Jenna Faye Powell
Recently we met with Jenna at the Forest City Gallery in downtown London. Jenna has been the Director of the FCG for 9 months. She came back to London, where she completed a BFA in Studio Arts/Major in English at Western, after completing an MFA at NSCAD University in Halifax.
Read more about Jenna and other successful alumni in our new blog:
Jordan Crowe, BA'09
Jordan Crowe, who graduated with a double major in psychology and visual arts, recently published a new book Maritime Lighthouses. This art book is aimed at bringing attention to the fate of Canada's historic Beacons, most of which are to be destroyed in the coming years. To read more
Western Arts and Humanities grads are employed in exciting and diverse fields all over the globe. To read about some of our notable Arts and Humanities alumni visit HERE.
Western Weekend at Vindolanda:
Experiencing Roman Britain with Western Classical Studies
Alumni Western is pleased to offer an extraordinary opportunity to our alumni living in or visiting the UK. Experience Vindolanda — one of the best preserved archaeological sites of the Roman Empire — with Western faculty and students.
Come and explore Roman life 2,000 years ago at the edge of empire.
Roman Vindolanda is a UNESCO World Heritage site located within the Hadrian’s Wall heritage area. Vindolanda is home to what The British Museum calls “One of Our Top Ten British Treasures: the Vindolanda Writing Tablets.” We invite you to join Michael Milde, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Professors Elizabeth Greene and Alexander Meyer, and nine Western students, to watch archaeology in progress, take part in excursions, and be inspired by Western’s commitment to international student experiences.
Vindolanda lies just to the south of Hadrian’s Wall and is located on the first Roman frontier in the north, the Stanegate Road. Occupied for more than 300 years, it was an important frontier fort long before the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. Vindolanda saw nine forts come and go in the three centuries in which many generations of soldiers and their families called it home.
The ongoing excavations — including those underway by Western’s Vindolanda Field School — reveal the hidden stories of a mixed community of soldiers, families, and traders. We invite you to experience:
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by Communications Staff, Alumni Gazette Winter 2013
Faculty of Arts & Humanities Dean Michael Milde presented alumnus Thomas Plant, BA’42, with a certificate from Western president Amit Chakma, a pin and gifts from Homecoming to mark his 70th anniversary of graduation from Western in October.
Dean Milde and Jo Jennings, communications officer for the faculty, heard fantastic stories of the Faculty in the ’40s, Mr. Plant’s D-Day history, and got to see his original transcript.
Plant regaled them with stories of all of his old professors, most of whom he remembered by name; he also had to justify his grades to his wife and granddaughter.
Plant graduated from the Arts and Humanities Faculty at Western in 1942. He arrived at Western in 1939 and did an accelerated degree so he could travel abroad to fight in World War II. He was a navigator in the navy and landed in Normandy on D-Day before returning to Canada.
“When I decided to attend Western for my undergraduate studies he could not have been more proud,” said granddaughter Amanda Grant, BA’10, MA’11 (Journalism). “Our experiences at the university brought us closer together and in my second year he joined me on campus for his 65th Homecoming.”
Plant speaks of his time at Western with such pride and passion, recalling his classes in University College and the conversation he had with professors in their homes.
“Every time he comes to visit me in London we do a drive through campus and he tells me about how the campus has changed and admires the students crowding the walkways,” says Amanda.
Carolyn Lawrence at this year's Alumni Awards of Merit Dinner alongside Dean Milde and Susana Gajic-Bruyea, Associate Vice-President of Alumni Relations.
“I was never very good at taking direction,” says Carolyn Lawrence, BA’00 with a laugh. “I think kids who are like that should consider leadership roles!” She is now the recipient of the Young Alumni Award.
After completing an English degree at Western, where she was a member of the ski team, she joined TD Canada Trust as a marketing assistant and began working her way through the ranks. She enjoyed her work but felt “I was missing the passion element.” She approached the owner of Women of Influence for a job but, instead was presented with an opportunity to buy the business. She started as an event coordinator in 2005 and became CEO and president in 2007. Since then she and her young and dynamic team have expanded the business to include new events and activities, a digital and print magazine, and a growing online community.
Lawrence is committed to helping women realize their full potential. “I won’t stop until I can see real gender parity in the workforce” she says.
Visual Arts alumnus nominated for Sobey Award
Photo from Canadian Art, Spring 2011
Brandon Fernandes, MA'05 was recently nominated for the Sobey Art Award. The shortlist will be announced in late June, and the winner will be announced at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on October 9. Read more
His passion for collecting like a well-tended garden
He doesn’t want to offend the fans of either, and he clearly holds both in high esteem. Read more
Collins will help select next pope
Cardinal Thomas Collins, MA'73, from Toronto will be part of the conclave to elect a new pope in March...
The president of Penguin Canada on work-life balance
Nicole Winstanely, Western English alumna and president and publisher of Penguin Canada, is proof that being an English major is not a waste of four years