The York University Magazine

Fall 2015

The alumni magazine of York University

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THE PRESIDENT I AM VERY PLEASED TO SHARE WITH YOU our newly relaunched publication, The York University Magazine. We have revamped the look and feel of this award-winning magazine to better serve you, our alumni, and to deepen your connections with your alma mater. Connecting and building relationships with our alumni is critical to the success of the University, so I hope this magazine will continue to enrich your ties to York for years to come. As alumni, you play an important part in the life of the University. Indeed, we measure the success of York in large part through the success of our graduates. And by all measures, our York grads are succeeding and making a tremendous impact in all fields of human endeavour, both locally and globally. With 285,000 York gradu- ates living all over the world, our alumni network is strong, vast and influential. Over the last number of years, I have had the pleasure of meeting thousands of York's remarkable alumni here in Toronto, across Canada and around the globe, and they have inspired me through their achievements and their support of York. Nearly 80 per cent of York's donors are alumni who, in addition to making the University stronger through the work they do, also contribute millions of dollars each year to support our students, Faculties and programs. Without your help, we would not be able to deliver the best possible learning environment. Our students and our alumni continually challenge us to work harder to make the University better. We are dedicated to creating an environment at York that will foster the future generations of global citizens – generations that will build stronger communities, pursue big ideas and change the world through new ways of thinking. It has been an exciting few months for the University. In addition to hosting the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in our new stadium this summer, we were delighted to learn in May that the Province of Ontario has approved a new York University campus in York Region's Markham Centre. We have many students who come to York from the area, and 50,000 of our alumni call York Region home, so we are looking forward to developing this new campus and welcoming even more students in the years to come. I hope you enjoy York's new alumni magazine and think of it as yours. It is in these pages that we celebrate your accomplishments – big and small – and share your stories with the alumni community. Please get in touch at to tell us what you think and share your stories with us. We look forward to continuing to celebrate you, your achievements and all the ways you connect with York University. MAMDOUH SHOUKRI PRESIDENT AND VICE-CHANCELLOR 4 The York University Magazine Fall 2015 PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY BEECHY

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