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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
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."
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
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.
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
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!"
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."
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
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.'"
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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." .
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.
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
'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.