UWinnipeg’s Retirees 2014

Sandra Kirby, Linwood DeLong + Dr. Axworthy

Sandra Kirby, Linwood DeLong  + Dr. Axworthy

The University of Winnipeg honours the retirees at a reception on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Riddell Hall at 2:00pm.

The list of retirees include (in alphabetical order) – Dr. Jerry Ameis, Valerie Anderson, Dr. Linwood DeLong, Donna Hebert, Janice Kane, Dr. Sandi Kirby, Barb Latocki, Dr. Michael McIntyre, Barry Nolan, Dr. Bill Rannie, Dr. Harry Rosenbaum, Anne Rusnak, Richard Sitarz, David Smith, Val Stevens and Erin Stewart.

If we added all their years of service we would cover more than a century of dedicated work. That is remarkable number that indicates commitment and service. The mark these individuals have left on each student that they assisted, taught or listened to resonates through generations of students and colleagues. You will be missed.

Learn about some of our colleagues (in alphabetical order)
Linwood DeLong – Acting Dean of the Library
How many years served:  31

Do you have a favourite spot on campus?
Riddell Hall.

What will you miss the most?
Stimulating interaction with colleagues; friendly smiles from students

What has the biggest change that you have seen during your time at UWinnipeg?
Tremendous technological changes, of course; physical changes to the campus

What motivates you?
Or inspires you? I’m inspired by the accomplishments of others; I am motivated by many things:   my religious faith; the social and political issues that face us.

What is your favourite accomplishment?
I hope that I was a good reference and collections librarian – working with students on challenging questions and with faculty on collections resources was a source of happiness.   I hope that the collection and improved during my years as Collections Coordinator.

What are you looking forward to the most post retirement?
Travel; more time with my partner and her children and grandchildren; more time for music and skiing; hopefully some volunteer work.

Janice Kane

Janice Kane – Senior Purchasing Agent

Janice Kane – Senior Purchasing Agent
How many years served:   31

What will you miss the most?
The people for sure.  I have made some very dear friends here.

What has the biggest change that you have seen during your time at UWinnipeg?
Technology for sure – when I started in ’83 we were still typing on IBM selectric typewriters (and wowed by the different font balls and correction feature).  Word processors were just starting to be rolled out in some offices – the Wang is the first one I remember using.

What do you love?
To have worked at a job I enjoyed together with the professional and personal developments I have experienced over the years.  I will truly miss this place.

What makes you happy?
The pay cheque! But really – it is life in general that makes me happy. My family along with my job here. Overall I consider myself very fortunate.

What is your favourite accomplishment?
My professional and personal developments I have experienced over the years – too many to single out.

What are you looking forward to the most post retirement?
Being there to attend more to my grandchildren;  and not working 5 days a week anymore, but I am looking forward to part-time work somewhere – not ready to completely quit working as of yet.

Dr. Sandra Kirby - Associate VP Academic and Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Sandra Kirby – Associate VP Academic and Dean of Graduate Studies

Sandra Kirby (Sandi)  – Associate VP Academic and Dean of Graduate Studies
How many years served:  25

Do you have a favourite spot on campus?
Anywhere there are students, faculty or staff to talk with – oh yes, it usually comes with a coffee!

What will you miss the most?
Sr. Exec meetings and the Board of Regents meetings – Seriously!

What have your students taught you?
More than I can say. I am working with masters and PhD students at the moment.  They are the brightest and most inspiring people, full of joy and energy to face mountain of challenges. I treasure the mentoring relationship that I have with these and former students. And, I love it when they turn into friends.

What has the biggest change that you have seen during your time at UWinnipeg?
For me personally, the establishment of the free-standing Graduate Studies Program, its policies and degree programs and budgets, has been the most exciting development that I have led.

What makes you happy?
Good health and fitness, good relationships with friends and family, winning a cross country ski race against much much younger competitors.  People who walk with a bounce in their step.

What is your favourite accomplishment?
Author or Editor of 10 books, being an Olympian, Umpiring at the Paralympic Games 2012, Skiing the 50 km American Birkebeiner race at age 64.

What are you looking forward to the most post retirement?
The research time is already expanding.  The book contracts and chapters are flowing to the publishers.  The work on the World Safe Sport Agency – bringing child protection parameters to all international sport – is really very exciting at the moment.  The sexual abuse in sport agenda has not slowed down at all.

Dr. Michael Collins McIntyre, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Michael Collins McIntyre –  Professor

Michael Collins McIntyre, Professor of Psychology
How many years served:  39

Do you have a favourite spot on campus?
The view of Wesley Hall from the rock.

What will you miss the most?
Beyond doubt, the teaching.

What have your students taught you?
What a gift being an academic is.

What makes you happy?
Life!

What motivates you? Or inspires you?
Being broadly interested and paying attention.

What is your favourite accomplishment?
It’s the reciprocal pleasure that I receive from seeing the students that I have mentored and nurtured lead fulfilling lives and receiving the gratitude that they expressed in my The Clifford J. Robson Award for Excellence in Teaching.

What are you looking forward to the most post retirement?
More teaching!  More correctly, more teaching combined with liberal doses of sailing, reading and writing, bonsai, and time on our land in Nova Scotia with my amazing wife, Dawn, and our family.

Dr. W. F. (Bill) Rannie - Professor

Dr. W. F. (Bill) Rannie – Professor

W. F. (Bill) Rannie – Professor
How many years served: 40

Do you have a favourite spot on campus?
I enjoy Riddell Cafeteria, both for the conversations I have with colleagues over lunch or coffee, but also as a place to read and even write.  I find the comings and goings stimulating and can tune them in or out as I wish.  I’ve always been more productive in that kind of white noise environment than in a perfectly quiet area like a library or my office.

What will you miss the most?
I suppose I will miss the conversations/banter with colleagues but I’ll also miss the interactions with students both in and out of class.  They keep you feeling young, even when you obviously aren’t.

What won’t you miss?
I’m sure every faculty member has the same answer- marking essays and exams.  Obviously it’s a necessary part of the job but I hate it.

What have your students taught you?
I think today’s students have much more complicated lives than we did as undergraduates.  Actually life itself is much more complicated and in many ways more difficult.  When I was in their shoes, no-one had to juggle jobs or family duties during the academic year.  We worked in the summer and that was generally sufficient.  No-one was married let alone parents, we all lived cheaply, and where I was, everyone was away from home.  Yet most of us graduated with little or no debt.  For all that, I had a blast but I keep reminding myself of the different circumstances today’s students face.  Theirs is a tougher row to hoe, I think.

What is your favourite accomplishment?
I’m proud of the research and writing I’ve done and I’m also happy with some of the things that we did in the Geography Department while I was Chair.

Anne M. Rusnak - Instructor III

Anne M. Rusnak – Instructor III

Anne M. Rusnak – Instructor III
How many years served:  36 years

Do you have a favourite spot on campus?
The 3rd floor of Centennial Hall. Since the numbering of classrooms and offices is confusing on this floor, if I had received a dime for every time I directed someone over the years, I think I could have purchased a villa in southern France.

What will you miss the most?
The camaraderie of students, colleagues and staff.

What won’t you miss?
Marking into the evenings and during the week-end.

What have your students taught you?
Patience, understanding different points of view, and the importance of humour.

What is your favourite accomplishment?
The Clifford J. Robson Award for Excellence in Teaching.  I am also very proud of receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. These awards speak to connections I have made with students and with the community at large, hence, I value them very much.

What are you looking forward to the most post retirement?
The luxury of time to choose what I wish to do and when I want to do it.

 

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