Keri Ferguson
Remember 30: Replacing bias with balance

Remember 30: Replacing bias with balance

On Dec. 6, 1989, I was in my first year working in a consulting engineering firm after university. It was an especially demanding time in my life, and frankly, I do not recall the event being discussed at my office at all, probably because out of about 100 staff, there was only one other female engineer in the firm.

Remember 30: Totally different story

Remember 30: Totally different story

I remember the moment, distinctly. I had just graduated from my chemistry program. It was a horrible moment for all Canadians, but especially for women in science. For those of us in that area, and in Engineering, it was particularly meaningful.

Book dials up RIM’s rise, fall and legacy

Book dials up RIM’s rise, fall and legacy

In ‘Blackberry Town,’ former newspaper reporter Chuck Howitt, BA’76, MAJ’79, explores the explosive rise and fall of Research in Motion (RIM) ad what it has meant to the high-tech industry in the community of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Professor explores poetry’s power in tenuous times

Professor explores poetry’s power in tenuous times

English and Writing Studies professor Madeline Bassnett’s ‘Under the Gamma Camera’ provides a frank portrait of the emotional and clinical aspects of her battle with breast cancer, and a broader picture of humanity’s internal struggle with external realities.

Music Hall celebrates Smoke for lifetime in song

Music Hall celebrates Smoke for lifetime in song

Mary Lou Smoke was surprised enough to learn she was being inducted into the Forest City London Music Hall of Fame. But she never could have imagined the text she received on her way to accept her Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gerry honoured for lifetime in theatre

Gerry honoured for lifetime in theatre

The award-winning director will be presented with a Lifetime Membership Award for his dedication and vision in founding London Musical Theatre 30 years and 75 productions ago.

Conservatory presents duo with highest honour

Conservatory presents duo with highest honour

Two pianos. Four hands. Nearly 50 years of friendship. All have been instrumental to the success of the internationally acclaimed piano duo, Anagnoson and Kinton, and to their most recent distinction as Honorary Fellows of The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM).

Speak up on sexual violence prevention

Speak up on sexual violence prevention

Western is seeking input from across the campus community as the university looks to address gender-based and sexual violence. This effort is part of Western’s continued commitment to provide and maintain an environment in which sexual violence is not tolerated, explained Jennifer Massey, Associate Vice-President (Student Experience).

Faculty, staff wellbeing at heart of Western plan

Faculty, staff wellbeing at heart of Western plan

While student mental health and wellness efforts have grabbed headlines in recent months, programs like Living Well @ Western showcase how the well-being of faculty and staff remains a priority for the university.

Program creates a new life in a new home

Program creates a new life in a new home

At first, everything was fine. At 11, Mariana Garcia emigrated from Mexico to Canada. She welcomed the chance to make a life in a new country. “ But soon, the realities of her situation took hold. No one at her school spoke Spanish, leaving Mariana isolated. By the final years of high school, she was quite vulnerable.

Helping students thrive drives new centre

Helping students thrive drives new centre

A single point of entry and one ultimate goal – create a campus where all students thrive – are central to the vision of an integrated Health and Wellness Centre, slated to open summer 2021in a newly renovated Thames Hall.

Grant looks to bring brain researchers closer together

Grant looks to bring brain researchers closer together

Organizers see a first-of-its-kind grant program as more about collaboration, rather than competition, in supporting the efforts of researchers to address challenges in brain health. The McGill-Western Collaboration Grant program supports neuroscience and...

Paterson following his passion for public policy

Paterson following his passion for public policy

“Put yourself in a position where you’ll learn something new.” That’s advice Alex Paterson first heard at Western, and has applied throughout his career, from roles at the CBC and Greenpeace, to his current role as Director of Communications and Operations for Canada 2020.

Bringing career development to the community

Bringing career development to the community

Ira Timothy, communications co-ordinator with the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians in London, turned his passion for film-making into a post-degree diploma through Western Continuing Studies.

United Way giving translates into community healing

United Way giving translates into community healing

That message on a simple plaque – intentionally continuing its thought via a semi-colon – is the first thing visitors see when they enter Rebecca Machado’s office at Daya Counselling Centre in downtown London. The plaque was a gift from a client who, before counselling, had contemplated suicide.

Facing dementia with strength and resilience

Facing dementia with strength and resilience

On Sundays when he was much younger, Anthony Carapinha would tag along with his Mom to the nursing home where she worked as a long-term care provider. “I would sit with Mr. Jones, Mr. Boyle and an international judge who spoke five different languages – all at once,”...