FREE TUITION for a YEAR
Veronica Malinoski of Thunder Bay is the lucky Grade 12 student who won the grand prize worth $4,000 during last December’s Program Information Day. The event gives local high school students the chance to meet with professors and learn more about academic programs at Lakehead.
ORILLIA Satellite Campus
Lakehead University and the City of Orillia announced on January 18, 2005, that an agreement in principle had been reached to develop a satellite campus in Orillia. Such a collaboration would offer, initially, academic courses and programs that could be partnered with Georgian College. It would respond to the City of Orillia’s interests in international studies, Aboriginal studies, and tourism, and it would be linked to the distributed learning capacity of Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus.
“The City of Orillia is an ideal community to partner with our institution,” says Lakehead President Fred Gilbert. “Over the next months we will be working with the City, Georgian College, and our own faculty and staff to develop academic and business plans for the delivery of university education in Orillia. We are very positive about the enormous potential this initiative has for the community of Orillia as well as for Lakehead University.”
The HANGAR officially OPENS
Last March, Lakehead U celebrated the opening of a new 55,000-square-foot athletics centre called The Hangar. The $6-million facility features an indoor track and multipurpose field with artificial turf, an aerobic/yoga studio, a weight room and fitness centre, and a sports medicine clinic. A state-of-theart climbing wall is being installed.
(Read more in the Athletics column
ENHANCING CANCER CARE
A new research partnership in Thunder Bay – ICR Discoveries – will bring together the best cancer research talent of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Lakehead University, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. The implementation of a jointly managed cancer research institute will open doors to new sources of research funding, opportunities, and recruitment. “Cancer is now the number one health problem facing the residents of our region,” says Michael Power (BA’92), Vice President of Regional Cancer Services at Regional Health. “One in three residents of Northwestern Ontario will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.”
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MARGARET MCKEE – 2004 Distinguished Instructor
A professor in the School of Social Work has won Lakehead’s most prestigious award for teaching.
Marg McKee (HBA’77, MA’79) is an exceptional teacher who brings leading-edge research into the classroom. She is passionate in her teaching, critically reflective in her practice, generous with her resources, and steadfast in her integrity, says one former student now working on her doctorate.
A major interest of McKee’s is the much-debated “gap” between what is taught at the university and what is required in the real world of practice. “One of my goals has been to produce a more reflective, creative practitioner who is good at on-the-spot problem solving required in real-world practice,” she says.
LAKEHEAD U PRESIDENT – Term Extended
The Lakehead University Board of Governors announced last January that the current contract of Lakehead U President Fred Gilbert would be extended to May 31, 2010. “Lakehead has experienced numerous challenges over the last few years, many of which are directly attributable to inadequate funding and a declining population in the Northwestern region,” says Jackie Dojack, Chair of the Board of Governors. “Despite these challenges, Fred Gilbert has leveraged the strengths of the University faculty and researchers, staff, and alumni to embark on a vision of academic excellence and technology-assisted learning.”
FIRST IN VALUE ADDED
Lakehead U has retained its spot as Canada’s number one university for “Value Added” in Maclean’s annual university ranking issue 2004. This is the third year Lakehead has been number one in “Value Added,” and the seventh year it has been in the top three. “Value Added” measures the entering average of students and achievement through the retention rate, the proportion who graduate, and the number of students receiving national awards.
The Tallships Adventure Learning Centre is a unique indoor challenge course facility operated by the Faculty of Education’s Department of Lifelong Learning in partnership with Fort William Historical Park. The Centre is designed for groups of all ages to learn about capacity building, team building, problem solving, communications, and trust building in a safe, indoor, fun-filled environment.