Students, faculty, and supporters of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at UC gathered in Hart House’s Great Hall on April 24, 2015, for the third annual Bonham Centre Awards Gala. This year, the awards celebrated “The Strength of Sport.” Honoured for their contributions to advancing the cause of sexual diversity through sport were: Greg Louganis, American Olympic gold medalist diver; Marnie McBean, Canadian Olympic gold medalist rower; and Mark Tewksbury, Canadian Olympic gold medalist swimmer.
Incoming UC student Valerie Chu was one of six inaugural recipients of the new C. David Naylor Scholarships. Named after former University of Toronto president and UC alumnus Profesor David Naylor (1974 UC), the entrance scholarships, worth $20,000 each, award students who demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurriculars, and community service in high school.
University College welcomed 600 new graduates to its alumni community at spring Convocation on June 9. Trailblazing sports advocate and Olympian Abigail Hoffman (BA 1968 UC) delivered the Convocation address.
Professor Brenda Cossman, the Director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at UC and a Professor in the Faculty of Law, was honoured with the Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Women’s Equality from the Ontario Bar Association, Women Lawyers Forum.
Professor Thomas Keymer, Chancellor Jackman Chair of English and a UC faculty member, was appointed University Professor, U of T’s highest honour conferred on less than 2% of tenured faculty. He was also recently awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
Associate Professor of Art and UC faculty member Jenny Purtle is the principal investigator behind Global and Postglobal Perspectives on Medieval Art and Art History, a partnership between U of T and the School of Arts and Humanities at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (GAFA) in China. A faculty exchange between institutions, the program will help build art history in China by providing training in Western art history and methodology not otherwise available, while expanding offerings in Chinese art history at U of T. At the conclusion of each graduate course, faculty and students from both institutions will undertake field trips to study works of art firsthand in Sicily and Dunhuang, China.
Economist and investment manager Dr. Russell Morrison was named a Member of the Order of Canada. Russell, along with his wife, Katherine, are the patrons of Morrison Hall Residence at University College.
Members of the University College community had a front seat for part of the action at Pan American and Parapan American Games held in Toronto this summer. The PanAm field hockey competitions and the Parapan Am football competitions took place on the back campus field to the north of the main UC building.
Students enrolled in University College's undergraduate interdiscplinary programs gathered in the West Hall on March 13, 2015 to share their projects and celebrate the end of term at the annual Research and Practice Day.
Keren Rice, University Professor in the Department of Linguistics and a UC faculty member, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A celebrated scholar, Rice is an expert in aboriginal languages.
UC Dean of Students Melinda Scott was awarded a Chancellor’s Award in the Emerging Leader category as part of the U of T Alumni Association’s Awards of Excellence program. Since becoming Dean in 2012, Melinda has been a crucial contributor to all of UC’s activities, and is recognized as a key supporter of students, fellow staff, and faculty not just within the College but across the St. George campus and beyond.
Congratulations to UC students Amanda Stojcevski and Ramsey Andary, who were elected, respectively, President and Vice President of the UC Literary and Athletic Society for 2015-16.