News Archive

Debut novel combines tech, comic worlds

August 4, 2020

Drew Murray, BA’97, MBA’06, can credit his storied career partly to technology’s triumph over the curse of cursive.

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Western-branded, made-in-Ontario facemasks supplied to campus community

July 20, 2020

Students, faculty and staff can wear their purple pride as they don masks made by TakeCare Supply, a company started by Kevin Vuong, BMOS’11, and Larry Lau, BA’09, MBA’18.

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Alumna’s debut novel wins Leacock Medal for Humour

June 28, 2020

Heidi Jacobs, MLIS’06, was awarded this year’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for her debut novel ‘Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear.’

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Alumnus takes hands-off approach to venture

June 25, 2020

Connor Renton, BA’19, and his siblings created Touché, a company selling no-touch tools used to limit contact with contaminated or shared surfaces.

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Class of 2020: Meet some of our newest alumni

June 19, 2020

The class of 2020 will forever have a special place in our hearts and in our history. Welcome to the alumni family!

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Alumna receives highest Law Society award

June 16, 2020

Heather Joy Ross, LLB'84, was recently awarded the Law Society Medal for Outstanding Service.

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Poloz named Chair of Lawrence Centre Advisory Council

June 15, 2020

Former Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz, MA’79, PhD’82, has been appointed Chair of the Advisory Council of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management.

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Pro career on hold – but game still goal

June 9, 2020

Kyle Dawson, BSc’20 (Kinesiology), has been drafted by the San Diego Seals of the National Lacrosse League.

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Nature site shows kids their wildlife neighbours

June 4, 2020

John Drew, BEd’07, BA’02, and Kendra Coulter, BA’02, recently created Animal Neighbours, a website designed to teach kids about the animal world around them.

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New alumni leaders rally behind common purpose

June 3, 2020

Meet Tyler Forkes, the new Executive Director of Alumni Relations, and your new Alumni Association president Mark Brown, MBA'95.

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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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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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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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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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