Alumni News

President's Message
Mickelson To Receive Distinguished Alumni Award
Barbara Hall of City Hall
Alumni "branching out"
Where in the World Are UVic Grads?
Making a Bequest to UVic
Wanted-Books by Alumni Authors
Summer and jobs go together...remember?
In search of...all Vic College and UVic alumni
Alumni Scholarship Winners
Building the "future alumni" connection
Your Alumni dollars at work

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President's Message
Anne McLaughlin (VC'48-'50)

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.

The Lafayette String Quartet (clockwise from bottom: Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, Sharon Stanis, Joanna Hood, Pamela Highbaugh Aloni).

The annual dinner and general meeting is scheduled for May 30 at the Faculty Club. We are delighted that the Lafayette String Quartet will entertain us during the evening. In addition, the Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Dr. Noma Mickelson. It should be a memorable event. I hope to meet many of you that evening.

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Mickelson To Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

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.

The award is given annually to an alumna/us who has earned distinction and whose reputation and achievements bring honour and prestige to the University and the Alumni Association. The award winner receives a citation and gift. A photo portrait of the winner will be displayed in University House 1, and a one-time scholarship or bursary for $1,000 is given in the recipient's name. Previous recipients of the award are Drs. Harry Hickman and Ray Williston.

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."

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Barbara Hall of City Hall
By Teresa Moore

Barbara Hall
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.

Now, thirty years later, she climbs the two flights of stairs in Toronto's City Hall each morning and enters her second floor office, far from the flowers of UVic. Since last November, when Hall unexpectedly trounced Toronto's incumbent mayor, June Rowlands, she has presided over Canada's largest city.

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.

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Alumni "branching out"
Interested in starting a local branch of the Alumni Association? If so, we won't leave you out on a limb.

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).

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Where in the World Are UVic Grads?
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
TOTAL 29,045

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Making a Bequest to UVic
Many thoughtful and generous people have designated a portion of their assets by bequest to benefit the University of Victoria. Such gifts are very important to both the donor and the University.

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,
Development Office,
University House 1,
University of Victoria,
P.O. Box 3060,
Victoria, B.C.,
V8W 3R4

Tel: (604) 721-7690, Fax: (604) 721-8961.

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Wanted-Books by Alumni Authors
The Alumni Association is building a library of books by alumni authors-including forerunners who attended Victoria College and the Provincial Normal School. The collection will be accessible to visiting alumni and others who wish to enjoy and gain insight into the talents of alumni. Because the Association has limited funds for purchasing material published by alumni, we would greatly appreciate receiving donations of alumni books that we may add to our collection. If you have such materials, or publication information on books written by alumni, please contact the Alumni Office (See our homepage for address and phone).

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Summer and jobs go together...remember?
While many of us look at the beautiful spring weather and wish we weren't working, thousands of students in Victoria are eagerly searching for summer jobs. For many alumni, the quest for summertime employment seems a distant memory, and it's easy to forget the importance of a "real" job. Summer jobs are a crucial part of a student's education. Work in sales and service continues to be the traditional summer job opportunity, but career related positions are especially coveted by students trying to bridge the gap between their education and work experience. Perhaps you are now in a position to hire a student for a few days, weeks, or months. Consider the Canada Employment Centre for Students to help with your recruitment. We offer a free job display service, interview space, and resume collection on your behalf. Call us at (604) 721-8421 for more details.

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In search of...all Vic College and UVic alumni
Have you ever tried to get in touch with an old classmate only to find that the last address you have in your little black book is hopelessly out of date? Well, your troubles are over. Soon a directory of alumni will be available to help you locate all your old friends.

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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Alumni Scholarship Winners
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Building the "future alumni" connection
"I thought the Alumni Association was just a bunch of old people who got together for wine-and-cheese receptions. I had no idea they had anything to do with me as a UVic student." That common impression was voiced and then shattered in February as about 50 people gathered at University House 1 for an Alumni Association reception for current student leaders. Noticeably absent were the chablis and brie, replaced on the menu by soft drinks, pizza and brainstorming about how the Alumni can serve today's students better.
It quickly became clear that the Alumni need to do more to inform students about what the Association has to offer them. It was news to many of the student leaders that the Alumni offer about $10,000 a year in scholarships and bursaries plus a substantial amount to support special initiatives (see sidebar). Participants had several excellent suggestions on how the Alumni could reach more students with this information.
The lively brainstorming session identified several new ways in which the Alumni could help students. Much of the discussion focused on establishing a mentoring program through which students could obtain career information and guidance from UVic grads. Other ideas included supporting international student exchanges through grants to cover travel expenses and organizing alumni branch organizations in other countries that could assist UVic students studying abroad. Alumni were also encouraged to spread the word about UVic to high school students across the province in order to help them make an informed decision about which university to attend.
Before the pizza had run out, several students had volunteered to serve on committees to further define these and other ideas and help make them a reality. Anyone who would like to contribute suggestions or get involved in these efforts is encouraged to call Nels Granewall at the Alumni Office.

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Your Alumni dollars at work
In addition to scholarships and bursaries to assist deserving students, your Alumni Association recently approved the following grants and allocations:

  • $10,500 to the UVic Student Employment Centre's Career Search Strategies job search program to guarantee one seat in each of ten sessions for a UVic grad;

  • $2,500 for the 1995 Science Venture, the highly successful series of science and engineering summer camps for children;

  • $1,200 to the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences to assist six students in making a field trip to the Grand Canyon;

  • $1,000 to Youth Challenge International to assist three students participating in development projects in Costa Rica and the Solomon Islands involving street children, environmental protection, malaria education, and construction projects;

  • $1,000 for the Western Engineering Conference and competition for the production of a post-conference information package;

  • $500 to the Friends of the Chaplaincy for the installation of an additional telephone line to the UVic Chaplaincy office.

    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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