Campus Digest, Nov. 24

Huron welcome new principal

Huron University College installed Stephen McClatchie as its 16th principal at a recent ceremony. McClatchie, centre, is pictured with the Rt. Rev. Robert Bennett, left, and Tim Duncanson, executive board Chair, who served as master of ceremonies for the event.

McClatchie came to Huron from Mount Allison University, where he held the position of provost and vice-president, academic and research from 2006-11. A Londoner born and bred, he attended A.B. Lucas Secondary School and holds a B.Mus. (honours music history) and Ph.D. (systematic musicology) from Western, where he also majored in voice as an undergraduate.

VP post to focus solely on research

As he looks to fill the university’s top research position, Western president Amit Chakma is eyeing changes which will streamline the position’s responsibilities.

Instead of hiring a vice-president (research and international relations), Chakma has altered the position to focus solely on research. Currently, a selection committee for the position, now called vice-president (research), is being assembled.

Going forward, the international relations role of the vice-president’s job will be moved under the vice-provost (international) position. That position has been advertised, and applications will close on Nov. 30. While she does not have the specific title of acting vice-provost, Julie McMullin has been filling the role in her capacity as special advisor to the provost (international).

The change, Chakma told the university Senate at its regular meeting last week, was necessitated due to the increasing size of the portfolios. Splitting the duties will allow stronger focus in both areas.

The search for an associate vice-president (research), also an open post, will be put on hold until a vice-president (research) is named. Currently, Dan Sinai is filling that role in an acting capacity. A selection committee has been appointed for this search.

Ted Hewitt stepped down from the vice-president (research and international development) position last month.

Computer scientists bring home top prize

Western computer science professors Yuri Boykov and Olga Veksler, along with Corrnell University professor Ramin Zabih, recently won the ‘Test of Time’ Award at the International Conference on Computer Vision for their paper, Fast Approximate Energy Minimization via Graph Cuts. The paper has been cited nearly 2,600 times.

AQ instructors Award of Excellence

Western’s Continuing Teacher Education instructors Larry Langan and Alison Ogilvie have been named winners of the Additional Qualification (AQ) Teaching Award for Excellence for the summer 2011 sessions. Langan serves as the co-ordinator of service learning (Catholic Studies for Teachers) at King’s University College; Ogilvie teaches pre-service courses.