Grads in the Chan Centre - photo by Martin Dee
UBC Reports | Vol. 50 | No. 5 | May
Special Issue: Congregation 2004
More than 5,000 new graduates will receive their degree from
Chancellor Allan McEachern at UBC’s Spring Congregation,
to be held May 26 to June 2. Both undergraduate and graduate
degrees from all 12 faculties and schools will be conferred
at 22 separate ceremonies at UBC’s Chan Centre for the
Performing Arts. In addition, nine honorary degrees will be
given. Since the first degrees were granted in 1916, UBC’s
global alumni community has grown to more than 200,000. Congregation
ceremonies will be web cast, allowing family, friends and
alumni around the world to participate in the celebration.
For more information about UBC’s Congregation ceremonies,
Nobel Laureates Receive Honorary Degrees from UBC
Canada’s national newspaper called it “a one-of-a-kind
traveling road show, and we may never see its likes again.”
The Globe and Mail reporter was referring to the historic
visit to UBC’s campus of three Nobel Peace Laureates.
The Inaugural CIHR Visiting Presidency at UBC
Dr. Alan Bernstein, president of the Canadian Institutes
of Health Research (CIHR), will visit UBC May 17-21 to meet
with members of the university’s research community.
UBC was a Journey of Self-discovery for Dietetics Grad
Yuka Asada has learned a lot since she started her undergraduate
degree at UBC in 1999. And it’s not all school related.
Law Degree has Higher Purpose for Aboriginal Student
While growing up in Saskatchewan, Tamara Starblanket of the
Ahtahkakoop First Nation experienced oppression and racism
first-hand. That’s why she wanted to study law.
Nursing Grad Survived Bosnia’s Civil War
After spending three years as a refugee during Bosnia’s
civil war, Amra Dizdarevic knows the value of a caring community.
New Doctor on Top of the World
If you asked Geoff Gotto about the high point of his academic
journey, he’d probably talk about the time he spent
at base camp on Mt. Everest.
Giving Back to the Community Motivates Science Grad
By helping as many people as he can, Chris Zappavigna takes
the Dalai Lama’s message of love and compassion to heart.
Single Mom Conquers Learning Disabilities to Teach Others
Realizing her son was autistic and he was going to need a
special education, Cynthia Stark set out to learn everything
she could about the disability. She also asked herself what
she could do to help other children.
Pharmacy Grad Prepared to Perform on a New Stage
What do professional ballet, pediatric psychiatry and pharmaceutical
sciences have in common? Sara Ingram. The 28-year-old former
dancer graduates this month with a BSc in Pharmacy, her third
25 Year Club
Elizabeth Johnson, curator, Ethnology at the Museum of Anthropology,
is one of 59 staff members who will be inducted into UBC's
25 Year Club that recognizes employees who have worked for
the university for a quarter century.
Join the MBA Program and See the Far East
For MBA grad Gregor Irvine-Halliday the business world is
a place where you can collaborate with interesting people
from different backgrounds.
Culture and Dance Shaped Wesbrook Scholar
Lissette Torres has a passion for life that’s fuelled
by her culture and personal experience.
UBC Architect Grad Builds a Better World
Stephanie Gerbrandt’s love of travel and her desire
to make a difference led her to architecture. Now she’s
helping people one building at a time.
International Dentist Polishes her Degree with UBC Patina
When Lovedeep Kaur Randhawa accepts her degree in dentistry
this month, it will mark the end of an educational journey
that has spanned 23 years and half the globe.
Life has Gone to the Birds for Forestry Grad
Four years ago Stephanie Topp quit her job in Toronto, packed
her bags and headed west to study conservation at UBC.
Haig Farris is an early adapter. He's the guy who has the
latest breakthrough gadget before anybody else.
Staff Members Receive President’s Service Award for
As associate director, Facility Services, Belle Dale-Wills
is responsible for planning, budgeting, directing and evaluating
the operations of various facilities management and custodial
functions throughout campus.