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December 2014
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Season's Greetings and Happy New Year to Our Alumni 
Snow covered trees by the Agora
Farhan Khan
The falling snow is transforming our campuses into winter wonderlands, marking the start of an exciting time for the entire Lakehead University community.
We are gearing up for our 50th Anniversary festivities beginning in January and we’d like to invite you to celebrate with us. Please visit our anniversary website at for event details and to share stories about your student days at Lakehead.
Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year to all our alumni!
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Where are you, now?

We like to stay in touch with our Lakehead family but we understand that when the chicks leave the nest, they tend to scatter. Please take some time and let us know where you are and what you're up to.

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Lakehead University is excited to be celebrating 50 years of exceptional and unconventional learning in 2015. Join us on January 16th in Thunder Bay for the launch of the 50th Anniversary at LUSU’s Annual Winter Carnival. To register for events and for more information throughout the year, please visit the 50th Anniversary website at
Alumni Profiles 
Lana Ray Bridges Cultural Perspectives

Lakehead alumna Lana Ray chose a career in research and social policy to promote wellness, in its broadest sense, for Aboriginal peoples.

Her work has encompassed health planning with First Nations communities, working to end violence against Aboriginal women, and fostering Aboriginal learning in postsecondary environments. Read more >
Outstanding Young Alumni Award - Dr. Christopher Mushquash

Dr. Christopher Mushquash is a dedicated psychologist and researcher respected for his integrity.

As well as being nationally recognized for his expertise in First Nations mental health and substance use, Christopher is an assistant professor with Lakehead University’s Psychology department and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Christopher is Ojibway, and a member of Pays Plat First Nation. He grew up in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, where he saw how gaps in health care services and supports compromised the lives of Aboriginal and rural Canadians. Read More >

Alumni Honour Award - Gary Polonsky

Dr. Gary Polonsky changed Canada’s postsecondary landscape because of his conviction that “knowledge is the undeniable passport to an individual’s and community’s success.”

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, he learned patience and persistence from his parents. “As with most immigrant Canadians,” Gary says, “they worked hard, lived a life of quiet dignity, loved their kids, and believed in education.”  Read More >

Philanthropy Profiles 
Retired Teachers Rally around Lakehead’s Law School

The shouts of enthusiastic students on crisp autumn days cheering for their beloved football team are as fresh in the minds of the PACI Retired Teachers group as if it were yesterday.

Since 1999 they’ve been meeting monthly, often over lunch, to reminisce about fulfilling teaching careers at the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute and to nurture long-time friendships
. Read more >
Lakehead Research
50 Research Stories Will Celebrate Lakehead University’s 50th Anniversary

Lakehead University is seeking exceptional and unconventional research story ideas in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.

These story ideas must describe significant research milestones, projects and innovations undertaken by faculty and/or students in the last 50 years.

“Lakehead’s 50th Anniversary provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the University’s past and present research contributions regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President of Research, Economic Development and Innovation. Read more>
Coach's Corner 
Former Thunderwolves Basketball Coach profiled by ESPN Celtics Reporter
Article courtesy of ESPN

Scott Morrison took a sabbatical from his head coaching duties at Lakehead University in Canada last year to spend a season as a volunteer assistant with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. He was trekking back to Thunder Bay, Ontario for the start of college training camp in early August when word came that he had been chosen to fill Maine’s head coaching vacancy for this season. 

“It was kind of a quick change,” Morrison said Tuesday during a break from player development work at the Celtics' training facility. For the past two months, he’s lived in a hotel near the practice facility and soon he’ll have to get settled in Portland, all while hoping his home back in Canada sells soon. But he’s embraced the opportunity despite the logistical challenges.
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 Orillia Campus 
New study lounge officially opens
A great event was put on at the Orillia campus by the Lakehead University Alumni & Lakehead University Student Alumni Association for the unveiling of the new Alumni Commons. See more photos here >

Want to know more about what is new with Lakehead Orillia ? Click here for the December 2014 Campus Connection.
GTA Chapter
Come join your GTA Chapter alumni to cheer on the Thunderwolves as they play the Ryerson Rams at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto on Saturday January 24 at 2:30 pm. Meet and greet with the team at 5pm at Eggy's Summit Room

Tickets will be free when you register here

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