Michael Richardson, an English professor with a passion for Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, has been selected as the Lakehead University 2003 Distinguished Instructor. In recent years, Richardson has been asking his students to design, write, and act scenes or short plays that they develop from the works being studied in class. He's not teaching his students to act; the emphasis, rather, is on understanding the text.
One group of students developed a Snakes and Ladders board game to illustrate St. Augustine's concepts of caritas (the root of all virtues) and cupiditas (the root of all sins and vices.) Another did a rap version modeled on the 16th century comedy "Gramer Gurton's Needle," setting the scene in an urban ghetto and using a syringe instead of a sewing needle.
It's all done in the same jovial manner that has carried Richardson throughout his career, starting in the late sixties at the University of Calgary when, as an undergraduate, he set out "to learn all kinds of things and have fun doing it."
by Lakehead Alumni and Faculty
Hudson's Bay Company Adventures: Rollicking Saga of Canada's Fur Traders
Mythistory in Sino-Western Contacts: Jesuit Missionaries and the Pillars of Chinese Catholic Religion
Killing Freud: Twentieth Century Culture and the Death of Psychoanalysis
Big Ideas for Small Mathematicians
David D. Kemp
The Environment Dictionary
Lake Superior to Rainy Lake: Three Centuries of Fur Trade History
Lee and Michael Stones
Sex May be Wasted on the Young: For Boomers and Beyond, 2nd Edition
G. Bruce Strang
On the Fiery March: Mussolini Prepares for War
Strengthening Our Visual Identity
Lakehead University's image is being overhauled. For the past year, Lakehead has been working with McLellan Group of Toronto to strengthen its visual identity. This means a new look for the Lakehead University Magazine as well as advertisements, the website, and other publications.
"The message, 'We See You,' communicates Lakehead's personal approach to recognizing each student as an individual, rather than seeing and treating students merely as numbers," says Director of Communications Eleanor Abaya. "It supports our brand promise of helping students realize their individual potential."
As part of an integrated campaign, Lakehead placed ads last fall in over 1,500 buses and subway cars throughout the Greater Toronto Area. And in the spring, a 30-second TV commercial was broadcast on TSN-Varsity Sports.
Print ads also ran in the Maclean's annual ranking issue and the 2004 Guide to Canadian Universities, which high school students and parents use as reference in choosing a university.
The redesign of Lakehead's visual identity is a first step in creating a stronger and more cohesive image and is key to building awareness of the institution.
Civil Engineering Professor Umed Panu has been presented with the Lakehead University 2003 Distinguished Researcher Award. Since joining Lakehead in 1986, Panu has made important advances in the field of hydrological and water resources engineering. His research areas include pattern analysis and synthesis, infilling of missing data, river ice dynamics, inflow into drains, and the hydrology of Northwestern Ontario.
I enjoy each issue of the Lakehead University Magazine, and usually recall someone from my days at Lakehead. I particularly enjoyed the fall/winter 2003 issue as I could recall three people (John Burton, Moe Ktytor and Ramin Dowlati – a fellow Kenora-Houser). The articles on John and Moe were well written, and it was nice to learn what they've been up to since I left Thunder Bay. I'm forever appreciative of the help that Moe provided me (and I'm sure countless other students) in obtaining my first "real" job with Price Waterhouse in Toronto.
Keep up the great work!
— Jane Corbeil, CMA, BAdmin'85, HBComm'86