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Engineering entrepreneurial success

January 30, 2018

Anthony Vysniauskas, BESc’74, MESc’76, talks with students in the Faculty of Engineering during a recent visit to campus.

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Gates funding fuels alumnus’ vaccine work

January 16, 2018

In October 2017, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $29.4 million to PnuVax to continue its work on a revolutionary low-cost pneumonia vaccine. Donald Gerson, BSC’68 (Chemistry), co-founded the company, and today serves as its President and CEO.

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Facing dementia with strength and resilience

January 15, 2018

Anthony Carapinha, BSW’17, was fully intent on working with London’s homeless population for his fourth-year practicum. But when he heard about a placement offered at the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex, something clicked, and he recognized it as a unique learning opportunity.

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Grad finds success with vegan cheese company

January 15, 2018

While a love for animals prompted Margaret Coons, BA’12 (Huron University College), to become a vegetarian, it was a family passion for entrepreneurship that led her to found the artisanal cheese company Nuts for Cheese.

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Western's 'Newsmakers of the Year'

December 20, 2017

Eleven alumni are included in Western News 8th annual Newsmakers of the Year list.

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Alumni answer the kindness call

December 19, 2017

For the second year in a row, alumni from around the world wrote notes of encouragement to students living in their old residence rooms during the stressful holiday exam season.

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Alumnae top Most Powerful Women list

December 18, 2017

Thirteen Western alumnae have been named recipients of the 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, the Women’s Executive Network recently announced.

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Ivey alumni changing the (hockey) game

December 18, 2017

Armed with an Ivey business degree, these alumni are changing hockey for the better.

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Alumnus' book explores Halifax Explosion

December 6, 2017

Ken Cuthbertson, MA’75 (Journalism), has returned to the stories of his youth in his newest book, The Halifax Explosion: Canada’s Worst Disaster.

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Western celebrates national championships

December 1, 2017

The Mustangs ended a 23-year Vanier Cup drought with an exclamation mark, knocking off the defending champion and No. 1 nationally ranked Laval Rouge et Or 39-17 in the Canadian university football championship game November 25.

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Alumnus named Chair of Western's Board

November 28, 2017

A Board member for seven years, alumnus Paul Jenkins, BA'71 (Economics) was recently named Chair of Western's Board of Governors.

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Finding self, community in new venture

November 28, 2017

Music alumna Carolyn Holdsworth, BMus’01, MMus’03, took her talent for the arts in a new direction and created Me & C, a London-based shirt company that features images of iconic locations throughout the city.

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Artist, class making town-and-gown connections

November 20, 2017

Penn Kemp, BA’66, CertEd’68, the first Poet Laureate of London and former Writer-in-Residence at Western, has worked with students enrolled in the Department of English and Writing Studies’ Community Engaged Learning (CEL) course, Canadian Literature, Creativity and the Local, for the past three years. The students have helped her curate and promote her work and have even partnered with her in writing and composing poetry.

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Karakatsanis earns top engineering honour

November 20, 2017

Western Engineering alumna Catherine Karakatsanis, BESc ’83, MESc ’91, recently received the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) Gold Medal, recognizing her profound influence on the profession

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Backing raises Voices among elite firms

November 20, 2017

Co-founded by Stephanie Ciccarelli, BMusA’06, Voices.com is the largest global online marketplace for audio and voiceover products.

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Alumna fiddles while career burns bright

November 18, 2017

Don Wright Faculty of Music alumna Celina Di Cecca said her time at Western gave her the skills and the fortitude to pursue music full time. Her fiddling talents have the 32-year-old highly sought after as a live and studio performer. The Great Canadian Fiddle Show returns to Aeolian Hall next March.

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Red Bull Air Racer reaches new heights

November 3, 2017

Pete McLeod, BA’07 (Economics), recently became the first Canadian to claim an overall podium in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, taking third place at the season finale in October at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Sights set on 2020 Summer Olympics

October 26, 2017

Joy Spear Chief-Morris, BA’17 (History, First Nations Studies), recently won the 2017 Tom Longboat Award, an honour that recognizes First Nations athletes for outstanding contributions to sport in Canada.

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'Once' star finds magic at Western

October 24, 2017

Don Wright Faculty of Music alumnus Jeff Hamacher, BMus’93, said Western “planted the seeds of understanding” in allowing his career to flourish as a classical musician and actor. He appears in the Grand Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical Once, which runs through Nov. 5.

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2017 Alumni Award recipients

October 20, 2017

Western Alumni is thrilled to celebrate the incredible achievements of this year's distinguished recipients of the 2017 Alumni Awards of Merit.

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