Fall Newsletter 2009 - FALL UPDATE

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					                                                      FALL UPDATE
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!
                                                                                        receives $26
                                                                                         million for
                                                                                        Research and
                                                                                             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

“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

                                       We are very excited to showcase Dr. Groarke‟s
                                       book launch entitled:

                                          “Reinventing Brantford: A University Comes

                                       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.

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