Umed Panu Receives 2003 Distinguished Researcher Award

Lakehead’s most prestigious award for research has been given to a Professor of Civil Engineering who has made significant contributions to the field of hydrological and water resources engineering

by Ryan Sigurdson and Frances Harding

Lakehead’s most prestigious award for research has been given to Dr. Umed S. Panu, an internationally renowned Professor of Civil Engineering who has made significant contributions to the field of hydrological and water resources engineering.

Since joining Lakehead in 1986, Panu has made important advances in five major research areas: pattern analysis and synthesis, infilling of missing data, river ice dynamics, inflow into drains, and the hydrology of Northwestern Ontario. His contributions in numerical modelling of ice progression and regression studies not only led to the adoption of an Ice Model by BC Hydro for investigations in northern rivers, but also provided the impetus for the enhanced role of numerical modelling of ice processes in natural streams. Some of Panu’s contributions have already been incorporated into the development of more comprehensive modelling efforts by Environment Canada, and the US Army Corps of Engineering.

“Dr. Panu’s productivity and research contributions have been truly outstanding,” says last year’s Distinguished Researcher, Dr. Laurie Garred. “He is one of the top scholars in our University and a most deserving candidate for this year’s Award.”

Umed Panu has a PhD in Civil Engineering with specialization in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Waterloo, a MS in Engineering with specialization in Hydrology from the University of Guelph, and a BS in Engineering and Technology with emphasis on Soil and Water Conservation from the Pant College of Technology, UP Agricultural University, at Pant Nagar, India.

In 1996, Panu was awarded a Fellowship from The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science on the basis of his research work in Pattern Recognition Techniques in Water Resources. During the tenure of his Fellowship, he gave several seminars on the Role of Pattern Recognition Techniques in Water Resources and Hydrologic Systems for the benefit of researchers at the University of Kyoto, Gifu University, the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, and Shinshu University in Japan.

Pattern Recognition as a science began 30 years ago and its application has already been extended to many practical fields, ranging from medical diagnostics to biological classification and speech identification. According to Professor Ven Te Chow, the foremost authority in Water Resources writing in 1981 in Advances in Hydroscience, “Panu and associates were the first investigators to apply this approach to the analysis and synthesis of hydrologic data. Their article will attract the attention of many hydrologists to this new area of research.”

Since 1986, the pattern recognition-based concepts have been extended to data infilling methodology in hydrologic data series, streamflow synthesis, and streamflow forecasting at the monthly level for reservoir operations. The results of such investigations have helped to foster collaborative research with scientists at several universities in Japan.

In addition to his research, Panu has supervised a large number of undergraduate students, many of whom have earned awards at national competitions. As well, he has made a consistent effort to recruit graduate students to work with him in cooperation with other universities such as the University of Manitoba, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Ontario.

“Considering the fact that Lakehead does not have a graduate program in Civil Engineering, Dr. Panu’s contribution in the area of student training is remarkable,” says Dr. K.D. Eigenbrod, a colleague in the Department of Civil Engineering.

As for Panu, he believes his role is to nurture good citizens. And it’s the same philosophy that motivates him to get involved with his community – either as a member of the Board of Directors of the Thunder Bay Public Library, as a member of the Lakehead Region Remedial Action Plan, or as the Chief Judge of the Northwest Ontario Regional Science Fair.

“I believe that every student has the capacity to achieve 100%,” says Panu. “It’s just a matter of choice, on the students’ part, as to where they focus their efforts.”

President’s Message

by Dr. Fred Gilbert, President, Lakehead University

Another academic year is under way at Lakehead University, and we welcome new students, faculty and staff to the University. The Advanced Technology and Academic Centre (ATAC) is open, the new residences complete, and we have fully accommodated our Double Cohort demand with some room to spare for next year.

A summer of negotiation has resulted in a tentative agreement with the Faculty Association, and all parties are to be commended for what have proven to be constructive and fruitful discussions. The deal is as fair and equitable as possible given the University’s current fiscal situation that, while improving, is still very vulnerable. Ratification by members and Board of Governors’ approval are still required, and hopefully that will occur by the end of the month.

Construction of the Northern Ontario Medical School (NOMS) Phase I – sixth floor of ATAC, should be complete early next year. A three-storey building between the School of Nursing and ATAC will follow, with construction beginning next spring. Staffing at NOMS West is growing substantially and is occupying space at the Northwestern Ontario Technology Centre as well as in the Braun Building. Work on the curriculum and other steps toward accreditation are progressing well. The new NOMS Board will meet at Lakehead University for its inaugural meeting next month.

Congratulations to Dr. Roger Mitchell of the Geology Department on receiving the Willett G. Miller Medal for geology.

The Strategic Planning Committee is active, and the University community can check in on its meetings which are reported on the Lakehead website via the Communications link or at

The Committee will soon be engaging the community directly with open meetings. I hope everyone who is able to participate takes the opportunity to do so.

Lakehead Opens Doors to New Residences

Two new residences have added 288 beds to the campus

by Marla Tomlinson

Photo: David Hare (left), Manager of Residence and Conference Services, and Sean Hannaford (right), President, Lakehead University Student Union

Lakehead University officially opened the doors to its two new residences on August 27, 2003. The three-storey apartment-style structures offer an additional 288 beds to first-year students.

The new residences contain 36 units each. The units feature four bedrooms, a living room, dining area, kitchen and one-and-a half- bathrooms. Provision also has been made in a number of the units for barrier-free accommodation.

“We know that an integral part of the student experience is their interaction with each other outside the classroom, and this is particularly important for first-year students,” says Dr. Fred Gilbert.

“While other universities struggle with student living space, these two new residences allow us to honour our commitment to guarantee all first-year students accommodation on campus,” Dr. Gilbert adds.

“We are very excited about these new residences," says David Hare, Manager of Residence and Conference Services at Lakehead. "They allow us to offer first-rate, modern, and comfortable accommodation to more students who come to Lakehead from outside Thunder Bay.”

Students will start to move into their rooms in the new residences the first week of September. The contract for design and construction was awarded to Aurora Construction Thunder Bay Limited.

Sport Web -- The Online Learning Project

Lakehead University Wrestling Coach Francis Clayton is managing the development of a Website that will help coaches improve their skills

by Mike Aylward, Daniel Johnson, and Frances Harding

Francis Clayton is using the Internet to help wrestling coaches in remote communities improve their skills.

Since May 2003, the Lakehead University Wrestling Coach and a team of three Lakehead students have been developing the wrestling component of a new national coaching website called “SportWeb – The Online Learning Project.”

The goal is to create an online resource for all levels, including coaches athletes, officials, educators, and parents.

The project has received over $25,000 in software and training from CANARIE, a joint initiative of the federal government and the Canadian telecommunications industry to make Canada a world leader in innovative and collaborative network technologies.

According to Coach Clayton, the wrestling component of the website is being developed as a cooperative project between Nortia Technologies Inc. of Vancouver, Lakehead University, and the Northwestern Ontario Wrestling Club.

It will contain four components. The first is the online coaching resource centre which will give coaches access to all levels of technique, drills, games, as well as discussion forums. The second allows coaches to build their own websites to enable athletes and parents (with IDs and passwords) to access the sites as well. The third is a suite of onsite education authoring software called Lesson Builder, which is designed to allow people with limited computer skills to build engaging multimedia content and to publish directly to the Internet. The fourth component is the athlete's diary application, which allows athletes to keep a training and nutrition diary, and also allows coaches access to the diary. The diary will have a discussion forum allowing communication between athletes and coaches across the country.

Clayton said he took on this project because he felt it was something that could benefit wrestling coaches across Northwestern Ontario. "We're trying to reach out and help coaches in geographically isolated communities who had previously felt abandoned, and provide them with feedback and coaching information that will help give their wrestlers a good sporting experience."

SportWeb is currently working with 26 sports organizations across Canada such as Rugby Canada, the Canadian Soccer Association, and SportMed B.C.

Lakehead is the first university to take part in the project.

"We're enormously happy to be working with Coach Clayton and Lakehead University,” says Nortia President Ian Humphreys. “We believe this project will help coaches and athletes utilize state-of-the-art technology to its fullest potential and deliver the best possible coaching resources to the widest possible audience across Canada. Coach Clayton's work will be key in showing how this project can benefit coaches and athletes in small, isolated communities, as well as those in the larger centres."

Clayton expects his component to be completed by January 2004, and he credits his Summer Work Program staff (Katie Patroch, Trevor Manchester, and Dave Muscat) for the progress he has made to date. He’s hoping they will be re-hired under the OWSP, and that he’ll be able to attract another four students to finish the project.

For more information, contact Francis Clayton at 343-8513 or by e-mail:

Geologist Honored by The Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Roger Mitchell is one of 12 Canadians receiving medals this year from the Royal Society of Canada for extraordinary achievement in the social sciences, humanities, and pure and applied sciences

by Marla Tomlinson

Dr. Roger Mitchell (photo right), Professor Emeritus of Geology, has received the Royal Society of Canada’s Willet G. Miller Medal for geology, a medal awarded every two years for outstanding research in any branch of the earth sciences.

“I am extremely privileged to have been chosen as a recipient of this medal,” says Mitchell. “It is the highest award given to a geoscientist in Canada; even to be nominated is an honour and actually 'winning' the medal is marvellous!

“In addition to the personal satisfaction my research brings me, this award indicates that my work has been recognized as being significant and relevant to the international academic and industrial communities.”

The Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities, is the senior national body of distinguished Canadian scientists and scholars. Its primary objective is to promote learning and research in the natural and social sciences and in the humanities.

Mitchell, who was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994, is the only recipient of this distinction in Northwestern Ontario. There are only 30 previous recipients of the Miller Medal, including world renowned scientists J. Tuzo Wilson (best known for his instrumental role in developing the theory of Plate Tectonics) and N.L. Bowen (who brought together the disciplines of geology and chemistry to create the new science of experimental petrology, the experimental study of rocks.)

In announcing the award, The Royal Society of Canada issued a press release stating: “Dr. Mitchell is the world’s leading authority on the occurrence and genesis of alkaline rocks. His extensive work on the mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry of kimberlites has confirmed the standard genetic model, culminating in his definitive book on this important group of rocks. He has also worked extensively on the character and origin of lamproites, resulting in a new model for their genesis, and publication of the definitive book on these rocks. His work is marked by that rare combination of thoroughness and imagination, and has established him as the leading petrologist in Canada.”

Willet G. Miller, 1867-1925, was a distinguished geologist, and a guiding force in the development of the Ontario mining industry.

The award will be presented at the Society's Awards Banquet later this year.

Three Civil Engineering Students Win National Awards

Kerrie Fabius, Mike Vogrig, and Adam MacDonald have earned awards in the Undergraduate Report Competition of the Canadian Geotechnical Society

by Marla Tomlinson

Three Lakehead University Civil Engineering Students -- Kerrie Fabius, Mike Vogrig, and Adam MacDonald -- have been earned awards in the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s Undergraduate Report Competition. They were supervised by Dr. Sai Vanapalli.

Fabius wrote a paper entitled "Kaministiqua River Slope Analysis using the Principles of Unsaturated Soil Mechanics." She was the first prize winner in the category of Individual Competition.

Vogrig and MacDonald co-wrote the paper, "A Laboratory Technique for Estimating the Resilient Modulus Variation of Unsaturated Soil Specimens from CBR and Unconfined Compression Tests." They took second place in the Undergraduate Report Competition, Group Competition.

Fabius said that entering a competition like this would be beneficial to all students. “It is extra work at the end of the year when you don’t really feel like working, but in the end it’s such an excellent opportunity to learn, meet others in your field, and get your name out there. Besides, it looks great on a resume!”

Each student won a monetary prize as well as a one-year membership to the Canadian Geotechnical Society. The Awards Ceremony will be held on September 29, 2003, at the Society’s 56th Annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference in Winnipeg.

News from the Northern Ontario Medical School (NOMS)

Despite the summer setbacks of power outages and computer viruses, NOMS is right on track with its accreditation process

by Michael OReilly

Neither heat nor summer vacations, power outages, computer viruses, or lack of sleep, shall deter the Northern Ontario Medical School from completing its appointed tasks.

As summer winds down and deadlines approach, the mantra of the postal service seems to ring true for NOMS. Over the past few months, the staff and faculty of NOMS have been working very hard to ensure the smooth creation of Canada’s first new medical school for the 21st century.

The summer brought all the expected challenges, plus a few extras. Like everyone, we were hit with the nearly province-wide power outage. This was followed by a week of power shortages, making it very difficult to continue to work. Then NOMS, just like the rest of the computer world, got caught up in not one, but two major computer viruses.

But despite these difficulties NOMS is proud to report the process of accrediting the medical school is right on track. The first draft of our Accreditation Database was completed on September 1. This is the first step toward full accreditation of the MD program.

A major part of this process is developing a true Northern Ontario curriculum. At the heart of the new NOMS curriculum are the five Themes that will be taught and reinforced in almost every aspect of the program. These are:

– Northern and Rural Health
– Personal and Professional Aspects of Medical Practice
– Social and Population Health
– The Foundations of Medicine
– Clinical Skills in Healthcare

With these themes as guideposts, curriculum writers are hard at work creating the actual program modules that will form the core of the School’s Case-Based Learning approach. Each Case will be drawn from real-life Northern situations, making this a true Northern Ontario medical curriculum.

For more information contact Michael OReilly, Communications Officer, NOMS-West Northern Ontario Medical School

Phone: 807-229-7746
Fax: 807-229-1654

Three-way Partnership Boosts Cross-Country Ski Program

Lakehead is teaming up with the National Team Development Centre and Big Thunder Nordic to attract the highest calibre of athletes to Northwestern Ontario

by Mike Aylward

Lakehead University has formed a three-way partnership with the National Team Development Centre (NTDC Thunder Bay) and Big Thunder Nordic to enhance its Cross-Country Skiing Program. The program is called Lakehead X-C.

"Lakehead X-C has been developed in the spirit of excellence and will assist young Nordic skiers, both in this community and from outside this region, in their pursuit of developing into elite athletes,” says Director of Athletics Tom Warden. “Lakehead Athletics is continually exploring opportunities for partnerships to help creatively deliver high-level Varsity programs to our student body. Our relationship with NTDC, a national training body, and Big Thunder Nordic is an example of that commitment."

The partnership has considerable advantages for all three participants. Lakehead will gain a full-time Head Coach, develop a strong link with NTDC Thunder Bay (which is part of the national Nordic Ski Program framework), have access to a full-service ski club structure, and a pool of talented young local athletes who may choose to study at Lakehead.

"This partnership is a significant step forward toward building an even stronger Nordic Ski program in our community,” says NTDC Thunder Bay President Al Maddox. “With our international coaching support at the National Team Development Centre and the strong club athlete development in Thunder Bay, Lakehead should look to dominate the university competition.”

The new Head Coach of Lakehead X-C and of Lakehead University's team is Eric Bailey. He is responsible for athlete development, sponsorship, grant applications, and recruitment. Bailey is a native of Thunder Bay who competed in cross-country skiing as a junior and started coaching seven years ago. Bailey got his Level 1 NCCP certification when he was 16. He is currently Level 3, and working on his Level 4. From 1999-2001, he was the Head Coach of the Lakehead Nordic Ski team

Bailey says that Lakehead X-C is a positive step towards bringing Lakehead to the top in Nordic skiing. "I am extremely excited about the new partnership. The concept has been worked on for several years, and now the three partners have made it a reality. Lakehead University has always been at the forefront of the Nordic skiing scene in Ontario, and this development proves that they are dedicated to providing a national-calibre program that will attract elite student-athletes from across the country to the University and our community. The potential of this program is immense, as it secures a full-time coach for Lakehead University and Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club -- something that only a few universities in Canada can offer."

Bailey has been the Head Coach for Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club for the past three years. He also has served as Assistant Coach and Head Coach for several Ontario Provincial Team trips. This past season as coach of Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club, his club ranked 7th in the Country at the National Championships. Over the summer, he worked hard to recruit student-athletes for Lakehead University's upcoming Nordic season.

Bert Viljakainen, President of Big Thunder Nordic ski club, said Lakehead X-C will bring many benefits to his club, Lakehead University, and regional Nordic skiing. "This partnership provides a much more sustainable coaching platform for the Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club. Creating a full-time coaching position to be shared with Lakehead University will help attract top level coaches, thereby benefiting not only the competitive athletes on both Nordic ski teams but also those younger skiers that are just beginning to take up the sport more seriously. Ultimately, this will help attract more young athletes to the sport as well as help keep them actively involved in cross country skiing when they get to university."

Cones or Cylinders?

An important new theory on juvenile wood formation developed by a Lakehead Professor Emeritus, Dr. K.C. Yang, will help tree growers and forest managers work more effectively

by Frances Harding

A relatively new theory on the formation of juvenile wood formation published by Lakehead professors K.C. Yang (Photo right) and C. Benson in 1997 has been included in the fourth edition of a textbok used by North American forestry schools. The book, published in 2003, is called "Forest Products and Wood Science: An Introduction” and is written by Jim L. Bowyer, Rubin Shmulsky, and John G. Haygreen.

Juvenile wood is characterized by short fiber, low density, low strength, thin cell walls, and high shrinkage. It is formed as part of the developmental process of tree growth and is found in the centre portions of stem cross sections. Juvenile wood is present in every tree. And virtually every living tree, regardless of age, continues to form juvenile wood during each growing season.

Yang and Benson's theory, which first appeared in Yang's 1986 publication in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, states that the width of juvenile wood is highly correlated with the age of formation of cambial initials counted from the years of seed germination. They noted that older cambial initials produce juvenile wood for a fewer number of years than do younger initials. The result is a conically shaped juvenile wood zone that narrows from a broad base toward the top of the tree.

Their theory replaces an older theory, called the Crown-formed Wood, put forth by scholars working in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. It stated that juvenile wood was formed in a cylindrical, rather than conical, formation.

So what is the significance of K.C. Yang's research to tree growers and forest managers? "The weakness of juvenile wood has created various problems for the forest product industry. As a result, the question of how to plant a tree with a small volume of juvenile wood becomes a crucial issue of forest management and forest operation," says Yang.

According to Yang, many plantation stands planted after WW II in North America have reached a mature stage and are ready for harvesting. The users have been surprised to find a higher than expected percentage of juvenile wood in these trees. The financial loss, due to the high percentage of juvenile wood, is huge.

Yang says his new theory of juvenile wood formation will provide the proper knowledge for growing trees with a small amount of juvenile wood, and will serve as a foundation for future research on tree growth.

Lakehead Researchers receive New Opportunities Grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation

Innovative work by Dr. Wa Gao, Dr. Aicheng Chen, and Dr. Peter Hollings is strengthening Canada’s research capability

by Marla Tomlinson

Three Lakehead researchers have received a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) New Opportunities Grant to support their research efforts. These investments, approved by the CFI Board of Directors on June 17, 2003, were made under the New Opportunities Fund, providing $33.5 million for infrastructure support to newly recruited academic staff.

Dr. Wa Gao (photo right), Department of Civil Engineering, received a $102,522 grant to purchase analytical and experimental equipment for environmental engineering research. The facility, including modern instruments for organic contaminant and toxicity analysis and an environmentally controlled test room, will allow Gao to investigate the impact of cold temperatures on waste treatment processes and to develop innovative water and wastewater technologies. It will also serve the research needs of many researchers at Lakehead and will strengthen the research capacity in the environmental area in Northwestern Ontario.

Dr. Aicheng Chen (photo left), Department of Chemistry, received a $59,680 grant to be used for an electrochemical work station, which is essential to bringing advanced electrochemical methodology to Lakehead.

Electrochemistry is crucial in the electrolytic production of various metals, and the bleaching and brightening of pulp and paper. It also has tremendous potential to provide solutions for environmental problems through the recovery of chemicals, destruction of toxic organic pollutants, and water disinfection. The facility will assist Aicheng Chen in his research as well as in the electrochemical study of nano-structured materials for Green Chemistry applications.

Dr. Peter Hollings (photo right), Department of Geology, received a $79,347 grant for a microanalytical research facility, which is a modern, clean petrographic facility for applied and pure research into the genesis of igneous rocks and ore deposits.

The grant will provide cutting-edge equipment for Hollings to carry out high-quality petrographic investigations to determine patterns of alteration and mineralization, sources of economic mineralization, and the petrogenetic histories of both mineralized and unmineralized rocks. This will assist Hollings, as well as several other researchers and students at Lakehead, in increasing the impact of research in the field of applied geology and ore deposit genesis.

The New Opportunities Fund is designed to help launch the careers of new and talented faculty members. By attracting and retaining high-calibre talent, the CFI is assisting Canada’s efforts to strengthen research training at institutions across the country.

"The recognition from CFI proves that Lakehead University's researchers are among the best in Canada,” said Dr. Harun Rasid, Acting Associate Vice President (Research). “We are very pleased with the exceptional, innovative, cutting-edge work our researchers do. This support from the CFI will ensure that the important work being conducted at Lakehead University will continue.”

“These awards recognize new researchers whose work will surely be of direct benefit to Canadians in a wide range of fields,” said Dr. David Strangway, CFI President and CEO. “These projects were selected following a highly competitive process and will help ensure that researchers and students at Lakehead University have access to a world-class research and training environment.”

Lakehead University Student Radio Hits the Airwaves

Lakehead Radio -- CILU 90.3 on the FM dial -- is well on its way to reflecting the many musical tastes, political views, and community perspectives that a large student body can generate

by lauran hill

Lakehead University Student Radio will soon begin broadcasting on the radio airwaves as well as on the Internet.

The start date is tentatively set for September 29, with many allocated time slots catering to various interest groups and clubs on campus, in addition to those who just wish to “spin discs.”

For the past three years, Lakehead Radio has been broadcasting over the Internet, but with the transition to FM pending, interest in Lakehead Radio is quickly growing. The station will be using a 50 watt power level which means coverage for all of Thunder Bay and the nearest communities.

Recently, I had a chance to converse with Coordinator Jay Nichol to ask him about some of the benefits of having a campus-based radio station.

hill:What was your reason for the start up of a campus-based radio station?
Nichol:Lakehead University Student Radio is meant to reflect the diversity of Thunder Bay culture and to be an unbiased, independent voice in the community. Many students come to this city only to find that they can no longer listen to the type of music they had once listened to in their home towns and cities.

hill: How can Lakehead Radio be of benefit to the Lakehead staff and faculty?
Nichol: Lakehead Radio is student oriented but there are many opportunities for faculty and staff input. For example, administration can access CILU for disseminating pertinent school information to the students.

hill: Where is CILU located and how can people reach you?
Nichol: Lakehead Radio studio is located on the second floor of the University Centre in room UC-2014A, telephone: (807) 766-4999.

Lakehead University Student Radio Coordinator: Jay Nichol

LU Radio E-Mail:

Welcome New Faculty and Staff

Lakehead University welcomes the following new faculty and staff who have been hired since the middle of June 2003:

Dr. Hao Bai, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Mathew Boyd, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Mary Breunig, Lecturer, Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Dr Han Chen, Assistant Professor, Forestry
Kevin Crow, Lecturer, Forestry
Dr. Greg Gillespie, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Dr. Yanglin Gong, Lecturer, Civil Engineering
Professor Nikola Gradojevik, Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Dr. Douglas Ivison, Assistant Professor, English
Dr. Robert Jickling, Assistant Professor, Education
Michel Johnson, Lecturer, Kinesiology
Dr. Mathew Leitch, Assistant Professor, Forestry and the Forest Environment
Professor Hamza Malik, Lecturer, Economics
Dr. Zhiwei Mao, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Dr. Chris Parkes, Assistant Professor, English
Professor Robert Petrunia. Lecturer, Economics
Dr. Peter Raffo, Assistant Professor, History
Andrea Ramsdale, laboratory Instructor, Geography
Dr. Michael Schindler, Assistant Professor, Geolog
Shane Strickland, Lecturer, Nursing
Professor Tim Taha, Lecturer, Kinesiology
Professor Fridolin Ting, Lecturer, Mathematical Sciences
Professor Beratrice Vernier-Larachette, Lecturer, Languages
Dr. Rachel Warburton, Assistant Professor, English
Dr. William Wilson, Assistant Professor, Geography
Dr. George Williamson, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Dr. Xiaoli Yang, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Linda Ashby, Director of Communications, Northern Ontario Medical School
Kelly Binette, Administrative Assistant, NOMS
Christine Brezden, Caretaker, Physical Plant
Christina Buzzi, Student Placement and Cooperative Education Officer
Brenda Etherington, Administrative Assistant, NOMS
Jim Flaman, Press Operator, Printing & Mail Services
Graham Forshaw, Security Communications Officer, Security
Connie Hartviksen, Coordinator of the Native Nurses Entry Program, School of Nursing
Sherry Herchak, Human Resources Officer, Human Resources
Kirsten Kirk, Accounting and Purchasing Clerk, NOMS
Hilary Koza, Security Communications Officer, Security
Jon Krenier, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball
Derrick Kwiatkowski, Technician, Biology Department
Tim MacInnes, Assistant Registrar, Systems/Records
Debbie Modin, Administrative Assistant, NOMS
Scott Morrison, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Athletics
Heather Murchison, Development and Alumni Project Researcher, Development
Beth Noble, Coordinator, Alternative and Innovative Enterprises Division in Lifelong Learning, Education
Lana Norton, Executive Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer, NOMS
Kevin Pashuk, Director of Technology, NOMS
Kim Salamon, Caretaker, Physical Plant
Rosanna Scaffeo, Student Placement & Cooperative Education Officer
Dr. Millo Shaw, Registrar
Andrew Schach, Technician, Chemistry
Loretta Sheshequin, Administrative Assistant, NOMS
Genevieve Wiens, Project Officer, Forestry Legacy Project
Maria Ypma, Caretaker, Physical Plant
Gail Zanette, Computer Graphics Designer, Graphics and Photography Services

Jennifer McKee has transferred from Alumni Relations to a new position as Secretary in Economics and Geography

Campus News

by Frances Harding

“Nowhere Else I'd Rather Be”
Scenes from Orientation Week 2003

Orientation activities, such as the President's BBQ, attracted capacity crowds this year. New events such as the Boat Cruise of Lake Superior were sold out and Shinerama, the annual fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis, raised over $6,980.
President's BBQ

A Time of Change

Over the summer months, Lakehead welcomed new staff members in key administrative positions and said a fond farewell to others who were retiring or moving on to new challenges

Over the course of the summer, Lakehead said a fond farewell to three long-serving staff members on the occasion of their retirement: Assistant Registrar Brenda Nelson, Registrar Pentti Paularinne, and Director of Corporate Relations Moe Ktytor.

As well, the University said adieu to its Coordinator of Aboriginal Initiatives, Nova Lawson, who accepted a new position as Executive Director, AIDS Project Arizona, and to Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) Kimberly Barrett, who accepted an appointment as Associate Vice-Chancellor for Student Development and Diversity at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Paularinne and Nelson have worked together for 24 years, facing the pressures and challenges of academic deadlines, online Registration, and annual Convocation ceremonies. At the end of their respective farewell receptions, they each took the opportunity to acknowledge and thank their staff, whose hard work and dedication contributed to their success.

Moe Ktytor, whose career in Student Placement spanned over 35 years, was just as gracious in his summary remarks, saying, “It’s all been worthwhile, and at the risk of sounding gushy, I feel an awful lot of love going through this whole place.” (Proceeds from Paularinne’s and Ktytor’s Roast and Toast dinners have been directed in support of Lakehead University student financial aid.

Dr. Millo Shaw, Lakehead’s newly appointed Registrar, arrived at the end of August just weeks before the arrival of the Double Cohort. Shaw comes to Lakehead from Augustana University College in Alberta where he has held the position of Registrar for three years. He has a law degree and a PhD in Classics from the University of British Columbia.

Joining him, as Assistant Registrar, Systems/Records, is Tim MacInnes who has spent the past four-and-a-half years working as a Senior Programmer Analyst in Lakehead’s Technology Services Centre (formerly called the Communications Technology Resource Centre).

Millo Shaw is excited and looking forward to the challenges ahead, saying, “Tim and I are planning to look for efficiencies in the Datatel system as it exists, but my primary concern will centre on student service – that is, the maintenance of the records system, the organization of Convocation, and being as supportive to staff as we can so they enjoy what they are doing. The work of the Registrar’s Office is very much a team effort.”

During the week of September 15, Lakehead announced that Dr. Jane A. Birkholz had been appointed Vice Provost (Student Affairs). Birkholz has 23 years experience in higher education administration within both academic and student affairs. She holds a PhD in Community and Human Resources from the University of Nebraska.

“I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Brenda, Pentti, Moe, Nova, and Kimberly,” said Dr. Mary Louise Hill, Lakehead’s Vice President (Academic) and Provost. “They have contributed significantly to the University’s success. We are pleased to welcome Millo and Jane to Lakehead and Tim to his new position. This is an exciting time at Lakehead as the Double Cohort arrives, heralding a period of enrolment growth for this University.”

Hiring for an Associate Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) is underway.

Alumni Open Raises Funds for Student Aid

The 20th Annual Alumni Open, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank, was held on September 22, at Chapples Golf Course, raising an estimated $10,640 in support of the Moe Ktytor Student Bursary Award.

Thanks to major sponsors, RBC Royal Bank, Magic 99.9 FM, and Clearsight Wealth Management, along with our co-sponsors and hole and tee sponsors, the Alumni event was a huge success and attracted more than 150 golfers.

Highlights included a putting contest (with the winner receiving two tickets anywhere Westjet flies), as well as a Blind Calcutta, door prizes, raffle prizes, and team prizes. Each and every participant received a beautiful engraved wood barbecue set from Evolution Corporate Gear.

The Alumni Association wishes to extend its appreciation to the major sponsors and prize donors for helping to make this event a success.

Best team score (Front 9)
Rick Baratta, Cliff Frieson, Joanne Zweep (RBC Royal Bank), Kim Karioja (Alumni), Don Kehoe, Missing: Steve Benoit.
Best team score (Back 9)
Jim Gellert, Doug Britten, Joanne Zweep (RBC Royal Bank), Jim Pineau, Kim Karioja (Alumni), Missing: David Pineau.

Call for Nominations for Honorary Degrees

The Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees invites all members of the Lakehead University community to submit nominations for honorary degrees to be awarded at the Convocation in May 2004.

Please provide as complete information as possible about the person being nominated plus a brief rationale for the nomination. All nominations will be considered by the Committee, which will then make its recommendations to the Senate.

Send the nominations to Dr. Pete Hollings, Chair, Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees, c/o Geology Department. Please note that the nominations must be received on or before October 6, 2003, to be placed on the agenda for the October meeting of the Committee.

TBSO Noon Hour Concert – October 29

Lakehead University is sponsoring the TBSO’s Masterworks concert of Handel’s Messiah on April 1, 2004, at 8 p.m. As part of the sponsorship, the TBSO will be giving a free concert on campus beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Agora on Wednesday, October 29.

National Emerging Composers’ Workshop

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Geoffrey Moull, in conjunction with Lakehead University, will be holding a National Emerging Composers’ Workshop between January 19 and January 22, 2004, in Thunder Bay

The TBSO will be offering a number of young composers the rare opportunity to hear their works rehearsed and performed by a full symphony orchestra. Under the tutelage of composers John Estacio and Aris Carastathis, emerging Canadian composers, including recent graduates, senior graduates, and post-graduate students striving to establish professional careers, are being asked to submit their scores for consideration. Successful candidates will be invited to Thunder Bay to hear their works, partake in discussion, and receive professional suggestions within a master-class format.

Scores must be of works that:

  • Have not been previously performed publicly
  • Have a performance length between 8 and 15 minutes
  • Are scored for the core instrumentation of the TBSO - (2*.2*.2*.2./
Please submit scores and a detailed personal resume before October 31, 2003, for consideration by the selection committee to:

National Emerging Composers’ Workshop
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 24036
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
P7A 7A9

Composers will be advised by December 1, 2003, whether their work has been selected and will be asked to submit legible, professional quality orchestral parts by December 15, 2003. Further inquiries may be made to the TBSO Special Events Coordinator at (807) 345-4331 or by email:

This workshop is made possible through the generous funding of the “Cultural Capitals of Canada” program of Heritage Canada.

Athletics Gears up for 2003-2004

During the summer months, the Department of Athletics signed on several new coaches including Jon Kreiner, Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball Team; Scott Morrison, Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team; and Kathy Clouthier, Head Coach of the Women’s Volleyball team. Greg Saari and Ali Salfi were hired to coach the Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country Running Team and the Track and Field Team, and Eric Bailey has been appointed Head Coach of Nordic Skiing.

(For more on Nordic Skiing, see Mike Aylward’s story “Three-Way Partnership Boosts Cross-Country Ski Program” published in this issue.)

Francis Clayton continues as Head Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Wrestling Teams and Pete Belliveau as Head Coach of the Men’s Hockey Team. As well, Lou Pero has taken on the position of Assistant Coach with the women’s basketball program, in addition to fulfilling his duties as Manager of Varsity Sports and Student Athlete Development.

Director Tom Warden says he is excited about his team: “One of our goals in Athletics is to provide our students-athletes with the best possible opportunity to achieve their academic and athletic dreams. I feel that our quality coaching and support staff will help with this student-centred goal.”

A full Home and Away Schedule for the Lakehead University Thunderwolves will be published on the Department of Athletics’ homepage:

Tove Tronslien: Lakehead University Webmaster

Lakehead's new Webmaster has a lofty goal -- to make Lakehead University's website the best university website in Canada.

Since joining the Office of Communications four months ago, Tove Tronslien has made visible improvements to the University's main page as well as significant progress in the development of a new template for subsidiary sites.

The template is being developed in conjunction with individual departments (Human Resources, Aboriginal Initiatives, English, History, and Communications) and will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

"The challenge," she says, "is working with so many people who have so many different ideas and concepts. But it's also an opportunity to make the website more user-friendly, more effective, and more vibrant"

Tronslien has a masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Technology and Science in Trondheim, Norway, as well as an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science.

Originally she wanted to be a teacher, but then became interested in computer science when she realized that very few women were entering the field.

It is the human interaction with technology that fascinates Tronslien. In fact, she did her masters thesis on that very topic using Statoil, a large Norwegian oil company, as a case study. "The computer is just a tool. Without people, it is nothing."

History Happenings

Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Strang on the launch of his book, On The Fiery March: Mussolini Prepares for War.
September 18th

Film Presentation and Discussion - Sept. 30
Join Dr. Ron Harpelle for a public screening of "Banana Split" and the launch of Banana stories/Histoire de Bananes at 7 p.m. at the Waverley Resource Library.

Conference Presentation - Oct. 8-9
Dr. Bruce Muirhead will be presenting "Missing the Boat: North American Economic Integration" at the 4th International INHA-Le Harve Conference on Globalization and Economic Integration.