Happy Easter and Passover…
April 17th, 2014
The Dean’s blog would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter and Passover.
I just returned from the lush campus of the University of South Florida, Tampa…
April 11th, 2014
I just returned from the lush campus of the University of South Florida, Tampa. That’s the entrance to their campus dining rooms and hotel, above — pretty easy on the eyes after a harsh winter here. They’ve got flowers growing everywhere. My god, they have people employed to blow leaves off the walkways. One could get used to that, as with the Cuban-inspired food.
This week I was going to write about other things, but I am sadly distracted today by the passing of a colleague, Dr. Priscilla Renouf
April 4th, 2014
This week I was going to write about other things, but I am sadly distracted today by the passing of a colleague, Dr. Priscilla Renouf. Priscilla had been struggling with cancer for a number of years, a nightmare she faced with her typical good humour and almost casual acceptance. We were all hoping for a miracle. Life is short, though, and for her it was much shorter than it ought to have been.
There I was, walking through Green Park in central London just the other day…
March 27th, 2014
There I was, walking through Green Park in central London just the other day. Swans were gliding, buds were sprouting, tulips were boasting. Not hard to take, especially after our interminable winter. I love London, always have. Even in March, the streets around Parliament are bursting with tourists from all over the planet, everyone gawking at Big Ben and soaking in the history, popular versions of which have been serialized for television. We’ve all seen the Tudors and so one half expects Henry VIII to round the corner with his latest bride in tow. Well not really, but you know what I mean. The city is alive with a strong sense of its imperial past, no escaping it.
Rushing to write a little here after three long weeks off the blog.
March 7th, 2014
Rushing to write a little here after three long weeks off the blog. I have been traveling again, although this time back to the sunny-friendly island of St Martin in the Caribbean. It’s an annual pilgrimage of the mind and body, and highly recommended for all Canadians who are dreaming of better climes. There is nothing sweeter than getting off an Air Canada jet in the middle of the sultry tropics—in February. (more…)
I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t said something kind about Art May…
January 31st, 2014
I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t said something kind about Art May, former President of Memorial. Dr. May passed away this week and what is sure to be a large funeral service is scheduled for early next week. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Dr. May enjoyed a career marked by extended involvement in public life, including Deputy Minister (of Fisheries) with the Government of Canada. Almost every appointment he served was related in one way or another to the sea. A marine scientist by training, Dr. May also enjoyed a long history with the Canadian Navy. It is not surprising, then, that one of the achievements of Dr. May’s tenure as Memorial president was bringing the Marine Institute into the Memorial family. It wasn’t exactly a shotgun marriage but as with all such transitions it took some finessing. Dr. May was good that way. He had a quiet strength, absolutely steely when he wanted something done, but his style was understated—quietly persistent. Ultimately, he succeeded, of course, as with almost anything he put his mind to. (more…)
You can never have enough tulips around…
January 24th, 2014
You can never have enough tulips around. I know that it’s January and there’s something unnatural about tulips at this time of year. As with asparagus and mangoes, tulips are definitely not in their right season. I am still happy to have them brightening my office. Someone grew them somewhere and so here they are.
Several related themes are floating around these days in the Post-Secondary Education universe…
January 17th, 2014
Several related themes are floating around these days in the Post-Secondary Education universe: immigration, internationalization, advanced-skills employment training. These themes are all being driven by the fact of a relatively low Canadian population growth, a vexed immigration system, and the growing sense that we aren’t innovative, creative, or competitive enough globally.