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Lakehead University Magazine Spring/Summer 2006

Campus News


Orillia Campus Lakehead’s new campus in Orillia will accommodate 250 students when it OPENS in SEPTEMBER 2006

Students attending classes at Lakehead University’s new campus in Orillia will have three new academic programs to choose from:

  • A four-year Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science degree
  • A four-year Concurrent Bachelor of Arts and Science/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior) degree
  • A five-year Concurrent Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior) degree

“Employers, professional schools, and graduate schools are all telling us the same thing: they want to see graduates who have strong skills in critical thinking, writing, and analysis and interpretation of information, and who have an ability to integrate ideas from a variety of perspectives,” says Lesley Lovett-Doust, Lakehead’s Dean of Science and Environmental Studies.

The new programs will offer a multidisciplinary approach to post-secondary education, allowing undergraduate students to study in a variety of disciplines.

In the short term, Lakehead is leasing space in downtown Orillia at Heritage Place, the site of an old carriage and automobile factory.

For the long term, Lakehead is looking at a number of different sites in the Orillia area for a permanent campus.

For more information contact the Orillia Campus Main Office at (705) 329-3387 or visit www.lakeheadu.ca and click on the “Orillia Campus, Apply Now” button.


“The good of man is an activity of the soul in conformity with excellence or virtue.”
– Aristotle

Dr. Kim Fedderson Although Kim Fedderson has left Lakehead to become Vice President Academic and Student Services at Confederation College, he will continue to make a positive impact on education in Thunder Bay.

Fedderson joined the Department of English as a faculty member in 1989 and, for the last five years, has been Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities. He’s also been active in the local music scene, playing guitar for jazz singer and colleague Gillian Siddall, a Lakehead University English professor and Director of Instructional Development.

If you wish to contact Kim Fedderson, or any other Lakehead professor, send your notes to Lakehead University Magazine. We deliver.


Jennifer SmithJennifer Smith (HBOR/BSc’01), a student in the Master of Environmental Studies program, has received an award from the Parks and Protected Areas Research Forum of Manitoba for her presentation entitled, Wild Wolves? Understanding Human-Wolf Interactions in the Broken Group Islands of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

“Historically, wolves have generated a wide-range of human responses. Some perceive the wolf as a symbol of wilderness, and some feel they should either be protected or destroyed,” says Smith. “Whether or not sea kayakers – the largest user group within the park – are willing to co-exist with wolves, has become a primary issue for Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.”

Parks Canada will use Smith’s findings to produce effective educational programs, behavior modification strategies, and effective messaging systems for parks and protected areas.


Award Winning Engineering StudentsThree Electrical Engineering undergraduate students have once again been honored by a national engineering institution. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has awarded Andrew Roberts, Alex Nequest, and Marc Kennedy the 2005 IEEE Life Member Award for the best student paper in Western Canada. Their paper is entitled Stabilization of an Inverted Pendulum on a Mobile Robot, and was written under the supervision of Abdelhamid Tayebi.

The first award the students received was the IEEE-TELUS Innovation Award, which was given to the students at the national competition in Vancouver last September.


Mary Lou Kelley A Lakehead University graduate and expert on gerontology and palliative care has been appointed Director for the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH). Mary Lou Kelley (BSW‘74) will strengthen the research and education role of CERAH in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario through partnerships with other stakeholders. “I am honored to have been appointed Director,” she says. Kelley has a MSW from the University of Toronto, and an interdisciplinary PhD in Human and Social Development from the University of Victoria.


The first phase of a campus renewal project has reduced Lakehead’s GREENHOUSE GAS emissions by roughly 4,600 TONNES annually

Lakehead University reduces Greenhouse Gas emission THE PROBLEM

Lakehead University faced a significant challenge with an aging, inefficient central steam plant, a chiller plant with R-11, and over $32 million in deferred maintenance issues.


Lakehead and Johnson Controls embarked on Phase 1 of an Energy Conservation Project to review the University’s heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system.

New, efficient central hot water boilers were installed in combination with a heat recovery circuit and new distribution system, which contributed to a 25% reduction in natural gas consumption.


Greenhouse gas emissions have been significantly reduced by approximately 4,600 tonnes annually. Substantial quantities of glass, aluminum, mercury, and phosphorous were recycled, and toxic materials such as asbestos and R-11 CFC refrigerant were removed.

Considering Lakehead University serves over 7,500 students, the reduction in greenhouse gas accounts for more than 61% of the students’ cumulative target for the One-Tonne Challenge.
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