Alumni

Innovation is evolution: Hofstetter

“If we could bring together the collective education and wisdom of all the graduates, just imagine what might be accomplished,” says Mary Elizabeth Hofstetter, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Western Thursday afternoon.

Graduating class snapshot

Graduating class snapshot

Results are in for the latest Survey of Graduating Students, the annual questionnaire on satisfaction with various aspects of the university.

100 years later IBM still placing big bets

Companies don’t last for 100 years by being stagnant. In order to survive and thrive the changing business environment, companies have be adaptive and be willing to cut loose any ideas or products that are tethering you to the past, says Bruce Ross, president of IBM Canada.

New music program sings for PhD student

For Margie Bernal, choosing Western was all about “who you know.” In her case, it was her now sister-in-law living in Toronto who spurred her to look at Ontario universities for her graduate education. Then the list of teachers at the Don Wright Faculty of Music made Western her first choice.

Reflecting on medical school’s history

On May 26 1881, an agreement was signed to establish a medical school at The University of Western Ontario. Putting pen to paper was all the impetus needed to unleash 130 years of groundbreaking research, exceptional medical education and the development of an elaborate health care community in London.

Chakma puts positive spin on criticism

Chakma puts positive spin on criticism

The fact that people in London are talking about The University of Western Ontario, even if it is criticism, is good news to president Amit Chakma.

Family’s hardship honoured by community

Growing up in the shadow of dictatorship and enduring the reigns of Mussolini, the Nazis and the Yugoslav communists, Damjana Bratuz confesses her memories still haunt her to this day.

Four to receive honorary degrees

Four to receive honorary degrees

The man credited with conceiving the idea for the Special Olympics, an acclaimed CBC journalist, a leading voice in Canadian arts and an internationally recognized curator and philanthropist will receive honorary degrees when The University of Western Ontario hosts its 298th Convocation in October.

Remembering a round played across campus

Few today remember that between 1924 and 1960 The University of Western Ontario shared its property with The London Hunt and Country Club, an 18-hole golf course that wended its way between the buildings and along both sides of the Thames River.

Elliott drives progress with new Chair

Elliott drives progress with new Chair

After spring semester 1974, Ray Elliott headed to Toronto secure only in the fact he had a place to stay – crashing with his brother. He had $50 in his pocket and no job prospects. But what would unfold over those few months would change a lot for the young man from Guelph and for his alma mater.

Alumnus takes to international stage

Cecilia Bartoli’s homepage claims the renowned coloratura mezzo soprano brings classical music close to the hearts of millions. One of those belongs to Western alumnus Houman Behzadi. In August, he will be one of 15 international singers to study with his idol in Switzerland at the Gstaad Vocal Academy.

Sandy Kirkley receives Hall of Fame nod

Western alumnae Sandy Kirkley (MD’86) will be posthumously inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Hall of Fame July 8 during its Annual Meeting in California, honouring her work in the field of sports medicine.

Give at any level: Wolfe

Bernard Wolfe says in order to make the most of their lives, graduates need to continue both their vocational and humanistic education.

Keep learning and stay optimistic: Naylor

While a challenging and uncertain time, David Naylor also told graduates it is a period of huge promise that will offer wonderful opportunities and great adventures.

Stymiest: In-person human interaction important

The energy from those sitting in Alumni Hall was palpable, says Barbara Stymiest, looking around the room at what she described as future politicians, chief economists, social entrepreneurs, academic wunderkinds and leaders of all kinds.