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Award-winning author Jospeh Boyden will visit the Brantford campus.

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Laurier’s year-long centennial celebration wraps up with a weekend of gala events.


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New Laurier statue already a campus favourite

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Artist Marlene Hilton Moore sits next to the youthful Sir Wilfrid Laurier statue she created to commemorate the university’s centennial.

Heavyweights on hand at fall convocation Lee-Chin installed as chancellor, boxer Lennox Lewis honoured role from former chancellor John Pollock. In his address, Lee-Chin, one of Canada’s foremost entrepreneurs, investors and philanthropists, encouraged graduands to identify their cause and to aim high in hope and in work. “Ships are safest in harbours, but they are not meant to be there. They have to sail long and hard and face many stormy seas to reach the comfort of their desired destination,” he said. “I challenge you today, at a pivotal point in your lives, that you enter tomorrow being prepared.” Lennox Lewis, former world heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist for Canada received Lennox Lewis, left, receives an honorary degree from Laurier President Max Blouw as Michael Lee-Chin looks on. an honorary

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Laurier graduated approximately 1,120 students from its Waterloo and Brantford campuses at the university’s largest fall convocation in history on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. During the morning ceremony, School of Business and Economics students witnessed the installation of Laurier’s eighth chancellor, Michael Lee-Chin, who took over the

doctor of laws degree during the afternoon ceremony for the Faculties of Arts, Music, Science, Social Work, Education; the School of International Policy and Governance; the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Laurier Brantford. “Sacrifice, hard work, winning attitude and knowledge are the key to achieving life’s purpose,” said Lewis. Joanna Burzynski, a Contemporary Studies and Health Studies graduate, received the Alumni Gold Medal for the Brantford campus and the honour of being Laurier Brantford’s 2,000th graduate, only two years after its 1,000th graduate. Biologist Lucy Lee received Laurier’s University Research Professor award, and Tammy Rowe and Emily MacDonald were recognized with the Teaching Assistant Awards of Excellence.

young man seated on a granite whose belief in conciliation and bench, has attracted lots of inclusivity overcame the political, attention since it was unveiled geographic and cultural divisions Oct. 18 before a delighted crowd of his day to unite a promising of more than 150 people on the young country. Waterloo campus. “He was a nation builder, with Commissioned by the values and ambitions that we university to commemorate its admire and that we celebrate centennial, the statue was created as a university,” Blouw said. “I by renowned artist Marlene am delighted that Laurier is Hilton Moore. It is situated next here at home with us now. His to the amphitheatre and along presence among us will remind the walkway leading between us to protect our high ideals, to Mid-Campus Drive and the Fred reconcile differences in pursuit | | COMMUNITY CAMPUS CONNECTIONS Nichols Campus Centre. of a higher mission and vision, At the unveiling, Hilton Moore to nurture our ambition, and to told the crowd that a youthful Sir maintain our light and energetic Wilfrid seemed most appropriate hearts.” given the many students who Laurier has launched a populate a university campus. fundraising campaign for the statue. To date, more “I wanted him to be young, than $30,000 has been raised, when he had a tremendous vision including a significant donation and passion of where he might from Laurier’s Alumni Associbe going,” she said. Sir Wilfrid Laurier was Canada’s ation. A donor wall commemorating the names of everyone seventh prime minister and one of who donated $100 or more will the most respected politicians to be installed near the statue at hold that office, serving from July the end of the year. Donations 11, 1896 to Oct. 6, 1911. will be accepted until Dec. 31, In his remarks, Laurier 2011. For more information, visit President Max Blouw praised Sir Wilfrid as a man of passion

Laurier unveils new visual identity The results of Laurier’s visual identity review were unveiled at two special events in October and will be phased into use starting in January 2012. The visual identity review, which included extensive input from alumni, students, staff and faculty, resulted in: • subtle refinements to the university’s official round seal, which was originally developed in 1989 • an evolved LAURIER mark, which combines an updated LAURIER wordmark, a maple leaf in three different colour options, and the tagline “Inspiring Lives.” The university colours — purple and gold — remain the same, and red is being retained as the third official colour. As well, the Golden Hawk logo — an icon for genera-

tions of Laurier students and alumni — was not part of the visual identity review and thus remains the same. The results of the visual identity review were unveiled to Laurier’s internal audiences on Oct. 21 at events on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses that were held simultaneously, thanks to digital projection technology. The new look was unveiled to external audiences at the concluding centennial gala on Oct. 29. “A visual identity is vital to how an organization sees itself and how it is seen by others,” Laurier President Max Blouw said at the Oct. 21 event. “I am very excited by the work that has been done. I believe it is a truly authentic reflection of Laurier.” VISUAL IDENTITY see page 2


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students. He is also passionate The past year has been an about the importance of develextraordinary success for oping a global perspective and the Laurier community. A the need for individuals and centennial is a significant organizations to give back to milestone for any organisociety. zation, and Laurier marked its Indeed, his passion in these 100th anniversary with style, areas aligns extremely well exuberance and what I would with a number of Laurier’s describe as a reinvigorated institutional values and goals, confidence and sense of self. including “community focus It was a year of celebration, and global engagement” and reflection and community our related desire to challenge building. It was also a year “people to become engaged and in which the university aware citizens of an increasembraced its heritage, took ingly complex world.” stock of its present, and laid As Laurier moves into its the groundwork for a new and second century, these twin exciting century. concepts — community focus It was certainly a busy year. and global engagement — will The impressive array of events become increasingly important and developments that took elements of who we are as a place in the past month alone university community. Not are too numerous to list here only are we reaching out to individually. However, I would expand our links internalike to comment on two. tionally through such initiaThe university installed tives as our China office, we a new chancellor, Michael Lee-Chin, at its fall convocation. are increasing our capacity at home to connect with students Like his predecessor John and academic partners around Pollock, Michael Lee-Chin has a keen interest in education and the world through leading-

edge projects such as the new Global Innovation Exchange building. Other areas that will define Laurier in the future include a strategic effort to develop research capacity and maintain teaching excellence; improvements in the way we manage our multi-campus reality; and an ongoing focus on delivering a truly integrated and engaged learning experience for our students. The other event from the past month that I would like to touch on is the unveiling of the university’s newly evolved visual identity. A visual identity is vital to how an organization sees itself and how it is seen by others. The design that was unveiled in October was developed after numerous input sessions involving faculty, alumni, staff and students. It was also informed by the consultative research conducted during the Envisioning Laurier initiative. Consequently, I believe it is an

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A centennial year of reflection and reinvigoration

Laurier President Max Blouw celebrates fall convocation with honorary-award recipient Lennox Lewis, middle, and new Chancellor Michael Lee-Chin, right.

Dr. Max Blouw, President and Vice-Chancellor

look forward to seeing the new identity on Laurier materials beginning in early 2012. A

visual identity standards manual will be available early in the new year on Laurier’s website, and Laurier’s Department of Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing will make presentations to university groups to explain the guidelines. To view the new visual identity, and for more information about it, visit the website at


Planning for the visual identity review began more than a year ago and was intended to coincide with Laurier’s centennial and the start of the university’s second century. The full process, however, began even earlier when Blouw launched the Envisioning Laurier initiative in 2007. The Envisioning Laurier consultations led to the development of the university’s new statement of values, mission and guiding principles, as well as an institutional proposition (IP): inspiring lives of leadership and purpose. “The foundation was laid with the Envisioning Laurier exercise and the development of the IP,” said Jacqui Tam, assistant vice-president of Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs. “The institution had a clear mission

and vision, a strong narrative, and we needed to ensure the way we visually present the university was in alignment.” Through an official request for proposals (RFP), the university hired renowned design firm Scott Thornley + Company to conduct the review. STC consulted widely with alumni, students, faculty and staff prior to developing design recommendations. There were face-to-face input sessions with specific Laurier groups; face-to-face input sessions open to anyone in the Laurier community; and opportunities to leave comments on

Laurier’s website and social media sites. After developing a draft design, STC invited those who participated in the initial input sessions to reconvene and comment on the proposed new look. “The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Tam. “The new visual identity package is very much an evolution, as opposed to a radical departure. It’s an important move forward, but it’s rooted firmly in the past. It’s also bold, proud, joyful and full of spirit.” The Laurier community can

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a legacy for those who will follow us in the years ahead.

authentic visual representation of this university and will serve us well as we embark on a new and exciting century. Finally, I would like to thank each and every one of you for making our centennial year such an extraordinary success. By participating so enthusiastically you strengthened our community and created

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Centennial celebrations end on high note Author Joseph Boyden to visit Brantford campus educational entity, the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, remains an enormously valued partner in our current work and in our future, and our celebrations this year have commemorated our rich and constantly evolving past.” On Friday, Oct. 28, Archibald performed opera excerpts with Laurier alumnus and tenor Adam Luther, the WLU Choir, the WLU Orchestra and Laurier Opera students at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. On Sunday, Oct. 30, she performed in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall with the WLU Orchestra, presenting Strauss’ Four Last Songs and other orchestral repertoire for an event titled “Sunday in the Hall with Jane.” “Jane has a major international career and has sung leading roles in the outstanding opera houses of the world,” said

Photo: Sandra Muir

Wilfrid Laurier University capped off its 100th anniversary celebrations with four events the weekend of Oct. 28-30: two concerts featuring alumna and soprano Jane Archibald, a one-ofa-kind “Ahead by a Century” centennial gala and a video featuring highlights from the centennial year. The Ahead by a Century event was a unique celebration of Laurier’s 100-year history. The energetic evening for alumni and community members took place Saturday, Oct. 29 at Bingemans Ballroom in Kitchener. Sir Wilfrid Laurier made a special appearance and ushered guests through decades of Laurier’s history. “Tonight we are celebrating the 100th birthday of the antecedent to the antecedent to the antecedent of Wilfrid Laurier University,” Laurier President Max Blouw said at the event. “Today our founding

Glen Carruthers, dean of the Faculty of Music. “I’m very grateful that she made room in her hectic touring schedule for two very special performances. It was invaluable for our students to work alongside her while preparing terrific and challenging programs.” The eventful weekend capped a year of celebration. Since Laurier’s centennial launch on Oct. 18, 2010, dozens of special events, performances, lectures, conferences, contests and parties paid homage to the university’s long and rich history. Laurier’s centennial celebrations also engaged the broader community. The Kitchener Horticultural Society created a version of Laurier’s crest with plants in Rockway Gardens, Tim Hortons created a centennial donut, and community members got involved in many centennial initiatives, including monthly contests and the 100 Words Drabble Contest. On Sunday, Oct. 30, the official anniversary date of Laurier’s centennial, a video highlighting the numerous special events that happened during Laurier’s centennial year was released on the university’s YouTube channel. Relive Laurier’s special year by visiting to watch the video.

Adam Luther and Jane Archibald perform with the WLU Choir and WLU Orchestra.


Laurier moves up to ‘comprehensive’ status in Maclean’s annual university rankings For the first time in the 20-plusyear history of the publication, Wilfrid Laurier University is included in the comprehensive category of the annual Maclean’s University Rankings. Maclean’s moved three universities from primarily undergraduate to comprehensive — Laurier, Ryerson University and Brock University. Laurier placed 7th out of 15 in the reputation category, and 11th in the overall ranking. In the national reputational rankings of all 49 universities, Laurier is in the top half for best overall, highest quality and most innovative. Other highlights of Laurier’s first comprehensive ranking include: 4th in medical/science research grants, 5th in awards per full-time faculty, and 5th in student services as percentage of budget. “We’ve been moved onto an entirely new and exciting playing field this year,” said Deborah MacLatchy, vicepresident: academic and provost. “The move acknowledges the growth in both our undergraduate and graduate student populations, as well as our increasing research profile and strong professional programs. It also more accurately reflects the direction the university is

Celebrated author Joseph Boyden will visit Laurier’s Brantford campus Nov. 17 and 18 to give a public lecture, discuss his work, and talk to students and faculty about writing. Boyden is an award-winning novelist whose work to date has been influenced by his Métis heritage. His first novel, Three Day Road, won the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award, the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2006, and was a nominee for the 2005 Governor General’s Awards. His second novel, Through Black Spruce, won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Boyden also wrote the non-fiction Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont, a dual biography published as part of the Extraordinary Canadians series. Boyden’s visit to Brantford includes a public reading on Nov. 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Brantford Public Library; a public lecture Nov. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 002 of Laurier Brantford’s Research and Academic Centre West; and a public

reading Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Grand River Room of the Six Nations Polytechnic, located in the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, southeast of Brantford. Boyden will also be meeting with Laurier Brantford students and faculty during his two-day visit. Boyden is scheduled to visit Laurier’s Waterloo campus in early 2012. Both visits are sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President: Academic and Provost, with the assistance of Laurier’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives.

Joseph Boyden

What’s new and notable at Laurier

heading as we enter our second century.”

True North Brass arrives at Laurier as distinguished guest ensemble Laurier’s Faculty of Music welcomes the True North Brass chamber ensemble as Laurier’s distinguished guest ensemble for 2011-2012. Known internationally, the performers and pedagogues will be in residence at Laurier for master classes and workshops on Nov. 4 and 5, 2011 and March 2 and 3, 2012. True North Brass burst onto the scene in 1997, and has since solidified its reputation as one of the world’s finest brass ensembles. Its membership includes two outstanding composer/arrangers who create the ensemble’s fresh and unique programming. The ensemble has performed in Canada, China and throughout North America. It has released four critically-acclaimed recordings, has been featured on CBC Television’s Opening Night program and is heard frequently on public and private radio. True North Brass also accompanied former prime minister Jean Chrétien’s 1998 trade mission to China, performing recitals in Beijing and Wuhan, and directing master classes at the Beijing Conservatory.

WLU Press launches Laurier retirees’ book A book of stories about what it

was like to work at Laurier back in the day was launched at an event held Oct. 13 in the Paul Martin Centre. I Remember Laurier: Reflections by Retirees on Life at WLU contains 37 stories of “the little university that could,” told by staff and faculty members who made Laurier’s success possible. A photo album at the back of the book contains vintage prints of the authors and of many others mentioned in the book. The book was edited by Harold Remus (professor emeritus and former executive officer of the Council on the Study of Religion), Boyd McDonald (pianist and composer, Faculty of Music), and Rose Blackmore (Faculty of Social Work), and was published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press with support from the centennial steering committee.

Laurier professor pays tribute to Dr. Seuss in new spider’s name Laurier Professor Tristan Long has won a contest to name a new species of jumping spider. The winning species name is “Lorax,” after the Doctor Seuss character. The spider’s full name (genus and species) is Lapsias Lorax. The spider has yellow markings on its face that resemble the Lorax’s bushy yellow mustache. Wayne Maddison, director of the University of British Columbia’s

The Lapsias Lorax, left, has markings that resemble the Lorax’s yellow mustache.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the contest’s organizer, discovered the spider in Ecuador in 2010. It is the only known species of its kind. In an interview with The Record, Long said it’s an

honour to have a name in the hierarchy of species, the classification system devised by Carl Linnaeus in the 18th century. “To be a little part of such a long and distinguished history is quite amazing,” he said.

Our Community, Our Laurier campaign update Our Community, Our Laurier is Laurier’s annual internal community fundraising campaign, which encourages Laurier staff, faculty, retirees and members of the Board of Governors to donate to the university. Donors have the ability to specify which area of campus they are most passionate about supporting. This can be done through automatic payroll deductions or a variety of other methods. More information about the campaign can be found at



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Paul Davidson, president of the AUCC, speaks at the RE-imagine conference.

In his keynote address, the AUCC’s Paul Davidson discussed a range of issues, but his primary focus was on Canadian universities in the global context. Davidson urged the audience to consider the dramatic investments in education in countries such as China, India and Brazil. Canada, and the AUCC itself, has reached out to establish stronger links with these fastgrowing countries, but more needs to be done, Davidson said. “In the area of international investments in research, Canada needs to be much more intentional in pursuing emerging economies,” he noted. The Univeristy of Southern California’s Bill Tierney delivered a keynote address in the afternoon that looked at the impact of some of the key forces that are currently changing the traditional model of university education. Tierney noted that changes in technology, changes in student desires and expectations, and a dramatic change in the public’s willingness to financially

support higher education has had a profound impact on the environment in the United States. He noted technology as one positive force. “We need to realize that the wonderful kind of teaching experience that I got in class is going to change, and it’s not a terrible thing,” he said. The day’s panel discussions often addressed the forces driving change, such as the huge increases in student numbers, funding challenges, the dramatic impact of communications technology, and the pressure to deliver jobs-focused curricula. But in his closing remarks, President Blouw struck an optimistic note, concluding that in Canada there is a remarkable similarity and consistency in the expectations that our students, governments and public have for higher education. “It occurs to me that this homogeneity of expectations enables us to maintain a very high quality and affordable university system,” he said. “ I am quite buoyed up by that. There is real reason for optimism.”

Laurier takes a Lucid look at energy consumption Online dashboard monitors statistics building by building By Sandra Muir Laurier’s colours may be purple and gold, but the university is about to get a lot greener as it initiates one of the most comprehensive energy management projects among post-secondary institutions in North America, made possible in large part by a $150,000 investment from the President’s Innovation Seed Fund (PISF). As part of this project, Laurier will capture data on electricity, natural gas and water usage by submetering 40 buildings at its Waterloo and Brantford campuses, and its Kitchener location. All of the information captured by the submeters will flow into a software system by Lucid Design, which will show a public, real-time dashboard view of energy consumption in each building at “Our goal was to implement a system that would capture energy data to help us identify conservation initiatives, engage the university community 4

and promote sustainability awareness,” said Ray Robichaud, director of business and facilities operations for Laurier’s Physical Resources Department. It is only the second time a Canadian university has implemented the Lucid energy dashboard to capture and communicate energy data. Laurier will also have one of the most comprehensive energy capture programs using the Lucid software among many North American universities in terms of the number of submetered buildings and the types of energy consumption being captured by the software. Typically, universities only capture electricity use. Robichaud said the project was made possible due to the PISF investment — the largest since the fund was established in 2009. “This grant is an important investment in energy conservation and ensures a stronger and more sustainable future for Laurier,” said Steve Farlow, chair of the fund’s implementation committee. “This project

also exemplifies the guiding principles of the fund, especially showcasing the culture of innovation at Laurier.” Claire Bennett, Laurier’s sustainability coordinator, will administer the energy dashboard as well as an awareness campaign through a new Sustainability Reps residence program. She plans to host competitions between residences starting this fall. “The Lucid software is a conservation awareness tool that can be used to help change behaviour,” said Bennett. “These competitions will institutionalize energy management within the student experience.” About 30 buildings on Laurier’s Waterloo campus have already been submetered, with the goal of completing 40 buildings, including several sites at the Brantford campus and Kitchener location, by next summer. In terms of energy information, the dashboard is currently capturing electricity use, and will also capture water use and natural gas use by December.

Photo: Mallory O’Brien

University leaders, professors, administrators, students and others met to discuss the future of universities at an international conference entitled RE-imagine, which was hosted Oct. 20 on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. The full-day event featured panel discussions as well as keynote addresses by Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and Professor Bill Tierney, director of the Centre for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California. “In the last 15 years, universities have experienced enormous changes as we’ve moved from an elite system to a near-universal system,” said Laurier President Max Blouw in his introductory remarks. “Is the traditional model an unsustainable model, and if so what do we replace it with?” The event’s three panel discussions approached these questions from different angles. A panel led by Blouw looked at potential changes to the current model of university systems, including the role of private institutions and the possibility of differentiating between teaching and research universities. A second panel, led by Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier’s vice-president: academic and provost, explored the sometimes uneasy relationship between universities’ teaching and research priorities. The day’s final panel, led by Laurier Brantford Dean Bruce Arai, explored how student expectations have changed and addressed new ways in which universities are working to improve the overall student experience.

Photo: Sandra Muir

Conference explores future of universities A tasty tribute to Laurier

Mmmmm...centennial sprinkles. Colourful custom donuts arrived at Laurier Tim Hortons locations in October, featuring the Laurier 100 logo and a custard filling. A football-shaped donut in honour of the Golden Hawks is also available.

What are you reading


Name: Shereen Rowe Job Title: University Secretary & General Counsel Book Title: Solar Author: Ian McEwan

What are you are reading What you listening to?


Solar is a satirical novel broadly about climate change and the business of global warming, but it really explores the foibles of a smart and arrogant man who proceeds to do some very dumb things. Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist who is resting on the laurels of an award many years in his past. As his personal life unravels, Beard moves through a series of blunders, both personal and professional, to often very funny ends. Ian McEwan is one of my favourite authors and Solar has the wonderfully crisp language that I expect, as well as some laugh-out-loud scenes that I loved.

What are you What are listening to? you eating? Name: Kandice Baptiste Job Title: Aboriginal Students Recruitment and Retention Officer Album: 21 Artist: Adele

What are you eating?

I’m listening to Adele, mainly her newest album 21. My personal favourites are: “Someone Like You,” “Turning Tables” and “Set Fire To The Rain.” If you appreciate a voice that is so naturally beautiful it gives you goosebumps, then you will appreciate Adele. This British singer’s lyrics strongly connect with her audience, making her songs even more powerful.

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people at Laurier

New Appointments Yumna Al-Adeimi, associate coordinator, MSW Internship Practicum (Waterloo). Amanda McGowan, co-ordinator, student leadership, Student Leadership Centre (Waterloo). Christina Neufeld, residential services assistant, Residential Services (Waterloo). Lauren Price, invigilation assistant, Accessible Learning Centre (Waterloo). Amanda Taylor, co-recreational programs, aquatics, clubs, camp, Athletics & Recreation (Waterloo). Laura Davey, Congress 2012 project assistant, Student Services (Waterloo).

Leadership and Purpose: A History of Wilfrid Laurier University, written by historian Andrew Thomson in celebration of the university’s centennial, was launched Oct. 21 at a “Turning the Page” event. The ceremony was held simultaneously at Laurier’s Brantford and Waterloo campuses, via digital projection and transmission technology, the first event of this kind at the university. “I wanted the book to be a positive and warm story of a place that I love,” said Thomson in his opening remarks at the launch, before reading a selection from the book. “I’m very fond of WLU, and I’m very proud and flattered to be part of the centennial.” The 180-page book covers such events as the early decision by the Seminary to offer a BA program, the break away of several faculties from the university to form the University of Waterloo, and the decision to become a public institution and adopt the name Wilfrid Laurier University in 1973. It features dozens of historical photographs

For a complete list of appointments visit

Development & Alumni Relations (Waterloo).

Patricia Rogers, assistant vice-president, Teaching & Learning (Waterloo). Maggie Allan, recruitment and admissions coordinator, Faculty of Education (Waterloo).

Kim Neutens, manager, special projects and administration, Office of the Vice-President, Academic (Waterloo).

Jason Tackaberry, academic advisor (Brantford). Carol Jankowski, acting manager, communications,

campus decoder

Andrew Thomson reads at the centennial book launch.

material is so rich and accessible. “Laurier’s story is often a story of survival. It’s a story of struggling against all sorts of challenges, struggling to keep the doors open, struggling to continue to grow, struggling to maintain the success that they’d had,” Thomson said. “It’s a story of challenge, and in the end of triumph over challenge.” Leadership and Purpose: A History of Wilfrid Laurier University, by Andrew Thomson, is available for sale at Laurier bookstores and on the WLU Press website www.wlupress. The price is $29.95.

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Tracey Watson, counsellor I, Counselling Services (Waterloo). Michael Welk, acting manager, facilities operations, Physical Resources (Waterloo).

Emily MacDonald, lab technician A and B, Science (Waterloo).

Richard Brown, information specialist – data entry, Office of the Registrar. (Waterloo).

Lynsay Wellhauser, supervisor, Techshop/Printing Services (Brantford).

Stephanie Giddings, development assistant, University Development (Waterloo).

Christopher Hewitt, Manager, ICT Support (Brantford). Joseph Meissner, lab coordinator (biochemistry), Chemistry (Waterloo).

Johanna Romero, coordinator: space administration, Physical Resources (Waterloo).

Adriana Papp, payroll administrator, Human Resources (Waterloo).


: I’ve seen the photo of the Seminary opening in several different places during the centennial this year. Where was this original seminary building and what’s there now?


Changes in staff appointments

Breanna Flynn, financial/retail operations assistant, Bookstore (Waterloo). Nicole Gerry, course materials sales associate, Bookstore (Waterloo). Christine Nichols, nurse, Health Services (Waterloo). Rachel Dann, administrative assistant, Research Services (Waterloo).

and sidebars on interesting and important figures from the university’s past. “You’ve brought to life a great many of the stories of the place,” said Laurier President Max Blouw at the event, noting his enjoyment of a colourful passage on the student tradition of climbing around on the roof of old Willison Hall. “Those stories will stay with us all.” Thomson, who started work on the project in June, 2010, did extensive research in the Laurier archives, conducted interviews with key university figures past and present, and relied on personal knowledge of the university as a Laurier grad. He first came to Laurier in 1976, completing BA and MA degrees in history before going on to complete a PhD at the University of Waterloo. Thomson has taught at Laurier’s Waterloo and Brantford campuses, and at Laurier Toronto over the years. Now that the book has been launched, he will be speaking about it at on- and off-campus events. He says he’s looking forward to that part because “I love talking” and because the

Ben Waite, food services associate, Food Services (Waterloo).

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Heather Gemmill, alumni relations officer, Alumni Relations (Waterloo).

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and she will part of Laurier’s Biology department. Her research involves quantifying tree species’ and forested ecosystems’ responses to climate change and human population pressures with the ultimate aim of improved forestry management and conservation. Baltzer has also been awarded $117,349 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation for infrastructure that will be used for the comparative analysis of boreal forest dynamics and water use. Gill comes to Laurier from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He will be part of Laurier’s School of Business & Economics. Gill is investigating why we are resistant to innovative products that disrupt ordinary category stereotypes. For example, is a Smartphone a phone or a camera or a game console or a computer? Understanding the different psychological barriers to the adoption of such new products will help marketing managers with the strategies they use to communicate with consumers. Gill has also been awarded $36,466 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation to establish a consumer research lab.

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Jennifer Ferfolja, admin assistant, SBE (Waterloo).

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University announces four new Canada Research Chairs As part of the federal government’s recent Canada Research Chair appointments, Laurier is pleased to welcome three new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) and the re-appointment of a fourth. Laurier is now home to nine Canada Research Chairs. Laurier’s new CRCs are: • Canada Research Chair in International Migration (tier 2), Alison Mountz • Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change (tier 2), Jennifer Baltzer • Canada Research Chair in Market Insight and Innovation (tier 2), Tripat Gill • Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Modeling (tier 1), Roderick Melnik, has had his CRC appointment renewed Mountz comes to Laurier from Syracuse University. She will be a part of Laurier’s Geography and Environmental Studies department. She is an expert in human geography, specifically in the area of refugees and asylum seekers, along with a focus on the role of international bodies, states and non-state actors in the management of migration and refugee processes. Baltzer comes to Laurier from Mount Allison University


The Sir Wilfrid Laurier statue gets bundled up for the colder weather.

: Laurier traces its roots to October 30, 1911 when a group of about 1,500 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo. This photograph, taken on that day a century ago, has been a popular image during the centennial. The original Seminary building was purchased to add to an initial five acres of land along Albert Street, which was donated by the Board of Trade of Waterloo on behalf of its citizens. The Devitt House, as it was called by locals, stood slightly further in from the road in roughly the same spot where the Seminary building is today, at

the corner of Albert Street and Bricker Avenue. Until the construction of “Old Main” in 1915 (later named Willison Hall), this was the only building on campus. In 1952, the house was renovated for use as the first permanent women’s residence and renamed Conrad Hall in honour of Clara Conrad, long-time president of the Women’s Auxiliary. More than 50 years after it was acquired, Conrad Hall was torn down to make room for a new Seminary. That building, constructed in 1963, still stands today amidst the many administrative and academic buildings that now make up Laurier’s bustling Waterloo campus. In 1911, the Seminary was on the outskirts of town, bordered by farmland. Today, that same land is in the middle of the action, nestled in the heart of the city. 5


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coffee with a co-worker Name: Melanie Will Title: Manager, Learning and Organizational Development Where you can find her: 255 King St., 3rd floor

Photo: Sandra Muir

Drink of choice: I drink a lot of water. I don’t like coffee or tea, so I try to drink about a litre of water every day. How long have you been at Laurier: I’ve been at Laurier for just over 10 years. Melanie Will lived on a sailboat with her family for five months between high school and university.

Can you tell us a little about your background?

What is a typical workday like for you?

A lot of people assume I started out at Laurier as a student, but I actually started here as a Residence Life Area Coordinator (RLAC). I applied for the role shortly after graduating from teacher’s college. At first I thought I would just be here for a year and then pursue teaching, but I loved working at Laurier and never looked back. I was an RLAC for three years. When the Student Leadership Centre was created in 2004 I was hired to run it. Three years later I moved into my current role.

There isn’t really a typical day. I spend a lot of time meeting with different employees and managers to discuss their needs and how we can provide training or learning opportunities. This can include everything from designing group problemsolving sessions to administering personality dimension assessments for a team. What do you like to do in your spare time?

also completing my Master of Education in post-secondary studies. It’s extremely relevant and helpful. I completed most of it before the boys were born, so now I have the last four courses left. I’m aiming to complete them by April 2012. People always tell me they think I’m crazy trying to do this with two kids, but I’m pretty laid back. When I do have an hour to myself, I like to make my own cards. And of course, we love to spend as much time as possible with family and friends.

I have twin boys who are two (James and Allan), so I don’t have a lot of spare time. I’m

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

coming Events

Heard on Twitter Check out what the Laurier community has been tweeting about at Laurier also has official sites on Facebook at www.facebook. com/LaurierNow and YouTube at

@rob_donelson: Wilfrid Laurier is now home. Statue unveiled today on campus. Beautiful! Oct. 18, 2011 @LaurierNews So glad you like the new donut! Great photo RT @realseanny: Tim Hortons + Laurier = Amazing #Laurier100 Oct. 17, 2011 @wrdsb Director of Education, Linda Fabi, was named one of Laurier’s 100 Alumni of Achievement! VVks2t3u #Laurier100 Oct. 11, 2011 @LaurierTO Great work Hawks! RT @LaurierFootball: Make sure to get the full recap of last night’s 69-3 victory over UW Oct. 11, 2011 @wlupress great celebration of #Laurier Research tonight @tannerydistrict Nobody wanted to leave! Oct. 3, 2011


Music at Noon When: Nov. 17, noon Where: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Waterloo campus Cost: Free Enjoy Marcus Scholtes, violin and piano, in this edition of the weekly Thursday concert series. Teaching and Technology Community of Practice When: Nov. 16, 10 a.m. Where: GSA Grad Lounge, Waterloo campus Cost: Free This community in practice is a forum where faculty and educators from multiple disciplines can come together to share experiences and lessons learned about how to engage and interact with technology in the classroom (or as the classroom). Contact Mary Neil at or visit http:// wluteachingandtechnology. for more information. Physical Activity Discussion When: Nov. 16, noon Location: 111 Darling St., Brantford campus Cost: Free Join the Aboriginal Student Association and the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI) as they discuss physical activity. Learn activity tips, some facts, and meet someone new. Contact Marnie Antoniow at for more information.

different side of the island.

I think most people would be surprised to learn that I lived on a 34-foot sailboat for five months before I went away to university for my undergrad. My parents are very adventurous, and when I was 19 they sold our house and decided to live on a boat full time. So every time I came home from university I stayed on the boat. We lived on it for three years. My parents also sailed it to the Bahamas. That was probably the best vacation I’ve ever had. We stayed on the sailboat and would just jump out and snorkel. We went to these spectacular beaches away from the touristy areas and got to see a whole

What do you like most about working at Laurier? I love the people. I always tell people when I talk about my job that there is so much support for new ideas, initiatives and new programs. There are so many opportunities to be creative. I’m also very fortunate in my role that I get to interact with so many different types of employees. I really feel like what I do impacts how employees feel about Laurier, which I find very rewarding.

By Sandra Muir

For a complete list of events visit

Laurier Brantford Brown Bag Faculty Research Talk When: Nov. 22, noon Location: CB 100, Brantford campus Cost: Free Kate Rossiter of the Faculty of Health Studies gives a talk on using theatre to engage bioethical thinking. Contact Gary Warrick at gwarrick@wlu. ca for more information.

This open forum allows Laurier faculty and educators to come together from multiple disciplines to share experiences, best practices, and lessons learned about how to develop and integrate writing assignments into the learning environment. Contact Mary Neil at or visit http://wluwritingcircle. for details.

Dr. Zhivago When: Nov. 24, 7 p.m. Where: BA 101, Waterloo Campus Cost: Free As part of its popular Free Film Series, the Department of English and Film Studies presents Dr. Zhivago. Organized around the theme “Cinema With a Social Conscience,” the 10 films selected for this term emphasize social and political subjects that have shaped the distinctive spirit of particular times and places.

WLU Symphony Orchestra: NUMUS Series When: Nov. 26, 8 p.m. Where: Theatre Auditorium, Waterloo campus

Music at Noon When: Nov. 24, noon Where: Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Waterloo campus Cost: Free This edition of the free weekly concert series features Ton Beau String Quartet. Writing Circle When: Nov. 25, 11 a.m. Where: Hawk’s Nest, Waterloo campus Cost: Free

Cost: $10 - $24 NUMUS, one of Canada’s foremost new music organizations, joins the Wilfrid Laurier University Symphony Orchestra for a show that features a stellar collection of virtuoso instrumentalists performing major recent works for soloists with orchestra. Laurier GMAT Information Session When: Nov. 29, noon Location: Laurier Toronto Office, The Exchange Tower, 130 King Street West, Toronto Cost: Free

In the media “The ‘aha’ moment comes when they (students) say, ‘I see how those skills I learn in the classroom transfer into the economy.” – Gail Forsyth, director, Learning Services From “10 things we love about university” published in The Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report in October 2011. For the No. 6 reason — “It will help you get a better job (really)” by Jennifer Lewington — which discusses how universities are preparing students for the working world, and specifically how Laurier is combining theory and practice to do so. Laurier community members are frequently featured in the local and national media. To see more coverage, visit thenews, and find out about our Experts at Laurier program, visit www.

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Storytelling as medicine to heal the community soul Kim Anderson studies stories told by female native elders and the lessons they contain By Mallory O’Brien Kim Anderson, associate professor of Indigenous Studies at Laurier’s Brantford campus, believes that all societies can learn from Aboriginal teachings. Her hope is that her new book, Life Stages of Native Women: Memory, Teachings and Story Medicine, will provide valuable lessons for everyone. The Cree/Métis professor has spent the majority of her life teaching communities about family wellness, literacy and health, and working on social justice issues for Aboriginal Canadians. As an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, she began volunteering as a literacy tutor in urban-Aboriginal communities, and her graduate research on Aboriginal history let her continue to be involved in the community as a speaker and teacher. She recently spoke at The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, teaching a class that was part of a traditional parenting course. She spoke about the role of fathers and men’s roles in general before the forced assimilation of children in residential schools interrupted healthy Aboriginal families. “We live with the legacy of residential schools today,” said Anderson. “They took 75 per cent of children and forced them out of the community and into the schools — that is devastating for a community. And, of course, the schools themselves had a history of psychological and physical abuse.” Anderson says communities have tried to cope and deal with the pain, which is often the cause of social dysfunction such as violence or alcoholism. Children didn’t have the opportunity to learn healthy parenting at the residential schools, and those skills have to be relearned as adults. For Anderson, becoming a mother pushed her to help recover healthy Aboriginal community interactions. At the

Kim Anderson has researched the Ojibwa theory of life stages, which includes ideas about who people need to be and what they need to be contributing to their communities at different stages of their lives. Children, adults and elders all have unique roles to play in keeping the community healthy.

time she was pregnant with her first child, she was working on her master’s degree and was also a board member at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. “While interviewing people, I became upset in a way I had never been before,” she said. “I thought, ‘This isn’t right that women and children are so marginalized.’ “I needed to fill myself up with hope and find my identity as a native women and mother.” She began searching for ways to “tease out healthy relationships” from Aboriginal cultural traditions. This became her first book on native female identity, the obstacles native females face and how they can reclaim Aboriginal traditions in a modern society. Still intrigued by identity issues, she continued her research into the specific roles and responsibilities of females through the “life stage continuum” — the different roles and responsibilities of people throughout the various stages of their life. Many cultures have theories about life stages, but Anderson based her research on the Ojibwa theory, which includes the process of visioning what people’s purposes are at different stages of their life, and what they need Kim Anderson’s new book contains stories and to be contributing to make teachings from 14 native elders.

their community healthy. For example, the role of babies is to bring joy to the community. “When you are a child it is sort of like a paradise where everything is provided for you, but yes, you have a role too,” said Anderson. “Even naming ceremonies, where children are given a spiritual name by an elder, connect families and instill a sense of belonging in the community. “Everyone has a valued role, not only based on your gender but also your age.” Anderson set out to find more about these roles and what they look like in “land-based communities” (communities that live off the land day-to-day, hunting, gathering, etc.). She worked with 14 elders from Métis, Cree and Ojibwa and Saulteaux communities. She spoke to them about what they remember from being a child in a healthy Aboriginal community in the 1930s-1960s. She asked questions like, what kind of ceremonies were there for babies? What were the roles of women? The elders shared their stories, practices and protocols, and she collected their oral histories for Life Stages of Native Women, which was released in September by the University of Manitoba Press. The role of elders is to teach and to lead, but specifically, the female elders are “door keepers to the spirit world,” managing both life and death. Until

about the 1950s, they acted we relearn that after patriarchy as midwives in most native and colonization came into our communities, ushering new communities?” babies into the world. Not only But it’s a concern not only for was there an elder “catching” a Aboriginals. Anderson wonders baby in this world, there was if other cultures can embrace an elder in the spirit world this way of thinking as well. sending the baby forward. “Look at Parliament Hill, how Female elders also dealt with many women do you see?” she the dead, essentially acting asked. as undertakers, washing and Anderson will begin preparing bodies for burial. teaching Indigenous Studies Just as it is with babies, there courses at Laurier’s Brantford were two grandmothers to campus in January. She will send you on your way in also continue her research of death: one in this world to Aboriginal issues. She was send you off and one in the recently awarded a three-year spirit world to welcome you on grant from the Social Sciences the other side. and Humanities Research “I loved hearing the old ladies’ Council to study issues of stories,” said Anderson. “In masculinity among indigenous these communities, they are men, answering questions not marginalized or deemed such as, how do men find their not worthwhile. In Aboriginal sacredness in a non-patriarchal culture, elders are honoured world? How do they find an instead of seen as a burden.” identity that isn’t based in These sorts of important roles dominance or violence? Again, validate what Anderson refers Anderson is looking to the past to as “sacred feminine,” which to figure out how men estabrecognizes the roles of females lished identities in a world that in the life-giving process. embraced the feminine. Anderson uses the metaphor “I hope my research offers of Mother Earth and her lifea vision of how we can be giving abilities. This is related healthier people by taking on to the power of women to give these traditional roles and by birth. A traditional Aboriginal connecting to families and ceremony occurs when girls communities,” said Anderson. have their first menstruation. “The way generations connect “It’s a power that helps and validate children and the universe, a force that’s elders — can we translate respected,” said Anderson. these into the modern context “This is different from patriof 2011? In both Aboriginal archal societies, where that communities and beyond? power is threatening. The “It’s an utterly different world, question is, as natives, how do and one we can learn from.” 7


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In the classroom

A look inside the lecture hall

Politics with a plot twist Professor: Christopher Alcantara Class: PO264, The Practice of Politics in Canada

The management of diversity, the response of state institutions to a more active citizenry and the engagement of Canadian actors in the global community are some of the topics students might explore in Assistant Professor Chris Alcantara’s class. “I try to bring in as many examples as possible,” he says. “Students respond to course materials delivered to them in a story format — with a beginning, a middle, and ending, and with interesting characters and plot twists in between.” Alcantara structures his lectures to allow for many moments of student-teacher interaction. He uses blended learning assignments to give students frequent opportunities for interaction. In his lectures, Alcantara introduces students to the theories that political scientists regularly use to make sense of the world. “I want students to see that ‘everyday politics’ is not random or chaotic,” he says. By Mallory O’Brien

Photo: Tomasz Adamski

Description: This course confronts the real world of Canadian politics and government through an examination of enduring and contemporary political challenges.

Christopher Alcantara finds that students respond well when course materials are delivered in a story format with interesting characters.

October wrap-up: a month of merriment and milestones 2





October was a busy month of events for Laurier. From bottom left (clockwise) 1-3: Students graduate at fall convocation. 4: Alumni Relations staff pose with the new Sir Wilfrid Laurier statue. 5: Sir Wilfrid Laurier makes an appearance at the Ahead by a Century centennial gala. 6-7: Almuna and opera singer Jane Archibald, and Professor Kimberly Barber, perform with the WLU Choir and WLU Orchestra.


Photos: Tomasz Adamski, Sandra Muir, Mallory O’Brien



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