Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
30 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, May 19, 1973 A university is people U of L of '73 University of Lethbridge students come from far-afield, a quick glance at the list of 1973 graduates shows. Coming from the most exotic country is Mohan Deosaran of Princes Town, Trinidad, who is receiving bachelor of education de- grees. Another graduand with a tropical address is Merna Jean Cole- man of Western Samoa, who receives her B.A. degree. David William Sayer of Inuvik, N.W.T. qualifies as the 1973 graduate coming from the coldest climate. David is receiving his B.A. degree. Graduands from other provinces in Canada include Tom Menard (B.A.) of St. Jean, Quebec; Sever ley Arlene Olsen (B.ld.) of Med- stead, Saskatchewan; Rosemary Louise Howard (B.A.) of Fort St. John, B.C.; Richard Davrd Gibbs (B.A.) of Coquitlam, B.C., and Brian Lee Westhora (B.A.) of Abbotsford, B.C. Prague is a long ivay It's a long way from Prague, Czechoslovakia to the University of Leth- bridge. But it's a journey two U of L students brothers BOHUMIR and VLADIMIR FIAIA (left) ore glad they made. Both are graduating from the U of L today, receiving B.A. degrees, with majors in art. The Fiala brothers came to Lethbridge in 1968, after escaping from Czechoslovakia following the 1967 occupation. After working to improve their English, thsy enrolled in the University of Leth- bridge in 1969. Although both Bohumir, 29, and Vla- dimir, 27, are well-known tethbridge artists neither intended a career in art when they first entered university. "I switched from architecture to comments Bohumir, who is known to his friends as Mirek. When Vladimir be- gan university he -was in- terested in physical educa- tion, but turned to sculp- ture and finally to his pre- sent artistic mode: paint- inq and drawinq. Bohumir suffered no ill effects schol- astically when he chanaed directions in h's education is graduating with distinction. Durino his stud- ies, he was recipient of the 1972-73 U of L art prize and a research grant to study art at the Emma Lake workshop in Sask- atchewan. Vladimir pre- ferred independent study in the colloquim program at the U of L. As part of his studies, he spent a year visitina art galleries throughout Europe, spend- ing a great deal of time in Spain studying the work of work has greatly influenced his dev- elopment. It seems that western- Canada, despite its lack of tradition and culture when compared to their homeland, has be- come home to the Fiala brothers. Their future plans involve "stayina here in Lethbnc'rie at least for a act CAROLYN CUNNINGHAM, (left) wasn't overwhelmed by the task of juggling a double major at the Uni- versity of Lethbridge and raising her four teenage children. Proof of the success of her undertaking is the high academic standing she attained this semester: she is one cf just 15 U of L students graduating with distinction this year. Graduating from the facul- ty of arts and science with a major in both anthropology and sociology, Mrs. Cunningham has been a full- time student at the U of L since Jan- uary, 1970. This fall, she vill be tak- ing the exuberance and determina- tion which characterized her activities at university to Hamilton Junior High School where she will be teaching social studies and music. "The thrill of helping students learn, and seeing that light in their eyes when they've caught on, is the best experience comments Mrs. Cunningham. "I loved attending was a struggle sometimes, but all it really took was planning. If you want something bad- ly enough, you'll find a way to work it out." With great distinction... KEN RUNGE (right) is an example of a highly successful "stop-out" Dur- ing a four-year lapse between ihe attainment of his high school diploma and entering the U of L as a non- matriculating student, he had time to do some serious thinking about his future. He was dissatisfied with his banking job, deciding it held no future for him unless he attained further ed- ucation. In 1969, in a move that would change the direction of his life, he became a student at the U cf L. Graduating with great distinction, the highest scholastic standing awarded a graduand, Ken is receiving his B.A. with a major in political science. As an outstanding student, he has been awarded the prestigous Faculty of Arts and Science Gold Medal and Scholarship for 1973-74. "When I fiist began University, my sole aim was to get a better education so I could earn more money. Slowly, I began to be- come more interested in learning for its own he says. He intends to continue his post-secondary education at the University of Western Ontario, where he will be studying for his master's degree in political science. He will also work as a teaching assistant at the university, helping with re- search and student tutoring for 10 hours a week. PETER FITZGERALD (right) of Blair- more combined full-time teaching dut- ies with part-time university studies and is one of only four U of L students graduating with great distinction. Mr. Fitzgerald, a teacher at Blairmore's McEachern School, began taking courses at the U of L as a part-time student in 1969, as a social studies major. Both Mr. Fitzgerald and his wife Elizabeth came to Canada from Australia where Mr. Filzgerald receiv- ed his B.A. degree from the University of Adelaide. Teaching language and art at the junior high school in Blair- more, Mr. Fitzgerald also works as a Xalf-tirne librarian. Mrs. Fitzgerald al- so graduating from the U of L, re- ceiving her B.A. degree with a major in sociology. She had received some of her university education in Adel- aide, but returned to her studies in 1969 with her husband. Parents of two young children, aged three and one, the Fitzgeralds found completion of their education simplified by the U of L cff-campus courses offered in Bloirmore and other Southern Alberta centres. They found it understandably easier to attend class in their home community, than to drive to the U of L to attend night courses. Never too old It is one's personal duty to pursue self-im- provement through education, says MRS. JANET BOUCHER (below) of Magrath. Mrs. Boucher, who cheerfully describes herself as one of the U of L's oldest graduands, receives her B.A. dur- ing convocation ceremonies today. The sort of woman who has enough energy to work in her garden at 6 a.m. and enough determination to complete any task successfully once she puts her mind to it, Mrs. Boucher majored in both English and history. Along with her husband, Harold, one cf the proudest relatives planning to attend Mrs. Boucher's convocation was her 87-year-old mother, Mrs. Leah Hamilton of Ma- grath. "I had always planned to go to univer- sity when my husband comments Mrs. Boucher. "I'm grateful that things worked out so well and I was able to do it. I entered the U of L in 1969. We had lived away from southern Al- berta for 45 years. We had travelled across Canada and Europe, visiting museums, historic spois and foreign places. What wanted to do next was to learn more about the places and history I'd seen. I never met with a speck of discrimination while I was a empha- sizes Mrs. Boucher. "The professors did not give me special treatment because I was older and 1 didn't expect them to. The students never made me feel uncomfortable because of my age." A mother of three and grandmother of 13, Mrs. Boucher has no time for the women's liberation movement. She feels it isn't necessary for she's acted and been treated as an "equal" all her life. Can't attend Sometimes its difficult for principals to attend their own graduation ceremonies. IAN W. FRY of Warburg, one of four U of L stydents graduating with great distinction, found that the date of convocation ceremonies conflicted with Warburg High School's prep- arations for a drama night and senior gradu- ation. As principal of Warburg High, Mr. Fry's choice was an obvious decided to skip his own convocation. A French and History major at the U of L, Mr. Fry took part time courses to complete his B.Ed, degree while he was teaching at Schul- er, Albert "Motivation is having one of your forn-.er students sitting two seats away from you in class." That defini- tion comes from MRS. JANETTE SHEETS (right) of Picture Butte, gradu- ating from the U of L with great dis- tinction. Mrs. Sheets began as a full- time U of L student in 1969, determin- ed to obtain her B.Ed., because "I lov- ed the school library work I was doing for the County of Lethbridge, but realized couldn't do a really good job without more education." Former- ly a teacher in Barrhill and Picture Butte, Mrs. Sheets set up eight of the County of Lethbridge's 13 school lib- raries while co-ordinator of libraries. She was encouraged to return to uni- versity, she says, by her superiors at the county office. Not one to stint on effort, Mrs. Sheets was enrolled in the multi-disciplinary major program. She studied psychology, English and social studies in depth, taking more than four classes in each. "Studying with younger students was a great ex- adds Mrs. Sheets. "Young people today are much more aware of world problems and concerned about their fellow man than we ever were. Being at university gave me invaluable insight to young atitudes, which I'm sure will help me when I return to library work."