Shad Valley “Shad Cup” and Open Day

(Thunder Bay - July 25, 2005) This is the last week for the Shad Valley students at Lakehead University. These 50 students have been hard at work heading towards two major events: The Shad Cup and Open Day.

The Shad Cup is a competition between Shads to develop an innovative product and a business plan for the marketing of the product based on a theme. This year the theme is Health and Wellness. Many innovative ideas have come forth to promote these traits in communities across Canada. The Shads will be presenting their innovations and business plans to a distinguished panel of judges on Tuesday, July 26 in ATAC-5035 at 7 p.m. This event will also be webcast at

The Shad Valley music ensemble has also had a successful season of concerts. A bonus concert has been planned for Wednesday, July 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the Agora.

The Shad Valley Open Day takes place on Thursday, July 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Agora. This day is the culmination of the Shads' efforts over the past few weeks, with workshop posters, projects displays as well as their Shad Cup presentations available for review. This is a great chance for the media to find out all that the Shads have learned!

For more information, contact the Shad Valley coordinators Lynne Sevean or Sultan Siddiqui at 343-8700.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer, Lakehead U, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113

International Organization Names Lakehead U Professor Deputy Chief Examiner for Visual Arts

Dr. Fiona Blaikie(Thunder Bay - July 6, 2005) A Lakehead University professor was recently named Deputy Chief Examiner for the Visual Arts with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). Dr. Fiona Blaikie was officially welcomed to the IBO in June, and starts her duties on September 1, 2005.
The IBO aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IBO works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education. The IBO offers three programs to a wide variety of schools located throughout the world: the Diploma Program for students in the final two years of school before university; the Middle Years Program for students aged 11 to 16; and the Primary Years Program for students aged 3 to 12.
"I am extremely pleased to be offered this position with the IBO," says Dr. Blaikie. "I believe in developing the creative minds of our youth, and this is an excellent opportunity to encourage growth among these students, and take an active part in their artistic progress."
Deputy Chief Examiners are highly qualified and experienced educational practitioners. As the Deputy Chief Examiner for the Visual Arts, Dr. Blaikie will provide support to the Chief Examiner in providing leadership for a team of examiners in consultation with staff at the IB Curriculum and Assessment Centre (IBCA), and may be called upon to act for the Chief Examiner in his or her absence. Dr. Blaikie will participate in the preparation of examination papers, assessment criteria, and the marking and/or moderation of candidates' examination material, among other duties. Her term with the IBO is for two years.
Dr. Blaikie is a professor with the Faculty of Education at Lakehead U and the Director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Studies. Her research interests include art education, aesthetics and art criticism in the classroom, multiculturalism and gender issues, and curriculum theory.
Dr. Blaikie also chairs the Community Arts and Heritage Education Project (CAHEP), which is designed to enhance accessibility to arts and heritage programming in the community, and makes the work of artists, performers, and the achievements of cultural and historical organizations more visible in Thunder Bay schools.
Members of the Media may interview Dr. Blaikie by calling her directly at 343-8222 or 343-8935.
The Joint PhD in Educational Studies is offered jointly by Lakehead University, Brock University, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Windsor.
Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a worldwide reputation for innovative programs and research. With over 7,400 students and 1,600 faculty and staff, Lakehead University is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and is developing a satellite campus in Orillia, Ontario, planned to open in September 2006. Lakehead's total economic impact on the City of Thunder Bay alone is approximately $197.7 million yearly. For more information on Lakehead University, visit
Contact: Eleanor Abaya, Office of Communications, Lakehead University, 343-8372 or 472-9110

50 Brightest High School Students at Lakehead U for Shad Valley 2005

(Thunder Bay, June 30, 2005) Lakehead University will once again see some of the brightest young minds during Shad Valley 2005.
Some of the brightest high school students in Canada are participating in Shad Valley at Lakehead, a program geared to develop innovative leaders of tomorrow. The program runs from July 3 to 28, and Shads (participants) live in residence throughout the session.

Shad Valley puts Shads through a rigorous academic program with a focus on Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Medicine, and Science. During the month-long program, students attend presentations on various topics, participate in workshops, and complete projects in different areas.
Supported by over 150 supporters, partners, sponsors, and donors, the Shad Valley program is delivered through the involvement of many people from the University and the local community.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA are invited to the Opening Ceremonies on Monday, July 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the Senate Chambers.
For further information and a schedule of events, please contact Shad Valley 2005 organizers Dr. Sultan Siddiqui, Program Director, Faculty of Engineering, at 343-8794, and Mr. Lynne Sevean, Program Manager, Faculty of Forestry and Forest Environment at 343-8301.
Contact Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer, Lakehead University, 343-8177

Pioneer in Aboriginal Education Celebrates 30 Years at Lakehead U

(Thunder Bay - June 30, 2005) On Saturday, July 2, a special celebration will take place at the Fort William First Nation Pow-Wow to honour Professor Dolores Wawia for her 30 years of pioneering work on Aboriginal education at Lakehead University.
Professor Wawia accepted the position of Teacher Counsellor with the Native Teacher Education Program at Lakehead U on July 1, 1975. This program was the first of its kind in Ontario. Since that time, she has designed and implemented many courses for Lakehead U's Faculty of Education, and became the first Native woman assistant professor with tenure at Lakehead U as well as the first Elder in Residence of an Ontario university.
Professor Wawia's Native name is Muk Kee Queh, which means Frog Lady in Ojibway. She is a story teller, and over the years she has visited many schools around the community, sharing her stories with countless students. She also hosts a Story Time session ever third Tuesday of the month at the Waverley Resource Library. This session is designed to bring in all cultures to share stories.
Professor Wawia will be honoured at the Fort William First Nation Pow-Wow on Mount McKay this Canada Day weekend. During the morning, there will be a Sweatlodge ceremony in the Anishnawbe Mushkiki Lodge. There will be presentations, an honour song and dance, and a feast later in the day. The Invocation for the afternoon ceremonies begins at 3 p.m.
"Dolores has been an important part of the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University and the University as a whole," says. Dr. Juanita Epp, Acting Dean, Faculty of Education. "Dolores has shared her wisdom with students both through teaching and curriculum development. She is an integral part of our community here - she has given so much of herself over the past 30 years. I look forward to working with Dolores for many more years to come."
"Dedication, commitment, innovation, and initiative are just a few words to describe the work and spirit Dolores has given to Lakehead University and communities in Northwestern Ontario," says Dr. Lauri Gilchrist, Associate Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives), Lakehead University. "She is a pioneer in Aboriginal Education, and it is an honour to work with her to further develop Aboriginal services and programs on campus."
For more information on the day's events, please call Kathryn Wynn 766-7219, or Melissa Hardy 343-8085. To set up an interview with Professor Wawia, Dr. Epp, or Dr. Gilchrist, call Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177 or 472-9113.
Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer, Lakehead University, 343-8177 or 472-9113

Lakehead U Receives $287,574 in CFI Funding to Support Three New Researchers

(Thunder Bay, June 29, 2005)Three Lakehead University researchers have received New Opportunity Funds from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) totalling $287,574.
Dr. Matthew Boyd, Assistant Professor with the Department of Anthropology, received $73,493 for his project "Collaborative Northern Environmental and Archaeological Research Initiative."
Dr. David Law, Assistant Professor with the Department of Biology, received $103,714 for his project "Chromatin Architecture, Epigenetic, Biochemical and Molecular Approaches for Systems Biology Based Investigation of Gene Expression During Development and Stress in Plant Cells."
Dr. Wilson Wang, Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received $110,367 for his project "Laboratory for Intelligent Mechatronic Systems."
"Our faculty continue to excel in all areas of research," says Dr. Rui Wang, Vice President (Research) at Lakehead University. "These three researchers are fine examples of the important work conducted at the University."
The CFI's New Opportunities Fund enables eligible universities to provide research infrastructure for newly recruited faculty members, in their first full-time academic appointment in Canadian degree-granting institutions, so that these researchers can undertake leading-edge research. The fund also enables institutions to recruit new faculty members in the areas of research identified as priorities in their strategic research plans.
"These awards represent a strategic boost to the research capacities of Lakehead University," said Dr. Eliot Phillipson, President and CEO of the CFI. "This funding allows Canada to attract and retain leading-edge researchers and provides our graduate students with access to world-class facilities and training environments."
A complete list of NOFprojects, by university, can be found at:
Members of the Media: If you would like to speak with a new CFI researcher, or Dr. Rui Wang, please call Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177 or 472-9113.
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Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113.
Alastair Sinclair,Canada Foundation for Innovation, 613-996-3160

Lakehead U, Confederation College Partner to Assist Potential International Graduate Students

(Thunder Bay-June 28, 2005) Lakehead University and Confederation College have joined forces to help potential graduate students whose first language is not English to meet the language requirements at Lakehead U.

Dr. Fred Gilbert, President, Lakehead University, and Mrs. Patricia Lang, President, Confederation College, today signed an articulation agreement which provides potential University graduate students with another means to obtain their Lakehead University English Language Proficiency Requirements. Students who apply to Lakehead, and who meet all other program-specific admission requirements except the English Language Proficiency Requirement, will be offered a conditional acceptance until they pass one of the language tests listed in the Lakehead U calendar. This list now includes the English for Academic Purposes program (EAP) offered through this agreement.

This 16-week EAP and English as a Second Language program is designed for international students with intermediate-level skills in English. Students in the program are assisted in acquiring the oral and written skills needed for their success in post-secondary studies. Previously, this program was for Confederation College students only. This agreement now allows potential Lakehead U international graduate students to take part in the program.

"The University and the College have always had a positive and progressive relationship, and the EAP program is another avenue of educational collaboration between Thunder Bay's two post-secondary institutions," says Dr. Gilbert. "Working with the College to provide potential University graduate students with this option to become proficient in English is a positive step for these students as well as the College and University."

"Confederation College prides itself on providing students the best opportunities for post-secondary education and multiple learning pathways between college and university, and this partnership with Lakehead University is a continuation of this commitment," says Mrs. Lang. "This is the type of cooperation that will lead to the realization of our collective vision for Thunder Bay to become a leading international student destination."

The curriculum focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening in academic contexts. The program includes a grammar review, learning strategies, writing summaries and short essays, pronunciation, and improving reading comprehension along with speed and accuracy. A variety of instructional methods will be used including lectures, web-based exercises, discussion and debate, independent study, and other applied activities.

"The EAP is a great program for our potential international graduate students," says Dr. Kim Fedderson, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities. "Lakehead often receives applications from international graduate students with high academic credentials, but whose English language proficiency presents a barrier. With the EAP program, students will be better able to develop the necessary communication skills to work effectively in an English-speaking academic environment. They will be able to communicate their research properly to others as well as work as teachers' assistants for undergraduate programs at the University. This is an excellent option for these students, and I am pleased to see this partnership become a reality."

Dr. Fedderson spearheaded the EAP partnership, with support from Dr. Gary Boire, Dean of International and Graduate Studies, Lakehead University. Designed specifically for international graduate students, there is expectation that the program may be expanded to include international students at the undergraduate level.

Initially, the program will be offered by Confederation during the Spring/Summer term in order to prepare students for a Fall start at Lakehead U. As the program develops, the possibility of a Fall EAP program geared to a Winter start at Lakehead will be explored. Classes will be conducted at Confederation College. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to analyze academic material and express themselves logically in both oral and written form.

For more information, Dr. Kim Fedderson and Dr. Fred Gilbert are available today for interview between 3 and 4 p.m. by calling Marla Tomlinson at 807-343-8177. Mrs. Patricia Lang is available today for interview between 3 and 3:30 p.m. by calling Brian Ktytor at 807-475-6227.

Community Invited to Attend Lakehead U’s Fireworks Birthday Extravaganza

Join the party on Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. at Lakehead University! On July 1, 1965, the Lakehead University Act came into effect, and the Thunder Bay community is invited on campus by Lake Tamblyn to celebrate Lakehead U's 40th Birthday!

The celebration takes place by Lake Tamblyn, there will be free live music, a children's area, a reasonably priced BBQ, and an electrifying fireworks display after sunset. The antique car club will also be on display at the party. The exciting outdoor musical line up is: Viva, Green Dolphin Street, and C. R. Slam.

Parking is free at this event, and everyone is welcome! So, come on out on Thursday, June 30!

This event is sponsored in part by Coca Cola, Days Inn and Suites, Dougall Media, The Chronicle Journal, Northstar Fireworks, Sheldon Reproduction Centre, Molson, The Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lakehead University, and the Alumni Association of Lakehead University.

The Birthday Party is also proudly supported by Lakehead University's Office of Communications, Physical Plant, and Residence and Conference Services.

For more info or to volunteer, call Heather Ives at 346-7784.

Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Lakehead University, 343-8177 or 472-9113

Lakehead U Establishes International Ties

Memorandum of Understanding Creates Opportunities for Faculty of Business Professors and Students
(Thunder Bay - June 23, 2005) Lakehead University and Liaoning Technical University, China, are signing a Memorandum of Understanding to create opportunities for faculty members and students in each University's Faculty of Business Administration.
A delegation from Liaoning University is on campus to sign an MOU to further a partnership between the two Universities. Last year, Dr. Bahram Dadgostar, Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, signed a letter of intent to look into opportunities for collaboration, teaching, and research between the Business faculties at each university.
The MOU is two-fold. First, faculty members at both universities visit the other campus to share ideas and expertise towards the development of academic programming for a possible joint degree program. At this stage, they will explore opportunities for further faculty exchange, the organization of academic activities as well as the development of curriculum for courses to be offered at each university for the degree. Once this stage is complete, steps will be taken to make this joint degree program a reality.
"This is a very exciting prospect, and I am pleased to see it progressing to this stage," says Dr. Dadgostar. "This is a fantastic opportunity for students here and in China. Of course, an access program in English is being considered so if we do move to stage two, our students can have English courses at Liaoning Technical University."
Dr. Dadgostar recognizes the support from the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Affairs in making this partnership possible.
The delegates from China are: Xing Guihe, Professor, President of LNTU; Wang Jiren, Professor, Vice-President of LNTU; Wang Wei, Professor, LNTU; and Li Mei, Associate Professor, Deputy Director, Foreign Affairs Office, LNTU.
Members of the Media are invited to this signing. For more information or to set up an interview with Dr. Dadgostar or Dr. Fred Gilbert, President, contact Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177.
Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a worldwide reputation for innovative programs and research. With over 7,400 students and 1,600 faculty and staff, Lakehead University is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and is developing a satellite campus in Orillia, Ontario, planned to open in September 2006. Lakehead's total economic impact on the City of Thunder Bay alone is approximately $197.7 million yearly. For more information on Lakehead University, visit
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Lakehead U Researcher Receives Funding for Safe Transportation for Seniors Project

(Thunder Bay - June 20, 2005) A Lakehead University researcher has received national funding for his work with older adults and driving safety. Dr. Michel Bédard has received over $300,000 for his Safe Transportation for Seniors project from AUTO 21 Network of Centers of Excellence.
Injuries due to motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of accidental death for older people. When older vehicle occupants are injured, their recovery time is longer and less complete than younger people and can lead to a loss of independence and greater reliance on the health care and social service systems.
Dr. Bédard, a psychology professor specializing in aging and health, is coordinating the team, which was recently awarded funding of $370,826 from the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence and several industry supporters. Dr. Jan Miller Polgar of the University of Western Ontario is the project's co-leader .
"AUTO21 is pleased to support this outstanding project," said Dr. Peter Frise, Program Leader and CEO, AUTO21. "It will generate key information for Canada's automotive sector while providing training opportunities for the student researchers who will assist with the investigation."
AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence is a federal organizations focusing on automotive research. More than 230 researchers and close to 400 student researchers at 37 universities across the country contribute to the Network. The research occurs in six key areas: health, safety and injury prevention; societal issues; materials and manufacturing; design processes; powertrains, fuels, and emissions; and intelligent systems and sensors.
Members of the Media: Dr. Bédard is currently unavailable for interviews in person until later in June. Please contact Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177 if you wish to set up a phone interview for later this week, or an in-person interview later this month.

Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113.

TBayTel’s New Directory Celebrates Lakehead U's 40th Anniversary

On Monday, June 20, TBayTel unveiled its 2005-2006 Telephone Directory for Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. The 40th Anniversary of Lakehead University, from 1965 to 2005, is featured on the cover with a montage of photographs that capture the University's diversity and excitement throughout the decades.
Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a worldwide reputation for innovative programs and research. In September 1965, the inaugural enrollment of the new institution was 833 students. Now, 40 years later, the University has over 7,600 students and 1,600 faculty and staff with more than 35,000 alumni working around the globe.
"Lakehead University is proud of its achievements and its history -- and of the role it continues to play in the social and economic progress of Thunder Bay and the Northwestern region," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, President, Lakehead University. "Our 40th Anniversary is a time to reflect on our enormous success as an institution of higher learning -- and to celebrate the individual successes of our Alumni, whose achievements have helped raise the image and profile of Lakehead University."
TBAYtel Directory 2005/2006 CoverAs the largest independent telecommunications company in Canada, TBayTel has always been a part of keeping the community connected with high quality, reliable and affordable systems and equipment. TBayTel is proud of its affiliation and ongoing involvement with Lakehead University. The two organizations have a commitment to innovation that contributes to an enhanced quality of life in Northwestern Ontario.
The telephone directory is an indispensable information system that places 121,000 directories in homes and businesses in Thunder Bay. The directory includes up-to-date emergency phone numbers, maps, community and City of Thunder Bay information, area code listings, events calendar, TBayTel services and products, government information and the Yellow Pages. The directory is reliable and thorough and is designed for easy use.
Directory delivery began on June 18 and continues until July 3, 2005. Representatives from ten non-profit organizations will deliver the directory as part of their fundraising efforts. Residents outside of the delivery area will receive instructions in the mail providing directory pick-up locations. Residents are requested to wait until July 4th before calling 684-3290 regarding undelivered directories.
TBayTel is committed to our community and our environment. Residents are encouraged to participate in the recycling of old directories. Together we can save 7,000 trees! Depots will be located at all Canada Safeway, Quality Market, Northwood Foods and Westfort Foods stores and TBayTel's Customer Service Office at 1046 Lithium Drive.