News Archive

Retired physician known as 'Canada’s Baseball Poet'

March 27, 2018

Shel Krakofsky, MD’76, author of Stanley Cup Seder: Poems New and Selected, answers 12 questions on his ‘bookishness’ and writing.

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Alumna embraces ‘Yes, and …’ toward a better world

March 27, 2018

Jennifer Stranges, BA’12 (Media, Information & Technoculture), never expected how much her role at Cystic Fibrosis Canada would change her own life.

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MIT alumnus brings his vision to reality television

March 27, 2018

Mike Bickerton, BA’01 ((Media, Information & Technoculture), Amazing Race Canada co-producer, understands what it takes to create compelling television – and he credits Western for helping get him to the finish line.

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Alumnus leads Canada to curling bronze

March 21, 2018

Led by skip Mark Ideson, BSc'99, Canada continued their record of medalling in every Paralympic Winter Games wheelchair curling competition when they defeated Korea 5-3 to win the bronze medals Saturday in the Gangneung Curling Centre.

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Alumna plays critical role in Canadian culture

March 20, 2018

For a quarter century, Kate Taylor, MA’85 (Journalism), has been proving pointed cultural and cinematic commentary for the nation’s largest newspaper. From her early days in the Big Smoke’s theatre scene to last week’s Academy Awards, it’s a responsibility she relishes and a role she traces its root back to Western.

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The ‘Perfect’ way to approach life

March 20, 2018

Diane Pascoe, BA’72 (Psychology), author of Life Isn’t Perfect, But My Lipstick Is, answers 12 questions on her ‘bookishness’ and writing.

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Alumnus named new Science dean

March 20, 2018

Matt Davison, MSc’93 (Applied Math), PhD’95 (Applied Math), has been named the new Dean of Western's Faculty of Science, effective July 1.

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Alumna embraces new ‘Power’ player role

February 22, 2018

Vassy Kapelos, BA’04 (Political Science), credits her Western Experience with rounding her out as a person. “It set me up socially and with the skills I needed to expand my life." Kapelos begins as host of CBC’s flagship daily political program, Power & Politics, in March.

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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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