Fall 2011 - Campus news
Earlier this year, Vito Ierullo (BSc 1971) and his wife, Rae, were at the “First Students of UTSC” reception at Spring Reunion, when Rae had an idea. That day, May 27, was also her husband’s 65th birthday and as she had not yet gotten him a gift.
UTSC faculty pulled in 24 awards when the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced its funding decisions for 2011. The prestigious awards included 17 NSERC Discovery grants, three Research Tools and Instruments grants and one Northern Research Supplement.
U of T President David Naylor renamed the UTSC baseball diamond the “Dan Lang Field,” in honour of Professor Dan Lang, who coached the Varsity Blues for 13 seasons, leading them to two Ontario University Athletics (OUA) league championships and two silver medals.
UTSC’s newest building officially opened in summer this year, increasing academic space on campus by 25 percent. On August 31, representatives from government and the University of Toronto joined the UTSC community for the official opening of the $78-million Instructional Centre (IC).
Heather Lynn Benson (HBSc 1998) has established a $40,000 scholarship fund for mature students.
“I thought it would be worthwhile,” says Benson, noting that there had been no scholarship funding specifically for mature students.
This past July, UTSC’s Climate Lab welcomed student participants from Peru, Tanzania, China and North America to its first Summer Institute on Applied Climate Change.
This November, the University will host a celebration of the artistic legacy left by UTSC alumna Doris McCarthy (CM, OO, LLD, RCA, OS.A, CSPWC), timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the artist’s passing.
At convocation ceremonies in June this year, UTSC students Timour Al-Khindi and Juan Ma were honoured for winning two of the three top national academic awards for students of arts and science.
The Morningside Avenue/Military Trail area is bustling with activity, as crews are hard at work, preparing to build an athletics facility for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.