UVic Torch -- Fall 2004
Autumn 2004,
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RICH HUNT, BSc, the San Francisco-based poet, earned Canada's 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize (international category) for The Strange Hours Travelers Keep (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). The honour included $40,000, the largest cash prize for a single book of poetry. The judges called The Strange Hours."a masterful collection of work from a poet who inhabits the energies of urban life more fully than anyone currently writing." In interviews, he has said his approach to his craft was influenced by his UVic studies with British modernist poet Basil Bunting in 1971-72. Over the years, August has been a taxi driver, a locksmith, a logger, and a building manager. He has also taught creative writing at major US universities and to homeless veterans in the San Francisco Bay area.


EILEEN CURTEIS, BEd, has self-published her eighth book and CD, Reiki: A Spiritual Doorway to Natural Healing (Trafford). Eileen lives at Queenswood, a spiritual retreat administered by the Sisters of St. Ann. . RHONDA BATCHELOR LILLARD, BFA, writes: "I have recently opened Lamplight Books, a secondhand bookshop specializing in literature. It is located on lower Johnson Street, in Victoria's Old Town. This venture follows more than 20 years' employment in other bookshops, including 14 years as manager of Hawthorne Books. Also, this summer I took over from LUCY BASHFORD, BFA '90, as assistant editor of the Malahat Review. As a former student and friend of the journal's founder, Robin Skelton, and as the widow of Charles Lillard, one of its previous guest editors, I feel this appointment to be particularly gratifying. I look forward to working with the new editor, JOHN BARTON, BA '81, who was also a friend and student of Robin Skelton and whom I have known for over 30 years."



STUART BERRY, BA, is a faculty member in the school of business at Camosun College. He completed his MA in distributed learning at Royal Roads University in 2003 and won the Governor General's Gold Medal. Stuart's research focus is on the process and creation of knowledge, particularly in online learning environments.


IAN HYDE-LAY, BA, has joined the Vikes men's basketball team as an assistant coach. Ian played for four seasons with the Vikes and was captain of the 1979-80 team, UVic's first national basketball champions. Last year the team was named to the UVic Sports Hall of Fame.



JAMES FYLES, MSc, a forest ecologist at McGill University, is the new scientific director of the Sustainable Forest Management Network at the University of Alberta. The SFMN is part of the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence program. . Artist and writer FRANKE JAMES, MFA, is co-founder of The James Gang, a Toronto content creator for traditional and new media. During the federal election, the firm launched an online spoof called "Whack the PM" which generated thousands of "hits," not to mention heaps of national media exposure. . DOUG MUNICH, BSc, reports: "I just got my latest copy of the Torch and saw the picture of Chamkaur Cheema-I remember that! Keep up the great work. I have a BSc in Physics from 1981. I have since worked in government, private industry, and am now contracting as a database developer. I am in Melbourne, Australia with my wife and two daughters. We just recently visited the Great Barrier Reef (see photo). It's been a blast, but hopefully we'll be back in BC soon!"


LORRAINE VESEY MACLEOD, BEd, writes from London, Ontario: "I have taught in BC and Ontario at the elementary level since 1972. My teaching assignments have included grades K-8, French second language, and learning resource teacher. I spent several years at home raising two sons, age 21 and 24, both of whom are in university in Ontario. I am in my third term as a vice president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario." . MICHAEL PETERSON, BA, reports that he "graduated from Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology, in May of 2004 with my Master of Divinity degree. Ordained this September as a transitional deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada with a pastoral charge in London (Grace Church, Ilderton and St. George's, Middlesex Centre). Classmates, friends and alumni in the London area are welcome to contact me."



GEORGE PAUL, Dipl., and PAT BOYDEN, Cert., '70, check-in from Prince George: "Pat has worked as a teacher for four school districts during her career and George has been city manager in Prince George for the last 15 years. George received the 2004 Lieutenant-Governor's Silver Medal for Excellence in Public Administration awarded by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. We are both very proud of our daughter Heather who is in her fourth year of study at UVic."


CHRISTOPHER HAMBLETON, BEd, reports: "This past year I became vice-principal of Osoyoos Elementary School. Teaching duties include teacher-librarian and some primary music classes. I'm enjoying being in 'Desert Wine Country.'"



GARRY BENSON, LLB, is the senior partner at Benson & Co. of Kelowna. His practice includes corporate commercial, property development, real estate, wills and estates. . Metchosin writer TOM HENRY, BA, has a new project: "Small Farm Canada is a locally-produced national magazine aimed at Canada's large (53% of all farms!) small farm sector." The bi-monthly publication is available on newsstands and by subscription. . MATTHEW S. MINGUS, MPA, has received tenure at Western Michigan University's school of public affairs and administration and was promoted to associate professor. He has also assumed the role of doctoral director for the PhD program in public administration.


KEN LO, BSc, writes from Pennsylvania: "After spending six years in Washington, DC law firms, I made a move to the corporate sector and took a position as legal counsel of intellectual property at Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals in Princeton, New Jersey. Felicia and I have a daughter (Elizabeth Jolande) who was born February 7, 2004." . SHERYL (KOIS) TORRES, BEd, lives in Maple Ridge and is a teacher with the Coquitlam school district.



KIRA HILLIDGE, BA, is an advertising account supervisor in the New York offices of Saatchi & Saatchi. . GLENN LETHAM, BSc, has returned to Victoria after five years on the Florida Gulf Coast where he developed/managed an online GIS (geographic information system) publication. Glenn has partnered with Maryland-based Spatial Media LLC to launch GISuser.com. . SAMANTHA SCULLY, BA, lives in Toronto and works as an executive editor for Pearson Education Canada.


DEREK IRELAND, BSc, writes: "I have recently graduated with a PhD in biology from New York University and now live in Los Angeles, where I have a post-doctoral position at the University of Southern California. My new lab studies the immune response to cornavirus infection in the brain. I was married in September, 2003 to Joanna Lynn Hodges, who has her MSc from NYU and is a research assistant at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York." . PANAGIOTIS RONDOGIANNIS, PhD, and EVAGGELIA KONTOPIDI, MSc '92, are residing in Athens where he's an assistant professor at the University of Athens and she's a high school teacher.


KELLEY LEE, MPA, is part of a team of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine researchers attempting to gain public access to eight million pages of documents on the business strategies of British American Tobacco.



LYNDA W. MILLER, PhD, has self-published Faith and Health: A Framework for Christian Nurses (Trafford) which includes guidance and resource materials for Christian nurses in hospitals, communities, nursing education, research and parish nursing. . LYANA PATRICK, BA, and KIRSTIN CAMPBELL, BSc '98, are both recipients of 2004 Canada-US Fulbright scholarships of $15,000 (US). Patrick is a master's student in the Indigenous Governance program. Her award will support studies at the University of Washington, where she'll produce a documentary on the impact of the Canada/US border on First Nations communities. Campbell is completing a doctorate in forestry at UBC, specializing in climate change and forest management impacts on Aboriginal communities. She'll continue her Fulbright-supported studies at Northern Arizona University.


FABIAN WOLK, MSc, is president of Rockland Oceanographic Services of Victoria. The firm was recently selected to plan and conduct measurements of ocean turbulence and internal wave patterns near Honolulu's municipal waste water outfall. UVic's "towed ocean turbulence instrument" or TOMI will be leased by Rockland Oceanographic during the year-long project.


MIKIALA CHRISTIE, BA, has opened an acupuncture practice in Sidney after completing the four-year Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program. Among her specialties are women's health, sports injuries and arthritis. . RACHEL PETERSON, BA, and her husband Richard are delighted with their son Connor Ralph, born Aug. 27, 2003, at Victoria General Hospital. Rachel is currently tutoring English from home while still keeping a hand in the local film community.



JOHN BOEHME, MFA, is Canada's representative at the first International Performance Art Festival in Santiago and Buenos Aires as well as the Fix 04 Biennial in Belfast. He teaches fine arts at Camosun College. . SARA DUBOIS, BSc, has been appointed manager of the BC SPCA's Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. WildARC treats 1,500 sick, injured, orphaned or distressed animals each year.


WANDA MARTIN, BSN, completed a master of nursing degree at the University of Manitoba before returning to UVic this summer to work as a research coordinator for Prof. KELLI STAJDUHAR, BSN '90, who is investigating challenges faced by home caregivers.


Pipe organists
KEVIN DILL, BMus and ROBERT KWAN, BMus '00, pulled-off a feat of musicianship this spring when they played rare organ duets at a performance in Victoria's Church of St. John the Divine. Kwan-who served as an organ scholar at St. George's Chapel Windsor Castle-is completing a PhD in Rochester, NY. Dill is in the master's program at the University of Alberta. . JEFF GAULIN, MBA and ALANA GAULIN, LLB '99 are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Audrey Jael, in Calgary, on August 3, 2004. Jeff is the director of industry and regulatory affairs for Molson Canada. . GRAEME MACDONALD, BFA, provided the art for Tales from the Bully Pulpit-a graphic novel published this summer. It's a 64-page comic about Teddy Roosevelt, the ghost of Thomas Edison and their time machine. . RODNEY WILTS, LLB, has opened Canada's first home improvement shop specializing in environmentally friendly products such as toxin-free paints, water-saving toilets and roofing made from old tires. Healthiest Home & Building Supplies of Ottawa is an offshoot of Rodney's work in environmental law.



CHRISTINE BAYNTON, BSc, announces her marriage to Richard Underwood. The wedding took place on May 1, 2004 at the Cordova Bay Golf Course. They are living in Vancouver. . BABA BRINKMAN, MA, launched his debut full-length hip hop recording "Swordplay" in April and spent the summer performing his "Rap Canterbury Tales" at Fringe Festivals in Brighton, Prague, Montreal, Edinburgh, Victoria and San Francisco. His performance earned a five-star review from Edinburgh's respected newspaper, The Scotsman, which called Brinkman's recreation of Chaucer's ingenuity and humour "awe-inspiring." . RON DANN, MEd, won the 2003 Masters Award for Outstanding Research from the Canadian Society for the Study of Educational Administration. He interviewed six Victoria school principals to assess how they handle budget cuts and the tension between personal ethics and organizational priorities. . STEVE GALIPEAU, MED, writes from the Middle East: "Since October 2003, I have been one of eight Canadian military observers with the UN Truce Supervision Organization. I have divided my time between Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Occupied Golan Heights. In February 2004 I was selected to be the training officer for Observer Group Golan, based in Tiberias, Israel. I will return to Canada in October or November to pursue my teaching career." . RAJI MANGAT, LLB, has been named one of Canada's 25 "future stars" by Maclean's Magazine. She worked for Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci as a clerk during the year after graduation. Her decision to become a lawyer was inspired by her studies of the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. . PHILIP KEVIN PAUL, BA, is the 2004 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize winner for the best book of poetry published by a BC author. Taking the Names Down from the Hill is his first collection of poems, one of which was featured in the spring 2003 edition of this magazine.


HUGH DAUBENY, '49, has received outstanding cultivar awards from the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science and the American Society for Horticultural Science for his development of the Tulameen red raspberry. Released from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada berry-breeding program at the Pacific Agriculture Research Centre, the Tulameen has become the world's leading fresh market raspberry.


KELLY CURTIS, MA '03, lost her life in a vehicle accident March 3, 2004. A memorial fund has been established with an annual prize for the most promising student in English 502, a graduate teaching class. More information is at kellycurtis.org.

AARON GORDON, LLB '81, died peacefully at home on May 27, 2004. Soon after starting his law practice, he met and married Judy. Over the next 22 years, Aaron fought and won many legal battles with passion, commitment and courage, particularly on behalf of injured persons, military personnel and members of the immigrant and refugee community. He was a founding member of the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre and served on its board for 15 years.

GEORGE KIDD, Victoria College '36, Hon. LLD '92, passed away on July 22, 2004. He held several key ambassadorial posts during his foreign service career. He was Canada's first ambassador to Israel and he was ambassador to Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. In retirement he returned to Victoria and gave much of his time to community service, including the UVic Board of Governors, the UVic Alumni Association, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

JOHN PITT, BEd '70, died suddenly March 19, 2004 at his family home in Duncan. He met his wife Louise (Simcock) while they were studying in the education faculty and both taught at schools in Kimberley. An avid collector, John contributed old postcards to books on the early history of BC.

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