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UPEI magazine Spring 2016


Global Citizens­—Global Reach Our Community is the World

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Transformational Programming • Mathematical and Computational Sciences • Sustainable Design Engineering





congratulations GRADUATES

On behalf of the 23,000+ alumni of Prince of Wales College, St. Dunstan’s University, and the University of Prince Edward Island, the UPEI Alumni Association is proud to welcome members of the Class of 2015 to our supportive global network.

Chancellor Don McDougall addresses UPEI graduates, May 9, 2015.

Visit on Saturday, May 7, 2016, to view livestreaming of UPEI’s 2016 convocation ceremonies. The morning ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and the afternoon ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

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In this issue ... 2 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 3 CONVOCATION 2015 5 PEOPLE • EXCELLENCE • IMPACT 10 Global citizens—global reach programming: 14 TransFormational UPEI’s school of Mathematical and computational sciences Initiatives, Achievements, Awards

Our Community is the World!

15 Caring for animals ‘great and small’ CELEBRATES PROUD PAST 16 UPEI AND ‘INSPIRING’ FUTURE Alice and Pebbles

Recognition of Founders and Launch of THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN


29 ATHLETICS AND RECREATION DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI 30 ENGAGEMENT UPEI Magazine is published by the University of Prince Edward Island and is coordinated and produced by the Department of Marketing and Communications.


These talented students from Prince Edward Island, Canada, and around the world represent the student body at UPEI. The University is proud of their commitment to education and community. Through their studies, enhanced by experiential and global learning opportunities, they are becoming “global citizens” with global reach—prepared for successful and rewarding futures. BRADY GALLANT, PEI, third-year BSc (sustainable design engineering), travelled to Kenya to complete an engineering design project in conjunction with the Mikinduri Children of Hope Organization. His plans include a job in his field and travelling the world. CHRISTIAN NORTON, PEI, fourth-year BSc (biology honours), a Fulbright Canada Killam Fellow, will pursue his MSc in biology (ethnobotany) at l’Université de Montréal in the fall. TANYA AGRAWAL, India, fourth-year BBA (tourism and hospitality) plans to pursue her MBA (innovative management) at UPEI and find employment in her field. ZUMER FATIMA, Pakistan, second-year BSc (sustainable design engineering), plans to pursue postgraduate studies in engineering. OLUWAFOYINSAYEMI (FOYIN) SENBANJO, Nigeria, third-year BBA (accounting specialization), plans to pursue her CPA designation and MBA. SYDNEY BRENEOL, PEI, fourth-year BSc (nursing), completed clinical placements in St. Lucia, Kenya, and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her plans include working in pediatric oncology and graduate studies to advance nursing research.

GREG LANDRY, PEI, BA’15 (history major, political science minor) is working on his honours conversion in history, and will study law at the University of Ottawa in the fall of 2016. FENG XIBO (FREDERICK HILLS), Sichuan Province, PR China, fourth-year BSc (chemistry), transferred to UPEI from Sichuan University. His plans include post-graduate study in chemistry at UPEI, acquiring multiple languages, and becoming a part-time historian and linguist. MICHELLE GORAYEB, New Hampshire, DVM (Class of 2017), will travel to northern Labrador this spring with the Chinook Project, which provides essential veterinary care to remote communities in Canada’s North. Future plans include a veterinary career in New England. JENNIFER WHITTINGHAM, Alberta, fourth-year BSc (nursing), travelled to Meru, Kenya, in 2015 and worked with children and families through Farmers Helping Farmers. She begins work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in May. SETH CURRIE, PEI, will graduate with his BEd (international specialization) in May 2016. Seth looks forward to someday being a guidance counsellor at the junior high level.

Contributors: Dave Atkinson, Anna MacDonald, Charlotte McCardle, Nicole Phillips Photographers: Janessa Hogan, Mike Needham Thank you to all others who contributed photos. All correspondence: Department of Marketing and Communications University of Prince Edward Island 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3 Tel: (902) 566-0947 Email: Address changes: (902) 566-0615 or If undeliverable in Canada, please return to address above. Publications Mail Agreement No. 40065165

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and supportive enhancements to scholarships, technology, facilities, and services.

UPEI’s vision of

educating students to achieve their full potential in the classroom and community is based on the understanding that individual strengths contribute to community and societal advancement—locally, nationally, and internationally.

UPEI seeks to inspire potential by providing the opportunity for students to gain knowledge and expertise through experiential and global learning options, innovative programming advancements,

For many years, UPEI has encouraged students to gain real-world education in areas such as external rotations for veterinary medicine students, primary health care and wellness placements for nursing students in developing countries, practicums around the world for education students, and national and international case competitions for business students. We are proud of these initiatives and their outcomes, and of the faculty, staff, and students involved. Making experiential and global learning opportunities accessible to all students is a priority for our University. UPEI also energizes student potential by developing innovative and engaging programming. The University’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering and the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences are two recent examples. We will continue to

pursue new programming based on institutional strengths. We are privileged to have the broader community support our vision. In October 2015, UPEI launched THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN, chaired by J. Gordon MacKay. As of March 1, 2016, the campaign had achieved over 65 per cent of its $50 million goal! We are grateful to Gordon and his dedicated team of community leaders who champion the exceptional educational experience offered by UPEI. In this edition of the UPEI Magazine, we proudly celebrate the many accomplishments of our UPEI students, colleagues, alumni, donors, and friends—here at home and around the world. In doing so, we also celebrate the power of a UPEI education—to inspire potential and transform lives.

Alaa Abd-El-Aziz President and Vice-Chancellor

UPEI WELCOMES NEW BOARD OF GOVERNORS The University of Prince Edward Island Board of Governors, instituted under the terms of the University Act, consists of volunteers appointed from the Government of PEI, University Senate, UPEI Alumni Association, faculty, and student body. The membership of the 2015–16 UPEI Board of Governors was announced in October 2015. On behalf of UPEI, President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz thanked outgoing chair Tom Cullen and members Liz Maynard and Dr. Marva Sweeney-Nixon for their volunteer contributions to the Board. Incoming chair Patrick Sinnott, former vice-chair of the Board, welcomed new appointees Mary Best, Bertha Campbell, and Dr. Rabin Bissessur.

2015–16 UPEI BOARD OF GOVERNORS Mr. Patrick Sinnott, Chair Dr. Don McDougall, Chancellor Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President and Vice-Chancellor Ms. Tracey Cutcliffe, Vice-Chair Mr. Duncan Shaw, Chair, Development, Fundraising, and External Relations Committee Mr. Shawn Murphy, Chair, Governance and Appeals Committee Mr. Scott D. Harper, Chair, Human Resources Committee Mr. Ron Keefe, Chair, Finance and Audit Committee Ms. Margo Thompson, Chair, Property and Asset Committee


Mr. Andrew Bartlett Ms. Mary Best Mr. Ryan Bradley Dr. Rabin Bissessur Mr. John A. Buchanan Ms. Bertha Campbell Dr. Gary Conboy Dr. Don Desserud Dr. Linnell Edwards Mr. Dana Kenny, President, UPEI Student Union Mr. Ed Lawlor

Dr. Brian McMillan, President, Holland College Dr. Jim Sentance Mr. Pierce Smith, UPEI Student Union Ms. Shauna Sullivan Curley, QC Dr. Lowell Sweet Mr. Xuan “Frank” Zhou

Mr. Patrick Sinnott, Chair, UPEI Board of Governors

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The 2015 Governor General’s academic medals were presented by the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island and Visitor to the University. Macebearer Lucas MacArthur, president, UPEI Student Union, 2014–2015

Dr. Don McDougall, chancellor, and Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, president and vice-chancellor

CONVOCATION 2015 UPEI held its 2015 Convocation ceremonies at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre on May 9. More than 940 graduates received their degrees, diplomas, and certificates, including the first graduates of UPEI’s Bachelor of Science (kinesiology) program, and the first two PhDs from the Faculty of Education. Chancellor Don McDougall presided, joining President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, dignitaries, faculty, family, and friends in congratulating the Class of 2015. Bachelor of Business Administration graduate Ryan McCarvill, and Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) graduate Derrick Biso delivered the valedictory addresses at the morning and afternoon ceremonies respectively.

Dr. Alphonso López, DVM, MSc, PhD (left), and Dr. Brent MacLaine, BEd, MA, PhD (right), were conferred with the title of professor emeritus.

The Governor General’s Gold Medal (graduate level) was awarded to Brittany Jakubiec, who graduated with her Master of Education degree. Brittany also received the Office of Graduate Studies Award of Distinction in Education and the John Eldon Green Memorial Award.

The Governor General’s Silver Medal (undergraduate level) was awarded to Michelle Trenholme, who earned her Bachelor of Science (biology). Michelle also received the Polyclinic Prize, and the Prince of Wales College Class of 1938 Award.

Honorary Degree Recipients Four outstanding individuals were conferred with honorary doctor of laws degrees at Convocation 2015. Recipients were (L-R) Lennie Gallant, award-winning singer-songwriter; Patricia Mella, retired educator, and former MLA, leader of the official Opposition, and provincial treasurer; the Honourable Catherine Callbeck, retired business leader, senator, and former premier of PEI; Father Charlie Cheverie, beloved pastor, member of the Queens County Fiddlers, and retired UPEI professor and former chaplain.

Additional academic awards presented by the Honourable H. Frank Lewis during Convocation included the Ambrose Lee Graduation Prize (science) awarded to Jason MacInnis, Bachelor of Science (mathematics). Jason also received the Department of Mathematics and Statistics Prize. A number of other awards were presented at the Senior Class Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 8, 2015.

For a complete list of 2015 graduates, visit


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2015 SENIOR CLASS AWARDS CEREMONY The Senior Class Awards Ceremony, held each year during Convocation Week, celebrates student success by acknowledging the academic, leadership, and spirit achievements of our graduates. The University and its students appreciate the support and participation of our donors who make many of these awards possible. Pictured here are a few of our award-winning students with their generous benefactors. To view the complete awards list, visit 2








1. Anastasia McCarvill, BSc (biology), receives the Father Charlie Cheverie Award from Father Charlie Cheverie. 2. Yile Xie, BA (honours history), receives the Dr. Walter R. Shaw Award from Judy Shaw. 3. Sister Patricia Smith (L) and Sister Catherine Smith (R) present Ashley Simpson, BEd, with the Sisters of Notre Dame Convent BEd Graduating Student Award. 4. Andrew Simmons, diploma in engineering recipient, accepts the Crawford Mathis Memorial Award for Leadership from Cheryl and George Crawford. 5. Sara MacLean, BSc (family science), receives the Sister Ellen Mary Cullen Award from Sister Frances Johnston, Sisters of Saint Martha. 6. Dan McInnis presents the Peake & McInnis Ltd. Prize to Melanie McKenna, BBA (honours). 7. Lynda McFarlane presents Olivia Doran, BSc (biology), with the Henry Havelock MacFarlane Ecology Award. 8. Derek Hughes, BA (honours psychology), receives the Marylou Hughes Scholarship from Marylou Hughes. 9. Alberta Boswall presents Harmonie Richard, BA (honours sociology/anthropology), with the Dr. Graeme & Alberta Bryant Boswall Award. 1

2015 AVC WHITE COAT CEREMONY AND AWARDS PRESENTATION During this moving ceremony held during Convocation Week, DVM graduates are presented with white lab coats symbolizing their transition from students to veterinary medical professionals. Graduates are also recognized with awards for their achievements. 1. Tyler Back climbs a stepladder to present his dad, Dr. Brad Back, with his white coat. Giving him a hand is his mom, Dr. Catherine Radtke, DVM. In back is Jason Reddin, of Royal Canin, which sponsors the graduates’ white coats. 2. Dr. Tomoko Suzuki (left) beams with joy after being presented with her white coat by her mother, Hiroko Suzuki. 3. Dr. Juanita Glencross-Winslow (right), manager of Veterinary Service, Zoetis Canada Inc., presents Dr. Nan Thibault with the Zoetis Award for Excellence in Food Animal Medicine. 4. Donna and Richard Hassard present Dr. Brodie Reinhart with the Digby Hassard Companion Animal Wellness Award. 2




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People • Excellence • Impact DR. ETIENNE CÔTÉ NAMED 2015 3M NATIONAL TEACHING FELLOW Dr. Etienne Côté, veterinary cardiologist at the Atlantic Veterinary College, was named a 2015 3M National Teaching Fellow by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada. Côté is the first faculty member at AVC, and the sixth at UPEI, to receive this prestigious award. Côté is an exemplary educator and leader who is committed to ensuring that AVC graduates are prepared to meet the challenges of their future careers. Dr. Etienne Côté

Pictured at a reception in March 2015 are UPEI’s Vice-President Academic Christian Lacroix (4th left), President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz (3rd right), and UPEI’s 3M National Teaching Fellows: (L-R) Dr. Brian Wagner, Department of Chemistry; Dr. Philip Smith, Department of Psychology; Dr. Shannon Murray, Department of English; Dr. Etienne Côté, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Fiona Walton, Faculty of Education; and Dr. Brent MacLaine, Department of English.

ENGINEERS PEI ANNOUNCE AWARDS FOR SCHOOL OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN ENGINEERING In April 2015, Engineers PEI announced the addition of two scholarships and the creation of a new endowment fund to support students enrolled in UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering. With these scholarships, Engineers PEI now funds nine awards for engineering students at UPEI.

(L-R) Associate Dean of Sustainable Design Engineering Nicholas Krouglicof, Engineers PEI President Justin Dunn, UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Engineers PEI CEO Jim Landrigan, and Assistant Professor Libby Osgood

The scholarships support PEI high school graduates entering the first year of the sustainable design engineering degree program, and the endowment fund supports a scholarship for a graduating student who has maintained a high academic standing throughout his or her engineering degree program and who registers as an engineer-in-training in the province.

‘BOWING DOWN HOME’ WEBSITE DEVOTED TO PEI FIDDLING TRADITIONS In April 2015, UPEI’s Robertson Library and the Canadian Museum of History launched a website,, that tells the story of PEI’s rich fiddling traditions through music and oral history. Made possible by a donation from the late Bishop Faber MacDonald, a wellknown fiddler himself, the site features over 120 Island fiddlers, representing

the Island’s regional playing styles and tunes. The site is based primarily on recordings collected by musician and folk-music researcher Ken Perlman, known for his collection of over 400 tunes, The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island: Celtic & Acadian Tunes in Living Tradition,

among other publications. Visit to learn more about fiddling on PEI.


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Ben (left) and Nicholas release a saw-whet owl with assistance from Fiep de Bie, senior wildlife technician at AVC.

A northern saw-whet owl was released in early 2015 after being treated for trauma at AVC’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Kari and Brad Coles, and sons Nicholas and Ben, brought the owl to AVC after it collided with their van. The emaciated little bird was treated and rehabilitated under the expert care of AVC’s Wildlife Clinical Service team. The AVC Wildlife Clinical Service works closely with the PEI Department of Communities, Land and Environment’s forests, fish, and wildlife division to provide primary veterinary care to injured or sick wildlife on PEI.

AVC LABS GRANTED ISO-17025 ACCREDITATION FROM STANDARDS COUNCIL OF CANADA In 2015 the Atlantic Veterinary College’s Regional Diagnostic Virology Services Laboratory and the Toxicology and Analytical Services Laboratory achieved ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). The accredited labs fall under AVC Diagnostic Services, which offers tests and services across eight laboratory sections, encompassing domestic, aquatic, exotic, and wildlife species.

“This accreditation demonstrates to the world that we are operating under globally recognized standards and strengthens the already excellent reputation of AVC Diagnostic Services,” says director Elizabeth Dobbin. AVC’s attainment of SCC ISO-17025 accreditation was completed in part through a project supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Atlantic Innovation Fund.

(L-R) Dr. Carmencita Yason, clinical virologist: Jody Bowmaster, project manager; and Elizabeth Dobbin, director of AVC Diagnostic Services

CELEBRATION OF COLLEAGUES UPEI’s annual Presidential Recognition Awards of Merit and 25 Year Service Awards were presented to staff and faculty during the Celebration of Colleagues on May 11, 2015. The Presidential Recognition Awards of Merit recognize outstanding performance and dedication of faculty and staff in several categories. Winners of the faculty awards were Dr. Angela Kuchison (teaching), Dr. James Polson and Dr. Edward Chung (scholarly endeavours), Dr. Gordon MacDonald (service), and Dr. Jane Preston and Dr. Jamie Burr (combined achievement). Receiving staff awards were Anne Sheehan (support of student success), Sister Sue Kidd (campus spirit), and Lisa Steele, Carolyn Francis, and Bobby Shepherd (exemplary service).

President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz with Presidential Recognition Award of Merit recipients Dr. James Polson and Sister Sue Kidd

FACULTY RECOGNITION AND AWARDS CELEBRATION UPEI’s annual Faculty Recognition and Awards Celebration took place in May 2015. The recipients of Hessian Merit Awards for Excellence in Teaching were Dr. H. Carolyn Peach Brown, Environmental Studies; Dr. Dany MacDonald, Applied Human Sciences; and Dr. Marina Silva-Opps, Biology. The Hessian Award for Excellence in Teaching by a sessional instructor went to Dr. Richard Covey, Music. The winners of UPEI Merit Awards for Scholarly Achievement were Dr. J Trenton McClure, Health Management, and Dr. James Polson, Physics.


1. (L-R) Recipients of the 2015 UPEI Merit Awards for Scholarly Achievement: Dr. James Polson and Dr. J Trenton McClure 2. (L-R) Recipients of the 2015 Hessian Merit Awards for Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Dany MacDonald, Dr. Marina Silva-Opps, Dr. Richard Covey, and Dr. H. Carolyn Peach Brown 1


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STROKE DRUG REACHES PHASE 3 CLINICAL TRIALS ACROSS CANADA National Phase 3 clinical trials began in early 2015 for a promising new stroke treatment. Paramedics at five hospitals across the country are testing NA-1—a drug that had some of its most important early testing at UPEI by a team that included Dr. Tracy Doucette and Dr. Catherine Ryan, both with the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Andrew Tasker, Department of Biomedical Sciences. NA-1, which The Globe and Mail called Canada’s first “blockbuster pharmaceutical” since insulin, proved effective through two rounds of clinical testing at lessening cell death with minimal side-effects in stroke victims. This intra-ambulance trial, dubbed FRONTIER, gives paramedics the opportunity to administer NA-1 soon after a stroke when every minute is precious.

“The start of the FRONTIER trial is a watershed moment in the history of stroke trials,” says Tasker. “If NA-1 proves effective in this trial, it will change the landscape for the development of neuroprotectant drugs and (L-R) Dr. Andy Tasker, Department is a wonderful endorsement of of Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Tracy Doucette and Dr. Catherine Ryan, the value of investigator-driven, Department of Psychology basic research in universities. For our lab teams at UPEI to have been major contributors to NA-1’s early development is extremely gratifying.” It is anticipated that the trial will deliver results within two years.

NURSING RESEARCH DAY UPEI’s School of Nursing, in collaboration with Health PEI, held its 11th annual Nursing Research Day at Don and Marion McDougall Hall on May 22, 2015. The theme of the conference was “21st Century Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities in Practice.” Nursing Research Day brings together practicing nurses, academic researchers, and students to hear and share the latest research from their respective fields of practice. (L-R) Jackie Podger, vice-president of Administration and Finance, UPEI; Dr. Kathleen Valentine, dean of nursing, UNB Fredericton; Honourable Doug Currie, then-minister of Health and Wellness, PEI; Dr. Shelley Doucet, Jarislowsky Chair in Interprofessional Patient-Centred Care, UNB Saint John; and Dr. Rosemary Herbert, then-dean of nursing, UPEI

TELUS RIDE FOR DAD SUPPORTS RESEARCH OF DR. BILL WHELAN Every year, motorcycle enthusiasts from across Canada raise funds to fight prostate cancer in the TELUS Motorcycle Ride for Dad. In 2015 some of the money raised by the PEI chapter supported the research of Dr. Bill Whelan, a professor of physics at UPEI. Whelan is exploring a technology called optoacoustics, which uses light and sound to detect cancer. Since 2000, the TELUS Ride For Dad has donated more than $15 million to the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation to support research and awareness in communities where the funds were raised.

TELUS Ride For Dad participants with Dr. Bill Whelan

UPEI LEADS 3-YEAR STUDY ON IMPACTS OF PESTICIDE RUN-OFF UPEI is leading a team of researchers examining the potential impact of agricultural pesticide run-off on lobsters and other organisms in the Northumberland Strait. The three-year study is funded by a strategic partnership grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and brings together partners from UPEI, the PEI Fishermen’s Association, and Homarus Inc., a non-profit organization managed by the Maritime Fishermen’s Union.

Faculty and student researchers from diverse fields at UPEI are involved in the project. They include Dr. Michael van den Heuvel, a professor of biology and principal investigator; Dr. Spencer Greenwood, a professor of biomedical sciences at the Atlantic Veterinary College and director of the Lobster Science Centre; and Dr. Brian Wagner, a professor of chemistry.


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UNDERGRADUATE SCIENCE STUDENTS PRESENT RESEARCH PROJECTS UPEI’s annual Science Undergraduate Research Conference gives students a chance to present their summer research projects before a public audience, allowing them to develop their formal presentation skills. (L-R) Third- and fourth-year physics students Deanna Kerry, Patrick Strongman, Keegan Marr, Phoenix McCloud, and Aiden Tremblett were some of the students involved in the 12th annual conference in August 2015.

CONGRATULATIONS, DR. GORDON MACDONALD! In September 2015, Dr. Gordon MacDonald, a professor of mathematics and statistics at UPEI, was honoured by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) with a 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and educational leadership. MacDonald, whose research covers operator theory and linear algebra, was instrumental in developing the successful proposal for UPEI’s new School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. Only three award winners are chosen each year from the 16 universities represented by the AAU.

(L) Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vicechancellor of Memorial University, and (R) Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, president and vicechancellor of UPEI, congratulate Dr. Gordon MacDonald, winner of a 2015 AAU Distinguished Teaching Award.

AVC’s 27TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE On September 26, 2015, the Atlantic Veterinary College welcomed over 2,700 people to its 27th annual Open House. During his first Open House as dean, Dr. Greg Keefe greeted visitors of all ages to the College. “This event is a great way to say thank you to the community that supports the College and our students so well throughout the year,” says Keefe.

The teddy bear clinic was a busy spot during AVC Open House!

With many veterinary-related displays and activities, a children’s activity centre, and exhibits by community partners including the PEI Humane Society and 4-H, AVC offers one of the largest annual open houses in Atlantic Canada.

AVC FALL AWARDS AND RECOGNITION NIGHT AVC students and faculty were honoured for academic achievement at AVC’s annual Fall Awards and Recognition Night in October 2015. Over $127,000 in scholarships and prizes was given out at the awards ceremony, and two faculty members were presented with teaching awards. Dr. Cora Gilroy, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, received the Zoetis Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, and Dr. Cate Creighton, Department of Companion Animals, the Students of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Teacher of the Year Award. Students with an average of 80 per cent or higher in 2014 were named to the AVC Dean’s Honour List. To view the full list of award recipients, visit


Dr. Greg Keefe, dean of AVC, with International Student Award recipients (L-R) Samantha Wong (Class of 2018), Anna Potter (Class of 2017), and Melanie Enos (Class of 2016).

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CELEBRATION OF STUDENT SUCCESS Dean Neb Kujundzic presents a Faculty of Arts Dean’s List certificate to student Maryam Abdipour (psychology).

UPEI’s Celebration of Student Success for the faculties of Arts and Science was held on October 5, 2015. Over 350 students were named to the Dean’s Lists for the faculties for achieving an average of 80 per cent or higher. During the event, students were presented with certificates and awards in recognition of their academic, leadership, and service accomplishments. Among those recognized at the Celebration of Student Success were recipients of the Robert Haines Memorial Science Award of Merit. Pictured (L-R) are Kyle Bryenton (mathematics and statistics), Olivia Ann Maynard (psychology), Paula Alexandra “Alex” Gallant (applied human sciences), Deanna Rita-Mae Kerry (physics), Harvey Kyle MacKenzie (chemistry), and Mary Leanne Revell (biology).

Dean of Arts Neb Kujundzic and Dean of Science Debbie MacLellan

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS DEAN’S HONOURS CEREMONY UPEI’s School of Business was privileged to hold its 2015 Dean’s Honours Ceremony at Government House on October 8, 2015, at the invitation of the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, and Her Honour Dorothy Lewis. This is the fourth year that the vice-regal couple hosted the ceremony. During the event, 86 students were recognized for their academic accomplishments, receiving certificates and awards presented by the Lieutenant Governor and Dr. Juergen Krause, dean of the School of Business. Students achieve Dean’s Honours status by maintaining an academic average of 80 per cent and over in the previous academic year. For a full list of recipients, visit

In attendance at the 2015 School of Business Dean’s Honours Ceremony were (L-R) Dr. Juergen Krause, dean; students Jessica Smith, Erin Devine, Luke Gaudet, Hannah Dawson, and Christiana Tweedy; and the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island.

CONNECTING ABORIGINAL CULTURES UPEI held its “Connecting Aboriginal Cultures” festival in October 2015 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse culture, and outstanding achievements of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Part of the week-long festival included the ninth annual Pow Wow, featuring the Grand Entry; a performance of a theatrical show, Mi’kmaq Legends; and singing, traditional drumming, and dancing. About 200 students in grades K-12 attended the event. An open house at UPEI’s Mawi’omi Student Centre welcomed special guests Congress of Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Dwight Dorey and PEI Aboriginal Women’s Association President Judy Clark. The UPEI version of the REDress Project exhibition was also officially opened. Red dresses that were part of the installation were hung at various locations across campus to draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women.

A dancer performs during UPEI’s “Connecting Aboriginal Cultures” festival.



GLOBAL CITIZENS—GLOBAL REACH In the spring of 2016, in countries thousands of miles apart, UPEI Bachelor of Education students Ryan Nicholson and Seth Currie completed their international teaching practicums, a requirement of their international specialization program. Despite the geographical and cultural differences in their experiences, Ryan and Seth described their practicums, in Sweden and in Kenya respectively, in the same words—“the greatest and most powerful experiences” of their lives. Intense reactions to active learning opportunities demonstrate the energy and excitement of personal and educational growth, and the expanded sense of confidence and global reach that students gain from these experiences. Such reactions highlight the importance of UPEI’s commitment to creating additional opportunities for students to participate in active and global learning. UPEI’s recently launched THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN has identified “experiential and global learning” as a fundraising priority, and the creation of an endowed fund to support “outgoing” student learning is a key campaign goal. UPEI students are eager to participate in programs and projects that offer off-campus, national, and international learning options. These include mobility partnerships, exchange agreements, nursing placements, education practicums, experiential rotations for veterinary students, and national and international competitions for business students. Students from all faculties take part in exchanges and conferences, and earn scholarships that offer study terms at universities around the world. UPEI’s faculty, staff, and partners who develop, provide, or facilitate these valuable learning experiences empower students with a deeper understanding of their fields of study, and a broader, more informed view of the world. UPEI students also gain critical global perspective by interacting with their classmates on a campus that grows

BEd student Seth Currie taught mathematics at Muutio-n-Thunguri Primary School in Naari, Kenya, during his international practicum. He is one of 31 education students who completed international practicums in February and March 2016 in Costa Rica, St. Vincent, France, Switzerland, Argentina, China, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, and Kenya.


more culturally diverse every year. In 2012 international students comprised 12.4 per cent of UPEI’s student body; by 2015–2016 that number reached 20.1 per cent. In 2015–2016, students from 70 different countries studied at UPEI. Increasing numbers of domestic students from outside the province also attend UPEI; currently 22 per cent of the student population comes from other Canadian provinces. Drawn to the University by attractive programs, active learning opportunities, recruitment efforts, competitive tuition, reputation for excellence, and alumni encouragement—such as the $1 million scholarship program created by the Friends of UPEI Calgary—international and out-of-province students engage with the community and broaden the learning experience for all. Their success enhances our reputation, and their connections extend the University’s reach to all areas of the country and the world. Whether attending UPEI from western Canada, eastern PEI, central China, or any point in between, our students are our greatest strength. By delivering outstanding learning opportunities that encourage students to reach their full potential in the classrooms of UPEI or during learning experiences offcampus, and around the world, UPEI creates an environment that fosters the development of students as informed and contributing members of society—global citizens with global reach. When he first met the Kenyan grade 6 students he would be teaching, Seth Currie said that he felt humbled. He explained, “I just had so much respect for those students.” Back at you, Seth. We know exactly what you mean.

BEd student Ryan Nicholson is studying to become a primary/ elementary teacher and is completing the indigenous and international specializations offered in the program. In February 2016, he travelled to Jokkmokk, Sweden, with fellow student Man Niu for a six-week teaching practicum. 1. Nicholson in Kvikkjokk, Sweden. 2. Niu and Nicholson following a day of cross-country skiing. 3. Northern lights dance in the night sky over Sweden.

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After a year-long study abroad opportunity at the University of Colima in Mexico, Rhyanne Beatty declared her major in Spanish and minor in international development. She graduated from UPEI with her BA in 2015, and after further study in 2016–2017, she hopes to work with NGOs in Latin America as a communications and digital media advisor. Rhyanne is shown here on a visit to the island of Janitzio in Michoacán, Mexico.

Third-year sustainable design engineering students Peter Doiron and Brady Gallant travelled to Kenya in February 2015, with Dr. Libby Osgood, assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Design Engineering, to complete an engineering design project in conjunction with the Mikinduri Children of Hope organization. Peter and Brady (left and right in photos 1 and 2) designed, built, and tested improvements to a wheelchair, making it easier to use on rough terrain. The project won the 2015 Engineers PEI Design Team Award for the best overall design at the UPEI Engineering Expo.



Abraham Deng Tit’s journey to becoming a Canadian was a difficult one, with an important stop at UPEI. When he was a young child, Abraham and his mother walked away from their war-torn home in South Sudan. He spent the rest of his childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya.

WUSC-sponsored student and proud Canadian citizen Abraham Deng Tit

In 2011 Abraham’s life changed for the better when the UPEI chapter of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) sponsored him through its student refugee program. He studied at UPEI, got a job, lived in residence, and made friends he’ll have for a lifetime. In October of 2015, he took the oath of citizenship at a ceremony in Stratford, PEI. “I never had a sense of citizenship so this is actually the first time to feel like a part of a country, a part of community,” Abraham told the CBC on the day of the ceremony. “You know, it’s such a great feeling.”

Abraham became a Canadian citizen just days before the 2015 federal election, which gave him an opportunity to do something he’d never had a chance to do in any country—vote. “This is my country now, so I’m going to vote like other citizens,” he said. UPEI has a long history of involvement with WUSC. The University’s WUSC chapter was established in the 1970s, but WUSC local committees existed at St. Dunstan’s University and Prince of Wales College before that. In 1984, under the leadership of the late Dr. Ralph Hazelton, professor of economics at UPEI and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, UPEI’s WUSC chapter began concentrating on sponsoring refugee students to come to the University. Over the past 32 years, 22 students have come to UPEI, from countries such as Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Burma. Many remain in contact with the members of the UPEI community who first welcomed them to Canada.


The WUSC program at UPEI continues to thrive due to the dedication of staff and faculty volunteers such as Leo Cheverie (2007 WUSC Alumni Award recipient), Erica Stanley, Dr. Lisa Chilton, and Dr. James Moran, as well as dozens of UPEI students and friends in the broader community who contribute to the student refugee integration process. A leading Canadian non-profit organization in international development, WUSC works with post-secondary institutions, private sector partners, and volunteers to provide education, employment, and empowerment opportunities for disadvantaged youth worldwide.


Members of the UPEI WUSC student committee with two sponsored students and friends at an apple picking event in the fall of 2014. (Back L-R) Grace McCarvill, Nouhad Mourad, Harmonie Richard, Graham Lea, Aimable “Sibo” Sibomana, Mohammed Abi Dal. (Front L-R) Jamal Ahmed, Shannon Moore, Spencer Mayne, and Katie VanLeeuwen, committee chair.



UPEI SCHOOL OF NURSING COLLABORATES WITH UNIVERSITY IN INDIA Dr. Christina Murray, assistant professor, UPEI School of Nursing, and a UPEI delegation visited Uka Tarsadia University (UTU) in Bardoli, India, in January 2016, on the invitation of Dr. Dinesh Shah, provost of UTU. Murray engaged in an intensive series of meetings, tours, and teaching activities as she collaborated with the faculty of UTU’s Maniba Bhula Nursing College (MBNC) to establish the foundation for a partnership between nursing faculty at UPEI and those at MBNC. Areas explored included faculty development, student/faculty exchange, collaborative learning, and the development of UTU faculty and graduate student capacity in qualitative nursing research. During her visit, Murray taught classes and offered workshops to MBNC faculty and graduate and undergraduate nursing students, as well as to nurse administrators and educators from across the state of Gujarat. Murray looks forward to returning to UTU in 2017 to deliver short courses to MBNC students and faculty. She hopes that two fourth-year nursing students from the UPEI School of Nursing will accompany her and participate in an international clinical practice experience at UTU.

Dr. Christina Murray, assistant professor, UPEI School of Nursing (centre back), with Dr. Dinesh Shah, provost, UTU (on Christina’s right); M. Jayalakshmi, principal, MBNC (on Christina’s left); and Sateesh Biradar, vice-principal (second left), with MBNC teaching staff in Bardoli, India.

Fourth-year BBA student Rebecca Dawson spent a semester studying international business at France Business School in Amiens, France. “Studying abroad provided me with the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and create friendships with people from all over the world, while gaining a valuable education in international business,” says Rebecca.

Across the country and around the world For Jenn Whittingham, of Calgary, Alberta, a career in nursing is a life-long dream come true.

“Nursing was the first thing I ever said when asked, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’” says Jenn, who will graduate in May with her Bachelor of Science in nursing. “Although I have changed my mind off and on over the years, nursing is the only profession that has ever felt right to me.” Jenn says she has had a wonderful experience during her four years at the UPEI School of Nursing. Small class sizes allow for one-on-one discussions, and the professors are very supportive of their students and willing to work with them during difficulties, whether school-related or personal. The program also provides students with exceptional learning opportunities, she says, no matter what stream of nursing they are interested in. “When I came to UPEI from Alberta, I never dreamt that I would one day be going to Kenya,” she says. In the summer of 2015,


she and three other nursing students spent three weeks in Meru, Kenya, working with children and families through a Farmers Helping Farmers program.

For each of her four years at UPEI, Jenn received a Friends of UPEI Calgary scholarship. Headed by Calgary lawyer and UPEI alumnus Bill LeClair, the Friends of UPEI Calgary raises funds to provide scholarships for Alberta students who want to attend UPEI. Since the group was founded in 1997, the members—all UPEI alumni and Prince Edward Islanders living in Calgary—have raised $1 million and distributed $427,000 in scholarships to over 220 students from Alberta to attend UPEI. Jenn wanted to come to PEI because she has family roots in the province; in fact, an aunt and an uncle attended UPEI. The support she received from the Friends of UPEI Calgary was instrumental in her journey toward her nursing degree. “This scholarship has meant the difference between having to work during the school year and choosing to work when I have time, but it has been much more than that,” says Jenn. “It has helped me to understand that every dollar we receive is a dollar that someone has fundraised or donated—private citizens who have a connection to UPEI and want to give back. Words cannot express how thankful I am for the support I have received.”

Fourth-year nursing student Jenn Whittingham




In photos (1) AVC students Emily Egan (left) and Krista Simonson (centre) and (2) Kenyan veterinarians Dr. Dennis Makau (back) and Dr. Joan Muraya (right) work with dairy farmers in Kenya. (3) (L-R) Emily Egan, Krista Simonson, Dr. Dennis Makau, and Dr. Joan Muraya.

From canada to kenya and back: exchanging knowledge, skills, and culture Dr. Joan Muraya, a veterinarian from Kenya, wants to improve the lives of smallholder dairy farmers in her country. Last September she and Dr. Dennis Makau, also a veterinarian from Kenya, began their PhD programs at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) with funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program.

“This opportunity has helped me to develop my professional network with like-minded university students and magnificent teachers, meet and make new friends from different countries, and learn new cultures from people of different walks of life,” says Joan. “Being a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship scholar has given me new life experiences and has moulded me both professionally and personally.”

In 2015 the University of Prince Edward Island was awarded $500,000 from the federal scholarship program for a project to improve the nutrition, food security, and livelihoods of smallholder dairy farmers in central Kenya. During the four-year project, UPEI is partnering with PEI-based Farmers Helping Farmers (FHF), Kenyatta University, the University of Nairobi, and the Naari Dairy Cooperative Society in Kenya.

The project also involves a total of eight veterinary students from AVC and six nutrition students from UPEI, who will travel to Kenya to work with the graduate scholars and develop and deliver training programs in cattle health management and family nutrition. In the summer of 2015, veterinary students Emily Egan and Krista Simonson worked with Joan and Dennis to gather information about the dairy farms in the Naari area, and they trained farmers in calf health, zoonotic diseases, and parasite control. Joan and Dennis will go back to Naari this spring, where they will start their research projects and work with two new veterinary students and the first nutrition students to be involved in the project.

“I am taking courses in applied veterinary epidemiology and biostatistics that I will use back in my home country to conduct research aimed at improving farmers’ livelihoods by improving livestock reproductive efficiency,” says Joan. Joan and Dennis are the first of six graduate scholars from Kenya who will come to UPEI for graduate studies during the project. Three of the graduate scholars are veterinarians, and the other three are studying nutrition, program evaluation, and education. Following their courses, they 1 projects and will return to Kenya to conduct research then come back to UPEI to write and defend their theses. The other four Kenyan graduate scholars will begin their studies at UPEI next fall.

Anouk Paradis, third-year BSc (environmental biology major, environmental studies minor), attended the annual Japan-Canada Academic Consortium student forum, at Nagoya University in Aichi, Japan, in February 2016. Senior undergraduate students from member institutions met to exchange ideas on the theme, “Energy and Society: Increasing Efficiency and Improving Our Quality of Life.” “During our discussions, I realized the importance of applying interdisciplinary approaches to tackle such complex issues as those relating to energy,” says Anouk. “I have had among the best conversations of my life during my week here.” 1

The program was developed primarily by Dr. John VanLeeuwen of AVC and Dr. Jeffrey Wichtel, formerly of AVC, and Teresa and Ken Mellish of FHF, with input from Dr. Jennifer Taylor and Charlene VanLeeuwen, UPEI Department of Applied Human Sciences, and Dr. Ron MacDonald, dean of the Faculty of Education.

BA student Christie Mallais attended Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, Netherlands, for the 2016 winter semester, as the proud recipient of a Liberation Scholarship Award. Established by the Netherlands as a gesture of gratitude and friendship between that country and Canada, the Liberation Scholarship Program honours the sacrifices Canadian soldiers made for the freedom of the people of the Netherlands during WW2.


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MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES On January 18, 2016, UPEI launched its new School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. The School, and its related suite of majors, offers the region’s most comprehensive undergraduate programming in mathematics, computer science, and statistics. Following consultation with educational, industry, and government partners, UPEI created the School to address the growing need for university graduates educated in areas that include the development of sophisticated mathematical and statistical techniques, the management and extraction of knowledge from unprecedented volumes of data, coding and application development capability, and the integration of mathematical and statistical methods with analytical software and technology tools. Students of the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences will enter a four-year program, finishing with a Bachelor of Science in one of six majors: mathematics, computer science (specialization option in video game programming), statistics, actuarial science, analytics (specialization options in business analytics or data analytics), or financial mathematics. Students will have the opportunity to work in related industries, gaining experience through mentorship placements. The inaugural meeting of the advisory council for the School took place on March 15, 2016. The council brings together global expertise from a number of fields to advise UPEI on the current expectations of the mathematics, statistics, and computer science professions; assist in anticipating, and responding and adapting to changing industry/sector needs; and provide effective linkages with industry, government bodies, and leaders able to assist the University in meeting its goals. “The announcement and first meeting of the advisory council is a significant milestone in the development of the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences,” says UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “With the council’s ongoing input, this exciting program will prepare our graduates to solve complex problems, locally and globally, in data-intensive sectors—such as insurance, pension, investment planning, banking and finance, information technology, government service


delivery, and supply chain-based organizations—that require highly quantified and analyzed decision making.” “The development of students with expertise in mathematical and computational sciences creates tremendous opportunity—for industry, our educational system, and individuals,” says Dr. Gordon MacDonald, interim associate dean of the new School and recipient of a 2015 Atlantic Association of Universities Distinguished Teaching Award. “The absence of such expertise impedes growth at all levels—from an individual’s potential to that of our communities.” UPEI is currently accepting students into all majors in the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. Visit

The Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan, premier of PEI, and Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, president and vice-chancellor, with members of the advisory council. The premier delivered remarks to open the group’s inaugural meeting. Dr. Shannon Fitzpatrick, associate professor, and Dr. Gordon Campbell, interim associate dean, UPEI School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, played key roles in the development of the new School. Some of the founding members of the advisory council for the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences: (L-R) Peter Hayes, Patrick Sinnott, Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Jennifer Mersereau, and Alex MacBeath, with Dr. Debbie MacLellan, dean of science. To learn more about the advisory council, visit upei. ca/smcsadvisorycouncil

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CARING FOR ANIMALS ‘GREAT AND SMALL’ The Atlantic Veterinary College is home to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), the most comprehensive referral veterinary hospital in Atlantic Canada. Each year, over 6,000 small and large animals receive gold-standard care at the VTH from highly trained veterinarians, animal health technicians, and veterinary students. The following cases illustrate the expert and compassionate care provided to animals and their owners:

Case #1: Alice

Case #2: pebbles

Alice, a four-year-old beagle, loves to go hiking with her owner, Angela Hopkins, at home in Fredericton, New Brunswick. But during her evening walk on April 3, 2015, Alice began walking strangely; just 10 hours later, she was paralyzed from the middle of her back to her back toes.

Janine Dixon, of Tusket, Nova Scotia, began leasing Pebbles, a 10-year-old registered quarter horse, from her owner, Tracey Adams-Wheelens, in June 2015 for her 12-year-old niece, Maitlynn Dixon, to ride in equestrian competitions. At the final Maritime Quarter Horse Association show of the season in September, Maitlynn and Pebbles performed very well. But two days later, the horse was unable to walk on her right front leg.

Angela rushed Alice to her own veterinarian who referred her to the VTH’s small animal hospital where she was diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease. This condition affects the cushioning discs between the spinal bones, resulting in compression of the nerves and paralysis of the hind end. One of Alice’s discs had shot upward into her spinal cord, and surgery was the only solution to relieve the resulting compression. Without the surgery, she would have been permanently paralyzed. With excellent care at the VTH and at home, Alice recovered fully, and she and Angela are happily back on the hiking trails.

Alice enjoys an outing to Dunbar Falls, New Brunswick, in May 2015.

Fearing that Pebbles had fractured a bone, Janine brought her to the VTH’s large animal hospital where she was diagnosed with nerve damage to her right shoulder. After over two weeks of supportive care—pain medication, physiotherapy, and splinting her injured leg—she began to improve and was able to go home. She continued to improve and is doing very well. In fact, in mid-March, Maitlynn rode Pebbles at a walk and a jog for the first time since the horse was injured!

Pebbles kicks up her heels in the snow on a cold day in February 2016.


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1. 2015 Founders and past presidents. 2. UPEI music students entertain prior to the ceremony. 3. President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz welcomes the community. 4. & 5. 2015 Founders Dr. Ronald J. Baker and Dr. Elizabeth R. Epperly receive recognition plaques from Dana Kenny, president of the UPEI Student Union. 6. & 7. 2015 Founders Dr. Peter P.M. Meincke and Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan deliver remarks during the presidents’ panel. 8. Presidents’ panel discussion.





The UPEI community filled the house at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall on October 2, 2015, for the University’s 16th annual Recognition of Founders ceremony. UPEI’s past presidents—Dr. Ronald J. Baker, Dr. Peter P.M. Meincke, Dr. C.W.J. “Willie” Eliot (posthumously), Dr. Elizabeth R. Epperly, and the Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan—were honoured as Founders. “UPEI’s Recognition of Founders ceremony is a time to come together as a community and celebrate those who have helped us establish who we are today,” said President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “It is fitting that all our past presidents be given this honour, together, as they represent collectively the foundation of our University.”


Dana Kenny, president of the UPEI Student Union, delivered the citations and presented plaques to each of the Founders, and journalist Bruce Rainnie moderated a panel discussion, The Past Inspiring UPEI’s Future. During the panel, the Founders presented their views on how elements of UPEI’s history will shape the future of the University. Read more at








1. Campaign Chair J. Gordon MacKay announces the launch of UPEI’s $50 million THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN. 2. Chancellor Don McDougall with Patrick Sinnott, chair of the UPEI Board of Governors. 3. (L-R) President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, and past presidents Dr. Elizabeth R. Epperly, Dr. Peter P.M. Meincke, Dr. Ronald J. Baker, and the Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan are presented with prints recognizing their contributions to the University and their support for THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN. 4. Displaying a $1 millon leadership gift to THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN from the St. Dunstan’s University (SDU) Board of Governors are (L-R) Dana Kenny, president of the UPEI Student Union; J. Gordon MacKay, chair of THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN; Albert Fogarty, SDU Board of Governors; and President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. The SDU Board has generously supported UPEI and its students since the University’s inception in 1969.

After celebrating UPEI’s proud history during its 2015 Recognition of Founders ceremony, the University launched its transformative friend- and fund-raising $50 million THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN. Chaired by community leader J. Gordon MacKay—working with vice-chairs Blair MacLauchlan, Ray Keenan, John Horrelt, and Donna Hassard, and other community-minded volunteers—the campaign will ensure that students have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the classroom and community. Campaign priorities include engineering, experiential and global learning, veterinary medicine, and athletics. Over 65 per cent of the $50 million goal has already been raised!

Joan Duffy and Dr. Regis Duffy greet Dr. Ronald J. Baker, UPEI’s founding president, following the launch.

Alex B. Campbell, a former premier of PEI, and his wife Marilyn chat with Dr. Elizabeth R. Epperly.

During the launch, MacKay was delighted to announce a $1 million leadership gift to the campaign on behalf of the St. Dunstan’s University Board of Governors. Learn more at

CHRISTOFOR FOUNDATION RECEIVES 2015 HONOURABLE EUGENE F. WHELAN GREEN HAT AWARD Following UPEI’s Recognition of Founders ceremony, and THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN launch, the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) presented its 2015 Honourable Eugene F. Whelan Green Hat Award to the trustees of the Christofor Foundation for their long-standing support of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre (SJDAWC) at AVC. The award pays tribute to individuals who have made an exceptional impact on the College.

(L-R) The trustees of the Christofor Foundation—Tom Taylor, Esma Taylor, Michael Doyle, and Cynthia Doyle—with Dr. Greg Keefe, dean of AVC

Since 1994, the Christofor Foundation has provided over $6 million to the SJDAWC for projects benefitting the health of animals and the education of AVC students, as well as for academic awards, scholarships, and conferences.





THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN will advance UPEI’s ability to educate students to their full potential by expanding academic programming; offering additional opportunities for international exposure, community engagement, and research; and providing state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and technology.

UPEI is proud to present THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN Leadership Team

Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Don McDougall Mr. J. Gordon MacKay Chancellor Chair, The INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN

Mr. Dana Kenny President, UPEI Student Union

Mr. Blair MacLauchlan Vice-Chair, Engineering

Mr. Ray Keenan Vice-Chair, Experiential and Global Learning

Ms. Donna Hassard Vice-Chair, Veterinary Medicine

Mr. John Horrelt Vice-Chair, Athletics

Learn more about the campaign and its priorities— ENGINEERING

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S C H O O L of SUST A IN A BLE DESIg n e n g i n e e r i n g

“I’m pleased to report that the building is on budget and nearing completion,” says President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa AbdEl-Aziz. “The School of Sustainable Design Engineering offers such tremendous opportunity for our students and community. It also offers opportunities for UPEI colleagues to forge additional interdisciplinary links. For example, our physics department is relocating to the new building, providing a broader learning environment for our students. The future of

“I’m so excited,” says third-year student Andrew Simmons. “We’re essentially partnering with clients as junior engineers rather than as engineering students. Looking at my options at other universities, I wouldn’t get that experience.” “The University will be inviting the community to an official opening of the building in August,” says Dr. Nicholas Krouglicof, associate dean of the School of Sustainable Design Engineering. “We look forward to welcoming our students to this new state-of-the-art facility in September 2016.” Learn more about UPEI’s innovative Bachelor of Science in sustainable design engineering degree at

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Sustainable design engineering students are inspired by the opportunity to learn while solving real-world problems. Third-year students operate as a junior engineering consulting firm and are partnered with companies requiring their expertise. Allan Equipment in West Covehead, PEI, sought out students to improve a piece of equipment on its potato harvesters. Working with their counterparts at the company, a team of students optimized technology to identify and sort rocks from the on-harvester production line. Other teams worked with lobster and blueberry processors.


Supported in part by funding from the provincial government, construction of the 76,000 square foot Third-year sustainable design engineering students Art Ortenburger, building that will Luke Bennett, and Alex Gamble in house the School of the workplace at Allan Equipment, Sustainable Design Covehead, PEI. (L-R) Trent Cousins, Engineering is Allan Equipment; Ortenburger; on schedule, and Honourable Richard Brown, minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning; is boosting the Bennett; Dr. Amy Hsiao, associate local economy professor, School of Sustainable with Island Design Engineering; and Gamble. companies and their employees making up 96 per cent of the design and labour force.

universities will be built on strong programs, collaboration, and experiential learning. I’m proud that UPEI is actively building this foundation for our students.”


UPEI marked a milestone on September 10, 2015, when the School of Sustainable Design Engineering welcomed its first students into the third year of study for its new four-year Bachelor of Science in sustainable design engineering degree program. Building upon a long history of engineering at UPEI, the new program demonstrates the University’s ongoing commitment to progressive programming and student success.


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Assistant professor Libby Osgood with engineering students at Orientation Day 2015

In the fall of 2015, President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz (L), and Associate Dean of Sustainable Design Engineering Nicholas Kruglicof (R) welcomed engineering students to an orientation session held at the PEI National Park in Greenwich. An MOU between the University and Parks Canada will see the engineering program’s first-year students explore projects in areas of mutual interest to Parks Canada and UPEI.


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People • Excellence • Impact DR. DAN HURNIK RECEIVES 2015 PEI VETERINARY LEADERSHIP AWARD Dr. Dan Hurnik, professor of swine health management at AVC, was honoured last fall by the PEI Veterinary Medical Association (PEIVMA) with the 2015 Prince Edward Island Veterinary Leadership Award. The award recognizes a veterinarian’s contributions to the veterinary profession, the PEI community, and the health and welfare of animals. A member of AVC’s faculty since 1989, Hurnik is currently chair of the Department of Health Management. He has served the swine industry locally and internationally through organizations such as International Genetics PEI Ltd. and International Genetics Ltd., the Canadian

Swine Health Board, and the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement. He has worked with the World Bank, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Health Organization for Animal Health on issues related to swine health management.

Dr. Dan Hurnik accepts the 2015 Prince Edward Island Veterinary Leadership Award from Dr. Christine Savidge, public relations councillor for the PEIVMA.

ISLAND STUDIES CELEBRATES MASTER OF ARTS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Master of Arts in Island Studies scholarship winners were recognized at the second annual Island Studies Open House held in October 2015. Congratulations to all! (L-R, back): Erin Rowan, Erwin and Joyce Andrew Memorial Scholarship in Island Studies International Island Award; Eric Gilbert, Dr. Peter and Mrs. Donna Meincke Graduate Scholarship in Island Studies; Mark Currie, The Bill and Denise Andrew Scholarship in Island Studies Gold Award; and Owen Jennings, UPEI Entrance Scholarship; (L-R, front): Izumi Nonaka, Erwin and Joyce Andrew Memorial Scholarship in Island Studies Canadian Island Award; Jennifer White, UPEI Entrance Scholarship; Stephanie Douglas, UPEI Entrance Scholarship; and Pooja Kumar, Carnegie Foundation Graduate Scholarship in Island Studies. Missing from photo: Sara Underwood, The Bill and Denise Andrew Scholarship in Island Studies Silver Award; Katharine MacDonald, the 2015–16 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada JosephArmand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship.


Outgoing Engineers PEI President Justin Dunn (left) presents President Alaa AbdEl-Aziz with the “Friend of the Profession Award.”


One year after the University of Prince Edward Island launched the School of Sustainable Design Engineering, Engineers PEI recognized UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz with its prestigious “Friend of the Profession Award” at

its annual awards banquet in November 2015. Presented to someone who is not a professional engineer, the award pays tribute to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the engineering profession on PEI. The citation reads in part: “[Dr. Abd-El-Aziz] has contributed great time and energy to fulfilling a vision of UPEI becoming a national leader in sustainable design engineering. ... His considerable passion in following through on this vision is historical for UPEI and our province.”

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Master of Science (environmental studies) student Andrew MacDonald measures erosion at one of more than 100 sites across PEI.

Prince Edward Island lost an average of 46 centimetres of coastline to the sea between the summers of 2014 and 2015, according to a new annual study conducted by UPEI’s Climate Research Lab. “I did not expect this amount of erosion during the winter of 2014–2015 as no major storm surges impacted our shores,” says Dr. Adam Fenech, director of the lab. “The average annual loss is 28 centimetres, so 46 is quite surprising.” Coastal erosion on PEI has been tracked in the past by comparing aerial photographic surveys of the Island, taken

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PEI COASTAL EROSION GREATER THAN ANTICIPATED every ten years. To provide new annual data, Fenech’s research team established more than 100 sites across the province to measure erosion from year to year. This kind of annual tracking assists in planning, risk assessment, and research. Previous studies led by the Climate Research Lab concluded that more than 20 square kilometres of PEI were lost to coastal erosion from 1968 to 2010. The study is funded by the climate change unit of the PEI Department of Communities, Land and Environment.

FOURTH ANNUAL MACLAUCHLAN PRIZES FOR EFFECTIVE WRITING CELEBRATION The MacLauchlan family and the UPEI campus community gathered at the annual celebration held on November 13, 2015, to recognize the writing achievements of students, faculty, and staff. Guest speaker Roger Gordon, a former UPEI dean of science, spoke about his journey to becoming a published author. The MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing recognize the importance of good writing as a foundational skill for academic success and lifelong learning. Up to $30,000 in awards are distributed annually.

The Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan, premier of Prince Edward Island, and president emeritus of UPEI, congratulates third-year nursing student Micayla Darrach, and second-year kinesiology student Craig Campbell, two of 53 recipients of the 2015 MacLauchlan Prizes for Effective Writing.

PRINCE EDWARD, EARL OF WESSEX, ATTENDS SPECIAL OLYMPICS PEI EVENT AT UPEI Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, visited Prince Edward Island on November 2 and 3, 2015, at the invitation of the Prince Edward Island Regiment. As part of his working visit, he attended a Special Olympics PEI event at the UPEI Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, accompanied by Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis and Premier H. Wade MacLauchlan. He was welcomed to campus by President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Brad Colwill, president of the Special Olympics PEI Board of Directors, share a moment with young participants at the Special Olympics PEI Fun Day event in the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre at UPEI.

Abd-El-Aziz, Student Union (SU) President Dana Kenny and SU Science representative Tayte Willows, and Chair of the Board of Governors Patrick Sinnott. The Earl received an honorary degree from UPEI at a special Convocation in 2007.

President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz chats with Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, in UPEI’s Health Sciences Building.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, presents a gift to athlete Paul Phillips in recognition of his participation in the Special Olympics PEI athlete leadership program.


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Dr. Anne Muckle with nominator and SAVMA member Veronique Savoie-Dufour, AVC Class of 2018.

Dr. Anne Muckle is fascinated by bacteria, those “tiny but mighty” bugs— good and bad—that live in our external and internal environments.

An associate professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College, Muckle has guided hundreds of veterinary students through the intricacies of bacteriology. For her dedication to teaching and to her students, she has been awarded the Student

American Veterinary Medical Association’s (SAVMA) 2016 Community Outreach and Education Award. Through this award, students at veterinary colleges in Canada and the United States acknowledge how faculty members, clinicians, and other people in the veterinary profession go above and beyond their professional responsibilities to make a difference in the community— locally and globally. Congratulations, Dr. Muckle!

DEW COMPUTING RESEARCH MAKES HEADLINES Dr. Yingwei Wang, UPEI’s School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, made international headlines in scientific media in 2015 with his research on a new technology called dew computing. Wang conceived dew computing and its foundation, clouddew architecture, which makes data stored in the cloud continuously accessible by users and enables web surfing without an internet connection. Last fall, the International Journal of Cloud Computing published a paper written

by Wang about these technologies, and the information was publicized by over 30 science-based media outlets. Wang is guest editor of Dew Computing 2016, Dr. Yingwei Wang a special issue of the Open Journal of Cloud Computing, and is organizing an international workshop on dew computing at UPEI this summer. For more information, visit and

AVC EPIDEMIOLOGIST IAN DOHOO HONOURED 2015 was a big year for Dr. Ian Dohoo, professor emeritus of epidemiology at AVC. In the space of a few months, he was honoured with his third honorary doctorate, a lifetime achievement award, and a portrait commissioned by his peers, all in recognition of his internationally acclaimed work in veterinary epidemiology. In June Dohoo received an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Helsinki for his outstanding contributions to veterinary epidemiology and for post-graduate teaching in Scandinavia.

Dr. Ian Dohoo was presented with the University of Helsinki’s insignia of academic rank—a doctoral top hat and sword— when he received his honorary doctorate.


In November the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE) presented Dohoo with the inaugural Roger Morris ISVEE Award for Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement. ISVEE also presented Dr. Charles Caraguel, one of Dohoo’s former graduate students, with the first Emerging Scientist Award. At a celebration of his ISVEE award at AVC in December, Dohoo unveiled a portrait commissioned in his honour and funded by epidemiology colleagues in 12 countries and the Canadian Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine. A founding faculty member of AVC, Dohoo led the development of the College’s renowned veterinary epidemiology program.

Dr. Greg Keefe, dean, AVC, and Dr. Ian Dohoo. Dr. Dohoo is holding the inaugural Roger Morris ISVEE Award for Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement.

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2016 NEW YEAR’S DAY LEVEE— UPEI WELCOMES THE COMMUNITY TO CAMPUS Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis, sporting a UPEI Alumni scarf, exchanges greetings at UPEI’s New Year’s Day Levee with Tracey Cutcliffe, vice-chair of the UPEI Board of Governors; Valerie Abd-El-Aziz; President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz; and UPEI Alumni Association President Alicia Bremner. About 400 guests attended the festive event at Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

UPEI’s DEIRDRE KESSLER NAMED POET LAUREATE FOR PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND UPEI professor and author Deirdre Kessler was named Prince Edward Island’s sixth poet laureate in January 2016. Kessler is a well-known poet and author of 15 books for young people as well as a dozen books of nonfiction for adults. She teaches creative writing, children’s literature, and a course about L.M. Montgomery in UPEI’s Department of English. She has been recognized for her significant contribution to the literary landscape of PEI with several awards including the 2015 PEI Museum &

Heritage Foundation Writing Award, a 2015 City of Charlottetown Heritage Award, and the 2010 Hessian Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching by a sessional lecturer. Kessler succeeds Dianne Hicks Morrow in this important cultural role. Congratulations, Deirdre!

GREAT IDEA! NEW DIAMOND AWARDS PROGRAM RECOGNIZES STUDENTS’ EXTRACURRICULAR ACHIEVEMENT UPEI is pleased to announce the establishment of a new student awards program. Based on a proposal from the UPEI Student Union, the Diamond Awards offer up to $10,000 a year to celebrate students’ personal development and achievement outside the classroom. The awards recognize positive contributions to campus life and the external community within the categories of sustainability leadership, health and wellness leadership, educational leadership, and campus spirit. Up to five awards, valued at $500 each, are available in each category. Additional information is available at

AVC RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDING TO DEVELOP NEW DIAGNOSTIC TESTS The Atlantic Veterinary College’s Diagnostic Services Unit has received funding to develop new diagnostic tests that are more effective, more sensitive, and less expensive for detecting bovine and swine viruses. On February 12, 2016, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that Diagnostic Services has been awarded $709,138 for the project from the federal Growing Forward 2 program. Researchers in Diagnostic Services’ Regional Diagnostic Virology Service laboratory will work on developing three

multiplex molecular tests that will test for multiple viruses from a single sample. The researchers will target diseases that affect food-producing animals and therefore pose economic risk to the beef, dairy, and pork domestic and export markets. Once the new tests have been validated, they can be used by veterinary diagnostic laboratories across Canada.

Research scientist Dr. Dante Mateo describes multiplex testing to Honourable Lawrence MacAulay in AVC’s Diagnostic Services Unit.


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CLIMATE RESEARCH LAB’s COASTAL IMPACTS PROJECT SUPPORTED BY MEOPAR AND IRVING SHIPBUILDING On February 17, 2016, the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) network and Irving Shipbuilding announced more than $1.8 million in funding for research projects to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate and respond to marine risk. Among the projects funded is one led by Dr. Adam Fenech, director of UPEI’s Climate Research Lab. Fenech and his team were awarded $252,000 to develop new technology for monitoring and visualizing the impacts of sea-level rise, erosion, and storm surges in

coastal environments. The funding will also support five graduate students at UPEI.

UPEI graduate student Derek Ellis launches an aerial drone for use in gathering geographical data.

They will use detailed coastal sensors mounted on drones to capture high-resolution imagery of First Nations communities on PEI—Lennox Island and Rocky Point—to create a digital simulation for each community. These simulations will show potential areas at risk due to sealevel rise and erosion-related impacts and will aid in longterm planning to prepare for future coastal changes.


(L-R) Emily Proude, Johanna Vessey, and Parker Clements

The 2016 Dr. Frances Gray Performance Competition finals were held at the UPEI Department of Music in February. After an evening of performances, the judges awarded first place to clarinetist Johanna Vessey, second to baritone Parker Clements, and third to saxophonist Emily Proude.

Vessey, a third-year music and computer science student, will join the National Youth Band of Canada 2016 in May. Judging the competition were well-known musicians and educators Alan Reesor, Kelsea McLean, Kirsten MacLaine, Natalie Williams-Calhoun, and David MacDonald.

UNIVERSITY 100 SMITHERAM AND ROBB LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SERIES Michele Dorsey, QC, (BA’85), was guest speaker for the Faculty of Arts’ University 100 Vern Smitheram and Andy Robb Leadership Development Series in February 2016. In her presentation, Below the Water Line—Leadership, Trust and Innovation, Dorsey highlighted the need for leaders to build trust through effective communication, conflict competency, and the fostering of empathy with colleagues, leaders, and clients. When these elements are in place, organizations can effectively manage and channel the “necessary tension” that produces innovation in service

delivery, policy, and productivity. Dorsey is deputy minister and deputy attorney general, PEI Department of Justice and Public Safety. The University 100 Series engages students and the community in important conversations about the theory and practice of leadership.

Dr. Verner Smitheram, professor emeritus (philosophy), with Leadership Development Series guest speaker Michele Dorsey, QC

HISTORY DEPARTMENT WELCOMES SSHRC POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Liz Scott will work with Dr. Lisa Chilton, an associate professor in the UPEI Department of History, from 2016–2018. Scott has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 1

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postdoctoral fellowship to study under Chilton’s supervision. Chilton’s research expertise is in British imperialism and international migrations. While at UPEI, Scott will work on an historical exploration of state-directed medical inspections of British emigrants who came to Canada between 1850 and 1950. “The awarding of this postdoc is a clear indication of UPEI’s ability to attract high-calibre researchers in the Faculty of Arts,” says Chilton.

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MENTAL HEATH WEEK 2016 UPEI held its fourth annual Mental Health Week from March 7–11. Based on the theme, “Relationships Matter,” and organized by a committee of caring and creative students, staff, and faculty, the week was packed with educational and fun events and activities across campus. On Monday, March 7, people came together at the kick-off event to hear UPEI’s men’s soccer coach Lewis Page speak about his journey with depression. His moving story garnered him a standing ovation! Other activities during the week included art sessions, guided meditation, the Zen Zone, yoga, bubble soccer, a movie night, health trivia, and a board games night. Singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan, winner of a 2015 Juno Award, shared her stories and songs with an appreciative audience at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall on Thursday, March 10. Major sponsors for the events included UPEI’s Department of Student Affairs, the new UPEI Mental Health Initiatives fund, the UPEI Alumni Association, UPEI Health and Wellness, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. As well, several departments across campus supplied refreshments for many of the events. Kudos to everyone who organized the week and to those who attended the many events and activities!

(L-R, front) Lewis Page, UPEI’s men’s soccer coach; Anne Bartlett and Haley Doherty, co-chairs, Mental Health Week, with (L-R, back) UPEI President and ViceChancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz and UPEISU President Dana Kenny

Bubble soccer was an entertaining event held during Mental Health Week.

SHIANNA CORMIER—KILLAM FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT Shianna Cormier, a third-year science student at UPEI, spent the winter semester studying at Arizona State University as the recipient of a 2015–2016 Killam Fellowship. The Killam Fellowships program is an undergraduate exchange offered by Fulbright Canada that provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students

from Canadian universities to spend either a semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the United States (and vice versa). Congratulations, Shianna, on this very prestigious award.

Shianna Cormier at Arizona State University

VAGABOND PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS ROMEO AND JULIET Vagabond Productions presented its latest play—Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet— in The Mount Continuing Care Community’s chapel in mid-March of this year. Theatre studies professor and director Greg Doran welcomed the opportunity offered by The Mount management to stage the play in a community setting. Rehearsals and performances were open to Mount residents, providing them with unique access to an engaging cultural activity. Over 15 students were involved in staging the play with second-year political science student Dylan Gaudet playing Romeo and fourth-year English student Kassinda Bulger in the role of Juliet.

Dylan Gaudet (Romeo) and Kassinda Bulger (Juliet)

(L-R) Attending rehearsal in the Mount’s chapel are Charmaine MacGregor, activity coordinator, The Mount Continuing Care Community; Dr. Greg Doran, theatre studies professor and play director; Dylan Gaudet (Romeo); and Kassinda Bulger (Juliet).


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UPEI RESEARCH CENTRE PILOTS ONLINE ADDICTIONS TREATMENT UPEI’s Centre for Health and Biotech Management Research (CHBMR) “Addiction is a dominant struggle for many youth between the ages of 18–24,” is piloting a new web-based addictions treatment program. says Dr. Michelle Patterson, research

Computer-based training for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT4CBT) was developed by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine. CBT4CBT allows 24-hour-a-day online access to cognitive behavioural therapy for addictions to complement traditional treatment, including counselling.

coordinator with CHBMR. “Computerbased treatment is a relatively new but incredibly promising option for improving access and continuity to treatment programs.”

(L-R) Dr. Kathleen Carroll, Yale School of Medicine, with Dr. Michelle Patterson and Dr. Juergen Krause, UPEI’s Centre for Health and Biotech Management Research

The pilot program is initially being run by CHBMR as a clinical trial for students at Holland College and UPEI, in addition to the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations communities. In March 2016, the CHBMR received more than $600,000 for the project from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s eHealth Innovation Partnership Program. For more information, visit

FEAR OF CHILDBIRTH RESEARCH PROJECT Dr. Janet Bryanton, an associate professor in the UPEI School of Nursing, is interviewing women who have requested a planned cesarean birth because they have fears surrounding childbirth. She wants to understand the root of their fear in the hope of helping other women who have similar feelings. Understanding women’s fear of childbirth may help enhance their physical and mental health, she says, by lowering negative birth outcomes, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or the fear of a subsequent birth. She also wants to raise awareness about the significance of the childbirth experience for women, and plans to publish and present the results of her research at conferences and to health care providers.

Dr. Janet Bryanton


(L-R) John Donaldson, Kate Kinsman, Cullen Mullally, Hannah Dawson

(L-R) Harrison Wood, Erin Devine, Bobby McIsaac, Megan Martin

UPEI students celebrate their success at the Atlantic Schools of Business Case Competition.


2015–16 has been a banner year for UPEI’s School of Business case competition program. The competition season got off to a successful start in September 2015 when John Donaldson, Kate Kinsman, Cullen Mullally, and Hannah Dawson won the Atlantic Schools of Business Case Competition at the University of New Brunswick. Placing second was another UPEI team—Erin Devine, Bogdan Belomestnykh, Bobby McIsaac, and Harrison Wood. In November Devine, Dawson, Kinsman, and Donaldson took second place at the international Scotiabank Ethics in Action Case Competition at Dalhousie University. And in January, Luke Gaudet and Dawson won third

place in the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition at Queens University. A month later, Donaldson, Kinsman, Mullally, and Dawson achieved an impressive top six standing in the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition, the largest case competition in the world. Ending the competition season on a high note, Wood, Devine, McIsaac, and Megan Martin placed second in the prestigious Network of International Business Schools Worldwide Business Case Competition in San Antonio, Texas, in March. The UPEI team is one of only three from Canada to qualify for the event. In a case competition, students assess and analyze business cases, develop evidence-based strategic solutions, and present and defend their solutions to a panel of judges. UPEI’s case competition class has consistently produced students who have achieved success competing against teams from some of the world’s top business schools.

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Nathan Hood, UPEISU vice-president student activities (back, right); Enesi Majebi, residence life advisor (back, second right); and Haley Doherty, UPEI residence life coordinator (back, third right) join UPEI student volunteers in placing “Keep It Social” posters on the UPEI campus.

UPEI has partnered with the Student Union and PEI Liquor Control Commission (PEILCC) to adopt a responsible alcohol consumption and harm reduction campaign called “Keep It Social.” This student-led initiative originated as a partnership between the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission and Nova Scotia universities. “We’re excited to launch this highly visual campaign at UPEI to build awareness about high-risk alcohol

consumption and associated harms,” says Doherty. “We are grateful to the PEILCC for their support.” “The Student Union is committed to help promote longterm social and behavioural change when it comes to alcohol consumption,” says Hood. “We understand that students will drink, but we want everyone to identify and practice responsible behaviours.”

THROWBACK THURSDAY In 1954 Lou McGinn finally passed Math 1 at St. Dunstan’s University. It took him seven tries. His friends were so proud of him that they held a funeral for his math book! As his friend Frank Zakem remembered decades later, they held a wake in a bathroom for the book. Zakem’s father owned a truck that looked like a hearse, and they used it to shuttle the book to its final resting spot behind Cass Science Hall. McGinn didn’t let his difficulties with Math 1 keep him down. He went on to have a 40-year career as a banker! Read stories like this from UPEI’s history every Throwback Thursday on UPEI’s Facebook page.

PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS PILOT CURRICULUM ADDRESSING THE LEGACY OF THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SYSTEM In April 2016, Lomeharshan Lall and Joshua McIntosh, pre-service teachers enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program (indigenous specialization) at UPEI, completed their teaching practicums in two grade 9 social studies classes at Summerside Intermediate School. They piloted a curriculum unit, Practicing Reconciliation through Education, The History and Legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential Schooling System. The unit was developed by pre-service teachers Danielle Smith and Trisha MacFarlane during their spring 2015 practicums with the PEI Human Rights Commission, with input from the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island. This work addresses the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations regarding sharing the history of residential schools and the impact on survivors and communities—an essential first step to reconciliation.

The pilot program will be assessed with a view to implementation in all PEI junior high schools. The development and piloting of the curriculum unit is a partnership between the PEI Human Rights Commission, the Department of Education Early Learning and Culture, and the PEI Teacher’s Federation, in consultation with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy. Students Katie Birt (L) and Ethan Borden (R) work with pre-service teachers Joshua McIntosh (second left) and Lomeharshan Lall (second right) during a grade 9 social studies class, taught by Darrell DesRoches (MEd’11), Summerside Intermediate School.




CARING FOR ANIMALS IN CANADA’S NORTH Veterinary care is difficult—often impossible—to obtain in remote northern communities in Canada. But for the past ten years, teams of veterinarians and veterinary students from the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at UPEI have been heading north to give free veterinary care to animals in some of those communities through the Chinook Project. Since the first trip ten years ago, 52 fourth-year veterinary students, 15 veterinarians, and two veterinary technicians have cared for over 1,400 animals, primarily dogs, at 16 mobile clinics held in 10 locations in Canada’s North. They have performed 728 spay and neuter surgeries, given countless vaccinations and doses of dewormer, and educated hundreds of people about animal care and welfare. Coordinated by veterinarians Dr. Lisa Miller and Dr. Marti Hopson, the Chinook Project responds to requests from northern communities for veterinary services. Teams of veterinarians, students, and veterinary technicians spend three to ten days in the communities, performing surgeries and other veterinary services in temporary clinics set up in firehalls, community centres, schools, and other venues. They also go out into the countryside to care for sled dogs, which are usually kept outside community borders.

Dr. Marti Hopson and then-student Chris MacLaughlin hold puppies during the 2011 Chinook project.

The students gain veterinary experience through the project, but they also get to know the people and the culture of the North. As part of their learning experience, the students write blogs about their experiences. Jessica Eisnor, AVC Class

of 2016, cares for a special Getting the veterinary teams to the North is no patient, Chubby, at a easy task. Hopson, who has travelled north with Chinook Project clinic in Chinook almost every year, spends hours dealing Natuashish in 2015. with every aspect of the trip—from transportation and accommodation to getting medical supplies. She works closely with people in the communities that the Chinook Project teams will visit.

Sending people and supplies to the North would not be possible without the financial assistance of the many sponsors and donors who support the Chinook Project. Among the major sustained donors are the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Rathlyn Foundation, Ann McCain Evans, Zoetis Animal Health, Air Labrador, Boehringer-Ingelheim, and Iams-Eukanuba. This year the Chinook Project will visit Nain and Sheshatshiu, Labrador, and Iqaluit, Nunavut. For more information, visit



Athletics and recreation UPDATE—DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS AND RECREATION REVIEW In 2014 UPEI initiated an independent review of the Department of Athletics and Recreation. In a demonstration of its commitment to student athletes, varsity sport, and positive university-community relations, the University has acted on the review recommendations, as follows: An athletics advisory board, chaired by President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz and involving community members, former student athletes, and alumni, has been established to act as a liaison between UPEI and the Island sport and greater communities. Long-term stable leadership and staffing within the Department of Athletics and Recreation has been secured. A new position of business manager has been created to ensure implementation of transparent and accountable financial policies. Budgets for each team have been established with funding sources clearly identified. The UPEI Human Resources Department has developed a plan to implement a salary scale for coaches that is equitable with university athletic programs in the region.

Development and funding of an athletic financial aid stability model will be considered within the context of the University’s budgetary process and guided by Canadian Interuniversity Sport policy. Athletics is one of four priorities of THE INSPIRE! CAMPAIGN. A goal of that priority is the establishment of an endowment fund for athletic scholarships. In addition, a strategic plan for 2015–2018 has been presented to the advisory board. Goals, strategies, areas of focus, key performance indicators, a strategic implementation schedule, and progress measures have been identified.

A RECORD 81 ACADEMIC ALL-CANADIANs at upei For the third consecutive year, UPEI student athletes set a record for the number of Panthers achieving Academic All-Canadian status. In 2012–13, 73 students met the requirements. That number increased to 75 in 2013–14, and to 81 in the 2014–15 season! Academic All-Canadians are recognized by Canadian Interuniversity Sport as student-athletes who achieve

an academic average of 80 per cent or higher in their studies while participating on one of their university’s varsity teams. With 81 of 175 student athletes reaching Academic All-Canadian status, UPEI is among the top universities in Canada for this achievement. CONGR AT CC O NGAR ATUULATION IS AT CA DELM TO OUR U ICIOANLSL-STCO CIS AC OU R 14PEI A DE MIC IA –15 A L L-CAANNA D20 A DIA NNS!S!

ATHLETIC AWARDS GALA UPEI’s Department of Athletics and Recreation celebrated the 2015–16 season at the 47th annual Athletic Awards Gala on April 2, 2016, recognizing student athletes who have excelled in sport, the classroom, and community service.

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In addition to the Athlete of the Year awards, club and varsity team awards were also presented at the event. gopanthers For the full list of winners, please visit



The UPEI Alumni Association’s 2015–16 Outstanding Athlete of the Year awards went to co-winners in each of the female and male categories. (L-R) Katelynn Donahoe (basketball) and Alysia Corrigan (rugby) shared top honours, while Tyler Scott (basketball) and dualathlete Cole MacMillan (soccer and hockey) were repeat co-winners.

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DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WELCOMES NEW GRADUATES On May 7, 2015, the Alumni Association Board of Directors, together with SDU, PWC, and UPEI alumni, hosted over 150 alumni at the inaugural Alumni Welcome Mixer as part of Convocation Week. The 2016 mixer will be held on May 5 at the PEI Brewing Company from 5–7 p.m. All alumni are welcome!


The Ottawa Chapter ‘Spring Social’ was held at the residence of the Irish Ambassador to Canada, May 13, 2015.

The Vancouver Chapter met at the Vancouver Rowing Club on June 2, 2015. Dr. Ronald J. Baker, UPEI’s founding president, attended.

Building on the 2014 launch of eight new alumni chapters, UPEI renewed and expanded connections with alumni and friends in 2015 at events in Boston, Halifax, St. John’s, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Hong Kong.


President’s Reception for the St. Dunstan’s University Class of ’65, UPEI Faculty Lounge

Prince of Wales College Annual Luncheon, Schurman Market Square

UPEI welcomed 500 alumni to campus during Reunion Weekend in July 2015. They attended events, including the Distinguished Alumni Awards presentation, the 50-year reunion for SDU’65, and the PWC luncheon.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards and Inspiring Young Alumni Award Alicia Bremner (BBA’09), far left, president of the UPEI Alumni Association, and President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, far right, congratulate Amber Jadis (DipEng’01, MBA’11), recipient of the 2015 Inspiring Young Alumni Award, and John Andrew (PWC’65) and Noreen MacDonald, CND (SDU’65), recipients of 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Read more at

COMING SOON…MARK YOUR CALENDAR! MAY 30—Nominations close for the Distinguished Alumni and Inspiring Young Alumni awards, which will be presented during Reunion Weekend. Nominate an individual at


The 2016 Panther Golf Classic, presented by Stewart McKelvey, will be held at the Belvedere Golf Club in Charlottetown on Thursday, June 16. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Supper, prizes, and auction will follow the tournament. This annual event supports Panther student-athletes on nine varsity teams. For information, email, or visit

UPEI Alumni Association President Alicia Bremner presents the 2015 Panther Golf Classic tournament trophy to Mike White (BBA’02, BEd’04), Jeff MacEachern (BA’91), Paul Murnaghan (BBA’93, MEd’08), and Joey Smith (BA’96).



Reconnect with friends and former classmates at Reunion Weekend events that include tours of the School of Sustainable Design Engineering, Atlantic Veterinary College, School of Nursing, and School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. Accommodations are available on campus at Bill and Denise Andrew Hall at a preferred alumni rate. Book at (902) 566-0952. For more information, visit, or contact the UPEI Alumni Office at (902) 566-0687.

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Kelly (Mabey) Antosh (BSc’91)

Monica Elaine Campbell (BSc’78)

Steve Connolly (SDU’68)

A dental hygienist since 1994, Kelly is currently the director of the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has worked as a dental hygienist in Canada, Switzerland, Benin, Gambia, and Togo, and has taught dental hygiene since 2007. Kelly is involved with, and continues to work on, the development of humanitarian oral health projects for developing countries around the world. She lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband Dave, dog Casey, and cat Caine.

Believed to be the first profoundly deaf student to graduate from UPEI, Monica Elaine has long been an advocate for equal opportunity and improved services for people who are deaf. After retiring from the federal government, she earned a certificate in palliative care in 2005 and pioneered the development of palliative care services for people in Ontario who are deaf. For her tireless work on behalf of people who are deaf, Monica Elaine was invested in the Order of Ontario in January 2016.

Following a 21-year career in education, Steve joined Sun Life Financial in 1983. He and his son Shayne formed Connolly Financial Group in 1998, now a leading employee benefit provider in Atlantic Canada. In 2010 Steve was inducted into the Sun Life Hall of Fame. His community involvement includes work with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, the Stars for Life Foundation, and the Appin Road Summer Day Camp. He and his wife, Marguerite, have three adult children and six wonderful grandkids.

Tia (Quilty) Locke

Kirk MacRae

Liane Nelson

Tia graduated from UPEI with a BSc in chemistry in 2010. Following graduation, she worked as a quality assurance specialist for Novartis Animal Health in Charlottetown. Tia was selected for the company’s global accelerated quality management development program, and on her first rotation was assigned to a quality operational excellence role at the Novartis Pharmaceuticals site in Suffern, New York. She is currently fulfilling her second assignment as an associate director of manufacturing quality assurance at the Sandoz Incorporated site in Broomfield, Colorado.

Kirk graduated with his BBA in 1984. That same year, he began his career in Nova Scotia with the national investment firm, Midland Doherty. After leaving the firm in 1989, he moved to Cape Breton where he operates a number of companies with investments in the food industry, real estate, and various other businesses. Kirk currently sits on the board of the Royal Canadian Mint, and is chair of the board of governors of the Gaelic College, St. Ann’s, Nova Scotia.



(DVM & BSc’03) Liane is currently teaching at Oulton College in Moncton, New Brunswick, where she manages the veterinary technician, veterinary assistant, and pharmacy technician programs. She is practicing at the Riverview Animal Hospital, a busy 24-hour veterinary emergency clinic, and is president of the New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association. She has enjoyed continued involvement with the University through the UPEI Alumni Association, and is serving as chair of the Atlantic Veterinary College’s advisory board.


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Jody MacLeod

Nici Carbone, Esq., marriage and family therapist, was recently named executive director of the Kids First Center in Portland, Maine, USA. The Center’s mission is to minimize the emotional and sometimes physical trauma children may experience during the separation and divorce of parents. Nici’s career has focused on public service related to the wellness of children and families, especially in the area of child protection. In her spare time, she coaches and judges ice-skating. Nici and her husband reside in the Portland area.

Colin has been living, and practicing accountancy, in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 2008. He spent over seven years with Grant Thornton LLP prior to being recruited by his client, The Peak Group of Companies. Colin has been chair of the board of directors of The Parkinson Society of British Columbia since 2013. He married Kate MacQuarrie (BSc’06) in 2013, and they welcomed Caleb to their family in 2015.

Following graduation from UPEI, Jody completed his BEng (TUNS’97). He joined CBCL Limited as a junior civil engineer and was promoted to branch manager of CBCL’s PEI office eight years later. In 2008 he received the Engineers PEI Young Engineer Achievement Award. He has been a director and vicechair of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies–Canada and is a founding member of ACEC-PEI. Jody volunteers with Engineers PEI and coaches lacrosse, and he is a captain with the Cross Roads Fire Department.

Scott Morrison

Michelle Oakley

Darlene Robison


(BSc’97, MN’15)

A talented basketball star while at UPEI, Scott graduated as the school’s MVP and all-time three-point scorer and assists leader. From 2003–2014, he coached Lakehead University’s men’s basketball team, taking the team from the bottom of the rankings to four straight CIS Final 8 appearances. In 2010 he was named the Ontario University Athletics Coach of the Year. In 2014 he was appointed head coach of the NBA Development League’s Maine Red Claws, and in April 2015, he was named 2014–2015 D-League Coach of the Year.

After earning her DVM at AVC in 2000, Michelle worked for the Yukon government as a wildlife veterinarian and biologist, and as an associate veterinarian at the Calgary Zoo. She and her family live in Haines Junction, Yukon, where she runs a rural, mobile mixed veterinary practice. She is an associate professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary and also stars in the NAT GEO WILD docu-reality series, Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet, airing in over 100 countries.

Darlene graduated from UPEI’s School of Nursing with a BSc in 1997. After spending more than 12 years specializing in community mental health with Health PEI, she returned to UPEI as a mental health clinical nursing instructor. In 2011 she entered the University’s Master of Nursing program, graduating in May 2015. Darlene continues to teach at UPEI, educating the next generation of nursing students in her role as a clinical nursing instructor.

(BA’92, BEd’95)




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