FALL UPDATE 2 0 0 9 Dear Friends: We are so proud to be celebrating 10 years in Brantford! Our campus has quickly become home to almost 2,400 students and more than 20 buildings in the downtown core, including 102 Dalhousie Street (the former CIBC building), our new $40 million Research and Academic Centre on Dalhousie Street, featuring the much-anticipated Stedman Com- munity Bookstore as well as much-needed office, teaching and research space. That‟s quite a change from 10 years ago with 39 students and only one building. In this newsletter, you‟ll read about our anniversary celebrations, the newest building on campus and the “Our Community, Our Laurier” campaign. Thank you for being our friend. Dr. Leo Groarke Sherri Bocchini Vice-President, Laurier Brantford Associate Director, University Development Laurier Brantford’s first ever homecoming a huge success! Laurier Brantford kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with the first-ever Homecoming in Brant- ford on Saturday, October 17th. We opened our doors to current students, alumni and the commu- nity for a full day of activities, beginning with break- fast. We were joined by many of the participants in the campus’ annual Relay for Life, who walked the whole night around Victoria Park raising over $28,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. After visiting some of the buildings, visitors returned to the Carnegie for a free BBQ lunch. Many members of our alumni and community came out to observe the many changes to our campus since 1999. There were activities for people of all ages including the Super Deluxe Bouncing Castle, a variety of video Dropping the puck at Homecoming (l-r) are: Dr. Bruce Arai, Dean of the Brantford Campus, Dr. Max Blouw, WLU President, Dr. Leo Groarke, Principal/Vice-President of the Brantford Campus and Patty games and a special visit from Bandaid the Clown. Diver, WLU Alumni Association Representative. However, the highlight was the men’s varsity hockey game at the Civic Centre. The Laurier Golden Hawks took on the Windsor Lancers, and the fans were not disappointed as the Laurier dominated the game, and won with a score of 4-2. The evening allowed us to reconnect with friends and colleagues at our Laurier Alumni Pub Night held at the Piston Broke. We can’t wait for Homecoming 2010! Laurier receives $26 million for Brantford Research and Academic Centre Public Affairs - May 2009 BRANTFORD – The provincial and federal governments are contributing $13 million each to help Wilfrid Laurier Univer- sity build a state-of-the art Research and Academic Centre on our fast-growing Laurier Brantford campus. The Research and Academic Centre is a key part of a development strategy that will significantly increase enrolment and research capability at Laurier Brantford. The project will culminate in a facility that will enable the Brantford campus to grow to 4,000 students by 2012 from the present 2,400 students. It will provide research and teaching space for a number of programs, as well as the much-anticipated “Stedman Community Bookstore” and administrative areas. The building, to be located on Dalhousie Street, will incorporate environmental and energy efficient design elements, and the university is aiming to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) silver certification for the facility. The funding announced this past spring enabled construction to begin on Phase 1 of the project. Phase one of the build- ing is scheduled to be completed by fall 2010, and Phase 2 and occupancy by spring 2011. “The Research and Academic Centre is an important step in the on-going development of Laurier Brantford as a campus that provides comprehensive university infrastructure and services,” said Laurier president Dr. Max Blouw. “We very much appreciate the support shown by the federal and provincial governments and we look forward to a continued strong partnership with both levels of government and, of course, our long-standing municipal partners.” Brant MP Phil McColeman said the funding benefits both the university and the community. "The Government of Can- ada's investment in Laurier Brantford will provide a significant economic stimulus to this community, it will create jobs in this region, and will continue to positively impact our local economy for years to come,” said McColeman. Brant MPP Dave Levac said the investments in post-secondary education build on a dream that many in the Brant area have worked on for a long time. “Every stakeholder and supporter working together is building a bright future for this riding,” he said. “When all three levels of government work together and with other partners, we can accomplish any- thing. I have been a huge supporter and tireless advocate for this vision since 1999 and will do so into the future.” The federal contribution announced this past spring is part of the Government of Canada‟s Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The provincial contribution is part of a commitment by the Government of Ontario in its 2009 budget to invest in post-secondary institutions across the province. The second Phase of the Research and Academic Centre has been added after the purchase and demolition of two build- ings formerly on the corner of Dalhouise and Charlotte St. Keep your eyes peeled as construction changes the face of this block daily. Leo Groarke accepts post as provost/vice-president academic at University of Windsor Public Affairs - Oct 28/09 After 26 years at Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Leo Groarke, principal/vice-president of Laurier Brantford, will be leaving to take up the position of provost/vice-president academic at the University of Windsor, starting April 1, 2010. “I'm excited by the opportunity and challenges at Windsor but I will miss Laurier and especially Laurier Brantford, which has been a remarkable experience for me,” said Groarke. “I will continue to follow the developments at Laurier, wish it well for the future, and hope to use all the lessons I have Dr. Leo Groarke learned here as a basis for my work in Windsor." Groarke joined Laurier as a professor of philosophy in 1983. He was chair of the Philosophy Department from 1994 to 1997, and in 1999 was named assistant dean of program development in the Faculty of Arts and Science (later divided into two separate faculties). Groarke was appointed dean of Laurier Brantford in 2000, and became the first principal/vice-president of the Brantford campus in 2007. He served as Laurier‟s acting vice-president academic in 2008 before returning to his role as principal/vice-president of Laurier Brantford earlier this year. Groarke guided Laurier Brantford through its first decade, a period in which the campus grew from 39 students and one building to its current size of 20 buildings and nearly 2,400 students. He also played a lead role in establishing successful partnerships with the city, the county, community groups, native communities, and other post-secondary educational institutions. He is the author of a soon-to-be published book about the positive impact Laurier has had on Brantford, called Reinventing Brantford: A University Comes Downtown. “Leo has made a remarkable contribution to Wilfrid Laurier University and to the community of Brantford,” said Dr. Max Blouw, president and vice-chancellor of Laurier. “We will miss his leadership and his innovative approach to higher education, and we wish him well in his new role at the University of Windsor.” Celebrating 10 years in Brantford! Homecoming may have come and gone, but we continue to celebrate with several upcoming events planned as part of our 10th anniversary. You may have noticed some new pole banners displayed throughout the city. The design was created to raise awareness as well as show the strong relationship between the University and our community. We are proud to be a part of Brantford! We are very excited to showcase Dr. Groarke‟s book launch entitled: “Reinventing Brantford: A University Comes Downtown.” Leo shares the history of the campus and the story behind the story. Keep your eyes open for more information about the launch, scheduled for January 13th, 2010, 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Church. You don‟t want to miss the opportunity to be one of the first to get your hands on this must-read. Generous gift will establish a ‘living wall’ in new Brantford building Laurier Brantford‟s newest building, the Research and Academic Centre (formerly known as the University Centre) is striving to be a leader in environmental design, and has received a significant contribution towards that goal. The law firm of Waterous, Holden, Amey, Hitchon LLP has donated $50,000 to create a „living wall‟ in the new Research and Academic Centre, in honour of the founding partners of the firm, Clark Holden and Richard (Dick) Waterous. The Research and Academic Centre is on pace to be the first building to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in Brantford and Brant County, and the living wall will be a key part that certification. Living walls are a collection of plants such as orchids, ferns, ivy and hibiscus, that cover a wall within a building, acting as a biofilter. “In June 2009, Dick and Clark had reached their anniversary of practicing law for 50 years. The firm wanted to do some- thing to recognize and celebrate this unique accomplish- ment,” said Jay Hitchon, a partner in the firm. They both value education and the environment and have promoted downtown Brantford, and the opportunity to sponsor the living wall in Laurier Brantford's new Research and Academic Centre is an ideal way to reflect these values while at the same time contributing to Laurier's remarkable campus in the core." “This is a wonderful contribution to our Heritage Block cam- paign and to the continued growth of Laurier Brantford,” said Sherri Bocchini, associate director of university develop- ment. ”The living wall will be a wonderful educational tool for our campus and will showcase Laurier as a leader in envi- ronmental building design.” A living wall at RIM The living wall will also serve an educational purpose, show- casing one of the newest developments in green technology. An interactive display will outline the features of the living wall and will help Laurier serve as an advocate for green technology in our community. Wilfrid Laurier University prides itself on it‟s internal fundraising campaign „Our Community, Our Laurier‟. This campaign is an opportunity for those that work for Laurier to give back directly to the campus and the students. This year‟s campaign, “Pick your Passion, Make Your Mark” is hoping to reach 550 donors. Here at Laurier Brantford we are especially proud of our giving. Last year this campaign showed our Brantford participation rate at almost 50%, breaking Waterloo records. Locally we are able to help students through awards and various special projects. One of our awards: the “Staff & Faculty” award is granted annually and funded solely by the staff and faculty. This award helps out one of our 2nd, 3rd or 4th year students maintaining a GPA of 8.0, that have financial need and that have demonstrated leadership in an activity that contributes to the life Associate Director of Development; Sherri of our campus with preference given to those registered with Bocchini shares a happy moment with her accessible learning. new son Mathias. Sherri has been on leave since May and will return to the of- fice in late November on a part-time basis until May 2010.