Volume 90, Issue 94

Friday, March 21, 1997




We get letters, lots and lots of letters

Western's 268th convocation this spring will include the awarding of eight honourary degrees.

Judy Noordermeer, public affairs officer for Western, said the degrees are awarded to people who are outstanding achievers in their field and have made a significant contribution to Western. One degree will be distributed per ceremony.

Noordermeer said the degree, although carrying no academic weight, will allow the recipients to adopt the letter designation of their degree.

This year's recipients of a doctor of laws degree are: Henry Cheng, a prominent Asian businessman and Western alumnus; Kay Sigurjonsson, for her work in teaching; Beryl Ivey, for her outstanding support of the university; and Thomas Courchene, a former Western professor and leading Canadian economist.

Sir David Mason, a professor at the University of Glasgow; Julia Ivey, a researcher at the University of British Columbia; and Robert Haynes, the first Western graduate to become president of the Royal Society of Canada, will receive doctor of science degrees. Malcolm Ross, a literary scholar, will receive a doctor of letters degree.

Native exposure

Celebrate native culture King's College style.

The centre for studies in creativity will host the Native Arts Festival from March 21 to April 6.

Included in the festivities is a native art exhibition, films and literature by aboriginal Canadians, along with song and dance performances by various aboriginal tribes.

The main portion of the festival will occur this weekend, beginning with the opening ceremonies tonight at 8 p.m. It will continue with a sunrise ceremony in front of the King's College library tomorrow and ending Monday morning.

A native feast is also on the agenda tonight after the opening ceremonies. Admission is free and all members of the community are welcome.

–Kevin Gale


The International Day for the Elimination of Racism will be celebrated tomorrow with a lecture from the South African High Commissioner to Canada, Billy Modise. He will be speaking in Middlesex College Rm. 110 at 12 p.m.

Award for someone special

A new award directed primarily at newer faculty members was passed by the university's Senate yesterday.

The Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching is named after a former assistant professor in physiology and co-ordinator of the educational development office, who won many teaching awards herself, including the 3M Teaching Fellowship.

All continuing members of full-time faculty who usually have seven years or less of university teaching experience are eligible.

Nominations may be made by students or any individual or group through the nominee's faculty or school next year.

–Karena Walter

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