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A few more iconic university buildings
This is an interesting list (“ 8 iconic Canadian
university buildings,” Aug.-Sept. issue). University
buildings have always fascinated me, and there
are certainly a few others I would have included:
the new Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
at the University of Calgary, the Telus Centre at
the University of Alberta, and the new Gordon
Oakes Redbear Student Centre at the University
of Saskatchewan (which, like First Nations
University of Canada, was designed by Douglas
Cardinal). The Telus Centre was designed by
Kassian Architects back in the early 2000s and has
a middle feature shaped like a canoe, so it is quite
distinctive. Kassian also designed the Taylor Family
Digital Library at U of Calgary, which is one of the
most interesting libraries on a Canadian campus.
The Taylor Institute just opened last year and was
designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, in
association with Gibbs Gage Architects.
Mr. Wuetherick is executive director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Dalhousie University.
Discover the works of famous architects
such as Douglas Cardinal, Ernest Cormier,
Ron Thom and Arthur Erickson
by Léo Charbonneau
www.affaresunverstares.ca / août-septembre 2017 / 2726 / www.unverstyaffars.ca / August-September 2017
Not the retiring type
redirection is a wonderful word (“Not the
‘retiring’ type? Why not ‘redirect’ instead?” online
at universityaffairs.ca, June 28). When I took an
early retirement package in 1997, I quickly real-
ized that the term “retired” was not for me. In
2002, a colleague and I wrote an article pub-
lished in Forum entitled “Too young to retire:
Reflections of two educators.” I found myself say-
ing: “I left my paid full-time position as a profes-
sor in 1997 and diversified my personal and pro-
fessional activities.” Sometimes I state that “I
transitioned into a more diverse range of per-
sonal and professional activities.”
I regularly urge my social-work friends not
to use the word “retired” because they are very
actively involved in so many social justice issues.
Regrettably, when one uses the word “retired,”
others assume that your brain power has also
Dr. Valentich is a professor emerita in the faculty of social work at
the University of Calgary.
in the people section of the Aug.-Sept. issue,
V. Wee Yong was correctly identified as a world-renowned multiple sclerosis researcher at the
University of Calgary. However, the headline
referred to him incorrectly as a “Western University MS researcher.” The J. Allyn Taylor
International Prize in Medicine, of which Dr.
Yong is the 2017 recipient, is awarded by Western
University’s Robarts Research Institute, hence
the mix-up. We regret the error.