University to mark 100,000th graduate during Spring 2011 Convocation ceremonies
WINDSOR, ON, May 19 /CNW/ - The University of Windsor will confer
honorary degrees during Spring Convocation ceremonies June 15, 16 and
17 on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to business,
sports, law, government, the arts, social justice and community
Celebrating its 95th Convocation ceremonies, the University will confer a degree on its
100,000th graduate, who will be joining the alumni family this spring. The
University will not single out any one individual as its 100,000th graduate, but rather will celebrate the achievements and potential of
every graduate of the class of 2011. Student profiles representing a
cross section of the 2011 Spring Convocation class are available at www.uwindsor.ca/2011 grads.
Receiving honorary degrees are:
Belinda Stronach, Chair of the Belinda Stronach Foundation
Maestro John Morris Russell, Music Director of the Windsor Symphony
Michael Mueller, alumnus and tireless UWindsor supporter
Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Olympic hockey player and sportscaster
The Honourable Justice Robert J. Sharpe, Judge of the Court of Appeal
Belinda Stronach will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the 3 p.m.,
Wednesday, June 15, session of Convocation. She is a business and
public leader who is focused on developing innovative solutions to the
challenges of poverty, economic opportunity and quality of life, both
at home and abroad. She is the former Executive Vice-Chairman of Magna
International Inc., where she also served on the board of directors and
as the company's president and CEO. Stronach entered politics in 2004
after having been one of the key individuals involved in uniting the
Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties. She
subsequently ran for the national leadership of the new Conservative
Party and was elected to the House of Commons in 2004 as a Conservative
MP. In 2005 she joined the Liberal Party and served as an MP for
Newmarket-Aurora until October, 2008. She held a Cabinet position in
the Liberal government and served as Minister of Human Resources and
Skills Development; Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal; and
Minister responsible for Service Canada.
While in Cabinet, she was elected Chair of the Liberal Women's Caucus
and is an honorary director of the party's Judy LaMarsh Fund,
established to encourage more women to enter public life.
Among her many contributions to the cause of social justice, Stronach
established the Belinda Stronach Foundation, to provide education
opportunities for young women and aboriginal youth, and to improve the
lives of young people in developing nations. In partnership with
Canadian television personality Rick Mercer, she co-founded Spread the Net, a grassroots fundraising campaign started in 2006 to raise awareness
and funds to combat death from malaria, following a 2005 trip to Africa
where she witnessed its devastating effects first-hand. Stronach is
also the co-founder and honorary chair of Belinda's Place, York
Region's first homeless women's shelter, scheduled to open in 2012.
Following her personal experience with breast cancer in 2007, she also
established the Belinda Stronach Chair in Breast Cancer Reconstructive
Surgery at the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. She is
a strong supporter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and has
served as honorary chair of the foundation's CIBC-Run for the Cure.
Among many other honors, Stronach received the Paul Harris Fellow Award
in 2008, one of the highest honours that Rotary International can
bestow on an individual, in recognition of outstanding contributions to
the ideals the club represents.
Maestro John Morris Russell will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the 10 a.m.,
Thursday, June 16, session of Convocation. During his 10 years as Music
Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Russell has fostered
unprecedented growth and invigorated the musical life of the
Windsor-Essex region. He is widely considered North America's leader in
orchestral educational programming and from 1997 to 2009 conducted the
"LinkUP!" educational concert series at Carnegie Hall. The series is
the oldest and most celebrated of its kind, created in 1891 and made
famous by Leonard Bernstein. The Sound Discoveries series Russell
developed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra remains a leading
model for education concerts, and in Windsor, he created the Peanut Butter 'n Jam and Family Jamboree concert series, especially for youngsters and families. He spearheaded
the creation of The Windsor-Essex Youth choir and the Windsor Symphony
Youth Orchestra and has forged performance partnerships with the
University of Windsor School of Music, the Windsor Centre for the
Creative Arts and dozens of choral, dance and performing ensembles
throughout the community. Since the creation of his One Community - One Symphony project in 2008, he has worked with more than 1,000 teenagers in school
music programs and his education concerts have engaged more than
100,000 students and teachers in Essex, Lambton and Kent counties.
The Windsor Symphony Orchestra has made 17 CBC broadcasts and received
Gemini and Juno Award nominations under his direction. The WSO's first
nationally televised production was created with Russell for the CBC
Television series Opening Night, which won the Gold World medal for Best Performance Program at the New
York Festival Awards for Television and New Media, as well as a Gemini
Award nomination. He created the WSO's first multi-year
composer-in-residence position and is deeply involved in the production
of the annual Windsor Canadian Music Festival.
Russell has led many of North America's most distinguished ensembles,
including the orchestras of Toronto, the New York Philharmonic and the
Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was named principal guest conductor of the
Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra earlier this year.
Russell is a two-time recipient of Ontario's Lieutenant Governor's Award
for the Arts; the Ontario Art's Council's Vida Peen Award for Artistic
Excellence; the Arts Leadership Award by the Windsor Endowment for the
Arts, in recognition of his contributions to the region's cultural
life; and the Herb Gray Harmony Award by the Multicultural Council of
Windsor and Essex County, in recognition of the WSO's programming and
outreach activities to support and celebrate the region's diversity.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from William College in
Massachusetts and a Master of Music degree in conducting from the
University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He also studied at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London; the Cleveland Institute
of Music; the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado; and the Pierre Monteaux
School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine. In December, 2010, he was
named Conductor Designate of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and will
begin his full-time tenure with the Pops in September, leading
performances at Cincinnati's Music Hall and the Riverbend Music Center.
Michael J. Mueller (B.Comm.'70) will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the 3 p.m., June
16, session of Convocation. He was the National Managing Partner of
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Canada, and served as Global Leader of the
organization's Middle Market practice until 2007. Among other
positions, he served as a Managing Partner of the Windsor office. He
has been a Director of SMART Technologies Inc. since 2010 and a member
of the board of directors for Hydro One Inc. since 2007.
Mueller currently sits on the board of the Windsor-Essex Economic
Development Commission; is a member of the Ontario Ministry of Finance
Economic Advisory Panel; and is Chair of the Management Advisory Board
for the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor.
He served as President and Chair of the Windsor Symphony Society;
President of the Better Business Bureau of Windsor; Director of the
Rotary Club of Windsor; President of the Cerebral Palsy Association of
Windsor and Essex County; and was a member of the Stratford Festival's
board of governors.
Mueller is an avid University of Windsor supporter, has mentored many
UWindsor business students and has assisted the Dean of the Faculty of
Business Administration in raising the profile and reputation of the
Odette School of Business. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered
Cassie Campbell-Pascall will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the 10 a.m., June
17, session of Convocation. She is the only captain to lead a Canadian
hockey team to two Olympic gold medals - Salt Lake City in 2002 and
Turin in 2006 - as well as a silver medal at the Nagano Olympics in
1998. Campbell-Pascall was captain of Canada's National Women's hockey
team from 2001 to her retirement in 2006, making her the
longest-serving captain in Canadian hockey history. In total, she won
21 medals with Canada's national women's teams, including 17 gold and
four silver medals. She was the first female hockey player elected to
the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and was voted the Toronto
Sun's Sportsperson of the Year in 2006.
She was the first woman to do colour commentating on Hockey Night in
Canada and currently works as a TV analyst for TSN's women's hockey
coverage, as well as providing colour commentary for TSN, The Score,
the NHL Network and Hockey Night in Canada, as well as radio work
during Calgary Flames games.
She is the founder of the Cassie Campbell Street Hockey Tournament,
which raises more than $200,000 a year for Ronald McDonald House; is a
spokesperson and host for Hockey Canada's Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey
program, which encourages skill development and social principles for
players and parents; a spokesperson for HIP, a smoking prevention
program for young girls; and supports Applewood Acres Charity, a
community school for intellectually and physically challenged children.
Cassie Campbell-Pascall is the author of two books - H.E.A.R.T., a children's book, and Some Things I Have Learned.
The Honourable Justice Robert J. Sharpe will receive an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree during the 3 p.m.,
June 17, session of Convocation. He has served as a Judge for the Court
of Appeal for Ontario since 1999 and served previously as a member of
the Ontario Court of Justice. He was Dean of the University of
Toronto's Faculty of Law from 1990 to 1995 and was elected a Fellow of
the Royal Society of Canada. He received the Ontario Bar Association
Distinguished Service Award; was elected a Senior Fellow of Massey
College; and received the Mundell Medal for Distinguished Contribution
to Law and Letters. He has written and co-written a number of books and
scholarly articles and is a frequent law lecturer.
Justice Sharpe was a member of the Advisory Panel to Assist the
Constitution of Kenya review Commission, and a member of the
International Bar Association Rapid Response missions to investigate
threats to judicial independence in Russia and Pakistan.
He is a mentor to law students and has visited the University of Windsor
Faculty of Law many times.
Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has close to 16,000 full-time
and part-time students. The University of Windsor's mission is to
enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship,
research and engagement.
SOURCE University of Windsor
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