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Lakehead University Magazine Spring/Summer 2007

Campus News


More than 300 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the Orillia Campus on September 8, 2006. Among them were 120 full- and part-time students in the Charter Class, Orillia residents who helped to get the University established, and Lakehead University’s first President, William (Bill) Tamblyn.

Director of Operations at the Orillia Campus, Dr. Sally-Ann Burnett, introduced the new faculty and staff and welcomed the Charter Class, their family and friends “with great enthusiasm for the University Campus and confidence for its future.” She acknowledged that “the opening of the Campus marks the culmination of a huge amount of hard work and persistence that reflects the passion, motivation, commitment and enthusiasm of a Lakehead University community the Orillia campus is proud and excited to join.”

Later on in the fall, Laura Siddall, the Orillia Campus tuition prize winner, thanked the 18 Orillia businesses and individuals who gave to the Charter Class tuition prize.

Siddall is enrolled in the combined Bachelor of Arts and Science/Bachelor of Education program and hopes one day to become a teacher. “This support has helped me concentrate on my studies and not worry about finances,” said Siddall. “I thank you for investing in me and my family.”

Read more about the development of the Orillia Campus in Lakehead University’s 2005-2006 Annual Report entitled “The Adventure Begins” (www.lakeheadu.ca/report/).

Photo courtesy of Amy Lazar, Reporter, Orillia Packet & Times


Graduate Studies on the Rise

Thank you so much for the wonderful article about Tracy Buckler (Fall/Winter 2006). She is truly an impressive role model.

But how disappointing to read the article on the rise of graduate programs without one word about the psychology graduate program, one of the oldest Masters programs at Lakehead and the first doctoral program. Surely the number of masters and doctoral students graduating from that program is far greater than from any other program at Lakehead. Students in that program regularly bring in thousands of dollars in research grants and publish regularly even prior to graduation. So, wonderful to hear that other programs are catching up, but distressing that no attention is given to the first and I suspect, still biggest graduate program at Lakehead University.
– M.A. Mountain, PhD (BA’85, MA’86)

Psychology is indeed one of the largest graduate programs at Lakehead University and one of the oldest. And yes, it is home to Lakehead’s first PhD program, in Clinical Psychology, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2006.

According to Josephine Tan, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training, the Masters-level programs have collectively graduated 468 students, and there are now 18 PhDs, all of whom are employed in positions commensurate with their skills, experience, and training.

Psychology’s first PhD graduate, Suzanne Barker-Collo (PhD 1998), works as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, University of Auckland, in New Zealand. Other PhD graduates have secured employment across Canada and in the United States in hospitals, mental health clinics, and research and academic settings. One of the recent graduates, Louise Maxfield (PhD 2003), a psychologist at the London Health Science Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, recently co-edited a book with two other scholars entitled, the Handbook of EMDR and Family Therapy Processes.

Last year, three faculty members in the Department of Psychology received a Canada Foundation for Innovation collaborative grant to set up the Centre for Biological Timing and Cognition at Lakehead. This new facility will be used as a laboratory and graduate training facility to carry out neuroscientific and clinical research that investigates biological, social, and environmental factors that influence perception, cognition, and mental health.


Professor Norm McIntyre


Professor of Psychology Stephen Goldstein showed two films at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival last November. The first, co-directed with Valerie Weiss and entitled, Chatting and Scatting at the Cornelia Street Café, is described as “a tour de force down in the basement of the Cornelia Street Café where bits of poetry and jazz coalesce in a mind-field of creation.” In the second, entitled Park Pleasure, “the pleasure-seeking behavior of the diverse inhabitants of Central Park and environs provide the setting for this observational documentary.”
Professor Stephen Goldstein

Home Away

Outdoor Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Professor Norm McIntyre has co-edited and published a book entitled Multiple Dwelling and Tourism: Negotiating Place, Home and Identity. Comprising a collection of specially written contributions by 25 authors from Canada, USA, Sweden, Finland, Australia, and New Zealand, it explores multiple dwelling (camps, cottages, cabins, RVs) as a societal response to the major influences of increased mobility and amenity tourism.

New Music in Serbia

Dr. Aris Carastathis Dr. Aris Carastathis, Chair of the Department of Music, recently had a composition selected and performed for the 15th International Review of Composers in Belgrade, Serbia from November 18-21, 2006.

Andrew Staniland’s Full Circle for solo guitar was performed on November 20 in the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestral Hall. Sharing the programme was Aris Carastathis’ Holiday Traffic for flute, marimbas, and cello.

Holiday Traffic was originally written for CMC’s New Music in New Places series and premiered at the Thunder Bay International Airport in December 2005 with a performance by Nancy Hennen, flute, Todd Harrop, marimba, and Colin Mathews, violoncello.

The International Review of Composers is organized annually by the Composers’ Association of Serbia, in service to their mandate of promoting Serbian music in national and international contexts, and informing the domestic audience about international trends in composition.

Click on Play button to hear Holiday Traffic
Carastathis’ music has also been performed recently in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Suite North for String Orchestra), Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Suite North), and in a CD recording by ARA Ensemble in Krakow Poland (Variables I & II for clarinet).
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