Engage. Celebrate. Share 
View this email in your browser
April 2015
Alumni Website
Alumni Website
Message from the Alumni and
Community Relations Office
The long winter is finally releasing its icy grip – and we have a new Ezine to celebrate the occasion.

Discover how Outdoor Rec grad Darlene Upton started her career as an enthusiastic Junior Ranger and ended up as the executive director of Waterways at Parks Canada. Also featured are the adventures of some Lakehead music students who took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Oxford, England, and sang at Christ Church Cathedral.

Keep up to date with 50th Anniversary events by following us on
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and get into the anniversary spirit by hosting your own party.  If you have any questions about Alumni and Community Relations, wish to become involved, or have comments regarding programming, contact Diane Robnik at: or 807-343-8155, Toll Free 1-800-832-8076.

Class Notes
Visit 50th Website for Upcoming events
Where've You Gone?

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.

Update Your Address
Alumni Profiles 

Great Grad Lou Pero

Lou Pero, the new president of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University (AALU), has been part of our history almost from the beginning. He enrolled at the fledgling campus in 1966, earning his Economics BA in 1969 followed by a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. “With the 50th Anniversary celebrations underway,” Lou says, “it’s exciting to recall how Lakehead has grown over the decades.” Read More

Darlene Upton
Treks into the Wilderness

It was the first day of high school when Darlene Upton (HBOR/BSC’91) came across a poster that changed her life.

In the school guidance counselor’s office was an advertisement for the Junior Rangers Program – an initiative geared towards ambitious teenagers interested in working in the bounty and beauty of Ontario’s protected parks.
The Ministry of Natural Resources established the program in 1944. Every summer, in camps across the province, youth busily cleared trails, planted trees, learned how to canoe, took part in fish and wildlife projects, and established lifelong friendships with other rangers. At the time, Darlene was too young to join. Read More.

Philanthropy Profiles 

Transforming Canada’s Legal Profession

John B. Laskin and Torys LLP Support Innovative Learning

The legacy of the Laskin family continues at Lakehead’s Thunder Bay campus. 

John B. Laskin and the Toronto law firm Torys LLP, where John is a senior litigation partner, have made a generous donation of $50,000 to the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law capital campaign. This gift is being used to create vibrant learning spaces in the historic PACI building – the home of the law school.

“For both the firm and me, the unique focus of the Faculty – on teaching Aboriginal Law and issues related to Aboriginal peoples, and on training lawyers to practice in smaller centres – is both compelling and worthy of support,” John says. Read More 


Call for 2016 Honorary Degree Nominations

The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee invites all members of the Lakehead University community to submit nominations for honorary degree recipients to be awarded at the 2016 Convocations in Thunder Bay and Orillia.

Lakehead University grants honorary degrees to individuals whose extraordinary achievements and remarkable service support the values of advanced learning and the pursuit of knowledge.

Please visit this
web page to submit a nomination and obtain more information regarding honorary degrees.

Qualifying nominees will be considered at an in-camera meeting of the Senate during the fall term and those approved will be added to the Senate Approved Honorary Degree Nominees List.  The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee will select recipients from the list each year.  Names placed on the Senate Approved Honorary Degree Nominees List shall remain there for a period of three years, after which time the name may be removed from the list if the nominee has not been selected or re-nominated.

For more information, please contact Yvonne Roussel at


Art submissions are invited from Lakehead faculty, staff, students, alumni, and affiliates. We invite 2-D visual art (including photos of 3-D art) and literary arts/poetry (which can be enlarged for display). We particularly invite artworks used for teaching, learning, research, and other forms of inquiry.
Artworks are juried by an international team and selected for exhibit at: The LAIR – Lakehead Arts Integrated Research Gallery, Bora Laskin Building, 2nd Floor; In Other Words, Bora Laskin Library Gallery; or The Junction: Where Science Meets Art – Northern Ontario School of Medicine Gallery, ATAC 6th Floor.

Submissions are accepted annually during the month of June at
For more information, please contact the curator,
Dr. Pauline Sameshima (

 Orillia Campus 
Lakehead University Student Alumni Association Education Student Send Off
Research at Lakehead

What I Did Over Reading Week
 by Prof. Dean Jobin-Bevans
Over the 2015 February Reading Week break, five Lakehead University undergraduate students accompanied me on a ten-day tour of England, where they visited the University of Oxford and the City of London.

As an associate professor in the Department of Music, all of these students sing with me in the Lakehead University Vocal Ensemble (four of them are majoring in music).
While at Oxford, the singers joined the Christ Church Cathedral Singers in a choral service in the Cathedral and were invited to dinner in the hall as guests of the College. Third-year music student Ben Brown offered that “much of our music exploration took us to church and it was very interesting observing and engaging with traditions that were different from my own, and getting to sing and participate in a Eucharist service while we were there, was awesome.” Read More


Association of Lakehead University, All rights reserved.© 2014 Alumni 

955 Oliver Rd Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
Tel: 807.343.8155 Fax: 807.343.8999

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences