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Connection – April 2016

Volume 3  |  Issue 6 April 19, 2016

Top Stories

UCC’s Premek Hamr helps save a species of fish

Upper Canada College’s Dr. Premek Hamr is acknowledged as a top-level science teacher and soccer coach, and is one of the world’s foremost experts on crayfish, but he can also be credited with saving a species of fish in Tasmania.

The Lake Pedder Galaxias is Australia’s most endangered freshwater fish. Its only habitat was flooded in 1972 and non-native trout and other fish species were introduced to Lake Pedder from other nearby lakes and streams and ate most of the small and shy Galaxias. As part of Hamr’s post-doctoral fellowship in inland fisheries at the University of Tasmania, he was the head biologist responsible for the recovery of the fish in 1989 after they started declining rapidly from Lake Pedder.


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Congratulations to our Harold Roberts Circle award winners

Harold A.D. Roberts, class of 1915, was known as “Mr. UCC.” His service to UCC stretched over eight decades. In their own inimitable way, each of the five inductees into this year’s Harold A.D. Roberts Circle has earned, likewise, the title of Mr. or Ms. UCC.

The annual award recognizes substantial contributions or special service by members of the UCC Association, either through short- or long-term commitment. It recognizes those who go “above and beyond” to improve the UCC Association and the College. Factors include length and nature of the volunteer service, including diversity of roles and consistency in providing service.

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Debaters post great results at national champions

Four of our top debaters participated in the Senior National Debating Championships, April 9 and 10 in Saskatoon, SK. Logan Ye was the fourth best overall speaker, while the team of Ye and Nitish Dhingra made it to the semi-finals and faced the top Saskatechwan team.

Malcolm Risk, Kimathi Muiruri, Logan Ye and Nitish Dhingra qualified as the two top Ontario debate teams earlier this month. Both teams went into the sixth and final round before the break with a 4-1 record. Unfortunately, the bracket put our teams in the same room. Ye and Dhingra progressed forward onto quarter-finals after a hard fought round. Muiruri and Risk were seeded just below the break but were thrilled their last round in the tournament went to their club heads.

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RSVP for Jim Power’s send-off and sign online memory books

It’s time to bid farewell to some longtime veterans of the College. Memory books serve as wonderful keepsakes and we want to send the following faculty off in style. Please take the time to share your memories and messages:

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Norval trench-digging trip exposes hardships of First World War

A dozen Upper Canada College boys had a creative lesson about front line life in the First World War at the Norval Outdoor Education Centre on April 12 as part of the school’s military history immersion program.

“I like role-playing as a part of learning history,” says Fiona Marshall, chair of the Upper School’s history department and director of its military history immersion program.

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Did You Know?

In recognition of the community members who helped raise $104.2 million for our transformative Think Ahead Campaign, a donor recognition wall has been installed in the first floor hallway of the Upper School. It recognizes all donors who generously gave a gift of $25,000 or more.

Nuit Bleue shines light on student creativity

Nuit Bleue consistently dazzles, year after year, showcasing the best in student, music, art, film, theatre and more. Here are some highlights of the big night, Thursday, April 14.

“Nuit Bleue never ceases to amaze; it’s a night to marvel and enjoy all that the boys and their teachers have in store for us,” says Arts Booster Club co-chair Amelia Rattew. “It is incredible to see how talented the boys are and how supportive the community is,” says fellow chair Laura Dallal.


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Check out all-star athlete profiles at Go Blues

What do Allen Champagne ’11, Barney Williams ’96 and Brian Conacher ’61 have in common? Well, besides being Old Boys, they’re also “all-star alumni.” We’ve started to interview and compile feature stories for our online hall of fame. From football to golf, volleyball to tennis, you can read about alumni who’ve made their mark on the sports world here.

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More Headlines from UCC

Greg Eckler ’87 a contender for this year’s funniest assembly speaker

Horizons program takes over UCC for a day

Peak Performance: Health tips by JP Cavalluzzo and Joannah Lawson

Kugluktuk exchange program opens up different cultures


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