News Archive

Western mourns death of Dr. Douglas Bocking

May 13, 2020

The Western community is mourning the death of medical education pioneer Dr. Douglas Bocking, MD’43, a former Dean of Medicine, who died May 9. He was 99.

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Red flags signal alumna to help end hunger

May 11, 2020

Monica Rivero, BMSc’16, MSc’18, could not turn a blind eye to the red flags hanging from windows and doors in the poorest parts of her native Colombia.

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‘Magic’ photograph still inspires after 50 years

May 9, 2020

Alumnus Stephen Brunt, BA’81, MA’82, author of Searching for Bobby Orr, reflects on one of the most iconic photographs in sports.

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Course readies thousands of entrepreneurs for future

May 6, 2020

More than 2,000 Western community members from around the world have registered for Master the Entrepreneur Skillset, a six-week virtual masterclass taught by Ash Singh, HBA’04.

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Alumnus investigates machine learning to predict COVID-19 cases

May 5, 2020

Blake VanBerlo, BESc’17, and his colleagues are developing a machine learning model that classifies chest X-rays of severe cases of COVID-19.

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Alumnus named Governor of the Bank of Canada

May 1, 2020

Tiff Macklem, MA’84, PhD’89, has been named Governor of the Bank of Canada, succeeding fellow alumnus Stephen Poloz, MA’79, PhD’82.

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Alumnus named to Campus Police top job

April 28, 2020

Brent Shea, BA’80 (King’s), Honors Certificate’03 (King’s), MPA’09, and his wife Becky, BA’79 (King’s), met while on campus. His three sons are also proud Mustangs.

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Alumna sends message from the front lines

April 27, 2020

Dr. Whitney Dillon, BSc’08, is a family physician in Virgil, Ont. and is currently working on the front lines at her local COVID-19 assessment centres.

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Toy giant lends hand – and Banz – in COVID-19 fight

April 27, 2020

Global toys and games giant Spin Master – founded and led by three Western alumni – has diverted some of its efforts and materials into assembling protective face shields for health-care workers.

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Former Mustang kicker signs with NFL’s Rams

April 16, 2020

Lirim Hajrullahu, BA'13, MA'15, recently inked a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams.

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Alumni idea moves mitten plant to facemasks

March 31, 2020

Kevin Vuong, BMOS’11, and Larry Lau, BA’09, MBA’18, have launched TakeCare Supply, producing and selling facemasks to essential, non-health-care workers.

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Alumnus bottling help, hand sanitizer for fight

March 26, 2020

Geoff Dillon, BSc’10, and his team have transitioned Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers from producing vodka and gin to hand sanitizer for front-line workers in the battle against COVID-19.

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Book takes Earth-bound look at Moon landing

March 16, 2020

Written by Tanya Harrison, PhD’16, and Danny Bednar, PhD’19, For all Humankind tells the story of the Apollo 11 Moon landing through the eyes of eight ‘regular’ observers from around the globe.

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Law brings mother, daughter closer together

March 12, 2020

Karen and Angie Bellehumeur not only share the same faculty, but the mother and daughter now find themselves sharing the same class.

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Western community among Order of Ontario honourees

March 2, 2020

Western professor Aaron Fenster and alumnus Dr. Zane Cohen, BA’65, stand among 21 new appointments to the Order of Ontario, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell recently announced.

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Alumna follows her own beat off Bay Street

February 24, 2020

Award-winning singer-songwriter Amanda Martinez, BSc’94, recently released her latest album, Libre, a love song to “my African roots; the joy of collaboration with other singers and musicians; and the utter joy of singing freely.”

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Outreach at heart of new Indigenous Leader role

February 14, 2020

Danielle Alcock, MA’14, PhD’19, has been appointed as the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s Indigenous Leader in Residence.

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Deacon brings education, sport passions to Senate

February 13, 2020

Senator Marty Deacon, MA’82, BEd’84, remains passionate about the physical and mental well-being of all Canadians and believes that sport, the arts and education can build better communities.

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Alumnus touts ‘roller coaster’ at velodrome

January 29, 2020

For six years, Craig Saari, BA’01, BEd’02, has been president, coach, manager, troubleshooter and mobilizer at the Forest City Velodrome.

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Alumna explores life’s journey in ‘Falling’

January 21, 2020

Dorothy Ellen Palmer’s, BA’82, recently published ‘Falling For Myself: A Memoir’ that documents her life as an educator, author, disability activist and child of adoption.

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