Receiving honorary degrees today are Seagram executive and philanthropist Charles Bronfman, who will give the address, and Theresa Lau Po, a 1977 sociology graduate of UW who's now a business leader in Hong Kong.
Two retired faculty members will become "distinguished professor emeritus": Warren Ober of English, and Melvin Lerner of psychology. And Richard Holmes of the philosophy department will receive one of this year's Distinguished Teacher Awards.
The alumni association gold medal will go to Jay Wade Green; the Governor-General's silver medal "for highest standing in the bachelor's program" to Krista Koch. Winners of departmental awards "for distinguished academic achievement" are Todd Mooney, accountancy; Suzan Sabir, anthropology and classical studies; Catherine Perehinec, drama; Brent Almond, economics; Cher Carter, English; Heather Hoffman, French; Derrick Clements, history; Laura Napran, medieval studies; Oliver Thompson, music; Bryan Smyth, philosophy; Michael Dale, political science; Pamela Sadler, psychology; Marcia Kraemer, social development studies; Janine Hodgins, sociology; Stacey Collins, Spanish.
After convocation, about 4:15 p.m. if the event doesn't run as painfully long as last year's arts convocation did, there will be a tree-planting ceremony at Alumni Lane, near the Red North corner of the Physical Activities complex. Representatives of the class of 1995 will add their tree to the growing avenue.
He became dean of St. Jerome's in 1961, and served as president from 1965 to 1972. He taught French until his retirement in 1986. "No one has elicited as many endearing and heartfelt recollections by our graduates as Father Finn," says the current president of the college, Doug Letson. The men's residence at St. Jerome's was named in Finn's honour in 1993.
Today's funeral Mass is at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church in Waterloo.
Tomorrow comes the big event of the festival, a day-long business seminar on "Creating and Maintaining Canada-Japan Business Connections", at Renison College. Japanese ambassador Noboru Nakahira is the keynote speaker, at noon. Last-minute information comes from the college at 884-4400.
There are new games, she said, and the music tonight and tomorrow will be "all-request", which should deal with some of the recent complaints that "nobody" likes what's been being played in Fed Hall. Best of all: there will be a free barbecue tonight, and again Friday night, from 7 to 9 p.m. At this time of year, Fed Hall won't be open in the daytime, but regular hours will be 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The local branch of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute presents the video "Stephen Hawking: The Universe Within" at 11:30 this morning in Davis Centre 1304.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. (Keffer Memorial Chapel, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) for William Villaume, the first president of Waterloo Lutheran University -- now Wilfrid Laurier University -- after UW separated from "Waterloo College" and WLU took its new identity. He served as president from 1961 to 1967.
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