Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

Campus News

Published January 28, 2015
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L-R: President Brian Stevenson, mining representatives John Mason and Kyle Stanfield, educator Christy Radbourne, Professor David Greenwood, and law student Matthew Siddall took part in the Thunder Bay Report to the Community

Report to the Community

Lakehead University launched its 2013-14 Annual Report in November highlighting how the University is making the world more sustainable. The report was unveiled at two community events in Orillia and Thunder Bay where guests enjoyed a meal followed by a talk show presentation hosted by Lakehead President Brian Stevenson. The president interviewed faculty, students, and supporters who are creating healthier communities and ecosystems through innovative research and initiatives. The events also underscored the University's role in fostering economic sustainability – last year, the impact of Lakehead's operating expenditures on Thunder Bay was $318 million and $40 million on Orillia.

Humanities 101 Fundraiser

The outstanding community support for Lakehead Orillia's Humanities 101 program was demonstrated at a recent fundraising event that raised over $7,500. Lakehead supporters and volunteers Tony Gulmen and Brewery Bay restaurant owners Steve Clarke and Chris Marsh coordinated a dinner in honour of Tony's late wife, Yuksel Gulmen. Yuksel helped set up the program at the Orillia campus in 2012. "She wanted to give students back some self-esteem and give them a chance to pursue their dreams," said Tony.

Since Humanities 101's launch, dozens of students have completed the program and several have gone on to explore postsecondary opportunities.

Frozen Mummy

Anthropology Professor Carney Matheson travelled to Bolzano, Italy, to study weapons and tools found with Europe's oldest frozen mummy – Ötzi the Ice Man. This forensic investigation focused on the last moments of the Neolithic man's life. "Some people call Ötzi the greatest archaeological discovery of the last century," Professor Matheson said. His research team went to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to examine artifacts found with the 5,300-year-old mummy's body including hunting equipment, a first aid kit, medicinal items, and clothing.

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Lakehead's new bus wrap

New Shuttle Bus

Lakehead Orillia students, faculty, and staff now have a new way to get to school, thanks to a partnership with Hammond Transportation. Since September 2014, there has been regular bus service between Barrie and the 500 University Avenue campus location. Students living in Muskoka can also take advantage of discounted fares as a Lakehead stop has been added to Hammond's Hwy 11 service from Muskoka during the week. In addition, a Hammond bus has been branded with Lakehead University graphics – raising awareness of Lakehead and giving our athletes a colourful ride to competitions and tournaments.

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Students Brooke Marion (left) and Kayla Snyder (right) spent last summer working with Professor Chris Murray (centre) to develop pavement that filters stormwater and reduces pollution

International Success

The research findings of two Lakehead Orillia students have been published in Construction and Building Materials – an international journal dedicated to the investigation and innovative use of materials in construction and repair. Kayla Snyder (MSc) (HBASc/BEd'13) and Brooke Marion (HBASc/BEd) worked with Sustainability Sciences Professor Chris Murray to create a new environmentally friendly permeable pavement. Made of crushed-up used tires combined with crab and shrimp shells, it acts as a water filtration device, relieving strain on storm water systems and preventing erosion. The pavement also decreases pollution by reusing old tires that can't be recycled and filtering polluted runoff before it enters the water system.

Art Galleries Open

The Thunder Bay campus opened three new gallery spaces featuring art by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and research project affiliates. "I'm excited to work with artists and researchers to use the arts to provoke and evoke," said the curator of the galleries – Education Professor Pauline Sameshima. Jurors selected literary and visual artwork received through an open call for submissions. "A lot of important research is happening at Lakehead University and these gallery walls can share that learning with others," said Professor Sameshima who is also a Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Research.

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Law Faculty Named

The Faculty of Law has been named the "Bora Laskin Faculty of Law" to honour the contributions of former Supreme Court Chief Justice and Thunder Bay son Bora Laskin (who passed away in 1984). "As a law school making its own unique mark on Canada's legal landscape, it's fitting to name this law school for someone who, himself, set precedent-making laws," said Lakehead's Founding Dean of Law, Lee Stuesser. The naming was announced during a Faculty of Law donor reception attended by the trailblazing jurist's daughter, Barbara Laskin, and his nephew, John Laskin.

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L-R: Winning team members Matthew Smith, Travis Roske, Nathan Blundon, and Eric Czaczkowski

Engineering Stars

A team of chemical engineering students won first place in the SNC-Lavalin Undergraduate Plant Design Competition for their design of a hydrogen plant that uses a new process to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 28% compared to existing plants. The annual competition, hosted by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), was held in Niagara Falls in October 2014. "It was a true team effort and we would not have been as successful without the help of everyone involved, including Dr. Lionel Catalan and Dr. Siamak Elyasi, who were mentors to the team," student Travis Roske said.

Educational Excellence

Lakehead leads Ontario's undergraduate universities in total research dollars, social sciences and humanities grants, and library expenses according to Maclean's magazine's 2015 University Rankings. Overall, Lakehead ranked second among Ontario's primarily undergraduate universities. "Everything we do at Lakehead is in the interest of nurturing scholarship and further enhancing the learning experience we offer our University community," said Lakehead Provost & Vice-President (Academic) Moira McPherson.

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Children and dignitaries celebrate the grand opening of the Nanabijou Childcare Centre with a ribbon-cutting ceremony

Nanabijou Childcare Centre

The Thunder Bay campus's new Nanabijou Childcare Centre opened its doors in December. "Our new building is as beautiful as the smiles on the faces of parents and children when they come here," said Nanabijou Childcare Centre Director Sheila Wilhelm. The Centre has added 38 daycare spots, established a new infant care program, and is enhancing postsecondary training opportunities for early childhood educators. Funding for the 8,200-square-foot facility came from several sources including the Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) and $1 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).

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