Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

Campus News

Published March 01, 2013
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Simcoe County Gives Lakehead Orillia $1M

The County of Simcoe continues to be one of Lakehead University Orillia's strongest supporters. On October 24, 2012, the County presented Lakehead with a $1 million cheque to enhance postsecondary education opportunities in Simcoe County. This generous gift brings the total contributed by the County of Simcoe to $2.5 million. The ceremony also gave Lakehead the chance to express its appreciation – Simcoe County representatives were given a beautiful framed image of the Orillia campus by local artist Will McGarvey and fourth-year business student David French thanked the County on behalf of Lakehead students.

Lakehead University Thunderwolves logo

Sports Champions

Thunderwolves varsity athletes in sports ranging from volleyball and hockey to wrestling and cross country running are shining in the classroom as well as on the playing fields. Lakehead now has a record 38 Academic All-Canadian Athletes (AACs) on its teams. To earn an All-Canadian title, awarded by the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) organization, students must have an average of 80% or higher. We also have 11 Nordic skiers who have been recognized with Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Academic Achievement Awards.

Judith Leggatt
Judith Leggatt

Distinguished Instructor

Professor Judith Leggatt, chair of the English department, has received an award that is close to her heart. She was chosen as the 2012 Distinguished Instructor for her commitment to teaching that connects with students. Professor Leggatt, who specializes in First Nations literature, says that, "I'm really proud to join the people who have won this award in the past, especially those in the English department."

Chris Southcott and Prince Albert
Chris Southcott and Prince Albert brave the cold (Photo courtesy of Chris Southcott)

Prince Gets Royal Treatment

When Monaco's Prince Albert visited Nunavut and Northern Quebec, Chris Southcott had the chance to show him some of the important work being done to link northern researchers and communities with international funding agencies. Southcott is a Lakehead Sociology professor and member of the University of the Arctic who has been working with the Prince's conservation organization since 2009. "Prince Albert and his Foundation are amazing to work with," Southcott says. "They are extremely knowledgeable about what is going on in the Arctic and truly committed to sustainability in the region."

Sami Pritchard
Sami Pritchard, a Lakehead Orillia Media Studies student, demonstrates interactive blanket art

im[MEDIA]te Celebrates Student Creativity

One of the classrooms in the Academic Building at Lakehead Orillia was transformed for the campus's first art opening, entitled im[MEDIA]te, which showcased the work of students in Media Studies and Art programs. Guests enjoyed an eclectic mix of creative art including collages, videos, sound design, gesture art, and more. The event took place on December 3, 2012 wrapping up the semester. The event's admission donations of cash and children's toys were donated to Couchiching Jubilee House, a local organization that provides transitional housing for women. Congratulations to the student artists and to their instructors: Professor Sandra Jeppesen, Steven Pitkanen, and Liz Schamehorn.

Hugh McLeod
Hugh McLeod

A Steady Hand and a Compassionate Heart

Professor Emeritus Hugh McLeod is equally remembered for his role in shaping Lakehead's fledgling Psychology department and for his kindness to anyone in need of it. "The one word people use when they talk about Hugh is 'gentleman,'" says Psychology Professor and former colleague John Jamieson. Hugh McLeod, who passed away in 2011, enriched Lakehead in a myriad of ways including as a teacher, mentor, Psychology chair, Senate member, and, most recently, creator of a Psychology graduate student scholarship.

When this experienced professor and clinical psychologist joined Lakehead in 1970, he threw his energy into helping the new department get on its feet. "He raised our standards," says Jamieson, "and he didn't have any time for pettiness." Together, McLeod and Professor Bill Melnyk spearheaded the application process for Lakehead's first graduate program, the Master of Psychology, and later established the University's first PhD program.

Spending time in nature and writing poetry gave McLeod the sense of balance he needed to cope with a demanding schedule. Melnyk describes him as, "a calming influence in turbulent times." Not only faculty held him in high esteem, Hugh McLeod was well-known and well-loved by Lakehead students who appreciated the time he took to listen to them.

The Dr. Hugh McLeod Graduate Scholarship in Psychology for students entering Lakehead's MA or MSc Psychology Program commences in 2013-14. If you would like to learn how you can contribute, please contact Nancy Oster at (807) 343-8913 or

Innovation for a Greater Central Ontario

Business people from across the region came together in October to learn about and explore opportunities for collaboration between industry and researchers. Delegates learned about the research opportunities at Lakehead University from students, staff, and faculty members who participated in the event. Orillia's Dean and Vice-Provost Kim Fedderson, along with Bruce Holm of the University’s Economic Development and Innovation Office, gave presentations to the group that highlighted the University's research activities and commitment to partnering with business. Hosted by Lakehead University and Georgian College, the event was held in Barrie and also featured presentations from the City of Barrie, the County of Simcoe, and government funding partners.

Orillia Campus Plan

Lakehead University is formulating a new Strategic Plan to guide the University's growth and development over the next five years. A crucial part of this process is the 2013-2018 Orillia Campus Plan. Learn more about Orillia’s vision for the future by reading the draft Campus Plan.

Herman van den Berg
Herman van den Berg

Orillia Acting Dean

Lakehead University's Orillia campus started the new year under the leadership of a new dean. Orillia Faculty of Business Administration Professor Herman van den Berg is serving as acting dean from January 1 to December 31, 2013 while Dean and Vice-Provost Kim Fedderson is on leave. "With his strong background in administration and strategic management," says Fedderson, "Herman will be a real asset to the University."

three students posing at a fundraiser table with baked goods

Second Annual Pink Hijab Day

Everything was looking rosy at the Second Annual Pink Hijab Day in the North on the Thunder Bay campus. This popular event, organized by the Lakehead University Muslim Students' Association, raised awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

Joe Logozzo
Joe Logozzo

In Memoriam

Joseph (Joe) Logozzo (BA'70), one of Lakehead's greatest champions and a caring community and business leader, passed away on December 7, 2012. Joe believed in doing all he could to make Thunder Bay a better place to live and his influence has been felt by countless individuals and organizations. Until his retirement in 2001, Joe was the president of an iconic Northwestern Ontario institution – Iron Range Bus Lines – a family business started by his father Sam in 1940.

Joe was also a Lakehead economics grad and his affiliation with his alma mater turned into a lifelong one that has made the University stronger. His involvement as a donor and a volunteer ranged from serving on the Board of Governors and the Alumni Association Board of Directors to purchasing equipment for the School of Kinesiology and establishing many student scholarships. He was also a founding director of the Chair in Italian Studies initiative. Joe's achievements, inside and outside of Lakehead, were recognized in 1996 with an Alumni Honour Award.

He and his wife Candace were also supporters of the ATAC - Future of the North Capital Campaign and other building initiatives. In 2005, their role in the University's evolution was celebrated when they were selected as two of Lakehead's 40 Northern Lights. Joe Logozzo's kindness and commitment to both the Lakehead community and the broader community will be missed.

classroom students raising hands eager to respond to questions
Elementary school students show off their solutions during a Hands-on Science program

Hands-On Science

This fall, for the third year, Lakehead Orillia ran its extremely popular Hands-on Science program which enhances math and science learning opportunities for elementary students in a university setting. The program has grown from a small group of Marchmont grade eight gifted students to almost 200 students in grades 4 to 8 from several schools in Barrie and Orillia. It began as a collaboration between Interdisciplinary Studies Professor Chris Murray and Anders Hagman, a special education resource teacher from Marchmont Public School in the Orillia area. When Murray realized the demand for the program, he approached the Faculty of Education for assistance. Now, Lakehead teacher candidates design and deliver the hands-on science activities.

TD Green Roof Officially Unveiled

In October, a rare visit was made to the Academic Building's green roof to recognize a $250,000 gift from the TD Bank Group to Lakehead Orillia's Your Bright Future capital fundraising campaign. TD representatives joined members of Lakehead University for the open-air celebration. In recognition of the donation, plaques have been placed adjacent to the green roof in a third floor boardroom, as well as on the campus donor wall located in the Academic Building entrance foyer. The Academic Building, along with residence and cafeteria facilities, represent the initial phase in Canada's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) university campus.

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Basketball Brilliance

The Thunderwolves basketball team bounced away from the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) finals with a silver medal in Lakehead's first championship game since 1977. It was also Lakehead's fourth consecutive appearance at the CIS Final 8 tournament – a feat achieved by very few teams in Canadian basketball history.

Much of the credit goes to graduating Thunderwolves Matthew Schmidt, Joseph Jones, Brendan King, Greg Carter, Yoosrie Salhia, and Ben Johnson who transformed the team. "This group of seniors has helped elevate the program from the literal bottom of the heap to the silver medal," says Coach Scott Morrison, "their accomplishments will be applauded for years to come."

The team's incredible fan support, including many ardent alumni, was evident as the Thunderwolves were cheered on in the final game against the Carleton Ravens. Fans also showed their support online. In an open letter to the team on Facebook, Thunder Bay sports reporter Chris Prystanski proclaimed, "I am honestly proud to say I'm your announcer. I love my Thunderwolves - I can't wait for more excitement."

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