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Autumn 2003,
Volume 25, Number 1

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BRIAN LITTLE, BA, MA a personality psychology researcher and lecturer, was elected one of Harvard University's favourite professors by the 2003 graduating class. Little, who splits his time between Harvard and Carleton University, says his animated teaching style compensates for a naturally introverted personality. In an in-depth profile published by the Vancouver Sun, Little said the intimacy of Victoria College and UVic helped to shape his teaching style: "professors really cared, knew their students, and cared deeply about them personally."


ALASTAIR MACDONALD, BSc, will take early retirement in December from Lakehead University where he's the interim dean of science and environmental studies and a professor of biology. He received his PhD from McGill and joined Lakehead in 1969. He and his wife, who died suddenly in 2002, raised three daughters. If there is a class of '65 reunion, he'll be there.



and her husband Ted write: "Still happily ensconced in the Peace River area-one of the greener parts of BC this summer. Our youngest child (of four) graduated from high school this year. We made it! We continue to enjoy farm life (our second job) and look forward to European travels as our 25th wedding anniversary approaches."


, is living in High Level, Alberta and is an instructor at Fairview College .



lives in North Vancouver and is an English instructor at Capilano College . She is a published poet and the former fiction editor of The Capilano Review. Her husband, Scott Braley, BA '79, is the executive director and CEO of Gymnastics BC. Both received their teaching certificates in 1980.


GREGORY DAWE, BSC, BED '90, and Katherine Pope, BFA '88, were married in 1991 and live in Tsawwassen with their two boys. Greg teaches photography at Frank Hurt Secondary in Surrey . Katherine went on to complete an architecture degree at UBC. DAVID GASKIN, BSC, has been promoted to assistant vice-president of finance at Coast Capital Savings Credit Union. He has been with the organization since 1996. ELI PASQUALE, BA, has been inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame along with Vikes women's basketball coach Kathy Shields. Pasquale won five national championships with the Vikes and played for 13 years on the national team, helping Canada to fourth place at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.



has been appointed chair of employment and assistance appeals of the BC Employment and Assistance Appeals Tribunal. Along with his record in mediation and litigation, he has a background in social services both as a family therapist and as a director of government social service programs in Alberta.


Computer Science grad GUY GONDOR, BSc, has been appointed assistant vice-president of the information technology group at Coast Capital Savings. He joined the credit union in 1997. BETTY WEILER, PhD, was recently promoted to professor of tourism at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She leads a small team of tourism academics and spends much of her time undertaking and supervising research on tour guiding and nature/heritage interpretation. Overseas guide training and research projects have taken her to Patagonia, the Galapagos Islands and Borneo (East Malaysia).



CLAIRE LESSARD, BA, has returned to Nanaimo after working in Kuwait. While teaching health sciences there, she collaborated on a workbook on writing skills published by Kuwait University Press.


ALLEN EADE, BSc, is a project manager with an environmental consulting firm in Victoria. He recently married Susanne Thiessen and they're enjoying life with their two cats in Brentwood Bay. ERIC JORDAN, BFA, was named a Pacific region finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Jordan and his software company, PureEdge Solutions, were featured in the Spring 2003 edition of the Torch. ZEUS KERRAVALA, BSc, is vice-president of The Yankee Group consulting firm in Massachusetts. VAL VALGARDSON, BFA, is an assistant professor of art at Rhodes College in Memphis where he and a physics colleague are offering an interdisciplinary course, "Introduction to Robotics," bringing together art and physics students. "We want to get across the idea that you can build robots to express yourself," he said in a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education.



MICHAEL MACLENNAN, BA, is the supervising producer and head writer on the TV drama series Queer as Folk. Before leaving for Hollywood, he worked in the local arts community including management jobs with several theatre companies and the Open Space Gallery. A versatile writer, he's currently working on an opera with Pacific Opera Victoria examining a child's disappearance and its impact on her parents and the community. . JOHN MCNAMEE, LLB, is working as a legal case officer in the prevention division of the Workers Compensation Board, specializing in occupational health and safety enforcement.


JOHN F. WALTON, BA, is living in Santiago , Chile where he is a financial analyst with Scotia Bank (Banco Sudamerica). He and his wife Cecilia Ugas Walton have two children. RANDI YAMAOKA, BSC, is the senior clinical applications specialist with Guidant Canada, in Vancouver .


SUSAN J. KELLOCK, BA, recently completed coursework to become a mortgage agent in Edmonton . Physical problems caused her to give up her work as a chef. Friends can reach her at <skellock@shaw.ca>. SUSAN KERSCHBAUMER, MA, is now the manager of community and public relations with The New VI television in Victoria . She had been the station's publicist. LAURA WALSH, BA, writes: "I've gone from working as development executive in the former USSR for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, to a few years with the Friends of the Royal BC Museum, and now to my new position as director of development for the BC Cancer Foundation, Vancouver Island ."



TOD RAMSFIELD, BSC, is living in Rotorua , New Zealand where he is a forest research scientist. JENNY SUTTON, BCOMM, has traded her basketball court shoes for rugby cleats. The former Vikes star and member of three national championship-winning teams is now playing for England 's national women's rugby team. Sutton's team defeated Canada to win the inaugural Churchill Cup this summer in Vancouver . Off the field, Sutton is a project manager with JP Morgan Chase investment banking in England .


LISA MATHESON, BED, and Jamie Ramsay of Lower Debert , Nova Scotia announce the birth of Faith Evelyn Ramsay, a baby sister for Grace Elayne. Faith was born July 31, 2002 and is now an active toddler. Lisa is teaching Grade 1 for the Chignecto Regional School Board. She would love to hear from "Neelam, Shannon , Karin, Christine, Madelaine, Linda, etc."


Since graduating from the Clinical Psychology program,
JAYNE EMBREE, MA, has been building her career in psychotherapy. She has a private practice in Victoria offering counselling services to children and families. She married Michael Butterfield, LLB '00, in 1999. JESSICA SCHRADER, BSC, is employed by Archipelago Marine Research of Victoria where she is an electronic monitoring technician. . After several years in bookselling, CAROLYNN SMALLWOOD, MA, is exploring and enjoying the other side of the book business at Arbeiter Ring Publishing as an administrative and editorial assistant, as well as working as a freelance editor and research assistant. She writes when she can and volunteers on the board of Contemporary Verse 2 magazine. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband and daughter, missing the Re-Bar restaurant and Victoria immensely.



THOMAS MADDEN, BA, is employed as a planner with Westchester County in Connecticut .


MABEL CALLAHAN, BSCN, is living in Red Deer , Alberta where she is the clinical operations leader at the regional hospital. PHIL FROST, BA, is the owner of ZNJ Exotics and Labradors in Ponce de Leon, Florida . He and his wife Terri have three kids. Along with working on his master's in social science, his business keeps him busy raising Labrador retrievers, boa constrictors and anacondas. CONNIE HOSIE (N&EACUTE;E BEEL ), BFA, married Grayson Hosie on August 4 during an outdoor, medieval celebration at Providence Farm in Maple Bay . They spent an autumn honeymoon in Scotland. BARRY LITUN, MED, is the new deputy superintendent of the Red Deer Public School Board. TIM MCGUIRE, BCOMM, is working for Export Development Canada in their Toronto offices, where he is a business development manager.


ESI EDUGYAN, BA, is living and writing in Calgary . Her first novel is due to be published early next year by Alfred A. Knopf. SARAH MOSER, BA, is one of the few women in North America producing a regular cartoon of political satire. Her work is online at www.momodesigns.net/momopresents.



CHRIS BRACKEN, BENG, has started a Web design business with Travis Brunn in Victoria called Media Still. MISTI HURST, BA, is emerging as a top motorcycle racer after winning the 650 Supersport Twins class at Mission Raceway in her rookie season. The Child and Youth Care grad races all over Canada and the US . She's online at mistihurst.com. LAURA KRAEMER (N&EACUTE;E NICOL ), BA, and MARTIN KRAEMER, BSC '98, announce the birth of their son, Isaac Raymond Kraemer on March 4, 2003 in Calgary . Laura's a library assistant at the University of Calgary while Martin is a geophysicist with Shell Canada. PHOEBE WU, BA, is a flight attendant with Air Canada , based in Vancouver .


KERRY DUWORS, BMUS, took the top prize in the 2003 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition-or E-Gré-for violin performance. The prize includes a $5,000 cash award and a 20-city national tour. She recently completed her master's degree at the University of Toronto and accepted a faculty position at Brandon University .


BENJAMIN BERGER, LLB, won a 2003 Canada-US Fulbright Award to pursue a master of laws at Yale University , with a focus on the legal concept of "dignity" in constitutional and criminal law. He has been a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. TANYA SELTENRICH, BFA, was in the middle of controversy this summer when Vancouver police threatened to shut down the art show Public Sex, Art, and Democracy in which she and her boyfriend Dana Williams performed oral sex on stage. LYNETTE S.R. TSAKOZA, DIPL., moved to Fort Nelson after completing her diploma in the Child and Youth Care Aboriginal program. She is a teacher's assistant with the Prophet River Dené Tsaa School and First Nation. MARY VALLIS, BA, won the Holobon Award from the Health Care Public Relations Association of Canada for the final instalment in the National Post 's "Healthy Cities" report. The 4,800-word article appeared in 2002 and compared the health services of 14 Canadian cities. The award is for members of the news media who significantly contribute to the public's understanding of health care. Vallis joined the Post three years ago as a national news reporter.


SHANE BARTER, BA, and third-year Pacific and Asian Studies student Kate Vallance are the first two participants in the Centre for Pacific and Asian Initiatives' student internship program. They are both based in Bangkok . Barter has been working with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and Vallance is with the Asian Regional Resource Centre for Human Rights Education. "The work is difficult and the learning curve is steep," says Barter, "but [it's] simultaneously challenging and flexible." BABA BRINKMAN, MA, has created The Rap Canterbury Tales which he premiered at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in September. Brinkman's adaptations of Chaucer's 14th century stories were reported in the Spring 2003 edition of the Torch.


NEIL D. GOLDIE, BA '71, a former UVic radio club DJ and 32-year employee of the BC Government, passed away March 3.

CHRISTOPHER KLEIN-BEEKMAN, BA '93, died from injuries sustained when the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad were damaged in a suicide bombing August 20. He was a UNICEF program co-ordinator in Iraq . He was 31.

, Victoria 's "king of comedy theatre," died of cancer May 22. He starred in dozens of stage productions and taught at St. Michaels University School, inspiring generations of students, including Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan.

STAN STUCHLY, former chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, died August 31. He was a prolific researcher of electromagnetic fields who supervised many graduate students. He is survived by his wife, Maria Stuchly, also a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

BRIAN TOBIN, VC '26, HON. LLD '88, newspaper editor, columnist and reporter, and ardent supporter of the establishment of the University of Victoria died July 27 at the age of 93. He was a member of the university senate and board of governors.

PAMELA ANN TRANFIELD, BA '83, died May 27 in Indianapolis . The poet's work included East of Main: An Anthology of Poems from East Vancouver .

GUY VETRIE, coach of the Vikes men's basketball team passed away suddenly on September 15 at the age of 51, leaving his wife Lil, daughter Kirsten and son Ryan. Vetrie joined UVic in 1989, leading his teams to 543 victories and a national championship in 1997 while earning six Canada West coach of the year awards. Ryan was entering his rookie season with his dad's team.

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