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Lakehead University Magazine Spring/Summer 2005

Alumni Matters

The campus kick-off event to mark Lakehead University’s 40th Anniversary took place in the Agora on January 12, 2005, when balloons were released from the balcony and coffee and cake were served to students, staff, and faculty.

Lakehead will be hosting special events all through 2005, including Celebration Weekend, September 29 to October 2.
To learn more visit A www.lakeheadualumni.ca/40years/
ALUMNI Coffee Break
About 30 alumni working for the City of Thunder Bay gathered last January in the Council Chambers of City Hall for a coffee break sponsored by the Alumni Association. Councillor Mark Bentz, speaking on behalf of Mayor Lynn Peterson, his fellow councillors, and the employees of the City, congratulated Lakehead on its 40 years of success, saying, “Not only does the University have a tremendous economic impact on our City, it also plays a major role in boosting Thunder Bay’s overall quality of life.” Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead, then spoke about new developments including the plans for establishing a satellite campus in Orillia and building a new research facility on campus.

The Alumni Coffee Break was presented in conjunction with the City of Thunder Bay as part of the University’s 40th Anniversary celebrations. If you are interested in having an Alumni Coffee Break at your organization, contact Trish Nagorski at (807) 343-8190 .
HOCKEY Fans Make an Impression
The Southern Ontario chapter of the AALU hosted an event last January at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, where The University of Western Ontario’s Mustangs were playing a hockey game against the Lakehead Thunderwolves. Alumni, as well as some of the players' family and friends, packed the hospitality suite to watch Lakehead’s T-wolves crush the UWO Mustangs in an 8-4 victory. That win came after another solid 6-4 victory over Western the night before. The Alumni Association’s participation at the game helped Western break an all-time OUA attendance record. Support for the T-wolves was so boisterous that even Paul Davenport, Western’s President, and a group of Western’s executives came over to see what all the fuss was about.

The event was hosted by Brian Stroud (HBSc'02), Linda Shale (BScN‘70),
Eric McGoey (HBA'02), and Amanda Koivuranta (HBA'02) of the Southern
Ontario AALU Committee. Contact the group by email: A soallu@lakeheadu.ca.
An inaugural Toronto Alumni Golf Tournament is planned for Sunday, August 21, 2005, at the Castlemore Golf & Country Club, 3255 Countryside Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6T 3S1. For information contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

It all started out innocently enough. Around noon on January 26, 2005, members of the Alumni Association started handing out pizza to students in the Agora. However, in a matter of minutes the boxes of pizza were empty, and before you could yell “Alumni” the pizza was gone!

“Free Pizza Day” is a new initiative designed to connect the AALU with students. The event was a great success as many students stopped by to pick up free pens, and stickers, and to learn about services provided by the Office of Alumni Services. (Most students were surprised to find out that, after completing five full courses, one is considered an alumnus/a of Lakehead.) Participants were given the chance to enter their names into a draw to win a special 40th Anniversary T-shirt. In addition, many donated to the Tsunami Victims Relief Fund, and those contributions will be matched by the Alumni Association.

If you are interested in making future connections with alumni, helping out at an event, or becoming involved with the Alumni Association, contact Heather Ives at (807) 346-7784.

PHONE: 807 • 343 • 8155
TOLL FREE: 1• 800 • 832 • 8076
FAX: 807 • 343 • 8999
EMAIL: A alumni@lakeheadu.ca
A www.lakeheadualumni.ca/
Do you have an idea for an alumni event or activity? If so, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

2 0 0 5 Alumni Honour Award


President of The Stephen Low Company


Filmmaker and company founder and president, Stephen Low has been creating award-winning productions for 25 years, including two decades of leading-edge work for the giant screen marketplace.

The work of his company includes: Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, Fighter Pilot, Titanica, Beavers, and Super Speedway, as well as three ground-breaking IMAX 3D productions, among others.
2 0 0 5 Young Alumni Award


Vice President, Portfolio Manager,
Bissett Investment Management


Chris Fernyc has been working in Calgary, Alberta, since graduating from Lakehead, where he earned the President’s Award for contributions to the advancement of the University and the Dean Braun’s Gold Medal for being the highest ranking student in the Commerce program. He keeps in touch with his Alma Mater by sponsoring an annual competition for third-year finance students that involves analyzing companies and making investment recommendations – not unlike his own work with Bissett Investment Management.
Photo: Chad Stiles

The Alumni Honour Award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in public service, business, humanities, research, science and technology, scholarship, and/or the arts. The recipient is a graduate whose reputation or potential will bring honour and prestige to Lakehead University and its Alumni Association. One award is granted each year, along with a gift of $1,000 to be designated to a Lakehead University department or area of choice.

If you know graduates from the last 10 years, who are 35 years of age or younger, and have made significant achievements, why not nominate them for the Young Alumni Award? One award is granted each year, along with a gift of $500 to be designated, again, to a Lakehead U department or area of choice. Nomination forms for both awards are available on the website or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations.
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