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Summer 1998 Editor Mary Dic ki eson Contributors Barbara Chance . BA ' 74 Nat ha n Mallet A ndrew Vow les M exande r Wooley

On the cover Kallisla W ong, BA '92, says her Uni versity of Guelph education was good preparation for the demands of a career in Hong Kon g 's dy namic business environment. She ' s also using her

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Taking a World View "Our responsibilities in the global arena are twofold" by Morde chai Rozanski

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n the rapidly developing g lobal economy, national boundaries are loosing s ignificance as people, infor­ mation, capital and products flow easily and quickly be­ tween countries. The University of Guelph is part of that international exc han ge and has a respons ibility to fo ste r a g lobal perspective in its teachin g and resea rch pro­ grams and to provide opportunities for students to leam about other cultures . There are many ways we ' re doing that, and you'll read about some of them in thi s iss ue of the Guelph Alumnus, but we' re putting our g rea tes t effort into ini tia­ tiv es that will bring more international students to th e University of Guelph and provid e more opportunities for Guelph students to study abroad . Spending time in an­ other country is the best way to learn about its culture.

Travel experience When trav el ex periences are combined with the kind of educational pursuits that the University of Guelph is developing, the benefits are unp aralleled. Our colleges are offering field-study courses and se mester-abroad program s in whic h students and faculty travel together from Guelph to study in another country - international agri c ulture in M exico, rura l development in India, bu si­ ness and economics in Britain - where the location has a dramatic impact on the learning process. We are also workin g to increase student exc hange op­ portunities becau se we believe exc hange programs offer the greatest pote nti a l for the internationalization of our campus. The tremendou s benefit lie s in the fa ct that, not only do Guelph students have the experience of enrolling and studyin g in a foreign university, but stude nts from that institution al so come to study at Guelph. Thei r prese nce adds to the cultural diversi ty of this campus and provides a learn ing experience by osmosis for the whol e stude nt body. At the same time, we recognize th at our responsibili­ ties in the global arena are twofold , opening doors for our students and sharing our expertise with others. Earl y in May, I travelled to China with other Canadian uni ver­ sity presid ents to attend the third Canada/China Univer­ sity Preside nts' Conferenc e and to present a paper on internati o nal co-operative dev elopment. This conference was dev e loped by the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training and the Assoc iation of Universities and Col­ leges of Canada to enable us to set priorities for future co-operation in higher ed ucation . Our Chinese Guelph Alumnus

colJeagues were both g raciou s and eage r for the ne tworkin g op­ portunities th at g re w out o f the confe rence.

Moral obligation The moral obligation we ha ve to share o ur expe rtise with the world was uppermost in my thou g hts when I attended the May 10 official launch of a new fo ur-year development project in which Guelph fac ulty und er the leadership of Prof. K.C. Tan , Geogra­ phy, will help establi s h trainin g programs for the Chi­ nese manage rs of rural enterpri ses. The Canadian Internat ional D evelopment A gency is fundin g this proj­ ect in Hangzhou because it teaches business sk ills that will tra nslate into improved living sta ndard s a nd envi­ ronmental well-being for people who live in China's small villages. This new relation ship with Zhejiang A g ricultura l Uni­ versity is an example of how your alma mater is trying to build on existing streng th s to mak e the best use of limited financial resourc es fo r intern ational ini tiatives. Our doors are open to the world. We are following a pa th set out in the Unive rsity's 1995 strategic-planning document, w hich suggests we co ncentrate our efforts in areas where we are best posi tion ed to se ize opportunities and make a significa nt contribution. That advice is a lso leading us to an expansion of serv­ ices provided by the Office of Open Learning as it be­ comes more involved in the development of distance education courses and professional training programs for individuals overseas. These initiatives are helpin g to maintain our histori ca l partnership with governme nt and private funding agencies. Yo ur own internation a l ex periences as U of G alumni will no doubt co nfirm that we are charting the right co urse to bring the University to the increased interna­ tionalism we seek.

Your comments are welcome. Writ e 10 the president at the University of Guelph. Guelph. ON NIG 2Wl, orfax 105 19-767-1693. 5


May Day marks historic change M ay Day 1998 will be remembered as a sign ificant moment in th e hi story of the University of Guelph. On May I, th e University comm unity offic iall y welcomed aboard th e College of Social and Appli ed Human Sciences (CSAHS), a proactive and strategic uni on of the Co llege of Family and Consumer S tudies (FACS ) and the College of Social Science (CSS) . The uni on was th e result of months of work by fac ulty, staff, alumni and students. At a ce remo ny marking th e creation of the new co ll ege, the former dean s of FACS and CSS paid special tribute to the alumni of the two fo unding co lleges , some 27,000 strong , who provided impor­ tant input a nd feedbac k at every stage of the proposal. Many have seen change be­ fore as g radu ates of the Macdo nald Insti ­ tute and W ellington College, as wel l as FACS and CSS . " Building o n the strong and proud tra­ ditions of the M acdonald Institute and its successor, FACS, as we ll as the College of Social Science and W ellingto n College, the College of Social and Applied Hum an Sciences wi ll be distinc t, " says pres ident Mo rdech ai Roza nski. " Perhaps no other acad emic unit in the cou ntry has such a breadth and depth of scho lars comm itted to th e knowledge and unde rstanding of the hum an cond ition and mod ern soc iety at the end of the 20th century." The ne w co ll ege will featu re a weal th of leadin g tea chers and researchers, com­ bined with a tradition of appl y ing lesson s lea rn ed to rea l-wo rld problems, all hou sed in a si ngl e acade mi c stru ct ure. Fonner FACS dean Mic hae l Nig htingale, now interim dean of the new college, says e xc itement and anticipation about th e new college have been building si nce January, when the Uni versity 'S Sen­ ate vo ted overw helmingly in suppo rt of the union. "Now that it's a reality, we're poised to make a leap into the future , a fu­ ture which I think hold s great promi se." CSS dean David Kni ght add s that " innovati o n isn' t something new for us. If you go back throu gh our respec ti ve his to­ ri es, you see th at both colleges have been evolving constan tly and co nsi sten tly. So to those who 've had long or short associa­ tions w ith the former College of Family 6

Left to right: Jean (Fuller) Hume, B.H.Sc. '64, Elizabeth O'Neil, B.A.Sc. '74 and M.Sc. '83, Harold Whiteside, BA '82, Susan Blair, BA '83, and Margo Shoemaker, BA '79 and MA '81, toast the creation of U of G's new College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. The May 1 union of the former colleges of Social Science and Family and Consumer Studies was celebrated at a campus reception for faculty, staff and alumni. Photo by Vern McGrath

and Cons umer Studi es or with the College of Soc ial Science, I would remind them th at the names may have changed, but the people are still he re, keen to welcome the cha llenge. We're not gone; we've only joined a bigger fam il y !"

TRELLIS database goes up The size of the U of G Library was effec ­ tiv ely tripled this spring as Gu elph , the University of Wa te rloo and Wilfrid Laurier Uni ve rsit y lau nc hed TR LLIS , the Tri-Universi ty Group of Librari es' new combined comp uter-based informa­ tion resource system. The new a utoma ted sys tem will give stude nts and faculty at the three campu ses access to a wider range of reso urces, in­ cl uding computer-based indexes, informa­ tion a t other Web sites and databases around the world. More than 7.5 million vo lumes of mate­ rials ca n be fo und online using TRELLIS, and some 100 gigaby tes of informati o n are on the system - abo ut 70,000 floppy disks wo rth of data. M ore than 400 users ca n log on to TRELLIS simultaneously. To access TRELLIS o n the Web, type ww w. tug -Iibrari es.o n.ca into your Web browser.

Let the Games begin! Catch a rising star! T his Augu st, Guelph ane! environs will throw o ut the welcome mat fo r more th an 2,500 of the province 's most promising you ng athletes, as the City of Guelph and the University play host to the 1998 O ntario Summ er Games. Running Aug. 13 to 16, the Games will feat ure 19 sports, including cyc lin g, base­ ba ll , soccer, basketball , saili ng, tennis , track and f ield , a nd spo rts for the di s­ abled. Competitors ra nge in age from IS to 17. Some will go on to the Canad a Ga mes in 1999 and the Olympics in 2002. Pla nnin g ha s been und er way for mo nths. To make it happe n, the G ames O rgan izi ng Committee is calli ng on 1,800 local volunteers, man y of the m alumni. General manager of the Games is U of G political scie nce gradu ate Tim M au, BA '92 and MA ' 93, a former basketball Gryphon and wi nner of the W inega rd Medal. 'T he Ontario Su m mer Games are a remarkable opportunity for the City of Guelph , the Universi ty, local sports groups and fa ns, " says M au. "I'm ex pect­ ing to see a lo t of alumni o ut there! " U of G will figure prominently in the Games. Opening ceremonies w ill be held Guel"" Alumnus

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in Alumni Stadium and university resi ­ dences will serv e as the "a thletes' vil­ lage." Landsca pe architecture professor Walter Kehm ch ai rs the committee over­ seeing the water sports at Guelph Lake. Kehm, who 's been rowing since 1955, al­ ready has 200 volunteers signed up to help with the water events. He says he' s "amazed" at the s pirit he 's e ncountered and hopes it will co ntinue long after clos­ ing ceremonies, perhaps including the creation of permanent canoeing and row­ ing c lubs. Tickets are required for the opening ceremonies and events at Guelph Lake , but all othe r admissions are free. For more information about the 1998 Ontario Sum­ mer Games, call 519-822-GAME or visit the We b site www.summergames.org.

Alumni honoured at convocation During convocation ceremonies June 9 to 12, U of G alumni Norris Hoag, B.Sc.(Agr.) ' 66, and William Brock, B.Sc.(Agr.) '5 8, were named honorary fell ows of the University. Hoag, who is assistant deputy minister for education, research and laboratory programs, Ontario Mini stry of Agri­ culture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), was recogni zed for his drive and vision in promoting agricul.ture and agri-food researc h. He played a key role in developing the new OMAFRA/U of G pal1nership that has st rengthened Guelph's position in agricultural educa­ tion and research . Brock, deputy chair, risk management, Toronto Dominion Bank , was appointed to U ofG's Board of Governors in 1988 , served as vice-chair in 1989 and chair from 1991 to 1994. He is currently chair of the board of trustees of the University'S Heritage Fund, has served previously on Senate, OAC college and alumni boards and was vice-chair of Guelph's last capital campaign. The University also awarded honorary degrees to Vigdis Finnbogadotlir, the form er president of Ice land; Taylor Steeves, an internationally recog ni zed botanist; and William Pritc hard, retired dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the Univers ity of California, Davis . Guelph Alumnus

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China project The University of Guelph has been awarded $1.3 million from the Canadian International Deve lopment Agency (CIDA) to oversee a four-year project to promote sustainable growth in China's rural economy and communities. Rapid industrialization that followed lhe death of Mao Tse Tung in 1976 has cau sed a myriad of environmental prob­ lems in China's coastal areas and created ne w rural communities that are unpre­ pared to manage their own development. Guelph geographer K.C. Tan has been studying China's rural economy for nearly 15 years and has documented the need for training programs to help Chi­ nese personnel manage the moderniza­ tion of their industries in a s ustainable way. Under his direction, the CIDA proj­ ect will focu s on improving rural living standards while achieving en vironmental well-being for the people who live in ru­ ral communities. Tan 's contributions to Chinese deve l­ opment were recognized in 1995 when he was named adjunct professor for life by the new College of Rural Enterprises at Zheiiang Agricultural University in China: This reflects the high regard in which Tan and his Guelph colleagues are held by the scholarly community in both Canada and China. Zhejiang is also the participating institution in the CIDA project. Other Guelph faculty involved in the project are Profs. Alun Joseph , Geog­ raphy; Michae l Moss, Faculty of Envi­ ronmental Sciences; and Truman Phillips and Wayne Howard , Agricultural Eco­ nomics and Business.

UN visit A senior adviser in the United Nations Development Program visited campus in April to discuss an affiliation with U of G through the UN' s International Work­ ing Gro~p (IWG), which has a mandate to promote sustainable livelihoods in some of the world's poorest countries . If launched , the affiliation would draw on Guelph 's experience in project admini­ stration and institutional coUaboration,

its international students and the ex­ perti sc of its faculty. The vi sit was initiated by Cihanaians Kofi Anani, MA '92, a political science graduate who is now a member of IWG, and John Afele, PhD '90, a research asso­ ciate in crop science.

German parks Trevor Sears, a graduatc student in landscape architecture, has won an in­ ternational competition to design the grounds of Germany ' s historical par­ liament buildings in Berlin. More than 170 landscape architec­ tura'l offices from around the world e ntered the open contcst. The competition was part of the German government's plan to relo­ cate its seat to the traditional parlia­ ment grounds in Berlin. Because the site was so close to the Berlin Wall , the government had transplanted its headquarters to Bonn. Since the wall fell in 1989, restoration of the original capital has become a national priority. Sears, who began working with a Berlin firm three summers ago, is re­ s ponsible for designing the three parks around the renovated parlia­ ment buildings. The combi.ned land­ scape and building renovations are expected to be completed around the turn of the century. 7


olng o al round the world in 80 days or eight seconds, U of G looks or new ways to develop an international perspective

Alumni ambassador extends U of G welcome overseas

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Guelph graduates overseas have always been good ambassadors for their alma mater, but Kallista Wong, BA '92, is the first grad recruited specifically to bolster Guelph's involvement in Cana­ da's new network of overseas education centres. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade created the Canadian Education Centres (CEC) in 1994 to pro­ Illote Canada's education and training sector and serve as a source for corporate and group training contracts. There are nine CEC offices scattered around the globe. U of G subscribes to five: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Mexico. The presence of Guelph alulllni was an important factor in choosing these locations, as well as a perceived match between U of G 's academic strengths and the education needs in the five areas. Wong is one of more than 350 U or G alumni living in Hong Kong. Most are young professionals who, like her, arc develop­ ing both careers and families. She is a specialist in finance and management; her husband , Anthony, is an environmental con­ sultant whose bachelor and postgraduate degrees were earned at the University of Hong Kong. They met in church , were married in Hong Kong in 1995 and are now the parents of a son born in April. Because of her business experience and her commitment to education, Wong is an ideal candi.date to fill the role of alumni ambassador. When U of G president Mordechai Rozansk.i sug­ gested that the University strengthen its relationships with alumni in the five CEC centres, she came forward almost immediately and volunteered with enthusiasm. Gue/ph AIl/millIS

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Rozanski and registrar Chuck Cunningham first met Wong in January 1997 when they detoured from the Team Canada trip to Asia they were on and met with Guelph alumni in Hong Kong. She helped bring 130 Hong Kong alumni together for a reception with the president and has since co-ordinated a U of G display at a CEC recruitment fair held last October. Wong's most valuable service to U ofG, however, is the help she offers to young people in Hong Kong who are think­ ing about retracing her footsteps to Canada. She answered more than 35 inquiries after the October education fair and says most of the students she meets are asking about Guelph's graduate programs. That's good news because international graduate student enrol­ ments are on a down­ ward slide at U of G and across Canada. On the other side of the education coin, Cunningham says Guelph also wants to develop greater interest overseas in its under­ graduate programs. Al­ though international students make up almost 15 per cent of the graduate student population, they represent only 2.5 per cent of undergraduates. "We need to increase that number significantly to expand in­ ternationalism on campus." When Wong talks to Chinese students about slUdying in emada, she relays strong feelings about the value of an over­ seas education. "Studying in an international university can widen the spec­ trum of your life," she says. "Leaving home and family, you face different challenges in life, you learn to deal with loneli­ ness and develop as an independent thinker. Meeting people from different nationalities, you exchange ideas and learn to appreciate other cultures." She also believes that employers value international educa­ tion experience and says her Canadian education helped her break into global commerce. When she returned to Hong Kong, she worked as the administration manager for the re­ gional office of an American clothing operation, then moved into the position of director of finance and administration for a subsidiary of Moore Corporation. Last year, she joined the Engl ish School Foundation in Hong Kong as manager of the billing and student services section. Wong has many good memories of Canada. She remembers being impressed by "the beautiful campus and the nice peo­ ple" the first time she visited Guelph. She was an active mem­ ber of the Chinese Christian Fellowship on campus and served as the group's president. She made friends with students from many different countries and jokes that even her Mandarin was learned in Guelph when she met with many Chinese scholars at the University. "I see Guelph as my second home town ," she says. Gue/ph

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When you look at the face of the U of G campus, you might ask: "Where have all the visa students gone?" The high point in international enrolment came in 1982 when 10 per cent of undergraduate students could teach their Canadian counter­ parts something about a different culture. That same year, the Ontario government legislated a 40-per-cent increase in un­ dergraduate fees for visa students, which put Guelph' s visa tuition at a level more than three times the amount paid by Canadian students. And there was little incentive for the Uni­ versity to actively recruit foreign students becau se visa fees were paid into a joint provincial pool. If differential tuition fees were the problem, perhaps a new visa fee structure will be part of the solution. Registrar Chuck Cunningham cites recent changes by the Ministry of Educa­ tion and Training that permit universities to retain visa tuition fees on campu s and to set their own tuition level s for visa stu­ dents. U of G' s Senate has approved reduction s in interna­ tional undergraduate fees of at least 20 per cent over the next two years. Although significantly higher than domestic fees, the new levels will be more competitive with other Canadian universities and significantly lower than those charged by most U.S. schools, says Cunningham. In addition , the University has allocated an additional $75,000 to scholarships and bursaries that will be available to international undergraduate students. This is a much-needed initiative, he says. Most of Guelph's non-resident under­ graduates fund their own studies, whereas graduate students are often supported by their governments or agencies. In another initiative, the Ontario Veterinary College has added five international spaces to its normal first-year enrol­ ment. The DVM program has always been a drawing card for international students, and the new undergraduate spaces will expand the global reach of the program without affecting placements for Canadian students or challenging the operat­ ing budget. Visa tuition fees are based on a cost-recovery formula.


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Guelph is an international university experience To some people, it may sound odd to hear Kallista Wong talk about U of G as an "overseas" university, but we should recognize that this grass-roots "Cana­ dian" campu s is a foreign university to students who live south of our border, as well as those who truly corne "over seas" to study here. They come to Guelph for many of the same reasons that U of G encourage~ Canadian students to travel elsewhere: to study at a world-renowned insti·tution, to experiencc a new cul­ ture, and to gain a global perspective in both their education and personal lives. Thc Centre for International Programs (CIP) wel­ comes international studcnts coming to Guclph and the first step for U of G students interested in overseas study. International student adviser Benny Quay says a big part of the C[P role is to help non-Canadian stu­ dents learn about Canada. "[nternational students not only enrich our university intellectually, socially and culturally, but they also return home as friends of Canada, often to countries that are our trading part­ ners," he says. Valuable partners in this effort are the Guelph stu­ dents, staff and alumni who participate in the centrc's LINK program. Those who know the campus well are Iinkcd with new international students, who often need somconc to help thcm find their way around the buildings, through the acadcmic paperwork and into the social life of the University. LINK volunteers can attest to the friend ships that develop through LINK encounters and the enthusiasm of international stu­ dents who are keen to get to know Canadians. On the other side of the coin, C[P staff help Guelph students prepare for Iife outside Canada. Pre-depar­ ture orientation workshops cover everything from how to secure the proper travel documents to dealing with homesickness, banking abroad and health insunU1ce. When C[P opened in 1967, it was the first such centre at a Canadian university. It is still one of the busies!' supporting 65 partnerships and 57 exchange agreements in more than 30 countries. Almost all of these opportunities grew out of inter­ national relationships developed by U of G faculty through their involvement in clevc.lopment projects , co-operative research with international colleagues or their own scholarly endeavours. [n years gonc by, academic departmcnts would also have handled the administration of those partncrships. But that's changing, with C[P taking an even greater role in orientation, liaison and project management, leaving faculty with more time to develop those all­ important contacts. 10

Better rural communities When Zambia native Thomson Kalinda, right , returned home ear­ lier this year, he became an ambas­ sador of sorts for U of G' s uniquc grad.uate program in sustainablc rural communities. Kalinda is the program's first graduate, and he is now back at the University of Zam­ bia applying the theory he learned at Guelph to the community situa­ tions he deals wi th in his homeland. "Guelph's program has grounded me in ideas for teaching and rescarch," says Kalincla , whose PhD thesis evaluated the access to resources and food production among small-scale farm households in southern Zambia. He was born in that area in the small copper­ mining town of Kitwe, and he hopes to teac h people ill his country how to grapple with change by ap­ plying the principles he's lcarned at Guelph. Kalinda receiv ed CIDA SUppOl1 for his studies.

Ten young women from Thailand, left, and their many Canadian fricnds gathered in May to recognize a unique educational partnership be­ twee n the University of Guelph, the W aterloo campus of Conestoga College , Khon Kilen University in Thailand and the Canadian Interna­ tional Development Agency (C1DA). Five of the women were graduat­ ing from - and fiv e we re beginning - - a two-year program in which they learn English at Conestoga and begin university degrees at Guelph. They will complete their degrees at Khon Kaen before returning to work in their home communities. The program has also allowed 10 Canadian students to work in Thailand.

Distance study cuts cost The island of Bcrmuda does not have an univcrsity, so Joannc Darrell fol­ lowed the lead of many other Bermudians who have earned degrees in Canada. She is working toward a BA in the social sciences and has takcn several distance education courses sO she can complete her Guelph degree in less than three years. Last year, the Office of Open Learning offered 74 distance courses and supported more than 6,000 degree-program enrol­ ments. Open Learning provides a " head start" for learners who wish to take degree credit di stance courses before being for­ maliy admitted to a degree program at the University. These offerings are also a benefit to international students who can cut costs by taking distance courses at the beginning of a degree program, then Cl)me to Canada to complete it.

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Sending students overseas Siudent participalion in study-abroad programs is growing, but still involves only aboul three per cent of the undergraduate siudent body. The University's 1995 strategic-planning document, Making Change, set a goal of 20-per-cent pallicipalion by the new millennium. Landscape architecture professor Ron Sioltz, acting director of the Cenlre for Internalional Programs, says U of G international initia­ lives are one area of the University where it' s easy 10 see thai the goals identified in Ihat document are coming to fruition. Guelph has become more proactive in the recruitment of international students and the development of overseas opportunities for Canadians, strengthened the "duty of care" it shows for siudents and is now pressillg academic departments 10 ensure their curriculum structure is flexible enough to allow srudents to participate in the intemational experience. D U of G has semester-abroad programs in London, Latin America, Krakow, India and Pari s. A Guelph instructor accompanies the student group, and courses are designed and administered by the University (see page 14). D Students who opt for an international study exchange pay Guelph tuition fees , but attend regular classes at the hosl institution. Exchange programs enrich the whole campus because each Guelph student studying outside Canada ll1eans an international student is visiting al U of G.

D Short-term international study programs are common in many U of G disciplines where faculty are convinced geographic location can contribute 10 learning. Whether the topic be tropical agriculture, sustainable development, forestry conservation, urban landscaping or economic change in eastern Europe, a field-study cxperience can give students a better perspective on the issues involved and provide international experience at a much lower cost than a semester or full year of study overseas.

European Studies sets the trend U of G's European Studies Program has set a precedenl of leadership in interdisciplinary and international curriculum that other universi ties have been quick to follow. Launched in 1994, the Guelph program is the largest and moSI broadly developed in Canada, offering a fl.tli 40-course honours BA major. It also includes a required year of siudy abroad at one of more rhan a dozen instilutions across Europe; no other university program has that. In 1995, the Alma Mater Fund provided $4,000 to help defray the travel expenses of students participating in the overseas component of the program and $500 towards in­ stall ing a satellite dish that enables students in Guelph to tap into inlernational te lev ision programming. Guelph students choose one of two academic paths ­ studies in EUTOpean culture and civilization or European business studies. The latter provides excellent training for the intemational job market , and business students can earn additional certification in the business vernacular of their language specialization Ihrough a new partnership with To­ ronto 's Goethe Institut. The curriculum recently added more options in hislory and political science to accommo­ date not only the hundred or so students already in the pro­ gram, but also the :~ O to 40 newcomers who enrol each year. European Studies placed onc-third of the nearly 300 Guelph students who participatcd in study-abroad programs last ycar. A telling indication of the success of Guelph's under­ graduate program in European studies is the fact that uni­ versities in Italy and Germany that hosl U of G students are now looking at developing complementary graduate pro­ grams. Consolidating the links between Guelph and these institutions may be the next step in the evolution of U of G 's own expansion effort~. /I


Serving international learners The University of Guelph has much to gain from the international experiences of faculty and students, but the institution also has much to give to international learners. Working with the Centre for Interna­ tional Programs and the Office of Regis­ trarial Services, Guelph's Office of Open Learning can help international students access U of G from anywhere in the world through distance courses. Open Learning serves international learners by providing an opportunity for personal enrichment through courses in subjects like music and contemporary cinema, or professional upgrading in programs such as the degree-credit certifi­ cate in food science. Requests for custom-designed profes­ sional training programs are on the rise.

More and more of these requests are com­ ing through international development agencies and the federal government's network of Canadian Education Centres, which promotes Canada as a destination for students from the Asia Pacific region, Mexico and India, and as a source for corporate and group training contracts. This spring, Open Learning developed a customized program for the dean of agri­ culture and rural development at Bangla­ desh Open University. He spent a month on campus learning how U of G designs and develops distance education courses, after being referred by an international development consultant in Asia. Three new professional courses have been designed specifically to serve both Canadian and international learners. Advanced Principles of Toxicology,

Guelph expertise in demand worldwide U of G is a partner with Lakehead University and the Canadian International Development Agency (CrDA) in two new develop­ ment projects. Over the next four years, CIDA will contribute $1 million toward the Nepal Resource Conservation and Commu­ nity Outreach Project and $2.5 million to support a conservation program in the northern woodland area of Ghana. The lauer also involves the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumab University of Science and Technology and Ghana's Ministry of Lands and For­ estry. U of G has Canada's largest university-based international

The 1970 to 78 Ghana Project was one of Guelph's first and largest develop­ ment projects. 12

Pesticides in the Environment and Advanced Quantitative Veterinary Epide­ miology are attracting learners from as far away as Australia, South America and Slovenia. U of G's open learning program pro­ vicles vast potential for expansion in inter­ national markets. Being distance-based, courses can be accessed globally, and the interactive nature of open learning courses allows a learner on the other side of the globe to be as participatory as one who is across the city. Open Learning's award-winning website and its new directory of courses and learning opportunities for international audiences are available to learners and organizations worldwide. Check out the website at www.open.uoguelph.ca.

development program. Almost 40 per cent of Guelph faculty have international experience, and the demand for their expertise is still grow mg.

Getting the job done When retired professor Ab Moore, Rural Extension Studies, strides into the Centre for International Programs (CIP), he's of­ ten wearing a Rotary hat. A member of the Guelph Rotary Club and a volunteer for Canadian Rotarians involved in development work, he recently created a program that sent U of G student David Elliott to Kenya anel Tanzania to videotape a documentary on the progress of five projects sponsored by Canadian Rotary clubs. One is a leper colony in Tanzania that is supported by the Guelph club. A local Englishwoman is providing food andmeeli­ cal attention to afflicted people, while teaching them how to de­ velop a busincss - making sausage to sell to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro game parks. Moore is helping out with U of G development projects during the sabbatical of CIP director Jilll Shute. Both are among the lllany Guelph faculty who have gained international experience by working with CIDA and other agencies like UNESCO and the International Development Research Centre. Moore says it doesn't matter whether he's wearing his Rotary hat or his U ofG hat, as long as the job gets done. Getting this job done has created a unique partnership among the University, a private-sector organization and CIDA, which matches Rotary donations to dcvelopment work. The video will be used to educate Rotarians throughout the country about the organizarion' s international focus. Guelph Alumlll/s

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Alumni Share Global Experiences

Beyond fear comes understanding

By Nathan Mallett

No one has to tell Nonnan Bracht, BA '69, that the world cal~ be a dangerous place. He knows first hand after spend­ ing 45 days as the captive of leftist reb­ els in the jungles of South America. Bracht's ordeal began while investi­ gating the site of a proposed gold mine in the remote interior of Colombia. He's been developing mining projects in the country since the late I 970s, after earn­ ing an economics degree from Guelph and working in international financing for Scotia Bank and Wood Gundy. He was raised in Colombia. but came to Canada to attend high school and even­ tually became a Canadian citizen . The rugged Colombian interior, which is largely beyond federal control, is home to the ELN or National Liberation Army, a guerrilla movement that has been waging an on-again, off-again guerrilla campaign against the national government since the 1950s. Keen to de­ velop a mining site in this region, Bracht had been ferried by helicopter into the interior three times with his crew of en­ gineers and geologists to consult with local guerrilla leaders about the con­ struction of a road through the region. After discussing the road with the ELN, Bracht and a local geologist de­ cided to travel into the region by jeep to survey the site of the project. That's when their problems began . En rOllte to the site, they were approached by a small band of armed ELN guerrillas. Bracht and his partner explained who they were and what they were doing, but the band detained them and escorted them back to an ELN base to verify their slOry. Twenty days later, after receiving or­ ders from their superiors by radio, the guerillas instructcd Bracht's partner to return to the city and fetch papers that could verify the Canadian's identity, a

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Norman Bracht in the jungle camp where he spent 45 days as a captive.

task that was likely to take some time. So Bracbt became an unwilling guest of the ELN as the geologist made his way back to the outside world . Aside from his concern that his family was worrying about him, Bracht was confident he was in little physical dan­ ger from his captors . " } was well treated. The leaders of the group realized that since I was a Canadian , it would be good publicity if they took good care of me while I was under their control. I did, however, have eight guards watching me, and all of them were armed to the teeth, and that made me a little nervous." For tbe most part, however, his cap­ tors were friendly , says Bracht. "The men who held me were not bad. It's just that they live in absolute poverty, and the government seems to have forgotten about them." Without schools, hospitals or government assistance, the peasants believc that taking up arms may be their only option , he says, but violence is not their normal way. Fighting boredom, Bracht had time to get to know hi s captors and says they ac­ tually became friends. "We talked a lot about politics; I even taught them some math." Several days later, Bracht's partner re­ turned with documentation . "They let my friend go at this point, but I had to stay an extra 17 days while the ELN of­

ficials in the camp reviewed my docu­ ments . FOl1unately, they checked out, otherwise I still might be there." Bracht says lnternational Red Cross officials in Colombia were also instru­ mental in obtaining his release. Throughout his captivity, they kept up pressure on the ELN to let him go. He has additional words of praise for staff at the Canadian Embassy, who helped his worried wife and family get through the ordeal. Bracht emerged from captivity 20 pounds thinner but knowing he was lucky that things had ended well. "It could very well have turned out to be a bad experience for me if I was someone else. The ELN has in the past captured wealthy landowners and businessmen. These people are not usually treated well by the guerrillas." Bracht continues to do business in Co­ lombia and puts his recent ordeal in per­ spective. " It was really the most remarkable thing I have ever experi­ enced. Perhaps the most incredible as­ pect about this experience, besides the fact that I was one step closer to death, was the fact that during my captivity, I found myself thinking about everyone that I care about. " Bracht will be returning to Canada for business and a bit of vacation time this summer and hopes to visit U of G during his stay.

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"London is where it's at for everything ­ business, culture, h'istory, theatre, sports." hy Mary Dickies(!T1 Thi s is a pretty typical comment froll1 students who participate in U of G' s Lond on semester, wheth er they com­ plete the winter BA program or the fall B. Comlll . program in business studies. For almost 25 years, G uelph students and fac ulty have studied on location in one of the world ' s 111 0st vibrant and most important citi es . "ll" 's an ex treme ly valuable ex peri­ ence ," says Pro f. Bill Braith wai te, now retired from the Department of Ag ri cul­ tural Economics and Bu siness, who serv ed as program co-ordinator for the fall 1997 group . The business studi es program includes a project- based man­ agement course th at Braithwaite says is enlarged by be ing offered in the United Kin gdom . Stu dent s ga in the ex pe rie nce o f living in a fore ign c ulture and work in Brit is h com panies on real problem s with the peo ple who have to make dec i­ sions. The ex perience ena bles stude nts to become more inde pendent , improve th eir cOIllmunicat ion and human rela­ ti ons skills, and gain a better under­ standing o f th eir own strengths, he says . Braithwaite is quick to point out that th e 1997 B.Comm. Lond on semes ter owes a de bt of gratitude to fi ve G uelph alumni who were instrument al in sec ur­ ing work placement s fo r most o f the IS students who parti cipated in the busi­ ness studies semester. " I cannot overstate how important the alumni were to the success of the project manage ment cou rse," he says. "We have to thank Bill Brock, BSA ' 58; Jean Bye rs, B.H.Sc . ' 53; E li zabeth O ' Neil, B.A.Sc. ' 74 and M.Sc. '83; Christina Virag, B.Comm . '83; and Kirk Wolter. B.Comm. '9 1, for arranging suita ble ' projects for us." Brock, who is deputy chair o f the To­ ronto Dominion Bank and form er ch"ir of U o f G\ Board of Go vernors, madc it possible fo r three s tudents to work with G reen Line (U. K.) Ltd . to develop a promotional strategy for Green Line' s target market in the United Kin gdom. Bye rs is a marketing consul tant in Lond on who arranged a project with her clie nt McD Marketin g Ltd . The com­ pan y used Guelph students to help intro­ duce Du Pont Cori un co untertop products into the U. K. heaJth-care sec­ tor. The students' spec ific responsibility 14

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Front row, from left: Brady Dunlop, Brad Cressman , Penny Ormsby (a British guest), Rebecca Harth, Andrea Robson and Carolynn Gaudet. Back row: Prof. Bill Braithwaite Barbara Jibb E,:"Uy Field, Natalie Caldwell, Kate Finlay, Susan Street, Martha Gonder and Heather Laver~e. MISSing from photo: Chris Antonik, Barry McGroarty and Kevin Winik.

was to ident ify who makes the purchas­ ing decis ion on new materi als in health-cure in stitutions. O'Ne il flrst introcl uced Byers to the Lo ndo n semester prog ram a yea r earlier, when they met at a U.K. alumni recep­ ti on. A fo nner president or the U Ili ver­ s ity of Guelph A lumni Assoc iati on and an educati on cons ul tant based in To­ ronto, O'Neil was se rvin g as co­ ordinator of th e 1996 Lo nd on semeste r. She also arrangeo for work pl acements w ith IBM United Kingdom Ltd. , where G ue lph sruden ts had the oppo rtunit y to evaluate the efficacy o f a database of in­ Formati oll about existing and potential client s as a solution to the problem of research redundan cy. Virag worked with students at the Royal Bank of Canada Med iafTe lecolll ­ munications Gro up, E urope, where she is a senior manage r. Guelph studen ts as­ sessed the potential demand for mobile te lephones in Russ ia, where the Royal Bank is looking to fin ance firms enter­ ing the te lecommunicati ons market. Wo lter arranged a project with the In­ te rnation al Stude nt Housin g Society , where stud ents e valuated alternati ve purchas ing pJ ans for key operating and fo od supplies in an effort to identi fy tillle and cost efficien cies. To round out the course projec ts, U of G called on a longtime re lationship with the Canadi an High Commiss ion, which provides stude nts with opportuni ties to benefit Canadian business ventures. One

Lea rn investi gated the U.K . mark et for exo ti c meats such as emu , bison and os­ Lri ch for the bene Fit o r Canadian ex port­ ers. A second te am de termin ed the size and tTends fo r th e marke t of wet soft­ wood lu mber in the United Kin odom where changes in plant-health r~gul a~ tions and building codes have had a sig­ ni ficant impact on the dem and fo r Can ad ian wet so ftw ood lumber. All these companies we lcomed U of G 's students on to the ir marketin g team s and allowed th em to share the total busi­ ness experience, says Braith wa ite . In add iti on to th e project manage ment course, the London se mester incl uded a drama course taught by Kim Diment of the University of London and courses in contemporary British hi story and the European Uni on tau ght by Ri chard Coopey and Spyros Economides of th e Lond on School of Eco nomi cs.

Aspecial thank you! Not only did Jean Byers, ri ght. arran ge a project fo r two Guelph student s, but she a Iso ar­ ranged lours for the group and hosted the m for a farewe ll party at her home nea r Hamps tead Heath .

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Safari teaching and learning: a first-class experience

by Ross Weill. B.Se.(Agr.) ' 65 and M.Se. '66 DATELINE: Nairobi, Kenya, Feb . 19,1998

I crawled between the sheets of a real bed earlier tonight resigned to the fact that my safari travel in tent camps was ended for at least this trip to East Africa. The distant growl of traffic and other city sounds contrasted with nights over the past few weeks, when crickets, birds and monkeys made a continuous din of chirps, hoots and howls. Lions roared in the distance and elephants padded by on silent feet, leaving only trampled and muddy grass for us to see in the morn­ ing. Tonight in Nairobi , I think back to my first visit to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda as a University of Guelph stu­ dent under the auspices of' the 1964 Op­ eration Crossroads Africa program. This

was a career-changing experience that turned me toward the field of ecology. In the 1980s, I returned to Uganda to train graduate students in conservation and national park management. Bullets started to fiy, so our research program waned, but my interest in Africa did not. Tonight, I also review the past few weeks of safari teaching. Each morning as the Slln jump-started the day, we rolled out from under mosquito nets to prepare fOJ an hour's safari . One day, we would see millions of flamingoes. Another day, the large mammal grazers and predators were the attraction. Hel­ meted guinea fowl and sandgrouse would scatter from the roadway, and ea­ gles and weavers would be active in the acacia trees. We would return to our camp, eat breakfast, then move to the lecture tents for classes. We had 60 university students and a dozen professors from Newfoundland to British Columbia, brought together for a semeSter called "Study in Africa." Aca­ Guelph Alumnus

demic standards are the same as at our home universities, and textbooks are supplemented by local books and papers in our portable library collection. As for the African experienc'e, everyone ab­ sorbs this every day in many positive ways. OAC dean Rob McLaughlin and his family joined the program for a week while we were camped at Lake Naivasha and Lake Bogoria. As he indi­ cated with a smiJe after a day or two : " We all get the African experience whether we want it or not!"

This Canadian consortium of univer­ sities developed out of a program initi­ ated in 1992 at Langan1 College in British Columbia. The 1998 program was more ambitious in terms of the number of students and the breadth of course offerings: anthropology, archeol­ ogy, entomology, geography, marine bi­ ology, ornithology - and the ecology and wildlife conservation courses that T helped teach. Students could look out the tent door to see textbook examples of volcanic landscapes. The mammals and birds were never silent. Stink bugs really did have bad odours. The equatorial sun on our faces and an acacia thorn reaching through our sandals tended to focus our feelings. We had landed in Nairobi expecting the dry season, but faced instead the re­ sults of weeks of unseasonable heavy rains. At dusk, the bugs were too close even for the entomologists. As we traveled northwest into the highlands, we passed sham bas (small farms) owned by Kikuyu people, where corn, beans and sweet potatoes were mixed with bananas, papaya and sugar cane. Descending into the great Rift

Valley (one of the birthplaces of humans) near Lake Naivasha, we found obsidian chips that were used as cutting tools by Stone Age people about 20.000 years ago. Our next camp was near Lake Bogoria with its 2.4 million flamingoes. We climbed into highlands where wheat re­ placed maize and, at even higher eleva­ tions, forestry was an important industry. We set up camp in Mount Elgon Na­ tional Park and then travelled north of the Aberdare Range and Mount Kenya to the Samburu District, where the people tradi­ tionally raised cattle, goats, sheep and cameIs. Our students still look forward to seeing Mount Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean. Here they will complete all courses while emphasizing marine biology and gaining their diving certification.

What attracts students to African field studies? What is the value of such pro­ grams? In Canada, we are an urban society that is increasingly out of touch with the land. Most students recognize that by experi­ encing another culture and new land­ scapes, they will more readily appreciate what is most valuable to them at home. Field studies help students become more aware of environmental issues and better informed on the solutions to those issues. Many strengthen their resolve to demand more from their university education, and some resolve to pursue advanced studies. It is a rule, rather than an exception, to say that points of view are challenged and changed and new careers are launched.

Ross Wein is a professor inlhe Deparl­ menl of Renewable Resources allhe Uni­ versily of Alherla. His experience wilh Sludy in Aji"ica may be duplicated this winler hy U of G faclIllY and studenls par­ ticipating il1 the program . 15


An Ocean Apart,

Great Rivers Yield Secrets

Guelph geographer drills for data on river pollution in China and Canada hy Andrew Vowles

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racking with a water buffalo across tidal flats at the mouth ofChina's Yangtze River seems a world removed from the kind of environment Ray Kostaschuk had worked in during a decade spent on the other side of the Pacific studying sediment dy­ namics and pollution in the Fraser River estuary. But his research suggests that, despite being sepa­ rated by the world's largest ocean, these two places may have several things in common with each other and perhaps with other estuaries where the world's seas break up against the land and against the prod­

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ucts of human activities. Kostaschuk, a professor in Guelph's Department of Geography , has spent the past year analysing core sediment samples he collected with Chinese colleagues from the mouth of the Yangtze River. His inaugural visit to eastern China last year marked the beginning of a research project that he hopes will provide the first clear picture of histori­ cal pollution levels downstream from the booming city of Shanghai. And although he's not betting the farm just yet, he hopes his work might lead to waste-management measures to abate pollution, particularly heavy-metal contamination, which poses human health and environmental threats at the mouth of one of the world's great rivers. About 100 million people live in the watershed of the Yangtze, which wends 6,500 kilometres from its source in Tibet before emptying into the Pacific. One out of five of those people live in Shanghai, where about five million tonnes of raw sewage are dumped into the Yangtze every day. On a scale of I to 10, how does Kostaschuk rank the pollution problem ill the Yangtze estuary? Six. "The estuary is moderately contaminated," he says. Moderately? But isn't that the same label he uses to describe pollution loading at the mouth of the Fraser? And isn' t it a better grade than the "severely polluted" mark that he gives to Halifax Harbor? He stresses another key word: estuary. In the Yangtze' s SO-kilometre-wide tidal channel, consid­ erable mixing of fresh water and saltwater means that some of the pollution is diluted and carried off­ shore into the East China Sea. "There's a huge amount of contaminant that gets into the river, but it's diluted in the ocean," he says. Still , that doesn't disguise the facts he's uncover­ ing in his analysis of the cores taken from various locations around the estuary. In particular, a number of his sediment samples collected from the vast tidal flats that skirt the islands in the river delta in­ dicate that a problem has been developing for the last 50 years, and particularly for the last two or three decades as Shanghai has grown into a major industrial centre. Numerous contaminants, particularly heav y met­ als, show up in core samples, collected in two­ metre-long plastic tubes driven to the hilt into the Gllelph Aiumlllls


mud. Like a geologist reading the passage of time in a cliff face, he dates the layers in the sediment sam­ ple to determine how much and what typesof sedi­ ments were laid down year by year. "Contaminant levels have increased dramatically over the last 50 years," he says. referring to samples taken from tidal flats along Chongming Island , the largest island in the river delta down stream from Shanghai. His samples so far show moderate pollu­ tion leve ls there. Closer to the city, Uie situation worsens, particularly right offshore where two sewer outlets disgorge their contents into the river. Kostaschuk says pollution, including heavy met­ als, may pose a health threat on Chongming Island. With continued deposition of sediment at the mouth of the Yangtze, the island and the entire delta are inching seaward. Residents build dikes and pump in fresh water to reclaim land for farming without rcc­ ognizing th e ex tent or nature of contaminants that may lie beneath their feet. His work, including his Current analysis and another field visit he's plan­ ning for next spring, will provide the first solid in­ formation about pollution levels in the area. " In order to do anything about contamination , you have to nnderstand the ex tent of the problem," he says. "We have to test the hypothesis that there is an env ironmental problem here. We suspect that parts of Chongming Island are seriously contami­ nated ." He hopes to collect more information from around the delta and eventually involve more re­ searchers in a broader human and ecosystem health project. Eventually. For now , even contemplating a more comprehensive project or specific remedial actions is a bit of a pipe dream, according 1.0 Kostaschuk. China lacks extensive pollution regula­ tions, and " there is limited concern about pollution, although, like many things in the country, this is chllrtging rapidly. " Still, he sees glimmers of hope. Foreign compa­ nies, including some Canadian corporations, that have set up shop in one of China's open trade zones ne<J r Shanghai have begun pushing governments to address environmental issues. He and his Chinese partners, including two influential administrators at Shanghai's East China Normal University , have re­ ceived funding from that country's National Sc iCuelpll Ahllll/llIS

ence Foundation ; he also receives funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Re ~earch Counci I of Canada. Kostasc huk de­ cided to work on the Yangtze after meet­ ing a Chinese re­ sea rcher with similar interests at an international conference. That initial contact led him to his current research partner at East China Normal University, Chen Zhongyuan, who had completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the United States and who still visits the Smithsonian Institu ­ tion regularly. " He has a good understandi ng of how western sc ienlists operate," says Kostaschuk of his colleague . China is hardly Kostaschuk 's first taste of inter­ national development work. He has worked in South Africa on an environmental capacity en­ hancement project funded by the Canadian Interna­ tional Development Agency. Thi s spring, he visited Fiji to study the impact of tropical cyclones on river flooding.

Above: Guelph profes­ sor Ray Kostaschuk, right, and Chen Zhongyuan of East China Normal Univer­ sity begin the process of analysing sediment samples collected at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Photos: Ray Kostaschuk

Before visiting China, the U of G geographer had spent nearly a decade modelling sedime.nt dynamics and testing for pollution levels at the mouth of the Fraser Rive r in southern British Columbia. " ['ve done similar work for I 0 years on the Fraser River," he says. "This is a chance to test the theory in a big­ ger arena." He plans to return to China nex t spring, not to collect more core samples but to gather samples from near the surface of the tidal flat s. Unlike cores, which depict how sediments change over time, ne xt year' s samples will give Kostachuck information about how pollution levels vary spacially through­ out the area. 17


ELECTRONIC

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T heY're scaHere<! across Canada from Vancouver to Prince Edward Is­ land, with one living in the United States, but the 60 people enrolled in U of G' s new MBA in agriculture are getting together every day to boost their management skills and improve business oppOltunities for themselves and their employers. The Internetmakes it possi­ ble for Guelph's agri-food expertise to reach out to these business-minded folk wherever they are.

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aunched in Janu­ ary 1997, the electronic MBA dra ws on 10 ye ars of U of G experience in offering a residential MBA pro­ gram , but it target s a whole ne w g roup of po­ tential stud e nts . Pro­ gram co-ordinator Tom Funk, a professo r in th e Department of Agricul­ tural Economics and Bu siness , says th e di s­ tance MBA is des igned for people who are working full tim e in the agri-food sector. In fa ct, Tom Funk the program has a pre - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ­ requisite of five years of direct agri-food experience and co unts on the expertise of participants to add to the value of the c urricu­ lum. "We ' re attracting people who are becoming leaders of agric ul­ ture in this co untry," say s Funk. He uses the term clients rather than students to recogni ze the ex pe rti se these people bring to the MBA program and the value they deserve in return. The y chal­ lenge each other, and they challenge faculty to e nsure that the material being presented is rele vant. "Le ading a discus sion for 35 people with speciali zed knowl­ edge in a variety of agricultural bu s inesses is altogether differe nt than teaching a c lass of '20 something' graduate s tudents," he say s. Becau se Funk doe s both, the e lectronic classroom is im­ proving the material he presents to graduate and unde rgraduate st ud ents on campus, he says. He be lieves this is ju st one of the spin-off be nefits the Uni ve r­ sity will enjoy becau se of th e elec tronic MBA program. It al so provides a unique professio nal development opportunity for fac­ Ulty, pegs U of G as an innovativ e educator, builds fnendships with pote ntial agri-food leaders and will e ve ntu a lly become a self-sufficient program that will re lieve press ure o n the Univ ersi­ ty' s operating budget. The Department of Agricultural Econom ics and Bu si ness laun c hed the program in partnership with Alberta's Athabasca Univers ity, which has 15,000 students taking graduate and under­ graduate courses from loca tion s around the world . Guelph is also known for program des ign and delivery of distance education program s. Th e Guelph/Athabas ca MBA combines th e Alberta university' S adv anced graduate diploma in business management with U of G 's expertise in agri -food . It's a program ta ilor-made for people like Steve n Hawkins, ADA '87 , ,vho say s th e fl ex ibil­ ity of an electronic program was more appealing than going back to a classroom situation, and the agriculture spec iali zation aligns with hi s current career. Hawkins works as eas tern Canadian bus iness manager for ZENECA Agro from a home base in Brampton, Ont. H e says the academic co nte nt of the program and the interaction with other pa rticipants has exceeded hi s expectations. "At the pace that business is mov ing and changing, the more tools you can access to make deci s ions th at you often lac k prece­ dence or information on, the better," he says . "An MBA achieved Guelph Alumnus


the famil y fa nnin g operation. With his fa­ on a part-time bas is will ne ve r substitute Late r this summer, Hay will get to meet for good pe rform ance in the wo rkpl ace, the r and brothe r, he runs a commercial her c lass mates face to face durin g a one ­ wee k sum mer course to be held on ca m­ but it ca n demons trate to your em ployer grain o perati o n of 4,500 acres, manages a pus. Thi s is an important part of the MBA th at you hav e the initiative and stamina to I SO-co w herd of Ma ine-Anjo u and now manufactures liv es tock equipment. prog ram, says Funk. He re, partic ipan ts pe rform at a high level." will deve lo p a man age ment plan for an The desire to keep up w ith economic ~ Clare Schlegel lives w ithin com mu t­ ch ange is one of the key reasons c lients ing distanc e of Guelph, but he chose the agri-bu siness organiza tion . Their mee ting will help cement the re lationships they are g ive for c hoosing the Guelph/A tha basca e lec tronic MBA program because of the buil di ng with eac h other and will launch MBA. The electroni c form at e ncou rages convenience and the opportunity to learn discussion and case studies as CUlTent as from the experiences of other people. He the m into Phase 2 of the three- part pro­ g ram. In the fin al phase, clients w ill com­ th e morning paper. That's important to flIns a poultry and hog operation near Ta­ people who are inves ting in the growt h of vistock with his wife and says he needed plete a project-based di sse rtation. their ow n bu sinesses, hoping to boost ca­ new skills to he lp manage ri sk and cap ita l. The form at of th is MBA program is o ne = Like Somerville, Sandra Hay of reer opportunities or look ing fo r a way to that other Guelph disc iplines and ot her Be llev ille , Ont. , is learning ho w to inte­ univ e rs itie s wiJJ soon copy, pred icts Funk . cha llenge themselves and inc rease per­ so nal job sati sfact ion. grate va lue-added business ventures into a He believes people wor king in other in­ We nd y Rose says the program has con­ large family operatio n that includes a du stries would be ju st as eage r as those in firme d many of th e decisions she has a l­ da iry and cas h-crop farm along w ith a ag ri-food for a spec iali zed business pro­ ready made in her caree r and is giv ing her landscape design and maintenance busi­ g ram in th ei r area of interest. With a price ta g of $2 1,050, Guelpll ' s new approach es to dealin g w ith fu ture ness . T he operation is addi ng an orchard with farm- ga te market and is looking at manage ment situations. She has been W e b-based MBA is a cons ide rabl e invest­ workin g in the agricultural input indu stry offering interpretive nature progra ms. ment , but it's o ne that begins to payoff Even though they'v e never met in person , immediately , says Henry Van Kessel of for 8 1/2 years and is no w working from Vancouver. He's president of his own her ho me on a special contract with the Hay says course partici pants go t to know Crop Pro tect ion Insti tute of Canad a. "1 am and va lue eac h ot her's adv ice qui ck ly. co mpan y, IDF Farm Estate Planning In­ es tablishing a trade association under the Network ing with apple growers in British corpo rated , a cons ulting firm th at heJps Crop Protection umbrell a that will deal Columbia and eas te rn Canad a has helped ag ric ultural c lients make wi se investments w ith the spec ialty s ide of th e industry ." he r ev alu ate her own business manage­ and plan fo r success ion and estate d isper­ R ose is using her MBA courses to he lp ment ideas . sal. Ju st halfway throu gh the three-year program, Van Ke sse l says he's es tabli sh the structure of the new organization, but says the best a lready noticed a dra mat ic im ­ part of the program "has been ex­ proveme nt in his business writ­ am ining an d better und ers tandin g in g skills and will use those management theory. It has broad­ ski lls to help ex pand his com­ ened my thinking cons iderably pany into the a rea of bu siness and given me new ways to deal planning. wi th different audiences, wheth er The new program is al so a our me mbe r co mpani es, the govconsid e rable in vestment fo r the ernme nt , spec ial-interes t grou ps, Department of Agricultural media or all ied industry partEconomi cs and Bu siness and ners." for fa c ult y who are adding e lec­ The larges t group of parti ci ­ troni c course duties to their pants in the first two MBA reg ular teachi ng schedules. classes work in the farm input Funk says he spe nds 35 ho urs a sector, but there are also 15 farm­ week coaching on line studen t ers , th ree veterinari ans and se v­ clie nt s through a sin g le co urse. era l indi vid ual s employed by Wh en the third MBA c lass be­ government or the fo od ­ gins in Janu ary 1999, the pro­ processing industry. gra m wi ll be full y subsc ribed Last fa ll , Country Guide maga­ with more th an 100 students . zine reported on what seve ral of The department w ill be abl e to the farmers in this prog ram had repay the ope ratin g loan re­ to sa y about Interne t ed uc ation: ceiv ed from the University and Q For Rob Somerville, who apply re venues to future pro­ liv es in rural Endiang, Alta. , the gram de ve lopmen t. In the long prog ram made it possible for him term , Funk vi sua li zes a mature Henry Van Kessel Sandra Hay Vancouver, B.C. to go bac k to sc hool without sy mbiotic relationship between Wendy Rose Belleville, Ont. leaving hom e. From hi s home the distance MBA program and Burlington, Ont. com puter, he's gaining add it iona l the departmen t's on-ca mpu s business skill s to help div ersify acad e mic programs.

THE DESIRE TO KEEP UP

WITH ECONOMIC CHANGE IS A KEY REASON

CLIENTS CHOOSE

A GUELPH MBA

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Profile of a Distinguished Alumnus: U ofG's First Graduate to Serve as Federal Minister ofAgriculture

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s the Ontario Agricultural College prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 1999, we are being reminded of the achievements of those who hav e graduated from the college and gone on to make tremendous contributions to Canadian agriculture. In the last iss ue of th e Guelph Alumnus, we cel eb rated the appointment of Lyle Vanclief, B.S c.( Agr.) ' 66, as federal minister of agriculture, but made the erroneous statement that he is the first Guelph graduate to hold that cabinet post. In fact, the Honourable John Wi se, a 1956 diploma graduate, he ld the portfolio from 1979 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1988. We apologize to John Wise and to our reade rs for the omission, and we thank him for his grac iou sness in allowing us to co rrect the e rror. We also tak e this opportunity to revi e w hi s political career and to me ntion other Gu e lph alumni and friends who served with him in the House of Commons.

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ohn Wise, ADA '56, was born a fifth足 generation dairy farmer in Elgin County nea r St. Thomas, Ont., in 1935. His agricultural roots guided him through 4-H clubs, to being nam ed College Royal champion dairy showman during his college days and serving his OAC class as pres ident. It wasn't long after g raduation that he began to work for a number of agri c ultural orga nizatio ns in Elgin County and was e lec ted to municipal council in 1960, ass uming the warden's title in 1969. Three years later, he ran as a PC candi足 date and was e lec ted to represe nt th e rura l riding of Elgin in the Hou se of Commons. H e was re-elected in 1974, 1979, 1980 and 1984 - winning eve ry poll with the largest majority on record. He served two term s as minister of agri c ulture and retired from fed eral politics prior to the 1988 election. Soon after his retirem e nt, John Wi se was recognized for hi s contributions to Canad ian agriculture by be ing nam ed Honorary Vete rinary Direc tor G eneral of Hea lth of Anim a ls and hono rary membe r of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. The researc h branch of Agriculture Canada es tabli shed the John Wi se Fe llowship Award in hi s honour, and a number of agricultural organizations and individual s in El g in Cou nty joined to establish a scholarship in his name to he lp local stude nts further their education in agriculture. T oday, he serves as a member of Queen's Privy Council, a member of the board of directors of Amtelcom and chair of the boards of the Canadian Lives tock Expo rters Association a nd th e Canadian Embryo Exporters Association. He is also a 32-degree Mason and a Shrine r. Wi se and hi s wife, Ann, still live on the family farm. Their dau g hter, Elizabe th Klose, B.Sc.(Agr.) ' 82 , is registrar and a senior instructor at th e Niagara Parks Bota nical Gardens and the School of H o rticulture in Nia ga ra Fall s. A second daughter, Susan Vi c kerm an, a B.Sc. nursing g raduate of the Univers ity o f Windsor, works for the Elgin-Middlesex Victorian Order of Nurses and has two children, Jess ica and Grant.

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MAJOR LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES:

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Updated and enriched the Agri c ultural Stabilization Act; Establi shed Tri-Partite Stabilization Prog ram; Am ended Meat Inspec tion Act to provide g rea ter public food safety ; Updated Animal Pedigree Ac t to dea l with the intern ation a l trad e of semen and e mbryos; Created farm debt review leg is lation and esta blished farm debt review boards; Establi shed Rural Transition Progra m; Ame nd ed the Farm Credit Act; Supplied additional fund s to the Farm Credit Corporation; Imposed two mo ratoriums o n farm ban kruptcies; Introduced the Inte res t Rate Red uction Prog ram and Shared Risk Mortgage Program; Established the Commodity-Based Loan Progra m ; Introdu ced pl ant breede rs' rights;

IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

The Hon . John Wise re minds us that the re were ma ny

Gue lph a lumni and friend s who se rved in Parliament

during his years in federal politics. He recogni zes th ese

colleagues in particul ar :

Ho n. Lincoln Alex and er, U of G chancellor, 199 1 to

present, PC - Ham ilton-West, minister of labo ur 1979

to 1980, Ontario lieute nant-governor 1985 to 1991.

Ho n. William Winegard, U of G president 1967 to

1975, PC - Guelph- Wellington, ministe r o f state for

sc ie nce and techno logy, 1989 to 1990, mini ste r for sc i­

ence, 1990 to 1993.

James Caldwell, A DA '66, PC Terry Clifford , BSA '6 1, PC -

Essex-Kent;

Lo ndon-Middlesex;

Maurice Fos ter, DVM' 57, Liberal Sidney Frale igh, ADA '76, PC -

A lgom a;

Lambton-Middlesex;

Lorne Greenaw ay , D VM '5 8, PC Chi1cotin, B.C ;

Cariboo­

Alfred Hales, ADA '3 1 and BSA ' 34, PC ton (deceased);

Ellio tt Hardey, ADA ' 51 , PC -

Kent;

Robe rt Ho rner, D VM '64, PC Ke nneth James, PC Frank MClin , Libera l -

W el ling ­

o Successfully defended agricultural research, inte rnati onal agricultural trad e and supply man ageme nt;

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Provided the dairy industry with th e fir s llong-term dairy policy; Amended Nat ional Farm Products Marke ting Act to allow other co mmodities to es tabli sh supply mana ge ment.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS OF JOHN WISE, MP AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE:

o First elec ted MP in Elg in riding in 1972; o o

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Opposition dairy an d agric ulture critic; Mini ster of agri culture 1979 to 1980 and 1984 to 1988; Drafted agricultural policies in 1979 and 1984; Drafted youth and supply services policies in 1984 ; Increased ag riculture budget from $ 1 billion to $4 billion; Prov ided record payments und er ex ist ing and new progra ms fo r droug hts, flood s and poor harv es t conditions; Provided record payments to Can ad ian g rain fa rm ers for low com modity prices : Special Canadian Grains No . 1 ($1 bil­ li on) and No. 2 ($1.1 billio n); Provided funds for Tobacco Redu c tion Program; Prov ided fund s for Grape Revita lization Program ; Pro vided funds necessary for OVC accreditation retention; Substa ntially increased Farm Cre dil Corporal ion budget for addition al lending; Establi shed new research stati ons and labora tori es at Guelph and Lond o n, Ont. , St. Hyacinthe, Que., C a lgary and Lethbridge , Alta., Bra ndon , Man., and Summerland, B.C. ; Moved Ontario reg ional office of Agric ulture Canada to Guelph; Provided fund s for creation of So ils Conservarion Canada (na med ho norary foundin g president).

RECOGNITION FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE:

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W e il and;

York North (de­

James Schroder, DVM '5 2, Liberal -

Esta blished th e Natio nal Chicken M arke tin g Agency and th e H atc hing Egg Marke tin g Agency;

Yukon,

Grey-Simcoe;

Tony Roman, ADA '57, IND . ceased);

Si gned agr i-food agreement with a ll prov inces ; dian trade opportunities with th e United States, Me xico, Au stralia, New Zealand, the Union of Soviet Socialist Re ­ pUblics, China, German y, Japan a nd th e Czech Re public;

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Clifford Mci saac, DVM '55, Libe ra l - Battleford­

Kind e rs ley, Sask.;

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Guelph.

John Wise would also like to recognize classmates

Murray Gaunt and Julian Reed. Both served several

yea rs as Ontario MPPs; in the 1993 federal election,

Reed was e lected MP for Halton-Peel.

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W elling ton;

Gus Mil ges, DVM '42, PC -

Amended Agricultural Produc ts Standards Act;

o Sig ned me morandums of und erstandin g for enh anced Cana­

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Sarnia-Lambton;

Introduced Fast TRAC legis lation;

o Funded "Education in th e Cl ass room ";

Mississa uga -No rth;

Hon . Audrey Mc Laughlin , DHE '55 , NDP party leade r 1989 to 1995;

Allan Pietz, PC -

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Ontario Milk Marketin g Board Dairy Farme rs of Canada Canadian Da iry Bureau Agric ulture Canada staff and man age men t Farm Credit Corporation Elgin Federation of Ag ri­ culture HClI1 of Fame Confederation M eda l

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Ontario Instit ute of Agrologists

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C anadi an Vete rinary Med ical Assoc iati on

o Elg in County dedicates John Wise Line

o Rotary Club Citizenship Awa rd

o Ja ycees Outstanding Young Person A wa rd 21


Alumni Celebrate Their Own

Alumni of Honour

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he University of Guelph Alumni Association has chosen Mmy (Graham), DHE '32, and her late husband, Alfred "AIf' Hales, BSA'34, as recipients of the 1998 Alumni of Honour award. To be presented during Alumni Weekend, the award recognizes the Hales' unique partnership, their dedication to public life and tlleir belief in service above self. Alf and Mary Hales met on campus when she was a student at Macdonald Institute and he, at the Ontario Agricultural College. They had been mar­ ried for 62 years when Alf Hales died in February 1998 - 62 years spent in service to the Guelph community where they met and made their home. The Hales operated a relail meat store together, with Mary taking the leadership role in the busi­ ness duping the years AIr spent as a member of Parliament. First e.lected in 1957, he served more than I Tyears and was known in Ottawa for attack­ ing spending waste and laking action for his Guelph constituents. In addition to the family business, Mary co­ ordinated the social engagements for Alf's con­ stituency office and still found time to mise their four children and volunteer with a number of com­ munity groups. She was the first woman to be ap­ pointed to the Chalmers United Church board of managers. worked for the U of G Alma Mater Fund and was a longtime volunteer for the Guelph General Hospital. Alf also devoted many years to the Guelph City Council, YMCA, Kiwanis Club, the Guelph Police Commission , the Ontario Veterinary Council and the Colonel John McCrae Society. The awards re­ ceived for this work are numerous, the most recent being the City of Guelph Mayor' s Award in 1997. In retirement, the Hales committed their time to their church and local seniors' groups, the Cana­ dian Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels and the Gue lph Historical Society, to name a few. They never failed to pa rticipate in U of G ' s alumni events, and in 1990, Alf was inducted inlo the Gryphon Club Hall of Fame to recognize his con­ tributions to OAC's Canadian Intercollegiate Championship football teams of 1932 and 1933. After graduation, he played two years for the To­ ronto Argonauts before moving back to Guelph join the. family business.

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Alf Hales grew up across Gordon Street from OAC, and he and Mary continued the family and friend traditions of supporting their alma mater. Many places on campus ­ the stadium, the Arboretum, the athletics facility ­ have received the support of the Hales and their extended family . And when the Ontario government announced in 1997 that it would match private giving to scholar­ ship programs, Alf and Mary converted their planned bequest to an ACCESS gift that is now providing three annua l scholarships of $4,000 each for students in political science, meat science and family studies.

Mary and All Hales

Through their actions, Air and Mary Hales have brought honour to the University of Guelph in its 65-year association with them. As fellow alumnus Ginty Jocius. B.Sc.(Agr.) ' 70, said in supporting their nomination as Alumni of Honour: ''It is peo­ ple like the Hales who a community looks 1.0 for its guidance and wisdom."

CIIl'iph Alumnus


Volunteer of the Year

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ank Vander Pol , B.Sc.(Agr.) '65, is one of those wonderful volun­ teers who just naturally expects to get in­ volved in helping his alma mater. And he is one of the few who has benefited virtu­ ally every area of the University, from curriculum and scholarships to research and fund raising. In recognition of his service, the University of Guelph Alumni Association is presenting him with the 1998 Volunteer of the Year award. Vander Pol taught at OAC early in his career and, later, after moving into the private sector, hosted lIlaoy student groups at the Vande r Pol farm near Blen­ heim, Ont. He and his brother~, Art and Peter, and son, Eric, operate Rol-land Farms Limited, a leader in the production of mushrooms, vegetable seedling plants, processing tomatoes and seed corn. Several years ago, Hank was entrepreneur-in-residence at OAC and , in 1991, received the college's Outstanding Service Award. He has served on the OAC Advisory Board and supported the establishment of the George Morris Cen­ tre. He now sits on the board of GUARD

Inc., a corporation established to fos­ ter the development and sale of tech­ nologies developed on campus. He was a campaign volunteer dur­ ing the University ' s 19S9 fund­ raising campaign, chaired and co­ chaired the Parents' Program in sup­ port of the library for two ye<Jrs and was instrumental in the success of last year's ACCESS scholarship campaign. Vander Pol is a volunteer who en­ courages others by his own example. An inaugural member of the Presi­ dent 's Council and Governors' Council gift recognition clubs, he en­ dowed two President's Scholarships with other members of his family in 1995. He became involved in the Parents' Program afte r encouraging his son, Eric, ADA '93, and daugh­

ter, Lynn, B.Sc. '97, to achieve uni­

versity degrees . Lynn is now

completing an MBA at Guelph. When he

spoke at her undergraduate convocation,

Vander Pol asked U ofG' s new graduates

to remem ber the efforts of ram it y, friends,

teachers and University staff who sup­ ported them throu gh the ir years at univer­ sity. "[t is very easy to forget temporarily all of those who have made this possible," he said. " I urge you not to forget them ."

Medal of Achievement

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anadians got to know U orG graduate Cassie Campbell, BA '97, during the 1998 Olympics when she played defence and was assistant captain of the women 's national hockey team . The team won a silver medal and dem­ onstrated a high calibre of play and sportsmanship, and Campbell became a media symbol for both. In addition to commercial endorsements, she appeared in a CBC documentary aired this spring. [t featured Canada's national hockey team ami focussed on Campbell ,IS a team player and a student. The documentary crew filmed her on campus during the fi­ nal semester of a BA program in sociol­ ogy. The Brampton, Ont. , native has many fans at U of G - those who appreciate her skating skills and her great team ethic. Campbell was captain of the women's varsity hockey team, leading it to the On­ tario Western Intercollegiate Athletic As­ sociation championship in 1994/95 . She'll be playing hockey again this season with Guelph Alumnlls

the Toronto-area Beatrice Arrows, but plans to return to U of G this fall to complete a second degree in nutrition and play [mother year for the Gryphons . Campbell may still be adjusting to the fame the Olympics brought to women's hockey, but it hasn't changed her interest in helping other people. She's always found time in her practice schedule to coach younger girls and has been speaking to a lot of school groups since returning from Nagano. She talks about setting goals and what it takes to achieve them. Campbell has also been involved in the "Speak Out!" program for Kids Help Phone and is a spokesperson for Health Canada's new HIP (Health in Perspective) Program, to help prevent and stop smoking among young women. U of G has also recognized Campbell's goals - those she 's scored on the ice and

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To celebrate the record, set a new record Earlier this spring , John Mabley, vice­ president (dev e lopment and public af­ fairs), reported to the campus community that U of G had achieved a record year for gift support in 1997. And he credited both the ACCESS Fund - which raised more than $6.6 million for student ass istance­ and the ongoing support of alumni and friends to the Annual Fund for helping to set the new total of $12.2 million . "It is clear that many loyal donors are choosing to support more than one U of G priority in a year, and that is wonderful encour­ agement to the entire campus commu ­ nity, " said Mabley. Last year' s s uccess bodes well for the 1998 Annual Fund and s pec ial fund­ rai sing initiatives like the Class of ' 73 Library Endowment. In recent years, class reunion giving has become an important partner to the Alma Mater Fund. Reunion gifts provide an opportunity for classes to do something special in years that have special significance for th em. For man y years, the Golden Anniver­ sary celebrated by alumni looking back 50 years set the standard in reunion giv­ ing, but the reunion theme is now being seized by younger alumni as well. Three years ago , the Class of '70 decided to es­ tablish a silver-anniversary undergraduate scholarship that is rotated through each of the University ' s colleges. The endowment now stands at $29 ,000. The Class of '7 I giving appeal rai sed almost $45 ,000 for support of computer labs and wiring of residence room s, and the Class of '72 added $35,000 to the ACCESS Fund for student ass istance. Taking up the chal­ len ge , the Class of '73 hopes to set its own fund-raising record as it work s to support a library acquisitions fund.

Class of '73 celebrates silver anniversary

Photo by Dean Palmer

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embers of the CLass of '73 25th-reunion committec have been gath­ ering at Alumni House every month since November to plan this year's events. Led by chair Grant Robinson , the committee has set its sights on attracting participation from the largest number of silver-anniversary alumni ever and raising $40,000 to support the class project, a library endow­ ment fund. Front row, from left: Lynn Loggan, Grant Robinson , Elizabeth Bell , Glenna Gillingand U of G chief librarian Michael Ridley. Middle row: Bill SandOI'd, U of G president Mordechai Rozanski , Grant Speed, Margaret Corker and Linda Markle. Back row : Gary Godelie, Ken Bateman and Tom Henderson.

UGAA makes history As part of its commitment to outreach, the Uni versity of Guelph Alumni Association board of directors met in Mi ssissauga, Ont., April 8 and combined the meeting with a reception that hosted 69 local alumni. It was the first time in memory that the board has met off campus. The initiative is a companion to the UGAA' s Web site and e-mail address - all de­ signed to create new opportunities for alumni to get involved in the association. 24

The Web address is http://www.ug­ alumni. uogu elph.ca.

Uof Ggreets alumni in Florida Prof. Constance Rook e, associate vice­ president (academic) , was guest speaker at the annual Florida Picnic March 4 at Maple Leaf Estates in Port Charlotte. More than 150 alumni were in attendance. Kudos for a well-organized program go out to co-chairs Jackie (Hinton) , B.H.Sc.

'56, and Sid Mill s, DVM '54. Their com­ mittee members were Rosemary and Don Chunn, MSA '61 ; Audrey and Stan Boyd , BSA '51; Joan and Bill Brac k, DVM ' 49 ; Anne , MSA '55, and Ross Bronson, BSA '54; Yvonne and Ale x He nry , BSA ' 51; Betty and Don Way, DVM '49; Li z and Jack Hanna , BSA ' 53; Shirley and Don Horney, DVM '51 ; and Sheila Ord, BA ' 96. Barb and Ken Grant, BSA '48, will chair the 1999 committee . Guelph Alumnus

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OAC thanks volunteers The Ontario Agricultural College recently awarded its annual Outstanding Service Award to D ebora h and Bruce Whale , B.Sc.(Agr.) '70, who farm near Alma, Ont. , and to Michael Mason , a food in­ dustry exec utive with Harold T. Griffin Inc. in Mississauga, Onto Over the past 10 years, the Whales have hosted many students and other OAC visitors, sharing their innovative farm practices and management ski lls. They own and operate a 300-acre dairy and poultry production enterprise and, looking to their farming future , recently designed and implemented a strategic farm-management alliance with another family. Both hold leadership pos ition s in a number of agricultural organizations and hav e served on U of G advisory board s. Deborah was chair of the invest­ me nt committee of Guelph Alumni Re­ sea rch and Development Inc. (GUARD); Bruce is currently a member of the board of the Geo rge Morris Centre. Maso n is a longtime supporter of the University ' s food science programs. He has hired and trained 15 co-op students from food science during the last seven years alone and was inst rumental in ar­ ranging for the Toronto sec tion of the Canadian Institute of Food Science Tech­ nologis ts to support a memorial scholar­ ship program that encourages graduating high school students to consider food sci­ ence as a career. Hi s own company awards annual scholarships to U of G students in food science, and he has been a guest speaker at career nights , a resourc e person for the fourth-year food product development course and an in­ vited lect urer in the course.

OAC dean Rob McLaughlin, left, with Deborah and Bruce Whale.

the 1950s. Stothers planned the design as a reminder of the importance of education in the broadest sen se and what it meant to the individual lives of the Mac graduates of 1954.

OVC recognizes alumnus Ray Cormack, DVM '49, will be hon­ oured at Alumni Weekend as the OVC Distinguished Alumnus. A longtime friend of OVC, he helped set the ball roll­ ing down the halls of the college when he gave a personal gift of $30,000 to the ACCESS Fund in support of studen t as­ s ista nce. Many other alumni and corpo­ rate friends joined Cormack's lead and pledged a total of $1 million to the en­ dowment. Cormack operates several veterinary clinics in the Toronto area, where he has been active in helping to advance the vet­ e rinary profession. He is a lso an avid horse man and a coHector of fine car­ riages. His past support of the college has centred on the Pet Trust Fund and the Lifetime Learning Centre.

Quilt portrays fabric of a Mac education The Macdonald Institute degree class of 1954 commemorated its 40th anniversa ry of graduation by calling on one of its me mbers, quilt artist Marilyn Stothers, to create a work that could be hung in the Family and Consumer Studies Building. Class president Mary Hudson unveiled the wall hanging during a ceremony held in October 1997. Located in the FACS boardroom, th e art quilt is a visual repre­ sentation of the architectural shapes and the fabric of everyday life for students in Guelph Alumnus

Gryphon Club inducts five If you're a Gryphon s ports fan, you'll want to mark Oct. 2 on your calendar to attend the annual Gryphon Club Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year, the Gryphon Club will recognize athle tes Ken Bradford, William Gay, ADA '36 and DVM '40, John Kelley, and Wendy Lamers, B.A.Sc. '92. Colin Kelly, who has coached Gryphon soccer for 28 sea­ sons, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a builder, and the 1958 and 1959 champions hip football team s will be honoured . Known as "The Big Red Mac hine," these teams won back-to-back champion­ ships in the Ontario Intercollegiate Foot­ ball Conference. Unde r coach Tom Mooney , the 1959 team posted one of the best seasons in the history of the OAC Redmen , allowing only 19 points in seven league ga mes , with four shutout s. The year e nded with the Redm en making their first appearance in the Atlantic Bowl, where they were defeated by St. Franci s Xavier.

1998 inductees :

Marilyn Stothers, left, and Mary Hudson.

Wrestler Ken Bradford was a meda lIist at virtually every Ontario Universities Ath­ letic Association (OUAA) and Canadian fntercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU) championship from 1979 to 1983, but hi s greatest feats in wrestling came after g radua tion bronze at the 1983 Pan Am Games and gold at the 1985 and 1987 Canadian Senior Championships. He was also a member of the Canadian national wrestling team that co mpeted at the 1983, 1985 and 1987 world championships and the 1988 Olympics. 25

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OAC prepares to celebrate In 1999, the University of Guelph will celebrate the 125th birthday of the On­ tario Agricultural College. A year-long celebration will be held, and the Universi­ ty' s alumni and friends in rural Ontario and the agri-food industry are invited to get involved. Throughout its I 25-year history, the ag­ ricultural college, and later the University , has played a key role in the social and economic well-being of Ontario's rural people and communities. OAC research has helped Canadian farmers and food manufacturers pros per in competitive in­ ternational markets and provided consum­ ers with an affordable, nutritious and safe food su pply. And new Guelph advances in areas like genetic engineering and bio­ technology wiIl enlarge those contribu­ tions into the future. In OAC' s 125th anniversary year, U of G faculty, staff and students will be celebrating the college 's many achieve­ ments and recognizing the government and private-sector partnerships that have made them possible. These partnerships

will be highlighted in a number of anni­ versary activities, including the publication of a book outlining OAC' s 125 most important contributions and a seri es of special conferences. Alumni , friends and industry partners who would like to contribute to the book of achievements or become involved in organizing an anniversa ry event are encouraged to contact the OAC 125 Committee through the dean 's office at 519-824-4120, Ext. 2284; fax: 519-766-1423; e-mail: oac 125@oac.uoguelph.ca.

Vanier Cup On Nov. 28, the Vanier Cup game will be played for the 10th consecutive year at SkyDome as the sporting event celebrates its 34th anniversary. The cornerstone of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Un­ ion's (CIAU) fall schedule, the Vanier Cup has a strong tradition of U of G alumni involvement. For more informa­ tion, visit the CIAU Web si te at www.ciau.ca. or call 416-34 1-3900 for tickets.

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The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre presents 100 master drawings from the Herman Collection (see page 38) and selections from the U of G Inuit col­ lection . Open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays to 9 p.m. June to September ­ Arboretum na­ ture trails are open daily for self-guided walks. For information on gardening and nature workshops, call Ext. 2113. July 6 to Aug. 28 - The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre holds summer art camps for children Monday through Fri­ day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more infor­ mation, call 519-837-0010. July 10 to 12 - OAC '78 20th reunion, Hockley Valley Resort & Conference Centre. Call Doug Murphy at 905-772­ 7194 or Greg Brown at 519-826-3300. Sept. 11-0AC Alumni Association Golf Tournament at two locations: social golf­ ers at Victoria Park West Golf Club and competitive golfers at Victoria East Golf Club. Shotgun T-Off at 12:30 p.m . Regis­ ter early by calling June O'Grady at Ext. 6657.

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U of G and the Gry­ phon Centre host the third annual Great Canadian Brewing Festival, featuring 200 beers from 50 breweries. Sample the diverse selection and learn about the art of brewing. For more infonnation , call Ext. 2219 or send e-mail to brew­ fest@hrs. uoguelph.ca.

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Oct. 3 and 4 - Homecoming! Nov. 19 to 22 ­ Fair November craft show and sale in the University Centre, admission free, information hotline 519-837-6066.

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Vanier Cup '98 at Sky­ Dome . For details about early-bird ticket specials, call 416-341-3902.

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Bill Grierson , BSA ' 38 and MSA '45, e nded 1997 with a memorable month. He celebrated his 80th birthda y, hi s 54th wed­ ding anniversary and the publication (in England ) of a book in which he recounts his five yea rs in the RCAF durin g the Sec­ ond World War. The Fonner nav igation leader of 35 (Path finder) Squadron says We Bal1d of 8/'OIhel's is not a " usual war book," be­ ing devoid of sex, obscen ities and se nsationalism. It is, however, full of hi story, poetry and some philosophizin g and draws its real­ ism from hi s na vigaLOr's logs, the minute-by-minute worksheet for an operational soni e. Afte r the war, Grierso n returned to academia and a distin gu ished caree r as professor and sc ientist. He is professo r emerit us at th e Universi ty of Fl orida and lives in Winter Have n.

1930s

Clarke lopp, BSA ' 59, is a ['esearch sci­ enti st with the crop product ion program of Agriculture and Agri -Food Ca nada' s East­ ern Cereal and Oi lseed Research Centre in Ottawa and was the 1997 recipient of th e applied researc h award ['rom th e Soil Sc i­ ence Soci ety of America. In his 32 yea rs with the federal gove rn­ ment, he has focused on im provement of soi l physics tec hniques and is partic ularly noted for pionee r work on the appli catio n of a cable radar tec hnique call ed time-domain reflectometry (TOR) to soil sci­ ence. Topp is a longtime member of th e Soi I Science Society of America. served as president of the Canadian Society of Soil Sci­ ence and is a fellow of both.

Guelph roots grow

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Edward C lutton , BSA '53, of Burlingto n. Onl., rece ived a Distin­ gui shed Agt'ologist Award at th e spring meetin g of the Ontario Insti ­ tute of Agro logists . Clutton , who has worked in both Western Canada and Ontario, was recog nized for hi s leadership and experti se in the areas of education, sa les and marketin g and consu lting on th e use of pesticides. Bruce Nichol, ADA '57, li ves in Lond on, Om., with hi s wife, Pearl, and is a fu ll-time realtor with Su tton Group Preferred Realty.

Peter Hannam, BSA '62, received a Distin guished Agrologis t Award from th e Ontario Institute of Agro logists thi s spring. President of First Line Seeds Ltd . in Gue lph, Hannam was cited for helping to expand opportunities for Ontario farmers by grow ing sha rrer-d ay varieties of soy beans and through his inno­ vative production and marketing.

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John Hetherington, ADA '65, of Fergus, Olll., spent his vaca tion in March enjoying the wo rst snow storm Gree nl and had experienced in 15 years. He was on the island to participate in the Gree nland In­ ternati onal Snow Sculpture Fes ti va l and headed a Canadian tea m th at won second place for its scu lpture of a grizzly bear with her cub catching fish by a wa terfall. With his brother, David, and co­ sc ulp tor Vicki Rogers, Hetherington competed aga inst Canadi an Inuit teams, Green l.a nders and teams from the United States and se v­ eral European countries. He says Ca nada plans to host an in terna­ tional snow sculpture competition in 2000, followed by a national competition in 200 I, where he hopes hi s team wi ll be selected to represent Canada in the 2002 O lympics of snow sc ulpting. Guelph Aluml1l1s

Left to right: Grant and Sheila McLeod and Jean and Hugh Goldie.

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uelph grads end up in all parIs of the g lobe, but it's not often that they find the mselves at the same small west­ ern theolog ical school 25 years after graduati on! In A pril L997, Jean (M c Intyre) Goldie and Sheila (Ke nnerley) Mc Leod found themse lves at the same dinner table during a g raduate banquet at St. Andrew 's College in Saskatoon . They soon discovered that both were 1972 BA grads from Guelph , Jean in French and She ila in English. " Whi.le we didn't know eac h o ther back then , we probably passed in the halls fairly often ," says Je an, who has been assistant to the president at St. Andrew' s for 16 years. Sheila is in the master 0[' theOlogical stud ie s program at the college, training to serve in the United C hurch of Canada. To add to the coincidence , both of the ir husbands are also Guelph grads. Grant McLeod , B.Sc. (Agr.) '72 and M .Sc. ' 75 , is a sc ientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Ca nada in Swift Current. Hu g h Goldie, B.Sc . ' 71 and M.S c. ' 73 , is a professor of microbiology at th e University of Saskatchewan. While remini sc ing about student days at Guelph - including Danish pastri es at the Massey Hall Coffee Shop and bridge in the Arts loun ge - the four hatched a plan to treat their weste rn friends to a traditional Ontario euchre to urnam ent. They've made it an annual event and invite other Guelph grads in Sas­ katchewan to join them . Ca ll the Goldies at 306-244-3955 or send e-ma il togoldi e.i@duke. usask.ca.

Larry Hill, BSA ' 62, is retired from the position of vic e-president and technical director at Pfizer Canada Inc. after 35 years of se rvice. He and his wife , Nancy , hav e built a new home at Fo xboro Gree n, ove rl ooking the Foxboro Go lf Club near Baden, Ont., and are enjoy­ in g spendin g more tim e with their family and granddaugh ters.

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Degree codes ADA = Associate diploma in agriculture BA = Bachelor of arts B.A.Sc. = Bnchelor of applied science B.ConuTI. = Bachelor of commerce B.H.Sc. = Bachelor of household science BLA = Bachelor of landscape architeclure BSA = Bachelor of science in

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DI-lE = Diploma in home economics

was recently appo inted vi ce­ presiden t of Nes bitt Burns Securities Ltd. , a firm established to handl e the inv es tme nt need s of clients who have moved from Canada to the United States. Koning con tinues to serve as a vice-president with the private cli­ ent divi sion of N es bitt Burns, based in Toronto. Kon ing can be reached at 1-800-7 36-1714 or via e-mail at wayne.koning@nbpcd.co m.

retired at th e end of January. De nni s ended a 3 1-year career as a che mi stry teach e r and scie nce department head for th e Lin co ln County Board of Education in St. Catharines, Onto During that time, he rece ived a Shell Teac hing Fellowship and completed a mas te r's degree at McMas te r Uni­ versity in 1987. He also spent two years teac hing in Australia on an in­ ternation alteac hin g fellow sh ip and tau g ht three years for th e Department of N ati o nal Defence in La hr , Ger­ m a ny . Helen has taught home eco­ nOfnics and fam'!l y studies in S!. Catharines s ince 1966. She also taught in Australia and German y and spent the las t 15 years as a depart­ ment head at Merritton Hi g h School in Lin co ln County. She has also been active with the Ontario Home Eco­ nomics Association. Both have en­ joyed their world travels, and De nni s has maintained a 30-year am ate ur ca­ reer as a run ner, e ntering races from five kil ome tre s to marathon s. He is a lso a ham radio opera tor (VE3 L Yl) and has started playing the trumpet aga in - he played in th e U of G band - in the Linco ln and Weiland Regiment Band .

lawrence Watrin, DVM '61, is re­ tired from a 23-year caree r as c hief veterinarian for the Alberta Racing Commission and liv es in California.

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1970s

Julia Cardone,

BA '70, s tays in to uch with U ofG thro ugh her work as a g uidance coun­ sellor at East York Collegiate Voca­ tional Institure. S he recently scntus a note identifying five other Guelph grads who are teac hers with th e

Toronto-area school board. Greg Hughes, BA '69, is an elementary teacher; Eric Potts, BA '73, a princi­ pal ; Gary Reilly, B.Sc. '68, former head of physical educa tion ; Elaine Snider, B.H.S c. '65, head of family studies; and Judith Wright, BA '72, with th e East York Adult Learning Centre. " I' m sure there are others," says Cardone.

Judith (Weiler) Chandler, BA ' 78, built on her Guelph fine art de­ gree w ith a teachin g cerrificate and secondary art degree from the Uni­ versity of British Columbia. S he mov ed to En g land eight years ago and is now head of art at a private sc hool in North London , wo rking with children 11 to 18. S he is married to an En gli s h architect s he met w hile participating in th e Guelph London semester in 1976. They have a five­ year-old son, Ma x, and two childre n , 17-yea r- o ld Ellie and 15-year-old Be ll , from her previolls marriage. "The University of Guelph has al­ ways he ld fond memo ri es for me ," says Chandler.

Michael Cranfield, DVM '77 and GD ' 81, was rece ntly appointed proj­ ect direc tor of the Mountain Gorilla Vete rinary Project (MGVP), which provides veterinary care and moni­ to rs the health of th e highly endan­ gered mounta in gor illas livin g in Rwanda , Uga nd a and the Democrati c Republi c of the Congo. MGVP is a project of th e Morri s Anim a l Foun­ dati on a nd is one of the few conser­ vation programs in the world to provide health care to an e ndangered species in its natura l habitat. Cranfield will ho ld this three -yea r position in add iti o n to his duti es as chief ve teri nar ian at the Baltimore Zoo in M a ryland. He was prev iously on the faculty of comparative medi­ c ine a t Johns Hopkin s Uni ve rsit y, an adjunct clinical in structor at the Vir­ g inia/Mary land R eg ional Coll ege of Veterinary Med ic ine and in a private practice with an e mphaSIS in exotic animals. lloyd Curtis, B.S c. '7 1 a nd M .Sc. '73, has been workin g for the past five years in Mount Olive, N.J. , at BASF Corpo rati o n. He recentl y ac ­ ce pted a transfer to England to a BASF group co mpan y that marke ts animal nutrition produc ts a nd se rv­ ices in the United Kingdom a nd a Guelph Alumnus


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number of other co untries. He too k on the ro le of marketing direc tor at Franke Wri ght Ltd . on Ap ril 1. Frie nds ca n contac t him bye-mall at c uni s l.frankwrJ@ po p3. hi way.co.uk . Paul Fralick, BA '72 and M.Sc. '78, has tau ght for several yea rs at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ont. , in the earl y c hildhood ed uca­ tion progra m. He and colleagues Gerry Di on and Dale Beh nke re­ ce ntl y released a childre n 's al bum called Turkey Rhubarb, which fea tu res tradition al childre n's songs from Canada , the United States, En gland , Scotla nd and the Cari bbean . It also includes French, Span­ ish and multiling ual songs, which teac h children to be sensiti ve to dive rs ity. Funding for the album was prov ided by the South western Reg ion Metis Associati o n. Fralick' s ba nd is inv olved in library events and o ther pro motio ns for the a lbum. Onofre Geminiano, DVM '73, has o perated the Belm o nt­ Langford Veteri na ry Clinic in Victoria, B.C. , since 1976 . In Marc h, the cl inic wa s named Company of the Yea r by the West Shore Chamber of Com merce because of Gem iniano 's commitment to of­ fering veterinary services at an afford a ble price. The hospital offers a financi al ass istance program for low- income gro ups and annu ally do nates 20 per cent of vaccinatio n income during Decem ber to food hampers. In additi on, th e clinic supports the Vancou ver Island Re­ gion al Sc ience Fa ir, the Victori a Festi val of Pe rfonn in g Arts and the Vi ctoria Conserva to ry of Mu sic. Gemini ano has al so offe red wo rk ex perie nce to many loca l stu dents, enco uraging the m to stud y fur­ the r in the sc ie nces. The awa rd wa s repo ned in the " Local Heroes" column of the Goldstream Ne ws. Gerry, B. Sc.(Ag r. ) '78, and Nancy (Hill) Gleeson, B.A.Sc. '78, li ve in Dawson Creek , B.C. , with their child ren: Ian, 18; Luke, 16; Pete r 15; and Sarah , II. Ge rry is the range ag rologist fo r the B.C. Ministry of Fo rests. Nancy is a kindergarte n teache r and is working on her teach er-librari an diploma. David Haviland, B.Sc.(Eng.) '74, is a manufacture r's re presenta­ tive and di stributor for prec ision milling, drill ing, g rinding and lathe spindles, ball screws and linear guidew ays, rotary tabl es, cy linders, powe r cla mps and lifters at Precis io n Spindle and Accessories Inc. in London, Onto Hi s e- mail add ressishavil and@netrover. com.

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ie t.a VanDy ke, BA '73, would like to locate the " Eat Your Heart Out, Joyce W e iland" quilt she he lped create man y years ago. The story began afte r an e xhibit o f Joyc e W e iland needlecraft wa s di s played in the M cLau g hlin Libra ry a nd VanDyke and seve ra l friend s decided to m ake their ow n quilt. She remembers that Val M o rse, BA '72, Julia Wallace, B.Sc. '78 , and seve ral others created quilt squares, but she lost trac k of whether the quilt wa s ever fini shed. Did you quilt a stitch? Do you know where the quilt is tod ay? E-ma il VanDyke at pmvandyk@ss rv .gov.bc .ca . She work s in childre n' s serv ices for the British Columbia govemm e nt and says she has been looking forward to the 25th annivers a ry of the Class of 1973 this s umme r.

William laidlaw, BA '74 , is the newly appo inted chair and CEO o f the Onta rio Chamber o f Com merce. He is also direc to r of gov e rn­ ment re lation s at G laxo We llco me Inc ., Ontario' s largest brand ­ name pharm aceutical firm and a long ti me membe r of the Chambe r of Co mmerce moveme nt. Ross lamont, BA '78, of Port E lgin is presi de nt of the Ontario Liberal Par ty. He has worked for seve ral yea rs fo r Ontario Hydro at Bruce Nuclea r Powe r Developme nt and is married to Nancy Presto n-Lamont , BA '78, who teac hes eleme ntary sch oo l. Barbara McDonald-langford, BA ' 75, is head of visual arts at a T oronto second ary schoo l. She received a degree in art edu ca ti o n fro m the State Uni ve rs ity of Ne w York at Buffal o and a PhD in edu­ ca tion curriculum fro m the Univ e rsity of Toro nto. She li ves in mid ­ town T o ro nto with her hu s band , Dr. Robert Langfo rd. Valerie Raymond, BA '7 4 , was appointed in July 1997 as C anada' s High Commi ssione r to New Zeal and with conc ur­ re nt accredit atio n to th e Kingdom of T o nga, th e Inde­ penden t State of Wes tern Samoa, the Re publi c o f K i­ ribati and Tu valu. A nati ve of Winnipeg , Raymo nd joined the De partme nt of Ex ternal Affai rs in 1986 after serving wi th the de part me nts of Ene rg y, Mines a nd Re so urce s, Employm e nt a nd Immig ration and Status of Wome n Canada. A form er j ournali st, she served as director of ex tern al Valerie Raymond co mmunications and interna­ ti o na l sports relati o ns between 1986 and 1990 and has since se rved as director of inte rnati o nal wo men' s eq ua lity, human rights, wo me n's eq uality and social affa irs, and arts and c ultura l ind us tri es promotion. She al so played key ro les in Canada's participation in re­ cent UN world confe rences on wome n (Be ijing) and hum an se ttle­ me nts (Istanbul). Ray mond and he r hu sband , Ro bert Verzuh, have one daug hter.

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Marilyn Sewell , B.A.Sc. '78, and her husband, Al an Ke ll ey, liv e on the fam­ ily farm just o ut sid e Paris, Ont. They have three c hildren: M artin , 7; Jacob , 5; and Suzanne, bo rn last Nov ember. Since 1986, Sewe ll ha s bee n emp loyed by th e Ontari o Mi n istry of Ag ri c ulture , Food and Rural Affairs and is no w a policy adv iser o n intergovernmental re­ lations based in Gu e lph . S he wo uld like to he ar from ol d f ri end s at 809watts@ brant.net.

des ig n of co mpl ex aqu ati c habita t stru c­ tures fo r large riv er syste m s. These projects are handl.ed by Clark ane! his associat es at EcoTec Environmenta l Consultant s Inc., a compa ny he found ed in 199 J with Jan den Dulk , B .Sc. '89. The co mpany has offices in Ot tawa and Ha lton Hil ls, Ont. , as well as Bli nd Bay , B.C. , and recently we l­ comed Kim Arnold, B .Sc. '8 9 , as its newes t assoc iate. EcoTec's e-ma il ad­ dress is ecotec@az tec -net.com .

Greta Wemekamp, BA '73, holds CGA certifica ti on and is assistant vice­ presid e nt for government relations with Canada Trust. She and her husband, Be rnard Rumm el, liv e in Toronto.

Janet Clewes, B.A .Sc. ' 83 a nd M.Sc. '85, and Alan lawrason, BA ' 88, and th e ir three c hildre n li ve in Mi ss issa uga . Ont. She compl e ted a PhD in psycho logy in 1990, runs a pri­ va te prac tice as a re g istered psyc ho lo­ g ist and teache s at the Unive rs ity of Toronto. He ea rned an education de­ gree in 1989 and teaches e lem entary sc hoo l in North Yo rk .

Irene (Bevilacqua) Alderdice, BASc. ' 88, is a n e lementary sc hool teacher with th e York Reg ion Board of Educa ­ tion in Richmond Hill , Ont. After graduat ing from U of G , s he worked as a tra ve l coun se lor wi th th e CAA and says s he comple te ly m emorized th e ge­ ography of North America. She met her hu sba nd , Mike, whil e working at CAA , and they we re married in 1991 right af­ te r she g raduated from the In stitute of Chi ld Stud ies w ith a teac hing certifi ­ cate . S he ta ught kinderga rte n for five years and the n Grade I until their son, Aide n , was bo rn. S he now teaches Grade 6. Alde rdi ce says s he is st ill on e of U of G 's bi ggest c heerleaders. While living in Barri e, Ont., s he participated in the Barrie send-o ff for first-year Gue lph s tude nts and says she e njoyed s pea king about he r ca mpus experi­ e nces. " 1 hope to continue to be in­ volved in a s imilar prog ram now that I a m Ji vi ng in the Greater Toronto A rea. Any o th e r 1988 g rad s from ch ild stud­ ies who want a reunion this year - can you be li eve it' s been 10 years - please contact me at 905-763-9113."

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Doug Clark , B.S c. ' 89, is an aquatic biolog ist with more than II yea rs of ex­ perience in the env ironme ntal consul t­ in g industry. He has conducted envi ronme nt a l assess men ts for terres ­ trial and aqu ati c ecosys tem s across Ca nad a as well as in Barbados, T rini­ dad , Turk ey, Pak ista n and the United States . As pa rt of hi s c urre nt work in habitat crea tion and rehabilitation, Clark is co ndu cting researc h into the

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loretta DiFrancesco, B.A.Sc . ' 84 a nd PhD '89 . ha s been appointed seni or manager of nutrition research and reg u­ latory d eve lopment at Kellogg Canada Inc . She co mes to Ke llogg <Ifte r s pend­ in g e ig ht yea rs w ith Kraft Foods in New York , whe re he r last pos ition was g ro up lead e r of inte rnational sc ientifi c re lati o ns. She al so recently obtained an MBA from New York Univers ity in Manhattan . Tom Droppo, B.Sc .(Agr.) '80 and M.S c.( A gr.) '8 2 , is a dairy extens ion spec iali st with the Manitoba Depart­ ment of A gric ulture in Winnipeg. Last fall , he s pe nt a six-week leave in C hin a work in g for Se mex Alliance to provid e procedural eva luations and training for dairy worke rs and farm man age rs. " It was an expe ri e nce I'll treasure th e res t o f m y life ," s ays Droppo, w ho spe nt tw o wee ks in each of the regions of H angzhou, Xian a nd Shang hai. Owain Edwards, B.Sc. '86, is a n in­ sec t ec o logist at the Centre for M editer­ ran ean A gricultural Research in W emb le y, Australia. After graduating from Gu e lph, he completed an M.S. at th e Univ e rs ity of Missouri in 1989 a nd a PhD at the University of California , Be rk eley, in 1994. Rose Enchin , B.A.Sc. '86. is mana g­ ing th e office at Kahntact Ma rke ting in Gu e lph. She jo in ed the company re­ cenLl y after s imilar pos iti ons wi th Com ­ prehen s ive Manage ment Services Inc. and Arm strong & Quaile Assoc iates In c. in Guelph. Kahmact is a fullGuelph Alumnus

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se rvice marketing and communications company spec ializing in ag­ ribu siness. Julie Gnay, B.Comm. '89, rece ntly joined Jon B.Sc.(Eng.) '84, in the commercial lines division Hunt Insurance Brokers Limited in London, Ont. partne r in the firm. They look forward to hearing Guelph alumni .

Tondeur, of Stevenson & Tondeur is a se nior from fellow

Nancy (Mackay) Hazeleger, B.Sc.(Agr.) '81, and her hu sband , John, were aw arded a master breeder shield from the Holstein Asso­ ciatio n of Canada for their Haze lcrest Holste in herd . This is the highest aw ard presented by the association. They farm wit h th eir four children near Embro, Onto Nancy (Carruthers) Hawkins, BASc. '87, was rece ntly ap­ pointed director of customer service in the Newbridge spin-off com ­ pan y Tundra Sem iconductor Corp. She joi ns Tundra after 10 years at Nortel, where she hel d a number of positions in customer se rvice, sales and management. Heather (Reese) Koerber, B. Sc. ' 88, has put her chemistry de­ gree to good use working as a sales representative for Merck Frosst Canada. She and her hu sband, Robert, live in Fergu s, Ont. , with their children, Lauren,S, and Reese, 2. Anne legate, B.Sc.(H .K.) '89, is taking college courses in math and chemistry and hopes to transfer to the University of Victoria to continue her studies. In the meantime, she wo rks wi th the physically disabl ed and se lls her watercolour paintings through the Victoria So­ ciety of Artists. She and her partner, Stephen Stobbart, live on a float home called the Moonshado w docked at Fisherman's Wharf. They also enj oy wind surfing and in vite Guelph fri ends to visit them and their Lab shepherd , Sally, when in Victoria. Rodger leith, B.Sc. '84, is a biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) in Swastika and recei ved the 1997 On­ tari o Federation of Anglers and Hunters Profess ional Conservation Award. He was recogni zed for his work in fi sh, wildli fe and timber management. Be fore moving to the Kirkland Lake area 10 years ago, he worked in Geraldton and Pe mbroke and at the MNR's Les lie Frost Centre in Dorset. Jeanne lukenda, BLA '84, was rece ntly named an assoc iate at Carol R. John son Associates Inc. , a finn of landscape architects and environmental planners based in Ca mbridge, Mass. Lukenda has been with the compa ny s ince 1994 and has man aged th e land scape master plan for Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and the si te­ design component for the res toration of th e historical Mercado de Abasto Proveedor in Buenos Aires . She is currently managing the site design for the Tong Yang Mapo Project, a hotel/office to wer in Seou l, Sou th Korea, that is being built over an und erground parking structure. lori (Proietti) Mclellan, BA '85, says she enjoyed a "family day" at U of G 's Homecoming last October. "The campus has changed," she says. "The trees are big­ ger; the stude nts seem younger." Her husband, Alan, took thi s picture of McLellan teac hing daughter Allyn Shelby to be a tru e Gryphon fan. Guelph A/Un/nus

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oura Quayle is a 1974 Guelph graduate whose new role as dean at the University of British Columbia is putting a new face on the agricultural sci­ ences. Although there are only a few women in North America who are deans of agricul­ ture colleges, Quayle's appointment to the Faculty of Agri­ cultural Sciences is uniqu e not because she's female , but be­

cause she's a landscape architect. Academics with a back­

grouncl in th e more traditional agri cu ltural discip lines of

animal, plant or soil science tend to dominate this realm.

Quayle says she's learning how close ly the traditional dis­ ciplines tie in with he r experti se in resource man agement. Her thought s harken back to her student days at G~lelph, where " it was drilled into us that as landscape architects , we would be stewards of the land and its resources. " Her new role seems to be a natural fit for a landscape ar­ chitect. It demonstrates the expansion of the aims of plant and animal improvemen t and production agriculture to envi­ ronmenta l concerns, which havc long been assoc iated with landscape architecture. During 15 years on faculty at UBC, Quayle has focused her rese arch and teaching on the urban and community land ­ scape - environmental des ign, community building, urban ecology, susrainability and livable cities. 1n 1992, sh e chaired the City of Vancouver' s Urban Landscape Task Force and produced a report that inspired the Vancouver Greenways Program. In 1993 , she was awarded the Vancouver YWCA ' s Woman of Distinction Award fo r co mmuni ca tion s and public affai rs. After graduating from Guelph, she worked for several years in Victoria , Vancouver (met Montreal before comple ting a master's degree at the University of California. She joined UBC's landscape architecture program in 1983 and occupied the director's chair for a year before becoming deall. Quayle retreats from the UBC campus to an ocean-front horne in Nanaimo that she shares with her husband , David Fushtey, BLA '79. Heis a technology development and inte l­ lect ual property lawyer at Ru ssell DuMoulin in Vancouver, but a stone sculptor at hea rt. The couple rece ntly built two studi os at Quayle's family property on Vancouver Island. Fushtey is using one of them to rekindle the inte rest he devel­ oped in stone sc ulpting 20 years ago while participating in Guelph ' s London semester. Hi s studio is filled witJ1 large pieces of marble and granite: hers sport s a computer and a multitude of green-space and ur­ ban landscape designs. Their interests seem to be co nnected by a desire to bring nature's beauty into human living spaces.

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Barb (Kennedy) Mullen, B.Sc. '80, lives in St. Catharines, Ont.,

Dave Ryder, B.Sc.(Agr.) '82, is vice-president and regional sales

with her husband and two children . She also has a stepdaughter and son-in-law and "a beau tiful grandson." She work s at Blessed Trinity Secondary School in Grimsby and would love to hear from any alumni who still remember the Keg and Lennox/Addington day s. Her e-mail addressisbandl@netcom.ca.

manager at the Toronto Dominion Bank in Peterborough, Ont., and has volunteered to lead the local United Wa y Campaign for 1998. Originally from Guelph, Ryder spent several years as regional man­ ager for the bank in Kitchener/Wate rloo/Cambridge and served as a United Way campaign volunteer in those communities as well. He and his wife, Sandy, and their children, Sam and Emily, are also in­ volved in a number of other community organizations in Peterbor­ ough.

Jim Murray, M.Sc. '80, ha s just published his second book, The Game ofLife. A spec ialist in influence psychology, he is head of Optimal Solutions International, a company that specializes in help­ ing organizations reac h their full potential. To sa mple Murray' s practical strategies for preventing tension and turmoil in imponant business and personal relationships, visit the Web si te www.the­ game-of-life.com.

Erik Nippak, BA '89, marri ed Anita Ki vi in 1991, and they have one child, Al eksander, born in August 1996. They live in Toronto, where he works at the Investment Dealers Association as manager of sa les compliance. He held prev ious regulatory positions at Bums Fry, Nes bitt Burns and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Josee Parent, B.Sc. '83, lives in Sack ville, N.S., with her hu s­ band, Tim Smith, and children. Parent says her first career as a bi­ ologist ended when she wa s "dow nsized" from Nova Scotia Power, and he r second career as a mother began whe n Danielle Anne Martine was born March 17,1996. Their second child, Karine Elise, arrived Dec. 6, J997.

Mubashar Shahab, B.Comm. '86, switched jobs last year after working for Canada Catering Co. Limited for more than six years. He is now national marketing manager for the Hudson's Bay Com­ pany with responsibility for corporate food services for both the Bay and Zellers. He'd like to hear from fellow HAFA grads at mmshahab@ sprint.ca.

Teresa "Tess" Smith, BA '89, has an affinity for two London town s. She lives in London , England, and her parents, Murray, DVM ' 56 , and Betty , live in London, Ont. After graduating from U of G, Teresa went to England to do g raduate work in history. In­ stead, she enrolled in the College of Rhytoth erentology and Herbal Medicine and graduated in 1997. She is now a practis ing herbali st.

Bonnie Thom-Rodriguez, B.Sc. ' 88, is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Hoechst-Marion Rou sse l Canada, but the new exci tement in he r life is the bi rth of a daughter, Celina Nicole Rodriguez, on Jan. 10, J998. Mom, baby and dad, Paul , live in Mississauga, Ont.

Helen (Ark Ie) Teece, B.Comm '88, is a vocational counsel.lor for adults with disabilities. She and her hus­ band are the proud parents of Charlotte Rebecca, born Nov. 5, 1997, in Guelph. Michael Toombs, M.S c.(Eng.) '84, recently moved to Guelph to manage the land-use program for the On­ tario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. His e-mail addressismtoombs@omafra.gov.on.ca. Tim Westacott, MA '83, lives and works in Stafford , England, where he recentl y sold a laboratory business that he had developed. He is now planning to invest in property dev elopment and welcomes contact from alumni and faculty who rem embe r him at Guelph.

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Sheila (Turner) Andriessen, BA '95, earned

a B .Ed. from th e University of Western Ontario in 1996 and is an occasiona I teacher in Perth County. She and he r husband, George, have one daughter, Tamara Mari e, born Feb. 26 , 1998.

Jenny Anttila, BA '95, is working in the publish ing business in Toronto for a textbook publisher, Nel so n Canada. As a developm ental editor, s he works with professors across Canada in political science and Eng­ lis h, including Guelph political science pro fe ssor Peter Stoell, who co-authored a text called Global Poli/ics: Origins, Currents, Directions that was published by Guelph Alumnus

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Nelson in March. The company also recently published The Writer's Path, a collection of stories edited by Leon and Prof. Constance Rooke, U of G's associate vice-president (academic). In her spare time, Anttila edits fiction for Gutter Press and Insomniac Press and is cur­ rently working on a collection of columns by William Burrill, who writes for the Toronto paper Eye Weekly. She welcomes inquiries from Guelph alumni who are interes ted in getting into publishing at jantti la@neJso n.com. Elisabeth Bartnes, BA '90, is a natural-gas marketer for Produc­ ers Marketing Ltd. in Calgary. Her husba nd, Robert Matheson, B.Comm. ' 90, is di stri ct manager for Tim Horton s. Their first child , Bennett Richens , was born Sept. 14, 1997. Heidi (Moore) Behan, B.Sc. '92, taught Grade 5 French immer­ sion for three years before she and her husband , Patrick. decid ed to open a wildlife sanctuary. She says the ever-elusive cora Alexandra is the first ex hibit in their sanctuary near Cobourg, Ont. , but they are opening a second exhibit in June. Behan sends greetings to Guelph fri end s Sara M., Big Heidi, Sandra, Chri stina and Mike. Bruce Bonham, BA '93, was recently featured on CBC TV' s Ven­

tu.re program as the editor of a new monthly li fes tyle publication called Ollawa Life that was launched in th e national capital region. He report s, however, that the honeymoon was short-lived. Bonham resign ed after six months and Five issues to devote his full-time at­ tention to an MA thes is in history at the University of Ottawa. Kim Brewster, BA '91, has been working for Butterwonhs Canada, a legal publi she r in Toronto, for six years. She was recently ap­ po inted managing editor in the repeat-business product department and has mov ed back to Oshawa. She say s she would love to hear from "some 1989 third-floor Lennox neighbours. " Send e-mail to kbrewste r@butterworths.ca . Reuben Costa, BA '94. would like Guelph friend s to know about hi s newly released CD titled So Ya Want to Be a Gunfighter. It's an independent reJe ase under the stage name Reuben James. For infor­ mation, fax to 519-751-2270. Jeremy Cox, BA '93, and Wendy Roecles, B.A .Sc. '96, were married in August 1997 in Waterloo, Ont. They now live in Road­ ville, Mass ., where he is a GIS analyst with the City of Boston Po­ lice Department and she teaches oral French in a private school. Their e- mail address is Cox I70838@ aol.com. Sheila Creighton, BA '93 , will compJete a master's deg ree this fall at the Univers ity of British Columbia. She is studying water re­ source management at th e university ' s school of planning. Andrew Cunsolo, B.Sc. '96, and Debby Pablove, BA '94 and MA '96, live in Luxembourg. where Cunsolo works for Husky In­ jection Molding Systems S.A .. a subsidiary of Hu sky in Boilon, Ont. The plastics company makes preform moulds and hot runners for the manufacture of plastic products ranging from bottles and toothpaste caps to car bumpers. He is a busi ness sy stem developer, which means he analyses, de signs and implements new computer systems. Right now, he's working on integrating standard manufacturing fi­ nite scheduling software into the company's business sys tem. CunsoJo says Husky is a truly international company with 30 nati on­ alities represented by employees of the Lu xembourg branch alone. English, French, German and Luxembourgish are all spoken daily at th e plant. Hi s business e-mail isacunsolo@husky .on.ca. Guelph Alumnus

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s U of G celebrates the opening of the

new College of Social and

Applied Human Sciences

(CSAHS), Margaret

Prouse , B.A.Sc. '72, sug­

gests it's appropriate to

look back on the accom­

plishments of the women

who helped launch Mac­

donald Institute, which

Mary Urie Watson became the College of

Family and Consumer

Studies in 1969 and is now part of the history of CSAHS.

Prouse is part of the home economics department of the University of Prince Edward Island , which recently published a history of the founding of home economics education in Ca­ nadian public schools. An Educotionfor Women begins with a section called "Pioneers" that feature s articles written by five women who all had a turn-of-the-century connection to Guelph. Blanche Maddock was a dairy instructor at the On­ tario Agricultural College, Adelaide Hoodless was instrumen­ tal in securing the funding required to found MacdonaJd Institute, and Mary Urie Watson was the first dean of Mac . Articles by Elizabeth Berry, who graduated with the second Mac class in 1905, and Fannie Twiss , a 1907 graduate who became the first provincial director of home economics in Canada, round out the pioneers chapter. Later in the book are articles written by Enid Robertson of the Class of 1905 and Jean Hart Whittemore, who taught at the school during the late 1930s. All Educotiol1j(}f' Wom ell was written by Linda Peterat and Mary Leah DeZwart. Karen Daynard, B.Sc. (Ag r.) '94 and M.Sc. '97, recently joined Kahntact Marketing in Gue lph as an acco unt executive. She had worked previously on contract with Ciba Geigy and Northrup King Seeds, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the Ontario Hol ste in As­ sociation and Alt a Genetics. Megan Edwards, BA '94 and MA '95, married Brent McCombs in the garden of the Wellington County Mu se um in Elora, Ont., last June. They are living in Dartmouth, N.S., where Edwards has a posi­ tion with DalTech Continuing Education. Julie (Thompson) Fox, BA '90, attended teacher 's college in New York after leaving Gue lph. She now lives in Unionville , Ont., and has been teac hing Grade l for five years. She and her husband, Dave, hav e a dau ghter, Jaime. Paul GrOnthal, M.Sc. '96, is compl eti ng an industrial fe llowship with NR I Industries in Toronto on the development of a rubber­ crumb soil amendment for turfgrass. He married Lara Smith in Feb­ ruary 1997, and th ey both look forward to moving to Guelph in the near future. Hi s e-mail address isgrunthal@1l1 s.cs u.mcmaster.ca. Bonnie (Dunnett), MA '9 1 and PhD '97, and Barry Hallman, MA '9 1, and their son, Andrew, have moved to Chico, Calif., where Bonnie has taken a position as assistant professor in the geog raphy and planning departme nt at California State University. They invite fri end s and class mates to contact th em bye-mail at bhallman@ oavax.csuchico.edu. 33


Nancy Malhe iro, B.A.Sc. '9 1 and M.Sc. '93 , and Darren Farmer, M.Sc. '93, were marr ied in Gue lph Nov. 29,1 997. They are now residing in Toronto.

Taking on Ottawa These 1996 Guelph alumni didn't stop at a B.Sc. degree, but have all gone on to medical school at the University of Ottawa, Class of 2000. From left are: Vanessa Tseng, Peter Moisiuk, Katy Macdonald, Julia Robertson, Elizabeth Haddad, Jonathan Serbino and Michael McCaffrey. "Although we're Gee-Gees now," says Macdonald, "we'll always be proud Gry­ phons at heart! "

David Hunter, PhD '90, has completed a tran s fer from th e Agri­ cul ture and Ag ri-Food Canada researc h station at Harrow, Ont., to Vineland, Ont., th at was initi ated in 1995. He's still inv o lved in tree fruit breeding, but his work has mad e a major shift from a tradi ti onal breed ing program to one that is bi otec hnology -based. To facilitate the c hange , Hunt er s pent three months at Corne ll University, fol ­ lowed by three mon th s at the U.S. D epartment of Agriculture Appa­ lachian Fruit Resea rc h Station in Kea rneysville, W est Virg inia. He mov ed to St. Catharines in late 1997.

Anissa Jones, BA '94, reme mbers New Y ea r 's Eve 1997 as the date of her engage ment to Steve Majer, BA '94. Both liv e in Wind so r, Ont. , w l1ere s he is an in surance brok e r fo r Blonde and Lit­ tle and he is a labour relations offi cer w ith Ford Canada. Moiz Karimjee, BA '94, has comple ted an LLB at O sgoode Hall Law School in Toron to and is articling wi th the firm O s ler, Hoskin and Ha rco urt , followin g a ro tation with th e lega l department at Im­ perial Oil Limited.

Kenneth linton, B A '93 , took a yea r off after completing hi s G ue lph geograp hy degree, th e n enroll ed at Mount Royal College in Calgary , whe re he earned a diplom a in broadcastin g . He is now a fl oor director at the ne w A Channel TV station in Calgary. Pauline lipkewich-Povoledo, B.Com m . '92, recen tly jo ined Ramad a Canada Inc. as national direct or of corporate sales afte r working fiv e years for Hol id ay Inn. She m arried Al Povol edo in June 1997, and they live in Toron to. Robert livermore, B.Sc. '93, is a se nior soft wa re deve lope r with M avp ro Consultants in Woodbrid ge, Ont. His e-ma il ad dress is robl@ mav pro.com. Scott, BA '91, and Ann Marie (leCourtois) luce, B.A.Sc. '90, are celebra ting the birth of th e ir second son, Griffin Patrick Alan, born March 10, 1998 - a brothe r for Harrison. Th ey li ve in O s­ ceola , Wi scon sin , where Scott is v ice-presid ent of sales at Be nding Bra nches fn c. and Ann Mari e teaches Grade 6 at O sceola Middl e School.

Rebecca (Miller) Madill, B.A.Sc. '95, married D ave Madill Aug. 23, 1997. Guelph alumni in attendanc e were Janine Byers, Nancy (Cotter) Kuhl and Colleen Posthumus, all B.A.Sc. '95, and Greg Kuhl, B.Sc. (Agr.) '95. The Ma diJls li ve in Listowe l, Ont., w here Becky is an occas ional teacher for the Avon Maitl and Di stri ct School Boa rd. 34

Bryan McDermott, BA '9 J, has spent s ix yenrs in the sportin g goods busin ess and travelling wi th th e Hocke y Ha ll of Fa me and Play it Agai n Sports. He is no w marketing manager for ice hockey with Baue r fnc. and sa y s it's time to get in touch with old U o f G friends he has n ' t seen since grael uation . He in vi tes e- mail atbmcder m@misl.ba ue r.com. Maria Meraz, B.Sc.(Agr.) '96, anel her hu sband, John Cant, a professor in Gue lph 's Departme nt of Animal and Poultry Science, announce the birth of the ir first ch ild , Sa ra Raquel Can t-Meraz, born Aug. 12, 1997.

Cynthia (GingeJich), B.A.Sc. '96, and Nathan Persaud, B.Sc. '96, were married in May of the ir gradua ti on year and enjo yed a Ja­ ma ican honeymoon before se ttling in Gu e lph . She is working at Toyo ta M otor Manufac tu ring of Canada in Ca mbridge , and he is a quality ass urance s upervisor a t Maple Leaf Po ultry in Brantfo rd .

Regina Oakland, B.Sc. '95 and MBA '98, has a new job as ac ­ count exec uti ve at Kahntact Marketing, a Gu e lph company launched by lehn Kahn, B. Sc,(Ag r. ) '85 and M.Sc. '90. Oakland brings pre ­ viou s experience as an advertising and pro motions co -o rdinator at Seinex Canada (no w the Se mex Alli ance), as well as market re ­ search work on the Ontario pork indu stry . Jean-Paul Purdy, B.Sc. '9 1, a ttended Wil friel Laurier Univers ity afte r lea ving U of G and completed both a di plom a in business ad ­ mini s tration and an MBA. He is c urrently employed by the Bank of Nova Scotia at its office in Hou ston , Texas. Purdy is a corporate lender with the bank ' s ene rgy finan ce group and can be co ntac ted by e-mail atjppurd y@ao l.com .

Jennifer Reese-Cermak, BA '95, is a sk illed equ es tri an w hose lo ve of her sport led her to Europe not long a ft e r g raduation and to marriage and a new ca reer in Sw itze rland. She left Canada in Janu­ ary 1995 with her Trakehner sta lli on, Kronjuwel, to spend eight month s in dressage tra ining in G e rma ny. Two w eeks late r, s he met her fu ture hu sba nd, University of Zurich veterinarian Rainer Cer­ mak, on a train between F rankfurt and Mu e nster. Th ey were married in Marc h 1996, with many fri ends from G e nnan y trave llin g to Kitche ne r, Ont., for the wedd ing. Reese -Ce rmak sold her horse in Germany and has s ince enrolled in a public re lations/lin guis tics pro­ g ram at th e University o f Z uri c h.

lana Rowell, DVM '96, is prac ti s in g in the C ayman Is land s, Brit­ ish W es t lndies. She a nd he r hu sband, Gordon, have a two -year-old dau g hter, Madeline . Raymond Saumure, B.Sc. '93, earned an M.Sc. from McG ill University in 1997 and is stil.l there stud ying the ecology and conser­ vation of Canadian freshwat e r turtl es as a PhD student. He a lso be­ ga n a ne w position in Decembe r as an animal keepe r at the M on trea l Biodom e, a high-te Ch zoological park with fiv e ecos ystems contain ­ ing 15,000 animal s. He in v ites fri e nd s to v is it the Biodome W eb s ite at http://www.ville. montreal.qc.ca/biodome/bdm.htm. Saumure and his wife, Cathy (Van Velzer), B.Sc. '91 , can be reached via e­ mail at cle mm ys@ total.n e l. Cuelph Alumnus

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Teresa Sheardown, B.Sc.(Agr. ) '9 1, has accepted a pos ition as acco unt exec uti ve with Link Adv el1isi ng Inc . in Lo ndon , Ont. Prio r to joining Lin k, she was in formul a de ve lopme nt and acco unt service a t Shur-Gain in St. Marys. He r new duti es in­ cl ude bus iness dev elopmen t and clie nt se rvice and lia ison. Link Adv erti sing is a full- servi ce ad vertisin g agency with a partic u­ lar foc us in agri c ulture. Sheardow n' s e- mail ad dress is te res a@ li nkad .com .

Jonathan Solomon, B.Sc .(Eng.) '93, has re located to th e ski country o f Holland, N.Y. , and lives in a hill to p home with hi s wife , Heat her, and the ir black Labrador ret ri eve r. He is d irecto r of en viron mental an a lysi s for th e en viron menral firm Chopra­ Lee In c. on Grand Is land. Jeffrey Smylie, B .Sc.(E ng.) '91, is an environme ntal eng ineer with th e Cit y o f Scarbo roug h Works and Environment Depa rt­ men t. He and hi s wi fe, Eli zabeth , ha ve a dau ghter, Magg ie , a t Brock Uni ve rsity a nd a three-yea r-old son, Ryerson.

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Carole Steeves, B.Sc. (Agr.) ' 90, has been li ving in Ca lgary for the past five years an d works as weste rn Canadi an detai le r for Ro lf C. Hagen 's Nutrie nc e Pe t Foods. She is involved in sa les, marketin g and retail tra inin g I'or the Canadian manufac­ ture r a nd di stributor.

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Dubbo , Australi a, in J une J996. He has since married A us tra ­ li an Kerry-Ly n Parke r and is teac hing at the Dubbo Sc hool of Dis tance Educati on.

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Elaine (Walsh) Synnott, BA '9 J, is an executi ve as s istant fo r the Ontario T ow nship of W ool wich. She works in Elmira, but lives in Gu e lph with her 11lIs band , Mi chael, and two -year-o ld son, Andrew.

Lisa Torry, B.Comm. '94 , and MBA '97 , has joined G uelph­ based Kahntact M arketing as an ac count exec utiv e. She moves fro m he r fa mil y' s business, Co untry C upboa rd - S peci a lty Food 'N ' Thin gs , in Fe nelo n Fall s, Ont., w here s he wa s respon­ sible for all ma rketing ad ve rtising, merc handi sing and s pecia l promoti o ns. She prev iou s ly worked as a projec t co-o rdinato r at the Watt Des ign Group .

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Jeff Trudeau, B.Sc.(En g.) ' 93, and hi s wife, Karen , are st ill cele brating the bi rth of th e ir son, Al exa nd er, in Octobe r 1997. Je ff works with NWW Canada Limited in water and waste­ water plannin g. E-m a il the m at ho me in Miss issa uga,Ont., at jeffkar@ ibm.net. Deanna Underwood, BA ' 94, fo und he r way to Gue lph fro m Ridgeto wn, Ont., by fo llowing in the fo otste ps of he r fa­ the r, Jack, BSA '58 and MSA '66. She is wo rking in Gu e lph as the We b admini strator at th e Ontari o Uni ve rsities' Appli ca­ ti o n Centre and was married in Oc to ber 1997 to Tim Pi geau . They ca n be reac hed by e- ma il atuoderwood@cheer ful.com. Michael Wilson, MA '94, wo rks in the product di vision of J.D. Irving Limited in Sa int Jo hn , N.B., and lectures in the De­ partment of Po liti cal Science at th e Uni ve rsity of New Bruns­ wick.

Fiona Yeudall, B.A.Sc . '91 , is co mpl e ting her PhD io human nutritio n at the Univ e rs ity of Otago in Dunedin , Ne w Zealand. She arrived in Dunedin afte r two years o f fi eld work in Ma lawi. Gue/ph Alumnu s

Send address changes anel grad new s to: Alumni Records Uni vers ity o f Guelph Gue lph , ON . NIG 2WI Phone: 519-824-4120, Ext. 6550 Fax: 519-822-2670 E-m a il: jeanw@alumni.uogue lph.ca

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Bruce Beer, ADA '36 and BSA '39, Jan , 12, 1998

Milton Powell, BSA '34 , O ct. 3[ , 1997

Joseph Brown, BSA '34, date unknown

Margaret Smith, DHE '33, Jan. IS, 1998

Frederick Burwell, BSA '32, in 198 1

Wilfred Smith, B.Sc .(Agr.) '80, Dec. 5, [997

Ken Campbell, DVM '4 1, Marc h 30, 1998

Madeline Stewart, BA '88 , Dec.

Herbert Carleton, DVM ' 45, Augu st 1997

Harry Towers, BA '71, Fe b. 23,1998

Elizabeth Carsley, DHE ' 29, Jan, 15, 1998

Brian Thorndyke, ADA '73, Jan . 29, 1998

Leslie Cates, ODH '94, Jan, 28 , 1998

Roderick Vaughan, DVM 'SO, Jan. 27, 1.998

Alan Clipsham , B.Sc , '69, Jan, 27, 1998 Margaret Cohoe, DHE '3 3, Feb. 26, 1998

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Fred Wasson, BSA '22, date unknown

Hilda (Fairbairn) Downey, BSA ' 37, April I , 1997

Roy Bonner, BSA '43 , died Sept. 16, 1997. He was the retired vice-presid e nt of Bucke rs fi el d Ltd . of Vancou ver. Earl ier in his career, he was with Shake­ speare Fert ili ze r in Ontario, James Ri c hardson and Sons in Winnipeg and Green Valley in Surrey , B.C. H e is survived by hi s wife, Mary Frances, s ix children and 19 grandchildre n.

Maxine (Beattie) Gammage, DHE '38, April 1998

Frank Bolger, BSA '44 , of Dutt on, Ont., died Jan. 5, 1998. A retired teacher, he is survived by hi s wife,

John Coxe , BA '72, Jan. IS , 1998 Donald Dever, BSA '49, Aug. 4,1996 William Dingwall, DVM '52, April 16, 1998

Elizabeth (Mcnally) Heffernan, DHE ' 32, Fe b. 20, 1998 Clarke Hodgins, ADA '25 and BSA '28, Feb. 12, 1998 Mark Hopkins, B.Sc . '73 , O ct. IS, 1996 Marjorie Johnston, DHE '28, Feb. IS, 1. 997 Mary Kelly, DHE '40, Oct. 20,1997 Andrew Lafontaine, B.Sc. '88, Fe b. 9, 1997 Howard Lang, B.Sc.(Agr. ) '67, March 8, 1.998 Beverley Lapp, DVM '42, March 4, 1997 Suzanne Le Maistre, DHE '4 1, D ec . 3, 1997 Lois (Hutchinson) Lindecker, DHE '52, No v. 23, 1997 Raymond Mabee, BA '89, April I , 1998 Vincent MacDonald, BSA '36, in 1993 Harold McKay, BSA '20, in 1992 Robert Martin, BSA '52, J an . 23,1998 Keith Matthie, BSA ' 51 , Fe b. 2, 1998 Donald Mclndoo, ADA '5 1, M arc h 8,1996 Donald McMillan, BSA '40, Au g. 3 1, 1997 Felix Millette, BSA '49, January 1998 Stuart Nelson, BSA '48, Feb. 11, 1997 Donald Newton, DVM '57, Jan. 9, 1998 Pauline (Chart) Northcott, DHE ' 36, Feb. 20, 1998 Alan Orr-Ewing, ADA '35 , February 1995 Mary (Timmons) Pink, DHE '40, Marc h 2, 1998 Frederick Polley, B.Comm . '77, in 1997 36

Lorraine , and three sons.

Ralph Chamberlain, BSA '46, died Nov. 27, 1997, in SI. Albe11, Alt a. He is surv iv ed by his wife , E vely n, and son s, Jim and D avid.

Robert Chisholm, BSA '35 , of Fort Rollnnd La­ chine, Que., di ed Marc h 5,1998. Re tired from T.G . Bright & Co., he enj oyed c3lving duck decoy s and loons, m akin g wine , hunting and fi s hing. H e is s ur­ vived by hi s wife, Mareo, and a dau g hter, Lucy. Oliver "Dol" Dalrymple, BSA '44, of Bowman­ ville, Ont. , died M a rch 19, 1998. He was an agricul­ tural re presentativ e fo r the Ontario Departme nt of Agr ic ulture before re tire ment and a longtime Rotarian. He is s urvived by his wi fe, Georg ina; two chi ldren , Joe of Bowmanville and Les lea Schmitz, B.A.Sc. '83, of New H aven , Conn. ; and four grand­ children. He was predeceased by a dau ghter, Andren.

Jean (Fraser) Davis, DHE '34, died Oct. 29, 1997 , in Sun C ity, Ariz. She was a reg istered di e titi nn and director of the school lunch program in the Ni agma ­ Wheatfi eld sc hool di stric t be fore retiring in 1972. She is survived by her husband, Harold, fou r daug hte rs and se ven grandc hildren.

Shirley Downey, B.H.Sc. '60, of Gue lph, died Jan . 18, 1998. She w as an avid commun ity volunreer, es­

Donations given in memory of deceased alumni will help support scholarships at the University of Guelph if directed to the Alumni Memorial Fund. Send c/o Alumni House, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1. For information, call 519-824-4120, Ext. 6183.

pecially with the Sunrise Equ es tria n and Recrea tion Cenr re for th e Disabl ed , and is s urvived by three c hil­ dren, Martin, DVM '93, Ronald a nd Merrilynn Lyons.

Stephen Fancsy, BS A '52, died Jan. 26, 1998. H e wa s a partner at Na tional Radiator (a company st arted by hi s father) in Windsor, Ont. , until hi s re tirement a few years ago to H arro w. He is survi ved by his wife , Toni ; three sons, Stephen Jr. , John and Jim ; three daughters, Susa n , M artha and Terry; a nd eight gra nd­ c hildren. Guelph Alumnus


Alfred "Alf" Hales, BSA '34, died Feb. 28, 1998, in Guelph - the community where he was born, grew up , was educated and spent his li fe in se rvice. Mr. Hales vis­ ited the Guelph campus frequently as a child, and that pattern continu ed through out his s tudent days and his career as a Guelph busi nessman and MP. He se rved his con­ stitu ency for more than 17 years in Ottawa and built a reputation as a fri end of the tax­ payer and a supporter of yo uth. He was a watc hdog me mber of the Public Accounts Committee and introduced a private me m­ ber 's bill that crea ted the Hou se of Com­ mons in ternship program, which provid es valuable experience for you ng Canadians in­ terested in politics. Mr. Hales gave up a seat on Guelph City Council to run for the fed­ e ral PC party , but managed to rema in active in the local business community, hi s ch urc h and many civic, religious, frate rnal an d serv­ ice organizations. He received many awards fo r hi s co mmunity work, including recog ni ­ tion by the Kiwanis Club of Guelph for 50 yea rs of se rvice , the 1997 City of Guelph Mayor 's Award and , posthumou sly, the 1998 Alumni of Honour a ward from the University of Gue lph Alu mni Association (see page 22). A longtime supporte r of the Unive rsity, Mr. Hales served hi s alma mater w ith the same d evotion he gave to public service and, most important, to hi s family. He is survived by hi s wife, Mary (Gra ham), DHE '32; three children , David , Donald and Beverly Stager; nine grandchildren; and seven grea t-grandch ildren. He was prede­ ceased by a son , Alfre d. John Harcourt, BSA '3 4, o f Ottawa, died M arch 14, 1998. An industria l chemist, a teacher and a military in struc tor during the Second W orld War, he joined the fed e ral public serv ice at war' s e nd. For many years, he was a unive rs ity liaison office r. He retired in 1971. but mainta ined an activ e inte rest in his community and profess ion. Predeceased by hi s wife, Doris, he is s ur­ vive d by two sons and four g rand c hildre n.

iors Outreach, M eals on Wheel s and the Hea rt and Stroke Fou ndation. A 48-year membe r of the Lion s Club, Mr. Klinck re­ ceived the orga niza tion 's Hell en Kellar and Melvin Jones awards. He is surviv ed by hi s wife, Marjorie; six child ren , Gail , S usan , Co nni e, Donna, Doug and Sharon, B .A .Sc. '78 and M. Sc. '84; and 12 grandchildren.

Robert Marin, BS A '52, of Elkhart, IlL , died Jan. 23, 1998. He is surviv ed by hi s wife , Pauline , fiv e c hildren, 17 g randc hil­ dre n and three grea t-g ra ndchildren . Keith Moon, BSA '5 9, of Richmond Hill, Ont. , died Aug. 25, 1997 . During his career , he worked in quality contTol , quality assu r­ ance and consultin g for various pharmace u­ tical companies . At the time of his death, he was a member of the auditing staff at Novo­ pharm Limited in Scarborou gh . He is sur­ viv ed by hi s wife , M argaret; a daughter, Heather, B.Sc. (H.K. ) '92; and a son, Paul. James McGuigan, BSA '46, di ed March 5, 1998, in Chatham , Ont. He ope rated McGuigan Orchard s in Ceda r Springs from 1946 to 1977 and served as MPP for Kent­ Elgin (later Essex-Kent) from 1977 to 1990. He is survived by hi s w ife , Mona, and four children: John, B.Sc.(Agr.) '72 ; Janet , B .H.Sc. '74; M argaret; and Sheila.

Stephen Mew of Kingston, On t., was be­ lieved to be the oldest I iving person who had attended OAC whe n he died Ja n. 20, 1998, at the age of 104.

Robert Paul , BS A'40, of Napa nee , Ont., died No v. 7 , 1997. A former hig h school science teacher, he had been keeping bees s ince 1948 and was still act ive. Over th e years , he served as chai r of the board of the form e r Ontario Honey Producers Co­ operati ve and was past president o f the On­ tario Beekeepers Ass ociation.

FACULTY Prof. Bill Graf, Political Scien ce, a faculty member a t Gu e lph since 1980, died Feb. 25, 1998. A graduate of the University of Brit­ ish Columbia, the Free Univers ity of Be rlin and tl1e London School of Eco nomi cs, he taught in Europe a nd Nigeria before joining U of G. He was chair of the Department of Political Science from 1990 to 1995. A spec ialist in German and African poli ­ tics , Prof Graf was the author of s ix books, inc lu di ng Th e Nigerian SWle. P olilical , Econo11lY, Siale, Class and Ih e Po lilicai Sys­ l em ill Ihe Poslcolonial Era . His lalest book, Polirical Ideologies/i om Ihe Enliglilen mcnl 10 Ih e Present, is d ue out later this year. Hi s

lates t research project foc used o n "The State and De mocracy in the Third World ." In 19R9, he rec eived the U of G Facult y Assoc iati on's Di stingui s hed Professor Award. Prof. Graf is s urvived by his wife, Ruth Wall, a nd a d a ughte r, Amanda. Prof. Lori Wester, School of Land scape Ar­ chitecture , died April 2, 1998. A native of Te xas, he j oined the U of G faculty in 197 1 and was the longest activ e ly serv ing faculty member in th e sc hooL He is s urviv ed by his wife, PJ., and one SO il , Lari Jr.

The Wall-Custance Memorial Forest,

1998. He was living and practi s ing in San Ferna ndo , Trinidad , and is survived by his w ife, Hafeeza.

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Raymond Waechter, DVM ' 45 , di ed Sept. 20, 1997, in Reg ina. He was th e west­ ern medi cal representative for Aye rs t, McKe nna and Harri son for two yea rs and was ap pointed prov inci a l veterinarian in 1947 . From 1950 until his re tirem e nt in 1987, he ow ned a mi xed animal practice and was a membe r of th e Canada and Sas katche­ wan veterinary associations.

located at the UniverSity of Guelph's Arboretum was established in recognition of the severe depletion of our forests. The Memorial Forest Program not only provides an opportunity to commemorate the life of a loved one by planting a tree, it also assures a better environment for generations to come.

Awol Khan, DVM '60, died March 4,

Kenneth Klinck, BS A '48 , of Napa nee, Ont., died Dec. 22, 1997. He spent 15 yea rs as a fi e ld supe rvi so r in the cannin g bu s iness before staning a teac hing caree r at Napan ee Secondary School, where he taught e nviron­ mental science for 24 years. A nature love r, he was involved in the Ontario loon survey and peregrine falcon study. He was a lso ac­ ti ve in his comm unity as a voluntee r in Sen -

Robert Thorup, BSA '61 , of North York, Ont. , died March I , 1998. He was employed by the Ministry of Health and is s urviv ed by hi s children, Kri stine a nd Erik.

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Drawint) on our heritat)e

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nternationalism takes many shapes and forms at the Uni­ versity of Guelph, including flying fish, shamans and caribou herd s. These images from arctic drawings document the traditions and heritage of one of the world 's most unique and fascinating cultures - the Inuit of northern Canada. The Macdonald Stevvart Art Centre at U of G is the only public collection of Inuit art in the world to have a specific focus on contemporary Inuit drawings . And this summer, the art centre hosts the first Canadian exhibition of one of the most recognized private collections of Inuit drawings - that of Frederick and Lucy Herman of Virginia. Interestingly, the collection was inspired in part by the couple 's 1989 viewing of an exhibition of drawings from U of G ' s Inuit collection. At the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre until July 26, the Herman exhibition is complemented by a selection of draw­ ings from the art centre ' s permanent collection focusing on images of the child in Inuit society. Together these exhibi­ tions offer a rare opportunity to contrast and compare a sig­ nificant body of Inuit work. The Macdon ald Stewart Art Centre is open Tuesday to Sunday from noo n to 5 p.m. (open by appointment July 26 to Sept. 19).

Jessie Oonark Women with Hair Ornaments Myra Kukiiyaut Untitled,1974 graphite and coloured pencil

Artists tell the storlJ of transition

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Kavavaow Manomee Nasa Graveyard, 1989 coloured pencil on paper

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Perhaps no other ethnic group in the world has experienced such rapid cultural change as the Canadian Inuit. Untilillid-century, the indigenous peoples of Cana­ da 's Arctic lived a semi -nomad ic lifestyle similar to th at of their ancestors from past millennia. Few Inuit had access to paper and pencils until the 1960s, followed quickly by radio and satel1ite television. The body of drawings produced by contemporary Inuit artists offers a unique opportunity to examine a culture rich with shamanism and spi rit imagery and the artists ' personal experiences of living on the land. It also documents the transition of Inuit lifesty le from a traditional hunting culture to a mode rn society and the so­ c iological changes that accompany it. The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre established its Inuit art collection in 1980 with purchase funds from the Guelph company Omark Canada (now Blount Can­ ada Ltd.) through the leadership of Ken Hammill, BSA '5 1, who was general manager at the time. Other public and private groups have supported its growth to the 500 drawings and other works now included in the collection. Under director Judith Nasby, the art centre has developed an international rep utation for leader­ ship in exhibiting and promoting scholarship on these works. Nasby has curated three touring exhibitions from the Macdonald Stewart collec­ tion, breaking gro und by opening two of them in the arctic village of Baker Lake. The most recent, Qamanilluaq Drawings, opened June 3 in the community ' s new heritage centre. It will stay at Baker Lake until January 1999. The earlier exhibi­ ti on, Qanwnilluaq (Where the River Widens): Drawings hy Baker Lake Artists (1994), is still touring in the United States.

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