Volume 91, Issue 90
Thursday, March 19, 1998
Howe 'bout it
Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (and former Gazette staffer) will be at Western tomorrow to speak about "Canada in the Digital World."
Beatty, a former federal Progressive Conservative cabinet minister, graduated from Western in 1971 with a bachelor of arts in history. He also taught in the political science department in 1994. He will be speaking in Rm. 2050 of the social science centre at 2 p.m..
Spring is just around the corner and Western is already gearing up for this year's convocation celebrations.
Western's 270th convocation will take place from June 9 to 12 and will witness over 5,000 students receiving diplomas and degrees. This year's honorary degree recipients represent the fields of education, research, business and the arts.
Donald Rix, a pathology scientist who completed medical school at Western, will receive a honorary degree of science and will speak to graduating students in the faculties of health sciences, medicine and dentistry and the Ivey School of Business.
Alison Prentice will receive an honorary degree of law and will address the graduating classes from the faculties of education and communication and open learning. Prentice is a leading Canadian historian.
Being honoured with a honorary degree of law, Shayne Ainsworth is the ultimate example of heroism. Left blind and quadriplegic after a tragic incident while at university, Ainsworth continued to pursue academic excellence for 30 years. He will speak to graduates of King's, Brescia and Huron Colleges.
Actor and playwright Janet Amos will receive a degree of letters and will speak to graduates of arts and social science faculties. Amos was the former artistic director for the Blyth Festival.
Graduates of the faculty of science will be addressed by John Colter, a biochemist at the University of Alberta who will receive a degree of science.
Former Queen's University principal and Chair of the 1996 Advisory Panel on Post-Secondary Education David Smith will receive a degree of law and speak to the graduating class from the faculty of social science.
Western alumni Bill Etherington, general manager of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa, will address graduates from the faculties of graduate studies, engineering science, law and music.
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