Homecoming celebrations from the Faculties
Posted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 9:19 AM

As part of the 2008 Homecoming celebrations at the University of Manitoba, the Faculty of Social Work is holding special events to celebrate its graduates and engage in significant community outreach activities.

On Wednesday, September 10, 2008, the Faculty will help launch the Make Poverty History Manitoba Campaign at noon in the Millennium Library downtown. Guest speaker for the launch is Marvyn Novick, a retired professor from Ryerson University, the co-founder of Campaign 2000 and the author of Summoned to Stewardship which highlights the urgency to end child poverty in Canada.

Novick will also be speaking during Social Work’s Homecoming Celebration that evening at 7:45 pm for the Baird Poskanzer Lecture Series at the Centre cultural de franco-manitobain.

Also that evening, there will be a presentation of the Helen Mann 50th Anniversary Award to distinguished recipient Sel Burrows. The award was created in 1992 to recognize “a person or organization who or which has made an outstanding contribution to the Social Work profession and/or to the field of social work in general in the Province of Manitoba.”

The Faculty of Education is also holding a special event to celebrate its graduates.

At a major reception on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, the Faculty of Education Alumni Association will honour selected new teacher candidates and practicing professionals. In addition, the J. M. Brown Award will be awarded for outstanding contribution to Teacher Education in Manitoba

At the reception, keynote speaker Buffy Sainte-Marie will discuss the Cradleboard educational project, her own life journey, her music and experiences that brought her to advancing education and understanding the Aboriginal culture through school core subjects.

In addition to her enduring fame as a singer/songwriter, Buffy Sainte- Marie is highly regarded for her pioneering work in digital art, for her work with the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network and her commitment to and support of Aboriginal education.

Please join us as we celebrate Education Homecoming 2008, Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., in Room 290 Education Building. The reception includes an awards ceremony and door prizes. Admission is free.

Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity (TKE), better known as the “Tekes,” will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a reunion dinner on Friday.

Fifty years ago, when fraternities and sororities were flourishing on campuses across North America, the first Canadian TKE chapter was founded at the University of Manitoba. Former Alumni Association president Brian Macpherson was part of the first group of pledges, and is now spearheading the 50th reunion of the U of M chapter of Tekes.

Recently retired from the department of statistics, Macpherson says that the Tekes were a very active group that didn’t condone wild, drunken parties or bizarre hazing rituals, but “weren’t teetotalling geeks,” either. Membership was determined by the “personal worth and character of the individual,” and members were into “good, clean fun.”

In the 1960s, the Tekes had their own fraternity house on Balmoral Street in downtown Winnipeg, with more than a dozen guys living there with a “house mother” who cooked and looked after them. But in the 1970s, as interest in fraternities waned, the house was eventually sold and in 1979 the U of M Teke chapter went into hibernation.

Gone but not forgotten, as the 50th anniversary approaches, Macpherson says there is s resurgence of interest, and he has received confirmation from more than 40 former Tekes and spouses who will be coming to the reunion this year. There’s even some talk about the construction of a new “fraternity row” as the University of Manitoba’s building boom continues to progress.

If you’re a Teke and want to attend the reunion this week, contact: Brian Macpherson at: 204-488-8535 or email: brian_macpherson@umanitoba.ca.

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources will be celebrating Homecoming 2008 on Friday, September 12 at 218 Wallace Building on the Fort Garry campus.

Commencing at 1:00pm, Dr. Norman Halden, Dean of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources will welcome everyone to the Homecoming. At 1:30, Dr. James P. Kennett of the Department of Earth Science for the University of California, Santa Barbara will speak on the Environmental and Biotic Concequences of Major Extraterrestrial Impact over North America 12,000 years ago.

At 2:30, U of M's own Dr. Fei Wang will speak about rising mercury in the Arctic - focusing on the interaction between climate change and global contamination.

Finally, at 3:30, the University of Manitoba's Dr. John Hanesiak of the Department of Environment and Geography will speak about extreme weather research.

For more information, visit the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources website by clicking here.

The Department of Psychology will hold a reunion of M.A. and Ph.D. graduates from 1970 to 2007.

Features of the psychology Homecoming celebrations include:

Thursday, September 11:                
Reception, 6:30 p.m. (cash bar), Gourmet Dinner, 7:30 p.m. ($35.00)
Private Dining Room, De Luca’s Specialty Foods, 950 Portage Avenue

Friday, September 12:                     
Distinguished Alumni Lecture #1,
10:00 a.m., P412 Duff Roblin Building
Dr. Philip C. Abrami (PhD/78), Professor & Director, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, Concordia University, Montreal.
“But I Know How My Students Learn: The Psychological Sciences and the Art of Teaching using Technology.” There is undeniable evidence linking the importance of literacy skills to the economic and social challenges facing Canada in the Knowledge Age, for instance, literacy skills are linked directly to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product, yet Canada’s literacy rates are not as high as they should be.

Distinguished Alumni Lecture #2,
3:00 pm., P412 Duff Roblin Building
Dr. Gord Stenhouse (MA/80), Research Biologist & Project Leader of the Foothills Model Forest Grizzly Bear Research Program and Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine. “Grizzly Bear Research and Science in Alberta: Current Status and Future Direction.” Our society is placing increasing demands for natural resources on our environment, and Alberta is fortunate to have an abundance of these natural resources. Unfortunately, extraction of these resources has a negative impact on the habitat of a variety of wildlife species such as grizzly bears. The eastern slopes of Alberta remain their last habitat, and the species is considered to “may be at risk” provincially and perhaps a key indicator of ecosystem health.

The lectures will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the psychology department lounge. Throughout the day, there will also be tours of our facilities and of the University.

Over the years, the department has produced an impressive array of graduates who have gone on to assume leadership roles in academia, government, industry, community services organizations and in private practice. This reunion event will be a great opportunity to renew acquaintances and celebrate our achievements.

For more information, contact Dr. Harvey Keselman, head, psychology, at: 204-474-9360.

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