The McLaughlin College Newsletter Vol 1 No. 3; December, 2007 2 40th Anniversary Celebrations: Everyone Invited! in your old room! Share the experience with your th family! 2008 is McLaughlin’s 40 Anniversary, 1968-2008. McLaughlin College is named after Colonel Samuel • Sunday, May 10: closing brunch; pancakes flipped by McLaughlin, LLD (1871-1972), the first president of General our current Master, Ian Greene. Motors Canada, a philanthropist and benefactor of York th University. The College has a 40 Anniversary Steering ● McLaughlin History project: Prof. Gerry Jordan is combing the Committee chaired by Dr. Jamie Laws, BA ’73, McLaughlin McLaughlin Archives to produce a definitive history of College Student Council Chair from 1969-72, and a Fellow of McLaughlin College. Part of the history will be composed of your McLaughlin College. We have many wonderful events anecdotes! Take time right now to send Gerry an interesting planned. Here is a taste of what’s to come. story from your McLaughlin days: email@example.com, phone us at 416-736-5128, or fax us at 416-736-5436. We have already th ● 40 Anniversary Gala Dinner and Dance, Friday, May 9, received amazing stories from a number of our Alums in 2008. This is a MUST ATTEND event! The gala dinner will take response to our last newsletter – please keep them coming! place at the Montecassino Banquet Hall, Sheppard and Chesswood (with shuttle buses from the Downsview subway ● The Junior Common Room Facelift Project: Joseph Bogdan, a station and McLaughlin College). Montecassino is renowned well-known Toronto architect and McLaughlin Fellow, is drawing for its great food and elegant atmosphere. McLaughlin Fellow, up plans to upgrade the Junior Common Room and turn it into a retired Dean and band leader Prof. David Bell and a 18-piece more attractive space for students, fellows and alums. We’ll big band and dance orchestra will provide the musical share the plans with you, and invite you to help us raise the entertainment. College Masters George Doxey (1978-86), funds to fulfill the plans! Michael Lanphier (1986-91), David Shugarman (1991-2003), th Marlilyn Lambert-Drache (1997-98), and Ian Greene (2003 -) ● Our 40 Anniversary Steering Committee have all indicated that they will be in attendance. The • Dr. Jamie Laws (Chair), BA ‘73 founding Master, Dean George Tatham (1968-78) will be with • Kam Naisbitt (Alum and Division of Students), BA ‘01 us in spirit. Professors, Fellows, staff, dons, students and • Ian Greene (Master) alumni from the four decades, 1968-2008, will be there. Our • Lilian Polsinelli (Administrative Assistant) souvenir magazine will include excerpts from Prof. Gerry • Vicky Carnevale (Alumni Secretary) Jordan’s History of McLaughlin College (see below). There will • Anthony Antonacci (McLaughlin College Council President) be a display of memorabilia from 1968 to the present. Calling • Ross McMillan (Alum and Division of Students), BA ‘01 all McLaughlin Alumni/Alumnae! We don’t have contact • Sean Squires (former Residence Life Coordinator, and Division information for all of you. Please pass on this newsletter to of VP Academic), BA ‘85 th your friends from MAC and/or organize a table for the 40 • Jeff Ball, University Alumni Office Reunion. We have been telephoning our Alums about this event, and are encouraged by their enthusiastic response. We ● Class Reps and Volunteers Needed: Please let us know if expect it to be a sold out event. Buy your tickets early. The you’d like to help (call 416-736-5128). We need 5-6 class ticket order form is available on the McLaughlin web page representatives from each graduating year to help spread the (www.yorku.ca/mcl). word about the Celebrations, and to volunteer to help organize the weekend! th ● 40 Anniversary Weekend Events, 2008 Upcoming Events • Friday, May 9: Gala Dinner and Dance • Saturday, May 10: Homecoming reunion activities Put this on your Calendar: all day long: opportunities for nostalgia, shared The Annual Robbie Burns memories, meeting old friends, and making new Night, Friday, January 25, ones; the history of McLaughlin College, illustrated 2008, McLaughlin Senior presentations by humorous, entertaining and Common Room, 7 pm distinguished fellows of the College; stay in your room th in residence for the weekend. The 16 Annual Robbie Burns • Campus tours (York is now a city of more than Night and Poetry Contest (January 25), McLaughlin Senior 50,000 – you’ll be amazed at the changes!) Common Room, includes cash prizes, a piper, the Address to the • Reunion dinner & pub night in the Junior Common Haggis, good Scotch at a cash bar! Food and entertainment at no Room with live entertainment from Prof. Terry charge. Be a Scot, bring a Scot or be a pretender! Learn how to Conlin’s infamous Bradstock. roll your RRRRRs. Open to all members of McLaughln College. • Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10: opportunities Alumni/alumnae please RSVP to 416-736-5128. No fee to to stay in Tatham Hall Residence once again – maybe 3 attend. Parking in Lot 66, North section (see campus map at strategies to find solutions. Clark described the session as “really www.yorku.ca), $7. good,” and student leaders described it as “awesome.” Also note these Lunch Talks, 12 noon in 140 McLaughlin: Wednesday, January 9 Lunch Talk: Will Potsma, Director of Clark was introduced by Master Ian Greene, who first met Clark Programs, Save the Children Canada as a result of a high school model parliament. Greene organized Friday, January 18: “The Price of Freedom of Expression.” the model parliament, and the Progressive Conservative party Nikahang (Nik) Kowsar is an Iranian cartoonist and journalist arranged for Clark (then president of the Progressive now living in Toronto. He was jailed in Iran for publishing Conservative Youth Federation) to be a resource. During his B.A. cartoons advocating freedom of expression. years at the University of Alberta, Greene got to know Clark (who Wednesday, January 23 Lunch Talk: Tony Genco, President was a Teaching Assistant) as a mentor. David Shugarman, our and Chief Executive Officer, of Parc Downsview Park, will former Master, also knew Clark through a class that they had highlight recent developments in Dowsnview National Park. both attended. Clark immediately recognized Shugarman, indicating that Shugarman hasn’t aged a bit since his U of A days! Monday, January 14 to Thursday, January 18: Conference on the Rwanda Genocide, co-sponsored by McLaughlin College. Following the Address, McLaughlin College provided dinner to Mr. Clark in the Senior Common Room; also attending were For details of these and other events, see www.yorku.ca/mcl. student leaders, senior University administrators, and several Fellows. VP Academic Dr. Sheila Embleton, in welcoming Clark Annual Public Policy Address on behalf of the University, noted York’s emerging status as the The 2006-07 McLaughlin Annual Public Policy pre-eminent Public Policy and Administration university. Address was presented by the Rt. Hon. Joe McLaughlin Fellow David DeWitt, who helped to provide Clark on Thursday, November 15 to a capacity academic input to Clark when he was Secretary of State for audience in the Junior Common Room. His External Affairs, praised Clark for his willingness to consult widely Address was entitled “Restoring a broadly- on important foreign policy issues, and for having the courage to based Canadian foreign policy,” a topic that implement good policy options. President Emeritus Ian he was eminently qualified to explore, having Macdonald commented on how Clark was “swarmed” by been Canada’s Secretary of State for External Affairs from students following his Address, and that this was not unusual 1984-1991. Clark compared Canada’s foreign policy to the two when Clark addressed a student audience. Clark’s integrity and sides of a coin – one being the maintenance of good relations down-to-earth approach engenders trust and admiration, with the United States, and the second being the continuance leadership qualities that are essential to Canada’s success. of a role as a prominent and respected player in various multilateral undertakings, not all of which have the blessing of Grand the U.S. Both strategies are essential, he argued. Canada’s Receptions friendship with the U.S. gives Canada more influence in multilateral settings than would otherwise be the case. As -- June and well, Canada’s willingness to take stands opposed to the U.S., October and her ability to explain these to U.S. leaders in a persuasive For the way, gives Canada credibility amongst her multilateral second year partners. Canada has on many occasions acted as a broker in our recent between the U.S. and various multinational interests, and has history, influenced policies on both sides for the better. The Address McLaughlin was videostreamed live on the McLaughlin web page. A College summary of the Address was published in the Globe and Mail Alumni on November 16. You can link to the videostream on the celebrated McLaughlin web page (www.yorku.ca/mcl). with the College’s graduating students, and their family members and Joe Clark met for an hour with about 20 McLaughlin student friends, on the evenings prior to the convocation ceremonies -- leaders prior to his Address. Clark was deeply involved in June 11 and October 19. Prior to these receptions, a special student politics and student clubs when he was a student at awards ceremony was held in the Senior Common Room where the University of Alberta, and this experience provided him students graduating with academic distinction were honoured, with a foundation for his future career in politics. In the and during which our alumni could mingle with each other and meeting with students, Clark and the McLaughlin student with the award-winning students. The grand receptions were leaders dialogued about issues in student politics and brilliantly planned by Lilian Polsinelli, with great food and entertainment. One of our graduating students was overheard saying, “my graduating friends at Queen’s and Western are so 4 jealous – they don’t celebrate their graduating students like point, it is not anticipated that there will be major changes to McLaughlin does!” The grand receptions provide an McLaughlin’s program affiliations. opportunity to welcome our graduating students into the McLaughlin College Chapter of the York University Alumni The Colleges Strategic Plan and the McLaughlin Operational Plan Association. All McLaughlin Fellows and Alumni are welcome can be accessed through the McLaughlin web page to attend. Our next grand reception will take place during the (www.yorku.ca/mcl). 2008 June convocation period. Colleges Task Force Implementation Orientation 2007 Further to the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force McLaughlin College on Revisioning the Colleges (reported in our last newsletter), organized four full- the Council of College Communities (C of CC) has been created day academic and has approved the first Colleges Strategic Plan for 2007-08. orientation sessions The C of CC consists of all of the College Masters, Deans, and for new students on Student Council Presidents, and representatives of Office of July 30, August 13, the Vice-President Students, the VP Academic, College August 27, August Academic Advisors, College Administrative Assistants, College 28. The first two Fellows, and Residence Life Coordinators. This group of forty sessions were also is co-chaired by the Chair of the Council of Masters (currently open to parents – Ian Greene) and Vice-President Students Rob Tiffin. Its who attended a separate set of meetings. In addition, there was purpose is to draft the annual strategic plan for the colleges, a “mini-orientation” on the morning of September 4 for new and to promote cooperation between the colleges, faculties, students who could not attend any of the other sessions. All five the Division of Students and the Division of the Vice-President sessions were well-attended and the evaluations were positive. Academic. As usual, the peer advisors were a hit. Thanks to Terry Conlin for his peerless Each College prepares an operational plan on an annual basis which reflects the goals of the strategic plan. The McLaughlin Operational Plan for 2007-08 was prepared by the McLaughlin College Advisory Committee, which includes the Master, Academic Advisor, Administrative Assistant, and Associate Dean, two student representatives, a Fellow representative, the Residence Life Coordinator, and the Director of Student Community and Leadership Development. This draft plan was discussed for input at the Fellows Meeting on December 5, and then finally approved by Dean Drummond and the Master. The Master will report to the Dean on its implementation in May of 2008. For 2008-09, the planning cycle will begin in the summer rather than the fall. organizational skills! Under the Task Force model, each of the Colleges is aligned with one or more faculties. In order to accommodate the new As usual, the week-long social orientation, attended by several Faculty of Health, there will be changes to college-program hundred enthusiastic new McLaughlin students, was a great affiliations in Stong and Calumet Colleges, which will be success. associated with the new Faculty of Health. In addition, the One of the highlights was the water fight between Winters and merger of the Faculty of Arts with the Atkinson Faculty, which McLaughlin. The McLaughlin charge was led by Master Ian will occur on July 1, 2009, will also necessitate some changes Greene playing the pipes, and Randall Pilson on bugle. The result to college-program affiliations. (There will be a new college, – a draw. Both great colleges came out on top, and very wet! name to be determined, that will be aligned with the School of Administrative Studies and other related programs in the new Other Activities since Spring 2007 soon to be merged faculty.) The C of CC created a sub- McLaughlin College sponsored sixteen lunch talks during the fall committee to consult the university community about changes semester. These events have been well-attended, and they to college-program affiliations, and the sub-committee will always lead to lively discussions involving students, fellows and report back to the C of CC by the end of February. At this guests. By popular demand, most lunch talks are videostreamed onto the McLaughlin web page so that those who can’t attend 5 can see them. Speakers this fall included Michael Skinner, who McLaughlin College. The MPPAL students take all of their Keele reported on his summer research visit to Afghanistan, Ontario Campus courses in McLaughlin College, and use the Senior veteran politician Monte Kwinter, Bob MacDermid and Jim Common Room for various events. Cooper on the Ontario election, Philip Slayton, author of Lawyers Gone Bad, Ron Ellis, Canada’s leading spokesperson Conference on Judicial Ethics for reform of administrative tribunals, Robert Cox, a leading The Centre for Practical Ethics organized a highly successful public administration academic from the U.S., Alan Winberg, a workshop on judicial ethics from October 26 – 28, co-sponsored former senior federal public servant, Ilana Landsberg-Lewis of by McLaughlin College. In attendance were approximately the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and McLaughlin Fellows Karen fifteen judges from across Canada, and about fifteen academics Murray, Roger Rickwood, and Gill Tieman. As well, McLaughlin with a background in judicial ethics. The workshop was the students George Blake and Michael Payton presented brilliant brain-child of McLaughlin Fellow Carl Baar, and it was organized lunch talks. primarily by former Master and Director of the Centre for practical Ethics, David Shugarman. The consensus of all Homecoming BBQ, Saturday, September 29, 2007 participants was that the conference furthered the The annual Homecoming BBQ in the McLaughlin courtyard was understanding of judicial ethics in important ways, and the a lot of fun, allowing alums over the years to mingle with our Centre for Practical Ethics is planning a follow-up workshop and Tatham Hall students. It was a special treat to have Al Samsa publications. (McLaughlin grad, 1982) at the BBQ! Al brought memorabilia th from the 25 Anniversary Dinner, and is planning to attend the Semi-Formal, November 30 th th 40 Anniversary event on May 9 . Al’s brothers Drago (’72) The and Branko (’78) are also McLaughlin grads. Fellows Tom McLaughlin Wilson, Jamie Laws and Ian Greene were also in attendance. Student Council held Tatham Hall Residence the annual Semi-Formal at Tatham Hall’s first full-time the Paradise Residence Life Coordinator is Banquet Hall Ms. Sarah Burley. She has just north of most recently worked at York University Georgian College, where she on November was the manager of residence 30. About a life for three years. She hundred students took a break from their studies to celebrate completed her undergraduate the end of term. Master Greene, who also enjoyed the degree at the University of Western Ontario in English and festivities, reports that the event was a great success. history, and was also involved in residence life at UWO. She is an enthusiastic member of the McLaughlin College Pot luck: December 5 community, and leads a dedicated team of dons. The annual pot luck lunch was held on December 5, with about 60 Fellows and friends in attendance. A joyous time was had by Graduate Students all! Seasonal music was organized by Prof. Phil MacEwan and A new mandate of the Colleges, further to the Task Force on Prof. Nergis Caneffe. the Colleges, is support of graduate students. Three graduate student associations have expressed interest in working with York’s New President the College. Students in the graduate programs in Interdisciplinary Studies, Public Policy, Administration and Law, Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri became York and Political Science have expressed interest in association University’s seventh president on July 1, with the College. We hope to provide lounge and office space 2007, and was officially installed at a special for these students, as well as greater involvement in speakers ceremony attended by the Masters and series and conferences. other senior administrators and distinguished guests on October 17 in the McLaughlin Fellow Prof. Jamie Scott is Director of the Accolade East theatre. Dr. Shoukri was Interdisciplinary Studies graduate program, and McLaughlin previously Vice-President Research and Master Ian Greene is Director of the Master of Public Policy, International Affairs at McMaster Administration and Law Program. The Interdisciplinary Studies University, and his academic background is in engineering program now has at least temporary office space in teaching and research. Dr. Shoukri is a strong supporter of the 6 college system at York. The college community appreciates his Golden Jubilee Medallion in 2002 and named a Chevalier de energy, vision, and collegial approach to governance. The l'Ordre National de Mérite by the government of France in 2007. th Masters met Dr. Shoukri for dinner on October 9, and were He plans to attend the May 9, 2008 40 Anniversary Dinner and impressed by his support of the interdisciplinary nature of Dance and weekend celebrations. York’s colleges. He is a strong advocate of general education Prof. Thomas Klassen, a McLaughlin Fellow and the development of the “whole person” as part of the and Associate Professor of Political Science university experience. and Public Policy and Administration, was awarded the Faculty of Arts Award for Donations: Last year at this time, members of the Outstanding Research at the October 11 McLaughlin community gave generously to the Prof. Peter meeting of the Faculty of Arts Council. Oliver Bursary fund. The fund is now a third of the way to Klassen was recognized for his becoming an endowed fund. If you donate to this fund, and if studies looking into the impact of globalization on the labor your donation is received by December 31, you will receive a market and income security policies. charitable donations receipt for the 2007 taxation year. We urge you once again to give generously to honour Peter and to Ijade Maxwell Rodrugues (BA ’99) has been help future McLaughlin students. Please mail your donation promoted to Senior Executive Officer in the to: Office of the President, York University, in October. Congratulations, Ijade! York University Foundation West Office Building, 4700 Keele Street New McLaughlin Fellows Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Since the May Newsletter, the following new Or contact Sylvia Kadlick at 416-650-8145. McLaughlin Fellows have been appointed: Prof. Joseph Mensah, School of Social Sciences, Atkinson Faculty Note on your cheque that the donation is for the Peter Oliver of Liberal and Professional Studies; Prof. William Jenkins, Dept. Bursary Fund, McLaughlin College. of Geography, Faculty of Arts; Ms. Julie Huang, Residence Life Coordinator, Tatham Hall (2006-07); Prof. Naomi Couto, Department of Sociology, the following members of the School Notable Alums and Fellows of Public Policy and Administration, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal Mark Lievonen, who was a McLaughlin and Professional Studies: Prof. Jacqueline Krikorian, Prof. Lorne undergraduate student (BBA in Foster, Prof. Dagmar Soennecken, Prof. Soren Fredriksen, Prof. accounting, 1979), has been a member Terry Maley; and Alex Neumann of the Academic Technical of York University’s Board of Governors Support office --- the man who mounts the videostreams of our since 2006. He is President of Sanofi lunch talks. Pasteur Limited -- owner of Connaught Laboratories -- and a member of the company's North American Board of Directors. He is Steering Committee and Executive responsible for all of the company's operations in Canada and The McLaughlin Chapter of the York University Alumni serves on a number of Sanofi Pasteur's global operating Association was reborn two years ago under the leadership of committees. Mr. Lievonen holds a an MBA in finance and Dr. Jamie Laws. Dr. Laws, BA ’73, Geography and Physical marketing from the Schulich School of Business. He is a Education, is a prominent Toronto chiropractor and athletic Chartered Accountant and received his designation in 1981 therapist who has been the head Athletic Therapist of both York while working with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Mr. Lievonen is and McMaster universities. He has taught at York, McMaster currently the Chair of the Board of the Ontario Genomics and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and has been Institute and Vice-Chair of the Ontario Institute for Cancer part of the health care team at three Olympic Games. He was a Research and YORKbiotech. He is a member of the Board of resident of Tatham Hall from 1969-72. He was President of Directors of Oncolytics Biotech Inc. and BIOTECanada, where William Alexander Hartford [the] BIGG House and served on he served as Chair from 2000 to May 2003. Mr. Lievonen Residence Council. He was chair of McLaughlin College Student serves on the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation Board. Council, 1969-72. He was the McLaughlin student rep and Chair He was Chair of the Steering Committee for the BIO 2002 of the student caucus of the Senate, President of the Men’s International Conference which was held in Toronto. He has Interuniversity Athletic Council, and the first student ever also served on a number of industry and community boards appointed to the York University Board of Governors (1972-74). and councils such as the BIOCouncil, an advisory group to the He was been active in alumni activities at York since he Government of Ontario in biotechnology, and as a member of graduated. the United Way of Greater Toronto Cabinet chairing the Health Care Division. Mr. Lievonen was the recipient of a Queen’s 7 Our Alumni Chapter is now led by an executive, and by a Photos steering committee composed of seasoned alums who can from the provide the executive with an historical perspective. The Chapter is now officially recognized by the York University Joe Clark Alumni Association. Visit their web page at event, http://www.yorku.ca/alumni. Nov 15/07 Our Executive ●Sebastien Kwidzinski (President) ●Ross McMillan (Treasurer) ●Amparo Murphy (Social Director) ●Elizabeth Robbins (Communications Director) ●Kam Naisbitt (Secretary) Members at large: Munyonzwe Hamalengwa and Susan Gapka Our Steering Committee ●Dr. Jamie Laws (Chair) ●Kam Naisbitt ●Ross McMillan ●Ijade Maxwell Rodrigues ●Sean Squires ●Anthony Antonacci (Student Council President) ●Jeffrey Ball (Alumni Office) ●Ian Greene (Master) ●Terry Conlin (Assistant Master) ●Prof. Tom Wilson (Fellow) ●Lilian Polsinelli (Administrative Assistant) ●Vicky Carnevale (Alumni Secretary) ●Sarah Burley (Residence Life Coordinator ●Staphanie Dixon (Admin. Ass’t, Dept. of Film) Please let us know if you are interested in joining any of the above groups (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Newsletter This is the third edition of the McLaughlin College Newsletter. It is intended to keep members of the College apprised of events McLaughlin College Student Council Update and happenings, and accomplishments of students, alumni, The McLaughlin College Council, led by President Anthony th faculty, fellows and staff. If you would like to contribute an item Antonacci (Public Policy and Administration, 4 year) has had a to the next edition, please send your contribution to Vicky busy and successful summer and fall. Anthony worked in the Carnevale: email@example.com. In particular, we’d like news of Master’s office during the summer, and helped us to contact your accomplishments and milestones. new McLaughlin students to invite them to attend one of our academic orientation sessions, and the Council’s social orientation. The Council is currently looking forward to holding traditional and fun initiatives in the Winter semester such as the Annual Ski Trip in January and the Formal in March. Tickets to 40th Anniversary Events Please go to our web page (www.yorku.ca/mcl) for the ticket order form. All of these events are subsidized by McLaughlin College, and are therefore great value for money. PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED REGISTRATION FORM FOR TICKET PRICES AND DETAILS.
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