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                                                                                                              Volume 6

                          on                                                                                  Number 3
                                                                                                              Winter 2009

   The Newsletter for
alumni and friends of
Woodsworth College -
                          Opening of Kruger Hall Commons
 University of Toronto
                          K    ruger Hall Commons opened on October 26th to great reviews. Under the watchful
                                eye of project manager, Samiddha Arysaingh, the old Drill Hall became three distinct
                           spaces: an event hall, a lower lounge and a mezzanine lounge. The Commons was
                           transformed by U of T architect George Phelps into a warm, welcoming space where
    Highlights             students can relax, study or chat. A number of the original features were retained:
     Message from          the cedar ceiling, exposed ductwork and a large window that provides natural light.
      the Principal
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    Planned Giving                                                                        environment and
                                                                                           I will definitely
        Calendar of                                                                      stop here between
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       Faculty News                                                                       become my next
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                           There was an opening for students on October 28th, Liza Nassim, dean of students, said
                           at the time, “to have a space that is so beautiful where students can hangout, meet each
                           other and build community is wonderful. We have a lot of commuting students, too, so it’s
                           important for them to have a place to feel comfortable and it’s nice that it can be located
                           in Woodsworth.”
                                                                       The space is very functional: Kruger Hall and
                                                                       the lower lounge can be used for student events
                                                                       as the furniture is on wheels and can be easily
              before                                                   reconfigured. As well, the space is equipped
                         after                                         with LCD panels and smart technology for
                                                                       lectures and presentations.
                                                                         One student said, “It is a very warm, friendly
                                                                         environment and I will definitely stop here
                                                                         between classes-it will become my next home.”
                           Another student said, “I like the open concept and the comfy chairs-they make studying
                           easier. All the wood looks really nice and I like the colour combinations and the fact
                           that it is well lit. I had exams in here and it looks totally different. It was so dull and
                           barren. I’ll definitely stop by now.”
                           The space is a joint venture with Rotman Commerce. Please come by and visit.
                               T    his past fall has been a very exciting and
                                    busy time here at the College. We saw                                                                          Planned
                                 the opening of Kruger Hall Commons
                                 (front cover of this newsletter). This project
                                 has been both rewarding and challenging to
                                                                                                                                How to make
                                 work on and I am grateful for all the energy,
                                 creative thinking and sheer hard work that                            T   he College is most grateful for the
                                                                                                       support it receives through the
                                 the project committee put into this
                                                                                                       establishment of planned gifts by
                                 endeavour. The Commons opened on
                                                                                                       alumni and friends. To provide you
                                 October 26th on schedule and since the
                                                                                                       with more context and information
                                 hoarding came down we have had two
                                 opening events - the first an event for all                           on these decisions and their
                                 our students and the second, on November                              effects, we asked Michelle
                                 19th, a formal opening for the wider                                  Osborne, director, Gift Planning,
                                 university community. Since the very first                            University of Toronto, Dr. Alex
                                 day that Kruger Hall Commons opened,                                  Waugh, vice-principal
                                 students have flocked to it and by all                                emeritus, a donor and
                                 accounts it is fast becoming a favourite                              volunteer, as well as four
                                 place to “hang.” Please stop by and take a                            students to reflect on
                                 look when you are on campus.                                          the impact of these gifts:

    The College has also embarked on an academic planning exercise which                               Michelle Osborne explains:
    is occurring across all divisions within the Faculty of Arts & Science.                            The University of Toronto is
    We will be submitting a plan which will identify our aspirations and                               grateful to have received many
    challenges as well as the key strategic initiatives we will engage in over                         planned gifts which benefit our
    the next five years. All units within the College are participating in this                        students, academic programs,
    exercise. We are currently seeking input from faculty, staff and students                          physical environment, and by
    on how the college should respond to the key priorities that the Faculty                           extension, our society.
    is asking us to focus on. I would also welcome input from our large
    alumni base. Your insights and recommendations on the issues facing                                I have had the privilege of working with donors
    our College, the Faculty of Arts & Science and the University as a                                 and their advisors in creating future gifts for the University that
    whole are important to me. You can find information about the                                      reflect shared values, gratitude and hope for the future.
    planning framework and related documents on our web site under
                                                                                                       Some of the most meaningful gifts I have worked on are in support
    “About Woodsworth.”
                                                                                                       of Woodsworth College.
    I hope to see you at some of our upcoming College and Alumni events
                                                                                                       Just a couple of months ago I had an inspiring conversation with a
    and wish you all the best for the coming year.
                                                                                                       Woodsworth alumna. As a single parent, who struggled to raise her
                                                                                                       child, she never forgot the scholarship she received that allowed
                                                                                                       her to attend U of T.

                                      Come                                                             Decades later, remembering the sense of hope she had felt, she

                                Join to the                                                            enquired about making a planned gift. Like many other donors,

                                 us! Café!
                                                                                                       she felt she didn’t have enough to leave a bequest to charity.
                                                                                                       After speaking with her lawyer, and contacting the University,
                                                                                                       she was encouraged and pleased to learn that she could create
                         Enjoy the company of                                                          a scholarship with a $20,000 bequest. The terms of the
                      fellow alumni and friends in                                                     scholarship will provide her with a meaningful avenue of giving
                                                                                                       back to Woodsworth as well as helping single parent students
    an informal setting while learning about                                                           at the College.
    current and fascinating topics.
    Woodsworth College Alumni Association is proud to present
    a four part series of expert-led discussions in the areas of
    health, the arts, politics and finance. All attendees will be                                             Four students who have benefitted from th
    encouraged to take part in the discussions.                                                                                     been set up throug
    The speakers for our upcoming series are:

    Author Panel:                                                     Miriam Varadi,                     Barbara Warren, who established        I am a fantastically grateful
    Ronald Poulton, human rights                                      former sr. vice president and    an award in honour of her parents,     recipient of awards funded by
    lawyer and author of Pale Blue                                    sr. investment advisor BMO       shared my thank you letter with her    donors to Woodsworth College.
    Hope: Death and Life in Asian                                     Nesbitt Burns and author of an   mother, Florence, who in turn, wrote   Without them I would have
    Peacekeeping, and Larry Krotz,                                    upcoming book on investing.      to me and spoke of her late            absolutely no opportunity to build
    award winning writer and                                          Tuesday, March 23                entrance into academics at 72 years    a better future for not only my
    documentary film producer and                                     6:30 p.m.
    author of The Uncertain Business                                                                   of age. She offered these kind words   young son and myself, but also for
    of Doing Good: Outsiders in Africa                                Topic: Investing in a Post       of support: ‘I too had doubts and      all the children I plan to become a
    Tuesday, February 23 6:30 p.m.
                                                                      Meltdown World                   reservations about my ability to       terrifically dedicated teacher to.
                                                                                                       achieve a university degree....The     Six years ago, due to a drastic
    Topic: Foreign Adventures:                                                                         period of questioning your ambition,   and extremely serious familial
    The delicate business of                                                                           aim or purpose will pass, and you      emergency, I gave up a promising
    international interventions                                                                        will find yourself stronger and more   career, a fledgling business, and
                                                                                                       determined to succeed.’                declared bankruptcy in order to
     The evenings’ schedule will be:                                                                   Encouragement such as this is          become the caregiver of my then
     6:30 – 7:00 light refreshments and conversation                                                   prescient and invaluable to me as      15-month-old son. I love U of T
     7:00 – 7:30 Speaker                                                                               I juggle parenting and part-time       and especially Woodsworth
     7:30 – 8:30 round table discussions led by speaker.                                               studies for the sake of higher         College, and am very glad to be
     Cost: $10 alumni/$12 guests/$5 students                                                           learning. With such wisdom to guide    here. Without the donations to the
     Location: William Waters Lounge, Woodsworth Residence,                                            me, I consider myself truly, truly     college, a better future for me
     321 Bloor Street West.                                                                            fortunate.                             would simply not be possible.
      Come to the “Café” and get involved!
      Reserve your space by registering online:                                                        Sunya Lai Thom received the John       Mark deBoer received the or call: 416.978.5301.                                         and Florence Warren Scholarship        Kenneth and Alayne Christie
      For more information, email:                                                                              Award for Part-Time Students

d Giving                                                                          Calendar of Events
e a difference                                                                    February          Annual Student Awards Dinner
                                                                                                    Thursday, February 4, 2010
                                                                                                    In the Great Hall at Hart House
      Your age, needs, wishes, and economic circumstances will                                      By invitation only
                    determine the best options for you and each
                        option has its own tax benefit. The
                                                                                                        Woodsworth Alumni Café – Author Panel
                                                                                                         Ronald Poulton & Larry Krotz
                         following are an example of some options:
                                                                                                       Topic: Foreign Adventures: The delicate
                           Bequests:                                                                  business of international interventions
                       Feel good about your gift now, but donate it                                     Ronald Poulton is a human rights lawyer and author of
                         later. A bequest is a gift in your will, which you                            Pale Blue Hope: Death and Life in Asian Peacekeeping, and
                            can direct to U of T in general or designate                            Larry Krotz, is an award winning writer and documentary
                                                                                                    film producer and author of The Uncertain Business of
                               to Woodsworth College, or other areas of
                                                                                                    Doing Good: Outsiders in Africa
                                                                                                    When: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
                                   RRSPs & RRIFs:                                                   Where: William Waters Lounge, Woodsworth College
                                  You invest in RRSPs and RRIFs so you                                        Residence, 321 Bloor Street West
                                can enjoy your future. By designating                               Cost: $10 alumni/$12 guests/$5 students
                              Woodsworth College as beneficiary, you’re                                        (Registration Required)
                                also planning for the future of the                                 Register:
                                College and its students.                                                     or call 416.978.5301

                            Life Insurance:                                         March           Woodsworth Alumni Café
   You can donate life insurance by transferring ownership and                                      Miriam Varadi
   beneficiary status of an existing or new policy to Woodsworth                                    Topic: Investing in a Post Meltdown World
   College. Or, you can simply name the College as the beneficiary                     Woodsworth
                                                                                                        Miriam Varadi is a former sr. vice president and sr.
   of your policy.                                                                                      investment advisor at BMO Nesbitt Burns. She has a
                                                                                                        forthcoming book on smart investing.
   When planning your future gift to the University, we encourage
                                                                                                     When: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
   you to consult with your advisors to optimize your financial and
                                                                                                      Where: William Waters Lounge, Woodsworth College
   philanthropic goals.                                                                                         Residence, 321 Bloor Street West
   However you choose to give, your gift will have an impact on the                                 Cost: $10 alumni/$12 guests/$5 students
   College and the University that will span for generations to come.                                         (Registration Required)
   Dr. Alex Waugh writes:                                                                                     or call 416.978.5301

   “  As long time Vice-Principal and Registrar I saw every
   day the impact planned giving had on the students of
   Woodsworth. Because of my own experience as a staff
                                                                                                    “Business Netiquette” with Colleen Clarke
                                                                                                        Colleen Clarke is a highly recognized career specialist,
   member, I have made a planned gift to the College to help                                            corporate trainer, and public speaker in the areas of
   future students ensure that they can attain an education.                                            career management and transition, communication and
                                                                                                        networking. For the past 18 years she has motivated,
   As times change this kind of private, planned support for                                            inspired and counseled thousands of groups and
   undergraduates will become ever more important to the                                                individuals to maximize their career potential.
   success of not only individual students but to the                                               When: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
   University as a whole. Woodsworth has been incredibly
                                                                                                    Where: William Waters Lounge, Woodsworth College
   enhanced by the success of its student body, many of                                                       Residence, 321 Bloor Street West
   whom would not have been able to succeed without                                                 Cost: FREE (Registration Required)
   financial support.
                         ”                                                                          Register:
                                                                                                              or call 416.978.5301 or
hese donations, and the awards that have                                                                      More info:

gh them, respond:                                                                     April         Young Alumni Event: Dress for Success
                                                                                                    Join fellow young alumni for this exciting event
                                                                                                    at Banana Republic.
     Money cannot buy happiness, but        I pay for my university education                       Event includes: Image consultant presentation on
   it certainly helped me get through     by working part-time during the                           building a career wardrobe for women and men,
   undergraduate years. Each time I       academic year, working full-time                          20% off while shopping during the event and
   was in need, Woodsworth College        during the summer months, with                            Wine & Cheese Reception.
   has been there to give me financial    OSAP, and the generous donations                          When: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 6:00 p.m.
   assistance. Without the help of the    made by donors. The awards I have
                                                                                                    Where: Banana Republic
   College, I would not have been able    received from Woodsworth College                                    80 Bloor Street West, Toronto
   to get the excellent grades that I     have gone towards the costs of
                                                                                                    Cost: $25
   have, because I would have been        tuition and have helped decrease
   forced to work a lot more hours        the stress associated with paying                         Register:
                                                                                                              or call 416.978.5301or
   than I could handle, therefore         tuition fees. By decreasing stress, I                               email:
   reducing my study time. I believe it   am able to focus my time and
   when the University of Toronto says    energy on school work and maintain           May          Hold the date!
   that financial matters should not      a high GPA. The awards I have                             Woodsworth College Spring Reunion 2010
   be an impediment to a great            received are a motivating factor.                         Join Woodsworth College and Centre of Criminology
   education as I am a perfect            I am grateful for the generous                            Faculty for a Crime & Punishment Brunch
   example. I have been able to live on   donations made to Woodsworth
   my own, support myself and get         College so that students like me                          When: Saturday, May 29, 2010, 10:00 a.m.
   educated at the same time. It is       are able to carry on with their                           Details: Please watch for further details soon on our
   really rewarding to be a               university education that will lead                                website, in our upcoming e-newsletter and the
   Woodsworth student!                    to a successful future.                                            next edition of Window on Woodsworth.
                                                                                   For additional event information, please call the alumni office at 416.978.5301 or
                                                                                   email: Event information is also posted on the
   Josee Mercier received support         Michelle Murphy received support         Woodsworth College web site:
   from the Dorothy McRobb                from the Virginia Cooper Award.

                                                                                                                                                             Faculty News
                                                             Remembering our Namesake
                                                               One of our readers asked for a biography of
                                                               J. S. Woodsworth, whose values are still
                                                               reflected in the vision of the College. As we                                                 Royal Society
                                                               continue to celebrate the 35th anniversary                                                    of Canada
                                                               of the College we thought this is an
                                                              appropriate time to highlight some of the                                                      Honours:
                                                             accomplishments of our namesake:                                                                Professor Jack Chambers,
                                                                                                                                                             an internationally recognized
                                                                          James Shaver Woodsworth, the “conscience of                                        sociolinguist and the leading
                                                                          Canada” helped create Canada’s social security                                     authority on Canadian
                                                                          system. His combination of leadership,                                             English was named to the
                                                                          determination and an unrelenting desire for
                                                                                                                                                             Royal Society of Canada.
                                                                          social reform changed the lives of all working
                                                                          Canadians.                                                                         Professor Chambers has had
                                                                                                                                                             a long involvement with
             Born in Etobicoke in 1 874, J. S. Woodsworth was educated at Victoria College and Oxford                                                        Woodsworth College
             University. He later worked with urban immigrant populations, was a staunch democratic                                                          Council and currently chairs
             socialist, and an ardent supporter of trade-union collective bargaining.                                                                        the College’s Academic
                                                                                                                                                             Advisory Committee.
             Woodsworth maintained his controversial views at great personal expense. In 1917 he  ,
             resigned from his government position because of his opposition to conscription. Two                                                            Also named was Professor
             years later, he was arrested for his participation in the Winnipeg General Strike. His                                                          Anthony Doob of the
             fortunes changes in 1921 when Manitoba’s voters elected him to the House of Commons                                                             Centre of Criminology, one
             with the Independent Labour Party slogan, “Human Needs before Property Rights.” He                                                              of Canada's leading
             mastered parliamentary procedure and effectively used the House of Commons to focus
                                                                                                                                                             criminologists whose
             awareness on the unemployed, the elderly, immigrants and farmers. His parliamentary
             genius helped establish a multi-party system that forced the government to recognize the                                                        specialties are in juvenile
             labour movement.                                                                                                                                justice and the development
                                                                                                                                                             of criminal justice policy in
             In 1926, Woodsworth realized his lifelong ambition when he and MP A. A. Heaps                                                                   this country. Prof. Doob
             guaranteed Prime Minister Mackenzie King a coalition government in return for the                                                               teaches in the College’s
             creation of Canada’s Old-Age Pension plan. The following year, the plan was introduced                                                          undergraduate program in
             and became the cornerstone of Canada’s social security system. In 1933, Woodsworth                                                              Criminology.
             became the leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, forerunner to today’s
             New Democratic Party. He was returned                                                                                                           Congratulations to both!
             to Parliament in 1940 and passed away
             from a stroke in 1942.
       Arbor Awards:                                      Fall convocation:                                Seniors’ Reception:                               Legacy lunch:
       On September 14th the                              Woodsworth students took to                      The yearly tradition of                           At the end of June, donors and
                        College proudly                   the stage on November 1    1th                   recognizing our students who                      friends who support the College
                        celebrated this                   as part of the Fall convocation                  are seniors took place at a                       through a planned gift, gathered
                        year’s recipients                 proceedings. Dr. Rhonda Love                                 lunch in the Waters                   in the Waters Lounge for a
                        of the highest                    gave a lively speech to all                                   Lounge on October                    luncheon in their honour hosted
                        volunteer award                   graduands. Principal Joe                                         13th. June                        by Principal Joe Desloges and
                        presented by                      Desloges and a number of                                         Straker hosted                    Dr. Alex Waugh, vice-principal
                        the University.                   Woodsworth faculty and staff                                     the event with                    emeritus, and the chair of the
                        Honoured were:                    participated in the Academic                                     Principal Joe                     Legacy Society. It is encouraging
                        Diane Luty,                       Procession. Diane Luty,                                          Desloges.                         that the number of participants
                        President of the                  president of the AAWC had                                                                          is growing each year.
                                                                                                                        Students who have
       Alumni Association of                              the honour of being an Esquire
                                                                                                                        graduated were
       Woodsworth College, and Nick                       and read the names of the
                                                                                                                        recognized as were
       Lisi, Glenn Christie and Michele                   Woodsworth graduates.
                                                                                                           those who have completed a
       Ferguson, all mentors in the
                                                                                                           significant number of courses
       College Mentorship Program.
                                                                                                           towards their degrees.

    “I was raised by a single mom
     who couldn’t afford to help me
     through school. Without this
     scholarship, I wouldn’t be able
     to pay my tuition.”                                                                                                                                     Window on Woodsworth
                                                                                                                                                                  The Newsletter for alumni and
                                                                                                                                                                 friends of Woodsworth College -
     When you leave a gift to the University of Toronto, you're helping                                                                                                University of Toronto
     someone like Kevin D. Shield—a brilliant student pursuing his                                                                                              19
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     Master of Health Science in Community Health & Epidemiology.                                                                                                  M5S 1A9 416. 978.5301
     And by changing one person’s life, you’re helping him change the                                                                                           Writers/Editors: Barbara Track &
     world. U of T teaches Canada’s brightest to answer today’s tough-                                                                                                Stephanie Woodside
     est questions. All that is possible thanks to your donation.
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