For the eleventh consecutive year, the 2012 Globe and Mail University Report confirmed Western University as the leader in the category of ‘Most Satisfied Students’. In a survey of more than 33,000 undergraduate students, The Globe and Mail gave Western the only ‘A’ grade in that category, among large universities (more than 22,000 students).
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.
Read the latest Alumni Gazette HERE
We've launched the first edition of the Western Arts & Humanities e-Newsletter. To be published three times a year, the newsletter will keep you up-to-date on Faculty news and events. If you have news or stories that you would like to see in future issues, please share them with us!
Dean M. Milde
"So what can you do with an Arts Degree?” I get asked that all the time (I wish I had a nickel….). My answer is the simple truth: you can do just about anything with an Arts degree. From bank president to performing artist, teacher to fund manager, politician to communications specialist, and everything in between and beyond. No one knows this truth better than you – our alumni – because you are living it every day. We would love to have you help us answer the great Arts question through our Arts & Humanities in Action Project. We would like you to share with us your story of life with an Arts Degree from Western. Send us a letter, an email, send us your pictures, your videos, your tweets. We would love to hear from you.
The Faculty of Arts & Humanities is developing a School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities (SASAH for short). The School will allow us to harness and showcase the exceptional teaching and research talent that we have in the Faculty. Our plan is to start by attracting Canada’s top undergraduate students into a program that combines interdisciplinary study, experiential learning, international experiences, volunteer opportunities and extracurricular academic engagement. SASAH will also provide a catalyst for academic collaborations and cutting edge research projects. All of this supports the Faculty’s goal to become the destination of choice for top students and scholars from Canada and abroad.
A personal note:
I just started my five year term as Dean of the Faculty on July 1, 2012. Prior to that, I was the Acting Dean for 18 months, and I had the pleasure of meeting with some of our alumni and hearing their stories first hand. I look forward to meeting many more of you in the years to come – you are vital members of our Arts and Humanities community. Please feel free to contact me, or our Alumni & Development Officer, Jessica Schagerl if you would like to pass on any news or questions. And I hope that I will see many of you at our Homecoming events, September 27-30, 2012.
A Career Tuchdown
By Paul Mayne, ALumni Gazette Fall 2012
Safe to say Kevin Abrams’ dream job didn’t just fall into his lap.
A high school player with a love for football, Abrams, BA’94 (Philosophy), tried to walk-on with the Western Mustangs in his first year at university. He didn’t make the cut. But that doesn’t seem to matter today... Read more
Liu lets loose on Hollywood
By Adela Talbot, BA'08, MA'11
Call her crazy – or, as she’d say, call her ‘Cruise’ (as in Tom) – but Elaine ‘Lainey’ Lui has made celebrity gossip a full-time job. In 2003, Lui, BA’96 (History, French), left her job in fundraising at the University of British Columbia to care for her mother who needed a kidney transplant...
The will to win
By Silken Laumann, BA'89
Alumna Silken Laumann reflects on her bronze medal win 20 years ago at the 1992 Olympics, known as one of the greatest comebacks in Canadian sports history. At Western, with the exception of my athletic activities, there was little to indicate my future as a speaker, writer, child advocate and life coach. But, somewhere between Women’s Studies, Shakespeare, and public speaking classes, I would find a clue to my vocation...Read more