Campus Digest: Western taps trio for honorary degrees

By Communications Staff
January 23, 2014

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An award-winning cancer researcher, a major player in the fashion industry and a global financial management leader will receive honorary degrees from Western at the 2014 convocations for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western’s Hong Kong campus and the Ivey Business School, respectively.

The ceremonies and honorees are scheduled for the following days:

Jacob Van Dyk
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, MD Convocation
Friday, May 16
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D.Sc.)

During his award-winning teaching career at Western, Jacob Van Dyk also served as head of physics and engineering at London Health Science Centre’s Regional Cancer Program. Van Dyk is professor emeritus at Western and, most recently, worked as a consultant at the International Atomic Energy Agency for which he continues to perform various international teaching assignments. His research focuses on the implementation of radiation technology in the clinical practice of cancer treatment. Van Dyk has played a leadership role in academic and professional organizations including the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine, Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists, American Association of Physicists in Medicine and International Atomic Energy Agency.

Cecilia Yau
Western Hong Kong Convocation
Sunday, May 25
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

An accomplished Western alumna, Cecilia Yau, BA’72, is the director of Macia Company Ltd., a Hong Kong-based manufacturer and exporter of leather, silk and satin products. Featuring house brand names Miss Macia and Marissa, Macia has constantly adapted its designs and products since its inception while developing essential materials for the high fashion industry. Yau is a dedicated volunteer at the Hong Kong Children’s Cancer Foundation and serves as a member of Western’s Hong Kong Advisory Board and the Hong Kong Foundation Board. She was also instrumental in helping to establish the Hong Kong Alumni Awards of Merit.

Dominic Barton
Ivey Business School, MBA Convocation
Friday, June 6
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Company, is a leader able to engage and collaborate across business, government and the non-profit sectors. Steering one of the world's top management consulting firms, his primary business focuses include financial sector development and reform and long-term capitalism. During the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, Barton emerged as the leading banking adviser in Korea and designed the country’s current banking system. His role as a global thought leader is evident by his participation in the World Economic Forum, the Asia Business Council, Aspen Strategy Group and Brookings Institution, among others.


Renowned Western planetary cartographer Philip Stooke has received high praise for his Mars atlas by the American Library Association’s Choice Reviews magazine.

Each year, Choice creates a list of publications reflecting the best in scholarly titles, attracting attention from the academic library community. The International Atlas of Mars Exploration – The First Five Decades 1953 to 2003 was named as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013.

A comprehensive account of all Mars exploration to date, the atlas is the first of its kind and includes a great deal of previously unpublished information. Stooke’s maps are featured throughout the atlas while he annotates the activities of each successive spacecraft to visit Mars. The first volume covers the historic Viking missions, which famously landed on Mars in 1976, and many earlier and later missions.

Stooke, who is cross appointed at Western’s faculties of Science and Social Science, is currently working on a second volume of the atlas, The International Atlas of Mars Exploration – Spirit to Curiosity: 2004 to 2014, which is set to be released in late 2015. This second volume covers the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, the latter just reaching its 10th anniversary of operations on Mars, and the more recent Phoenix and Curiosity missions.

Stooke maintains a constantly updated route map for the Curiosity rover on the online forum,

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Led by Western alumna Katherine Butson, BA’88, Team Butson was named among the Top 10 Friends & Family teams in the country for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for a Cure. Nearly 5,500 Friends & Family teams were registered nationwide. With a goal of $27,890, Team Butson raised $31,917.16. Butson managed The Althouse Press at the Faculty of Education since 1986. She currently remains on medical leave.

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Faculty members are invited to participate in the 8th annual Faculty Authors' Reception, scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at The Book Store at Western, University Community Centre. Faculty authors who have published books recently, 2013 and early 2014, and are interested in participating should register online or contact Stephen Cribar at The deadline for participation is Feb. 27.

"We look at this event as a great opportunity to recognize and help celebrate the achievements of our faculty authors," said Cribar, sales manager at The Book Store at Western.

Space is limited to 30 authors. Some edited books will be included as space allows.

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Three Western teams are among an elite group of students from across the province taking part in the Battle for CA$H on Saturday, Jan. 25 in Toronto.

Sponsored by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario, CA$H pits 37 three-person teams against each other in friendly a competition stressing the use of CPA skills.

Western will be represented by three teams: Stefan Losberg, Rebecca Brown and David Ferguson, Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies; Sam Chai, Catherine Maddever and Cathy Yuan, Ivey Business School; and Kaitlynn Ling, Maggie Gong and Drew Robertson, Ivey Business School.

First prize winners earn the CA$H Cup, plus $3,000 for first place and an additional $1,500 for the university’s accounting/business society. Additional prizes include $1,500 for second, $750 for third and $300 each for fourth and fifth place.

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Western Mustangs kicker Lirim Hajrullahu has signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the team announced last week.

Hajrullahu finished his Mustangs career in style this past season, surpassing Ottawa’s Neil Lumsden as the CIS’ all-time leading scorer with 422 points over his five years with the purple and white. The St. Catharines senior also set a new OUA mark with 77 career field goals, and tied the OUA single-season record with 22 field goals in 2013. For his efforts Hajrullahu earned two spots as an OUA First Team All-Star, getting the nod at both punter and kicker, as well as earning CIS Second Team All-Canadian honours as a kicker.

With Hajrullahu’s signing, the Blue Bombers now have two former Mustangs players on their roster as offensive lineman Chris Greaves has been with Winnipeg since being drafted as a defensive lineman in 2010.

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The province is creating a Centre of Excellence for Online Learning to give students access to high-quality, transferable online courses, while reducing course duplication. Set to launch in time for the 2015-16 school year, Ontario Online will improve collaboration between colleges and universities by minimizing duplication, allowing students to take the same, centralized online course. The online platform will also give students the flexibility to receive world-class instruction wherever and whenever works best for them.


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