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Maria’s Minute – June 2012

Welcome to the June edition of Carleton Now. This month has a convocation theme and there are many stories about the accomplishments of our students. There are also new photos in our photo gallery for you to check out. Enjoy your read.

Jack Macphail at 100: reflections on a successful career at Carleton

Moray St. John (Jack) Macphail looks back on his 30 years of teaching mathematics at Carleton University as some of the best years of his life. And it’s a long life indeed. Macphail celebrated his 100th birthday on May 27, and was feted with flowers, chocolates, books and gifts by Carleton math colleagues, as well as family members, friends and neighbours. The man who first arrived at Carleton in 1948 … Continue 

The history of the Rideau Canal: there’s an app for that

Tourists and anyone walking along the Rideau Canal can now get a snapshot of its history with just a flick of the finger. A new mobile application called Rideau Timescapes, designed by Carleton University faculty and students, was unveiled May 17. “The canal was very appealing because it was right on Carleton’s doorstep and it’s a world heritage site,” says Prof. James Opp, co-director of Carleton’s Centre for Public History. … Continue 

CU Healthier Challenge pushed participants in many ways

Glendy Wong had some health concerns – including a thyroid condition and a possibility of developing Type 2 Diabetes which runs in her family. But now Wong has a clean bill of health from the doctor – thanks to the CU Healthier–Healthy Workplace Challenge. “It’s satisfying to be recognized for the commitment I put in,” says Wong, who works in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs and was one … Continue 


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Governor General’s Medal winner feels privileged by the honour

When Jennifer Reed was a young girl, she was enamoured with true crime novels. Especially fascinated with forensics, it was only a matter of time before Reed, Continue 

Governor General’s Medal winner has always loved science

Adrienne Lisa Manders has always enjoyed discovering things. Now, with her honours Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry behind her, the 21-year-old is living and working in a tenting community on a mountain side north of Terrace, B.C., Continue 

President’s Medal winner has teaching in her future

When President’s Medal winner Melissa Rider began her studies at Carleton three years ago, she planned to study geography, with perhaps a minor in history. “I enjoyed geography in high school,” says the 20-year-old Rider, who graduates this Continue 

Chancellor’s medallist using education to solve real-world issues

As 25-year-old Huda Masoud leaves Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in psychology, she says goodbye to seven years of academic studies Continue 

Graduating is “most satisfying feeling” for high school dropout who became A student

For a high school dropout eventually who made it to university only to struggle again, graduation never seemed likely for Kris Hansen. Despite his Continue 

80-year-old English grad persevered to earn degree

When Catherine Seward was only 16 years-old in Grade 11, she contracted the measles and had to drop out of Immaculata High School. Now, at 80, she is earning her university degree in English. But the road to receiving an education – be it high Continue 

Paul Menton Centre helps student achieve his dream

Can Pham went back to school to earn his degree not just for himself but for his family – including his parents who have since passed away. His parents, he says, always wanted their son to have a university degree. Now after six years of hard Continue 

Student earns PhD through two pregnancies

Lauren Fitzsimmons doubted she’d ever finish her PhD when she took eight months off after giving birth to her son Reed less than three years ago. Now, only a few weeks after having her second child – a girl named Iris – she will be Continue 

Ravens hockey player graduates with law degree

The Florida Everblades and Las Vegas Wranglers are knotted at two goals heading into overtime of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Kelly Cup finals on May 23. The Wranglers erase what was once a two-goal deficit in the opening minute of the third Continue 

Twins have same vision for their futures

Though two sets of twins will say goodbye to Carleton University after their convocation ceremonies, they won’t say goodbye to Ottawa. The siblings don’t plan to leave one another, at least for a while, either. Zach and Josh MacMillan are Continue 

Master’s student credits faculty for his success

Evan Curtis credits his professors for helping him become Carleton’s first cognitive science student to successfully complete a master’s thesis. “It feels kind of cool,” says Curtis. “It’s interesting being in the first cohort of the Continue 

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