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In the last Torch I promised to tell you about my first alumni cruise. It was a wonderful holiday with 63 alumni in our group. We boarded the Star Odyssey at Fort Lauderdale, visited several Caribbean islands, went through the Panama Canal and disembarked at Acapulco. The highlight for me was going through the canal on a glorious sunny day-something I have always wanted to do. The days weren't long enough to fit in all the activities provided, but I did enjoy bridge, dancing, movies, and shore excursions. I also spent time in the fitness studio so that I could indulge in the extravagant desserts with a clear conscience. When you are planning a super holiday, please consider an alumni cruise for not only will you have a great time but you will also be helping us to provide scholarships and bursaries.
Your board has been very active this year. There is promise of branch development in Ottawa, Calgary, and Kelowna. Nels Granewall will be helping in this area as part of his new appointment.
In January the Scholarship and Awards Committee hosted the scholarship winners at an informal luncheon in University House 1. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting these articulate enthusiastic students and hearing about their studies and goals. One of their major concerns is the availability of jobs after graduation. At a meeting involving campus student leaders the same concern was expressed. This is an area where alumni could help. Later this year you will receive information about the Harris directory and will have an opportunity to indicate your willingness to help both current students and new graduates.
Dr. Norma Mickelson
|Dr. Norma Mickelson, Professor Emerita, is this year's recipient of the UVic Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award. The former faculty member in Communications and Social Foundations will receive the award at the Association's annual general meeting May 30 at the Faculty Club, where she will also deliver the keynote address.|
UVic Vice-President Academic and Provost Dr. Sam Scully praises the choice of Mickelson, describing her as "an outstanding citizen of the University in all her roles- teacher, scholar, and administrator. She continues to be a marvellous supporter of the University. She's a sheer joy to work with and makes the difficult tasks easier just because of the sort of buoyant person she is."
Mickelson has had a long, distinguished, and multifacetted career. After earning her Provincial Normal School Diploma in 1945, she taught for 15 years and, in 1961, became supervisor of elementary instruction for Sooke and Saanich. She earned her BEd from Victoria College (UBC) in 1963, her UVic MEd in 1967, and, after joining the UVic faculty, her PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1975, she became Dean of Education-one of the first women deans in Canada.
Mickelson's scholarly focus was reading and language arts. She wrote several textbooks, and her popular Knowledge Network telecourses on reading instruction and whole language were broadcast for years.
"She was most generous and effective as a teacher and adviser," says Dr. Alison Preece (Communication and Social Foundations), who has worked with Mickelson for the past 12 years-first as her research assistant, then as her doctoral student, and finally as her colleague. "She set high standards and communicated high expectations and then helped her students reach them.
Mickelson has long been a leader in the movement to deal with gender bias in university learning, teaching, and research. She played a key role in the creation of UVic's equity policy. From 1986-89 she served as advisor to the Vice-President Academic on women's academic affairs and was assistant to the President on equity issues from 1989 until her retirement in 1992. For her work in this area, she received in 1991 the inaugural Sarah Shorten Award, presented annually by the Canadian Association of University Teachers.
Mickelson served as president of the UVic Faculty Association in 1989-90 and as vice-chair of the University Senate in 1990-91. In December 1992, she was appointed chair of the board of directors of the B.C. Assessment Authority, a position that she still holds. In February 1995, the government of British Columbia appointed her to the UVic Board of Governors.
"The terms 'energy,' 'integrity,' generosity,' 'courage,' and 'commitment' immediately come to mind when I think of her," says Preece. She is one of the most organized, capable, and 'get-on-with-it' people I've ever met. I've gained so much from knowing her-and, for me, as for many others, she's made a difference that matters. She deserves this award."
|Lying on the rocks at the Lansdowne campus in the spring of 1965, 18-year-old Barbara Hall (BA'72) dreamt of seeing the world, of travelling out east, perhaps returning to Halifax where she had lived years before and her oldest sister had attended university. She dreamt of doing a master's in social work, following in her mother's footsteps. Hall shared the aspirations of many young people of her day as she lay amid the roses studying for her psychology and sociology exams-but not once did she dream about politics. And not once did she dream about living in Toronto.|
Hall's rise to the top of the municipal ladder was not meteoric, and nothing in her life at UVic suggested she was destined to be one of the most powerful women in Canadian politics. A native of Ottawa, she moved to Victoria as a toddler when her naval officer father was transferred there. After moving back to Otttawa, then to Halifax and London, England, she eventually returned to Victoria for grade ten at Mount View High School. During the moves she skipped a grade, and when she entered UVic she was only 16, but by her own admition she was no wunderkind: "I was not a top student... just very average."
Her early days at UVic were quiet, but as the campuses of North America began erupting in protest and violence, Hall found her own concerns about human rights and social inequities erupting too.
"I was always interested in social issues," she recalls. "Even as a young child, I was concerned about poverty and immigration, but in my last years at UVic these concerns really started to surface."
As a UVic student, she was president of the Phateres-one of the few women's groups on campus-and was active in charity work, collecting food for the needy at Christmas and campaigning for the United Appeal. She was here in 1965 when Alabama Governor George Wallace spoke on campus, and she joined in the protest against his right-wing views. She was here when H. Rap Brown spoke of the Black Panther movement in the States. And she was at the front of the line when UVic students marched to the provincial legislature in October of that year to protest a $56 hike in student fees.
In 1966, two courses short of a degree, Hall left Victoria to convert her budding social idealism into action. She joined the Company of Young Canadians, a federal government community development program, and went to work with Black families in rural Nova Scotia where she lived in a house trailer with an outhouse.
"I consider my time there one of the most useful experiences of my life," says Hall. "It made me understand how people coming to Canada from different societies feel and how they want just what I want-good schools for their children, jobs, and to be heard."
The following year she moved to Toronto to work with troubled street youth and co-founded and taught at an alternative school. She enrolled in the University of Toronto for the two courses she needed to complete her UVic degree, which she received in 1972.
Hall married and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked on the 1972 McGovern presidential campaign. The marriage ended in 1974, and she returned to Toronto, enrolled in law at Osgoode Hall, and in 1980 established her own law firm specializing in family and criminal litigation. She ran for city council in 1985 and held a council seat until her upset mayoral victory in 1994.
Now married to ex-Vancouverite Max Beck, Hall has weathered political criticism from both the left and the right, the murder of a good friend in downtown Toronto, and cancer. But these adversities have not diminshed her commitment to her adopted home. She speaks of making Toronto a caring city once again, of renewing a sense of community activism, of stimulating the economy and making City Hall more accessible to society's most vulnerable.
"The challenge for me is to maintain the sense of possibility that people have, to attract people to take responsibility and get involved in the city, and to make sure the city is responsive to them."
Her advice to young people entering university today reads like a precis of her own life: "Study what you really care about, and when you go out to do something with it, be flexible, open, and creative. There aren't employers lined up for people coming out of universities these days, but there are lots of opportunities, and if you're creative and care about your area, you can find some challenging, exciting things to do."
Like being mayor of a world-class city, perhaps.
At present, there are no active branches of the UVic Alumni Association anywhere. But, that's about to change. Starting this spring, branches should start sprouting throughout British Columbia, where over 85 percent of all alumni reside. UVic and the Alumni Association have provided funds for newly-appointed Alumni Branches Co-ordinator Nels Granewall to contact and assist those interested in forming a branch. Through his extensive contacts with alumni, both as Student Financial Aid Manager and as Chief Marshal of Convocation, Nels plans to assemble a group of volunteers in key communities. By supporting branch reps with better two-way communications, enhanced by a toll-free number and e-mail, he hopes to keep them well informed of what is happening at UVic.
The result should be a more closely linked branches network, but it could take some time to fully implement. Nels will be asking former students for feedback. "Developing new branches is not a one-way street, but rather a partnership. I'm looking for involvement from as many alumni as possible."
Branches take on a variety of roles. Although receptions and reunions are most common, branches may also sponsor events such as welcoming new grads and alumni, acting as a resource for new grads as they start their careers, operating mentor programs, hosting visiting scholars, co-op students, and university administrators, and developing strong community ties by representing the University at high-school awards ceremonies. "We will act as the catalyst, but what role a UVic branch assumes will depend on what alumni volunteers want to see in their area," Nels says.
Eventually, the Alumni Association and the University would like to expand the branches program beyond British Columbia. Current graduates, particularly from business and engineering, are extremely mobile as they pursue careers around the world. "Ideally, we would like to see new alumni who end up in Toronto, New York, or Frankfurt have a branch contact to help them get established," Nels says. The Alumni Association is working hard on raising its profile on campus through the newly-esablished Future Alumni Committee. By making current students more aware of the benefits of connecting with a local alumni branch, it is hoped that dedicated volunteers will want to start branches around the world.
To find out how to start a branch in your area, contact Nels (see page 0 for address and phone).
Algeria 1 Australia 82 Austria 2 Azores 1 Bahamas 3 Bangladesh 4 Barbados 3 Belgium 1 Belize 4 Bermuda 3 Bolivia 1 Botswana 2 Brazil 4 British Virgin Islands 1 Canada 32,853 Chile 5 China 19 Costa Rica 3 Colombia 1 Denmark 3 East Malaysia 2 Egypt 2 El Salvador 1 England 158 Ethiopia 2 Finland 2 France 12 Germany 19 Ghana 4 Greece 4 Guatemala 1 Hong Kong 77 India 13 Indonesia 15 Iraq 1 Ireland 12 Israel 1 Italy 4 Ivory Coast 1 Japan 75 Kenya 11 Kuwait 1 Libya 2 Luxembourg 1 Malawi 1 Malaysia 19 Malta 2 Marshall Island 1 Monaco 1 Morocco 1 Mexico 6 Netherlands 14 Nigeria 5 Northern Ireland 2 Norway 5 New Zealand 23 Panama 1 Papua New Guinea 5 Philippines 4 Portugal 2 Saudi Arabia 8 Scotland 13 Singapore 27 South Africa 8 South Korea 2 Spain 9 Sri Lanka 1 Sweden 3 Switzerland 11 Taiwan 4 Thailand 17 Uganda 3 United Arab Emirates 2 USA 824 Venezuela 5 Wales 6 West Germany 5 West Indies 2 West Malaysia 3 Yemen 1 Zimbabwe 2
TOTAL 34,476 CANADA Alberta 1,325 British Columbia 29,045 Manitoba 152 Newfoundland 41 New Brunswick 45 Northwest Territories 94 Nova Scotia 106 Ontario 1,517 Prince Edward Island 8 Quebec 191 Saskatchewan 184 Yukon 145
TOTAL 32,853 BRITISH COLUMBIA Central Vancouver Island 1,848 Cowichan 843 Comox Valley 893 Dawson Creek 212 East Kootenays 315 Fraser Valley 622 Kamloops 724 North Island 132 Okanagan 1,343 Prince George 945 Prince Rupert 348 Sunshine Coast 211 Capital Region 14,748 West Kootenays 451 Lower Mainland 4,914 Other 496
By specifying the donation in one's will, the donor knows that his or her wishes will be acted upon. Without a properly drafted will, one's estate will be apportioned in accordance with provincial law (which may not correspond with one's wishes). Moreover, if one has no heirs, the provincial government will take all of one's property into its general revenues.
The donor and/or the estate can receive favourable tax benefits by making a specific bequest of an asset or cash gift to The Foundation for The University of Victoria (which is recognized by Revenue Canada as being an Agent of The Crown). As well, one may make a general bequest, which is to be directed to a favoured project or purpose on campus, or a residual bequest, which designates a portion of one's estate to The Foundation after all debts, taxes, expenses, and other bequests have been made.
Often a bequest will allow one to make a significant gift that one may not have been able to make while alive. As well, and perhaps of most importance, is the satisfaction that comes from leaving a meaningful and permanent legacy to the University, for such gifts live on and continue to be of tremendous benefit throughout the years to come.
For additional information regarding the making of a bequest to the University of Victoria, please feel free to contact:
Allan R. Berezny,
Development/Planned Giving Officer,
University House 1,
University of Victoria,
P.O. Box 3060,
Tel: (604) 721-7690, Fax: (604) 721-8961.
The new University of Victoria Alumni Directory, scheduled for release in February/March 1996, will be the most up-to-date and complete reference to more than 40,000 Victoria College and UVic alumni ever compiled. This comprehensive volume will include current name, address, phone number, academic data, plus e-mail address and business information (if applicable), bound in a classic, library-quality edition.
The Alumni Association has contracted the Bernard C. Harris Publishing Co., Inc., to produce our directory. Soon, Harris will begin researching and compiling the information to be printed in the directory by mailing a questionnaire to each alumna/us. If you prefer not to be listed in the directory, please contact the Alumni Office as soon as possible.
The new UVic Alumni Directory will soon make finding an alumna/us as easy as opening a book. Further details on this project will be published in future issues of the Torch.
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Previously approved grants and allocations for 1994/95 include support for a graduate student conference on teaching, the far west tour of the Lafayette String Quartet, computer equipment for the alumni office, recognition awards for the UVic women's conference, and assistance for students involved in international exhange and practicum programs.
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