A Day to Remember
Lakehead celebrates its 39th Convocation

Susan Johnston and her mother Ethel Sault were among the 850 Lakehead students who assembled at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on Saturday, May 31, 2003 to collect their degrees and diplomas. Both women are graduates of the Indigenous Learning program and both are planning to return to Lakehead to pursue an Honours degree in the fall.

“I thought the whole ceremony was wonderful,” said Johnston, adding how pleased she was to find out she had earned First Class Standing. “It made you feel special.”

Students attending the morning ceremony listened to a Convocation address given by honorary degree recipient Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada and currently the Director and CEO of the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues at UBC. He spoke about Canada’s role in the international community and about the need for all educated people to take responsibility for running the affairs of the country, saying: “There is a very full agenda to apply your talents, skill, and enthusiasm to make this a better, more peaceful, more effective democracy. That means spending a little time, day to day and week to week, to have some dreams about what this country could be.”

In the afternoon, the Convocation address was given by actor and singer Tom Jackson, well-known for his portrayal of Chief Peter Kenidi on the television series, North of 60. Equipped with a portable microphone, Jackson moved out from behind the podium, turned around to face the graduates seated on stage, and addressed them directly, saying: “You have been studying all your life to get where you are today. You have a voice. What you do with that voice is going to change the world.” He concluded his remarks by reciting a newly written song-poem and the audience responded by giving him a standing ovation.

For Assistant Registrar Brenda Nelson and Registrar Pentti Paularinne, Convocation 2003 was a bittersweet day, as it marked their last Convocation prior to retirement. Together they have staged 23 Convocations – most of them in the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.

"It’s the time of the year when the members of staff in the Office of the Registrar really pull together as a team,” says Nelson. “Everyone is willing to work the hours that it takes... Just seeing the excitement on the faces of the students and their parents on the day of Convocation is a huge reward."

According to Nelson, Lakehead issued approximately 1,600 degrees and diplomas this year. As well, 18 members of faculty were given Professor Emeritus/a status including:

Dr. Alan Douglas Bowd, Professor Emeritus of Education
Dr. James M. Haines, Professor Emeritus of Education
Dr. Werden J. Keeler, Professor Emeritus of Physics
Dr. Jerzy Kiszka, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering
Dr. Murray W. Lankester, Professor Emeritus of Biology
Dr. Ronald S. Lappage, Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology
Dr. Alastair D. Macdonald, Professor Emeritus of Biology
Dr. Peter Mah, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Abdul Mamoojee, Professor Emeritus of Classics
Dr. Sher Ali Mirza, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering
Dr. Walter T. Momot, Professor Emeritus of Biology
Professor David B. Parsons, Professor Emeritus of English
Dr. Yves H. Prévost, Professor Emeritus of Forestry and the Forest Environment
Dr. Alexander Sedov, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Thomas W. Stevens, Professor Emeritus of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Dr. Joe D. Stewart, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Professor Sharon Taylor, Professor Emerita of Social Work
Dr. Kung-chi Yang, Professor Emeritus of Forestry and the Forest Environment

The following is a list of the awards given out during Convocation:

President’s Awards
Kathleen C. Buset Dipl Eng Tech BEng

Scott Wiebe BScF(Hons)

Mark R. Lesser Dipl Integrated For Res Mgmt BScF(Hons)

Dean of Science and Environmental Studies Medals
E. Michele Cappello BSc., and David J. Wilson BSc

Olivia Ann Wdowiak BA(Hons)

The Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities Medals
Olivia Ann Wdowiak BA(Hons)

Ryan C. Felushko BA(Hons)

The Vice-Chancellor’s Medal
Nathan Timothy Paul Jowett BSc

The Chancellor’s Medal
Darlene Joy Reid HBMus

Distinguished Researcher Award
Dr. Umed S. Panu, Professor of Civil Engineering

Distinguished Instructor Award
Dr. Thomas Potter, Associate Professor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism

The Poulin Award
Bill Jo Cox BSc

Dean Braun’s Medals
Paul James David Bell Dipl Eng Tech Loyalist BEng

Bo Zhang Dipl Eng Tech

Ashley E. Spenceley BES(Hons)

Mark Richard Lesser BScF(Hons)

Vanessa E. Power BSC

Allison K. Mahoney BA BAR(Hons)

Cheryl A. Best Dipl Confederation BAdmin

Jay Robert Storeshaw BComm(Hons)

Catherine L. Peacock Dipl Lib & Info Studies

Holly Ladouceur Dipl Confederation BSW(Hons)

Twyla A. Carolan BKin(Hons)

William A.West Education Awards
Sandra Lynn Stewart Dipl Confederation BA(Hons) BEd

Amy Jean Nishio BSc Tor. BEd

Michael Andrew Mitchell BASc(Hons) MA,McM. BEd

Helen Lois Hill BA BEd

Charlotte Neckaway Dipl Nat Lang Inst

Mark Gordon Dunford BA BEd MEd

The Governor General’s Gold Medal
Andrea N. Collins BA BEd MA

The Governor General’s Silver Medal
Olivia Ann Wdowiak BA(Hons)

The Governor General’s College Bronze Medal
Bo Zhang Dipl Eng Tech

Staff Award
Maurice A. Ktytor, Director of Corporate Relations

Photos from Convocation are posted on the Lakehead website: www.lakeheadu.ca under “What’s New and Exciting.”

Poulin Award Winner
Billi Jo Cox, BSc'03

Billi Jo Cox says the past six years at Lakehead have been her best. The 2003 Poulin Award recipient is heading into her second year as LUSU Vice-President of Student Issues and has spent a total of four years serving on the LUSU Board of Directors. During that time, she has coordinated scores of events and raised thousands of dollars for Cystic Fibrosis and AIDS research. She says her greatest motivation comes from helping people because it makes her want to push harder and achieve higher goals.

Cox’s first taste of leadership came during a bout of homesickness in her first year when she organized a mass trip to Toronto for students to visit their families. From there, she went on to become House President and subsequently Chair of Residence Council.

Her involvement in the on-campus committee of Students United for Drinking Sensibly (SUDS) lasted for six years and has earned Lakehead national recognition. As well, she has been a National Coordinator of Shinerama, a Residence Programmer, and the creator of a Residence Fall and Spring Festival to alleviate exam stress.

The Poulin Award, given out at Convocation, is an award for outstanding citizenship given to the student selected by his/her fellows, the faculty, and administration as contributing most to the welfare of the University through student activities.

Message from the President

Convocation 2003 was held on a spectacularly bright spring day with trees in blossom and faculty, students, and guests resplendent in their regalia. Two very fine honorary degree recipients, Lloyd Axworthy and Tom Jackson, made speeches reflecting their personal commitments to improving humanity’s lot. From Axworthy’s call to revitalize democracy to Jackson’s refrain that love is the answer, there was tremendous latitude to challenge the Lakehead graduates to engage in changing the current human condition. I have attended Convocations at six different universities and while all had their own special attributes, none compare with the overall experience of Lakehead’s Convocations. The positive energy and appropriate pomp that surround the event are reflected in the radiant faces of our graduates and guests. It is another statement that we have something special at Lakehead.

Most members of the Strategic Planning Committee have been selected and there will be a meeting this summer, but full activity will not gear up until September. Like the Academic Plan, the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Climate will feed into the process. Two of many areas that will require debate are continued accountability measures or key performance indicators for the University, and effective criteria for implementing allocation or re-allocation processes in concert with the Academic Plan. The Quality Assurance Fund in the provincial budget will necessitate delineation of outcome measurements which we hope will be geared to institutional rather than system accountability. As the University continues to remove itself from indebtedness, there will be opportunities to pursue new or revised academic directions. Criteria for prioritizing the allocation of resources need to be formulated.

Next month marks five years for me as President of this University. True to the Chinese expression, I have lived through interesting times! I sense a revitalized atmosphere on campus, a commitment to a promising future, and a resolution to position the University to have a competitive advantage over its peers. We are a good university that’s getting better and becoming fiscally healthier. There is no reason why Lakehead should not be a leader in modern post-secondary education. We will have the capacity to capitalize on what is a revolution in how people access learning. We already do many things in distributed learning more effectively than most universities, and ATAC will open new vistas in this regard. I look forward to the rest of my tenure as your President to further enhance Lakehead’s ability to sustain itself and make a difference to all who seek to improve themselves by accessing our courses and programs. Complementing that with increasingly successful research activity will ensure that Lakehead is an attractive, respected, and productive comprehensive university.

Construction on ATAC and the new residences is on schedule for the start of classes this fall. The first phase of the Northern Ontario Medical School (NOMS) is moving apace and should be completed by year end. In spring 2004, construction will begin on the three-storey NOMS building adjacent to ATAC. The decision by the NOMS Board to take in the first class of medical students in 2005 was a wise one as it confirms a reasonable time frame within which to develop the total NOMS infrastructure, engage the new NOMS Board and the Senates of the two Universities, and secure accreditation.

We will be in negotiations with many of our unions in the near future; the process has started already with the Faculty Association. It will be administration’s intention to do as much as possible for our people without jeopardizing the University’s still fragile fiscal recovery. I look forward to constructive negotiations between our representatives and wish them success in coming to acceptable agreements.

Have a wonderful, fruitful summer!

Excellence in Research
Lakehead faculty members secure $883,024 in new funding from NSERC and SSHRC

Dr. Apichart Linhananta, an Assistant Professor of Physics whose research using computer simulations could provide clues to solving protein-folding diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and sickle-cell anaemia, is one of 15 researchers at Lakehead who were successful this year in receiving new research awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

The total value of new NSERC Discovery Grants awarded to Lakehead as a result of NSERC’s recent competition is $752,402 over four years. During this same competition, a Research Tools and Instruments Grant (Category 1) valued at $42,913, was also awarded to Lakehead.

SSHRC applicants also did well in the recent competition with new applicants receiving a total of $87,709 over three years.

"Lakehead University's continued success in obtaining SSHRC and NSERC research awards reflects the quality of our faculty and of the research activities at Lakehead,” says Lakehead President, Dr. Fred Gilbert. “We have excellent researchers at the University, and I congratulate all those who were successful in the current competitions."

NSERC is the national instrument for making strategic investments in Canada's capability in science and technology. NSERC supports both basic university research through research grants and project research through partnerships of universities with industry, as well as the advanced training of highly qualified people in both areas. NSERC reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry. It is governed by a council selected from the private and public sectors, and the universities.

SSHRC is Canada's federal funding agency for university-based research and graduate training in the social sciences and humanities. The social sciences and humanities embrace a wide range of disciplines and fields of knowledge. Created as an independent body by Parliament in 1977, it reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry.

“The researchers who have received new NSERC and SSHRC grants join a roster of successful professors who, through their academic pursuits, show a commitment to building a better future,” says Dr. Harun Rasid, Lakehead’s Associate Vice-President (Research and Development). “We are very proud of the many accomplishments of our researchers and faculty members.”

2003-2004 NSERC Grants

Stephen Hecnar, “Species richness and spatial dynamics in amphibians,” Biology, $16,500
Baoqiang Liao, “A novel membrane aerated biofilm reactor for industrial waste treatment - fundamentals and applications,” Chemical Engineering, $18,000
Inderjit Nirdosh, “Liquid-solid mass transfer applications,” Chemical Engineering, $18,000
Aicheng Chen, “Electrochemical study of nano-structured metal oxides for green chemistry application,” Chemistry, $37,300
Dieter Eigenbrod, “Shaft resistance of piles in sand during loading in tension and compression,” Civil Engineering, $13,580
Dimiter Alexandrov, “Excitons of the structure and their application for design of electron devices,” Electrical Engineering, $16,850
Carlos Christoffersen, “Efficient analysis of circuits with widely separated time constants,” Electrical Engineering, $24,000
Mohammad Uddin, “Development and implementation of digital control for electric machine drives incorporating intelligent algorithms,” Electrical Engineering, $29,000
Ellie Prepas, “Inverted fluorescence microscope for use in environmental and health sciences research in a centralized facility,” Faculty of Forestry and the Forestry Environment, $42,913
Peter Hollings, “Geochemistry of volcanic rocks associated with flat slabs in South America/implications for the evolution of a convergent plate margin,” Geology, $12,890
Wanzhen Huang, “Optimization under uncertainty: theory, algorithms, and applications,” Mathematical Sciences, $9,702
Tianxuan Miao, “Amenable locally compact groups and the Fourier algebra,” Mathematical Sciences, $14,000
Apichart Linhananta, “Theoretical study of protein folding and protein aggregation,” Physics, $21,300

2003-2004 SSHRC Grants

Brian O’Connor, “Rigid and extreme personality: associations with irrational beliefs, relationship difficulties, and behaviour patterns,” Psychology, $51,295
Bruce Strang, “The limits of sovereignty: Italy in the Cold War era, 1948-1953,” History, $36,414

A Proud Graduate
Alumni Association celebrates Honour Award Recipient Denis Turcotte

Alumni Honour Award Recipient Denis Turcotte was honoured at a gala dinner in the Faculty Lounge on May 29, 2003, following the Alumni Association’s Annual General Meeting.

Turcotte holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Lakehead and was appointed CEO and President of Algoma Steel in 2002. Before joining the company, he served as Paper Group President and Executive Vice President – Corporate Development and Strategy with Tembec Inc., a major Canadian forest products company.

In his keynote address after dinner, Turcotte spoke about some of the issues, challenges and benefits facing northern businesses, and he urged community leaders to stay focused on basic principles. “Capital and people will always flow to where they can achieve a competitive return over time,” he said. He then went on to share his experiences – first with Spruce Falls Pulp and Paper, where he was involved with what he termed as “the most successful employee buyout in Canadian history,” and then with Algoma Steel, where he now faces the challenge of re-focusing a “great Canadian institution” to be competitive in the global market.

Turcotte said he was “a proud graduate of a university that had given him an advantage,” citing the guidance he received from his professor, Dr. Seimer Tsang. As well, he complimented the President of Lakehead, Dr. Fred Gilbert, on his vision and leadership, saying it was clear that Lakehead was focused on its “core business.” He also acknowledged Lakehead’s accountability, commending senior administration for communicating this, as well as the University’s mission, through the Lakehead University website.

Music for the evening was provided by a trio of graduates -- Jamie Philp, Dino Pepe and Tom Boshcoff – and it was pointed out that student art, purchased by the Alumni Association, was now on permanent display in the Faculty Lounge.

Missing in Action
Project to Identify Unknown Soldiers leads to Start of MIA Database

Lakehead University’s Paleo-DNA Laboratory was recently asked to help identify the remains of Canadian soldiers found near Passchendaele, in Belgium, who died during battle in World War One.

On January 31, 2002, one incomplete and two complete skeletons were found near the city of Passchendaele. Artifacts found with the remains suggested that they were of Canadian origin --specifically the Third Toronto Regiment. During the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, there were 240 casualties from the regiment. Approximately 56 of these soldiers were never identified.

Ron Cushman, an ex-serviceman involved in the history of the service, was aware of the Paleo-DNA Laboratory’s skills in ancient DNA testing and contacted Dr. Carney Matheson, Director of the Paleo-DNA Laboratory, to work on the DNA profiling to identify the remains.

Through medical records, it was believed that one of these skeletons belonged to Sydney Churchward, one of the Missing in Action (MIA) soldiers from the Third Regiment. The skull contained three gold teeth and a missing incisor, and this correlated with Churchward’s medical files. However, the DNA sequence was compared to those of Sydney Churchward’s maternal relatives and found not to be a match.

“This is the first time there has been an attempt to genetically identify Canadian World War One MIA soldiers,” says Matheson. “Although the remains were not those of Sydney Churchward, this sort of testing brings us one step closer to identifying these soldiers.”

Matheson says that this project has spurred another important endeavor. Terri Jones, who worked with Dr. Matheson as well as with Renee Praymak and Stephen Fratpietro on the DNA analysis of the soldier, has started to create a MIA Database of Canadian soldiers through their medical records, beginning with those from the battle at Passchendaele.

“The next step, if proper funding can be obtained, would be to get maternally related relatives of these soldiers and start genetic profiling for each MIA soldier. Then, once remains are found, this information will already be available for DNA testing,” says Matheson.

The database will be completed by the end of the year.

Leading the Way to Learning
Superior Science gears up for its 5th year

Tim Bernardi and Becky Richardson are Co-directors of Superior Science, a children’s science program based at Lakehead that is designed to be an “amazing” hands-on experience. It’s a place where children can have fun and see for themselves what university is all about.

The program is designed for students from Grade 3 to Grade 8 and is made up of three parts: the spring workshop that takes place in local elementary schools in Thunder Bay and surrounding areas; planned community events; and the on-campus summer day camp.

The summer day camp (beginning June 30) runs for one week at a time and submerses the children in comprehensive hands-on activities designed to interest them in a career in sciences, engineering and technology.

Each spring, a team of both university and high school level instructors lead the way to learning. “It’s a great experience for the inquisitive high school student who’s not sure of the path they want to take,” says Lakehead student Tim Bernardi. As for the summer day camps, there are two camps that run simultaneously each week, and plans are in the works for a third camp for next summer.

All in all, Bernardi expects to see approximately 350 children involved in the on-campus program this year. Thousands more will be exposed to Superior Science through the elementary school program.

Superior Science is funded through a combination of local, provincial, and national sponsors, and there are bursaries available to families who are in need of financial assistance. “It works out to be cheaper than daycare or babysitting,” he says. “Our mission is to make science available to all students, regardless of their background.”

Many children who have participated in the program have returned to learn more. A number of the high school level instructors who have participated in the program have gone on to pursue science careers. “One student is completing a Bachelor of Science degree in cognitive biological function in British Columbia, another has gone to Brock University for kinesiology, and a number are studying science here at Lakehead,” says Bernardi.

Superior Science was created by Karen Kleihauer (HBKin’01) as a two-week pilot project in 1999. The following year, with the aid of Sarah Bandoni (HBSc’00), the full-time summer program began. Since then, Superior Science has obtained full membership status with a national network called Actua, and last year won the Actua Award for Innovation and Leadership.

Bernardi credits the award to Superior Science’s unique presentation of science and engineering, its outreach to girls and Aboriginal students, and its strong relationship with Lakehead University.

For more information, or to register a child, contact Superior Science at 343-8403 or on-line: www.supersci.lakeheadu.ca and Actua at www.actua.ca

Steel Bridge Building Team places Fifth in U.S. Competition

An eight-person civil engineering team from Lakehead took fifth place at the U.S. National Student Steel Bridge Competition in May. The annual competition was hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction/American Society for Civil Engineering and it was held at San Diego State University.

This year’s team consisted of Paul Turner, Brian Mashford, Charles Chataway, George McKay, Mark Rustan, James Neufeld, Tim Saunders and Darryl Robertson. Dr. Tony Gillies and Dr. Timo Tikka assisted as faculty advisors.

“Being 5th out of 44 teams is proof that our students are among the finest in their field,” says Gillies. “The students’ dedication and determination to be the best team possible really shows. This event is a wonderful learning experience, and it is something that they will be able to bring with them to their careers as civil engineers.”

The competition challenges civil engineering students to design, fabricate, and construct a steel bridge based on a problem statement. Criteria for excellence are represented by the award categories of stiffness, lightness, construction speed, aesthetics, efficiency, and economy. Lakehead placed in the top five for economy, efficiency, speed, and lightness. Standards for strength, durability, constructability, usability, and safety reflect the volumes of regulations that govern the design and construction of full-scale bridges.

“At the Regional competition, our bridge took 5 minutes and 30 seconds to build,” says Gillies “The team worked extremely hard before the National competiton to construct a new bridge which could be built in under 1 minute and 30 seconds, and they were successful with a time of 1 minute and 24 seconds.

Gillies says that Lakehead University has consistently placed well at both the Regional and National events, and Lakehead’s bridge always gets a lot of attention. “It’s one of the bridges that people seek out at these events -- everyone wants to see what we’ve done this year,” he says.

The only other Canadian team to qualify to compete at the Nationals was UBC, and they placed 20th.

Lakehead Graduate appointed Director of Development

Bonnie Moore sees her role as bringing a new energy to the final phase of the ATAC ~ Future of the North Capital Campaign. The challenge, she says, will be to keep the momentum going to bring in the last $10 million. Her plan is “to reach out to faculty, staff, and alumni to reach our goal.”

A graduate of Lakehead herself, Moore is pleased to be back in Thunder Bay where her four siblings and numerous nieces and nephews live.

In 1976, Moore completed a Bachelor of Arts degree as a part-time student while working with the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital. In 1970, she completed a Diploma in Library Science and later worked with Old Fort William, as Director for the Historical Collection and Resources, and at the Thunder Bay District Health Council.

For the past 21 years, Moore has been living in Florida where she has held a variety of management positions focusing mainly on economic development administration and community programs. As well, she has led fundraising initiatives in the corporate and private sectors, and has also competed for federal and state grants.

As Director of Development for Lakehead University, Moore's immediate responsibility will be to continue to engage internal and external audiences to achieve donor targets for the scheduled completion of ATAC. In addition, she will be involved in priority-setting for University fundraising and furthering the centralized development model.

“I honestly believe there is nothing more exciting than investing in Lakehead University,” says Moore, “and I believe there are thousands of alumni out there who feel the same way. They just need to be talked to and visited.”

“The ATAC ~ Future of the North capital campaign has a fabulous group of volunteers, and I am impressed by the level of their commitment and leadership. The challenge now will be to find new opportunities for investment in ATAC so that we can build on our success.”

Bonnie Moore replaces Kim Tobin, who served as Director of Development from September 1, 2000 to October 31, 2002. Her office is located in the Avila Centre, and she can be contacted at 343-8747 or by email: bonnie.moore.lakeheadu.ca

News from the Northern Ontario Medical School (NOMS)

September 2005 confirmed as first NOMS student intake
The Board of Directors of the Northern Ontario Medical School has approved the fall of 2005 as the intake date for the School’s first incoming or “charter” class of undergraduate medical students.

The decision was made by the NOMS Board “to ensure that quality is not compromised by adhering to an unrealistic target date,” noted NOMS Founding Dean Dr. Roger Strasser. “At the same time, the Board recognized the tremendous number of milestones we’ve traversed over the past eight months,” continued Strasser, who took up his post full time last September.

Strasser’s comments and release of the Board’s decision came minutes before yet another NOMS milestone ? the first meeting of the School’s new Academic Council. Comprised of faculty drawn from the medical education networks Northeastern Ontario Medical Education Corporation (NOMEC) and the Northwestern Ontario Medical Program (NOMP), as well as Lakehead and Laurentian, the Council will provide academic governance to NOMS, reporting to the Senates of both universities.

The decision to target 2005 for the charter class came following lengthy Board deliberation of a risk assessment report by NOMS Executive Director of Project Development Dr. David Boyle. (For the full text of the report see the NOMS website at www.normed.ca)

“Innovation takes time, and we are doing something very new and very exciting here at NOMS,” explained Boyle. “I think the people of Northern Ontario would rather see us take an extra year in the planning stages so that we can generate curriculum tailored to their needs, rather than risk not getting accreditation at all.”

Strasser also acknowledged the tremendous support the school has received from all its stakeholders, including the Ontario government, the federal government through FedNor, northern municipalities, physicians, First Nations, the Francophone community, NOMS’ parent universities Lakehead and Laurentian, the region’s hospitals, and the existing medical residency programs of NOMP and NOMEC.

-- Michael O’Reilly, NOMS - West Communications Officer


Pesident of National Rural Physicians Association joins NOMS

Dr. Jill Konkin has been named Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs for Northern Ontario Medical School. She takes up her post immediately and will be based in Thunder Bay at the NOMS-West offices at Lakehead University.

Konkin completed her medical degree and her Family Practice Residency at the University of Calgary in Alberta. She has been a clinical lecturer and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Among her many accomplishments Konkin is the current President of the Society for Rural Physicians of Canada and has been practicing medicine in rural Alberta since 1984. This gives her a unique perspective on the advantages and the challenges of rural medicine.

"I am a rural physician. I live it, I work it, I understand it," says Konkin. "I know the joys and the difficulties of living and working in rural and remote areas, and I want to bring that understanding to our students."

Konkin leaves a successful and long-standing family practice in the small northern town of Jasper, Alberta, to join NOMS.

Founding Dean Dr. Roger Strasser said he is extremely pleased to have Dr. Konkin join the growing NOMS faculty. "Her experiences and her commitment to Family Medicine and to rural and remote practice makes Jill a wonderful role model and educator for our students."

-- Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer


NOMS Aboriginal Workshop produces many New Ideas

Northern Ontario Medical School recently hosted an Aboriginal Workshop to seek input and guidance on the role First Nations people will play in NOMS.

Held in the Anishinaabeg community of Wauzhushk Onigum near Kenora, the three day event brought together nearly 120 delegates from Aboriginal communities across the north. Participants shared their views and their experiences through a series of speakers, small working groups and presentations. Delegates were honoured to participate in ceremonies and the teachings of Elders.

Some of the ideas that came forward centered around student admissions criteria, curriculum development, and governance of NOMS. Other participants talked about the need to engage Aboriginal youth, while still others pointed to the need to provide adequate financial and emotional support.

Over the coming weeks NOMS staff will analyze and organize the large number of ideas. A full report with specific recommendations and milestones will be issued as soon as possible.

But as Dr. Roger Strasser, Founding Dean of NOMS said, this event is just the beginning. First Nations People are key partners in NOMS and will continue to play an essential and vital role as the School develops.

-- by Michael OReilly, NOMS-West Communications Officer

Campus News

Lieutenant Governor visits the Campus
The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, James K. Bartleman, was on campus in early June to meet with representatives of the Native Language Instructors' Program, the Native Teacher Education Program, and the Centre of Excellence for Children with Special Needs. Bartleman is Ontario's first Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor. Since taking office in March 2002, he has spoken out on issues he cares deeply about, particularly mental health, anti-racism, and education.

Funding for Film Project
Peter Raffo, Michel Beaulieu and Ron Harpelle of the Department of History, along with other members of the "Fatal Flower Project," have been awarded the 2003 Burrit/Thompson Award to facilitate the completion of "The Fatal Flower," a silent film shot at the Lakehead in 1929 by the Port Arthur Cinema Society. The Burrit/Thompson Award is handed out annually by the Canadian Federation of Film Societies. Other members of the Fatal Flower Project include Heather Esdon, Kelly Saxberg, and Danny Johnson.

Gwen Wojda appointed Acting Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) Effective June 16 through to August 31, 2003, Gwen Wojda will undertake Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) responsibilities in addition to her current role as Director of Part-time Studies & Distance Education. Wojda’s appointment follows the resignation of Dr. Kimberly Barrett, who has accepted the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Diversity at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

The formal search for a Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) is in progress, with the objective of filling the position by September.

Brian Holm – Elected President of the Alumni Association
Brian Holm, a Capital Management Officer with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, has been elected President of the Alumni Association at the Annual General Meeting held on May 29, 2003. He replaces Mark Tilbury, Chief Administrative Officer of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, who served in the position for two years.

2003/2004 Alumni Board of Directors:
President Brian Holm, ‘97
Vice President Ken Owen, ‘94
Past President Mark Tilbury, ‘94
Treasurer Vonnie Cheng, ‘80, ‘82, ‘92
Secretary David Heald
Director Janeen Mann, ‘87
Director Debbie Douglas, ‘81
Director Patty Habl-Gregory, ‘97
Director Terry Robinson, ‘97
Director Tariq Al-idrissi, ‘00
Director Diane Thompson, ‘94
LUSU Ex-Officio Sean Hannaford, ‘04
Ex-Officio Rob Zuback, Manager, Office of Alumni Relations, ‘88
Board of Governers Rep. David Heald, ‘84

Honours, Awards, Appointments, Publications

Naysmith and Smith awarded Jubilee Awards
Two members of the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment – Dr. John Naysmith and Peggy Smith – are recipients of a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award, awarded in Ottawa at the National Forestry Congress on May 1, 2003. Naysmith was nominated for the award by the Canadian Forestry Association for his contribution to the forestry community both nationally and internationally, and for his leadership in Ontario’s Forestry Futures Trust and professional forestry education. Smith was nominated by the Canadian Forestry Association for her contribution to the forestry community both nationally and internationally, and for her advocacy for greater Aboriginal participation in Canadian forestry.

The Queen's Golden Jubilee Award recognizes the achievement of groups or individuals who volunteer their own time to improve the quality of life and opportunities for others in their community. The medal was created to mark the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne of England and as monarch and Queen of Canada.

Mirza honoured by Canadian Academy of Engineering
Dr. Ali Mirza, a professor of civil engineering, was welcomed as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering on May 30, 2003. Mirza has made extensive contributions to engineering knowledge, especially in fundamental research on structural safety, stability and second-order effects in columns and frames, and analysis of the behaviour of concrete structures.

The Academy is an independent, self-governing organization, established to serve the nation in matters of engineering concern. Fellows of the Academy are professional engineers from all disciplines who are elected by their peers on the basis of their distinguished achievements and of their contributions to society, to the country, and to the profession. There are just over 250 active fellows in the Academy. With a total of 250,000 engineers across Canada, those elected to the Academy clearly constitute an extraordinarily qualified and dedicated group.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff

Lakehead University welcomes the following staff who have been hired since the beginning of May 2003:


Virginia Antoniak, Data Manager for Dr. Ellie Prepas, Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment
Jennifer Duvall, Academic Records Specialist, Registrar’s Office
Zhen Ji, Library Systems Manager, Library
Dr. Jill Konkin, Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs, NOMS
Mike Korolenko, Webmaster, NOMS
Gary Langen, Maintenance, Residence
Brigitte MacInnes, Coordinator, Academic & Career Advising
Bonnie Moore, Director of Development, Office of Development
Alex Pasquali, Liaison Officer, Admissions and Recruitment
Dan Rogalla, Electrician, Physical Plant
Tove Tronslien, Webmaster, Office of Communications
Isobel Yesno, Coordinator, Native Nurses Entry Program