Western’s new Indigenous learning space is a touchstone for all people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous to gather, learn together and build relationships in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

Western Alumni News

December 2022 Web Version


Wampum Learning Lodge

Wampum Learning Lodge opens

Western’s new Indigenous learning space is a touchstone for all people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous to gather, learn together and build relationships in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

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President Alan Shepard

President Alan Shepard appointed to second term

Professor Alan Shepard's second term as Western’s President and Vice-Chancellor begins on July 1, 2024. He is well known for connecting on a personal level with students, faculty members, staff, and alumni through open and engaging communication.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's dental clinics on Dec. 1 to announce the launch of the federal dental benefit

PM Trudeau on campus for dental benefit announcement

During a visit to one of Western’s dentistry clinics, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced eligible Canadians can now apply for the new Canada Dental Benefit. University leaders say the benefit is a step towards improving health equity.

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third-year psychology student and Black Students’ Association member Olateju Julianah Obisesan was matched with mentor Yvonne Asare-Bediako, the City of London’s Black community liaison advisor

Leadership opportunities for Black students in the community

The newly launched Black Leadership University Experience program matched 20 Black students with dedicated mentors in the community and on campus.

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Graduating more RNs: Western responds to nursing shortage, new realities of health care 

Responding to nursing shortage, new realities of health care

The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing is offering Ontario’s first 19-month program for registered practical nurses to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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Marc Kimelman

A life of kindness, respect and a whole lot of dancing

After a diagnosis and treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, music-lover, dancer and choreographer Marc Kimelman, BA’02, started saying “yes” to every opportunity that came his way.

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Joshua Pearce in front of solar panels

Paving a path to net-zero

More than 100 Western researchers are working to help people and the planet mitigate or adapt to climate change realities. Their efforts are turning algae-green water into a healthier hue, reducing risk in flood zones, assessing ecosystem resilience and more.

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Dr. Peter Fowler

Western honours the passing of visionary sports medicine pioneer 

Dr. Peter John Fowler, MD’64, visionary sports medicine pioneer, and co-founder of the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, passed away on November 16 at the age of 84.

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Meghan Taylor

Shining bright 

Vocalist Meghan Taylor is reaching for the stars. End the year on a high note with a gift of hope for students.


Continuing Studies

Lifelong learning

Continue your personal learning journey and save on courses offered through Western Continuing Studies.


animated snowy storefront, one store is purple with holiday lights around it

This holiday season, shop purple and browse our Alumni Business Directory.



Joel Faflak, BA'81, MA'91, PhD'98, finds the meaning of joy in two different worlds.


piggy bank

Mastering Your Money webinar

On January 11, Fred Masters, BEd'89, is President & Founder of Masters Money Management Inc. and will share many practical financial teachings designed to allow anyone to take better control of their financial lives.

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BBC Earth podcast: Threat with Liana Zanette

CBC q with Tom Power: How writing on Wattpad helped Matthew Dawkins get his first book published

Washington Post: Can’t go to the moon? This crater in Canada is the next best thing

CBC News: Western University is building Canada's secret weapon against the next pandemic


All upcoming events

December 8: 2nd Annual Front Row Club Holiday Party (Toronto, ON)

December 8: USC Alumni Mingle Bells (Toronto, ON)

December 9: Shopomania with Paul Berton (Virtual)

December 13: Western's Holiday Reception in the UK (London, England)

December 15: Legal Industry Alumni Breakfast (London, England)

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