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Retirees, long-service and outstanding employees honoured


In one of his last official acts as Principal of U of T Scarborough, Prof. Jonathan Freedman presided over a tribute to the people who make the campus special.

The Celebration of Distinguished Service was held on June 28 in the Academic Resource Centre (ARC) Theatre, followed by a reception in honour of retirees, 25-year employees, and other special Principal’s award winners. Several senior administrators were on hand to present the awards and to offer personal thanks and heartfelt comments to the recipients.

“It has been a privilege to serve as Interim Principal for this year and it has been terrific,” Freedman said. “I know that everyone here appreciates that the Scarborough campus is a marvelous place to be.”

“This event is an opportunity to recognize faculty, staff and students for their outstanding contributions to our campus,” he said. “It is an honour to be part of this community and we congratulate all those who are receiving awards, regardless of whether they are able to be at this ceremony today.”

Twenty-five year service employees are listed alphabetically here:

Louise Beckley, Human Resource Services

Prof. Kenneth Howard, Environmental Science

Joy Jones, Admissions and Student Recruitment

Kim Richard, Director of Human Resource Services

Elizabeth Seres, Library

Dragi Terzievski, Facilities

Martha Young, Academic Resources

Retirees are as follows:

Brenda Brown, Life Sciences

Comment from Lucy Pickering:

"Brenda began her employment at UTS in August of 1971, working in the Department of Life Sciences.  She began as a Clerical Assistant and gradually moved up the ranks to the position of Business Officer.  Throughout her career she has been a devoted employee who strived for excellence in everything she did.  Brenda worked tirelessly and was always willing to go beyond the call of duty.

As a long-term employee, Brenda established positive working relationships with many faculty and staff within the UTS community.  It has been truly an honour to work with Brenda.  Her positive attitude, sense of humour, and incredible work ethic are infectious; she will be missed greatly.  We wish her all the best in her retirement." .......................................................Lucy Pickering

Prof. Brian Greenwood, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences

Prof. Deborah James, Humanities

Abdul Wakil Mehran, Facilities

Norma Mulgrave, Academic Resources

Prof. Andrew Patenall, Humanities

Comment from Michael Schonberg:

"On occasions such as these, we are often tempted to either rhapsodize, eulogize or to good-naturedly denigrate the individual in the spotlight. I don’t propose to do either of those things. Not being inclined to rhapsodizing or being able to eulogize someone very much alive, I will limit my remarks to a few facts.

Andrew has spent 41 years at the University of Toronto, teaching both at the Scarborough Campus and downtown.  I suspect that makes him currently the longest serving faculty member at UTSC.  I could not confirm this information officially, so let’s just take it as a fact. During this time he has always been called Andrew by his colleagues and Professor Patenall by the thousands of students he has taught. Why was it thus? I think it had to do with Andrew’s size and pugnacity: Andrew is a man of substance in the best sense that I can think of, who will readily fight anyone for a cause that he really believes in.   The only person, to my knowledge who ever called him Andy, and got away with it, was the late Ann Boddington., our much beloved colleague in classics.

Now that I’ve settled that, let me tell you in no particular order of priority what I find most remarkable about Andrew. His learning: he is a highly accomplished scholar in the field of Early English, Elizabethan and Jacobean, literature, especially Shakespeare and his contemporaries; he is also doing remarkable work in Victorian theatre and the dramatic literature of that period; he is a student of theatre in general, with a particular interest in performance throughout the ages.  Also, Andrew is one of the finest teachers I have ever known. I base this assertion on reports by dozens of students that we have shared over the years.  The making of a good teacher involves passion for what one teaches, a desire to share what one knows, maintenance of high standards, personal integrity, honesty, fairness. Professional competence goes without saying; also charisma, a powerful sense of humour, and other ingredients too numerous to mention. No one has all of them, but Andrew has most.

There are of course other, more important things about Andrew that need to be mentioned.  Andrew is one of the kindest people that I know, a gentle man, and a gentleman in every respect. As such he knows a great deal about things that really matter: he is an accomplished gardener, having been a serious farmer in the past; he loves classical cars; he has restored a pre-war MG and driven it in a cross-country rally; he is a connoisseur of fine eating and a first rate chef; a serious music lover a raconteur par excellence.  Above all he is a trusted excellent friend and a complete human being. I imagine you’ve caught on to the fact by now that I really like Andrew and that I consider his departure from the college to be a serious loss to the students and to all of us. Every place needs to have a heart and a soul and Andrew is a large part of both at UTSC.".............................Michal Schonberg

Evelyn Reynolds, Facilities

Prof. Ian Robertson, Humanities

Comment by Modris Eksteins:

"Ian Robertson has been a pillar of the College for 35 years.  He has taught Canadian history, has written award-winning books, and has served the Department of Humanities and the College with dedication and distinction.  His students remember his commitment as a teacher.  Professor Brook Taylor, who was an undergraduate here in the 1970s and now teaches at Mount Saint Vincent University, writes: “Most of us in academic life can point back to a particular teacher who made a difference, who inspired us to take up the challenges of scholarship.  Ian played that role in my life.  He is why this boy born, raised, and educated in Toronto is now teaching Maritime history in Halifax.  I am not alone.  Ian also inspired the likes of CBC's Paul Kennedy, and the journalist Christopher Waddell.  There are no doubt many others.  Is this not a legacy of which to be proud?”  Indeed.

As a scholar Ian Robertson has been applauded.  His many articles for the Dictionary of National Biography, which may be the most important general source for Canadian history, are regarded as models of erudition and clarity.  His book The Tenant League of Prince Edward Island won several awards.  He has a book forthcoming with McGill-Queen’s on Andrew McPhail, the intellectual, administrator, and social critic.

His sense of duty led to two stints as our representative on UTFA, service on sundry College committees, as well as chairship of College Council.   He also served three three-year terms as discipline representative for History.  We shall miss him." ......................................................................Modris Eksteins

Judith Smith, Management

Eva Yap-Chung, Life Sciences

Comment by Greg Vanlerberghe:

"Eva Yap-Chung began her career at UTSC in the 1970s and was always an organized, hard-working and conscientious member of the university community. As a member of the Department of Life Sciences, she admirably carried out technical duties related to undergraduate courses in the Life Sciences. In particular, she was technician for animal physiology courses for many years.

Eva was very particular to ensure that the undergraduate student’s experience in the laboratories she overlooked was always the best that it could be. She truly “raised the bar” of the laboratories that she was involved with and was always pro-active to improve laboratory exercises from one year to the next. Her many years of exemplary service to the department is greatly appreciated."....................................Greg Vanlerberghe

Special Principal’s award winners were as follows:

The Principal’s Award for Research went to Prof. Myrna Simpson of Environmental Science, in recognition of her work in organic environmental chemistry.

The Patrick Phillips Award for outstanding service and commitment demonstrated by a campus staff member went to Gaetana Larocca in Arts & Science Co-op.

The D.R. Campbell Merit Award for a person who enhances the quality of life on the campus went to Jemy Joseph, a life sciences student and member of the SCSU.

The Honorary Membership Award for a person who contributes substantially to the life of the campus went to Yvonne Chiu.

AccessAbility awards were presented in categories to a student, faculty member, staff member, and group. These awards recognize those who raise awareness of disability issues or who improve or deal with accessibility issues on campus. They went to:

Student - Jenna Hossack, who served as SCSU Vice-President Students & Equity

Faculty - Prof. Nancy Johnston of the Writing Centre

Staff - Laurie Anderson of Physical Education & Athletics

Group - The Council on Student Services (CSS), a body that looks after and oversees non-academic fees, which contributed fees to improvements to accessability for the disabled over the past year. Student Chris Van Abbema accepted the award on behalf of the group.

by Mary Ann Gratton (with comments inserted by staff members)

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