All it takes is the strum of his guitar and the soft, melodic, ‘A long, long time ago', for Rick McGhie to take control of a room.

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April 2017 Web Version

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Rick McGhie

The legend of McGhie: The story of the Mustangs’ music man

All it takes is the strum of his guitar and the soft, melodic, ‘A long, long time ago', for Rick McGhie to take control of a room.

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Adrianne Pieczonka, BMus’85, DMus’1

Canada Post celebrates Pieczonka's operatic career

Adrianne Pieczonka, BMus’85, DMus’12, appears on a Canadian stamp, part of a collection celebrating Canadian opera.

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Shelley Niro

Governor General’s Award for alumna artist

The works of Shelley Niro, MFA'97, look to re-define Indigenous identity in Canada.

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Dr. Kumanan Wilson, MD’93

Using comics to teach about vaccines

Dr. Kumanan Wilson, MD’93, developed a comic as a way to teach children how immunizations defend our bodies against illness.

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Erika Chamberlain

Chamberlain appointed Western Law Dean

Alumna Erika Chamberlain, LLB'01, has been appointed to a five-year term as Dean of Law, beginning May 1, 2017.

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Astronomers map unique 'wrong-way' asteroid

A team led by Western researcher Paul Wiegert has discovered that an asteroid orbiting the “wrong” way around the sun has been playing a cosmic game of chicken with Jupiter and about 6,000 other asteroids sharing the giant planet’s space.

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Huffington Post - Study shows hair loss drugs linked to depression

CBC - Prof explores media coverage of Paralympics

The Globe and Mail - Study shows the power of entrepreneurship training programs for women, minorities

Toronto Metro News - Mathematicians create Sims-like program to save bees


job interview

How to shine during your next interview

The key to interview success is to be a great storyteller.


Grand Danube Passage

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September 18 to October 3, 2017


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guys and dolls

June 3 - Stratford Festival Luncheon and Show

Join us at The Stratford Festival for a delicious buffet lunch and tickets to see Guys and Dolls.

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UC Tower

Renovations to University College

Since 1922, University College has dominated our campus, inspiring generations of students, staff, faculty and alumni to set their sights high. After 95 years, the iconic landmark is in need of a renovation.

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Be Extraordinary

Be Extraordinary


Apr 18 Classes without Quizzes: Access to Justice: The Hidden Issue of Our Generation (London, ON)

Apr 21 Strategies for Resilience and Success (London, ON)

Apr 26 Economic Club of Canada Luncheon with President Amit Chakma (Toronto, ON)

Apr 29 Mustangs Gymnastics Team Reunion (1973 - 1980) (Daytona Beach, FL)

Apr 29 Women's Soccer Wall of Honour 2017 (London, ON)

Apr 30 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Alumni Reception at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Winnipeg (Winnipeg, MB)

May 4 Developmental Disabilities Research Day 2017 (London, ON)

May 5 Dentistry Alumni Reception at the Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting (Toronto, ON)

May 26 Rick McGhie Night in Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)

May 30 Nursing Alumni Golf Clinic (London, ON)

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