President's Message . Learning a matter for life say graduates . Milestones . Spring Congregation 1999 Schedule
Hereditary Nisga'a chief Peter Nyce was helping people learn long before he enrolled in UBC's Faculty of Education.
It started in 1987 when his twin daughters, Samantha and Shannon, were in Grade 4 and he was invited to the school to give a cultural show and tell.
That's when Nyce, who was then working as a commercial fisherman, got hooked
Hundreds of gowned biochemists, foresters, lawyers, musicians, and other graduates have formed into rows. Years of struggle and final exams are finished. They've made it, but they are nervous.
From the front of the large room in the Graduate Student Centre, a 6-foot-5
man with a warm voice and easy laugh is explaining what will be expected of
them in a few minutes when they arrive at Congregation ceremonies in the Chan
Centre for the Performing Arts.
Provocative, innovative and risky are the words that spring to mind as Killam Teaching Prize winner Lee Gass describes his 35 years as an educator.
An associate professor of Zoology and a faculty member since 1974, Gass is one of 23 faculty members to receive University Killam Teaching Prizes during Spring Congregation.
"It's not about curriculum or methods -- it's about helping students to be
open to what they don't know," says Gass.
Twenty-two students have been named Wesbrook Scholars for outstanding achievement
among undergraduates. Students must rank in the top 10 per cent of their class
and must possess the ability to serve, work with and lead other people.
Gold medals, presented by the Governor General of Canada, are awarded to graduate
students at UBC and other Canadian universities who have achieved the highest
standing at both the master's and doctoral level. Students who are deemed the
best in the graduating class for the BA and BSc degrees receive silver medals.
Twenty-nine top UBC students in each degree program finished their studies
at the head of their class this academic year.
A UBC alumnus and diamond explorer whose vision will help researchers take
the kind of risks that lead to scientific breakthroughs is one of six individuals
who will be receiving honorary degrees from UBC this year at Spring Congregation.
UBC athletes were in the news even before classes started last September.
Eight UBC swimmers, a field hockey goalie and four coaches were among those
representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Swimmer Mark
Versfeld provided one of the highlights of the Games by setting a Commonwealth
Games record in the 200-metre backstroke on the way to earning a gold medal.
The recipients will be honoured with a gold medal and $5,000 to be presented
during the Spring Congregation ceremonies.
Companies are clamouring to hire the first graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing Degree Program.
Some graduates are choosing between jobs around the world. Others are considering
becoming private consultants.
More than 180,000 students have graduated from UBC since it opened its doors