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Alumni Talks

Alumni Talks

Alumni Talks will be in the new Social Sciences and Mathematics Building

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Homecoming offers learning opportunities. We’ve invited alumni to give their insights in brief, informative talks on a variety of intriguing subjects. Take your pick from the morning and afternoon sessions. Each Alumni Talk is an hour long. Space is limited so be sure to register to save your place.

Carla Funk

Roadkill, Poetry and the Art of the Double-Take
Carla Funk, BFA ’97, MA ’99 (Writing and English)
10:30 a.m. | Social Sciences and Mathematics Building | Room A102

Stitching together poems and stories of her time at UVic, Carla Funk will explore how poetry can sharpen the eye to see the magic of the everyday. Carla’s most recent book of poetry is entitled Apologetic. She served as Victoria’s first poet laureate from 2006-08 and she teaches in the Department of Writing.

Eric Jordan
The Art of the Start-up
Eric Jordan, BFA ’93 and Anthony Sukow
10:30 a.m. | Social Sciences and Mathematics Building | Room A104

Starting a business isn’t easy, especially as an undergrad. Join Eric Jordan, BFA ’93, founder of Pure Edge software, along with Anthony Sukow (EVP of Terapeak, the customer-facing brand of Advanced E-Commerce Research Systems) as they discuss the ins-and-outs of starting a successful web-based business and how their UVic connections helped them reach new heights. Moderator: Mia Maki, MBA ’99.

Maeve Lydon

Creating Common Ground:
Mapping community and campus assets for healthy communities
Maeve Lydon, BA ’85, MA ’02 (Environmental Studies)
10:30 a.m. | Social Sciences and Mathematics Building | Room A110

How can we create strong partnerships for community health and sustainability? Come and learn about what’s happening on campus, in the CRD and around the world via the UVic-Community Mapping Collaboratory (mapping.uvic.ca) and the global Green Map System. Maeve Lydon is a member of the UVic Office of Community Based Research.

Mike Lewis

My Olympic Journey
Mike Lewis, BSc ’06
10:30 a.m. | Social Sciences and Mathematics Building | Room A120

Olympic rower Mike Lewis signed up for rowing in Grade 12 after two Olympic rowers visited his high school. He had second thought after finding out about the early morning practices. Luckily his mother insisted Mike stick with it and he fell in love with the sport. He won bronze for Canada in the lightweight men’s four at the Beijing Olympics.

Larry Arnold

Beer and Wine: Then and Now
Larry Arnold, BA ’80
1:30 p.m. | Social Sciences and Mathematics Building | Room A110

Biodynamics is a form of organic agriculture based on the ideas of Austrian philosopher, Rudolph Steiner. Its practices seem bizarre but they’re taken seriously by the wine industry, attracting high profile converts in recent years. Larry Arnold is operations manager and product director of Metroliquor and wine editor for Eat Magazine.

Lara Lauzon

Work/Life Balance: Possibilities and Potential
Lara Lauzon, BA ’81, MA ’92, PhD ’02
1:30 p.m. | Social Sciences and Mathematics Building | Room A120

This talk will combine wellness research, personal storytelling and a dash of humour to discover how we can be fit but not well, busy but bored, and why many of us wonder if there is such a thing as work-life balance. Lara Lauzon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Education and her research area includes wellness and personal potential.

Robin Tunnicliffe

Organic Farming: How Academia Can Provide Tools for Farmers
Robin Tunnicliffe, MA ’11 (Food Policy)
1:30 p.m. | Social Sciences and Mathematics Building | Room A102

The political and social landscape of food and agriculture is tough to navigate for farmers and consumers. This talk will explore the issues and offer local and organic food for thought. Robin Tunnicliffe, co-author of All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming, has farmed certified organic vegetables for 14 years.

Mike Kalinka

Business Relationships – For the Long-run
Mike Kalinka, MBA ’05
1:30 p.m. | Social Sciences and Mathematics Building | Room A104

Business success depends heavily on how we establish and nurture relationships with clients, centres of influence, and personal contacts. This session will highlight five essential building blocks for a sustainable business. Mike Kalinka is recognized for his ability to communicate complex investment and tax concepts in ways that make sense to clients and allow them to make informed wealth planning decisions.

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