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A Western Relationship

A Western Relationship

My mother, Wendy Waldie, was an employee of Western for 38 years. She passed away Jan. 24 and the flag on University College was lowered in recognition of her many years of service. As we were sorting out some of her personal effects, I came across a short essay she...

Program helps retrain brain, refocus life

Program helps retrain brain, refocus life

Adam Rice knew precisely why he wanted to return to school, nearly a decade after his undergraduate years at Huron University College. “I wanted to retrain my brain. I thought there was no better way to do that than by being in school and using my head.” Rice, 32, is...

Preserving Canadian memory on Juno Beach

Preserving Canadian memory on Juno Beach

Rebecca (Cline) Le Savoureux, BA’05 (Political Science, French), is ensuring the world never forgets the contributions of Canadian soldiers who liberated a country and freed a planet from fascism during the Second World War.

Mustangs put oars in water for celebration

Mustangs put oars in water for celebration

Peter McClelland’s career as a Mustangs rower still makes waves in his life. “Does rowing teach grit and determination or do people with grit and determination choose rowing? Maybe a little bit of both,” said McClelland, BA’07, MA’09. “But grit and determination are...

Alumnus finding sound footing with underdogs

Alumnus finding sound footing with underdogs

For Patrick Spence, being the underdog isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Unlike his peers, who took more conventional routes into consulting or banking after graduating from Ivey Business School, Spence decided to go off the beaten path and join a small, Canadian...

App puts recess to work for users

App puts recess to work for users

Business networking events just didn’t cut it for an introvert like Sean Ho Lung. Too much small talk. Too little opportunity to gauge a connection. He wanted to establish a professional network – but on his terms. Enter Club Recess. “When networking, especially as a...

Alumna sets sights on world’s tallest peak

Alumna sets sights on world’s tallest peak

Only two years ago, Illina Frankiv had never set foot on a mountain. Today, she has successfully summited some of the most formidable peaks in the world, and now has her sights set on the Earth’s tallest – Mount Everest.

Around the world in 40 days

Around the world in 40 days

One hundred and three airports. Fourteen countries. Thirty-eight thousand kilometres. In the span of just over a month.

Workshopping Samuels’ ‘Because I Am Your Queen’

Workshopping Samuels’ ‘Because I Am Your Queen’

More than a dozen students and faculty had the opportunity to work alongside a playwright last month, workshopping Because I am Your Queen, a new play by New York City author and playwright Mina Samuels. Joined by dancer and choreographer Jacqueline Dugal, the...

Dear Mr. Fantasy: Alumnus talks politics behind fantasy baseball

Dear Mr. Fantasy: Alumnus talks politics behind fantasy baseball

Get Rob Silver, LLB’00, talking politics and you might be a while. Get him talking about baseball and you’ll need to grab a seat. The Western alumnus is a founding partner of Crestview Strategy, a Toronto- and Ottawa-based government relations firm. He may be a...

Language has been her passport to life

Language has been her passport to life

For most of us, Lucie Bartosova’s dreams would require subtitles. Bartosova, BA’03, BEd’07, MA’09, has a mind for language – she was born into Czech, quickly learned English, started French in Grade 3, Spanish in high school and German in university, and then, through...

Alumnus’ story of mental health struggle brings hope

Alumnus’ story of mental health struggle brings hope

“It was clear something was amiss,” said Harlin Braichet, looking back at his teenage-self growing up in Sarnia. “It hadn’t manifested itself completely, but once I got to university in the States, that’s when my behaviour became more and more erratic and I knew...

Alumnus forging success on ‘atypical’ career path

Alumnus forging success on ‘atypical’ career path

If there’s one thing Travis McKenna didn’t want to do with his life, it was work a regular 9-5 job. A career in aviation seemed anything but traditional, so out of high school he applied, and was accepted to the Commercial Aviation Management (CAM) program in...

MD alumnus using comics to teach importance of vaccines

MD alumnus using comics to teach importance of vaccines

Alien invaders are taking over cities, multiplying and turning citizens into zombies. Although the population fights back and, ultimately, overcomes the assailants, losses are significant. How will they protect themselves against future assaults? While Immunity...

CEO alumnus boasts a career of connectivity

CEO alumnus boasts a career of connectivity

Don’t try to keep up with Ysni Semsedini on his fast track. Born and raised in St. Thomas, Ont., he was president of his hometown’s chapter of the Canadian Red Cross at 19. During both of his master’s degree programs – the first in Electrical Engineering at Western,...

Stamp celebrates alumna’s operatic career

Stamp celebrates alumna’s operatic career

Adrianne Pieczonka, BMus’85, DMus’12, will appear on a Canadian stamp, part of a collection celebrating two Canadian-penned operas and three individuals credited with bringing Canadian opera to the world stage.