Lakehead U Nursing Graduates Continue Special Pinning Tradition

(Thunder Bay - May 27, 2004) There will be 52 nursing graduates gathered together to honour a special tradition within the Lakehead University School of Nursing. They will be holding their annual Pinning Celebration on Friday, May 28 at 2 p.m. This celebration is a special tradition which has been taking place at Lakehead U since 1975.

What: Nursing Graduates' Pinning Celebration
When: Friday, May 28 at 2 p.m.
Where: Lakehead University, Outpost, 2 p.m.

History of Pinning Celebration

The School of Nursing has many traditions, one of which has been the use of a nursing cap and the BScN pin as part of the uniform. Each nursing school had its own cap and pin, the receipt of which was often celebrated with a special ceremony/event at the time of graduation from the nursing program. Nursing students initiated the Capping and Pinning Ceremony in 1975 at Lakehead University. At that time, students requested that the cap and pin be presented to each student during the Convocation weekend.

Historically, students have been responsible for planning the event with input from the Director of the School of Nursing to ensure adherence to any necessary guidelines, protocol, and restrictions (institutional or professional). The Administrative Assistant to the School of Nursing assists the students with coordinating and organizing the details of the ceremony.

Over the years, nurses are no longer required to wear a nursing cap, but the use of a pin remains a part of their uniforms. As a result, the Capping and Pinning Ceremony has gradually evolved to become primarily a Pinning Ceremony, during which the accomplishment and successful completion of the program is celebrated. The pin awarded at the Ceremony signifies the completion of the BScN degree.

The Ceremony is held as a special, traditional form of recognition to honour and welcome the newest members of the nursing profession.

In May 2004, 52 students will have completed the Lakehead University Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The Ceremony will be attended by the University Chancellor, members of Administration (President, Vice-President (Academic) & Provost); Dean of Professional Schools; Vice-Provost (Student Affairs); nursing faculty, graduates, families, and guests. In recent years, it is traditionally held on the day prior to the Lakehead University Convocation Ceremony.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177

Over 1,500 Students Will Earn Degrees at Lakehead University Convocation 2004

(Thunder Bay - May 26, 2004) Two distinguished Canadians will receive honorary degrees from Lakehead University on Saturday, May 29, at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.

Austin Clarke, a distinguished author, will be receiving a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, and will address the morning Convocation beginning at 9 a.m. Frank Dottori, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tembec Corporation, will be receiving a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, and will address the afternoon Convocation at 2:30 p.m.

As well, Dusty Miller will be made a Fellow of Lakehead University in the morning and Robert Mace will receive the Alumni Honour Award in the afternoon.

Over 1,500 students will be graduating this spring.

Honourary Degree recipients, Lakehead University Fellow, and Alumni Honour Award winners will be available for media interviews between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Please call Marla Tomlinson, 343-8177, if you plan to interview anyone as Convocation morning is very busy.

Austin Clarke, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa
Born in the Barbados in 1934, Austin Clarke emigrated to Canada to attend the University of Toronto in 1955. He earned a reputation as a leader in the civil rights movement while in Toronto. From 1965 to 1973, Clarke worked as a journalist covering social issues and civil rights. From 1968 to 1974, he was a visiting professor at various universities, including Yale, Williams, Wellesley, and Duke. Clarke was instrumental in setting up Black Studies programs at Yale and Harvard. From 1973 to 1976, Clarke served as an advisor to the Prime Minister of Barbados, and from 1989 to 1994, he was a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Since 1964, he has published nine novels and five short-story collections. His latest novel, The Polished Hoe, won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize, the 2003 Trillium Award, and the 2002 Giller Prize. In 1999, Clarke won the W.O. Mitchell Prize, which is awarded each year to a Canadian writer who has produced an outstanding body of work and served as a mentor for other writers.

Frank Dottori, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Frank Dottori, born in Timmins in 1939, graduated from the University of Toronto in 1963 with a BASc in Chemical Engineering and Applied Science. In 1973, he and three other executives founded Tembec Inc., reviving a pulp mill in Temiscaming, Quebec. Since 1979, Dottori has been Tembec's President and CEO.

Dottori is currently Chair of the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (PAPRICAN) and Chair of the Free Trade Lumber Council. He is former Chair of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association (CPPA) as well as the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC) and former Co-chair of the Forest Sector Advisory Committee of the Canadian government (FSAC). He has also served as a Governor of the Montreal Stock Exchange (MSE), Director of the Canadian Labour Market Productivity Centre (CLMPC), Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts and Governor for the Council of Canadian Unity. He has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations and corporations and is currently a Director of Bell Nordique and Saputo. He is a member of the Club des entrepreneurs of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ).

He actively promotes recreational, educational, and cultural community activities and is a founder of the Contact, the weekly Temiscaming community newspaper.
In recognition of his diverse achievements in business and community service, Dottori has received numerous awards, with the most notable being his appointment as Member of the Order of Canada in 1989.

Dusty Miller, Fellow, Lakehead University
Dusty Miller is a familiar name to the community of Thunder Bay. Miller graduated from Lakehead University in 1969 with a BA in Philosophy. She was Mayor of the City of Thunder Bay from 1978 to 1980, and served many years on City Council. She is dedicated to the cultural and political development of the area, and served as the first Chair of the Arts and Heritage Committee of Thunder Bay. She is a member of the Order of Ontario, has received the Maggie Bassett Award for Outstanding Contributions to Theatre in Ontario, and has been a member of many boards and committees.

Along with her late husband, Dr. Tom Miller, a former Lakehead University Professor of History, Dusty Miller was part of the group of citizens of Port Arthur and Fort William who advocated successfully for the establishment of a full-degree course university here in the early 1960s. Since then she has been involved with Lakehead in a variety of roles ? as a student, a member of the Alumni Association, and a member of the Board of Governors.

In 1990, she was given Lakehead University's Alumni Honour Award.

Robert Mace, Alumni Honour Award
Robert Mace, President and CEO of Thunder Bay Hydro, is a graduate of Lakehead University's Faculty of Business Administration (1983) with majors in Accounting and Management Information Systems. He also holds an MBA from Laurentian University (2002).

He is the Northwestern Ontario representative on the Board of Directors of the Electricity Distribution Association (EDA), and a member of the Board of Directors of the MEARIE Group, the reciprocal insurance company serving the needs of electrical distribution utilities in Ontario. Mace has been with Thunder Bay Hydro for 12 years in various roles, most recently as Senior Manager, Customer and Information Services, and Assistant General Manager.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177

ATAC Commemorative Stamp Shows Pride in Lakehead U

(Thunder Bay - Thursday, May 20, 2004) Imagination, innovation, and pride -- this is what the community showed Lakehead University during the ATAC commemorative stamp design com

Winning Stamp Design

Winning Stamp Design by Mabel Crooks

petition held from March to April, 2004.

In the month of May, Lakehead U has been celebrating the grand opening of the Advanced Technology & Academic Centre (ATAC). A special donor and volunteer reception was held, the unique donor wall was unveiled, and an open house is planned for next week -- Saturday, May 29. In order to honour this special occasion, the organizers of the Grand Opening Celebration of ATAC decided to hold a competition to design a commemorative postage stamp for ATAC.

"We received many entries, and they all showed imagination and innovation," says Eleanor Abaya, Director of Communications at Lakehead U. "This commemorative stamp not only celebrates the growth of the University, it also illustrates community involvement and pride in Lakehead University."

The first place winner is Mabel Crooks, a Lakehead U graduate. Second place winner is Jenna Mayor, a Grade 9 student at St. Patrick's High School. Third place winner is Peter Johnston, a graduating Civil Engineering student at Lakehead. And honourable mention goes to Carly Marson, also a Grade 9 student at St. Patrick's High School.

"This competition was a way to engage our community - to encourage them to take part in what ATAC is all about," says Bonnie Moore, Director of Development at Lakehead U. "ATAC was built in large part by the people and businesses of this community, and it's fitting that we asked them to help us design this commemorative stamp."

The theme of the Grand Celebration is "Opening Doors to the World" and the stamp design needed to reflect this. "ATAC really does open doors to the world," Abaya says. "The Centre's technology is the most advanced technology in use in universities today. Its ability to link learners and teachers alike across distances connects Lakehead to the world. From here, you can go anywhere."

For more information, to set up interviews with any of the winners or competition organizers, and for a jpeg of the stamp, contact Marla Tomlinson at (807) 343-8177.

Join us for the ATAC Open House, which will be held on Saturday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This Educational Fair will give the community a hands-on show of what ATAC is all about. Adults and children will be able to:
?see what a smart classroom is and how it works,
?learn from virtual reality,
?understand how classes around the world connect to share knowledge,
?tour a robotics laboratory,
?and so much more!

Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177

Lakehead U Wins Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education Award

(Thunder Bay, May 17, 2004)Lakehead University has been honoured with another national award. The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) will present Lakehead University with a Bronze Award for the 2004 PRIX D'EXCELLENCE Best Print Ad or Ad Campaign. Eleanor Abaya, Lakehead's Director of Communications, will accept the award at the CCAE national conference, June 12 to 15 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This award is for Lakehead U's We See You campaign, which was designed to raise awareness of the University and motivate students to consider Lakehead when applying to university. The campaign reflected Lakehead's new visual identity and promoted Lakehead as the university that treats students as individuals.

"This award is proof that Lakehead University is getting the right message out effectively," Abaya says. "The campaign delivers a strong message about the University's strengths, and is only the beginning of a long-term, strategic, awareness-building initiative that anchors other advertising activities being undertaken locally and regionally by specific departments or faculties."

"Lakehead University is proud of what it offers students," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, Lakehead University President. "This ad campaign illustrates our message succinctly and with great impact to a market that is not very familiar with our University. It is important that we tell southern Ontario what Lakehead University stands for -- individual student success."

The CCAE is a national organization whose members aim to increase public awareness of the issues that face Canada's post-secondary institutions. The members represent more than 170 post-secondary institutions including community colleges, universities and their affiliated colleges, institutions and related agencies. All areas of the post-secondary advancement field are represented including: alumni relations; communications; fundraising and development; government relations; student recruitment; media and information services; marketing; and public affairs.

The PRIX D'EXCELLENCE is the prestigious annual awards program of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, which recognizes outstanding achievement in alumni affairs, public affairs, development, student recruitment, and overall institutional advancement. But this program does more than honour excellence - it provides a chance to have entries assessed by advancement colleagues and external professional judges. All entrants receive constructive comments from people who have taken a thorough and thoughtful look at each submission.

This award was judged on the following criteria: clear statement of goals; communication of message; writing/editing; design/photography; and success in meeting goals. Out of a possible 25, Lakehead's campaign scored 20. The judges commented on the "great concept and well thought out and executed campaign" and a "great strategy that really plays to what Lakehead has to offer."

Eleanor Abaya is available for media interviews by calling 343-8372. Visuals of the ad campaign are available upon request or by visiting the Office of Communications website.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communication, Lakehead University, 343-8177

Dialogue on Innovative Forest Modeling Tools at Lakehead University

(Thunder Bay - May 11, 2004) A workshop focusing on the challenges of adopting new and innovative forest modeling tools into forest management planning and adaptive management frameworks will be taking place at Lakehead University. The Legacy Forest and ULERN (Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network) present "Challenges for Adopting New Knowledge and Models in Forest Management" in the Advanced Technology & Academic Centre (ATAC) on May 12 and 13.

The workshop's objectives include: investigate three classes of forestry models; understand the major uncertainties and assumptions underlying the three classes of models; and publish the outcomes of the workshop in the Forestry Chronicle as a professional paper.

The keynote speaker for the workshop is George Stankey, United States Forest Service, who will be presenting "Innovation, Knowledge Diffusion, and Adaptive Management in Regulated Settings: Pushing String Uphill?" on May 12 at 7 p.m. The complete agenda is attached.

Members of the Media are welcome to attend any sections of the conference. To set up interviews with presenters, please contact Genevieve Wiens, Legacy Forest, Project Officer,
Lakehead University, at 343-8595.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer, Lakehead University, 807-343-8177


Wednesday, May 12, 2004

8:00 a.m.Welcome and introductions - Reino Pulkki, Lakehead University

8:15 a.m.Workshop Goals, Objectives, and Agenda - Ken Brown, Lakehead University

8:30 a.m.The Legacy Forest - Dave West, Bowater Forest Products Division

9:00 a.m.Innovation in a Regulated Environment - Riet Verheggen, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

9:30 a.m.Coffee Break

10:00 a.m.The British Columbia Perspective - Tim Bogle, British Columbia Ministry of Forests

10:30 a.m.Biodiversity Assessment Project: A cornerstone of Millar Western Forest Products' detailed forest management plan - Laird Van Damme and Keith Hautala, KBM Forestry Consultants Inc.

11:00 a.m.Panel Discussion - West, Stinson, Verheggen, Bogle, Van Damme and Hautala

12:00 p.m.Lunch

1:00 p.m.From Models to User Tools in Forest Management - Ajith Perera, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

1:30 p.m.Models and Decision-making in Forest Management Planning - Dirk Kloss, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

2:00 p.m.Lessons Learned from New Zealand and the Southern United States - C. T. (Tat) Smith, Texas A&M University

2:30 p.m.New Benchmark Growth and Yield Curves for Ontario - Margaret Penner, Forest Analysis Ltd.

3:00 p.m.Coffee Break

3:30 p.m.Break-out Session

7:00 p.m.Keynote Speaker - George Stankey, United States Forest Service Innovation, Knowledge Diffusion, and Adaptive Management in Regulated Settings: Pushing String Uphill?

7:30 p.m.Social

Thursday, May 13, 2004

8:00 a.m.Letting Go of Certainties: policy development, ecosystem models and junkyard wars - Michael Gluck, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

8:30 a.m.Forest Management Planning Side Effects - Dave Martell, University of Toronto

9:00 a.m.Spatially Modeling and Forecasting of Songbird Habitat - Rob Rempel, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

9:30 a.m.The Adoption of New Tools and Data - Wayne Bell, Ontario Forest Research Institute

10:00 a.m.Working Coffee Break for Groups

10:45 a.m.Group Presentations

12:00 p.m.Lunch

1:00 p.m.An Overview of Management Planning Models - Glen Armstrong, University of Alberta

1:30 p.m.Woodstock Stanley - Ugo Fuenekes, Remsoft

2:00 p.m.Patchworks - Tom Moore, Spatial Planning Systems

2:30 p.m.Panel Discussion - Armstrong, Fuenekes, Moore and Martell

3:00 p.m.Evaluation and wrap-up - Dave West

3:30 p.m.Adjournment

TD Canada Trust Thunder Bay High School Mathematics Contest at Lakehead University

(Thunder Bay - May 10, 2004) The TD Canada Trust Thunder Bay High School Mathematics contest will once again be hosted by Lakehead University on Wednesday, May 12.

What: Mathematics Contest
Where: Lakehead University, Ryan Building, Room 1042
Wednesday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"We believe it is time to invigorate the mathematical interests and encourage the development of the mathematical talents in our youth," says Dr. Clement Kent, Chair of the Mathematics Competition Committee and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Lakehead. "With these objectives in mind, we have designed a new kind of mathematics contest which, along with testing individual problem solving abilities, will evaluate teams working together on more challenging problems."

There will be two levels, junior (Grades 9 and 10) and senior (Grades 11 and 12) with six contestants on each team. There will be teams from each of the city's eight high schools. All solutions, both individual and team, will be professionally reviewed and ranked.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177

Lakehead University Appoints New Vice-President (Academic) and Provost

(Thunder Bay - May 7, 2004) After an extensive search, Lakehead University is pleased to announce that Dr. Laurie Hayes will assume the duties of the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost effective August 1, 2004.

Dr. Hayes brings to Lakehead a wealth of experience in both academic and student affairs. She has worked at Colorado State University where she has served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, and at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she was Associate Dean for Curricular and Student Affairs, College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences; Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs; and Acting Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Agriculture.

"Dr. Hayes's background, academically and administratively, will serve Lakehead well and we look forward to welcoming her to the Lakehead team," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, President, Lakehead University. "Dr. Hayes is recognized by colleagues as a team builder with a management style marked by collegiality and principles of shared governance -- qualities which will complement the Lakehead University approach to academics and student affairs."

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA: Dr. Gilbert is available for interview today by calling Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177.

Biography on Dr. Laurie Hayes
Since 1997, Dr. Hayes has been a Professor in the Department of Speech Communication at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado and was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies from 1997 to 2002. She received her PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin in 1980; MA in Speech from the University of Wisconsin in 1968; and BA and BS from the University of Minnesota in 1966.

Prior to her appointment at Colorado State University, Dr. Hayes was a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor (1990 to 1997) and Assistant/Associate Professor (1981 to 1997) in the Department of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. During this appointment, she was Associate Dean for Curricular and Student Affairs, College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences (1992 to 1997); Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (1990 to 1992); and Acting Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Agriculture (1988 to 1990). Dr. Hayes was Assistant Professor, Department of Speech, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota (1977 to 1981); Assistant to Director, Honours Program, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota (1974 to 1976); Visiting Instructor, Department of Speech Communication, University of Minnesota (1972 to 1974); and Instructor, Department of Speech, University of Wisconsin (1968 to 1969).

Dr. Hayes is co-author/editor of two books, has authored three chapters in books and published 11 refereed articles. She has presented three papers on conference proceedings, made 49 invited presentations and presented 14 papers to professional meetings.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Lakehead University, 343-8177

Challenges, Opportunities, and Research Needs of Parks and Protected Areas in Northern Ontario Studied

(Thunder Bay - April 30, 2004) The Parks Research Forum of Ontario (PRFO) is holding a conference entitled "Challenges, Opportunities, and Research Needs of Parks and Protected Areas in Northern Ontario" May 4 to 6 at Lakehead University.

The aim of the conference is to identify common challenges facing researchers, planners, and managers working in parks and protected areas; and to identify and to prioritize needs for
social and ecological research in these areas. As well, the participants intend to investigate opportunities for collaboration among interested parties in research on and the planning and managing of parks and protected areas; and to provide an opportunity for presentation and discussion of a wide range of research on parks and protected areas.

"Northern Ontario is home to numerous parks and protected areas, and it is important that researchers and other interested parties join together to share ideas on how to face the challenges and opportunities of these areas," says Dr. Bob Payne, conference organizer and professor in Lakehead's School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism.

This three-day conference will cover a range of themes, including land use and planning; human dimensions; stewardship and restoration; and species at risk. The third day consists of a field trip to Lake Superior's north shore.

Members of the Media are welcome to attend any or all of the event (an agenda will be faxed out prior to the conference). To interview Dr. Payne prior to the event, call Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177.

Economic, Social, and Ecological Influences of the Boreal Forest on the North Topic of OPFA Conference

(Thunder Bay - April 26, 2004) This week, Lakehead University will be hosting over 150 foresters as they discuss the economic, social, and ecological influences that the Boreal forest has on Northern communities. The 47th Annual General Meeting and Conference for the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) will run from April 28 to 30.

"This is an opportunity for professional foresters to come together and discuss the importance of Ontario's Boreal forest to the North," says Dr. Reino Pulkki, Dean, Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment, and Acting Vice-President (Academic), Lakehead University. "The University is pleased to be the location for this conference as we are dedicated to research and education involving the Boreal forest and the significance it holds economically and socially to the region."

Six speakers will address various perspectives - social, economical, and ecological - of the Boreal forest at the event. The Keynote speaker, the Hon. David Ramsey, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, will address future perspectives on Friday morning.

There will also be a poster session highlighting forestry research and other activities at Lakehead University.

Members of the Media: For information about the conference, please call conference organizer Paul McAlister at 475-4639 or Dr. Pulkki at 343-8564. The media is also invited to attend all or part of the conference, which is being held in the Advanced Technology & Academic Centre (ATAC), Room 1003. Parking Passes are available. More information can be found at .


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177

Lakehead U Gets High Marks in Graduate Survey

(Thunder Bay - Monday, April 26, 2004) The survey is in, and once again Lakehead University graduates come out ahead of the pack.

According to the Ontario University Graduate Survey conducted by the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, Lakehead U graduates have a 96.4% employment rate two years after graduating. This is higher than the provincial average of 95.8%. The six-month employment rate of 93.7% also was above the provincial average (93.6%).

"The results of this survey reinforce the fact that Lakehead University produces quality graduates employers want to hire," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead University. "Our current students and faculty should be encouraged by these results that clearly show the employability of our students."

The survey also investigates whether the grads are working in an area that is related to their university education. Lakehead graduates at 89.5% again beat the provincial average of 85.3%.

These survey results are from students who graduated in the year 2001.

Dr. Gilbert will be available for interviews today. Please call Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177 for times.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177