Fall 2012 | Class Notes

Clarice Hansen, Dip(Ed) ’54 & ’56, BEd ’75 writes in: "In 1952 a group of girls from around Alberta and Saskatchewan met for the first time at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education.  They were eager to take on the challenge of becoming teachers.  It wasn’t long before many close friendships were formed and these friendships have continued over the years.  There have been group trips to Jasper, and to Victoria, lunches on a regular basis and a yearly dinner at the Faculty Club. Many went teaching after two years when they received their diplomas. This took them to many parts of the province yet they kept in touch. Some returned later to get their B.Eds.  Others stayed on to finish their degrees, but always the contacts were kept."

"It was a pleasure to be able to be recognized by the Faculty of Education at the Alumni luncheon for the sixty years of friendship."

 1952 a group of girls from around Alberta and Saskatchewan

Manoly R. Lupul, ’51 BEd, has published The Politics of Multiculturalism, a memoir about his involvement in the municipal, provincial and federal multicultural movement while he was a professor at the U of A’s Faculty of Education (1958-90).  Manoly was recognized for his scholarly achievements and community service with the Alumni Honour Award in 2002 and with membership in the Order of Canada in 2004.*

Nicholas Spillios, ’51 BEd, was awarded the Norman Horrocks-Scarecrow Press Annual Conference Award for his work with various library associations at the Americian Library Association Retired Members Roundtable.  Prior to retirement he worked in learning resource services at the Edmonton Public Library (EPL).  Nicholas has also served as a trustee of the EPL and as president of Friends of Canadian Libraires.*

Myer Horowitz, ’59 MEd, received an honorary degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, where he is chair of the Research Ethics Board, an adjunct professor of education studies, and a member of the advisory board in the School of Communication and Culture.  Many will remember Myer who was President of the U of A from 1979 to 1989.  Over the years he has been recognized for his work in post-secondary education and in the community with many honours, including the Order of Canada in 1990 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal earlier this year.*

Ella (Stewart) Palamarek ’61 BEd I was delighted to join friends at the Dean’s table at the excellent Homecoming Luncheon at the Mayfair on Friday, Sept. 21st.  It brought back many memories.

"It was 51 years ago that I graduated at the Fall Convocation in Calgary since I completed my degree in the summer after spending the school year of 60-61 teaching in Inuvik, NWT. It was there also that I met my future husband. After my first 2 years of Education, I taught in Coaldale, AB for one year and then returned to university for my third year. I was the Education rep on Student’s Council that year and was awarded the H. E. Smith Trophy and Silver A ring for my accomplishments in academics and my contribution to student life at U of A."

"After graduating, I taught at the new Jasper Place Composite High School the year it opened (1961), and many of the teachers still on staff had been my teachers when I was a student at the old Jasper Place High School.  I finished my career teaching adults for 21 years at the Alberta Vocational College (now NorQuest College)."

"Happily in retirement, I enjoy golfing, skiing and traveling, and spending time with grand daughters. Our daughter is an Assistant Principal in Bahrain at an international school, and we visit her often, and our son is an engineer and director in the firm, Cybertech. They are both U of A graduates."

Roger LecuyerRoger Lecuyer, ’67 BEd "It was certainly a green and gold day. My wife and I marvelled at the spectacular setting at the Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton's river valley. After the luncheon (Faculty of Education) we paused to soak up the vista before wandering on the U. of A. campus and munching on Tuck Shop cinnamon buns."

"What a timely opportunity to reflect on my teaching career which continues part time with Edmonton Catholic Schools. I've been fortunate to work with outstanding educators and support staff along with countless fine students mostly at Oleary and Romero high schools."

"My B.Ed. has afforded me many opportunities for travel and additional learning (B.A., M.A.) at the U. of Oregon, U.C.L.A., and Carleton University. Several trips to Europe, Central America, Mexico, N. Africa and the U.S.A. including Hawaii have been a bonus as well."

"Thanks to the Faculty of Education and the Alumni Association for a memorable Homecoming Weekend."

Judy ShapkaJudy Shapka, ’75 BEd, ’71 Dipl(Ed) Judy tells us “this was the second year I attended a Homecoming event and I thoroughly enjoyed the luncheon at the Mayfair Golf and Country Club. I did meet people from my past and it was wonderful to connect with them again."

"I received an Arts Degree first in 1970 and then I took a year of Education and received an Education Diploma in 1971.  I was very fortunate to be hired by the Edmonton Public School in February of 1972 for a full time position. By the way October through January was spent substitute teaching.  I kept taking Education courses to complete my Education Degree in 1975."

"McKay Avenue School was my first school and was very interesting because of the special needs students there. After 8 years I went to Bonnie Doon High school where I taught English for 2 years. Jasper Place High school was my next school and my last. I retired in June 2009 after 37 years of teaching English.  I loved my work with students and teachers and have always considered myself very fortunate to be in this field and it all started at the University of Alberta.”

Eugene, ’86 PhD’78 MEd, ’67 BEd & Mary Ewanyshyn, ’67 BEd "Our retirement from teaching has taken us to many places all over the world. Traveling always presents new learning experiences and keeps us active. The Alumni Weekend was just wonderful. We enjoyed seeing friends and former classmates, however briefly. The luncheon was superb in so many ways in a perfect setting on a marvelous autumn afternoon."

"Returning to the university reminded me of walking along Saskatchewan Drive and the university grounds during my days as a student. The fall time was always so beautiful, resplendent with contrasting colours and landscapes. Mary remembers sitting in her Junior E class in alphabetical order for all of her classes, as required. She was taking classes with fellow students whose names started with "P" and "R" all year. She remembers many of her classmates and the alphabetical order just may have helped."

"Many thanks to the Dean and your team for hosting such a lovely gathering of education alumni friends!"

Borden Robert Kisilevich, ’62 BEd,  ’74 M.Ed.  "Upon graduating from Commerce in 1959, with an accounting major, I did a brief stint working for a Chartered Accounting firm in Edmonton, thinking this was a logical move. At that time, however, there was a move in the Edmonton School system, and indeed the Province of Alberta curriculum, to broaden and expand programs in the field of Business Education in high schools and a former School Superintendent suggested that I should consider a teaching degree."

"In 1961, I made the change and began a 33 year career in Business Education, teaching and being Business Education Deparment Head at Eastglen and then Harry Ainlay Composite High Schools in Edmonton.  In the latter, I ended being a Librarian for two years."

"I retired in 1994.  My teaching career was challenging in having had to teach many subjects, exciting because of the curricular and technical innovations and advances during that time (since then now being much more advanced), and enjoyable and rewarding in having had the opportunity to meet and work with many great students and teachers.  It was the right move back in 1961."

Donna FlemingDonna Fleming, ’80 BEd  "Since graduating in the Winter of 1980 I have been pursuing my love of teaching kindergarten.  I have taught a few different things along the way, however kindergarten has always been my passion. Recently I have been trying to make families in our community more aware of the importance of literacy through planning fun literacy events at the school. We have recently been relocated to a new school in the community where we are now a k-12 school called Thorhild Central School.  I have the classroom of my dreams, but I am still looking for everything. LOL!!  My maiden name was Carr and I remember having a lot of fun with certain friends in the Education Faculty."

"The picture I have included is myself and my new grandson, I have two now, 8 months and 4 years- Although I say my passion is Kindergarten, it really is my family! "

Alice Petruk, ‘71 BEd Alice tells us she began her teaching career in 1969-70 after three years at the Faculty of Education. “I got my B. Ed. in 1971 by attending evening classes and summer school for the previous two years. It was a busy but very inspiring time. In 1970, the year of the World's Fair in Osaka, Japan, my husband Len and I married in Tokyo, Japan."

"My teaching career began with the Edmonton Catholic School Board in the primary level at St. Helen (now SEESA-South East Edmonton Senior Association-how fitting for me!). I worked For ECSB for seven years at several schools until the adoption of our two children, Jonathan (a U. of A. computing Science Grad) and Anna-Marie (a Nait grad). By this time, the Kindergarten program became part of the School systems so I went back teaching half time in a kindergarten program with the Edmonton Public School Board at Glendale school. I remained with the EPS's at various elementary schools until my retirement in 2001. Since then, I have been involved in volunteering in various places in the community-a most rewarding experience at this time in my life."

"Teaching was a wonderful, rewarding career for me and my family. All three of my siblings are U. of A. Education graduates."

"Since my retirement, I have participated in and volunteered for many of the Alumni weekend events. I have found the events most inspiring and look forward to the weekend each year. I try to encourage friends and colleagues to do the same.”

Glen Huser, ’89 BEd, of Aurora, ON, received a 2012 Institute of Corporate Directors Fellowship Award in May.  The award is the highest distinction for corporate directors in Canada and is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian enterprises, not-for-profit organizations and Crown corporations.  Robert serves on the board of directors for Nexen, having retired as executive vice-president, investments, of the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan Board.*

Aaron  Salik, ’11 BEd

Aaron  Salik"I began my post-secondary career in Camrose at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus.  After two years there I moved to main campus in Edmonton where I finished my Secondary Education degree with a social studies major and physical education minor.  I have now been teaching for one and a half years in Thorhild, Alberta.  Thorhild is a small town an hour north east of Edmonton.  Here in Thorhild, I teach or have taught social studies 9, 10-1, 10-2, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1 and 30-2 along with junior high carpentry and high school fitness.  To this point my time in Thorhild has been a great experience.  I am working with such an upbeat and wonderful staff that are all very helpful.  The more I teach in Thorhild the more I realize that I made the right career choice as every day is a new adventure.  I am definitely enjoying the day to day interactions with students thus far in my career, and for a favorite memory; I was lucky enough to be a chaperone on the Europe trip to Paris and London last school year.  The Europe trip was a lot of fun and such an amazing experience."

Awards & Accolades

Thomas Peacocke, ’53 Dip(Ed), ’65 BEd received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of his contribution to his community.*

Enid Lee Davis, ’68 BEd was honoured with a 2012 Professional Achievement Award from Idaho State University this past May.  Enid received her master’s degree and her Doctor of Education from ISU.  She is currently a part-time clinical practitioner with the LDS Social Services, an Idaho Falls Agency.*

Keith Walker, ’84 MLS, a librarian with Medicine Hat College was recently inducted into the University of Lethbridge’s Alumni Honour Society.*

Roger Moore, ’88 BEd, ’97 MEd, has been honoured with two teaching awards:  the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s inaugural College Sector Education Award and NorQuest College’s Jaye Fredrickson Award for Teaching Excellence.  Roger is an instructor at NorQuest’s Faculty of Foundational and Intercultural Studies.*

Cynthia Dives, ’01 BEd, received her master’s degree in literacy education from Queens College at the City University of New York.  Cynthia graduated with honours and as a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international society in Education.

Tonya Callaghan, ’06 MEd, is the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships:  The Killam and the SSHRC.  She is conducting her postdoctoral research at The University of Calgary Faculty of Education.  Dr. Callaghan has been selected as this year’s winner of the Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education (CASWE) Doctoral Award for outstanding dissertation.  The CASWE Doctoral Award was presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education Congress in Waterloo at a special celebration last May.

* As previously reported by Alumni in The News or New Trail Magazine

During Alumni Weekend Events in September we had the opportunity to honour and recognize Education alumni who received University of Alberta alumni awards.  The Faculty of Education had nine education graduates recognized for their work, community contributions and leadership.  An amazing group of individuals they showcased just how diverse and rewarding a degree in education can be.

Check out the entire list of university award recipients at:  http://www.alumni.ualberta.ca/AlumniAwards

Norma Bertha Kreutz, ’44 BEd, ’55 BA, ’68 Med - Distinguished Alumni Award

Dianne Greenough, ’78 BEd - Alumni Honour Award (read her story here)

Prem Kalia, ’64 BEd - Alumni Honour Award

Krishan Joshee, ’68 BEd - Alumni Honour Award

Donald A. Sinclair, ’73 Med - Alumni Honour Award

Jane Walter, ’93 BEd- Alumni Award of Excellence (read her story here)

J. Waymatea Ellis, ’97 BEd - Alumni Award of Excellence (read her story here)

Blake Dermott, ’84 BEd - Sports Wall of Fame

Punita Chohan, ’08 Dip(Ed) - Alumni Horizon Award