Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

Campus News

Published October 22, 2010


Above: Professor Philip Fralick with Water Resource Science student Dave Callaghan and graduate Larissa Mikkelsen

Lakehead University and Confederation College have partnered to offer an applied Environmental Water Management stream to the University's existing Water Resource Science program.

Students will spend the first year at Lakehead learning basic scientific concepts. During their second year, students will attend Confederation College and become immersed in applying theory and concepts to practice while using state-of-the-art equipment, including a scaled-down and computer-controlled version of Thunder Bay's water treatment facility. They will also learn field sampling and data collection techniques, using the equipment they may be expected to use upon entering the workforce. In their third and fourth years, students will return to Lakehead University to take the same upper level science courses as the Water Resource Science students who aren't enrolled in the integrated stream, while undertaking comprehensive scientific study in the form of an honours thesis.

Upon completion of this program, students will receive an Honours Bachelor's degree in Water Resource Science from Lakehead University, and an Environmental Technician Diploma from Confederation College, and may choose to write exams to be eligible for their Water and Wastewater Operator-in-Training and Entry-Level Drinking Water Operator certifications from the province.


The Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment has changed its name to the Faculty of Natural Resources Management. The new name better describes the Faculty's mission to meet related challenges and opportunities, such as adapting to climate change, responding to new economic realities for Ontario, and engaging the public in the stewardship of Ontario's significant forest estate.

LEED® Platinum Campus Opens

Nathan Bennett
Kaylen Leonienco and Professor Chris Murray cut the ribbon to open Lakehead's new $43M academic building in Orillia

More than 350 people gathered in Orillia on September 23, 2010, for the grand opening of Lakehead's new academic building at 500 University Avenue. For Dr. Chris Murray, a science professor, it was a dream come true.

Murray attended high school in Orillia and returned this year as one of Lakehead's newest faculty members. "It's a dream come true for me to find myself back in my hometown, with the chance to raise my daughter where I grew up and where my family is located," said Murray. "The prospect of teaching and conducting research at a world-class university while living in the Sunshine City is very exciting."

"With the opening of our new LEED® Platinum campus, we are able to showcase our commitment to environmental sustainability while educating students to be leaders who understand the challenges of the future," said Lakehead President Brian Stevenson. The Lakehead University – Orillia campus allows students in our communities to be able to afford a university education, a dream that drove the original local pioneers of post-secondary education decades ago," he added. The new $43-million academic building was funded in part by the Government of Canada's Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the City of Orillia, and by donors to Lakehead – Orillia's Your Bright Future Campaign, including the County of Simcoe.

FORMULA-1 RACING - 39th Overall

Lakehead's Formula SAE Team placed 39th out of 120 international teams at the FSAE International Competition held at the Michigan International Speedway in May 2010. Scores for the team's static and dynamic events improved over those from last year when the team was named "Rookie of the Year." Each team's race car prototype was judged for design, cost, manufacturing, and analysis. The performance of each car was ranked according to acceleration, skidpad, autocross, fuel economy, and endurance.


Lakehead's new Honours Bachelor of Science in Resource and Environmental Economics program combines the analytical content of economic analysis with the scientific literacy and knowledge of natural resources, science, and the environment. It will have the academic intensity of an economics degree and the scientific depth and breadth of an environmental science degree.


Nathan Bennett
Lakehead's Civil Engineering Steel Bridge Team fared well yet again in all categories at the 19th Annual AISC/ASCE U.S. National Student Steel Bridge Competition, hosted by Indiana's Purdue University in May 2010. Among the 46 universities that competed, Lakehead's team won awards in four categories, placing second in construction speed, construction economy, and display, and taking third place overall.

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