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Aug 31

Welcome – and welcome back!

Welcome Back to St Mike's

To our new students: I am delighted to extend a warm welcome for the 2012-2013 academic year.  All of us at the College are delighted that you have chosen St. Michael’s as your academic “home base” within the wider University of Toronto, St. George Campus.

As you, our first year students, begin this most significant year in your lives, I invite you to make use of all that the College has to offer to help you as you begin your university education: our Registrar’s Office, the Writing Centre, the Math Aid Centre, our Chaplaincy services and our Campus Life Co-ordinator, and the range of amenities and activities in Brennan Hall. Remember at the Kelly Library, you have been assigned your own personal librarian to assist with Library Services. At USMC, we want to help you to make this transition into University life as seamless as possible.

To our returning students: Welcome back!  Over the summer we have been planning with Principal Domenico Pietropaolo and SMCSU. Stay tuned for the results of the dialogue!  The Canada Room has had a face lift and there is some new furniture in some of the residences. We have a Campus Life Co-Ordinator to work with SMCSU to ensure “a memorable student experience” both for residence and commuter students. The student Chapel has had a face lift. In this our 160th Anniversary year, we are “kicking off” our Boundless Community fund raising
initiative on the Feast of St. Michael, September 29th, 2012.

Please watch this space in the weeks ahead for some of the major events of the Fall term, including upcoming events, guest speakers as well as Parent Orientation Day.  I speak for all of the faculty and staff of St. Michael’s in saying how enjoyable it is to see the campus once again come to life as our students return with such vitality and enthusiasm for the year to come!!! After a beautiful summer, we are looking forward to another year of activity and achievement here at the College.

With my best wishes for joy and success in this new academic year, 2012-2013!

Prof. Anne Anderson, csj
President & Vice-Chancellor

Aug 17

USMC Celebrates the Life of Professor Margaret O’Gara

Margaret O'GaraMargaret O’Gara, Professor of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, entered eternal life on Thursday, August 16, at age 65, after a two year battle with cancer. She cared for and loved her students, her colleagues, and her teaching at the Faculty of Theology and we at USMC will mourn her passing.  

On behalf of the Collegium, Faculty and staff of the University, we offer our deepest condolences and the assurance of our prayers and support to her husband, Professor Michael Vertin.
The Margaret O’Gara Scholarship, for an Advanced Degree Student Specializing in the area of Ecumenical Theology has been established in the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College.

Prof. Anne Anderson, csj
President & Vice-Chancellor

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Jul 27

Professor Domenico Pietropaolo Appointed Vice- President (Academic) of the University of St. Michael’s College

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce the Appointment of Professor Domenico Pietropaolo as Vice- President (Academic) of the University of St. Michael’s College.   This appointment includes his regular duties as Principal and Director of the Kelly Library.

On behalf of the Collegium, I want to extend my gratitude to Professor Pietropaolo for his many fine contributions to the University and the College during his first very busy year as College Principal.

Professor Anne Anderson, csj
President & Vice-Chancellor

Jul 11

Faculty of Theology Professor Margaret O’Gara to retire this September

Margaret O'GaraProfessor Margaret O’Gara, Faculty of Theology has announced her retirement as of September 1, 2012.

The University of St. Michael’s College is deeply grateful for thirty-seven years of academic and professional commitment to the Faculty of Theology, the Toronto School of Theology and to USMC itself.

Margaret is grateful for the prayerful support and concern of the entire St. Michael’s Community.

Jun 12

Congratulations Graduands!

Dear Members of the Class of 2012,

On behalf of the entire St. Michael’s community, Congratulations on your graduation! This milestone event in your lives is the culmination of years of study and plain hard work. You and your friends and family have every reason to be very proud of your accomplishment.

We at St. Michael’s are grateful to you for having chosen this College as your academic home base. Whether you were a commuter student or in residence, in one of our College programs or in a University of Toronto departmental program, we are grateful for your involvement in and contributions to the life of the College.

We have worked hard to assist you to prepare for your future and we share your delight as you begin another important chapter in your lives. Please remember St. Michael’s and keep in touch. Your ongoing involvement with your College as alumni/ae will be most welcome. Good luck and our best wishes from all at St. Michael’s!

Blessings this Graduation Day and always!

Prof. Anne Anderson, csj
President & Vice-Chancellor

Jun 1

Honorary Fellows to be Conferred at the Faculty of Arts & Science, Convocation on June 14, 2012

Anthony Lacavera | Rodney McEwan | Kevin Sylvester

Anthony Lacavera, Chairman and CEO of Globalive Holdings and WIND Mobile, is a Canadian-born entrepreneur who is boldly transforming the landscape of telecommunications in Canada. Since founding Globalive in 1998 after graduating from the University of Toronto with a Computer Engineering degree, Lacavera has led the company to become the global leader in next-generation telecommunications that it is today. During his time at U of T, Tony lived in residence at USMC. He contributes regularly to the Athletics Program and is also instrumental in providing every entering class “with a very good deal” with Wind Mobile.

Rod McEwan is a committed layman and the owner and operator of MCOR, which is a multifaceted security, maintenance and logistics company. In 2005, MCOR received the prestigious Arbor award for outstanding contribution to campus life in recognition of our hiring over 300 students and paying out over $2 million in student salaries. MCOR also has full-time staff that can meet your every need. Charity and community building is a core value for all MCOR staff. Many staff members enjoy both coordinating and volunteering in the St. Basil’s Parish Out-Of-The-Cold program. Here weekly nutritious meals are prepared for distribution to the homeless in the Bay-Bloor area.

Kevin Sylvester is an alumnus of St. Michael’s College. He is an award-winning illustrator, writer, and broadcaster. Game Day (Fall 2010) comes out of his experience as a sportscaster with  CBC  Radio.  He was  always  struck  by  how hard people work behind the scenes to make sure that  the day’s game actually happens. While the athletes get the glory these men and women are just as important to the success of sporting events. Kevin has covered eight Olympic Games and has produced documentaries on topics ranging from racism in hockey to the history of church bells in Canada. He also wrote a musical for the 2010 Olympic Arts Festival, entitled Ice Age 2010. He was named a Massey Journalism Scholar in 2007, and used the time to study theology at the University of Toronto.

Kevin has written a number of other bestselling books: Sports Hall of Weird and Gold Medal for  Weird for kids and Shadrin Has Scored for Russia for bigger kids. Gold Medal won the 2009 Silver Birch Award for Non-Fiction. His book Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders has just been released  by Key Porter. Neil is a 14-year-old super-chef from Vancouver who solves mysteries on the side.  Kevin splits his time between his attic studio in Toronto and the radio. He has two daughters, Erin  and Emily, and his wife Laura Carlin is also a writer and journalist.

Honorary Degrees to be conferred at USMC, Faculty of Theology & Continuing Education Convocation on November 10, 2012 to:

Prof. Mary Evelyn Tucker | Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta | The Rev. David Whalen, OSFS

PROF. MARY EVELYN TUCKER (Doctor of Sacred Letters)

Prof. Tucker
is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University where she holds appointments in the Divinity School and in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. This arose out of a series of 10 conferences that they organized at Harvard on World Religions and Ecology that resulted in 10 edited volumes from Harvard. She is a research associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. In 2011 she completed the Journey of the Universe with Brian Swimme which includes a volume published by Yale University Press, a PBS film, and an educational series of interviews. Among her many publications is Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (2003). She is a member of the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment at the United Nations Environment Programme.  She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000.  She holds a BA from Trinity College, and MA from SUNY, MA from Fordham and a PhD from Columbia University.

PROF. GIUSEPPE MAZZOTTA (Doctor of Sacred Letters)

Prof. Mazzotta is the Sterling Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Italian Department at Yale University. He specializes in medieval studies but his publications address all post-medieval periods of literary history. His is the author of seminal books on Dante, the Renaissance and Vico that have redirected in a radical way the course of the fields of research to which they belong. He is also widely acknowledged as the leading Dante Scholar in the world. A major theme that runs through all of his work is the vitality of the Catholic intellectual tradition, from Augustine through Aquinas, Bellarmin and Suares to Gilson, Maritain and Von Balthasar all of whom have played a significant role in his research. He is highly respected not only for his work as a scholar of great distinction but also for his ongoing effort to establish the centality of the Christian intellectual tradition in the non-theological curriculum of leading North American Universities.

THE REV. DAVID WHALEN, OSFS (Doctor of Divinity)

Fr. Whalen was Director of Formation for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales during his tenure with the Faculty of Theology (1986-2003). He also served as Director of Basic Degree Programs as well as being a generous pastoral minister for several Toronto Parishes when “extra help” was needed. Fr. Dave left Toronto when his Congregation elected him to the Office of Provincial in June 2003. He served in this capacity for two consecutive terms and delighted in the obligation of making an annual canonical visitation to the Toronto House of Formation. In 2011, Dave’s term as Provincial Superior concluded. He is currently the Pastor of St. Pius Parish in Toledo, Ohio. The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales are now in the process of combining the theologates of two provinces which means that the Formation house here in Toronto will be closed and those in Formation will go to Catholic University in Washington, DC. The Oblates have been leaders in the Faculty of Theology generous with time and talent in building community among their colleagues. In honoring Fr. Dave for his teaching, leadership and mentoring of Faculty of Theology students, we also honor some seventeen years of Oblate presence and participation at USMC.

Feb 8

Appointment of Bursar & CFO

Ms. Georgina Kossivas begins her tenure at USMC as Bursar and Chief Financial Officer on Monday February 13th, 2012. Her prior experience includes,  Vice-President of Atomic Energy of Canada, Vice-President and Controller, Telus Network Operations and Vice-President Finance, Technology & Solutions at Bank of Montreal.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honors Business Administration from University of Western Ontario and the designation of Chartered Accountant. 

We look forward to welcoming Ms. Kossivas to St. Michael’s!

Prof. Anne Anderson, csj
President & Vice-Chancellor

Jan 6

Congratulations Cardinal designate Thomas C. Collins

The Collegium, Faculty, and Staff of the University of St. Michael’s College, warmly Congratulates our Chancellor on being named to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI.

Read full article on the Salt and Light TV blog

Find out more about Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins, Chancellor of the University of St Michael’s College

Professor Anne Anderson,csj
President & Vice-Chancellor
University of St. Michael’s College

Dec 14

Appointment of Executive Director of Development & Alumni Affairs

Robert (Bob) Edgett has been appointed the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs for the University of St. Michael’s College. He will begin his work with and for St. Michael’s on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Bob comes to us from SickKids Foundation where he was Director, Major Gifts.  His prior experience includes Ketchum Canada, Vice-President, Atlantic Region and Director of University Advancement for St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB. He is experienced in capital campaign, major gift and corporate fundraising programs, donor relations and stewardship.

Prof. Anne Anderson, csj
President & Vice-Chancellor

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