Chan re-appointed as Board of Governors chair

Shirley Chan has been re-appointed by fellow board members as chair
of UBC’s Board of Governors for a final one-year term, ending Aug.
31, 1998. She has been a board member since 1992 and has served
as chair since 1996. Chan is the manager of non-market housing for
the City of Vancouver and has served as a director of VanCity Savings
Credit Union since 1987.

  • Contact: Hilary Thomson, Public Affairs Office, 604.822.2644

Great Trekkers gather to mark 75-year milestone

UBC alumni who took part in the Great Trek of 1922 met recently
to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the march that persuaded
the provincial government to complete construction of UBC’s Point
Grey campus. Thanks largely to their efforts, the first classes
were held at the new campus in September 1925. A handful of the
original 1,200 trekkers reunited to trade stories of one of the
largest student campaigns in B.C. history.

  • Contact: Catherine Newlands, Alumni Association, 604.822.8917

Study of cancer journals challenges taboos

Ulrich Teucher’s study of cancer narratives written by Canadian
and German patients challenges the taboos surrounding cancer. His
research will also help patients and care-givers understand the
crisis of identity that often accompanies cancer treatment. Teucher
is a former children’s nurse who is now completing a PhD in Comparative
Literature. He finds in literature the same interests that guided
him as a children’s nurse: the struggle of people to find meaning
in life in times of crisis.

  • Contact: Sean Kelly, Public Affairs Office, 604.822.3213

First Nations forestry programs get new head

As new co-ordinator of forestry programs for First Nations in the
Faculty of Forestry, Madeleine MacIvor will oversee programs which
in the past three years have made forestry education accessible
to First Nations and introduced First Nations content into the curriculum.
Thirteen First Nations students are now learning skills that will
enable them to both work in the forestry industry, and manage and
protect forest resources within their traditional territories. The
programs have attracted international attention.

  • Contact: Madeleine MacIvor, Faculty of Forestry, 604.822.8941