News Archive

Alumnus earns Olympic gold in 2-man bobsleigh

February 20, 2018

Alex Kopacz, BESc’13 (Mechanical Engineering), and Justin Kripps captured gold in Pyeongchang for Canada’s third-ever Olympic medal in men’s 2-Man Bobsleigh.

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‘Launch’ catapults grad’s career

February 13, 2018

Sarah Botelho, BA’16, a singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name Poesy, beat out four up-and-coming artists, winning the right to release a new song on CTV’s The Launch. Her song, Soldier of Love, was written and produced by Academy Award nominated hit-maker Stephan Moccio, BMus’94.

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Ivey grad turns wanderlust into career

February 5, 2018

Chris Clark, HBA’96, took his love for travelling and founded Terraficionados Travel Society and Journeymakers, a luxury adventure travel business which tailors trips for other like-minded travelers.

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Team Canada doc scores lifetime goal

February 2, 2018

Western alumna Leanne Peters, BSc’02, MD’06, is in Pyeongchang, South Korea as the team doctor for the Team Canada Women’s Hockey team.

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Alumni among Order of Canada winners

February 1, 2018

Four Western alumna and a King’s University College professor have been appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours which recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the community and service to the nation.

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Cold-case prof wins humanitarian award

February 1, 2018

Michael Arntfield, BA'05, MA'07, PhD'11, an Arts & Humanities professor and former police officer, is the recipient of this year’s Western Humanitarian Award. Since 2010, he has worked with Western students to research unsolved historical homicides.

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Rising-star composer signs with top publisher

January 30, 2018

Sarah Quartel, BMus’05, BEd’06, is the newest composer signed to a contract with the prestigious music division of Oxford University Press.

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Building research park momentum in Sarnia

January 30, 2018

Katherine Albion, PhD’08 (Engineering), is the new Executive Director of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

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Engineering entrepreneurial success

January 30, 2018

Anthony Vysniauskas, BESc’74, MESc’76, talks with students in the Faculty of Engineering during a recent visit to campus.

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Gates funding fuels alumnus’ vaccine work

January 16, 2018

In October 2017, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $29.4 million to PnuVax to continue its work on a revolutionary low-cost pneumonia vaccine. Donald Gerson, BSC’68 (Chemistry), co-founded the company, and today serves as its President and CEO.

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Facing dementia with strength and resilience

January 15, 2018

Anthony Carapinha, BSW’17, was fully intent on working with London’s homeless population for his fourth-year practicum. But when he heard about a placement offered at the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex, something clicked, and he recognized it as a unique learning opportunity.

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Grad finds success with vegan cheese company

January 15, 2018

While a love for animals prompted Margaret Coons, BA’12 (Huron University College), to become a vegetarian, it was a family passion for entrepreneurship that led her to found the artisanal cheese company Nuts for Cheese.

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Western's 'Newsmakers of the Year'

December 20, 2017

Eleven alumni are included in Western News 8th annual Newsmakers of the Year list.

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Alumni answer the kindness call

December 19, 2017

For the second year in a row, alumni from around the world wrote notes of encouragement to students living in their old residence rooms during the stressful holiday exam season.

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Ivey alumni changing the (hockey) game

December 18, 2017

Armed with an Ivey business degree, these alumni are changing hockey for the better.

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Alumnae top Most Powerful Women list

December 18, 2017

Thirteen Western alumnae have been named recipients of the 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, the Women’s Executive Network recently announced.

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Alumnus' book explores Halifax Explosion

December 6, 2017

Ken Cuthbertson, MA’75 (Journalism), has returned to the stories of his youth in his newest book, The Halifax Explosion: Canada’s Worst Disaster.

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Western celebrates national championships

December 1, 2017

The Mustangs ended a 23-year Vanier Cup drought with an exclamation mark, knocking off the defending champion and No. 1 nationally ranked Laval Rouge et Or 39-17 in the Canadian university football championship game November 25.

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Finding self, community in new venture

November 28, 2017

Music alumna Carolyn Holdsworth, BMus’01, MMus’03, took her talent for the arts in a new direction and created Me & C, a London-based shirt company that features images of iconic locations throughout the city.

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Alumnus named Chair of Western's Board

November 28, 2017

A Board member for seven years, alumnus Paul Jenkins, BA'71 (Economics) was recently named Chair of Western's Board of Governors.

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