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June 03, 2016
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Watch Orillia Convocation Online - Saturday, June 4


Congratulations to everyone participating in the Lakehead Orillia Convocation Ceremony tomorrow at 10 am. 

You can watch the ceremony live by clicking here.


In Memoriam - Robert Day

The Lakehead University community was saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Day, a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Natural Resources Management. 

Robert passed away on May 25 in Thunder Bay with his family by his side.

In addition to teaching at Lakehead from 1971 until 1996, he also taught at the University of Toronto and Lae University of Technology (PNG). Robert was a world renowned leader and researcher in Silviculture. He loved carpentry, created magnificent flower and vegetable gardens, enjoyed Nordic skiing, was a master marionette puppeteer, produced puppet shows with children in the community, adored painting, and liked riding his e-bike and most of all spending time with family. 

A funeral service will be held on Saturday June 4, at St. Thomas Anglican Church at 9 am, 1400 Edward St. South, celebrated by Pastor Doug McClure. The interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery then a funeral reception. 

Please click here to read the full obituary.

Announcement from the Office of Research Services

Lakehead University's Office of Research Services is pleased to welcome Dr. Tyson Gofton as Lakehead's new Natural Sciences, Engineering and Health Research Facilitator.

In his position, Dr. Gofton will lead the development of Lakehead's NSERC and CIHR enhancement programs, and also assist with the development of major, university-wide research projects in natural sciences, engineering and health-related research.

In addition to assisting faculty members with the preparation of grant applications, he will seek opportunities to support the growth of interdisciplinary research groups and centres at both the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses.

Dr. Gofton completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Toronto in 2013. He has studied at the Université de Montréal, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Yale University, and has previously taught at Fairfield University, Connecticut and most recently at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. He has worked for many years as a medical writer providing research, writing and editorial support to academic physicians. He is also co-author of several publications in post-graduate health care education.

Dr. Gofton can be reached in the Office of Research Services at ext. 8290 or by e-mail at

Reaume Street Closed on Monday

On Monday, Reaume Street will be closed for a watermain repair.

Access and parking to the Avila Centre will be at the back of the building.

It's anticipated that the street will reopen in the early afternoon.

For questions, please contact Steve Girvin, Operations Manager, Physical Plant, at (807) 343-8370.

Message from the Office of the Provost & Vice-President (Academic)

Access Copyright and Lakehead University

Lakehead University’s current licence agreement with Access Copyright will expire on August 31st. Please be advised that we have decided not to renew our agreement at this time.

Access Copyright is a non-profit, national organization that represents Canadian creators and publishers of copyrighted material and grants licences for the reproduction of copyright-protected published works. Under our current licence agreement, Lakehead University pays a royalty to Access Copyright that permits university students, faculty, and staff to copy a specified range of certain copyright-protected works. During the 2015-2016 academic year, the fee was $18 per full-time equivalent student.

Our decision not to renew our Access Copyright agreement is based on the following factors:

Changes in Canada’s copyright landscape — In 2012, there were amendments to Canada’s Copyright Act, as well as new decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada, which have combined to clarify and strengthen the principles of fair dealing.

Lakehead University’s Library has licences for online resources that can be used, under the terms of those licences, by students, faculty, and staff, and the quality and quantity of open educational resources continues to expand.

As a result of these factors, a significant percentage of the reproduction of copyrighted material that had been covered by the Access Copyright licence can now be reproduced by members of the University community for comparable purposes without the need for, or expense of, such a licence.

Although we will not be renewing our current Access Copyright licence, the University will continue to maintain policies, procedures, and practices that ensure we are in compliance with Canadian copyright law. For those copyright-protected materials that do require a licence or permission from the copyright owner before use on campus, Library staff will take steps to ensure the required licences or permissions are sought. Staff will also increase efforts to promote “copyright literacy” throughout the university community — for example, through a free Copyright 101 course available on myCourselink.

While our agreement with Access Copyright has been a useful tool in our overall strategy to remain compliant with copyright law, we have decided to continue to maintain our compliance with such laws in a more cost-effective way without renewing our Access Copyright licence.

We do not anticipate any significant impact on the University community for the Fall 2016 term resulting from this decision. Given that there are likely to be some course materials formerly covered by the Access Copyright Licence that will now require separate licences, we encourage instructors to submit their Winter 2016 course materials for review as early as possible. We will continue to review and improve current procedures and practices on an ongoing basis.

For more information on copyright compliance at Lakehead University, please see Copyright Information and Resources available at

If you have any questions or concerns about our decision, or about copyrighted materials, please contact our University Librarian, Karen Keiller, at, or (807) 343-8125 or the Director of Risk Management and Access to Information, Millo Shaw, at or (807) 343-8518.

Thank you,

Dr. Moira McPherson

Provost & Vice-President (Academic)

Lakehead University

Students Needed for Summer Photo Shoot

Do you want to be a part of our biggest photo shoot ever?

Lakehead University is looking for up to 100 students to participate in an exciting campus photo shoot at the end of June.

For more information, please visit

The June issue of Campus Connection is out now!

The June issue of Campus Connection is out now.

In this issue read about our surprise visits to Barrie high schools, celebrating Lakehead Orillia's 10th Birthday, Convocation, and much more! Read it here.

C. Nathan Hatton's book launch - Tuesday, June 7


Horseback wrestling, catch-as-catch-can, glima; long before the advent of today’s WWE, forms of wrestling were practised by virtually every cultural group.

Lakehead alum and Department of History member C. Nathan Hatton’s latest book, Thrashing Seasons: Sporting Culture in Manitoba and the Genesis of Prairie Wrestling, tells the story of wrestling in Manitoba from its earliest documented origins in the eighteenth century, to the Great Depression.

Published by the University of Manitoba Press, the book will be launched at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg on Saturday, May 14 at 7 pm and in Thunder Bay at the Finnish Labour Temple on Tuesday, June 7 at 6 pm.



Steel Bridge Team Update

Lakehead's Steel Bridge Team, from left to right, is Curtis Moss, Brad Desrochers, Derek Bulsink, Brad McDonald, Chris Legg, and Nick Wegher.

Lakehead University's Steel Bridge Team secured first place in the Mid-West Regional Competition last March, which allowed it to move on to the national competition held at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, last week.

As a result of a lot of hard work, time and dedication, the team entered the national competition ranked first in construction speed and fifth overall among the 48 qualified teams. 

Lakehead's team planned and worked very hard with great hope and enthusiasm. The team also applied several modifications to the bridge after the regional competition in order to improve its stiffness and performance under loads. 

They practiced assembling their bridge almost 100 times over the last couple of months, and everyone at the national competition was impressed when they assembled it in only 2 minutes and 31 seconds. 

Unfortunately, the Lakehead team was hit by a very heavy penalty due to one single bolt that was not tightened enough. Competition rules specify a five-minute penalty must be added to the actual construction time when such a violation occurs. And that was it - a single bolt dropped the Team to 19th place.

"I am very proud of the hard work, enthusiasm and solidarity that all team members showed before and during the nationals," said Dr. Salem, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and the academic advisor of 2016 Lakehead University's Steel Bridge Team.

"All I can say - it is our bad luck, and nothing else. However, it is also a lesson for us to learn from. We greatly appreciate the support and help we received from the CSCE LU Chapter, the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, and Lakehead University. Also, thank you to everyone who helped and supported us throughout this wonderful journey, especially our sponsors who generously supported us," Dr. Salem said.

You're invited to the Employee Service Recognition Reception - Tuesday, June 21


You are cordially invited to attend the Employee Service Recognition Reception.

Tuesday, June 21
3 - 5 pm
Thunder Bay: Faculty Lounge - UC 1029G 
Orillia: OA 2006

The purpose of the Reception is to honour employees who have served Lakehead University for 20, 30, and 40 years, and those employees who are retiring in 2016 or who retired since last year’s Reception.

There will also be a presentation to the recipient of the annual Staff Award.

A list of employees who will be recognized at this year’s reception is below.

Light refreshments will be served. 

Please RSVP to the Office of Donor Events by Tuesday, June 14 by clicking here or calling (807) 343-8747.

Employee Service Recognition Reception

20 Years of Service

  • Ronald Harpelle, Professor, History
  • Conrad Hagstrom, Technical Staff, Engineering
  • Margaret McKee, Associate Professor, School of Social Work
  • Gregory Kenna, Trades Lead Hand Mechanic, Physical Plant
  • Christina Maenpaa, Administrative Assistant, Research and Innovation
  • Rodney Swatton, Technical Staff, Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism
  • Robert (Bob) Chesterman, Security Guard I, Security
  • Kathleen Traynor, Library Assistant, Library
  • Dale Gaudry, Housekeeping Lead Hand, Residence Services
  • Barry Slater, Caretaker II, Physical Plant
  • Frank Christen,Telecom/Network Technician I, Technology Services
  • Mark Gallagher, Professor, Physics
  • Dwight Mazmanian, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Robert Robson, Associate Professor, Indigenous Learning
  • Alice den Otter, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies

30 Years of Service

  • Stanley Kolodziejczak, Groundsworker, Physical Plant
  • Christopher St Amand, Groundsworker, Physical Plant
  • Chris Southcott, Professor, Sociology
  • Umed Panu, Professor, Civil Engineering
  • Brian Baraskewich, Maintenance (Skilled Trades), Physical Plant
  • Rhonda Kirk-Gardner, Professor, School of Nursing
  • Teresa Ruberto, Undergraduate Assistant, Faculty of Education
  • Anne Hammond, Technical Staff, Geology
  • Jennifer Howie, Administrative Assistant
  • Darrell Dubois, Desktop Technician I, Technology Services Centre
  • Stan Nemec, Manager, Printing Services
  • Karen Anderson, Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Education
  • Rita Blais, Associate Vice-President, Financial Services
  • Sheila Wilson, Administrative Assistant, Faculty of Education


  • Gwen Wojda, Director, Continuing Education and Distributed Learning
  • Laura Buker, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
  • William Sears, Professor, Physics
  • Mary Tiara King, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Ladislav Malek, Professor, Biology
  • Karen Reynolds, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Manit Rujimethabhas (Rappon), Professor, Chemistry
  • Rhonda Kirk-Gardner, Professor, School of Nursing
  • Bryan Poulin, Associate Professor, Business Administration
  • Francis Allaire, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Frederick (Rick) Holmes, Professor, English
  • Patricia Sevean, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Jim Squier, Services Supervisor, Physical Plant
  • Barb Barnes, Technician, Biology
  • Ken Sundell, Maintenance A-Residence, Maintenance
  • Laurie Hill, Manager-Graduate Studies, Graduate Studies
  • Beverley McClain, Administrative Co-ordinator, Health Sciences
  • Christel Klein, Library Assistant, Library
  • Jo-Anne Marshalok, Pt Support/Bookstore, Bookstore
  • Bernard Blake, Chief Information Office, TSC

Staff Award

  • To be announced at the event.

Pension Member Statements

Pension Member Statements have now been mailed out.

If you have not received your Pension Member Statement, please ensure your address is up to date with Human Resources, and contact Pension Services at (807) 766-7287 or to obtain a copy.


Clint Mason, Manager of Pension Services

First Deadline: Lab Software Requests Due Friday, June 10

To prepare lab computers for the Fall term, Technology Services Centre (TSC) needs to collect lab software requirements from all teaching and support staff.

TSC is committed to supporting faculty and staff as they enhance their courses and administrative duties with new technology.

Please use the TSC Ticketing System to submit your request including the following information:

  • Lab Room Number
  • Application Requested (include the application version)
  • Where the application can be found / sourced
  • Copy of the applicable license or “right to use” document from the vendor

Please submit your request as if no software is on the computer other than the operating system and Microsoft Office.

The initial deadline for submissions is Friday, June 10.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding this bulletin please contact the Technology Helpdesk by email

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship - Deadine Thursday, June 16

Professors have just two weeks to submit Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) projects for Summer 2017.

GRI pairs faculty in Canada with international undergrads for 12-week research projects from May to September.
Lakehead University recently became an associate member of Mitacs.

Submit projects by June 16 at 5 pm PDT.

  • All disciplines are eligible
  • Top-ranked senior undergrads from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia
  • For additional application information, consult the 2017 Globalink Faculty Application Guide.

Questions? Visit the Mitacs site or contact

Joint Media Release: Lakehead University and Georgian College strengthen ties to support the growth of post-secondary opportunities

Lakehead University and Georgian College Presidents, Boards of Governors, and senior staff meet at Georgian College for a joint meeting to deepen ties between the two institutions.

Friday, June 3, 2016 – Orillia, ON

The future of post-secondary opportunities in Simcoe County, Orillia and Barrie, continued to be top of mind when the Boards of Governors and senior academic and executive staff from Lakehead University and Georgian College met, this morning, in Barrie.

Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson, and Georgian College President and CEO, Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes hosted the joint breakfast meeting at Georgian’s Barrie campus. The campus was also the site of a day-long series of meetings for Lakehead University’s Board of Governors.

“We are very excited by the strength of our partnership and the innovative new opportunities for local students that are beginning to take shape,” said Dr. West-Moynes.

Earlier this year, Lakehead and Georgian announced plans to launch as many as 20 new degree and pathway programs at their campuses in Barrie and Orillia over the next five years. The first of the new programs begin this fall.

“Our shared priority is students,” explained Dr. Stevenson. “However it’s important that Lakehead’s and Georgian’s leadership, from Board members to administration and faculty, deepen their relationships between our institutions so that this partnership continues to grow for years to come.”