenneth Reardon shared the male Rookie honours. The Rod Shoveller Award for Coach of Year went to CJ Young (BSc ’06) of Men’s Soccer, who guided his team to its second ACAA Championship in a row. For more King’s athletics highlights, see page 12 for Athletics Director Neil Hooper’s
roundup of the 2008/2009 season, including the Men’s Soccer team’s big win over the number one seed, Québec’s FX Garneau, a feat that hasn’t been duplicated by any team in the College’s history.
FYP & DSS Launch T utorial Lunches At the end of Foundation Year, students in the same tutorial have spent four hours of nearly every week together—but how well do they know each other? FYP, in co-sponsorship with the Day Students’ Society, has found a way to add a social dimension to a relationship that is often restricted to a serious atmosphere: Tutorial Lunches. The concept: once a FYP section, tutorial members gather around a table in Prince Hall and just, well, eat and chat. Day students without a meal plan are covered by the cosponsors and Céline Beland, Sodexho’s food manager at King’s, prepares the dinning hall with tutorial-specific table designations. FYP Drector Dr. Peggy Heller says she hopes the lunches, which were introduced in January 2009, will allow members of tutorials to get to know each other on a different level. Students have reacted well, says Heller, and the lunches have so far been a success— that is if you ignore the snow storms that
On December 8, 2008, the University of King’s College welcomed Adriane Abbott as its new Advancement Director. Abbott joins King’s from Halifax’s NSCAD University, a leading North American visual arts university, where she most recently served as Director, University Relations. Abbott, who has both an administrative and entrepreneurial background, has served the Board of the Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Arts Foundation, HRM’s Cultural Advisory and Urban Design Task Force Committees, NSCAD’s Board of Governors, and the Spring Garden Area Business Association Board of Directors. With over a decade of experience in a small and intensively collegial academic environment, Abbott makes for an ideal fit here at the College. She is specifically looking forward to working with all members of the King’s community, from the Board of Governors, to faculty, friends and the active Alumni Association, to ensure that the College continues to enhance its reputation for programming excellence and unparalleled student experience. “My father dedicated his professional life to preparing high school students for undergraduate studies and King’s was his ideal,” says Abbott. “While totally new to me, this post feels oddly like a homecoming.” Get in touch with Adriane via email at email@example.com, or by phone at (902) 422-1271 ext 129.
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king ’ s ne w s Lect ure Ser ies Adds Extra Seas o ni ng to FYP
R ecap : The A rmbrae D i a lo g u e at Ki ng’s On February 25 and 26, 2009, King’s College and Armbrae Academy co-hosted the third annual Armbrae Dialogue at King’s—a symposium for upper-year high school students in the Halifax region. Focusing this year on pinning down the ABCs of effective leadership, the two-day event engaged students and provided them with the opportunity to participate with peers and guests in thoughtful, animated and purposeful discussion. Dr. Elizabeth May, National Leader of the Green Party of Canada, delivered the Dialogue’s keynote address, “Heading for a Greener Future,” reflecting on the symposium’s leadership theme by drawing upon her current and past roles as environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer and politician. She spoke about how leadership is ultimately about service, and that in a democracy, a leader must listen and have empathy. As student participants explored the nature of leadership, they also heard from such guests as Jacob Deng (Wadeng Wings of Hope), Benji Nycum (’93) (co-founder, Young Gay America, and award-winning documentary filmmaker), Zuppa Theatre Company, local politician Sheila Fougere, Rob Brownstone (accomplished researcher and neurosurgeon) and Colin MacDonald (CEO, Clearwater Seafood Limited). For more information on the Armbrae Dialogue at King’s, please visit www.armbrae.ns.ca. Thanks to John Stone (BAH ’65) for his hard work on another captivating and successful Dialogue.
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Enriching the Foundation Year Programme curriculum, King’s launched the Extra FYP at the beginning of the 2008/2009 academic year, a series of lectures focused on topics that supplement FYP and aren’t covered by the programme’s canon. “The FYP curriculum is carefully composed, and there just isn’t room for the extras,” says FYP director Dr. Peggy Heller. “The Extra FYP lecture series included things we think are wonderful, but don’t quite belong in Foundation Year.” The series, co-sponsored by the Advancement Office, was open to the King’s community and the public, and began on September 2008 with a lecture on Herodotus, and was followed by talks on Chaucer and the sonnet. In the New Year, the series rolled out with lectures on Bach, the origins of jazz, and fisheries science. When preparing the series, Heller says she thought of each section, and what particular lecturers and topics would complement the existing curriculum. Making adjustments to the programme itself wasn’t even on the drawing board. “Every time you add something in, you have to take something out,” she says of the FYP curriculum. “You couldn’t put in Chaucer without taking out Dante. The intention of this wasn’t to replace FYP curriculum, but to be an elaboration, a frill, an enhancement.” Beyond providing an evening event for current students that added a little extra to their education, The Extra FYP offered public lectures that could be attractive to alumni and the general public, says Heller, presenting what FYP does to an audience beyond its walls. “The series provided an opportunity for FYP to go outside of itself somewhat,” she says. “It was a way to connect more with alumni, and with students in a different way, and to bring people in, both in the audience and the speakers that we wouldn’t hear otherwise.” Heller also scheduled the lecture series to coincide, as much as possible, with Formal Meal on campus, making available a monthly “total King’s experience” to attendees who wished to follow the traditional meal in Prince Hall with an engaging lecture.
Next year, Heller hopes to hold one FYP Extra lecture per term, and is eager to hear from alumni in orchestrating the next round. Please send along any lecture topic suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
alumni in the f i l m industry update In the Winter 2008/09 issue of Tidings, following the “Media with a Message” cover story, we asked for King’s alumni who are in the film industry and had slipped under our radar to write in and share their stories. Alumnus Stephen MacLean (BScH ’87) reported back. MacLean, who is a medical doctor in his day job, has been involved in the Nova Scotia film industry for the past five years, producing and writing a variety of shorts. In 2006, he directed a short on 16mm film, A Thin Dry Roar, which screened at several film festivals and is due to be broadcast on Movieola. The film is distributed by Toronto’s Ouat Media. The next year, he co-produced an ambitious feature length sci-fi thriller entitled Waiting for the Apocalypse, which is currently in post-production. And in 2008, he joined and became co-president of Dream Front Entertainment, a local production company. Recently, he produced and wrote an emotional documentary on Titanic’s Unknown Child, the youngest body recovered after the sinking of the Titanic. Nearly a century later, thanks to DNA technology, the 19month-old child was identified as a British boy named Sidney Goodwin. The documentary premiered on CBC’s Land and Sea on February 15, 2009, and can be viewed online through the CBC website. A second version is slated to be completed later this spring, in preparation for the film festival circuit. Among other projects, MacLean is currently co-producing a psychological thriller, Unwritten, with writer/director Ben Stevens, and is producing and adapting one of his wife’s romance novels for the silver screen/ television. Set in Nova Scotia’s Colonial period, Julianne MacLean’s (BA ’87) novel Adam’s Promise was nominated for a coveted Rita Award in 2003. Both projects are in development.
The Pursuit of Hoppiness By Lindsay Bird (BJ ’09)
Josh Herbin (FYP ’05) at his hops farm in Melanson, NS
osh Herbin (FYP ’05) is hard at work in a Sunday drizzle, attempting to coax the carburetor of his ancient red tractor back to life. It’s a typical day off at Lazy Acres Hopyard. “It’s a misleading name,” says Herbin. “I assure you, I’m not lazy.” That part is pretty clear. The 24-year-old Nova Scotian owns and operates the small hops farm in Melanson, a few minutes outside Wolfville, NS. What sprung from a love of drinking and brewing beer now consumes his spare time—the little he has left after his job at an organic dairy farm takes a 50-hour bite out of his week. After an experiment in 2006 proved that hops, an essential ingredient in beer brewing, flourished in his yard, Herbin realized the commercial market was non-existent in Nova Scotia. He polled microbreweries like Halifax’s Garrison and Propeller to see if there was any interest in buying local crops. Interest was an understatement. Herbin sold his entire first commercial crop last year to Pump House Brewery in Moncton, NB, which used the hops in its limited edition Hop Mess Harvest Ale. Unfortunately, Herbin was too busy with his farm to get to New Brunswick for a bottle. He also sold cuttings of his hops—called rhizomes—through his website. Last year, he sold 120, and this year, preorders capped out
at 1,000 cuttings. Herbin says publicity and word-of-mouth marketing about Lazy Acres is encouraging other likeminded people to try their hand at growing the vines. This year, he hopes to sell his stock for a similar seasonal beer, but Herbin won’t settle for a repeat of last harvest’s success. He also wants to sell dried hops in smaller quantities, making local homebrew a possibility for Nova Scotians. With a final inspection left to pass this summer, Herbin’s hops will soon be certified organic. The designation is a valuable marketing tool, but more importantly, the organic movement is about taking care of the health of the land and the plants, he says. The young grower reads about agriculture constantly; his desk overlooking the backyard is littered with titles about organic vegetables and livestock care. But reading is no match for hands-on experience. Herbin traveled last winter to established hop farms in British Columbia and the western United States, gathering ideas to bring back to the East Coast. The trip was thanks to Nova Scotia’s first-ever Agri-Food Innovation Award, which he won last March for his hops growing initiative. He credits King’s for arming him with the writing and analytical skills needed to write the winning application. “From a business perspective, it’s been good for communication,” he says of his education at the College. “King’s was definitely great for all of that.” While Herbin loves hops—he even bears a tattooed version of the vines, trailing along his left forearm—the endless possibilities of agriculture are what really energize him. “There are so many things you can do with a farm that aren’t just related to growing and selling,” he says. He points to Acadia Community Farms as an example, a student farm that grows vegetables for Acadia University’s cafeteria, as well as for the community. He’s excited for new, collaborative models such as this to tear
down the idea of farms as distant entities. “More and more people are interested in local agriculture, getting to know farmers,” he says, stressing the importance of people becoming involved in the food they eat. “Now is the time.” Herbin contributes to the community farm whenever he can, lending equipment and sharing expertise. Last year, he helped build a composter. This spring, two of the farm’s cofounders are joining Herbin at Lazy Acres to help establish a vegetable patch. Herbin has already started, with heritage tomatoes, broccoli, parsley and more poking through the soil in his newly built greenhouse. A neighbour is kindly donating a patch of land for the vegetables, and Herbin promises he’ll feed her well in return. Herbin never stops at just one goal. Beyond selling his cuttings and dried hops, he hopes to sell his crops through a websitedriven delivery service that will allow hungry users to click through available vegetables and make orders throughout the season, furthering the local food movement beyond farmers’ markets. “A man without land is nothing,” quotes
“More and more people are interested in local agriculture, getting to know farmers. Now is the time.” Herbin from Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. He says those words have stuck with him throughout his journey, from hops to a grassroots food revolution. After taking an hour’s break, Herbin is itching to get back to his land, his mind filled with digging cuttings, sprouting vegetables and the broken tractor. Spring is hardly the time for a farmer to sit around. ∂ T i d ings | summer 2 0 0 9
FOOD & DRINK
A bit of Argentina ambrosia
photo: Max Schoffel
From the unspoiled land (and beef) of Patagonia, to the mountain-clinging vineyards of the northwest, our food experts take you on a tasty tour of Argentina
B r i d g i n g Cultures wi th an Asado Lindsay Cameron Wilson (BA ’95, BJ ’99)
It’s not easy to recreate an asado (the great Argentine barbecue) in the Rocky Mountains of Canmore, AB. First there’s the issue of the backyard fire pit: they aren’t allowed in Canmore. Gas or charcoal grills don’t cut it—they don’t smoke meat, they grill it. And what about the meat? The cuts aren’t the same at the local grocery store, the beef isn’t grass fed, and organs are hard to find. Then there’s the issue of meal time. An asado is meant to be enjoyed slowly, piece by piece, as the meat comes off the grill. Baguette is torn and dipped into chimichurri. Malbec is sipped. Conversation flows. It can take hours—many, tasty, rich in flavour hours—that sometimes stretch late into the night. A 6:00 p.m. pre-dinner snack is essential, perhaps even a nap. How un-Canadian. Such are the problems for King’s journalism graduate Christie Pashby (BJ ’99) and her Argentine husband Max Schoffel. They divide their time between Bariloche, Argentina, where they operate the Patagonia Travel Company, and Canmore. Schoffel is also a ski guide in Patagonia and Alberta; Christie is a journalist and travel writer. This life means skiing, hiking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, writing, eating, exploring and inhaling perhaps the world’s most 6
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beautiful vistas every month of the year. The Rockies and Patagonia are both rich in beauty and in beef, but Patagonia embodies a peaceful emptiness that, according to Pashby, is unlike anywhere else on earth. When PTC clients first arrive in Patagonia, says Pashby, they are often preoccupied by the schedule of the tour. But after a few days, the land begins to take hold. “Patagonia is the last unspoiled place in the world,” says Pashby. “The vast amount of space opens up the mind and allows you to see things we’re usually too rushed to see.
It gives you room to breathe.” It also gives you room to siesta, to linger over food, and to respect the food you eat and the land it comes from. Canadians, despite all we have, could learn from this land. Visit Pashby’s Patagonia Travel Company at www.patagoniatravelco.com, and read her blog at www.patagonialiving.com/blog. Lindsay Cameron Wilson is a cookbook author, food stylist, and writer: www.lindsaycameronwilson.ca
chimichurri Chimichurri is a traditional Argentine condiment—a must at an asado. Makes 300 ml of sauce • • • • • •
250 ml extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped 2 tbsp fresh oregano leaves, chopped 2 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, chopped
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1 tbsp sweet Spanish paprika 3 gloves garlic, finely chopped 3 tbsp red wine vinegar 1/2 tsp sea salt freshly ground black pepper
Heat olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan until hot. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients, stir and leave at room temperature for flavours to cool and infuse for 1 hour. This recipe comes from Grill! by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson (Good Books, 2006).
FOOD & DRINK D i n i n g o n the V ine Mark DeWolf (BSc ’93)
Argentineans’ insatiable hunger for beef is equaled only by their thirst for red wine. And like their taste in meat, variety in their wine selections has traditionally been the difference between shades of purple and darker shades of purple. A single grape, Malbec (a Bordeaux castaway), dominates vineyard plantings, particularly in Mendoza, where vines reach to the sky—Mendoza is home to some of the highest vineyards in the world. As the Argentinean wine industry increasingly focuses on the needs of its important export partners—namely Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom—a new era of diversity is changing Argentina’s viticultural landscape. Mendoza producers are increasingly moving away from the heat
of its eastern side in search of terroir-driven sites in the provinces western edge. Soon, quality-minded consumers will be searching Argentinean wine labels for the Uco Valley, Tupungato, Lujan de Cuyo and single vineyard designated wines such as Catena’s stunningly elegant and complex wines from their Adrianna and Nicasia vineyards, or Trapiche’s Bordeaux-framed single vineyard Malbec efforts. Diversity isn’t limited to terroir. Cabernet, Syrah, Tannat and Bonarda are all now occupying significant vineyard land in Mendoza, while the floral-scented white grape, Torrontes, which clings to mountain vineyards in the northern region of Salta, has a firm grasp on the palates of those thirsty for crisp and aromatic dry white wines. Speaking of diversity, Patagonia’s clean air and relatively cool climate are not only
turning on outdoorsy tourists in search of spectacular scenery. Winemakers looking for Argentina’s next great wine region are moving to Patagonia, where they are producing a diverse mix of wine styles, including Pinot Noir, adding a welcome shade of ruby to Argentinean wine selection at a store near you. When in Nova Scotia, look for an impressive Argentinean wine selection at the Port of Wines on Doyle Street. Leading producers, including Catena, O Fournier and Colomé, are available at prices that are, in some cases, less expensive than on store shelves in Argentina. Sommelier Mark DeWolf leads wine tours to Mendoza wine country as well as epicurean adventures to Tuscany, Spain, Provence and more: www.winebytheglass.ca.
king ’ s lore by Mark DeWolf (BAH ’68)
t’s in the records: the official opening of Dalhousie University’s Killam Memorial Library took place on March 11, 1971. But not everyone knows that the building had already been opened, at least partially, months before that—by King’s students. In the Fall of 1970, a few members of the King’s community who weren’t happy about what they saw as a drought in student body activities formed the October Fourth Committee. They began alerting King’s students to a great event that would take place on that particular day. What was the event? No one, apart from the committee members, had any idea, but interest began to grow. Signs appeared all over campus: “Remember the Fourth.” At formal meal, students began greeting each other with a four-finger salute. But still there was the question: what exactly would happen on October 4? The big day came—it was a Sunday—and students leaving the noon formal meal found a motorcade waiting outside the front door, ready to lead them to the Dalhousie campus, where the multi-million dollar Killam Library was nearing completion after some frustrating delays. If Dalhousie couldn’t
manage to get the new library open, maybe King’s could do a better job, reasoned the October Fourth Committee. Arriving at the Killam, the students found chairs and a podium set up, ready to receive the dignitaries who would grace the ceremony with their presence: the King’s Student Council President (David Harding, ’71), the stand-in for Premier G.I. Smith (Scott Smith, ’70), the Bermudian representative (Jamie Jardine, ’70) and, of course, the lovely and talented Miss Book (Monica George, BA ’71). Speeches were delivered. A ribbon was cut in twain. Applause and cheers echoed over the Studley Campus. Passing Dal students were understandably puzzled. This momentous event, which unfortunately gets no mention in Dalhousie’s official history of the Killam Memorial Library, ser ved to galvanize activity at King’s during that academic year. Movie screenings, the Dodo Ball in the spring, the publication of the Dodo Gazette and Twit Races in the Quad (thank you, Monty Python) punctuated the months that followed. And who knows? Perhaps the sight of King’s students opening the Killam spurred the construction of what is now the largest academic library in the Maritimes.
Miss Book, as pictured in The Record from 1971
One thing is certain: anyone who was present on that day will forever “remember the fourth.” If you have a bit of King’s Lore stashed in your memory banks, please share! Send your College tales—which must be both short and true—to email@example.com. T i d ings | summer 2 0 0 9
F Y P T e x ts C olumn
“From one eccentric to another...” By Dr. Thomas Curran, Assistant Professor, Foundation Year Programme
ante begins his Divine Comedy, a record of his pilgrimage in the year 1300, with an assertion that the memory, and the poetic recording, of his descent into Hell (in the Inferno) is so grievous that even the very act of calling those events to mind is the same as dying (“death is hardly more bitter” in the translation by Robert Pinsky). Perhaps this gives the necessary context to some of the most famous lines in the whole of Dante’s epic. In Canto 5 of the Inferno, the ill-fated Francesca, notoriously murdered in a crime passionnel, informs Dante that there is no sorrow greater “than in misery to rehearse memories of joy.” The work of memory here (for Dante and Francesca) begins from opposite directions, but the end result remains the same: a full immersion in the tragedy of human life. In both cases, the tragic “work” of recalling these awful and awesome events is undertaken not for their own benefit particularly, but in order to instruct those “persons coming after” (Purgatorio xxii, tr. Robert Durling). Michel de Montaigne first published his Essays in 1580. In these, he offers his reader one of the most detailed and richest selfportraits ever put on display anywhere. The most valuable by-product of these Essays, however, is the wholesome instruction that they contain with respect to the end of human life. Montaigne exhorts his readers (and those that come after) that under no circumstances should they fear death, since life is precisely such a thing as to have an end. Without an end, we could not call this our existence “life”—it would, by definition, have to be something else entirely. Why should we fear the end of life, when the end belongs to life and defines it? Montaigne is suggesting that it makes no sense to fear or regret the very thing that belongs to the structure of who we are and everything we can be. This same insight has been resolutely exploited by the sardonic side of our tradition, first in Friedrich Nietzsche: “The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species”—and then by Ambrose Bierce in his Devil’s Dictionary of 1911. Here is the definition that can be found under the entry designated as Life: “a spiritual pickle
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preserving the body from decay.” Both of these masters of caustic wit are in effect saying the same thing: since death is the prevalent, normal, even “natural” state of affairs, we should not spend all our time trying to avoid the “default” position of our biological technology, but rather embrace the glorious irregularity and eccentricity that every human life represents, and that every person shares. The genius of Montaigne, however, goes well beyond this theoretical grasp of how our end is woven into the fabric of our lives; Montaigne surpasses all others, by showing us how this, the greatest insight, can actually be incorporated into the business of daily living. It would be difficult ever to improve on Montaigne’s affidavit: we fear death because of its alien character; it seems to be our enemy, it comes from outside, “from away,” from some “undiscovered country” that we have no desire to visit. What we need to do, Montaigne suggests, is to remove from death the hold it has upon us, this authority it exercises over us. If we heed Montaigne, then we may train ourselves to strip death of its alien, threatening character. In the very act of committing these thoughts to paper, I shall use this opportunity to think of death; I knock over a cup of coffee, and I think of death; a car backfires outside my window, and I think of death; the deadline for submission approaches, and I think of death; a telephone call interrupts my train of thought, and... By way of this simple spiritual exercise, I have turned death from a strange, frightening, foreign presence into my daily companion on the journey of life. Death is now my intimate escort, “my own familiar friend.” By this means, death is always with me; death is with me today, and shall be with me tomorrow, and shall surely be there at the last, the companion of my dying day and hour. The modern hospice movement is the place where Montaigne’s teaching is practised with the greatest integrity and authority. In the preparation of residents for the inevitable and unavoidable conclusion, the chief admonition is that those confronted with the final chapter are not to see them-
In this famous etching by Rembrandt (1652), the medieval scholar Faust, tired of his dry and dusty bookish life, seeks to find renewed inspiration in the sign of the macrocosm.
selves as falling helplessly victim to a senseless, brutal nightmare, a serial killer in fact; what is happening to them is neither incomprehensible nor random. We mostly try to tell ourselves that the end of life is somehow accidental, abrupt, unnatural, having nothing to do with us. The motto, under which hospices operate, could come directly from Montaigne: life is such a thing as to have an end—the end of life belongs to life essentially—if it did not have an end, it would not be life, but something else. The French novelist Michel Tournier makes a similar point about the last decades of our life: old age is not to be treated as if it were a disease, some alien, corrupting illness, since it is but “the Sabbath of our lives,” and so it, too, belongs to the order of creation by divine decree. Neither death nor old age is something we should seek to short-circuit, since they are both equally implied from the very moment of life’s beginning. Samuel Beckett certainly has something suitably terse to say on the matter, namely: “Birth was the death of him.” But, in the end, I admire this pithy adage attributed to the Kikuyu even more: “Nobody ever escapes from life alive!” ∂
alumni on the move
A Postcard from Chile
t was likely Victor’s first birthday party—even though he was turning 13. He certainly hadn’t had a cake before and the fact he was sharing his party with his one-year-old niece, Isadora, and our team of Habitat for Humanity volunteers added to the excitement of the sunny day in Quintay, Chile. The courtyard where we had been working for the last 10 days hummed with happy activity. Our team, made up of 11 volunteers from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario, was building a 200-square-foot addition onto a 600-square-foot home shared by a family of eight, including Victor and Isadora. Empanadas—cheese and meat-stuffed pastries—were laid out on wooden tables surrounded by balloons and ribbons. For dessert, it was mote con huesillo, a traditional Chilean delicacy consisting of dehydrated peaches with stewed barley drenched in sugary peach juice. The farewell/birthday party at which children from the extended family dressed up in elaborate national costume to perform the cueca, the Chilean dance they had taught us earlier in the week with varying degrees of success, was a chance to say goodbye and reflect on what we had accomplished during our short but memorable stay. We had met at Santiago airport on February 1, 2009—an 11-hour direct flight from New York City—and were whisked to the exotically named Casablanca, a small town in the wine-growing region of Chile. With a similar climate to California’s Napa Valley (dry and hilly, with scrubby bush and prickly cacti), Casablanca acted as our base for nearly two weeks. We commuted for almost an hour each day to Quintay, a beautiful former whaling village on the coast. As we drove toward the village, down an exceedingly steep hill with gasp-inducing hairpin turns, surrounded by pine trees on all sides, we immediately thought of Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail. We were building for a family that included mother Marcia, who worked as a cleaner; Pepe, 21, mother of Isadora, who worked
on a town beautification project; Jose, 20, who worked overnight shifts at a tourist hotel on the nearby Playa Grande, a beautiful white sand beach; Seylin, 16, and nine Andrea Nemetz (BJ ’88), pictured centre, works with her fellow Habitat for months pregnant; Humanity team members to build an addition on a home in Quintay, Chile. Victor, 12; and Aurelia, 7. en nails when hammers failed to hit square Their wooden home, with its two bed- on the head, and struggled with toe-nailing rooms and crowded kitchen/living area, had (driving nails into corners). gaps in the walls and mould on its ceiling. But Progress seemed slow till the fifth day, everything was kept scrupulously clean. when we moved the walls and roof trusses The house was one of four homes in a into place and nailed on the siding. It really fenced-in compound, all occupied by family looked like a house! members, many of who came to help us build After a weekend break touring wineries and talk to us in excited Spanish, which we and ambling along the winding, cobblestone became more expert at interpreting as the streets of Valparaiso that burst with vibrant build went on. It was obvious how important street art, we attacked our project with new family was in this society. The yard was filled vigour. with a dozen pudgy puppies, grown-up dogs We cut tar paper for under the steel roof, and cats and, on occasion, a gleaming horse lined the walls with fiberglass insulation, (some members of the family were champion applied wallboard and painted the outside Chilean rodeo riders). a beautiful leafy green, a colour chosen by The first four build days were devoted to the family after much consultation—paint preparation for the group of mostly novice being a rare luxury in Quintay. An electribuilders. Volunteers were not required to cian hooked up the rooms, glass windows have construction experience, though five of and doors were installed and Victor’s shy our group, including me, had participated in smile got wider as he excitedly gestured to a build in Panajachel, Guatemala, two years show us where his bed would be—he was to get one of the two new rooms. earlier. We used pickaxes and shovels to dig a And then… it was done. All that remained, trench 60 cm deep for the foundation, which after the party, was the formal cutting of the we lined with smooth beach stones alternat- ribbon in Chile’s colours of red, white and ing with concrete. blue. We learned this recipe for concrete: dump Our feeling of satisfaction was nothing five buckets of water into a plastic barrel, compared to the smiles, hugs and tears from add eight shovelfuls of gravel, three shovels the family as they bid us goodbye. But it was of cement and ten of sand; switch the motor not adios, merely hasta luego, see you later, on, let it agitate, then dump into a waiting or so we all hoped. ∂ wheelbarrow. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat until not only the foundation is filled, but a floor is Andrea Nemetz is an entertainment reporter poured, which contains a buried toonie and a with The Chronicle Herald in Halifax. For plastic-encased list of all who participated. information on Habitat for Humanity’s Global Meanwhile, other group members were Village program, visit http://www.habitat.ca/ framing the house, driving six-inch spikes homec206.php or email Nemetz at andrea.n@ into two-by-fours, learning how to straight- ns.sympatico.ca.
Photo: Erin MacNeil
By Andrea Nemetz (BJ ’88)
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Top Left: Kelly Wilson (BA ’85), Mark Hazen (BScH ’85) and Shirley Hazen (BAH ’85) joined the crowd at the HMCS King’s Wardroom 30th Birthday Salute on April 4, 2009. photo: Greg Guy (BJH ’87) Top Right: Current student Phil Taber, whose family makes syrup back home in New Brunswick, tapped a tree out in the Quad in hopes to make a little of his own. Photo: Nadine LaRoche (BJH ’06) Middle left: Haliburton Night organizer Rebecca Pate (BAH ’06) with the Purple Poets at the April 21, 2009, event at the Pembroke Pub in London, UK. Bottom Left: Bernie Lucht, Executive Producer of CBC Radio documentary program, Ideas, visited the College on Thursday, January 29, 2009, to read from and talk about his new book, Ideas for a Century. Photo: Nick Logan (BJ ’09) Bottom Right: The first FYP lecture on Bob Dylan was held on April 3, 2009, by Dr. Angus Johnston. Along with a showing of the Dylan documentary No Direction Home, Bob Dylan Day consisted of an evening of music in the Wardroom, where donations were collected for Halifax Humanities 101. With these donations, as well as proceeds from Bob Dylan Day T-shirts sold on campus, the event raised over $2,000 for the Clemente program.
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Top: Three recent journalism grads, Jen Powley (BJ ’01), Bill Killhorn (FYP ’01, BJ ’07) and Matt Leibl (BJ ’08) visited King’s for a “Life after King’s J-School” session in the Senior Common Room on February 9, 2009. Middle Left: Before King’s Chapel Choir Director Paul Halley’s Extra FYP lecture on Bach, held on January 21, 2009, Barb Stegemann (BA ’91, BJ ’99) spoke at Formal Meal earlier in the evening. Middle Right: Mark DeWolf (BAH ’68) and Alec Tilley perform at the January 24, 2009, Coffee House in the Wardroom, part of the Wardroom 30th Anniversary Celebrations. Bottom Left: For Palm Sunday, members of the King’s College Chapel congregation processed from the Chapel around the Quad on April 5, 2009, a group that included the symbolic donkey. Photo: Sandra D Thorne. Bottom Right: Members of the Wardroom 30th Anniversary Celebrations Committee were invited to tour navel vessels to visit their wardrooms in efforts to gather up inspiration for our Wardroom’s renovation. They visited the HMCS Preserver, the HMCS Charlottetown and the HMCS Iroquois, where they met Lt. Andy Goggin, who attended the January 24, 2009, Coffee House.
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F rom the Athletics Director ’ s Desk Highlights from the 2008/2009 season
The Men’s Soccer team members react as keeper Mike Beazley stops the shot that resulted in their winning the ACAA Soccer Championship against Holland College.
The big story of the 2008/2009 academic year was the Men’s Soccer dream season. In the middle of the season, it looked grim for the defending ACAA Soccer Champions. The team’s keeper, Mike Beazley, was sidelined due to an obscure eligibility rule, meaning six of the remaining eight games would have to be played without the Blue Devils’ star keeper. In the end, the rule was clarified, Beazley was deemed eligible, and he made it to the final and played a talented Holland College team. Beazley’s presence had an amazing impact on the final outcome of the season: after 120 minutes of soccer in the final, the two teams were tied 0–0, forcing the game into penalty kicks. Beazley then stopped the 21st kick and the Blue Devils won the game. It was then off to CCAA Nationals, where the soccer team drew heavily-favoured FX Garneau from Québec, a team ranked number one. Kyle Murphy (BSc ’09) scored at the 11th-minute mark and the Blue Devils held the number-one team scoreless to win the game—and seal the biggest win in King’s soccer history. King’s finished fourth after losing to the gold and bronze medalists, but the win went down as the top highlight of all time. Women’s Soccer had a tremendous season, finishing in second place in the regular season. In the playoffs, the Blue Devils fell victim to one of those bad days and lost to eventual champions Holland College. This talented squad has a bright future ahead! The Men’s Rugby team had one of its most successful seasons in team history, finishing in second place in regular season play. After a convincing semifinal win over St. Thomas, the stage was set for a final against a much 12
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bigger team from Mount Allison. The game was held in Sackville, NB, during homecoming and the place was jam-packed. It was a close game from beginning to end, and the two teams were tied at the end of regulation. Unfortunately, Mount Allison scored early and, despite several advances of the ball, King’s couldn’t score and lost a squeaker in overtime. Women’s Rugby had a season that started out with a few lopsided losses. As the season went on, this team continued to get better and, in the end, qualified for playoffs, though unfortunately lost in the semifinals. It was a terrific season and should set the stage for a great beginning for next year. The King’s badminton team had a number of new faces and, after the departure of mixed doubles champions, worked hard to reestablish a presence in the ACAA. In a great ending, King’s player Ryan MacIntosh won the men’s singles title and represented King’s and the ACAA at the national championships, held at Toronto’s Humber College. At this event, MacIntosh received a great honor and was chosen as the National Fair Play Award recipient, an award given to the player who best demonstrated fair play and sportsmanship throughout the tournament. Women’s Basketball just missed the playoffs after a season that began with a 12member team of 10 new faces and a need to completely rebuild. After a tough start, King’s played much better and won games over two solid playoff opponents, wins that were highlights of the season. Fourth-year senior Lia Milito made significant accom-
plishments as she secured her fourth consecutive ACAA All-Conference Award followed by an Academic All-Canadian Award. The Men’s Basketball team had nine brand new faces and a very slow start. This group of determined players, however, worked hard and fought their way into a playoff spot. Unfortunately, the team lost to Holland College in the quarter-final, but the playoff experience should provide a good starting point for next year’s squad. The Women’s Volleyball team was, for most of the year, fighting hard to get in a very competitive ACAA playoff group. Regrettably, the team lost three players at Christmas and the season’s end didn’t go as well as planned. This team has often been a hard one to recruit for, and finding a longterm coach has been difficult, and so when financial constraints required adjustments in Athletics, this team and the program were suspended. Men’s Volleyball had a tremendous season as the team attempted to win three titles in a row. During the season, the team finished in first place with only one loss in regular season play. As an added bonus, King’s hosted the ACAA Championship. After an easy win over Holland College, the Blue Devils faced a very determined University of New Brunswick Saint John team, who, last year, lost to King’s. The gym had a capacity crowd on hand for a thrilling match. A bittersweet ending had the Blue Devils losing a nail-biting 3–2 match to the UNB team, athletes who played the game of their lives. Despite the loss, King’s standout Kyle Murphy won the MVP honour and CCAA All-Canadian Award, which would be followed up by his fifth Academic All-Canadian selection. Teammate Andrew Battison (BScH ’09) was also honored with an ACAA All-Conference Selection and an Academic All-Canadian Award. All in all, it was a very successful year for King’s student-athletes. These students continue to represent the school with pride and make great contributions to life on campus!
Neil Hooper Director of Athletics
The Stone Frigate A look at the Wardroom’s past as we celebrate its future By Cigdem Iltan (BJ ’09)
he Wardroom didn’t acquire its nautical-inspired name only because of the sailor-approved volume of alcohol consumed within its wood-paneled walls. King’s has a deeply rooted naval history that began during the Second World War. Training facilities for the Royal Canadian Navy became scarce during the war, so the navy turned to universities and colleges for instructional space. In May 1941, King’s began to officially serve as a military unit and training centre for navy officers. The school was known as a “stone frigate.” Extracts of ghost stories from the King’s archives tell the story of German U-boats that followed convoys and examined their garbage to try and find intelligence in discarded pieces of paper. When German propaganda sources found the name of a ship in the garbage, they reported that they had sunk that ship, in an attempt to weaken morale on the home front. Legend says the Germans obtained the name of the HMCS King’s College and reported the “stone frigate” as sunk. The HMCS King’s Wardroom opened 30 years later on April 5, 1979, thanks to donations from alumni, faculty, the Nova Scotia Naval Officers’ Association and a five-year pledge of $22,000 from the King’s Students’ Union. Photos of 24 Canadian Navy vessels lost during WWII line the walls of the Wardroom, a gift from the Naval Officers’ Training Centre in Victoria, BC. Naval craftspeople in Halifax framed the photos. The graduating class of 1979 gave the Wardroom a ship’s bell to further enhance the naval-themed décor. A photo from the 1979 edition of the King’s yearbook, The Record, shows a woman emptying a bottle of Oland Export Ale into a pint glass—similar to what someone might see at the Wardroom today. But the Wardroom 30th Anniversary Celebrations Committee, a group of King’s alumni, faculty, staff and students, believes the brands of beer served at the Wardroom aren’t the only things that have stayed the same since the bar’s opening. The group initially formed to plan the Wardroom’s 30th anniversary events, but soon turned its attention to raising money
for renovations for the popular student and professor hangout, says committee co-head Dan de Munnik (BScH ‘02). “We said, ‘Maybe there’s actually some room here to have a celebration but also raise some money for a bar we love,’” he says. The committee says the Wardroom is in need of a makeover. But the much-needed facelift comes with a price tag: about $150,000. The sum will cover a renewal of the bar area, furniture replacement, ceiling, ventilation and lighting repairs and hardwood flooring installation. The renovations will not only affect the aesthetic quality of the bar and lounge, but the long-term profitability of the Wardroom, says de Munnik. Committee co-head Greg Guy (BJH ’87) organized a set of tours with the Canadian Navy to see what an actual wardroom on a ship looks like, and to include similar elements in the redesign of the College’s Wardroom. The committee has taken a wide approach to fundraising, including sizeable donations from the KSU and Day Students’ Society, and successfully soliciting for donations during the King’s Annual Fund. But holding fundraising events has been the most publicized and interactive way the group is raising money. In November, the committee hosted a kickoff celebration with well-known Canadian folk singer and alumnus Terry Kelly (DCL ’01) and raised $700. A coffee house featuring performers from the King’s community in January raised $2,800. And on April 4, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends gathered in the Wardroom for a swankier soirée featuring Halifax-based jazz band Gypsophilia, hors d’oeuvres and sparkling wine to celebrate its anniversary. The event raised $2,300. Even if the committee doesn’t raise enough money to do the renovations this year, de Munnik is confident they can raise enough to complete the Wardroom’s makeover by next summer. Generating funds for the renovation campaign takes countless hours of work—and even once the renovations are complete, many people who have contributed their
Top: King’s students of 1979 enjoy the Wardroom in its infancy, as printed in The Record the year of the bar’s openng. Bottom: Vice President Chris Elson (BAH ’86), Jill MacBeath (BJH ’03), Greg Guy (BJH ’87) and Dan de Munnik (BScH ’02) celebrate the HMCS King’s Wardroom’s 30th birthday.
time and money won’t be able to use it regularly. But for de Munnik, the Wardroom has a special place in his heart. He worked in the Wardroom for four years during his undergraduate studies. “It’s something I’m passionate about for many reasons,” he says. “When you see something that’s so close to you, you see things that are wrong with it and ways to make it better. Giving my time to King’s is something I enjoy.” Guy remembers the Wardroom as a place where he gathered with friends for video dances, Sunday night coffee houses and poetry readings. “The whole purpose of this is to give back to King’s now, so that the party can continue,” he says. “That was the motto of those alumni who came before us, and now we can give, too.” ∂ T i d ings | summer 2 0 0 9
The hands that give We create opportunities, we inspire with courage, and we are warriors of peace. We are a benevolent alumni community, and as we celebrate the generosity of alumnus Captain Trevor Greene with an Honorary Degree this year, we celebrate the kindness of many others, too. By Kathleen Callahan (BJ ’09) illustration Kate Sinclair-Sowerby 14
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hortly after Captain Trevor Greene (BJH ’88, DCL ’09) was struck in the skull with an axe in Afghanistan, old friends, acquaintances, family members and his former dentist Googled his name for any new developments in his condition. The search brought many to alumnus Alan McLeod’s (BA ’85) blog, Gen X at 40, which became a virtual hub for friends to share stories about Greene and send well wishes his way. The message board would become a testament to Greene’s remarkable—and unforgettable—spirit. The stories that emerged about his time at King’s were colourful and lively, telling of a young man with an enormous presence. Greg Macdonald (BJH ’88), a friend of Greene’s from King’s, wrote that he nicknamed the then student the “Golden
Boy,” because he was “a tall, blond, pretty boy with the sunniest disposition that I’d ever come across.” The six-foot-four-inch rower some knew as “Bubba” also played volleyball and rugby, and loves music. Greene’s fiancée, Debbie Lepore, periodically posted updates about the soldier’s condition in those early days after the attack, when he was in hospital in Germany, and then Vancouver, BC. One post encouraged everyone to keep sending music requests for Greene’s iPod. “If you’re playing music for him,” wrote Sheila Cameron (BSc ’86), “I remember him cutting a mean rug to ‘Caribbean Queen’ at too many C100 video dances in Prince Hall at King’s.”
Scott Andrew Christensen (BA ’90) recalled Greene in a towel, “belting out ‘Love Removal Machine’ from the top floor of Radical with an empty beer bottle for a microphone.” Other memories surfaced: Greene starring in a Sobey’s commercial, another for Pizza Delight. Barb Stegemann (BA ’91, BJ ’99), who met Greene at King’s and remains one of his closest friends, says he always went out of his way to make sure women were safe—even if it meant just walking girls back to Alex Hall from the College’s A&A. She would tease him sometimes, asking where he kept his white horse. Greene’s spirit of generosity was only beginning.
his spirit is found in many King’s graduates, and alumni throughout the world are giving back to their communities. Stegemann describes herself as a natural philosopher. She has taken her love of philosophy and written The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, a motivational book aimed at women, who Stegemann says have been excluded from the realm of philosophy for too long. Through her book and speaking engagements, she hopes to give women courage and wake them up to a more fulfilling, philosophical life. Mentors from King’s offered help—Colin Starnes, former King’s President and current Inglis Professor, encouraged her to finish the book, and told her it had to be written and it had to be written by a woman. Stegemann credits a large shift in her life to her experience at King’s. She says she went from worrying about existing to finding a meaning for her existence. “Everything fell away,” she says of her time at the College. To honour the school’s impact on her life, she has established the 7 Virtues of a Phil osopher Queen bursary, which is offered to a woman from humble roots in rural Nova Scotia. If Stegemann receives an honorarium for a talk, she puts it toward the bursary. “I couldn’t be who I am if it weren’t for King’s,” she says. David Millar (BA ’56) is another alumnus with a generous heart. He’s involved with countless volunteer programs, but his current focus is doing research for InnovativeCommunities.org, a charitable organization located in British Columbia that uses a virtual office to operate all around the world. ICO began as a project to house the homeless in Victoria, but has grown to include many projects from diverse locations around
the world, from a micro-credit beekeeping scheme for refugee women in Uganda, to providing schoolbooks and stoves for native people in Guatemala. Millar also helps to set up a worldwide environmental discussion network—he sees himself as a modern-day switchboard operator, connecting people who can help each other. Millar has never stayed in one little box, and attributes some of this to his education at King’s. The curriculum “really keeps your mind active,” he says.
tephen Kimber, one of Greene’s journalism professors at King’s, wrote on McLeod’s well wishes message board that his clearest memory of the then student was his “eternal optimism and belief that any problem could be overcome if you put your mind to it.” Kimber added that he thought this is what probably led Greene to Afghanistan. It was in Greene’s nature to look out for those who society had overlooked, and he says his time at King’s served to sharpen his eyes to injustices and heightened his sense of compassion. His first book was about the homeless in Japan, where he lived for seven years after graduating in ’88; his second book shed light on Vancouver’s missing prostitutes. “I think they need a voice,” writes Greene, whose busy rehabilitation schedule made an email correspondence more manageable than a phone conversation. “I can give it to them in my books.”
water. Sitting in a circle under the shade of trees, Greene removed his helmet as a sign of respect. Suddenly, a young man wielding a homemade axe snuck up behind Greene, cried out “Allahu Akbar,” and swung the axe hard into the soldier’s head. His eyes rolled back, his brain nearly sliced in half. Other members of the platoon shot the attacker dead and radioed for help. Amazingly, Greene was still breathing. He was brought by helicopter to a medical facility in Kandahar, where he underwent surgery, then to a hospital in Germany. His fiancée Lepore, her family and their young daughter, Grace, flew to Germany, where doctors said Greene’s outlook was grim. He would either die, remain in a coma or enter a vegetative state. They don’t know Trevor, thought Lepore.
anice Landry (BJH ’87) knows the road to recovery. She produced a film last year for the David Foster Foundation called Britney’s Story, a documentary about a young girl from New Brunswick in need of a heart transplant. The foundation provides nonmedical expenses to families with children who need organ transplants, and Landry’s film helped to bring home the importance of the foundation’s work. The five-minute film was aired at the David Foster & Friends Crescendo charity gala and concert, held in Halifax last March, an event which raised $1.6 million for Atlantic Canada children requiring out-of-province organ transplants.
“when you volunteer, you get back so much more than you give.” Capt. Tim Woods, who underwent basic training with Greene, wrote on the message board that, after spending time abroad, Greene had been deeply touched by the reputation and admiration for Canada. “He had joined the military to give something back to the country that gave so much,” wrote Woods. Greene went to Afghanistan as a reservist, trained to rebuild the war-torn country on a six-month peacekeeping deployment. He went not only to serve his country, but also the Afghan people. One of his main goals was to promote education for women and girls. On March 4, 2006, Greene and his platoon visited Shinkay, north of Kandahar, for the third shura—or village meeting—of the day. The group had met to discuss clean
The filmmaker’s humanitarian efforts extend beyond the limits of her lens: she also volunteers, fundraises and runs in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run for the Cure. Landry, who thanks King’s for preparing her to tell the stories she wanted to tell and giving her the training to see the world in a different way, deeply stresses the value of helping others. “When you volunteer, you get back so much more than you give,” she says. Catriona Sturton (BA ’99) also brings opportunities to children. With a desire to encourage a love of reading in children at a young age, Sturton is one of the people who brought the Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library to Canada. The program mails a free book to children each month, until the age of five, so they can create their own at-home libraries T i d ings | summer 2 0 0 9
of books—where, as Dolly Parton puts it, the seeds of young dreams can be found.
TV made a documentary about Greene’s rehabilitation, aptly titled Peace Warrior. It followed 18 months of his rehabilitation, including the year he spent at Vancouver General Hospital, which he had entered in a coma, and, upon awakening, where he had nearly died several times. Greene then moved to a brain injury rehabilitation centre in Alberta. Alongside Greene every day is the devoted Lepore, who gave up her job as a chartered accountant for the full-time job of physically restoring her husband-to-be. There are sad moments in the film: Greene looking at the camera, saying “I was supposed to die.” He hates sleeping alone in the single bed and longs to move home with his fiancée and daughter. Remarkably, his mental capacity is intact. The axe didn’t affect his cognitive abilities— his sharp intelligence and humour are still there, but physically, he must relearn the most basic movements. While in rehab, he makes considerable progress, especially for someone not expected to live. He can talk, tell jokes, eat, move his arms and kiss his daughter. But he still wants to walk. Near the film’s end, a surgeon tells Greene it’s very unlikely he will ever walk again. Since the injury, his feet have curved and his toes have pointed straight in line with his legs. The doctor says flattening his feet would be nearly impossible. But Greene had set his sights on walking, and he has nothing if not determination. After the documentary aired, a doctor contacted Greene. He had foot surgery and they are now flat. “It was a long and painful process to flatten my feet, but it’s the first step, pardon the pun, to my walking again,” writes Greene. “I believe if I stay positive, work hard and visualize, I will walk again.” For Greene, walking means playing with his daughter, cooking in the kitchen and walking his wife-to-be down the aisle at their summer 2010 wedding. In other words, everything.
lumni Sherri Borden Colley (BJH ’97) and Andrea Nemetz (BJ ’88) are extending their journalism degrees beyond their a careers. Every Monday, Nemetz reads the Atlantic news for Voiceprint, an “audio newsstand” that broadcasts the day’s top stories for visually-impaired Canadians. The 16
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program differs from traditional radio in that each story is read in its entirety. Nemetz uses the journalism skills she honed at King’s to arrange her story lineup, and she enjoys doing Voiceprint because it combines what she’s done for years while also giving back. Borden Colley, who has covered the courts for years at The Chronicle Herald, allowed her knowledge of the court system to lead her to become a volunteer facilitator for a youth community justice program. As a reporter, she saw the legal side, but as a facilitator, she’s often able to uncover the underlying issues that lead to the crime. She feels there are many youth who deserve a second chance; the program encourages alternate solutions as opposed to punishments. Borden Colley says it’s about “repairing harm to the community.” The youth must talk about the crime, and the solutions are varied and creative—from writing reflective pieces, creating art, writing an apology letter to the victim, community service or even talking to a school abut the impact of crime. Borden Colley also fundraises for the Canadian Liver Foundation. When her son was 10 weeks old, he was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare and life-threatening liver condition affecting newborns. He had surgery at just 11 weeks old. After his surgery, she called the foundation to find someone who’d been through the same thing, and was put in touch with a woman whose 22-month-old daughter had died from complications of biliary atresia. Borden Colley was grateful for the support the foundation offered her and has been involved with an annual walk since 2006, for which she and her husband have been top fundraisers.
“Out of something very traumatic and negative, you can create something positive,” she says.
fter the injury, Greene is not embittered. He still believes in the mission in Afghanistan, even feels guilt that his attacker was killed. He says he would go back in a heartbeat. After all he’s given of himself, he offers more. Greene, who also delivers inspiring talks about having faith in the human spirit, is working on a motivational book about determination—something he knows well. Writing the book is his chance to galvanize, he says, and “inspire people to take a bite out of life and then go back for seconds.” On the blog shortly after the attack, a high school friend named Sandy Pilgrim posted an inscription Greene had written to her in a copy of Richard Bach’s Illusions, which she described as very “Trevor.” “‘The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare to let go.’ That’s the hard part, Sandy Gale, to dare to let go. We sacrifice the com fort of boredom and a sedentary life and gain the sadness and happiness of experience. Trev.” When he wrote those words a few decades ago, he never would have known what experiences awaited him, but he knew good could arise from the bad. From his tragedy grew a fuller life. With Lepore by his side, the pair has been taught that life is “indeed precious.” “Our daughter’s smile and laughter are incredible gifts,” he writes. “I now treasure every minute of every day.” ∂
Halifax School arts Project The benevolent spirit threaded through our alumni community is present in the College’s student body, too. Some volunteer for such humanitarian movements as the Red Cross, some cross borders to monitor elections and help build homes, some raise money for advocacy organizations like Stepping Stone, and some, like fourth-year students Andrew Bateman and Alex Neuman (BAH ’09), bring art into elementary schools. After noting a severe lack of arts education in such schools, and recognizing their artistically talented friends could fill this void, Bateman and Neuman created a framework for a program that would allow university students, in groups of 10 to 15, to design three-morning art workshops, based on their talents, and bring them into
grade six classrooms. Fairview’s Burton Ettinger Elementary School housed the pilot for the Halifax Schoolarts Project last year, and the group—made up of about 30 individuals, the majority of which are King’s students— has since run successful and engaging workshops at St. Catherine’s School, St. Joseph’s A. McKay School and St. Stephen’s School, and another at Burton Ettinger. “King’s students have all sorts of talents and skills that aren’t necessarily tapped into,” says Bateman. “This provides a way for these skills to be shared with the community. The project is not only for the benefit of the students, but the development of leadership and communication skills for the facilitators.”
king’s college sings farewell to dr. angus johnston by Nadine LaRoche (BJH ’06)
lumni Hall is packed. Students have poured into the hall’s two radial staircases, arms propped on neighbours’ knees, notebooks closed and some squirreled away. Last-minute arrivals are leaning against pillars, eyes peering around corners and bodies tucked politely, not to block someone’s view. Faculty and staff populate the extra chairs in the back, and alumni are scattered amongst the tight crowd. And Bob Dylan’s music is filling up any gap left in the room. Near the podium, current students and faculty are clad in white T-shirts printed with the singer’s signature Ray-Bans, guitars slung around a few necks and mouths open in song. “All day long I hear him shout so loud,” they sing, “crying out that he was framed.” The crowd kicks in. “I see my light coming shining, from the west unto the east,” the room belts. “Any day now, any day now, I shall be released.” Dr. Angus Johnston, seated off to the side, is smiling through his thick silver beard and clapping his hands to the beat. This is his final lecture at King’s College before his retirement on July 1, 2009, and Johnston has just wrapped up the Foundation Year Programme’s first lecture on Dylan. Even with his last song, the long-time professor is still making waves. Johnston arrived on campus in 1977 as a junior fellow with FYP, and later became the programme’s director between 1984 and 1988. He then took on the role of Vice President of the College until 2001, and reassumed the FYP Director position in 2005, a post he held until 2008. For some, Johnston has been a necessary fixture at King’s for what feels like forever, and one whose contribution to the program extends beyond his kind and thoughtful disposition into his unique way of teaching. Dr. Neil Robertson, an associate professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at King’s, credits Johnston with a teaching method that favours asking questions and opening students to further thinking over supplying clear explanations and absolute answers. And unlike teachers who may think of their
Dr. Angus Johnston, retiring in July, delivered the first FYP lecture on Bob Dylan on April 3, 2009.
pupils as empty vessels in which wisdom and knowledge can be poured, Robertson says Johnston has a different view. “Everyone in the room is equally full,” says Robertson of his colleague’s approach. “It’s about coming to clarity, explication or articulation of what is already there.
students have for Angus is staggering,” says Curran of the Clemente participants. “He is able to bring all this material to them in a way so that they feel able and sophisticated partners and colleagues in the education process.” Robertson tosses Johnston’s ’60s hippy
“His dedication to first-year teaching is an extraordinary model for everyone else in the college. I hope his spirit will live on in this institution.” “Truth and wisdom are always there. The question is to get access to that.” This way of teaching is what FYP faculty member Dr. Thomas Curran says has allowed Johnston to connect so well with his students in Halifax Humanities 101, an eight-month program for those living below the poverty line that focuses on the “Great Books” of Western culture, and the followup Clemente Seminar. Johnston has been involved in both the program and seminar from the ground up. “The evident devotion and respect these
mentality into the mix, adding that the decade’s reaction to the 1950s culture of “usefulness” meant the opposite—uselessness— is centric to the professor. When Halifax’s Clemente program was first taking shape, explains Robertson, a need to be useful to those who have been marginalized kept coming to the forefront. Johnston, however, persistently advocated uselessness. “They’re continuously being bombarded with things that are useful for them,” says Robertson of the program’s potential parT i d ings | summer 2 0 0 9
photo: Kerry DeLorey (BJH ’80), Calnen Photography
During May’s Encaenia ceremonies, President Dr. William Barker presented Dr. Angus Johnston with the King’s flag, marking his retirement.
ticipants. “But what they don’t have are moments of freedom that are ‘useless’ in that they are a purpose upon themselves.”
In addition to his instrumental roles in Halifax Humanities 101, the Clemente Seminar and the Foundation Year Programme, Johnston’s impact on King’s bleeds into the very fabric of the College, both in his fine work as an administrator during his 13-year reign as Vice President, as well as with his extensive involvement in the design and construction of the New Academic Building. When a swelling student body in the late 1990s prompted the need for a new facility, Johnston was appointed chair of the building committee—and so began the creation of what many, including Johnston, call his “baby.” He worked with architect Roy Willwerth of Duffus Romans Kundzins Rounsfell Ltd. to design a building that echoed the other facilities on campus while integrating a more modern aesthetic. Johnston immersed himself in the building’s every detail, from doorknobs to light fixtures, and from renaissance-painting-inspired colour schemes to stunning and meaningful architectural features—the ceiling of Alumni Hall combines a circle with an ellipse, symbolizing the dynamic relationship between the ancient and modern views of the cosmos.
Contemporary Studies Programme Director Elizabeth Edwards, who credits Johnston’s administrative contributions for creating a large and vibrant professoriate at King’s while upholding a rigorous concern for matters of equity and justice, says the Montréal-born professor’s legacy, from his decisions on architecture in the NAB to his “mind-blowing” lectures, will be with us for a long time. “His dedication to first-year teaching is an extraordinary model for everyone else in the college,” says Edwards. “I hope his spirit will live on in this institution.” Before the hall of voices broke out in a glossy-eyed rendition of “I shall be released” on Bob Dylan Day, and before Johnston left his place at the podium, the professor shared his own words of appreciation for the College. “My dreams are made of iron and steel, with a big bouquet of roses hanging down from the heavens to the ground,” he began, quoting Dylan’s “Never Say Goodbye.” “That’s been so real for me. Thirty-two years in the Foundation Year Programme has been a little bit like a day in paradise.” ∂
beyond the chapel The College’s alumni of the cloth are a clergy without borders
any young people feel the need to see the world and lend a hand to those in need, but while recent grads may be keen to pick up their backpacks and volunteer abroad, it’s not so easy for those who are pursuing a spiritual calling. The church, says King’s chaplain Father Dr. Gary Thorne (DD ’04), requires young priests to fulfill a service requirement following their ordination, which could take four or five years. “You’re sort of owned by the church,” he says, “There are so many needs in the local churches, bishops don’t want to release persons to do that sort of missionary work.” But, once commitments are complete, clergy can take on the challenge of mission work.
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By Nick Logan (BJ ’09) “Most clergy go to do missionary work, because it fills a need, a desire, in them,” he says, adding that the want to travel and experience the world is something engrained in our culture. “The notion of staying in one place, and simply slogging it out in ministry in one place for 30 or 40 years, is boring.” Rev. Canon Paul Jeffries (BA ’85) finished his divinity studies at the University of Toronto’s Trinity College and moved on to the Anglican diocese in Fredericton, NB, with every intention of staying put. In 1995, the Bishop of Fredericton asked him to spend a year teaching theology at St. Paul’s Theological College in Kapsabet, Kenya. “I had never felt any inclination about going overseas,” he says, “I didn’t think I had
anything to offer.” People often don’t recognize their own strengths and abilities, says Jeffries, but his time in Kenya helped him come to realize what he could do to help people in need. His return to Canada was short-lived—the experience was so inspiring he eventually renounced his position in the parish and has been working in Africa for the past 13 years. Jeffries has spent 10 of those years as principal of the Bishop McAllister College Kyogyera in the southwestern Uganda town of Bushyeni. The secondary school has grown to more than 650 students—he began with just 50—and offers boarding to both girls and boys, thanks to his help. Aside from his spiritual guidance and du-
ties as principal, which include challenging the students to an annual 10-km run, Jeffries oversees fundraising, a task that keeps him connected to home. His former parish even has a campaign named after him, “Pennies for Paul,” to raise money for school supplies. Clergy don’t necessarily need to cross international borders to participate in missions. Rt. Rev. Michael Hawkins (BA ’84, HC ’85, DD ’09) went to both King’s and Trinity with Jeffries. The two remain best friends and have followed similar paths, but Hawkins didn’t fly across the globe to find his calling. In 2001, he went to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to become the dean of a diocese made up largely of First Nations people. “There are very few places where aboriginals and non-aboriginals meet as equals,” he says. His church offers services in Cree— which Hawkins is still trying to learn—and attempts to bridge the traditions of the Anglican Church with the aboriginal adaptations of those customs. As rector of St. Alban’s Cathedral, he’s had to deal with the legacy of the Anglican Church, and the operation of residential schools. He didn’t comprehend the impact of these church-run schools until he began hearing personal stories of people who grew up in that system. Now, his church is doing its best to reconcile with the First Nations population. Despite the harsh history in the area, Hawkins says he feels a strong connection with his congregation, and people always give him a warm welcome when he visits their communities. “I didn’t have any kind of romantic notions of the North before I came here, but [instead] the opportunity to raise my kids and my family in something that was less of a monolithic cultural and racial place,” he says. Hawkins never planned to leave Nova Scotia: he even told his wife that she had better be prepared to live out her life in the province. “In 1983, no one would have said that Paul Jeffries is going to run a school in the backwoods of Uganda and Michael Hawkins was going to be a bishop in Northern Saskatchewan,” says Hawkins. He passes it off to God’s sense of humour.
Rev. Canon Paul Jeffries (BA ’85), principal of the Bishop McAllister College Kyogyera in Uganda, with the school soccer team he has helped to fine-tune into five-time district champions
His success definitely isn’t a joke and the rewards of his work are not just personal. His career has advanced greatly during his eight years in Prince Albert. Last December, the Diocese of Saskatchewan elected him as Bishop and, at this May’s Encaenia, Hawkins proudly accepted an honorary doctorate degree from King’s. Mission work doesn’t always entail working with disadvantaged groups as Rev. Haynes Hubbard (BA ’89) discovered. The English-born, Nova Scotia-raised priest serves the diocese of Europe in Algarve, Portugal, which he calls a “transient” congregation, made up of thousands of English speaking ex-patriots who are trying to make a life—as business people or retirees— along the Portuguese coast. The church provides a sense of community for people away from their homes, says Hubbard. “People need a priest wherever they go,” he says. In May 2007, three days before he arrived with his wife Susan Hubbard (BA ’90, BJ ’91) and their children in Portugal, a four-year-old British girl, Madeline McCann, disappeared from a resort in Praia de Luz, a
story still in the news and tabloids around the world. The Hubbards offered their support to the young girl’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, and view the incident as the reason they were brought to the country at that time. The King’s chaplain has done his own traveling as a man of the cloth: in 1993, Thorne spent time in Syria and Israel as a military chaplain. He had the task of providing spiritual support to Canadian troops stationed in the region, but one of the more rewarding duties was being a liaison between the military and the local population. Amongst his favourite memories are excursions he took with soldiers to meet Christian Palestinians. “It was a unique way for them to be told firsthand about the conditions under which the Palestinians must live,” he says, “and to be told the story from the side of the Palestinians.” For Thorne, clergy have the same “temptation of the soul” to experience the world as everyone else, and mission work allows for them to further “share their gifts with the world.” ∂ T i d ings | summer 2 0 0 9
spreading the king’s word Alumni follow their time at the College with efforts to recruit others to the Quad By Elizabeth McMillan (BJ ’09)
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Photo: Dan Callis
very time Doug Hadley (BA ’92) steps onto the King’s College campus, his mind drifts back to his undergrad years. “It seems to be a different place when you walk the passageway back into the Quad, in the Wardroom, or in the library and the gymnasium,” he says. “There’s a feeling that I don’t think leaves you once you experience it. King’s has a very special place in my heart—the tightness of the community and the fact that it is small. You are a person at King’s. You’re not a number.” This personal connection to the university led Hadley to remain involved in the King’s community. After graduating in 1992, he served on the Alumni Executive from 2001 to 2008, taking on the role of President from 2004 to 2006. A few years ago, he saw a way to fuse his role as spokesperson for the Halifax Regional School Board with King’s. The Nova Scotia government was expanding the International Baccalaureate program in Halifax, and at the time, only a few schools offered the program, which prepares students for university-level education with its challenging curriculum, in the province. Hadley realized there could be a mutual benefit for King’s to introduce IB students to the Foundation Year Programme. Both the IB and Foundation Year programs are recognized worldwide for being academically challenging, he says, and given that IB attracts highly-motivated students, it seemed like a logical link. Since then, the College has forged strong relationships with IB coordinators. The program is now offered in five high schools in Halifax and at several schools across the province. Alumni like Bruce Fisher (BA ’85) and Alan Dick (BA ’88) have also helped develop these connections. King’s Registrar Elizabeth Yeo says the elements that attract high school students to IB—“the interdisciplinary approach, because of its focus on big ideas, the theory of knowledge and extended essay component”—also make them ideally suited for King’s.
The recruitement efforts of King’s alumni are helping to bring students like these to the College.
“IB attracts a student who is looking for something a little bit different, who is really interested in challenging themselves,” she says. To date, King’s has seen a 17% increase in the number of IB candidates who have applied to the College, and partly because of these students, King’s has the third-highest entering average in Canada. “I’m not 100 per cent sure I’d get into King’s today based on the quality of students who are attending,” jokes Hadley. Recruiting new students to King’s is an ongoing process. Every fall, representatives from the College visit every high school in the Maritimes, along with schools across Canada and New England. The goal: get students interested in King’s and encourage them to visit the campus. For Yeo, recruitment is all about building relationships, and the more personal relationships that are created, the more effective the outreach will be. “Our student body and our faculty and staff engaged in outreach can only have so much impact,” she says. “If alumni are out there building and cementing relationships, it multiplies this effect.” Out-of-province recruiting is becoming more and more necessary. Within 10 years, according to the Department of Education’s Statistics and Data Management Division, a demographic change will cause the high school graduation rate to decline by 30 per
cent in Nova Scotia. “King’s will have to expand our reach into new areas to replace those students,” says Yeo. Alumni will most certainly be part of the process. Daniel Logan (BAH ’98) found a way to spread the word about King’s at his first alma mater, Toronto’s Crescent Boys School. When recruiters went to King’s, he accompanied them to answer questions. Logan told students that both schools shared a small, intimate learning environment that values character and strong academics. In particular, he stressed that the structure of King’s—with its tutorials, small class sizes and proximity to professors—offers students an experience they wouldn’t get elsewhere. “It allowed them to bridge the gap between where they were and what this place King’s was like,” says Logan. “A lot of kids have difficulty connecting the dots between where they are and what the next step is in terms of going to study at a university.” Steve Wilson (BA ’87), who completed an MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western in 1998, took a different approach to bridging a relationship between the two schools he attended. While discussing recruitment for Western with the Associate Dean and Director of Advancement for Richard Ivey, Wilson realized students from King’s would make
ideal business students. He contacted the College’s Registrar and the King’s Ivey program was born. Now, King’s students who maintain a high academic standing and who want to pursue a business degree are automatically accepted into the Honours of Business Administration program at Western after two years at King’s. “It seemed to be a good way to offer something to students who wanted the King’s experience, at least for a couple of years, and then [wanted] to focus in on a business program that is highly recognized and wellknown,” says Wilson. From summer send-off barbeques to talking to local community groups, teachers, counsellors and coaches, Yeo says King’s alumni can have a big impact by giving back in small ways. Of the critical elements King’s has to offer students is a strong sense of community, and so she hopes alumni continue
to share how their experiences and relationships at King’s affected them. “Alumni can carry that message so effectively,” says Yeo. “That’s really the key.” ∂
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Connected Couple Aid Recruitm ent In itiat i v e For the past few years, the King’s Registrar’s Office has taken a break from the usual recruiting route in Canada to fly south to Bermuda. Marian (BA ’63) and Roland Lines (BSc ’61) made the trip possible by hosting Registrar Elizabeth Yeo, and later Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator Jill MacBeath (BJH ’03). The Lines previously hosted fundraisers in Bermuda and were happy to provide their home for the short visit. Mrs. Lines and her husband, who is Bermudian, met at King’s in the early ’60s. After they married, they lived in England
and the United States before moving to Bermuda almost 35 years ago. Decades later, they still keep in the touch with their friends from the College. Along with eight other couples who also met while attending King’s, they get together for a golfing weekend in Nova Scotia, and occasionally, the group meets in Bermuda. “We think we’re pretty neat because we’re all still married to our college sweethearts,” she says. “We were all there together and we really feel close to the group and the school. King’s, for both of us, was magical.”
M y B ookmarks Kingsmen dish out their top links Eli Burnstein (BAH ’09, Cl ass Valedictorian) The Internet Movie Database www.imdb.com
An obvious choice, the Internet Movie Database is the best place to learn about films and the people who make them. The Top 250 list is dubious, but fun to look through. The Straight Dope www.straightdope.com
Wikipedia makes websites like these a bit out of date, but the brilliant Cecil Adams responds to all of your obscure questions with amusing historical anecdotes and a sour sense of humour. Or check the archives for records of weird questions and their even weirder answers. Bartleby.com www.bartleby.com
The best resource for finding just about any poem, novel, essay, encyclopedia article or work of philosophy online and completely for free, this site is a great one in which to get lost.
I was only recently introduced to this one. It’s probably the best website for buying new and used books cheaply.
new things for the literary-minded reader. And the many links on the page also lead to some of my favourite journals. Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org
The Easter Egg Archive www.eeggs.com
I haven’t been to this one in ages, really, but it’s still up and running. This website is devoted to finding eggs, i.e., hidden secrets, messages and errors in movies, books, video games, etc: a great time-waster for nerds.
Dr . William Barker , President Google www.google.ca
An obvious choice, but there are many ways to use Google—for books, images, scholarly works, maps, translation. Google is my startup page. In a day, I might trace the source of a Latin quotation, look for someone’s photo, search for a review of a book, and check another university’s strategic plan or budget. Arts and Letters Daily www.aldaily.com
This is an exceptional survey of interesting
I know it’s riddled with problems, but Wikipedia is an extraordinary project and I use it all the time. I even edit when I see an error. New York Times www.nytimes.com
I read NYT every day, mostly columnists like Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, Bob Herbert and the others. But my eye is always drawn to other news articles, and since the market decline last fall, I also check the handy market listings. I gave up on Drudge during the last US election. Tiny Vices www.tinyvices.com
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zuppa stars Former thespians of the Quad make it to the big top with Zuppa Theatre Company by Anna Duckworth (BJ ’09)
n 1999, a Halifax-based theatre company was born. Zuppa Circus had no money and no loyal fan-base. Its members rehearsed in a condemned infirmary amidst squatters, porn-watching security guards and discarded syringes. They each got sick. One lost his toenail and traces it to the treacherous rehearsal terrain. Ten years later, those tough goings are a distant memory. The group has changed its name to Zuppa Theatre Company and has carved out an appropriately hip rehearsal and office space in the heart of Halifax’s vibrant north end arts scene. Poor Boy, the company’s most recent and critically acclaimed production, just wrapped up a run in Toronto. Amidst many teaching projects, Zuppa is beginning work on an upcoming production due to debut next fall. There’s interest from the UK to take Zuppa productions overseas. And ’09 marks the first year that each member can count on a weekly paycheque. Sue Leblanc-Crawford (BAH ’97), Ben Stone and Alex McLean (BAH ’96) —Zuppa’s core members—have finally made it. The three credit much of their inspiration and success to their time spent at King’s College as students and, in Stone’s case, as a Dalhousie Theatre student who spent a disproportionate amount of his time at the College wishing he hadn’t refused acceptance to the Foundation Year Programme. He regrets it still. “King’s fosters a community that has an exuberant creative spark, which I have always been jealous of,” says Stone, whose ties to the College extend beyond his many friends who were students: his grandfather taught at King’s and both his father and uncle hold degrees. “There was always a sense that something was happening at King’s—something that was really exciting and was drawing people from the theatre program at Dalhousie,” he says. “There was a kind of a rival and jealousy thing.” McLean, Stone and Leblanc-Crawford graduated from their respective academic undertakings and all went on to pursue vari-
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Zuppa Theatre Company co-founders Ben Stone, Sue Leblanc-Crawford (BAH ’97) and Alex McLean (BAH ’96)
ous acting endeavours. But each had a dream to develop a company of their very own. “I saw what was happening in Halifax,” says Stone, Zuppa’s original founder. “There was room for other things to exist and more to grow. And I wanted to be a part of that.” Leblanc-Crawford, who joined Zuppa after its inception, says the company provided an opportunity to be both creative and a part of the whole production. But before Zuppa came to be, the trio maintains that defining years were spent at the College, particularly with the King’s Theatre Society, a group that also emphasizes the inclusion of each member in every aspect of a production. “The KTS mentality totally shaped the professional choices that I’ve made,” says McLean, who chose King’s after seeing one of the KTS’ site-specific productions. The three thespians reminisce about a King’s with few rules, an atmosphere that lent to an unparalleled creative license. “What other school can you just use the theatre space over the summer?” says McLean. Leblanc-Crawford agrees that the College fostered something special. “The KTS allowed us to try stuff that we probably wouldn’t have been doing otherwise,” she says. “I encountered fellow actors that I wouldn’t have otherwise encountered.” Years later, Zuppa members are giving back to students in the very community they learned their craft.
They host two workshops available to anyone: Strange Collisions and The Restless Actor. The former teaches Zuppa’s organic approach to creating plays, and the latter addresses the unique Zuppa acting technique. At the request of Dalhousie Theatre students, Zuppa has been hired to co-direct the theatre school’s upcoming fall production. In the meantime, Leblanc-Crawford teaches first-year acting at Dalhousie. She joins McLean and Stone as companyin-residence at Armbrae Academy, where they teach acting and public speaking to students of all ages, and the three are simultaneously busy organizing a provincial highschool drama festival for May. This year, interested students from King’s and Dalhousie were invited to a mentorship program, which allowed them to sit-in on the rehearsal for Poor Boy and have direct contact with the actors involved. Zuppa hasn’t slowed its pace since the days of five-people audiences. And the group is now settling into a supportive community right here in Halifax—there’s no need to fret about filling the theatre anymore. “People joke that we sort of represent the weirdoes or the guys who do plays that people don’t understand,” says Leblanc-Crawford. “But then there was this neat thing where we had really good attendance for our last run in Halifax that obviously demonstrated that we have a sort of community that has grown around us.” ∂
report card First-year students rank King’s best education experience in Canada
ith the release of the National Survey of Student Engagement in February of this year, the students of the University of King’s College have been ranked the happiest in Canada with their first-year educational experience. NSSE, a survey of hundreds of US and Canadian institutions, provides benchmark comparisons for universities, ranking level of academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, supportive campus environment, active and collaborative learning, and enriching educational experiences. This mas-
sive international survey summarizes the overall student engagement with academic and social life on campus. The College’s results were teased out from Dalhousie University’s and have a separate spot in Maclean’s, the first time King’s has gone head-to-head with other Canadian schools in rankings. King’s placed exceptionally high in most categories, usually top 10, and ranked first in Canada in the category of first-year students’ happiness with their entire educational experience, and second in the results for students’ desire to begin again
at the same institution, findings published in Maclean’s university student survey issue, dated February 16, 2009. This wonderful news for King’s is a real vote of confidence in the College’s success by its students. In the spirit of the survey, recent graduate Chris Parson (BAH ’09) has issued the College an end-of-year report card, evaluating the school using the NSSE benchmarks. Nearly straight “A”s—not bad, King’s.
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Simon Kow Director of the Early Modern Studies Programme, and Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences When I accepted the kind invitation to write this piece, I anticipated that eclecticism and breadth would be characteristic of what I’m reading, but I’m afraid that much (thankfully not all) of what I choose to read for pleasure, as well as for study, ends up in some relation to the early modern period. I’m currently reviewing Maria Rosa Antognazza’s Leibniz: An Intellectual Biography, a superb account of one of history’s most formidable intellects. There is little dirt to be dug up in the life of G.W. Leibniz, so I don’t expect to see Kitty Kelley or Andrew Morton put out a volume on “Gottfried, the People’s Philosopher.” Antognazza keeps the reader engaged by detailing the incredible range of Leibniz’s intellectual endeavours in metaphysics, mathematics, ethics and politics, etc., and of projects from the invention of calculus (hence the tiff with Newton) to an early calculating machine, cultural exchange with China, mining technology, early submarine designs—and the list goes on. Moreover, she helpfully situates these projects relative to Leibniz’s goal of benefiting humanity in this best of all possible worlds and to the context of the fragmented, declining Holy Roman Empire in which he lived (which, as Voltaire reminds us, was not holy, not Roman and not really an empire). 24
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On the side, I have almost finished reading Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (but, as it is for leisure, I must confess in a single-volume 1,200 page abridgement—I only have so much spare time!), which may be criticized for some of its generalizations but is peerless in its gripping narrative of Roman history from the 2nd century A.D. to the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. I find his depiction of a decaying civilization beset by barbarians to the north and east chillingly resonant for the 21st century world; and Gibbon’s accounts of the rise of Islam and the folly of the Crusades are remarkably even-handed for the 18th century. For my sort-of daily French practice, Pierre Bayle’s Pensées diverses sur la comète (1682) keeps me illuminated on the toilet (with French dictionary on hand for reference). Bayle’s insight into the gulf between what one believes and how one acts, as demonstrated by Christians who act immorally, opened up secular possibilities in the modern age. As my students know, Bayle’s related argument that a decent society of rational atheists is in principle possible influenced the Enlightenment’s idealization of China. I have a pile of books ready for the summer, including Jonathan Spence’s Return to Dragon Mountain (a biography of the late Ming historian Zhang Dai), Miguel de Cervantes’ Dialogue of the Dogs (a crafty novella told from the animals’ point of view), and many others. In the meantime, at the wee hours of the night when my brain is on auto-pilot, I often turn to the Complete Illustrated Sherlock Holmes for unmatched entertainment value. The influences of Poe, Baudelaire, Nietzsche and perhaps Wilde are present in the bohemian-living, cocaine-injecting, tobacco-smoking, violin-playing figure of the super-detective Holmes, a character whose weird combination of rationalism and aestheticism is tempered only by the friendship (or more than friendship?) with the sober and humane Dr. Watson. The reader is transported to the foggy streets of London, the lonely downs of Dartmoor and the Reichenbach Falls, as Holmes overcomes the likes of the hound of the Baskervilles and Professor Moriarty. The stories don’t always work well, but at their grotesque and sublime best, one can see why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation has been so inspiring
to the subsequent genre of detective fiction and contemporary popular culture. I’m also fond of certain graphic novels (or “comic books,” which, as Art Spiegelman notes, is less pretentious), though my tolerance for costumed superheroes ebbs with each passing year as I hopefully approach maturity. I’m pleased that Canada is making significant contributions to the medium; my favourites include Louis Riel (love that nose on Sir John A.!), by Chester Brown, and Seth’s hilarious Wimbledon Green, a sendup of comic-book collectors. I’ve recently read the latter’s unpublished strip, George Sprott (available online through the New York Times Magazine), a story told in flashbacks about an erstwhile Arctic traveller and host of “Northern Hi-Lights”; and Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang, an amusing account of the Canadian cartoonist’s experiences in the North Korean capital—the drawings capture nicely the greyness, paranoia and sheer tackiness of this most reclusive of countries.
Music I’m Listeni n g To
Scott Marratto Teaching Fellow for the Foundation Year Programme I find it peculiarly difficult to write about what “Music I’m listening to”; I feel that I’m incapable of articulating the pleasure I get from music. As a phenomenologist, I’m inclined to say that this is essential to the
arts an d culture experience of listening to music: it is with the whole body, not simply with the thinking head, that one appreciates music. A number of years ago, I was working in a large, noisy woodshop in Toronto, ON, with about 20 other woodworkers. In the rare moments when the table saws, planers and pneumatic sanders were not in use, CBC Radio 2 could be heard over the speakers mounted in the ceiling. One day, a piece of music that I had never heard before (I later learned that it was Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel”) came on the radio, and over a period of about three minutes, the entire workshop fell completely silent. About a minute after the piece was finished, the banging and the buzz of tools could be heard starting up again in the various corners of the building. The slow arpeggios played on the piano and the gracefully ascending and descending notes on the cello are so gentle and quiet, but somehow Pärt’s music was able to command respect, to silence our machinery and halt our frenetic productivity. I have been a fan of his music ever since. About a year and half ago, I bought an iPod, though I don’t often listen to music through headphones. Usually, I like to feel that the
music I’m hearing is in the space around me and not just channeling directly into my ears. There are, however, some artists who seem to craft their music for headphones. Bjork and Radiohead are, for me, two examples of this. The incredibly sophisticated studio-work of these musicians (including the mixing and mastering) is, I think, best appreciated when listening with headphones—the sound is, as it were, “sculpted” in three-dimensional space. Bjork’s Vespertine and Radiohead’s brilliant In Rainbows are particular favourites of mine. Much of the storage space on my iPod is taken up by classical music: Haydn symphonies and piano sonatas (the latter played by Leif Ove Andsnes), Schubert piano duets (played by Benjamin Britten and Sviatoslav Richter), Elgar, Debussy and Brahms (I’m frequently drawn to the Symphony No. 3 in F Major). When I’m in the right mood, I also love to hear Erik Satie (especially the Gymnopédies, played by Michel Legrand). I’m also listening to a lot of jazz these days: Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue is probably one of the most often played recordings in my modest collection. In the last few years, Canadian pop music
has, in my view, undergone a very welcome renaissance. With bands like Arcade Fire, the Acorn, the Constantines and Broken Social Scene, a new and somewhat distinctive Canadian sound is making its mark on the international stage. One of my favourite recent Canadian recordings is called National Anthem of Nowhere by the Apostle of Hustle. This Toronto band, headed up by Andrew Whiteman, combines the richly textured pop sound of Broken Social Scene with vaguely Latin/Cuban rhythms and, occasionally, Spanish lyrics, as in the wonderful song, “A Fast Pony for Victor Jara.” I have also recently discovered another Canadian artist, Chad VanGaalen (recommended to me by FYP students Jeremy Costello and David Burns, both fabulous musicians in their own right), whose folk/electronic hybrid sound, and slightly Neil Young-ish falsetto voice, is delightfully strange and emotionally complex. Lastly, I should mention how much I have appreciated the wonderful musicians among the FYP students this year. The performances at Big Night (e.g., New Providence and Northwest Arm) and at Bob Dylan Day have been among the musical highlights of my year.
book re view
Anything But Hank! by Rachel Lebowitz and Zachariah Wells Illustration by Eric Orchard Reviewed by Robyn McNeil (Minor in Journalism)
Choosing a baby’s name can be difficult. When my child was born, months of research and consideration had been whittled down to a short list of over 200 possibilities. Finding a suitable moniker that doesn’t lend itself to teasing or playground fodder, let alone one you like, can be a struggle at best. Herein lies the crux of the problem in Anything But Hank!, the first children’s book
by Rachel Lebowitz and King’s alumnus Zachariah Wells (BAH ’99), a whimsical narrative illustrated by Eric Orchard. Eight weeks after the birth of a little boy, his parents still haven’t agreed on a name and, according to the family cat, the child’s relentless tears won’t cease until he has a title all his own. So one night, while the boy’s parents sleep, a wise old pig puts the crabby tot on his back and they set off to find the wizard whose Mexican beaded lizard has a talent for knowing the name meant for every child. Broken into five chapters, Lebowitz’s and Wells’s tale combines fanciful humour reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s literary nonsense with the adventure-narrative style of Robert Service’s ballads. The result is an entertain-
ing read for all ages, though my kindergarten-aged son was especially delighted by the whimsy in the story’s rhymes. The lushly gorgeous paintings of the Halifax-based illustrator that accompany the story add to the book’s allure. Paired with the writers’ quirky prose, Orchard’s darkly haunting illustrations elevate the Biblioasis publication from common tale to treasured keepsake, perfect for sharing at story time. Children and parents alike will love the unusual adventure that unfolds in this oddly enjoyable tale, as they uncover the answer to whether the unnamed child “needs a word, a quiet space that he could call his own, needs a name to match his face, a name he can call home.” T i d ings | summer 2 0 0 9
University of King’s College Alumni Association 2008–2009
Executive Members President David Jones (BA ’68)
Greg Guy (BJH ’89)
Graham McGillivray (BSc ’07)
Laurelle LeVert (BAH ’89)
Steven Wilson (BA ’87)
Board of Governor Member
Bob Mann (BA ’01)
Board of Governor Member
Andrew Laing (BAH ’86)
Board of Governor Member Daniel de Munnik (BScH ’02)
Lara Schweiger (BAH ’95)
Elizabeth Ryan (BA ’69)
Chris MacNeil (BA ’84)
Matt Aronson (BAH ’02)
Sarah Hubbard (BA ’86, BJ ’91)
Allen McAvoy (BJ ’02)
Harry Thurlow (BA ’95)
University President (Ex-Officio) William Barker Advancement Director (Ex-Officio)
Student Union President (Ex-Officio) David Etherington
formal branch leaders Halifax
Mark DeWolf (BAH ’68)
Matt Aronson (BAH ’01)
Gordon Cameron (BA ’99)
Nick Twyman (BA ’88)
Chris MacNeil (BA ’94)
Brian Cormier (BJH ’86)
Regional Contacts New Brunswick
Ottawa Wendy Hepburn (BA ’05)
Alexis Paton (BScH ’07)
Boston Will English (BAH ’07)
Johanna MacMinn (BA ’89)
Interested in starting up a branch in your area? We’d love to hear from you—please contact the Advancement Office at email@example.com. You can also sign up for our e-newsletter by emailing the same address.
lost sheep We’ve lost touch with some of our alumni. Here’s a look at some of our alumni from 1988 and 1989 with whom we have lost contact. If you have any information regarding these, or any of the “Lost Sheep” listed on http://www.ukings. ca/kings_4345.html, please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Allison Bateman (BAH ’88)
Gregory McConnell (BA ’88)
Regis Verner (BAH ’88)
Christina Frei (BA ’89)
Stephen Michels (BA ’89)
J. Scott Buchanan (BAH ’88)
Thomas Menzies (DCL ’88)
Mary Jane Webber (BJ ’88)
Gillian Grambo (BSc ’89)
Tanya Miller (BJ ’89)
Carol Couillard (BA ’88)
Carol Milne (BA ’88)
Heidi Weigand (BA ’88)
Amy Hart (BJ ’89)
Kenneth Mont (BA ’89)
Jo-Anne Dooley (BJ ’88)
Laurel Munroe (BJH ’88)
David Wilson (BAH ’88)
Janice Hill (BA ’89)
Harjinder Pabla (BA ’89)
Cindy Duffy (BJ ’88)
Karen O’Boyle (BA ’88)
Joel Youden (BA ’88)
Catherine Hingley (BA ’89)
Abra Quintero (BJ ’89)
James Gidney (BSc ’88)
Gene Ouellette (BSc ’88)
Paul Cooper (BA ’89)
Karen Janik (BJ ’89)
Jeffrey Reed (BA ’89)
Shane Goudie (BA ’88)
David Patterson (BA ’88)
Catherine Cross (BA ’89)
Alan Jones (BA ’89)
D. Lynne Reid (BJ ’89)
C. Cassandra Hallett (BA ’88)
Andrea Raymond (BSc ’88)
Ian Crystal (BAH ’89)
Peter Leppard (BA ’89)
Anne Schofield (BA ’89)
William Jack (BSc ’88)
Parker Robinson (BJ ’88)
David Deaton (BJ ’89)
Robert Linke (BJ ’89)
Ian Scott (BJH ’89)
David Jala (BJ ’88)
Lara Ryan (BA ’88)
Mark Drazenovich (BA ’89)
Shaune MacKinlay (BAH ’89)
Carol Sheppard (BSc ’89)
Ian Johnston (BJ ’88)
Leanne Scott (BA ’88)
Nancy Ellis (BA ’89)
Keith MacKinnon (BA ’89)
Geoffrey Stone (BSc ’89)
Glenn Langille (BA ’88)
Gregory Smith (BSc ’88)
Mark Farrell (BA ’89)
Dana MacLean (BA ’89)
Carla Swansburg (BA ’89)
Kathleen MacDonald (BA ’88)
Sherry Smith (BA ’88)
Jay Ferguson (BA ’89)
N.Susan Marsh (BJ ’89)
Katherine.E. Tisdalle (BA ’89)
P. Greg MacDonald (BJH ’88)
Andrea Erin Turnbull (BA ’88)
Terri Fraser (BSc ’89)
Lisa Matheson (BSc ’89)
Gavin Will (BJ ’89)
Alumni Annual Dinner Bringing together generations of kingsmen and women, the Alumni Annual Dinner filled the President’s Lodge, Prince Hall and then the Wardroom with King’s alumni and friends on May 7, 2009. Emceed by the ever-delightful Greg Guy (BJH ’87), the evening welcomed the 2009 soon-to-be graduates into the King’s alumni community, and what an introduction! After a lively gathering in the Lodge, catered with tasty nibbles, guests filtered into the tulip-speckled Prince Hall for a delicious buffet accompanied by words of wisdom, reminiscence and celebration from the podium. Alumni Association President David Jones (BA ’68, HF ’98) presented the Judge J. Elliott Hudson Distinguished Alumnus/a Award to Michael J. Nichol (’68), a vice president of CIBC Wood Gundy, and Jones praised Nichol for his invaluable contributions to both his profession and to the King’s community. Adding to the night’s spirit of giving—proceeds from this year’s dinner were directed to a bursary fund for the upcoming academic year—Nichol’s colleagues, by way of a letter read by Advancement Director Adriane Abbott, congratulated the award recipient and announced a generous contribution to the evening’s cause. The Annual Dinner continued with an after party in the Wardroom featuring the Cole Younger Epidemic, a band of current King’s students, and celebrated late into the night.
Top Left: Alumni Association President David Jones (BA ’68, HF ’98) introduces himself to then-graduands Eli Burnstein (BAH ’09), Hugh Pouliot (BAH ’09), Alex Neuman (BAH ’09) and Martin Curran (BAH ’09). Bottom Left: Among the alumni in attendance were Anne Hare (BA ’70), Mark DeWolf (BAH ’68), Cynthia Pilichos (BA ’68, HF ’01), Michael Nichol (’68), Claire Christie (BAH ’67), Mary Barker (BA ’67, HF ’97), Pat Teasdale (BA ’70), John Stone (BAH ’65), David Jones (BA ’68, HF ’98), Elizabeth Ryan (BA ’69), William Johnston (BA ’66), Andy Hare (BA ’70) and Robin Calder (BA ’69). Top Right: Michael J. Nichol (’68) is the 2009 recipient of the Judge J. Elliott Hudson Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. Middle Right: Mary Stone, Anne Hare (BA ’70), Andy Hare (BA ’70), Larry Holman (’69) and John Stone (BAH ’65) were joined by their table’s newest member of the alumni community, Alex Neuman (BAH ’09). Bottom Right: Joy Smith (BA ’42) was joined by her daughter, Cynthia Pilichos (BA ’68, HF ’01), and by her granddaughters, Alexis Pacey (BA ’88) and Andrea Pilichos (BA ’93, AMC ’94).
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The 2008/2009 Stewardship Report
n a year characterized by a worldwide financial downturn, the University of King’s College extends special thanks to all who contributed to making 2008/09 a year of strong support. Your gifts comprise vital assistance in our challenge to
maintain the high quality of education we offer our students and in the supply of their King’s experience, rich with joyful traditions. Your generosity is truly appreciated.
total funds raised Gifts to King’s between April 1, 2008, to March 30, 2009 Bequests Annual Fund Major Gifts Other (includes Alumni Association) Chapel In-Kind TOTAL
$ 80,235 $ 1 1 0,1 10 $ 140,900 $ 120,729 $ 16,051 $ 1,008 $ 469,033
your gifts directed Unrestricted Academic Programmes Alumni Association Athletics Chapel and Choir Endowment Library Scholarships/Bursaries Student Life Wardroom Other TOTAL
$ 50,955 $ 149,493 $ 4,918 $ 2,145 $ 23,456 $ 53,949 $ 9,620 $ 157,644 $ 4,630 $ 10,033 $ 2,190 $ 469,033
Annual Fund The Annual Fund, which provides important sustaining support for programs and student aid, raised $110,110 in 2008/09. Within this figure is $44,500 of unrestricted gifts, upon which the College heavily relies to service its most pressing needs. Total alumni giving held at 9%, a figure we can improve with your help and our sincere effort to engage you again with your College and fellow allumni. And in that spirit, we offer a special welcome and nod of thanks to the 101 new donors who, this year, joined the annual tradition of giving back to King’s. 28
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arents and P Special Friends
Corporations and organizations
Why Give to King’s?
Each of us has reasons for choosing to give to King’s. My initial reason was because both of my daughters received an exceptional education at the College and benefited greatly from the quality of teaching. I was pleased they chose King’s because of the Foundation Year Programme, and because it was in Halifax. Born and raised there, I have strong feelings for the city. The College has been part of my life for a long time. One of my first memories as a child is going to King’s after the War to meet my uncle Robert, who took part in the Canadian government’s veterans program and lived
in one of the Bays. I also remember visiting my father on campus in the ’50s, when, as a student at the Atlantic Summer School run by Harvard Business School, he lived for several weeks in residence at King’s. I was first approached to donate to King’s during the capital campaign to build the new academic building. My wife told me very clearly, “Don’t be cheap. King’s has been a great experience for our girls.” I faithfully followed my instructions. Subsequently, I was asked to join the Board of Governors. My involvement with King’s has given me great satisfaction.
Many opportunities are presented to us to give to worthy causes, and so we have to choose ones to which we will contribute. King’s is high on my list of priorities because of the things it does so well. I know how important the students are to each member of the faculty, and how hard they work to enrich the lives of their students. Their successes recently received top accolades in a National Survey on Student Engagement published by Maclean’s, where King’s led the country in overall educational experience. What a testament to the faculty and staff from their most critical constituency. I consider it to be a real privilege to be involved with such a fine college and proud to tell one and all of my association with it. David Archibald lives in Toronto and joined the Board of Governors in 2004. He and his wife Robin provided funding for the Archibald Room ( lecture hall) during the Building a Strong Foundation Campaign in 2000. This year, as they do every year, the Archibalds directed their Annual Fund gift to benefit scholarships and bursaries.
donors You continue to build on excellence. We celebrate your generosity with our thanks. Joan Aitken George & Audrey (Smyth) Akerley Roselyn Allen Terri Lynn Almeda John Alward Rita Anderson Donna Anderson Currie Melissa Andrew Dennis Andrews Robert Antle Curtis Archibald David & Robin Archibald James P. Archibald Stan & Barbara Armstrong D. Feversham Arnold Matthew Aronson Kenneth Askew Heidi Laing and Owen Averill Paul Baldwin Jennifer Balfour Laura Ballem Peter Baltzer
Diane Barker Mary Barker & Ron Gilkie Roberta Barker William Barker & Elizabeth Church Margaret (Campbell) Barnard Keith Barrett Adrienne Batke William & Cynthia Battison T. Fred Baxter Anthony & Patricia Bebbington David Beed Leslie (Donald) Behnia Jennifer Bell Paul Bent David, Monica and Laura Berger Gilbert Berringer Peggy Bethune Maya Bevan Richard Bird William Bishop
Val Biskupski Andrew Black Frances Black Robert Blackwood Anne Blakeney Robert & Linda Blanchard Myra Bloom Bank of Montreal Nancy Boland Weldon Boone Sjoerd Borst Alberta Boswall Gerry Boudreau Hani & Anne Boulos Margaret (Fairweather) Bourne Stephen Bowman Malcolm Bradshaw Miriam Breslow Rhea (Skerrett) & Patrick Bright Lindsay & Andrew Broadhead Lauren Brodie Stephen Brooke
Derek & Margaret (Burstall) Brown Rebecca (Moore) Brown Lawrence & Jane (Reagh) BruceRobertson Jonathan Bruhm Bill Bryant Peter & Patricia Bryson Mordy Bubis & Nina Stipich Ronald Buckley Colette Budge Lawrence Buffett Cyril Bugden Annette Burgess Elaine Burke* The Rev. Debra Burleson Colin Burn Brian Burnell Eli Burnstein Kathryn R. Burton George & Sandra (Jones) Caines
Robin Calder Andrew Calkins Pamela Callow Driffield Cameron Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Judy Caplan John Carr D. Barry Carruthers Patricia Chalmers Alfred & Elizabeth Chanadi Angela Chang Gordon Cooper & Chère Chapman Paul Charlebois Rick & Sara Charney Carolyn (Tanner) Chenhall Gail (Nobuary) Chiasson Steve Chipman Jean Chisholm Fred Christie The Chronicle Herald
Lyssa Clack Joseph Claener Donald Clancy Marcy Clark Dolda Clarke Lorne Clarke Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Classen Hope Clement Scott Clish Burdette CoatesStorey James & Charlotte (Graven) Cochran D. Thane Cody, MD, PhD Robert & Elizabeth (Parsons) Colavecchia Phil Cole Jean Coléno Allan Conrod John Cook Walter Cook George & Tia Cooper Jonathan & Judith Cooperman
Jeremy Copeland Mark Lawlor & Joanne Corbette Brian Cormier Kathleen Cox Robert Craig Alison Creech John Creelman Richard & Marilyn Cregan Susan (Tuck) Crossley Robert Crouse Thomas Crowther Thomas & Jane Curran Leslie Currie David & Marilyn (Blunt) Curry Anne Curtis Brian & Lindsay Cuthbertson Caroline (Lightfoot) Dacosta Audrey Danaher & Richard Heystee Guenevere Danson
Glenn Davidson Christine Davies Graham & Susan Davies Donna (Davies) Brackett Caleigh Davis Cynthia Davis Douglas Davis Wendy Davis Peter & Taunya (Padley) Dawson Robert Dawson Daniel de Munnik & Tasya Tymczyszyn Alexandre De SaintSardos Kenneth Dekker Lisa Dennis Douglas Deruchie Kenneth & Marged Dewar J. Mark & Rachel (Swetnam) DeWolf Darrell Dexter & Kelly Wilson
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stewardship report Eli Diamond Frances E. Dibblee Carol (Coles) Dicks Susan Dodd Karen Dodge Lyndon Dorrington Paul Doucette Frank Dougherty Tia Downer ONE Consulting Services Lillianne Dubé Terra-Lee Duncan Michael Dunn Robert Dunsmore Paula Dyke Eagle Beach Contractors Ltd. Corinne Earle David Earle Gordon Earle Lynda Mavis Earle Ken Easterbrook & Robi Matthews Roger & Lynn Edmonds Margaret (Astington) & Gethin Thomas Edward Barbara (Thorne) Edwards Elizabeth Edwards Cynthia Eldridge C. Russell Elliott Christopher Elson Kathryn Emond Williams English Ian Epstein Eyton Family Jim Farmer Jeff Farquhar Alexander Farrell Monica Farrell Daniel & Brenda Fay Jim & Marilyn Feir Mark Feldbauer Craig Ferguson Fergus & Barbara (Smith) Fergusson Richard Fiander Bruce Fisher Kyla FisherAnderson Leah Fitzgerald Phillip Fleury Cynthia Floyd Ian Folkins Trudy Fong Robert Ford Fred & Elizabeth Fountain John Fowke Lillian (Taylor) Fowler Janice Fralic-Brown Brenda & Robert Franklin Mélanie Frappier
Linda & Gregor Fraser Nevin French Elsa Freyssenet Paul Friedland Matthew Furlong Richard Gallagher Jim & Sally Garner J. Fraser Gartside Laura (Auchincloss) Gatensby Edward Gesner Dr. Lloyd Gesner Jack Gibbons & Mary Lovett D.Kenneth Gibson Kevin & Carolyn Gibson Peter Giddens Ed Gigg Andrew Gilbert Joan Gilroy Dorota Glowacka Dale A. Godsoe Victoria Goldring John Goldsmith Bruce Gorrie John Gorrill Douglas Gorveatt Bryan Gransden Harry Grant Ian Gray Dianne Green John Green Roselle Green Anne Gregory Laura Griffiths Emanuella Grinberg Claudine Guiet Charles & Anne Gunn Danielle Gutstein Gregory Guy Anne Elizabeth Rose Hadfield Douglas Hadley Mike Hadley Brenton Haliburton Muriel Halley Heather Hamilton Bev Greenlaw & Sylvia Hamilton Geraldine Hamm Andrew Han Wayne J. Hankey Elizabeth Hanton Rashida Haq Jim Harbell & Pat McQuaid Andrew & Anne (Dorey) Hare Jacqueline Harmer Emery Harris Mary Beth Harris Susan Harris Walter Harris Harrison McCain Foundation Nancy Harve Mike Hasiuk Faith Hatcher
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G.Keith Hatfield Nicholas Hatt Michael Hawkins Marnie Hay E.Kitchener Hayman C.William Hayward Mark & Shirley (Wall) Hazen Ross Hebb Peggy Heller Mark Helsing Ian Henderson Wendy Hepburn William & Anne Hepburn Oliver Herbst H. Douglas Hergett Bernard Hibbitts John Hibbitts Margo (Scully) Hilchey Angela Hill Bruce & Carolyn Hindmarsh Michael Hoare John Hobday Barbara Hodkin Lois Hoegg Kara Holm Larry Holman Megan Holsapple Annemieke Holthuis Dennis House Michael House James Houston Christopher Howard E. Ian Howard Richard Howard Bruce Howe Robert Howe Caroline Hubbard Sarah Hubbard Ian & Catherine Hugill Jean Humphreys Holly Hunter Diane & Paul Hurwitz Rochelle Hutson Robert Hyslop Jim & Nancy (Hyndman) Ibbott Greg Ingham Heather (Martin) Inglis David Ingram International Personnel Management Association David Jackson Robert Jackson Simon Jackson Iris Jacobson Leslie Jaeger Maria Janicker Linda Javorski Heather Jeffery Peter Jelley
Randall & Rachael (Earle) Jewers Paula Johnson Troy Jollimore David A. Jones Janet Kawchuk Gladys (Nickerson) Keddy Kara (Laing) Keith Charles Kempe Mary Kennedy Glen & Glenda (Cummings) Kent Ketchum Canada Inc. Kim Kierans Stephen Kimber John Kinley W. J. Tory & Margaret (von Maltzahn) Kirby Stephen Knowles Martha Kontak Simon Kow Frances (Kuret) Krusekopf Marguerite & Peter Kussmaul Jeannette Laba Catherine Lace Susan Ladner Andrew Laing Mary (Hunt) Lane Jack & Ferne Langer Patricia Langmaid Nadine LaRoche Robert & Lois LaRoche Cathy Larssen Jennifer Latham Law Foundation of Nova Scotia Caleb Lawrence Amanda Le Rougetel Benjamin & Andrea Lee Darlene (Chapman) & Mark Lee John & Nancy Leefe James Legge Carl Lem & Sarah Dingle George Lemmon Tracy Lenfesty Dave & Rose Leslie Laurelle LeVert George Linn F. Daniel Logan Aleah Lomas Anderson Ruth Loomer Anne Loosen Bill & Stella Lord Lezlie Lowe Stephen Lownie Iain R.M. Luke Mary Lynk Joyce MacDonald
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The Difference You Make
Current King’s student Phil Taber
My name is Phil Taber. I grew up in a small town in southern New Brunswick called Hampton. My father is a carpenter and a farmer; my family’s history in New Brunswick dates back eight generations. I am a proud New Brunswicker and a proud Loyalist. My time at King’s has been tremendously important. I have been very involved in the chapel community and the Students’ Union, both of which have afforded me friendships and good experiences. I stayed at King’s for the History of Science and Technology Programme; I have always had a very strong interest in the philosophy of science, but I didn’t have any interest in the mathematical aspects. HOST kept me here, but the King’s
community made it worthwhile. As a graduating student, I’ve taken the time lately to reflect on my experience at King’s. For me, it is our traditions and history that have been most important. Our history as a Loyalist college in Windsor is what gives King’s such a strong tie to local history and local culture. When I came to King’s in 2005, I was surprised to find a place that preserved the parallel history of the Loyalist community. King’s holds an essential aspect of Maritime history within its walls, and that history is kept alive through the presence of Maritime students. The presence of these students at King’s is vital to the preservation of our collective
history and culture. Many of us come from blue-collar, agricultural backgrounds, and the bursaries that support us are invaluable. I would not have been a part of King’s without bursary support; this is true of most of the students who come from similar backgrounds. We have an important part to play in the diverse King’s community, but that is often contingent on assistance to overcome tuition barriers. Supporting the College can often seem like throwing money down a well; it falls into the darkness and vanishes with no obvious effect. I can assure you that this isn’t the case. There is a whole body of students for whom bursaries are a lifeline. Many of us are the first university generation from working class families; all of us appreciate your support. When I was growing up, my father told me I could do anything I wanted, as long as I didn’t become a carpenter. The support of the College’s benefactors has played an essential part in making that dream financially feasible. Phil Taber, who plays an active role in the King’s Chapel community and is known for his quirky additions to the campus ( from tapping a tree in the Quad to bringing sharp wit to Big Night), is in his final year of study at the College.
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Photos: Kerry DeLorey (BJH ’80), Calnen Photography
K ing ’ s names 2 0 0 8 honorary d egree recipients
he University of King’s College presented four individuals with honorary degrees, the highest award conferred by the College, at its Encaenia ceremonies on Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax. Captain Trevor Greene (BJH ’88, DCL ’09) followed his education at the University of King’s College with several years as a journalist and advocate for the homeless, and later joined the Canadian military. In March 2004, during a community meeting with villagers in Kandahar, Afghanistan, a young man struck Greene from behind with an axe to the head. Since the attack, he has pushed through a tough recovery, but in the face of his own difficulties, the solider has sought to reach out to others and share his very personal message of hope. The same core values that lead him to working with such volunteer initiatives as Ethiopia Airlift in his early adulthood, to providing a voice to the unheard with his book on the missing prostitutes of Vancouver and another on homelessness in Japan, and to becoming a CIMIC officer, are now leading him to inspire others with his story of courage and strength. Through filmmaker Sue Ridout’s documentary Peace Warrior, his own forthcoming book on his journey during and after the tragic events in Kandahar, and a sheer willingness to tell his story, Greene has continued to make an impact on those in need, providing a real taste of hope. Dr. Henry Roper (DCnL ’09), dubbed “Mr. King’s” for assuming nearly a dozen positions at the College, began his 30 years at King’s in 1977 as a Junior Fellow in Humanities and Social Sciences. Roper, who has received a BA from Dalhousie, and a BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge, then took on the role of Registrar in 1978 for nearly a decade. While continuing his teachings in Humanities, he has also assumed the positions of Vice President, both Associate Director and
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Director of the Foundation Year Programme, and upon his retirement in 1998, was appointed Inglis Professor. Roper has sat on as many King’s committees as he has assumed academic and administrative positions, and still remains active in the College’s community. This communitymindedness also extends beyond the Quad; he is a patron of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Symphony Nova Scotia. Along with his impact at King’s, Roper has contributed to the academic field with his research on the educational, religious and municipal history of Nova Scotia, and most recently, he has co-edited the two final volumes of the authoritative Collected works of George Grant, the definitive edition of one of the few great public intellectuals of this country. By the time Stephanie Nolen’s (BJH ’93, DCL ’09) book 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa was published to national and international acclaim in 2007, she had already established herself as one of King’s most successful and distinguished journalism graduates. After attending King’s, she earned her Masters in Economic Development from the London School of Economics before beginning her career as a freelance journalist in the Middle East. Her incisive, insightful and very human reporting quickly won her assignments from major international media outlets, including The Independent and Newsweek, and she eventually returned to Canada to become a senior writer for Maclean’s and later, The Globe and Mail. Nolen has earned an enviable reputation as a war correspondent, but is best known for telling the story of the epidemic of HIV and AIDS in Africa, coverage she provided from a Johannesburg-based correspondent position she convinced initially skeptical editors to create. That she has told this story exceedingly well is clear from her three Canadian National Newspaper Awards for International Reporting and her three
Amnesty International Awards for Human Rights Reporting. Nolen has recently moved to India for a new post in New Delhi. She has also rounded out her still young career by authoring two other nonfiction books: Shakespeare’s Face and Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race. Rt. Rev. Michael Hawkins (BA ’84, HC ’85, DD ’09), who lives in Prince Albert with his family, was ordained in the Diocese of Nova Scotia in 1988 and priest in 1989. He served as Rector of the Parish of Pugwash and River John from 1988 to 1993, and the Parish of Petite Riviere and New Dublin until 2001. He was then called to the Deanship of Saskatchewan, where he has since ministered to the congregation of St. Alban’s Cathedral, Prince Albert, as their pastor, and was recently ordained as bishop of the Anglican diocese of Saskatchewan. His westbound move in the early ’00s was thought of by many as Prince Albert’s gain and surely Nova Scotia’s loss. Hawkins, an active volunteer for the Canadian Mental Health Association, was a founding faculty member of the Eastern Canadian St. Michael’s Youth Conference and has been instrumental in the successful planting of that ministry in the Canadian West. An engaging and widely respected preacher, he has been called upon to exercise the prophetic ministry on numerous occasions as a missioner, guest homilist and conference preacher. “This year’s recipients are exceptional representatives of the ideals we aim to teach at King’s. Though their work is diverse, they share a unity of endeavour: an unyielding dedication to their community, and a thoughtful commitment to the betterment of humanity,” says King’s College President Dr. William Barker. “Convocation has selected a truly impressive roster for our 2009 Honorary Degree recipients. They are sure to captivate this year’s graduating class and to inspire us all.”
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tances in satisfying conversation. Then, in February, a performance of Poor Boy by Halifax’s Zuppa Theatre Company (several members of which are King’s alumni) was another enjoyable get-together. An unforgettable event in March was a showing at the Oxford Theatre of The Strangest Dream, a documentary film by Halifax-based alumnus Eric Bednarski (BA ’99), who afterwards joined some of us at Freeman’s Restaurant for a late-night drink. And of course the Tuesday Toot, at 5:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month, continues at The Henry House Restaurant and Pub on Barrington Street.
John Stiles (BA ’89) reads from his work Taking the Stairs at the Third Annual Haliburton Night, held on April 21, 2009, in London, UK.
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The Toronto Branch welcomed Stephen Kimber on January 29, 2009, as a part of the King’s faculty lecture tour. The members greatly enjoyed his talk and the opportunity to connect with those high school students in attendance planning on matriculating in the fall. The Branch executive is busy planning several new and exciting events for later this year that will help bring King’s to Toronto. Keep your eyes open for more information soon.
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On April 30, 2009, Dr. William Barker, Nick Hatt and Jill MacBeath came to Calgary for a meet-and-greet session with future and current King’s students, as well as alumni. It was held at the Calgary Mariott and was a great success. Thank you to all who attended and the faculty and staff for taking time out of their busy schedules. The Alberta Branch of the Alumni Association has a new executive headed up by Branch President Nick Twyman (BA ’88) and Vice President Daniel Sax (’05). They are currently working at growing the active alumni base. Please contact Nick
(email@example.com), Daniel (daniel.sax@ bordeauxdevelopments.com), or the Advancement Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to get involved. Stay tuned for a news update about a midsummer King’s function that will likely take place in and around Stampede (July) for Calgary and area King’s alumni.
The Montréal Branch of the King’s Alumni Association is preparing for a period of renewal and reevaluation. A general meeting is scheduled for July 23, 2009, when new officers will be elected, and an events committee and a philanthropy committee will be created. If you’d like further information, or are interested in taking a leadership role, please email email@example.com or visit the branch’s Facebook page.
The Home Branch of the Alumni Association celebrated Christmas with the annual holiday reception in the President’s Lodge, graciously hosted by Dr. William Barker and Dr. Elizabeth Church. A fine turnout made the event comfortably crowded, and many alumni engaged old friends and new acquain-
Following a winter of record snowfalls for many parts of Europe, the crocus bulbs of spring burst through in February along with gifts of sunshine and unseasonably high temperatures. The European chapter took full advantage! In March, our “see it or you don’t” tour of Dennis Severs’ House on Folgate Street (dating to 1724), with its spectacular backdrop against the ultra-modern skyscrapers of the city, finished up with a pleasant afternoon chat on a pub patio in the middle of the bustling Sunday Spitalfields Market. In April, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the original Haliburton Club (and third anniversary of the London chapter) with an evening of readings organized by Rebecca Pate (BAH ’06). The warm spring evening opened with a six-minute skit of The Clockmaker, as interpreted by Canadian Kim Morrisey and performed by London’s Purple Poets, on the patio of the Pembroke Pub near the site of the London Book Fair. John Stiles (BA ’89) led the readings and was joined by seven other published Canadian authors living in or visiting London. Informal gatherings in Amsterdam and Warsaw (and even in between complex flight connections in the stunning Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport!) continue apace. There is something for everyone— especially as we transition to full-on summer weather. Help spread the word to fellow European Alumni!
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alumnotes The ’40s Canon Bob Tuck (BA ’48, DD ’93), who authored Churches of Nova Scotia (Dundurn 2004), would like to offer the pictorial history book for a reduced price to all King’s alumni and current students. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The ’6 0s Mary L. Barker (BA ’67, HF ’97) has been appointed as a member the Community Consultative Committee of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. She lives in Halifax and is a communications consultant. William Bryant (BA ’67) is currently working on his doctorate in Journalism and Public Communication at the University of Maryland. His son graduated from RPI this year. The Rev. Dr. Robert Petite (BA ’69) was elected President-Elect of the Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare Chaplains (AEHC) during its February 1 meeting at the Spiritual Care Collaborative Summit 09 held in Orlando, Florida. The Assembly serves as the Episcopal-Anglican collegial association for North American chaplains and other caregivers. A number of Canadian brothers and sisters in ministry join in the fellowship and continuing education opportunities that the Annual Meeting affords.
The ’70s Joan Christie (BSc ’72) just retired from the University of South Florida in Tampa and is in private practice. Her children, Lindsay (National Institutes of Health scientist) and Britany (interior designer) are “off the payroll and doing well.” She would love to hear news of classmates and can be emailed at email@example.com. Alan McHughen (’73) was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in December 2008, an honour bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Barry Shears (BA ’78), who graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2005 with an MA in Atlantic Canada Studies, recently had his book, Dance to the Piper, published by Cape Breton University Press. The book is a study of the Scottish Gael in Nova Scotia from 1773 to 1987, and is based on his dissertation from SMU. Dance to the Piper is available from most book stores, or directly from CBU Press in Sydney, NS. 34
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Phyllis Waddell (BSc ’77) received a Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from New York Medical College last May. Fellow alumni can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
T he ’80s Kathleen Bain (BJ ’83) graduated in 2006 with an MA in Applied Communication from Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC. She now has her own communications consulting business in Ontario, Bain Associates. She welcomes contact from classmates and prospective clients at email@example.com. Peter Classen (BAH ’88) and his wife Elmira Togliatti are pleased to announce the birth of Lilly Renee Classen. Peter, who currently resides in Saudi Arabia (and splits his time between Saudi Arabia and Washington, DC), has also has been appointed CEO at MK Group. Michael Dunn (BA ’88) has been teaching in the Special Education Program at Washington State University Vancouver (near Portland, Oregon) for four years. His wife, Lynn, also works at the university in the Child Development Program. Photography has been a hobby for Michael since 1994; he recently won an award for one of his pictures in a university journal. Amanda Le Rougetel (BJ ’88) earned her MA in applied communication from Royal Roads University in 2006 and has been running her own writing and editing business, Clear Thinking ink, for the past five years. Fellow alumni can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Judy MacLean (BA ’84) will complete a graduate certificate in Family Literacy at Penn State University in June. She continues to work as a librarian in Fredericton, NB. James MacQueen (BA ’89) and his wife Rachel are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Audrey Grace—a sister for three-year-old Stella Ann. Audrey arrived on May 30, 2008. The growing MacQueen Family resides in Toronto, ON, where James works as Vice President, Portfolio Strategy at CBRE Global Corporate Services. Fellow alumni can contact him at contact email@example.com.
T he ’90s Deborah Irvine Anderson (BJH ’98) and husband Jason are pleased to announce
the birth of their daughter Margaret Rose. Maggie arrived at the Saint John Regional Hospital on December 26, 2008, a sister to Isaac Michael, born on January 28, 2006. Her proud aunt is Sarah (Irvine) McIntyre (’95). This is the third grandchild for her proud Grampy, Rev. Canon James Irvine (BA ’69, BST ’71). Fellow alumni can contact Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org. Andrea Aster (BJ ’96) is the acting Communications Director at Upper Canada College. Eric Bednarski’s (BA ’99) documentary The Strangest Dream was nominated for a 2009 Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for best writing in a documentary. The National Film Board also organized a cross-Canada tour for the film, beginning in March 2009, and Eric followed this with a screening for MPs at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, in April, and for the United Nations in New York in May. Laurie Cook (BJH ’92) is proving you can do anything with a journalism degree. After working in the film and television industry in Halifax for several years, she is now working on a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development at St. Francis Xavier University. Laurie, who is also getting involved in the new Halifax Media Cooperative, just recently presented the talk “Community and Media: The Next Frontier” at the Lunenburg Library. She has also been Chair for the past two years of the Musquodoboit Harbour Community Visioning Initiative and the Musquodoboit Harbour Ratepayer’s and Residents’ Association. In the fall, she is to be part of a panel on Community at the Halifax Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Conference. Through it all, she says, her King’s degree has been a strong foundation to build on. Mark Davidson (BA ’91) just returned from a second tour of Afghanistan, where he deployed with the Regional Command (South) Headquarters in the Civil-Military Co-operation Branch. Currently, he is a registered nurse with Health Canada for the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch in northern Manitoba, having been seconded to the Tuberculosis Control Unit. He has been accepted to medical school in Australia and will matriculate in spring 2009. Nicholas Graham (BA ’90) and his wife, Wanda McDonald, would like to announce the arrival of Benjamin William and Alexander Sederis Graham on April 27, 2009.
alumnotes Rudyard Griffiths (’90) has authored and published a new book, Who We Are: A Citizen’s Manifesto (Douglas & McIntyre 2009), which calls for a rediscovery of the founding principles that made Canada the nation it is today. Andrew Harrison (BAH ’96) recently moved from Ottawa, ON, where he worked as a lawyer for Hamilton | Appotive LLP since 2002, to St. Andrews, NB, to open his own law practice. Vicki Hayden (BA ’93) is currently teaching English at the College of the North Atlantic in Qatar. She began in August 2008, and will likely be working there for the next three years. Alastair Jarvis (BAH ’99) just finished, in collaboration with James Seaboyer (’05), the videogame “EA Sports Football Academy,” at Halifax’s HB Studios. Michal Kapral (BJH ’95) landed his dream job last year as the founding editor-in-chief of Canadian Running magazine, the first national magazine for runners in Canada. The bi-monthly publication has enjoyed a wildly successful first year. Published by Gripped Inc., which also produces Triathlon Magazine Canada and Gripped, The Climbing Magazine, Canadian Running is sold at most major newsstands, at all Running Room locations, at Sport Chek, and at several independent running stores. Dianne (Shiels) Kapral (BJH ’95) is also working at the magazine, handling public relations, sourcing photos and updating the website. Fellow alumni can contact Michal at email@example.com. Susan Ladner (BJ ’97) recently received her PhD from York University. Jaime Little (BJH ’99) and Yann Cubaynes had a beautiful baby girl named Ella Safia, on February 28, 2009. They live in Montréal. Daniel MacEachern (BJH ’98) is the managing editor of Fort McMurray Today. Craig MacKinnon (BA ’91, BJ ’92), a research officer with Independent Living Nova Scotia, just won an award for work on aging with disability. Fellow alumni can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Karen Paré (BA ’98) married Paul Barkin on April 13, 2008, at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto, ON. She continues to work as a feature film investment analyst for Telefilm Canada in Toronto.
Sandra Johnson Penney (BA ’92) was hired in July as curator at the Canadian Military Engineers Museum located at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering at CFB Gagetown, NB. The Museum is open to the public for tours and research on Military Engineering subjects. Fellow alumni can contact Sandra at email@example.com. Erik Penz (BAH ’95) was married to Priya Suagh at Gurdwara Damesh Darbar Sahib, Brampton, ON, on November 23, 2008, and at the chapel of Trinity College, Toronto, on November 29, 2008. The wedding service at Trinity College Chapel was conducted by Father Mark Andrews (BA ’87), rector of St Thomas’s Anglican Church on Huron Street in Toronto. Tudor Robins (BJ ’96) and Peggy TrendellJensen have launched Two Writers Talking, a blog for writers about the writing process, where they share their thoughts on the creative craft and the industry and invite contributions and discussion. You’re invited to join in at www.twowriterstalking.ca. Amy Rosen (BJ ’94) took home the Tourism Excellence Travel Media Award at the 2008 TIAC National Awards, won four 2008 North American Travel Journalists Association awards, and was awarded a VisitBritain 2008 Travel Journalism Award. She also was recently published in the American anthology Best Food Writing 2008. Daragh Russell (BAH ’94) and her husband Michael Pick welcomed the arrival of their son Ezra on September 29, 2008, a little brother for Anthea. Daragh continues to work for the United Kingdom at the UN. Matthew Sherrard (BAH ’99) worked as an articled clerk with a judge of the Federal Court of Canada in Ottawa, ON, and is now practising Aboriginal and Energy Law with Fraser Milner Casgrain in Montréal. Matthew married Stephanie Hurlburt in Québec’s Eastern Townships in July 2008. Anne Simms (BA ’94) and Benjamin Vitale would like to announce the birth of their second child, Alice Marguerite Vitale, born on May 30, 2008, in Newark, NJ. Alice’s big sister Julia welcomes her with great joy. Sean Smith (BA ’90) has just entered a second term as commodore of Vancouver’s Stamps Landing Yacht Club. He was also the recipient of a prize for Best Presentation in Pavement Engineering at a recent open
house with his employer, EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. Steven Spears (BSc ’94) is pleased to announce he has taken on a contract to work for the NS Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association in regards to Small Woodlot Management Plans. Steve is now living in Antigonish, NS. Fellow alumni can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Julian Wainwright (BJ ’98) and Cecilia Unite welcomed the birth of their son Edan Rizal Unite Wainwright on February 18, 2009. This year, Julian, a staff photographer with the European Pressphoto Agency, also won World Press Photo and Sony World Photography awards for his work from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Julian, Cecilia and Edan are currently based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Fellow alumni can contact Julian at email@example.com. Michael Wallace (BA ’91) and his wife, Sarah Rotering, are pleased to announce the birth of their baby girl, Rubina Cordelia Wallace, who arrived on September 25, 2008. Ian Wissler (BA ’94, HC ’95) and Christina Wissler welcomed a new baby son, Jonah, on April 17, 2007. Tara Lee Wittchen (BJ ’97) and Jon Robert Hutt are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Aurora Cecilia Wittchen Hutt, who arrived on April 9, 2009, at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS. Old friends can get in touch with Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jordi Valdes (’91) just completed associate producing a historical documentary for PBS’s American Experience on the early Mexican American Civil Rights Movement titled, A Class Apart. He is also currently completing work on his second book of poetry and photography titled, In Between Days, to be released in 2009. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
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alumnotes in the 4000–12,500 circulation categories, an award he previously won in 2007. He has also won regional awards for feature articles, resource writing and photography. Aaron works for Transcontinental Media and is a journalist with the Northern Pen in St. Anthony, NL. Frances Black (BAH ’05) recently graduated from Yale with a Masters in Fine Arts in Theatre Management. Tanya (Langille) Campbell (BJH ’04) had her second child, Jason Quinn Campbell, on October 28, 2008. Mary Beth Carty (BAH ’03) lives in Québec City, and is now a recording and touring folk musician. Her album, Voici... Bette & Wallet, has been nominated for two ECMAs, and she was nominated Traditional Singer of the Year at the Canadian Fok Music Awards. Mary Beth, who got her start in the King’s Wardroom, says the interdisciplinary approach to learning that she experienced as a Foundation Year student and Contemporary Studies graduate is something that she carries into her present career, combining education, research, writing, philosophy, journalism, performance, communication, art theory—the list goes on. She is going on tour this spring, and playing in festivals this summer, and would love to see King’s alumni. Katherine Cayley (BAH ’01) and her partner Lea Ambros (BAH ’02) recently had their first child, Livia Margaret Cayley Ambros, born at home on December 17, 2007. Jessica Davey-Quantick (BJH ’07) recently moved overseas, taking a position as editor at Qatar Happening magazine in Doha, Qatar. Fellow alumni can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sarah Dingle (BAH ’00) and Carl Lem (BAH ’00) were delighted with the arrival of their son, James Oscar Mun-San Lem, on June 6, 2009. Sarah, Carl and Jamie live in Ottawa, ON. Tony Ferguson (BJ ’09) and Deborah Johnson (BJ ’09) each were finalists for the 29th Annual College Photography Contest. Their photos were chosen from among more than 3,000 student entries from United States, Canada and around the world, and will be published by Photographer’s Forum magazine in a hardcover book titled, Best of College Photography 2009. Leah Fitzgerald (BJH ’02) and Bill Duncan are pleased to announce the arrival of 36
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John (Jack) Malcolm Varner Duncan, born August 9, 2008, in Saint John, NB, a brother for Marah. Leah works for Xerox Canada in her hometown of Saint John.
Laura (Graham) Simpson (BJ ’04) and Scott Simpson (BA ’93, AMC ’95) are pleased to announce the birth of their baby boy, Charlie Ray Simpson, born on January 16, 2009.
Jennifer Fox (’05) and Michael Perry (’03) welcomed their second child on November 5, 2008, a baby girl named Sophie, who joins their son Nathaniel.
Rebecca Sutin (BAH ’05) is currently developing a children’s theatre company in Toronto, ON, to be called RoleCall Theatre.
Jennifer Hoegg (BAH ’05) and partner Ross Chapman welcomed Josephine Hoegg-Chapman in June 2008. Josephine joins older siblings Christopher and Cordelia, who were frequent visitors to campus during Jenn’s time at King’s. Jenn will be returning to work with Transcontinental’s Nova Scotia weeklies in June, writing for the King’s County Advertiser and novanewsnow.com. Liam Hyland (BJH ’08) is working as a videographer for CTV Atlantic. Lindsey Keilty (BJH ’06) was married to Michael Bunin on October, 11, 2008 in Halifax, NS. Heather (Ogilvie) Latter (BJH ’05) and Greg Latter are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Victoria Latter, on July 30, 2008. Andrew Law (BA ’06) has recently accepted a position as the assistant to Eglinton-Lawrence MP Joe Volpe. Lisa Loughead (BJH ’07) completed her Masters in History at Dalhousie University and graduated in October 2008. Renée I.A. Mercuri (BJ ’02) and husband Joshua Tusin welcomed their first child, a son, Maxence Tao Mercuri Tusin, on April 6, 2009, at home with the help of their midwives and doula. Mercuri and Tusin have been married since July 2006 and moved back to Toronto, ON, in late 2007 after a year traveling in Asia and three years living in Tusin’s hometown of Chicago. Mercuri is currently on maternity leave from her position as communications associate with the Retired Teachers of Ontario. Follow their adventures in words, photos and video at www.pastabroccoli.net and on Facebook. Neal Ozano (BJ ’04), who resides in Halifax, NS, is working at The Coast as the copy chief. Stéphanie (Simard) Potter (BA ’06) and her husband Timothy Potter are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Robert Timothy Francis Potter, on February 28th, 2009, in Halifax, NS.
Kate Turner (BScH ’03) and David Turner (BAH ‘02) are expecting their first child. Jennifer Wilson-Speedy (BJH ’07) and James Speedy (BJH ’07) were married on August 3, 2008, in the Waring House in Picton, ON. The couple met as first-year journalism students at King’s.
Faculty, Staff & Fr i ends Sylvia D. Hamilton, School of Journalism part-time professor and Contemporary Studies Programme faculty member, was invited in January 2009 as a visiting scholar to the Music Department of Middlebury College, Vermont, to screen her film Portia White: Think On Me and to give a lecture on the film. From February until April, she was on the road giving lectures and screenings with her documentary, The Little Black School House, including such locations and events as the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University; the Toronto Public Library; Vancouver’s Cinematheque; Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication; the National Black Policy Conference in Ottawa; and the National Judicial Institute’s Race, Law and Judging Conference in Halifax. She also published the article, “Searching for Portia White,” in Rain, Drizzle and Fog: Film and Television in Atlantic Canada, edited by Darrell Varga, Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Film and Media Studies at NSCAD. Stephen Snobelen, director of the College’s History of Science and Technology Programme, was heavily featured in the documentary Apocalypse 2060, which aired on April 14, 2009, on Vision TV. Snobelen, who is also the director of the Newton Project Canada, an endeavor to make Newton’s onceconcealed private manuscripts accessible to the public, acted as the historical consultant for this documentary, which dives into Isaac Newton’s prophetic beliefs, and is the film’s major interviewee. Eugene Meese, Inglis Professor, has a book due out this summer: A Magpie’s Smile (NeWest Press), a mystery novel that explores the dark side of Calgary’s first economic boom.
IN MEMORIAM Marjorie “Elaine” (Cook) Burke (BA ’63) passed away on October 15, 2008, in Burlington, ON.
Rev. Canon H. Rhodes Cooper (BA ’46, BSL ’48, DD ’72) passed away on January 22, 2009, in St. John’s, NL.
W. Ralph Lewis (’40), formerly of Vancouver, BC, recently of Dartmouth, NS, passed away on September 25, 2008.
Innis McLeod Christie (BA ’58) of Halifax, NS, passed away on February 9, 2009.
C. William Eliot (DCnl ’88), resident of Dorchester and Charlottetown, PEI, passed away on May 20, 2008.
Patrick C. Nixon passed away on August 16, 2008, in Ottawa, ON.
J. Harrison Cleveland (BAH ’33) passed away on December 28, 2008, in Toronto, ON. Margaret Crease, who once worked as the Alumni Secretary at the College, passed away March 4, 2009, in Halifax, NS. Bertha Beatrice Currie (BA ’65) passed away on December 10, 2008, in Halifax, NS.
Cleveland, J. Harrison (BAH ’33) passed away on December 28, 2008, in Toronto, ON. Mary Olding Hebb (Journalism Diploma ’58, LLB ’81), of the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, passed away on January 27, 2009. A. Carmen Kelly (BSc ’52) passed away on January 25, 2009, in St. John, NB.
The Honorable Hilroy Nathanson (BA ’55, LLB ’58) passed away on December 26, 2008, in Halifax, NS. Alfred M.C. Shaw (’41) passed away in the University of Alberta Hospital. Leslie Ann Walsh (’58) passed away on April 15, 2009, in Halifax, NS.
J. Harrison Cleveland By Robyn McNeil (Minor in Journalism)
In Harrison Cleveland’s (BA ’33) earliest childhood memory, he is huddled with his mother in the warmth of the family stove after the blast from the Halifax Explosion blew out the windows of their home. In the weeks to follow, his father, Joseph, who owned one of the only cars in the neighbourhood, volunteered to transport the injured to their medical appointments. After a long life following in his father’s humanitarian footsteps, Cleveland, 95, died on December 28, 2008, at Toronto Western Hospital. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for a number of years. His daughter, Janet Cleveland, says her
father was committed to promoting ideas of equality, respect and community throughout his life. “He always tried to see what people had in common and worked to promote basic humanitarian values beyond differences of social status, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation,” she says. The saying “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” figured prominently for Cleveland and how he chose to live his life—an ideal that lead the staunchly Anglican Progressive Conservative to attend several meetings of the Young Communists in the mid 1930s because he shared the league’s opposition to fascism and believed in looking for common ground, even in the face of opposition. After graduating with a BAH in English and Latin from King’s in 1933, Cleveland received an LLB from Dalhousie University in 1936. He practiced law only briefly before joining the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, serving as signal officer on the North Atlantic Convoy from 1941 to 1942. Cleveland then joined the Department of External Affairs in 1946, beginning a long diplomatic career, serving Canada in posts from the United States to Finland, Columbia and beyond. During his time as High Commissioner to Nigeria and Sierra Leone and Ambassador to Senegal, Niger and Benin from 1964 to 1967,
Cleveland unsuccessfully advocated for an intervention by the Commonwealth countries to avert the 1965 Unilateral Declaration of Independence in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), enacted by Ian Smith’s minority government. Cleveland continued to work until 1988, retiring at 75 years of age to Dunrobin, a suburb northwest of Ottawa, ON, where he became active in St. Mary’s North March Church. A dynamic member of the Anglican Church throughout his life, retirement allowed Cleveland the opportunity to revisit his role of lay reader, when he took on biweekly services to ensure St. Mary’s congregation could regularly celebrate mass. Cleveland oversaw this task for more than a decade, when a second clergy was hired, although he remained instrumental in activities of the parish and in diocesan affairs. Reverend David Clunie, who grew to know Cleveland through his involvement at St. Mary’s, credits him with keeping the church going when attendance was low. “By having St. Mary’s Church open every Sunday, a very small congregation of 10 or 12 regular people began to grow,” says Clunie. “The people at St. Mary’s are grateful for what he did, for being the main building block. And now the church is quite thriving.” On August 29, 2009, a memorial service in Cleveland’s honour will be held at St. Mary’s Church and cemetery in Dunrobin, ON. T i d ings | summer 2 0 0 9
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