Campus Digest, Feb. 16

UWOSA celebrates Valentine’s Day

Members of the University of Western Ontario Staff Association celebrated Valentine’s Day this week at the group’s annual Valentine’s Luncheon on Tuesday in the Great Hall. In addition to enjoying food, conversation and jazz, the group collected $400 in cash donations and more than 15 boxes food to donate to the London and Area Food Bank.

Cassels Brock digs deep for Western Law

Cassels Brock & Blackwell has staked a significant claim in mining law education at Western University. The firm’s gift of $750,000 will support a unique mining law program at Western Law as well as initiatives to prepare students for the mining law and finance sector.

“We are the first law school in Canada to focus on mining law and finance,” said W. Iain Scott, Faculty of Law dean. “We’re very grateful to Cassels Brock for its leadership and its generous investment in Western Law.”

“Our firm is excited about playing a role in this unique program in Canada,” said Paul Stein, co-chair of the mining group at Cassels Brock, one of Canada’s leading resource-focused business law firms. “I’ve seen a real evolution in the mining sector and know how much our clients recognize and value business-savvy legal advisors who understand their industry and their issues.”

Mandich tapped as new vice-provost

Western University professor Angie Mandich has been named associate vice-provost (academic programs and students) for a three-year term to start July 1.

The new position “has a particular focus on the student experience and bolsters Western’s commitment to student success, both within and outside the classroom,” said John Doerksen, vice-provost (academic programs and students).

“The associate vice-provost (academic programs and students) will be closely engaged with programming and services across the Student Services portfolio, with a focus on student success,” he explained.

Mandich, who for the past five years has served as the director and graduate chair in the School of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is an internationally respected researcher with a distinguished record of service at the university. She has worked as an occupational therapist in pediatrics and adolescent mental health for almost a decade.

Who says security can’t be witty?

Western’s Working Group on Information Security (WGIS) is offering prizes for the most popular, most witty security poster caption to promote on-line safety and computer e-wellness.

The contest runs until March 9. Prizes include a $350 campus meal plan, $250 gift card for either the Campus Computer Store or The Book Store as well as gift certificates to The Purple Store, The Wave and Western Film. Contest is open to all with a valid Western ID.
For more information, visit the ITS home page,

Take networking to the fast track

Approaching professors in a formal class setting can be intimidating. That’s why the Student Success Centre has created Speed Networking Squared, an event between professors and students from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Students can join professors and researchers from all over campus. Participating researchers include Mel Goodale, Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience, Brain and Mind Institute director; David Bentley, Carl F. Klinck Professor in Canadian Literature; Dr. Joanna Quinn, The Africa Institute director, Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction director; and more.
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Londoners urged to dive in

On March 3, Western University and Fanshawe College students, as well as other Londoners, will dive head-first into winter-fresh water to raise money for the National Pediatric Oncology Initiative and the local Children’s Hospital.

Organizing the London Chill, a polar bear dip in the city centre, called for a certain amount of creativity. With London’s lack of beachfront property, the Toronto-based Sears Great Canadian Chill devised an unorthodox approach.

“We’re basically going to be building a pool at Victoria Park on March 3 to replace the beach that obviously doesn’t exist in downtown London,” said Chloe Creavalle, participant experience manager at In Field Marketing Group.

The event isn’t all wet as there will be live entertainment, food, heated tents and hot tubs to warm up and chill out after the polar bear dip.

Western student Victoria Filana attended the Toronto Chill and said it has made a huge impact on her own life. “It makes you feel like you’re really contributing to something that’s bigger than yourself – saving lives, helping makes changes in peoples families and the lives of children that should be playing and growing,” she said.

The event hopes to raise $30,000.

Students and members of the community can register online at The cost is $12.50 for students and $25 for non-students. After registering, participants can create a personal webpage allowing people to donate directly to their profile. Walk-up registration is also available on the day of the event.

This will be the fourth episode of the “Great Canadian Event Series” hosted by Sears Great Canadian Chill. The first event was a series of runs across cities in Canada in the summer of 2011, followed by polar bear dips in Toronto and Ottawa. Next, Vancouver will take part in a winter chill Feb. 18.

– Paige Robinson

‘ReGreen’ event to benefit ReForest

Students in Western University’s Masters of Environment and Sustainability program have organized ReGreen, a silent auction event to benefit ReForest London.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at APK live, corner of Wellington and York streets. Tickets are $20 and will be sold from 12-1 p.m. Feb. 13, 16 and 29 at Taylor Library. Dress code is semi-formal.

For more information visit ReGreen-Charity Social Event on Facebook.