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July 2009
Alumni Campaign to Support Scholarships and Bursaries

  The University of Winnipeg is committed to providing scholarships and bursaries that improve access to University education, encourage diversity in the student population, and recognize outstanding students. UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy (BA '61, LLD '98) recently wrote a letter to all alumni, asking them to consider donating to this year's current fund for scholarships, awards and bursaries.

If you would like to help, there are many ways to give: online, by mail, or phone. To find the option that's right for you, please visit: http://www.uwinnipegfoundation.ca/ways

Would you like to join us in our outreach campaign to raise funds for students? Please consider signing up as a volunteer caller at the Alumni Affairs office. To find out more, contact John-Paul Knox (BA Hons. '09) at j.knox@uwinnipeg.ca or (204) 988-7118.

The University's Report to the Community

The University of Winnipeg is working hard to contribute to Winnipeg's evolving future. We are helping to renew the community by creating more green space and an eco-friendly campus. We are building world-class facilities including a science complex that will attract top-quality researchers, faculty and students to Winnipeg from around the globe. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to learn.

Read about our initiatives in the 2009 Report to the Community. >>more

The Alumni Association Council 2009/2010

The University of Winnipeg Alumni Association is committed to raising funds for student scholarships, connecting students and alumni through mentorship programs, and encouraging alumni involvement in University life. The Alumni Association is pleased to introduce the 2009 - 2010 Alumni Association Council:

President, Del Sexsmith (BA Hons. '72); Past President, Claudius Soodeen (BA '90); Vice-President, Mike Cook (BA '80); Special Projects Chair, Chris Minaker (BA '04); Events Chair, Stefan Jonasson (BA '88, M.Div '97); Volunteer Recruitment Chair, Deanna England (BA Hons. '98). Members-at-large Nick Unrau (BA '95); Anrea Zaslov (BA '95, DCE '05); Andrea Doyle (B.Sc. '06); Craig Goldstein (BA '93) (Karyn Kibsey (BA Hons. '06); Vassan Aruljothi (BA '09), Tara Dias (BBA '08); Ben Wickström (BA Hons. '07). Board of Regents Alumni Representatives Michael Bayer (B.Sc. '90, BA '95); Brenda Keyser (BA Hons. '74); Debra Radi (B.Ed. '81, BA '85).

The Alumni Association Supports Student Scholarships

The Alumni Association has generously donated $10,000 from the proceeds of degree frame sales to the Current Fund for Alumni Entrance Scholarships. The $5,000 scholarships recognize high academic standing and promise, noteworthy participation in extra-curricular activities in school and the community, leadership qualities and strength of character. >>more

(l-r) Board of Regents Chair Debra Radi; UWAA Vice President Mike Cook; UWAA Vounteer Recruitment Chair Deanna England; UWAA Council Member Karyn Kibsey; UWinnipeg Alumni Affairs Director Helen Cholakis; UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy; UWAA Events Chair Stefan Jonasson; UWAA Past-President Claudius Soodeen; Faculty of Business and Economics Advisory Council Chair Keith Sinclair; The University of Winnipeg Foundation President and CEO, Susan Thompson.

Fifth Annual Alumni Golf Tournament in Support of the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

On Thursday, June 11, 2009, the Alumni Association of The University of Winnipeg hosted its 5th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament at Southside Golf Course. The University of Winnipeg and the Alumni Association would like to thank everyone who contributed by attending, volunteering, or sponsoring this fun-filled event. Special thanks to our Hole Sponsors, whose contributions will support this year's Alumni Entrance Scholarships.

Hole Sponsors: BMO Bank of Montreal, Homer's Restaurant, The Great Promotional Products Company.

Shared Hole Sponsors: Manitoba Lotteries, Wellington West Clearsight Investment Program, RBC Royal Bank, Wyatt Insurance, Neptune Properties, Harris Consulting.

Special thanks also to the Winnipeg Free Press for its Eagle Sponsorship. >>more

UWinnipeg Alumni Honours

Martine August (B.Sc. '02, BA '04)
has been named a Trudeau Scholar. The scholarships support doctoral candidates pursuing research of compelling present-day concern. August is pursuing her Ph.D. in Planning at the University of Toronto. >> more

James Gibson (BA '66) Professor of English, is the recipient of the Algoma College 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award. In Gibson's 41-year tenure at the University, he has held academic leadership positions that include Dean and Divisional Chair of Humanities as well as membership on virtually every Senate committee. Dean Arthur Perlini said that Gibson's volunteer participation in the arts and culture community has been noteworthy; his colleagues describe him as the “heart and soul” of their academic division, their Obi-Wan – their mentor and sage; and Gibson “personifies the University mission of engagement of the community, demonstrated quality and excellence.”

Guy Maddin (BA '78)
Internationally-renowned filmmaker and recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award has been invested into the Order of Manitoba. >> more

Sam Wiseman (Collegiate '88, B.Sc. Biology '91) was recently named one of “Canada's Top 40 under 40.” Wiseman, 38, is a surgical oncologist, endocrine, head and neck and general surgeon with St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. >> more

Josephine Wright (BA '55)
Long-time community volunteer and former United Way and YMCA/YWCA director has been invested into the Order of Manitoba. >> more

Ariel Zylberman, BA (Hons.) Philosophy '03
A Rhodes Scholarship recipient in 2002, Zylberman has been named one of the inaugural 166 recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships. Recipients will receive $50,000 each year for up to three years. >> more

Honorary Degrees Conferred at Spring Convocations

Three outstanding individuals received honorary degrees at the University's 2009 Spring Convocation ceremonies on June 4th and 5th.

They are media leader and philanthropist Leonard Asper (Collegiate '82, LLD '09) >>more; business leader and philanthropist H. Sanford Riley (LLD '09) >>more; and internationally acclaimed writer & researcher Donald Treffinger (LLD '09). >> more

Special Convocation

The former President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo (LLD '09) - a man of Indigenous Andean heritage who as a young boy worked shining shoes and later went to university in the United States on a scholarship and became an economist, received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from The University of Winnipeg in a special convocation ceremony on June 2nd. >> more  

The Science Complex

  An $18,042,000 infrastructure grant by the Government of Canada to The University of Winnipeg means thousands of science students will benefit from a new, state-of-the-art Science Complex. Construction will begin in 2009, with completion scheduled for March 2011. The project will create approximately 750 jobs over the next two years. >> more

Redevelopment of United Army Surplus Site and Greyhound Bus Depot

Downtown Winnipeg is about to get one of its largest bookstores in a newly-refurbished space in the Greyhound bus depot, and a new three-storey building constructed to a minimum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Standard will rise at the corner of Portage Avenue and Colony Street. >> more

Campus Development Update

For the latest news on all of the developments underway at The University of Winnipeg, visit our Campus Development web page. >>more

Homecoming and Class Reunion Weekend
September 11- 13, 2009

The University of Winnipeg invites all alumni and friends to Homecoming 2009 and the Class Reunion Weekend. Events include The Annual Great Rock Climb, Community BBQs, Deans' Open Houses, pick-up basketball and lawn volleyball, class reunions, a Sunday Ecumenical Service and the 40th Anniversary of The Institute of Urban Studies. >>more

September 2009 Reunions:
University Classes: '49, '59, '69, '84
Collegiate Classes: '59, '84, '99

Would you like to attend your reunion or be part of the reunion committee for your class?

Contact Steve Pataki in the Alumni Affairs office at: s.pataki@uwinnipeg.ca or 204.988.7122 or toll free at 1.888.829.7053

The Institute of Urban Studies Celebrates 40 Years

Since 1969, IUS has been an independent research centre at The University of Winnipeg examining urban development issues. We invite our past and present faculty, staff, students, community partners and members of the public to an anniversary reception and retrospective in Convocation Hall at The University of Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 at 11:30 a.m.

To RSVP call (204) 982-1140 or e-mail ius@uwinnipeg.ca >> more

The University of Winnipeg Volume I and II by Dr. Bedford

Many alumni have fond memories of Dr. A Gerald (Gerry) Bedford (BA Hons. '48), an alumnus of United College and professor of English at his alma mater from 1951 to 1991. Before he passed away in December 2008, he wrote a two-volume history of the University. The University of Winnipeg Volume I: A History of the Founding Colleges has now been published in a new edition, a companion to Volume II: The First Forty Years (1967-2007), which was published in 2007.

Both volumes can be purchased at the Bookstore, by calling Alumni Affairs at 988-7118 or by e-mailing uwpress@uwinnipeg.ca. >>more

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