Hats off to Human Ecology
Contributions of the Faculty of Human Ecology celebrated at Homecoming 2015
Homecoming 2015 was a particularly memorable time as the university community bid farewell to the Faculty of Human Ecology. The rich history of the 105-year-old faculty was celebrated at the “Passing the Baton” ceremony followed by the farewell dinner on Thursday, October 1.
As part of the academic structure initiative, the Faculty of Human Ecology ‘s departments have joined their new faculties.
At the Homecoming festivities, alumni, students, faculty and staff honoured the contributions of the faculty and looked forward to new opportunities in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Faculty of Health Sciences. The celebrations reflected on the impact of the faculty over the past 105 years, and also looked forward to the contributions to come in their new homes.
“The Faculty has been home to specialized research that greatly informs and guides our approach to children, family, nutrition, health and well-being at home and beyond borders,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David Barnard. “Moving forward, its researchers will continue to look at the everyday in new ways, deepening our understanding, and improving our quality of life not only in Manitoba, but around the world.”
Human Ecology graduates have made immeasurable contributions to the community, becoming dietitians, teachers, community leaders, scientists and scholars. Many have been recognized as members of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba, while others have received honorary doctorates and been recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.
The closing ceremonies featured comments from one of the faculty’s notable alumni, the Honourable Janice Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. “It’s been a while since I cracked a book here on campus, so I will admit that I probably don’t remember the specifics of the research papers we read and the notes we studied at exam time, but the understanding that came to me during those formative years has shaped me for life,” remarked Filmon.
“The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is pleased to welcome our colleagues in Human Nutritional Sciences and Textile Sciences to our fold,” said Karin Wittenberg, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. “It is clear that we share a common goal of developing and communicating knowledge that supports the health of our food, our communities and our environment.”
“Working together we will strengthen the University of Manitoba’s expertise and leadership role in teaching, research and outreach in family and population health, as well as enhancing our innovative approach to community health,” said Lawrence Elliott, associate head of the department of community Health Sciences in the College of Medicine, describing how the newly merged departments of Family Social Sciences and Community Health Sciences will build on previous success.