Volume 97, Issue 1
Thursday, May 22, 2003

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News Briefs

Davenport wins honours, doesn't get swelled head

Western President Paul Davenport was recently awarded one of the highest honours available to a Canadian citizen.

He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in a ceremony on May 9 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, the residence of the Governor-General.

"I would put my honour in the context of the dozens and dozens of other honours received by Western's staff and students every year," Davenport said. "I enjoyed the ceremony thoroughly," he added.

In total, the Governor-General presented the honour to 54 Canadians at the ceremony. Davenport said he was very interested to see the achievements of the other recipients during the ceremony.

The citation for Davenport reads, "He has devoted his career to developing educational opportunities for young people to acquire the tools they will need to compete successfully in our knowledge-based world."

Achievement in the field of excellence

One of Western's pathology professors is making it big.

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations is awarding Bertha Garcia one of the 2002 OCUFA Teaching Awards.

"The nominations are for people who display excellence...this is for the best of the best," said Henry Mandelbaum, executive director of OCUFA.

"There are only six academic award winners in the province [for teaching], and one academic librarian who gets the award," Mandelbaum added.

OCUFA represents Ontario's 11,000 university professors and academic librarians. The Teaching Awards were established in 1973, while the Academic Librarian awards were established in 1990.

The awards ceremony will take place on Fri. June 6, in the Spadina Room at the Marriott Hotel in Toronto.

Christmas comes early for arts

Deep-pocketed Western Alumni have been shelling out the cash for arts.

Graham and Gale Wright have donated $1 million to the faculty of arts at Western.

"It's a real shot in the arm for the faculty and we're very grateful to the Wrights," said Kathleen Okruhlik, dean of the faculty of arts. "It's a load off our shoulders."

The donation will be split between a Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Foundation and a Ontario Graduate Scholarships program, she explained.

"The OGS Scholarships are very important to us to attract the best students," Okruhlik said. "We compete with the best universities in the world... this will help us be competitive."

The Graham and Gale Distinguished Scholar Foundation will provide a faculty member with one half-course teacher relief, allowing them to focus on their research, Okruhlik explained.

–Shawn MacPherson


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