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Honorees & Award Recipients

Spring Convocation 2005


Chancellor H. Sanford Riley, President and Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy, the Board of Regents, and members of the University Senate invite alumni, family, friends, and the public to honour the outstanding achievements of the graduating class of the seventy-ninth convocation.

The entire University community also extends congratulations to the University's honorees, listed below:


John PolanyiDr. John Polanyi

Dr. John Polanyi, PC, CC, FRS, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science. Dr. Polanyi is one of Canada’s preeminent scientists and Nobel Laureates and an outspoken advocate on peacekeeping and human rights issues. He is presently a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Polanyi is the recipient of many awards including the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986, the Royal Medal of the Royal Society of London, and 30 honorary degrees from six countries.

Jim MacDonaldJames D. MacDonald

James D. MacDonald, B.Sc. (Collegiate Class of 1964) will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws. MacDonald was the founder of The University of Winnipeg Collegiate Alumni Association in the 1970s, and served as its inaugural President for its first five years. He served on The University’s Board of Regents for nine years, and is also a founding director and Vice-Chair of The University of Winnipeg Foundation. MacDonald continues to support the mission of The Collegiate, serving as Chair of the Foundation’s Collegiate Appeal, an initiative within The University of Winnipeg’s Capital Campaign.

Ida MargolisIda Margolis

Ida Margolis will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in recognition of her participation in The University of Winnipeg’s Division of Continuing Education 55 Plus Program for 20 years or more and her commitment to life-long learning.

Edna WhitcombEdna Whitcomb

Edna Whitcomb will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in recognition of her participation in The University of Winnipeg’s Division of Continuing Education 55 Plus Program for 20 years or more and her commitment to life-long learning.

Don KerrDon Kerr

Don Kerr, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD will be admitted as a Fellow of United College. Kerr, who retired in 2004 as Physics Professor after 35 years, has served The University of Winnipeg with great distinction in all areas for many years. He maintained an active research program that has received NSERC research funding continuously since 1969.

John HofleyJohn Hofley

John Hofley, BA, MA, PhD (Class of 1960) will be admitted as a Fellow of United College. Hofley began his career at UWinnipeg in 1971. In addition to teaching Sociology, Hofley served in a number of administrative posts, culminating in a term as Dean of Arts and Science. Hofley has strived to live out the University’s mandate of both excellence and access. He is a strong supporter of College and University Bound (CUB) which encourages students who might not otherwise consider post-secondary education an option; helped establish the “forgiveness clause” for students who have a rocky start to university; and, implemented “conditional status” to allow high school students with marginal grades opportunities for university education.

Shirley RenderShirley Render

Shirley Render, BA, MA (Class of 1964) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Render’s diverse career has included that of aviation historian, pilot, politician & cabinet minister, author of two ground-breaking books (with a third underway), social worker, international public speaker, and one of the few women in the world who has flown an F-18—one of the world's top military aircraft. She has won many awards including the YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction and Governor General’s Commemorative Medal for recognition of her public service in her community.

Randy KobesRandy Kobes

Randy Kobes, B. Eng. (Physics), M.Sc., PhD, Chair of the Physics Department at The University of Winnipeg, will be awarded the Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness. Kobes founded the Manitoba chapter of Let’s Talk Science which promotes scientific literacy. Each year, University of Winnipeg volunteer scientists visit classrooms, present interactive experiments, and raise awareness of science.

Keith Louise FultonKeith Louise Fulton

Keith Louise Fulton, BA, MA, PhD will be awarded the Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance. In addition to her role as an award-winning professor of English and Women’s Studies, Fulton has served on numerous committees, tasked with such diverse efforts as curriculum strategy, the restructuring of the Faculty of Arts and Science, the review of pay equity, and Aboriginal initiatives, to name only a few. Fulton was nominated for the Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching three times, and was awarded this honour in 1999.

John LehrJohn Lehr

John Lehr, BA, MA, PhD will be awarded The Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. Each year, the Clifford J. Robson Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented to a faculty member who brings a special quality to the classroom—the ability to make a subject truly come alive. In the words of one of the many students who nominated Lehr for this prestigious award, “He is an excellent professor, but more than that, he is a fantastic teacher.”

Michael McIntyreMichael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre, BA, PhD will be awarded The Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. McIntyre, a much loved Psychology Professor, is described by his students as a brilliant professor with a great passion for psychology, a storyteller of science, an exceptional teacher, a mentor, and a friend. The University of Winnipeg will be presenting the Robson Award on behalf of McIntyre’s students.