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By Lori Chalmers Morrison              from other universities.              the university began work on                    and supports its people in                      a tagline or marketing slogan,”
                                          That’s the message that came       a short, compelling statement                   living lives that are meaningful                said Dr. Blouw. “Taken together,
There’s no question that               through loud and clear when           that would capture the essence                  and engaged.                                    these words form the guiding
academic excellence is at the          students, staff, faculty, alumni      of Laurier and describe what                       At its very core, then, Laurier              statement that will shape every-
heart of Laurier’s mission and         and external audiences shared         truly distinguishes it from other               is about inspiring lives of                     thing that we say about Laurier.
vision. But there’s much more          their thoughts about Laurier          universities.                                   leadership and purpose.                         They will also influence our
to the Laurier story.                  during last year’s Envisioning          Two words emerged                                These six words will become                  decision-making and guide all
  The university’s vibrant             Laurier initiative.                   repeatedly during this process:                 the foundation for telling                      our activities so they remain
sense of community, and the               What also came through loud        leadership and purpose.                         the Laurier story, university                   linked with, and rooted in, the
willingness of its people to           and clear was the need to do a        Laurier encourages members                      president Dr. Max Blouw has                     compelling vision that uniquely
become involved and take               better job of telling the Laurier     of its community to take a                      announced.                                      defines Laurier.”
leadership roles in all aspects        story and raising the univer-         leadership role in all aspects of                 “Inspiring lives of leadership
of their lives, set Laurier apart      sity’s profile. To accomplish this,   their lives; it also encourages                 and purpose is much more than                         INSPIRING LIVES see page 3

Laurier starts new Health Sciences program                                                                                                                                   University
Innovative degree will prepare students for careers in health care                                                                                                           appoints new
By Lori Chalmers Morrison              student demand.
                                         “A lot of people look at this
When Laurier launched its new          as a pre-med or a pre-dentistry                                                                                                       Laurier recently announced
honours health sciences BSc            program,” said Elliott, who                                                                                                           two senior limited-term
program this month, 75 first-          is also the program coordi-                                                                                                           appointments that are intended
year students began their quest        nator. “What we’ve created is a                                                                                                       to ensure that significant
for careers in the medical or life     pre-professional program that,                                                                                                        university partnerships are
sciences. Some hope to become          regardless of any individual’s                                                                                                        successfully developed.
doctors, some have their sights        long-term goals, will produce                                                                                                            Dr. Terry Levesque, former
set on nursing or health-              graduates who are well-                                                                                                               chair of Laurier’s economics
related research, and others see       grounded in the life sciences.”                                                                                                       department, has assumed the
pharmacy or dentistry in their            As part of the program,                                                                                                            role of associate dean, Balsillie
future. There are also students        health sciences students will                                                                                                         School of International Affairs
who know they’d like a career          begin taking a range of existing                                                                                                      (Laurier) for a two-year term.
in the health sciences, but            science courses, from biology                                                                                                            Dr. David Docherty, Laurier’s
aren’t sure at this point what         and chemistry to psychology                                                                                                           dean of arts, will take on the
form it will take.                     and mathematics, in the fall                                                                                                          position of senior advisor,
  It’s just the kind of mix            term of their first year, with                                                                                                        multi-campus initiatives for
that one of the program’s              specific health-related courses                                                                                                       a three-year term beginning
creators, associate dean of            added in the winter and subse-                                                                                                        Sept. 1, 2009. He stepped down
science Dr. Rick Elliott, has          quent years. Faculty members                                                                                                          as dean of arts on Sept. 1. Dr.
envisioned since discussions           on the coordinating committee                                                                                                         Mary-Louise Byrne, former
about offering such a program          will mentor students, advising                                                                                                        chair of geography and
at Laurier began a few years                                                 Dr. Rick Elliot, Mr. Torso, and Dr. Renée MacPhee are ready for the first students in
ago in response to increasing                 HEALTH SCIENCES see page 6     Laurier’s new Health Sciences program.                                 Photo: Mallory O’Brien          APPOINTMENTS see page 2

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Inspiring lives of leadership and purpose
In the world of education                                                             and raising the university’s                                                            shaped and inspired by notions       ensure that graphic representa-
September is a wonderful time                                                         profile.                                                                                of leadership and purpose.           tions of the university (e.g. the
for new beginnings. There                                                                A consultant-led review of                                                              In short, Laurier is about        crest, wordmark and fonts)
are many initiatives and                                                              the Envisioning research was                                                            inspiring lives of leadership and    are aligned with the university
programs being launched this                                                          conducted with a group of                                                               purpose.                             vision. We will be issuing a
fall involving all four Laurier                                                       administrative and academic                                                                Taken together, these six         Request for Proposals (RFP) this
campuses, but I’d like to                                                             leaders. A draft phrase was                                                             words are much more than a           month for the review, and we
highlight one that will affect the                                                    developed and discussed with                                                            tagline or marketing slogan.         expect the review process to last
whole institution.                                                                    the deans, who suggested                                                                They form the guiding statement      between eight and 12 months. I
   This initiative involves                                                           revisions that were incorporated                                                        that will shape what we say          assure you that regular updates
what I think of as the “Laurier                                                       into the final version.                   Alumna Ruth Zinck is a fitting example        about Laurier. This statement        will be provided to the Laurier
story.” During the Envisioning                                                           During this process it was             of the Laurier story. The first woman on      will also guide our activities so    community throughout the
                                                                                                                                the university’s Board of Governors and
Laurier process a tremendous                                                          clear that academic excellence                                                          they remain linked with, and         process, and there will be a
                                                                                                                                an internationally renowned fly-tyer visits
amount of information was                                                             is at the heart of Laurier’s              with Dr. Max Blouw, above.                    rooted in, the compelling vision     variety of ways to provide input
gathered through research and                                                         mission and vision — it is the                                                          that uniquely defines Laurier.       and feedback.
consultation with faculty, staff,                                                     imperative without which little          and supports its people to live                It will enable our community            Laurier is a truly remarkable
students, alumni and external                                                         else matters. But academic               lives that are meaningful and                  to tell the Laurier story with       university with a long
audiences. This information was                                                       excellence alone is not what sets        engaged.                                       a sincere, passionate and            tradition of inspiring lives of
the basis for the collaborative                                                       us apart from other universities.           Other universities may value                consistent voice.                    leadership and purpose. As we
development of Laurier’s                                                              In searching for a short phrase          leadership and purpose, but                       Over the coming months, you       approach the institution’s 100th
statement of Values, Vision,                                                          to express Laurier’s unique              few have the kind of tangible                  will see these six words and the     anniversary, I encourage you
Mission and Guiding Principles.                                                       essence, two words surfaced              evidence that Laurier has to                   essence behind them in various       to join me in telling the Laurier
   Shortly after this document                                                        again and again: leadership              demonstrate its commitment                     communications with our stake-       story to the world.
was approved by the Board of                                                          and purpose. As an educational           to these ideals. Integrating                   holder audiences. We will also
Governors, work began on how                                                          institution, Laurier clearly             academic excellence with social                build them into an even broader
best to capture its essence in just                                                   encourages and supports its              engagement is so natural for this              narrative as we head into
a few words. The intent was to                                                        students, faculty, staff and             institution that sometimes we                  centennial celebrations in 2011.
craft a succinct statement that                                                       alumni to take a leadership              fail to notice how much of our                    On a related note, Laurier
would serve as the starting point                                                     role in all aspects of their lives.      curriculum and how many of                     will embark on a “visual                               Dr. Max Blouw,
for telling Laurier’s unique story                                                    Equally, Laurier encourages              our programs and activities are                identity” review this fall to           President and Vice-Chancellor

Organizational changes announced
                                                                                                                                                                              ANNOUCEMENTS continued                “We have significant opportu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   nities as a university to capitalize
                                                                                                                                                                              environmental studies, will          on our existing partnerships
                                                                                                                                                                              serve as acting dean of arts until   as well as to create new ones,”
In response to Laurier’s                                                              provincial funds and policies             including municipal and                       June 30, 2010. A search for a        said Dr. Deborah MacLatchy,
growing size and operational                                                          to support Laurier activities,            regional levels of government,                new dean will take place this        Laurier’s vice-president:
complexity, organizational                                                            establish positive relations              and for leading and providing                 academic year for appointment        academic and provost. “It is one
changes have been imple-                                                              with senior officials at both the         strategic and operational                     starting July 1, 2010.               of our top priorities that we have
mented to reflect the univer-                                                         political and bureaucratic levels         oversight to university event                   The associate dean, Balsillie      the internal capacity to make our
sity’s ongoing needs. These                                                           of the federal and provincial             planning and execution for                    School of International Affairs      existing partnerships successful,
priorities include a greater                                                          governments, and seek and                 events such as Convocation                    (Laurier) and the senior advisor,    and that we ensure that any
emphasis in government                                                                identify opportunities for                that have significant university-             multi-campus initiatives positions   new partnerships stem from
relations, and university                                                             government grants as appro-               wide impact.                                  will both report to the vice-        our academic priorities and are
relations more generally, and                                                         priate for university initiatives           • Also effective September                  president: academic and provost.     economically viable.”
the legal and governance                                                              and projects. The university              1, 2009, former director of
leadership of the university.                                                         hopes to have someone in place            faculty relations Shereen
   The following changes                                                              early in the fall.                        Rowe will assume the position

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                       NEWS                                         What’s new and notable at Laurier

                      Laurier participates in pilot                 MdRC receives research                         charging five cents for plastic              Press has put its 2009                     championship team will be
                      study                                         funding                                        bags. The new fee went into                  catalogue online at www.                   recognized as members of the
                      The Higher Education Quality                  The Laurier Movement                           effect Sept. 1. Customers are       Print copies              2009 class.
                      Council of Ontario (HEQCO) is                 Disorders Research and                         encouraged to bring their own                are available, but will be                   This year’s athletes include
                      looking to Laurier in its efforts             Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC)                   reusable bags to do their part               fewer in number this year. If              Alison Goodman (women’s
                      to build and mobilize teaching                received a $698,462 grant from                 for the environment.                         you are interested in viewing              hockey and soccer), Cathy
                      and learning knowledge across                 the Canada Foundation for                                                                   a print copy of the catalogue,             Ingalls (women’s volleyball),
                      Ontario institutes of higher                  Innovation to support research                                                              email Leslie Macredie at                   Kate Jackson (women’s rugby),
                      education.                                    into the effect of particular                                                                            and James Hitchen and Justin
                         The HEQCO invited Laurier’s                brain structures on movement                                                                                                           Shakell (men’s football).
                      department of languages and                   impairments, as well as the                                                                 Golden Hawks Hall of Fame                  Alumnus Bill Ballard will enter
                      literatures to participate in its             development of new assistive                                                                In October, the doors of                   the Hall of Fame as a builder,
                      project, “Pilot Study of Collabor-            devices and rehabilitation                                                                  Laurier’s Department of                    and the 1998-1999 women’s
                      ative Research and Knowledge                  strategies for people with                                                                  Athletics and Recreation Hall of           hockey team will become the
                      Mobilization,” which involves                 movement disorders.                                                                         Fame will once again open to               14th roster inducted.
                      curriculum review and renewal                   “This funding will have                                                                   receive seven new members of                 This year’s Golden Hawk
                                           to support               an immediate and direct                                                                     the Golden Hawk family. Over               Hall of Fame induction
                                           students’                impact on patients, while the                  BC research centre renamed in                Homecoming weekend, five                   ceremony will take place Oct.
                                           achievement              outcomes of our research will                  honour of Laurier’s president                athletes, one builder and the              2 at the Senate and Board
                                           of under-                have a broader impact across                   The University of Northern                   first women’s hockey provincial            Chamber.
                                           graduate                 Canada and the world,” said                    British Columbia’s Quesnel
                                           degree                   Dr. Quincy Almeida, associate                  River Research Centre has been
                                           learning                 professor in the kinesiology                   renamed to honour Laurier
                                            objectives.             and physical education                         president Dr. Max Blouw,
                                            The council             department and director of the                 who played a key role in its
                      Dr. Mercedes
                                            gave Dr.                MDRC.                                          founding.
                                            Mercedes                   The grant will support the                     The Dr. Max Blouw Quesnel
                                            Rowinsky-               development of the centre’s                    River Research Centre at
                      Geurts a $10,000 research grant               neurocognitive assessment                      Likely, BC, offers field study to
                      to serve as principal investigator            unit, including a virtual reality              university students, summer
                      at Laurier.                                   laboratory and motion analysis                 field schools and workshop
                         The project’s primary goal                 systems. The centre’s exercise                 facilities.
                      is to enhance the learning                    rehabilitation research will be                   Blouw was at UNBC from its
                      experience and student success                enhanced by data-collecting                    inception in 1994 to 2007. He led
                      in particular courses and                     exercise equipment.                            the research department for 10
                      programs. It will be conducted                                                               years and was the university’s
                      in partnership with the                       Bookstores’ new fee helps the                  first vice-president of research.
                      University of Toronto Missis-                 environment
                      sauga and the University of                   With the aim of reducing their                 WLU Press 2009 catalogue
                      Guelph, and will run from                     carbon footprint, the Laurier                  available online
                      September 2009 to December                    Bookstore and the Laurier                      To help the environment,                     Seven new members will be inducted into the Golden Hawks Hall of Fame during
                      2010.                                         Brantford Bookstore are now                    Wilfrid Laurier University                   Laurier’s Homecoming celebrations in October.

                      Homeopath donates house for use                                                                                                           INSPIRING LIVES continued

                                                                                                                                                                   These six words will
                                                                                                                                                                                                           called Laurier Inspires at
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and a new Facebook page,

                      as ‘global engagement’ residence                                                                                                           enable Laurier to tell its
                                                                                                                                                                 story with an authentic and
                                                                                                                                                                 passionate voice because
                                                                                                                                                                                                           also called Laurier Inspires.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Both pages invite people to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           share and discuss Laurier
                                                                                                                                                                 they were distilled from the              stories of leadership and
                      By Mallory O’Brien                            Harris, 93, and his wife, Joan,                cultural diversity is apparent,               wide consultation conducted               purpose.
                                                                    who passed away two years ago,                 discussed and celebrated. The                 through the Envisioning                      The university recognizes
                      Dr. Ron Harris has donated his                offered affordable housing to                  philosophy behind the creation                Laurier process, and because              that “leadership” has different
                      home to Laurier for use as an                 international students attending               of the community is to promote                they reflect the spirit of the            meanings for different people.
                      innovative residence in which                 university. As such, it’s fitting              an understanding of the increas-              university’s new statement                The Laurier interpretation
                      international and domestic                    that starting this fall, the Harris            ingly distinct cultures repre-                of Values, Vision, Mission                of leadership is broad and
                      students will live together and               Hope House will become a Global                sented on Laurier’s campus.                   and Guiding Principles, said              reflects the Laurier tradition
                      promote cultural awareness.                   Engagement Community (GEC).                      Harris said he chose to make                Blouw.                                    of getting involved and
                        “It’s not every day that                      The GEC is one of four Living                this significant gift to Laurier               “Other universities may                  being engaged in the world
                      someone donates their home,”                  Learning Communities on                        because he strongly believes that             value leadership and purpose,             around you, whether that’s
                      said Rob Donelson, vice-                      campus. These communities                     “the world’s problems cannot be                but not with the same depth               in your neighbourhood, your
                      president of development and                  are themed residence environ-                  solved by accumulating wealth,                and focus as Laurier,” he said.           community, your workplace
                      alumni relations. “However, Dr.               ments, founded upon a specific                 but by sharing.”                             “The integration of academic               or your profession.
                      Harris’ compassion and gener-                 set of interests that are struc-                 Joan’s dream has finally come               excellence and social                        The university is also
                      osity is far from the every day.              tured to give students a high                  true,” he said, adding that he and            engagement is so natural                  embarking on a visual identity
                      This is a truly exceptional gift              level of involvement at Laurier.               his wife lived their lives trying             for this university that we               review this fall. During the
                      coming from a truly caring and                The GEC is intended to be a                    to encourage and instill the idea             sometimes fail to notice how              review, members of the
                      giving man, in loving memory of               place where international and                  that all humans are of one family             much of our curriculum and                Laurier community will
                      his wife.”                                    domestic students alike live                   and must be respectful of colour,             how many of our activities                be encouraged to provide
                         For more than 35 years,                    together in a residence where                  creed and religion.                           and initiatives are leadership            input and feedback. As the
                                                                                                                                                                 and purpose driven.”                      university examines Laurier’s
                                                                                                                                                                   The university will start to            visual identity — its crest,
                                                                                                                                                                 incorporate these six words,              wordmark and other visual
                                                                                                                                                                 and the essence behind them,              representations — members
                                                                                                                                                                 into a variety of commu-                  of the Laurier community will
                                                                                                                                                                 nications and publications                receive regular updates and
                                                                                                                                                                 over the coming weeks and                 the chance to respond through
                                                                                                                                                                 months. It will also start                the Laurier Inspires website
                                                                                                                                                                 telling the Laurier story                 and Facebook page.
                                                                                                                                                                 through the individual stories              “Laurier is an outstanding
                                                                                                                                                                 of the people who make up                 university with a long
                                                                                                                                                                 the Laurier community —                   tradition of inspiring lives of
                                                                                                                                                                 students, staff, faculty, and             leadership and purpose,” said
Photo: Erin Almeida

                                                                                                                                                                 alumni and friends of the                 Blouw. “As we approach our
                                                                                                                                                                 university.                               100th anniversary, I encourage
                                                                                                                                                                   Individual stories will be              everyone to join me in telling
                                                                                                                                                                 highlighted in a variety of               the Laurier story to the
                      Dr. Ron Harris with students (from left) Shalini Nagrani, Lauren Zabel and Sarah Cuddie, who are living in Harris Hope House this fall.    ways, including a new website             world.”


                                                                    September 2009

    PEOPLE AT LAURIER                                                           For a complete list of appointments visit

New appointments:                                                               Tina Tellis, residence life area              Kelly Lee, bookings and             Retirements:                            Laurier. In addition to teaching
                                                                                coordinator.                                  financial assistant, Athletics.                                             research methodology courses
Gregory Brown, manager, HRIS.                                                                                                                                                           Noni              for three decades, Marr taught
                                                                                Changes in staff appointments:               Vanessa McMackin, admissions                               Campbell,         Canadian economic history,
Megan Dinning, administrative                                                                                                and records assistant, Graduate                            a Laurier         intermediate macroeconomics
assistant, President’s Office.                                                 Ashleigh Bell, academic support               Studies.                                                   alumna and        and introductory economics.
                                                                               assistant, Brantford.                                                                                    an employee       As chair of the research ethics
David Hutchings, technical                                                                                                    Gregory Mudry, special                                    since 1976,       board, he ensured the univer-
assistant, SBE.                                                                 Lynn Beney, senior adminis-                   constable.                                                retired earlier   sity’s ethics policy on research
                                                                                trative assistant, FSW.                                                                                 this month.       with human participants
Necia Martins, residence life                                                                                                 Harry Oldengarm, supervisor,                              She held          conformed to specific guidelines.
area coordinator.                                                               Sandra Castellanos,                           Special Constable Service.          various posts at Laurier over the       Marr’s retirement plans include
                                                                                intermediate administrative                                                       years, working in the Registrar’s       spending time with his grand-
David McGuire, manager: inter-                                                  assistant, Global Studies.                    Ryan Simon, director: budgets       Office since 1994, where she had a      children and travelling.
national student recruitment.                                                                                                 and business office.                key role in the university’s convo-
                                                                                Jim Degan, acting supervisor,                                                     cation ceremonies. Campbell plans       Michael Purves-Smith, associate
Eileen Morouney, administrative                                                 Printing Services.                            Sheila Verwey, administrative       to spend time with her husband          professor of music, has retired
assistant, SBE.                                                                                                               assistant, FSW.                     and five grandchildren. The             after 34 years at Laurier. Purves-
                                                                                Stephanie Giddings, devel-                                                        Noni Campbell Award has been            Smith conducted Laurier’s Wind
Vanessa Parks, course materials                                                 opment assistant.                             Do you have a professional or       established at Laurier to provide       Ensemble and Baroque Ensemble,
coordinator.                                                                                                                  personal milestone that you would   financial support to a varsity          and taught conducting and
                                                                                Melissa Ireland, senior adminis-              like to share with the Laurier      athlete who shows leadership on         orchestration. He is a well-
Brandon Pinksen, food services                                                  trative assistant II, Religion and            community? Email insidelaurier@     and off the field.                      known performer on baroque
associate.                                                                      Culture.                                                                                                 oboe, harpsichord and recorder,
                                                                                                                                                                  Don Doyle, supervisor of Printing       as well as an accomplished
                                                                                                                                                                  Services, has retired after 30 years    composer and arranger. He also
                                                                                Tom Buckley has taken up his new duties as assistant vice-                        of dedicated service to Laurier.        recently retired as the artistic
                                                                                president: academic services at Wilfrid Laurier University.                                                               director of the Wellington Winds
                                                                                   Reporting to the vice-president: academic and provost,                                               Bill Marr         after 26 years.
                                                                                Buckley’s primary areas of responsibility include Information                                          has retired
                                                                                Technology, Recruitment, Registrarial Services, and Teaching and                                       from his post      Wayne Schwartz, a carpenter
                                                                                Learning Services.                                                                                     as chair of        with Physical Resources is
                                                                                  “One thing that struck me during my first visit to Laurier was a                                     the research       retiring after 24 years at Laurier.
                                                                                pervasive sense of purpose and community,” said Buckley, who                                           ethics
                                                                                comes to Laurier from the University of New Brunswick. “I look                                         board and          Bob Wick is retiring after 22
                                                                                forward to contributing to the evolution of Laurier.”                                                  professor          years of custodial service at
                                                                                                                                                                  of economics after 39 years at          Laurier.

New research facility will help protect                                                                                                                             What are
Canada’s boreal region
A grant of nearly $2 million
from the Canada Foundation for
Innovation’s New Initiatives Fund
will be used to help establish the
                                                                                20 percent of the world’s
                                                                                unfrozen surface fresh water, but
                                                                                little is known about water flow
                                                                                and storage processes in the area.
                                                                                                                             and environmental studies
                                                                                                                                The CFI grant will help fund
                                                                                                                             renovations to Laurier’s Science
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at Laurier. Research through the                                                urgently needed by user groups               ities together in one location. It                        American Family

                                                                                                                                                                    you are you
$5-million facility will help to                                                such as government agencies                  will also help fund the purchase                          Author: Alex Haley

vastly improve our knowledge                                                    and local water boards, so that              of sophisticated analytical
of, and ability to protect, fresh-                                              Canada’s boreal freshwater                   equipment.                             I enjoyed the book because it is a true story based on Alex
water resources in Canada’s vast                                                resources can be sustainably                    The laboratory will be used         Haley’s ancestors and I am very interested in true stories,
northern boreal areas.                                                          managed and preserved for                    by researchers from the Laurier        and I love history. I would recommend it because it provides
   The boreal region covers about
one-third of Canada and three-
quarters of Ontario, and contains
                                                                                future generations,” said Dr.
                                                                                Bill Quinton, associate professor
                                                                                in Laurier’s geography
                                                                                                                             Institute for Water Science and
                                                                                                                             the university’s Cold Regions
                                                                                                                             Research Centre.
                                                                                                                                                                           listening to?
                                                                                                                                                                    a very detailed account of how the slaves were treated and
                                                                                                                                                                    what they went through.

     Pool renovations ongoing

                                                                                                                                                                   What are you
                                                                                                                                                                    listening to?
                                                                                                                                                                                       Name: Dr. David Johnson
                                                                                                                                                                                       Job Title: Professor of Economics
                                                                                                                                                                                       & Director, MABE Program
                                                                                                                                                                                       Cd Title: Live in London
                                                                                                                                                                                       Artist: Leonard Cohen

                                                                                                                                                                    My wife and I have been long-time Leonard Cohen fans
                                                                                                                                                                    and went to hear him live this spring in London (Ontario).
                                                                                                                                                                    So we have listened to Cohen’s latest release, Live in Lon-
      Laurier’s 50-metre swimming pool is undergoing repairs and renovations. It is tentatively scheduled to reopen at the
      beginning of November.                                                                                                                                        don (England), which is a great CD.
                                                                                                               Photo: Tomasz Adamski

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A focus on political theory and federalism
University Research Professor award will support Dr. Thomas O. Hueglin’s studies

By Barry Ries                                                                                                                                                         regional and cultural loyalties.
                                                                                                                                                                        “Students of federalism are
Political science professor Dr.                                                                                                                                       mostly preoccupied with the
Thomas O. Hueglin has been                                                                                                                                            dynamics of power divisions
named Laurier’s University                                                                                                                                            and intergovernmental relations,”
Research Professor for 2009-2010.                                                                                                                                     Hueglin adds, and often seem
The award provides Hueglin                                                                                                                                            unaware of the wealth of recent
with $10,000 to assist in his                                                                                                                                         political theories similarly
ongoing research on federalism                                                                                                                                        preoccupied with problems of
and political theory.                                                                                                                                                 democracy and diversity in a
  The grant, Hueglin says                                                                                                                                             globalizing world.
mischievously, means “I can                                                                                                                                             “I believe the study of feder-
travel and save myself the pain                                                                                                                                       alism can make a contribution
of applying for a SSHRC grant                                                                                                                                         to how we organize the world.
for another year.”                                                                                                                                                    Federal systems are not the
  The German-born Hueglin                                                                                                                                             result of a revolutionary
has been at Laurier for 24 years,                                                                                                                                     founding act, but of careful
almost as long as he has been                                                                                                                                         negotiation among a plurality
in Canada. He has become one                                                                                                                                          of collective actors with distinct
of the world’s top scholars on                                                                                                                                        loyalties and aspirations.
Johannes Althusius, a 16th/17th-                                                                                                                                        “The idea of federalism,
century philosopher who was                                                                                                                                           although not always and
concerned with alternative                                                                                                                                            necessarily political practice in

models of governance.                                                                                                                                                 federal states such as Canada,
                                                                                                                                                                      includes a commitment to
                                                                                                                                                                      social solidarity, balance and
    I believe the study of                                                                                                                                            compromise,” he says.
  federalism can make a                                                                                                                                                  As the 2009-2010 Laurier

                                                                                                                                                                      University Research Professor,
  contribution to how we                                                                                                                                              Hueglin says he will try to make
  organize the world.                                                                                                                                                 a contribution to such an under-
                                                                                                                                                                      standing of the world.
                                                                                                                                                                        “And I would like to add that
   Hueglin is also a well-                                                                                                                                                   whatever my accomplish-
published scholar in the related                                                                                                                                             ments have been over the
field of federalism. His research                                                                                                                                            past 20 years, they would
output incorporates four                                                                                                                                                    not have been possible
single-authored books, two                                                                                                                                                  without the support of my
co-authored books, three dozen                                                                                                                                             wife, Julia Roberts, who is
book chapters, over two dozen                                                                                                                                              a professor of history at the
journal articles and more than                                                                                                                                            University of Waterloo, and
                                      Dr. Thomas Hueglin, above, is Laurier’s 2009-10 University Research Professor. Hueglin,
80 conference papers or research      a political science professor, is a well-published scholar in the field of federalism.                                              whose research skills I can
talks delivered in 14 countries.                                                                                                                                         only emulate, but never quite
  “My research is mainly focused      to bring together recent strands             from its website, “reasons                                                            equal,” he says.
on two sub-fields in political        of political theory which have               for a state to adopt a federal                                                          Hueglin will be officially
science: the history of political     focused on multiculturalism                  system include the need to                                                           honoured as the University
thought, and comparative feder-       and a more active, deliberative              reflect linguistic, economic                                                        Research Professor during
alism,” Hueglin says. “In my          democracy, and federalism                    and cultural differences of a                                                       Laurier’s fall convocation. A
mind the two are closely related.”    with its tradition of divided                population, especially one that              design, he says, “might               requirement of the position
   The connection for Hueglin is      government and subnational                   is concentrated geographically.”             prove more appropriate than           is that the recipient present
the search for alternative models     autonomy.                                    This, Hueglin would say, is                  the conventional state and            a public lecture featuring his
of political design.                    According to Canada’s                      the conventional, state-related              market model to organize              or her research at some point
   To this end, Hueglin wants         Privy Council Office, citing                 notion of federalism. A new                  today’s world of distinct             during the year.

Improved Experts at Laurier website helps faculty, university
By Lori Chalmers Morrison             experts available to comment on              news and editorial services. “The             who regularly gives media inter-      research and expertise.
                                      topics that are currently in the             new design enables faculty to                 views.                                  • An enhanced search function
 Reporters are often looking for      news.                                        update their own information,                    Key features of the new Experts    makes it easy for journalists to
 expert opinions for their stories.      Faculty members have been                 which will keep the experts                   at Laurier site include:              find experts by keyword, name or
 Laurier professors are looking for   invited via email to take a few              database as current as possible.”               • Faculty members can update        department, and provides links
 ways to gain exposure for their      minutes to update their experts                 By completing an Experts at                and maintain their experts listing    to other faculty members with
 research and recognition for their   listing. The potential benefits are          Laurier profile, faculty are offering         through their Laurier web page.       related expertise.
 areas of expertise.                  significant — not only do faculty            to consider interview requests                  • When faculty members are            • Faculty can upload a press
   Laurier’s new-and-improved         members stand to gain exposure               from the media. Reporters may                 quoted in the media, they can post    photo of themselves, which will
 Experts at Laurier website will      in the public arena for their                ask for in-person, telephone or               a link to the article through the     ensure they are included in the
 help to make the connection.         research, but they can also help             on-camera interviews.                         new “In the News” section.            featured experts rotation.
    The Experts at Laurier site       increase awareness of Laurier’s                “By making themselves available               • The site will display             Visit to see
 provides the media with an easy      wealth of research and academic              to the media, faculty members                “Featured Experts” on a rotating       the new Experts at Laurier site.
 to use, up-to-date list of Laurier   expertise.                                   can establish themselves as                   basis, and link reporters to          Faculty members can click on
 researchers and their specific         “We’ve designed Experts at                 go-to resources on specific topics            faculty members with expertise       “How to update your experts at
 areas of expertise, searchable by    Laurier as an effective resource             while at the same time raising                in “Hot Topics” that are              Laurier profile” on the left-hand
 topic, name or faculty. Reporters    that allows reporters to find the            Laurier’s profile among business,             currently in the news, enhancing      menu bar for step-by-step
 will also be able to view rotating   specific expert they need and                community and government                      Laurier’s ability to promote its      instructions.
 profiles and photos of featured      connect with them directly,” said            leaders,” said dean of business
experts, as well as a list of         Kevin Crowley, associate director:           and economics Ginny Dybenko,                 To see the new Experts at Laurier site, visit


                                                                   September 2009

Bikes for tykes                                                                                                       HEALTH SCIENCES continued

                                                                                                                       them on which courses to
                                                                                                                                                                   to understand the diversity of
                                                                                                                                                                   the patient population through
                                                                                                                                                                   field placements. It’s not just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “By developing links with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 hospitals and other educational
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 institutions, we’re also empha-

Bicycle Recycling Program                                                                                              take for specific career fields
                                                                                                                       and helping them prepare for
                                                                                                                                                                   young healthy people who get
                                                                                                                                                                   sick — there are elderly people,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sizing a team-oriented approach,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 so students will realize that

helps children in need                                                                                                 pre-professional entrance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 regardless of what they do in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 health-care field in the long term,
                                                                                                                          Following two years of                                                                 they will be part of a team.”
Bicycles that make their way                                                   children in need.                       required courses, students                                                                   For MacPhee, who envisions
into Laurier’s lost and found                                                    The initiative, developed by          will have the opportunity                                                                 partnership opportunities with
department are being given new                                                 Supervisor Rick Cousineau,              to participate in one of                                                                  many local organizations, the
life by the university’s Special                                               not only helps children who             three specialization streams                                                              program also has a community
Constable Service.                                                             normally wouldn’t be able to            (bio-med, med-chem or                                                                     component.
   In partnership with the                                                     afford bicycles, it is also environ-    med-psych) or to select their                                                               “We encourage people in the
Canadian Alliance for Children                                                 mentally friendly — lost bicycles       courses more broadly. In third                                                            community to contact us and
and Elmira District High                                                       on campus are being diverted            or fourth year, they will also                                                            explore opportunities to work
School, bicycles abandoned                                                     from the landfill.                      step outside the classroom                                                                together,” she said. “We also
on campus are being donated                                                       So far 15 found bicycles have        for experiential placements,                                                              hope that our graduates will
to the high school, where they                                                 been donated and eight have been        with more informal volunteer                                                              find their way back into our
are repaired by students. They                                                 distributed to needy children in        opportunities available in the                                                            own health-care community to
are then distributed to local                                                  the local Mennonite community.          first two years of the program.                                                           work.”
                                                                                                                          Coordinating committee                   homeless people and people                       To find out more information
                                                                                                                       member Dr. Renée MacPhee, one               with mental health issues.”                   about Laurier’s health sciences
                                                                                                                       of two faculty members specifi-                The program is Laurier’s                   program, visit the Faculty of
                                                                                                                       cally hired for the program, says           first multi-disciplinary science              Science website.
                                                                                                                       the volunteer opportunities                 program, and one of the few
                                                                                                                       and placements are essential                existing university programs
                                                                                                                       to introduce students to the                that focuses solely on health                    Health Sciences sample
                                                                                                                       diversity of possibilities in the           sciences rather than health                      classes:
                                                                                                                       health-care field, and let them             studies and social sciences.
                                                                                                                       experience first hand what                     Elliott anticipates the                      Year 1: Unifying Life
                                                                                                                       health care is all about.                   program will very quickly                       Processes, Fundamentals of
                                                                                                                         “Some students want to be                 become one of the most                          Chemistry
                                                                                                                       doctors or nurses, but have                 popular programs in science.                    Year 2: Human Anatomy, Cell
                                                                                                                       never been exposed to the                   Enrolment has already                           Biology
                                                                                                                       sights and sounds within a                  exceeded expectations.                          Year 3: Epidemiology, Human
                                                                                                                       hospital or nursing home,” said               “The program will have the                    Physiology I
                                                                                                                       MacPhee, who has worked in                  strengths that Laurier has                      Year 4: Seminar on Critical
                                                                                                                       local emergency rooms for 16                generically, such as its small size,            Health Sciences, Case-Based
                                                                                                                       years and uses her personal                 opportunities for individual                    Problem Solving in Health
Children show off their bicycles, which were donated through Laurier’s Special Constable                               experiences in her teaching.                attention and a strong experi-                  Sciences
Service’s new Bicycle Recycling Program.                                                                              “It’s very important for students            ential component,” said Elliott.

Laurier gears up for Homecoming festivities
Brantford campus will celebrate inaugural event

By Stacey Morrison                                                             Junior Hawks program until
 Along with football, friends                                                     Waterloo’s Homecoming
 and fun, Laurier will mark its                                                wraps up on Sunday with the
 2009 Homecoming celebra-                                                      second-annual Laurier Loop
 tions with a return visit from                                                charity run with proceeds
 comedian Russell Peters for a                                                 going to the Movement
 sold-out show at the Kitchener                                                Disorders Research & Rehabili-
 Memorial Auditorium Oct. 3.                                                   tation Centre (MDRC).
   “We are thrilled that Russell                                                  For tickets and a
 Peters is returning for this                                                  complete schedule of events
 year’s Homecoming, ” said                                                     for Laurier’s Waterloo
 Roly Webster, associate                                                       Homecoming, visit www.lauri-
 director of alumni relations.                                       
“He put on a great show last                                                      The festivities continue a
 year and we expect even more                                                  few weeks later on Oct. 17 as
 laughs this year.”                                                            Laurier Brantford celebrates
    More than 10,000 people                                                    its inaugural Homecoming.
 are expected at the Waterloo                                                  Marking its 10-year
 campus’ Homecoming, which                                                     anniversary, Laurier Brantford
 runs from Oct. 2-4.                                                           will host several events for its
    The festivities officially                                                 first-ever Homecoming.
 begin on Friday with the                                                         The day starts with a free
 Dean’s Alumni Golf Classic                                                    breakfast at the Carnegie
 at the Rebel Creek Golf Club,                                                 Building, followed by a
 followed by the Athletic Hall                                                 campus open house and
 of Fame dinner.                                                               barbecue lunch.
    Saturday kicks off with a                                                     The Golden Hawks varsity
 free pancake breakfast in the                                                 hockey team will face-off
 quad. The gates to University                                                 against the Windsor Lancers
 Stadium open at 11 a.m. for                                                   at the Brantford Civic Centre
 pre-game family fun, including                                                at 2:30 p.m., and the day ends
 rides, face painting, games and                                               with an alumni pub night in
 a barbecue.                                                                   the new Harmony Square.
    The Golden Hawks will                                                         For more information
 kick-off against the Ottawa                                                   about Laurier Brantford’s
 Gee-Gees at 1 p.m. Children                                                   Homecoming, visit www.                 Laurier will celebrate Homecoming in October on its Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Events will include the Laurier Loop charity
 can participate in games, crafts                                                run for the MDRC, above left; a performance by Canadian comedian Russell Peters, above right; and sports events, including the
 and other activities in the                                                   homecoming.                            Golden Hawks football team, above, taking on the Ottawa Gee Gees.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        CAMPUS CONNECTIONS COMMUNITY   VOL. 1 NO. 1 APRIL 7,2008

 COFFEE WITH A CO-WORkER            A look at staff and faculty across campus

Athlete and sports fan
Name: Greg Stewart
Job: Coordinator of recreation
and programs, Laurier Brantford.

 Where you can find him:
 First floor of Wilkes House.
“My door is literally always
 open — there’s no heating or air

How he takes his coffee:
I’ve never tried coffee or tea.
I see no reason to start, seeing
the addiction people around me
have for it!                                                                       Maple Leafs fan Greg Stewart settles in to watch a game with dogs Maddie and Toby.

How long have you been at           staff with tons of ideas. We’ve                pride in representing their wing              Right now we operate out of                  played on one of the channels
Laurier Brantford?                  catered to our students and built              of the Golden Hawk! And in the                Wilkes House. With a larger                  we received. They should have
                                    recreation at Laurier Brantford                two years we’ve participated                  facility we could do large-scale             won in ’93! Once you bleed blue
Since August 2005. I was born       program by program. We offer                   in the Relay for Life (2007 and               sports or have six games going               and white, you always do, and
and raised in Picton (a town        everything (including volleyball,              2008), we surpassed our targets,              at once. I’d also love to start a            once you’re a fan you should
of 5,000), so the transition to     soccer, basketball and hockey)                 raising a total of more than                  fitness and wellness initiative              always be a fan.
Brantford was easy. I have a        except varsity and aquatic sports.             $55,000. This fall we hope to                 with links to the community.
diploma in business admin-                                                         eclipse the $100,000 mark.                                                                 What about life outside of
istration, a bachelor’s degree      Do you have any memorable                                                                    What are your favourite sports               work?
in sport management and a           moments so far?                                What’s your goal for recreation               to play?
master’s degree in human                                                           at Laurier Brantford?                                                                      I love to travel. Among other
kinetics, sport management.         Seeing some of our best and                                                                 Soccer and baseball, in that                  trips, I’ve been to France,
                                    brightest student volunteers                   Our campus, my department                    order. I’m also an avid golfer.               England and China twice, and I
Can you tell us about your job?     pull off successful events.                    and our programs have so much                Actually, I’m obsessive.                      took a road trip across Canada.
                                    Students and staff have been                   potential — it excites me to                                                               My wife Mary Ann and I have
It’s a fantastic position, and      part of the Rogers Centre                      think about where we could be                 Can you tell us about your love              two dogs, Maddie and Toby,
the access to students keeps        Round the Clock tournament                     three or four years from now.                 for the Toronto Maple Leafs?                 and we’re expecting our first
me young — I’m still in denial      (a 60-hour continuous slo-pitch                My goal is to have varsity teams                                                           child in February!
that I’m not a student myself!      tournament) for four years. It’s               and our own facility to address               I only had a few TV channels
We have a young, laid-back          great to see students take such                our growing student needs.                    growing up, and the Leafs                    By Lori Chalmers Morrison

 COMING EVENTS                      For a complete list of events visit
                                                                                                                                   The benefits of hand washing
Marla Hlady: Playing Piano          tions in which students learn,                  Enjoy a screening of F.W.
(sculpture)                         bringing together teachers,                     Murnau’s version of Faust, a                   Washing your hands correctly is the        •	 Turn off the tap using the paper
When: Sept. 16 – Oct. 24            educational activists and                       captivating silent film with                   most effective thing you can do to            towel to avoid recontamination.
Where: Robert Langen Art            academic researchers. For                       narratives in English — with                   protect yourself against infectious           When using a public washroom, use
                                                                                                                                   diseases like the flu. Here are some          the same paper towel to open the
Gallery                             details, visit www.laurierbrant-                snacks! Presented by the
                                                                                                                                   hand-washing tips:                            door when you leave.
Cost: Free                                              German Culture Society.
                                                                                                                                   •	 Use regular soap. Antibacterial          For more information about proper
                                                                                                                                      soaps are not recommended as they        hand washing, visit the Health
Playing Piano explores the          Words That Witness: Poetry                      Waterloo Homecoming                                                                        Canada website at
mechanics of sound, inviting        and Human Rights                                When: Oct. 2 – 4                                  destroy good bacteria as well as bad.
viewers to reinvestigate            When: Oct. 1                                    Where: Waterloo campus                         •	 Remove any jewellery and wet your
the way we listen to and            7:30 p.m.                                                                                         hands with warm water. Lather all
experience our environment.         Where: Senate & Board                           Celebrate Laurier’s 81st                          surfaces with soap for at least 15
                                    Chamber                                         Homecoming with football,                         seconds — the amount of time it
Laurier MBA Session                                                                 food and friends! For a                           takes to sing Happy Birthday.
When: Sept. 17                      Join lecturer Dr. Marjorie                      complete schedule of events,                   •	 Rinse hands under warm water
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.                  Agosin, a renowned poet and                     visit                       using a rubbing motion.
Where: Centre for Co-operative      human rights activist, and                      homecoming.                                    •	 Wipe and dry hands gently with
Education and Career Devel-         Spanish professor at Wellesley                                                                    paper towel or clean towel.
opment, Waterloo campus             College. For more information,                  Oktoberfest
Cost: Free                          contact Wendy Webb at                           When: Oct. 9 – 17
                                                             Where: Various locations in
Learn about Laurier’s MBA                                                           Kitchener-Waterloo
degree and the many flexible        Dean’s Alumni Golf Classic
program options offered.            When: Oct. 2                                    Get out your lederhosen and
                                    11 a.m. registration                            join in K-W’s Oktoberfest, the
Music at Noon                       Where: Rebel Creek Golf Club                    largest Bavarian festival in
When: Sept. 22                      Cost: $160/golf, lunch, dinner                  North America. Visit www.
Where: Maureen Forrester            or $40/dinner only                     for details.
Recital Hall
Cost: Free                          This annual scramble                            Brantford Homecoming
                                    tournament brings together                      When: Oct. 17
Enjoy your lunch while taking       people from the Laurier                         Where: Brantford campus
in the sounds of the Ebony          community for a fun game of
Tower Quartet.                      golf, networking and catching                   Laurier Brantford celebrates its
                                    up with old friends. Register as                inaugural Homecoming. Visit
Landscapes of Learning: A           a team or individual. For more                  the campus for a barbecue
Transdisciplinary Conver-           information contact Melody                      lunch and open house, and
sation in Contemporary              Barfoot at ext. 3280.                           then take in a Golden Hawks
Education                                                                           hockey game. For a complete
When: Sept. 24 – 26                 Murnau’s Faust                                  schedule of events visit www.
Where: Laurier Brantford            When: Oct. 2                          
                                    7 p.m.                                          homecoming.
This conference will facilitate     Where: N1001
conversation about the condi-       Cost: Free


                                                                 September 2009

Helping a community, one step at a time
Students help build a staircase in a mountain village in Peru
By Mallory O’Brien

In August, 13 students from
Laurier’s Waterloo and
Brantford campuses spent two
weeks building 172 steps into
the side of a mountain in the
Peruvian Andes. The tall task
was part of the second annual
humanitarian trip to Lima, Peru,
organized by Laurier Interna-
tional and Solidarity in Action.
  “A lot of us struggled with
the concept at first — like, why
are we building stairs?” said
Lise Pedersen, Laurier Interna-
tional’s manager of programs
                                                                             Lise Pedersen, above right, hands out toothbrushes to villagers. Students work together
and services, who accompanied
                                                                             to help build a staircase for the community, right.
the students to Peru. “When
we think of helping commu-
nities in need we think about                                                  “At that point, the only other              a medical clinic, a preschool
building homes, schools and                                                  vehicle that had come down the                program and a maternity
wells. But we quickly found out                                              road they had built was a water               ward. During the trip, kinesi-
just how much the stairs help                                                truck,” said Pedersen.                        ology student Jade Ryan spent
when we saw mothers carrying                                                    Solidarity in Action, a                    time volunteering at a rehab
their babies down the side of                                                Canadian not-for-profit                       centre, while Stacy Peguegnat
a mountain every day to get                                                  organization, connects with a                 worked in the maternity ward
water.”                                                                      social service agency in Lima                 and witnessed the birth of a
   The community did not have                                                called Solidaridad en Marcha.                 new life.
stairs because the village was                                               In addition to keeping its ear                   Students also took Spanish
only established four years ago.                                             to the ground for opportu-                    lessons every day and partici-
The Laurier group was among                                                  nities to help nomadic commu-                 pated in cultural activities,
the first to visit the newly                                                 nities after they have relocated,             including a trip to Machu
erected shantytown.                                                          Solidaridad en Marcha runs                    Picchu.

 IN THE CLASSROOM                                                            A look inside the lecture hall

Professor: Dr. Laura Allan
Class: BU121, Functional Areas
of the Organization
description: An introduction to
managerial aspects of the areas
of marketing, operations, finance
and accounting, and human
resources and labour relations.

Since she began teaching
at Laurier in 1984, business
professor Laura Allan has had
the unique pleasure of teaching
almost every student that has
graduated with a BBA. That’s
because Allan teaches BU111 and
BU121, the classes that every
business student must take in
their first year.
  “They give students a really
nice base and framework to
build an understanding on with
more senior business courses,”
says Allan, who was a teaching
assistant for these same two
courses while she was a student
earning her own BBA from Laurier.
   Because the classes are large
— 200 students on average —
Allan routinely encourages
participation in her lectures
to ensure her students are
absorbing the material at a level
where they understand not only
the basic principles, but also
how the material can be used in
the real world.                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo: Dean Palmer

                 By Mallory O’Brien                                          Professor Laura Allan teaches two core classes that every student in the BBA program must take in their first year.


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