Social, Cultural, and Economic Impact Highlighted in Lakehead's 2010-2011 Report to the Community
President Brian Stevenson with guests at Report launch breakfast
That was the message delivered today as Lakehead University launched its 2010-2011 Report to the Community at a gathering of friends and supporters at its Thunder Bay campus.
Board of Governors Chair Colin Bruce addressing guests
"Our purpose today is to celebrate the enormous contribution Lakehead University is making on the economic, social, and cultural life of the community," says Colin Bruce, chair of the Lakehead University Board of Governors. "It is vital that people who live in Northwestern Ontario understand the critical role Lakehead plays in creating jobs and improving the quality of life in the community."
The 2010-2011 Report to the Community consists of a new and innovative website and brochure that highlight Lakehead's accomplishments during Brian Stevenson's first year as President and Vice-Chancellor. The online Report documents the success of Lakehead students, faculty, alumni, and staff through profiles and short videos. It also features financial statements, strategic directions, honours and awards, and eight performance indicators, including enrolment, seven year graduation rate, employment rate, and First Generation students (students whose mother and father have not obtained a university degree).
President Stevenson speaks to media about Lakehead's place in the community
"Much of Lakehead University's research is focused on Northern issues and is often driven by community needs," says President Brian Stevenson. "The partnerships Lakehead forges with community organizations, donors, and governments, are crucial to its success as a comprehensive university dedicated to excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, service, and other scholarly activity."
"This year's Report to the Community, which includes a link to our audited financial statement, demonstrates that Lakehead is accountable to its stakeholders," Stevenson added.
Lakehead is proud of its role as a catalyst for economic, social, and cultural development in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Last year, there were 7,733 students enrolled at Lakehead's Thunder Bay campus. Approximately 60% came from outside the City of Thunder Bay, all of them purchasing goods and services from local businesses. In addition, the economic impact of the University's operating expenses on the City of Thunder Bay totalled $323.7 million.
The 2010-2011 Report to the Community website features eight success stories that detail some of the extraordinary achievements of its students, alumni, faculty, and staff. These include the MEAGlow project, a state-of-the-art semiconductor research laboratory that has created new jobs for engineers and physicists in Thunder Bay, and Humanities 101, an innovative access program offered by the Faculty of Education that is breaking down barriers to postsecondary education. Each success story is accompanied by a short video featuring two to three Lakehead researchers, students, employers, staff members, and partners.
Donor Lyle Knudsen recognizing the hard work of Lakehead's Office of Advancement
Lyle Knudsen, vice-president of operations for Equipment World, spoke from a donor's perspective about Lakehead's scholarship and bursary program. "Our goal in supporting Lakehead is to make it the institution of choice for prospective students," he said. "We want to encourage local students to stay at home to obtain their postsecondary education and to remain a permanent part of the fabric of our local communities."
Morgan Lowe shares her Lakehead experience
Morgan Lowe, a fourth-year gerontology student and bursary recipient, shared her perspective, saying "Lakehead University has made a tremendous difference in my life. I would not be where I am today without the support of generous donors who contribute funds for scholarships and bursaries."
Lakehead's 2010-2011 Report to the Community can be read online at www.report.lakeheadu.ca and mobile users can scan a QR code to view a device-friendly version of the Report. A condensed version of the Report is included in the Fall/Winter 2011 edition of Lakehead Magazine with a circulation of more than 43,000 alumni and friends.
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Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. Over 8,280 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDÂ®) standards.