Feature / Spring 2004
Mapping U of T’s Success

A sampling of new programs, chairs and buildings that are changing the face of U of T, thanks to campaign dollars


Alumni Gates: The new gates and a restored King’s College Road give the St. George campus a beautiful new main entranceway, thanks to donations from alumni and friends.

Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering: The faculty has 29 new chairs in areas ranging from aerospace to mining to software engineering. Energenius Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology is Canada’s first research centre in the field.

Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Campaign support funds the Shore + Moffat Library, Eric Arthur Gallery and Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design.

Faculty of Arts and Science: Chancellor Emeritus The Honourable Henry N.R. Jackman’s endowment for the arts provides for a distinguished professor in philosophical studies, professorships in the arts, faculty research fellowships, and graduate-student fellowships in the humanities. It also supports activities that raise the profile of the arts at U of T. Separately, 31 new chairs and professorships are added in areas such as math, Canadian history and Italian studies. The John and Edna Davenport Chemical Research Building contains undergraduate chemistry labs and biomolecular and chemical research facilities.

Bahen Centre for Information Technology: The centre is a focal point for collaborative information-technology research. It is home to the Rogers AT&T Wireless Communications Laboratories, the Nortel Institute for Telecommunications and the Jeffrey Skoll BASc/MBA Program.

Convocation Hall: Graduation is no sweat thanks to the gift of air-conditioning from 
Toby and Joey Tanenbaum.

The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: A landmark $25-million gift from Ted and Loretta Rogers endows two chairs and undergraduate scholarships that are enabling the department to more than double its student numbers.

Faculty of Dentistry: The faculty replaces deteriorating dental equipment with state-of-the-art technology, thanks to a donation from SciCan. Mark Nusbaum and family fund a seminar room with high-tech audiovisual electronic equipment. Two endowed chairs are a first among Canada’s dental schools.

Faculty of Forestry: The Chair in Wood and Composite Products (funded by nine Canadian forest-products companies) leads to the creation of the Collaborative Master’s Program in Wood Products Engineering.

Faculty of Information Studies: A series of donations from alumni, industry and the library community have started an endowment for the Scholarship in Public Librarianship.

Faculty of Law: Sixteen chairs are created in such areas as international law, environmental law, and health law and policy. An $18-million endowment is raised for student financial aid. The June Callwood Programme in Aboriginal Law is established through the support of Ronald Rhodes. The Rowell Room is restored to its original splendour thanks to a donation from University of Toronto Chancellor Emeritus The Honourable Henry N.R. Jackman.

Faculty of Medicine: The R. Samuel McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine supports a network of research in computational genomics, regenerative medicine, molecular and targeted therapy, cell and gene therapy, and global health. The number of endowed chairs increases from 14 to 41, and 80 new joint chairs (shared with teaching hospitals) are added. The Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research is scheduled to open in 2005.

Faculty of Music: Four chairs, and programs for visiting artists and composers are established. The endowment of an Opera Fund allows the faculty to mount two full-scale operas a year.

Faculty of Nursing: One chair and six joint chairs (including Canada’s first endowed nursing chair, the Heather M. Reisman Chair in Perinatal Nursing Research) are established.

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy: The Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building, set to open in 2005, 
will allow the faculty to increase enrolment and triple its research and lab space. It will also house 
the three-level Apotex Resource Centre and lecture theatres.

Faculty of Physical Education and Health: Project Blue’s fundraising efforts sustain and strengthen U of T’s 46 intercollegiate teams. The faculty also adds a new undergraduate teaching lab.

Faculty of Social Work: Six new chairs provide expertise in areas such as gerontological social work and multiculturalism. Programs supported include child-welfare research and applied research.

Hart House: Donors to the much-beloved building fund a program for preservation, installation of an elevator, club and committee programming and have begun an ongoing endowment to support Hart House Theatre. Gifts help restore wood panelling in the Great Hall.

Innis College: Universal Studios Canada Ltd. funds a screenwriter-in-residence position, the only one of its kind in Canadian university film studies.

John P. Robarts Research Library: The Scotiabank Information Commons, used by hundreds of students daily, contains computer and printing stations, and troubleshooting assistance.

Joseph L. Rotman School of Management: Thanks to gifts from Joseph and Sandra Rotman and many others, the Rotman school is now ranked 21st in the world. Michael Lee-Chin’s donation will fund the AIC Institute for Leadership and a chair to be held by Rotman’s dean. The Canadian Credit Management Foundation Centre for Integrative Thinking is developing new models of business. Endowed chairs include business ethics, strategic management, entrepreneurship and financial services.

Massey College: Canadian Journalism Fellowships continue where Southam Fellowships left off, and a major gift from Christopher Ondaatje toward the general endowment fund results in the naming of Ondaatje Hall. Bursary support for graduate students triples to $3 million.

The Munk Centre for International Studies: The centre and its gardens are made possible by Peter and Melanie Munk. The interdisciplinary centre is home to U of T’s 12 programs specializing in international studies, including the Dr. David Chu Programme in Asia-Pacific Studies and the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine.

New College: Marion and Ross Woodman fund courses and a speaker series in diverse fields. A new nine-storey residence features the William Doo Auditorium. Student council establishes the college’s largest student-awards program.

Nona Macdonald Visitors Centre and walkway: The centre welcomes tourists and prospective students, and its enhanced walkway connects King’s College Circle with St. George Street.

OISE/UT: The Imperial Oil Centre for Studies in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education is established in 1999. The Atkinson Charitable Foundation Chair in Early Childhood Development and Education is one of the new chairs.

School of Continuing Studies: With the help of a gift from the Bank of Montreal, the school launches its Continuing Studies Network, a program of courses and lectures in communities beyond the university’s three campuses.

St. Michael’s College: Sorbara Hall (SH, C5) houses 183 students. New chairs are established in Christianity and culture, and theology.

Tanz Neuroscience Building: Gifts from Mark Tanz, Lionel Schipper and Jack and Mary Clark make the Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases the leading centre in the world for research into Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Trinity College: John W. Graham Library opens, thanks to a lead donation from cable magnate 
Ted Rogers.

University College: Morrison Hall residence complex will open in 2005. The Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies becomes U of T’s 100th chair.

Victoria College: The new Isabel Bader Theatre includes performance and conference space. Campaign funds support the renovation of the E.J. Pratt Library and the establishment of the Vic One program, which offers an intimate academic experience for first-year students.

Woodsworth College: A chair in youth employment, funded by CIBC, is held jointly with the School of Graduate Studies’ Centre for Industrial Relations. New bursaries and scholarships support the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program and students attending the Hong Kong Summer Program. The Thomas and Beverley Simpson Graduation Achievement Award for Single Parents provides debt relief. Woodsworth will open a 17-storey residence this spring.


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