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Lakehead University Magazine Fall/Winter 2007

Campus News

Convocation 2007

Dick Pound
Lakehead celebrated its largest graduating class this year with approximately 2,300 graduands attending three Convocation ceremonies last May. Honorary degrees were awarded to Goyce Kakegamic, Aboriginal educator, artist, and community leader in Northwestern Ontario; Dick Pound, lawyer, businessman, and a leader in the Canadian and international Olympic movements; and David Strangway, a visionary university researcher and educator who has had a profound impact on the shape of university-based research in Canada. Richard Buset, a long-time supporter of Lakehead, was presented with the title Fellow of Lakehead University.

"I will treasure this occasion and the connection with Lakehead for the rest of my life."
-- Dick Pound, first chair of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), an international organization set up to promote, coordinate, and monitor the fight against doping in sport

Athletes of the Year

Jeff Cameron and Rena Bode
Two outstanding Nordic Skiers claimed the title “Lakehead U Athlete of the Year” in 2007: Rena Bode and Jeff Cameron (HBScF’07). Bode led the women’s team to three straight Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships and four consecutive Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) national championships, as well as competing in Italy at the 2007 Winter Universiade Games. Cameron, too, competed in Italy at the 2003 Winter Universiade Games and, in his final year, collected five gold medals from the OUA and a bronze medal from CIS.

Orillia News

Rebecca Hand and Sally-Ann Burnett
A student from the Orillia campus has won the grand prize associated with last year’s YaleShmale/Be Smart awareness campaign – a pre-paid four-year lease to a Smart Car. Rebecca Hand is enrolled in the five-year HBASc/BEd P/J program and was one of 3,000 people across Canada and abroad who entered the contest. Handing her the keys is Sally-Ann Burnett who served as Director of Operations, Orillia Campus, from April 2006 to September 2007.

Dr. Ronald Harpelle

2006 Distinguished Researcher

Ronald Harpelle has been named Lakehead University's Distinguished Researcher. Harpelle teaches Latin American and Caribbean History and has a special interest in international development. His current research is on the social history of the West Indian diaspora to Central America between 1850 and 1950, and focuses on the struggles for recognition and acceptance of these people during the first half of the 20th Century. Current projects include a history of the International Development Research Centre (which he is writing with Bruce Muirhead of the University of Waterloo) and a documentary film on barbed wire.

YaleShmale/Be Smart

A controversial Awareness Campaign positioning Lakehead University as a smart choice for students attracted worldwide attention from the media and helped to contribute to a 14% increase in first-choice applications from Ontario high school students for the 2007-2008 academic year. The campaign also received a CCAE award. Read more Lakehead success stories in the Annual Report http://annualreport.lakeheadu.ca.

Biorefining Research Initiative

The Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation is providing $6 million in support of a Biorefining Research Initiative (BRI) at Lakehead. Biorefining processes transform low-value biomass feedstocks into higher-value products. Read more online: http://agora.lakeheadu.ca.
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