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Quigley: Believe in the power of sport

Quigley: Believe in the power of sport

Thérèse Quigley, BA’75, BEd’77, has been fueled by a “belief in the power of sport” for her entire career as an athlete, coach and administrator.

Med alumnus ready to face final frontier

Med alumnus ready to face final frontier

In July 2011, Dr. Kris Lehnhardt, MD’03, and his wife watched the 135th – and final – launch of the NASA Space Shuttle program. Excited by the extraordinary event, they took a few photos in an attempt to capture the moment forever. In one photo, you can see exhaust...

Alumnae listen, answer call for help

Alumnae listen, answer call for help

While an estimated one in five Northern students suffer some form of permanent hearing loss due to untreated ear infections, a simple solution, pushed forward by a team of Western alumnae, is making strides in targeting this complex problem. Sparked by Western alumnae...

Invention takes a new spin on concussion prevention

Invention takes a new spin on concussion prevention

Some of the best ideas come from drinks at a bar with friends. Theo Versteegh’s revolutionary idea to mitigate concussion in sport was no different. Almost five years ago, around the time famed hockey player Sidney Crosby suffered his second career-altering...

Wells: How ink-stained frustrations turned into a better tomorrow

Wells: How ink-stained frustrations turned into a better tomorrow

I saw them in Centre Spot bathed in morning light: stacks of Gazettes. I felt a rush spotting students peeling off their copy on the way to class. For the first time, they were all going to see me – my byline – inside. I grabbed a paper and flipped pages to the sports...

Alumni chapter offers benefits beyond comfortable network

Alumni chapter offers benefits beyond comfortable network

A new job I began with a GTA-based start-up a few years ago saw me relocate to Toronto.  Growing up in nearby Waterloo region, Toronto was a city I visited often, but never had the occasion to live in. This would surely be a big change, and I knew I wanted to begin...

Armstrong reveals Truth about life as a novelist

Armstrong reveals Truth about life as a novelist

When it comes to her love of ghost stories and all things supernatural, Kelley Armstrong tends to blame “too many Saturday mornings spent watching Scooby-Doo.” “I was telling stories before I was old enough to write them down. Honestly, I cannot remember the first...

Homecoming returns to single weekend, Oct. 20-22

Homecoming returns to single weekend, Oct. 20-22

Western’s Homecoming celebrations are returning to the university’s long-held tradition of one weekend of festivities in 2017, university officials announced this week. A date for the celebration has already been set for the weekend of Oct. 20-22. While this is a...

Gala to celebrate exceptional alumni

Gala to celebrate exceptional alumni

Gary West, Melanie Peacock, Hafeez Amarshi and Shafin Diamond Tejani lead an all-star alumni lineup this Reunion Weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, as Western celebrates the exceptional personal and professional contributions of its alumni at the 42nd Annual Alumni Awards of...

Selection takes Western Reads behind bars

Selection takes Western Reads behind bars

Rene Denfeld has walked amongst society’s most deviant members. But the conversations she has exchanged through iron bars and doors offer her unique insights into the minds of the condemned and those charged with guarding them.

Morneau, Philpott named to Trudeau cabinet

Morneau, Philpott named to Trudeau cabinet

Recently elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tapped William Morneau, BA’86 (Political Science), as Finance Minister and Jane Philpott, MD’84, as Health Minister during ceremonies held today at Rideau Hall.

Newmans bring ‘hard truths’ to campus on book tour

Newmans bring ‘hard truths’ to campus on book tour

Kevin Newman, left, award-winning anchorman and journalist with CTV, joined his son, Alex, on campus earlier this week to discuss their new book, All Out: A Father and Son Confront the Hard Truths That...

This is the coolest man in all of Toronto. Just ask Drake.

This is the coolest man in all of Toronto. Just ask Drake.

Follow @norm on Twitter and you’ll find out he’s a defender of Toronto; Drake’s self-proclaimed guardian angel; Mrs. Kelly’s favourite son; and not related to American R&B singer R. Kelly. He also really wants to know why some of you keep calling him ‘dad.’...

For the Murrays, Western is a family affair

For the Murrays, Western is a family affair

All you have to do is count the number of degrees hanging up at Neil and Glenda Murray’s home and you’ll see Western is something of a tradition in the family. When Kimberly Murray, their youngest, graduated in June with a Bachelor of Education, she completed the...

University helps fill author’s research Void

University helps fill author’s research Void

Timothy Johnston does the legwork needed to deliver an authentic story. The London-based high school teacher, who graduated from Western in 1994 with a degree in Geography, publishes his latest book, The Void, on March 30. The book, published electronically by Carina...

Western Reads: Short stories that are long on conversation

Western Reads: Short stories that are long on conversation

Alumni and community readers came together again this week to discuss Open, a collection of short stories by Canadian author Lisa Moore, as part of the second of three installments of the campus book club Western Reads. Carolyn Young, BA’82, director of Continuing...

Western women lead way in award winners

Western women lead way in award winners

A wave of purple pride washed over the 2015 Women of Excellence announcement Tuesday morning as six of eight winners of the biennial award were members of the Western community.