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RAR E BuT NoT ENDANGERED Their few numbers belie the broad spectrum of veterinary roles played by graduates of Guelph's one-of-a-kind D.V.Sc. program


on the role of the media was held on campus in conjunction with winter convocation ceremonies that honoured leading members of the Canadian media. This spring, the University hosted 1997 graduate and women's hockey star Cassie Campbell, who signed autographs for fans and spoke to the 2006 graduating class.







for Alumni Weekend, and we're counting the ways we can benefit alumni through offcampus events, discount offerings, workshops and career networking. The new Adopt-A-Gryphon program is rece1vmg praise from grads and Gryphon fans who want to maintain a connection to varsity sports.

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With 28 varieties of flowering crab trees on the main campus, thousands of spring bulbs and a few rare varieties of perennials and flowering shrubs, U of G is a kaleidoscope of colour as spring turns to summer.

[ 15 ] on the cover Deanna Russell joins an elite group of Guelph grads who hold a Doctor of Veterinary Science degree from the

FORMER 0NTARION EDITOR WINS GEMINI CTV reporter David Akin recalls his early journalism experience at U of G's student newspaper.

Ontario Veterinary College. PHOTO BY DEAN PALMER AND JOHN RUSK

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Meet nine talented & ambitious U of G students [ 19 l

Guelph students search the campus for signs of civic engagement and find a sense of responsibility. Summer 2006


.s PQRTICO Summer 2006 • VOLUME 38 ISSUE 2

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T WOULD BE INTERESTING totravelbackintime to the University of Guelph's first convocation in May 1965 and eavesdrop on conversations between john K. Galbraith and Thomas McEwan. Prof. Galbraith was a distinguished graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College returning to his alma mater as the new University's first honorary degree recipient. Mr. McEwan was inaugural chair of the Board of Governors. By the time they met on the convocation stage, both men had already made a tremendous impact on the University's development and reputation. Yet that was just the beginning of their relationships with U of G, and both continued to mentor the University until their deaths earlier this spring. Although we mourn the loss of such friends, we celebrate the spirit of accomplishment they championed. Both were visionaries who had little time or thought for things that didn't matter. In 1965, they might have talked about their desire for the University of Guelph to make important contributions to education and the well-being of our society. Today we are thankful that both men continued to push us for more than 40 years to achieve their aspirations. They were not alone, of course. The desire to succeed- to make a difference where a difference really matters- is the historical mantra for Guelph. It's an attitude that reflects our institutional values and distinguishes us from other institutions of higher learning. Over the years, the decision-making process at U of G has always been focused on the quality of the learning experience. And we've built a research environment based on our roots of providing practical solutions to realworld problems. Our strengths in the life sciences, our understanding of family, community and cultural development, and our experience in the international arena have provided unique opportunities to improve human health, enrich our culture, promote a global perspective and have an impact on the sustainability of our planet. I invite you to read the 2006 President's Report for a more detailed picture of University of Guelph achievements and our ambitions for the future. The report highlights how Guelph students, faculty, staff and alumni are making a difference as educators and researchers both in and out of the classroom. You'll see how people around the world are benefiting from U of G research and action, and discover what national and global contributions our students and graduates are making. In particular, the report outlines the specific efforts we're making to make a difference at the institutional


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level. We are re-evaluating our approach to undergraduate education, increasing international opportunities for U of G students and adopting a fully integrated planning process to ensure that academic programs are developed in concert with our financial and human resources. The President's Report also reveals, through pictures and words, how we've created a university atmosphere where diversity is welcomed, where there's a commitment to cultivating leadership through scholarship and to developing a sense of global citizenship. Underpinning it all is that drive for excellence and the need to make a difference in the world. You can find the report on the University's website at l hope it will remind you- as so many of Guelph's alumni and friends often remind me- of this university's unity of vision and purpose and our potential to do even more. ALASTAIR SUMMERLEE PRESIDENT


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IN &AROUND live via the Internet. This was the first 111 what will become an annual "President's Dialogue" that will bring leading experts to U of G to discuss important contemporary issues. "It's our belief that universities should be active participants in the discussion of pressing social issues and should help ensure ongoing free and open public debate," says president Alastair Summerlee, who moderated the dialogue. "To that end, we created this new dimension of our convocation program:' Also participating in the dialogue were Arthur Carty, national science adviser and former president of the National Research Council of Canada; Marci McDonald, a freelance journalist and contributing editor to The Walms magazine; and Stephen Strauss, former Globe and Mail reporter and science journalist.

Police horse honoured Convocation puts focus on media oF G HE L o its first thematic convocation Feb. 20 to 23, with all five honorary degree recipients being leading members of the Canadian media. Close to 750 undergraduate and graduate students also received degrees and diplomas. Honorary degrees were presented to the following: Adrienne Clarkson, Canada's 26th governor general and a renowned journalist; Gwynne Dyer, one of Canada's most




respected and prolific freelance journalists; Scott Griffin, founder of the Griffin Prize for poetry and director of Anansi Press; Michael MacMillan, CEO of Alliance Atlantis; and Pamela Wallin, broadcast journalist and consul general to ew York City. University professor emeritus status was bestowed on botanist Derek Bewley and philosopher john McMurtry. Dyer, Griffin, MacMillan and McMurtry also participated in a public dialogue on the role of the media in a changing global community Feb. 22. The free forum- titled "The Media: Communicators, Conscience, Creators?"- filled a large classroom in Rozanski Hall and could also be viewed



and the Ontario Veterinary College have created a special memorial fund following the death of Brigadier, a police horse that died in the line of duty after being struck by a hit-andrun driver Feb. 24. After being euthanized because of the severity of his injuries, Brigadier was transported to Guelph for an autopsy. One of the investigators on the case, Det. Const. Kimberley Greener, is an OVC graduate, and it was she who suggested the police service might want to acknowledge the support from OVC and the Animal Health Laboratory. Gifts made in the horse's memory will be used to support clinical care for horses at the Large-Animal Clinic.


• U of G has reduced its consump-

tion of natural gas and its C0 2 emissions by an estimated 10 per cent over the last six months by implementing two new energy-

fifthannual "Last Lecture" for graduating students featured Canadian hockey player Cassie Campbell, arts student Talya Postan and outgoing College of Arts dean jacqueline Murray. The lecture ended a full week of



activities and events designed to help prepare students for life after university. Alumni Affairs and Development offered information on career planning, advanced studies and programs, services and benefits that are available to them as Guelph alumni. Campbell, a 1997 sociology and nutrition graduate, is one of the most recognizable female hockey players in the world. She's been captain of the national women's team since 200 I and is a six-time world champion and threetime Olympic medallist. At the "Last Lecture;' which this year focused on "The journey Is the Reward," Campbell tried to give students a sense of what it feels like to win an Olympic medal by showing a video clip of the Canadian women's hockey team listening to the national anthem after capturing a second consecutive gold medal in Turin, Italy.

saving initiatives: a heat-recovery unit located in the chimney of the Central Utilities Plant and an improvement in the building automation system that is used to control heating, cooling and ventilation. • Over the past decade, fair-trade

coffee has become increasingly visible on campus, and its reach has recently expanded into all residence cafeterias, as well as coffee service for meetings and conferences. • The Ontario Agricultural College's

Horticultural Experiment Station at Vineland is celebrating its centennial this year. Once part of the Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario, Vineland joined the Department of Plant Agriculture in 1998. • The Skip a Meal campaign organized by Guelph students during the winter semester generated

U of G remembers Tom McEwan


donations of meal points and cash to the tune of $13,671 to

funeral service was held May 17 in

university and worked with other busi·

support 17 local organizations in

War Memorial Hall for U of G Honorary

nessmen, alumni and professors to encour·

Guelph, including men's and

Fellow Thomas McEwan, first chair of the

age then Ontario premier John Robarts to

women's shelters and food banks.

University's Board of Governors, who died

establish a university in Guelph, arguing

• U of G has signed a memorandum

May 13 in Guelph.

it would help to accommodate a project-

of understanding with the Royal

ed increase in post-secondary enrolments.

Botanical Gardens in Hamilton,

Mr. McEwan was an RCAF pilot during the Second World War and a graduate of

After the University of Guelph was

Queen's University and the University of

established in 1964, Mr. McEwan served

Ont., establishing a research partnership that will explore the

Toronto. He spent most of his business

as inaugural B of G chair until 1968 and

importance of horticulture and

career as president of the Sterling Rubber

later helped launch U of G's Heritage Trust.

plants in fostering healthy urban

Company and Becton Dickinson Canada

In 2ooo, he donated a collection of mate-

environments, protection and

and served for many years as a school

rial about the University's founding years

rehabilitation of natural areas,

trustee and chair of the local board of edu·

to the U of G Library.

academic opportunities for stu-

cation. He saw the potential for Guelph's founding colleges to form a full-fledged

He is survived by his wife, Bessie; two


dents, and the development

children, lan and Melanie; and three grand-

of new sites for plant trials and

children, Tyler, Austin and Ecclesia.


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In April, U of G sponsored a two-day symposium called "Making Poverty History: Doing More of

What Works." It featured a roster of internationally recognized experts who provided candid accounts of the real challenges facing the victims of poverty around the world. Betsy Martin, senior adviser for the Community Foundations of Canada, and Phocus Ntayombya, PhD '93, a UNICEF project officer in Rwanda, pictured at left, participated in panel discussions with representatives from World Vision, the Pauktuutit Inuit Women's Association and the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, as well as scholars, business leaders and others. Keynote speakers were Agnes Wakesho Mwang'ombe of the University of Nairobi in Kenya and Elisabeth Tankeu, the African Union's Commissioner for Trade and Industry. Mwang'ombe said the




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continent's food insecurity continues to deter economic growth and limits progress in reducing poverty. Tankeu expressed frustration with the inability of governments in African countries to support research and development, leaving people struggling with insufficient resources. Without investments in science and technology, the continent will remain on the periphery, she said.




"Making Poverty History" is part of a series of ongoing events U of G is sponsoring to engage the public in stimulating discussions about emerging global issues. For more information and news of future events, visit the website

SCIENTISTS TACKLE OBESITY UELPH RESEARCHERS wi!lp\ay a key role in a new national group intended to help fight a growing epidemic in obes it y that threatens the health of millions of Canadians. The Canadian Obesity Network, one of five new federal Networks of Centres of Excellence, will include about a dozen


scientists from the departments of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences,

Food Science, and Family Relations and Applied Nutrit ion. In total, the network involves 21 uni vers it ies, more than 10 international institutes in North America and Europe, 15 non-profit organizations and 20 industry partners. Gue lph will contribute to the network through studies of nutrition, metabolism and obesity interactions.

Gift of land to boost research


n u n precedent e d gift to U of G of almost 700 acres of farmland in eastern Ontario

is expected to help the University develop and strengthen innovative programs in

organic agriculture and environmental management. In early February, Guelph finalized the anonymous donation of 693 acres of vacant farmland worth about $52o,ooo. The parcel is located southeast of Ottawa, a to-minute drive from the University's Alfred Campus and so minutes from the Kemptville Campus. Under a five-year development plan for the property, U of G will develop research sites for organic agriculture and the restoration of natural vegetation and wild life. Plans to expand Guelph expertise in dairy science would also make the property the only certified organic dairy farm designed for teaching and research in Canada, says Prof. Mary Buhr, associate dean (academ ic) for the Ontario Agricultu ral Co ll ege. "This gives us a new land base we can readily use for our organic work," she says, referring to last fall's launch of an organic agriculture major with in OAC's B.Sc.(Agr.) program . A public announcement in 2003 affirming OAC's commitment to organic and conventional agriculture led the farm's owner to propose the donation to U of G.



Heritage Trust pays dividends for U of G What does U of G's new telephone system have in common with the Village by the Arboretum and the Ontario AgriCentre located in the Research Park? The telephone system was paid for in part from the endowment fund created from the lease of these and other University properties that are managed through the Heritage Trust Fund. It's just one example of the special U of G initiatives that have benefited from the fund. Others include the Library Learning Commons, the tri-university library system TRELLIS and enhanced student information systems, and classroom improvements. The Heritage Trust, believed to be the only one of its kind at a Canadian university, was created in 1989 by the Board of Governors as a way for U of G to pay for strategic one-time investments. It cannot be used for ongoing operating expenses. The trust oversees the monetization of the land assets to create an endowment, wh ich grows as funds are generated from the real estate. The Heritage Trust Fund now exceeds $45 million and has provided over time $15 mil li on in dividends to help U of G pay for strategic initiatives.

by Rebecca Kendall

hey say a picture is worth a thousand words, and with that in mind, Cheryl Rose has set out to discover what university students have to "say" about being part of their communities. Rose is working on a master's degree in capacity development and extension through the School of Environmental Summer 2006 7


Design and Rural Development. She began her thesis project, titled "Civic Visions;' by asking Guelph students to take photographs on campus that illustrate the University's commitment to civic engagement. Since then, she's armed students with cameras at the University of Toronto and Nipissing University in North Bay to compare the perspectives of students at institutions of various sizes and in different environments and locations. The data collection method is known as reflexive photography or photo voice. Rather than have participants deconstruct images presented to them by the researcher, Rose has invited students to choose images that they consider important. She then interviews each participant to discuss the meaning of the photo they took. " It's often difficult to explain in words what it means to be civically engaged," she says. "It's a pretty complex concept." Photography offers students a way to express their ideas and messages about how their university contributes to life beyond campus borders, she says. Guelph students were inspired by a variety of campus landmarks and structures, including the johnston Hall clock, the cannon that sits in Branion Plaza and a cedar pole located just north of Zavitz Hall that holds messages of peace in French, English, Braille and a language indigenous of the aboriginal people who historically lived in this region. "Students said they saw more images representing civic engagement than they expected and chose things they wouldn't normally have thought of as representing that," says Rose. " Based on the pictures they're taking, they seem to recognize that we're on a continuum and we have a legacy from the past, and that makes us think about what legacy we're leaving for the future. To them, that speaks about being committed to making a difference." Rose has a long-standing interest in youth and civic engagement. In addition to her studies, she is a service-learning specialist in the office of the provost and executive director of the Canadian Association for Community Service-Learn-



ing, which is based at U of G. She says the ideas expressed by the students participating in her project are teaching her about the way young people empower themselves. 'Tm learning so much about what is meaningful to them around this concept of civic responsibility and what inspires them." There's a glimpse of her findings in the images reproduced here, but she hopes the final data will help post-secondary professionals develop curriculum geared to the interests of today's students. It's important that programming for this generation be designed with this generation in mind, she says. "As educators, we need to know if we're hitting our mark by creating learning opportunities that will be of interest to them and will motivate them to become engaged." •

What students say: 1 -

"The cannon is a perfect symbol

to show that this campus has a strong sense of civic commitment. Every layer of paint is one more voice sharing with this campus." 2 -

"These are the hands of stu-

dents and staff wearing bracelets with messages that represent their belief in a cause or organization." 3 • "This dancer is a Canadian student who feels a responsibility to raise awareness and share her culture with others." 4 • "I think it's important to have this memorial to students who gave their lives in war. It encourages me to do what I can to make this world better." 5 • "Garbasaurus was created from garbage pulled from the Speed River during the annual city-wide cleanup. Students join in every year. It's something 'done,' not just an idea." 6 - "So many students, staff and faculty ride bikes to campus. It feels like many of us care about the environment."

RARE BUT NOT D. V. Sc. grads expand the veterinar) From farm to field to research lab to

balance of disciplinary training and thesis

private practice: That's where you'll find

research, this one-of-a-kind program has

graduates of Guelph's doctor of veterinary

turned out a variety of graduates since it

science (D.V.Sc.) degree. Described as a

was launched in 1980. Even the scope

ENDANGERED Story by Andrew Vowles Photo Illustrations by john Rusk, Dean Palmer and Tony Fouhse implied in that opening catchphrase-

studies to the vet clinic- fails to capture

from food animals on the farm to wildlife,

the breadth of experience represented

including species that may harbour the

across the roughly 250 students who have

next zoonotic disease after bird flu, to lab

completed the D.V.Sc. at Guelph.


OF G GRADUATED its first O.V.Sc. students in 1983, but the degree itself has existed since the early 1900s. The early graduate program was offered by the Ontario Veterinary College, with degrees granted by the University of Toronto. One of the first D.V.Sc. graduates was Francis Schofield, DVM 1910, who earned recognition as a veterinary pathologist and fame as a medical missionary in Korea. He taught at OVC for 30 years and published more than 100 papers on animal diseases. When U ofG was established in 1964 and began granting its own degrees, the D.V.Sc. went into hiatus, and veterinary students interested in specialist training were offered a two-year residency program. The D.V.Sc. program was redesigned- combining research and residency trainingand re-established at OVC in 1980. As with the more conventional PhD, this doctoral program takes at least three years to complete. Candidates must take a qualifying exam, conduct a research project and defend their thesis. The program has 30 to 40 students at any one time. Graduates in everything from surgical specialties to pathology, microbiology and immunology and animal health management work in diagnostic labs, universities, industry, private practice, government, zoos- even a travelling circus or two. Small wonder that at least a few graduates see their D.V.Sc. as an embodiment of the "one medicine" theme linking studies of human, animal and ecosystem health across those disciplines at OVC. ROF. ScoTT McEwEN,Population Medicine, has seen his career turn in unexpected directions since completing his DVM here in 1981. He worked as a horse vet in Toronto right after graduation, but realized he didn't really enjoy clinical practice and wanted to do research instead. He returned to U of G to earn a D.V.Sc., studying a muscle disease called "tying up" in horses. After graduating in 1985, he accepted a post as a lecturer in the former department of veterinary microbiology and immunology, filling a gap left by a retired faculty member in food hygiene- a term that may conjure up a mental picture of veterinarians inspecting cuts of meat to ensure suitability for the supermarket. Today it's called food safety, a term that covers everything from the


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Scott McEwen "Veterinarians are needed to manage human health problems."

Deanna Russell "'Wherever my career leads, it will involve public health and studies of infectious diseases."

farm field to your dinner plate. McEwen says he's witnessed a sea change in how veterinary medicine views food safety and public health. During his career, he has studied food safety and microbial risks posed by such pathogens as E. coli 0157:H7, Campylobacter and Salmonella. A key theme of his research involves antimicrobial resistance, or how these bugs learn to defend themselves against drugs developed to fight them in such barnyard animals as pigs, cows and chickens. Besides research, McEwen's expertise has found its way into advisory roles with governments and non-governmental organizations in North America and Europe. He has chaired an advisory committee to Health Canada on animal uses of antimicrobials and their impact on resistance and human health. He says that group has affected public policy by ensuring that the federal health agency considers not just risks from drug residues in foods but also risks of antimicrobial resistance. Globally, McEwen discusses anti-microbial risk with food-animal industry groups, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. How to assess risks? How to manage those risks? How to ensure that food animals receive appropriate treatments while protecting public health? "You'd have to be blind not to see the great opportunities;' he says, pointing to the growing understanding of the need for veterinarians to help in managing these human health problems.


HE PAST TWO DECADES have also seen significant changes, globally and domestically, in risk analysis and regulatory requirements in foods of all kinds. just ask Tom Feltmate, DVM '72, GO '80 and D.V.Sc. '83, who was working at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa when the D.V.Sc. program was re-introduced in 1980. The D.V.Sc. "was focused on practical coursework rather than being a researchoriented PhD," he said. "That fit well with the regulatory veterinarian approach." For his research, Feltmate studied ways of monitoring antibiotic residues in slaughtered calves, a food safety issue in Canada. Since the formation of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 1997, Feltmate

has been manager of its food safety risk analysis unit. That position has drawn on his studies of epidemiology and food safety, including everything from toxicology and pesticides to sampling theory and statistics needed for investigating animal health or food safety. Risk analysis is key for him and for the agency, including examining risks involved with specific hazards in plant or animal health and food safety. They also consider approaches to deal with those risks and the economic impact of solutions on the industry they're regulating. "We're now developing risk analysis approaches that are applicable internationally," says Feltmate. That's being done to ensure that "as countries develop food safety standards, they apply similar approaches to assess risk and measures to deal with them:' Feltmate enrolled in the new D.V.Sc. program with Brent Hoff, DVM '69, GD '70, D.V.Sc. '83 and GD '98. Hoff had worked in private practice in Oshawa and had already done a graduate diploma in small-animal medicine. For his doctorate, Hoff studied hematology and bone marrow abnormalities in dogs, including leukemia, other cancers and infections. He was attracted by the opportunity for broad research training. "The D.V.Sc. degree and Guelph are well-recognized by other institutions," says Hoff, now a clinical pathologist and toxicologist at the Animal Health Laboratory (AHL), a diagnostic veterinary lab within U of G's Laboratory Services Division. There, he interprets results of hematology, biochemistry and cytology tests on samples sent by veterinarians in private practice. Hoff divides his time between the clinical pathology laboratory in OVC and the AHL toxicology lab on Stone Road. This spring, he spread his expertise even farther when he did a locum at a private veterinary pathology laboratory in Hamilton, New Zealand. His international reach has also included helping to establish the central clinical pathology laboratory at the Norwegian College of Veterinary Medicine in Oslo.


ALL 1 T s headline-generating import today, food safety- as it relates to animal health and laboratory servicesis only one branch of the doctor of veterinary science tree. Most D.V.Sc. graduates still pursue careers as clinicians and acadeoR

Dale Smith "Employers in zoological medicine look for skills in research training as well as clinical practice."

Tom Feltmate "We're developing risk analysis approaches that are applicable internationally."

mics, reflecting their enrolment as students in one of three OVC departments. Within Clinical Studies, students specialize in small- or large-animal surgery or medicine, anesthesia/clinical pharmacology, cardiology, critical care, neurology and ophthalmology. The main interests of D.V.Sc. students in Population Medicine are ruminant health management, theriogenology (reproduction), clinical epidemiology and swine health management. In Pathobiology, specializations include anatomical or clinical pathology, zoological medicine, avian or fish pathology, microbiology/virology and lab animal science. A review of the program completed in 2003 by Wayne McDonell, professor emeritus in Clinical Studies, found that almost two out of three grads worked as faculty or staff in a veterinary school, research facility or government agency. Most of the others were working in private practice or in industry, says McDonell. "It's well-recognized that D.V.Sc. graduates have made an important contribution to core areas of advanced clinical training in veterinary medicine." Wander the halls of the veterinary college at Guelph and you may bump into several faculty members who earned a D.V.Sc. Among them are these professors in Clinical Studies: Alex Valverde, D.V.Sc. '90, an anesthesiologist in the OVC Veterinary Teaching Hospital; Tony Abrams-Ogg, D.V.Sc. '92, head of the OVC small-animal clinic; Lynn O'Sullivan, D.V.Sc. '03, an expert in veterinary cardiology; Carolyn Kerr, DVM '89 and D.V.Sc. '95, who studies lung diseases in cattle and horses; Roberto Poma, D.V.Sc. '02, now leading comparative studies of canine and human epilepsy; and Brigitte Brisson, D.V.Sc. '00, a small-animal surgeon. In Population Medicine: Tracey Chenier, DVM '92 and D.V.Sc. '89, theriogenology of horses; Alejandro Estrada, D.V.Sc. '03, and Cathy Gartley, DVM '82 and D.V.Sc. '89, theriogenology of dogs and cats; jeffrey Wilson, DVM '82, D.V.Sc. '87 and PhD '91, food and water safety and public health epidemiology;

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Todd Duffield, DVM '90 and D.V.Sc. '97; Stephen LeBlanc, DVM '97 and D.V.Sc. '01; and Kerry Lissemore, DVM '84 and D.V.Sc. '88; ruminant health management. In Pathobiology: Jeff Caswell, DVM '90 and D.V.Sc. '95, resistance to bacterial pneumonia in cattle and pigs; and Pat Turner, DVM '92 and D.V.Sc. '97, who plays a central role in preparing new graduates for the growing, if often-overlooked, field of lab animal medicine. More intensive use of lab animals for research in industry, government and universities means rising demand for veterinarians able to look after them. "Nobody thinks about it;' says Turner, contrasting lab animal medicine with the kinds of frontline practice embodied, say, in OVC's largeand small-animal clinics. "But we have very strong regulations and legislation that requires animals to be cared for humanely and appropriately" in research laboratories. Having completed undergrad and grad degrees before coming to vet school, Turner had acquired a taste for research, and she returned to it after gaining some experience in large-animal medicine and in the pharmaceutical industry. Along with her grad students, she looks for ways to refine animal models for human diseases. "It's an exciting voyage of discovery," she says, not to mention a practical way to explore the continuum between human and animal medicine and disease. Turner also manages the campus diagnostic lab animal service for Guelph researchers, examining the effects of study parameters on lab animals for various research projects- from assessing new drug therapies to developing new animal models for specific human or animal diseases to refining the husbandry and management of lab animals. She runs the D.V.Sc. program in lab animal medicine- the only grad program in this area in Canada and the only one outside the United States to be accredited by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. In addition, Turner oversees Guelph's diploma program for full-time vets and has developed a distance education program in lab animal medicine for practitioners.


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Brent Hoff "Our diagnostic lab analyses samples sent by veterinarians in private practice."

Pat Turner "We have strong legislation governing the care of animals in research laboratories."

Dale Smith, DVM '80 and D.V.Sc. '84, one of various grads who find themselves working with animals that often become reservoirs of human infections. She has seen something of the world and its wildlife since completing her own D.V.Sc. She taught at the University of Zimbabwe for two years in the late 1980s and, since joining the faculty of U of Gin 1990, has returned to Zimbabwe twice to teach biggame immobilization techniques to wildlife managers. Smith did her doctorate in zoo animal medicine and pathology in concert with a residency at the Toronto Zoo. Her thesis was on wound healing in snakes. Although she says employers in zoological medicine aren't necessarily seeking out the D.V.Sc. specifically, they do look for a high-quality zoo medicine education program that includes research training as well as the practical clinical side. There are clinical residencies available in zoo animal medicine and avian and exotic medicine, but nothing else that combines that training with the academic research degree, she says. Since joining the faculty of U of G, Smith has supervised D.V.Sc. students in both pathobiology and clinical medicine. One of her most recent grad students is Deanna Russell, D.V.Sc. '06, a medical doctor turned veterinarian who spent her clinical residency in zoo animal medicine and pathology at the Toronto Zoo's animal health centre. Drawing the connections among field, farm and human health, Russell points to the current global watch on bird flu . That's an example of a zoonotic illness that underlines the importance of considering animals and ecosystems in human health , she says. Or look at her own doctoral studies of a raccoon roundworm that recently killed a number of the zoo's rainbow lorikeets. The same parasite landed a seven-year-old boy in a Toronto hospital in 2005 in the first known case of human infection caused by the roundworm in Canada. Russell says her career plans are openended, but she will probably combine epidemiology and public health in a career involving infectious diseases. Looking back at the career paths of her D. V.Sc. predecessors, she confirms what all of these graduates have said: "The options are huge." â&#x20AC;˘

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Former Ontarian edito r brings home a Gemini by Rebecca Kendall "Cheating, like most forms of dishonesty, has its place and its purpose. In fact, in some cases, cheating is the only option available if ... one wants to stay in the game. Right now, our federal government doesn't believe in cheating- they think there's something inherently bad about it, I suppose ~-so

they have presented a bill to axe our National Policy on Cheating. And so we have free trade."

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::g Those words were written in the summer of ~ 1988 by David Akin, a young reporter for the


~ student newspaper at the University of Guelph.

~ Back then, Akin's byline most often appeared <( ;'i! in the Ontarian on stories about U of G and z 5 campus life, but as editor, he also dabbled in ~ voicing his views on government. Now he trav;;1 els around North America covering the hottest ~ political topics of our day and can be heard >-~ and read daily through the national media. If ~ he wants to share his point of view on today's 8 political agenda, there's his daily blog. 0 is: Akin's humour and insight made him a

notable force in student journalism at Guelph until he graduated from the University in 1989. He went on to work at newspapers in Orangeville, Orillia, Thunder Bay and Hamilton before being hired as a member of the inaugural staff of the National Post in 1998 and later as a technology reporter for the Globe and Mail in 2001. His work at the Globe spun off into a reporting gig with CTV, and Akin became one of the few reporters in Canada to ho ld concurrent roles in nationa l print and television forums. After eight years at three

papers writing about technology, he moved to Ottawa in February 2005 to cover politics full time for CTV. Last fall, Akin was honoured for hi s achievements with a Gemini Award for best reportage from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. He was nominated alongside Lisa LaFlamme, Janis Mackey Frayer, Adrienne Arsenault and David Com mon, and says he didn't anticipate the win. "It was a huge surprise. To be honest, I couldn't stop laughing when they announced my name because I couldn't believe I'd won."

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In the line of fire in Akin's award-winning story was the CIBC. For more than three years, the bank faxed confidential information about hundreds of its clients to a West Virginia scrapyard, despite complaints from the scrapyard owner. The sheer volume of faxes being sent each day kept the fax line so busy, the owner couldn't communicate with his own customers. Eventually, he was forced to shut down one of his businesses. Akin talked about the Cl BC privacy breach and its implications for organizational communications when he addressed a hometown crowd at the Guelph Cutten Club in April. In a presentation peppered with humour, he provided insight into how the story came together from start to finish, and shared much of the back story that didn't make it to air. "This story wasn't about bashing big business;' he said. "It was about a problem they were having with a very simple task that people in business use on an everyday basis." He asked the group, made up of members of the Guelph and District Human Resource Professionals Association, to consider the

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lessons learned through the CIBC case and how those lessons might relate to their own decision-making. He also discussed the importance of properly informing employees at all levels about company policy and procedures and providing a way for them to access that information quickly should an issue arise. Even though Akin's byline started appearing in the Ontarian when he was still in high school, the life of a journalist was not what he had in mind when he enrolled at U of G in 1985 to study history. In fact, he figured he'd become a university professor one day. "I sort of liked the idea of reading and writing history books." He credits his days at the Ontarian with helping him find his direction and passion in life. He wrote sports, music reviews and news stories for the paper, and moved up the chain from volunteer writer to associate news editor and news editor and finally to editor-in-chief in May 1988. During the six years he spent working on the Ontarian, his byline evolved from ).D. Akin to}. David Akin and his talent developed. His column "Dance of the Wood Nymph" was a standard feature of the week-

ly paper, and the stories that appeared among the pages included the introduction of male cheerleaders; a campus visit by then Ontario premier David Peterson and Princess Anne, who attended the grand opening of the Equine Research Centre; and the installation of Brian Segal as U of G president following the retirement of Burt Matthews. "I was there for a long time," says Akin, who also worked as a D) on campus. "At the time, my life revolved around two thingsthe Bullring and the Ontarian. If I wasn't spinning tunes, I was making papers." Since leaving the haven of the student press, Akin has interviewed everyone from computer hackers and computer software innovators to lawmakers and lawbreakers. His work has taken him from the deserts of Nevada to dining with World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee to interviewing Microsoft founder Bill Gates. This winter, he travelled the campaign trail following the people and stories that shaped Canada's 2006 federal election. We aren't sure if he shared his "Wood Nymph" column on cheating and dishonesty in politics.









"It's a great part of the job, meeting people- some famous, some not-so-famous, people about to be famous, people doing something interesting;' says Akin. But being personable and having the ability to mingle with all sorts of people doesn't make someone a good reporter, he adds. Nor do excellent writing skills. Identifying a good story and being able to get it to an audience quickly are what matters, he says. "There are editors who will correct your writing and make it better, but there's no substitute for being curious. To be a good reporter, you must be insatiable about every single detail and, like a two-year-old, ask: 'Why, why, why?' Second to that is being fast if you want to do this for a living." Much like the subject that earned him the Gemini, Akin has covered other stories that grew in importance far beyond what they first appeared to be. "I started covering the Conrad Black scandal when it was still a business story, before it exploded on the front pages of papers around the world." He also cites the rise of the Internet as another story with legs that few could have

predicted. Back when he was filing stories from the second floor of the University Centre, "most people didn't have a due what the Internet was," he says. "And look what it's become. My interest in it actually started at U of G with TCoSy, which was a fairly early e-mail system that was in place in the mid-l980s at the University:' Technology and the Internet have fed Akin's curiosity for more than two decades, but they've also become tools he uses to enhance his reporting and to engage his audience long after they close the pages of the Globe and Mail or watch his clip on CTV. For the past few years, he has produced a blog at that can also be accessed through his personal website at "With most media, you write, you publish, you broadcast, and that's the end of it;' he says. "But with a blog, those interested in your work or in whatever you're reporting on tend to respond by making comments, amplifying the discussion or offering tips for future stories. Blogging extends the reportage you're doing. Through blogging, you can become a better reporter on

your beat and know more about whatever you're reporting on." Akin's blog is another way to stay in touch with the viewpoints of people in his hometown and at his alma mater. He visits Guelph frequently because his parents still live here. "Every time I show up on campus, I'm certainly amazed by the amount of building and development," he says. "And I do make a point of picking up the Ontarian. Believe it or not, I still have every issue that was published while I was editor-in-chief packed in a box in my basement." His basement is just outside Ottawa, where he lives with his wife, Colleen Baxter, whom he met in Thunder Bay at the Chronicle journal. She was an editor there. They now have two children: Anne, 4, and Henry, 2. Not surprisingly, one of their favourite Guelph events is the University's annual student-run open house. "I try to make College Royal whenever I can;' says Akin, noting that he was pleased to see College Royal and the University profiled in a segment of the Rick Mercer Report that aired March 28. "It was terrifically funny and a great profile for the school:' â&#x20AC;˘


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ADA '28, BSA '31 and H.D.La. '65, has a permanent place on my list of "Guelph's most famous graduates." When he died April 29 at the age of 97, most major papers in the United States and Canada confirmed his stature as a liberal economist, backstage politician and talented writer. Dr. Galbraith held senior posts in four Democratic presidential administrations, was professor emeritus at Harvard University and wrote more than 40 books. His most influential work, The Affluent Society, was published in 1958 but still resonates today. It focused on the imbalance between private opulence and public impoverishment in the United States and indicted the "conventional wisdom" (he coined the phrase) that more consumption is always better. An Ontario farm boy who wanted to get away from the farm, Dr. Galbraith once wrote that he came to the Ontario Agricultural College because his father thought he should. Here he studied agricultural economics and then moved on to graduate work at the University of California. He became a U.S. citizen in 1937, but spoke often to Canad ian audiences about politics in Canada and at OAC, which he blasted for its "horse and buggy teaching" in a 1948 article in Saturday Night magazine. With historical hindsight, we might thank him for his early admonishments and his ongoing interest in his alma mater. As OAC historian Alexander Ross wrote: "Galbraith's argument never descends to the trivial for he is too concerned with what is fundamental to waste time on unimportant side issues." Dr. Galbraith's biographers tend to reflect that opinion of his character and his prose. As OAC left behind its civil service traditions and helped to form today's research-intensive University of Guelph, the opinion of our famous alumnus also progressed. In June 200I, he wrote to commend even this publication: " I have just read the summer edition. It stirs, as so much, my admiration for my alma mater in its highly distinguished form . You offer a wonderfully interesting account of life on this beautiful and in tel -



lectually sparkling campus." Until his death, Dr. Galbraith served as honorary patron of the University's science complex fundraising campaign and wrote to president Alastair Summerlee every couple of months "to give me advice about what he thought I should be doing." One of Summerlee's favourite stories about Dr. Galbraith involves a visit by former U of G president Mordechai Rozanski to the professor's home in Massachusetts, where he lived with his wife, Kitty, and raised three sons, John Alan, Peter and James. At a local event, Rozanski was introduced by Dr. Galbraith to Senator Ted Kennedy. When Kennedy ignored the introduction, Dr. Galbraith put his hand on Kennedy's arm and said, " I don't think you understand. This man is the president of a Canadian university you should know about." Mary Dickieson, Editor

-------------------------------Meet a few of Guelph's tale nted and ambitious students Photos by Martin Schwalbe, Rebecca Kendall and the students profiled




years, Marc Lamoureux has learned about science in a way that's resulted in a patent application and his work being published in the Canadian Journal of Chemistry. The patent, which lists him as co-inventor, is related to a chemical structure that will be useful in identifying and targeting an organism that's a major cause of bacterial food poisoning. In addition, Lamoureux was acknowledged for technical assistance in articles published in Molecular Microbiology, FEBS Journal and Journal of Bacteriology, and he co-authored research posters that were presented at an international Campylobacter conference in Australia. Lamoureux spent four co-op work terms at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada's Institute for Biological Sciences

before finishing his B.Sc. degree in February. He was honoured in the spring with U of G's Co-op Student of the Year Award and received an honourable mention at the national level. "My experience at NRC has given me such an academic advantage," says Lamoureux, "and my co-op experience has built up my confidence not only as a scientist but also as a public speaker and a team member:' He is currently working at NRC with his former supervisor and will begin graduate work in medical physics this fall, armed with a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) graduate scholarship. He will enrol at the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics. Lamoureux is engaged to Laura Zadro, B.Sc. '05, who held a prestigious President's Scholarship throughout her Guelph studies in biomedical sciences. She has held a position at Health Canada since graduating and was also awarded an NSERC scholarship to pursue graduate studies in cellular and molecular medicine. A large contingent of Guelph graduates will be at their 2007 wedding, including Zadro's father, Richard, BA '70; and her brother, Matthew, B.Comm. '03 and MA'05.

for students who have a disability, demonstrate financial need, have significant academic standing and are involved in extracurricular activities. "It means a lot to me to be selected for this award," says Huinink, who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, a condition that affects her fine-motor and gross-motor skills and her eyesight. She says U of G's psychology program coupled with the University's welcoming environment made choosing to study here an easy decision. "Guelph has one of the most accessible campuses in Canada, and I was confident my disability wouldn't get in my way. To this day, I'm grateful that the majority of my energy can be spent enjoying the important aspects of my life, rather than worrying about my disability." Huinink is a volunteer with U of G's Centre for Students With Disabilities (CSD) and speaks at CSD workshops on topics such as physical challenges and inclusive language.

SO MANY POSSIBILIT IES ECOND-YEAR psychology student Chantal Huinink is the 2006 recipient of the Tara Lynn Giuliani Memorial Award at U of G. Tara Lynn Giuliani was aU of G student who died at age 25 from juvenile diabetes. Her family established the award in 1995

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-------------------------------In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, cheering for the Gryphon men's basketball team and spending time with friends, most of whom are ab le-bodied. "The only significant difference between us is that I spend most of my time sitting down," she says. She also writes a bimonth ly column on disability and access-related issues called "Wheels in the City" for the Wheelchair Site, an independent online consumers' guide to scooters, wheelc hairs and accessories. When she comp letes her BA, Huinink p lans to either pursue a master's degree in disabi lity studies or go to law school before becoming a child and youth counsellor.

BELIEVE IN CHANGE ELANIE MULLEN,anenvironmental engineering student, is one of eight women across the co u n t ry to receive a 2006 Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Scholarship. The awards were created to encourage women to choose a career in engineering and to honour the memory of the 14 women who were slai n at Montreal's Ecole Polytech nique in 1989. Mullen, who was recognized for being a com munity leader, active volunteer and role model for girls and young women, says the scholarship will allow her to continue speaking to elementary and h igh school students about engineering, uni ty and well-being. "I believe in being active, and l believe in cha nge. That's why this award means so



much to me." Mullen has been active in environmental work since her early teens. She's a member of the Sierra Youth Coalition of Canada, vicepresident of Guelph Students for Environmental Change and a volunteer with Environment Radio on U of G's CFRU 93.3 FM.

PHYSICS AND POETRY BLEND WELL HARLENE ELSBY,amemberof the Canadian Poetry Society, released her first chapbook last fall. The 40-page collection of short stories called Dirt Wet With Blood was published by the society and is available in Guelph at Bibliomania Books. Elsby, who has finished three years of study in theoretical physics, has been writing for seven years."! love writing because it's a manner of expression and you can use all sorts of methods to communicate your thoughts." She's also a member of the U.S.-based American Physica l Society. She's never attended a meeting but says:"! receive a free subscription to Physics Today, and as a student with limited funds, I find it's a pretty good perk." Elsby also works part time on campus and is a member of Mensa Canada. She gets together occasionally with other members from Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge "to play Scrabble and invent new puns," she says.


H ERE'S N0 BETTE R WAY to spend a summer than following a dream and showcasing your hometown. At least that's Thomas Gofton's view. The third-year psychology and theatre studies student is making his debut film in Guelph this summer, with U of G as one of its main backdrops. "I want to use Guelph and U of Gas settings because I take pride in them and I want to give them both recognition and appreciation;' says Gofton, who finished the script for Four Aces while taking Prof. Paul Salmon's course on Canadian film. Four Aces is a romantic comedy about four young men who fall for the same woman, a student from Australia. Cast members include Guelph students and grads Casey Outfield, john Battye, Andrew Ferguson, Christina Maio and Gofton himself. The film is being directed by U of G graduate Michael Chudnovsky.

A WEEK WELL SPENT URING READING WEEK 111 February, more than l 00 U of G students spent the week doing volunteer work for Project Serve. About 40 students partnered with students from the University of Southern Mississippi to help with ongoing hurricane relief efforts and to explore themes related to

-------------------------------Black History Month, the civil rights movement and education. A second group travelled to Pikangikum, a fly-in reserve located in the middle of the Berens River 250 kilometres north of Dryden, Ont. They volunteered in the native community and learned about aboriginal issues. A third group of students flew to Calgary to work with an agency that supports the needs of homeless and at-risk youth. They spent one night in the streets taking food to homeless youth and talking to them about resources they could access.

DESIRE TO HELP EARNS AWARDS EFORE )ODY CHROBAK'S picture appeared in the Globe and Mail with other recipients of the Ontario Hostelry Institute's "Top 30 Under 30" award, the B.Comm. graduate was planning to continue working as a server in a local chain restaurant. Within a week of receiving the award, she got three job offers. Chrobak accepted a position at Oliver Bonacini Restaurants in Toronto, a company that operates several haute cuisine restaurants. "I couldn't let an opportunity like that slide," she says. ''I'm so honoured that they would even consider tracking me down to offer me a job." During the past year, Chrobak served as president of the Hotel and Tourism Management Student Association. Her team launched a bookstore in the school, started a monthly newsletter, certified more than


5,000 high school students to legally serve alcohol in Ontario, and raised money for breast cancer, juvenile diabetes and the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. Last summer, she and four friends spent 40 days walking the world's longest thoroughfare- Yonge Street. The "Five With Drive" walked 1,900 kilometres and raised $48,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Her volunteer work, student leadership roles and holding down three jobs to support herself through five years of university clearly didn't affect Chrobak's academic performance. She graduated this summer at the top of her class. Four other HTM graduates and a current student are also among the top 30 individuals who will "make a difference" in the hospitality industry: fourth-year student Iris Lam, Karalyn Ferdinands ('03), Anson Kwok ('03), Darcy MacDonell ('02) and Quentin Lewonas ('01).

AND ALL THAT JAZZ HEN HANNA SMITH didn't have her nose buried in a textbook last semester, she was working part time for an online music journal called Critical Studies i11 Improvisatio11 and in the children's department at the Guelph Public Library. "It great to see the same kids come in year after year and feel comfortable and connected to the library," says Smith, who enjoys watching a child's love of reading

develop. She's reading more for herself this summer since completing her BAS degree. While enrolled at U of G, Smith played water polo and co-hosted a Sunday-evening radio show called Return to Soulsville on CFRU 93.3 FM. "''m a big-time nerd when it comes to funk and soul;' she says. An avid music lover, she is also a "big-time nerd" when it comes to jazz and worked for the annual Guelph jazz Festival as co-ordinator of an on-campus jazz colloquium.


WANG, a graduate student from China, thought the best way to enjoy his time in Guelph was to immerse himself in Canadian culture by volunteering. While working on a master's degree in sociology and anthropology, he has found time to join the Gryphons Toastmaster Club, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, the Graduate Students' Association and CFRU radio, where he hosts a program in Mandarin. Wang is also a volunteer with the Hillside Music Festival in Guelph and Best Buddy Canada, which supports mentally challenged adults. He maintains homeland connections by continuing to write for a Shanghai newspaper and helping with publicity for the Shanghai Grand Theatre. In 2005, he was awarded the first University of Guelph Alumni Association Student Volunteer Award. â&#x20AC;˘ -Stories from At Guelph

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uofguetph ALUMNI Why I thought this was this and that was that GUELPH'S newest philosophy graduates is an old hand at getting people to question their own observations and ideas. A professional prestidigitator for more than 25 years, David Peck, MA '05, is also a poet and writer, a corporate relations manager and a speaker much in demand on topics such as fear, comedy, choice, wonder and ideas. It seems perfectly natural that someone ski lled in the magical and philosophical arts is also a licensed electrician, capable of manipulating yet another unseen power. In recent years, Peck has devoted his energies to altering the way people see the world. This is not magic but one person's discovery of the power of each individual. He spent several weeks in Southeast Asia in 2002, primarily in Cambodia - a country virtua.lly destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. He was left feeling that he needed to do something positive for those whose voices aren't heard. "I realized that if a very small group of people could change the world in such a negative way, it shou ld also work in reverse," says Peck. "Often referred to as the 'sideshow' of the Vietnam War, Cambodia is a country that has been largely forgotten by the international community." In an opinion piece for the campus newspaper, he wrote: "Thousands dead from mindless, disinterested, video-game-like bombing, seven to 10 million land mines still lying active ~and dormant like a raw and lethal ~ tumour. Designed to maim and not ~ kill, they have inflicted a horrific 0 (;; degree of physical and psychological ~ pain on small rural communities ::::J 8 throughout the country. "Genocide. Thirty years of civil war, il: a war crimes trial still pending and one



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David Peck's passion, more than his magic, can change the way people think. in three dead as a result of an idea. An idea about Marxism that went horribly wrong- a hyper-communistic, intellectual, academic idea. Some sideshow:' Peck says it was the power of such ideas that led him to study philosophy. "! wanted to be able to stand on the other side of an idea and say with a great deal of historical and philosophical confidence that the idea must be examined and that it may be wrong. I had a deep desire to sharpen my skills as a critical thinker. I am honing a keen interest in knowing exactly why it was I thought this was this and that was that." He relied on sleight of hand to entertain the children of Cambodia and to improve therapy programs for braininjured children in Toronto. In both cases, he advocates for volunteers and donors to bring about positive changes. While at U of G, Peck was presi-

dent of the Philosophy Graduate Students Association. He organized a conference on fostering dialogue between philosophy and religion and initiated an event in Toronto called "Comedians for Cambodia" to bring a number of non-governmental organizations together to spark dialogue, increase awareness of the country's plight and raise funds. Peck also took on the task of inviting Stephen Lewis, UN special envoy for HIV/ AIDS in Africa, to speak at U of G. That visit by Lewis inspired the creation of the Guelph AIDS Awareness Partnership, made up of people from across campus and the surrounding community. Proof of the power of an individual with an idea. To read more of Peck's ideas, see an opinion piece he wrote while studying at U of G:



Vice-president, joanne Shoveller jshovell@uoguelph .ca ALUMNI AFFAIRS

Acting Director, Susan Lawrenson College of Arts, Deborah Maskens CBS/CPES, Alesia Tessari atessa ri@ uogue lph .ca CSAHS, Karen Bertrand OAC, Carla Bradshaw cb radsha@uo guelph. ca OVC, Laurie Malleau Events, Heather lves, Chapters, Mary Feldskov Young Alumn i, Jason Moreton

Head coach Chris O'Rourke with the men's varsity basketball team. INCE MAY 2005, Guelph alum-


The Adopt-A-Gryphon program directs 100 per cent of its donations

University's varsity sports teams

into varsity teams and has generated more than $13 7,000 to date. Revenues

ni and other Gryphon supporters have been raising the profile of the through donations to the new AdoptA-Gryphon program.

help pay for things that aren't covered

The program was initiated by

including expenses incurred through exhibition tournaments and out-of-

director of athletics Tom Kendall and executed by development manager Sue

conference competitions, equipment

Lawrenson, who took the Gryphon

and training aids.

football program's fundraising model and revised it to provide an opportunity for all teams to generate additional funding for varsity student-athletes. "Gryphon alumni have great pas-

Cynthia McQueen, B.Sc. '98, who

B.Comm. '98, are two of the many alumni who have supported the Adopt-A-Gryphon program in its first

mer teams;' says Joanne Shoveller, vice-

year. "Our time at Guelph was made




all the more valuable because of the

development). "Many alumni actually thanked Sue and Guelph coaches for

sports we played," says Cynthia. Ian, who played football from 1995 to 1997, says he's still as competitive

the opportunity to support Gryphon athletics in a meaningful, tangible way:' Kendall says it's important for universities to pursue excellence, whether through academics, research or athletics. "Universities are places where excellence is within everyone's reach, and high-performance training and elite competition are crucial if that is to be achieved."

Assistant vice-president, Pam Healey College of Arts, Deborah Maskens CBS/CPES, Richard Manning rmanning@uogue CSAHS, Jennifer Barrett jeba rret@uoguel ph .ca OAC, Paulette Samson OVC, Stephen Woeller Ath letics, Susan Lawrenson Library, Lynn Campbell

played soccer for the Gryphons from 1995 to 1997, and her husband, Ian,

sion for the University and their forpresident


by the department's operating budget,


Director, Alice Michaud

now as he was as a student-athlete and contributes to the Adopt-A-Gryphon program because he wants to see ~ Guelph do well. "I didn't like to lose ~


back then, and now that we're in the ~




stands, we still want U of G to win."

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ALUMNI WEEKEND 2006 Alumni Weekend brings more than 1,500 grads and their families back to campus. join us this year for educational lectures, a star party and tours of campus facilities. Catch up with what's new at the University and connect with other alumni. Bring your family or arrange to meet up with old friends. A full schedule and registration are available online at www.alumni.uoguelph.t . Tickets for some events are limited, so we encourage alumni to RSVP quickly to avoid disappointment.

Afternoon Women's Golf Classic 4:30 p.m. OAC Alumni Association AGM 6 p.m. OACAA Past Presidents' Dinner 7 p.m. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Lecture. Leading physicist )oao Magueijo will question the speed of light and challenge this tenet of science. This event is tailored for the general public, so no mathematical or scientific knowledge is necessary or assumed.

8 to 10 p.m. Jazz at the Bullring 9:30 p.m. Star Party

8:30 a.m. OVC Alumni Association AGM and Breakfast

9 a.m. Campus Walking Tour 9 a.m. HK/HB Alumni Association Breakfast and AGM 9 a.m. CBS Alumni Association Breakfast in the Arboretum and AGM 9 to 10:30 a.m. Macdonald Institute Restoration Donor Recognition 10:30 a.m. Mac-FACS-FRAN Alumni Association AGM Noon President's Lunch. President Alastair Summerlee will highlight the University's recent accomplishments, priorities and challenges. The lunch will include a celebration of the golden anniversary classes to toast alumni of 1956. Tickets are $25 . 2

p.m. Campus Walking Tour


p.m. Faculty of Environmental Sciences Open House and Alumni Meeting


to 4 p.m. Campus Bus Tours

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. President's House Tours 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Hagen Aqualab Tour 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Alumni


Your Library

3 to 5 p.m. Science Complex Tours

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. University of Guelph Alumni Association AGM 4:30 p.m. Faculty of Environmental Sciences 1oth-Anniversary Celebration 6 p.m. Alumni Reception 7 p.m. Alumni Dinner. Celebrate the past and present with great friends, games and a delicious three-course dinner. Tickets are $40.

9 p.m. Pub Party

5 9 a.m. Ecumenical Service 9:45 a.m. Farewell Breakfast. A last chance to visit with friends at this casual event, featuring a full buffet breakfast and exhibition cooking. Tickets are $15 . Classes celebrating reunions at Alumni Weekend include: All 1956 and 1981 classes; OAC '49, '51, '61,'66 and '71; MAC '71; Faculty of Environmental Sciences 1996 to 2006; OVC 2001.

Visit our website or drop by Alumni House when you arrive on campus for information about other facilities open during Alumni Weekend, including the Rutherford Conservatory and Alumni Gardens, Arboretum, Library, Bullring, Bookstore, Athletics and Macdonald Stewart Art Centre.

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U OF G SENDS STUDENTS ABROAD More than 2oo,ooo Aeroplan miles

~o-per-cenLdiscount.on specialcontinuing education courses

were donated last year to a new program supporting undergraduate and graduate students who travel to do

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research or study as part of their degree program. Although 450 Guelph

-3---career mentodng through. the Online Community

students study abroad in 25 countries each year, there are many others for

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UGAA HONOURS GRADS The University of Guelph Alumni Asso-

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ciation will honour severa l grads at the

Presidenfs Lunch on Alumni Weekend.

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Peter Hannam, BSA '62, will be named Alumnus of Honour. The Alumni Vol-

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unteer Award will be presented to Martin Bosch, M.Sc. '71 and PhD '04, and the Alumni Medal of Ach ievement will go to Crystal Mackay, B.Sc.(Agr.) '93路 Tickets for the President's Lunch are $25 and can be purchased on line at www.alumn

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Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) make up a large portion of the alumni population. A recent survey in the

Alumni E-news asked alumni for feed路 back on programming geared to recent graduates. As a result, Alumni

SEPT. 8: FALL 2006:

Affairs and Development has set new goals for networking, educational and social activities in major Ontario cities. Earlier this year, workshops, lec-

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tures and a learn-to-salsa night were held in Guelph, and a pub night drew recent grads and current students in Ottawa. Other activities are being scheduled for Toronto and Guelph th is fall. To receive invitations to events in your area, keep your e-mail and mailing addresses up to date by contacting alumn i or visit路 ing

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university of guelph 10 YEARS AND 12 KIDS LATER year. They always spend New Year's together, which is when this photo was taken, and they attend College Royal together each year. At one time, almost all the grads were members of the College Royal executive. They say they're thankful for their years spent at Guelph and even more thankful for the friendships made here. Back row, from left: Chuck Baresich and Ben Willemse, both B.Sc.(Agr.) '96; Dave Wright, B.Sc. '93; Kevin Abell, B.Sc.(Agr.) '96; and Michael Boileau. Middle row: Heather Baresich, BA '98, with Kate; Kim Willemse with Caleb and Megan; Lesley Wright, B.Sc.(Agr.) '96, with Carter and






and their families share a common bond of friendship that began with one member from each couple being a '96 aggie. They

have maintained a close friendship since graduation and try to get together as a group (which just keeps growing with the additions of more and more children) at least three times a

Mackenzie; Barb Abell, B.Sc.(H.K.) '96, with Jeremiah; and Kirsten Boileau, B.Sc.(Agr.) '96, with Mitchell. Front row: Jacob and Joshua Willemse and Rebec· ca, Matthew and Nathaniel Abell.

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Crystal Mackay, B.Sc. '93, and Kelly Daynard are the instigators of virtual farm tours offered online to give city dwellers a look at a real-life farming operation. Their goal is to dispel some of the myths about farming and show urban consun1ers how a farm works in the 21st century. The tours also demonstrate how modern farm practices help protect the country,s food supply from contan1ination. Mackay is executive director of the Ontario Farm Animal Council (OFAC), and Daynard is program manager, but they first discussed the idea several years ago when Mackay was working for Ontario Pork and Daynard for the


Ontario Cattlemen's Association. Now brought to fruition by the OFAC, the website is partly sponsored by provinciallivestock producers and offers virtual tours of beef, sheep, and deer and elk operations. They're also planning

to add a pig farm to show you how farmers really move their pigs, as well as veal, goat and emu operations. If you want to visit a real Ontario farm from your own computer, head for

DNEWS Family Connections atherine Currier Francis present-


ed a copy of the book james Wil-

son Robertson, Canada's Chore Boy to Lorne Bruce, head of archival and special collections in the U of G Library. Robertson was the first dairy professor appointed at OAC in 1886 and was the father of the book's author, Mary lshbel Robertson Currier, and grandfather of Francis.

Meeting on the gridiron is for those who bleed red and gold F or the past several years, Friends of

Division winners we re the IFFL Allstars

Gryp hon Football (FGF) has hosted

and the Gryphon Selects, with the latter

an indoor touch football tournament as

winn ing the champions hi p 36 to 6.

a way fo r alumni, current players and

Brown writes about footba ll and th e

FGF members to interact in a semi-com-

annual tournament: " Footba ll is a sport

petitive sporting event. FG F commissioner Bill Brown says

like no other. Now as a coach, I understand this.

the tou rn ament is designed to generate

"The demands of the game physi-

and fuel a constant excitement about

cally and mentally force players to reach

Grypho n football and boost community

deep within themselves and draw on

Many of the members of this fam-

support. The 2006 tournament drew six

support from those who share the sa me

ily have attended Guelph, including

teams with players ranging in age from

experience. This sport has helped build

Francis's father, William Little Currier,

to their mid-4os. Sprinkled through-

my character, moulded my vision and

BSA '22; her sister Ann Currier, DVM

out the teams were four CFL players and

gifted me with an experience that I

'48; her sister-in-law Joanne Husgins

almost a dozen players from the 1996

would never trade for any other.

Currier, DVM '55; and her great-


Gryphon Yates Cup team.

" I bleed red and gold, and I share

nephew Gavin Grusnick, who is cur-

Alumni from Waterloo, Windsor and

this bond with thousands of others who

rently studying horticulture at U of G

Wilfrid Laurier also played in the tour-

played before me and who have played

Copies of the book are available from

nament. Referees were Brown, Geoff

after me. This is why events such as th is

Francis for $32 plus shipping by con-

Angle, Kyle Walte rs, lan McQueen, Ger-

tourname nt are so important."

tacting her at

rit Stam, Rob Kitching and Marc Beattie. The tournament ra ised $1,200 to support Gryphon football.

Back row, from left: Trevor Sma ll, Dave McCoy, Lorne Foster, Jeff Keeghan, Chris

Coach retires


A fter 36 years in the Department of

Mansell, Chuck Assma n, Geo rge Bo r-

1"\Athletics, Doug Dodd is stepping

The last three tournaments were won by

to loto, Chris Kopachansk i, Geo ff Angle

down as head coach of men's voll-

the "Kitching Utensils," but this year a

and Kris Reeve. Front row: Shaun Arbuck-

leyball. During his career, Dodd has

team of current players entered and proved

le, Peter Degow, Adam Wigdor, Rob

been named " OUA Coach of the Year''

that "youth can outlast experience."

Kitch ing, Billy Brown and Adam Dunk.

four times.

Brown says most of the players have been participating for more than five years.




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Bob Williams, DVM '48, of Bolton, Ont., was awarded the Ontario Senior Achievement Award for providing outstanding leadership to the Caledon community. That leadership led to the building of a 6,ooo-square-foot Rotary Place civic club for seniors.

Don Whillans, BSA 'so, sent this photo from the OAC Alumni Curling Bonspiel held in 1960 on a two-sheet ice surface attached to the campus arena. At the 48th-annual bonspiel this winter, the "best-dressed" team won a trophy for curling in their shorts. There was no "best-dressed" prize in 1960, but the Whillans rink was pretty dapper in bowler hats and spats, complete with cigars and corn brooms. The curlers are Jack Nesbitt, BSA 'so; Gord McKay, BSA '41; Whillans; and Jim McGregor, BSA 'ss-

brucellosis in cattle. Hancock is a founding member and past president of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Association, as well as a founding and life member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Scholarships honouring him are awarded each year to graduate students at OVC and the Atlantic Veterinary College. Fourteen OVC students have received the award, the most recent being Beth Hanselman, DVM '01, who is now doing graduate research in the Department of Clinical Studies.

Huron County 4-H leader recently recognized by 4-H Ontario for his leadership in the county swine program. He is also an active member of the Huron Plowmen's Association and the Seaforth Agricultural Society. • Bertram Stewart, ADA '54, of Hornsby, Ont., recently received the Syngenta 4-H Ontario Arbor Award for his many years of volunteer work with the provincial 4-H program. He is currently president of the Canadian 4-H Council.


• David Brewster, BA '69, has been named a member of the Order of Australia. A medical doctor and dean of medicine at the Fiji School of Medicine, he was cited for his service to medicine as a pediatrician, particularly through developing indigenous child health care and the treatment of malnutrition in developing countries. He was also lauded for his contributions to medical education. • Janis Eichmanis, MA '68, is Latvia's new ambassador to the NATO defence alliance, beginning his duties in Brussels, Belgium, in January. He was previously Latvia's ambassador to Greece. Eichmanis had earlier experience with NATO as an adviser at the Latvian Embassy in Washington. He is an experienced diplomat who has also served Latvia as non-resident ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Cyprus. He was honoured in 2004 for his contributions to Latvia's integration into the European Union and NATO. • Peter Hannam, BSA '62, has received a prestigious communications award from the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE), a U.S.-based group of communicators and information technologists who work in the areas of agriculture,

• Steve Bennett, ADA '41, remembers arriving in Guelph after travelling from his home in Trinidad and eating his first hamburger. The price was 15 cents20 cents if you had it with cheese. A pop was five cents, and his room and board in Guelph cost him $15 a month. After graduation, Bennett returned home to serve for the West Indies during the Second World War. He later earned a veterinary degree at Colorado State College. He credits his Guelph cliploma with launching his career achievements, which include his country's highest award and recognition from Italy, Bulgaria and Brazil. His daughter, Charlene Costelloe, BA '79, followed him to Guelph, then went to Cambridge University in England before heading back to Trinidad to teach geography.

19505 19205 • Errol Hancock, DVM '24, will celebrate his I 04th birthday July 19 at his Munroe Lodge home in Truro, N.S. He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College just two years after it moved from Toronto to Guelph and began his career with the health of animals branch of the federal government. In the 1930s, he transferred to Nova Scotia to become the director of


veterinary services and was instrumental in establishing Nova Scotia's first anima l pathology laboratory. He was also involved in one of the first artificial cattle-breeding faci lities; the first tuberculosis testing of cattle; the recognition and reporting of cobalt deficiency in cattle; and setting up Veticare programs for Nova Scotia farmers, which worked to eliminate pullorum disease in poultry and

Among the new inductees to the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame are several OAC graduates, including retired U of G engineering professor Ross Irwin, BSA '51, and plant breeder George Jones, BSA '5 0 and MSA '52, of Fergus. Deceased inductees include Harvey Brown, BSA '63; Stanley Knapp, BSA '14; Keith Collver, BSA '49; and Stan Young, BSA '49. • Don Dodds, ADA '57, is a


natural resources and life and human sciences. Hannam was honoured by ACE for his contributions to agricultural communications and for developing the Ontario AgriCentre in Guelph, which contains a media centre used as a communications base and training centre for industry professionals and agriculture students. He received the award at ACE's annual conference in Quebec City and spoke to delegates about his commitment to promoting understanding between the agrifood sector and urban communities. He is only the second Canadian recipient of the award. • James McDonald, ADA '67, and his wife, Sharon, are both retired and living on the family farm near Teeswater, Ont. He retired last June after working for Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms in Cambridge for 37 years, the

James McDonald last few in hatchery management. Their son, Greg, ADA '00, also lives in Culross Township and works for Thacker Farms.

19]05 • Geoffrey Cochrane, DVM '76, qualified as a Diplomate of the American College of Applied Animal Behavior Sciences and is a professor in the Faculty of Health, Public Safety and Community Studies at Algonquin College in Ottawa. • Phil Dunkerly, B.Sc.(Agr.) '76, is a soap wizard and owner of a family business in Strathroy, Ont. Stratford

Soapcraft specializes in handcrafted luxury soap sold in select gift stores and used by high-end business establishments in tourism, hospitality, theatre and special events. • Robert Krul, BA '77, and his wife sold their company Kt Industries in 2004 and have since started a new business making tea, coffee and chocolate in Winnipeg. He says they're trying to develop tea blends that have a sustainable aspect and use herbs and berries picked by native harvesters in northern Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan. They hope to export their first tea blends in 2007 and plan to develop a line of spa products under the Cornelia Spa Collection banner later this year. Their teas will be part of the wellness aspect of the collection. To find out more, visit • Muthusamy Kopalasuntharam, M.Sc. '72, is retired from a position as director of development for the Ministry of Livestock Development in Sri Lanka. He is also a past president of the Organization of Professional Associations. He is currently serving as a member of the National Police Commission; his appointment was made by the Sri Lankan president in December 2003. • Barry McCarthy, BA '75, has worked continually as an artist and art instructor since graduation. He credits the University for providing him with a strong foundation "during four years of study, living night and day in Zavitz Hall." He recently retired after 31 years as an art instructor at Waterloo Collegiate Institute and is enjoying retirement in his countryside home near Elora. While teaching, he established an art collection and student-created stained-glass murals for the school. As an

artist, McCarthy has worked with many media over the years and is currently working with oils. His art is collected by museums, corporations and art galleries across Canada, including Guelph's Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. He currently shows with Toronto's Loch Gallery and will have an exhibition there next spring. A retrospective of his work will open at the Burlington Art Centre this fall and at the Wellington County Museum and Archives in 2007. McCarthy participates in the annual Elora-Fergus Studio Tour, which this year runs Sept. 23, 24 and 30 and Oct. l.

19805 • Trevor Barton, BA '84, supervises waste-management programs for the Region of Peel, a position he began in january after 16 years with the City of Guelph Solid Waste Resources Division. He was responsible for Guelph's leading-edge wet-dry recycling programs and is now launching a region-wide curbside collection program in Peel with the aim of reaching 70-percent waste diversion by 2016. • John Bonardelli, B.Sc. '81, lives in Norway, where he is working to develop and structure the blue mussel industry in mid-Norway. • John Brown, BA '82, is an artist in Toronto and one of nine experts chosen by RBC Financial Group as panellists for the annual Canadian Painting Competition, which recognizes Canada's emerging professional artists. Brown has been exhibiting internationally for more than 20 years. His work has been collected by both public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Canada Council Art Bank. He is also a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design.

• Mark Cochran, M.Sc. '80, has been named CEO and executive director of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute in Morgantown, West Va. The institute was founded in 1999 by U.S. Senator jay Rockefeller in memory of his mother, who died from Al zheimer's disease, and has already secured patents on several approaches to Alzheimer's treatment, particularly the use of bryostatin, a drug originally developed for cancer patients. Cochran most recently was managing director of the $16-million NeuroVentures Fund based in Charlottesville, Va. During the past six years, the venture capital group has invested in companies developing drugs, devices and other medical technologies for clinical neuroscience. His previous experience in the pharmaceutical industry includes work for Bayer Corp., Miles Inc. and MicroGeneSys Inc., doing both laboratory research and business development. After doing his master's at Guelph, Cochrane went on to do a PhD in microbiology and immunology at Queen's University and postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health. • Tom Droppo, B.Sc.(Agr.) '80 and M.Sc. '82, spent 21 years in government dairy extension specialist positions with both the Ontario and Manitoba governments, then moved to the private industry in 2003 to work for a leading dairy industry services provider in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He returned to government dairy extension in November 2005 as British Columbia's dairy and pork industry specialist, based in Abbotsford. He has two daughters, Megan and Samantha. Droppo welcomes old classmates to give him a shout if ever passing through tl1e Abbotsford area.

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• John Drummond, B.Sc.(Agr.) '85, of Breslau, Ont., is a dairy specialist for Floradale Feed Mill and leader of the Floradale senior 4-H dairy club. He also leads a county 4-H veterinary club and recen tly started a fundraising club that was the driving force behind the successful 90thanniversary party held for 4-H Ontario last June. The provincial organization recently awarded him an Arbor Award for his volunteer service to 4-H. • Lau r ie Go u gh , BA '87, was recently lauded by Time magazine as "one of the new generation of intrepid young female travel writers." She has taken her degree in international development on the road numerous times to gather material for travel stories and books, including Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman's Travel Odyssey, shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book

Award and winner of a silver medal in ForeWord Magazine's Travel Book of the Year competition. Her newest book, released this spring by Penguin Canada, is called Kiss the Sunset Pig: An American Road Trip With Exotic Detours. She is

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THE PORTICO • David Green, B.A.Sc. '89, is an actor living in Los Angeles, where he has a recurring role on the medical drama ER as Det. Greider. He has also appeared on the CBS show CSI and UPN's Veronica Mars. • Ida Mutoigo, B.Sc. (Agr.) '85, was recently appointed director of the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), Canada. She is currently CRWRC team leader for east and southern Africa, but will begin her new duties July l, becoming the first female director in the development and relief agency's 44-year history. Mutoigo has served with CRWRC for 21 years in the areas of community and leadership development, starting in 1985 as planning and development adviser in Uganda, which led to her appointment as Uganda field director in 1989. She moved to

the organization's Canadian office in Burlington, Ont., in 1995 to develop volunteer management and service opportunities before accepting the position as Africa team leader in 2000. Originally from Alymer, Ont., she holds undergraduate degrees in agriculture from Dordt College and U of G and a master's degree in volunteer management from McGill. She and her husband, James, have three children. • Eytan Ornstein, MLA '80, has lived in the small village of Shorashim in northern Israel for 25 years. Over the last 10 years, he has shifted from landscape design to teaching tai chi and yoga and currently leads the course "Tai Chi: Philosophy and Self-Defence" at the University of Haifa. He and his wife, Tina, have two teenage daughters. Guelph friends can contact him at • Laurene Livesey Park, B.A.Sc.

'81, started her professional organizing business, in 1999. She's a founding member and past president of Professional Organizers in Canada and is currently corporate secretary for the U.S.-based National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. She is an active community volunteer, married to the brother of her U of G roommate and has two children, Brenna, 16, and James, 14. • Howard Thwaites, DVM '87, changed careers because of chronic allergies. He is now a holistic rebirther in Surrey, B.C., using breath to assist clients in emotional healing and changing their lives. He says rebirthing is a powerful tool for those who wish to reframe their past and their experiences in a new and positive way. • Mike Wallace, BA '87, was elected to Parliament in January as MP for Burlington, Ont. His early leadership experiences included serving as president of U of G's Central Student Association and being a hall adviser in South Residences. He is married to Caroline (Sorbara), BA '86. • Doug Yungblut, B.Sc.(Agr.) '72 and PhD '79, joined Mycogen Seeds March 1 after consulting with the company for several months. As a livestock nutrition adviser, he will promote silage feeding management with dairy and beef producers, Mycogen staff and feed company advisers. Over the past 25 years, he has held management positions with leading corporations- Hoechst Canada Inc., Hoffman-LaRoche Limited and Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited. He is currently president of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists and past president of the Ontario Forage Council and the OAC Alumni Association.

19905 • Barb (Welsand), B.Sc.(H.K.) '96, and Kevin Abell, B.Sc.(Agr.) '96, found each other at U of G, married and now have four children: Rebecca, 8; Matthew and Nathaniel, 4; and Jeremiah, born last August. Kevin is assistant manager at the St. Thomas Mufflerman, and Barb homeschools their three oldest children. They can be reached at • Feria Bacchus, B.A.Sc. '95, and Chris Howie, BA '93, were recently married in Bermuda. They met on the steps of the Bullring in 1992. She went on to earn a master's degree in health administration at the University of Toronto and was a director of health services in Alberta before joining Cancer Care Ontario as a planning officer. He is vice-president of sales for a North American marketing services firm. • Chuck, B.Sc.(Agr.) '96, and Heather (Malcolmson) Baresich, BA '98, live on a farm near Bothwell, Ont., and have been married since 1998. They are the proud parents of Kate Elizabeth, 2, and are looking forward to the birth of their second child in June. Chuck works for Farm Credit Canada. Friends can reach them at • Kirsten (Tank), B.Sc.(Agr.) '96, and Michael Boileau were married in 1997 and live in Fergus, Ont., with their son, Mitchell, almost five. Kirsten is food and beverage manager at the Elmira Golf Club and teaches in the food and beverage management program at Conestoga College. She can be reached at • Kirsten Bradley, B.A.Sc. '93, is the mother of four children: Robert, 11; Kendra, 8; Rayleigh, 4; and infant Daniel. They live in Victoria, B.C., where her husband is stationed with the Canadian Forces.

• Peter Emtage, B.Sc. '93 and M.Sc. '95, recently became vicepresident of research and development for Stressgen Biotechnologies Corporation in San Diego, Calif. Previously, he led the research, development and technical operations at Biomira Inc. and held an earlier position as director of biology research at Nuvelo Inc., a biotech company in southern California. During 2001 and 2002, he was an instructor in medicine at the Harvard Institutes of Health, Harvard Medical School. He has also held positions at Aventis Pasteur and the National Cancer Institute. • Audrey Jamal, BA '98, recently joined the Guelph Downtown Board of Management as general manager. She went on from Guelph to earn an MA in conflict analysis management from Royal Roads University in British Columbia in 2002 and won the Governor General's Gold Medal. She has several years of experience in nonprofit management, project development and conflict resolution, as well as a proven track record in relationship building and community development. She lives in Guelph with her husband and son and volunteers with the U of G Alumni Association and the Canadian Centre for Political Leadership. • Andy Koch, B.Sc.(Agr.) '96, attended Humber College in Toronto after graduating from U of G and obtained a funeral director's licence in 1998. Since then, he has worked at Mark Jutzi Funeral Home in his hometown of New Hamburg, Ont. He married Kristi Schwartzentruber in 2000, and they live in New Hamburg with their sons, Ezra and Caleb. They have a small cow-calf herd on Koch's family farm in North Easthope Township in Perth County.

• Giselle Kovary, BA '96, is a managing partner of n-gen People Performance Inc. and an educator who helps clients understand and build programs to motivate and engage younger generations for better workplace performance. She also volunteers on the Provincial Partnership Council, an advisory committee of top business and community leaders who help create work experience opportunities for high school students. • Mark Lutz, BA '91, was a competitive swimmer who set some provincial and national records and competed in the World Cup and Olympic trials. When a shoulder injury forced him into early retirement from sport, he turned to his childhood ambition to be an actor. Television viewers know him best for his recurring role on the series Angel as Groosalugg and guest appearances on Friends and ER. He also had a starring role in the CTV movie Power Play as Jukka Branny-Acke a.k.a. Brainiac. • Elsa Mann, B.A.Sc. '90, recently opened Styli, a fine craft gallery, in Elora, Ont. She and her husband, Paul Kaye, live in Mount Forest, where they work from their home studio. She invites fellow grads to visit during the annual Autumn Leaves Studio Tour in October. • Jonathan Martin, B.Sc. '98 and PhD '02, has been an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Alberta for the past year and is establishing a research lab focused on analyticalmethod development in support of environmental chemistry and human exposure to persistent environmental organic contaminants. He received the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry's Roy F. Weston

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Environmental Chemistry Award, which is intended to encourage the advancement of environmental problem solving and to support the professional development of young scientists. • Mansoor Mohammed, PhD '95, recently joined CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics as its chief scientific officer and a member of its board of directors. He has been at the forefront of research and development in the fields of comparative genomic hybridization and microarray technologies for his entire professional career. Between 2001 and 2003, he produced the world's first commercially viable whole-genome BAC array and coauthored one of its seminal clinical applications. A bacterial artificial chromosome array is a highly efficient and accurate mea ns of detecting genetic abnormalities responsible for a variety of human maladies, such as Down syndrome, autism and cancer. Trained as a molecular immunologist/ge neticist at Guelph, Mohammed received post-doctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was recruited by Baylor College of Medicine and later directed the advanced technologies and genomics program at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. He received a patent innovation award in 2005 and serves as an ambassador of the sciences to the Toronto Genome Centre of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. • Chantal Murray, B.Sc. '97, is a genetics lab technologist at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ont. After U of G, she completed a post-diploma course at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Toronto. She married Nirushan Philip in September 2004, and they have a daughter born Sept. 27, 2005. • Alison Pick, BA '99, a CBC Literary Award winner, has made the leap from poetry to novels. Her new book, The Sweet Edge, has received positive reviews as "a seamless marriage of poetic language and engaging dialogue." Born in Sarnia, Ont., she has travelled most of Canada and now lives in Newfoundland. Last year, she won accolades for a collection of poetry called Question and Answer. • Jenny Ryan, BA '98, says it's been quite a ride since her U of G days. She earned a diploma in dental hygiene from Fanshawe College in London, Ont., and is now a registered dental hygienist in Kitchener-Water-

loo. "I always think fondly of my U of G days and am glad I was there to experience it with some of my closest friends;' she says. "Feel free to contact me at" • Christine Willcox, BA '91, recently received tenure as an associate professor in the art department ofMacalester College in St. Paul, Minn. She began teaching there in 2000 after completing studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design and earning an MFA from Rutgers University. She is an established mural painter and scenic artist in Toronto and has participated in group painting exhibits at Oberlin College and the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, as well as public art spaces and commercial galleries in both Canada and the United States. Her work merges natural science and art. • Ben Willemse, B.Sc.(Agr.) '96, lives in Parkhill, Ont., with his wife, Kim, and their four children: Joshua, 10; jacob, 7; Caleb, 4; and Megan, 2. Ben helps manage the dairy division of Dortmans Bros. Barn Equipment and is the dairy sales representative. In off-hours, he and classmate Kevin Abell continue to strive for world domination. Says Willemse: "We're a little behind schedule; we're building our armies." • David, B.Sc.(H.K.) '93, and Lesley (Wearing) Wright, B.Sc.(Agr.) '96 and M.Sc. '0 1, work together at Engage Agro Corporation in Guelph. They live in Ayr, Ont., with one-yearold Carter and three-year-old Mackenzie. Friends can write to them at dlm.wright@ 2000 • Paula Cypas Antunes, B.Sc.(Agr.) '04, was awarded an industrial research fellowship by the Natural Sciences and Engi-

neering Research Council. She has taken up her fellowship at Stantec Consulting Ltd., where she is working to improve current technologies for site-specific environmental risk assessments involving metals. • Darcy Belisle, BA '03 and MA '04, hails from White River, Ont., but is currently teaching English at a university in the Czech Republic. He's been accepted at three Canadian law schools and has chosen to attend the University of Toronto when he returns to Canada. • Darrell Boverhof, B.Sc. '00, and Nadia Scornaienchi, B.Sc.(H.K.) '99, were married last September in Oakville, Ont., and now live in Okemos, Mich. He earned a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology with a specialization in toxicology from Michigan State University (MSU) and is now a visiting scientist there. Scornaienchi completed an MBA at the University of Ottawa in 2003 and is now working for an insurance company while studying at MSU's College of Law. Friends and classmates can reach them at nadias_mail@ya • Amy Cook, B.Sc. '01, is completing a PhD in oncology at the University of Western Ontario in London, but in her spare time, she's co-creator of CRAM Science, an online science magazine for Canadians teens. Cook says the website invites teenagers to learn how science plays a part in their everyday lives, from the products they use to the movies they watch. CRAM combines Cook's initials with those of co-creator and lab colleague Mira Ray. They launched the website in January to fill what they perceived as a gap in the marketplace for educational science material. Cook's PhD research looks at the molecules involved

Faces of "Grad" Farmers


HE 20 o 6 Faces of Farming calendar produced by the Ontario Farm Animal Counci l pictures at least nine University of Guelph graduates as representatives of livestock and poultry farmers in Ontario. Tobin Schlegel, B.Sc. '06, of Tavistock and his fiancee, Erin Greenall, BA '05, of Vineland, were pictured in May, representing meat goat farmers. If you have the calendar at home, you'll see David Kikkert, B.Comm. '04, of Smithville in July, representing turkey producers; beef producer Shane Williams, B.Sc.(Agr.) '95, of Orton in August; deer and elk farmer Elaine Parkinson, B.Sc.(Agr.) '79, of Rockwood in September; and chicken farmer Verena Hengemuhle, B.Sc. '9 1, of Bin brook in December. jeremy, ADA '00, and Jason Malcolm, ADA '0 1, of Lindsay kicked off the year in January, representing pork producers. It was Ontario Pork that launched the popular calendar in 2002. To look for other farmers you know, visit

in breast cancer progression and aims to develop methods to better image and track their growth and spread. To view CRAM Science, visit • Nicola Crick, BA '0 1, married Nicholas Dingle May 25 in Cuba. She is currently completing studies to become a CGA. • Tamara Kearns, BA '03, and Jason Child, B.Comm. '03, were married Dec. 10, 2005, and spent their honeymoon in Thailand. They had met five years earlier at the Brass Taps. She works for the RCMP, and he sells development properties for CB Richard Ellis in Toronto.

Juli and Andrew Langhorne

• Juli (Biro) Langhorne, B.Sc. '95 and M.Sc. '00, has been living in Toronto since 2003 and expanding her Body Wise business in nutritional counselling and personal training. She is

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PASSAGES Leonard Atchison, BSA '38, Sept. 5, 2004 Michael Baker Pearce, BA '85, April 24, 2006 Marguerite (Kenney) Banting, DHE '33, Feb.23,2006 Christopher Bigland, DVM '41, Dec. 16, 2005 John Bradley, B.Sc. '72, March 6, 2006 Enid Bray, DHE '48, May 26,2005 Stewart Carpenter, ADA '49, Jan. 18, 2006 George Coleman, DVM '41, March 14, 2006 Graham Comly, BSA '48, Dec. 23,2005 William Cooper, B.Sc.(Agr.) '65, in 2002 Carman Craig, ADA '52, May 21, 2005 Ivan Dowdall, B.Sc.(Agr.) '65, July 2005 Kevin Durie, BA '93, Feb. 16,2006 Solomon Dworkin, BSA '42, Dec. 27, 2005 Margaret Finlayson, PhD '70, june 11, 2005 Douglas Fisher, ADA '69, Oct. 17,2005 John Kenneth Galbraith, ADA '29 and BSA '31, April29, 2006 Edwin Gillin, BSA '46, Feb. 9, 2006 Thomas Hall, ADA '63, Dec. 2, 2004 Charles Hickman, BSA '48, Feb. 23,2006 Violet Johnston, DHE '34, Nov. 12,2005 Grant Kalbfleisch, BSA '43, Dec. 15, 2005 Elaine Kirby, BA '71, April26, 2006

married to Andrew Langhorne and says she would "love to hear from any of my classmates I've lost touch with. Please e-mail me at" This is a second marriage for Juli, who was married to Jason Hayden, B.Sc.(Agr.) '95, for two years before he died of cancer in 2001. During their marriage, Hayden worked for Cormdale Genetics and she for Growmark Inc. in Guelph. Note: The Portico apologizes to the Langhomes and Haydens for improperly identifying the photo printed in the last issue.



Richard Kostuk, ADA '62, July 25, 2005 Maurice L'Heureux, DVM '50, Dec. 27, 2005 Lee Lane, DHE '48, Feb. 22,2006 Ron Litchfield, BSA '55, March 18, 2006 Robert Little, BA '75, date unknown Ross Main, DVM '49, February 2004 James McCabe, DVM '42, April12, 2005 Samuel McLeod, BSA '40, December 2004 Yvonne McPherson, DHE '40, Sept. 11, 2005 Graeme Moffat, DVM '46, Jan. 25, 2006 William Moore, DVM '49, July 13,2005 Martin Mooy, ODH '70, Dec. 20, 2005 Raymond Morris, BSA '50, Feb. 26, 2004 Alexander Muir, BSA '35, February 2003 James Nairn, BSA '49, August 2005 Leo Niilo, DVM '57, Dec. 10,2004 judith Otis, MA '99, Jan. 3, 2006 Walter Packman, BSA '49, Nov. 27,2005 Michael Rinaldo, BA '68, June 2, 2005 Eric Webb, BA '99, Jan. 18, 2006 Michael Weeks, BA '73, Aug. 17, 2005 Kevin Brown, BA '82, May 11, 2005 Taylor Coombs, BSA '49, Dec. 24,2005 John Gnay, BSA '58, Dec. 22, 2005 Donna Petersen, DVM '88, Jan. 29, 2006 Robert Pierce, ADA '48, date unknown Harry Rowsell, DVM '49, Feb. 3, 2006 William Saunders, DVM '50, Dec. 16, 2005

• Ron Shaw, BA '00, is a retirement consultant for Paychex Inc. in Rochester, N.Y. He and his wife have a new baby boy, Henry Smith Shaw. "I'm hoping he will attend Guelph to carry on the tradition;' says the proud dad. • Archana Shrestha, M.Sc. '03, has received a major award in her home country of Nepal as a result of her master's research. She was awarded the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology Crown Prince Young Scientist Award, which was presented by Nepal's king

Keith Schaefer, BSA '55, Oct. 1, 2005 Herbert Schneider, BSA '48, jan. 29, 2006 Arthur Shantz, BSA '36, jan. 15,2006 Stanley Shipsides, DVM '43, Nov. 17, 2005 Albert Sitch, ODH '65, jan. 14, 2006 Barry Thomas Speaker, B.Sc.(Eng.) '95, Dec. 9, 2005 Edwin Stula, DVM '55, Nov. 13, 2005 Gordon Strang, B.Sc. '67, July 8, 2005 Robert Taggart, DVM '50, Dec. 17, 2005 Ian Taylor, DVM '43, Oct. 2, 2005 June Taylor, DHE '47, Sept. 27,2005 Charles Watson, BSA '39, Jan. 5, 2006 Dalton Willard, BSA '51, Dec. 19,2005 Muriel Wyatt, DHE '36, Sept. 7, 2005 Elmer Young, DVM '50, Aug. 22, 2005 FACULTY Prof. Victor Chanasyk, Landscape Architecture, Feb. 8, 2006 Prof. Alan DeRoo, Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, April16, 2006 Prof. Ann Oaks, Botany, Jan. 13, 2006 Prof. Reginald Shuel, BSA '41 and MSA '48, Environmental Biology, March 30

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Tim, just finished doctoral programs at Dalhousie University and will be doing post-doctoral research at the University of Connecticut Health Center for the next few years.

CORRECTION In the last issue of The

Portico, Archana Shrestha

we ran the wrong

aggie photo with a story about the 50th·anniversary

and queen. Her research topic was "ENSO Impact on Stream Flows in Nepal." • Robin Helena (Smith) Shutt, B.Sc. '00, and her husband,

reunion of the OAC diplo· ma class of 1955. We apol· ogize for the error.

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