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MARCH 2013

Actor Colm Feore puts the finishing touches on his celebrity bowl at the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop. The bowl will be auctioned off as part of Laurier’s Empty Bowls fundraiser.

Empty Bowls returns to Laurier for third year Event features a silent auction for a celebrity bowl created by acclaimed actor Colm Feore By Mallory O’Brien Wilfrid Laurier University’s Robert Langen Art Gallery will host its third Empty Bowls charity event, featuring a silent auction for a celebrity bowl created by actor Colm Feore. The event takes place on Laurier’s Waterloo campus Thursday, May 16. Empty Bowls is a long-running annual fundraiser for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, organized by the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Laurier’s involvement began three years ago when it hosted a special parallel

event to celebrate the university’s 100th anniversary. This year, members of the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop will again create 100 bowls for the Laurier event. Participants will have the chance to pick their bowls, which will then be washed and readied for the five gourmet soups provided by Food Services and ARAMARK Canada. The soups will be served in Laurier’s Theatre Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. while the Tim Louis Jazz Trio performs. This year’s event also includes door prizes of two $100 gift certificates donated by the Laurier Bookstore.

(l-r) Laurie Cowell (Waterloo Potters’ Workshop), Suzanne Luke, Ruth FriendshipKeller (The Food Bank of Waterloo Region), Marlen Moggach (Waterloo Potters’ Workshop) and Colm Feore with their bowls.

“This is the gallery’s third year hosting Empty Bowls and I am thrilled that our Laurier community has shown such support and enthusiasm for this initiative,” said Suzanne Luke, curator of the Robert Langen Art Gallery. “Not only do we annually raise more than $4,000 for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, but also through this event we give a voice to the issues surrounding hunger in our region.” Earlier this year Feore spent an afternoon at the Waterloo Potters’ Workshop making his bowl for the auction, which begins online April 3 at https://web.wlu. ca/emptybowls. Feore was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Windsor, Ont. He has performed in more than 20 Stratford Festival productions and appeared in numerous film, theatre and television productions in Canada and abroad, including Thor, Trudeau, The Sum of All Fears, and 24. He received an honorary degree from Laurier in 2012. The bowls will be on exhibition in the Robert Langen Art Gallery

May 8 to 15, from noon to 5 p.m. (except Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12). Tickets for the event are $40 and go on sale April 3. Tickets must be purchased

at the gallery by cash or cheque (payable to Wilfrid Laurier University). For more information, contact Suzanne Luke at sluke@

Skier Kelly VanderBeek to speak at OWL awards By Jamie Howieson Kelly VanderBeek, a three-time World Cup downhill skiing medalist and participant at the 2006 Winter Olympics, will deliver the keynote address at the Outstanding Women of Laurier (OWL) event March 21 at 11 a.m. at the Waterloo Inn and Conference Centre. VanderBeek was one of Canada’s top female skiers over the past decade before she announced her retirement from the sport earlier this year. She has also more recently established herself as a TV analyst and



Laurier’s Library celebrates the 10,000th image in its digital collection.

Meet Laurie Minor, Laurier’s Creative Native workshop organizer and concert lover.

broadcaster, working at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. The OWL award recognizes a female student-athlete who successfully combines athletic and academic achievement, with an active commitment to leadership and the development of young athletes through community teaching or coaching. “Kelly has been a great representative of the KitchenerWaterloo area throughout her career and we are honoured to OWL awards see page 3

7 Ivona Hedig studies the use of anger in winning negotiations.


March 2013

president’s message

The enduring value of a university education Paid employment is important for the vast majority of us, but what is wonderful about a university degree is that its value goes well beyond the ability to earn a healthy income. A university education involves the acquisition of knowledge and the discipline to think critically and rigorously; it encourages students to examine beliefs, challenge assumptions and explore new perspectives; it sharpens intellectual and interpersonal skills; and it opens new horizons and new possibilities for the individual. In other words, education enrichs graduates in all aspects of life — including the ability to earn a living. There is strong evidence that in today’s knowledgebased economy, employers seek well-rounded employees who can evaluate information, problem(l-r) Laurier President Max Blouw, receives the Queen solve, innovate, and Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Kitchener MPP draw connections John Milloy. Several other members of the Laurier between seemingly community have also received the medal.

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There has been a lot of public discussion lately about the value of a university education. Much of the discourse has involved a provocative question: What is the best route to a well-paying job — university or college? It is certainly a subject worthy of debate, but the question contains a bias about what constitutes “value”. It also paints a flawed picture of the university-college relationship, suggesting that one is better than the other and that students have only an either-or choice.

disparate ideas and data. Universities produce them. In an article last fall, the president of the Association of Colleges and Universities of Canada, Paul Davidson, noted that there were 700,000 jobs for university graduates created in Canada between July 2008 and July 2012, compared to 320,000 for college graduates, and a net loss of 640,000 jobs for those without post-secondary education. A recent survey of people who graduated from university in 2009, conducted on behalf of Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, found that six months after graduation, the average employment rate for undergraduate degree graduates was 87.5 per cent. For Laurier graduates, it was 89.2 per cent. Two years after graduation, the Ontario average was 93.1 per cent; the Laurier average was 94.8 per cent. Looking to the future, the 2012 Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services forecast that two thirds of all new jobs in Ontario will require postsecondary education. It seems clear, then, that a university education equips students with the skills and

experience needed to find employment. Other studies suggest that a university degree also yields an income premium. Davidson cites Statistics Canada data showing that university graduates will on average earn $1.3 million more during their careers than a high school graduate, and $1 million more than a college graduate. But what about the universityversus-college question? Does one really offer a better value proposition than the other? This is a question best answered by individual students. But universities and colleges are working to give students more choice so that they don’t face an either-or dilemma and so their overall education combines the best of both systems. I am encouraged by the number of university graduates who go on to take a college program, and by the number of college graduates who come to university for further education. Universities across Ontario have long-recognized the benefit to students of partnering with colleges on program delivery and credit-transfer agreements. There are currently more than 500 credit-transfer agreements in

this province, and more are being developed through the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer. At Laurier, we have numerous partnership and transfer agreements with other institutions, including Conestoga College, Mohawk College, Nipissing University and the universities of Waterloo and Guelph. The intent is to combine strengths, share resources and make the pathways between institutions smoother for students. There is no doubt that higher education enriches individuals and their communities in many ways. At Laurier, we are committed to maintaining the highest quality while remaining sensitive to the needs of today’s students and the merits of continued partnerships with other universities and colleges in multiple communities

Max Blouw President and Vice-Chancellor

Alumni receive Medals of Bravery from Governor General Two Laurier alumni have been awarded one of Canada’s highest honours, the Medal of Bravery, by Governor General David Johnston for their efforts to save a fellow resident during a fire at Waterloo College Hall in April, 2009. The medals were awarded to Kyle Walker and Matthew Crombeen during a recent ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Walker and Crombeen were both student dons at Waterloo College Hall. On April 14, 2009, they were on their way to check on a fellow student who was reportedly in distress. The citation for their Medals of Bravery states: “As they approached the student’s room, they saw smoke coming out from beneath his door. Messrs. Walker and Crombeen went

through an adjoining bathroom to reach the victim, who was covered in flames. They put out the fire and led the severely burnt young man outside to wait for the ambulance. Despite their efforts, the victim did not survive.” Walker (BA ‘11) now works as the director of member services for Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. Crombeen (BSc ‘11) is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. The following is an excerpt from the remarks given by the Governor General to those receiving an award at the Decorations for Bravery ceremony: “Each of you faced some form of danger head on — from others, from the environment, from a circumstance in which you found yourselves. Yet each of you rose

to the occasion, showing that even the smallest act of good can overcome the most desperate of situations. “It is that innate goodness that has bound together the many and varied recipients of this award throughout its more than 40-year history. “And although we mourn the loss of those who could not be saved and those who lost their own lives in the act of saving others, we can take comfort in the knowledge that in the end, they were caring for someone or being cared for. No matter what, they were not alone. “In other words, from goodness flowed compassion—a willingness and a need to help others, to think solely of another’s life and how precious that life is to us all.”

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Governor General David Johnston, centre, with Kyle Walker, left, and Matthew Crombeen, right.

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What’s new and notable at Laurier

Roll up the RIm for those in need Start rolling your rims, Laurier! Tim Horton’s “Roll up the Rim” contest is back and Laurier Development Officer Cec Joyal is collecting winning coffee and treat rims to distribute to the homeless and working poor. Joyal, who has volunteered with St. Louis Church’s Out of the Cold program since its inception in Kitchener-Waterloo 14 years ago, collects the winning rims and distributes them to the homeless and working poor as they leave the church after a meal and an overnight stay. In the eight years since Joyal has been collecting the tabs, she has received an enthusiastic response and helped hundreds of needy people in the region. “With the winning rims, people in the region experiencing homelessness are given the ability to enjoy a coffee and a muffin, a warm place to sit, and the dignity of ordering a meal for themselves,” said Joyal. “This year we are seeing an increase in the number of guests so it’s more important than ever to help those less fortunate.” The Out of the Cold program runs nightly between November and April, and rotates among participating local churches. Those wishing to donate their winning Roll up the Rim tabs can send them to Joyal in Alumni Hall on the Waterloo campus or drop

OWL awards continued have her speak at our event this year,” said Peter Baxter, director of athletics and recreation at Laurier. “This event showcases our exceptional female student leaders and the impact they have in our community, something that Kelly has been a role model for over the past 10 plus years.” VanderBeek, a native of Kitchener, enjoyed a racing career that began in 1991 at Chicopee Ski Club. Her first taste of the world stage came at the World Junior Championships where she medalled in the Super G in both 2002 and 2003, earning bronze. She translated that success at the junior level to the senior stage at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, with a fourth-place

them into deposit boxes stationed around campus after reading week. Students participating in this year’s 5 Days for the Homeless campaign will also be collecting winning tabs as they spend five days living and sleeping outside on Laurier’s Waterloo campus from March 10 to 15. At Laurier’s Brantford campus, tabs can be sent to Alumni Relations and Development Officer Penny Friesen in the SC Johnson Building, Room 102. There will also be drop-off boxes at the Hawk Desk and U-Desk. For more information, contact Joyal at or at ext. 3864.

Call for entries: 2013 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction The university is seeking submissions for the 2013 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, a $10,000 literary award that recognizes excellence in Canadian creative non-fiction. Designed to encourage new Canadian talent, the award is open to authors who have published a first or second book with a Canadian locale and/or significance. The 2013 award is open to works published in the 2012 calendar year and distinguished by first-hand research, well-crafted interpretive writing and a creative use of language or approach to the subject matter.

Entries must be received

finish in the downhill. VanderBeek proceeded to win three World Cup medals in the downhill between 2007 and 2009, including a pair of silver medals and a bronze medal. In 2008, she finished the season fifth overall in the World Cup standings. Leading up to her second Winter Olympics appearance, VanderBeek suffered a serious knee injury that prevented her from competing. She turned her disappointment into a new career as a broadcaster, and was a regular contributor during the Vancouver Olympics. She has also been a guest broadcaster with Sportsnet, CBC and Sportscene. The OWL luncheon will be hosted again by Daiene Vernile, anchor and producer of Provincewide, the CTV current

by April 30, 2013 to be considered. To obtain an entry form and a complete list of submission guidelines, please visit staebleraward. The shortlist and winner will be announced in the summer. The author will be presented with the award and make appearances in Waterloo and Brantford in the fall. Joshua Knelman won the 2012 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art (Douglas & McIntyre, 2011). In Hot Art, Knelman takes what seems like a rarefied topic — art theft — and produces an engrossing narrative that is as riveting as any best-selling mystery novel. Other winners of the Edna Staebler Award include authors Linden MacIntyre, Wayson Choy and Elizabeth Hay. Nominations underway for Employee Achievement Awards Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Employee Achievement Awards. The awards are founded on the Employee Success Factors, and recognize and reward significant contributions by faculty and staff in the following categories: • President’s Award (Individual

affairs program, and a Laurier alumna (BA ‘85). Since 2006, the OWL event has raised more than $240,000 for women’s athletic programs, scholarships and mentoring programs. For more information about the OWL luncheon, or to purchase tickets online, please visit owl.

Author Andrew Westoll to attend events in March

Since arriving at Laurier in January, Laurier’s inaugural Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence, Andrew Westoll, has been consulting with Laurier students, visiting classes and working on writing projects. Westoll will be on Laurier’s

Waterloo and Brantford campuses in March for several events that are open to the Laurier community. The events include: • March 6 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Public Reading, joint with Writer-inResidence Alissa York in the Hawk’s Nest, Fred Nichols’ Campus Centre, Waterloo campus. • March 7 Public Reading, joint with Writer-in-Residence Alissa York in Room CB100, Carnegie Building, Brantford campus.

March 15 10 a.m. – noon. Book signing at Laurier Open House, Waterloo campus. March 18 4:30 – 6 p.m. Writing Workshop: Can writing be both creative and informative? Integrating creativity with academic writing demands. Room L3-314, Laurier Library, Waterloo campus. March 26 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Public Reading in tje Hawk’s Nest, Fred Nichols’ Campus Centre, Waterloo campus.

The Laurier team won the annual University Oldtimers Faculty and Staff Hockey Tournament in February for the first time in 12 years. The roster includes Zach Weston, Mike Cinelli, Ron Daniels, Dan Dawson, Sean Doherty, Ryan Eldred, Todd Ferretti, Manfred Gartner, John Kienitz, Stephen MacNeil, Ron Ormson, Stephen Perry, Mikal Skuterud, Stephen Wenn and Jason Whalen.

and Team) Individual Employee Success Factor Awards • Multi-Campus Champion Award Staff, faculty and students are all welcome and encouraged to submit nominations. The submission deadline is May 4, 2013. For further information and to download the nomination forms, please visit •

Laurier professor a finalist for prestigious 2013 Canada Prize Tarah Brookfield has been named a finalist for a prestigious 2013

Canada Prize in the Social Sciences Brookfield, who teaches in both the History and the Youth & Children’s Studies programs at Laurier’s Brantford campus, was nominated for her most recent book, Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety, and Global Insecurity, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. The winners of the 2013 Canada Prizes will be announced in mid-March. The prizes, each valued at $2,500, will be presented by distinguished author and public intellectual John Ralston Saul at an awards ceremony March 23 in Ottawa.

Share your expertise on Staff Development Day Human Resources is organizing the third-annual Staff Development Day, scheduled for May 16, 2013 on the Waterloo campus. Participants from the Brantford campus will be offered transportation to and from the event. Plans for this day include an engaging keynote speaker, barbecue lunch, panel discussion and break-out sessions featuring

content created and presented by your fellow colleagues. Human Resources is looking for your creative ideas and expertise to enrich the programming for the day. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Potential.” The deadline for submissions is March 22, 2013. More information is available at

IPRM process underway Laurier’s Integrated Planning and Resource Management (IPRM) working groups convened in mid-February for a series of training sessions to kick off the IPRM process. During training, team members reviewed details of the prioritization and resource allocation process, and asked questions of the IPRM consultant. Participants also engaged in a number of exercises designed to provide feedback and establish operational parameters for the work ahead. The team members, who will be working side-by-side throughout the project, also used the training sessions as an opportunity to get

to know each other and share their thoughts about IPRM. In addition, the training allowed members of the Planning Task Force to brainstorm with members of the prioritization and resource allocation teams. Following the first two meetings with interim co-chairs, the PTF, Academic Priorities Team, Administrative Priorities Team and the Resource Management Team members will identify permanent co-chairs for their groups to lead them through the process. For background information and ongoing updates about IPRM, please visit the IPRM website www. 3


March 2013

Laurier to host Peace and Justice Studies conference

National Youth Orchestra finds new home at Laurier By Mieke Barette

By Lori Chalmers Morrison Laurier will welcome between 300 and 500 visitors from North America and around the world to its Waterloo campus October 17-19 as co-hosts of the 2013 Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) Conference. The theme of the conference, hosted in partnership with Conrad Grebel University College, is “Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation,” inspired by the area’s long and distinguished history of Mennonite peacemaking and its thriving technology hub. The conference will include a K-12 Teacher Professional Development Strand on themes related to Peace and Conflict Resolution within the classroom, and teaching about global peace and conflict in the K-12 setting. The teacher professional development strand is organized by Laurier’s Faculty of Education and open to school boards. There will also be a student conference for undergraduates, and Grade 11 and 12 students organized by Laurier and Conrad Grebel

graduate students. “This conference is a great opportunity for Laurier and for our partners at Conrad Grebel,” said Edmund Pries, assistant professor in Laurier’s Global Studies department, PJSA board member and conference organizer. “We are thankful for the chance to share the leadership thinking and application that is taking place in our Peace and Conflict Studies program and our Faculty of Education, and to join in the inspiring discussions at the conference.” Through the conference and its speakers, organizers intend to honour the history and accomplishments of the peace and justice studies movement while seeking new and innovative ways to promote the practice and culture of peace in a divided world. The conference tracks are multi-disciplinary and include wide-ranging themes such as: Aboriginal Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Aboriginal Heritage and the Quest for Peace and Justice; Business Innovations

for Peace and Justice; Science, Technology, Complexity and Innovation for Peace; Religion and War and Peace, and Music and Protest. In addition to keynote speakers and breakout panels, the conference will also include an event for the broader community. Conference organizers are accepting proposals from a wide range of disciplines, professions and perspectives on peace and justice studies until April 15. Laurier faculty members are invited to submit proposals for papers, workshops, poster sessions or film presentations at and to spread the word among colleagues at other institutions. The PJSA is the North American Affiliate of the International Peace Research Association. The PJSA conference is held annually, and hosted in Canada every three years. Last year’s conference was held at Tufts University in Massachusetts. For further information contact Edmund Pries at or Timothy Donais at tdonais@

Canada’s National Youth Orchestra (NYOC), recognized as one of the best orchestral training institutes in the world, will take up residency at Wilfrid Laurier University in June. The NYOC summer tour and training program, which began in 1960, identifies and trains young classical musicians to prepare them for professional careers in music. From June 23 until late July, more than 100 participants and teachers will live, eat, train and perform on Laurier’s Waterloo campus before embarking on a Western Canada tour. The NYOC will also perform numerous chamber music concerts while in residence at Laurier. “We are very pleased and excited for the upcoming season. Laurier has a beautiful campus with top-notch musical facilities,” said Barbara Smith, executive director of the NYOC. “We look forward to engaging with the KitchenerWaterloo community and beginning a new chapter.” Youth aged 16-28 from across

Canada audition for the NYOC, attracting some of the best and brightest young talent in the country. Approximately 40 per cent of Canada’s professional orchestral musicians are NYOC alumni. Laurier’s Faculty of Music is committed to enhancing its national and international outreach and to expanding its out-of-classroom activities and profile with alliances such as the Tapestry New Opera and Stratford Summer Music. Becoming home to the NYOC will further these objectives. “The NYOC has played a pivotal role in the lives of so many brilliant Canadian musicians,” said Glen Carruthers, dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Music. “The world-class mentoring and experiential learning that are part of the NYOC experience dovetail perfectly with the Faculty of Music’s mission and mandate. We look forward to a long and fruitful association with this iconic national institution.” A schedule for the 2013 NYOC Concert tour is available on the NYOC website at

Cellist joins Penderecki String Quartet maintained a private teaching studio for seven years in Stony Brook, NY and participated in Wilfrid Laurier University’s residencies at Ravinia’s Steans Faculty of Music welcomes Institute and Aspen’s Center Katie Schlaikjer as the new for Advanced Quartet Studies, cellist for the Penderecki String studying with the Vermeer and Quartet. Schlaikjer will join Emerson String Quartets. fellow members Jeremy Bell, Jerzy Schlaikjer received her doctoral Kaplanek, and Christine Vlajk as and master’s degrees from Stony the Quartet celebrates its 26th Brook University and her bacheseason with a series of perforlor’s degree from the New England mances and appearances in the Conservatory. Americas, Europe, and Asia. “A string quartet is all about “It is such an honour for me to balance, give and take, action and be joining the Penderecki String reaction, on many different levels, Quartet,” said Schlaikjer. “I have not just musically, but personally been deeply impressed with the too,” said Glen Carruthers, dean players’ integrity, skill and intelliof the Faculty of Music. “I am gence. Playing quartets has been a confident that, in Katie Schlaikjer, passion of mine since my teenage we’ve found the ideal cellist for years and in many ways I believe the PSQ. Her playing is brilliant, my life has led me directly to this her chamber music skills are position.” outstanding and she is a giving Schlaikjer has travelled the and generous person. She will be globe since 2009 as a member of a tremendous asset, not just to the Avalon Quartet and Colorado the Quartet and to the Faculty of Music, but to Laurier and the wider community.” The Penderecki String Quartet has been Laurier’s Quartet in Residence since 1991 and has premiered more than 100 new works. The Quartet will perform a tribute to composer R. Murray Schafer at a free public event March 28 at noon in the Maureen Forester Recital Hall on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. For additional tour details, visit The Penderecki String Quartet from left: Katie Schlaikjer, Jerzy Kaplanek, Christine Vlajk By Mieke Barette

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Quartet. She has been recognized for her talents with top prizes from the Concert Artist Guild, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. “We are overjoyed to welcome Katie into our quartet,” said Kaplanek. “She has had amazing training from some of the best music schools in the world and comes to Laurier with expertise as a teacher and musician. We are looking forward to continuing to share our passion of quartet playing and teaching at Laurier and abroad with her.” In addition to performing, Schlaikjer lends her talents to aspiring performers. She has taught chamber music and cello in a variety of venues, including the University of Delaware and the New England Conservatory’s Extension Division. She has also

Name: Cathy Mahler Job Title: Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts Book Title: Death Comes to Pemberley Author: P.D. James Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is one of my favourite novels, so when I heard there was a new novel written by talented crime-fiction writer P.D. James continuing that story, I had to read it. All the characters we know and love from Austen’s classic are now six years older and married with families. The story takes a dark turn and the characters find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. Far from the romantic comedies that Jane Austen is so famous for, James takes you to an entirely new place and, surprisingly, it flows well.

What are you listening to? Name: Robert Kristofferson Job Title: Associate Professor, History & Contemporary Studies, Brantford Album: Black Sheep Boy Artist: Okkervil River (Jagjaguwar) The really good news for people who love bad news comes from Austin, Texas-based Okkervil River. This is a great band musically, but lead singer Will Sheff’s ability to turn each album into a tightly-woven lyrical universe is truly stunning. Based around the Tim Hardin 1960s folksy-pop wundersong Black Sheep Boy, Sheff uses this theme-album to imagine himself as this character, intricately injecting into the mix his own experiences of love, loss and longing.

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Library celebrates 10,000th image in digital collection The Laurier Library celebrated the addition of the 10,000th image to its digital collection in a Feb. 14 event called Storied Past, Digital Future. About 70 guests, including staff, students, alumni, donors, and community members were on hand for a Valentine’s Day show of affection for the Library, the Archives and the digital collection, which safeguards Laurier’s institutional memory and makes it available to the world. “I myself am a regular user of the digital collection in my preparations for speeches and presentations,” said Laurier President Dr. Max Blouw, who addressed the event. “This is a crucial resource for Laurier, and a means for us to unify our past, present and future as an institution.” The image selected as the 10,000th to be added to the collection features a group of Laurier Ambassadors, the students who welcome visitors and prospective new students to the Laurier campuses, posing with the centennial statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier on the university’s Waterloo campus. The image, which was taken

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New appointments: Patricia Cummings, counsellor and performance consultant, Seminary (Waterloo campus). Suzanne Gall, coordinator, financial and biographical services, Advancement Services (Waterloo campus). Jane Koehler, nurse, Health Services (Waterloo campus). Brittany MacDouell,

hope that by highlighting the researchers from the Laurier and on water resources, Canada’s in the summer of 2012, has 10,000th image we will also wider communities. North, and biosphere reserves in now been added to the digital encourage members of the “Every item in an archival Canada); the history of Luthercollection, which can be viewed Laurier community to delve into collection is a piece of the anism in Canada; and the history online at http://images.ouronthe collection, which taken as a puzzle: useful on its own, but of Kitchener-Waterloo. whole has an enormous amount most illuminating in context,” The Archives and Special “The Archives is a unique to tell us about the history and said Julia Hendry, archives and Collections Reading Room is resource for Laurier, with the culture of our university.” special collections librarian. “We open to the public and welcomes potential to become a research destination for scholars from all over the world,” said Gohar Ashoughian, Laurier’s university librarian. “We are excited for the future, and are looking forward to working with all of you to do great things together and help the university to achieve its goals.” Archives and Special Collections, a department of the Laurier Library, is located on the lower level of the Waterloo campus Library building. The University Archives is the repository for historic records of the university and its predecessors Waterloo Lutheran University and Waterloo College, as well as the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The materials document student life, research, teaching and learning, the physical campus, and the administration of the university. Special Collections is the library’s research collection of primary documents. The collection focuses on the The 10,000th image added to the Archives’ digital collection features a group of Laurier Ambassadors with the Sir Wilfrid Laurier statue on the Waterloo campus. Environment (with an emphasis

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transcription and assistive technologies administrator (Brantford campus).

Nic Wright, financial analyst, Academic Services (Waterloo campus).

Marcia Mills, accounts payable and account admin, Financial Resources (Waterloo campus).

Changes in staff appointments:

Scott Murie, online learning assistant, Teaching Support Services (Waterloo campus). Ursula Wolfe, program assistant (Graduate Programs), Faculty of Education (Waterloo campus).

Donna Evers, administrative assistant II, English & Film Studies (Waterloo campus). Lisa Favero, manager, career resources and operations, Co-op Education & Career Development (Waterloo campus). Jennifer Ferfolja, business process specialist, SBE (Waterloo campus). Lisa Hunt, service advisor, Service Laurier (Waterloo campus). Charlene Mak, international programs assistant, Laurier International (Waterloo campus). Linda Malcolm, custodial/ maintenance, custodial operations, Physical Resources (Waterloo campus). Dawn Matthew, residential services assistant, Residential Services (Waterloo campus). Jenna Olender, manager, writing and study skills services, Learning Services (Waterloo campus). Dorota Rams, learning and organizational development administrator, Human Resources (Waterloo campus). Jenna Taylor, academic program administrator II, Office of the Registrar (Waterloo campus).

Jason Toole, coordinator, LEAF, Brantford campus).

Stephanie Kibbee named chair of provincial safey organization Stephanie Kibbee, Laurier’s director of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management (SHERM), has been appointed chair of the Council of Environmental Health and Safety Officers — Universities of Ontario (CEHSO). Her two-year term began in January. Kibbee has been at Laurier for 11 years, and in addition to managing SHERM, she also oversees the development of administrative, regulatory, and educational programs and procedures at the university. CEHSO is an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities and its membership is comprised of post-secondary institutions in the province. In her role as chair, Kibbee hopes to keep the organization in the forefront with regulators, continue to foster relationships with other organizations, including the Minsitry of Labour, Workerplace Safety and Insurance Board and Health Canada, and ensure the university perspective is provided to the government.

Professor receives teaching award Sara Matthews, assistant professor of Global Studies, is the recipient of the 2013 Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award. The annual award honours an Arts faculty member who explicitly and creatively integrates the profession’s twin functions of scholarly research and teaching. Matthews’ research explores ways in which people deal with trauma due to war and social conflict. Her students are constantly challenged to confront and understand these disturbing human realities and to reflect deeply on their local and global learning experiences. “Her students are never alone,” said Michel Desjardins, acting dean of the Faculty of Arts. “She prepares each of her courses with a master’s hand and heart, giving students just the right amount of guidance and just the right amount of freedom for them to emerge stronger, both personally and intellectually.” “I am thrilled and humbled that my teaching and research has been honored by the Faculty of Arts, by my peers and by the students in the Department of Global Studies who never cease to inspire,” said Matthews. 5


March 2013

coffee with a co-worker

A look at staff and faculty across campus

Name: Laurie Minor Title: Administrative Assistant, Office of Aboriginal Initiatives Where you can find her: Aboriginal Student Services, 187 Albert St., Waterloo

Photo: Sandra Muir

Drink of choice: I like an extra-large coffee, black. I’ve always been a coffee drinker, but I try not to have caffeine after lunchtime, but that’s just because I really like sleeping at night.

Laurie Minor organizes a weekly craft workshop called the Creative Native on the Waterloo campus.

How long have you been at Laurier? Thirteen years in July. I started at Laurier as a floater, but the role was part-time and after 10 years as a stay-at-home mom I was looking for a full-time job. I took a full-time role at a local insurance company, but came back to Laurier six months later to work in bookings and scheduling in the Registrar’s Office. The role made sense to me and I felt really lucky. I’ve also worked in the MBA Office and in the Department of Global Studies. I’m currently on leave as assistant to the dean in the Faculty of Education for a one-year contract in the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives. What is your typical workday like? It can get really busy. For example, we have two youth camps starting here soon, so I’m booking rooms and University Stadium,

and preparing registration forms for the students. I also manage the web pages and do Facebook updates. I love it because I get to interact with the students. What is the Creative Native workshop? As part of my role, I run a craft workshop every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Aboriginal Student Services in Waterloo. We started doing them in September, and we usually get between 25 to 45 native and non-native students (staff and faculty are welcome too) every week. Sometimes they come for an hour, and sometimes they’ll come for all three. We do everything from beading to making dream catchers and jewellery. It’s my way to have some time with the students and teach them culturally appropriate ways to de-stress.

coming Events

Heard on Twitter Check out what the Laurier community has been tweeting about at Laurier also has official sites on Facebook at and YouTube at www. @WLUConStudies Thanks @daytime20 for having us on to talk about the #LaurierSummerCampFair! Doors open tomorrow at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 @BBBSWR What a great initiative :) RT @LaurierNews: Laurier hosting ASPIRE Days for Aboriginal youth #Laurier Feb. 19 @ChooseLaurierWa We’re proud of our Faculty! Laurier business professors’ awardwinning research makes headlines in The Star Feb. 19 @CTVKitchener More than 2,000 Laurier students strutted their stuff today with a Harlem Shake. kitchener.ctvnews. ca/video?clipId=8… @LaurierNews @RosieDelCampo @CTVNews Feb. 13 @CTVKitchener A @LaurierNews teaching class is learning how to identify signs of suicide in their students. kitchener.… @ MeghanFurmanCTV @CTVNews Feb. 12 @techtriangle RoW is home to World class research institutions such as @ uWaterloo, @LaurierNews & @ ConestogaC Jan. 22


Do you have any favourite bands? My favourite bands are Finger Eleven, Three Days Grace and Foo Fighters. I have a huge crush on Dave Grohl (lead singer of Foo Fighters). What do you like to do in your spare time? I craft a lot. I make moccasins and I make traditional regalia for native people like

ribbon dresses and shirts. A ribbon dress is a traditional dancer’s dress made out of cloth using ribbons in their spirit colours. Spirit colours tell you about the teachings you’re supposed to have in your life. I’ve also been a traditional dancer and drummer for 12 years. What do you like most about working at Laurier? The people. It’s a wonderful community to be a part of. You walk down any hallway and people know you. It’s a wonderful sense of belonging. And I love the fact that being a staff member at Laurier allows me to not only be able to pursue my educational interests, but also my career interests. By Sandra Muir

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Soup & Frybread Wednesdays When: Wednesdays until April 17 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Aboriginal Student House – 111 Darling St., Brantford campus Cost: Free Stop by for some delicious soup and tasty frybread. Vegan/ vegetarian options are available. Soup & Frybread Tuesdays When: Tuesdays until April 30 Noon – 2 p.m. Where: Aboriginal Student Centre – 187 Albert St., Waterloo campus Cost: Free Did you forget your lunch? Stop by for some delicious soup and tasty frybread! The BLK Barbie Project by Rose-Anne M. Bailey When: March 6 – April 13 Where: Robert Langen Art Gallery, Waterloo campus Cost: Free This photography exhibit explores the conceptual development in pop culture and in the mainstream media of the representation of beauty and body image of Black women. Bailey recreates the daily environments of Black women and superimposes a selection of haute couture fashioned “Barbie” dolls into their staged reality. Through these narratives Bailey cleverly examines the concept of actual versus perceived identities. 3 Minute Thesis Competition When: March 8

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I’m a big concert buff. And yes, I love the mosh pit. I can mosh with the best of the 20-year-olds! I was an avid EdgeFest fan when it was held at Molson Park in Barrie. And I love music festivals in general, including Kitchener’s Blues Festival, London Rocks the Park and Brantford Hockeyfest.

9 a.m. – noon Where: Paul Martin Centre, Waterloo campus Cost: Free Laurier’s first annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition will celebrate the significance and diversity of Laurier’s graduate research. Graduate students have only three minutes to explain the significance of their research to a panel of judges. Winners will receive up to $1,000 and represent Laurier at the provincial competition. Indian Residential Schools – Conquering Policy When: March 8 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Where: RCW002, Waterloo campus Cost: Free Theodore Fontaine, author of Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential School: A Memoir will speak about his experience attending residential schools in Manitoba and his healing journey as an adult. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception. MBA Information Session When: March 13 5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. Where: Ernst & Young Boardroom, Schelegel Centre (third floor), Waterloo campus. Cost: Free Are you thinking of furthering your education with a Laurier MBA? Learn about the various

program formats, admission requirements and how to apply. Pre-registration is not required but preferred. Contact Holly Patton at hpatton! for details. March Break Open House When: March 13 (Brantford), March 15 (Waterloo) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Brantford and Waterloo campuses Cost: Free Learn about what Laurier has to offer prospective students with academic information booths and sessions, campus tours and more. Stress Less Fun Fair When: March 20 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Research and Academic Centre West Lobby, Brantford campus Cost: Free Counselling Services at Laurier Brantford’s bi-annual fair shines a light on the impacts of stress on student life and how to go about coping with and managing stress. Sample treats, meet therapy dogs, get a relaxing massage and understand that life’s simple pleasures are what can help you relax and better manage stress. Music at Noon When: March 21 Noon – 1 p.m. Where: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Waterloo campus Cost: Free

Bring your lunch and enjoy the music of Leopoldo Erice on piano. The Terror Bombing of Germany: A Legitimate Target or War Crime? When: March 27 Noon – 1 p.m. Where: Kitchener Public Library, Forest Heights Branch, Waterloo Cost: Free Professor Mike Bechthold from Laurier’s Department of History will lead this lecture, part of a series at the library focusing on current affairs and topics of political and social science, history and the arts. Promoting Youth Leadership Through Sport, featuring Dan Gould When: April 3 Where: Senate and Board Chamber, Waterloo campus 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Cost: Free Dan Gould is a professor in applied sport psychology at Michigan State University and the director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports. He is among the most well-known researchers and practitioners of sport psychology in the world. His talk will focus on the development and promotion of leadership within youth sports.

march 2013 Inside research file

Does showing anger help in negotiations? Ivona Hideg’s research shows that only genuine emotions can give you a leg up

If you’re going to make someone an offer they can’t refuse, you don’t need to be the Godfather – but you do need to show genuine anger. A study recently published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology titled “The consequences of faking anger in negotiations” suggests that faking anger in a negotiation can backfire. The study was co-authored by Ivona Hideg, an assistant professor in Laurier’s School of Business & Economics. “There are a lot of studies that suggest in order to be successful in negotiations you should be tough,” says Hideg. “But if you actually don’t feel genuine anger, people can see through the act and will react in the opposite way.” To test this theory, Hideg and researchers Stéphane Côté from the University of Toronto and Gerben Van Kleef from the University of Amsterdam conducted experiments with undergraduate students and Ivona Hideg’s research shows that displaying fake emotion during negotiations can backfire, but showing real anger can actually be helpful. actors trained in displaying emotions. negatively,” says Hideg. One of her new areas of Growing up in the former students could tell when the actor Students were asked to Outside of her research pursuits, research involves investigating Yugoslavia (now Croatia), she took was displaying fake anger, they negotiate the price of a car with she teaches an undergraduate cultural differences in reacting psychology and sociology courses could not say exactly why. The an actor as the salesperson. The course at Laurier called Introto fake and real anger. Most of in high school. When the civil war answer is in the way the face actors were asked to either duction to Human Resources the studies she has read so far broke out in the early 1990s, it moves. display no emotion, obviously Management. Hideg likes to bring suggest that people with dialecfurther solidified her interest in The videos of the actors were fake anger or genuine anger. Two her research into the classroom, tical reasoning – which is more the psychology of behaviour. carefully coded, and researchers experiments — one dealing with and will organize mock interviews dominant in Asian cultures – are But it wasn’t until she came to found that when people fake face-to-face negotiations and and selections where students more accepting of contradictory Canada in 1999 that she decided emotions, the muscles in the face the other with video-mediated have to negotiate a job offer. emotions. For example, you to study the impact of emotions don’t move asymmetrically. One negotiations — demonstrated “I always find that my students might realize someone is faking in the workplace. She remembers that “surface acting” or inauthentic eyebrow may move more than the are shocked to learn you can anger (compared to showing no negotiate a job offer,” says Hideg. emotion) made students demand “They always think they have a better deal due to reduced trust. nothing to leverage, but I tell In addition, students displayed a them of course they do, or else lower desire for future interactions. they wouldn’t be where they are.” On the other hand, “deep acting” Hideg likes that her research or more genuine anger decreased has practical implications in the students’ demands (compared to business community, as well as an emotion, but you don’t react going into a store and wondering other, or only one side of the jaw showing no emotion) because the day-to-day life. negatively and assume it might why the salespeople were smiling may clench. actors were perceived as being “You buy a car, you buy a house, just be a one-time event. at her and being so nice. “It’s very subtle, but these are more tough, which is consistent you negotiate with your spouse However, people with low “I just started backing away and the clues that people pick up on,” with prior research on the effects where you’re going to go on says Hideg. “But the bottom line is thought something must be fishy,” dialectical thinking — usually of showing anger in negotiations. vacation, or perhaps you have found in Western Europe, Canada says Hideg. “But then I realized that when asked about the actor’s “Our study shows you may children and need to debate what and the U.S. — assume that if there is actually a very strong display of emotions, students gain something if your anger is they are going to eat for dinner — someone is faking an emotion, service culture here, as opposed could still label it as fake or not.” genuine,” says Hideg. “However, we actually engage in negotiations they must be a bad person. to Europe where they just ask you Hideg, an expert in organiyour strategy is going to backfire a lot in our everyday lives. And “They make internal attribuwhat you want. And emotions are zational behavior and human if you’re being fake and you’re not there are always some emotions tions that kind of discount the a part of many jobs in Canada and resources, has long been intershowing genuine emotion.” involved.” whole situation and they react the United States.” ested in emotion and behaviour. While the undergraduate

“ Our study shows you may gain

something if your anger is genuine.”

Laurier researchers’ paper on stock tipping wins award William McNally, Andriy Shkilko and Brian Smith of Laurier’s School of Business & Economics have won the Toronto CFA Society and Hillsdale Canadian 2012 Canadian Investment Research Award for their paper “Do Brokers of Insiders Tip Other Clients?” It was selected by a panel of judges from among nine submissions, and won the top $10,000 award. “One would like to believe there is no grey in the application of regula-

tions governing insider trading in Canada,” said Chris Guthrie, CFA, President and CEO, Hillsdale Investment Management. “This paper raises important questions about the obligations of all fiduciaries as well as about the ever changing role of technology in the distribution of insider information.” The Laurier researchers used a unique subset of TSX data obtained with the permission of the Investment Industry Regulatory

Organization of Canada. Insiders are required to disclose their status to their brokers who, in turn, are required to flag insider orders on the TSX trading system. The unique TSX dataset has orders and trades for the period from October 2004 to December 2006 with the insider flag. Since the data also includes a broker ID for each order, Laurier researchers were able to track broker activity around insider trades.

“Brokers of insiders have a bigger market share after an insider trade,” said McNally. “They handle more agency trades in the same direction as the insider compared to the average for the other (active) brokers. In addition, their market share of principal account trading also increases after the insider trade. This is the pattern that you would expect to see if the brokers of insiders tip their other clients about the

insider trade. “We are concerned about these results, because it suggests that there might be an unfair playing field. Some traders are receiving valuable information before the rest of the market. This lack of fairness may lead to a reduction in liquidity, which is bad for the entire market.” To read the researchers’ key findings and learn more, visit 7

Photo: Sandra Muir

By Sandra Muir


March 2013

in the classroom

Helping students make connections Instructor: Diane Gregory Class: HE211 – Human Physiology

Diane Gregory, an assistant professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, understands that students learn in different ways. Accordingly, she engages her students by using different methods and approaches to her teaching. “There is a strong lecture component in this course, but I try to change my teaching style by interjecting with drawings of important figures and pathways on the board, and by showing useful and relevant videos in class,” she says. Each class is often packed with facts and figures, but Gregory hopes students understand the bigger picture. “In human physiology, it is exceptionally important to be able to link together different systems and processes that happen in our body, because everything is connected in some fashion. Expanding on that idea, with each class, I aim to link a major concept from that class to other concepts in previous classes to help students make these connections.” By Mallory O’Brien

Photo: Mallory O’Brien

Description: An introduction to human physiology and the concept of homeostasis, defined as the ability of the human body to maintain a relatively constant internal environment.

Assistant Professor Diane Gregory understands that students learn in different ways and tailors her classes accordingly.

Photo: Sandra Muir

Laurier students do the ‘Harlem Shake’

A CTV cameraman catches the action as about 1,000 students on the Waterloo campus film a ‘Harlem Shake’ video Feb. 13, the newest brand of viral video to hit the Internet. The video formula begins with


one person enjoying the music Harlem Shake by Baauer and cuts to a crowd doing the dance moves. More than 4,000 videos are posted to YouTube each day. The Brantford campus, inset, also got in on the action.

March 2013 InsideLaurier  

The March 2013 edition of the InsideLaurier newspaper.

March 2013 InsideLaurier  

The March 2013 edition of the InsideLaurier newspaper.