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September 2012 University of Toronto Scarborough

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UTSC Alumni

Executive Director Welcome

On June 13th we saw UTSC students walk across King's College Circle into Convocation Hall and walk out as graduates and proud alumni. Congrats to the UTSC Class of 2012! You have entered a new phase in your life and this is just the beginning of an exciting future.

The Development and Alumni Relations office continues to provide opportunities for our alumni to develop professionally. The Leader2Leader Conference and Spring Reunion provide ample opportunities to educate oneself and network. There will be many more opportunities from September to June, so please visit our website frequently to tap into these wonderful opportunities.

I am delighted to report that Professor Franco J. Vaccarino has been reappointed for another 5-year term as UTSC's Principal and Vice-President of U of T. Under Professor Vaccarino's leadership the campus has undergone unprecedented growth and has been transformed, both academically and physically.

This transformation will celebrate a major milestone on September 27, when UTSC hosts the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new aquatics and athletics centre being built at the corner of Morningside Avenue and Military Trail. The Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatic Centre and Fieldhouse is being built to host the aquatics, fencing and modern pentathlon components of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. But when the Games are over, the facility will be owned and operated by UTSC and the City of Toronto, creating a powerful legacy of inspiration, recreation, education and transformation for the university community and the entire eastern Greater Toronto Area. I cordially invite you to attend this historic groundbreaking celebration on September 27 at 12:45 pm. Please visit our website at for event details.

The strength of a comprehensive research university is its capacity to innovate and educate. The UTSC Advancement priorities support these key pillars by aiming to secure funding in support of scholarships, international development, the environment, world hunger, mental health as well as arts and culture. Ultimately, our campaign will build on our foundation of excellence and will provide our students and community with a world class academic experience.

We continue to evolve our alumni program to provide added value to our graduates and friends. To ensure you receive all of our correspondence, please update your current contact information by emailing with your mailing addresses and mobile number. New alumni who graduated this summer would have been automatically enrolled in the UTMail+ program that gives you a utoronto email address for life. For more information please visit UTMail+ site by clicking here. You can also join our LinkedIn group UTSC Development and Alumni Relations to stay connected with us and your fellow alumni.

As always, I welcome your feedback and encourage you to visit this gorgeous campus often. And especially on September 27th!


Georgette Zinaty, BA 1989
Executive Director
Development and Alumni Relations Office



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Dr. Paul Thompson was appointed the Principal and Dean of UTSC in 1989, the 25th anniversary of Scarborough Campus (as U of T Scarborough was known at the time). He served the university in these roles until 2003, though, his commitment to, and involvement at, UTSC spanned much longer than 14 years. As a student, professor and researcher at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Dr. Thompson was a part of the Scarborough community for 36 years.

Under his leadership, UTSC experienced a defining era of substantial growth—in infrastructure, community and programs. Residence space increased significantly, the Leigha Lee Brown Theatre was designed and built by one of Canada's foremost theatre architects, Robert Smith, and the Academic Resource Centre (ARC), which brought together the Bladen library, Computing Centre, Photography and Graphics, Audio-Visual and other services, was built, forming a hub for out-of-classroom learning.

As the campus space expanded, the community grew as well. In 1992 for the first time, Scarborough became the U of T campus with the greatest number of applicants. By the early 2000s there was an 86 percent surge in applicants—twice the provincial average—and Scarborough students made the single-largest financial commitment to the University of Toronto, pledging over $20 million for the building of a U of T Scarborough Student Centre. In the realm of academics, programs and departments, during Dr. Thompson's time new programs such as Environmental Sciences and joint programs with Centennial College were launched and new Departments including Management and Economics were established. In 2000 the Scarborough campus was granted the right to offer the only U of T program leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (B.B.A) and in 2001 U of T Scarborough was officially named the Co-op campus for the University of Toronto. These programs and departments have gone on to distinguish UTSC.

Before his retirement from UTSC, Dr. Thompson was named the Vice-President of the University of Toronto. Though his decision to leave was a tough one, he continued to serve the University by accepting a position as Professor and Director for the Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Adding to a list of remarkable accomplishments, Dr. Thompson's book "Agro-Technology: A Philosophical Introduction" was recently published by Cambridge University Press. His analysis of the implications of genetically modified organism, and particularly molecular modification in agriculture, is a timely dialogue that will serve as an important point of reference for students and scholars alike.


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